Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases In India At 31,787; Death Toll Crosses 1,000
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India moved closer to the 32,000-mark as the country nears the scheduled end of a 40-day on Sunday. More than 1,000 people have died because of the virus in the country.
India added 1,813 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 31,787, according to the health ministry’s 5 p.m. update. This includes 1,008 deaths and 7,797 patients who recovered.
Over the 24 hours, there have been 71 deaths and 770 recoveries.
The Indian government has also asked states to facilitate sending stranded workers back to their home states amid the lockdown with certain conditions. The home ministry has also said new guidelines related to the lockdown will be put in place from May 4, including relaxations in some district.
Coronavirus cases in the U.S. passed the 1 million mark and deaths topped 58,000, double the toll in Italy. France plans to begin reopening shops on May 11, while Spain is preparing for a “new normal” as Europe’s hardest-hit nation removes restrictions over the next eight weeks. The trend of overall cases is improving in Singapore.
Globally, total cases topped 3.1 million while deaths passed 2,16,000, as per John Hopkins data.
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Lockdown To Be Relaxed In 'Many' Districts From May 4
The Ministry of Home Affairs today reviewed new lockdown guidelines which will come into effect from May 4 and will allow for "considerable relaxations" to many districts.
India Asks States To Send Stranded Workers Home
The Indian government has ordered states and union territories to facilitate the inter-state movement of stranded people including migrant labourers in the country.
The order was issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs today.
“It has also been impressed upon that on arrival at their destination, such person(s) would be assessed by the local health authorities, and kept in home quarantine, unless the assessment requires keeping the person in institutional quarantine,” the ministry said. “They would be kept under watch with periodic health check-ups.”
India Adds 1,813 New Cases
India has added 1,813 new cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 31,787.
- Active cases: 22,982
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 7,797
- Deaths: 1,008
Source: Health Ministry (As of April 29, 5 p.m.)
Punjab Curfew Extended For Two More Weeks
Authorities In Faridabad Restrict Movement Of People From Other States, Districts
In the wake of rising coronavirus cases, authorities in Faridabad on Thursday ordered restrictions over movement of government employees and regular people from other districts or states.
According to an order issued by Faridabad's Deputy Commissioner Yash Pal, those government employees and regular people who commute daily from other districts or states, their movement has been stopped with effect from 12 pm on April 29.
"Doctors, paramedics, bank employees and police are allowed to enter the district only till 12 p.m. of April 29 with their valid identity cards after which no relaxation for movement will be given," the order said.
Those working in neighbouring places like Delhi that includes doctors, paramedics, bank employees and police personnel will have to make arrangements to stay at their workplace, it said, adding the directions will remain applicable till May 3.
However, ambulances, vehicles transporting essential supplies and those involved in banking and gas services will be allowed to enter the district.
The movement passes issued by the Centre under special circumstances will be recognised and such pass holders will be allowed to enter Faridabad, which abuts Delhi.
Faridabad district has reported 46 coronavirus cases and is closely behind other worst-hit districts Gurgaon (51) and Nuh (57).
Earlier, Haryana's Home Minister Anil Vij had said that the state's borders with Delhi were “sealed” with essential services allowed but stricter restrictions imposed on those coming in from the national capital.
Vij had said that many of the coronavirus cases in NCR districts, including Sonipat, Gurgaon and Faridabad, have been found to have contracted infection from the national capital.
He said that daily movement of the employees working in Delhi to their residences in Haryana increases the risk of spreading Covid-19.