Mumbai: In Puducherry, 20 people, including eight women, died at COVID-19, while 591 virus-positive tests were conducted on Friday, taking the tally to 16,172.
Most of the patients who died of viral infection had co-morbidity and the deceased was between 36 and 81 years of age.
The toll rose to 280, with 20 more deaths reported during the last 24 hours.
Director of Health and Family Welfare S Mohan Kumar said in a release that 591 fresh cases were identified at the end of the examination of 1,846 samples.
Out of a total of 16,172 positive cases, the Union Territory had 5,218 active cases while 10,674 patients were recovered and discharged.
The official said 395 patients were discharged from hospitals during the last 24 hours.
The death rate was 1.73 percent while the recovery rate was 66 percent.
He said that so far 80,201 samples were tested and 62,654 of them were found to be negative.
He said that out of 5,218 active cases, 1,801 patients were in hospitals while the remaining 3,417 patients were at home.
Out of a total of 591 new cases recorded on Friday, the number of new cases in Puducherry alone was 525, followed by 44 in Yanam, 18 in Karaikal, and 4 in the Mahe region.