Spike in Covid-19 cases; Nation-wide tally crosses 78,000


(Online Desk)

The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases crossed 78,000 on Thursday with further spread of the deadly virus getting detected across Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and the national capital, while the government unveiled measures amounting to about Rs 6 lakh crore in easy loans, additional liquidity and other incentives to help businesses fight the crisis.

The death toll crossed the 2,500-mark with 2,549 people succumbing to the killer virus, while the number of COVID-19 patients having recovered is 26,235.

In the past few days, the large scale migrant movement has raised another worry of the virus getting spread further.

Also, some cases have come to the light, including in Kerala, of people testing positive after being airlifted from abroad under a massive evacuation scheme of the central government which is currently underway to bring back stranded Indians and expatriates in different countries.

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan said the the doubling time of cases has improved to 12. 6 in the last three days, from 11 in the past 14 days. He further observed that the fatality rate is 3.2 per cent and the recovery rate is pegged at 32.8 per cent.

Meanwhile, the Indian Railways too has announced cancellation of all those tickets booked online till June 30. Centre is apparently wanted to fix more responsibility on the state governments to handle the situation, including identifying ‘containment’ and ‘red’ zones and take a call on imposing lockdowns, accordingly.