Coronavirus India Updates: Total Cases Cross 2-Lakh Mark; Over A Lakh Recovered
Coronavirus cases crossed the 2-lakh mark with another day of adding more than 8,000 fresh cases. Recoveries crossed the 1-lakh mark today.
India recently surpassed France and Germany in this measure and is now directly behind Italy in the list of countries with highest number of people infected.
This is at a time when India is set to ‘unlock’ its economy and business activities in most states.
- Total confirmed cases: 2,07,615
- Cases in the 24 hours preceding latest update: 8,909
- Total recoveries: 1,00,303
- Total deaths: 5,815
Cases reported in 24 hours were the highest in India so far, now close to the 9,000-mark.
The Health Ministry On Tuesday denied allegations of under-reporting Covid-19 related deaths, saying India has one of the lowest mortality rates in the world.
However, when looked at the absolute number of deaths, more people have died in India than anywhere else in Asia, excluding Iran, despite enforcing the largest lockdown in the world. The lockdown will start lifting in phases from June 8 when malls, restaurants and religious places will be allowed to reopen.
States and union territories will still have a say in curbing certain activities if deemed necessary. Some states such as West Bengal and Haryana have already announced relaxations while others such as Maharashtra and Delhi have imposed certain restrictions.
U.S. President Donald Trump told Prime Minister Narendra Modi the U.S. would ship 100 donated ventilators to the South Asian nation. Brazil reported a record day of deaths.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo warned that mass protests against police violence could accelerate the spread of coronavirus and undo weeks of social-distancing efforts. Even with the unrest, New York City still plans to begin reopening Monday. The U.K. will publish details of its plan to impose a 14-day quarantine on all overseas rivals, effective June 8.
More than 6.3 million people have been infected by the virus across the world, with over 378,000 of them dead.
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Second Covid-19 Case Detected In Sikkim
A man who returned from Delhi recently tested positive for Covid-19 in Sikkim, taking the number of cases in the state to two, a senior health official said on Wednesday.
The 56-year-old man, who returned from the national capital on May 25, was found to be Covid-19 positive on Tuesday night, Health Secretary Pempa Tshering Bhutia told PTI.
He was lodged at a quarantine facility in the Mining area of East Sikkim on arrival from Delhi, he said.
However, his two direct contacts living in the same room have tested negative.
India Now Has World’s Fourth Fastest-Growing Covid-19 Outbreak
The world’s second-most populous country is now adding more than 7,000 cases everyday, only behind the U.S., Russia and Brazil. India, on average, has added 7,384 cases daily over the past week. That compares with Brazil’s 21,649, the U.S.’ 21,282 and Russia’s 8,700.
Highest Single-Day Spike Of 396 Covid-19 Cases In Bengal
West Bengal registered the highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases on Tuesday with 396 people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, the state health department said.
Ten persons died due to the disease since Monday evening, raising the death toll in the state to 263, it said.
Eight deaths were reported from Kolkata and one each from Birbhum and North 24 Parganas districts.
The state government maintained that 72 coronavirus-infected patients died due to co-morbidities, and Covid-19 in those cases was "incidental".
Of the 396 fresh cases, 116 are from the metropolis. North 24 Parganas and Howrah accounted for 74 and 49 new cases respectively, the bulletin said.
At least 104 coronavirus patients were discharged from various hospitals since Monday, taking the number of recoveries in the state to 22,410, the bulletin said.