NEW DELHI: The total number of coronavirus cases within the nation have gone beyond the 10,000 mark. The figures saw a sharp spike as 1,011 new cases got reported overnight, making the total 10,363, as per the current data. The figure includes 1,036 individuals who have been discharged or recovered and other 339 who lost their lives to the virus.
The first 5,000 cases got reported in the country within 70 days. Whereas, the other 5,000 cases got detected in just a few days. This has indicated that the rate of infection being spread as doubled.
The national lockdown, which was last for 3 weeks i.e. 21 days will be extended further. This is because most chief ministers of the states of India wish to extend their lockdown as the curve hasn't been flattened yet. States, such as Punjab, Telangana, Odisha, Maharashtra have already passed the orders to extend the lockdown by two more weeks.
Maharashtra now has 2,334 cases, followed by Delhi which has 1,510 cases. States like Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh also have 604 and 558 cases respectively.
ICMR or the Indian Council of Medical Research has also claimed that the first batch of the COVID-19 testing kits with rapid antibodies will be received by India soon around 15 April. These kits will help save time in terms of cases getting detected.
Narendra Modi, the prime minister of India will also be addressing the country at 10 am today, i.e. 14 April 2020.