India recorded the biggest single-day jump in the number of coronavirus patients and deaths linked to the illness as 3,900 new cases were reported, 195 COVID-19 patients died in the last 24 hours. This takes the total to 46,433 COVID-19 cases in the country, including 1,568 deaths. About 12,727 patients have recovered so far, 82,792 patients were tested on Monday; the recovery rate stood at 27.4 per cent this morning, said the Union Health Ministry.
Lockdown restrictions have eased in many parts of the country as the third phase of the nationwide shutdown - which began on March 25 - kicked off on Monday even as India continues to see a daily spike in cases. Yesterday, 2,573 new cases, 83 deaths were recorded in a span of 24 hours. On Sunday, 2,487 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported.
The worst-affected state, - Maharashtra - has reported 1,567 COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths in the last 24 hours. 527 fresh cases have been recorded from Tamil Nadu. Gujarat recorded 29 deaths on Monday.
The restrictions in the country after May 3 should not be seen as an extension of the lockdown but a lifting of it, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday. 'Call it Exit 2.0, not Lockdown 3.0,' Health Ministry Joint Secretary, Mr. Lav Agarwal, told reporters, adding that the coronavirus 'curve is relatively flat now'.
According to sources, the Centre is going on a massive policy initiative to tackle the coronavirus outbreak and the lifting of the lockdown. A huge internal exercise is underway to prepare an action plan for the next two months. Every ministry has been asked to prepare a road map and give a presentation, which the Prime Minister is likely to personally see.