COVID-19 cases in India rise to 70,756, Death toll at 2,293

COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 70,756 with 2,293 deaths. There are 46,008 active cases while 22,454 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 23,041, followed by Gujarat – 8,541, Tamil Nadu – 8,002, Delhi – 7,233 and Rajasthan 3,988.

Prime Minister Modi during his interaction with the Chief Ministers of all the States and UTs in the country had said now the effort should be to stop the spread of the COVID-19 to rural areas.

In his opening remarks the Prime Minister said, “We now have reasonably clear indication as to the geographical spread of the pandemic in India, including the worst affected areas. Moreover, over the past few weeks, officials have understood operating procedures in a time such as this, right up to the District level.”

Prime Minister said that this understanding of the spread of COVID-19 will help the country in having a focussed fight against it.

“And therefore, we can now further focus our strategy in this battle against coronavirus, as should be the case. We have a twofold challenge – to reduce the transmission rate of the disease, and to increase public activity gradually, while adhering to all the guidelines, and we will have to work towards achieving both these objectives”, he said.

Modi requested all the Chief Ministers for specific feedback on lockdown.

“I request you all to share with me by 15th May, a broad strategy on how each one of you would want to deal with the lockdown regime in your particular states. I want states to make a blue print on how to deal with various nuances during and after the gradual easing of the lockdown”, he said.