Corona Updates You Must Track: A Unified Strategy for Delhi-NCR, Record Jump In Fresh COVID-19 Cases
Four districts in Tamil Nadu, including Chennai, have entered a 12-day intense lockdown, starting today. Uttar Pradesh, Haryana have been asked to cap COVID-19 test price at ₹2,400
India cases and toll: India’s coronavirus tally is inching towards the 4-lakh mark. On Friday morning, the confirmed COVID-19 case count stood at 3,80,532, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The number of discharged cases is at 2,04,710. In another record jump in fresh cases, India added 13,586 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. India currently has 1,63,248 active cases. The death toll on Friday climbed to 12,573 with 336 people losing the battle against the virus in the last 24 hours.
A unified strategy for Delhi-NCR: Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday stressed on the need for a unified strategy for Delhi and NCR to fight the COVID-19 crisis. Shah has also asked both Haryana and Uttar Pradesh to cap the rate for COVID-19 tests at Rs 2,400 as it has been done in Delhi. Based on a central panel’s recommendations, rates for beds and COVID-19 treatment could be fixed for all hospitals across Delhi-NCR.
How are Delhi, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu faring: The national capital on Friday had 26,669 active cases, 21,341 recoveries and 1,969. At 49,979, Delhi’s total confirmed case count is little short of the 50,000-mark. In Maharashtra, the coronavirus tally stands at 1,20,504 cases with 53,915 active cases, 60,838 recoveries and 5,751 deaths.
In the south, Tamil Nadu, which crossed the 50,000-mark recently, has four of its districts, including Chennai, entering a phase of intense 12-day lockdown, starting Friday. The state has reported 52,334 confirmed cases so far, with 23,068 active cases, 28641 recoveries and 625 deaths.
Global corona update: The global coronavirus tally has crossed the 85-lakh mark with 85,78,283 confirmed cases so far, according to worldometer, a website that tracks COVID-19 numbers globally. While the number of recoveries is at 45,30,266 cases, the death toll has climbed to 4,56,286. The number of active cases stands at 35,91,731; of these, 35,37,170 are in mild condition and 54,561 critical.
A Reuters report quoted World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus as saying that research is finally providing green shoots of hope to treat the virus. The WHO has recommended the use of dexamethasone only in serious cases of COVID-19.
Story of hope: Even as the coronavirus pandemic is affecting people in different ways, Good Samaritans are also coming forward to lend a helping hand. One such person is R. Hari Kumar, a businessman from Kerala based in Sharjah, who arranged a chartered aircraft to fly his 120 employees back to Kochi, reports The Hindustan Times. He also offered his employees an option to join his company’s Coimbatore unit in Tamil Nadu if they wanted to stay back. The flight also brought 50 other passengers who were stranded in the UAE. Read more on this story here.