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Coronavirus state-wise tally April 8: Number of cases in Maharashtra crosses 1,000

With 1,018 cases of COVID-19, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (690) and Delhi (576).

April 08, 2020 / 08:44 PM IST

India has recorded 5,274 cases of the novel coronavirus and 149 deaths, according to the health ministry's latest update.

Of these, 4,714 are active cases while 410 have been cured or discharged.

The data was updated at 5 pm on April 8 on the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.

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With 1,018 cases of COVID-19, Maharashtra has reported the highest number of infections, followed by Tamil Nadu (690) and Delhi (576).


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Many state governments have asked the Centre to extend the nationwide lockdown, which is currently scheduled to end on April 14, news agency ANI reported.

A Group of Ministers on April 7 suggested that schools and colleges should be closed for four more weeks, according to an NDTV report. The report said this would mean the Centre might ease the lockdown in a staggered manner.

S. No.Name of State / UTTotal Confirmed cases (Including 66 foreign Nationals)Cured/Discharged/ MigratedDeath
1Andhra Pradesh30554
2Andaman and Nicobar Islands1000
3Arunachal Pradesh100
12Himachal Pradesh1821
13Jammu and Kashmir11642
18Madhya Pradesh229013
26Tamil Nadu690197
30Uttar Pradesh343263
31West Bengal99135
Total number of confirmed cases in India5274*411149
*States wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation

Globally, 1.4 million cases have been reported and over 82,000 deaths, according to the data from Johns Hopkins University.

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first published: Apr 8, 2020 10:14 am

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