NEW DELHI: India crossed the grim milestone of 25,000 Covid-19 cases — ending the day above 26,000 — as Maharashtra registered another record rise in patients. A staggering 811 new cases were added to the state’s tally on Saturday, 602 of these in Mumbai alone. According to latest ministry of health report, India had 26,496 cases on Sunday morning.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from India and around the world —
No proof that recovery gives immunity: WHO
The World Health Organization said on Saturday that there was currently “no evidence” that people who have recovered from Covid-19 are protected from a second coronavirus infection.
The UN agency warned nations against issuing “immunity passports” or “riskfree certificates” to people who have been infected as their accuracy could not be guaranteed. The practice could increase the risk of continued spread as people who have recovered may ignore advice about taking precautions, it said.
India records 6% growth in 24 hours, lowest daily rate since crossing 100 cases, says Govt
India recorded a six per cent growth in new cases on a single day, from 8am Friday to 8am Saturday, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases, the government said on Saturday. Since Friday morning, an increase of 1,429 cases has been reported.
With 208 R&D projects, IITs lead India’s fight against Covid-19
India’s scientific effort to contain and eliminate the threat of the novel corona virus is being led by 18 IITs with experts engaged in 208 dedicated R&D projects under seven different categories. As some of their work starts yielding results, IIT-Guwahati has shown the way cornering the biggest pool of projects, followed by IIT-Madras and IIT-Hyderabad. Nearly 50% of the key research in India’s premier technical schools are happening in six of the old IITs.
After Delhi, 5 more states want lockdown extended beyond May 3
A day after the Delhi government said the lockdown would have to be continued till May 16 in the national capital, five states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Punjab and Odisha — on Saturday veered towards extending curbs in hotspots of their respective states beyond May 3.
Evacuation exercise gathers steam across states
As the national lockdown entered its fifth week, an unprecedented cross-country evacuation exercise to bring back migrant workers and other people stranded in different states appeared to gather momentum on Saturday with Punjab sending 80 buses to ferry back Sikh pilgrims stuck in Maharashtra and UP preparing to bring back at least 9,500 labourers from Haryana by Sunday.
Close to 6,300 Indians infected in 50 countries, toll stands at 40
Close to 6300 Indian nationals abroad have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, posing a serious logistical challenge to the government as and when it decides to evacuate Indians stranded overseas. The number has almost doubled in the past 8-9 days as it stood at 3,336 on April 16. The number of deaths of Indian nationals caused by Covid-19 abroad has also shot up to 40 from 25 during this period.
Global death toll nears 200,000
The World Health Organization warned on Saturday recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic approached 200,000 around the globe. Governments across the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation unleashed by the virus, which has infected nearly 2.8 million people and left half of humanity under some form of lockdown.