A sick woman being taken to a hospital on a rickshaw in Old Delhi.  |  Photo Credit: PTI
- The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday declared that out of the total 23,077 cases across the country, 17,610 are active cases
- Fresh testing kits and quarantine centres centres have been pressed into action to contain the coronavirus pandemic in India
New Delhi: Coronavirus infections in India are surging rapidly, with more than 4000 positive cases emerging in just the past three days. Even as the central government is bringing in new guidelines for testing and containing the outbreak, cases continue to rise at a steady rate.
As many as 1,684 people tested positive for the Covid-19 virus in just the last 24 hours, taking India’s overall tally to over 23,000. In addition to that, 37 fresh deaths were reported in the past one day, taking the total number of fatalities to 718.
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday declared that out of the total 23,077 cases across the country, 17,610 are active cases, while around 4749 people have been cured/discharged/migrated.
Maharashtra continues to record the highest number of cases (6430), followed by Gujarat (2624), Delhi (2376), Rajasthan (1964), Madhya Pradesh (1699), Tamil Nadu (1683) and Uttar Pradesh (1510).
Fresh testing kits and quarantine centres centres have been pressed into action to contain the coronavirus pandemic in India, yet the average rate of infections per day is over 1,200 for some time now.
Even though the pandemic has not reached the local transmission stage in India, the central government is wary of the situation given the sheer size of the population of the country at over 130 crore citizens.
The consistent rise in cases forced Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown till May 3 in order to ensure that social distancing is maintained by everyone.
More than 2.7 million people worldwide have been infected by Covid-19 virus, with the US alone reporting around 869,000 cases with close to 50,000 fatalities, making it the worst affected country in the world, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.