COVID-19 cases in India rise to 56,342, Death toll at 1,886

COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 56,342, with 1,886 deaths. There are 37,916 active cases while 16,539 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Friday.

Maharashtra is worst affected state with 17,974 COVID-19 cases, followed by Gujarat which has 7,012 cases, Delhi has 5,980 positive cases, Tamil Nadu with 5,409 cases and Rajasthan has 3,427 cases infected with virus.

Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan held a high level meeting yesterday with Jai Pratap Singh, Health Minister of Uttar Pradesh,  Naba Kishore Das, Health Minister of Odisha in presence of Ashwini Kumar Choubey, MoS (HFW) and senior officials from both Centre and the States to review the situation, actions being taken and preparedness for management of COVID-19 in the states.

Vardhan stressed that States need to ensure adoption of Infection, Prevention & Control (IPC) practices in all healthcare settings to avoid/reduce chances of infections to health care workers. States were advised to ensure that all Central Guidelines/Advisories are implemented till the field level in earnest.

Speaking at a virtual Buddha Poornima event, PM Modi said, “India is standing strong and selflessly in these difficult times with those facing trouble in India or across the globe.”