Globally, more than 11 lakh people have tested positive for coronavirus (Photo Credit: Pixabay)
Coronavirus deaths have jumped to 109 in India and the total number of infected cases so far has risen to 4,067, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. According to the ministry, there are 3,666 active COVID-19 cases out of which 292 have been cured and discharged. At least 26 deaths and 490 new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 12 hours.
Officials said about 75,000 tests have been conducted so far, with the number of daily tests doubling to more than 10,000 from about 5,000 a few days ago. While the number of government labs has increased to over 100, several private labs have also been roped in, Agarwal said.
Globally, more than 11 lakh people have tested positive so far since the outbreak of this deadly virus in December last, which has left nearly 60,000 dead. The US alone has seen over 2.7 lakh confirmed cases while it recorded nearly 1,500 deaths within 24 hours between Thursday and Friday. Italy has recorded the maximum deaths at nearly 15,000.
At the briefing, government officials said the lockdown is being effectively implemented across the country while supply of essential goods is also going on well, as they expressed confidence we all together will be “successful in breaking the COVID-19 chain”.
The officials also asked people to refrain from using alcohol-based hand sanitisers while lighting lamps on Sunday night, for which Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made an appeal to show solidarity in the fight against COVID-19. They also said that apprehensions about a possible grid collapse due to collecting switching off of lights at that time was misplaced.
On the recent advisory about use of home-made face covers, the Health Ministry officials said it was only for conveying the message of personal hygiene measures.
With PTI Inputs