Coronavirus Pandemic: India's tally rises to 4,281 with 704 new COVID-19 cases in last 24-hrs, death toll mounts to 111

Updated: Mon, 06 Apr 2020 07:42 PM IST
Coronavirus Pandemic: India's tally rises to 4,281 with 704 new COVID-19 cases in last 24-hrs, death toll mounts to 111
India on Monday evening reported 704 fresh cases of COVID-19 in last 24 hours.
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk:  India on Monday reported 704 positive cases of COVID-19 and 24 fatalities due to the pandemic in the last 24 hours, the biggest rise in the country since the outbreak began, according to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total number of coronavirus positive cases have reached 4,281, which includes 3,851 active cases and 111 deaths. Of the total number of cases, 319 have been cured, discharged or migrated. 
 
The majority of cases have been reported from  Tablighi Jamaat, a religious congregation held in Nizamuddin area of the national capital last month.  

Earlier today, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare along with Indian Council of Medical Research in its daily press conference said that 25,000 local Tablighi members have been quarantined and five Haryana villages where they visited have been sealed. 
 

Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry, said that 63 per cent deaths recorded due to coronavirus have been reported among people who have crossed the age of 60 years.  

"Number of COVID-19 deaths stand at 109, with 30 people succumbing to it yesterday. 63 per cent of the deaths have been reported among people over 60 years age, 30 per cent in age bracket of 40 to 60 years and 7 per cent victims were below 40 years age," he was quoted as saying by ANI. 

The Health Ministry also allowed the use of anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine for healthcare workers dealing with coronavirus patients. 

"There is limited evidence of its efficacy and there is not sufficient evidence to use it at community level," the ministry asserted.

Meanwhile, the ICMR said that an order for 5 lakh antibody testing kits for COVID19 tests in hotspots have been placed and that they 2.5 lakh kits will be delivered by April 9. 

(with ANI inputs)

Posted By: James Kuanal

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