Maharashtra remains the worst hit state in the country with 5,368 fresh coronavirus cases recorded in last 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 tally to 2 lakh 11 thousand 987. 204 coronavirus patients died in the last 24 hours, taking the death count to 9,206 in the state. Mumbai reported 1,201 new cases, taking the case count in the financial capital of the country to 85,326. The number of COVID-19 deaths in Mumbai has gone up by 39, to 4,935.
Coronavirus cases in Delhi crossed the one lakh-mark on Monday, 125 days after the first case was reported in the city on March 2. 1,379 fresh cases and 48 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in Delhi now stands at 1,00,823 but it is significant that out of the total cases, over 72,000 patients have recovered from the infection.
In Tamil Nadu, the three week total lockdown in Chennai appears to be paying off. After crossing the 2,000-mark for five straight days, Chennai’s COIVD-19 tally is now under 1,800 for the third day. However, Madurai and districts in neighbouring Chennai have seen a virus spike. Tamil Nadu has recorded 1,14,978 cases so far, including 1,571 deaths.
Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru has seen a 15.7 per cent increase in COVID-19 cases over three days, data showed on Monday. While Karnataka has reported 25,317 coronavirus cases, Bengaluru alone has over 10,000 cases. More worryingly, Bengaluru also has the lowest recovery rate – 14.7 per cent compared to Delhi’s 71.7 per cent, Chennai’s 62 per cent and Mumbai’s 66.1 per cent.
Amid a huge surge in coronavirus infections in Assam’s Guwahati, a “first-of-its-kind” door-to-door coronavirus testing drive has been launched in the city. Guwahati has seen a surge of 4,000 new infections since June 15. Assam has reported 12,160 cases so far, including 14 deaths.
Kerala reported 193 fresh cases and two deaths on Monday, pushing the total case count to 5,622 and the death count to 27. Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that identifying the source of the coronavirus infection and contact-tracing for a person who tests positive are crucial within the state.
Ten states account for 92 per cent coronavirus-linked deaths and 84 per cent cases in the country. The states are Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Haryana.
The government, like many around the world, has gradually lifted virus restrictions to help the economy. Schools, metro trains in cities, cinemas, gyms and swimming pools remain closed however and international flights are still grounded.
The coronavirus pandemic has killed over 5.37 lakh people globally since it emerged in China late last year. Over 1.16 crore people have been infected with the highly contagious virus.