Coronavirus in India Highlights: Over 1 crore people have got both doses in Maharashtra; Delhi records 39 new cases

The Delhi government has further relaxed Covid restrictions. Delhi Metro has been allowed to operate with 100% seating capacity from today.

Coronavirus Third Wave India, Coronavirus Statistics India Highlights: India has been reporting below 50,000 new Coronavirus infections for the past month. The Covid-19 situation has improved since March and April when the second wave hit the nation; new cases even shot up to over 4 lakh (on May 1). Covid-19 deaths and positivity rate have also improved. India reported 39,361 new Coronavirus infections in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of Covid-19 cases to 3,14,11,262; the daily positivity rate increased to above 3 per cent after 35 days, according to data from the Union health ministry on Monday. The number of active cases in the country has also increased to 4,11,189, and now accounts for 1.31 per cent of the total infections. Kerala and Maharashtra, and some states in the northeastern states have been reporting a surge for the past few weeks, which is a concern. Especially, Kerala has been witnessing a spike in new infections. It has triggered a fear of third wave among people. Last week, India saw 2.7 lakh new Covid-19 cases, with a daily average of around 38,000 cases. Kerala alone accounted for 1,10,593 cases out of India’s total last week. The state has seen a sharp rise of 15.7% in coronavirus infections in the last seven days.

Meanwhile, the group of officials empowered with formulating India’s Covid emergency strategy has asked the government to prepare for a level of 4-5 lakh cases in a day in the next surge. The group said all necessary measures should be taken to contain the numbers of new infections below 50,000. The Covid group asked the government to ramp up the Covid-19 vaccination drive; it also advised people to follow appropriate Covid behaviour to keep cases low.

In a positive development, Delhi has further relaxed Covid restrictions. Delhi Metro has been allowed to operate with 100 per cent seating capacity from today, while in the case of cinemas, theaters, and multiplexes, the seating capacity will remain 50 per cent. The DDMA has allowed all most all activities which were restricted since April 19, except educational institutes and public gatherings, from Monday, though with strict Covid-19 guidelines.

Meanwhile, many states have allowed schools to reopen for physical classes, though with strict Covid restrictions. Schools in Punjab have reopened for Classes 10-12, and Classes 9-11 in Gujarat.

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