COVID-19 caseload jumps to 6.3 million as India reopens cinemas and parksOctober 1, 2020 0 By FM
India registered 86,748 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday. The total number of cases reported from the country has crossed 6.3 million reaching 63,10,267 of which 9,40,644 of them constitute the active caseload as of now. The nation confirmed 85,274 patients as cured on the day which took the total recoveries to 52,70,007. The number of deaths reported during the day was 1,179 which took the total fatalities to 98,708 till now.
As a part of the new UNLOCK 5.0 starting from October 1, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has issued “guidelines for reopening” permitting cinema halls, entertainment parks, and swimming pools for sportspersons to open, and gave states the flexibility to decide if they wanted to open schools from October 15. Higher education institutions in the science and technology stream, where research scholars and postgraduate students need to access the laboratory, will be permitted to open from October 15.
The new guidelines restrict international air travel. Only limited international flights under the air bubble scheme and the Vande Bharat Mission allowed by the government are operating currently.
Maharashtra reported 18,317 fresh cases and 481 deaths on Wednesday. Inching towards the 1.4 million mark the COVID-19 caseload of the state currently stands at 13,84,446. Owing to the reportedly increasing incidences the Maharashtra government extended the lockdown in the state till the midnight of October 31.
The state, however, permitted hotels, food courts, restaurants and bars to restart operations from October 5 at a capacity not exceeding 50% or as prescribed by local authorities. The new set of guidelines under the state government’s Mission Begin Again permits all industrial and manufacturing units producing non-essential items to operate in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).
The state government has also clarified that schools, colleges and other educational and coaching institutions will remain closed till October 31. Cinema halls, swimming pools, entertainment parks, theatres (including in malls and market complexes), auditoriums, assembly halls will also continue to remain closed. Metro rail services too will not be restarted.
The state has 2,59,033 active cases as of now, and has seen 10,88,322 recoveries and 36,662 deaths till date. As many as 19,163 patients were tested negative during the day. The state conducted 87.2K tests on Wednesday, the total tests being 67.9 lakhs.
Andhra Pradesh reported 6,133 new infections and 48 deaths on Wednesday. The case tally of the state stood at 6,93,484 of which 58,445 were active infections. The total recoveries in the state stood at 6,29,211 adding 7075 more recoveries seen during the day. The total fatalities reached 5,828 adding 48 more deaths reported during the day.
Karnataka added 8,856 cases on Wednesday, with nearly 43% of the caseload reported in September alone. The cumulative cases stood at 6,01,767 of which 1,07,616 are active ones. The state has reported overall 4,85,268 recoveries 8,864 deaths so far.
Tamil Nadu’s overall tally of COVID-19 cases moved closer to the six lakh-mark as another 5,659 persons tested positive for the infection on Wednesday. With the fresh cases, the state’s total count of COVID-19 cases was 5,97,602. Of this, 46,263 persons were currently under treatment and 5,41,819 persons were discharged till date. Another 67 persons died, pushing the toll to 9,520. As many as 86,928 samples were tested in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of samples to 73,54,050.
Meanwhile, Kerala continued to report a surge in its daily COVID-19 infections as the state added 8,830 fresh cases surpassing the 8000 mark for the first time on Wednesday. Over 97% new cases – 8,608 out of the 8,830 new cases – were locally acquired infections. It also included infections in 123 healthcare workers, mainly in Kannur (33) and Thiruvananthapuram (32), according to the state health ministry.
The cumulative cases stood at 1,961,07 of which 67,061 are in the active case. With 3,536, patients testing negative during the day the total recoveries in the state rose to 1, 28, 224. With 23 more deaths, the overall fatalities rose to 743.