New Delhi, Apr 28: The death toll due to novel coronavirus is inching towards the 1,000-mark as 48 people have lost their lives in the past 12 hours, taking the total number of fatalities to 934. The number of cases now stands at 29,435 while the mortality rate is currently 23.3 per cent. Maharashtra continues to be a top spot among the maximum number of coronavirus cases in the country.
The state has so far witnessed 369 fatalities. National capital Delhi which is on the third spot in the number of cases is doing well to contain the pathogen. The city has maintained one of the best recovery rates in the country with 877 patients cured and discharged from the hospital till date. The second worst-hit state -- Gujarat, has now 3,548 cases. So far 162 people have lost their lives in the desert state. Covid-19 positive cases in Tripura, Pudducherry, Mizoram, Manipur, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh are still in single digit.
Rajasthan's tally has gone up to 2,262, of which 669 have recovered and 46 succumbed to the disease. Madhya Pradesh, too, continues to report more infection cases. The tally in the state has risen to 2,168 while 302 have been discharged and the death toll stands at 110. The total number of infected people in Andhra Pradesh has gone up to 1,183 along with 31 fatalities. On Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with Chief Ministers of all states and underlined the importance of constant vigilance, which he said is of paramount importance.
The Health Ministry has also issued some guidelines for home quarantine of presymptomatic/very mild Covid-19 cases. "A caregiver should be available to provide care on a 24 x7 basis. A communication link between the caregiver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation. The caregiver and all close contacts of such cases should take hydroxychloroquine prophylaxis as per protocol and as prescribed by the treating medical officer", an excerpt from the guideline read. It also urged the people to download ArogyaSetu App on mobile. (UNI)