BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: With 41 new deaths in the last 24 hours, the death toll in India due to COVID-19 jumped to 686 on Thursday, as per the latest Health Ministry data. The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have reached 21,700. These include 16,689 active cases, 4,324 cured/discharged, 1 migrated and 681 deaths. The country has reported new cases 1,409 cases in last 24 hours.
Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state with 5,652 confirmed coronavirus cases and the death toll stands at 269, which is also the highest in the country.
Delhi has 2,248 coronavirus infections, and 48 deaths. Tamil Nadu has 1,629 cases. The southern state has reported 18 COVID-19 deaths.
Telangana has 945 cases, Uttar Pradesh continues to register a higher number of positive cases and now the number stands at 1,449 with 21 deaths and 173 cured.
The central health ministry data says, West Bengal has reported 456 cases with 15 deaths.
Meanwhile, the government on Wednesday said that attacks on healthcare professionals will be a non-bailable offence with jail term up to 7 years and Rs 5 lakh fine. “Our government has zero-tolerance against violence and harassment targeting doctors, nurses, paramedics and ASHA workers when they are doing their best to fight the pandemic,”