Another 1130 lives lost, Tablighi event back in limelight

New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) The global pandemic of Novel Coronavirus claimed 1130 more lives in the country during the past 24 hours, while 86,961 people were infected, the daily government update said on Monday. The death count, with the fresh demises, mounted to 87,882, whereas the caseload has jumped to 54.8 lakh.

Amid all of these scary figures, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy, in a written reply in the Rajya Sabha said the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi’s Nizamuddin locality in March led to COVID-19 infection spreading to ‘many persons’.

‘Total 2361 persons of Tablighi Jamaat have been evacuated by Delhi Police from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Headquarters since March 29, 2020. Total 233 people of Jamaat have been arrested by Delhi Police. However, regarding Jamaat Chief Maulana Mohd Saad, the investigation was underway,’ the Minister informed.

Meanwhile, the spike of cases registered during the past 24 hours is nearly 6000 less than the daily case count registered a day earlier. Nearly 76 per cent of the new confirmed cases were concentrated in 10 States/UTs.

Maharashtra alone contributed more than 20,000, while over 8000 cases were registered in Andhra Pradesh.

India, the second worst COVID-hit nation, has a sizeable population of 1.3 billion people, which, according to experts, has been the prime reason of such huge cases.

‘Even though the figures are alarming, the rising recovery rate allows us to heave a sigh of relief. The peninsular nation crossed the significant landmark of more than 80 per cent national Recovery Rate, with more than 90,000 recoveries being reported for the third day in succession.

‘On a continuous stretch of high recoveries, 93,356 patients were discharged in the past 24 hours, an official release here said. The total recovered cases stood at 43,96,399 on Monday. India accounts for more than 19 per cent of the world recoveries,’ he added.

The country has also been testing aggressively, with as many as 7,31,534 samples being tested in the past 24 hours, taking the total cumulative samples tested since the beginning of the pandemic till Sunday to 6,43,92,594.

The last 24-hour caseload breakup is Maharahshtra – 20,627, Karnataka – 8191, Andhra Pradesh – 7738, Uttar Pradesh – 5758, Tamil Nadu – 5516, Kerala – 4716, Odisha – 4330, Delhi – 3812, West Bengal 3177 and Madhya Pradesh – 2579.

As per the global data, there are currently 31,032,045 confirmed cases worldwide. The United States, India and Brazil have the highest numbers of cases among countries, over six million, five million, and four million, respectively.

They are followed by Russia, which is shown to have over one million cases. The number of fatalities is currently over 9,60,729, while the recoveries are at 21,255,717.


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