Biggest jump: Coronavirus cases near 50,000 in India

India’s COVID-19 count inched close to the 50,000-mark as the states registered 2,958 fresh coronavirus cases in last 24 hours.

The deadly novel coronavirus infected 49,391 in India. The death toll from the virus zoomed to 126 on Tuesday. Maharashtra reported the highest number of COVID-19 death on Tuesday, taking total number of deaths in the country to 1,694.

With 3,900 fresh cases and 195 more deaths, India recorded its all-time high coronavirus cases in a day. With several offices resuming work, the fear of a larger outbreak looms as an officer at Delhi’s Shastri Bhavan and several doctors, nurses and patients at the Army’s R&R Hospital too tested positive. The 24 found positive at the Army hospital include both serving and retired military personnel.

The home ministry issued guidelines for workplaces on Tuesday: they should have thermal scanners, sanitisers and face masks. There should be a suitable gap between shifts and staff must have staggered lunch breaks. Workplaces must be sanitised between shifts, and a list of nearby Covid-19 hospitals available.

India is launching its biggest ever evacuation exercise in decades deploying a raft of civilian aircraft and naval ships to bring back home thousands of Indians stranded in the Gulf and various other parts of the world.

Over three lakh people in Gulf have registered for evacuation but the government will bring back only those having compelling reasons to return home like medical emergency, expiry of visas and facing the prospect of deportation, reports said.

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday said that higher number of testing led to an increased number of Covid-19 cases in the state, asserting that high population density, narrow lanes and use of public toilets made Chennai a challenge in cluster containment.