The number of novel coronavirus cases in India continue to rise with at least two new deaths reported on Tuesday, a day after the country recorded the sharpest spike in fresh cases of infections.
- Total confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India above 1,330
- West Bengal, Kerala record deaths on Tuesday
- So far, Kerala has recorded highest number of confirmed cases
Following the sharpest single-day spike in India, the total number of the novel coronavirus cases has climbed to 1,334 after fresh cases were recorded on Tuesday morning. The death toll due to Covid-19, meanwhile, stands at 40.
India has seen an increase of over 230 cases in the last 24 hours while the number of active cases is around 1,120 with 101 people either been cured or discharged.
Maharashtra has reported the most deaths (10), followed by Gujarat (6), Karnataka (3) Madhya Pradesh (3), Delhi (2) and Jammu and Kashmir (2). Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Punjab and Himachal Pradesh have reported a death each. On Tuesday, another death was reported in Kerala after a 68-year-old died in Thiruvananthapuram. In West Bengal, a woman infected with the coronavirus died at a hospital in West Bengal’s Howrah, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths to three in the state.
So far, the highest number of confirmed Covid-19 cases have been reported from Kerala with 234 infections, followed by Maharashtra at 225 which recorded five fresh cases on Tuesday. The number of cases in Delhi, meanwhile, has gone up to 97.
The cases in Karnataka have gone up to 91 till now, it has increased to 96 in Uttar Pradesh. The number of cases has risen to 77 in Telangana, 70 in Gujarat, 67 in Tamil Nadu while the number of cases in Rajasthan has climbed to 79. It has risen to 49 in Jammu and Kashmir.
Madhya Pradesh has 47 positive patients. Punjab has reported 41 cases, while 36 Covid-19 cases have been detected in Haryana. There are 23 patients in Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal (22), Bihar (15) and Ladakh (13).
Ten cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh have recorded 13 cases, while Uttarakhand has reported seven cases. Goahas reported five coronavirus cases, while Himachal Pradesh and Odisha have reported three cases each. Puducherry, Mizoram and Manipur have reported a case each.
6 who attended Nizamuddin congregation die of COVID-19
Six people from Telangana who attended a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin died on Monday due to the novel coronavirus.
“Coronavirus has spread among some of those who attended a religious prayer meeting from March 13 to 15 at Markaz in Nizamuddin area in Delhi,” according to an official release. “Among those who attended were some persons from Telangana.”
Two of the six died at the Gandhi Hospital, one each in two private hospitals, and one each in Nizamabad and Gadwal towns, the statement said, without mentioning the time of their deaths.
The special teams under the collectors have identified the persons who came in contact with the deceased and they are shifted to the hospitals, it said.
Police and paramilitary personnel cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin West in south Delhi on Monday and over 200 people have been kept in isolation in hospitals after several people who took part in a religious congregation there showed symptoms of coronavirus.
The Telagana government asked those who participated in the prayers to inform the authorities. It will conduct tests and offer treatment to them free of cost, according to the release.
The government also requested the people to alert if they come to know about those who participated in the prayers.
More testing labs being opened across country
Principal Scientific Adviser to the government K VijayRaghavan on Monday said the ICMR is amplifying coronavirus test sites and more laboratories are being opened across the country.
He said the Indian industry is also working on vaccines, re-purposing, critical-care treatment and partnering with academia and start-ups.
“Many of you have pointed out the need for more diagnostic tests. The @ICMRDELHI is amplifying test sites and you will see many more being done. More laboratories are being opened for testing across states,” he said in a series of tweets.
He also said efforts to increase test capacity by the ‘pooling’ of samples are being evaluated.
“There are new tests being rolled-out, globally, for the presence, or traces of the virus having visited a person. These can be useful as a first-pass, even if they are cruder than the ‘gold-standard’ RT-PCR. Indian labs are developing these kinds of tests too,” he said.
He said the Indian start-ups and incubators have been “astounding’ and working on the highest end drug-repurposing, using AI to predict targets, to making equipment and tools for treatment of coronavirus.