Coronavirus Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases In India Rise To 1,397, Death Toll At 35
India reported 146 new Covid-19 infections on the seventh day of lockdown, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 1,397. The count includes 124 people who have been cured or discharged and 35 who succumbed to the respiratory illness.
The country had added 227 cases on Monday—the biggest single-day rise since 194 new infections on Saturday, March 28.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said that conducted over 4,000 tests on Monday, suggesting a gradual ramp-up in testing over the country. Total samples tested for Covid-19 have now crossed 42,000.
However, ICMR warned that India continues to face a shortage of testing kits. Availability of testing kits is a big issue, it said in the daily press briefing.
Globally, coronavirus cases have crossed 788,000 while the death toll stands at 37,800. Over 166,700 have recovered from the illness, according to the latest available data.
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India Adds 146 New Cases On Tuesday
Total confirmed Covid-19 cases rose to 1,397 in India with the country adding 146 cases on Tuesday.
- Active cases: 1,238
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 124
- Deaths: 35
Maharashtra Adds 72 Cases Today
Seventy two new cases of Covid-19 have been detected across Maharashtra, with the bulk of them being from Mumbai. Total cases in the state is now at 302, according to the state health department.
Over 4,000 Samples Tested On Monday
The Indian Council of Medical Research said that 4,346 samples were tested for Covid-19 on Monday, indicating a gradual increase in testing in the country.
Till now, we have tested 42,788 samples, ICMR Chief Epidemiologist RR Gangakhedkar said in the health ministry’s daily press briefing.
123 laboratories across the country have been made functional, while 49 private labs have been given the go ahead to do testing. On Monday, Gangakhedkar said, 399 patients were tested in private labs.
Joint Health Secretary Lav Agarawal said that a group of union ministers today took stock of the situation and stressed on the need for readying dedicated Covid-19 hospitals.
India has still not released the number of new Covid-19 cases added today.
All 103 Samples Test Negative In Odisha
All 103 samples examined for coronavirus infection on Monday have tested negative in Odisha, officials said.
Though it comes as a big relief, the authorities will not be complacent in their fight against Covid-19, they said.
With this, a total of 473 samples have been tested for Covid-19 of which three have tested positive in the state.
The three positive cases were reported in a span of 15 days, they said.
The state government on Monday sent 103 samples, 80 samples to RMRC, Bhubaneswar and 23 to AIIMS, Bhubaneswar. All the samples tested negative for coronavirus, said a senior health department official.
What gave added relief to the health experts and the state government was that the condition of the three Covid-19 positive patients is stable. Patient-3 had no fever for last two days, they said.
It comes as a big relief for us, but we are not going to be complacent. The fight against the spread of Covid-19 is being conducted in a vigorous manner, they said.
Though no fresh Covid-19 positive case has been detected in Odisha since March 26, the state government is not giving scope for any relaxation in the enforcement of the 21-day lockdown which aims at containing the spread of the deadly virus, said a senior official.
A 33-year-old researcher who had returned from Italy had tested positive for novel coronavirus on March 16 while another 19-year-old man who had visited the U.K. tested positive for Covid-19 on March 20.
The third patient, a 60-year old bank officer, had no foreign tour history.
Together, the three patients had come in contact with 176 persons.
Three New Covid-19 Cases In Gujarat; Tally Reaches 73
Three new coronavirus cases were reported in Gujarat on Tuesday, taking the total number of such patients in the state to 73, a health official said.
Out of three new cases,two have been found in Ahmedabad and one in Rajkot, Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi said.
All the new cases are of locally transmission, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 37, she said.
Besides, 32 patients have foreign travel history while four have inter-state travel history, she said.
So far, six coronavirus positive patients have died in the state, including three in Ahmedabad, two in Bhavnagar and one in Surat.
Five patients have been discharged after recovery. Two patients are on ventilator support while the condition of 60 others is stable, the official said.