NEW DELHI:India’s Covid cases have crossed one lakh-101,139.Deaths 3163.Recovered 39,233.
Between May 11 and 17, India recorded 4077 Covid cases on an average, the fourth highest among all countries. Cases doubled in India every 13.5 days as of May 17. India has conducted 23 tests for each confirmed case in mid May. This is two tests fewer per case compared to what was being recorded in mid April.India is in the fourth place in a list of nations with more than average 1000 cases a day.
US has 22,500 cases every day; Brazil 11,197, Russia 10,295, Peru 3567, UK 3507, Saudi Arabia 2243. Other countries with more than 1000 cases are Chile, Mexico, Iran, Turkey, Qatar, Pakistan, Canada and Bangladesh.
India had 5242 new cases-single highest day jump on Monday.
Four migrant workers were killed and 15 injured after the bus they were travelling collided with a truck, in Yavatmal district in Maharashtra on Tuesday morning. The bus departed from Solapur to arrive at Jharkhand.
Three migrant labourers were killed and 12 others were injured after a truck carrying them in Jhansi-Mirzapur highway, overturned in Mahoba district of Uttar Pradesh late on Monday.
SP Mahoba Mani Lal Patidar, said about 17 persons were travelling in the vehicle that was coming from Delhi. Tire burst is said to the cause of the accident.
The accident took place in village Mahua near Panwari.
As the country entered the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown, many state governments, including Karnataka, Gujarat and Assam too extended the lockdown in their states and issued guidelines allowing for more relaxations than in the previous phases of the lockdown in a bid to kickstart the economy.
This comes after the Centre on Sunday extended the nationwide lockdown till 31 May and gave states greater freedom to demarcate red, orange and green zones and also to impose additional restrictions if required.
India has been under a lockdown since 25 March, which was first supposed to be for 21 days or till 14 April, but was later extended till 3 May, then further till 17 May and now for another two weeks till 31 May.
The Karnataka government on Monday said it won’t allow passengers from states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala and Tamil Nadu to enter into the state till 31 May except in special cases and will consider allowing their entry in a staggered manner.
In the guidelines issued on Sunday, the Ministry of Home Affairs had allowed the movement of passengers buses and vehicles between states with the rider that both state governments would have to give their consent.
The state government also decided to do away with the green, orange and red zones system in favour of dividing the state into containment and non containment zones and allowed the resumption of public transport in non-containment zones even as Karnataka reported its highest single-day spike in cases, taking the total number on infections in the state to 1,246. The state government also decided to follow a total lockdown on Sundays.
The Gujarat government also decided to demarcate only containment and non-containment zones in the state and granted a host of relaxations in the non-containment areas, including opening of shops and offices between 8 am and 4 pm. However, such business and commercial establishments need to follow odd-even formula, wherein only 50 percent establishments can remain open on any given day, said chief minister Vijay Rupani.
The state government also allowed reopening of barber shops and salons in non-containment zones besides shops selling paan masala. Restaurants and eateries can remain open for takeaway orders only, Rupani said. He also announced resumption of bus and autorickshaw service across the state, barring a few places
Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao announced extension of COVID-19 lockdown till 31 May and said that barring containment zones, rest of the areas in the state would be green zones in which public transport will be allowed with certain conditions.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal announced opening of shops in markets on an odd-even basis and running of buses with 20 passengers but said Metro services, schools, colleges, cinema halls and saloons will remain closed till 31 May.
Of the 157 deaths deaths reported since Sunday morning, 63 were in Maharashtra, 34 in Gujarat, 31 in Delhi, six in West Bengal, five each in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, four in Tamil Nadu, three in Punjab and one each from Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka and Odisha.
Maharashtra tops the tally with 1,198 deaths. Gujarat comes second with 659 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 248, West Bengal at 238, Delhi at 160, Rajasthan at 131, Uttar Pradesh at 104,Tamil Nadu at 78 and Andhra Pradesh at 50.
According to the ministry’s website, more than 70 percent of the deaths are due to comorbidities, the existence of multiple disorders in the same person.
According to the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 33,053, followed by Gujarat at 11,379, Tamil Nadu at 11,224, Delhi at 10,054 Rajasthan at 5,202, Madhya Pradesh at 4,977 and Uttar Pradesh at 4,259.
Maharashtra topped the nationwide tally with over 35,000 confirmed cases and 1,249 deaths, followed by Tamil Nadu with 11,760 confirmed cases and 81 deaths. Gujarat has also reported 11,746 confirmed cases, while its death toll is higher than that of Tamil Nadu at 694.
Delhi has also crossed the 10,000 mark in terms of the number of confirmed cases, while its death toll has now reached 160.
Gujarat, during the day, recorded 366 new COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths, including 31 from the worst-hit Ahmedabad, taking the state’s case count to 11,746 and the number of fatalities to 694, a health department official said.
Maharashtra reported 2,033 new cases, taking the tally to 35,058. This was the second consecutive day when the state has reported more than 2,000 COVID-19 cases. Mumbai alone reported 1,185 fresh cases and 23 more deaths, taking the total count of the city to 21,152 and the fatalities to 757. Of the 1,185 new cases, 300 samples were tested positive in private laboratories between May 12 and 16.
Kerala also saw 29 new cases — all but one being returnees from overseas and other states — raising concerns about the state witnessing a possible third wave of the dreaded virus infection. The state was first to report the virus infection, but at least twice it has already been seen as having flattened the curve of the infection.