NEW DELHI: As India starts domestic flights Monday, Covid-19 cases saw the biggest spike for the third consecutive day on Sunday with 6,767 new infections reported in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, several countries have relaxed restrictions on public movement amid China-US continuing to trade barbs over the pandemic.
Here are the top developments from India and around the world:
- Total cases in India stood at 1,31,868 and 3,867 deaths have been reported according to the Union Health Ministry. Around 41.28 per cent of patients have recovered so far.
- President Ram Nath Kovind has asked citizens to reaffirm their belief in sharing with and caring for the most vulnerable sections of society on the eve of Eid-ul-Fitr.
- Indian skies will open up for domestic passenger flights from Monday after a gap of two months. Several states have imposed quarantine guidelines for travellers as there remains a resistance over restarting flights due to rising cases.
- As per official data, the Railways has ferried around 37 lakh migrant workers on board 2,818 ‘Shramik Special’ trains since May 1.
- The hampering of routine immunisation of children against ‘old enemies’ like diphtheria, measles, tetanus and polio during the two-month coronavirus lockdown has triggered serious concerns about a possible resurgence of such vaccine-preventable diseases among them, according to experts.
- Health infrastructure should be ramped up to ensure preparedness for the next two months in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has conveyed to authorities of 11 municipal areas that have accounted for 70 per cent of the country’s coronavirus case load.
- Celebrations on Eid-ul-Fitr were subdued in Kerala and Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday with no major congregational prayers and community feasts due to the coronavirus lockdown.
- The government on Sunday issued a Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) for the return of Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus lockdown, saying it will be a paid service and preference will be given to those who are in distress, who have lost their jobs or to pregnant women.
- Niti Aayog is preparing to come out with recommendations to transform research and development in the country to focus on short-duration projects to address immediate challenges and give quick results, its member V K Saraswat said on Sunday.
- If states want UP migrant workers back they have to seek our permission: UP CM Adityanath.
- The Mumbai airport will deal with only 50 domestic flights per day from Monday while the Kolkata and Bagdogra airports in West Bengal will handle domestic services from May 28, senior government officials said on Sunday.
- Further easing curbs, the Tamil Nadu government on Sunday allowed 17 industrial estates here to resume work from tomorrow with conditions, including confining the workforceto 25 per cent and implementing safety measures.
- As many as 67 people tested positive for coronavirus in Odisha, taking the state’s virus tally to 1,336, a health department official said on Sunday.
- Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Sunday turned 75, but it was a quiet birthday for him as he continued with official work and Covid-19 related matters.
- Bihar reports 12th Covid-19 death, total cases 2,477.
- Covid-19 cases in Karnataka breached the 2,000 mark on Sunday with the detection of 97 cases, most of them returnees to the state from Maharashtra, the health department said.
- Four new Covid-19 cases in Assam; tally rises to 350.
- Neglect of diseases like TB and cholera during the lockdown may cancel out lives potentially saved by the COVID-19-induced enforcement measure, says a public health expert.
- The pandemic has killed at least 342,295 people worldwide since it surfaced in China late last year, according to an AFP tally at 1100 GMT on Sunday based on official sources. There have been more than 5,327,680 officially recorded cases in 196 countries and territories.
- China says relations with the United States are “on the brink of a new Cold War”, fuelled in part by tensions over the pandemic. Foreign Minister Wang Yi says Washington has been infected by a “political virus” compelling figures there to continually attack Beijing.
- The number of deaths in the United States from the new coronavirus was heading towards the 100,000 mark. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Saturday that the toll had risen 1,852 to reach 96,002. It also reported 1,595,885 cases, an increase of 24,268 from its previous count.
- Lawmakers from Britain’s ruling Conservative Party on Sunday called for the resignation of Dominic Cummings, the senior adviser to Prime Minister Boris Johnson who travelled 400 km (250 miles) to northern England during the coronavirus lockdown.
- Muslims around the world begin a sombre Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, amid various confinement measures, many places of worship remain closed, including Islam’s two most important mosques in Mecca and Medina.
- Americans flocked to beaches and outdoor areas on Saturday, snarling roadways and forcing some closures on the Memorial Day weekend after weeks in lockdown. President Donald Trump played golf at his Trump National club in northern Virginia.
- Russia on Sunday reported 153 coronavirus deaths over the previous 24 hours, the epidemic’s highest daily toll there, raising total fatalities to 3,541. Coronavirus crisis response centre said 8,599 new cases had been documented, fewer than on the previous day, pushing the nationwide tally of infections to 344,481.
- First indications of the effectiveness of a potential vaccine against coronavirus may be available in the autumn, the head of the GAVI vaccine alliance told a Swiss newspaper, forecasting a long road from there to broad availability.
- Spain will reopen its borders to tourists in July and its top soccer division will kick off again in June, the prime minister said, marking another phase in the easing of one of the world’s strictest lockdowns. Pedro Sanchez’s announcements coincided with calls for his resignation over the lockdown’s impact on the economy from the far-right Vox party, which called protests in cities across Spain drawing thousands of horn-blaring cars and motorbikes.
- Mexican health authorities registered 3,329 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 190 new deaths, a health official said on Saturday, bringing the total number to 65,856 cases and 7,179 deaths.