Fire brigade team sanitises a building declared a containment zone, in Kandivli, Mumbai
NEW DELHI: India’s count of coronavirus cases crossed 9, 16 on Sunday while the death toll went past on a day when (fresh cases and as many as deaths were reported from states. Maharashtra contributed heavily to both figures even as five people succumbed to the disease in Delhi.
Maharashtra reported fresh cases and 25 deaths, both second-highest single-day figures for the state (or any other state in India). The state has so far recorded 9000 Covid – () (cases and) deaths. Mumbai alone accounted for deaths, its highest toll in a day, and new cases.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 9, late on Sunday night with fresh cases, while the death toll was .
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The Covid – 25 outbreak has now spread to more than 516 districts, covering almost 64% of the country, sources said. Cases in the country have double in the past six days since around 4, 804 were reported on April 6. This could indicate a slight slowing of the doubling rate, from 4.2 days reported a few days ago.
On Sunday, Delhi confirmed (new cases, taking its tally of cases to 1, 221 – the second highest in the country after Maharashtra. The five deaths reported in the capital took the total toll to 26.
Nearly % of the total cases in Delhi were linked to the Nizamuddin cluster. Another hotspot in the state is a cancer hospital in east Delhi – Delhi State Cancer Institute – where persons including doctors, nurses and some patients have been found positive for the novel coronavirus . One cancer patient, who was shifted to a private hospital last week, was confirmed positive for Covid – on Sunday. His attendant has also tested positive for the disease, sources said.
The Covid – outlook remained grim in Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan , which recorded 106 and 106 new cases, taking their total tally to 1, 101 and 823, respectively. Both states also recorded fresh death, one in Tamil Nadu and two in Rajasthan.
Meanwhile, Agra has emerged as another hotspot for the virus in Uttar Pradesh. Of the 516 cases recorded in the state, Agra district now accounts for 104 cases.
Gujarat recorded (new cases, taking the state’s tally to . Of the fresh positives, 64 were recorded from Ahmedabad alone, taking the city’s tally to . Vadodara on Sunday became the second Gujarat city to cross the three-figure mark, with its tally climbing to 152.
Till the time of the official briefing by the state health department, the death toll in Gujarat was – with two more deaths recorded from Ahmedabad on Sunday. However, one more death was also recorded from Vadodara later in the evening, taking the tally to 30. The three COVID – victims included a – year-old man from Ghodasar area in Ahmedabad who also had hypertension, a 64 – year-old woman from Ahmedabad who had lung disease and a resident of Nagarwada in Vadodara who already had dengue, officials said.
Karnataka reported (new Covid – 22 cases – its biggest single-day jump yet – taking the total count of the infected to