India recorded a jump of 354 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, which takes the total to 4,421, the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday, adding that 114 deaths linked to the highly contagious COVID-19 have been registered so far.
This comes a day after the country recorded a single-day high of 704. If the current rate of increase continues, the country will have over 17,000 patients by the time ongoing nationwide lockdown ends on April 14, according to government data.On Sunday, the government acknowledged the rising numbers but said that without the cases linked to last month's controversial religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, the doubling rate would have been much slower at 7.4 days. On "total lockdown" in the country, the government on Monday said it is "monitoring the world situation every minute".
"A decision in this regard will be declared at the right time," said Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.