704 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours- the biggest rise so far in India. (Photo Credit: Image for representation/Reuters)
India saw an increase of 704 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours- the biggest rise so far in India. The total number of positive coronavirus cases in India stood at 4,281 on Monday evening including 3,851 active cases, 318 cured/discharged/migrated people and 111 deaths, according to the latest updates by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
India is between Stage 2 and 3 of coronavirus pandemic with large number of cases being found in particular areas, the ministry said.
Presenting an analysis of the cases based on gender distribution, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal said males account for 76 per cent of the positive cases and females 24 per cent. Agarwal said people aged below 40 years account for 47 pc of the total cases, those between 40 and 60 for 34 pc, and those aged 60 years and above account for 19 pc.
Males account for 73 per cent deaths due to coronavirus while females 27 per cent, he said, adding that 63 per cent deaths have been reported among people aged 60 and above, 30 per cent among people between 40 to 60 years and 7 per cent among people below 40 years.
"As of now, 86 per cent death cases have exhibited comorbidity related to diabetes, chronic kidney issues, hypertension and heart-related problems. Since 63 per cent deaths have been observed among elderly, they form a high risk population," Agarwal said.
Young people with comorbidities are also at high risk of COVID-19, he said, while urging them to be equally careful and follow social distancing.
Out of the over 4,000 cases of coronavirus, at least 1,445 have been found to be linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, the Union health ministry said on Monday.
The ministry's updated data came a day after it said the rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases in India accelerated to 4.1 days from the perviously estimated 7.4 days due to the Jamaat event held in Nizamuddin West last month. (With Agency Inputs)