New Delhi: India reported 1,32,788 COVID infections in the last 24 hours, taking the caseload to 28307832. With 3,207 new fatalities, the death toll is now at 335,102, according to India’s Health Ministry. The country continues to be the second worst-hit nation.
With 26,513 cases reported in the past 24 hours, Tamil Nadu is leading the state list. It is followed by Karnataka with 14,304 new infections. Maharashtra reported 14,123 cases. Kerala 19,760, and Andhra Pradesh 12,400 cases. The case count was 10,137 for West Bengal.
City-wise, Bengaluru saw 3,418 new infections, Coimbatore recorded 3,332 new cases, followed by Chennai (2,467 cases), Kolkata (1,324 cases), Mumbai (830 cases) and Delhi (623 cases).
States like Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Jammu and Kashmir have already started gradual (partial) unlocking in their respective states with virus infections under control. While Delhi has extended the curfew on the movement of individuals in the city till 5 am on 7 June, it allowed factory and construction activities. Haryana will be under lockdown for one more week but the state has relaxed the restrictions on shop timings and malls. Uttar Pradesh has lifted curfew from 64 districts. But states like Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Rajasthan, Punjab, and Goa have extended lockdown/restrictions in their respective states in order to limit the spread of virus infections.
With an aim to avoid a possible third wave, the GoI on Tuesday laid down criteria for Covid unlocking for districts – positivity rate of below 5 per cent for a week, vaccination of 70 per cent of the vulnerable population, and community ownership of Covid-appropriate behavior and care.