Death toll in India from COVID-19 passes 100

Cheryl Sanders
April 6, 2020

The confirmed cases due to the deadly contagion saw the highest jump in a single day after 525 new infections took the total to 3,072, including 57 foreign nationals, it stated.

In its morning update, the health ministry had reported 77 deaths in all, and at the 4 pm briefing, Agarwal said the death toll had gone up to 79.

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) officials, however, said that there is limited evidence on efficacy of hydroxychloroquine to deal with Covid-19, and also there is not enough proof to advise it for the public.

He also informed that coronavirus now affects 274 districts across the country.

According to the ministry, Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 24, followed by Gujarat 10, Telangana 7, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi 6 each and Punjab 5. Of them, 291 people have been cured and discharged after treatment.

India has suspended all tourist visas, as a majority of the confirmed cases were linked to other countries.

The data shows more than 1.2 million cases have been reported worldwide, with the global death toll above 69,000 and over 260,000 recoveries. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have reported two deaths each.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with the number of positive cases rising to 490, followed by Delhi at 445 and Tamil Nadu at 411.

Karnataka has reported 4 deaths, while West Bengal and Tamil Nadu each have recorded 3 fatalities.

In Uttar Pradesh, the Coronavirus tally has risen to 276 with 48 new cases testing positive on April 5.

Kerala has 314 active cases with 2 deaths, Ladakh 14 cases, Madhya Pradesh has 165 total cases with 9 deaths, Maharashtra has so far records highest number of 690 cases with highest number of 45 deaths.

There are 200 cases in Rajasthan and 161 cases in Andhra Pradesh. Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala. Goa has reported seven, followed by Himachal Pradesh with six, and Odisha and Puducherry with five cases.

"State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation", the ministry said on its website.

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