New Delhi, Apr 12: With just two days left for the end of 21-day lockdown, 918 fresh Covid cases and 31 more deaths were reported in past 24 hours, taking the count to 8,447 and casualties to 273 while making it more difficult for the government to lift the restrictions.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a videoconference with Chief Ministers on Saturday has hinted for extending the lockdown period as the curve of Covid cases is not flattening. Maharashtra with 1,761 cases continued to remain worst-affected state with 187 new cases surfacing since Saturday evening. Delhi followed next with 1,069 cases, of which as many as 166 are fresh ones.
Tamil Nadu is spotted third with 969 cases, which includes 58 fresh cases. In Rajasthan, cases are again spiking with 121 new cases, taking the total to 432. As the nationwide lockdown is likely to be extended further, the Centre again clarified to the State governments that there was no bar on inter-State or intra-State transportation of goods. To maintain undisrupted supply, the Home Ministry asked the States to issue passes to the staff of manufacturing units of essential goods. As the cases are spiking steeply, the Health Ministry shared a data to show that more than adequate arrangements were in place.
'In 601 hospitals, over 1 lakh beds are available,' an health official said in daily press briefing. For testing, 219 testing facilities, including 151 government labs are operating. 'A total of 1,86,906 samples have been tested till Sunday afternoon,' an ICMR official said. (UNI)