India’s COVID-19 death toll nears 2,500; cases over 74,000


Passengers stand in a queue to board a special train service from Secunderabad to New Delhi, outside the railway station at Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on May 13, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)
Passengers stand in a queue to board a special train service from Secunderabad to New Delhi, outside the railway station at Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad on May 13, 2020. (Photo by NOAH SEELAM/AFP via Getty Images)

AS India is all set to enter into the fourth phase of its lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, the number of infections has jumped to 74,281 on Wednesday (13), the health ministry said. The deadly virus has claimed 2,415 lives so far in the country. 

India has registered 122 fresh deaths and 3,525 new cases in the last 24 hours, according to the ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 47,480 while 24,385 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.  The recovery rate in the country is around 32.83 per cent.

Of the total deaths since Tuesday (12) morning, 53 were in Maharashtra, 24 in Gujarat, 13 in Delhi, eight each in Tamil Nadu and West Bengal, four each in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, two each in Telangana and Uttar Pradesh and one each in Andhra Pradesh, Punjab, Chandigarh and Puducherry.

Maharashtra tops the total tally of deaths due to COVID-19 with 921 fatalities, Gujarat comes second with 537 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh (225), West Bengal (198), Rajasthan (117), Delhi (86), Uttar Pradesh (82),Tamil Nadu (61) and Andhra Pradesh (46).

The death toll reached 32 in Punjab and Telangana each. Karnataka has reported 31 fatalities due to the respiratory disease, Haryana has registered 11, Jammu and Kashmir 10, Bihar six and Kerala has reported four deaths.    Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Odisha have recorded three COVID-19 fatalities each while Himachal Pradesh and Assam have reported two deaths each. Meghalaya, Uttarakhand and Puducherry have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data.

The highest number of confirmed cases in India is in Maharashtra at 24,427 followed by Gujarat at 8,903, Tamil Nadu at 8,718, Delhi at 7,639, Rajasthan at 4,126, Madhya Pradesh at 3,986 and Uttar Pradesh at 3,664.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to  2,173 in West Bengal, 2,090 in Andhra Pradesh and 1,914 in Punjab. It has risen to 1,326 in Telangana, 934 in Jammu and Kashmir, 925 in Karnataka, 831 in Bihar and 780 in Haryana.    Kerala has reported 524 coronavirus cases so far, while Odisha has 437 cases.

A total of 187 people have been infected with the virus in Chandigarh and 172 in Jharkhand.       Tripura has reported 154 cases, Uttarakhand has 69 cases, Assam and Himachal Pradesh have 65 cases each, Chhattisgarh has 59 and Ladakh has registered 42 cases so far.

Thirty-three COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.    Meghalaya and Puducherry have registered 13 cases each while Goa has seven COVID-19 cases. Manipur has two cases. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have reported a case each.