New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: With 1,594 cases and 51 deaths reported in last 24 hours, the number of coronavirus cases in India nears 30,000-mark and reached 29,974 cases, while the death toll also surged to 937, according to the latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday.

Of the total number of cases, there are 22,010 active cases, while 7,027 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals. The recovery rate stands at 23.33 per cent.  

Among the Indian states, Maharashtra remains the worst affected state in the country with 8,590 cases and 369 fatalities. It is followed by Gujarat with 3,548 cases and 162 deaths, while in Delhi 3,108 people have been infected with the coronavirus and 54 deaths have been reported.

The virus has also claimed the lives of 110 people in Madhya Pradesh. At least 46 people have died because of the virus in Rajasthan, while 31 people each have succumbed to death in Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh.

Meanwhile, the Health Ministry today said currently plasma therapy is at experimental stage and there is no evidence yet to support that it can be used as treatment for COVID-19.

Addressing a press briefing, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said currently there are no approved therapies for COVID-19 and there is not enough evidence to claim that plasma therapy can be used for treatment of the disease.


"ICMR has launched a national-level study to study efficacy of plasma therapy in treatment of COVID 19. Till ICMR concludes its study and a robust scientific proof is available, plasma therapy should be used only for research or trial purpose. If plasma therapy is not used in proper manner under proper guidelines, then it can also cause life threatening complications," said Agarwal as reported by news agency PTI. He also said that the doubling rate of coronavirus cases now stands at 10.2 days.



(With PTI Inputs)

Posted By: Talib Khan