NEWS: India ranks among the top ten worst-hit nations, with more than 139,000 coronavirus cases, according to the coronavirus monitor by John Hopkins University. The total number of infections in India rose sharply on Monday, of these 77,103 are active, while 57,720 patients have been discharged.
Meanwhile, the country opened up its domestic flight operations on Monday after a suspension of travel for two months due to the coronavirus lockdown. Travellers flocked to airports across the country to take morning flights were, thermal screening and social distancing measures were being observed. Delhi airport saw its first departure at 4.45 am to Pune while Mumbai airport’s first departure was at 6.45 am to Patna, the officials said.
Most of the state governments decided to put the passengers arriving from other states in an institutional quarantine of seven to 14 days. Others made home quarantine for a fortnight mandatory for the travellers.
Gurgaon District Magistrate warns of action against private facilities refusing treatment to Covid-19
The Gurgaon DM has today warned that action will be taken under the Epidemic Act, 1897, “without any prior notice”, against private facilities refusing to treat patients who have tested positive for coronavirus or those looking for “other critical services”.
In an order to this effect issued on Monday, DM Amit Khatri has stated, “With rising cases of persons infected by the coronavirus, it is necessary to ensure optimum utilisation of available resources i.e. Private Hospitals/Nursing Homes for treatment of COVID-19 patients, so as to ensure appropriate medical care is provided to all the COVID patients. But, in the recent past, it has come to notice that some private facilities are refusing to treat patients with symptoms of coronavirus and other critical services which is a grave matter in times of such epidemic.”
In view of this, the DM has ordered, “Private Hospital/Nursing Homes in district Gurugram shall not refuse any patient approaching them for treatment of corona virus infection and other critical services. If any Private Hospital/Nursing Home refuses treatment to any such patient/patients, action will be initiated against them under the Epidemic Act, (1897) without any prior notice.”
Despite being ready, Tripura airport couldn’t operate flights
Tripura’s Maharaja Bir Bikram Kishore Airport didn’t have any flight operation on Monday even as air travel resumed in the rest of the country. Speaking to indianexpress.com, MBB Airport Director V K Seth said air traffic was not functional due to non functionality of Netaji Subhash Chandra International Airport at Kolkata.
The Kolkata airport was damaged by cyclone Amphan two days back. It is still being repaired. “We had everything ready on our end. Frankly, we were a bit disappointed to learn that Kolkata airport wouldn’t be operating any aircraft for next 48 hours. So, we couldn’t have any aircraft movement in coming two days either,” he said.
Asked about next course of action, airport director Seth said Kolkata airport said it would operate limited number of flights even after it resumes operation after May 27. “If Kolkata operates less flights, it is likely to impact our operations. But we can’t say anything as of now. We shall wait for further information,” the official said.
Confusion and chaos prevailed on Monday as domestic passenger flight operations resumed after a hiatus of two months amid reluctance by various states to open up their airports in view of rising cases of novel coronavirus. Passengers were greeted with long queues and a large number of flights were cancelled on Monday across the country.
A mother-daughter duo arrive at Mumbai airport on Monday morning. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)
The resumption of air travel came with a few hiccups in the first few hours itself as several flyers took to social media to register their grievances against airlines, particularly Air India. Several people travelled long distances only to find that their flights had been cancelled. Of the approximately 380 flights that were scheduled for today in the national capital, 82 (both departures and arrivals) were already cancelled by afternoon. And more than 20 flights were also called off in Bengaluru.
COVID situation in Delhi under control, says Kejriwal as govt readies more beds across private hospitals
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (PTI)
The coronavirus situation in the national capital is under control and there is no reason to worry, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday. While addressing citizens via video-conferencing, the Aam Aadmi Party chief said: “The situation is under control and there is no reason to worry. The cases were expected to rise with the relaxations in the lockdown. We need to worry if the recovery rate is going down and more people are succumbing to the disease.”
He added: “In Delhi, the number of active cases is equal to the number of people who have recovered. Secondly, we need to look at the health infrastructure and monitor the rise in the number of severe cases.”
Record 6,977 new COVID-19 cases in India in last 24 hours
India registered its biggest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fourth consecutive day with 6,977 new infections reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country’s tally to 1,38,845. The death toll rose to 4,021, according to the Union Health Ministry. A total 154 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours till Monday 8 am.
The number of active COVID-19 cases climbed to 77,103 while 57,720 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. Of the 154 deaths reported since Sunday morning, 58 were from Maharashtra, 30 from Delhi, 29 from Gujarat, nine in Madhya Pradesh, eight from Tamil Nadu, six from Uttar Pradesh, four from Telangana, three each from Rajasthan and West Bengal, two from Bihar and one each from Punjab and Uttarakhand.
Manipur reports 2 new cases, count rises to 34
Manipur reports two new active cases of COVID-19, one each from Churachandpur and Noney district. The total number of positive cases has risen to 34 and the number of active cases stand at 30. Swab test for covid is in progress at Sane Guruji Smarak school near Dandekar bridge organised by PMC amid lockdown due to COVID-19 spread. E(xpress photo by Arul Horizon)
Nagaland reports three cases, state no longer Covid-free
Three COVID-19 cases were reported from Nagaland on Monday morning. The three had returned to the state from Chennai. While two are symptomatic, one is asymptomatic. “Our appeal is that do not stigmatise our patients and be supportive of our health workers,” said Menukhol John, Principal secretary for Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland, adding that all three patients are stable at the moment.
Nagaland’s first case was reported a month ago, but the patient migrated to Guwahati, Assam shortly after. “These cases are not local but imported from travellers who have come back home but rest assured we have everybody on our radar and have gone in for active contact tracing,” he said. Migrants along with their families wait outside a government school to get screened before boarding buses for their native places, during ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, in east Delhi. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)
Assam crosses 400-mark with 35 fresh cases
35 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported on Monday morning in Assam, bringing the state’s total tally to 427. These cases were reported from different districts spread across Assam: Golaghat, Kokrajhar Karimganj, Tinsukia, Sivasgar, Dhemaji and Jorhat. In the past 24 hours, 46 cases were reported in Assam.
As of Sunday evening, when active cases were at 352, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that 271 of them were those who had returned to Assam from other states. According to him, the state has carried out about 60,000 tests till Sunday. The total number of cases in the state is 427, out of which 363 are active and four have died. A police man outside the station On Tuesday at Howrah Station. (Express Photo Shashi Ghosh)
Over 21,000 requests pending after Karnataka bars entry from three states
Days after the Karnataka government decided to ban the entry of people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu into the state, the step has resulted in the stalling of as many as 21,607 requests by people currently located in these states to enter Karnataka. These include 10,568 requests from Maharashtra and 10,351 from Tamil Nadu.
Karnataka chief minister B S Yediyurappa on May 18 ordered the state authorities to stop processing requests from people in Kerala, Maharashtra, Gujarat, and Tamil Nadu to enter into Karnataka, citing the growing number of coronavirus cases among returnees. A motorcyclist wearing a protective mask travels past shuttered stores and businesses on a deserted street during a partial lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus at a town in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of Uttar Pradesh. (Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg)
Earlier in March this year, the Karnataka government had barred the entry of people from Kerala, amid the detection of over 100 positive cases in the neighboring district of Kasargod. The matter was resolved after an elected representative from Kerala approached the courts. Following the intervention of the Supreme Court the Karnataka government allowed movement of essential services on the basis of medical clearances.
70 new coronavirus cases in Rajasthan
Rajasthan on Monday recorded 70 new cases of coronavirus, officials said. The number of cases in the state now stands at 7,100 and fatalities at 163. “As many as 70 fresh cases were reported in the state,” additional chief secretary (health), Rohit Kumar Singh said. Of the 70 fresh cases, Pali recorded 25 cases followed by 22 in Sikar, 11 in Jaipur, seven in Kota, five in Alwar, one each in Dholpur and Swai Madhopur, officials said. Medics attend to a suspected COVID-19 patient at a government hospital during the ongoing nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)
A total of 3,856 patients have recovered and 3,420 have been discharged. There are 3,081 active cases in the state as of now, they said.
Jaipur had recorded 78 deaths and 1,826 positive cases in the state followed by 24 deaths and 1,224 cases in Jodhpur, according to state government data.
Hamirpur district continues to have over one-fourth cases in Himachal
Hamirpur district continues to have the highest number of novel coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh with one more person, a Mumbai returnee, testing positive for the disease, deputy commissioner Harikesh Meena said on Monday. The number of infected people in Hamirpur district has risen to 63 out of total 210 in the state as of Monday morning, as per state government data. The total number of infections in India rose to 1,38,845 on Monday. (Express Photo by Amit Mehra)
The district now has 57 active cases out of total 142 active cases in the state. One COVID-19 patient has died and five have recovered, according to the data.
Bihar records 180 new COVID-19 cases, tally nearing 2,600
Bihar has reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 from 15 districts, pushing the tally to 2,574 in the state, the health department said. Of the fresh cases, Nawada and East Champaran accounted for 11 each and the state capital Patna recorded four new infections, it said.
The health department, in a tweet late on Sunday evening, said,”63 more COVID-19 +ve cases in Bihar taking the total to 2,574… We are ascertaining their trail of infection”. Earlier on Sunday, the state had registered 117 new positive cases and two fatalities due to the contagion, taking the death toll to 13. Courier service boys at work in Navi Mumbai on Monday. (Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty)
Last 10 days, positivity curve begins to steepen
While the government has maintained that the low positivity rate (share of tests that yield positive cases) does not warrant more intensive testing for Covid, ICMR records show a steady rise in positivity rates over the last four weeks. More so in the last 10 days when migrant workers have started returning home on board Shramik Special trains.
ICMR records show that between April 16 and 28, the positivity rate slumped from 4.8 per cent to 3.0. But this began inching up since then to 7.0 at the end of day on May 23. Replying to a question from The Indian Express, ICMR DG Balram Bhargava admitted that rising positivity is a cause for concern.