Over 1,500 people have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, confirmed ministry of health and family welfare. India’s COVID-19 count has crossed the 17,000-mark. There are 17,265 coronavirus cases in the country.
As many as 543 people have passed away due to COVID-19 infections. A total of 2,546 people have been recovered from the deadly disease, according to the health ministry.
The duration of doubling rate for coronavirus, which was 3.4 days before lockdown, is now 7.5 days, said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, Union health ministry.
Not a single coronavirus case has been reported from Mahe in Puducherry, Kodagu in Karnataka and Pruri Garhwal in Uttarakhand in the last 28 days. There are 59 districts in the country where no case has been reported in last 14 days, Agarwal added. COVID-19 growth has significantly declined in Odisha and Kerala, said health ministry.
Only 5 per cent of total coronavirus cases convert to critical ones, the health ministry said.
The Centre today said the COVID-19 situation is “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal. The Union Home Ministry announced that six inter-ministerial central teams (IMCTs) would visit these identified areas in Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan within the next three days. The team would submit a detailed report to Centre based mentioning the measure to contain the virus spread in those areas.
Maharashtra has so far reported 4,203 coronavirus cases. At least 223 have died due to COVID-19 infection in the state. The total number of COVID-19 cases have increased to 1,407 in Madhya Pradesh. As many as 70 people have succumbed to the disease. Rajasthan has reported 1,478 COVID-19 cases. A total of 14 people lost their lives in the state. There are 339 coronavirus cases in West Bengal. The fatality due to coronavirus infection has risen to 12 in the state.
The country is under a nationwide lockdown till May 3. From today, the Centre has relaxed lockdown measures in least-affected areas.