Coronavirus India Updates: India Reports Another 78,000 Cases; Tally Tops 36 Lakh
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Coronavirus India Updates: India Reports Another 78,000 Cases; Tally Tops 36 Lakh

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India continues to add new coronavirus cases at a record pace just as the nation announced the fourth phase of lifting lockdown restrictions to revive an economy that’s headed toward a rare annual contraction in more than four decades.

India added over 78,000 cases in 24 hours, for the second day in a row, taking the total tally to more than 36.2 lakh in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 31. This includes over 64,000 deaths and over 27.7 lakh patients who have recovered.

Key figures:

  • Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases: 3621245
  • Active cases: 781975
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 2774801
  • Deaths: 64469
  • Number of fresh cases in 24 hours: 78512
  • One-day recoveries: 60868
  • One-day deaths: 971

The second-most populous nation with 1.3 billion people is only behind the U.S. and Brazil in the total number of confirmed infections. The active cases curve, however, seems to be flattening as recoveries rise.

This comes as India announced its ‘Unlock 4’ phase where metro rail will be allowed to operate in a graded manner effective Sept. 7, in consultation with the Ministry of Home Affairs. These add to the list of activities allowed in the first and second phases.

Global update:

Covid-19 infections worldwide surpassed 25 million, as India set a global record for daily cases and the U.S. tally approached the 6 million mark amid outbreaks on college campuses.

Indonesia saw infections spike over the weekend, while an outbreak in South Korea showed signs of easing. The U.K. added the most cases since early June amid slumping approval ratings for Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party.

Globally, the total number of cases top 25.1 million, including more than 844,000 dead.

Track all Covid-19 related news and updates in India, here.

Maharashtra Eases Rules, Extends Lockdown

The Maharashtra government has extended lockdown restrictions in the entire state till the midnight Sept. 30 while allowing some more activities to resume.

The following activities will be allowed to operate from Sept. 2:

  • Hotels and lodges will be allowed to operate at 100% capacity.

  • No separate permission allowed for travel.

  • Passenger movement by private buses and mini buses will be allowed.

  • Outdoor physical activities allowed with no restriction.

  • All private offices may operate up to 30% strength as per requirement by following proper SOPs.

  • Government offices with Group A and Group B officers to be operated with 100% strength in the entire state.

These activities will continue to be prohibited.

  • Schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutions will remain closed. Online/distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

  • Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (including that in malls and market complexes), bars, auditoriums, assembly halls, and similar places.

  • International Air travel of passengers, except as permitted by MHA.

  • Metro Rail.

  • Social /political/ sports/ entertainment/ academic/ cultural/ religious functions and other large congregations.

India Now Has Third Highest Deaths In The World

India’s virus death toll becomes the world’s third largest, topping Mexico.

India added 971 deaths in the last 24 hours with a total of 64469 fatalities, topping Mexico with a total of 64158, as per Bloomberg Covid Tracker.

India is only behind the US, and Brazil in the overall number of deaths.

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