India’s coronavirus tally inches closer to 150,000 mark— with more than 6,500 new cases in a day

Migrants from Surat in Gujarat arrives by a special train at Danapur Junction in Patna on Monday during nationwide lockdown-4.0: Day-8 as a preventive measure amid rising cases of COVID19 Novel Coronavirus.Pic by--K M Sharma, Patna (Bihar).BCCL
  • The number of coronavirus cases in India is nearing the 150,000 mark with more than 6,535 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours.
  • The total count of COVID-19 infections jumped to 145,380 as per Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday (May 26).
  • According to the Health Ministry — of the total — 80,722 are active cases while at least 60,490 people have been cured of the disease.
The number of coronavirus cases in India is nearing the 150,000 mark with more than 6,535 new coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours. The total count of COVID-19 infections jumped to 145,380 as per Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday (May 26).

According to the Health Ministry — of the total — 80,722 are active cases while at least 60,490 people have been cured of the disease. Meanwhile, at least 4167 people have died due to the disease.

The daily average increase in cases has increased to 6,000 cases a day over the course of the past week, according to the Health Ministry data.


Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit Indian state with the total number of Covid-19 cases climbing to 52,667. It’s followed by Gujarat which has 14,460 cases and Tamil Nadu with 17082 cases. National capital’s tally crossed the 14,000-mark on Monday (May 25) with a gross total of 14,053 coronavirus cases.

Gujarat’s coronavirus tally mounts to 14,468, death toll 888

With an addition of 405 new cases on Monday, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Gujarat has climbed to 14,468, while 30 deaths in the last 24 hours took the state’s death toll to 888.

Health authorities carried out a total of 3,492 tests in the past 24 hours, of which the results of 405 returned positive. Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of cases at 310, followed by Surat (31), Vadodara (18), Sabarkantha (12), Mahisagar (7), Gandhinagar (4), Panchmahals and Narmada (3 each), Bhavnagar, Anand, Surendranagar and Amreli (2 each), and Rajkot, Mahesana, Botad, Kheda, Patan, Valsad, Navsari and Porbandar (1 each).

The state has been reporting over 20 deaths daily since the beginning of May, and the trend continued on Monday with 30 more people falling prey to the deadly virus, taking the state’s death toll to 888.

Ahmedabad reported the maximum number of fatalities at 25 (15 males, 10 females), while two males and a female died in Gandhinagar. Surat (1 female) and Anand (1 male) also reported Covid-19 deaths

Out of the total death toll, 674 people have succumbed to the dreaded virus in May. Till date, 722 people have died in Ahmedabad alone, followed by 62 in Surat, 35 in Vadodara, 13 in Gandhinagar, 10 in Anand, 8 in Bhavnagar and 6 in Panchmahals.

Rail Bhawan offices closed after another staffer tests Covid-19 positive

The Railway Ministry on Monday decided to close all offices at the Rail Bhawan for two days after another staffer tested coronavirus positive, taking the number of cases at the Indian Railways’ headquarters to five within two weeks.

“Some officials of the Railway Board have recently tested COVID-positive. Accordingly, it has been decided to close all Offices at Rail Bhawan on 26 and 27 May 2020 to carry out intensive sanitization of rooms and common areas,” Railway Board Joint Secretary B. Majumdar said in a circular.


He went to say that the offices on the fourth floor of Rail Bhawan will remain closed till May 29 for thorough disinfection.

“During this period, all officers would work from home and are to be available at all times on the phone and other electronic means of communication. In case of any requirement for urgent work at the office, a specific directive would be given to the concerned officials for attending office.”

According to the Railway Ministry sources, a fourth-grade multi-tasking staffer, who last attended the office on May 19, tested Covid-19 positive. Nine of his contacts at the Rail Bhavan had been home quarantined, sources added.


With highest single day spike, Assam’s Covid-19 count jumps to 539

With 187 new patients detected on Monday— the single biggest jump in 24 hours, the number of Covid-19 positive cases in Assam mounted to 539, while after Sikkim, Nagaland reported its first coronavirus cases when three people, who returned from Chennai, tested positive.

According to Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and health officials of other northeastern states, the return of 80,000 people from southern and western India back to the northeast has led to a steep rise in Covid-19 positive cases in the region, especially in Assam and Manipur.

Sarma, in a series of tweets, said 90 per cent of the 539 Covid-19 patients in the state had been reported from the quarantine centres across the state’s 33 districts. Of the 539 positive cases, 470 are active cases and 62 discharged from the hospital, and four died.

Meanwhile, with the resumption of operations of domestic passenger services after two months, several thousand people returned to Assam and Manipur on Monday.

J&K tops with a testing rate of 10,000 per million

Jammu & Kashmir is now leading all states in the country with a testing rate of over 10,000 per million.


Rohit Kansal, the J&K government spokesman, told a press conference on Monday that J&K is testing 10,000 people per million thereby becoming number one in the country.

“The testing capacity in the UT has gone up from just about 100 tests per day in March to 8,000 tests per day today. In the last month alone it has gone up from 1,800 tests per day to 8,100 per day - an increase of 350 per cent,” said Kansal.

“Aggressive and sustained testing is the only effective weapon against the disease, and the administration shall continue to pursue it effectively. J&K was probably one of the first states or UTs to take note of the emerging situation and initiate action, and many of our interventions have not only been fast but effective too,” he said.


805 new Covid-19 cases take TN’s tally to 17,082

Tamil Nadu continued to register a rise in the number of Covid-19 patients, with 805 people testing positive over the past 24 hours. Of the new cases, 93 are from other states, according to the State Health Department, on Monday.

The number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 17,082. Death of seven Covid-19 patients has taken the toll to 118.

However, 407 Covid-19 patients were discharged from hospitals, taking the tally of cured people to 8,731. The number of active cases stands at 8,230.

On Monday, 11,835 samples were tested, taking the total to 4.21 lakh. Testing of 606 samples is under process.

The state capital with a high-density population continued to see the largest number of infections at 548, taking the tally to 11,131.

The number of infected children in the age group 1-12 went up to 1,044.

Here are the latest number of cases across states as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare website.
S. No.Name of State / UTTotal Confirmed cases*Cured/Discharged/MigratedDeaths**
1Andaman and Nicobar Islands33330
2Andhra Pradesh3110189656
3Arunachal Pradesh210
8Dadar Nagar Haveli200
13Himachal Pradesh223675
14Jammu and Kashmir166880923
19Madhya Pradesh68593571300
30Tamil Nadu170828731118
34Uttar Pradesh65323581165
35West Bengal38161414278
36Cases being reassigned to states297000
Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India

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