Delhi will remain under total lockdown till April 30, health minister Satyendar Jain said today, as the state government pushed back the date for reviewing relaxations once again. Jain said the discussions regarding lockdown extension are underway and “whatever is finalised, it will start only after April 30”.

The Assam government today said there will be no relaxation in the ongoing lockdown to allow opening of shops in residential areas, as ordered by the Centre, and a final decision will be taken on April 27.

India on Saturday recorded 1,429 fresh coronavirus cases, taking the total tally to 24,504 while the death toll from the infection rose to 775, as 57 more deaths were reported in 24 hours, according to health ministry data.

he number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 18,668 while 5,062 people were cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. A total of 52 deaths were reported since Friday evening – 18 from Maharashtra, 15 from Gujarat, nine from Madhya Pradesh, three each from Delhi and West Bengal, two from Tamil Nadu, and one each from Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

The United States recorded 1,258 coronavirus deaths on Friday, the lowest daily toll in the country in nearly three weeks, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University. The fatalities bring the overall US death toll to 51,017, according to the Baltimore-based university.

The United States is by far the hardest-hit country in the global pandemic, in terms of both confirmed infections and deaths. Despite the sharp drop in the death toll, down from 3,176 on Thursday, health experts have said confirmation of a downward trend in the country’s outbreak would require a sustained decline in cases and deaths.

India registered its biggest spike in coronavirus infections on a single day with 1,752 fresh cases, taking the total to 23,452 even as the doubling rate of the disease improved to 10 days from the 7.5 reported earlier this week, said the health ministry. The death toll from the infection rose to 723, with 37 fatalities reported since Thursday evening, said an official, adding that about 20.52% of the infected people have recovered so far.

A total of 37 deaths was reported since Thursday evening of which 14 were reported from Maharashtra, nine from Gujarat, three from Uttar Pradesh, two each from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh,Tamil Nadu and Telangana, and one from Karnataka.

In a reprieve to public at large, the government in a late night order allowed opening of neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas. However, the order signed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, made it clear that shops in market places, multi-brand and single brand malls located in municipality areas shall continue to remain closed till May 3.

The shops will be allowed, but at a 50 per cent strength and after taking necessary precautions. However, the exemptions will not be given in hotspots and containment areas.

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