India’s COVID-19 cases rise to 1,58,333, Death toll at 4,531

India has so far registered 1,58,333 COVID-19 cases with 4,531 fatalities. There are 86,110 active cases while 67,691 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Thursday.

Maharashtra has highest number of COVID-19 cases – 56,948, followed by Tamil Nadu – 18,545, Delhi – 15,257 and Gujarat – 15,195.

The Health Ministry on Wednesday said that lockdown has garnered multiple gains, and primarily among them is that it has decelerated the pace of spread of the disease. According to the estimates made by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, a large number of deaths and cases have been averted.  

At the same time, during the lockdown period development of COVID-19 specific health infrastructure; capacity development of human resource through online training modules and webinars; increased testing capacity; increase in supplies, equipment, oxygen; issuing of relevant guidelines, standards prepared, circulated, adopted, practiced; development of diagnostics, drug trials, vaccine research; and on the technical side surveillance systems strengthened with more contact tracing, house to house surveys along with tools like Aarogya Setu was achieved.