New Delhi: The number of coronavirus cases, as per latest updates from Union Health Ministry, climbed to 1,834 in the country with 437 cases being reported in the past 24 hours. As per updates, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu reported highest number of cases, becoming the new epicentres of coronavirus in the country. Health Ministry officials said the death toll due to the COVID-19 rose to 41. Also Read - Australia: Coronavirus Cases Rise to 4,800, Death Toll Touches 21

Addressing a press conference, the Health Ministry officials said that 154 new positive cases of the disease have been reported due to the transit-related history of those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin in the national capital. Here are top developments of the day on the disease. Also Read - Coronavirus: 56-year-old Man Dies After Testing Positive in Mumbai's Dharavi, BMC Seals Building

1) The Health Ministry officials said that till Wednesday night, Maharashtra had reported the most deaths (9) so far, followed by Gujarat (6), Karnataka (3) Madhya Pradesh (3), Punjab (3), Telangana (3), Delhi (2), West Bengal (2), Jammu and Kashmir (2) and Kerala (2). Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh have reported a death each. Also Read - ‘Focus on Fitness’: PM Modi Urges All to Stay Healthy And Fit During Coronavirus Lockdown

2) The Ministry officials further added that the highest number of confirmed cases of the pandemic was reported from Maharashtra at 302 followed by Kerala with 241 cases and Tamil Nadu at 124 so far. However, the number of cases in Delhi has gone up to 120.

3) In a latest development, one person from Dharavi in Mumbai, who had tested positive for coronavirus, has died at Sion Hospital. He had symptoms like fever, cough, respiratory issues and also had co-morbid condition of renal failure.

4) Making a big announcement, the Central government on Wednesday said that it has decided to accept contributions from abroad to a fund announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. “In view of the interest expressed to contribute to Government’s efforts, as well as keeping in mind the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, contributions to the Trust can be done by individuals and organisations, both in India and abroad,” the government said in a statement.

5) Addressing a press conference, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said around 35,000 construction workers in the national capital have received the financial assistance announced by the Delhi government. Kejriwal said the amount of Rs 5,000 will be soon credited to the accounts of 9,000 construction workers whose applications for registration with the labour welfare board are pending.

6) Issuing a statement, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday asked citizens to follow social distancing and other guidelines issued by the government during Ram Navami celebrations to defeat the coronavirus pandemic. In his message, President Kovind extended greetings and best wishes to fellow citizens.

7) In another development, fresh clashes broke out outside PDS outlets in parts of West Bengal as people jostled to get free ration being distributed by the state government. Supporters of TMC and Congress clashed outside a shop in Murshidabad’s Kandi area over collecting free ration.

8) On humanitarian ground, the West Bengal government has announced free ration for over 7.5 crore population in the state till September in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

9) Meanwhile, Commerce Ministry officials of all the SAARC countries will hold deliberations in the next few days on possible areas of cooperation to fight the coronavirus pandemic in the region. The development comes after PM Modi in the recently concluded video conference of SAARC leaders suggested that the member nations of the bloc should come together to jointly fight against the pandemic.

10) Keeping in view the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on Wednesday directed the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) to promote all students of classes 1 to 8 to the next class directly.

“In view of the current situation due to #COVID19, I have advised @cbseindia29 to promote ALL students studying in classes I-VIII to the next class or grade,” Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said in a series of tweets.