The total number of Covid-19 cases in India has gone up to 62,939, the Union health ministry said in an update on Sunday morning.
What you need to know today:
1. PM Modi to hold video conference with CMs tomorrow
In a tweet, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that he will hold a meeting with Chief Ministers tomorrow at 3 pm. The meeting will also be attended by home minister Amit Shah, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman and health minister Harsh Vardhan, Hindustan Times said.
2. 75% cases in Delhi with mild symptoms or asymptomatic: Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that 75% of the Covid-19 cases in the national capital are either asymptomatic or with mild symptoms.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has gone up to 6,923, according to a Delhi government update.
3. Two Indians flown back from Gulf test positive in Kerala
Two people, who were evacuated from the United Arab Emirates on Thursday, tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday, Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. Both of them arrived on Thursday — one from Dubai to Kozhikode flight and the other from Abu Dhabi to Kochi fight — The News Minute reported.
Vijayan, according to PTI, said the new cases are “a warning to those coming back from abroad and for other states to be on the alert”. He also said there is a need to strengthen “our mitigation efforts and preventive measures”.
Earlier on Saturday, Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Isaac had tweeted that the state “flattened the curve” on the 100th day of the confirmation of the first case of COVID-19.
“We are bracing ourselves for the 3rd wave,” he said.
4. Central teams to visit 10 states
The health ministry has decided to deploy central teams in 10 states that have a large number of Covid-19 cases, the health ministry said in a statement. The teams will assist the state health departments to facilitate management of Covid-19 outbreak, it added.
These are besides the 20 central teams of public health experts sent earlier to 20 high case load districts on May 3, the health ministry said on Saturday.
According to the health ministry statement, the central teams comprise a senior official from the health ministry, a joint secretary-level nodal officer and a public health expert.
“The team shall support the state health department in implementation of containment measures in the affected areas within the respective states’ districts and cities,” the statement said.
The teams are being sent to the following states:
5. Cases cross 20,000 in Maharashtra
Maharashtra on Saturday recorded 1,165 new Covid-19 cases and 48 deaths, taking the overall case count to 20,228 and the number of fatalities to 779, state Health department said.
Of the 48 deaths, 27 were reported from Mumbai, nine from Pune city, eight from Malegaon in Nashik district and one each from Pune district, Akola, Nanded and Amravati, a Health department statement said. — PTI
6. Not anticipating worst situation in India: Harsh Vardhan
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Saturday said that he does not anticipate a “very worst type of situation” in India like in many developed countries due to Covid-19, but the government has made adequate preparations.
Holding a review meeting to take stock of the the status of COVID-19 in the northeastern states, Vardhan said the doubling time of coronavirus infection cases in the country for the last three days has been about 11 days and 9.9 days for the last seven days.
(With PTI inputs)