The number of coronavirus-infected is nearing the 2 lakh-mark in India. 1,98,706 infections have been reported until Tuesday. 97,581 are active cases and over 95,000 patients have been recovered. India is ranking on the 7th spot on the list of nations worst-hit by COVID-19.
The Maharashtra government extended the lockdown till June 30th but announced an easing of restrictions in three phases from June 3rd-8th. The government will allow markets and shops to open in 'Mission Begin Again'. However, malls will remain closed. The retailers will function from June 5 on an odd-even basis. Containment zones will remain closed.
As migrants are moving to rural areas from urban centres of Maharashtra, 17 districts which had zero or very few COVID-19 cases are seeing a sudden spike in positive cases. More than half of the patients are returning migrant workers who reached home in the last month by train or trucks. With 2,361 fresh cases reported yesterday, the total number of COVID-affected went past 70,000 in Maharashtra.
990 cases were reported in New Delhi on Monday. This has taken the total number of 20,834. 12 patients died in the past 24 hours.
The World Health Organization said that there is on evidence suggesting that coronavirus is losing its potency. This was in response to a high profile Italian doctor's statement. Professor Alberto Zangrillo went on state television to say that coronavirus 'clinically no longer exists'.