Coronavirus in India LIVE: With 478 new cases detected in the past 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 2,547 in the country while the death toll mounted to 62, the health ministry data showed. Earlier on Friday, six fresh deaths were reported — four were from Telengana and one each from Gujarat and Punjab. Also Read - Lockdown 4.0: This State Allows Taxis And Auto-rickshaws in Red Zones From Today
Till now, Maharashtra has reported the most number of deaths (16), followed by Gujarat (eight), Telangana (seven), Madhya Pradesh (six), Punjab (five), Delhi (four), Karnataka and West Bengal (three each), and Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh and Kerala (two each). Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh have reported a death each. Also Read - Virtual Rallies, Conferences: This is How BJP Plans to Celebrate First Anniversary of Modi Govt 2.0
Globally the number of COVID-19 positive cases has crossed 1 million, with over 50,000 dead. Following this, the United States announced a month-long extension of “Stay Home, Stay Healthy” emergency order till May 4 to contain the spread of COVID-19. The order bans all gatherings and temporarily shutters non-essential businesses. Also Read - On First Day of Last Week of Lockdown 4.0, India Reopens Its Skies; Highest Single-Day Spike of 6,977 Recorded | 10 Points
Some reports have also claimed that the lockdown in India might get extended and the government will begin lifting COVID-19 restrictions only between the fourth week of June and the second week of September owing to health system challenges. As per a report from the Boston Consulting Group, India will also witness a peak in the number of COVID-19 cases by the third week of June.
The Indian Chest Society (ICS) has evaluated that India is likely to experience its peak in terms positive Covid-19 cases by the end of April. “We are one month behind the US. So we need to expect the cases to peak by late April or early May. However, the effectiveness of lockdown may delay the same,” D.J. Christopher, Head, Indian Chest Society, said in a statement.