The Ministry of Health has informed that the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the country has increased to 2,301 till 10 am on Friday after 336 fresh cases were reported in the past 24 hours. The figure was 1,965 till 10 am on Thursday and is expected to rise rapidly as fresh cases of the deadly virus, especially cases of local transmission, are being reported from across the country.
The death toll due to the virus has increased from 50 on Thursday to 56 on Friday as more deaths were reported from Maharashtra, Punjab, and Delhi.
A major cause of concern for the Centre and the state governments is the fact that several cases of local transmissions are being reported, which means that the virus has already entered the native population and is no longer confined to passengers coming from abroad.
As per the state-wise breakup provided by the Health Ministry, Maharashtra is the worst affected state with over 335 confirmed cases of the virus followed by the southern state of Tamil Nadu that has reported 309 cases. Kerala is closely following Tamil Nadu with 286 cases. Maharashtra has also reported 16 deaths due to the virus so far—the highest in the country.
Notably, like Maharashtra, fresh cases of COVID-19 are pouring in in the neighbouring state Gujarat, with several of them being cases of local transmissions—a major cause of concern for the state administration. Gujarat has so far reported 95 cases of the virus.
This apart, Gujarat has also reported seven deaths due to the virus—a 52-year-old man died in Vadodara, a 67-year-old woman succumbed to the virus in Surat, an 85-year-old woman along with a 46-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man died in Ahmedabad, and a 70-year-old man died at Bhavnagar.
As far as deaths are concerned, apart from the 16 deaths in Maharashtra and seven deaths in Gujarat, deaths have been reported from Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (1), Delhi (4), Himachal Pradesh (1), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Karnataka (3), Kerala (2), Madhya Pradesh (6), Punjab (4), Tamil Nadu (1), Telangana (3), Uttar Pradesh (2), and West Bengal (3).
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Total Confirmed cases (Including 55 foreign Nationals)||Cured/Discharged/
|2||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||10||0||0|
|13||Jammu and Kashmir||70||3||2|
|Total number of confirmed cases in India||2301*||157||56|
Meanwhile, the entire country has been put under lockdown by Prime Minister Narendra Modi for 21 days starting March 25. During this period, there will be a complete ban on the movement of people outside their homes and no public or private transportation will be available. The government, however, has assured that emergency services such as milk, grocery, vegetables, fruits, medical stores, hospitals, ambulance services, and clinics will continue to function.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 3 urged people across India to switch off their lights and hold candles, lamps and mobile flashlights at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, for 9 minutes in a nationwide show of solidarity, to fight the darkness of coronavirus.