Prime News, Nation, (New Delhi), April 18:-The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 480 and the number of cases to 14,378 in the country on Saturday, but the Union Health Ministry data shows that the infection graph is starting to taper.
While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 11,906, as many as 1,991 people have recovered and been discharged, the ministry said.
Till Friday, the number of cases had gone up by 64 per cent, but this was a slower increase compared to the previous five days, when confirmed cases had risen by 76 per cent.
The government has said the national doubling rate of the coronavirus infections now stands at six days on average as compared to the three days before the nationwide lockdown was imposed to prevent the virus’s spread.
Since Friday evening, 28 deaths have been reported — 12 from Madhya Pradesh, seven from Maharashtra, four from Delhi, three from Gujarat, one each from Jammu and Kashmir and Bihar, according to the health ministry.
Of the total 480 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 201 fatalities, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 69, Delhi at 42, Gujarat at 41 and Telengana at 18.
Tamil Nadu has reported 15 deaths while Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have reported 14 fatalities each. Punjab and Karnataka have reported 13 deaths each. Rajasthan has registered 11 deaths while West Bengal has reported 10 deaths fatalities.
Five persons have lost their lives in Jammu and Kashmir while Kerala and Haryana have recorded three deaths each. Jharkhand and Bihar have reported two deaths each.
Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry’s data updated in the morning.
The highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 3,323, followed by Delhi at 1,707, Tamil Nadu at 1,323 and Madhya Pradesh at 1,310. COVID-19 cases have gone up to 1,229 in Rajasthan, 1,099 in Gujarat and 849 in Uttar Pradesh.
Telangana has 766 cases, followed by Andhra Pradesh at 572 and Kerala at 396. The number of novel coronavirus cases has risen to 371 in Karnataka with 13 fatalities, 328 in Jammu and Kashmir, 287 in West Bengal, 225 in Haryana and 202 in Punjab.
Bihar has reported 83 cases and Odisha 60. Forty people were infected with the virus in Uttarakhand, while Chhattisgarh and Himachal Pradesh have 36 cases each. Assam has registered 35 cases so far.
Jharkhand has 33 cases, Chandigarh 21 and Ladakh 18. Twelve cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Meghalaya has reported nine cases while Goa and Puducherry have reported seven COVID-19 infections each. Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each. “State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation,” the ministry said on its website.
-(NAV, Inputs: Agencies)