Coronavirus deaths in India cross 1000, cases climb to 31,332

India’s coronavirus count have crossed the grim milestone of 30,000-mark today, according to the ministry of health and family welfare. The states have recorded over 18,000 cases in last 24 hours, highest number of fresh cases reported in a single day since the pandemic.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India stood at 31,332. The deaths related to COVID-19 has climbed to 1,007 with 73 people succumbed to death on Tuesday. Maharashtra has reported 31 deaths followed by Gujarat (19) in last 24 hours.

India added 1,897 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 31,332, according to the health ministry’s 8 a.m. update. This includes 1,007 deaths and 7,696 patients who recovered.

Over the 24 hours, the government has recorded 73 deaths – the highest in a 24 hours pan. But data showed a similar record in recoveries with 827 people discharged.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is likely to address the nation at the end of this week is likely to extend the lockdown beyond May 3. However, during his meeting with the chief ministers of various states via video-conferencing, he asked them to prepare an exit plan depending on the on-ground situation in their respective states.

Of the total cases, 22,629 are active, 7,695 people have recovered, and 1007 people have died from the disease. Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 9,318, with 400 deaths and 1,388 people recovering from the deadly virus. Gujarat was the next which has reported 3,744 cases so far followed by Delhi which has reported 3,314 cases.

Plasma therapy, a treatment which has become quite popular to cure coronavirus patients, should only be used only for research and trial purposes, the health ministry warned.

The therapy could be life-threatening if it was not administered properly, according to Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, health ministry. Currently, there were no approved therapies for coronavirus, Agarwal added.