As the coronavirus cases in India crosses 3.5 lakh, India has become one of the four worst-affected nations from the virus and also the biggest epicentre of the pandemic in Asia.
The COVID-19 death toll in India is also nearing the 10,000-mark. The virus has spread rapidly and the country has marked significant and consecutive highest jumps in the COVID-19 tally over a major part of the past two weeks. However, it is to be noted that the central government still keeps denying that community transmission is taking place in India.
Maharashtra continues to be the epicentre of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with more than 1.13 lakh positive cases of infection and over 5,537 deaths. As many as 2,701 new COVID-19 cases were reported from the state in the past 24 hours.
The global number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus infection has surpassed 8.25 million, with over 446,000 fatalities being reported since the start of the outbreak, according to the latest data provided by the Worldmeter. The US, with over 2.2 million confirmed cases, remains the epicentre of the epidemic.
On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers of various states and Union territories via video conferencing to discuss the situation emerging post-Unlock 1.0 and plan ahead for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic.
He said that health experts world over are praising the discipline shown by Indians, adding that the recovery rate in the country is now over 50%. He also noted that India is amongst the nations with the least deaths due to coronavirus.