India extends world's biggest lockdown until end of May

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Meanwhile, 120 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours taking the tally of the number of deaths to 2872.

"As on 8:00am (local time) Friday, 2,649 deaths related to novel coronavirus have been recorded in the country", information released by the ministry read.

The number of cases in India as of 9.30 am on May 17 stands at 90,927, according to the Union Health Ministry, an increase of 4,987 cases since May 16. The country has ramped up testing since the beginning of April to 100,000 this week, but with 1.3 billion people on a per capita basis it is trailing far behind other major countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy.

Health workers and policy makers are anxious as India's rate of daily new infections is still rising despite the lockdown and virtually confining all its 1.3 billion citizens.

As India attempts to flatten the curve of the novel coronavirus and is now under an extended lockdown, some states are continuing to see a steady rise in cases.

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A third of the infections are from the western state of Maharashtra, with Mumbai the worst hit, followed by Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Delhi.

J&K reported its twelfth death due to COVID-19, a man who died at Srinagar's SKIMS hospital on Saturday.

Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths, 1019, followed by 586 in Gujarat and 237 in Madhya Pradesh. 36 new cases were reported in the state on Saturday. The previous highest deaths reported in a day were 54, on May 13.

Tripura has reported 167 cases, Assam has 92 cases, Uttarakhand has 88, Himachal Pradesh has 78 cases, Chhattisgarh has 67 and Ladakh has registered 43 cases, so far. The state saw 1,606 new cases on May 16.

Manipur's tally rose to seven with three new cases: a 71-year-old woman, her 48-year-old son, and another 22-year-old woman.

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