“Nearly 29.8 per cent of the country’s total Covid-19 cases are linked to the Markaz (Nizamuddin Markaz) cluster incident. The attendees to the congregation have affected people in a total of 23 states and union territories,” Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said at a press briefing.
The government also said Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh were most affected due to the congregation.
Of the total cases in Tamil Nadu, 84 per cent are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event, making it the most affected state. Telangana has 79 per cent cases linked to the Delhi congregation, followed by Delhi at 63 per cent, Andhra Pradesh (61 per cent) and Uttar Pradesh (59 per cent).
Relapse of cases in zero Covid-19 zones
The government also said there was a relapse of Covid-19 cases in Patna (Bihar), Nadia (West Bengal) and Panipat (Haryana), where instances of coronavirus were reduced to almost zero in the past 14 days.
On Thursday (16 April), the government had shared a list of 27 districts in 17 states where zero samples had tested positive for more than two weeks.
This list included Patna (Bihar), Nadia (West Bengal), Pauri Garhwal (Uttarakhand), Porbandar and Somnath (Gujarat), Pratapgarh (Rajasthan), Pilibhit (Uttar Pradesh) and West Imphal (Manipur), among other districts.
“Some of the positive cases have again come-up,” Aggarwal said, adding that the battle against coronavirus has to continue and it requires strict vigilance from all citizens.
‘Mortality rate high in people above 75 years’
India’s mortality rate due to Covid-19 is 3.3 per cent and three fourth of the deaths have been of people above 60 years, the government informed.
The mortality rate stood at 14.4 per cent in the age group of 0 to 45 years and 10.3 per cent in the 45-60 years bracket. It is 33.1 per cent in the 60-75 age bracket and 42.2 per cent in the above 75 years age group.
Combining the 60 to 75 and above age group, almost 75 per cent of the deaths have occurred in this particular bracket. “We have also noticed that 83 per cent of the total deaths were due to co-morbidities in patients,” Aggarwal added.
The country has so far registered 480 deaths.