COVID-19 cases in India rise to 24,506, Death toll at 775

COVID-19 cases in India rose to 24,506 with 775 fatalities. There are 18,668 active cases, while 5,062 have been cured/discharged, the Health Ministry said on Saturday.

Maharashtra has highest COVID-19 cases – 6,817, followed by Gujarat – 2,815, Delhi – 2,514, Rajasthan – 2,034 and Madhya Pradesh – 1,852.

Country’s doubling rate of COVID-19 cases has also improved to 10 days from 7.5 days reported earlier, the Health Ministry said yesterday.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) in a late-night order allowed the opening of shops registered under the Shops and Establishment Act with some conditions.

As per the order, the shops, including those in residential and market complexes, will be allowed to open. The relaxations, however, will not be applicable to the shops in shopping malls and hotspot/containment zones.

Dr Harsh Vardhan yesterday chaired a video conference with States/UTs Health Ministers regarding the steps taken on COVID-19.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday greeted the people on the beginning of holy month of Ramzan.

“Ramzan Mubarak! I pray for everyone’s safety, well-being and prosperity. May this Holy Month bring with it abundance of kindness, harmony and compassion. May we achieve a decisive victory in the ongoing battle against COVID-19 and create a healthier planet”, the Prime Minister said.