COVID-19 cases near 60,000 with 3,320 new cases in last 24 hours
New Delhi: With 3,320 new COVID-19 cases and 95 deaths reported in last 24 hours, the nationwide tally on Saturday reached 59, 662, including 39834 active cases, 17847 cured, and 1981 deaths according to the ministry of health and family welfare.
However, Maharashtra remained the worst hit with 19063 cases and 731 deaths. While addressing the state, CM Uddhav Thackeray admitted that there has been no success in breaking the infection chain in the state yet. The apex industry body CII sought an immediate stimulus package of Rs 15 lakh crore, or 7.5 per cent of the country’s GDP, to help the Indian economy deal with this sudden but “deep distress”.
Meanwhile, the Indian amphibious warship, INS Jalashwa set sail from Male to Kochi in Kerala to bring back 698 stranded Indians under the mission Vande Bharat that begin on Thursday from various countries like the US, UK, Maldivas, Bahrain, Singapore and UAE. INS Jalashwa bringing citizens for the 1st phase under operation Samudra Setu to repatriate Indians from Maldivas. So far, six special flights landed in India under the massive repatriation operation.
So far this week, the number of cases has gone up by 32 percent (between Monday morning and Friday morning). This is a faster rate of increase compared to the previous four days, when confirmed cases had risen by 28 percent. Most of India’s hotspots so far have been urban districts with richer states worst affected than the rest.