AGENCIES, New Delhi: India has recorded 149 deaths linked to coronavirus, with 35 dying in the last 24 hours alone. The latest data from the Union Health Ministry takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country past the 5,000 mark, to 5,274 cases. This is the biggest spike in both the number of cases and deaths.
The 21-day lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24, is expected to end on April 14. But with the number of coronavirus cases showing a steady rise, several states, including BJP-ruled Uttar Pradesh, has indicated that they would prefer an extension. While government sources said it is considering the states’ proposal, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar on Monday said a decision would be taken “in the national interest” at the right time.
Telangana, which also suggested an extension of lockdown, quoted a survey by Boston Consulting Group, which advised lockdown till June 3. According to it, the coronavirus cases in the country will peak by June 1, state minister KT Rama Rao said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, total 1,21,271 tests for COVID-19 have been done. On Wednesday, Maharashtra still was on the top of the chart with 1018 confirmed cases and 64 deaths. Delhi was a close second with 576 confirmed cases, Kerala with 336 cases and Madhya Pradesh with 229 and Karnataka with 179. Meanwhile, in West Bengal, the Mamata Banerjee government stated that 71 coronavirus positive cases have been found till now and 61 of them belong to 11 families and they did not maintain social distancing. Also, out of the 200 Tablighi Jamaat attendees who were from Bengal, 108 are foreign nationals. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry website showed the number of confirmed cases in West Bengal as 99.