Extention of lockdown till June 15 imminent

Extention of lockdown till June 15 imminent

Extention of lockdown till June 15 imminent

New Delhi , May 26:

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 4,167 in the country, while the number of cases climbed to 1,45,380, registering an increase of 146 deaths and 6,535 cases since Monday 8 am,the Union Health Ministry said.

The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed to 80,722. As many as 60,490 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.

“Thus, around 41.61 per cent patients have recovered so far,” a senior Health Ministry official said.

The total confirmed cases includes foreigners.

As COVID-19 cases continue to spike across the country and India having gained the 10th spot among the pandemic hit nations, the Centre is likely to extend the lockdown till June 15.

Highly placed sources said that with Lockdown 4.0 coming to an end on May 31, the Centre is learnt to be actively considering the option of further extending it by another two weeks.More than 70 per cent of the deaths are due to comorbidities, according to the ministry’s website. he highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 52,667 followed by Tamil Nadu at 17,082, Gujarat at 14,460, Delhi at 14,053, Rajasthan at 7,300, Madhya Pradesh at 6,859 and Uttar Pradesh at 6,532.

From 1,16,744 infected cases on May 21, the number of COVID-19 cases had jumped to 1,38,845 as on May 24 in the country. The death toll in India has also crossed the 4,000 mark with India also gaining the dubious distinction of entering the 10th spot among the top 10 COVID-19 affected nations.

Under such a scenario, the Centre is inclined towards adopting a cautious approach towards handling the situation arising out of the pandemic. The government is closely monitoring the situation after it partially opened the air and rail traffic.

Air travel got off to a chaotic restart with fewer than half the scheduled 1,095 flights taking off yesterday.

States, especially those worst-affected by the coronavirus pandemic such as Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu, are reluctant to lift the curbs as they fear it will worsen the severity of the outbreak. Travellers were also inconvenienced by the quarantine rules set by most states.

Ranjini Trinitymirror

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