Even as India registered a highest single-day spike of 8,380 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, the Centre has relaxed the lockdown rules to allow permission for malls, restaurants, and religious places to function in all areas except containment zones from June 8.
All kinds of social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural and religious congregations would, however, remain suspended.
Here are the latest updates:
4.30 pm | Bihar
111 fresh cases in Bihar, total tally up to 3,676
111 more COVID-19 positive cases reported in Bihar taking the total number to 3,676 in the State. All cases from Bhagalpur, Purnia, Kaimur, Aurangabad, Gaya, Begusarai, Patna, Munger, Darbhanga and other districts.
4.15 pm | Kerala
TN with good health care system can implement Kerala model against COVID-19: Shailaja
The Kerala model in tackling the COVID-19 pandemic can be implemented in Tamil Nadu as it also has good public health care system, Health Minister K K Shailaja said on Sunday.
Participating in an online discussion with actor-turned- politician Kamal Haasan of Makkal Needhi Maiam, she highlighted various measures taken by Kerala, whose treatment and monitoring protocols have come in for praise from various quarters, to check the spread of the coronavirus.
“Despite the financial constraints, we are able to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic with the people-centred policies. We also have good public health centre and dedicated health workers,” the Minister said in the Facebook live discussion titled Maiam Talks.
Tamil Nadu, which is among the states witnessing high number of in COVID-19 cases, too has a good public healthcare system and can implement measures such as strict quarantine and treating symptomatic persons taken by Kerala, she said.
3.30 pm | Nagaland
Seven returnees test COVID-19 positive in Nagaland
Seven returnees from Chennai tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagaland on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 43, Health and Family Welfare minister S Pangnyu Phom said.
Of the seven, four are from Kohima and three from Dimapur, he said.
“Samples of persons, all returnees from Chennai, have tested COVID-19 positive,” the minister said in a tweet.
All of them had returned to the Northeastern state on May 22 by a Shramik Special train.
The train brought back 1,328 residents of the state who were stranded in different parts of Tamil Nadu due to the nationwide lockdown.
Of the 43 patients undergoing treatment at various COVID-19-dedicated hospitals in the state, 25 are in Dimapur, 13 in Kohima and five in Tuensang.
So far no deaths due to the deadly virus have been reported in the state since the detection of the first COVID- 19 patient in Nagaland on May 25.
3.15 pm | Uttarakhand
COVID-19 cases rise to 802 in Uttarakhand
The number of coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand rose to 802 on Sunday after 53 more people tested positive for the disease, officials said.
Dehradun district reported the maximum 25 cases followed by Haridwar (15), Pauri and Uttarkashi (6 each) and Rudraprayag (1), a state health department bulletin said.
Most of the new patients have a travel history to Mumbai and Delhi.
The bulletin said 102 patients have recovered, five are dead and three have migrated out of the state and there are 692 active cases.
3 p.m. | Nepal
Nepal extends lockdown until June 14
The Nepal government has extended the nationwide lockdown until June 14 amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and decided to deploy the Army in the worst-hit areas.
The country on Saturday registered its highest single-day surge in coronavirus cases with 189 new infections, taking the COVID-19 tally in the country to over 1,400.
The Cabinet meeting held on Saturday decided to extend the lockdown.
Meanwhile, the government has also decided to suspend all domestic and international flights until June 30.
The prior-imposed nationwide lockdown, decreed to curtail the potential spread of COVID-19, was to end on June 2.
2.40 pm | Singapore
Singapore gears up to exit circuit breaker from Monday, reports 518 new coronavirus cases
Singapore is gearing up to lift its circuit breaker measures imposed to curb the coronavirus pandemic after two months, even as the city-state reported 518 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, taking the total number of infections to 34,884.
Singapore’s circuit breaker period will end on Monday, with measures to be progressively lifted in three phase starting the next day.
2.20 pm | Andhra Pradesh
110 fresh cases, 2 deaths in Andhra
The total coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh has increased to 3,571, while the death toll reached 62. Andhra’s active cases now stands at 1,177.
2 more fatalities and 110 new coronavirus cases were registered today.
With 51 new recoveries, as many as 2,332 patients have recovered so far.
2.18 pm | Rajasthan
76 more COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, total now 8,693
The coronavirus death toll in Rajasthan rose to 194 after one more person succumbed to the disease on Sunday, officials said.
The state reported 76 fresh cases, taking the total number of cases to 8,693.
The maximum of 21 cases were detected in Jaipur followed by Jhalawar 14, Bharatpur 12, Jhunjhunu seven, Kota six, Dholpur and Rajsamand five each, Ajmer three, Udaipur two and Tonk one.
“’One death and 76 coronavirus positive cases were reported in Rajasthan on Sunday.
Officials said 5,772 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered and 5,099 of them have been discharged. There are 2,727 active cases in the state.
2 pm | India
Fourth phase of lockdown accounts for nearly half of total COVID-19 cases in India
The fourth phase of the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, which began on May 18, saw 85,974 COVID-19 cases till 8 am on Sunday, which is nearly half of the total cases reported in the country so far.
Lockdown 4.0, which will end on May 31 midnight, has accounted for 47.20 per cent of the total coronavirus infection cases, number crunching from the Union Health Ministry data reveals.
The lockdown, which was first clamped on March 25 and spanned for 21 days, had registered 10,877 cases, while the second phase of the curbs that began on April 15 and stretched for 19 days till May 3, saw 31,094 cases.
The third phase of the lockdown that was in effect for 14 days ending on May 17, recorded 53,636 cases till 8 am of May 18.
The country had registered 512 coronavirus infection cases till March 24.
India is the ninth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic as of now.
1.50 pm | Pune
Pune reports more than 90 new cases in 12-hour span
Despite increasing number of recoveries, fresh COVID-19 cases continued to pile across Pune district with 92 new cases being reported over a 12-hour span on Sunday as the district’s cumulative case tally (including deaths and recoveries) rose to 7,557, said authorities.
The district’s total death toll till Saturday evening stood at 329.
Of the total cases, only 2,878 are active ones, while as many as 4,350 persons have been discharged thus far.
As per figures given by the Pune Zilla Parishad’s Health Department till Saturday evening, there were 2,786 (not counting the new cases) active positive cases in various hospitals across the district of whom 2,293 are undergoing treatment in hospitals in Pune city, 266 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, and as many as 227 in Pune rural areas.
As many as 207 among these were in a critical condition.
1.45 pm | Pakistan
Coronavirus cases in Pakistan rise above 69,470; death toll nears 1,500-mark
The total coronavirus cases in Pakistan has increased to 69,474, while the death toll reached 1,483, according to figures released by the health ministry on Sunday.
In the past 24 hours, 88 more fatalities and 3,039 new coronavirus cases were registered.
Pakistan’s COVID-19 tally now stands at 69,474 cases and 1,483 deaths, the health ministry said.
As many as 25,271 patients have recovered so far, it added.
1.40 pm | Delhi
Delhi seeks ₹5000 crore relief from Centre
Delhi Government is not being able to pay salaries to its employees as revenue collection has fallen. The State has written to the Centre asking for ₹5000 crore as relief due to the financial crisis that has arisen due to the lockdown, says Deputy CM Manish Sisodia.
1.20 pm | Tripura
Tripura registers 11 fresh cases, total up to 282
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday informed detection of 11 more COVID-19 cases in the state. This takes number of positive cases to 282. All 11 returned from Chennai in a special train.
1.05 pm | Manipur
4 more test positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, total count 66
Four more persons, including three women, tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 66, an official said on Sunday.
All the new patients – two from Kangpokpi and one each from Imphal East and West districts- had recently returned to the state by a Shramik Special train and were in quarantine centres, he said.
The two from Kangpokpi district had returned from Pune, while two others had come from Delhi, the official said.
Manipur currently has 59 active coronavirus cases, and seven patients have recovered from the disease.
1 p.m. | Arunachal Pradesh
Arunachal reports fourth COVID-19 case
Arunachal Pradesh reported its fourth COVID-19 case after a 12-year-old student, who recently returned to the state from Delhi in a bus, tested positive for the disease, a senior official said on Sunday.
The boy had returned to the state on May 25 along with a group of students and was placed under institutional quarantine, he said.
12 pm | India
Controlling coronavirus pandemic despite huge population an achievement for India: PM Modi on Mann ki baat
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Mann Ki Baat today, said, with much of public transport, planes and trains beginning to operate, the country needs to be more careful in observing social distancing norms.
“The last time we spoke, public transport, planes, trains were not running, but now much of it has opened. In such a situation, we need to be more careful. Social distancing, wearing of masks, must be followed strictly,” he said.
The entire movement of controlling the pandemic was people driven, the Prime Minister said, adding that it was a big achievement for the country despite its challenges like a huge population.
11.40 am | Madhya Pradesh
Indore’s COVID-19 count up by 55 to 3,486; death toll 132
The tally of COVID-19 cases in Indore district of Madhya Pradesh mounted to 3,486 as 55 more people were found infected in the last 24 hours, a health department official said on Sunday.
The district’s death toll due to the virus also went up to 132 with three more persons, including a 65-year-old woman, succumbing to the infection in the last three days, he said.
According to the official, 1,951 people have been discharged from different hospitals in the district following recovery.
Indore is the worst-affected district in Madhya Pradesh due to the COVID-19 outbreak. – PTI
11.20 am | Puducherry
9 new cases in Puducherry
Nine persons, including a doctor at JIPMER, has tested positive for COVID-19 in Puducherry on Sunday.
With this, the total number of cases in the UT is 69, of which 46 are active, and 23 have been discharged.
11 am | Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand minister’s wife tests positive for coronavirus
Uttarakhand Tourism Minister Satpal Maharaj’s wife and former minister Amrita Rawat has tested positive for COVID-19.
Her swab sample report confirming that she has contracted the virus came on Saturday evening, the minister’s OSD Abhishek Sharma said.
She is being hospitalised, he said.
10.30 am | India
India records highest single-day spike of 8,380 cases; death toll climbs to 5,164
Continuing its upward sprial, India recorded a new high of 8,380 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. There were 193 deaths reported in the same period.
This brings India’s total case load to 1,82,143 cases — close to Germany’s case count. The count includes 89,995 active cases, 86,984 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 5,164 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
“Thus, around 47.75% patients have recovered so far,” a senior health ministry official told PTI.
10 am | Odisha
129 new cases in Odisha
Odisha registered 129 new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday, taking the State’s total to 1,948.
The number of active cases is 889. While 1,050 patients have recovered, nine died. Seven of the deceased died due to COVID-19 and two others due to other ailments, says Health Department officials.
9.30 am | Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu extends coronavirus lockdown till June 30, allows partial resumption of public transport
The Tamil Nadu government on Sunday announced extension of the ongoing coronavirus lockdown till June 30, albeit with more relaxations that included partially opening up public transport and allowing more employees at the workplace.
Chief Minister K. Palaniswami said the curbs on religious places, inter-state bus transport, and Metro and suburban rails would continue.
9.15 am | Karnataka
No total lockdown on May 31 in Karnataka
The State government on Saturday announced that there will be no total lockdown on Sunday and all activities will be allowed between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.
A communiqué from the Chief Minister’s office said that this decision was taken following “demand by the public.”
The government had imposed a complete lockdown last Sunday.
9 am | Delhi
1,163 new cases, 18 deaths in Delhi
The Capital reported 1,163 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 18,549, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Saturday.
This is the biggest single-day jump in the number of cases in the city so far and the third consecutive day of over 1,000 cases. Also, 18 more deaths were reported taking the total to 416. But all the deaths did not happen in the past 24 hours.
8.45 am | India
Government eases a slew of restrictions; malls, religious places to open
As Lockdown 4.0 comes to an end, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued new guidelines called Unlock 1.0 allowing malls, restaurants, religious places to open in all areas except containment zones from June 8. It however prohibited opening of bars, gymnasiums, entertainment parks, cinema halls, metro rail and international air travel.
The permit system for inter-State movement of vehicles has been removed and there shall be no restriction on movement within and outside a State. If the local administration has to regulate movement in wake of a surge in number of COVID-19 cases, it will have to give wide publicity in advance regarding the procedure and restrictions to be followed.
8.30 am | Brazil
Brazil has record new coronavirus cases, surpasses France in deaths
Brazil reported a record 33,274 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Saturday, its health ministry said, and the death toll surpassed that of France and now ranks only below the United States, Britain and Italy.
The South American nation has now reported 4,98,440 confirmed cases of coronavirus since the outbreak began, a level of contagion second only to the United States.
8 am | World
Global coronavirus cases surpass 6 million
Global coronavirus cases surpassed 6 million on Saturday, according to a Reuters tally, as Latin America reported a grim milestone of 50,000 deaths from the disease.
Countries such as Brazil, Chile and Mexico are struggling to stem the spread of the virus, which initially peaked in China in February before large-scale outbreaks followed in Europe and the United States.