India's tally of COVID-19 positive cases has reached 33,610, including 1,075 deaths, as per the Union Health Ministry's latest update.
Of these, 24,162 are active cases while 8,372 have been cured or discharged.
The data was updated at 5.00 pm on April 30 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.
With 9,915 COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state, followed by Gujarat (4,082) and Delhi (3,439).
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A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
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Punjab and West Bengal have said restrictions will continue after May 3, but will be eased in non-containment zones. Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh said the lockdown will be lifted daily from 7 am to 11 pm in non-red zones.
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on April 29 said new guidelines will be released, which will ease restrictions in many districts from May 4.
The MHA also permitted interstate movement of migrant workers, tourists, students, pilgrims and others who are stranded across the country. Screening of such individuals will be mandatory before they travel.
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||581||192||8|
|Total number of confirmed cases in India||33610*||8373||1075|
|*280 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 31.9 lakh cases and more than 2.27 lakh deaths have been reported during the COVID-19 outbreak.Follow our full coverage here.