Coronavirus cases in India rise to 18,601, Death toll at 590

Coronavirus cases in India rose to 18,601, with 590 fatalities. There are 14,759 active cases while 3,251 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 4,666, followed by Delhi – 2,081, Gujarat – 1,939, Rajasthan – 1,576 and Tamil Nadu – 1,520.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today thanked civil servants on Civil Services Day for their efforts against the novel coronavirus disease.

“Today, on Civil Services Day I convey greetings to all Civil Servants and their families. I appreciate their efforts in ensuring India successfully defeats COVID-19. They are working round the clock, assisting those in need and ensuring everyone is healthy,” PM Modi tweeted.

The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in India has improved to 7.5 days, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday.

“India’s doubling rate before lockdown was 3.4 days, it has now improved to 7.5 days. As per data on April 19, in 18 states, the rate is better than national average,” the Ministry had said.