Coronavirus India Updates: Total Cases Top 1.45 Lakh; Death Toll At 4,167
The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India crossed the 1.45-lakh mark on Monday at a time the country resumed domestic flights after two months of complete lockdown.
Total number of cases now stand at 1,45,380, including 60,490 who have recovered and 4,167 deaths. The number of active cases is now at 80,722.
India added more than 6,000 infections in a day for the fifth straight day. Authorities reported 6,535 new confirmed Covid-19 cases in 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s update at 8 a.m. on May 26. While the number of recoveries stood at 2,770 in the last 24 hours, deaths were at 146.
Domestic flight operations resumed across the country in a phased manner, exactly two months after they were grounded to a halt on March 24.
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri made the announcement on Twitter, that barring Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, which will resume operations on May 26 and May 28, respectively, domestic flights will restart across the country starting May 25.
There will also be limited flights from Mumbai, the minister said. Mumbai has crossed 30,000 positive cases as of Sunday evening.
Japan ended its state of emergency everywhere in the country and made reviving the economy its top priority. Singapore is set to unveil a fourth stimulus package. The World Health Organization temporarily halted tests on hydroxychloroquine in its Covid-19 drug trials pending more data because of safety concerns.
Globally, total confirmed cases have topped 5.4 million, with over 346,000 dead, according to data by Johns Hopkins.
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India To Expand Vande Bharat Mission
India is planning to bring back home its one lakh stranded nationals from 60 countries under the second phase of the Vande Bharat mission, officials said on Tuesday.
The second phase of the mission was to end on May 22. However, the government has extended it till June 13.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar held a meeting on Tuesday with all the agencies and ministries involved in the mega evacuation exercise. In a series of tweets, he said the focus of the meeting was to ramp up the scale of the Vande Bharat Mission and enhance its efficiency.
In the first phase of the mission from May 7 to 15, the government evacuated around 15,000 people from 12 countries.
38 New Cases Recorded In Dharavi
Thirty eight new cases of coronavirus infection were recorded in Dharavi on Tuesday. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the Mumbai-slum stood at 1,621.
Death Of Mumbai Hospital Worker Sparks Protest By Colleagues
The death of a health worker at the King Edward Memorial hospital in Mumbai triggered a protest by employees on Tuesday, alleging apathy by the city civic body towards their working conditions during the coronavirus crisis.
The paramedics and doctors protested outside the hospital in masks and protective gear.
A staff union official at KEM, a municipal hospital, claimed the worker was not sanctioned sick leave despite complaining about body pain. "The worker had complained of body ache and weakness over the last two days but he was not sanctioned leave," the official said. He also claimed the worker hardly received any treatment and was not even tested for coronavirus.
"His death shows the civic administration's apathy towards us. If we are not given (basic protection like) gloves and face shields, our life could be in danger," he said.
Like other healthcare facilities, the KEM Hospital, run by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation, has been stretched to the limit because of rising virus cases and inadequate staff.
Charge Sheets Against 82 Foreign Attendees Of Nizamuddin Event
The Delhi Police on Tuesday filed charge sheets against 82 foreigners for attending a religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in violation of visa conditions and indulging in missionary activities amidst the Covid-19 outbreak in the country, officials said.
The police has filed 20 charge sheets against the foreigners belonging to 20 countries, they said.
A large congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in the Nizamuddin area of the national capital in March had emerged as a major hotspot for the coronavirus. More than 25,500 Tablighi members and their contacts have been quarantined in the country after the Centre and the state governments conducted a "mega operation" to identify them.
"They not only violated government guidelines issued in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic and regulations regarding the Epidemic Diseases Act, but also flouted the Disaster Management Act and subsequently the prohibitory orders under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure," the police said.
According to the police, the foreign nationals entered India on tourist visas and participated in the gathering at Markaz illegally. "Besides, violating the provisions of visa, these foreign nationals also led to a situation where a highly infectious disease spread and threatened the lives of the inmates and the general public at large," they said.
The police also said that more than 900 foreign nationals who are accused in the case belong to 34 different countries and charge sheets are being prepared country-wise, under sections of the Foreigners Act, Epidemic Diseases Act, Disaster Management Act and section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life), 270 (Malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 271 (Disobedience to quarantine rule) of the Indian Penal Code.
Complete Lockdown In Thane’s Mumbra Area From Midnight
The Thane Municipal Corporation in Maharashtra has ordered complete lockdown in Mumbra area from Tuesday midnight in view of the rising number of Covid-19 cases in the city.
Only milk and medical shops will be open in Mumbra from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., while all other shops, including that of vegetables and groceries, will remain shut till further orders, municipal commissioner Vijay Singhal said in an order.
Till Monday night, Thane city recorded 2,172 Covid-19 cases, including 288 in Mumbra area, as per official figures.
"Despite warnings and directives issued by the civic authorities, people were not following the lockdown and social distancing norms and were crowding public places," an official release said. "Hence, the corporation decided to enforce a total lockdown in Mumbra area."