Coronavirus Update: Total Covid-19 Cases In India At 5,274, Death Toll At 149
A security personnel wearing a protective suit and mask sprays disinfectant near the India Gate monument, temporary closed due to the coronavirus, in New Delhi, India, on Sunday, March 22, 2020. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus Update: Total Covid-19 Cases In India At 5,274, Death Toll At 149

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Covid-19 infections in India have crossed the 5,000-mark, while the government mulls whether or not to extend the 21-day lockdown. While it took close to two months for India to reach its first thousand cases, the next four thousand have been reported in 10 days.

The total number of cases in India rose to 5,274 on Wednesday evening, according to the latest update by the Health Ministry. That includes more than 400 people cured or discharged and 149 dead. India has added 485 cases in the last 24 hours.

Yesterday marked two weeks since a 21-day coronavirus lockdown was imposed in India. While several state governments have favoured extending the lockdown, a panel headed by the defence minister has recommended a partial lifting of the lockdown on April 15, according to Bloomberg.

The Supreme Court, meanwhile, has ordered that all testing for Covid-19 in India be made free.

Globally, total confirmed cases rose to over 1.42 million. Deaths exceed 82,000 as New York and U.K. saw their deadliest days so far.

Track latest news updates and developments on how the coronavirus situation is evolving in India here:

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Dharavi Adds 6 More Cases

Mumbai’s biggest slum, which recorded its first case of Covid-19 last week, now has a tally of 13, including two deaths, as the highly contagious pathogen spreads rapidly across the country.

Dharavi added six more coronavirus cases on Wednesday.

Catch all details about the Covid-19 outbreak in Dharavi here.

UP, Delhi To Completely Seal-Off Areas

The Delhi government will completely seal-off twenty hotspots that it has identified. No one will be allowed to enter or exit these areas, deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said.

A similar action was taken earlier in Uttar Pradesh where 15 districts, including Modi’s constituency Varanasi, were completely sealed.

After Mumbai, Delhi Too Makes Wearing Masks Compulsory

Delhi has joined Mumbai in making it compulsory to wear masks in public places to contain the spread of coronavirus.

Earlier, the BMC issued a circular saying that those found not wearing masks when stepping outside could face arrests.

Supreme Court Orders All Testing To Be Free

India’s Supreme Court has ordered that all tests for Covid-19—whether at a government or a private lab— should be free of cost.

The apex court has asked the government to issue directions with immediate effect.

India Added 485 Cases Today

India added 485 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours taking the total number of infections in the country to 5,274.

  • Active cases: 4,714
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 411
  • Deaths: 149

(As of 5 p.m.)

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