Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases Cross 2.36 Lakh Mark, Surpassing Italy’s Tally
Covid-19 cases in India continued to surge unabated with the country just a day away from "unlocking" its economy after a more than two-month lockdown.
India added 9,887 new cases of novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 2,36,657, according to health ministry's 8 a.m. update. This includes 1,14,073 patients who've recovered and 6,642 deaths.
Over the last 24 hours, India saw 4,611 recoveries while 294 people died from the highly infectious respiratory disease.
The lockdown will start lifting in phases from June 8 when malls, restaurants and religious places will be allowed to reopen. States and union territories will still have a say in curbing certain activities if deemed necessary.
Last night, India’s health ministry issued guidelines on how restaurants and malls will have to operate once the lockdown lifts.
Globally, cases passed 67 lakh with deaths exceeding 3.94 lakh as of Saturday morning.
U.K. transmission rates reached near-critical levels in some regions as nationwide deaths passed 40,000. Brazil reported over 1,000 new Covid-19 fatalities.
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10 New Covid-19 Cases In Dharavi Today
Dharavi recorded 10 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, increased the total tally in Mumbai’s biggest slum to 1,899 including 71 deaths, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.
States With Maximum Mortality Rates
Among states with most Covid-19 deaths, Gujarat continued to report the maximum mortality rate of 6.2%, followed by West Bengal with 5%.
The national mortality rate stood at 2.8%, according to the health ministry’s 8:00 a.m. update.
Rajasthan's Recovery Rate Stands At 73%
Rajasthan reported the best recovery rate of 73%, among states where at least 1,000 patients have been cured.
Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh reported recovery rates of above 60%, compared to the national average of 48%.
Kerala To Conduct Antibody Tests From June 8
Kerala government will conduct antibody tests from June 8 to check if there was any community transmission.
The plan is to conduct up to 15,000 antibody tests per week, said Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The state has received 14,000 kits through Indian Council of Medical Research and 10,000 of these have been given to different districts. Another 40,000 kits are expected in the next three days, Vijayan added.
Tamil Nadu Caps Covid-19 Treatment Charges
The Tamil Nadu government capped the charges for Covid-19 treatment in private hospitals at Rs 15,000 per day in intensive care units across the state and announced that no fee over and above the fixed slab can be claimed from patients.
In private sector hospitals, the per-day charges for treatment in ICUs shall not exceed Rs 15,000 and in general wards, for asymptomatic patients and those with mild symptoms, the maximum is Rs 7,500, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said in an official release.
For the purpose of fixing upper limit on rates, hospitals have been categorised based on factors like amenities and for the first two levels of Grade A1 and A2 hospitals, the maximum allowable per-day fee in general ward and ICU are Rs 7,500 and Rs 15,000 respectively.
In the next two levels of hospitals that fall under Grade A3 and A4, the ceiling for charges per day in general ward and the ICU are Rs 5,000 and Rs 15,000.