Coronavirus India Updates: Infections Rise To 30.45 Lakh, As Virus Continues To Spread At Rapid Rate
Government Shares SOPs To Restart Shooting Of Films, TV Programmes
The government is allowing the resumption of production of movies and television programmes. Prakash Javadekar, information and broadcast minister, said the government has released standard operating procedures for people engaged in this activity.
According to Javadekar, all individuals employed on the sets of such films or television programmes apart from those in front of the camera, will have to wear masks.
Javadekar said he hopes that the resumption of activity in this sector, which was stalled after the outbreak of Covid-19, will result in generation of employment.
India's Covid-19 Infections Shoot Past 30 Lakh
There was no sign of a flattening of the infection curve, as the total number of Covid-19 infections in India rose past the 30-lakh mark.
India added 69,239 fresh cases in the 24 hours till 8 am on Sunday, according to the Health Ministry’s latest update. That takes the total tally to 30.45 lakh. The total includes 56,706 deaths and 22.8 lakh who have recovered.
According to the Health Ministry, 57,989 people with Covid-19 recovered from the virus and 912 died.
Former Jharkhand Chief Minister Tests Positive
Former Jharkhand chief minister and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha president Shibu Soren and his wife Roopi, along with seven others in their household, have tested positive for Covid-19, official sources said.
All of them are undergoing home quarantine, they said.
Samples of 29 people in Soren's household were collected for examination, of which seven were found to have contracted the disease.
Soren's son and Chief Minister Hemant Soren will undertake the test on Monday -- third time in two months.
India Conducts Over One Million Tests In A Day
India has crossed a significant milestone of testing more than 10 lakh samples in a day, taking the cumulative tests to more than 3.4 crore, the Health Ministry said. Of the total of the 10 lakh tests conducted on Friday, nearly 3.8 lakh samples were tested through rapid antigen tests, sources said.
"Although higher number of tests will initially lead to a rise in the positivity rate, it will eventually lower when combined with other measures such as prompt isolation, efficient tracking, and timely effective and clinical management," the ministry said.
Enhanced diagnostic lab network has also led to this achievement, the ministry said, adding that as on date the country has a strong network of 1,511 labs, comprising 983 in the government sector and 528 private labs.
Lok Sabha MP Tests Positive For Covid-19
Lok Sabha MP and ruling BJD leader Manjulata Mandal on Saturday said she has tested positive for COVID-19, and was undergoing home quarantine. Mandal is the second parliamentarian in Odisha after BJP's Bargarh MP Suresh Pujari to have contracted the disease. Earlier this week, state rural development minister Susanta Singh was also diagnosed with the infection. Odisha has reported 75,537 COVID-19 cases so far, including 399 fatalities.