Coronavirus outbreak: India tally jumps to 2,547 with 478 new cases

A worker sanitizes the hands of police personnel in Amritsar photo: PTI
The number of Covid-19 cases climbed to 2,547 in the country on Friday while the death toll rose to 62, registering a jump of 478 cases, according to Union health ministry data.

The number of active cases stands at 2,322, while 162 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, the ministry stated.

In an updated data at 6 pm, six fresh deaths were reported. Four were from Telengana and one each from Gujarat and Punjab.
Maharashtra has reported the most number of deaths (16), followed by Gujarat (8), Telangana (7), Madhya Pradesh (6), Punjab (5), Delhi (4), Karnataka (3), West Bengal (3), Jammu & Kashmir (2), Uttar Pradesh (2), and Kerala (2). Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh have reported a death each.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said a total of 69,245 samples have been tested as on April 3 (9 pm) and 2,653 individuals have confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases in India.
According to the health ministry data, the 2,547 figure includes 55 foreign nationals.

Generally there is a lag between the ministry data and the figures reported by different states due to some procedural delays in assigning individual figures to states.

According to the health ministry, the highest number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection was reported from Maharashtra at 335 followed by Tamil Nadu with 309 infections and Kerela with 286 cases. The number of cases in Delhi has gone up to 219, in Uttar Pradesh to 172, in Rajasthan to 167, in Telengana 158 and Andhra Pradesh to 132.

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