On Saturday, according to the data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India has reached 1,73,763. This is the second day in a row that the country has seen a daily surge of more than 7,000 cases.
Even as the end to the nationwide lockdown nears, coronavirus infections continue to rise dramatically across the country. Out of the total infections, 82,370 COVID-19 patients have been cured, discharged or migrated. Meanwhile, the deadly virus has killed 4,971 people so far.
India has been on a nationwide lockdown since March 25 in a bid to contain the spread of this highly infectious virus. The country is currently on the fourth phase of the lockdown which is scheduled to come to an end on May 31st. Home Minister Amit Shah talked to chief ministers on Thursday and sought their views on the extension of the ongoing nationwide lockdown beyond May 31.
The virus, which originated in the Chinese city of Wuhan last December, has so far infected close to 6 million people worldwide. The global pandemic forced countries to order full or partial lockdowns which put a stop to business activities and put millions out of a job. The results of the pandemic have been devastating to both human life and the global economy.
Led by the United States, many countries are criticizing China for its role in spreading the outbreak, which they feel could have been contained at the source. They have blamed China of not disclosing the novel virus timely. The US is pushing the mainland for an inquiry into the origins of the virus.