Coronavirus LIVE Updates: India's death toll crosses 1,000-mark, infections at 31,332
Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: As the second wave of lockdown in India is nearing its date to end on May 3, the death toll due to coronavirus pandemic crossed the 1,000-mark on Wednesday to reach 1,007 while the total number of positive cases crossed the 30,000-mark to reach 31,332 including the 7,695 people who have been treated and discharged so far.
In less than 15 days, the number of hotspot districts (red zones) has shrunk to 129 from the 177 that were identified on April 15, after three weeks of implementing the curbs. The number of orange zone districts has risen from 207 on April 15 to 250 now, sources in the Health Ministry said. Coronavirus has spread to more districts over the past few weeks but clusters of larger and faster transmission have emerged in the major urban centers of Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Indore, and Ahmedabad.
On the global front, the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) has so far claimed at least 2,16,989 lives and infected at least 31,14,659 people worldwide since its outbreak, according to a tally by John Hopkins University. The United States continued to be the worst-affected, with over 10,03,625 cases and over 57,000 deaths. President Donald Trump has projected that coronavirus deaths in the United States could reach 70,000, but said original projections were much higher as he explained why voters should consider re-electing him in November. He also doubled down on China for failing to tame the coronavirus at its very origin, saying it has led to 184 countries “going through hell”.