Covid-19 cases cross 1 lakh in India, over 3,000 dead

One hundred and nine days after the first person tested positive for Covid-19 in India, the country’s case count has crossed the 1-lakh mark, with the number infections having doubled in just a little over 12 days.

Both the spread of the virus and the spurt in cases in recent days will be a cause for concern for the authorities. On Monday, 4,713 fresh infections were reported from across the country, the third highest in a single day so far, led again by Maharashtra, which reported more than 2,000 cases (2,033 to be exact) for the second day running. As many as 24 states/UTs reported new cases during the day.

Maharashtra continues to be the epicenter of the coronavirus spread where the number of cases has witnessed an even large spike recently. According to the Health Ministry, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases with over 35,000 positive cases of infection and more than 1,200 deaths.

As India entered its fourth phase of coronavirus disease (COVID-19)-necessitated nationwide lockdown on Monday till May 31, new guidelines issued by the central government pertaining to Lockdown 4.0 have come into force. States/UTs and district authorities are taking the call on classifying and mapping red, orange, green, containment, and buffer zones.

Today is the fifty-sixth day of India’s nationwide lockdown, meant to curb the novel coronavirus pandemic. The lockdown has been extended till May 31. Many restrictions have been eased, especially in non-containment zones, according to the new guidelines.

Total five companies of Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) will be deployed in zones 1, 3, 5, 6 and 9 in Mumbai from today.

Zone 1 is Colaba to Marine Drive; Zone 3 is Tardeo, Nagpada, Worli to NM Joshi Marg; Zone 5 is Dharavi to Dadar; Zone 6 is Chembur to Mankhurd and Zone 9 is Bandra to Amboli (Andheri West)

With an aim to reboot numerous locked down economic activities, authorities across the country ordered reopening of markets, intra-state transport services and even of barbershops and salons in some states, barring in containment zones. However, schools, colleges, theatres, malls and religious gatherings are among those that would remain shut down, at least till May 31.