Maharashtra has seen the highest number of cases, followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu
The death toll in India from COVID-19 has risen to 273
Amid indications that the nation-wide lockdown could be extended beyond April 14, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 8,356, after 909 new cases reported in past 24 hours, showed latest figures from Union Health Ministry. The death toll from COVID-19 has risen to 273 while 715 patients have been cured of the virus or discharged. Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 1761 cases, followed by Delhi (1069), Tamil Nadu (969), Rajasthan (700)and Telangana (504).
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that a total of 1.79 lakh samples had been tested in India till Saturday.
Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said on Saturday that the number of coronavirus cases in the country could have increased to 8.2 lakh by April 15 had India not implemented a lockdown and other containment measures.
His remarks came on a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with chief ministers and said that there seems to be a consensus among states on extending by another two weeks the ongoing nationwide lockdown, which began on March 25 and was to end on April 14.
Across the world, the total number of corornavirus cases have reached 17.76 lakh, according to Johns Hopkins University. With over 5 lakh cases, the US has been the worst affected country, followed by Spain (1.63 lakh), Italy (1.52 lakh), France (1.3 lakh) and Germany (1.25 lakh).
And the death toll across the world has risen to over 1 lakh. In US, the toll has crossed 20,000, followed by Italy (19,468), Spain (16,606) and France (13,832).
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