NEW DELHI: Amidst Cyclone Amphan, affected states continue to deal with influx of migrant workers and measures to contain coronavirus pandemic. As of Thursday, India reported total 1,12,359 Covid-19 cases and 3,435 deaths. Out of the total cases, 63,624 are active cases, 45,300 patients have been cured/discharged or have migrated. Worldwide cases have doubled in one month. Infections now top five million, with surges in particular in countries in Latin America.
Here are the top developments from India and around the world:
- India may witness Covid-19 cases peaking in mid-July if the current lockdown is lifted this month-end but expected to be a “lower surge” due to strong containment measures in the past nearly two months, according to Giridhara R Babu, professor and head of life course epidemiology at the Public Health Foundation of India, India’s leading epidemiologist.
- Domestic restart in India May 25 onwards.Only one-third flights will be permitted form metro to non-metro cities. A self-declaration or Aarogya Setu App status to be submitted by all passenger. Aviation ministry has divided routes in seven sections for fare control; the first section is where flight duration is less than 40 mins.
- Private carriers will also join Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indians stranded abroad, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Thursday.
- Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Thursday said booking of train tickets will resume at around 1.7 lakh common service centres across the country from Friday, making the service accessible to those in remote locations where the availability of computers and internet is negligible or absent.
- Ministry of home affairs directs states to ensure night curfew or prohibition of all non-essential activities between 7 pm and 7 am.
- The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Thursday released a detailed list, listing the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the resumption of sports activities in the country, which will act as a reference document for all the training centres across India. The SOP was drawn up by a six-member committee headed by SAI secretary Rohit Bhardwaj.
- A case has been registered against Congress President Sonia Gandhi in Karnataka in connection with a tweet posted on the party’s official handle alleging misuse of PM-CARES Fund.
- Timely case identification, proper clinical management reason for low mortality rate compared to global figures: Health ministry.
- The Delhi High Court has decided that from Friday all its judges will sit everyday to take up “urgent matters of all kinds” via video conferencing.
- The Bombay High Court on Thursday exempted advocates from wearing black coats and gowns while attending the court hearings through video conferencing.
- The Maharashtra government has so far released Rs 67.19 crore through the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund to bear the cost of train travel of the stranded migrant workers to their native places from the state, an official said on Thursday.
- Nearly 50 per cent of the total coronavirus infection deaths in Gujarat so far have been reported from the Ahmedabad civil hospital, earning it the dubious distinction of being the ‘COVID-19 graveyard’.
- Marriages already scheduled for May 24 and 31 will be exempted from complete lockdown on Sundays: Karnataka government.
- LG Anil Baijal writes to Delhi CM for the formation of a panel to suggest measures to help people in these ‘difficult times’. Baijal has directed the home department to take steps for an automatic extension of licence validity of hotels, restaurants, guest houses, swimming pools etc. and also asked DDA to explore measures for a moratorium on instalments, allotment money, lease rent, licence fee.
- 96 more positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Bihar today, taking the total number of positive cases to 1,872
- A migrant labourer and a bus driver were killed and eight others received injuries after their vehicle collided with a trailer truck in Chhattisgarh Bemetara district on Thursday, police said.
- The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has directed civic officials to acquire at least 100 beds, including 10 in ICUs, of private nursing homes and small hospitals in all 24 wards of Mumbai in the wake of rising number of COVID-19 cases in the city.
- Karnataka recorded a 60% dip in sales of Indian Made Liquor (IML) and beer after the state government hiked prices steeply after record sales on the first three days of reopening retail shops.
- Personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force conducted a flag march in an area of south Mumbai on Wednesday night to enforce strict implementation of the coronavirus-induced lockdown.
- After nearly two months, indoor shoot for television shows is all set to begin in non-containment zones of Tamil Nadu with chief minister K Palaniswami allowing the relaxation on Thursday.
- For the second time this week, Karnataka registered over 100 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 1,578 till Thursday afternoon.
- A 37-year-old police constable in Hyderabad, who was in the frontline in the fight against COVID-19, succumbed to the viral infection at a hospital in Hyderabad.
- The pandemic has killed at least 328,220 people worldwide according to an AFP tally on Thursday based on official sources. There have been 5,012,630 officially recorded cases in 196 countries and territories.
- Brazil leads the pack, logging the third-highest number of cases in the world after the US and Russia. Peru, Mexico and Chile are also seeing steady increases in infections.
- The United States has recorded the most deaths at 93,439. It is followed by Britain with 35,704, Italy with 32,330, France with 28,132 and Spain with 27,888.
- In a low-key rebuttal of the accusations by US President Donald Trump of mass killing, China maintains it has “always had an open, transparent and responsible attitude” as it battled the pandemic.
- Speaking a day after Trump’s remarks, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian tells a press briefing: “We have persisted in speaking the truth, presenting the truth and speaking with reason, doing our utmost to protect the lives and health of the people.”
- German aviation giant Lufthansa confirms it is in talks with the government over a nine-billion-euro ($10 billion) rescue that will see Berlin take a massive stake in the coronavirus-stricken airline. Under the plans, Berlin would take a 20-percent stake in the group, topping it up with a convertible bond worth five percent plus one share.
- British airline EasyJet says it will return to the skies on June 15, with “a small number of flights”, after grounding its entire fleet at the end of March.The initial schedule will involve mostly domestic flying in the UK and France.
- Prime minister Shinzo Abe lifts a state of emergency in several big cities in western Japan — Osaka, Kyoto and Hyogo — and hints that the measure will be removed nationwide as early as next week.
- A worker at Russia’s largest gold mine has died from the virus, the operating company says, as troops set up quarantine camps to contain a major outbreak at the facility.
- British pharmaceuticals group AstraZeneca secures more than one billion dollars from the United States to help fund production of its coronavirus vaccine. AstraZeneca is partnering with University of Oxford to develop and distribute a vaccine being trialled in the UK.