India's total COVID-19 cases surpass 80000 mark, deaths rise to 2649

Sunday, 17 May, 2020

Friday marks the 52nd straight day of the ongoing lockdown across the country announced by the central government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

India has more coronavirus cases than China, according to the website on Friday evening. In past 24 hours, 3967 fresh Covid-19 cases were detected while 100 deaths were registered due to coronavirus-related complications. The number of patients recovering from this is 1.6 million, while 3.07 lakh people have died from corona all over the world.

With 3,967 new cases and 100 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India reached 81970, the Union Health Ministry stated on Friday. There are more than 51,000 active cases, while almost 28,000 have recovered, giving a recovery rate of over 34%. There are 53,035 active cases of coronavirus in the country and 30,153 people have been cured. This also showed at least 2,679 deaths and almost 30,000 recoveries. The death toll also breached 1000-mark and stood at 1,019 with 44 fresh fatalities. Even a quarantine centre had to be sealed in Manipur.

The cases in India, on the other hand, still seem far from their peak. The death toll in India due to the outbreak has reached 2,649.

Of the 2,415 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 921 fatalities, Gujarat comes second with 537 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 225, West Bengal at 198, Rajasthan at 117, Delhi at 86, Uttar Pradesh at 82, Tamil Nadu at 61 and Andhra Pradesh at 46.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan has said that the doubling time of novel Coronavirus cases has slowed to 13.9 days in the last three days and India now has a capacity of 1,00,000 COVID-19 tests per day with almost 20 lakh carried out till now.

According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra is the worst-hit state with regard to the number of COVID-19 cases with 27,524 cases of which, 6,059 patients have been cured/discharged and 1,019 succumbing to the virus. "We have utilised this period of lockdown to accelerate public health measures such as case detection, contact tracing, isolation and management of cases", Vardhan said.

At this level, India has tested around 1,540 people per million of its population, much higher than the 94.5 per million population it was testing in late March but still far lower than the tests per million in other countries.

Officials said greater relaxations and flexibility will be seen in the fourth phase with gradual reopening of railways and domestic airlines, while powers will the given to states and union territories to define COVID-19 hotspots.

A Congress legislator from Gujarat's Jamalpur Khadia was found positive for the COVID-19 infection on Tuesday. E-retailers may be allowed to deliver non-essential items too.

However, the final guidelines will be issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs only after going through the suggestions of state governments. During his last interaction with chief ministers, Modi had asked them to submit their suggestions by May 15.

Daman and Diu, Sikkim, Nagaland and Lakshadweep have not reported any Covid-19 case to date.