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Coronavirus cases reach 4,421 on Tuesday, total deaths 114

New Delhi: Coronavirus cases – both active and recovered — in India have reached to 4,421 on Tuesday with a total of 3,981 active cases while a total of 114 people have died. In between, Maharashtra topped the list of worst affected areas with 748 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 45 deaths. After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu has the maximum number of cases (621) with five deaths so far.

Meanwhile, Delhi continues to worry with 523 active cases and a total of seven people have been died due to the coronavirus in the national capital so far.

Besides deaths and active cases, what gives a sigh of relief is a total of 325 people have been recovered beating the deadly disease so far.

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Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research has enhanced its capacity to fight the coronavirus. The ICMR has also allowed rapid anti-body based blood tests for the disease.

In between, the 21-day lockdown following the COVID-19 has continued to increase woes of people as prices of essentials goods remain high even on Monday despite the government’s directions. Local shopkeepers and vendors continued profiteering by ignoring the lockdown norms.

“They supply has declined and demand is standing the same, what will we do. We are also getting things at increased prices hence, we have no option than selling them costly,” said Nitin, a grocery shopkeeper in East Delhi.

A wholesaler, requesting anonymity, said: “We are businessmen and it’s a time to make money.”
However, the market sentiment hurting daily wagers the most and reports or rumours of lockdown extension causing threat for them. “We don’t have work and there is no certainty that when we’ll get it. We have families to feed, what we will do if it (lockdown) extends. We will die of hunger.”

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