India Coronavirus (Covid-19) Cases: With over 11,500 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, Covid-19 infections in India on Monday rose to 3.32 lakh, with the death toll approaching the 10,000 mark. As per the latest Health Ministry, the toll stood at 9520, with the recoveries more than the active cases. While nearly 1.7 lakh people have recovered, there are over 1.5 lakh active infections in the country.
The Indian Railways on Monday said it had ferried 60 lakh migrant workers home since May 1 through Shramik Special trains but managed to recover only 15 per cent of operational cost. Railway Board Chairman VK Yadav said the average fare per person on Shramik Special trains was Rs 600 and the national transporter had run 4,450 Shramik trains so far. The Railways generated a revenue of around Rs 360 crore.
Maharashtra, the worst-affected state, has over 1 lakh cases, followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi. India is the fourth country worst-hit by coronavirus, after the United States, Brazil, and Russia. Meanwhile, Home Minister Amit Shah on Monday met leaders from all political parties in Delhi to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the national capital a day after he held talks with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Here are the top developments in India today:
As workplaces are readying to begin operations after the coronavirus lockdown, an online self-assessment tool developed at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc.) could come in handy for many.
Named ‘COVID-19 Workplace Readiness Indicator,’ the tool has been developed by a team of IISC researchers in collaboration with the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority (KSDMA).
“The tool not only scores an organisation’s readiness but also provides some targeted suggestions if specific weaknesses are identified,” Nihesh Rathod, a Cisco-IISc. PhD scholar at the Department of Electrical Communication Engineering, who helped develop the tool, said.
ICMR recommends use of rapid antigen kits for testing in containment zones
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has recommended the use of rapid antigen test kits for diagnosis of COVID-19 in containment zones and healthcare settings in combination with the RT-PCR test. The kits will allow faster diagnosis without laboratory examination.
Kerala allows people to undertake short visits without mandatory quarantine: Here are the guidelines
Kerala has issued orders allowing people to travel to the state for short visits without going into mandatory quarantine subject to a set of conditions prescribed by the government. The order, part of the relaxations in the lockdown restrictions, will apply to people travelling to the state for purposes including official, business, medical, court cases, property management etc.
“Since placing them in home/institutional quarantine is not feasible, Government have allowed them to visit the State for a period up to 7 days without mandatory quarantine, after obtaining entry passes through covid19jagratha portal. The students who visit the State for attending exams or academic-related purposes can stay for a period of 3 days before the start of exam and 3 days after the exam is over,” the order by principal secretary KR Jyothilal read.
Full lockdown in Chennai, Thiruvallur, Chengalpet, and Kancheepuram from June 19
Chennai and adjoining areas will be under lockdown from June 19 to 30 sans present relaxations and a full scale shutdown on two Sundays, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday.
After a meeting with an expert panel and amid rising coronavirus cases here, Palaniswami said the lockdown will be applicable in Chennai and several areas that fall under the jurisdiction of Greater Chennai Police and situated in Tiruvallur, Chengelpet and Kancheepuram districts. During the 12 day period, only essential services will be allowed with restrictions, he said.
Five new Covid cases in Mizoram; count rises to 117
Five women have tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, raising the state’s tally to 117, a Health Department official said on Monday. All new patients, who had recently returned to the state from Delhi, are from Mamit district, he said. “A total of 682 samples were tested at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) on Sunday and five of them were found positive,” the official said. (PTI)
In a relief to both domestic and international airlines, the Bombay High Court on Monday allowed them to fill up middle seats, in compliance with the May 31 circular issued by the Civil Aviation, on the condition that passengers wear ‘wrap around’ gowns and that standard operating procedures (SOPs) issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are followed.
A division bench of Justices S J Kathawalla and S P Tavade today passed the judgement, through video-conference, on a plea filed by Air India pilot Deven Kanani, who alleged that national carrier Air India had violated social distancing norms while evacuating Indians stranded abroad on special flights. The plea was submitted through advocate Abhilash Panickar.
On June 4, the bench had reserved the matter for final order. In its interim order, the court had directed all domestic and international airlines to comply with the DGCA rules till its final hearing.
Amid the surge in COVID cases in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said that the government has no plans to impose lockdown in the capital. Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal wrote, “Many people are speculating whether another lockdown in Delhi in being planned. There are no such plans.”