BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: Coronavirus cases in the country are on the rapid rise, showing no sign of abating. Figures point to the fact that the cases have more than doubled in India in the past week.
What’s even more worrying is that a second coronavirus case has been reported from Mumbai’s Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, in less than 24 hours. On Wednesday, a man who tested positive for the highly contagious virus died. His home was sealed and other seven residents of the house have been home quarantined. They will be tested on Thursday.
Mumbai is among the virus hotspots identified by the country. The total number of positive cases in Maharashtra is 335, 16 people are dead. Last Thursday, COVID-19 cases in the country were under 700. This Thursday, the cases have nearly jumped to 2,000. The figure includes 1,764 active cases, 150 recoveries and 50 deaths.
At this pace of increase in fresh coronavirus cases, the number of patients could go beyond 10,000 by the end of the 21-day lockdown.
It will be too early to predict whether the rate of the increase in coronavirus cases in the country will pace up or hit a plateau in days to come. The government is also trying to push the testing numbers which could further have an impact on the number of fresh cases.
India reported 437 new COVID-19 cases between March 31 and April 1. As many as 131 new coronavirus cases have been reported across the country in the last 12 hours, the health ministry announced.
With agency inputs