New Delhi: With 490 new COVID-19 patients and 26 fresh casualties in the last 12 hours, the number of coronavirus cases in India soared to 4,067 and the death toll mounted to 109 on Monday. The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 3,666. Besides, the figure also includes 291 people who were cured and discharged and 66 foreign nationals. Also Read - UP News: 21 Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Total Tally at 591
About 30 per cent of the total cases, are connected to Tablighi Jamaat, an event organised by the Islamic sect in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month. Earlier in the day, an Indonesian national who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event tested positive for coronavirus in Prayagraj district of Uttar Pradesh. He is currently under quarantine at a hospital in the district, said Prayagraj District Administration. Also Read - 'Govt Penalising Doctors', Delhi Medical Association Hits Out at CM Kejriwal For Warning Hospitals Over COVID-19 Crisis
Releasing the fresh data, the Union Home Ministry said that 21 fresh deaths were reported from Maharashtra, two each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and one from Punjab, Madhya Pradesh. The highest number of confirmed cases is from Maharashtra at 690, followed by Tamil Nadu at 571 and Delhi at 503. The number cases in Telengana has gone up to 321, in Kerala to 314 and in Rajasthan to 253. Also Read - Procure And Stock PPE Kits, Oxygen Masks For 3 Months, Delhi Govt Directs Hospitals Amid Rise in COVID-19 Cases
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of Council of Ministers via video conferencing. Union Home Minister Amit Shah & Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were also present.
In the day, while addressing BJP workers on the 40th foundation day, he lauded the people of India for showing maturity during lockdown period. PM Modi asserted that the maturity shown by the people during lockdown, in a large country like India, is unprecedented. He emphasized that the war against COVID-19 is going to be long and ‘we have to emerge victorious’.
On the other hand, Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri broke his silence over the reports which claimed that flights will be allowed to operate in a ‘staggered manner’ once the ongoing 21-day-long nationwide lockdown ends on April 14. Puri clarified that the decision to start the flights ‘still remains to be taken’.
On March 24, PM Modi had announced the three-week-long lockdown in an address to the nation.