Corona Updates You Must Track: India Adds Nearly 10,000 Fresh Cases In 24 Hours, Big Cities Opening Up
As Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata see resumption of economic activities under unlock 1.0, India’s COVID-19 count surges. On the pandemic, the WHO says the situation is worsening globally
In line with the trend witnessed since the last few days, India added close to 10,000 fresh cases to its coronavirus tally in the last 24 hours. With this, India’s COVID-19 count is at 2.66 lakh cases while the death toll has climbed to 7,466 with 331 people succumbing to the infection or co-morbidities on Monday.
While Delhi will decide on Tuesday if it has entered the community transmission level, World Health Organization chief said the situation is “worsening” globally and warned any country against taking its “foot off the pedal” now. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who is in self-isolation at home after developing fever, has undergone tests for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
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India cases and toll: On Tuesday morning, India’s COVID-19 count surged to 2.66 lakh cases, with 9,987 fresh cases being reported in the last 24 hours. While active cases are at nearly 1.30 lakh, recoveries too have climbed to 1.29 lakh, as per the data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The virus has so far claimed 7,466 lives, with 331 deaths recorded in the last 24 hours, a significant jump compared to the last few days.
Unlock 1.0 starts rolling: With states easing lockdown measures, there has been a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. In Mumbai, joggers and cyclists were seen thronging the Marine Drive, with no social distancing guidelines in place, in a picture that has now gone viral.
The entertainment and financial capital of country is all set to cross Wuhan, the centre of COVID-19 epidemic in China, in terms of case tally. By Monday, Mumbai’s COVID-19 count was at 50,085, a trifle short of Wuhan’s 50,340 cases. Mumbai also became the first Indian city to cross the 50,000-mark. Maharashtra has reported 88,528 confirmed coronavirus cases so far—44,384 active cases, 40,975 recoveries and 3,169 deaths.
In Delhi, malls and places of worship saw people trickling in as they opened their doors to people on Monday after remaining shut for more than two months. In Kolkata, 50 per cent of the city’s eateries opened on Monday.
Delhi L-G reverses order on reserving hospitals: A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that facilities at state-run and some private hospitals will be reserved for Delhi residents, Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal reversed the order on Monday. No patient will be denied treatment at a hospital for not being a Delhi resident, the LG’s order said, reported The Times of India.
The doubling rate for the infection in Delhi is 14 days and at this rate, the capital could see more than 56,000 COVID-19 cases by the next fortnight, said Delhi’s Health Minister Satyendar Jain. Delhi has reported 29,943 confirmed coronavirus cases so far; of these, 17,712 are active, 11,357 recoveries and 874 deaths.
Global corona update: Even as Brazil’s coronavirus count is going up at a breakneck speed—the country has 7.10 lakh confirmed cases so far—Mexico too is emerging as a global COVID-19 hotspot. The country reported nearly 3,000 fresh cases on Monday, taking the tally to 1.20 lakh.
According to worldometer, a website that tracks COVID-19 numbers globally, the number of confirmed cases is now at 71.98 lakh while 35.36 lakh have recovered and 4.08 lakh people succumbed to the infection or co-morbidities. The US has 20.26 confirmed coronavirus cases with 1.13 lakh deaths.
Story of hope: It was a double whammy for West Bengal when Cyclone Amphan hit the state even as it was reeling under a coronavirus-triggered lockdown. Kana Mondal, 40, knew her task had become more difficult now. A social entrepreneur, Mondal is the founder of Hasta Udyog, a handicraft micro-enterprise in the North 24 Parganas in West Bengal which trains and employs local women. On a visit to the Sunderbans after the cyclone, Mondal found many of these women were without a roof over their head. Not one to give up, Mondal is distributing ration, clothes and books for children to the cyclone-affected families in the Sunderbans. She has reached out to more than 2,500 families so far. Read her inspirational story here.