India’s tally crosses 75,000
NEWDELHI, 13th May: The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 75,000 on Wednesday with several large urban clusters reporting further spread of the deadly virus infection, while the government unveiled measures amounting to about Rs 6 lakh crore in easy loans, additional liquidity and other incentives to help businesses fight the crisis.
The first instalment of the Rs 20-lakh crore economic package, announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, came on the 50th day of the coronavirus lockdown and merely four days before the end of its third phase on May 17. A decision on the future course of action on the lockdown is expected in the next few days, though Modi said that the 'fourth' phase would be different from the third one, in which some relaxations were already given.
In the past few days, the large scale migrant movement has raised another worry of the virus getting spread further. Also, some cases have come to the light, including in Kerala, of people testing positive after being airlifted from abroad under a massive evacuation scheme of the central government which is currently underway to bring back stranded Indians and expatriates in different countries.
Kerala, where new cases had stopped coming up till a few days back, saw 10 more people testing positive, including four who have come from abroad.
At the same time, large numbers of new cases continued to come up in Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, among some other states and UTs.
In its morning update, the Union Health Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 2,415 and the number of cases has climbed to 74,281, registering an increase of 122 deaths and 3,525 cases since Tuesday morning. This included over 47,000 active cases and more than 24,000 who have recovered.
However, a PTI tally of numbers disclosed by states and UTs, as of 6.45 PM, showed at least 75,144 total cases across the country. It also showed nearly 25,000 having recovered so far.