Coronavirus: 79 Deaths Reported So Far In India (Representational Image) (Photo Credit: Pixabay.com)
The doubling rate of the coronavirus cases in India now stands at 4.1. However, if the Tablighi Jamaat incident had not happened, the rate would have been 7.4, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. It is to be noted that as many as 472 new cases of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total count to 3,374.
In a press briefing, Joint Secretary for Health, Lav Aggarwal said, “A total of 3,374 people have been infected with the virus, since it first emerged in India on Jan 30. The country recorded 79 deaths till Sunday.” He also stated that out of 736 districts in India, 274 have so far reported positive cases.
"Our doubling rate (in how many days the number of COVID-19 cases gets double) at present is 4.1 days. But if additional cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat event, had not taken place, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days," Lav Aggarwal said. He also highlighted that nearly 30 per cent of the overall cases recorded till Sunday were those of adherents of Tablighi Jamaat.
Union Home Ministry’s joint secretary Punya Salila Srivastava stated that 27,661 shelter camps have been set up across the country to handle the inflow of coronavirus patients. “Of the total, 23,924 relief camps had been established by the authorities, while the remaining 3,374 camps were set-up by nonprofits,” she added. “Approximately 12.5 lakh people were taking shelter in the camps at the time,” Punya Srivastava said.
It is worth mentioning here that the novel coronavirus, which originated in China, has claimed thousands of lives across the world. Over 9.5 lakh people have been infected with the coronavirus across the globe, with the global death toll crossing 46,000. With no known cure so far for the coronavirus, the deadly disease has become a major issue for the entire world.