COVID-19 cases in India rise to 14,378, Death toll at 480

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus has risen to 480, while 14,378 people have been infected by the virus. There are 11,906 active cases and 1991 have been cured/discharged, Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 3323, followed by Delhi – 1707, Tamil Nadu – 1323, Madhya Pradesh – 1310 and Rajasthan – 1229.

Several steps for prevention, containment and management of COVID-19 are being taken by Indian Government along with the States/UTs. These are being regularly reviewed and monitored at the highest level, according to official release.

The Union Health Ministry on Friday said the doubling rate of Covid-19 positive cases in India has dropped to 6.2 days instead of the earlier three days.

“Before lockdown, the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases was about 3 days, For the past 7 days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days,” Lav Aggarwal, a senior Health Ministry official said.

Rahul Gandhi today said that the coronavirus pandemic was a huge challenge but was also an opportunity. He said scientists, data experts and engineers needed to be mobilised to fight coronavirus.

“The #Covid19 pandemic is a huge challenge but it is also an opportunity. We need to mobilise our huge pool of scientists, engineers & data experts to work on innovative solutions needed during the crisis,” Rahul Gandhi tweeted.