COVID19: India cases near 53000, death toll at 1783
Srinagar: The coronavirus case count in India now stands at 52,952, according to latest health ministry figures. Over 1,700 people have died due to the virus across the country.
So far this week, the number of cases has gone up by 25 percent (between Monday morning and Thursday morning). This is a faster rate of increase compared to the previous three days, when confirmed cases had risen by 22 percent.
According to the Health Ministry data, there are now 35,902 active COVID-19 cases in the country, while 1,783 people have died. As many as 15,266 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated. In the last 24 hours, there have been 3,561 new cases and 89 deaths.
India is currently under the third phase of lockdown to contain the spread of the virus, with some relaxations being granted to areas falling under green and orange zones, while most restrictions continue in the red zones.
Addressing a Buddh Purnima event virtually amid the coronavirus lockdown on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that people working selflessly for others in these difficult times are worthy of praise.
Although India’s coronavirus trajectory has tapered over the past couple of weeks, it continues to be steeper compared to several Asian peers such as Japan and Indonesia. Compared to neighbours Bangladesh and Pakistan, the rise in infections is slower in India.
Maharashtra has recorded the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 16,758, followed by Gujarat at 6,625. The tally of COVID-19 cases in national capital Delhi has climbed to 5,532, with the death toll at 65