New Delhi: The deadly Coronavirus has claimed the lives of 75 in India, with total cases of people infected with the virus rising to 3,072. Notably, around 30 per cent of COVID-19 cases in India have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Delhi, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. Also Read - COVID-19 Testing, Treatment Free For Ayushman Bharat Beneficiaries: NHA
The Tablighi-linked infections, found across 17 states, including Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, showed that almost 30 per cent of them are from “one particular place where we could not sort of understand it and manage it”, Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said. Also Read - 'Agreed to Deploy Full Strength of India-US Partnership to Fight COVID-19,' PM Modi Dials Trump
Sharing the age-group analysis of COVID-19 patients, Lav Agarwal said the maximum 42 per cent are of 21-40 years, 33 per cent of 41-60 years, 17 per cent are above 60 years and 9 per cent are of 0-20 years. Also Read - PM Narendra Modi Seeks Support of India's Sports Heroes in COVID-19 Battle; Stars Promise to do Their Bit
The elderly people and those with other medical complications are said to be at higher risk in this pandemic. In Delhi also, five of the six COVID-19 patients who have died were above 60.
At the briefing, government officials said the lockdown is being effectively implemented across the country while supply of essential goods is also going on well, as they expressed confidence we all together will be “successful in breaking the COVID-19 chain”.
Maharashtra continues to lead as state with the highest Coronavirus infection with 635 cases. Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray also warned those who are spreading information or videos that are communal in nature, asserting that Coronavirus knows no religion and can happen to anyone.
Tamil Nadu also painted a grim picture, as it saw an increase of 74 new Covid-19 positive cases in a day, taking the total number cases in the state to 485.
Moreover, the National Health Authority (NHA) on Saturday said that testing and treatment for COVID-19 will be free of cost for Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries at private laboratories and empanelled hospitals. It said this will strengthen the country’s response to the novel coronavirus pandemic
Meanwhile, PM Modi dialed US President Donald Trump. Taking to microblogging website Twitter, PM Modi said that they “agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight the deadly COVID-19”.