This morning, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 21,393 as per Health Ministry data. In the last 24 hours, a total of 1,409 fresh cases and 41 deaths were reported in India. The government health officials claimed the speed of transmission is slowing and thanked the nationwide lockdown that started on March 25. However, the total number of confirmed infections continues to climb. Nearly 4,258 patients recovered from COVID-19 in the country.
On Monday, the Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said that the “doubling rate” had increased to 7.5 days up from 3.4 days before the lockdown. He said it was an extremely positive trend.
The number of affected districts in India was 211 on April 2, which has doubled now with 430 districts. More than 60 percent of the cases have been reported from five states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.
Maharashtra has over 5221 confirmed cases with over 251 deaths, Gujarat 2272, Delhi at 2081, Rajasthan 1801, and Tamil Nadu at 1596. Yesterday Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had a cabinet meeting at PM Modi’s residence to discuss a second economic stimulus to combat the economic crisis.
The government announced it has “zero tolerance” for violence and harassment against doctors, nurses, paramedics and other healthcare personnel. To ensure the safety of the health care workers, the government has announced strict punishment for attackers against doctors, nurses or paramedical workers.The offence will attract a maximum punishment of seven years’ imprisonment and Rs 5 lakh fine.
The World Bank said in a report on Wednesday, “The lockdown in India has impacted the livelihoods of a large proportion of the country’s nearly 40 million internal migrants. Around 50,000-60,000 moved from urban centres to rural areas of origin in the span of a few days.”