India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 21,393, Death toll at 681

Coronavirus cases in India has risen to 21,393 with 681 deaths. There are 16,454 active cases, while 4,257 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 5,652, followed by Gujarat- 2,407, Delhi – 2,248, Rajasthan – 1,890 and Tamil Nadu – 1,629.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu today praised the government’s decision in bringing an ordinance to protect health workers amid the coronavirus crisis.

“Welcome the decision of the government to bring out an ordinance making attacks on health workers cognizable & non-bailable. It is unfortunate that we are witnessing attacks on health workers, who are rendering selfless service in the fight against COVID19 pandemic,” Naidu said.

“I am sure this decision will provide the much-needed safety. We must respect and support our front-line warriors who are risking their own lives to save others,” Naidu added.

More than 26 lakh people have been infected globally due to COVID-19 while the death toll has crossed 1.8 lakh.