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Published On: Sun, Apr 19th, 2020

Covid-19: India’s crosses 16,000-mark, death toll at 519

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Dead bodyNEW DELHI : The number of coronavirus cases in India has climbed With 1,324 fresh cases registered in the last 24 hours, the total number of Corona-Covid-19 virus count in India crossed more than 16,000 to reach 16,116 confirmed cases so far. Along with that, the country’s death toll has increased to 519 in  last 24 hours.

India may touch its peak of coronavirus cases in the first week of May, after which the number will decline, sources in the Home Ministry have said. On Saturday, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh chaired a meeting of a Group of Ministers (GoM)  to discussed re-starting economic activity in non-containment zones after April 20, in line with announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier this week.
Later in the day, Union Home Minister Amit Shah reviewed the functioning of COVID-19 war room in the North Block of the Secretariat , which is buzzing with activity since the nationwide lockdown began on March 25.
According to health ministry, at least 2,230 people have recovered from the infection, showing that the recovery rate has gone up to over 14.2%, an improvement over 13.85% on Saturday and 13% on Friday.
There are currently 13,295 active patients in the country while 2,301 patients have been discharged or cured from the highly contagious disease. One patient has migrated from the country. The mortality rate for COVID-19 cases in India is around 3.2%. It also said that there are 755 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and 1,389 dedicated healthcare centres set up in country.
There are 22 new districts in 12 states that have not reported any fresh cases during the last 14 days, Union Health Ministry official Lav Agarwal said on Saturday.
“A total of 4,291 COVID-19 cases or 29.8 per cent of the 14,378 coronavirus infections reported till Saturday morning are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation,” Union Health Ministry’s Lav Agarwal told reporters.
With over 3,600 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra continues to remain the worst hit state in the country. The number of cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum rose to 117 on Saturday.
In Delhi, one of the worst affected cities in the country, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday warned people of the dangers of not following social distancing advice during the lockdown by citing the case of a neighbourhood in the national capital, where 26 people were found infected with COVID-19.
“In Jahangirpuri, 26 people of the same family tested positive. They lived next to each other and despite containment measures, they continued visiting each other. We are worried for you,” Mr Kejriwal said in a video briefing.
In Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddha Nagar district, one of the worst affected in the state by the outbreak, the CMO has been replaced for the second time in a month. The twin cities of Noida-Greater Noida are a part of this district.
Amid the fight against COVID-19, attacks continue on health workers and those providing essential services. In the latest incident, a group of sanitation worker in Madhya Pradesh were attacked by a mob of locals in Dewas district on Friday when they went to a neighbourhood to clean the streets.
In Bihar, four such cases of attack on health workers were reported across the state within 24 hours on Thursday. PM Modi has repeatedly urged people across the country to support those providing essential services in doing their jobs.
(With Agency Inputs ).

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