Nearly 41,000 COVID-19 Cases In India Last Week, Govt Says Must Prepare For Next 2 Months

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People from other states trying to get back to their homes arrive to board trains at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai, May 19, 2020.

COVID-19 cases in India saw the biggest spike for the third consecutive day on Sunday with 6,767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the nationwide tally to 1,31,868, while the death toll due to the disease rose to 3,867 after 147 more fatalities, according to the Union Health Ministry.

The government on Saturday said health infrastructure needed to be ramped up to ensure preparedness for the next two months in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. This was conveyed to eleven municipal areas that accounted for 70% of India’s coronavirus case load during a high-level review meeting, a PIB press release said.

In the past week, the country has seen record spikes in number of COVID-19 cases reported by the Union health ministry every day.

May 18 — 5,242 cases, 157 deaths

May 19 — 4,970 cases, 134 deaths

May 20 — 5,611 cases, 140 deaths

May 21 — 5,614 cases, 140 deaths

May 22 — 6,088 cases, 148 deaths

May 23 — 6,654 cases, 137 deaths

May 24 — 6,767 cases, 147 deaths

Of the total death toll of 3,867, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,577 deaths, followed by Gujarat at 829, Madhya Pradesh at 281, West Bengal at 269 and Delhi at 231.

More than 70% of the deaths are due to comorbidities, according to the ministry’s website.

The highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 47,190 followed by Tamil Nadu at 15,512, Gujarat at 13,664 and Delhi at 12,910.

There are 6,742 coronavirus cases in Rajasthan, 6,371 in Madhya Pradesh and 6,017 in Uttar Pradesh. The number of infections has gone up to 3,459 in West Bengal, 2,757 in Andhra Pradesh and 2,380 in Bihar.

Eleven municipal areas from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal and Rajasthan account for 70% of the active caseload, the Union health ministry said in a statement.

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