Over 200 cases recorded in a single day in India

Over 200 cases recorded in a single day in India

The Covid-19 crisis appeared escalating on Monday with at least 11 new deaths including of six from Telangana who had attended a religious congregation in the national capital's Nizamuddin area earlier this month, while the government reported over 220 fresh cases of infection nationwide -- the highest for a day.

In its latest update, the Union Home Ministry said the death toll due to Covid-19 has risen to 32 and the number of total positive cases to 1,251 as on Monday 9.30 pm, up from 1,024 positive cases and 27 deaths as on Sunday evening. While there are more than 1,100 active cases, nearly 100 have been cured.

While this nationwide update included only one death from Telangana, the state government later in the night said in a statement that six people from the state who attended a congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin have died due to coronavirus. Officials said over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, had attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15. More than 200 people have been admitted to hospitals after showing symptoms of the disease and test results for many of them are expected on Tuesday.

The Delhi Police cordoned off the area after several people showed symptoms of coronavirus after taking part in a religious gathering a few days ago. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal later ordered FIR against the person who led the congregation.

While the nationwide tally of confirmed cases of infection rose on Monday by 227 -- the largest one-day increase -- to 1,251, at least 25 fresh cases were reported from Delhi alone, taking the national capital's tally to 97, as per the Delhi Health Department. Fresh coronavirus cases were reported from several states including Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh, including in Noida in the national capital region.