New Delhi: With 3,604 new cases and 87 death in the last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in India surpassed 70,000-mark– 70,756 to be specific on Tuesday. Of the total cases, 46,008 are active and 2,293 are fatalities so far while at least 22,454 people have recovered from the disease. The fresh figures come a day after the Narendra Modi-led government hinted at easing restrictions in less affected areas, to boost economic activities. Also Read - Malayalam Actor Prithviraj Sukumaran Tests Negative for Coronavirus, Shares Medical Report

Prime Ministrer Narendra Modi, while interacting with the chief ministers of all states and UTs for the fifth time via video conferencing, said,”I am of the firm view that the measures needed in the first phase of lockdown were not needed during the second phase and similarly the measures needed in the third phase are not needed in the fourth.” Also Read - Mohena Kumari Singh on Being Tested Positive For COVID-19: 'There Are People Suffering Way More Than Us'



He also called for a ‘balanced strategy’ to fight the COVID-19 crisis and sought suggestions from states on the way forward in tackling the pandemic by May 15. Notably, India has been under lockdown since March 25 to break the chain of COVID-19 or coronavirus pandemic. Also Read - Over 2,200 Punjab Schools Get Extension of One Year in View of COVID-19 Pandemic

Meanwhile, Maharashtra remained the worst-affected state with 22,171 cases and highest number of deaths, at least 868. However, there are states like Arunachal Pradesh, Goa, Manipur, Mizoram and Andaman and Nicobar Islands that have zero coronavirus cases. All individuals have been cured in these states/UTs and no casualty has been reported from here so far.



Take a look at the top developments so far: 

Indian Railways today restart passenger train operations with special trains from New Delhi connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad,Bengaluru,Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad & Jammu Tawi.

Twelve flights carrying Indian nationals will be arriving today- AI 1375 Manila to Ahmedabad, AI 162 London to Hyderabad, AI 144 Newark-Mumbai-Ahmedabad, AI 0381 Singapore to Delhi, AI 1242 Dhaka to Srinagar, AI 1924 Dammam to Kochi, AI 1377 Kuala Lumpur to Mumbai, AI 1375 Manila to Delhi, IX 350 Muscat to Chennai, IX 814 Dubai to Kannur, IX 384 Dubai to Mangalore and IX 485 Singapore-Bengaluru-Kochi.

A ‘shramik special train’ carrying 1230 migrant workers from Mumbai arrived at Kalaburagi Railway station at 2.20 am, today.

US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke with the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Brazil, India, Israel, Japan, and the Republic of Korea on May 11 via video conference. Secretary Pompeo and his counterparts discussed the importance of international cooperation, transparency, and accountability in combating the COVID-19 pandemic and in addressing its causes, said Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson for US State Department.

Textile industry in Surat has incurred losses due to the ongoing lockdown. Jitubhai Vakharia, President, South Gujarat Textile Processors’ Association said,”An estimated loss of Rs 1000 crores may be incurred as the lockdown is expected to extend”.

Indian Naval Ship Kesari reaches Malé port in Maldives, the first destination under Mission Sagar. It will discharge 580 tonnes of essential food items as a gift from people of India to the people of Maldives.