Death toll rises to 169
NEWDELHI, 9th Apr: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 169 and the number of cases climbed to 5,865 in the country on Thursday, registering an increase of 591 cases and 20 deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry.
While the number of active Covid-19 cases is 5,218, as many as 477 people have been cured and discharged and one has migrated, the ministry said. Of the 20 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, eight were from Maharashtra, three each from Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.
Maharashtra has reported the highest number of Covid-19 deaths at 72, followed by Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh with each recording 16 deaths and Delhi at nine. Punjab and Tamil Nadu have reported eight fatalities each while Telangana has recorded seven deaths. West Bengal and Karnataka have registered five deaths each. Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have reported four deaths each, while Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each. Two deaths have been reported from Kerala, while Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha have recorded one fatality each, according to the health ministry data. The total number of cases (5,865) includes 71 foreign nationals. The death toll in the country due to Covid-19 was 149 on Wednesday. However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by various states as on Thursday evening showed at least 196 deaths due to the deadly virus. There is a lag in the Union health ministry figures, as compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to the procedural delay in assigning the cases to individual states.