Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami today announced a "maximised restricted lockdown' from June 19 to June 30 in areas of Chennai, Kanchipuram, Chengalpattu and Tiruvallur districts which come under Metropolitan Chennai Police limits. The state, particularly capital Chennai, has been reporting at least a thousand fresh cases of the coronavirus each day.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said there were no plans to impose another lockdown in the national capital, amid speculation that restrictions may be reintroduced because of the recent surge in cases.
There have been reports that the government was considering fresh restrictions as Kejriwal held a meeting with union home minister Amit Shah, health minister Harsh Vardhan and Delhi L-G Anil Baijal on Sunday. Shah also held an all-party meeting on the handling of the pandemic in NCR on Monday, in which he assured that testing will be made available to everyone.
A committee of health experts on Monday asked Tamil Nadu CM EK Palaniswami to tighten the lockdown in the state to contain the spread of Coronavirus infection. Tamil Nadu is the second worst-hit state in the country after Maharashtra, with 44,661 cases.
The total number of coronavirus cases in the country has gone up to 3,32,424 after 11,502 fresh infections were reported in 24 hours, according to figures released by Ministry of Health today morning. As many as 325 deaths were reported in 24 hours, taking the overall fatalities to 9,520.
Concerned over the mounting number of Covid-19 cases, the Telangana government on Sunday decided to conduct 50,000 tests in and around Greater Hyderabad over next week to 10 days. Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao announced that these tests would be conducted in 30 Assembly segments of Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Vikarabad, Medchel, and Sangareddy districts.
The Delhi government, meanwhile, has directed district magistrates and other officials concerned to make arrangements for 20,000 additional beds to accommodate more Covid-19 patients within a week, as the national capital continued to witness an alarming spurt in COVID-19 cases.
However, the Delhi government on Sunday night withdrew its order issued a day earlier declaring small and medium multi-speciality nursing homes in the city having 10 to 49 beds as "COVID nursing homes" to increase the bed capacity for coronavirus patients. The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) had opposed the Saturday order.
Testing for coronavirus is set to be significantly increased in Delhi over the next one week after a meeting between union home minister Amit Shah and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday. Shah announced a series of decisions taken at the meeting, including doubling of testing immediately in the next two days and tripling it in the next six days.
Apart from ramping up testing overall, a key focus area will be containment zones, where testing will be made available in polling booths in the next week. House to house surveys will also be conducted in these high-risk areas to improve contact tracing and the report will be submitted in a week.
Delhi on Sunday reported 2,224 new Covid-19 cases in the highest ever single-day spike so far and 56 deaths due to the coronavirus infection, taking the national capital’s count past the 40,000-mark to 41,182, according to Delhi Health Department data.
India had on Sunday seen the highest single-day spike of 11,929 novel coronavirus cases in 24 hours, taking the number of infections to 3,20,92 on Sunday, while the death toll rose by 311 to 9,195, the Health Ministry said.
This was the third day in a row that there were more than 10,000 cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in India, which is the fourth worst-hit nation by the pandemic.
Of the 311 more deaths, 113 were from Maharashtra, followed by 57 in Delhi, 33 in Gujarat and 30 in Tamil Nadu. There were 20 more fatalities in Uttar Pradesh, 12 in West Bengal and 10 in Rajasthan. Haryana and Telangana registered eight more coronavirus deaths each, followed by seven in Madhya Pradesh, three in Bihar.