India surpasses China’s official tally of Covid-19 cases as Lockdown 3.0 nears its end
India’s tally of Covid-19 cases crossed the 85,000 mark as more and more people continue to test positive for the deadly virus. The numbers declared by different states and union territories indicate that India has now surpassed China’s official tally of 82,933 confirmed Covid-19 cases.
Recent reports also reveal that some new cases have also emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, which is also the epicentre of Covid-19. Wuhan has reportedly 100 people undergoing treatment for the virus. The city has recorded 4,633 deaths due to the pandemic, while 78,000 people have been discharged after recovery.
With more than 3 lakh people dead and nearly 45 lakh people tested positive with the deadly virus worldwide, and several countries struggling to keep their economies from brutal collapse, fresh concerns have surfaced about a possible re-emergence of the disease.
Despite three successive lockdowns, India stands as the 11th worst affected nation in the world. With at least 2,679 deaths and nearly 30,000 recoveries, India’s tally of identified Covid-19 cases has crossed the 85,000 mark. At the time of writing this article, the number stands at 85,940.
Bihar, Karnataka and Jammu & Kashmir have crossed the 1,000 mark when it comes to Covid-19 positive patients, while Manipur, Goa, and Kerala remain mostly virus-free from the last few days due to the ramped-up testing and containment measures taken by the respective state governments.
As Lockdown 3.0 nears its end, urban clusters in the country continue to register a surge in the number of Covid-19 patients. The worst-affected state, Maharashtra has registered 29,100 cases so far, with death toll rising to 1,068. Gujarat’s Covid-19 tally rose up to 9,932, while Tamil Nadu crossed the 10,000 mark.
With the increasing number of infected people, several state governments have reportedly urged the central government to extend the nationwide lockdown a fourth time. The current lockdown ends on 17 May 2020.