Coronavirus updates: Cases climb to 1,12,359, death toll now 3,435
The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 3,435 and the number of cases to 1,12,359 in the country on Thursday, registering an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry.
The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 63,624, while 45,299 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.
'Thus, around 40.32 per cent patients have recovered so far,' a senior health ministry official said.
The total confirmed cases include foreigners.
The increase of 132 deaths reported since Wednesday morning includes 65 were from Maharashtra, 30 from Gujarat, nine from Madhya Pradesh, eight from Delhi, four each from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and three each from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
Of the 3,435 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,390 fatalities. It is followed by Gujarat at 749 deaths, Madhya Pradesh at 267, West Bengal at 253, Delhi at 176, Rajasthan at 147, Uttar Pradesh at 127,Tamil Nadu at 87 and Andhra Pradesh at 53.
The death toll reached 41 in Karnataka, 40 in Telangana and 38 in Punjab.
Jammu and Kashmir has reported 18 fatalities due to the disease and Haryana 14, while Bihar has registered 10 deaths and Odisha six.
Kerala and Assam have reported four deaths each so far.
Jharkhand, Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh each have recorded three Covid-19 fatalities, while Meghalaya and Uttarakhand have reported one fatality each, according to the data provided by the health ministry.
According to the ministry's website, more than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities, the existence of multiple disorders in the same person.
According to the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 39,297, followed by Tamil Nadu at 13,191, Gujarat at 12,537, Delhi at 11,088, Rajasthan at 6,015, Madhya Pradesh at 5,735 and Uttar Pradesh at 5,175.
The number of Covid-19 cases has gone up to 3,103 in West Bengal, 2,602 in Andhra Pradesh and 2,005 in Punjab.
It has risen to 1,661 in Telangana, 1,674 in Bihar, 1,462 in Karnataka, 1,390 in Jammu and Kashmir and 1,052 in Odisha.
Haryana has reported 993 coronavirus infection cases so far while Kerala has 666 cases. A total of 231 people have been infected with the virus in Jharkhand and 202 in Chandigarh.
Tripura has reported 173 cases, Assam 170, Uttarakhand 122, Chhattisgarh 115 and Himachal Pradesh 110. Goa has registered 50 cases so far.
Ladakh has reported 44 Covid-19 cases, while the Andaman and Nicobar Islands has registered 33 infections.
Manipur has 25 cases, Puducherry 18 and Meghalaya 14. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have reported a case each till how.
'1,403 cases are being reassigned to states,' the ministry said on its website, adding 'our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR'.
State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it said.
BMC directs officials to acquire more beds
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has directed civic officials to acquire at least 100 beds, including 10 in ICUs, of private nursing homes and small hospitals in all 24 wards of Mumbai in the wake of rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city.
This will facilitate availability of at least 2,400 more beds for patients in the city, the Brihanamumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said in a release on Wednesday.
Mumbai recorded 1,372 new Covid-19 cases and 41 deaths on Wednesday, the BMC said.
The tally of cases in the country's financial capital thus reached 23,935 and death toll rose to 841.
Delhi HC judges to take up 'urgent matters' from Friday
The Delhi High Court has decided that from Friday all its judges will sit everyday to take up 'urgent matters of all kinds' via video conferencing.
The step follows the high court and the lower courts together having taken up 20,726 urgent matters during the COVID-19 related lockdown from March 24 to May 19
'As per the latest initiative taken by Chief Justice D.N. Patel and other Judges of the High Court of Delhi, now, w.e.f. May 22, 2020, all the division benches and all the single-judge benches shall take up urgent matters of all kinds, through video conferencing, during the suspended functioning of the Court.
'All such benches would sit daily on all the working days,' said a note, issued by the office of high court registrar-general Manoj Jain.