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India Sees Biggest Jump In COVID-19 Deaths, Cases In 24 Hours: 10 Points

India Sees Biggest Jump In COVID-19 Deaths, Cases In 24 Hours: 10 Points

India COVID-19 Cases: India is currently under a 21-day lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

New Delhi: India has recorded 149 deaths linked to coronavirus, with 35 dying in the last 24 hours alone. The latest data from the Union Health Ministry takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country past the 5,000-mark, to 5,194 cases. This is the biggest jump in both the number of case as well as deaths. The 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, is expected to end on April 14. The government will, however, take a final call on extending the lockdown after PM Modi's second meeting with Chief Ministers via video conference on Saturday. With the number of coronavirus cases showing a steady rise, the government is considering requests of several states to continue the lockdown, sources say.

Here are the top 10 updates on coronavirus in India:

  1. Several states, including BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, have indicated that they would prefer an extension. Telangana, which also suggested an extension of lockdown, quoted a survey by Boston Consulting Group, which advised lockdown till June 3. According to it, the coronavirus cases in the country will peak by June 1, state minister KT Rama Rao told on Tuesday.

  2. Assam and Chhattisgarh too have said they would like to keep the state borders closed or allow only restricted entry while they dealt with the infections.

  3. Schools and colleges are unlikely to open next week. A Group of Ministers that met Tuesday recommended that all educational institutions stay closed for another four weeks. It also suggested continuing the ban on religious gathering and meetings.

  4. States that have the most coronavirus cases are Maharashtra (1018), Tamil Nadu (690), Delhi (576), Telangana (364) and Kerala (336).

  5. A recent study by the ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) - the nodal agency for battle against COVID-19 - shows that if an infected person practice social distancing or is not quarantined, she or he can infect 406 people in 30 days. The Health Ministry said nearly 70 per cent people affected with coronavirus either show mild or very mild symptoms of the disease and may not require admission to dedicated hospitals.

  6. More than one-third of the total number of coronavirus cases in India is linked to a religious gathering in Delhi last month, which has been identified as a hotspot for the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus.

  7. Amid rising pressure over the export of the anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being tested as a coronavirus cure, the government on Tuesday said it will allow limited exports of the key drug to "nations that have been badly affected" by the pandemic.

  8. US President Donald Trump had made stunning comments about "retaliation" if India declined to export hydroxychloroquine. India, which supplies more than a quarter of the world's generic drugs, had last month restricted exports of 26 pharmaceutical ingredients and the medicines made from them to ensure enough domestic stocks amid rising COVID-19 cases.

  9. Globally, over 82,000 people have died of coronavirus, with over 14.3 lakh people infected.

  10. In the US, nearly 2,000 people infected with coronavirus have died in the last 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. US President Donald Trump has been widely criticised for initially downplaying the virus, which he likened to an ordinary flu and said was under control in the United States, before later accepting that it was a national emergency.