India: Coronavirus update

India’s recovery rate increase to 30%; Government ask people to adapt to living with the virus amid rising cases; Second phase of Vande Bharat Mission to begin from May 15; Number of total cases in BSF rise to 235; Mumbai civic body chief replaced amid rising cases.

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India’s recovery rate nears 30% with 1,273 recoveries in last 24 hours

India’s recovery rate increased to 29.36% with 16,540 recoveries. Coronavirus cases in India crossed 56,000 on Friday with 3,390 new cases and 1,273 recoveries in the last 24 hours. At 30%, India’s cure rate is 5th best in the world. Brazil has the highest recovery percentage followed by Canada and Iran. But with the cases rising rapidly, the gap between new cases and recoveries continues to widen.

“We have to learn to live with the virus” says government

Indian government on Friday told the country that people have to learn to live with the virus as the doubling rate went down from 12 days to 10 days. Lav Agarwal on behalf of the Indian government urged people to follow lockdown guidelines and bring behavioural changes in their lives to deal with the virus. India is looking to open lockdown in a phased manner in order to minimise the impact of the virus.

India to begin second phase of ‘Vande Bharat Mission’ from May 15

India will expand its Vande Bharat Mission to bring back stranded citizens and will begin its second phase from May 15. Repatriation from countries like Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Russia, Germany, Spain and Thailand will be included in the second phase. As on Friday evening, 67,833 Indian citizens were found to have compelling reasons to be brought back home.

30 more BSF personnel test positive, total now stands at 235

30 more BSF personnel, six from Delhi and 24 from Tripura, tested positive for Coronavirus on Friday taking the total to 235 on Friday. Over 80 BSF men had tested positive on may 6. These cases have been reported in Delhi, Jodhpur, Kolkata and Tripura. Two out of them have recovered and two have died from the virus.

Mumbai BMC chief sacked as cases continue to rise in the city

Chief of Mumbai’s civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Praveen Pardeshi was replaced by Iqbal Chahal on Friday. This transfer in agency in-charge of Covid-19 response comes amid the rising Coronavirus cases in Mumbai. Maharashtra has recorded the maximum number of cases in India with more than 11,000 positive cases and 400 deaths.

By: Aarushi Batra

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