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New Delhi, April 11, 2020
India today reported 33 more deaths due to coronavirus (COVID-19), raising the toll to 239, and 686 new cases of infection since last night, taking the total number to 7,447 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 33 new deaths included as many as 17 in Madhya Pradesh, 13 in the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, two in Gujarat and the first one in Assam.
Of the total of 239 deaths so far, Maharashtra accounted for the highest number at 110, followed by 33 in Madhya Pradesh, 19 in Gujarat, 13 in Delhi, 11 in Punjab, eight in Tamil Nadu, seven in Telangana, six each in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, five in West Bengal, four each in Jammu & Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh, three each in Haryana and Rajasthan, two in Kerala, and one each in Assam, Bihar, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha.
The total number of 7,447 cases includes the 239 deaths and 643 patients who have been cured. This means that the number of active cases stood at 6,565 as of this morning.
Of the total of 7,447 cases, Maharashtra accounted for the highest at 1,574, followed by 911 in Tamil Nadu, 903 in Delhi, 553 in Rajasthan, 473 in Telangana, 435 in Madhya Pradesh, 431 in Uttar Pradesh, 364 in Kerala, 363 in Andhra Pradesh, 308 in Gujarat, 207 each in Jammu & Kashmir and Karnataka, 177 in Haryana, 132 in Punjab, 116 in West Bengal, 60 in Bihar, 48 in Odisha, 35 in Uttarakhand, 29 in Assam, 28 in Himachal Pradesh, 18 each in Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh, 15 in Ladakh, 14 in Jharkhand, 11 in Andaman & Nicobar Islands, 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 experts had suggested an extension of the lockdown that is slated to end on April 14.
He is expected to take a final decision in the matter after a video conference with Chief Ministers of all States today.
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 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. Punjab announced on Friday that it was extending the lockdown in the state till May 1.