Covid: India marches towards 1 crore cases, Delhi Court acquits 36 foreigners  

With 22,065 new infections, India’s Coronavirus cases crossed 99-lakh mark Tuesday. According to Union Health Ministry data, the country’s total Covid-19 caseload now stands at 99,06,165. The death toll rose to 1,43,709 with 354 new fatalities.

COVID-19 cases and deaths are declining in India which is very reassuring, the Centre said on Tuesday but cautioned against any laxity saying an overwhelming proportion of the country’s population is still “very very susceptible” to the virus and the situation may escalate unexpectedly.

A Delhi court has acquitted 36 foreigners, who were charge sheeted for attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation by allegedly being negligent and disobeying the government guidelines issued in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

Acquitting the foreigners from 14 countries of all charges, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Arun Kumar Garg said the prosecution has failed to prove the presence of the accused at the Nizamuddin Markaz premises from March 12 to April 1.

The court said in its order that as per the list of evacuees, none of the accused had COVID­-19 symptoms and hence, there was no question of any negligent act on their part.

It said even if it is assumed for the sake of arguments that some of the accused were proved to have been found COVID­-19 positive on different dates, April 1, April 9 and April 10, in the absence of any symptoms at the time of their alleged stay at the Markaz, they cannot be said to have indulged in the commission of any negligent act likely to spread the infection.