India's COVID-19 death toll rises to 308 as total cases reach 9,152

A municipal worker sprays disinfectant on his colleague after they cremated the body of a man who died due to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), at a crematorium in Ahmedabad, India, April 12, 2020. (Photo: Agencies)

NEW DELHI - India's health ministry Monday said the death toll due to COVID-19 in India rose to 308 and the total number of confirmed cases in the country reached 9,152.

"As on 8:00 am (local time) today 308 deaths related to COVID-19 have been recorded in the country," said the information released by the ministry.

This is a jump of 35 deaths and an increase of 796 cases since Sunday morning.

According to ministry officials, so far 857 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

"The number of active cases in the country right now is 7,987," said the information.

Monday marks the 20th straight day of ongoing 21-day lockdown across the country announced by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The three-week lockdown is expected to end on April 14.

Several states have announced the extension of lockdown until April 30. However, the federal government so far has not made any announcement regarding the extension in nationwide lockdown.