BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi/Mumbai: Eighty-three people have died in India after being infected with the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. Meanwhile, the country has recorded 472 cases in the last 24 hours, thus taking the total to 3,577. Meanwhile, on Sunday night, when India switched off lights for nine minutes at 9 pm and obeyed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal and showed unity in the fight against COVID-19, Delhi was the state with the highest number of positive patients. The total number of COVID-19 patients in Arvind Kejriwal’s states stand at 503. Maharashtra, where five patients have been infected by COVID-19 from Dharavi, Asia’s biggest slum, had 490 patients. Tamil Nadu comes a close third with 485 patients, and Kerala was the fourth most affected state in the country with 306 coronavirus positive patients. However, 274 people have also recovered from COVID-19.
In Telangana, while 31 patients recovered from COVID-19, the number of positive patients remain 269. In Uttar Pradesh, it is 227 and Rajasthan 200. West Bengal also saw a surge of cases with 80 positive patients followed by Harayana 59 and Punjab 57.
India recorded the highest number of cases (601) and deaths (12) on Saturday amid an unprecedented surge in the COVID-19 count over the last week linked to a controversial religious gathering in Delhi. More than 1,000 people who attended the religious meet held by Islamic group Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi last month have tested positive.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that India is working closely with the US to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed thousands and infected over a million across nations.
The religious event at a 100-year-old mosque complex in south Delhi by Islamic group Tablighi Jamat last month has been declared a coronavirus hotspot by the government, with 22,000 who were either at the event or came in contact with Jamaat members quarantined.
Cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat have been reported from 17 states — Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Karnataka, Andaman and Nicobar, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Kerala, Arunachal Pradesh and Jharkhand. Tamil Nadu is the worst hit with over 450 cases.
Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have also reported large numbers of COVID-19 cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat, with 87 per cent of Andhra’s cases so connected and positive cases reported from 27 UP districts. The North East has also been badly affected with 26 of 30 coronavirus cases connected to the Delhi mosque event.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackery warned people against communalising the fight against COVID-19, saying: “This COVID sees no religion.” Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Jagan Mohan Reddy made similar appeals.
In a first-of-its-kind massive drive to contain the spread of coronavirus, the Tamil Nadu government has deploy 16,000 trained workers for a door-to-door screening across Chennai. The trained workers – armed with personal protective equipment – would submit daily reports keeping a 24×7 monitoring of Chennai residents.
The World Bank has approved $1.9 billion in aid for 25 countries. The largest chunk of this – $1 billion – will come to India and should be used for “better screening, contact tracing and laboratory diagnostics, (buying) personal protective equipment and setting up new isolation wards”, the global financial institution has said.
With agency inputs