By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |Updated: July 29, 2020, 1:59:45 pm
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: India’s coronavirus cases crossed the 15 lakh-mark to reach 1,535,335 on Wednesday. The total number of the death toll in the country reached 34,252. As many as 49,632 cases and 776 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. Of the total, 511,205 are active cases while 989,878 people have been treated and discharged so far.
On Tuesday, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced an extension of the biweekly lockdown till August 31 as cases increase, while Kerala’s capital Thiruvananthapuram, reeling under a ‘triple lockdown’ for the past three weeks has been flagged as reporting an extensive spread of the infection, higher than the state average.
Meanwhile, Uttar Pradesh became the first state to test more than one lakh samples a day. In the process, it also overtook Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, in terms of the total number of samples tested so far. However, Tamil Nadu still leads the testing figures by a comfortable margin, having tested more than 24.14 lakh samples until now.
For the country as a whole, the testing numbers have increased to more than five lakh every day. At the start of the epidemic, barely a few hundred tests could be carried out every day, because very few laboratories were accredited to do so, and there was a shortage of testing kits as well
Globally, over 16 million people have been infected with the virus and 663,765 have died, with the most number of cases and fatalities being reported from the United States.
Kejriwal announces delinking of hotels from hospitals as Delhi’s COVID-19 situation improves
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced the delinking of hotels from hospitals in view of the improving COVID-19 situation in the national capital. Kejriwal said all beds in such hotels, which were recently attached to hospitals, were lying vacant for the last many days.
The decision was taken after the chief minister reviewed the COVID-19 situation in the city. “Some hotels were attached to hospitals to increase the number of COVID beds. In view of the improving situation and all hotel beds lying vacant for the last many days, these hotels are now being released,” Kejriwal tweeted.
As the city started witnessing a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases last month, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government had attached around 40 hotels to hospitals to increase the bed capacity in the city. According to the Delhi health bulletin, 12,633 COVID-19 beds in hospitals and more than 4,700 beds in dedicated COVID care centers were lying vacant due to a declining number of positive cases of coronavirus.