32 died & 693 fresh cases in the last 24 hours alone, the highest so far. This is the fourth consecutive day that India registered an increase of 500-plus cases.
New Delhi| India on Monday morning reported 109 COVID-19 related deaths and 4067 coronavirus disease patients across the country as it entered the 13th day of the national lockdown in place to break the chain of infections.
This is for the fourth consecutive day that India has registered an increase of 500-plus cases. Over 1,000 of India’s total cases, or nearly 30 per cent of the total cases, are connected to the event organised by the Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month.
The Union health ministry figures at 9 am show there are 3666 active cases of COVID-19 and that 291 people have been cured or discharged till date. This is up from 3577 cases and 83 deaths, according to the health ministry data, on Sunday.
The Centre said on Sunday that the doubling rate of the pathogen’s spread was at 4.1 days and it said would have stood at 7.4 if not for the Nizamuddin hotspot.
The jump in the number of coronavirus infections, officials said, has been driven by the detection of thousands of people who attended the congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary group, in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz last month.
The religious event at a 100-year-old mosque complex in south Delhi has been declared a coronavirus hotspot by the government, with 22,000 who were either at the event or came in contact with Jamaat members quarantined.
Cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat have been reported from Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand.
Today is Day 14 of the 21-day lockdown, declared by PM Modi, to control the spread of the virus.
Worldwide, 1.2 million people have been infected and nearly 66,000 killed.