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New Delhi, April 10, 2020
India today reported 30 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the toll to 199, and 547 new cases of infection since last night, taking the total number to 6,412 so far, even as the Government continued to weigh its options on easing or extending the 21-day nationwide lockdown that will end on April 14.
Figures released by the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare this morning showed that the 30 new deaths included as many as 25 in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, three in Delhi, one in Gujarat and the first death in Jharkhand.
Of the total of 199 deaths so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 97, followed by 17 in Gujarat, 16 in Madhya Pradesh, 12 in Delhi, eight each in Punjab and Tamil Nadu, seven in Telangana, five each in Karnataka and West Bengal, four each in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, three each in Haryana and Rajasthan, two in Kerala, and one each in Bihar, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha.
The total number of 6,412 cases includes the 199 deaths and 504 patients who have been cured. This means that the number of active cases stood at 5,709 as of this morning.
Of the total of 6,412 cases, Maharashtra accounted for the highest at 1,364, followed by 834 in Tamil Nadu, 720 in Delhi, 463 in Rajasthan, 442 in Telangana, 410 in Uttar Pradesh, 357 in Kerala, 348 in Andhra Pradesh, 259 in Madhya Pradesh, 241 in Gujarat, 181 in Karnataka, 169 in Haryana, 158 in Jammu & Kashmir, 116 in West Bengal, 101 in Punjab, 44 in Odisha, 39 in Bihar, 35 in Uttarakhand, 29 in Assam, 18 each in Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh, 15 in Ladakh, 13 in Jharkhand, 11 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, ten in Chhattisgarh, seven in Goa, five in Puducherry, two in Manipur and one each in Arunachal Pradesh, Mizoram and Tripura.
Meanwhile, all indications were that the Government will extend the three-week nationwide lockdown, that was imposed on March 25 to contain the spread of the pandemic, by a week or two, with or without some relaxations in some areas.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hinted at such a move during a video interaction with leaders of political parties here on Wednesday when he said that several state governments, district administrations and exerts had suggested an extension of the lockdown that is slated to end on April 14.
Likening the situation to a "social emergency", he said the country had been forced to take tough decisions, and must continue to remain vigilant.
Meanwhile, various state governments have started announcing containment measures such as complete sealing of localities which had been identified as "hotspots" of coronavirus infections.
The Delhi government, for instance, announced on Wednesday that it has sealed 20 coronavirus hotspots across the city and all movements in these areas are completely barred.
In Uttar Pradesh, the state government on Wednesday decided to seal hotspots of COVID-19 infection in 15 districts. As soon as the announcement was made, large numbers of people in places like Noida and Ghaziabad came out to stock up on food articles, medicines and other essential items.
Some states have made the wearing of face masks compulsory for people when they step out of their homes for any reason.
The Odisha Government on Thursday extended the lockdown in the state till the end of April and urged the Centre to do likewise.