India is better positioned in the fight against COVID-19 compared to other nations but there is no space for complacency, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday, even as a record rise in coronavirus cases for the sixth consecutive day in the country pushed the tally to over 2.6 lakh. A total of 266 new COVID-19 fatalities and 9,987 cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll due to the coronavirus infection rose to 7,466 and the cases mounted to 2,66,598 in the country. With India relaxing restrictions, a surge in cases is expected to begin soon. Several states like Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Assam, Haryana, Karnataka, Chhattisgarh and Tripura have been showing a spurt in cases.
In other news, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tested negative for covid-19, a day after he showed symptoms of the infection. Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia asserted that the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi will explode to 5.5 lakhs by the end of July even though the Centre said there is no community transmission of the virus in the capital.
The Supreme Court, on the other hand, asked worst Covid-19 affected state Maharashtra to make concerted effort in sending the migrant workers still stranded there to their native places. The top court, which directed all states and Union Territories to transport all stranded workers by train, bus or other mode within 15 days, said there were “huge lapses” by the Maharashtra authorities in dealing with the issue.
Globally, the number of people infected with coronavirus rose to 7,119,736 with as many as 406,542 fatalities.