Coronavirus: India's tally crosses 70,000; death toll reaches 2,294
India on Monday reported nearly 3,600 new cases of COVID-19 taking its total tally past the 70,000-mark. The nationwide death toll also stood at 2,294 on Monday, including co-morbid deaths, as per data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with Chief Ministers and has sought a blueprint on the lockdown exit strategy.
Health Ministry confirms 67,152 COVID-19 cases, 2,206 deaths
As of 8 am on Monday, the Union Health Ministry had reported 67,152 cases of COVID-19 including 2,206 deaths, 44,029 active cases, and 20,916 recoveries. According to data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics, India has reported 70,758 cases and 2,219 deaths. Including the deaths of 74 other patients—attributed to causes other than COVID-19 by states/UTs—the death toll reaches 2,294.
Here's how India's worst-hit states fared on Monday
Till Monday, Maharashtra reported 23,401 COVID-19 cases with 868 deaths. Gujarat's COVID-19 cases rose to 8,541 with 513 deaths. Further, Tamil Nadu reported 8,002 cases (including 53 deaths), Delhi reported 7,233 cases (including 73 deaths), Rajasthan reported 3,988 cases (including 113 deaths), Madhya Pradesh reported 3,785 cases (including 221 deaths), and Uttar Pradesh reported 3,573 cases (including 80 deaths).
Tamil Nadu and Telangana record biggest spikes
Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases for the sixth time since May 1. The state reported 798 new cases on Monday, including six new deaths. Telangana also recorded its biggest spike, reporting 79 new cases on Monday (no new deaths). Till now, the state has reported a total of 1,275 cases of COVID-19, including 30 deaths.
2-month-old tests positive in Chandigarh; Haryana death toll reaches 11
Assam reported two new cases taking its tally to 64. The state has reported two deaths thus far. Chandigarh reported seven new cases on Monday, including a two-month-old. The UT has reported a total of 181 COVID-19 cases, including three deaths. Haryana reported its 11th death on Monday. The state has reported 730 cases. Chhattisgarh reported no new cases for the sixth consecutive day.
J&K's death toll reaches 10; 7 new cases in Kerala
Reportedly, a 60-year-old man died in Jammu and Kashmir taking its death toll to 10. His 34-year-old son had died due to COVID-19 four days ago. J&K's tally stands at 879. Kerala reported seven new cases—including one foreign returnee from Kuwait—taking its tally to 519.
Modi meets CMs; 1,667 Indians repatriated under 'Vande Bharat Mission'
PM Modi held a meeting with Chief Ministers where he asked all CMs to share a broad lockdown exit strategy by May 15. Under the 'Vande Bharat Mission', 1,667 more people were brought back via eight flights from San Francisco, London, Manila, Dubai, Kuala Lumpur, Abu Dhabi, and Dhaka. The Home Ministry issued Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the movement of persons by trains.