India’s coronavirus cases rise to 18,895; Gujarat, PM Modi’s state third most affected

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New Delhi, April 21: India’s coronavirus cases reached 18,895 on Tuesday and death toll due to infection stood at 603, while Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with 4,669 cases. Delhi becomes the second most affected state with 2,081 COVID-19 cases and Gujarat with 2,066 cases becomes the third affected state.Gujarat is the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and has seen several number of deaths due to virus.

Fresh cases were reported today from Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, West Bengal and Punjab among other states and UTs. Maharashtra has reported 232 deaths, the highest fatality rate than any other state.

At a regular media briefing on COVID-19 situation in India, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, said a total of 3,252 people have been cured of coronavirus in the country so far, including 705 patients who were discharged on Monday, taking the recovery percentage to 17.48 per cent. Out of the total number of cases, 15,122 are active cases, while 3,260 patients have been cured/discharged/migrated.

“We have issued detailed guidelines to all states that while we focus on COVID-19, all other services need to be provided, be it for dialysis or HIV/cancer treatments. At the same time, required infection management prevention should be in place,” he said.

Meanwhile, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has written to all the states and directed them to ensure adequate availability of blood in blood banks.

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