Coronavirus deaths cross the 1,000 mark in India, biggest jump in last 24 hours

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 29, 2020, 11:21 AM(IST)

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As many as 1007 people have died because of the virus while one patient was migrated. Total active cases are 22,629.

As the lockdown 2.0 is coming close to its end date, people are wondering if the lockdown will be lifted this time, or will it be extended for a lockdown 3.0. While it is being believed that the lockdown has helped India get control of the situation, the number of positive cases that are on a rise tell a scary story.

According to official figures released, 73 people have died in the last 24 hours, recording the biggest jump in the number of deaths in a day. The number of positive coronavirus cases as well as the death count has doubled in the past 10 days.

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According to the latest figures from the Union Health Ministry, as much as 1,007 people have died of coronavirus in the country and 31,332 cases have been reported so far. 

While the plasma therapy is giving some hope to the citizens, ICMR has said that currently there are no approved, definitive therapies for coronavirus. The government has also announced plasma therapy is still in an experimental stage and can even prove life-threatening for a patient.

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In India, Maharashtra is still the worst-affected state as more than 729 new cases were reported taking the total toll to 9,318, and the death toll to nearly 400 as the state reported its highest single-day death count of 31.

Delhi has recorded a total of 3,108 positive cases as a CRPF battalion in Delhi has reported 47 cases of coronavirus, including one jawan who died yesterday. Following this news, the entire battalion of nearly 1,000 personnel has been quarantined.

Tamil Nadu, too, has been fighting its battle by implementing a four-day intense lockdown in Chennai and Coimbatore, and a three-day lockdown in  Salem and Tirupur, which ended last night. Coronavirus cases in the state crossed the 2,000-mark, with 25 reported deaths.

As people wait for a decision on the extension or lifting up of the lockdown, there has been no official word from the government yet. Prime Minister Narendra Modi joined the Chief Ministers on a video meeting. It is being speculated that the lockdown could continue beyond May 3 in parts of the country which have been worst affected by the pandemic.

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on Tuesday, said that the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases has slowed to 10.9, with a recovery rate of 24.56 per cent.

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