A record single-day spike of 86,432 cases has pushed India’s coronavirus tally past the 40-lakh mark, the Union Health Ministry said on Saturday. India is now the third country after the US and Brazil to record 40 lakh cases. The country’s caseload has gone from 30 lakh to 40 lakh in just 13 days, faster than the United States and Brazil.
The total number of cases, at 40,23,179, is about 70,000 cases behind Brazil, the world’s second worst affected nation after the US. India witnessed 1,089 Covid-related deaths during the 24-hour period taking the total death count to 69,561. About 31 lakh patients have recovered from the infection in the country, pushing the recovery rate to 77.2 per cent.
Here are the updates on coronavirus (COVID-19) cases:
Rs 500 Fine For Commuters Without Face Mask: Noida Metro
Commuters found travelling without face masks in the Noida-Greater Noida metro rail network will have to pay a fine of Rs 500 and those caught spitting will have to cough up Rs 100.
The services of the Noida-Greater Noida Metro, also known as the Aqua Line, are set to resume from Monday after a gap of five months with several anti-COVID precautions like commuters maintaining social distancing and having face cover in place, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) said on Saturday.
“Passengers found spitting inside metro stations, trains or any other metro premises will have to pay a fine of Rs 100 for the first time and Rs 500 for any subsequent occurrence. Passengers found travelling without masks in the metro trains, stations or any other metro premises will have to pay a fine of Rs 500,” the NMRC said in a statement.
For First Time, Maharashtra Reports Over 20,000 COVID-19 Cases In A Day
In a grim milestone, Maharashtra on Saturday reported its highest-ever single-day spike in COVID-19 cases at 20,489, taking the total count of infections to 8,83,862, showed the state health department data.
With 312 deaths due to the highly contagious virus in the last 24 hours, the total number of fatalities rose to 26,276 in the state, it said. Read more
Coronavirus News: Ahmedabad Metro Begins Sanitasion Ahead Of Service Resumption
Metro authorities undertook sanitisation work in Ahmedabad ahead of the resumption of its services from September 7 as part of Unlock 4, reported by news agency ANI. Workers carried out the sanitisation work at the stations and also inside trains. A few days back, the Home Ministry had issued new guidelines for opening up of more activities in areas outside the containment zones. Under Unlock-4, Metro services have been allowed to resume from September 7 in a graded manner.