The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped by 6,977 to 1,38,845 in the last 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 154 to 4,021 on Monday, 25 May.
As the cases continue to record a steep rise, ICMR says India now has the capacity to do two lakh tests per day. The medical body also says that India developed an intelligent testing strategy to remain 'ahead of the virus'.
Meanwhile, after a two-month halt amid the lockdown, domestic flight operations resumed from Monday, with early morning visuals showing passengers wearing masks arriving at various airports across the country. However, reports also came in of several flights getting cancelled, leading to confusion among the travellers.
The Supreme Court on Monday allowed the national carrier to carry out the operation of the repatriation flights without leaving vacant seats for 10 days
India will see around 600 flight services on Monday, aviation officials said, reported PTI
Around 80 arrival/departure flights from Delhi’s IGI airport were cancelled. Confusion prevailed at airports in Mumbai, Thiruvananthapuram and Bengaluru as well
The coronavirus death toll in the United States rose by 638, bringing the toll to 97,686, AFP reported on Monday, citing the Johns Hopkins University tracker
Biggest Single-Day Rise in Pune
Biggest single-day rise of 459 COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Pune district was recorded today taking the tally to 6,153. Death toll stands at 280 in the city with 8 more fatalities according to officials, ANI reports.
Delhi Govt Issues Guidelines for Domestic Travel
Delhi government has issued guidelines for domestic travel (Air/Train/Interstate bus travel), reports ANI.
According to the advisory, all passengers shall be advised to download Aarogya Setu app on their mobile devices.
Delhi govt issues guidelines for domestic travel (Air/Train/Interstate bus travel).— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
Asymptomatic pax will be permitted to go with advice that they shall self monitor their health for 14 days. In case they develop any symptoms, they shall inform concerned DDMA/state helpline no. pic.twitter.com/bD6pB8J3ER
'Capacity of Testing 2 Lakh Samples Per Day': ICMR
According to ICMR, the country now has a capacity of testing 2 lakh samples per day, reports ANI.
"India now has 610 total labs and is currently testing 1.1 lakh samples in a day. It has the capacity to test 1.4 lakh samples per day, which is being raised to 2 lakh samples per day," said ICMR.
2,436 New COVID-19 Cases in Maharashtra
Maharashtra reports 2,436 new COVID-19 cases and 60 deaths on Monday, taking case count to 52,667 and fatalities to 1,695, says Health official according to IANS.
'Action Has Returned to Indian Skies': Aviation Minister
Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Monday says, "From no domestic passenger flights yesterday to 532 flights and 39,231 passengers today, action has returned to Indian skies."
He adds, "With Andhra Pradesh set to resume operations from tomorrow and West Bengal from 28 May, these numbers are all set to increase further."
'Some officials of Rail Board have Tested COVID-19 Positive': Ministry
Some officials of Railway Board have recently tested COVID-19 positive. All offices of Rail Bhawan will remain close on 26 and 27 May for intensive sanitization, says Ministry of Railways according to ANI.
"Offices at 4th floor of Rail Bhawan to remain close till 29 May for thorough disinfection," it adds.
805 New COVID-19 Cases in Tamilnadu
805 COVID-19 positive cases and 7 deaths were recorded in TamilNadu today. 407 people have been discharged. Total tally of cases stands at 17,082 in the state, according to the health department.
Bus Carrying Migrants Meets With an Accident
A bus carrying migrant labourers to West Bengal met with an accident in Sikidiri Ghati of Ranchi rural on Monday, ANI reports.
20 people have been shifted to RIMS hospital so far according to the report.
'2,000 Beds Added in 117 Private Hospitals': Kejriwal
There are 2,500 beds available in Delhi's government hospitals and 2,000 beds in private hospitals, says CM Arvind Kejriwal on Monday.
"We are fully prepared to handle the coronavirus crisis and there is nothing to panic and worry," he adds.
Karnataka Reports 93 Fresh COVID-19 Cases
Karnataka reports 93 fresh coronavirus cases and two deaths, taking the total number of cases to 2182 and deaths to 44. Number of active cases stands at 1431 in the state, according to Karnataka Health Department, ANI reports.
Delhi-Ghaziabad Border Sealed Again
Ghaziabad district authorities on Monday said the city's border with Delhi will be sealed again like it was done during lockdown 2.0.
Delhi-Ghaziabad border to be sealed like it was done during lockdown 2, till further orders: Ghaziabad Dist Admn— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 25, 2020
Those providing essential services, including media personnel, don't need pass, IDs sufficient. Ambulances and vehicles for essential services will also be allowed. pic.twitter.com/caSGJVuyUk
Punjab Govt Issues Revised Guidelines For People Arriving to the State
Punjab's health department has issued a revised advisory for people coming to the state by air, rail or road.
Department of Health and Family Welfare of Punjab Government issues revised instructions for people coming to the state (international as well as domestic) by all means of transport (air, rail and by road). pic.twitter.com/NzU2NfQwcn— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
Lockdown Extended Till 30 June in Himachal's Hamirpur District
The regulations under Section 144 of CrPC, imposed in Hamirpur district (Himachal Pradesh), are extended till 30 June, ANI quoted Deputy Commissioner, Harikesh Meena.
Japan Lifts National Emergency Imposed in the Wake of COVID-19
Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has lifted the state of emergency imposed nationally to combat coronavirus following a sharp decline in the number of new cases.
635 New COVID-19 Cases in Delhi; Tally Rises to 14,053
As many as 635 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Delhi, taking the tally in the national capital to 14,053, including 276 deaths and 6,771 recovered/discharged/migrated patients.
'Situation Under Control Even After Lockdown Relaxations': Delhi CM Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday said that the situation is still under control in the national capital even after the lockdown restrictions were relaxed from 18 May. "Around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since the fourth phase of lockdown began... We are ready to deal with the situation if there's a spike in cases of coronavirus," he was quoted by PTI as saying.
The CM claimed that while 3,314 COVID-19 patients are getting treatment at their homes, 2,000 have been admitted to hospitals.
"“Government and private hospitals in Delhi have 4,500 beds for COVID-19 patients and out of these, 2,000 are occupied.”" - Delhi CM Kejriwal, as quoted by PTI
The capital city has the fourth-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country at 13,418. As many as 6,540 patients have been cured or discharged.
SC Allows Air India to Operate Repatriation Flights With Full Capacity For 10 Days
Hearing a petition filed by the Centre and Air India against the Bombay High Court order to keep middle seats vacant in international repatriation flights, the Supreme Court on Monday allowed the national carrier to carry out the operation of the relief flights without leaving vacant seats for 10 days, Bar & Bench reported.
After this time, these non-scheduled flights would have to operate in accordance with the interim order passed by the Bombay HC, SC said, remanding the matter to the high court with a request to pass an effective interim order on the next date of hearing, the report said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Air India are free to alter any norms it may consider appropriate during the pendency of the matter, Chief Justice SA Bobde was quoted by ANI as saying.
103 New Cases in Odisha; Tally Rises to 1,438
Odisha has reported 103 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,438.
70 New COVID-19 Cases in Rajasthan; Tally Rises to 7,100
Rajasthan has recorded 70 new cases of coronavirus, taking the tally in the state to 7,100, including 163 deaths, officials were quoted by PTI as saying.
Maharashtra Minister Ashok Chavan Tests Positive for Coronavirus
The former chief minister's condition is said to be asymptomatic and stable, and he is admitted to a hospital in Nanded, reports said.
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As Domestic Flight Ops Open Up, Reports Come in Of Cancellations
While many passengers reached airports early on Monday as domestic flight operations commenced across the country, reports also came in of some flights being cancelled, leading to confusion.
Around 80 arrival/departure flights from Delhi's IGI airport have been cancelled, ANI reported. Earlier the flight schedule was made for all airports, including those in West Bengal (where operations will commence from 28 May), Maharashtra and Chennai (where limited operations are allowed), according to the news agency.
Confusion prevailed at Mumbai airport too over some flights reportedly getting cancelled. Similar was the case at Thiruvananthapuram.
At Bengaluru's Kempegowda Airport, there had been five arrivals, 17 departures and nine flight cancellations till 9 am, as per ANI.
COVID-19: India's Case Tally Rises to Over 1.38 Lakh, Biggest 1-Day Spike
The number of coronavirus cases in India jumped by 6,977 to 1,38,845 in the last 24 hours, while the death toll rose by 154 to 4,021 on Monday. According to the Health Ministry data, there are now 77,103 active cases across the country, while 57,720 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated.
Domestic Flights Resume Today; Mask-Wearing Passengers at Airports
After a two-month halt due to the coronavirus outbreak, domestic flight operations resumed from Monday, 25 May, with early morning visuals showing passengers wearing masks arriving at various airports across the country.
On Sunday, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri tweeted saying that domestic flights will recommence across the country from Monday except in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal, where operations will start on 26 May and on 28 May.
It has been a long day of hard negotiations with various state govts to recommence civil aviation operations in the country.— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 24, 2020
Except Andhra Pradesh which will start on 26/5 & West Bengal on 28/5, domestic flights will recommence across the country from tomorrow.
As per request of state govt, operations in Andhra Pradesh will recommence on limited scale from 26 May. For Tamil Nadu there will be max 25 arrivals in Chennai but there's no limit on number of departures.For other airports in TN flights will operate as in other parts of country— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 24, 2020
US Coronavirus Death Toll Rises by 638
The coronavirus death toll in the United States rose by 638, bringing the total lives lost in the country to 97,686, AFP reported on Monday, citing the Johns Hopkins University tracker.
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