Maharashtra, India’s worst hit State, reported its highest single-day surge in COVID-19 deaths till date on Wednesday, with 105 fatalities taking the toll so far to 1,897, while another big spike of 2,190 cases saw its case tally rise to 56,948.
According to the Health Ministry, India’s recovery rate is now 42.4%, with a fatality rate of 2.86%, whereas the world average is 6.36%.
Here are the latest updates:
11.40 p.m. | Rajasthan
6 more deaths in Rajasthan
Six more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Rajasthan on Thursday, taking their number to 179 as 131 new coronavirus cases pushed the tally in the State to 7,947, the Health Department said here.
One death each was reported from Ajmer, Banswara, Dausa, Karauli and Nagaur. The location of one more fatality is yet to be ascertained, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said.
Of the new cases, 69 were reported in Jhalawar, 13 in Pali, 12 in Bharatpur, eight in Kota, seven each in Jaipur and Jhunjhunu, five each in Nagaur and Churu, four in Dausa and one in Ajmer district, officials said.
There are 3,292 active cases in the State and 3,913 people have been discharged, they said.
11.15 a.m. | Kolkata
Domestic flight operations in Kolkata to resume from today
Domestic flight operations to and from Kolkata will resume from Thursday after a gap of two months due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Though domestic flight operations across the country began on May 25, it could not be restarted in Kolkata as the state machinery was involved in the relief and restoration work after the extremely severe Cyclone Amphan whiplashed many areas of the state.
On Thursday, 10 flights will take off from Kolkata and an equal number will arrive in the city, sources at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport said.
The first flight from Kolkata would leave for Guhawati at 6.05 a.m., the sources said.
11.00 am | Telangana
All shops, barring malls, to be open from today
Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao said that all shops except malls will be opened from Thursday.
The government said that though it allowed opening of shops on alternate days, it was observed that more crowds were gathering at the shops that were open. Thus, it was decided to open more shops and let the crowds disperse. Shop owners and consumers should strictly following COVID-19 guidelines of physical distancing, wearing masks and using hand sanitisers, a release from the Chief Minister’s office said on Wednesday night.
10.50 am | Odisha
67 fresh cases in Odisha
Sixty-seven more COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Odisha on Thursday taking the State’s total to 1660, according to State Health Department. While 65 were detected in quarantine centres, two were detected in the local community.
Number of active cases in the State now stands at 841, while 812 have recovered and seven have died so far, officials say. – Prafulla Das
10.40 am | Delhi
Palika Kendra sealed
The headquarters of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), Palika Kendra, was sealed for sanitation on Thursday morning, after five employees tested positive for COVID-19 since Friday.
“In addition to 6th floor it has been decided to seal Palika Kendra for 48 hours w.e.f. immediate effect. Civil Engineering Department (Building Maintenance) and Public Health Department will carry out intensive disinfection in Palika Kendra, three time a day for next two days,” the NDMC said in a statement.
On Friday, a doctor working at a dispensary on the ground floor of the NDMC headquarters had tested positive for COVID-19. – Nikhil M. Babu
10.30 am | Madhya Pradesh
Part of Madhya Pradesh Raj Bhavan declared containment area after six residents test positive
The Bhopal district administration on Wednesday declared part of the Madhya Pradesh Raj Bhavan as a containment area as six residents of the employees’ quarters on campus have tested positive for COVID-19.
“The Governor has tested negative for the illness,” confirmed Ajay Varma, Press Officer to the Governor.
“All the caretakers have also tested negative and shifted to guest rooms to break their possible contact with the affected area,” he said.
10.20 am | India
Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 4,531, number of cases climb to 1.58 lakh
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,531 and the number of cases climbed to 1,58,333 in the country, registering an increase of 194 deaths and 6,566 cases in the last 24 hours till 8 a.m., the Union Health Ministry said.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stand at 86,110 while 67,691 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.
“Thus, around 42.75 per cent patients have recovered so far,” a senior Health Ministry official said. – PTI
10 am | India
Cabinet Secretary calls meeting with municipal commissioners, DMs of 13 COVID-19 hit cities
As Lockdown 4.0 nears an end on May 31, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba is holding a video conference on the issue of ‘Public Health Response to COVID-19’ with all States/UTs.
Chief Secretaries and Principal Secretaries (Health) will be joining.
Other than them, municipal commissioners and district collectors of Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi/New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Hyderabad, Kolkata/Howrah, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur, Chengalpattu and Thiruvallur will be attending the video conference. – Vijaita Singh