NEW DELHI: The total number of deaths in India due to coronavirus (covid-19) has surpassed the 100 mark, of which majority are males, the government said on Monday.
“India has reported 30 deaths and 693 cases in the last 24 hours. So far, 109 people have died due to coronavirus and total 4,067 covid-19 cases have been recorded, out of which 1,445 cases are related to Tablighi Jamaat,” said Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The government also said of the total infected so far, 76% were males and 24% females.
“As per our analysis, about 47% covid-19 positive people are more than 40 years of age, while 31% are less than 40 years of age. As far as age analysis of deaths is concerned, 73% males and 27% females have died. 60% of deaths were reported among the age group of more than 60 years, 30% among 40-60 age group, and about 7% who died were below 40 years of age,” said Agarwal.
“86% of the deaths have been noticed among people who had co-morbidities such as diabetes, hypertension, kidney and heart diseases. Young people with co-morbidities are also at risk,” he added.
Meanwhile, the government has quarantined more than 25,000 people linked to Tablighi Jamaat, a religious event held mid-March in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz. The government has also sealed the villages in Haryana, where workers of Tablighi Jamaat stayed.
Andhra Pradesh on Monday reported 14 new cases of coronavirus (covid-19) from Visakhapatnam, Anantapur, Kurnool, Guntur and West Godavari districts. With this, the total number in the state now stands at 252.
According to a media bulletin from the the state government, of the 13 districts in Andhra Pradesh, Kurnool has the highest number of cases at 56 followed by Nellore and Guntur. The number of cases in the state has been on the rise since more than a week, after the state began tracking all those who had attended a religious congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin area mid-March. The event was organised by Tablighi Jamaat, a sect of Sunni Islam.
(Yunus Y Lasania contributed to this story.)