India is 10th worst-hit in world as COVID-19 death toll climbs to 4,021

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At least 99,278 people are under observation in the state | PTI File

India has emerged as the tenth worst-hit country in the world due to coronavirus as the country registered the biggest single-day spike of cases for the fourth consecutive day on Monday (May 25).

According to the Union Health Ministry, with 6,977 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, the country’s tally hit 1,38,845, while the death toll rose to 4,021.

A total of 154 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours till, Monday 8 am. The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed to 77,103 while 57,720 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. “Thus, around 41.57 per cent patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official said. The confirmed cases include foreigners.

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Of the 154 deaths reported since Sunday morning, 58 were from Maharashtra, 30 from Delhi, 29 from Gujarat, nine in Madhya Pradesh, eight from Tamil Nadu, six from Uttar Pradesh, four from Telangana, three each from Rajasthan and West Bengal, two from Bihar and one each from Punjab and Uttarakhand.

Of the total 4,021 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,635 deaths followed by Gujarat at 858 deaths, Madhya Pradesh at 290, West Bengal at 272, Delhi at 261, Rajasthan at 163, Uttar Pradesh at 161, Tamil Nadu at 111 and Andhra Pradesh at 56.

The death toll reached 53 in Telangana, 42 in Karnataka and 40 in Punjab. Jammu and Kashmir has reported 21 fatalities due to the disease, Haryana has 16 deaths while Bihar has registered 13 and Odisha has seven deaths. Kerala, Jharkhand and Assam have reported four deaths each so far. Chandigarh, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh each have recorded three COVID-19 fatalities each while Meghalaya has reported one fatality so far, according to the ministry data.

According to the ministry’s website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities.

The disease which spread across more than 197 countries has claimed more than 3 lakh lives. India is the tenth most affected country by the pandemic after the United States, Brazil, Russia, United Kingdom, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, claimed reports.

Meanwhile, the aviation industry has started functioning from today. However, only domestic flights will be flying with thermal screening of all passengers and compulsorily they must be registered with the Aarogya Setu app on their phones as per the directives.

The country has also allowed certain relaxation in the restriction like, reopening of saloons and barber shops with not more than one person. Similarly, in Chennai, which has recorded one of the highest spike of cases, has allowed industrial estates to operate with minimum number of workers.

(With inputs from agencies) 

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