COVID-19 cases touch 18,601; death toll rises to 590: Health Ministry

Of the 31 deaths since Monday evening — 11 fatalities were reported from Rajasthan, 9 from Maharashtra, 4 from Gujarat, 2 each from Delhi, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, 1 from Uttar Pradesh

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The number of confirmed cases in the country climbed to 18,601 on Tuesday (April 21) and the death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 590 after a total of 31 deaths were reported since Monday (April 20) evening, the Union health ministry said.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 14,759 while 3,251 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said, adding that the total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals.

Of the 31 deaths since Monday evening — 11 fatalities were reported from Rajasthan, nine from Maharashtra, four from Gujarat, two each from Delhi, Telangana, and Tamil Nadu, and one from Uttar Pradesh.

Maharashtra with 232 fatalities top the tally of the 590 deaths in the country, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 74, Gujarat at 71, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Telengana at 23 and Andhra Pradesh at 20.


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The death toll reached 18 in Uttar Pradesh while Tamil Nadu has reported 17 deaths so far, followed by Punjab and Karnataka registering 16 deaths each and West Bengal reporting 12 fatalities.

The disease has claimed five lives in Jammu and Kashmir, while Kerala and Haryana have recorded three COVID-19 deaths each.

According to the ministry’s data updated in the morning, Jharkhand and Bihar have reported two deaths each, while Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one fatality each.

The data stated that the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 4,666 followed by Delhi at 2,081, Gujarat at 1,939, Rajasthan at 1, 576, Tamil Nadu at 1,520 and Madhya Pradesh at 1,485.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 1,184 in Uttar Pradesh, 873 in Telangana and 722 in Andhra Pradesh. Kerala and Karnataka have reported 408 cases each.

The number of cases has risen to 392 in West Bengal, 368 in Jammu and Kashmir, 254 in Haryana and 245 in Punjab, followed by Bihar which has reported 113 coronavirus cases, and Odisha has 74 such cases.

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Forty-six people have been infected with the virus in Uttarakhand and Jharkhand each.
Himachal Pradesh has 39 cases, Chhattisgarh has 36 while Assam has registered 35 infections so far.

Chandigarh has 26 COVID-19 cases, Ladakh 18, while 16 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Meghalaya has reported 11 cases, while Goa and Puducherry have seven COVID-19 cases each. Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website.

(With inputs from agenices)