Coronavirus LIVE Updates: As many as 278 police personnel in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 48 hours, taking the total number of positive cases in Maharashtra Police to 1,666. Maharashtra is the worst affected state in the country and accounts for over 41,000 of the 1.18 lakh cases in India.
Uttar Pradesh is also facing a new wave of infections as the number of cases surged past 5,500. According to officials, while the infection spread has been controlled in cities, it is now spreading in semi-urban and rural areas, which could pose a big danger.
Reserve Bank of India Governor Shaktikanta Das is holding a press conference, his third in two months, on monetary measures for Covid-19 relief and has announced another 40 basis point cut in key lending rates. While the repo rate has been reduced to 4 per cent, the reverse repo rate has been cut to 3.5 per cent.
The number of coronavirus cases in India recorded in a single day crossed the 6,000-mark for the first time on Friday with 6,088 infections in the last 24 hours taking the overall case count to 1,18,447, according to health ministry data. The overall death toll has risen to 3,583 with 148 deaths confirmed in the last one day.
The Maharashtra government has brought 80 percent of beds in all private hospitals across the state under its purview till August 31 this year. Brought into force by an order passed under the Epidemic Diseases Act, the government will now regulate the usage of private hospital bed capacity and has also capped the prices of treatments that can be billed to patients.
Hospitals are allowed to charge their own rates in the remaining 20 percent beds. With 41,642 Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra accounts for a third of all cases in India.
The number of coronavirus cases had risen to 1,12,359 in the country on Thursday while the death toll rose to 3,435, as an increase of 132 deaths and 5,609 cases were registered in 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The increase of 132 deaths reported since Wednesday included 65 were from Maharashtra, 30 from Gujarat, nine from Madhya Pradesh, eight from Delhi, four each from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and three each from West Bengal and Tamil Nadu.
The government, meanwhile, released norms for the resumption of domestic flights on Thursday. Civil Aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri indicated that the government was not in favour of quarantining passengers on short-haul flights and that the larger question of quarantining would have to be dealt with in a "pragmatic manner".
"Why are we making a fuss over quarantine? Positive cases won't be boarding and there can be asymptomatic people. The quarantine issue will be dealt with in a pragmatic manner. We can't have 14 days quarantine... it is not practical," the aviation minister said.