Coronavirus India Cases: Active Infections At 20 Lakh; Maharashtra Extends Curbs
A health worker takes a swab sample at a Covid-19 testing site set up at the Panchayat house of a village in the Gautam Budh Nagar district of Noida. (Photographer: Anindito Mukherjee/Bloomberg)

Coronavirus India Cases: Active Infections At 20 Lakh; Maharashtra Extends Curbs

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New cases of Covid-19 in India remained below the 2-lakh-mark for the fourth day in a row, in a relief to the healthcare system battling the world’s second-largest outbreak.

1.65 lakh 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 31. Recoveries during the same period remained significantly higher at 2.38 lakh.

This took active infections in the country to about 20 lakh, the lowest in more than a month.

Key Figures

  • Total confirmed cases: 2,80,47,534
  • Active cases: 20,26,092
  • Total patients cured/discharged: 2,56,92,342
  • Total deaths: 3,29,100
  • Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 1,52,734
  • One-day recoveries: 2,38,022
  • One-day deaths: 3,128

Despite signs of the outbreak peaking out, Maharashtra will keep strict restrictions in place till at least June 15.

Since the situation is varied across districts, the local administration will take a call on the stringency of the restrictions based on the number of cases in the area, availability of hospital beds and oxygen, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said in a statement.

In areas where positivity rate is less than or equal to 10% of the population and occupancy of oxygen beds is less than 40%, the district administration can allow standalone non-essential shops to open, delivery of non-essential goods, etc., but during specified intervals in the day.

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