COVID-19 pandemic has taken more frightening turn in Gujarat where the death toll jumped to 181 on Tuesday with the positive cases exceeding 4,000. The national death toll climbed to 937 with Maharashtra alone reporting 369 fatalities.
Of the 181 deaths reported from Gujarat, Ahmedabad alone has registered 128 fatalities. Surat and Vadodara reported 19 and 13 deaths respectively.
Another state where COVID-19 pandemic has worsened in the last few days is Madhya Pradesh, which has reported 113 deaths. The number of positive cases in the state has exceeded 2,600.
Delhi has reported 54 deaths, but the fatalities have plateaued in the national capital with no fresh deaths being registered in the last few days. 46 people have died in Rajasthan, while the number of deaths due to the deadly virus in Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh have stood at 31 each.
India is going through a prolonged period of nationwide lockdown, which is expected to end on 3 May. Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently held talks with chief ministers from across India to review the situation on the lockdown.
The current lockdown has had an extraordinary impact on the country’s economy and the livelihood of the lower-middle-class population with hundreds of thousands of migrant workers remaining stuck in various parts of the country. The future of crores of students has also come under immense uncertainty as examinations have either been not held or they are still awaiting the results of examinations already conducted.
On Tuesday, the Delhi government urged the central government to consider promoting CBSE class 10 and class 12 students without holding the pending examinations based on the internal assessment.