India’s Covid-19 cases cross 70,000-mark, Maharashtra tops the chart with 23,401 cases

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India on Tuesday (May 12) crossed the 70,000-mark for Covid-19 cases. More than 3,600 new positive cases were reported across the country in the last 24 hours.

India on Tuesday (May 12) crossed the 70,000-mark for Covid-19 cases. More than 3,600 new positive cases were reported across the country in the last 24 hours, according to the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The death toll jumped to 2,293 with 87 fatalities in 24 hours. The active cases in the country stand at 46,008, while those cured are 22,454. The numbers come on a day when the country takes the first steps towards normalising public activity with the Indian Railways resuming passenger services on restricted routes.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, most of the new cases came from Maharastra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Delhi. In Maharastra, there were 23,401 Covid-19 patients and 868 deaths. The tally for Gujarat is 8,541 positive cases and 513 deaths. Tamil Nadu has the third-highest number of cases at 8,002, followed by Delhi at 7,233.

The death toll climbed to 31 in Karnataka and in Punjab. Telangana has reported 30 deaths, Haryana - 11, Jammu and Kashmir - 10, Bihar - six and Kerala - four. Jharkhand and Odisha have recorded three COVID-19 fatalities each, while Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Chandigarh have reported two deaths each. Meghalaya and Uttarakhand have reported a fatality each, according to the ministry data.

According to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), as many as 17,59,579 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in the country till 9.00 am on Tuesday.

After tapering last month, India’s coronavirus trajectory has picked up this month, with new infections and deaths rising faster in India than in most other countries, according to Livemint Covid tracker. India’s case count is now roughly double what it was eleven days ago.

At the current rate of compounded daily growth, the number of cases could rise to 100,000 in seven days. The continuing rise in cases pose a severe challenge for India’s strained medical capacity and overburdened health system.

The Union health ministry has laid out a comprehensive community surveillance strategy that experts have long said was crucial in managing the outbreak. The new guidelines released on Monday said that 200 people will be tested at health facilities in each of India’s 733 districts every week to check whether they have or have had Covid-19.

The guidelines have been sent to all districts, which will now need to select 10 health facilities – of these six need to be run by the state – where certain sets of people will be put to swab as well as blood tests.

The swab tests identify a concurrent infection while the blood tests can detect if a person has previously had the infection and is now fighting or has fought it off (with inputs from agencies).

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