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‘COVID-19 Situation Serious In Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur & Indore,’ Says MHA

By: ABP News Bureau | Updated: 20 Apr 2020 11:46 AM (IST)

Coronavirus In India LIVE Updates: With 1,553 more COVID-19 cases, India’s total number of coronavirus cases has reached 17,615, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Monday while the count of those deaths due to COVID-19 reached 559 on Monday. Several states have decided to ease lockdown restrictions in non-hotspot zones from today as per the guidelines of the Centre, however, Delhi, Telangana, and Punjab have decided against relaxations.

The Centre on Monday said the COVID-19 situation is ‘especially serious’ in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal, and violation of lockdown measures risk the spread of the novel coronavirus.

COVID-19 situation serious in Mumbai, Kolkata, Jaipur, Indore: MHA

The Centre on Monday said the COVID-19 situation is ‘especially serious’ in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other places in West Bengal, and violation of lockdown measures risk the spread of the novel coronavirus. In a communication to state governments and union territories, the home ministry said there have been several incidents of violence against COVID-19 frontline healthcare professionals, a complete violation of social distancing norms and movement of vehicles in urban areas. These should be stopped, it said.

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 559 and the number of cases climbed to 17,615 in the country on Monday, according to the Union health ministry.

2,003 COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi, death toll 45

The nationwide lockdown has entered the 26th day even as the number of Coronavirus positive cases continues to rise steadily on a daily basis. As per the latest data released by the Union Health Ministry, the COVID-19 cases stand at 17,615 in the country and the death toll is 543. The tally of those cured, discharged from hospital stands at 2,547, the ministry said. There have been 1,553 new cases and 36 deaths in the last 24 hours, the ministry’s data showed. The government has said that there will some relaxation in the lockdown in areas outside the containment zone from Monday, April 20. However, areas declared as Coronavirus hotspots will continue to face strict restrictions from the authorities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, last week, had extended the nationwide lockdown till May 3. Telangana, however, has further extended it till May 7. In some positive news, CM Pramod Sawant has declared Goa as ‘Zero Coronavirus case state’ after all seven patients tested negative for the infection. Manipur CM Biren Singh too declared his state ‘Corona Free’ after all seven patients recovered.

Maharashtra and Delhi have emerged as the worst affected states by the Coronavirus pandemic. While Maharashtra reported 4,200 cases, Delhi’s tally stood at 2,003. States likes Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka have also been witnessing a rise in infection cases.

Centre objects to Kerala easing lockdown restrictions

The Union Home Ministry has taken strong objection to the Kerala government’s decision to allow the opening of restaurants, bus travel in cities and opening of MSME industries in municipal areas, saying it amounts to dilution of its lockdown guidelines. In a letter to the Kerala government, the home ministry said the state government on April 17 has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures which allowed the opening of activities which are prohibited in the Centre’s consolidated revised guidelines issued in April 15.

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