Coronavirus death toll in India rises to 420  

New Delhi: The number of deaths in India has reached 420, while total cases reported stand at 12,759. On Thursday, 27 patients have died, and 826 new cases were recorded. The state of Maharashtra recorded the highest number of cases. A total of 286 new infections were reported from Maharashtra on Thursday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 3,202.    

Also, seven deaths were reported from Maharashtra om Thursday. Of these, three are from Mumbai and four from Pune. The new figures take the total death toll in Maharashtra to 194. Mumbai alone has seen 2,073 cases and 117 Coronavirus deaths. The Dharavi area in Mumbai reported 26 new cases. Therefore, the number of cases reported from this densely populated locality has reached 86. A policeman from the Khar police station was found to have been infected with the Novel Coronavirus. A total of 16 police officers in Mumbai were infected with the COronavirus while five policemen tested positive on Wednesday. Also, Thane and Badlapur recorded 9 and 8 new cases, respectively.  

Meanwhile, other states have also reported new cases – 110 from Madhya Pradesh, 62 from Delhi, 58 from Gujarat, 55 from Rajasthan, 25 from Tamil Nadu and 11 from Haryana. It wouldn’t be accurate to say that India is conducting a fewer number of tests in comparison to other countries. As of now, 290,401 people have been tested for the new Coronavirus. Of these, over 30,000 tests were conducted on Wednesday alone, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Luv Agarwal informed. As per a study, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) scientists conducted, one in every 24 people screened was found positive. Besides, the ICMR further stated that this ratio was equivalent to 11.7:1 in Japan, 6.7:1 in Italy, 5.3:1 in the United States and 3.4:1 in the United Kingdom.

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