Coronavirus India News Live Updates: West Bengal government on Monday revised the dates for the statewide lockdown. The complete shutdown will now be observed on August 5, 8, 20, 21, 27, 28, and 31. Meanwhile, the state BJP took a swipe at the Bengal government for “deliberately selecting” August 5 for Covid-19 lockdown when the ‘bhoomi pujan’ (groundbreaking rituals) in Ayodhya for the construction of Ram temple is scheduled. It demanded the TMC ministry to shift the date as it did for the Eid festival, news agency PTI reported.
With nearly 53,000 new cases (52,972), the number of confirmed infections in India crossed the 18-lakh mark on Monday. As many as 771 casualties took place in the last 24 hours, pushing the death toll to 38,135. Of the 18,03,696 cases, 5,79,357 are active, while 11,86,203 have been cured.
Global coronavirus cases surpassed 18 million as the pandemic is now adding a million infections every four days, prompting more lockdowns. The World Health Organisation, has meanwhile, said that the said it expects the Covid-19 pandemic to be of “lengthy duration” and that it remains “a public health emergency of international concern.”