Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases In India Near  30,000; Death Toll At 937
Police officers wearing protective masks are present as a mobile Covid-19 testing van operates during a lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus in New Delhi. (Photographer. T. Narayan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases In India Near 30,000; Death Toll At 937

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The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India inched closer to the 30,000-mark as India mulls extending a lockdown—which is slated to end Sunday—for a second time.

India added over 1,594 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 29,974, according to the health ministry’s 5 p.m. update on Tuesday. This includes 937 deaths and 7,027 patients who recovered.

Over the last 24 hours, the government has recorded 51 deaths and 665 recoveries.

In their meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, some chief ministers sought an extension in the nationwide lockdown to contain the coronavirus pandemic, while gradually resuming economic activity.

Global Update:

Global confirmed cases passed the 3 million mark. Italy reported the fewest new infections in seven weeks, while U.K. deaths dropped to the lowest since March. States including Texas, Florida and Ohio took steps toward easing restrictions, and New Zealand emerged from almost five weeks of strict nationwide lockdown. The World Health Organization’s director general warned the pandemic is far from over.

Track latest news updates on the evolving coronavirus situation in India here:

Nine States With 1,000+ Cases

There are now nine states with more than 1,000 Covid-19 cases in India.

  • Maharashtra: 8,590 cases
  • Gujarat: 3,548 cases
  • Delhi: 3,108 cases
  • Madhya Prajesh: 2,368 cases
  • Rajasthan: 2,262 cases
  • Uttar Pradesh: 2,043 cases
  • Tamil Nadu: 1,937 cases
  • Andhra Pradesh: 1,259 cases
  • Telangana: 1,004 cases

India Adds 1,594 New Cases

India added 1,594 new cases in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 29,974.

  • Active cases: 22,010
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 7,027
  • Deaths: 937

Source: Health Ministry (As of April 28, 5 p.m.)

Health Ministry Clarification On Plasma Therapy

India’s health ministry today clarified that plasma therapy is just one of the many experimental treatments being attempted across the world for Covid-19.

The ICMR has already stated that currently there are no approved therapies for Covid-19, including plasma therapy, joint health secretary Lav Agarwal said in a press briefing. “So far, there is no evidence to support it as treatment.”

ICMR has launched a national study to understand the efficacy of this therapy, Agarwal said. It is important to clarify that since ICMR has not concluded its study, and there are no robust scientific proofs available, this therapy should only be used to research and trial purposes, he said.

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