AGENCIES, New Delhi: The number of coronavirus disease cases in India rose to 4067, with an increase of 490 in the last 12 hours, and the deaths related to Covid-19 were recorded at 109 on Monday morning, the Union health ministry said.
Maharashtra, which is the worst-affected state in the country, reported 777 Covid-19 cases including 45 deaths. Tamil Nadu was second with 584 patients of the coronavirus disease followed by Delhi, which has reported 528 cases with seven fatalities. The numbers in Delhi have risen after hundreds of people, who took part in the Tablighi Jamaat’s religious congregation in Nizamuddin, tested positive for Covid-19.
Mumbai and other cities in Maharashtra like Pune and Nagpur have recorded a substantial rise in the number of Covid-19 patients in last few days—of these nearly 85% are in Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune district, the most urbanised areas of the state.
The state government has decided to focus on these areas to contain the spread of the virus. The municipal corporations in these cities have been directed to implement the cluster containment action plan minutely to restrict the spread.
Municipal corporations in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai have formed 519 and 196 teams of the health works respectively to work in the containment zones and monitoring people who are in high-risk areas. Pune has 439 teams and Nagpur city has 210.
The jump in the number of coronavirus infections, officials said, has been driven by the detection of hundreds of people who attended the congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat, a Muslim missionary group, in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz last month.
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 have reported cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event in March.
The number of Covid-19 cases in the world was 1.25 million on Sunday night, and the number of deaths stood at 68,000.