Coronavirus in India LIVE: The Narendra Modi-led government may extend the lockdown beyond April 14 as the death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 111 and the number of infections climbed to 4,281, registering a record jump of 704 cases in 24 hours. Notably, several states have appealed to the Centre to extend the ongoing lockdown. Also Read - ICSE, ISE Class 10, 12 Board Exams 2020: Change Your Exam Centre For Pending Exams Before June 7 | Check Details Here
On Monday evening, Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown, asserting that human lives are more important that the economy. Also Read - How Novel Coronavirus Affects Your Nervous System?
“I am appealing to the Prime Minister and Government of India to extend lockdown without hesitation. Lockdown is the only weapon we have to control the spread of this disease and avoid a situation which countries like the US, Spain and Italy are facing,” KCR, as Rao is popularly known, told a news conference. Also Read - Virus May be an Invisible Enemy, But Our COVID-19 Warriors Are Invincible: PM Modi
However a week ago, Cabinet Secretary Rajeev Gauba had stated that there were no plans to extend the lockdown.
The active COVID-19 cases stood at 3,851, while 318 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated, the Union Health Ministry stated. 28 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours — 21 from Maharashtra, two each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu, and one each from Punjab, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh.
According to the ministry, Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 45, followed by Gujarat (12), Madhya Pradesh (9), Telangana (7), Delhi (7), Punjab (6) and Tamil Nadu (5). Karnataka has reported four deaths, while West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh have recorded three fatalities each. Two deaths each have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir and Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have reported a fatality each, according to the data.
The total number of cases includes 66 foreign nationals. The country-wide death toll on Sunday was 83. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 1,01,068 samples have been tested for COVID-19 till 9 pm on Monday.