Coronavirus in India LIVE updates: COVID death toll in Delhi rises to 123; 425 fresh cases take tally to 8,895
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The total number of active novel coronavirus cases in India has reached 51,401. The country has so far reported 81,970 cases.
Cured/discharged/migrated cases: 27,919.
Death toll: 2,649.
Globally, the disease has affected over 4.44 million people, leading to nearly 302,000 deaths.
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COVID-19: Baghel urges PM Modi not to open inter-state boundaries for next few months
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to open state boundaries for the next few months and called for stopping inter-state transportation, except for migrants or essential services, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.
He, however, called for opening up of economic activities with precautions and social-distancing norms and also favoured allowing all e-commerce activities and opening of hotels but not restaurants and bars.
Baghel had earlier told PTI in an interview that Chhattisgarh would not open its boundaries till the time the situation arising out of the COVID-19 outbreak improves.
In a letter to the prime minister, Baghel has given a series of suggestions for the fourth phase of the lockdown and what activities can be opened up slowly with precautions and maintaining social distancing norms.
Noting that ever since the government allowed relaxations in the lockdown, many people have entered Chhattisgarh and there is a concern about coronavirus re-infections, the chief minister has suggested that inter-state borders be not opened as of now.
"A large number of workers and other persons are coming to Chhattisgarh from other coronavirus-affected states. Due to this, there is a possibility of re-infection in Chhattisgarh. Therefore, it would not be appropriate to open inter-state boundaries in the next few months with a view of caution," Baghel told the prime minister.
COVID death toll in Delhi rises to 123; 425 fresh cases take tally to 8,895
The coronavirus death toll in Delhi has mounted to 123, even as the total number of COVID-19 cases reported in the national capital rose to 8,895 on Friday, authorities said.
On Thursday, the city had recorded 472 fresh cases, the highest single-day spike.
In a bulletin issued on Friday, the Delhi health department said, the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 123.
It said cumulative death figures refer to fatalities where primary cause of death was found to be COVID-19, as per the report of the Death Audit Committee on the basis of case sheets received from various hospitals.
On Thursday, the total number of virus cases stood at 8,470, including 115 deaths.
Lockdown: Tobacco products worth Rs 5.12 lakh seized, 1 held
Tobacco products worth Rs 5.12 lakh were seized on Thursday evening in Nalasopara area of Palghar district amid the lockdown for the novel coronavirus outbreak, police said. The seizure was made near Dhaniv Baug Lake from a tempo coming from Vapi in neighbouring Gujarat, a Valiv police station official said. "One person has been arrested. We have seized tobacco products worth Rs 5.12 lakh," he said.
932 Shramik Special' trains operated so far, over 11 lakh migrants ferried home
The Indian Railways has operated 932 Shramik Special trains since May 1, ferrying home 11 lakh migrant workers who were stranded in various parts of the country due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, officials said on Friday.
On Friday, railways operated 145 such trains. Of these, Uttar Pradesh received the maximum number of trains followed by Bihar, they said.
Out of the 932 trains which have been operated so far, 215 are in transit while 717 have terminated at various stations. Sixty-seven more are in the pipeline, an official said.
These 932 trains were terminated in various states like Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Mizoram,
Odisha, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. So far, Uttar Pradesh has given approval for 487 trains, followed by Bihar which has given nod for 254 and Madhya Pradesh for 79 trains. The number stands at 48 for Jharkhand, 22 for Rajasthan and nine for West Bengal.
Yellow taxis to ply from Monday with 30 per cent fare hike
The ubiquitous yellow taxis are likely to be back in the city's streets from Monday with a 30 per cent hike in fares, Bengal Taxi Association (BTA) secretary Bimal Guha said here on Friday. He said that the association, in a meeting with senior West Bengal Transport department officials on Thursday, proposed the 30 per cent hike over meter readings at present rates. The BTA secretary said that as per the government's guidelines, a maximum two passengers would be allowed to board the metered taxis and that both would have to sit in the back seat.
870 people detained in Manipur for violating lockdown
Manipur Police has detained 870 persons and seized 696 vehicles for violating lockdown norms in the state, a senior officer said. All the detained persons were produced before courts and a total fine of Rs 1.03 lakh was imposed on them, a statement issued by Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) L Kailun said on Thursday. The ADGP said police will continue to take legal action against lockdown violators under the National Disaster Management Act 2005.
4 trains to ferry registered Bihar migrants home from Greater Noida on May 16
Four trains will run for Bihar from Greater Noida on Saturday to ferry migrant workers and labourers who have registered themselves with the Uttar Pradesh government home, the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration said on Thursday.
The announcement was made late on Thursday night after a high-level meeting attended by District Magistrate Suhas L Y, Police Commissioner Alok Singh, Nodal officer for COVID-19 response Narendra Bhooshan and Government Railway Police (GRP) officials.
Two of the trains would leave from the Dadri railway station to Aurangabad and Sasaram, while the other two from the Dankaur railway station to Buxar and Siwan, the administration said.
The decision is in compliance of a directive from the UP government, it said.
800 people arriving in Assam; govt drafts SOP
The Assam Government on Thursday drafted a Standard Operating Procedures for return of residents of the state from other parts of the country by trains, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. More than 800 passengers are arriving from New Delhi and Chennai on Thursday and Friday in Assam and "this will be a major challenge for us", the minister said at a press conference here. The New Delhi-Dibrugarh AC train is bringing 219 passengers to Assam while the first Krishak Shramik Express to the North East with Vairengte in Mizoram as the final destination will have 625 passengers for Assam, he said. "We will have to handle more than 800 passengers, and tonight will be very challenging for us", he said.