AGENCIES, New Delhi: India clocked nearly 2,000 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, its biggest single-day spike so far, taking the total to 26, 496, including 824 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday morning.
Forty-nine deaths linked to the highly contagious illness were reported from different parts of the country in the last 24 hours. Nearly 68 per cent of the COVID-19 cases have been reported from 27 districts, the government data shows, indicating that the virus is spreading in clusters.
These “high load districts”” are spread across the states and Union Territories worst hit by the outbreak — Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Telangana, among others. In Maharashtra, which has reported India’s 13.8 per cent of COVID-19 cases, 47.6 per cent cases are from Mumbai. In Gujarat, the state with the second-highest number of cases in India, nearly 62 per cent of cases have been reported from Ahmadabad.
The country has recorded a huge jump in COVID-19 cases in a week’s time. From nearly 16,000 cases reported last Sunday, the COVID-19 count has crossed the 26,000-mark. The government, however, has said that the recovery rate, indicating the number of people who have successfully fought off the illness, has improved over the last 10 days.
More than 5,800 coronavirus patients have recovered so far. This morning, the recovery rate stood at 21.09 per cent as compared to 14.19 per cent last week; 741 patients recovered in the last 24 hours.
An intense lockdown begins in five cities, including Chennai, the state that has reported nearly 1,800 COVID-19 cases so far. People are not allowed to step outside their homes during this period of intense shutdown, which ends on Wednesday in Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore. In Tirupur and Salem, the stringent restrictions are in place till Tuesday.
In Mumbai, the worst affected city in India, the coronavirus count has crossed the 5,000 mark. On Saturday, Maharashtra, the state with the highest number of COVID-19 patients, reported 811 new coronavirus cases, taking the total to 7,628. Of these, nearly 240 cases have been recorded from Mumbai’s Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum.
Several Indian states are now considering the use of plasma therapy for the treatment of critical COVID-19 patients. According to healthcare experts, the plasma taken from the body of a patient who has recovered from COVID-19 includes antibodies that can help stabilise the immune system patients battling the infection.