The total tally of novel coronavirus cases in India crossed 1,800-mark on Wednesday, said the health ministry.
The country has reported 1,834 confirmed Covid-19 cases so far, since the first case was reported on 30 January in Kerala’s Thrissur. 437 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours.
Of these 1,834 cases, 1,649 people are currently affected by the highly contagious Covid-19 disease, 143 people have recovered and discharged from the hospital while 41 people have lost their lives. One person migrated from the country. There are 51 foreign nationals as well among the 1,834 cases. In data updated at 19.30 hours on Wednesday, three fresh deaths were reported — one from West Bengal and two from Uttar Pradesh.
Till Wednesday night Maharashtra had reported the most deaths (9) so far, followed by Gujarat (6), Karnataka (3) Madhya Pradesh (3), Punjab (3), Telangana (3), West Bengal (3), Delhi (2), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (2) and Kerala (2). Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh have reported a death each.
The number of cases in Delhi has gone up to 152.
Uttar Pradesh has reported 103 positive cases so far, while the cases in Karnataka have risen to 101 and in Telangana to 96. Rajasthan has reported 93 cases, Andhra Pradesh 83, Gujarat 82 , Jammu and Kashmir 62 while Madhya Pradesh has 66 positive patients so far.
Raman R Gangakhedkar, the Head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 47,951 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the country till date.
There are 126 labs in the ICMR network. “The testing capacity utilisation is about 38 per cent as of now,” he said.
Besides, 51 private labs have been given approval to conduct tests for coronavirus infection and 861 people were tested at these facilities on Monday.
On Tuesday, some places were identified as hotspots across the country. These are Dilshad Garden and Nizamuddin in Delhi, Noida and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh, Bhilwara in Rajasthan, Ahmedabad, Kasargod and Pathanamthitta in Kerala, Mumbai and Pune. The identification of cases at these places will help ramp up the testing process.
Here is the state-wise tally of the novel coronavirus outbreak:
Andhra Pradesh 83
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 10
Himachal Pradesh 3
Jammu & Kashmir 62
Madhya Pradesh 66
Tamil Nadu 234
Uttar Pradesh 103
West Bengal 37
Since emerging in China in December, COVID-19 has spread across the globe, claiming over 43,000 lives and infecting more than 900,000 people.