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Confirmed coronavirus cases in India surge to 4,281, death toll at 111. State-wise tally here

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Policemen guard as Indian doctors wearing masks walk inside Government Medical College hospital in Jammu (AP)

  • The total number of active Covid-19 cases in the country rose to 3,851 with Maharashtra being the worst-hit with 748 cases and 45 deaths
  • Globally, Covid-19 cases have shot past 1.27 million while the death toll rose to near 70,000, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University

The total number of novel coronavirus cases in India surged to 4,281 on Monday, according to Union Health Ministry. The number of fresh cases increased by 214, from the earlier data which recorded 4,067 positive Covid-19 cases.

The death toll has increased to 111, while 318 patients have been discharged or recovered from the highly contagious disease. One has migrated to another country, the ministry said.

Out of the total confirmed Covid-19 cases, 66 are foreign nationals. The total number of active Covid-19 cases rose to 3,851 with Maharashtra being the worst-hit with 748 cases and 45 deaths followed by Tamil Nadu (571) and Delhi (523).

Apart from Maharashtra, the other most-affected states according to their recorded deaths are Delhi (7) Gujarat (12), Telangana (7), Madhya Pradesh (9), Punjab (6), Karnataka (4), West Bengal (3), Jammu and Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (3) Kerala (2), Andhra Pradesh (3) and Tamil Nadu (5). Bihar and Himachal Pradesh have reported a death each.

Going through the earlier data that was released on Monday morning, Lav Aggrawal, Health Ministry, said, "63% of the deaths have been reported among people over 60 years age, 30% in age bracket of 40 to 60 years and 7% victims were below 40 years age."

To contain the spread of the virus, R Gangakhedkar of Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that an order has been placed for 5 lakh testing kits out of which 2.5 lakh kits will be delivered between 8 and 9 April.

Here is total coronavirus cases in India, state-wise:

Andhra Pradesh - 226

Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 10

Arunachal Pradesh - 1

Assam - 26

Bihar - 32

Chandigarh - 18

Chhattisgarh - 10

Delhi - 523

Goa - 7

Gujarat - 144

Haryana - 84

Himachal Pradesh - 13

Jammu and Kashmir - 109

Jharkhand - 4

Karnataka - 151

Kerala - 314

Ladakh - 14

Madhya Pradesh - 165

Maharashtra - 748

Manipur - 2

Mizoram - 1

Odisha - 21

Puducherry - 5

Punjab - 76

Rajasthan - 274

Tamil Nadu - 571

Telangana - 321

Uttarakhand - 26

Uttar Pradesh - 305

West Bengal - 80

Talking about the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said, "We have quarantined over 25,000 Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts; 5 Haryana villages where they visited have been sealed."

A day after India put a total ban on exports of hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug that US President Donald Trump has touted as a “game changer" in the fight against Covid-19, Aggrawal added, "We have allowed the use of Hydroxychloroquine for healthcare workers dealing with Covid-19 patients or high risk contacts of the patients though there is limited evidence of its efficacy. There is not sufficient evidence to use it at community level."

Globally, Covid-19 cases have shot past 1.27 million while the death toll rose near 70,000, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.

With domestic infections reaching 4,000, and 93 have died - not a huge outbreak compared with some global hot spots, Japan declared coronavirus emergency and are mulling to launch stimulus of almost $1 trillion. Tokyo currently has more than 1,000 cases including 83 new ones on Monday.

However, as what comes as a silver lining, the hardest-hit country Spain reported the lowest number of new coronavirus cases in more than two weeks, a sign that Europe’s biggest outbreak is slowing.

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