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Coronavirus India: 12 deaths, 601 positive cases detected since Friday

Govt said the condition of 58 coronavirus patients located in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala is criticaland

Saturday April 4, 2020 6:20 PM, ummid.com with inputs from IANS

India Coronavirus Update April 4

New Delhi: The Centre on Saturday April 4 said there have been 601 positive coronavirus cases and 12 deaths reported since Friday taking India's total corona infection to 2,902 and death toll to 68.

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, also said 1,023 coronavirus positive cases have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat in 17 states.

He said the condition of 58 coronavirus patients is critical, and they are located in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala. With 490 cases, including 26 deaths, Maharashtra has registered most coronavirus patients so far.

Tamil Nadu, the state with second highest number of cases in the country, witnessed a spike for the third consecutive day on Friday as it reported nearly 100 new patients.

Agarwal said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 68 and the number of cases has increased to 2,902. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 2,650, while 184 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated to another country.

According to the Ministry of Home Affairs official, nearly 22,000 Jamaat members and their contacts have been quarantined so far.

The official added that it is conducting rigorous contact tracing of the coronavirus cases linked to the Jamaat members.

The Health Ministry official said that the rate of rise in coronavirus cases in India has been far less as compared to other countries, and there is no need to panic at this point in time.

Agarwal said the government is scouting for various resources to sort out logistics involved in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

"Coronavirus testing is being done at 100 government labs and 10,000 tests are being conducted everyday. "We are also trying to procure N95 masks and personal protective equipment for doctors from various sources", said Agarwal.

The Indian Council of Medical Research said that 75,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the country so far.

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