According to the latest report by the ministry of health, there were 42,533 new cases in the country on Monday morning with 1,373 deaths.
Worryingly, the number of cases has surged significantly on the last three days of the second phase of lockdown, just before restrictions in many parts of the country are set to be eased. New cases on Sunday spiked to 2,667, breaking Saturday’s record of 2,564, even as the worst-hit state, Maharashtra, continued to report a dip in cases. The state recorded 678 new cases, down from 790 on the previous day, and significantly less than the peak of 1,008 on Friday.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from India and around the world —
Lockdown delayed peak by a month to June-end: Study
The Covid-19 infection may peak in late June nationally, a study by the Kolkata-based Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science showed. It also says that the peak itself could be halved with increased testing and stringent lockdowns in targeted zones. The study also suggests that the lockdown has successfully delayed the peak by a month, giving us more time to deal with treatment logistics.
Time to reopen Delhi, have to live with coronavirus: Arvind Kejriwal
Ruing that Delhi’s economy was in doldrums, revenue collection at rock bottom and there was almost no money to pay salaries to government staffers, CM Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said it was time to relax lockdown in the city. He appealed to the Centre to let the containment zones remain sealed and make the rest of the city — now fully a ‘red zone’ — a ‘green zone’ and allow markets to reopen from Monday. “When all economic activities are shut and revenue generation has stopped, how do we give salaries? How do we run the government?” Kejriwal said at a digital press conference.
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13 urban sprawls account for 2/3rd of India’s cases, deaths
Nearly three-fourths of all Covid-19 cases and deaths reported in India have been in the country’s 35 largest urban agglomerations, with two-thirds of cases and deaths being in just 13 of them, a TOI analysis of the data shows.
As of Sunday morning, the number of cases reported from these 35 largest urban centres added up to 28,761, which was 72% of the 39,980 cases reported in the country. Similarly, 981 of the 1,301 deaths, or about 75%, were in these urban sprawls. These UAs are spread across 16 states and the national capital territory of Delhi.
1 lakh tests a day by May-end planned: Govt
As the third phase of the national lockdown begins on Monday with relaxations, the government plans to step up its Covid-19 testing capacity to conduct one lakh tests per day each for rapid antibody (blood-based tests) and the more definitive RT-PCR by May-end. The supply of new rapid test kits would mean the government’s plan to use them, particularly in red zones as well as in low prevalence areas to track trends, will be back on track after an initial lot of Chinese kits failed to function properly. The kits have been embroiled in controversy with ICMR finding them to be unreliable.
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Donald Trump says US to have coronavirus vaccine by end of year
President Donald Trump on Sunday said the United States will have a coronavirus vaccine by the end of this year. “We are very confident that we’re going to have a vaccine at the end of the year, by the end of the year,” Trump said in a Fox News “town hall” show broadcast from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.
China hid coronavirus’ severity to hoard supplies: US report
The report also says China held off informing the World Health Organization that the coronavirus “was a contagion” for much of January so it could order medical supplies from abroad — and that its imports of face masks and surgical gowns and gloves increased sharply.