The total number of COVID-19 cases jumped to 8,356 today, with Maharashtra recording the highest number followed by Delhi.
New Delhi: Almost after 3 weeks into a complete lockdown, out of all 718 districts in India, half are already affected by the COVID-19 pandemic that has infected over 16 lakh people worldwide and killed over 1 lakh.
According to the data shared by the Union Health Ministry, the highly infectious virus has spread to more than 210 new districts in a period of 10 days amid lockdown.
The accelerated spread of the infection is evident in the explosion in cases across the nation which doubled in a week’s time. From nearly 3,500 patients last Sunday, India has reported 8,356 cases so far, according to the government data released this morning.
While 160 districts were affected by the pandemic on March 29, the number rose to 284 on April 6. Over 364 districts are presently hit by the pandemic.
One of the country’s most populous states, Uttar Pradesh, has the highest number of districts hit (40) followed by Tamil Nadu (33).
In Maharashtra, the state that has recorded the highest number of patients in India, 27 districts are affected, while in Delhi, with over 1,000 COVID-19 patients, 11 districts are affected. This data was shared on Friday.
As the national lockdown, which commenced on March 25, ends on Tuesday, the govt is intending to mark the country’s map in three colours – red, orange and green, sources said. This will help in identifying the areas affected by the outbreak and virus-free zones.
On Saturday, PM hinted that the lockdown will be prolonged by 2 weeks after a meeting with at least 13 state chief ministers.
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