New Delhi, May 25 : With more than 1.38 lakh cases in tally, India on Monday overtook Iran and became the 10th worst affected country worldwide after registering yet another highest single-day spike of over 7,000 cases, while Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated without festivities as people remained behind doors due to nationwide lockdown with mosques and markets wearing a deserted look.
As per Union Health Ministry, a total of 6,977 cases were registered in the past 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 1,38,845, while 154 more lives were lost pushing the death toll to 4,021. A UNI report from Lucknow said Eid-ul-Fitr celebrations were a low-key affair as people offered the special namaz at their houses and avoided reaching Eidgah or mosques. There was almost no shopping for Eid in UP as all shops and business establishments in the main markets were closed.
On a brighter side, domestic flights resumed after a gap of nearly two months, allowing hundreds of flyers to reach respective destinations but with riders and strict protocols in place. Meanwhile,there are 77,103 active cases while 57,720 have been cured and discharged, the Ministry said. The total recovery rate now stands at 41.57 per cent, meaning two out five were able to overcome the viral infection. What's more worrying is that over 1 lakh cases were registered in the past 24 days, signaling community spread. As the figures are rising day-by-day, the proactive approach of certain states might lend benefits in a long time, analysts say. The Himachal Pradesh Cabinet authorised all District Magistrates to extend lockdown in their respective districts after viewing the overall coronavirus situation.
The state government decided to increase the power of District Magistrate to impose section 144 of CrPC till June 30 and issued a notification in this regard. Adhering to the directions, Hamirpur and Solan districts extended the Covid-19 lockdown in their respective areas. The hill state which initially showed a good control over cases, is now witnessing a significant rise in infections daily. The lethal virus claimed fifth life in the state while 10 new cases were reported from four districts. The worst-hit Hamirpur now houses 62 cases while the overall tally of cases in the state jumped to 213. For flyers, the HP government stated that it would only allow residents to fly in. They have to go through thermal screening and 28-day quarantine will follow. Despite the government giving a green signal to domestic flight service, the exodus among poor migrants continues to scale new heights.