Coronavirus cases cross 37,000 in India, 2,293 cases in 24 hours

India’s total tally of confirmed coronavirus cases has crossed the 37,000 mark as states have recorded 2,293 new cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases now stand at 37,336 according to the ministry of health and family welfare.

In the past 24 hours, the death toll due to Covid-19 has increased by 71. The virus has already claimed 1,218 lives in the country. The country recorded 2,293 cases, 71 deaths in the last 24 hours.

Maharashtra is the worst-hit with highest tally at 11,506 followed by Gujarat at 4,721 and Delhi with 2,738 COVID-19 cases. The central government on Friday extended the nationwide lockdown by 2 weeks till May 17 amid rising COVID-19 cases in India.

India will now be under lockdown till 17 May with a complete ban on air travel, trains and inter-state road transport for the general public while educational institutions, theatres, malls, hotels and bars will also remain shut, the government announced on Friday but gave some relaxations for various business activities and people’s movement within areas with limited or no COVID-19 cases.

The decision to extend the lockdown by two more weeks after 3 May, when the second phase of these restrictions was scheduled to end, came amid a continuous rise in the number of people testing positive for the deadly virus infection across various states, including in major metropolitans, with the nationwide tally crossing 37,000. The death toll has crossed 1,200.

Maharashtra continued to remain the most-affected Indian state with a total of 11,506 cases. The state registered 26 new deaths in the past 24 hours. Out of the total cases 1,879 have recovered from the disease and a total of 485 have succumbed to it.