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BS Web Team | New Delhi

Last Updated at May 2, 2020 12:04 IST

Coronavirus India update: Nationwide lockdown has been extended for two weeks. According to MHA guidelines, there will be considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the Green and Orange Zones. The biggest and most economically-important cities including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Chennai and Ahmedabad, all marked red zones, will stay under strict lockdown. Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 37,336, with 1,223 people dead.
Coronavirus world update: Globally, 3,402,018 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease stands at 239,622. Nations hit with most coronavirus cases at present are the US (1,131,492 ) Spain (242,988), Italy (207,428), UK (177,454), France (167,346) and Germany (164,077 ).

122 men from single CRPF battalion in Delhi test positive; more results awaited

The number of COVID-19 personnel in a Delhi-based battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force, the country’s largest paramilitary, has risen to 122, officials said on Saturday.

The men belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary, based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area of the national capital, that has been entirely sealed after the huge numbers of the COVID-19 infection started building up over the last few days.

“A total of 122 troopers of this battalion have tested positive for the virus. Results for over 100 more are awaited,” a senior official said.

The brighter side is that the maximum of these infected troopers is asymptomatic, he said.

The personnel is admitted to an isolation facility of the Delhi government at Mandoli.

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Twelve troopers had tested positive on Friday and a 55-year-old Sub-Inspector of this unit had succumbed to the disease early this week.

These huge numbers in a single battalion (of over 1,000 troopers) have rung alarm bells in the establishment after it was found that “dichotomous” orders were issued to check the spread of COVID-19.

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