Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases In India Nears 25,000; Death Toll At 779
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Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases In India Nears 25,000; Death Toll At 779

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Total coronavirus cases in India neared the 25,000 mark on Saturday evening with 1,490 additional cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry.

The tally includes more than 5,210 cured and discharged, and 779 people who lost their lives to the respiratory illness, as of 5 p.m.

Over the last 24 hours, India reported 396 recoveries and 56 deaths.

After the first case of coronavirus infection was reported in India, it took 76 days for the cases to expand to 10,000. The tally went to 20,000 in the next eight days, and to 24,942 in just three days, suggesting a rising rate of infection.

Track latest news updates and developments on how the coronavirus situation is evolving in India here

Global Update:

The death toll from the new coronavirus topped 51,000 in the U.S., with the epicenter of the global outbreak now accounting for more than a quarter of all fatalities. Cases spiked among crew members on a passenger-less cruise ship docked in Japan. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned patients about taking malaria medications touted by President Donald Trump. China reported 12 new cases Friday, with 11 of them imported. Spain and Italy had their fewest deaths in five weeks. Germany had its worst day in almost a week, while Belgium plans to ease its lockdown starting in May.

Globally, total number of cases have topped 2.7 million with deaths approaching 1,96,000.

Dharavi Records 21 New Cases

Twenty one new cases of coronavirus infection were detected in Dharavi today, taking the total number of Covid-19 infected in Mumbai’s largest slum to 241 including 14 deaths.

Source: BMC

Centre Clarifies On Shops Allowed To Open

Restaurants, saloons and barber shops will continue to remain closed, Ministry of Home Affairs clarifies after it allows certain shops providing non-essential goods and services to open from Saturday.

  • Government allows shops selling non-essential items to open up with 50 percent workers from April 25
  • Sale of liquor and other items specified in the National Directives for Covid-19 management continue to be prohibited
  • Shops in hotspots/containment zones will continue to remain closed
  • E-commerce companies can only sell essential goods

Source: Ministry of Home Affairs

Also read: India Allows Some Shops Selling Non-Essential Goods To Open From Saturday

State-Wise Infection Trend

There are four states in the country with more than 2,000 Covid-19 cases, with Maharashtra reporting a tally of over 6,800.

  1. Maharashtra: 6,817 cases
  2. Gujarat: 2,815 cases
  3. Delhi: 2,514 cases
  4. Rajasthan: 2,034 cases

Source: Health Ministry (April 25, 5 p.m.)

Total Cases In India Reaches 24,942

India reported 1,490 new cases of coronavirus infection over the last 24 hours to take the total tally to 24,942, as of Saturday evening.

  • Active Cases: 18,953
  • Cured/Discharged/Migrated: 5,210
  • Deaths: 779

Source: Health Ministry (April 25, 5 p.m.)

Maharashtra Yet To Take Call On Opening Of Shops

The Maharashtra government is yet to decide whether shops be allowed to remain open in view of the amended guidelines issued by the Central government.

An official said on Saturday that the order issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday night was under an "active consideration" of the state government. "This is issued by the Government of India. Not yet accepted by us," he told PTI.

The MHA order stated that "all shops, including neighbourhood shops and standalone shops, shops in residential complexes, within the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities, registered under the the Shops and Establishment Act of the respective State and UT will be allowed to open during the lockdown".

The ministry also said shops located in registered markets located outside the municipal corporations and municipalities can open after following the drill of social distancing and wearing of masks but with 50 percent of strength. However, single and multi-brands shall continue to remain closed in these areas also.

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