Overall death count also crossed the psychological figure of 25,000 on Thursday
India’s Covid-19 case load crossed one-million mark (10,04,647) on Thursday as the country registered 34,478 fresh cases and 680 deaths.
The overall death count also crossed the psychological figure of 25,000 on Thursday as several State Governments brought back the lockdown measures.
India is adding one lakh cases now in four days and experts feel that in a fortnight the rate of daily growth in absolute terms could further spike. Several studies have predicted that India could see more than three million cases by the end of the next month.
The last few days have seen all-round spread of coronavirus from north to south and east to west. Karnataka has emerged as the latest hotspot after successfully controlling the growth of the virus. But the State is now paying the price for regulation violation of lockdown norms, massive wedding, temple gathering, and gala parties, all in utter violation of social distancing norms.
On Thursday, Karnataka recorded 4,169 new Covid-19 cases and 104 deaths, both being highest single-day spike. Total number of cases stand at 51,422, including 19,730 recoveries and 1,037 deaths. Bengaluru reported 2,344 new cases and 70 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported 8,641 new cases and 266 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking active cases to 1,14,648 and death toll to 11,194. A total of 1,58,140 patients have recovered so far.
As many as 1,498 new Covid positive cases and 56 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Thursday. Total number of positive cases rose to 97,751, including 68,537 discharged cases, 23,694 active cases and 5,520 deaths reported till now.
Delhi reported 1,652 new cases and 58 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking active cases to 17,407 and death toll to 3,545. There are 658 containment zones in Delhi at present. According to a health bulletin, Delhi on Thursday had 11,545 vacant hospital beds.
In Tamil Nadu, a total of 69 persons succumbed to Covid-19 during the last 24 hours while 4,549 new persons were diagnosed with coronavirus across the State.
A medical bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Preventive Medicine said there were 46,714 active Covid cases in the State as on Thursday evening. There is a positive news in this disclosure as there were 47,340 active cases as on Wednesday. The State has registered a fall in the number of active cases which has brought some relief to health secretary J Radhakrishnan.
Tamil Nadu’s mission to trace, test and isolate the Covid-19 cases is proceeding in full steam. There are 107 laboratories operating in the State which tested 44,186 persons on Thursday and this took the number of persons tested till date to 1.78 million.
Covid-19 which was once tamed by the Kerala Government has hit the State again like an avalanche as the number of persons tested positive for the pandemic on Thursday crossed the 700 marks forcing Chief Minister Pinarai Vijayan to warn the people that things are going out of control.
While 722 new patients added to the Covid-19 table in the State on Thursday, the capital city of Thiruvananthapuram tested 339 positive cases. This is a major cause of concern as out of the 339 persons diagnosed in Thiruvananthapuram, 301 were infested through contacts. “On Wednesday, 61 workers in a hypermarket in the city, known as a textile shopping hub, tested positive. We have to track hundreds of customers who had visited the shop at least on Wednesday,” said the Chief Minister in his daily media briefing.
Kashmir valley on Thursday reported 16 deaths due to Covid-19 while 490 cases were detected in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the tally of total coronavirus cases to 12156.
With every passing day the situation in Kashmir valley is worsening. The health care infrastructure is also crumbling, forcing the health administrators to pool in their reserves to cater to the rush of patients, with more severe symptoms.
According to official sources, the highest number of 259 cases was detected in Srinagar district on Thursday. At least 19 policemen, deployed in Police headquarter premises tested positive during random screening while 96 prisoners from Anantnag district jail also tested positive, forcing the authorities to segregate and shift some of the jail inmates to another location.
Half of Srinagar is already witnessing complete lockdown in the wake of a fresh spike in the number of cases of coronavirus since Monday. According to official sources, Srinagar district alone accounted for 37 percent active positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir.
Friday, 17 July 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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