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India’s COVID-19 case tally crosses 1.45 lakh-mark; death toll tops 4,100

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.45 lakh-mark on Tuesday, while the death toll has topped the 4,100-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,45,380 cases, which includes 80,722 active cases; 60,491 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 4,167 deaths.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,535 new COVID-19 cases and 146 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. However, the spike in India’s COVID-19 tally today is still less than yesterday’s, which was the highest boom in the number of cases in a while. Yesterday, the country witnessed a spike of about 6,977 cases, crowning significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally for the major part of the last week. The day before yesterday. i,e. Sunday, marked a spike of 6,767 cases, while Saturday had recorded a jump of 6,654 cases, all of them becoming the highest spikes for their own time.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India had crossed the 1.38 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 4,000-mark. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.60%, the Health Ministry informed.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 52,667 positive cases of infection and 1,695 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases is nearing the 32,000-mark and the death toll has crossed the 1,000-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 31,972 cases and 1,026 deaths. The city reported as many as 1,430 cases on Monday alone.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 17,082 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 14,468 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 14,053 with 6,771 patients recovered and 276 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 7,376 cases of which 4,056 have recovered and 167 patients are dead.

Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,859 positive cases so far of which 3,571 patients have recovered and 300 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 6,497 people have confirmed COVID-19, of which 3,660 recovered and 169 people succumbed to it.

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 897 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

Over the major part of the last week, the country marked significant and consecutive highest jumps in the COVID-19 tally.

Interestingly, even though the virus tally continues to spike, new guidelines issued by the central government pertaining to Lockdown 4.0 remain enforced. Several restrictions have been lifted, which includes permitting transport services, reopening of shops, and resuming online shopping. According to the central government’s most recent order, all activities, except the ones “specifically prohibited”, will be allowed in green, orange, red, and buffer zones, which continue to be classified by the States/UTs and district authorities.

Domestic flight services resumed in India on Monday, while international flights are to start soon as well, the central government has informed as part of its gradual reboot of air travel services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

It is now increasingly becoming likely that India, although well into the fourth phase of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-necessitated nationwide lockdown, is quickly becoming one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots in the world.

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India’s death toll tops 4,000-mark; case tally crosses 1.38 lakh; highest spike yet

The total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 1.38 lakh-mark on Monday, while the death toll has topped the 4,000-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in the country has reached 1,38,845 cases, which includes 77,103 active cases; 57,720 cured, discharged, or migrated patients, and 4,021 deaths.

According to the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 6,977 new COVID-19 cases and 154 deaths were reported in the country in the last 24 hours, marking a significant spike. In fact, this is the highest spike in India’s COVID-19 tally so far. The last highest jump was of a spike of about 6,767 cases yesterday and of 6,654 cases the day before that and even a jump of 6,088 cases the previous day, thereby marking significant and consecutive highest jumps in the country’s COVID-19 tally for the major part of the last week.

Yesterday, the COVID-19 tally in India had crossed the 1.3 lakh-mark, while the death toll had already topped the 3,800-mark as well. However, the recovery rate this morning stands at 41.57%, the Health Ministry informed.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 50,231 positive cases of infection and 1,635 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 30,000-mark and the death toll is closing in on the 1,000-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 30,542 cases and 988 deaths. The city reported as many as 1,725 cases on Sunday alone.

One of the real challenges in Mumbai is controlling the disease contamination in Asia’s biggest slum — Dharavi, which is an extremely densely-populated region.

Maharashtra is followed by Tamil Nadu with 16,277 cases, which overtook Gujarat due to a recent massive spike in the number of cases. Gujarat is third on the list with 14,063 cases.

After Gujarat comes Delhi, where the COVID-19 figure stands at 13,418 with 6,540 patients recovered and 261 fatalities. Rajasthan has reported 7,100 cases of which 3,856 have recovered and 163 patients are dead.

Madhya Pradesh has reported 6,665 positive cases so far of which 3,408 patients have recovered and 290 patients have lost their lives due to the virus. In Uttar Pradesh, as many as 6,268 people have confirmed COVID-19, of which 3,538 recovered and 161 people succumbed to it.

In Kerala, which reported the country’s first COVID-19 case, 848 people have been detected positive for coronavirus so far.

Over the major part of the last week, the country marked significant and consecutive highest jumps in the COVID-19 tally.

Interestingly, even though the virus tally continues to spike, new guidelines issued by the central government pertaining to Lockdown 4.0 remain enforced. Several restrictions have been lifted, which includes permitting transport services, reopening of shops, and resuming online shopping. According to the central government’s most recent order, all activities, except the ones “specifically prohibited”, will be allowed in green, orange, red, and buffer zones, which continue to be classified by the States/UTs and district authorities.

All domestic flights are also set to resume in India from today, while international flights are to start soon as well, the central government has informed as part of its gradual reboot of air travel services in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

It is now increasingly becoming likely that India, although well into the fourth phase of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-necessitated nationwide lockdown, is quickly becoming one of the biggest COVID-19 hotspots in the world.

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Domestic flight services to resume from May 25; here’s what you’ll need for air travel

All domestic flights are set to resume in India from May 25, i.e. Monday, the central government has informed as part of its graudal reboot of air travel services in the wake of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak.

According to sources, the very first domestic flight will be at 4:30 AM on Monday. It will take off from the Terminal 3 of the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. In the first phase, 28 domestic flights will take off from Delhi towards various destinations across India.

Passengers have been advised to bring their boarding passes along with them. It has also been made mandatory for the air travellers to download the Aarogya Setu mobile app in their cellphones, which will help authorities determine if the concerned passengers are coming from a COVID-19 hotspot or not. If they do not have the app on their phones, passengers will have to sign an undertaking declaring that they are free from COVID-19 infection. Air travel staff will also assist passengers in downloading the app on the spot, if it’s not present on their phones

A thermal gun will also be used to screen the passengers before entry into the flight.

Confirming the development,  Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, ”There’s no contradiction between domestic flights beginning from May 25 and lockdown in India being imposed till May 31.”

Puri further said that the government will try to start a good percentage of international passenger flights before August. The Minister also said that the Centre is planning to bring back Indian citizens from Sri Lanka either by ship or flights. Discussions are at an advanced stage, the Aviation Minister said.

He also recommended ”Aarogya Setu app for everyone” saying, ”it’s an excellent contact-tracing device.”

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‘BEST’ workers go on ‘lockdown’ from today; bus strike adds trouble for COVID-19 hit city

Major worker unions for Brihanmumbai Electric Supply and Transport (BEST) employees, led by Shashank Rao’s BEST Sanyukt Kamgaar Kruti Samiti (BSKKS), have now called for a “lockdown” or strike from today onwards, in view of the rising number of positive cases of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection amid BEST employees.

The strike is likely to create more trouble for Mumbai, the city already reeling with an ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases because BEST buses are the only mode of public transportation that is presently operational in the city.

The BEST management has, however, said that the buses will operate for essential services personnel and there will not be any hindrances in the transport of essential workers. BSKKS, which called in the strike, has claimed that the staff was not being provided with enough safety measures to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.

The BBSKKS has, inter alia, demanded a separate quarantine facility and a hospital for BEST workers. The organisation has also demanded that the government must pay Rs 1 crore as compensation and job for the next of kin of deceased employees.

It is to be noted that eight BEST workers have already died of COVID-19 and another 120 have tested positive so far. The BEST buses played an important role in the movement of essential services’ employees across Mumbai after the suspension of sub-urban trains services due to the coronavirus-necessitated nationwide lockdown.

Some reports claimed that the Uddhav Thackeray-led Maharashtra state government has decided to ply at least 1,200 Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation buses in Mumbai to replace the BEST buses.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with 33,053 positive cases of infection and 1,198 deaths.

Notably, Mumbai, the financial capital of the country, has become the hotbed of the coronavirus spread in the state where the number of cases has crossed the 20,000-mark and the death toll has topped the 730-mark as well. At 9:30 AM on this day, the COVID-19 tally in Mumbai showed 20,150 cases and 734 deaths. The city had reported as many as 1,571 cases on Sunday alone.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection in India crossed the 96,000-mark on Monday, while the death toll has topped the 3,000-mark as well.

As the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic outbreak continues to spread like wildfire in India, the central and state governments are respectively amping up all of their efforts to check potential contamination.

The fresh guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) have permitted the movement of public transport both within the state and between other states with mutual consent, more than 50 days since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb COVID-19 spread.

According to the central government’s recent order, all activities will be allowed in green, orange, red, and buffer zones, except the ones “specifically prohibited”. The entire range of products on online shopping sites are now open for all citizens, irrespective of them residing in red, orange, green, or buffer zones, with the sole exception of containment zones, where e-commerce activity has still not been permitted.

MHA has also ordered the opening of salons and barbershops in all zones except containment zones. Earlier, salons were only allowed in green and orange zones. However, salons in shopping malls are still prohibited from operating.

As India enters its fourth phase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-necessitated nationwide lockdown starting today till May 31, new guidelines issued by the central government pertaining to Lockdown 4.0 have been enforced. States/UTs and district authorities are taking the call on classifying and mapping red, orange, green, containment, and buffer zones.

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Additional 40,000 crore to be allocated under MGNREGA: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

In a major development, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday announced an increase of Rs 40,000 crores in allocation for Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) to provide employment boost. It is to be noted that budget estimate for MNREGA was Rs 61,500 crore

Addressing a press conference to announce the fifth and final tranch of 20 lakh crore economic package to fight COVID-19, Sitharaman expressed hope that the increase in MNGREGA fund allocation will help generate nearly 300 crore person-days in total. She also added that the Centre is committed to generating more employment opportunities for returning migrant workers in the monsoon season as well.

During the press conference, Sitharaman also outlined what the Centre has done in the past two months in light of the COVID-19 crisis.

The seven measures announced today were:

1. MNREGA2. Health – rural and urban, including education3. Businesses and COVID-194. Decriminalization of Companies Act5. Ease Of Doing Business6. Public Sector Enterprises7. State governments & related resources

Finance Minister also highlighted the steps taken by the Centre in the health sector in the past two months since the outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, adding that “Government has committed Rs 15,000 crore for health-related measures so far for containment of COVID19 which includes Rs 50 lakh insurance per person for health professionals under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana.”

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What If We Had a Worldwide Pandemic?

It starts with a simple cough, and before you know it, millions of people are infected. And it won’t stop there. It could keep growing and growing until billions of people are sick. Flights are canceled, cities are quarantined, and hospitals are flooded with patients. This is what’s known as a global pandemic. Could we experience something like this? How would a pandemic affect civilization? How does something like this happen?And how could you avoid it?

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