India COVID-19 deaths cross 300-mark, positive cases surge to 9,152

India covid confirmed cases have crossed 9000-mark taking positive cases toll to 9,152 including 308 deaths while 857 have recovered. The 9,152 figure includes 7987 active cases, 856 cured/discharged/migrated and 308 deaths, according to the latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The country saw 35 more deaths in the last 24 hours. The nation is under a 21-day lockdown period which will end on April 14, however, the lockdown is very likely to be extended for at least two more weeks as positive cases continue to surface from across the nation with 600-800 per day average increase in confirmed cases.

However, the lockdown extension could be different from the present one as the government plans to divide regions in three zones which will be Red zone with maximum number of cases and identified as hotspots, Orange zone with some coronavirus cases and Green zone with no COVID-19 cases, therefore, restrictions during the lockdown extension may vary depending on which area is falling in which zone. However, an official confirmation from the government is yet to come on the lockdown extension.

Earlier on Saturday, PM Modi held a video conference with the chief ministers of all the states to decide the road further to deal coronavirus outbreak in the country. During the meeting, almost all the chief ministers suggested the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown for at least two more weeks.

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