Delhi Lieutenant Governor and Chairman of the Disaster Management Authority Anil Baijal on Monday directed authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of the Capital. Both Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia have expressed their dissatisfaction at Baijal’s decision.
India is now the fifth most-affected country in the world after its count rose to 2.56 lakh earlier in the day. In 24 hours, 9,983 new cases were reported, another highest single-day rise. The toll was increased to 7,135 in the health ministry’s morning update, but was revised to 7,200 in the evening.
Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 70.65 lakh people and claimed over 4.04 lakh lives so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As many as 31.49 lakh people have recovered.
The national helpline number for the coronavirus is 011-23978046, and a toll-free number 1075.
Here are the biggest updates of the day:
9.10 pm: Delhi reports 1,007 coronavirus cases and 17 deaths reported today. The total number of cases in the Capital is now at 29,943, including 17,712 active cases, 11,357 recovered and 874 deaths, reports ANI, citing the health department.
9.08 pm: Rajasthan records 277 new Covid-19 cases and six deaths today, taking the state’s overall tally to 10,876 and toll to 246, reports ANI, citing the state health department.
8.45 pm: Punjab reports 55 more cases of the virus, taking its number to 2,663, reports ANI.
8.43 pm: Twelve new cases are reported in Dharavi today, with no deaths in the last 24 hours, according to ANI. The total number of cases from the area is now 1,924, and the toll is at 71.
8.39 pm: Coronavirus hotspot Ahmedabad has 346 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total to 14,631. The toll is at 1,039 after 24 more people died, reports PTI.
8.27 pm: The National Human Rights Commission issues a notice to the Uttar Pradesh government after two pregnant women did not receive treatment in Noida, PTI reports. While one woman gave birth outside the hospital as medical staff allegedly refused to attend to her, the other woman died after searching for hours for a hospital that would admit her.
The NHRC takes suo motu cognisance of these reports, and asks the state chief secretary for a report within four weeks, including details of action taken.
“The commission would like to know from the state government whether any standard operating procedure has been issued by it to the hospitals to deal with the current scenario, if yes, all the concerned shall be asked for strict compliance so that lives of the people coming to the hospitals in emergency for treatment of illnesses other than COVID-19 could also be saved,” PTI quotes the NHRC as saying.
8.10 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweets that the lieutenant governor’s decision regarding hospital beds for those not from the Capital has created a huge problem. “It will be a huge challenge for the Delhi government to provide treatment to people coming from outside amid the coronavirus pandemic,” he says. “Maybe it’s god’s will that we [Delhi] serve the whole nation. We will try to make arrangements for everyone’s treatment.”
7.56 pm: Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh takes on the Maharashtra government for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak, reports PTI. “It looks like the situation in Maharashtra is more of a circus than a government,” Singh says during a virtual rally of BJP workers from Maharashtra. “It is highly unfortunate to see state crawling despite having a strong leadership of NCP chief Sharad Pawar.”
“The greed for power has prevailed over political alliance and commitments,” Singh adds. “I wonder whether any government exists in Maharashtra when I see a coronavirus patient waiting for ambulance for more than 16 hours.”
7.49 pm: Delhi’s Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia claims that the BJP forced Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal to overrule the state’s decision to reserve Delhi hospitals only for the city’s residents, reports ANI. “Now priority will not be given to people of Delhi in Delhi hospitals,” he says. “Why is BJP doing politics over Covid-19?”
7.31 pm: Tamil Nadu records 1,562 new cases today, taking the state’s overall count to 33,229. Of these, 15,413 cases are active and 286 patients have died so far.
7.20 pm: The Kerala Chief Minister’s Office increases the state’s active cases tally to 1,174 after 91 new cases are reported today, reports ANI.
7 pm: Assam’s coronavirus tally rises to 2,776, after 83 new cases are reported till 6 pm today, says state Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
6.47 pm: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the ‘Maharashtra Jan-Samvad Rally’ through video conferencing, reports ANI. He says they are ready to provide all assistance to the Maharashtra government to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
“Maharashtra government should see how Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka governments contained [the spread of] Covid-19,” Singh says. “Isn’t it fair to say that Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra shows the government’s incapability? I saw on TV that actor Sonu Sood, who is helping stranded workers in this crisis, is being criticised.”
6.37 pm: Baijal says that in several judgements, the Supreme Court has said that right to health is an integral part of life, Hindustan Times reports. “Direct departments and authorities concerned of NCT [National Capital Territory] of Delhi to ensure that treatment is not denied to any patient on the ground of not being a resident of Delhi,” the LG says in a statement.
6.17 pm: Delhi Lieutenant Governor and Chairman of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority Anil Baijal directs authorities to ensure that medical treatment is not denied to any patient on the grounds of not being a resident of Delhi, ANI reports.
6.08 pm: Five more people test positive for the coronavirus in Nagaland, taking the state’s tally to 123, says Health and Family Welfare Minister S Pangnyu Phom.
6.03 pm: Uttar Pradesh reports eight more deaths due to the coronavirus, taking the state’s toll to 283, PTI reports. Meanwhile, with 411 cases, the state now has a total of 10,947 Covid-19 cases.
6 pm: Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao decides students of Class 10 will be promoted without any exams, as it is not possible to conduct exams due to spread of coronavirus in the state, ANI reports, quoting Telangana Chief Minister’s Office.
The chief minister decided that all Class 10 students will be promoted to the next class by giving them grades based on their internal assessment.
5.50 pm: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain says the national Capital will see over 56,000 cases by the end of next the two weeks, PTI reports. “The expert committee, which was set up by us earlier, has said that the doubling rate is 14-15 days and currently the city has recorded 28,936 cases in total so by the end of two weeks, it is estimated to rise to 56,000,” the minister says.
5.35 pm: Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses the Odisha Jan-Samvad Rally via video conferencing, ANI reports. He claims Bharatiya Janata Party workers provided food to more than 11 crore people during the coronavirus pandemic. “I wholeheartedly congratulate party president, his team and all the party workers for this.”
5.33 pm: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee says the lockdown in the state will be extended till June 30, ANI reports. “The lockdown is being extended in the state till June 30, with all existing relaxations and conditions still in place,” Banerjee says, according to PTI. “Earlier, we had allowed only 10 people at social programmes such as a marriage or a funeral ceremony. Now, we have increased it to 25.”
5.23 pm: Of the 271 more deaths, 91 are in Maharashtra, 51 in Delhi, 30 in Gujarat, 18 each in Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh, 14 in Telangana, 13 each in West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh, nine in Rajasthan, four in Haryana, two each in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand, and one each in Odisha and Punjab, PTI reports.
5.19 pm: The Union Health Ministry revises the coronavirus toll with 271 more deaths. India’s toll now climbs to 7,200.
4.53 pm: Mizoram announces a complete lockdown for two more weeks in the state from June 9, in light of the coronavirus situation, ANI reports. The decision was made at a consultative meeting chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga.
4.45 pm: The number of Covid-19 cases in Chandigarh rises to 318, ANI reports. Of these, 274 patients have recovered and five have died.
4.29 pm: Sisodia adds that the discussion about the possibility of community spread of the coronavirus is crucial for the Delhi government’s next strategy to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.
4.17 pm: Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia says that a meeting of the State Disaster Management Authority will be held on Tuesday to discuss the coronavirus situation in the Capital and to ascertain whether there has been community transmission of the disease. “If participant experts say there is community spread in Delhi, our strategy will change,” he says.
4.10 pm: The Odisha government airlifts 180 migrant workers from Andaman and Nicobar Islands on Monday, PTI reports.
4.06 pm: The Andhra Pradesh government asks all employees of the Industries and Commerce Department to work from home and self-quarantine themselves for a week, after an employee tests positive, ANI reports.
3.59 pm: In a video which was widely circulated on the social media, a policeman in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur was caught hitting people for violating containment zone guidelines, PTI reports. Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel called the act inhuman, and said the police officer has been sent on leave. A departmental probe has been ordered.
3.57 pm: A flight carrying 55 migrant workers reached Ranchi from Leh in the morning, PTI reports. The workers were greeted by Jharkhand ministers Mithilesh Thakur and Badal Patralekh on their arrival.
3.45 pm: Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane says there was no question of imposing total lockdown again in the state amid the rising coronavirus cases, PTI reports. “You cannot go on locking down areas,” Rane says. “There is the concept of screening, home quarantine etc. It has to be a community effort. The CM [chief minister] is taking everybody into confidence to work out a consensus.”
3.39 pm: Uttarakhand reports 25 new coronavirus cases till 2.30 pm on Monday, according to the state health department. It now has a total of 1,380 cases. Covid-19 has killed 13 people in the state.
3.28 pm: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram questions Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s decision to reserved beds in hospitals only for residents of the Capital.
3.25 pm: The Delhi High Court on Monday issued notices to the Aam Aadmi Party-led government and the Indian Council of Medical Research and asked them to respond to two pleas challenging the health department’s decision to exclude asymptomatic or pre-symptomatic patients from being tested for the coronavirus, PTI reports. The matter has been listed for further hearing on June 22.
3.20 pm: Temples in Telangana reopen for devotees after the prolonged lockdown, PTI reports. Famous shrines including the Lord Venkateswra temple in Hyderabad, Sri Rama temple at Bhadrachalam and Sri Lakshmi Narasimha Swamy temple at Yadadri opened on Monday.
3.11 pm: Indonesia’s health ministry on Monday reports 847 new coronavirus cases and 32 deaths, according to Reuters. There are now a total of 32,033 cases in Indonesia and 1,883 deaths.
3.04 pm: China demands evidence from United States Senator Rick Scott, who claims that Beijing is trying to slow down or sabotage the development of a vaccine for the novel coronavirus by western countries, Reuters reports. “Since this lawmaker said he has evidence that China is trying to sabotage western countries in their vaccine development, then please let him present the evidence,” Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Hua Chunying says. “There’s no need to be shy.”
2.55 pm: A plea has been filed in the Delhi High Court, challenging the Arvind Kejriwal-led government’s order directing all hospitals to admit only “bona fide” residents for treatment, PTI reports. The application says that the order is unconstitutional and “against humanity”. The AAP government on Sunday issued a list of documents that would make a person eligible to be treated for the coronavirus at all state government and private hospitals in the city.
2.45 pm: With 37 new coronavirus cases in Manipur, the state now has a total of 209 cases, ANI reports.
2.41 pm: The Bengaluru Police arrest Janata Dal (Secular) corporator Imran Pasha for allegedly flouting lockdown norms in a containment zone, The Indian Express reports. Pasha participated in a procession from a Covid-19 hospital till his residence in Padarayanapura.
2.34 pm: Two prisoners who tested positive for the coronavirus escape from a Covid Care Centre in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, unidentified prison officials tell PTI on Monday. The two bent the window’s grills and used bedsheets to climb down from their room. A prison employee has been suspended.
1.55 pm: Japan will stop blanket coronavirus tests and instead target the vulnerable and those most at risk in seeking to prevent a second wave of infections, reports Reuters.
1.47 pm: Andhra Pradesh reports 125 new coronavirus cases, taking the state’s tally to 3,843.
1.40 pm: Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh says that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was complaining of fever and a sore throat since Sunday, adding that he has isolated himself, reports ANI. “He will undergo Covid-19 test tomorrow,” he adds. “He is also diabetic.”
1.27 pm: Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz says there is no need to introduce new restrictions or re-instate previous ones despite a sudden hike in new coronavirus cases over the weekend, reports Reuters.
1.22 pm: Pakistan’s total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has now crossed 1,00,000, reports CNN. The country diagnosed 4,728 new cases in just the past 24 hours, says the health ministry.
1.20 pm: The Goa government has started special coronavirus test centres to look after patients who are asymptomatic or those who have mild symptoms, reports IANS. Statistics show that 95% of the patients in the state are asymptomatic.
1.11 pm: A Central Reserve Police Force soldier posted in Kashmir has died due to the coronavirus, reports PTI.
1 pm: Maharashtra Cabinet Minister Jitendra Awhad says coronavirus cases may rise in Thane’s Mumbra township if residents do not take adequate precautions during the lockdown relaxations. He urges people to follow physical distancing guidelines.
12.52 pm: The West Bengal government has decided to install CCTV cameras in containments zones under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Police to keep a watch on residents, reports PTI. “The containment zones in the city have gone up and at the moment it is over 480,” an unidentified bureaucrat tells the news agency. “So installing CCTVs will definitely make things easier for the administration to keep a tab on the activities there and see if anybody is violating the norms at those zones.”
12.48 pm: The Supreme Court issues notice to the Centre and other parties, seeks their response on a petition alleging rise in child trafficking cases amid the nationwide lockdown to rein in the coronavirus pandemic, reports PTI.
12.37 pm: Arvind Kejriwal will take a coronavirus test on Tuesday, according to News18.
12.35 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has a mild fever and cough, reports The Indian Express. The Aam Aadmi Party chief has self-isolated himself and is likely to take a coronavirus test, a spokesperson of the party tells the newspaper.
12.25 pm: Temples remain closed in Odisha. The state government, in a clarification issued late on Sunday, said the Centre has mentioned that the states, based on their assessment of the coronavirus situation, are authorised to prohibit certain activities outside the containment zones or impose such restrictions as deemed necessary. “The order issued by the state government is valid till June 30 and shall be strictly implemented,” an official tells PTI.
12.18 pm: Several Indians returning to the United States and Canada said they were not allowed to board a repatriation flight operating to Frankfurt and beyond after they reached the Mumbai airport from various parts of India on Sunday, reports The Hindu.
12.15 pm: An official at the Election Commission of India’s office in Delhi has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports ANI.
12.12 pm: Jain says the Delhi government has 8,500 to 9,000 beds for coronavirus patients, reports ANI. “In the next 15 days we will take it to 15,000 to 17,000,” he adds. “Since the doubling rate of cases is 14 to 15 days, we think cases will reach 56,000 in the next two weeks.”
12.08 pm: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain says had the Centre stopped international flights on time, the situation could have been better, ANI reports. “Given the cases, hospitals are needed for Delhites,” he says. “Neighboring states say they have less cases so it shouldn’t be issue.”
12 pm: Odisha records 138 new coronavirus cases, taking the state’s total to 2,994, according to PTI.
11.58 pm: The head of Mexico’s Social Security Institute, Zoe Robledo, also a close aide to President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, has tested positive for the coronavirus, reports Reuters.
11.55 am: Mizoram reports eight new coronavirus cases, taking the state’s tally to 42.
11.51 am: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel says the proposed Electricity Amendment Bill 2020 is harmful for the poor and farmers. He urges Centre to put the Bill on hold for the time being. “It is requested that once crisis [coronavirus outbreak] gets settled, fresh draft may be worked with prior discussions with states,” he says in a letter to Union minister RK Singh.
11.47 am: China records four new confirmed and two asymptomatic coronavirus cases, according to Reuters. The total number of confirmed cases stands at 83,040. The toll remains unchanged at 4,634.
11.44 am: Indian Navy has started evacuation of citizens from Iran.
11.39 am: Uday Kotak, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, tells The Indian Express that the coronavirus has exposed the issues caused by migration. “When workers come to cities, they live in poor conditions in slums or chawls, have poor job security and now are hit by a virus which exposes them more than us,” Kotak says. “So, the health crisis, quality of living crisis and lack of security of job have made them take a decision that they are better-off in villages even if their apparent income is lower.” He adds that now is a good time to “rebalance urban and rural”.
“At CII, we will endeavour to work with our members to ensure that some sort of code is put in place so that it is a fair play treatment for the migrants when they come back and we will need the support of the state when we get there...At some level, we will need to create a social security net along with the state and inevitably it is a beginning of a directional move where the state has the obligation to protect every citizen.”
Kotak adds that he believes the Centre needs to”open up its purse, but tighten somewhere else.”
11.32 am: Congress President Sonia Gandhi urges the central government to depoliticise the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act and asks it to use this “powerful mechanism” to help Indians in “their time of need”. In The Indian Express, she writes that the value of MGNREGA has never been clearer than now, when workers from cities are returning to their villages, deprived of employment, and are facing what she called a “humanitarian crisis on an unprecedented scale”.
11.15 am: As Brazil’s outbreak of Covid-19 worsens, its government has removed months of its data that was accessible online, reports Reuters. “The cumulative data ... does not reflect the moment the country is in,” President Jair Bolsonaro tweets. The health ministry is also not revealing the number of total confirmed cases.
Brazil has more than 6,72,000 cases, and almost 36,000 deaths due to the virus so far.
11.03 am: Unidentified officials say that the director of the Press Information Bureau, KS Dhatwalia, has tested positive for the coronavirus. Dhatwalia is being treated at AIIMS in New Delhi. The National Media Centre, where his office is, is closed today and will be sanitised, reports PTI.
Dhatwalia has been in contact with several senior government officials, and was seen in public on a stage with Union ministers Prakash Javadekar and Narendra Singh Tomar on June 3.
11 am: Mumbai’s Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation says it believes the congested Dharavi area shows signs of a flattening curve of coronavirus cases, PTI reports. Assistant Municipal Commissioner of G North Ward of BMC, Kiran Dighavkar tells PTI that 34 people tested positive for the virus on June 1 and only 10 people have tested positive in the last day. “Dharavi has not reported a single death in the last six days, which is the first major indicator that we are on the right track. The number of people getting discharged is also increasing,” he says.
Dighavkar attributes this to aggressive testing and screening in Dharavi.
10.53 am: The ICMR has tested 47,74,434 samples so far, including 1.08 lakh samples in the last 24 hours.
10.40 am: There is traffic congestion in Mumbai as well. Here is a video from ANI:
10.38 am: The Rajasthan Police file an FIR against three staff members, including a doctor, of a private hospital in Churu district for allegedly planning to discriminate against Covid-19 patients from the Muslim community.
10.36 am: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij says his state will not deny medical treatment to those living outside of its borders, reports PTI. “We cannot put restrictions and deny treatment to anyone if he/she, who is from outside Haryana and falls ill in the state or is taken ill while in transit,” he says. “We will treat such patients. We cannot be harsh like Arvind Kejriwal.”
Delhi on Sunday announced it would not accept non-Delhi residents at Covid-19 hospitals managed by the state.
“In the past few days, many have contacted me saying they were not getting beds in Delhi,” Anil Vij says.
10.30 am: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri says a decision on restarting international flights will be made after countries begin easing restrictions on the entry of foreigners. “Most countries have less than 10% international operations because they are allowing entry only to their own citizens and have placed restrictions on foreign nationals,” he tweets. “Destination countries have to be ready to allow incoming flights.”
10.25 am: A 33-year-old journalist who tested positive for the virus died in Hyderabad on Sunday, reports PTI. The journalist worked at a Telugu television channel. He had pneumonia with Type-1 respiratory failure and Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome when he was admitted, PTI quotes the doctors at Gandhi Hospital as saying. He also had a longterm neuromuscular disease called myasthenia gravis.
10.14 am: A Central Reserve Police Force constable died of the coronavirus on Sunday night, reports ANI.
10.10 am: There is congestion along the Delhi-Noida Direct Flyway as the Capital’s border opens up. Here is a video from ANI:
10.03 am: The Centre says that under the Vande Bharat mission, 809 people returned from Ho Chi Min city, Kuwait, Auckland, Seoul and Chicago on Sunday.
9.41 am: India now has 1,25,381 active cases and 7,135 deaths. As many as 1,24,094 people have recovered after undergoing treatment for the coronavirus.
9.38 am: India’s tally rises to 2,56,611 on Monday morning after 9,983 new cases were reported in 24 hours. This is the highest single-day rise yet. The toll now stands at 7,135, an increase of 206 deaths.
9.32 am: A 33-year-old journalist working for a Telugu channel has died of the coronavirus in Hyderabad, PTI reports. The journalist died at the Gandhi Hospital on Sunday morning. At least 13 journalists in the state have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past week.
9.30 am: Visuals from the Delhi-Gurugram border as the national Capital reopened its borders after a week on Monday.
9.25 am: US reports 691 deaths in 24 hours – the lowest in a week – in the US, taking the country’s toll to 1,10,482. The country has reported 19,38,842 cases so far.
9.18 am: The Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, reopens after lockdown restrictions are lifted, AFP reports.
9.13 am: Honduras extends its curfew by a week till June 14, Guardian reports.
9.10 am: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says that the country would abandon all restrictions except for border controls from midnight, according to the Guardian. This means physical distancing rules and public gathering bans will come to an end.
But she adds that the cases are likely to return. “We almost certainly see cases here again,” she says. “That is not a sign that we have failed; it is a reality of this virus.”
8.55 am: Bloomfield adds that anyone entering New Zealand will be tested two times in a two-week period, according to the Guardian.
Only New Zealanders and their families are allowed to enter the country now. They must undergo government quarantine for two weeks.
8.45 am: New Zealand declares itself coronavirus free as the country no longer has any active cases after the last patient recovered, AFP reports, citing health authorities. “Having no active cases for the first time since February 28 is certainly a significant mark in our journey but, as we’ve previously said, ongoing vigilance against Covid-19 will continue to be essential,” Health Department Director-General Ashley Bloomfield says.
New Zealand had instituted a strict seven-week lockdown and had reported 1,154 confirmed cases and 22 deaths. There have been no new infections for 17 days.
8.10 am: The Arvind Kejriwal government on Sunday issued a list of documents that would make a person eligible to be treated for the coronavirus at all state government and private hospitals in the city. These include:
- Voter identity card
- bank passbook,
- ration card,
- driving licence,
- income tax return,
- latest water, telephone or electricity bills,
- postal department’s posts,
- Aadhaar cards issued before June 7 bearing a residential address from the city.
Read more here:
7.44 am: Here are some visuals of people queuing up at places of worship on Monday morning.
7.42 am: The number of coronavirus cases in Delhi rose to 28,936 with 1,282 new infections on Sunday, PTI reports. The toll climbed to 812.
7.40 am: Globally, the coronavirus has infected more than 69.85 lakh people and claimed over 4.02 lakh lives so far, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As many as 31.33 lakh people have recovered.
7.35 am: Restaurants, malls and places of worship will reopen in most parts of India from Monday as states gear up to implement Unlock 1, the first phase of easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions. They have been shut since March 25.
7.30 am: Here are the top updates from Sunday:
- India on Sunday became the fifth most-affected country in the world, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker. The country’s health ministry confirmed 2.46 lakh cases and the toll rose to 6,929. The increase in cases came as restaurants, malls and places of worship gear up to resume functioning on Monday.
- The Delhi government will reopen the Capital’s border, sealed last week, for inter-state movement from Monday. The administration will also withdraw the 70% extra tax on liquor, termed as “special corona fees” from June 10.
- Maharashtra’s overall count crossed the 85,000-mark to reach 85,975. Ninety-one more deaths were reported, taking the state’s toll to 3,060. Mumbai’s tally rose to 48,549, of which 25,717 cases are active, and 1,636 patients died so far.
- Tamil Nadu recorded 1,151 new infections, taking the state’s tally to 31,667. Of these, 14,396 cases are active, 16,999 recovered and 269 patients have died. Chief Minister K Palaniswami said that 86% of the state’s cases are asymptomatic and that its mortality rate is the lowest when compared to some foreign countries.
- Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced that all state-run hospitals and some private hospitals will be reserved for residents of the Capital to tackle the escalating coronavirus situation. Meanwhile, a five-member state government panel said the Capital will have over one lakh cases of the coronavirus by the end of June.
- Home Minister Amit Shah said the Centre started running “Shramik Special” trains since May 1, after all arrangements were made and quarantine centres set up. He saluted the “corona warriors” of the country and claimed his first virtual rally is not political, but to bring people together to fight Covid-19.
- The Calcutta High Court asked the Centre and the West Bengal government to submit separate reports on allegations that the state lockdown was being eased without taking the required steps to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
- A widely shared video of Puducherry government officials dumping a body of a coronavirus patient from Chennai into a pit triggered outrage on Saturday.
- The Uttar Pradesh Police on Saturday framed charges against 83 Tablighi Jamaat members arrested in six different cases in Saharanpur district for allegedly spreading the coronavirus.