Coronavirus cases in India rise to 873

The number of coronavirus cases climbed to 873 in India on Saturday with the death toll rising to 19, according to Health Ministry Website.

There are 775 active cases, 78 people who have been cured/discharged and one case of migrated patient, the Ministry said.

Maharashtra has maximum number of cases followed by Kerala, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh.

President Ram Nath Kovind, along with the Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday held a video-conference with all Governors, Lieutenant Governors and Administrators of all States and Union Territories to find ways to complement the efforts of the Government of India and the State Governments in meeting the challenges arising from the outbreak of COVID-19.

President Kovind and Vice President Naidu expressed hope that the Indian society’s inherent strength of “sharing and caring” and the government’s measures would mitigate the sufferings of the most vulnerable sections of the society, particularly the workers of the unorganised sectors and the destitute. In the video-conference, 14 Governors and Delhi Lt. Governor were shortlisted to share experiences in their territories as these areas were worst affected by the pandemic.

M Venkaiah Naidu has contributed a sum equivalent to a month’s salary to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund (PMNRF) to strengthen the government’s efforts in combating COVID-19 outbreak in the country.

In a letter addressed to the Prime Minister, the Vice President described COVID-19 as a calamity of extremely severe nature which has claimed a heavy toll of life across the globe.

He said that India is fighting the pandemic by taking timely and emergent measures from time to time under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. This is my small contribution to the cause, Naidu had said.