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The coronavirus pandemic in India crossed the grim milestone of 3.5-lakh mark (PTI)
The coronavirus pandemic in India crossed the grim milestone of 3.5-lakh mark (PTI)

Coronavirus update: Record jump in COVID-19 deaths: 2,000 fatalities in a day; tally tops 3.5 lakh

  • A lion's share of the total casualties on Tuesday came from Maharashtra and Delhi
  • After a massive data reconciliation exercise, Maharashtra added at least 1,328 deaths on Tuesday

India witnessed a massive jump in COVID-19 death toll — over 2,000 fatalities were added in the last 24 hours. A lion's share of the total casualties on Tuesday came from Maharashtra and Delhi. Most of these deaths were unreported earlier.

The coronavirus pandemic in India crossed the grim milestone of 3.5 lakh. The states recorded 10,914 fresh infections in the last 24 hours. It took four days to hit 3.5-lakh mark after crossing 3 lakh on June 13. More than 10,000 new cases have been emerging every day for over a week now.

The number of active coronavirus cases in India increased to 155,227. Over 50% of total coronavirus patients were recovered from the disease.

After a massive data reconciliation exercise, Maharashtra added at least 1,328 deaths on Tuesday. Of them, 862 COVID-19 deaths were confirmed in Mumbai, which the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had not reported. The death toll in the state jumped to 5,537. The total number of coronavirus patients in the state stood at 113,445. Maharashtra was the worst-affected state by coronavirus pandemic.

In a similar way, Delhi's COVID-19 death increased to 1,837 on Tuesday. The state health department recorded as many 344 unaccounted deaths from earlier. There was a huge spike in fresh fatalities as well. As many as 93 people succumbed to death in the last 24 hours. With 1,859 fresh coronavirus cases, Delhi's COVID-19 tally inched towards 45,000-mark.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting with 21 chief ministers and lieutenant governors of Union territories on Tuesday to discuss COVID-19 strategies in future.

"We have to always keep in mind that the more we can stop the coronavirus, the more it will stop growing, the more our economy will open up, our offices will open, the markets will open, the means of transport will open, and so will new employment opportunities," Modi said in his inaugural statement during the meeting.

"When India's fight against COVID-19 will be analysed in future, this time will be remembered for how we worked together and served as an example of cooperative federalism," added Modi.

Here are total coronavirus cases in India, state-wise

Andaman and Nicobar Islands - 44

Andhra Pradesh - 6,841

Arunachal Pradesh - 95

Assam - 4,319

Bihar - 6,778

Chandigarh - 358

Chhattisgarh - 1,781

Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu - 45

Delhi - 44,688

Goa - 629

Gujarat - 24,577

Haryana - 8,272

Himachal Pradesh - 560

Jammu and Kashmir - 5,298

Jharkhand - 1,839

Karnataka - 7,530

Kerala - 2,622

Ladakh - 649

Madhya Pradesh - 11,083

Maharashtra - 113,445

Manipur - 500

Meghalaya - 44

Mizoram - 121

Nagaland - 179

Odisha - 4,163

Puducherry - 216

Punjab - 3,371

Rajasthan - 13,216

Sikkim - 70

Tamil Nadu - 48,019

Telangana - 5,406

Tripura - 1,092

Uttarakhand - 1,942

Uttar Pradesh - 14,091

West Bengal - 11,909

Dexamethasone, a low-dose steroid treatment has been shown to be the first drug that reduces deaths in severe COVID-19 patients. A large trial conducted by Oxford University showed dexamethasone may cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.

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