COVID-19 tally rises to 21,393 in India, death toll 681


With an increase of 1,409 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 21,393.


Meanwhile, With an increase of 41 deaths, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 681.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday, the total number of active cases in the country is 16,454. Meanwhile, 4,257 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.

Maharashtra is the worst-affected state with 5,652 cases of which 269 patients have lost their lives due to the virus.

Gujarat comes second on the list with 2,407 cases, and Delhi is the third state with 2,248 cases.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. The lockdown, effective March 25, is supposed to end on April 14.

However, on April 14, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the 21-day national lockdown has been extended till May 3.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


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