COVID-19: Maharashtra, West Bengal Report Biggest Single Day Spike

The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped by 6,767 cases to 1,31,868 on Sunday, 24 May, while the death toll rose by 147 to 3,867. According to Health Ministry data, there are now 73,560 active cases across the country, while 54,440 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated.

3,041 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state past 50,000. This is also the most number of cases reported in one day.

Karnataka Tourism Minister C T Ravi on Sunday said that hotels would reopen with some conditions to facilitate stay for travellers since domestic flights would be restarting from 26 May.

A 25-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus in Sikkim on Saturday, 23 May. This is the first case of COVID-19 recorded in the state during the pandemic.

  • Mumbai on Saturday recorded a spike of 1,566 COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases in the city to 28,634
  • Railways on Saturday said, in next 10 days, 36 lakh migrants will travel on Shramik Special trains
  • Global coronavirus cases surpassed 5 million on Wednesday, with Latin America overtaking the United States and Europe in the past week to report the largest portion of new daily cases worldwide

West Bengal Reports Biggest Single Day Spike With 208 Cases

West Bengal reported 208 new COVID-19 confirmed cases and three deaths on Sunday, which is the highest number of cases reported in one day.

The total number of positive cases in the state has now risen to 3,667, including 2,203 active cases and 203 deaths, ANI reports, quoting the Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of West Bengal.

Tamil Nadu Issues Guidelines for Domestic Flights Entering State

Tamil Nadu has issued guidelines for domestic flights entering the state. These guidelines are applicable in addition to the instructions of Ministry of Civil Aviation regarding all precautionary and preventive measures.

Among other requirements, all domestic air travellers coming into Tamil Nadu shall register themselves in TNePass portal and (if asymptomatic) shall undergo 14 day home quarantine.

MHA Issues SOPs for Movement of Indian Nationals Stuck Outside India

Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on Sunday issued fresh Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country and of specified persons to travel abroad.

Kolkata Airport to Resume Flights Only From 28 May

The West Bengal government has requested the Ministry of Civil Aviation to defer resumption of flights from Kolkata Airport as the state government is involved in restoration work after Cyclone Amphan.

Accordingly, flights will resume from Kolkata from 28 May, with reduced schedule, Kolkata Airport, Airports Authority of India said on Sunday, according to ANI.

Decision Taken to Restart Flights Under UDAN Scheme: Hardeep Singh Puri

Civil Aviation Minister of India Hardeep Singh Puri on Sunday said that the ministry had taken a decision to restart flights under the UDAN scheme and that preferences would be given to flights connecting North-East region, hill states, islands and short-haul routes.

Highest Number of One Day Cases in Maharashtra

3,041 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 50,231. Meanwhile, 58 deaths have been reported.

Four Vaccine Candidates May Enter Clinical Trial Stage Within 4-5 Months: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that at least four of the 14 candidate vaccines for COVID-19 in India may enter the clinical trial stage very soon, according to IANS.

"As far as I know, approximately four of our fourteen vaccines will soon be in the clinical trial stage, within 4 to 5 months. All the 14 are right now at the pre-clinical trial stage,” Dr Harsh Vardhan said, in an interaction with BJP leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao.

3 Police Stations in K'taka's Udupi District Sealed

Three police stations in Karnataka's Udupi district have been sealed after three policemen posted there tested COVID-19 positive, PTI reports.

765 New Cases, 8 Deaths Reported in Tamil Nadu Today

765 new cases and eight deaths have been reported in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 16,277, of which 7,839 are active cases, ANI reported, quoting the Tamil Nadu Health Department. The death toll in the state now stands at 111.

Containment Zones Barricaded, No Relaxations Given: Delhi Health Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Sunday said that the Delhi government has barricaded the containment zones and no relaxation has been given in these areas.

"Whatever containment zones are there, we are barricading it and no relaxation from the government has been given in these zones," the minister said.

130 New Cases in Karnataka in Last 24 Hours

130 new positive cases have been reported in Karnataka from 5 pm on Saturday till 5pm on Sunday, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 2089, including 1391 active cases and 654 discharges, ANI reports, quoting the Karnataka Health Department.

Hotels to Reopen With Conditions: K'taka Tourism Minister

Karnataka Tourism Minister C T Ravi on Sunday said that since domestic flights will resume operations from 26 May, this will generate requirement for hotels for travellers to stay at.

“Hence hotels should reopen with some conditions. We've also planned to begin tourism industry step by step,” he said, according to ANI.

Lockdown Imposed in India at Right Time: Dr Harsh Vardhan

Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that the lockdown had been imposed in India at the right time.

“Other developed countries wasted many days to take this decision. In some countries when situation went out of control they took the decision of lockdown and in most places it was partial lockdown,” he said, according to ANI.

2 New Positive Cases Reported in BSF

The Border Security Force on Sunday said that two new positive cases had been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases in BSF to 112.

A total of 296 BSF personnel have been cured and discharged till now, ANI reported, quoting BSF.

AirAsia India Starts Bookings for 21 Destinations: PTI

AirAsia India starts bookings for 21 destinations ahead of resumption of domestic flight operations from Monday, reports PTI. The low-cost carrier had said earlier on Sunday that it would be resuming operations from Monday, 25 May.

Delhi Records 508 New Cases

The total number of positive cases in the national capital is now 13,418 with 508 new cases, said the Delhi Health Department.

Can't Say If Lockdown Will Be Over by 31 May: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that his government cannot say whether the lockdown will be over by 31 May.

“We will have to see how we will go forward. The coming time is crucial as multiplication of virus is picking up. I want to assure the medical fraternity that we are with them in all ways,” he said.

Guidelines Issued For International Arrivals

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare issued guidelines for international arrivals – making 14-day quarantine mandatory. The guidelines said that the passengers will have to undergo seven days institutional quarantine at own cost, followed by seven days of home isolation.

Dean Of ABV Institute of Medical Sciences Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Dean of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Medical Sciences at the Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital in New Delhi tests positive for coronavirus.

He was looking after management of the COVID-19 manpower at the hospital.

87 Mumbai Police Personnel Test Positive For COVID-19

At least 87 police personnel of the state found COVID-19 positive in last 24 hours on 24 May, taking the total number of affected cops to 1,758 out of which 18 have died due to the virus. 673 police personnel have recovered.

11 Passengers From Mumbai Test Positive In Goa

11 passengers who arrived from Mumbai on 23 May via Rajdhani express have reported positive on the TrueNat device.

This brings the total number of active cases in the state of Goa to 50, said State Health Minister, Vishwajit Rane.

Gen Bipin Rawat to Donate Rs 50,000 Every Month to PM-CARES

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat to donate Rs 50,000 from his salary to be deducted every month for the next one year to the PM-CARES fund created to battle the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mosques Remain Closed Amid Eid

Mosques in Srinagar remain closed for devotees on Eid Ul Fitr amid COVID-19 lockdown.

Maruti Suzuki Employee Tests Positive For COVID-19

An employee at the Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant tested positive for COVID-19 on 22 May. His last attendance at the plant was on 15 May.

“The employee has been admitted to a hospital and his condition is stable,” said Maruti Suzuki India Limited.

Karnataka Under Total Lockdown Today

Karnataka will be under total lockdown on Sunday, 24 May, to curb the spread of COVID-19. Barring shops selling essential supplies, everything will remain shut till 7:00 am tomorrow.

COVID-19: Record 6,767 Cases In 24 Hrs; 3,867 Deaths in India

The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped by 6,767 cases to 1,31,868 on Sunday, 24 May, while the death toll rose by 147 to 3,867. According to Health Ministry data, there are now 73,560 active cases across the country, while 54,440 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated.

Sikkim Records First COVID-19 Case

A 25-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus in Sikkim on Saturday, 23 May. This is the first case of COVID-19 recorded in the state during the pandemic.

US Records Nearly 1,00,000 Cases

The United States recorded 1,260 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 95,921, news agency AFP reported on Saturday, citing the Johns Hopkins University tally. The country has over 1.6 million coronavirus cases.

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