BH CORRESPONDENT, New Delhi: The number of COVID-19 cases almost reached 40,263 on Sunday with further rise in cases in Maharashtra, Gujarat and West Bengal. According to Union Health Ministry figures at 9.30 pm on Sunday, the number of active cases in the country are 28,070. More than 10,000 people (10,886 to be exact) have been cured or discharged and 1,306 people have died due to the disease.
Maharashtra continues to lead the tally with 12,296 COVID-19 positive cases. The state has seen 521 deaths due to the disease.
Delhi recorded 384 fresh cases of coronavirus, the highest single-day spike so far, taking the infection tally to 4,122. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that time has come to re-open the national capital while adding that people will have to be ready to live with the dreadful coronavirus.
The Delhi Chief Minister, however, said that the country will not be able to sustain the lockdown for long as the economy is at risk. He said that the revenue has fallen from Rs 3,500 crores in April of previous years to Rs 300 crores this year and the government will not be able to function like this.
Announcing that the Delhi government will implement all the Centre’s order on lockdown 3.0, Kejriwal said that the city-state is fully ready to relax the restrictions.
Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh, the number of COVID-19 cases are 2696. Meanwhile, in West Bengal, the health ministry website showed 922 cases and 33 deaths. Telegana has 1,063 cases and 28 deaths while Madhya Pradesh has recorded 2,846 coronavirus cases.
Meanwhile, India will remain under lockdown till May 17, the government has announced on Friday, tacking on a second extension to the full lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi originally on March 25. Standalone shops, neighborhood shops and shops in residential areas are permitted to remain open, without any distinction of essential and non-essential. Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) and medical clinics shall be permitted to operate in Red, Orange and Green Zones, with social distancing norms and other safety precautions; However, these will not be permitted within Containment Zones.
Banks, non-banking finance companies (NBFCs), public utilities, like power, water, sanitation, and internet will remain open; couriers are also sanctioned. In Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zone, taxis and cab aggregators like Ola and Uber will be permitted with one driver and one passenger only. Four wheeler vehicles will have not more than two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers.
Travel by planes and trains remains banned. Two-wheelers being used for essential services must not have a pillion rider. Schools and colleges will remain closed. So will malls, restaurants, gyms, barber shops and salons.