NEW DELHI: In the last 24 hours, India has seen its biggest jump in the positive COVID-19 cases in a day. The country recorded 149 cases in the span of 24 hours taking the total number of positive cases for the virus to 873, said the Ministry Of Health and Family Welfare.
The list showed that the total number of active coronavirus cases in India stood at 775. Out of all the 873 reported positive cases, 78 people have been discharged and 19 people have lost their lives. The remaining one person migrated from India. The Health Ministery also added that two new deaths were reported one each from Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
Maharashtra and Kerala are the worst-hit states with 177 and 165 cases respectively. So far, these states have reported these many deaths due to the pandemic:
MADHYA PRADESH: 2
TAMIL NADU: 1
WEST BENGAL: 1
JAMMU & KASHMIR: 1
HIMACHAL PRADESH: 1
According to a global case tracker called Worldometer that says it gives live statistics, the country has reported 906 infections and 20 deaths till Saturday 1 pm.
On Friday, the Health Ministry's data said that there were 724 positive cases and 17 deaths.
To fight the virus, India has taken unprecedented steps like the 21 days' lockdown announced by PM Modi on Tuesday. The surveillance has been increased and people have become more cautious about the pandemic.
Lav Agarwal, the Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said on Friday, "When the disease has spread to 192 countries, it means screening at entry points will serve no purpose. India anyway is in a state of lockdown that will show benefits if people follow the dos and don’ts. Since the disease is here, what we need to do now is improve our case management and strengthen surveillance within the community. Our efforts now are concentrating on not letting it spread further."