As India moves to a complete lockdown to contain Covid-19, the number of confirmed cases in India have risen by 57 to 539 over the past 24 hours, the latest data from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) shows. This is a slower increase compared to what it was in the previous 24-hour-period (67 cases).

Yet, it is still too early to celebrate given that India is still very close to the trajectory of the US, which is quickly emerging as the new Covid-19 hotspot. India’s case count has doubled over the past five days. If this trajectory continues, the number of cases could shoot up to a thousand cases by the end of this week.

At 105, Kerala leads in terms of number of people affected by COVID-19 so far. Maharashtra has the second most number of patients (99), followed by Karnataka (37).

Kasargod district (39 cases) has reported the most number of cases in Kerala. Pune (27 cases) has reported the most number of cases in Maharashtra and Bengaluru Urban district (18 cases) has reported the most number of cases in Karnataka, a district wise list published by the health ministry shows.

The first cases in the north-east have been reported in Manipur and Mizoram, with 1 confirmed case so far in both states. Other north-eastern states have not reported any case so far. Nor have Goa or Jharkhand.

Kerala, Maharashtra, and Punjab have seen the biggest spikes in confirmed cases over the past 24 hours.

More than four hundred thousand people have now been infected with Covid-19 globally even as the world struggles to contain the pandemic and find a cure. So far, Covid-19 has claimed 18,919 deaths globally, of which Italy accounted for the most deaths (6,820), followed by China (3,281) and Spain (2,991). Iran (1,934) and France (1,100) have reported high numbers of deaths, with Europe and the US emerging as the new Covid-hotspots The US has reported 33,269 confirmed cases so far, and 417 deaths but these numbers are expected to spike as the US has lagged behind other countries in testing.

In India, there have only been nine deaths so far but this could change in the coming weeks. Testing criteria in India have been stringent so far and are gradually being relaxed even as new labs begin testing. It is likely that cases will continue to mount over the coming days as testing expands, even if the lockdown mitigates the extent of the spread.

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