Coronavirus confirmed cases in India have crossed the 26,000-mark taking the positive patients toll to 26,496 including 824 deaths and 5,804 have recovered, according to health ministry's figures released on Sunday. On Saturday, the total confirmed cases in India were at 24,942 while death toll was 779 and 5,210 have recovered. India is under an extended lockdown period that will remain in place till May 3 after PM Modi on April 14 in his televised address to the nation said that it was important to extend the lockdown to control the spread of the virus. He added almost every state was of the view that the lockdown should be extended.
In another development on Saturday, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) allowed standalone shops outside city limits to open, giving some relaxations in the lockdown. The shops are allowed to open only in areas that do not fall under red zones where coronavirus cases have surfaced. However, in urban areas, shops that are in market complexes have not been allowed to open. Also, Malls, shopping complexes, bars and restaurants, barbershops, beauty parlors are still closed.
The Delhi government on Saturday also decided to implement the Centre's guidelines on opening of neighbourhood and stand-alone shops during the lockdown, but said no activity will be allowed in containment zones, as the number of coronavirus cases rose to 2,625 in the national capital. According to the health bulletin of the Delhi government, 111 fresh cases were reported. With one more fatality, the death toll due to coronavirus reached 54. There are 1,702 active COVID-19 cases in Delhi. The number of containment zones rose to 95 in the national capital.
State-wise COVID-19 cases, deaths in India
|Name of State / UT||Total Confirmed cases (Including 111 foreign Nationals)||Cured||Death|
|Andaman and Nicobar Islands||33||11||0|
|Jammu and Kashmir||494||112||6|
|Total number of confirmed cases in India||26496*||5804||824|