In the middle of the unprecedented nationwide lockdown and the preventive measures that have been ingrained across the country to combat the Coronavirus, the pandemic has been spreading on the accelerating pace and making the nation to report with more positive cases in its territory each day. On Thursday, the country has crossed 650 cases and reported 14 fatalities for the virus.
According to the Union Ministry of Health, India currently houses 657 cases who are infected by the virus and 14 deaths who succumbed to the pandemic and these 14 include the latest fatalities who passed away in Maharashtra and Jammu Kashmir and Gujarat on Thursday. The reports say that a 65-year-old woman from Mumbai has passed away on March 24th. However, with the view of ascertaining the cause of her death, her samples were collected and sent for further examinations and the results returned on Thursday morning and revealed that she is positive for the virus and the deceased woman has become the fourth person in the state of Maharashtra to die due to the virus.
The health officials of the state said, "the woman was a native of Navi Mumbai and she had shown symptoms for the virus and the test returned positive on Thursday following which the health department is taking precautions for her relatives". With the current numbers, the state of Maharashtra still tops the table by having more positive cases than any other Indian state. As of Thursday, it has reported with 124 confirmed cases and four deaths in its territory amid the statewide lockdown to contain the spread.
While Maharashtra marked its fourth fatality on Thursday, Jammu and Kashmir has reported its first death in its territory as a 65-year-old man from Soporev, who was tested positive for the virus earlier, passed away on Thursday at Chest Disease Hospital in Srinagar. According to the reports from the state, the deceased person had pre-existing ailments like diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. He also made travels to Uttar Pradesh and New Delhi and he came in contact with the people from Malaysia and Indonesia. The four individuals who had contact with the deceased man have also tested positive and currently, getting treated under isolation.
Along with these two fatalities, the country has recorded its third fatality for the day as a 70-year-old man has passed away in Gujarat due to the virus and his demise has made the state of Gujarat to make its third death in its territory due to the pandemic and these three fatalities have increased the nationwide death toll to 14 as of Thursday noon. The total cases in Gujarat had gone up to 43. When the nation has entered its second day of the three-weeks complete lockdown, the state of Goa has reported with three positive cases making the tiny state to join the list of the affected Indian states.
On Thursday, Madhya Pradesh has reported with five new cases making the state hit the total number of cases to 14 while West Bengal has marked its tenth confirmed case as a 66-year-old man has tested positive for the virus in Kolkata. Maharashtra has reported with two new cases- one in Mumbai and the other in Thane on Thursday that had increased the count to 124, according to ANI. New Delhi, the national capital region, has reported with five positive cases including a doctor on Thursday that had put the total to 36 as most of the states have been coming through surging high cases when the nation is under unprecedented lockdown.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Modi declared a nationwide curfew for 21-days to stem the spread of the virus across the country. His announcement has put nearly one-fifth of the world's population under lockdown to contain the global pandemic. He appealed to the people to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travels and the nationwide embargo has restricted the movement of the people, ceased the transportation channels and closed the borders.