Coronavirus India Updates: 5,609 Cases Reported In 24 Hours, Total Cases Top 1.12 Lakh
The Covid-19 cases continue to mount in India as the highly contagious pathogen infected more than 1.12 lakh people.
India added 5,609 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,12,359 in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the health ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 21. That included 3,435 deaths and 45,300 patients who have recovered.
Active cases have gone beyond the 63,000-mark.
Efforts to contain the pandemic become complicated in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal after the authorities had to evacuate 6.5 lakh people as cyclone ‘Amphan’ struck the coastal areas.
With cases on the rise, the government last week announced a third extension of the lockdown till May 31, albeit with easing of some restrictions. India announced the world’s most stringent stay-at-home restrictions on March 25, with Modi extending it first until May 3 and then again till May 17.
China reported two new cases of the coronavirus. Brazil loosened protocols for the use of chloroquine and reported another record day for infections.
Total cases globally topped 4.9 million; deaths exceeded 326,000.
Maharashtra Cases Cross 40,000; Mumbai Alone Over 25,000
Confirmed Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra crossed 40,000 today, according to the state’s daily bulletin.
The state had 41,642 cases as of 6 p.m. today. Mumbai alone contributes 25,500 cases. There have been 1,454 deaths in the state so far.
‘Realistic’ Fare Caps
The civil aviation ministry has divided the routes into seven sections, based on the duration of the flights. The recommended fares, in turn, will be based on these sections.
- Section 1: Where flight duration is less than 40 mins
- Section 2: Between 40-60 minutes
- Section 3: Between 60-90 minutes
- Section 4: Between 90-120 minutes
- Section 5: Between 2-2.5 hours
- Section 6: 2.5- 3 hours
- Section 7: Between 3-3.5 hours
The ministry studied the rates and have looked at corresponding rail fare, before arrive at “realistic” minimum and maximum fares, said Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri. We have taken into the account that airlines operate on thin margins and their business models are based on high capital costs.
Cap for Delhi-Mumbai to be within Rs 3,500- 10,000 for 3 months; that is a journey which is between 90-120 minutes.Hardeep Singh Puri, Aviation Minister
In the case of the Delhi-Mumbai route, 40 percent of the seats will have to be sold for less than Rs 6,700, said Aviation Secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola. That’s because guidelines mandate that 40 percent of the seats have to be sold at a fare less than the mid point of the recommended band.
These recommended fares exclude passenger services fees, user development fees and goods and services tax, Kharola added.
Kerala Records Highest Number Of Cybercrimes During Lockdown
The Covid-19-induced lockdown saw a spurt in crybercrimes in India with Kerala recording the highest number during the period, according to an analysis of IT security solutions provider K7 Computing.
These attacks aimed to compromise computers and mobile devices to gain access to users confidential data, banking details and cryptocurrency accounts.
The key threats seen during this period ranged from phishing attacks to rogue apps disguised as Covid-19 information apps that targeted users sensitive data.
Phishing attacks were noticed more in Tier-II and Tier-III cities while the metros fared better. Smaller cities saw over 250 attacks being blocked per 10,000 users.
In Kerala, regions like Kottayam, Kannur, Kollam, and Kochi saw the highest hits, while the state as a whole saw around 2,000 attacks during the period, the highest thus far in the country.
This was followed by Punjab with 207 attacks and Tamil Nadu with 184 attacks, the statement said.
Uttarakhand High Court Directs Government To Quarantine People From Red Zones At The Borders
The Uttarakhand High Court has directed the state government to quarantine people coming from red zones at the state borders for a week before allowing them to proceed to their destinations.
Hearing a PIL on the growing number of Covid-19 cases in the state with the influx of migrants, a division bench of the high court comprising Justice Ravindra Maithani and Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia asked the state government Wednesday to create quarantine centres at each border point of the state and keep returnees from red zones there mandatorily for a week.
Of the quarantined persons, those who have symptoms as per the guidelines of ICMR shall be tested for RT-PCR, the high court said. They should be allowed to go further only if they test negative, it said.
"We are not against the arrival of the people. They have every right to come. Our only concern is that in these difficult times there must be a proper screening at the borders," the bench observed.
During the hearing, the government conceded that present tests being done on the borders, are only limited to thermal screening and general clinical examination. The court observed that this was not sufficient and directed that the rapid test kit be procured immediately and used for testing at entry points at the borders.
Nearly 1.5 Lakh Train Tickets Booked In 2 Hours
Almost 1.5 lakh tickets were booked within two hours of opening the bookings for the 100 pairs of passenger trains that the railways will operationalise on June 1, officials said Thursday.
On Wednesday, railways issued a list of 100 pairs of trains that it will operate from June 1. This is the second slew of special passenger services that marked the Railways graded restoration of its trains which were suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
"At 12:00 Hours, 73 trains were available in the system for booking. 1,49,025 tickets were booked having 2,90,510 passengers," said a railway spokesperson.