Coronavirus cases in India near 3.45 lakh, death toll inches close to 10,000

India witnessed another sharpest jump in coronavirus death toll as the states had recorded 380 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The causalities from the coronavirus pandemic rose to 9,900.

Maharashtra reported a record number of deaths on Monday. The deadly novel virus claimed 178 lives in the western state in the last 24 hours. The deaths from the coronavirus infection saw an uptick in the last few days.

As many as 10,667 new cases were confirmed in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus patients in the country increased to 343,091. Tamil Nadu and Delhi registered a drop in the fresh cases on Monday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also interact with chief ministers of states and representatives of union territories on Tuesday and Wednesday to discuss ways to check the pandemic as a phased lockdown exit continues across the country.

Amid rising number of cases, Tamil Nadu government announced total lockdown for Chennai and its suburbs from June 19-30 when only essential services would be allowed.

The decision followed suggestions from an expert panel on scaling down lockdown relaxations to check the spread of the virus in the state, which recorded 44 deaths and over 1,800 new cases to take its tally to 479 fatalities and over 46,000 confirmed cases.

India, which faces an uphill task to contain the COVID-19 spread, eased lockdown restrictions last month. Experts say the rise in coronavirus cases is due to an early relaxation of measures.

The grave situation prompted Prime Minister Narendra Modi to call an emergency meeting with his cabinet ministers over the weekend to review the country’s coronavirus preparedness.