India’s coronavirus cases rise to near 20,000

With 1,383 fresh coronavirus cases reported in India in past 24 hours, the total number of cases in India has gone up to 19,984, according to the latest data from Ministry of Health.

The death toll from Covid-19 has risen to 640 after 50 casualties were reported in 24 hours. And at present, there are 15,474 active coronavirus patients in the country. Health Ministry data showed that 3869 people who had been infected with conoravirus have recovered.

The nationwide tally of confirmed infections neared 20,000 with new cases reported from various states and the death toll crossed 600, the Union Health Ministry officials said.

The recovery rate has improved to 17.5 per cent and a record number of 705 patients were cured and discharged on Monday itself.

As far as Tamil Nadu is concerned, out of the 1,596 cases so far, state officials could not trace the source of infection of more than 60 people. Most of them were from Chennai, including a patient who tested positive more than a month after the suspected primary source was found infected.

State health officials continue to say that the spike in the number of cases was due to increased screening and rise of secondary infections, but medical experts say these cases could be a sign of community transmission.

Till date 87,159 passengers have completed 28 days follow-up. As on date 1,09,972 passengers were put under home quarantine for 28 days and 145 asymptomatic passengers from highly affected countries were being quarantined in quarantine facilities near airport and 1,917 COVID-19 suspected individuals were under hospital isolation.

A total of 22,254 patients were under active quarnatine and 145 under Government Quarantine. At present there were 29,074 beds in isolation wards and 3,371 ventilators.