Coronavirus India Updates: Record 78,761 Cases In A Day; Total Tally Tops 35.4 Lakh, 63,498 Dead
India continues to add new coronavirus cases at 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 78,761 cases in the last 24 hours, another biggest single-day spike anywhere in the world, taking the total tally to more than 35.42 lakh in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the Health Ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on Aug. 30. This includes 63,498 deaths and nearly 27.14 lakh patients who have recovered.
- Total confirmed cases: 35,42,733
- Total number of active cases: 7,65,302
- Total patients cured/discharged/migrated: 27,13,933
- Total deaths: 63,498
- Number of fresh cases in last 24 hours: 78,761
- One-day recoveries: 64,935
- One-day deaths: 948
The second-most populous nation with 1.3 billion people is only behind the U.S. and Brazil in the number of confirmed infections. The active cases curve, however, seem to be flattening as recoveries rise.
But deaths due to the coronavirus remain elevated.
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.
Social/ academic/ sports/ entertainment/ cultural/ religious/ political functions and other congregations are permitted from Sept 21. with a ceiling of 100 persons.
There are no restriction on inter- and intra-state movement of persons and goods. No separate permission/ approval/ e-permit will be required for such movements.
But schools, colleges, educational and coaching institutes will remain closed till Sept. 30. Also, cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres and similar places to remain shut. Internal air travel of passengers as permitted by the MHA.
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister In Isolation After Two Staff Test Positive
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Sunday said he will isolate himself for the next four days as two of his staff members, including a personal security officer, have tested positive for coronavirus. His test report came negative.
"My OSD (Officer on Special Duty) and PSO (Personal Security Officer) have found corona positive. My (test) report is negative at the moment, but I will be in isolation for the next four days as a precautionary measure. This is a period of crisis, everyone please be careful," he tweeted in Hindi.
A public relations department official said Baghhel will be in isolation at his official residence here.
Chhattisgarh's Covid-19 case tally stood at 28,746 as on Aug. 29.
Lata Mangeshkar's Building Sealed
Singer Lata Mangeshkar's building has been sealed by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The 90-year-old singer lives in Prabhukunj building at Peddar Road in south Mumbai. The Mangeshkar family, in a statement, said the building was sealed as it houses many senior citizens.
"We have been inundated by calls all evening enquiring whether Prabhukunj is sealed. The Building Society and the BMC have sealed it from the onset of the epidemic as we have senior citizens at home and in the building and it is mandatory to take these precautions," the statement read. "Even our usual festive Ganesha celebrations was a simple familial one this time to co-operate and support social distancing.”
The family urged people not to indulge in speculation.