Coronavirus continues to rise in India, with a record 20,903 cases yesterday
- There were 379 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to 18,213
- Authorities say the increase is to be expected as restrictions on the lockdown have eased
- There are currently 227,439 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country
Coronavirus continues to rise in India with a record 20,903 cases in the country yesterday.
There were also 379 new deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing the total death toll to the virus at 18,213, according to data from the Union Health Ministry.
There are currently 227,439 active cases of coronavirus infection in the country. Maharashtra has reported the largest number of cases, followed by Tamil, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan.
One day, 6,000 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Mumbai, a worrying spike in the densely populated city.
Family members wearing personal protective equipment carry a coffin in a grave during a funeral service for a Covid-19 victim in New Delhi, India
Authorities say the increase is to be expected as many lockdown restrictions have eased.
Maharashtra is now focusing on a new protocol that will categorize the highest risk patients to address the high death rate.
In the state, most lock restrictions have been relaxed: restaurants, malls, and parks have reopened, and public buses and shared ride services are back on the road.
Tamil Nadu saw a one-day increase with 4,343 new cases, with the state’s coronavirus now reaching 98,392.
With over 92,175 infections in total, Delhi has the highest number of coronavirus cases in India after Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu.
Hospitals are at a breaking point, and authorities have converted some hotels into makeshift coronavirus departments.
The recent wave of the country prompted authorities in the northeastern state of Assam to impose a two-week blockade on Monday in the capital of Gauhati state. Pictured: A woman has her papers checked in Gauhati yesterday
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal set up India’s first plasma bank in Delhi on Thursday. He called on everyone who can donate plasma to volunteer and help others.
Globally, India is the country with the fourth highest number of coronavirus cases, after the US, Brazil and Russia.
The recent wave of the country prompted authorities in the northeastern state of Assam to impose a two-week blockade on Monday in the capital of Gauhati state. There, about 700 new cases were reported in just four days.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the rest of Assam will be put under a curfew and weekend closures.
He urged people to store essential goods and signaled a stricter closure where even supermarkets would be closed.
Delhi has just over 13,000 beds for coronavirus patients in public and private hospitals. The city council predicts that it will need 80,000 beds by the end of July.
The government has canceled the leave of all health workers and plans to engage volunteers to combat the crisis.
It has refused to reintroduce a closure, as the southern city of Chennai has done.
Many in Delhi are concerned and take matters into their own hands.
Some residents’ welfare organizations purchase oxygen cylinders and other equipment, while using vacant flats as insulation departments, denouncing the lack of confidence in the authorities.