Mumbai local trains resumed their services after a gap of two-and-a-half months for essential workers (Express Photo by Deepak Joshi)
Coronavirus India News Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will on Tuesday interact with chief ministers of 21 states and UTs to discuss the spike in Covid-19 cases as the country gradually eases lockdown restrictions. The second day of the video-conferencing tomorrow is set aside for CMs from states such as Maharashtra, Delhi, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and others, which are seeing a spurt in cases and death numbers.
Meanwhile, days after Tamil Nadu Chief Minister E K Palaniswami dismissed reports of an impending lockdown in the state as “false news”, his government declared an “intense lockdown” in three districts, including Chennai, for 12 days from June 19 to 30. His Delhi counterpart Arvind Kejriwal, however, said the government has no plans to impose lockdown in the national capital. While the dominance of Maharashtra in the country-wide spread of the Covid-19 disease has weakened in the last few weeks, that of Tamil Nadu and Delhi has increased.
With over 11,500 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours, the COVID infections in India on Monday rose to 3.32 lakh, including 9520 deaths and 1.7 lakh recoveries. In a bid to ramp up testing, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approved a new on-site diagnostic kit for containment zones and healthcare settings, which can produce rapid results without needing a laboratory and cost much less. Globally, nearly 80 lakh people have been infected with the virus and 4,34,536 have died.
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Delhi and Tamil Nadu have been reporting almost 2,000 new cases each for the last few days now, while Maharashtra has now begun to report between 3,000 and 3,500 cases every day.Coronavirus India News Live Updates
While the dominance of Maharashtra in the country-wide spread of the Covid-19 disease has weakened in the last few weeks, that of Tamil Nadu and Delhi has increased. That, in effect, has meant that the contribution of these three states in the national caseload has remained almost constant in the last one month, between 56 and 58 per cent.
Delhi and Tamil Nadu have been reporting almost 2,000 new cases each for the last few days now, while Maharashtra has now begun to report between 3,000 and 3,500 cases every day.
In the top ten states with maximum caseloads, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh have been losing their places, reporting fewer number of new cases every day, while Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal have been climbing up. Karnataka and Haryana are the new entrants in the top ten list, while Bihar and Andhra Pradesh have been edged out.
Meanwhile, 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.
In another news,
The US Food and Drug Administration is revoking its emergency authorization for malaria drugs promoted by President Donald Trump for treating COVID-19 amid growing evidence they don’t work and could cause deadly side effects.
The agency said Monday that the drugs hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are unlikely to be effective in treating the coronavirus. Citing reports of heart complications, the FDA said the drugs pose a greater risk to patients than any potential benefits.
The decades-old drugs, also prescribed for lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, can cause heart rhythm problems, severely low blood pressure and muscle or nerve damage.
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