By Special Correspondent: Simranjeet Kaur
New Delhi. (Coronavirus in India) India’s Coronavirus cases now crosses China To 90,648, Death troll to 2871
India crossed the 90,000 mark in number of COVID-19 cases on Saturday, becoming the 11th worst-affected country in the world passing China. The Union Health Ministry reported a rise of 4,864 infections and 118 deaths due to the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
The total number of cases has climbed to 90,648 while number of deaths due to COVID-19 has risen to 2,871.
With 53,553 active cases, India is the eighth largest in terms of active cases after the US, Russia, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and Peru. More than 30,000 patients have recovered so far, data showed.
However, a PTI tally of figures announced by states and Union territories, as of 9.15 pm put the total number of confirmed cases in the country at 90,326, deaths at 2,790 and recoveries at over 33,500.
Globally, more than 45.6 lakh people are reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus while 3,06,221 have died, according to a Reuters tally.
Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.
COVID-19 cases from different states:
In India, Maharashtra remained the worst affected state with its COVID-19 tally crossing the 30,000-mark on Saturday with 1,606 new cases and 67 more fatalities taking its death toll to 1,135.
Gujarat, the second worst-affected state, crossed the 10,000-mark on Saturday with 1,057 new patients being found positive for coronavirus including 709 “super spreaders” in Ahmedabad.
Gujarat now has 10,989 cases with 625 deaths, while Tamil Nadu’s overall tally has risen to 10,585.
The major worry, however, is a new phase of coronavirus infections in states like Kerala and Goa, which had become virtually free of new infections, have begun reporting new cases Whereas in places like Odisha, Bihar and Assam, the number has started increasing rapidly in the last few days.
Most of the new cases in the states are being linked to the influx of people from other states or other countries in special trains, flights and buses.
In Odisha, 65 people tested positive during the day, totaling 737, and officials said that most of these cases were from people who had returned from other states.
Ganjam in South Odisha now has the highest number of 277 cases reported in the state and most of them have returned from Gujarat and other states.
In Kerala, 11 found positive for COVID-19 after test, including 4 from Thrissur, 3 from Kozhikode and 2 each from Malappuram and Palakkad.
All of them came from outside the state – seven from abroad and two from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra.
There are currently around 57,000 people under surveillance in the state, of which around 3,000 came to the state through airports, around 800 from sea ports, more than 1,000
In Tripura, 11 people, including seven BSF personnel, tested positive on Saturday.
In Bihar, 46 new cases were registered in Patna, of which there are now 105 cases.
The number of cases in Bihar has increased sharply since the beginning of the month, mainly due to large number of migrants returning to their places of origin.
According to the state’s Department of Health, 427 of the returns have tested positive for COVID-19 since May 4. Most of them had come from Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra.
The high concentration of COVID-19 in urban clusters is another major cause of worry with five cities — Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Pune — as of Saturday accounting for over 50 percent of total infections with close to 46,000 cases. These five also account for over half of the nationwide death toll of close to nearly 2,800 so far.
On Saturday, Delhi reported 438 new cases, taking its tally to 9,333, while its death toll rose to 129.
Delhi is the third worst hit among the major urban centres after Mumbai and Ahmedabad, which reported 884 and 973 new cases, respectively. The COVID-19 case count in Ahmedabad has now risen to 8,144, while its toll has grown to 493.
Mumbai’s tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 18,396, while its death toll due to the pandemic is now 696 with 41 new deaths.
Chennai also saw its tally rising to 6,261. Among other major urban centres, Pune, Surat and Indore have also been reporting large numbers of cases.