The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in India climbed to 52,952 on Thursday with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reporting a total of 35,902 active cases in addition to 15,266 recoveries and 1,783 casualties owing to the infection.
With 16,758 confirmed cases, Maharashtra continues to lead with the most number of cases followed by Gujarat with 6,625 cases and 5,532. Addressing media persons on Thursday, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that thirteen states and Union Territories have not reported a single new case of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours.
He also said that 3,561 new cases, 1,084 recoveries and 89 coronavirus-related deaths were reported from across the country in the last 24 hours.
Out of these, 4.8 per cent of the patients are in ICU, 1.1 per cent on ventilator support and 3.3 per cent on oxygen support. Dr Harsh Vardhan also said that 95,000 tests are being conducted on a daily basis in 327 state-run and 118 private laboratories in India at this time.
In what is being pegged as the largest repatriation exercise in history, India has launched an initiative to bring back Indians stranded in various parts of the world owing to the restrictions on air travel. According to the guidelines issued by the Ministry of External Affairs, an overseas Indian citizenship (OCI) card holder, or any Indian who holds the citizenship of a foreign country, a valid visa of more than one year of that country or a green card can register for the repatriation exercise.
Air India will be operating 64 flights to 12 countries between May 7 and May 13 to bring back as many as 15,000 Indians. The Armed Forces have prepared six quarantine facilities with a capacity of 2,100 for Indian citizens returning from various countries as part of the Vande Bharat initiative.
The first two flights carrying 363 Indians from the Gulf landed in Kochi on Thursday night.
Negligence at Mumbai’s Sion Hospital
A video shot in the coronavirus ward of Mumbai’s Sion hospital made headlines on Thursday. In the video, the bodies of patients who succumbed to the infection can be seen wrapped in black polythene bags right next to patients who are being treated for Covid-19. Responding to claims of mismanagement that could hamper the recovery process of other Covid-19 patients, Dean of Lokmanya Tilak Hospital, Dr Pramod Ingale said that the reluctance of kin of Covid-19 patients to collect their bodies is leading to delay in disposing of the deceased.
An inquiry has been ordered into the management of coronavirus patients at the Sion hospital and a report in this regard is expected within the next 24 hours.
Maharashtra, Delhi, MP, Rajasthan, Bengal witness massive spike
Maharashtra reported 1,216 new cases of the novel coronavirus taking its tally to 17,974. At the same time, Delhi reported 448, Madhya Pradesh 114, Rajasthan 110, and West Bengal 92 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Thursday.
Odisha sees highest-single day spike in cases
The state of Odisha on Thursday witnessed its highest single-day spike in new novel coronavirus cases with the state’s Health department recording 20 fresh cases. Out of these, 17 cases have come to light from Ganjam district, and the remaining 3 from Mayurbhanj. Officials said that the sudden spike was the result of migrant workers returning to their native homes, mostly from Surat in Gujarat. Odisha now has 206 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, 143 of which are active while 61 have recorded. Two patients have succumbed to the infection in the state to date.
PM discusses situation with President of European Council
On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed the situation brought about by the ongoing pandemic with President of the European Council Charles Michel. An official statement said that the leaders reaffirmed their commitment to strengthening the India-EU strategic partnership.
Rise in coronavirus cases in India’s paramilitary forces
Data now reveals that 422 new cases of the novel coronavirus have been reported in India’s paramilitary forces. These include the CRPF, BSF, ITBP, CISF and SSB. A 55-year-old CISF head constable deployed at the Mumbai International Airport succumbed to the infection on Thursday. A Delhi Police Special Cell inspector also tested positive for Covid-19 on May 7.
Uttarakhand allows immersion of ashes in Haridwar
The Uttarakhand state government on Thursday allowed people to visit Haridwar for immersion of ashes and rituals pertaining to final rites conducted at the city’s ghats. As of Thursday, the state has 22 active cases of Covid-19, 39 recoveries and 1 casualty.
Bihar: 28,500 migrant workers arrive in single day
As many as 28,500 migrant workers arrived in Bihar via 24 Shramik Special trains on Thursday. This was the most migrant workers have arrived in Bihar from other states in a single day.
‘India to see peak in coronavirus cases in June-July’
One of India’s leading medical practitioners and Director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Dr Randeep Guleria said on Thursday that the coronavirus outbreak in India will be at its peak in June-July.