Some states reported late about COVID-19 cases, deaths: Union Health Ministry

Wednesday, 06 May, 2020

Health Ministry data said, the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 25,148. 1,431 patients have recovered from coronavirus here while 64 people have succumbed to death.

Experts, however, said the peak of this deadly virus outbreak was yet to come and may be witnessed in India over the next 4-6 weeks, while another spurt might be seen later during the winter season. Gujarat has the second-highest number of the coronavirus positive cases in the country - 5,804 - including 1,195 patients cured or discharged and 319 deaths.

Responding to a query on Covid-19 cases reaching the peak in May end, Agarwal replied the question of peak is linked to the collective effort of everybody.

Amitabh Kant, Chairman Empowered Group dealing with civil society, NGOs, industries and global partners, said in 112 aspirational districts, "we worked with the collectors and in these 112 districts only 610 cases have been reported which is 2 per cent of the national level infection". Some states were not reporting cases earlier and there were gaps. "Government responsibility after easing the lockdown has increased and so has that of the community", Agarwal said as India's disease graph started to take an upward curve after linear growth for many days. Therefore, timely reporting of cases and their management is very important. "It is the highest number so far", said Agarwal.

Jharkhand has recorded three COVID-19 fatalities. "Comparison between Hydroxychloroquine and Remdesivir is not right because we do not know the efficacy of both of them till now". The in-charge must ensure sufficient availability of masks and sanitisers.

The number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 40-000-mark on Tuesday with 46,433 cases.

Tuesday's increase is also the steepest since the beginning of the outbreak. "To maintain social distancing, gathering of not more than 50 people are allowed at wedding functions and not more than 20 people in the last rites of deceased persons", she said.

"The application enables people to assess the risk of exposure to COVID-19 infection based on their interaction with others, using cutting edge bluetooth technology, and artificial Intelligence enabled algorithms", he said. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the contribution of National Cadet Corps (NCC) in preventing the spread of COVID-19 through a video conference.