Corona Updates You Must Track: Lockdown 5.0 Guidelines Likely On 31 May, India Cases At 1.58 Lakh
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to announce the roadmap for the next stage of lockdown in his Mann Ki Baat radio address on Sunday with a focus on 11 cities
As Lockdown 4.0 is nearing an end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the nation on Sunday, 31 May, to discuss the exit strategy for the next phase. India’s coronavirus count, however, is showing a steady increase with 6,566 new COVID-19 cases being reported in the last 24 hours. Nearly 200 people succumbed to the infection during the same period.
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Lockdown 5.0 guidelines soon? Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday can share the blueprint for the next stage of the graded exit plan from 1 June. An India Today report quoted sources in the Ministry of Home Affairs as saying that Lockdown 5.0 will largely focus on 11 cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Surat, Ahmedabad, Pune, Kolkata, Indore, Jaipur, Thane and Bengaluru—that account for 70 per cent of the total coronavirus cases in the country. Places of worship and gyms may be allowed to reopen in the next phase.
India cases and toll: The surge in coronavirus cases continues as India’s total tally has gone up to 1,58,333 cases, according to the latest data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Thursday morning. India reported 6,566 fresh cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours while 194 people succumbed to the infection during the same period, taking the toll to 4,531. The number of recoveries stands at 67,691. After Brazil, the daily cases of coronavirus are growing at the fastest rate in India.
Where Delhi stands: The national capital, which had reported a slight dip in fresh cases the day before, reported a huge spike in the last 24 hours. With 792 fresh cases, Delhi saw its highest-ever single-day surge in COVID-19 cases. With this, the total case count stands at 15,257 even as 7,264 people have also recovered from the illness. The death toll is climbing at a steady rate—with 303 deaths so far, Delhi is only behind Maharashtra, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.
Where Maharashtra stands: The western state, which has seen an improvement in the doubling rate of the infection, reported 2,190 fresh coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s COVID-19 count to 56,948. During the same period, 105 fatalities were reported—the state’s death toll has climbed to 1,897. Mumbai, which has been the ground zero for COVID-19 infection in the state, reported a little over 1,000 fresh cases in the last 24 hours with Dharavi recording 18 new cases on Wednesday. With a slight dip in the growth rate of daily new cases, Mumbai may see some relaxations post-Lockdown 4.0. The city alone accounts for more than 32,000 coronavirus cases in India.
Global corona update: The US, which has seen a slowing down of infection in the last few days, reached a grim milestone of 1 lakh deaths due to COVID-19. According to worldometer, a website that tracks coronavirus figures real-time, the country has reported 17.45 lakh confirmed cases with the toll at 1.02 lakh.
South Korea, which had garnered praise for controlling the spread of coronavirus, is witnessing a fresh outbreak of the infection. On Wednesday, South Korea reported 40 new coronavirus cases after it relaxed social distancing norms and even reopened schools.
Globally, the coronavirus case tally stands at 57.90 lakh with 24.97 lakh recoveries and 3.57 lakh deaths. After the US, Brazil has reported maximum number of COVID-19 cases (4.14 lakh) with more than 25,000 people losing their lives to the infection.
Story of hope: Along with the gut-wrenching stories on the plight of migrant workers across the country, several stories of kindness and courage during this difficult time have also come to fore. One such story is of Pappan Singh Gahlot, a farm owner in north Delhi, who arranged flight tickets for the 10 migrants working on his mushroom farm, reported The Times of India. Gahlot spent Rs 68,000 to put them on a flight to Patna.