Coronavirus in India LIVE: The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 2,300 and the death toll climbed to 53, as per the data released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Of the total 53 deaths, 15 have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, which emerged as the biggest hotspot for the spread of COVID-19 in India. Also Read - Indian Boxing Team Doctor Tests Positive For COVID-19
In the national capital, the number of confirmed cases almost doubled, fueled largely by Nizamuddin evacuees. Of the 141 new cases in Delhi, 129 were people evacuated from Markaz Nizamuddin, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat. Also Read - Iran Reports 2,349 New Coronavirus Cases; Total Tally at 259,652
Lav Agarwal, the Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry, said that additional testing to identify new cases is in progress. The official from the Health Ministry added that out of nearly 2,000 Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been quarantined while 334 have been admitted to different hospitals. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown Extension News: Bengaluru to Come Under Complete Shutdown From Today, Won’t be Extended Beyond July 22 | Check Details
According to the Delhi Health Department, 129 new cases were reported from the Nizamuddin Markaz in a day. Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Thursday that the number of positive cases can increase massively.
Meanwhile, the World Bank has announced that India is to receive USD 1 billion in emergency financing to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The assistance will support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics, procurement of personal protective equipment, creation of new isolation wards, the bank said.