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India registers 100 deaths, 3,726 positive cases due to coronavirus

NEW DELHI, April 5: Indian health authorities said on Sunday coronavirus has so far claimed 100 lives and total infection cases rose to 3,726.
Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said in its morning update today that nine more fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours taking the death toll to 100. Moreover, there were 472 fresh infections taking the total COVID-19 positive cases in the country to 3,726 from last evening’s 3,588 cases.

Impoverished Indians rest inside a shelter set up by the government during a lockdown to prevent the spread of new coronavirus, outside the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 4, 2020. India’s 21-day lockdown has effectively kept 1.3 billion people at home for all but essential trips to places like markets or pharmacies. The new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. (AP Photo/Satish Sharma)


Out of the 3,726 confirmed positive cases, 290 people recovered and were discharged from hospitals, amid the pandemic spread to 29 Indian states.
Maharashtra is worst affected state with 32 deaths and 635 positive cases, followed by Tamil Nadu with 3 deaths and 485 positive cases. New Delhi was not far behind, registering six deaths and a total of 4445 infection cases.
Indian authorities had imposed a nation-wide lockdown for 21 days in wake of spread of the coronavirus, taking more lives as it spilled over from one state to another.

A vegetable vendor waits for customer at a wholesale vegetable market in Prayagraj, India, Saturday, April 4, 2020. India is adding more resources to tackle its increase in coronavirus cases by announcing that private hospitals may be requisitioned to help treat virus patients, and turning railway cars and a motor racing circuit into makeshift quarantine facilities. The steps were taken after a nationwide lockdown announced last week by Prime Minister Narendra Modi led to a mass exodus of migrant workers from cities to their villages, often on foot and without food and water, raising fears that the virus may have reached to the countryside, where health care facilities are limited. (AP Photo/Rajesh Kumar Singh)


Central and state governments had slapped curfew-like restrictions, closing schools, educational institutions and universities, imposing a ban on religious and other festivals as well as huge gatherings.
All transport services including train, bus, metro and air flights also came to a halt in wake of the outbreak. (end)
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