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Published On: Wed, Apr 22nd, 2020

COVID-19 : India recorded 1,486 fresh cases & 49 deaths in 24 hours

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3coronavirus_154NEW DELHI : India recorded 1,486 fresh COVID-19 cases and 49 deaths it the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally beyond 20,000-mark. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases now stand at 20,471 as of date.
These include, 15,474 active cases, 3,959 cured/discharged, 1 migrated and 652 deaths. No new deaths have been reported in the national capital in the past 24 hours.
With the second biggest spike since the beginning of the pandemic, India registered 1,486 new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the total to 20,471. With 49 more people dying in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths rose to 652, the Health Ministry said.The recovery rate stood at 19.36 per cent this morning, with 618 patients recovering in a day.
Maharashtra is worst-hit state with 5,649 coronavirus cases, the highest in India so far, while the state’s death toll is at 257. The state recorded 431 fresh COVID-19 cases and 18 deaths on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Gujarat has pipped Delhi to emerge as the second worst-affected state with 2,178 confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the Health Ministry.
The death toll in the state stands at 90. Delhi has slipped on third spot with 2,156 virus cases, according to the Health Ministry. The national capital has registered 75 fresh COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, including 6 policemen from Jahagirpuri police station were tested positive for the virus.
The “doubling rate” – the number of days it takes infections to multiply by two – had increased to 7.5 days, up from 3.4 days before the lockdown, Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said on Monday. “This is an extremely positive trend,” he said.

The disease has now spread to 403 districts, up from 211 on April 2, while six major cities account for about 45 per cent of the total cases across the country. Mumbai tops the chart with over 3,000 cases, followed by Delhi at 2,081, Ahmedabad at 1,298, Indore at 915, Pune at 660 and Jaipur 537.
More than 60 percent of the cases are from just the top five states – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu.

On Monday, the government allowed some factories and businesses to open in rural India as part of a staggered exit from the lockdown that has left crores out of work and short of food even though absent staff and broken supply chains scuppered the efforts.

In one of the world’s toughest lockdowns, people across the country have been forbidden from stepping out of their homes except for food and medicines until May 3. Telangana has already announced an extension of the lockdown till May 7.
(With Agency Inputs ).





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