Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases Near 53,000; Death Toll At 1,783
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India soared past the 50,000-mark and inching closer to 53,000, all in the last one day.
India reported 3,561 new cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update today, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 52,952. This includes more than 15,267 people cured and nearly 1,783 people dead.
Maharashtra remained the worst affected state, having more than one-fourth of the total cases in India. Things continued to worsen in Gujarat as well with the state being forced to completely shut down two major hubs Ahmedabad and Surat.
The tally in Uttar Pradesh crossed 3,000 today. However, the state health department said Ghaziabad district became Covid-19 free. Kerala, once again, reported a day with no new additions with the total active cases now at 25.
The World Health Organization is considering a new mission to seek the source of the coronavirus in China. The U.K. is set to ease parts of its nationwide lockdown on Monday, with companies warning that continuing social distancing will hurt any economic recovery. Globally, more than 3.7 million people have been infected by the virus, of which more than 2,63,000 have died.
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Ahmedabad, Surat To Shut Completely
To contain the spread of coronavirus in Surat, Gujarat, the city’s civic authorities on Thursday announced that all shops selling vegetables and fruits will remain closed in the city from May 9 - 14.
The announcement came a day after the Ahmedabad civic authorities ordered closure of all shops, except those selling milk and medicines, for a week.
In Surat, vegetable and fruit shops will remain closed from May 9 midnight to May 14 midnight, municipal commissioner Banchhanidhi Pani said in an order, adding that such a step is necessary to contain spread of the viral infection.
Fresh Case Of Coronavirus In Himachal
Himachal Pradesh reported a fresh case of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the total number of virus cases in the state to 47, officials said.
A woman, whose 21 year-old son died of coronavirus on Tuesday, has tested positive for the virus, Mandi Chief Medical Officer Jeevanand Chauhan said. The woman was kept in quarantine at the Indira Gandhi Medical College in Shimla.
The woman's son was also suffering from renal problems and died at IGMC on Tuesday.
However, in a lapse, the man was taken to IGMC Shimla from Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri Government Medical College Nerchowk in Mandi in a normal ambulance instead of the ambulance earmarked for carrying suspected or confirmed Covid-19 patients.
The CMO said a lapse had occurred. However, he attributed the lapse to wrong information provided by the youth regarding his travel history. The youth had told the medical staff that he had returned from Delhi on March 23, he added.
Of the total 47 patients in the state, HP now has six active cases with two in Chamba and Mandi and one each in Sirmaur and Kangra districts. A total of 34 people have recovered while three persons have died.
487 Maharashtra Cops Found Covid-19 Positive Since Lockdown
Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh on Thursday said that 487 policemen have tested Covid-19 positive in the state ever since the nationwide lockdown came into force.
The lockdown was imposed on March 24 and has been extended till May 17 to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Taking to Twitter, Deshmukh said, "487 police personnel have tested positive for Covid-19 since the lockdown."