Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases At 59,662, Death Toll At 1,981
Medical workers collect swab a sample for Covid-19 testing in India. (Source: PTI) 

Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases At 59,662, Death Toll At 1,981

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Total Covid-19 Case Count In India Crosses 59,000

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India neared 60,000 by Saturday morning with less than ten days left for the lifting of an extended nationwide lockdown.

India added 3,320 new coronavirus infections over 24 hours, according to the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update. The total number of cases in India stands at 59,662. This includes 17,847 people who've recovered and 1,981 deaths.

Over those 24 hours, India has seen 1,307 patient recover and 95 new deaths.

Maharashtra, and particularly Mumbai, continues to be the hotspot of new infections in India. The city has invoked a colonial-era law making it compulsory for private doctors to sign up for duty at state-run hospitals, or face potential prosecution. Besides, it has had to shut down the Vashi APMC markets—a key hub for the city's food supply chain—completely from next week.

The western state is followed by Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh with the most cases.

India's health ministry has told citizens that they will have to learn to live with the virus, urging people to follow prevention guidelines and bring about a behavioural change.

Globally, cases crossed 3.8 million leaving over 270,000 dead.

Spain and Germany reported an uptick in new coronavirus cases as lockdown measures eased. Italy reported the fewest new cases and daily fatalities in three days on Friday, while Portugal, which began easing confinement measures on Monday, reported a bigger increase in new cases for a third day.

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Dharavi Adds 25 New Cases, One Death

  • 25 new cases recorded today including one death
  • Total number of cases is now at 833 including 27 deaths

Source: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation

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Testing Capacity For Covid-19 Scaled Up To 95,000 Per Day: Vardhan

The testing capacity for Covid-19 has been scaled up to around 95,000 tests per day and a total of 15,25,631 tests have been conducted so far across 332 government and 121 private laboratories, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Saturday.

The minister, who reviewed the status of Covid-19 in the northeastern states along with the measures taken for its containment and management, also stressed on the need to take concrete action to check the use of non-smoking tobacco and prohibiting spitting in public places which shall help in preventing the spread of the infection, according to a statement.

During the high-level meeting with Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tripura and Sikkim, Vardhan appreciated the dedication of all the states in combating Covid-19.

"It is a huge relief and very encouraging to see green zones in most northeastern states. As of date, only Assam and Tripura have active Covid-19 cases. Other states are all in the green zone. Let us focus and work together by converting the orange zones to green zones and maintain the protective status across the states," Vardhan was quoted as saying in the statement.

Source: PTI

Also read: Covid-19 Testing Capacity Scaled Up To 95,000 Per Day, Says Health Minister

224 new Covid-19 Cases Recorded In Delhi, Total Tally 6,542

With 224 new instances of the novel coronavirus infection, the total number of cases reported in the national capital climbed to 6,542, the Delhi government said on Saturday.

The fresh cases were reported between 4 pm to midnight of May 8.

No fresh death due to the virus was reported in this period. Delhi has so far reported 68 deaths.

Of the total cases reported in the city, 4,454 are active while 2,020 patients have been cured of the disease, the health bulletin stated.

Source: PTI

Bulk Of Covid-19-Related Fact-Checks In April Related To Communal Rumours, Claims BOOM Live

A bulk of the Covid-19-related fact-checks in April were related to communal rumours, most of which were false allegations against Muslims of purposefully spreading the virus, claimed a report by BOOM Live.

BOOM Live, a fact-checking platform that works with social media companies like Facebook, said its study analysed 178 fact-checks on Covid-19 related to misinformation/disinformation around the pandemic from January to May this year.

"During April, a new trend was observed communally charged disinformation targeting Muslims became more frequent," the report said.

Other trends also witnessed in April were: spike in fake news related to politics, more lockdown related misinformation, more misinformation around Italy and rumours related to the economy. The January-February period saw mostly rumours about China, with some false prediction theories and cures/prevention/treatments to Covid-19.

Source: PTI

Also read: Bulk Of Covid-19 Related Fact-Checks In April Related To Communal Rumours, Claims BOOM Live

Amit Shah Clarifies He's Healthy

Home Minister and former Bharatiya Janata Party President Amit Shah looked to quell rumours today, clarifying that he is completely healthy and not suffering from any diseases.

“India is fighting a global pandemic and as its Home Minister I have been working late nights, which is why I didn’t focus on this,” he said in a tweet

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