New Delhi: – The number of Coronavirus deaths in the country in the last 24 hours has reached 723, and there has been an addition of 1,752 new cases, hence taking the total number of cases in the country to 23,452. This is the highest addition of new cases in the country in one single day. Reports are being received that the total number of cases crossed 24,000 by Friday night.
While the increase in the number of cases in the country, there is some comforting news too. The health ministry informed that not a single case had been reported in the last 15 days from 80 districts in the country. It was also claimed by V K Paul, member of the Planning Commission, that the time for doubling the number of cases has eased from 7.5 days to 10 days. Before this, Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, held a dialogue with chief ministers of various states. Thereafter, he claimed that the cure rate in India is better than the rest of the world. 4,217 patients have recovered from the disease, which he said is a 20% cure rate.
Eighteen patients died in Maharashtra on Friday, and 394 new cases were added, taking the total number of cases in the state to 6,817. Eleven deaths were reported from Mumbai, and 357 new cases were added. The total number of deaths reported in the state is 310. The second-highest number of cases after Maharashtra, reported on Friday, were from Gujarat. Fifteen patients died in that state, and 191 new cases were added. 77 new cases were reported from Tamil Nadu. Along with Chennai, Madurai and Coimbatore are emerging as new hot spots of Coronavirus. The number of cases in Hyderabad, Telangana also are on the rise.
Therefore, the union home ministry has decided to send special squads to Chennai in Tamil Nadu, Hyderabad in Telangana along with Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat. These special units have been sent to six states already, including the red zone cities of Mumbai and Pune.