India’s corona tally nears 50,000 mark, 1,694 dead


Just a week ago, it seemed that coronavirus cases in India were starting to plateau, as the Centre claimed that its growth had been more or less linear and not exponential. However, with 3,900 new cases and 195 deaths on Tuesday and 2,958 new cases and 126 deaths on Wednesday, India’s Covid-positive tally has crossed the 49,000- mark while the death toll has zoomed to 1,694, according to the Union Health Ministry data. There were 33,554 active coronavirus cases in India, according to the Health Ministry. At least 14,182 people were recovered from the disease so far — a recovery rate of 27 per cent. Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat continued to report high number of Covid-19 cases, while Delhi’s corona count reached 5,000 after a big spike this week. Being the worst affected city in the country, Mumbai alone recorded nearly 10,000 Covid-19 cases. The total number of pandemic patients in Maharashtra increased to 15,525, the highest in the country.

As many as 617 people died to coronavirus disease in the state. Tamil Nadu also saw a spike in the pandemic cases this week. As many as 508 people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday. The total coronavirus count in the state rose to 4,058. Punjab also emerged as a cause of concern as the city witnessed a sharp rise in corona cases in last few days. On Tuesday, the state added over 200 new Covid-19 cases, bringing the total count in Punjab to 1,451. As for West Bengal, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state rose to 1,456 after 112 new positive cases were reported on Wednesday. “112 Covid-19 positive cases reported today, taking the total cases in the state to 1456,” said Alapan Bandyopadhyay, West Bengal Home Secretary.

“Four deaths were also reported in the last 24 hours. The total deaths due to coronavirus in the state now stand at 72,” he added. The number of Covid-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh reached 1,831, of which 1,080 patients recovered while 58 others succumbed to the infection. There are no active cases in six districts of the state, said State Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad while addressing a press conference. “Our recovery percentage is increasing, it currently stands at 36.37 per cent,” he added. Meanwhile, there’s good news from Kerala. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan informed that no new positive cases of Covid-19 were reported in the state on Wednesday and that the total number of coronavirus cases is now at 502, including 30 active cases. “No Covid-19 positive case reported in Kerala today. Number of total cases in the state is at 502, including 30 active cases,” Vijayan said. He also stated that eight districts of the state are Covid-free.