COVID-19: Maharashtra records highest single-day case surge; PM Modi to interact with all CMs

Updated: May 11, 2020, 09:44 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    India is facing the worst wave of coronavirus outbreak as the COVID-19 confirmed cases have spiked sharply over the past few weeks. The total number of COVID-19 infections in the country has increased to 62,939 while more than 2,100 people have succumbed to the virus, according to the Union Health Ministry data on its website on Sunday.

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    There were over 3,277 confirmed cases and 128 deaths in the last 24 hours across the country. India's recovery rate stands at 30.75 percent.

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    Maharashtra reported a massive surge of 1,943 new COVID -19 cases - till now the highest single-day case surge - as the cumulative tally breached the 22,000 - mark to reach 22,171.

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    Mumbai on Sunday reported 875 new confirmed novel Coronavirus infections and 19 deaths. Since the outbreak, the city has confirmed a total of 13,564 COVID-19, which is almost the double of what was reported 10 days back.

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    The Maharashtra government on Sunday decided that it will pay for the railway fare of all migrant workers who do not have the ability to pay for their ticket.

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    This includes workers who are stuck in the state and wish to go back home as well as workers from Maharashtra who are stuck in different states. The State announced that it will be paying for the tickets using money from the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund.

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    Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12 May, 2020, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys), said the Ministry of Railways

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    These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi Station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

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    All shops, including ones dealing in essential items, have been told to down shutters from Monday in 69 containment zones in Pune municipal corporation limits as people were not observing social distancing and other lockdown norms

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    Dharavi reported 26 new cases on Sunday, bringing its tally to 859. It also reported two more deaths, bringing the tally to 29.

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    Railway Minister Piyush Goyal has appealed to all states to permit the operation of migrant special trains so that the stranded can reach home in the next three to four days.

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Ministers of various states via video conference on Monday afternoon, the Prime Minister’s Office said. This will be the fifth meeting of the prime minister with the chief ministers since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.

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    Banks have increased their reliance on social media to engage with their customers — for disseminating information or for dispelling their boredom.

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    In his first meeting with senior officials, BMC's new chief, Iqbal Singh Chahal stressed on the need for 'target-oriented effective management' of containment zones (CZs) and has ordered the appointment of one coordinator for each zone in Mumbai.

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    Meanwhile a special train with 1263 migrants left from Vasai road station to Jaunpur in UP at around 2 pm.

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    The first batch from London with 329 Passengers arrived in Mumbai on Sunday in a special flight

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    786 personnel from Maharashtra police tested positive for Coronavirus, according to the department on Sunday.

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    In another major move, the health ministry relaxed the norms for the discharge of COVID-19 positive patients. Now, people who show mild or moderate symptoms can be discharged from hospitals without the need for a test to confirm if they are COVID-19 negative or not; this move is expected to cut down on the use of test kits.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with Chief Ministers of various states via video conference as Railway Minister Piyush Goyal appeals to all states to permit the operation of migrant special trains so that the stranded can reach home in the next three to four days

All pictures: Bipin Kokate, Satej Shinde, Sameer Markande, Atul Kamble, Ashish Raje