Coronavirus India Cases: Active Cases Lowest In More Than A Month
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Coronavirus India Cases: Active Cases Lowest In More Than A Month

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New cases remained below the 2 lakh mark in India for the third day in a row, with active cases remaining just above 21 lakh.

1,65,553 people tested positive for the coronavirus in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry's update as of 8 a.m. on May 30. The pace of recovery remains significantly higher than new cases at 2.54 lakh.

The daily death rate is also showing signs of ebbing. 3,460 patients succumbed to the illness in 24 hours, taking India’s total death toll above 3.25 lakh.

To be sure, data on Covid-19 cases and related deaths may be severely deficient as several states have inadequate testing, chronic underreporting and have been attributing the casualties to other causes.

Key Figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,78,94,800
  • Active cases: 21,14,508
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,54,54,320
  • Total deaths: 3,25,972
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 1,65,553
  • One-day recoveries: 2,76,309
  • One-day deaths: 3,460

Maharashtra Issues New Guidelines

Local administration has been given the power to decide on the stringency of restrictions applicable in respective areas.

The state government has issued specific guidelines based on the positivity rate and occupancy of oxygen beds.

Category 1:

Where positivity rate is less than or equal to 10% of the population and occupancy of oxygen beds is less than 40%

  • Essential shops can remain open from 7 am to 2 pm.
  • Standalone non-essential shops (not inside shopping centres/malls) can open, if the local administration deems fit. They can not remain open longer than essential stores. Such stores will have to remain shut on weekends.
  • Delivery of non-essential goods is now allowed through e-commerce channels.
  • Any movement after 3 pm will not be allowed except for essential and medical purposes.
  • All government offices can function with 25% attendance.
  • Agriculture sector related shops can remain open till 2 pm on weekdays. Local administration can allow such stores to operate for longer and during the weekend keeping sowing season in mind.

Category 2:

Where positive rate is more than 20% and occupancy of oxygen beds is more than 75%.

Restrictions applied on May 12 remain in force.

Maharashtra To Impose Restrictions Till June 15

Maharashtra will keep strict restrictions in place till at least June 15. The district administration will take a call on the restrictions and stringency based on the number of cases in the area, said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. Availability of hospital beds equipped with oxygen facilities in the district will also be assessed before restrictions are relaxed he added.

Can't Let Our Guard Down: Maharashtra Chief Minister

Maharashtra will maintain vigilance over the spread of Covid-19 cases, said Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray. The situation is varied across districts, he added.

The state government will continue some restrictions for the next few days, but won’t impose a lockdown.

States Extend Lockdown

Most state governments have decided to extend the lockdown by 7 - 15 days. Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka and Kerala are some of the states to do so.

The Maharashtra government will announce new rules of June 1, after the Chief Minister has held a meeting with district administrators. The state is expected to provide some leniency in the guidelines for certain districts including Mumbai, Pune and Thane.

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