India’s Covid-19 tally crosses 80k
NEWDELHI, 14th May: The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 80,000 on Thursday with many more getting detected for the deadly virus infection across states.
The death toll crossed 2,500, while more than 27,500 have recovered so far.
Some states like Kerala, Goa and Assam have also begun showing a sudden uptick in new cases after having flattened the curve earlier, while Odisha, West Bengal and Bihar are also reporting higher rates for past few days. Officials said most of the new cases in these places are linked to people having returned from outside in special trains, buses and flights. Large numbers of cases continued to get reported in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and the national capital.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, however, said the doubling time of the number of cases has improved to 13.9 days in the last three days. He also said the testing capability has been ramped up to nearly one lakh tests per day and the total number of tests conducted so far is about 20 lakh now.
Since its emergence in China last December, more than 43.7 lakh people have been tested positive for the virus while close to 3 lakh have lost their lives. Some countries, including China, have also begun seeing re-emergence of the virus after exit from their respective lockdowns.
In India, a nationwide lockdown has been in place since March 25, though some relaxations have been given in the third phase which began on May 4 and is scheduled to end this Sunday.
In its daily morning update, the Union Health Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen 2,549 and the number of cases has climbed to 78,003, registering an increase of 134 deaths and 3,722 cases in the last 24 hours since Wednesday 8 AM. It put the number of active COVID-19 cases at 49,219 and said 26,234 people have recovered, giving a recovery rate of 33.63 per cent.
However, a PTI tally of figures announced by different states and union territories, as of 9.10 PM, put the total number of confirmed cases across the country much higher at 81,634. It also showed at least 2,572 deaths and 27,537 recoveries so far.
While Maharashtra and Gujarat continue to top the tally, Kerala also saw a sudden rise in cases with 26 people, including seven foreign returnees and a police man, testing positive on Thursday. This has taken the state's tally to 560.
After remaining free of any new cases for more than a month, Goa has also detected eight fresh cases, but Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said there was no possibility of community transmission as all of them have come from outside and are in quarantine.
In Assam, seven persons who recently returned from Mumbai tested positive, taking the total number of cases in the state to 86. These new cases include three cancer patients and a 13-year-old girl who recently underwent heart surgery in Mumbai. The other three are their attendants. Six buses carrying 137 passengers, mostly cancer patients and their attendants, had reached the state from Mumbai late on Tuesday and they were quarantined at a hotel. Assam has reported 24 cases so far this week with 15 on Wednesday itself.