Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases At 42,836; Death Toll At 1,389
A young Nepalese girl is sprayed with disinfectants as she arrives to get free food distributed by social workers during lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Kathmandu, Nepal, Sunday, May 3, 2020. (Source: PTI)

Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases At 42,836; Death Toll At 1,389

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The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India climbed closer to the 43,000-mark on Monday as eased restrictions in some areas after an extension of the lockdown for the third time.

The country reported 2,573 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 42,836, according to the health ministry’s 5 p.m. update. This includes 11,762 patients who’ve been discharged and 1,389 who’ve died.

Over the last 24 hours, India has seen 875 recoveries and 83 deaths. This marks the third straight day where India recorded over 2,000 new cases.

Total cases globally crossed 3.5 million with deaths topping 247,000, according to data with John Hopkins. President Donald Trump raised the expected U.S. death toll from the virus to as many as 100,000 and promised more help for those put out of work. Russia reported more than 10,000 new cases, the highest number of the outbreak.

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Ten States With More Than 1,000 Cases

There are now ten Indian states with over 1,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases. Maharashtra has the most number of cases at nearly 13,000—almost a fourth of the total cases in India.

India Adds 2,573 New Cases

India added 2,573 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 42,836 cases.

  • Active cases: 29,685
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 11,762
  • Deaths: 1,389

Bengal Has Highest Covid-19 Mortality Rate, Central Team Tells Chief Secretary

West Bengal has the highest mortality rate in the country at 12.8 percent, Inter Ministerial Central Team leader Apoorva Chandra wrote in his final observations to state Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, before leaving for Delhi on Monday.

"This extremely high mortality rate is a clear indication of low testing, weak surveillance and tracking," Chandra said in the letter.

A discrepancy has been brought to the fore in the number of COVID-19 cases reported by the state in its medical bulletins and its communication with the Union government, Chandra noted in the letter.

The team, led by Chandra, returned to the national capital after having completed two weeks of stay in the city.

Source: PTI

Nearly 4,800 Indians Are Covid-19 Positive But With Mild Conditions In Singapore: Envoy

Nearly 4,800 Indian nationals, most of whom are living in dormitories for foreign workers, have been tested positive with the novel coronavirus in Singapore till the end of April, the Indian High Commissioner here said on Monday.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Singapore are 18,205 with 18 deaths, according to the figures released by Singapore Health Ministry on Sunday.

"Almost all of the infection among Indian workers is mild and their conditions are improving, Jawed Ashraf, Indian High Commissioner to Singapore, told PTI.

Over 3,500 Indian nationals, including students, have also registered with the High Commission to return home or to seek assistance for accommodation and food due to their unexpectedly long stay here, he said.

Over 90 percent of the 4,800 Indians infected by the virus are workers, most of whom are living in dormitories for foreign workers, he said.

In April, over 90 percent of the Covid-19 cases emerging in Singapore were in dormitories, where authorities are conducting aggressive medical testing and taking quick steps to contain the spread of the virus.

By the last week of April, however, the average daily number of new cases in the dormitories and in the broader community outside, as also the number of unlinked cases, were coming down compared to previous weeks, according to the High Commissioner.

Bengal To Decide On Lockdown Relaxations In Green, Orange

Despite the Centre allowing the functioning of certain shops and services to give some respite during the third phase of the lockdown that began on Monday, large parts of West Bengal wore a deserted look as the state government is yet to decide on the relaxations in the green and orange zones.

Shops, barring those selling essential commodities, remained closed and vehicles were off the roads in most parts of the state in the morning.

In the afternoon, a task force led by Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha will decide on the relaxations, including which shops and establishments will be allowed to reopen in the two zones, an official said.

"However, the complete lockdown will continue in the containment zones," he said.

There are four red, eight green and 11 orange zones in the state.

"We are waiting for the state government notification before deciding on opening business establishments," Confederation of West Bengal Trade Unions president Sushil Poddar said.

The association has a membership base of around 10 lakh in the state.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had last week announced a few relaxations and allowed intra-district plying of buses in green and orange zones, with a maximum of 20 passengers in each vehicle. Bus operators, however, refused to commence services stating it would be economically unviable for them to run vehicles with only 20 passengers.

Meanwhile, liquor outlets have been allowed to reopen only in the green zones in the state from Monday, an official said. The state government has not allowed reopening of liquor outlets in the red zones and is still undecided on those in the orange ones, officials said.

Source: PTI

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