Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 1,364 positive coronavirus cases, that’s over one-fifth of total cases and 125 deaths.
New Delhi| The highly infectious novel coronavirus which causes COVI-29 has killed 199 people in the country, with 46 casualties in 24 hours, the latest figures mark the highest number of deaths due to coronavirus in one day in India.
Over one-fifth of the total cases have been reported from Maharashtra, with 1,364 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus.
Out of the total coronavirus cases in the country, there are 5,709 active cases. A total of 503 people have successfully recovered from COVID-19.
April 9 became India’s worst day as the country reported a jump of 809 cases; the highest spike of infections in a day so far.
The Northeast today witnessed its first fatality after a 65-year-old man died due to COVID-19 in the Hailakandi District of Assam, confirmed Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Three cancer patients have also tested positive for the virus today, at the Delhi State Cancer Institute. Previously, 18 medical staff from the same hospital had also tested positive.
Five more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Dharavi, Mumbai, taking the total number of cases in Asia’s largest slum area to 22, said BMC officials on Friday.
PM Narendra Modi, on March 24, declared a 21-day lockdown across the country. However, cases and deaths continue to spike in the country.
With the number of novel coronavirus cases spiking, several states have suggested an extension of the lockdown.
However, with the pressures of the economy and the harvest season, there have also been suggestions of a phased lifting of the lockdown, keeping the hotspots of the disease sealed.
COVID-19 has infected over 1.6 million and killed over 95,000 people, globally, according to the John Hopkins University Tracker.