India reported 19,459 new coronavirus cases and 380 deaths on Monday. The country’s overall count rose to 5,48,318 and toll reached 16,475. Nearly 3.2 lakh patients have recovered from the infection so far. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare put India’s recovery rate at 58.67%.
The Maharashtra government extended the lockdown in the state till July 31, amid a sharp increase in the number of coronavirus cases. Maharashtra is India’s worst-affected state with 1,69,883 total infections, including 7,610 deaths. Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched a plasma therapy project, which he claimed to be the world’s largest trial.
Tamil Nadu recorded its highest single-day rise in cases in the evening. A total of 3,949 people tested positive, taking the state’s tally to 86,224. The state extended lockdown in the state till July 31, and a complete lockdown will be maintained till July 5 in Madurai and Greater Chennai Police limits, including Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Thiruvalluvar districts. Delhi recorded 2,084 new coronavirus patients and 57 deaths today. The tally in the Capital rose to 85,161, and a total of 2,680 patients have died.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that his government will launch a plasma bank in the Capital to help critically-ill coronavirus patients. The plasma bank will be set up at the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences and begin functioning in two days. Kejriwal appealed to recovered patients to donate their plasma and help save lives.
The Centre allowed the export of Personal Protection Equipment medical coveralls, with a monthly quota limit of 50 lakh units.
A senior doctor at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Hospital in Delhi died of the coronavirus. Doctor Aseem Gupta was an anaesthesia specialist at the hospital, which is a designated Covid-19 facility. The Delhi government announced a Rs 1 crore-compensation for his family.
The Supreme Court asked the Ministry of Home Affairs to clarify whether over 2,500 foreign nationals, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi in March, were issued individual orders about the cancellation of their visas. The gathering had emerged as a coronavirus hotspot following the event.
Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said the state will start convalescent plasma therapy for coronavirus patients in all its medical colleges, after receiving approval from the Indian Council of Medical Research.
Telangana Home Minister Mohammed Mahmood Ali tested positive for the coronavirus. He had been experiencing symptoms for the last four days. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon was put on critical care ventilator support.
The global coronavirus tally reached 1,01,47,906 and the toll rose to 5,01,955, according to the Johns Hopkins University. More than 51 lakh people have recovered from the infection.