Coronavirus India Updates: Total Cases Top 1.06 Lakh; Over 3,300 Dead
India maintained the pace of new infections, now the fastest among Asian countries, reporting the highest spike so far.
India added 5611 new cases of coronavirus in 24 hours, taking the total tally to 1,01,139 in Asia’s third-largest economy, according to the health ministry’s update as of 8 a.m. on May 20. This includes 3,303 deaths and 42,298 patients who have recovered.
Active cases have gone beyond the 60,000-mark.
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.
President Donald Trump called the country’s 1.5 million cases a “badge of honor” for U.S. testing efforts. New York City is struggling to meet the standards to reopen and still seeing rising hospital admissions, while Governor Andrew Cuomo hailed progress in the state capital region and Long Island.
Brazil is now the world’s fastest-growing virus hot spot, accounting for 13% of new cases globally in the past week. Russia’s prime minister returned to office three weeks after testing positive -- a period that saw total cases in the country almost triple to just under 300,000.
Total cases globally topped 4.8 million and more than 3,22,000 dead.
Indian Railways To Start 200 Trains From June
The Indian Railways will start operations of 200 passenger services from June 1.
The booking for these trains will start from 10 a.m. on May 21. These special services will be in addition to the 30 existing Shramik special trains and Special air conditioned trains already running.
Rest all trains will continue to remain cancelled for now.
- Only online ticketing will be done through the IRCTC website or through the mobile app. No tickets will be sold through reservation counters on any station.
- Booking of tickets through ‘agents’ is not permitted.
- No tatkal and premium tatkal booking shall be permitted in these trains.
- All passengers to be compulsorily screened and only asymptomatic passengers are allowed to enter /board the train.
- All passengers must wear face covers/masks at the entry and during travel.
- The passengers must reach the station at-least 90 minutes in advance to facilitate thermal screening at the station.
- All quotas shall be permitted in these special trains as has been permitted in Regular trains.
- No catering charges shall be included in the fare. Provision for prepaid meal booking and e-catering to be disabled.
- IRCTC to make provision for limited eatables and packaged drinking water on payment basis only in limited trains, having pantry car attached.
- Passengers are encouraged to carry their own food and drinking water.
App To Home Deliver Fishes
India’s Department of Fisheries has released an app that will allow for the home delivery of fishes amid the lockdown.
After Falling To Less Than 30, Kerala Cases Rise Once Again
Kerala recorded 24 new Covid-19 cases in the state taking the total number of active cases to 161.
This is just more than a week after the state had seen its total active cases fall to less than 30. The state has now recorded 666 infections. Of the 24 new cases, 12 have returned from abroad while 11 have returned from other states. One person was infected by contact.
Government To Help Migrants Return To Cities After Lockdown: Finance Minister
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that the Indian government will help migrants in returning back to cities when industrial activities resume after the lockdown.
"We will have to see how best we are going to work this out with the companies and also with migrants who may want to return," Sitharaman said in an interview to ANI. "There is a lot of work to be done by the Centre, the states and companies."
Over 25 Lakh Tests Done: ICMR
The Indian Council of Medical Research today said that over 25 lakh tests for Covid-19 have been done in the country so far.
As of 12:30 p.m., 25.36 lakh tests had been done. Of these, 1.07 lakh tests were done on Tuesday marking the second consecutive day of over 1 lakh tests.
There are a total of 555 laboratories that are active. 164 labs are private.