Covid 19

Rapid Spike In India’s COVID-19 Cases As 5734 Test Positive, 166 Deaths Reported

According to the latest health ministry data, there are 5,095 active COVID-19 cases, 166 are dead and as many as 472 patients have been cured.

New Delhi| The highly infectious COVID-19 has killed 17 people in India in the last 24 hours alone, taking the death toll to 166. The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus rose to 5,734 on Thursday, according to government data.

While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,095, as many as 472 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated, it said.

Eight deaths were reported from Maharashtra, three from Gujarat, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu in past 24 hours, it said.

According to the ministry’s data updated at 8 am, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 1,135, followed by Tamil Nadu at 738 and Delhi at 669 cases.

Maharashtra is the only state to have crossed the 1,000-mark in terms of positive cases while 12 more died in the state on Monday to take the toll to 64. At least 40 have died in Mumbai alone while more than 600 have tested positive in the country’s financial capital.

Several hotspots have been singled out in cities across the country for greater effort on isolating them completely.

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Delhi, Mumbai, Chandigarh, Nagaland and Odisha have made face masks compulsory for people stepping out of their homes.

In a video meeting with leaders of all parties, PM Modi reportedly said he would consult with chief ministers but by all accounts, the lifting of the lockdown “is not possible”.

Asserting that government’s priority is to save each and every life, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Wednesday gave the first clear signal that some restrictions are likely to continue after the 21-day lockdown period ends on April 14.

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