Today, India’s death count from coronavirus has crossed 1000 mark and over 31,000 cases have been reported in the country. The figure has been reported by the Union Health Ministry. In the last 24 hours 73 more people have died, which is the biggest jump, taking the total death toll to 1,007.
All over the country 7,696 patients have died so far and the recovery rate stood at 24.56 percent. Kerala has witnessed the best recovery rate in the country. On the other side, Maharashtra continues to be the hardest-hit state with over 9,318 active cases. On Tuesday, 728 positive cases were reported in the state.
After Maharashtra, Gujarat has become the second state with a total 3548 active cases and 162 deaths. The capital city of India, Delhi has also witnessed a sharp increase in fresh cases. There are over 3000 cases recorded from the COVID-19 so far.
On Tuesday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan informed that the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases has slowed to 10.9. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a video meeting with the chief ministers indicated that the ongoing lockdown may continue beyond May 3. All the CMs were directed to divide their states into three zones – red, orange and green and take strict steps to the identified hotspots.
The Union Health Minister further informed that in the last seven days 80 districts in the country have not witnessed any new COVID-19 cases and other 47 districts have not registered any fresh cases in the last 14 days. Talking about the popular plasma therapy, Lav Agarwal the joint secretary of health ministry warned, the plasma therapy can be life-threatening if not executed properly. COVID-19 has infected more than 3.1 million people and killed at least 216,000 worldwide, according to Johns Hopkins University.