Lockdown 3 begins with 2K cases soaring total to 42K
Delhi records highest 1-day spike of 427, total 4,549
With several States like Punjab, Bihar, Haryana, Jammu & Kashmir, which were relatively safe, reporting high number, and Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh showing no sign of slowing down in terms of positive cases, India on Sunday saw another 2,000 plus day cases taking its overall count to 42,000.
This a huge increase from the time the country went into the first lockdown on March 24 when the total stood at just 500 positive cases.
Delhi recorded highest single-day spike with 427 new coronavirus cases, tally now 4,549, said the Delhi Government.
For instance, Haryana saw biggest single day gain of 66, while Bihar crossed 500 mark by adding 22 new cases and Ladakh’s count doubled in last two days from 23 to 42.
Meanwhile, the Union Ministry has deployed 20 public health teams in 20 highest Covid burden districts which are reporting the maximum number of cases in the country to oversee the containment measures in the affected areas.
These districts are: Mumbai, Thane and Pune in Maharashtra; Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodra in Gujarat; South East and Central Delhi; Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh; Jaipur and Jodhpur in Rajasthan; Chennai, Tamil Nadu; Hyderabad, Telangana; Agra and Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh; Kolkata, West Bengal; Kurnool, Guntur, Krishna in Andhra Pradesh.
Punjab on Sunday recorded 331 new coronavirus cases, with the total climbing to 1,102. Of the 331 cases, 326 were returnees from the famous Sikh shrine in Maharashtra’s Nanded, who came back last week after remaining stuck there for nearly a month. In the past five days, Punjab recorded 728 cases — a majority of them Nanded returnees.
Tamil Nadu reported one Covid-19 death, 266 fresh infections, pushing total number of coronavirus cases to 3,023 while Haryana reported 421 cases. Ladakh added 19 cases on Sunday taking the total to 92 cases.
Gujarat on Sunday registered 374 new Covid-19 cases and 28 deaths, which is the highest single-day increase in deaths so far. With this, the overall number of the coronavirus positive cases mounted to 5,428 and the death toll rose to 290.
Around 790 people had tested positive and 36 deaths were reported in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, bringing total to 12,296.
In West Bengal, the total number of novel coronavirus cases reached 886 even as 15 more people died due to Covid-19 and 127 people tested positive.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said at least 682 patients were cured from the highly contagious novel coronavirus disease in the last 24 hours. This has taken the recovery rate in the country up to 26.59 per cent.
He said the recovery rate of Covid-19 patients has steadily increased which shows that more and more of these patients are getting better and going back to their homes.
“Till now around 10,000 Covid patients have recovered and have joined their normal life. Majority of patients in other hospitals are also on the road to recovery. It reflects the quality of care provided by our frontline health workers in India. It is heartening to see the high morale of our health warriors in these testing times,” he said.
Talking about opening up of the various activities, he said, “Slowly and gradually the economic activities would be opened up one by one. There is detailed planning according to which various industries like drug, pharmaceuticals etc. are being assisted to return back to normalcy as soon as possible.”
“The rate of growth of new cases has also been steadying for a while. As per the data received today, for the past three days, the doubling rate is 12.0, for seven days, 11.7 and for 14 days, it is 10.4,” he said.
Also, he stressed on need to adhere to strict physical distancing and basic hand hygiene etiquettes properly to take lockdown 3.0 to a logical end.
Monday, 04 May 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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