India records 18,653 new Covid cases in 24 hours

As India entered ‘Unlock-2’ from today with more relaxations in lockdown curbs, the country today reported 18,653 new cases in past 24 horus, taking the tally to 5,85,493.

The death toll rose to 17,400 today after 507 new fatalities. It was the eighth day in a row that over 15,000 cases have been reported daily in the country.

India has registered nearly 4 lakh coronavirus infections in the month of June, according to data from States and the Centre. The country has seen over 5.85 lakh cases till June 30 — this means that over 67% of total cases were registered in the past 30 days.

Meanwhile, the European Union is opening up its border to allow leisure or business travel from 14 countries beyond its borders. The countries include Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and South Korea, with the U.S. and India being notable exceptions.

According to health ministry’s figures. the number of active cases stands at 2,20,114, while 3,47,978 people have recovered. The recovery rate has improved to 59.43% while the gap between recovered and active patients has widened to 1.27 lakh.

According to the ICMR, a cumulative total of 88,26,585 samples have been tested up to June 30 for covid, with 2,17,931 samples been tested on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a major announcement on Tuesday extended the Pradhanmantri Garib Kalyan Yojana till November 2020. Under this scheme, over 80 crore people will get five kg of wheat or five kg of rice per month. He said that every family will also get one kg chana every month until November 2020. The entire cost of this initiative will cost over Rs 90,000 crore

He also thanked the farmers and taxpayers for handling the COVID-19 crisis and stated that it was because of their hard work and sincerity that the government was able to help and provide food to the poor and migrants.