COVID-19 cases in Mumbai Police rise to 2,028, toll at 22; No lockdown extension in Delhi, says health minister

FP Staff 


Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: There are a total of 2,028 coronavirus positive cases in Mumbai Police and a total of 82 in the State Reserve Police Force, ANI reported on Friday.

The former US diplomat Nicholas Burns commented on the leadership of President Donald Trump on dealing with the COVID-19 situation. He said, “Trump does not believe in cooperation, he wants to go alone.”

Crises like COVID-19 are existential, the pandemic will reshape world relations, said Ambassador Nicholas Burns on Friday to Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.

The United States, India, and China need to put differences aside to combat a crisis like COVID-19, but that has not happened, said former US diplomat Nicholas Burns to Rahul Gandhi on Friday.

India registered over 2.98 lakh COVID-19 infections on Friday after 11,128 new cases were registered in the past 24 hours, said the health ministry. After 394 deaths were reported in a day, the COVID-19 toll in the nation reached 8,501.

For the second consecutive day this week, Gujarat reported more than 500 positive cases making it nearly 2,000 cases since Monday. Over 22,000 infections registered in the state on Thursday.

Morbi district which has reported only six cases so far reported its first death. Thirty-eight deaths were reported across the state on Thursday.

The Supreme Court has taken suo motu cognizance on reports of improper handling of COVID-19 patients and undignified disposal of victims’ bodies, Live Law reported.

The case is listed for hearing on Friday at 10.30 am before the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan and MR Shah.

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Maharashtra reported a surge in COVID-19 infections and fatalities on Thursday, adding 3,607 cases and 152 deaths, both highest for a day so far.

The state’s total caseload touched 97,648 — overtaking Canada’s tally of 97,472— and is inching close to the one lakh mark. Its toll is 3,590.

The nationwide COVID-19 case count neared 2.98 lakh on Thursday with a record one-day increase of nearly 10,000 cases taking the count of infections detected this month to almost one lakh.

Media reports said that India now has the fourth-highest number of cases in the world according to a tally maintained by Worldometer. The country is now behind only the US, Brazil, and Russia.

The government, however, said the virus infection has not entered the community transmission stage as the lockdown and containment measures prevented a rapid spread. The country’s first sero-survey on COVID-19 spread has found that lockdown and containment measures were successful in preventing a rapid rise in infections, but a large proportion of the population still remains susceptible, the government said.

On the positive side, the number of recoveries exceeded the active cases for the second consecutive day. The ministry said the number of active cases stood at 1,37,448 as of 8 AM on Thursday, as against more than 1.4 lakh having recovered so far — giving a recovery rate of over 49.2 percent.

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