With big spike in 1 day, Maha adds 1,602 with 44 deaths
Maharashtra saw another day of massive spike, reporting more than 1,600 cases during the day and 44 deaths, as the country continued to reel under the onslaught of coronavirus with a total of nearly 82,000 cases and 2,649 deaths. The day saw addition of more than 3,932 fresh cases and 97 deaths.
As India further eased lockdown allowing more business activities and States grappled with a huge flow of inter-States migrants and inter-countries immigrants, the Covid-19 tally is now becoming alarming and is set to surpass China’s overall cases count which stands at 82,929.
According to reports, at the rate of compounded daily growth in this eleven-day period, the number of cases could rise to 1,00,000 by next Wednesday, three days after the current phase of the lockdown ends, posing a severe challenge for country’s strained and overburdened health system.
At least 8,470 people in Delhi have been infected, of which 115 died.
The number of Covid-19 triggered deaths mounted to 49 in Mumbai’s hotspot Dharavi on Thursday, even as 33 more infected cases were recorded taking the total number of positive cases in Asia’s biggest slum to 1,061.
While two more persons succumbed to Covid-19 on Thursday, the authorities added seven more deaths reported earlier to the total death tally in Dharavi.
“The seven deaths which we have added to the tally today are the ones of persons who had died earlier on different dates, but the information about their deaths conveyed to ward office concerned subsequently. With the two fresh deaths and seven deaths added to death tally today, the total number of deaths in Dharavi has mounted to 49,” a senior officer of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said.
A maximum five infected cases were reported from Kumbharwada. Matunga Labour Camp, from where a maximum number of coronavirus cases have been reported in recent weeks, reported four positive cases on Thursday. Two positive cases each were reported from Chamda Bazar and Jeevanjyot Rahiwasi Sangh area.
Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 9,624 cases (447 new cases) and Gujarat (324 new cases) with 9,592 cases and 586 deaths. Tamil Nadu, in comparison, has reported less fatalities at 66. Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths at 1,602.
Other States which have reported more than 3,000 cases are Rajasthan (4,418), Madhya Pradesh (4,173) and Uttar Pradesh (3,758). Rajasthan reported 90 new cases and MP 252 new cases.
Other major States and Union Territories that have reported more than 1,000 cases are West Bengal (2,290), Andhra Pradesh (2,205), Punjab (1,935) and Telangana (1,367).
States such as Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha which are now flooded with migrant workers who have returned home reported 36, 10 and 73 new cases. Bihar has now 989, Jharkhand 189 and Odisha 611 total cases.
Kerala, which had nearly cleared its soil from the virus, saw 10 more new cases, mostly caused by the expatriate returning home.
Among other major States and UTs that are likely to cross 1,000 cases, Bihar (989), Karnataka (987) and Jammu & Kashmir (983) while other States which saw alarmingly increase in cases were Haryana (793), Kerala (534), Odisha (538), Tripura (155) and Chandigarh (187).
States/UTs that have zero coronavirus cases are Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has said that India’s recovery rate has reached 33.63 per cent.
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan maintained that in the fight against coronavirus, India’s mortality rate is about the lowest in the world, at around 3.2 per cent, adding that it is even lower in some States.
The Government has also asked citizens to “learn to live with the coronavirus”.
Of the 2,549 fatalities, Maharashtra topped the tally with 1,019 fatalities, Gujarat comes second with 566 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 232, West Bengal at 207, Rajasthan at 121, Delhi at 115, Uttar Pradesh at 83,Tamil Nadu at 66 and Andhra Pradesh at 47.
The death toll reached 34 in Telangana, 33 in Karnataka and 32 in Punjab. Haryana and Jammu & Kashmir have reported 11 fatalities each due to the respiratory disease while Bihar has registered seven and Kerala has reported four deaths.
Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Odisha have recorded three Covid-19 fatalities each while Himachal Pradesh and Assam have reported two deaths each. Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Puducherry have reported one fatality each. A total of 187 people have been infected with the virus in Chandigarh and 173 in Jharkhand.
Tripura has reported 155 cases, Assam has 80 cases, Uttarakhand has 72, Himachal Pradesh has 66 cases, Chhattisgarh has 59 and Ladakh has registered 43 cases so far. Thirty-three Covid-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Meghalaya and Puducherry have registered 13 cases each while Goa has seven Covid-19 cases.
Manipur has two cases. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have reported a case each till how.
Friday, 15 May 2020 | PNS | New Delhi
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