New Delhi, May 29, 2020: The coronavirus tally in India on Friday soared to 1,65,799 even as the Centre prepared for more relaxations to lift the economy at the end of the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown on May 31. Nearly 7,500 fresh cases have been reported in the last 24 hours while the death toll stood at 4,706, IndianExpress reported.
On Thursday, Home Minister Amit Shah spoke to chief ministers of all states to discuss the road ahead and on extending the lockdown further. Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba also held a meeting with states on the COVID preparedness, with a special focus on 13 cities which constitute about 70% of the cases in the country.
Meanwhile, over 58,08,000 people have been infected with the virus worldwide with the death toll at 3,60,308. Over 1,00,000 people have died in the United States, more than the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam and Korean wars combined.
Cases in India cross 1,65,000 mark; over 58,08,000 infected worldwide; Home Minister Amit Shah discusses post May 31 strategies with CMs.
A minister in West Bengal has tested positive for the virus, making it the first such case in the Mamata Banerjee-led state cabinet, PTI quoted a government source as saying. State Fire Services minister Sujit Bose has been advised to undergo home quarantine after his test results came out positive, the source said. A domestic help at the minister’s residence was diagnosed with the disease, following which samples of Bose and his family members were sent for examination. The reports, which arrived on Thursday night, showed Bose and one of his family members have contracted the virus, the source added.