According to a latest report, the number of deaths in India from the novel coronavirus rose to 114 on Tuesday. The total number of cases in the country climbed to 4,067 after 354 fresh new cases with 32 deaths were recorded in the last 24 hours alone. As per the data of the Health Ministry, 21 fresh deaths were reported from Maharashtra, two each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and one from Punjab.
Yesterday, for the fourth consecutive day, India had registered an increase of 500-plus cases. On Sunday, Maharashtra recorded 133 fresh cases of the COVID-19, taking the total number of such people to 748 in the state. Nearly 30 percent of the total cases are related to the religious gathering organised by the Islamic sect Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu has recorded the second highest number of COVID-19 cases with 571 cases and Delhi at 503.
On Monday, the government warned that India will have over 17,000 patients by April 14 if the current growth rate of coronavirus cases continues. The announcement came one day after the central government said that without the cases linked to last month’s controversial religious gathering at Delhi’s Nizamuddin, the doubling rate would have been much slower at 7.4 days.
The nationwide 21-day lockdown will be ending on April 14 and the government said it is “monitoring the world situation every minute”. Union minister Prakash Javadekar said, “A decision in this regard will be declared at the right time.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi told countrymen to be ready for a “long fight” against the deadly virus and ordered his ministers to make plans to contain the economic impact of the deadly pandemic.
Meanwhile, the experts said that the lockdown has helped in slowing the spread of the virus. However, they have called for an exponential ramping up of the testing mechanism and upgrading the healthcare facilities. The Indian Council of Medical Research claimed 5 lakh rapid antibody testing kits will be manufactured.