New Delhi: The novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, has been a great leveller in many ways, destroying lives and livelihoods of the rich and poor.

The government has identified hotspots across the country in its effort to control the spread of COVID-19, which has infected 17,656 people and claimed over 550 lives.

While Gujarat, at over 1,800, has the third-highest number of confirmed coronavirus infections in India at present — the first two being Maharashtra and Delhi. Tamil Nadu is seeing some plateauing in the number of new cases.

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The government has said the condition of coronavirus spread is serious or getting serious in 11 districts across four states.

They include Rajasthan's Jaipur, MP's Indore, Maharashtra's Mumbai and Pune, and West Bengal's Kolkata, Howrah, North 24 Parganas, Medinipur East, Jalpaiguri, Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Six Inter-Ministerial Central teams will assess the situation in the areas, the government added.

"Here is a list of the districts where #COVID19 situation is serious or becoming serious in response to which Government has constituted 6 Inter-Ministerial Central teams led by Additional Secretary rank Officers: #MHA," PIB India tweeted.

The tally of coronavirus cases crossed the 3,000-mark in Mumbai on Monday after 155 more people tested positive, while the death toll rose to 138 with the virus killing seven more patients here, the city civic body said. According to a BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) release, the number of COVID-19 cases now stood at 3,090.

Number of COVID-19 containment zones in Delhi rose to 84, while positive coronavirus cases in the national capital rose to 2081. The deadly virus has claimed 47 lives so far.