India’s coronavirus cases cross 3 lakh, over 11,000 infections in 24 hours

The coronavirus pandemic in India crossed another grim milestone of 3-lakh cases. The states witnessed a record jump in daily COVID-19 count in the last 24 hours.

For the first time, over 11,000 people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in a day across the country. India’s COVID-19 tally surged to 308,993. Maharashtra became the first state to record over 1 lakh coronavirus cases.
The western state accounted for a third of India’s COVID-19 count. India took 10 days to hit 3-lakh mark after crossing 2 lakh cases on June 2.

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 more than one lakh positive cases of infection and over 3,700 deaths. As many as 3,493 new COVID-19 cases were reported from the state in the past 24 hours.

The Guruvayur Devaswom in Kerala’s Trivandrum said, “Guruvayur Sree Krishna Temple to be closed for devotees from 13 June, as nearby areas Chavakkad and Vadakkekad have been declared as containment zones. Weddings scheduled for tomorrow allowed; other wedding bookings, darshan passes stand cancelled.”

Meanwhile, 10 additional flights between India and USA under Vande Bharat Mission phase 3 will be operated between June 20 and July 3. The bookings will open only on Air India website from today at 6 pm.

As people appear to prefer personal modes of commute during a pandemic, the Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry has advised states to promote and revive non-motorised transit systems, like cycling, to prevent transmission of the coronavirus.