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According to the latest figures published by Johns Hopkins University, 4,819,277 cases have been detected worldwide, with 316,959 deaths, and 1,864,194 people now recovered.

In India, there have been 96,169 cases confirmed, 3,029 people have died and 36,824 people have recovered from the virus.

According to this article from The Indian Express, a surge is just around the corner for India. More than 5,000 new cases of Coronavirus infections were reported on Sunday, which is the highest daily total since the pandemic started. The article says the relaxation in lockdown measures could be the cause of the surge, if there is one, as the nation waits to see which way the trend is heading.

A doctor wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) checks the body temperature of a resident during COVID-19 random testing outside a slum during a nationwide lockdown to fight the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Mumbai on May 18, 2020.

India evacuates thousands threatened by cyclone amid coronavirus pandemic

India began evacuating thousands of villagers and halted port operations ahead of a cyclone expected to hit its east coast this week, officials said on Monday, piling pressure on emergency services grappling with the coronavirus pandemic.

The cyclone, expected to make landfall on Wednesday, comes as India eases the world’s longest lockdown, imposed in April against the virus, which has infected more than 96,169 people and killed 3,029.

The states of Odisha and West Bengal sent disaster management teams to move families from homes of mud and thatch to places of shelter from the severe cyclonic storm, Amphan, which is expected to gain strength in the next 12 hours.

“We have to evacuate people from low-lying areas, and protect them from the coronavirus too,” said a senior official of India’s home ministry who sought anonymity. “It’s not an easy task.”

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