Cases near 27,000 mark, death toll at 826

After recording 1,975 fresh novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, India's Covid-19 cases count surged to 26,917 today, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data. The death toll due to the highly contagious infection also increased to 826 as 47 new deaths were reported since yesterday, it added.
Further, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the Nation via the monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat' amid Nationwide lockdown. Terming the combat against Covid-19 fight in India as people driven, Modi strongly urged citizens to stay away from the assumption that the virus will not reach their State, cities, and colonies.
The radio programme came just a day before the Prime Minister is set to conduct a video conference with Chief Ministers to discuss the steps required to stem the spread of the deadly virus. In this context, the second phase of the Nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end on May 3.
Modi also mentioned how India’s helping other countries by sending consignments of life-saving drugs as gifts amid the Covid-19 crisis.
Meanwhile, Maharashtra remained the worst hit State with total number of positive cases rising to 7,628, followed by Gujarat at 3,071 cases, Delhi at 2,625 cases and Rajasthan at 2,083 cases, according to the data.
The most-affected States according to the deaths recorded are Maharashtra (323), Delhi (54), Gujarat (133), Madhya Pradesh (99), Telangana (26), Andhra Pradesh (31), Uttar Pradesh (29), Punjab (17), Karnataka (18), Tamil Nadu (20), Rajasthan (33), West Bengal (18), Jammu and Kashmir (5), Kerala (4), Jharkhand (3), Haryana (3) and Bihar (2). Meghalaya, Odisha, Assam, Himachal Pradesh and have reported one death each.