The total number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 3,082 with 86 deaths. This is according to Johns Hopkins University and Medicine. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare data shows the figure at 2,784 with 75 deaths.
Across the world the death toll has reached 62,376 with number of positive cases at 1,159,515. Total number of recovered cases is 237,436. Italy has recorded 15,362 deaths. The United States has the maximum number of cases- 290,606.
To tackle the pandemic China sent health care officials and tons of related materials to Serbia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Austria, Greece, Spain and United States, DW reported.
In the last 24 hours, India saw its largest single day spike – 601 cases. Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal had said in a press conference at least 30% of the cases are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Nearly 22,000 Tablighi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been placed under quarantine throughout the country. The government had said that 960 foreigners who connected with Tablighi Jamaat have been blacklisted. As many as 360 foreigners, who participated in the activities of the organisation and have now returned to their countries, have also been blacklisted. The Centre announced on Saturday that testing and treatment of Covid-19 will be free for beneficiaries of Ayushman Bharat scheme.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to switch off lights for 9 minutes on Sunday drew widespread criticism. We bring you some tweets regarding this issue.
In view of scathing criticisms, the Ministry of Power, Government of India made a clarification and said, the Prime Minister has appealed to switch only the lights on those nine minutes and there is “no call to switch off either streetlights or appliances like TVs, Refrigerators and ACs in homes”.
Meanwhile, the government has issued advisory encouraging citizens to cover their faces with homemade masks while stepping out to protect themselves amid the escalating coronavirus crisis.
But people keep on defying social distance throughout the country amidst the lockdown. Here is a sample from Odisha.