Covid LIVE: Maharashtra lockdown to be extended by 15 days, says Tope


Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope (Photo: ANI)

Coronavirus live updates: A day after reported a slight dip in the number of fresh Covid infections and fatalities, India on Wednesday recorded a massive surge of 360,960 cases and 3,293 deaths, according to MoHFW. The cumulative caseload stands at 17,997,267 and the death toll from the virus has crossed the 200,000-mark. India now has almost 3 million active cases. India has been reporting over 300,000 cases day by day for just about a week now.

Maharashtra witnessed almost 900 deaths. The state reported 66,358 new cases, Uttar Pradesh 32,921, Kerala 32,819 and Karnataka 31,830 cases in the final 24 hours. Meantime Delhi recorded 24,149 fresh Covid-19 cases and over 300 deaths for 6th day in a row.

The six most affected states by complete cases are Maharashtra (4,410,085), Kerala (1,405,655), Karnataka (1,400,775), Uttar Pradesh (1,086,625), Tamil Nadu (1,081,988), and Delhi (1,047,916).

According to a TOI reports, a proposal has been drawn up for a lockdown, with exemptions for a set of defined fundamental products and services, in around 150 districts with Covid-19 positivity rate of over 15% as health systems in these areas are seen to be under stress because of the pandemic.

A last decision will be taken by the Centre in consultation with state governments.

World coronavirus update: Coronavirus cases rise unabated across the globe with 149,313,302 infected by the lethal contagion. While 127,451,084 have retrieved, 3,148,014 have died so far. America remains the worst-hit country with 32,926,352, followed by India, Brazil, France and Russia. On the other hand, up to now seven days, India has added the highest number of fresh cases at 2,311,021, followed by the USA (408,104) and Brazil (392,743).

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