18,522 COVID-19 cases in India in 24 hours, 5.66 lakh total cases

A huge spike of 18,522 new coronavirus patients was recorded in the last 24 hours, taking India’s tally to 5,66,840 cases. A total of 16,893 patients have died since the beginning of the pandemic, the Union Health Ministry said this morning, adding that 418 deaths linked to the highly infectious illness were reported in the last 24 hours. The government on Monday announced the second phase of the country’s gradual emergence from restrictions in a set of elaborate guidelines for “Unlock2”. While containment zones – areas worst-hit by the pandemic – will continue to remain under strict curbs, more activities shall be opened outside these neighbourhoods.

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