Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid Cases At 46,711; More Than 1,500 Dead
A worker sprays disinfectant on boats anchored along Dal Lake near Nehru Park during the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, in Srinagar, Monday, May 4, 2020. (Source: PTI)

Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid Cases At 46,711; More Than 1,500 Dead

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The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in India inched closer to 47,000 on Tuesday after the largest one-day spike in cases, as restrictions eased in some areas of the country.

The country reported 3,875 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 46,711, according to the health ministry’s 5 p.m. update. This includes 13,161 patients who’ve been discharged and 1,583 who’ve died.

The data also shows a spike in the number of deaths reported. Over the last 24 hours, 194 people have succumbed to the virus, while 1,399 people have recovered.

To be sure, the spike in new cases is likely because of increased testing. India conducted its highest number of tests so far on Monday, as per the Indian Council of Medical Research. Total tests done so far are at 11,91,946. The health ministry has also said that the rise in new cases is due to data correction from some states which had under-reported cases.

Global Update:

Global deaths from the pandemic topped 250,000. Signs of optimism emerged in the U.S. as New York reported the fewest new infections since mid-March and California took steps toward reopening. Scientists created a monoclonal antibody that can defeat the new coronavirus in the lab, an early but promising step.

The worst-hit countries in Europe moved to ease curbs as cases slowed. Italy began to reopen its economy after two months, but the premier was criticized for being too cautious, and Spain started to relax its lockdown regime after weeks of confinement.

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Telangana Extends Lockdown

Telangana has extended the lockdown restrictions in the state to May 29. The nationwide lockdown imposed by the Centre ends on May 17.

No Liquor Stores To Open In Mumbai

The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has withdrawn relaxations that allowed the opening of liquor shops.

Now only grocery shops and medical stores will be allowed to open, an order issued by the BMC commissioner said.

India Adds 3,875 New Cases

India added 3,875 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 46,711 cases.

  • Active cases: 31,967
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 13,161
  • Deaths: 1,583

Spike In Cases Because Of Data Correction, More Testing

The Health Ministry attributed a spike in new cases and deaths reported over the last 24 hours to correction of under-reporting by some states.

Contact tracing is being done and asymptomatic cases are being tested,”the ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said. “We are fighting an infectious disease and we have to fight it together. Need of the hour is community participation so that every person contributes in breaking the chain of transmission.”

India saw 3,900 new infections and 195 deaths in the 24 hours preceding the Health Ministry’s 8 a.m. update. The same 24 hours also saw the highest testing conducted - accounting for 7 percent of all testing done in India so far.

Home Ministry Releases Workplace Guidlines

  • Thermal scanning, hand wash, sanitisers and face mask is mandatory to be made available in workplaces.
  • Social distancing should be ensured in office vehicles.
  • There should be a gap between two shifts, Staffs should be given different lunch breaks to ensure social distancing.
  • Companies should ensure that all the employees have downloaded Aarogya Setu app.
  • Workplaces should be sanitised between the shifts.
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