Covid India Highlights, Coronavirus Cases and Lockdown in India Highlights: Silver lining in India’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic! For the past few days, Coronavirus infections in India have started declining. The number of per day Covid-19 cases has plunged more than 1 lakh cases – from over 4 lakh cases during end-April to nearly 3 lakh cases today. In the last 24 hours, India reported 2,63,533 new Covid-19 cases, the lowest in 28 days, according to Union Health Ministry data on Tuesday. With the fresh cases, India’s Covid-19 tally crossed the 25-million mark and became the second country after the US to achieve the grim milestone. Even as Coronavirus cases decline in the country, the high fatalities rate remains a worry for the government. The country has been reporting over 4,000 deaths per day due to complications linked to coronavirus infections for the past 10-15 days. On Tuesday, the country saw its deadliest day with 4,329 Covid-19 fatalities, its highest single-day toll so far since the pandemic started last year. Another concern is the spread of the virus to rural areas. According to the data, the second wave of Coronavirus infections has already started spreading to rural areas.
In order to contain the virus infections, almost the entire country is under some kind of Covid-19 restrictions, be it lockdown or curfew. On Saturday, West Bengal imposed a lockdown. States/UTs like Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and Kerala have extended Covid-19 lockdown. Punjab has also extended Corona restrictions. Once Covid-19 epicentre, Maharashtra would remain under lockdown-like restrictions till the morning of June 1. In South, Andhra Pradesh on Monday announced a complete lockdown, extending the lockdown-like restrictions in the state till May-end. Kerala and Tamil Nadu are also under lockdown.
In the meanwhile, the Delhi government said that it will provide Rs 50,000 ex gratia to each family that has lost a member to Covid-19, besides a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 if the deceased was an earning member. Announcing this, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said that the children who have lost both parents, or single parent, due to Covid-19 will also be provided a monthly assistance of Rs 2,500 up to the age of 25 years. Also, the government will take care of their education, he said. All these announcements will be implemented after they are approved by the Delhi Cabinet, he added.
As the world’s second-most populous nation tries to find a way out of the second wave of coronavirus infections, here are the latest, confirmed updates on Covid-19 from India and around the globe: