The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 4,789 on Tuesday evening, with 124 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said. The country reported 508 new cases in the last 24 hours. As many as 352 patients have now recovered.
Maharashtra, the worst-hit Indian state, confirmed 150 new positive cases, taking the total number of patients so far to 1,018. The state is the first to cross the 1,000 mark. The state capital Mumbai alone reported 116 of the new cases.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that India will export paracetamol and hydroxychloroquine in appropriate quantities to “nations who have been particularly badly affected” by the coronavirus pandemic. This came hours after United States President Donald Trump had warned of retaliation if India turned down his requests to supply hydroxychloroquine, a key anti-malaria drug believed by many to be effective in the treatment of the novel coronavirus.
Kerala plans to suggest the Centre to lift the nationwide lockdown in three phases, based on the recommendations of an expert committee set up by the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also said the lockdown cannot be lifted immediately and that the rollback of restrictions must take place in a phased manner. Madhya Pradesh and Haryana chief ministers also hinted that the lockdown in the states may be extended. The Centre urged the media not to speculate on this.
The novel coronavirus has infected more than 13.81 lakh people and killed over 78,200 worldwide, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University.
The Delhi government will do rapid testing for the coronavirus for one lakh people in the infection hotspots, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said. Kejriwal said his government will follow South Korea’s model and will begin large-scale testing in the Capital.
Sonia Gandhi sent a letter to Narendra Modi outlining five suggestions to save money to put into managing the Covid-19 outbreak. Among them, the Congress chief recommended scrapping the Rs 20,000-crore ‘Central Vista’ beautification project for the time being.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said 1,14,015 samples had been tested for Covid-19 until 9 pm, including 12,584 today. Of the samples tested today, 285 tested positive for coronavirus.
The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy said that the unemployment rate during the last week of March – with the lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic beginning March 25 – rose to a whopping 23.8%.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was on Monday taken to the intensive care unit for worsening coronavirus symptoms, is in a stable condition and in “good spirits”, a spokesperson said.