New Delhi: The novel coronavirus, Covid-19, infections in India passed two grim milestones, on Friday. Maharashtra saw its Covid-19 cases cross the 1 lakh-mark while the country saw the number of infections cross the 3 lakh-mark in the last 24 hours.
On Friday, Maharashtra, the worst-hit state in the country, reported 3,493 fresh cases and 127 new deaths, according to government data. The latest figure of coronavirus cases from the state is 101,141 and the death toll is now 3,717.
Mumbai, the state’s capital, alone has 55,451 cases with 2,044 deaths.
After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu with 40,698 cases is the second-worst affected state followed by Delhi with 34,687 cases.
Maharashtra announced a plan – “Mission Begin Again” – to restart normal life and business in the state, in which it allowed outdoor activities from 5am to 7pm and shops to reopen between 9am and 5pm, while maintaining safety guidelines and social distancing practices. However, the worsening Covid-19 situation in the state triggered rumours that the state would again impose the lockdown to control the spread of the disease. This prompted the chief minister, Uddhav Thackeray, to issue a statement clarifying that the lockdown will not be re-imposed.
Supreme Court slams 5 states over Covid-19 handling
On Friday, the Supreme Court came down hard on Delhi, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and West Bengal over their handling of coronavirus cases.
Using strong words, the apex court said it was said it was “pained” at the Delhi government’s handling of the virus outbreak and took suo motu cognizance of a TV report that showed the “pathetic” condition of patients admitted in Delhi’s Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital and the “deplorable” condition of the wards.
A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan, observed: “The large number of beds in the government Covid-19 hospital being vacant in a situation where patients suspected of Covid-19 are running from pillar to post to get admission in any hospital tells about the mismanagement and sorry state of the government hospitals in Delhi.”
The court further observed: “All these facts, which have been brought to the notice of the Supreme Court by the media reports, clearly indicate a very sorry state of affairs of the patients of Covid-19 in the government hospitals in the NCT (national capital territory) of Delhi as well as in other states.”
The other two judges were Justice SK Kaul and Justice MR Shah.
The court then issued notices to the chief secretaries of the five states and the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in Delhi.
The chief secretaries have been asked to take notice of the state of the hospitals in their respective states and take immediate remedial measures.
Modi to interact with CMs next week
Meanwhile, the prime minister, Narendra Modi, will interact with the chief ministers of all states and Union territories next week to discuss the Covid-19 situation and plans to bring back normalcy in the country. The interactions will take place on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Modi has already held several meetings with the chief ministers since the nationwide lockdown was imposed to curb the spread of the virus, on April 25.
India Covid-19 cases fourth-highest in world
As the number of coronavirus crossed the 3 lakh-mark in India, it also pushed the country in the fourth position in the world with the highest number of Covid-19 cases. India is now ranked below the United States, Brazil, and Russia respectively. Below India is the United Kingdom, Spain and Italy, where new Covid-19 cases are seen to be declining.
However, India’s official mortality is much lower than these countries. In the total number of coronavirus-related deaths, India is in the 10th position below the US, UK, Brazil, Italy, France, Spain, Mexico, Belgium, and Germany respectively.
Latest coronavirus India stats:
- Confirmed: 309,389
- Deaths: 8,890
- Recovered: 154,131
Latest worldwide coronavirus stats:
- Confirmed: 7,668,589
- Deaths: 425,803
- Recovered: 3,884,232
Top 5 countries with coronavirus infections:
- United States: 2,099,387
- Brazil: 809,398
- Russia: 511,423
- India: 309,389
- United Kingdom: 292,950
Top 5 countries with coronavirus deaths are:
- United States: 116,273
- United Kingdom: 41,481
- Brazil: 41,162
- Italy: 34,223
- France: 29,346