COVID-19 cases cross 90,000 as India mulls relaxing lockdown norms

May 17, 2020 0 By FM

As the thrice extended nationwide lockdown period reaches its proposed end date on May 17, India has witnessed an overall 90,927 COVID-19 cases and deaths reaching 2,872.

With 4,987 cases reported in the past 24 hours, the total number of active cases of COVID has risen to 53,946 in the country while 34,108 being cured so far. Meanwhile, the Centre is deliberating to bring more relaxations in the country post-May 17 while possibly imposing restrictions strictly in the hotspot regions.

India will enter into the fourth phase of lockdown from May 18 but with a different set of rules and guidelines, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the nation on May 11.

Some of the highly affected states, including Assam, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Punjab have recommended an extension of the lockdown for the rest of the month, while many states including Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka have suggested in the easing of restrictions.

With 29,100 number of COVID-19 cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state seeing 1,068 deaths. Following Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu has also reported a surge in COVID-19 cases reaching a total of 10,108.