New Delhi: – Coronavirus has claimed 71 lives in the previous 24 hours in the country, taking the total number of deaths to 1008. The total number of cases also has crossed 32,000. The Coronavirus rampage in the state of Maharashtra continues unabated, and the pandemic has claimed 32 lives in the last 24 hours in the state. Out of these, 26 deaths were reported from Mumbai alone. Against this background, new guidelines will be issued after 4th May. The union home ministry has stated that these may provide some reliefs to some of the districts.
The union health ministry has announced that the number of cases in the country has reached 31,778. Within 24 hours, between Tuesday and Wednesday evening, there was an addition of 1,813 new ca by Wednesday night. The situation in Maharashtra is very alarming. Thirty-two patients died on Wednesday, whereas 31 patients had died on Tuesday. 597 new cases were reported from the state on Wednesday. This takes the total number of cases in the state to more than 10,000. The number of cases is also consistently rising in the states of Gujarat and Delhi.
But many of the districts in the country are reportedly becoming Coronavirus free, and the number of green zones is increasing. However, the number of red zones also is on the decline, as the number of new cases reported from there are decreasing. The number of red zones in the country has reduced to 129 from 170 in 15 days. The rise in the number of cases has been observed more in the urban areas, especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Surat, Vadodara and Bhopal. Against this background, the union cabinet of ministers held a meeting to assess the situation of lockdown. It is mandatory to follow the restrictions of the lockdown till 3rd May strictly. A decision has been taken that thereafter, new guidelines will be issued, which may grant some reliefs to certain districts.
Meanwhile, the union home ministry has permitted movement of the labourers, students and the tourists stranded in different states to travel to their home states. But the home ministry has said that the regulations and restrictions of the lockdown must be meticulously followed. Moreover, the final decision regarding this will rest in the hands of the state governments. The union home ministry clarified that these people would be able to travel to their home states only after obtaining the requisite permissions from the state governments.