India’s coronavirus cases cross 125,000

India’s coronavirus cases cross 125,000
People wearing face masks following the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak leave at the flagging-off India’s first ICU bus- Mobile COVID ICU at DME office, Koti, in Hyderabad on Thursday. Pic: Venkat Rao MBCCL
  • With more than 6,000 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, India’s total count of COVID-19 infections jumped to 1,25,101.
  • Of the total cases, 69,597 are active, 51,783 have recovered while 3,720 people have lost their lives due to the deadly virus
As Lockdown-4 brought in easing of restrictions across the country, India crossed the 1.25 lakh mark coronavirus cases with the total number rising to 1,25,101, the Union Health Ministry data revealed on Saturday.

Of the total cases, 69,597 are active, 51,783 have recovered while 3,720 people have lost their lives due to the deadly virus.

The worst hit state continued to be Maharashtra with 44,582 cases, 1,517 people deaths while 12,583 people have recovered. Next is Tamil Nadu with 14,753 cases and 98 deaths while Gujarat is at the third spot with 13,268 cases and 802 deaths.

Delhi has so far reported 12,319 cases with 208 fatalities and 5,897 people recovering from the disease. States with more than 5,000 cases are Rajasthan (6,494), Madhya Pradesh (6,170) and Uttar Pradesh (5,735).

India’s coronavirus tally has easily outstripped that of China, where the disease emerged early this year. The daily average increase in cases has increased to 4,5000 cases a day over the course over the past week, according to the Health Ministry data.


May 22 updates

  • MP recorded 233 new corona cases every day in the past week
For the eighth successive day, a high number of fresh coronavirus cases continued to swarm Madhya Pradesh. On Thursday (May 21), 248 cases took the state’s tally to 5,981. The average of positive cases over the past eight days has been 233.

Within the state, Indore reported 59 fresh cases on Thursday taking its total to 2774 while the death toll in the district is 105. Overall, this took Madhya Pradesh’s death tally to 266.

Ujjain (61), Bhopal (27), Burhanpur (12) Khandwa (22), Morena (14) and Rewa (11) were other towns with a high number of new cases.

The government does acknowledge the rising trend caused by the heavy movement of migrant workers. However, its reactions have raised questions. On Thursday, the government relaxed a ban on marriage ceremonies.But the new order restricts attendance to 50. Violations will be subject to FIRs.

  • Gujarat’s coronavirus cases tally near 13,000 mark, death toll at 773
The number of positive Covid-19 cases in Gujarat mounted to 12,910 on Thursday (May 21) with the addition of 371 new cases. The state also reported 24 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking its Covid-19 toll to 773.

There are 6,649 active cases in the state at present, out of which the condition of 6,597 is stable, whereas 52 critical patients are still on ventilator support.

The increasing trend of cases surfacing from outside the three major cities -- Ahmedabad, Surat and Vadodara — continued on Thursday, causing worry for the health authorities.

Of the 371 cases reported on Thursday, the most came from Ahmedabad at 233, followed by Surat (34), Vadodara (24), Mahesana (13), Banaskantha (11), Mahisagar (9), Aravalli (7), Gir-Somnath (6), Gandhinagar (5), Kutch (4), Sabarkantha, Jamnagar, Dahod, Navsari and Surendranagar (3 each), Narmada and Junagadh (2 each), and Panchmahals and Kheda (1 each).

  • UP witnesses highest single-day spike at 341
Uttar Pradesh on Thursday (May 21) reported 341 new Covid-19 cases, recording the highest single-day spike so far and taking the state’s coronavirus tally to 5,515. As many 138 persons have succumbed to the dreaded virus till now.

Of the new cases that surfaced on Thursday, Budaun reported 17 cases, followed by Jaunpur (16), Ayodhya (11) and Maharajganj (7). Majority of the new patients were migrant workers who had recently returned from Maharashtra.

Principal Secretary for Health, Amit Mohan Prasad, said that testing has been intensified in the state and the new patients are being given proper treatment.

  • Bengaluru civic body declares new COVID containment zones
The city civic body, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has declared two places in the city as containment zones in the past two days, owing to rising COVID cases, an official said on Thursday.

“Mallathahalli in Nagarbhavi 2nd stage has been declared a containment zone. This area in Jnanabharathi Ward number 129 under RR Nagar zone is being scaled down,” tweeted BBMP Commissioner B. H. Anil Kumar.

Kumar said the civic body is taking all measures to break the chain of COVID transmission. On Wednesday also, BBMP declared new containment zones in the city.

“With fresh cases reported from Jnanabharathi Nagar & Nagawara, BBMP has declared new containment zones. Inspected Ward 23 and directed a complete seal down of Nagawara,” he said.

Contact tracing in the containment zones is in progress. The civic bodyworkers barricaded Nagawara Ward 23 at the entry and exit points.

Meanwhile, BBMP has also deputed three teams to look into the complaints of returnees from abroad and other states who chose to quarantine themselves in hotels at their own expense.

“BBMP has set up 3 teams to look into issues raised by returnees in hotel and hostel quarantine with regard to cleanliness, hygiene, food arrangements and other issues,” Kumar said.

  • Maharashtra records 64 new deaths; cases tally rises above 41,000 mark
Maharashtra coronavirus tally rose past 41,000, as the state continued to notch fatalities above 50 and over 2,000 patients consecutively since the past five days.

This comes to roughly one death every 22 minutes, and a staggering 98 new cases every hour.

With 64 fatalities - down by 12 from highest-ever 76 notched on May 19 - the state death toll now stands at 1,454, and the total number of coronavirus patients increased from 39,397 to 41,642 on Thursday.

The Health Department said with today’s cases, the number of active cases has gone up to 28,454, swelling by a stupendous 2,290 over Wednesday’s 26,164.

Of the total 64 fatalities, 41 were recorded in Mumbai alone for the second day running - the second-highest single-day figure after 43 deaths on May 19 - and the city’s toll increased from Thursday’s 841 to 882 now, while the number of Covid-19 positive patients here shot up by 1,382 cases to 25,500.

Mumbai’s Dharavi slum alone continued to be a major hotspot and concern for the health authorities, notching 47 new cases on Thursday, taking the total number of patients to 1,425, and 56 deaths to date.

  • Global COVID-19 cases top 5.1 million, according to Johns Hopkins
The overall number of global coronavirus cases has surged to over 5.1 million, while the death toll stood at 332,900, according to Johns Hopkins University.

As of Friday morning, the total number of cases stood at 5,101,967, the University’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

The US accounts for the world’s highest number of cases and deaths at 1,557,140 and 94,709, respectively.

In terms of cases, Russia has the second-highest number of infections at 317,554, followed by Brazil (310,087), the UK (252,246), Spain (233,037), Italy (228,006), France (181,951), Germany (179,021), Turkey (153,548), Iran (129,341), India (118,226) and Peru (108,769), the CSSE figures showed.

Meanwhile, the UK came in second after the US with 36,124 COVID-19 deaths.

The other countries with over 10,000 deaths are Italy (32,486), France (28,218), Spain (27,940) and Brazil (20,047).

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 Pradesh2647170953
3Arunachal Pradesh110
8Dadar Nagar Haveli100
13Himachal Pradesh152593
14Jammu and Kashmir144968420
19Madhya Pradesh59812843270
28Tamil Nadu13967628294
32Uttar Pradesh55153204138
33West Bengal31971193259
34Cases being reassigned to states162000

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