Coronavirus cases climb to 17,265 in India, 543 deaths

The nationwide lockdown has entered the 26th day even as the number of Coronavirus positive cases continues to rise steadily on a daily basis.

As per the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, the COVID-19 cases stand at 17,265  in the country and the death toll is 543. The tally of those cured, discharged from hospital stands at 2,547, the ministry said. There have been 1,553 new cases and 36 deaths in last 24 hours, the ministry’s data showed.

Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases in India and has recorded 211 deaths from the infection while Madhya Pradesh has reported 70 COVID-19 fatalities. Gujarat is placed third in the list with 58 deaths

On a worrying note, all 186 cases reported by Delhi on Saturday were asymptomatic. Amid this, the government has said that selective relaxation will be given in non-containment areas from Monday, but strict restrictions will continue in districts declared COVID-19 hotspots.

As India gears up for selective relaxation in lockdown in non-containment areas from today, the number of coronarivus cases in India has risen to 17,265 after 1,553 fresh infections were reported in past 24 hours.

The death toll has gone up to 543. In India, over 4 lakh samples have been tested so far. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday asserted that doubling rate of Covid-19 cases has increased from three days before imposition of lockdown in March to 9.7 days now.

The states across India  – under a lockdown since March 25 to check the spread of the highly infectious COVID-19 – are set to ease restrictions today to boost economic activity in non-containment zones in line with announcements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week.