Confirmed Corona Cases Crosses 2000-Mark in India, 50 Dead

New Delhi: The number of Coronavirus positive cases is nearing the 2000-mark in India as a nationwide hunt has been launched to detect thousands of people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Authorities across states have already identified 5000 persons and sent them for quarantine. Efforts were on to find 2000, including foreign nationals, in several states including Telangana, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.

According to the data revealed by the Union Health Ministry at 9 AM on April 02, 2020, the number of active cases in India stands at 1,764 and the number of deaths has risen to 50.

On Thursday, the total number of COVID-19 cases climbed to 1,965 in the country, of which 150 people were either cured or discharged and one migrated to another country, the data showed. Also, four deaths were reported from Maharashtra, three from Madhya Pradesh and one each from Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.

Thus, Maharashtra has reported the most number of deaths so far in the country — 13, followed by Gujarat—6, Madhya Pradesh —6, Punjab —4, Karnataka —3, Telengana —3, West Bengal —3, Delhi —2, Jammu and Kashmir —2, Uttar Pradesh 2 and Kerala —2. One death each has been reported from Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh.

The Ministry officials have cited that cases have risen largely due to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. The congregation took place in mid-March. The central government official said that technically the figure does not show a national trend. The central government has urged people to follow guidelines during the COVID-19 lockdown period by not violating rules, avoiding congregations, including religious meetings.

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