Coronavirus Updates: Covid-19 Cases Surge To 38,000 Mark Even As India Extends Lockdown Till May 17
Medics wearing protective suits collect swab samples for the Covid-19 test in Chennai, in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, on May 1, 2020. (Source: PTI)

Coronavirus Updates: Covid-19 Cases Surge To 38,000 Mark Even As India Extends Lockdown Till May 17

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India Adds 2,411 Covid-19 Cases In A Day

India reported 2,411 new Covid-19 cases, 71 deaths and 953 recoveries in the last 24 hours, according to data released by the health ministry as on May 2, 5 p.m.

Active cases: 26,535
Total cured/discharged/migrated: 10,018
Total deaths: 1,223

The data shows in these states cases are doubling at a pace higher than the national average of 11 days.

  • Punjab: 2 days
  • Chandigarh: 4 days
  • Bihar: 7 days
  • Jharkhand: 8 days
  • Gujarat: 10 days
  • Maharashtra: 9 days

Also read: Prime Minister Modi Meets Finance Minister For Second Economic Stimulus Package

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Update From Dharavi

The BMC has informed that Dharavi added a total of 127 new cases between Friday and Saturday.

The total number of cases registered so far from Dharavi now stand at 496 with the death toll rising to 18.

The BMC also informed that as of today, a total of 79,000 people have been screened in Dharavi.

Jammu & Kashmir Reports 27 New Covid-19 Cases

Jammu and Kashmir reported 27 new cases of Covid-19 on Saturday, taking the total number of infected persons in the Union Territory to 666, officials told PTI.

The officials said 25 cases were reported from Kashmir Valley, and two from the Jammu region. Of the total number of cases reported so far in the Union Territory, 606 are from Kashmir and 60 from Jammu, they said.

Over 71,800 people have been put under surveillance, including those who are either in government-established quarantine facilities or in home isolation.

135 Troops From Single CRPF Battalion In Delhi Test Positive; More Results Awaited

The number of Covid-19-positive personnel in a Delhi-based battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the country's largest paramilitary force, has risen to 135, officials told PTI on Saturday.

A total of 480 samples were taken from the unit, out of which 458 results have come and 22 are awaited.

These huge numbers in a single battalion (of over 1,000 troopers) has rung alarm bells in the establishment after it was found that ‘dichotomous’ orders were issued to check the spread of Covid-19.

CRPF officers said it recently came to light that the medical wing of the paramilitary issued a separate order in April stating that doctors and paramedics can be taken off the quarantine if they do not show any symptom after five days.

First Special Train To Bihar Carrying Nearly 1,200 Migrant Labourers Arrives At Patna

The first 'Shramik Special' train to Bihar, carrying 1,187 stranded migrant labourers, reached the Danapur railway station here from Rajasthan's Jaipur on Saturday afternoon after a 16-hour journey.

The 24-coach train left Jaipur at 10 P.M. on Friday and reached the Danapur railway station around 2 pm, Chief Public Relation Officer (CPRO), East Central Railway, Hajipur, Rajesh Kumar told PTI.

Disinfectants were sprayed in and around the railway station before the arrival of the train, Agarwal said.

Around 100 buses have been stationed at the Danapur railway station to send these people to their home districts, he said.

PM Meets FM For 2nd Economic Stimulus Package

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a series of meetings with key ministers, including Home Minister Amit Shah and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and officials of economic ministries to firm up the second stimulus package for sectors impacted by lockdown to curb spread of coronavirus, sources told PTI.

Sources said the government is considering to announce a second dose of relief measures for the segment and a stimulus package for India Inc shortly.

Beginning May 4, the government has decided to ease certain restrictions including opening of industries for green and orange districts which either have nil or low number of cases. The easing of restriction in specified districts is till May 17 with strict vigil by local administration.

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