Coronavirus India Updates: Total Cases At 12,759; Death Toll At 420
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India rose further on Thursday reaching 12,759.
India added 826 new cases over the last 24 hours, according to the health ministry's update on Thursday evening. Over 1,500 people have recovered while 420 have died.
While it took the country 70 days to report its first 5,000 cases, the next 7,000 have come in just eight days, indicating a rise in the rate of the infection. Recoveries improved over Monday and Tuesday with India reporting more 200 patients who’ve been discharged. Recoveries stood at 171 and 154 on Thursday and Wednesday respectively.
The coronavirus marked another grim milestone, reaching 2 million cases around the world. It took about four months for the virus to infect 1 million people and only 12 days for that number to double. Deaths topped 1,34,000.
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Over Half Of Covid-19 Patients In Kerala Have Recovered
More than half of the Covid-19 patients in Kerala have recovered, according to state government data.
Of the 394 total cases in the state, 245 have recovered—a recovery rate of 62 percent.
Five States With More Than 1,000 Cases
Madhya Pradesh became the latest state to cross 1,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases. There are now five such states which have more than half of India’s total cases.
- Maharashtra: 2,919 cases
- Delhi: 1,578 cases
- Tamil Nadu: 1,242cases
- Rajasthan: 1,023 cases
- Madhya Pradesh: 1,120 cases
Source Health Ministry
India Adds 826 New Cases
India added 826 new cases taking the total in the country to 12,759.
- Active cases: 10,824
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,515
- Deaths: 420
Source: Health Ministry (As of April 16, 5 p.m.)
Tamil Nadu Reports One Covid-19 Death, 25 New Cases
Tamil Nadu reported a fresh Covid- 19 death while 25 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the state's toll due to it to 15 and total cases to 1,267 on Thursday, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said.
He said the lower number of fresh cases showed the government was containing the spread of the contagion.
Fresh cases on Wednesday stood at 38, a little more than Tuesday's tally of 31, unlike higher numbers seen earlier in the week.
The state had reported 98 fresh cases on Monday and 106 on Sunday.
"This disease is a big challenge," the chief minister told a press conference after chairing a meeting of district collectors to take stock of the preventive measures being implemented across the state.
Dharavi Records 11 New Cases; Total Tally At 71
Mumbai’s biggest slum Dharavi, recorded 11 new cases of Coronavirus on Thursday, as the highly contagious pathogen spreads rapidly through the cramped lanes.
Of these 11 new Covid-19 positive cases four cases were recorded from Mukund Nagar, two from Rajiv Nagar, one each from Sai Raj Nagar, Transit camp, and Ramji Chawl, said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant commissioner in charge of the G/North Ward in Central Mumbai. “Investigation for high-risk contacts is under progress.”
Among the latest to test positive for the virus include one 23 year old female and 10 men between 28 years and 70 years age.
Dharavi—a sprawl of shanties spread over 240 hectares with a population of 8.5 lakh and over 13,000 small businesses—has recorded 71 cases of COVID-19 including eight deaths.
Total Cases In Dharavi So Far: 71