COVID-19: India’s cases cross 37,000, death toll at 1,218


Migrant workers deboard from a special train that arrived from Nasik during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Misrod railway station in Bhopal on May 02, 2020. (Photo by GAGAN NAYAR/AFP via Getty Images)
Migrant workers deboard from a special train that arrived from Nasik during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, at Misrod railway station in Bhopal on May 02, 2020. (Photo by GAGAN NAYAR/AFP via Getty Images)

INDIA has recorded 2,293 new COVID-19 cases and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours, said the health ministry. With this the total number of cases now stand at 37,336, and the virus claimed 1,218 lives as on Saturday (2).

Maharashtra continued to remain the most-affected Indian state with a total of 11,506 cases. The state registered 26 new deaths in the past 24 hours. Out of the total cases 1,879 have recovered from the disease and a total of 485 have succumbed to it.

The Indian government on Friday (1) extended the lockdown by another two weeks till May 17. The second phase will end on Sunday (3). The ministry of home affairs (MHA) said that the lockdown extension order was issued under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.

However, the state has provided some relief to districts that aren’t as severely affected by the virus. The green and orange zones have been allowed to resume some non-essential activities.

Gujarat has the second highest number of cases at 4,721 followed by Delhi’s 3,738 cases. Gujarat has registered a total of 236 deaths and 735 have recovered from Covid-19.

The country’s capital has recorded a total of 61 deaths so far and out of the 3738 positive cases, 1167 have managed to recover from the disease.

The cases in Madhya Pradesh has gone up to 2719, followed by Rajasthan’s total cases zooming up to 2,666.

Uttar Pradesh now has a total 2,328 confirmed cases of coronavirus. Tamil Nadu’s tally has reached 2,526. The total number of Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh has reached 1,463.

According to the ministry of health and family welfare, the total number of active cases in the country has reached 26,167. A total of 9,950 have recovered in India.