Coronavirus India lockdown Day 42 live updates | Petrol price hiked by ₹1.7 per litre and diesel by ₹7.1 in Delhi

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 42 live updates | Petrol price hiked by ₹1.7 per litre and diesel by ₹7.1 in Delhi

India recorded the largest single-day spike in positive cases on Monday with 3,900 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. With 195 deaths, the country also witnessed the highest number of coronavirus deaths in a day. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its May 5 update said that 46,433 have been tested positive and the death toll stands at 1,568. It added that 12,727 have recovered so far. In the last

With the Ministry of Home Affairs allowing liquor and tobacco shops to open in the green and orange zones, several States on Monday witnessed long queues at liquor stores and social distancing norms ignored.


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Here are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.

Here are the latest updates:

11.45 am

In the country, there have so far been 46,440 total COVID-19 positive cases, of which 32,034 are active cases. 1,569 deaths have been reported.

11.40 am

One more Gujarat returnee worker tests positive for COVID-19 in Ganjam district taking Odisha’s total number to 170, the State government said. State’s active cases stand at 109. 60 persons have recovered and one death has been reported so far.

Prafulla Das

11.35 am

Five deaths reported in Rajasthan

Five deaths reported in Jaipur today, taking the COVID-19 death toll in Rajasthan to 82.

A total of 38 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the State. With this, the tally of positive cases increases to 3,099. Active cases in Rajasthan, as of now, are at 1,577, according to the Medical and Health Department.

Mohammed Iqbal

11.30 am

One more COVID-19 positive case reported in Bihar, taking the total number of cases to 529 in the State.

Amarnath Tewary

11.15 am

Petrol, diesel price hiked in Delhi

Petrol price in Delhi increased by about ₹1.7 per litre and diesel by about ₹7.1 per litre, as the Delhi government has increased the Value Added Tax (VAT) charged on both the fuels, according to officials.

The VAT on petrol has been increased to 30% from 27% and that of diesel has been increased to 30% from 16.75%, according to a Finance department official.  The Delhi government passed an order on increasing the VAT on Monday.

“Life isn’t all about rainbows and sunshine. Tough times need Tough solutions – my learning as Finance Minister,” Delhi Finance Minister Manish Sisodia said in a tweet regarding the measures.

– Nikhil M. Babu

11 am

Cases in Indore rise to 1,654; death toll reaches 79

The number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh’s worst hit Indore district climbed to 1,654 after 43 more people tested positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, a senior health official said.

The death toll in the district rose to 79 as two more persons succumbed to the disease, Indore’s Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said. The two victims included a 45-year-old woman and a 64 -year-old man, who died at a private hospital in Indore.


10.45 am

Part of Shastri Bhavan floor sealed after Law Ministry official tests positive

A floor of the Shastri Bhavan, a government building that houses several ministries, in Delhi, was partially sealed after a Law Ministry official tested positive for COVID-19. According to two senior government officials, an officer of the Law Ministry, housed in the fourth floor of the Shastri Bhavan, has tested positive.

This is the second incident iof a government office getting sealed n the Lutyens’ zone. The NITI Aayog building was sealed last month.


10.30 am

T.N. HR&CE withdraws circular transferring funds to CM’s relief fund

The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) Department in Tamil Nadu withdrew a circular it had issued on April 22 for transferring ₹10 crore to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund from the surplus revenue of 47 top temples in the State for COVID-19-related relief. The circular was withdrawn following a batch of three public interest litigation petitions filed against it in the Madras HC.


9.30 am

China reports 1 new case, no deaths

China reported one new case of coronavirus Tuesday and no deaths, marking three weeks since it recorded a COVID-19 fatality.

The National Health Commission said 395 people remained under treatment in the hospital, while 949 were under isolation and observation for suspected cases or after testing positive despite showing no symptoms.

7.15 am

Three ships sent to evacuate stranded Indians from the Maldives, UAE

India has sent three naval ships to evacuate its citizens stranded in the Maldives and UAE due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a defence spokesperson said in the early hours on Tuesday. INS Jalashwa deployed off Mumbai coast, along with INS Magar, diverted for Maldives on Monday night, he said.

5.00 am

Researchers nearly double U.S. death projection due to easing

Nearly 135,000 Americans were forecast to die from COVID-19 through the beginning of August, almost double the last prediction, due to loosening of lockdowns, according to an updated forecast from the University of Washington on Monday.

2.30 am

France becomes fifth country with more than 25,000 deaths

France said the number of deaths from the coronavirus rose above 25,000 on Monday, becoming the fifth country to pass that threshold after the United States, Italy, Britain and Spain.

The daily number of new fatalities also sped up again after several days of decline.

The number of people who have died from the COVID-19 respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus increased by 306, or 1.2%, to 25,201 – the sharpest rate of increase in four days, government data showed. On Sunday, only 135 new deaths were reported – the lowest figure in more than a month.


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