Coronavirus in India (April 9 Highlights): ICMR for containment in 36 district; COVID-19 cases rise

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Updated: April 10, 2020 4:46 PM

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 1,30,000 samples have been tested so far.

coronavirus latest news, covid 19, coronavirus latest tally, state wise listWith Coronavirus cases increasing steadily, various state governments has decided to seal hotspots. (File Photo)

Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases in India Latest Tally:  India’s total number of Coronavirus positive cases has reached 5,865, including 5218 active cases, 478 cured/discharged and 169 deaths, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in a regular update on Thursday. The ministry said that 20 people have died due to the infection in the last 24 hours.  The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a total of 1,30,000 samples have been tested so far. Positivity rate ranges between 3-5% in the last 1-1.5 months. It has not increased substantially, it added.

The Delhi government has sealed 20 ‘hotspots’ in the city. In Uttar Pradesh, parts of 15 districts have been identified as ‘hotspots’. These ‘hotspots’ have reported heavy load of infection and have been sealed completely till April 15. The Maharashtra Health Department said that the number of COVID19 cases has reached 1297 after 162 new cases were reported on Thursday. Meanwhile, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik has announced that the lockdown in the state will be extended till April 30.

The Supreme Court directed Centre that COVID-19 tests in approved government labs or private laboratories should be conducted free of cost and the government should immediately issue directions in this regard.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a meeting with leaders of all parties on Wednesday, hinted that the 21-day national lockdown is likely to be extended after April 14. However, a final decision in this regard will be taken later.

Apart from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Delhi are two of the most affected states in the country.

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