NEW DELHI: Even during the fourth phase of the national lockdown initiated to fight off the rapidly spreading coronavirus, the cases have continued to rise on a countrywide level in India. States recorded 5,611 new cases in the last 24 hours. The death toll also rose to 3,303 as around 140 individuals lost their lives yesterday i.e. Tuesday, May 19.
There are currently 61,149 active patients in the nation. The recovery rate in India has also improved as 42,298 individuals have recovered from the life-threatening virus and discharged from the medical facilities. In percentage, the recovery rate is at 39%.
Maharashtra continues to remain the worst affected state as it reported around 2,000 new cases of the virus for the third day in a row. The state also reported around 76 deaths in the last 24 hours, highest in the time period of one day. After Maharashtra comes Tamil Nadu and Gujarat as these states also detected a major number of cases in the 24 hours time period.
As far as the national capital, Delhi is concerned, there actually has been a decrease in the cases in the area. Around 500 cases got reported on Monday. Currently, there are around 10,554 cases in the capital city.
Dr Harsh Vardhan, the Health Minister also appealed to the public on Sunday, May 18 to maintain physical distancing as it is the 'most effective social vaccine'. He told the citizens to make sure they have strictly '2 gaz ki doori' while talking to one another. The testing capacity in India is at 1,00,000 tests per day.