New Delhi: Even as the Centre decided to extend the lockdown by two more weeks, India’s tally of confirmed coronavirus cases witnessing new high every single day. The country recorded the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with almost 2,300 new cases being registered across states. At present, India’s count has climbed to 37, 336, while the death toll surpassed 1,200 mark. Also Read - Delhi's First Departure to Pune, Mumbai's to Pune as Domestic Flight Ops Resume After 2 Months
“Total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rises to 37,336 including 26, 167 active cases, 9950 cured/discharged/migrated and 1218 deaths. 2293 new cases, 71 deaths in the last 24 hours; this is the highest number of cases reported in one day”, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. Also Read - Delhi Airport Gears up as Domestic Flights Resume Today; No Quarantine For Asymptomatic Passengers
Earlier on Friday, after a comprehensive review, the government decided to extend the curbs for a “further period of two weeks beyond May 4”. Also Read - 'Work Comes First', Says Flight Crew as India Takes to The Skies Again; COVID-19 Tally Surpasses 1.31 Lakh Mark; Death Toll Nears 4,000
Later, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) also issued new guidelines to regulate different activities in this period, based on the risk profiling of the districts of the country into red (hotspot), orange, and green zones. The guidelines have permitted considerable relaxation in the districts falling in the green and orange zones. “No other activity is permitted within the Containment Zones.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 24 declared a 21-day countrywide lockdown for the first time to break the chain of transmission of the novel coronavirus pandemic. The restriction was extended on April 14 for another 19 day till May 3.