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Coronavirus Cases in Maharashtra Cross 3,200-mark as Nationwide Death Toll Rises to 420

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Twenty-eight deaths have been reported since Wednesday evening, of which the maximum (nine) were reported from Maharashtra, six from Gujarat, five from Andhra Pradesh, and two each from Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

New Delhi: The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 420, with 28 fatalities reported since Wednesday evening, while the number of cases saw a jump of 826 to 12,759 cases on Thursday, said the Union Health Ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 10,824 while as many as 1,514 people have been cured and discharged and one has migrated, it said. The total number of cases include 76 foreign nationals.

Twenty-eight deaths have been reported since Wednesday evening, of which the maximum (nine) were reported from Maharashtra, six from Gujarat, five from Andhra Pradesh, and two each from Delhi, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh.

Maharashtra officials said as many as 286 new cases of COVID-19 were found in the state on Thursday, taking the tally beyond the 3,200-mark (at 3,202). The fatality count is inching towards the 200-mark with seven more deaths, most of them senior citizens.

Of the total 420 deaths, Maharashtra again tops the tally with 187 fatalities according to central figures. However, state officials put this number at 194.

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope, meanwhile, said the rate of doubling of coronavirus cases -- the period during which the number of cases doubles -- has fallen in the state. In a video message, he also claimed that the state has not received enough N-95 masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits.

Tope said all the 1,400 persons who arrived in the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi have been traced and only 50 of them have tested positive so far. The rest have been quarantined, he said.

Tope said Maharashtra has also sought permission for pool testing as well as mass rapid tests from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR).

Maharashtra is followed by Madhya Pradesh with 53 deaths, Gujarat with 36, Delhi with 32 and Telengana 18.

Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have reported 14 deaths each while Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka 13 deaths each. West Bengal has reported seven COVID-19 fatalities.

Four persons have lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir while Kerala, Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each. Jharkhand has reported two deaths.

Meghalaya, Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one fatality each, according to health ministry data.

However, a PTI tally of figures reported by various states as on Thursday showed at least 12,953 cases and 436 deaths.

There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.

According to the ministry's data updated in the evening, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 2,919 followed by Delhi at 1,578 and Tamil Nadu at 1,242.

COVID-19 cases have gone up to 1,120 in Madhya Pradesh followed by 1,023 in Rajasthan, 871 in Gujarat and 773 in Uttar Pradesh. Telangana has 698 cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh at 534 and Kerala at 388.

The number of cases has risen to 315 in Karnataka, 300 in Jammu and Kashmir, 271 in West Bengal, 205 in Haryana and 186 in Punjab.

Bihar has reported 74 COVID-19 cases while Odisha has 60. Thirty-seven people were infected in Uttarakhand, while Himachal Pradesh has 35 cases and Assam and Chhattisgarh 33 each.

Jharkhand has 28 cases, Chandigarh 21 and Ladakh 17, while 11 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Meghalaya, Goa and Puducherry have reported seven COVID-19 infections each, Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.

(With inputs from PTI)