India's tally of COVID-19 positive cases has reached 31,787, including 1,008 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry's latest update.
Of these, 22,982 are active cases while 7,796 have been cured or discharged.
The data was updated at 5 pm on April 29 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.
With 9,318 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state, followed by Gujarat (3,744) and Delhi (3,314).
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The number of hotspot districts (red zones) has declined to 129 from the 177.
The Ministry of Home Affairs issued an order on April 29 allowing for a conditional movement of stranded migrant workers, tourists, students, pilgrims and other people. States and union territories have been directed to designate nodal authorities and outline standard protocols for the movement of such people.
NITI Aayog Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Amitabh Kant on April 28 said 15 places that have "high caseload" have been identified. This list includes cities such as Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Indore and Hyderabad.
Below is the coronavirus cases/deaths state-wise tally:
|S. No.||Name of State / UT||Total Confirmed cases (Including 111 foreign Nationals)||Cured/Discharged/Migrated||Death|
|1||Andaman and Nicobar Islands||33||15||0|
|13||Jammu and Kashmir||565||176||8|
|Total number of confirmed cases in India||31787*||7797||1008|
|#1 Repeat case from Betul Removed|
|*78 cases are being assigned to states for contact tracing|
|*States wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation|
|*Our figures are being reconciled with ICMR|
Globally, over 3.1 million cases and more than 217,000 deaths have been reported during the COVID-19 outbreak.Follow our full coverage here.