India’s SARS-CoV-2 infections rise past 2.7 lakhs on Sunday

India’s SARS-CoV-2 infections rise past 2.7 lakhs on Sunday
With more than 2.7 lakh fresh cases and 1,620 deaths reported only in the past 24 hours, the COVID-19 cases continued to soar in India. The country on Sunday reported 2,74,944 cases pushing the overall confirmed case tally to 1,50,57,767. The active cases across the states stood at 19,23,877. As many as 1,43,701 discharges were reported during the day.

Maharashtra reported as many as 68,631 new cases on Sunday. The total case tally of the state soared to 38,39,338 while the active infection load comprised 6,70,388. As many as 45,654 discharges and 503 new fatalities were recorded on the day. The total fatalities have reached 60,473.

Maharashtra has declared six states — Goa, Kerala, Delhi, Uttarakhand, Rajasthan and Gujarat— as sensitive origins. Those travelling from here will need to carry a negative RT-PCR report. They will be stamped and have to go under home quarantine for 15 days.

Uttar Pradesh reported 30,566 number of cases on the day taking the confirmed cases to 8,51,620. The active cases now stand at 1,91,457. As many as 9,041 discharges and 127 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours in th north Indian state. The death toll has risen to 9,830.

Delhi government has announced a one-week long curfew till next Monday 5 am amid rising COVID-19 cases in the state. The city saw a surge of 25,462 new cases on Sunday taking the total caseload to 8,53,460. The active infection load now comprised 74,941 cases. As many as 161 recent deaths took the overall fatalities to 12,121. The government on Monday deployed two teams of officers to monitor procurement and supply of oxygen and the antiviral remdesivir amid a shortage of both following an exponential rise in COVID-19 cases.

Karnataka reported 19,067 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 11,61,065. The active cases of the state have surged to 1,33,543. The death toll of the state has reached 13,351 after recording 81 recent deaths.

The active cases in Chhattisgarh continued to rise reaching 1,28,019 as the state recorded 12,345 new cases on Sunday. The new cases pushed the total confirmed case tally to 5,44,840. As many as 170 new deaths took the toll to 5,908.

A total of 12,248 new cases were confirmed in Madhya Pradesh on Sunday, taking the total tally to 4,08,080. The active cases of the state have surged to 68,576. The death toll of the state has reached 4,557 after recording 66 recent deaths.

Kerala’s case tally went up to 12,39,425 with 18,257 new incidences, 4,565 discharges and 25 deaths on Sunday. The active infections increased to 93,683. The state’s death toll is now at 4,930.

In Tamil Nadu, 10,723 new cases were registered on Sunday. The active infections stood at 70,391, while the total confirmed cases stood at 9,91,451. As many as 42 recent deaths took the toll to 13,113. The state government has announced fresh restrictions including night curfew from April 20 and total curfew on Sundays to curb the rising COVID-19 cases. The night curfew will be in force from 10 pm to 4am.

Other states which reported a spike in cases on Sunday included Gujarat (10,340 new cases), Rajasthan (10,262), Bihar (8,690), West Bengal (8,419), Haryana (7,177), Andhra Pradesh (6,582), Telangana (5,093), Punjab (4,900), Jharkhand (3,992), Odisha (3,664), Uttarakhand (2,630), and Jammu and Kashmir (1,526).

The Bihar government on Sunday decided to impose a night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announced. A decision has also been taken to extend the closure of schools/colleges/coaching centres till May 15. Religious places of all faiths will remain shut till May 15 in view of the sudden spike in coronavirus cases in the state, the chief minister said.