Published On: Thu, Jun 18th, 2020

India records highest one-day increase of coronavirus cases

New Delhi: India recorded its the highest one-day increase of 12,281 coronavirus cases, raising the total caseload to 366,946, but the government rules out reimposing a countrywide lockdown.

Students wearing face masks enter an exam hall for the Pre-University exam in Bengaluru, Thursday, June 18, 2020.

This includes 1,60,384 active cases and 1,94,325 cured, discharged and migrated patients, according to a Health Ministry statement on Thursday.

India’s total deaths reached 12,237, a rise of 334 in the past 24 hours, the ministry statement reveals.

There is a big increase in the number of confirmed cases in the country today as compared to the recent days when the spike had been limited to under 11,000 cases.

Maharashtra with 1,16,752 cases continues to be the worst-affected state in India with 51,935 active cases while 59,166 patients have been cured and discharged in the state so far. The toll due to COVID-19 stands at 5,651 in the state.

The number of confirmed cases in Tamil Nadu also crossed the 50 thousand mark on Thursday and reached 50,193. The national capital, Delhi is the third-worst affected by the infection in India with the count reaching 47,102 today.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi rejecting a new lockdown, saying the country has to think about further unlocking and minimizing all possibilities of harm to people.

The lockdown that was imposed nationwide on March 25 is now restricted to high-risk areas.

When it was imposed, jobless laborers stranded in India’s big cities were left to walk great distances to their home villages, a migration that left them without food and risked spreading the virus further.

TST

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