Coronavirus pandemic: India overtakes Iran in Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra infections cross 50,000; domestic flights to resume from Monday  

Team Suno Neta Sunday 24th of May 2020 09:38 PM
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New Delhi: India overtook Iran in the total number of novel coronavirus, Covid-19, cases after registering over 7,000 cases in a single day, on Sunday. Now, the country occupies the 10th position in the list of most affected countries in the world.

On Sunday, India recorded 7,113 fresh coronavirus cases and 156 new deaths. It was the country’s biggest-ever spike for the third consecutive day. The total number of Covid-19 infections in the country is now over 138,000. The death toll from the disease has also crossed 4,000, on Sunday.

India is now ahead of Iran, which has 135,701 cases and behind Turkey, which has 156,827 cases.

Maharashtra Covid-19 cases cross 50,000

The number of fresh coronavirus cases in Maharashtra saw a new record spike with over 3,041 more patients testing positive in the last 24 hours. According to the last-received data from the state’s health department, the total number of Covid-19 cases in the state is now 50,231.

The death toll in the state is now 1,635, with 58 more deaths recorded on Sunday.

Flights to resume from Monday

Passenger flights will resume operations in all but two states from Monday after a gap of two months following the restrictions imposed on travel in the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Flights operations in Andhra Pradesh and West Bengal will resume from Tuesday and Thursday respectively.

However, confusion prevailed on Sunday as different states imposed their own set of conditions on reopening airports. The Maharashtra government, which was against the resumption of domestic flights agreed to allow 50 flights from Mumbai. It said the government has allowed 25 take-offs and 25 landings from Mumbai airport for domestic flights.

Starting Monday, the Delhi airport will see the maximum number of domestic flights in the country. It will see 190 take-off and 190 landings totalling 380 flights in a single day.

Airport officials said passengers need not mandatorily install the Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app. Instead, they will now have to fill a self-declaration form.

‘South America new Covid-19 epicentre’

The World Health Organization has described South America as the new “epicentre” of coronavirus. This comes on a day when Brazil overtook Russia to occupy the second position, after the United States, in the number of coronavirus infections.

Now, Brazil has over 360,000 cases. Doctors in the country have warned there is so little testing in the country that the true number of cases could be 15 times higher than the official estimate.

Peru is the second-most affected country in South America with 119,959 cases.

The WHO emergencies director, Mike Ryan, said, “South America has become a new epicentre for the disease … We’ve seen many South American countries with increasing numbers of cases, but certainly the most affected is Brazil at this point.”

Latest global coronavirus stats from Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering

Latest coronavirus India stats:

  • Confirmed: 138,536
  • Deaths: 4,024
  • Recovered: 57,692

Latest worldwide coronavirus stats:

  • Confirmed: 5,491,195
  • Deaths: 346,335
  • Recovered: 2,298,806

Top 5 countries with coronavirus infections:

  • United States: 1,684,861
  • Brazil: 363,211
  • Russia: 344,481
  • Spain: 282,852
  • United Kingdom: 259,559

Top 5 countries with coronavirus deaths are:

  • United States: 99,277
  • United Kingdom: 36,793
  • Italy: 32,785
  • Spain: 28,752
  • France: 28,367

[Source: Worldometer]

[This story was last updated at 5am, May 25, 2020.]




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