Covid-19 outbreak under control, Govt says
NEWDELHI, 24th Apr: Nationwide cases of confirmed coronavirus infections rose on Friday by over 1,750 -- the maximum for a day -- to nearly 23,500 with several states including Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Gujarat detecting new patients, even as the government said the outbreak is under control and the tally could have reached one lakh by now without a nationwide lockdown.
According to a PTI tally of figures announced by various states and union territories, the number of confirmed cases has reached 23,577 with at least 743 deaths, while nearly 5,000 patients have recovered and have been discharged.
In its 5 PM update, the Union Health Ministry put the nationwide tally of confirmed cases at 23,452 - showing an increase of 1,752 since Thursday - along with 723 deaths. The previous highest single-day increase was of 1,540 cases on April 20.
According to the ministry, the number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 17,915 as 4,813 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, which translates into a recovery rate of 20.52 per cent. The total number of cases include 77 foreign nationals.
Since Thursday evening, at least 37 deaths have been reported, of which 14 fatalities are from Maharashtra, nine from Gujarat, three from Uttar Pradesh, two each from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh,Tamil Nadu and Telengana and one from Karnataka, ministry data stated. Overall, Maharashtra alone has reported 283 deaths, followed by 112 from Gujarat, 83 from Madhya Pradesh and 50 in Delhi. A four-month-old baby girl became the youngest victim of Covid-19 in Kerala on Friday. The new cases of confirmed infections included seven police personnel, including four women, in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu.
The state on Friday announced a complete shutdown beginning Sunday in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai and some other places, disallowing even grocery shops and fully curtailing the public movement.