New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India's tally of positive coronavirus cases reached 46,711, with 3,875 new infections reported in last 24 hours, according to the data provided by the health ministry on Tuesday evening. The death toll in the country also climbed up to 1,583 fatalities, with an increase of 194 deaths in a span of 24 hours. 

Of the total 46,711 cases, 31,967 are active cases, while 13,160 people have been cured and discharged from the hospitals from across the country so far. 

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra continues to topple the list with 14,541 cases and 583 deaths so far. Following Maharashtra, Gujarat, with 5,804 cases and 319 deaths remains on the second position, while the national capital, Delhi, 4,898 cases and 64 deaths so far, making it the thrid worst affected state in India. 

Meanwhile, infections in Madhya Pradesh crossed the 3,000-mark and reached 3,049 with 176 deaths. Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu also crossed the 3,000-mark and reached 3,061 with 77 deaths and 3,550 with 31 deaths respectively.  

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday also said that it a matter of concern that health professionals are contracting coronavirus.

"For us, it is a matter of concern if any health professional gets infected. It is particularly important for all of us to ensure we take precautions while dealing with cases. There are two sets of cases we have found. First is while attending medical duties and second is someone getting infected and in process being a professional also got infected," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, during the regular media briefing on COVID-19 situation.

"We have been working with all the states and others to ensure that everyone is oriented on the proper use of PPEs and proper infection prevention measures. We have come with rational use of PPEs even in hospitals dealing with non-COVID patients," he said.

The remarks came after several cases of health professionals contracting coronavirus were reportedacross the country. Agarwal also informed that the doubling time of coronavirus cases in the country has improved from 3.4 days before lockdown to 12 days now.

"Lockdown has yielded very positive results, doubling time has improved from 3.4 days before lockdown to 12 days now. At the same time, it is important that we sustain the momentum," he said.

(With ANI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan