The death toll due to coronavirus infection in India rose to 339 while the number of cases soared to 10,363 on Tuesday (April 14), said the Union Health Ministry.
As the number of coronavirus cases continued to surge across the country, reports claimed that 25 districts across 15 states in India have not reported a single case in the last two weeks despite having reported cases earlier.
While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 8,988, as many as 1,035 people have been cured and discharged and one had migrated, it said. The total number of cases include 72 foreign nationals. Fifteen deaths have been reported since Monday evening, of which 11 were reported from Maharashtra and four from Delhi.
Of the total 339 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 160 fatalities, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 43, Delhi at 28, Gujarat at 26 and Telengana at 16, the ministry said in a statement. Punjab and Tamil Nadu have registered 11 deaths each while West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have reported seven deaths each, it added.
Karnataka has reported six deaths each while five people died in Uttar Pradesh. Jammu and Kashmir has reported four fatalities while Kerala Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each. Jharkhand has reported two deaths. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry data.
A PTI tally of corona-infected people and death toll reported by various states as on Monday evening, however, showed at least 346 deaths. There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.
As the 21-day nationwide lockdown was coming to an end on April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of the same till May 3.
“After discussions with states and citizens we have arrived at the unanimous decision to extend the lockdown,” Modi said in his 10 am televised address to the nation.
He said the implementation of the lockdown will be strictly ensured in the coming days to ensure that the virus does not spread to new areas. A detailed guideline on implementation of the new lockdown will be announced on April 15.
According to the ministry’s data updated on Tuesday morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 2,334 followed by Delhi at 1,510 and Tamil Nadu at 1,173. COVID-19 cases have gone up to 873 in Rajasthan followed by 604 in Madhya Pradesh, 562 in Telengana and 558 in Uttar Pradesh. Gujarat has reported 539 cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh at 432 and Kerala at 379.
The number of novel coronavirus cases has risen to 270 in Jammu and Kashmir, 247 in Karnataka, 190 in West Bengal and 185 in Haryana. Punjab has reported 167 infections so far. Bihar has reported 65 cases, while Odisha has reported 54. Thirty-five people were infected with the virus in Uttarakhand, while Himachal Pradesh has 32 cases followed by Assam and Chhattisgarh with 31 cases each.
Jharkhand has reported 24 cases, Chandigarh 21 and Ladakh 15, while 11 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Goa and Puducherry have reported seven COVID-19 infections each, Manipur and Tripura two each, while Mizoram, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each. “State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation,” the ministry said on its website.