Confirmed coronavirus cases at 46433 in India, death toll rises to 1568

The number of new COVID-19 cases in India hit a new high today with states registering 3,900 coronavirus patients in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 46,433. Tamil Nadu became the second state after Maharashtra to add more than 500 cases in a day.

The country reported 3,900 new cases in the 24 hours leading to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update, taking the total tally to 46,433. This includes 12,727 patients who’ve been discharged and 1,568 who’ve died.

The data also shows a spike in the number of deaths reported. Over the last 24 hours, 195 people have succumbed to the pneumonia-causing virus, while 1,020 people have recovered.

Maharashtra continued to report the highest number of cases even on Monday. The total number of coronavirus patients in the state stood at 14,541 after over 1,500 people confirmed positive for coronavirus in last 24 hours. Mumbai alone accounted for 9,000 COVID-19 patients.

Aadhaar-based claims for public distribution system (PDS) would have saved a lot of misery for the poor, said Abhijit Banerjee during discussion on economic impact with Congress’ Rahul Gandhi today.

Abhijit Banerjee said it is pivotal to ensure direct cash transfer to the poorest in the Indian economy during the COVID-19 crisis. He also suggested that reliable NGOs can be roped in for this purpose.

“Migrant problem in a city like Mumbai has to be tackled by the state government, not the Centre,” said the nobel laureate.