New Delhi: Striking a positive note on the COVID-19 situation, the Narendra Modi-led government on Saturday claimed that India recorded a six-per cent increase in new coronavirus cases. This is said to be the lowest daily growth rate since the country crossed 100 positive coronavirus cases in March. Till Yesterday, the growth rate was recorded 7.48 per cent,  however, earlier this morning, this slipped to 5.8 per cent. Also Read - Amid COVID Crisis, Maldives Bans Indian Tourists | Check Details Here

The development comes after the Union Health Ministry said that India’s recovery rate has been  improved to 20.66 per cent, which is comparatively better than most other countries. “The average doubling rate in India is 9.1 days as of now. So far 5,062 people have been cured with a recovery rate of 20.66 per cent. Since Friday, 1,429 new cases have been reported. So far a total of 24,942 people have been confirmed positive for COVID-19,” the Health Ministry said in a statement today. Also Read - Bharat Biotech Refused to Provide Covaxin Doses to Delhi Due to Govt Directives, Says Sisodia

Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog member and Chairman of Empowered Group 1 also stated that lockdown announced by PM Modi has been effective in slowing the doubling rate of COVID-19 infection and saving lives.

However, the country witnessed 56 fatalities since yesterday, following which the death toll climbed to 779–the highest — 301 — was reported from Maharashtra, followed by Gujarat with 127 fatalities. A total of 5,062 patients have been cured and discharged. Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with total number of positive cases rising to 6,817, followed by Gujarat at 2,815 cases, Delhi at 2,514 cases and Rajasthan at 2,034 cases.

Here are the key developments: 

The 13th meeting of the high-level Group of Ministers (GoM) on COVID-19 was held today under the chairpersonship of Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. The GOM was briefed on state-wise details of dedicated COVID-19 hospitals, along with the adequacy of isolation beds and wards, PPE kits, N95 masks, drugs, ventilators and oxygen cylinders, among others.

The Uttar Pradesh government today said that no public gatherings will be allowed in the state till June 30. In a statement, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office said, “The Chief Minister has directed officers that no public gathering be allowed till 30th June. Further decision will be taken depending on the situation.”

Himachal Pradesh govt has decided to relax the curfew hours from 5.30 am to 7 am daily from Sunday onwards to facilitate the senior citizens and general public for morning walks. The state government has also decided to give relaxation in curfew for four hours instead of the existing three hours from Monday. This would not only ensure social distancing but also minimum crowding in the shops.

COVID-19 cases rise to 238 in Bihar, with 10 more people testing positive today. Out of the new cases, five have been reported in Kaimur, four in Buxar & one in Patna, said Bihar Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjay Kumar.

15 more people have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra’s Yavatmal, taking total number of cases in the district to 30, said District Collector MD Singh.

A healthcare worker from Gonipora deployed at COVID Hospital in Kupwara has tested positive today. The patient is under isolation and primary contacts are being shifted to quarantine for sampling. Total active cases for Kupwara stand at 38 now, informed Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, J&K.

Finally J&K breaks 1000 test barrier – 1071 samples tested in last 24 hours. But that also means more positives- so 40 new cases today – all from Kashmir. Total positive cases now 494. An unfortunate death too; total deaths now 6, said  Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning) J&K

South Korea’s diagnostic kit manufacturing company SD Biosensor has started manufacturing rapid antibody test kits in Gurugram. The manufacturer claims that the kit produces COVID-19 test result in 15 minutes.

Lifeline Udan flight operated by Indian Air Force today carried medical load of 2.5 ton to J&K, containing over 50K masks, PPEs (Personal Protective Equipment), ventilators, infrared thermometers,Critical Paediatric Immunization Vaccines&Viral Transport Media (VTM) kits.

Goa Government issues order to all the gymnasiums, cinema theatres, public swimming pools, both stand alone and in hotels,resorts etc. Casinos, spa & massage parlours/salons, river cruises, night clubs & multiplexes to remain shut till further orders.