A man wearing a mask in North 24 Pargana district, Barasat. The West Bengal government has made wearing of masks mandatory in public places. (Express photo by Shashi Ghosh)
Delhi recorded 356 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, a highest single-day rise in the national capital so far. With four more deaths, the toll mounted to 28. The number of cases in Maharashtra crossed 2,000 mark on Monday. With 352 new cases, state’s tally now stood at 2,334, of which 1,549 cases were reported from Mumbai alone. With nine new deaths, the toll in Mumbai hit 100.
In its daily briefing, the Union Health Ministry said no new cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in 25 districts from 15 states of the country in the last 14 days. Health Secretary Luv Aggarwal said 905 new positive cases and 51 deaths due to the coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours in the country. The overall cases in country rose to 9,352 cases with 324 deaths. The ministry also said that over two lakh tests for COVID-19 have been conducted so far and they have enough stock to conduct tests for six weeks.
Amid the pandemic, OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed to curb global oil supply by 20% for fuel and driven down oil prices, straining budgets of oil producers. Globally, nearly 1.85 million people are infected, while the death toll is over 1.14 lakh. China, the epicenter of the virus, reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks, driven by a rise in infected travellers arriving from overseas and underscoring challenges Beijing faces in preventing a second wave of COVID-19. The United States, with the world’s third-largest population, has recorded more fatalities from COVID-19 than any other country, nearly 22,000 as of Sunday evening.
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Patients at RG Kar Medical College in Kolkata were shifted from one ward to another in a separate building and released after two fresh cases of Covid-19 were identified in the hospital. (Express photo/Partha Paul)
Amid requests from states to extend the nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10 am tomorrow, the last day of 21-day lockdown. At least six states — Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana — have already announced an extension. As the country gears up to extend the lockdown after the 21-day period ends tomorrow, the spread of COVID-19 cases to almost half the total districts in the country is likely to weigh on the mind of the Central government in crafting a graded approach.
India crossed the 8000-mark on Sunday after reporting 909 infections and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said at the daily briefing.
In Delhi's Max Hospital, three healthcare workers — a doctor, nurse, and non-medical staff — tested positive. An official said it appears the doctor contracted the virus outside the hospital, whereas others may have caught it from one of the patients. On the other hand, in Maharashtra where the infections have topped 2,000, Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has put himself under home isolation after he came in contact with a PSI who tested positive.
As India is gearing up for two more weeks of lockdown, with at least six states–Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana– already announcing the extension till April 30 in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. A broad consensus that the national lockdown should be extended by at least two weeks till April-end emerged Saturday after an almost four-hour meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state Chief Ministers.
In the daily briefing of the Health Ministry on Sunday, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, said 1,86,906 samples have been tested so far, of which 4.3 per cent were positive. “In last five days, on average 15,747 samples were tested per day and 584 of those were found positive per day,” he said. Agarwal also said 20 per cent of the 8346 positive cases required ICU support.
Following Haryana government's lead, Coronavirus clusters in New Delhi will now be colour-coded red and orange based on the severity of the outbreak, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday, announcing the Delhi government’s plan to carry out a sanitisation drive in those areas. Kejriwal said the government will notify more areas as containment zones in the next few days. At present, there are 33 such zones in Delhi, where stricter lockdown measures are in force, effectively making the rest of the city out of bounds for large chunks of the population.
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