The number of coronavirus cases in India surged to 29,974 on Tuesday evening after 1594 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.
Addressing a press conference here, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary MoHFW, said that no new COVID-19 cases have been reported from 17 districts of the country in the last 28 days but added that we still need to maintain a constant vigil.
According to officials, there are 22,010 active COVID-19 cases in the country, while 7,026 people have been cured or discharged, one person has migrated and 937 people have lost their lives due to the infection. Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan held a video-conference with directors of the Department of Biotechnology, its 18 autonomous bodies, and PSUs and asked them to fast-track the activities pertaining to the development of a vaccine for COVID-19, Agarwal said.
Maharashtra still remains the worst-affected state in the country with over 8,500 cases, followed by Gujarat and Delhi.
The Ministry of Health and Family Affairs said that a total of 6,869 people have been cured of coronavirus in India so far, taking the recovery rate to 23.3 per cent. The ministry also said that it has issued guidelines for home isolation of very mild/presymptomatic COVID-19 cases.