India has logged 53,601 cases of coronavirus in the last 24 hours with 871 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said. The total number of cases in the country has now shot up to 22,68,675 with 45,257 fatalities.
Here are the top 10 developments in India this morning:
1. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a virtual meeting with the chief ministers of 10 states today to review the coronavirus situation. This is the seventh such interaction with chief ministers on the coronavirus crisis.
2. The meeting comes after “Unlock3” or the third phase of lifting of coronavirus-related restrictions across the country began last month. The chief ministers of Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Telangana, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and West Bengal are expected to attend the meeting which begins at 11 AM.
3. Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh are the five states which reported the most number of coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. These states also had the most number of single-day fatalities.
4. Assam has reported the highest single-day spike in coronavirus cases with 2,900 fresh infections on Monday. The state has reported over 60,000 cases of coronavirus with 151 deaths so far. Over 42,000 COVID-19 patients have recovered so far in the state and nearly 20,000 are undergoing treatment.
5. Meanwhile, the West Bengal government extended the ban till August 31 on flights to Kolkata from six cities, including Delhi and Mumbai – with a high number of coronavirus cases.
6. Nagaland’s tally crosses the 3,000-mark after 231 more people test positive, says Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom.
7. An engineer who came to perform his father’s last rites in Odisha’s Ganjam district dies of coronavirus, reports The Hindu.
8. Four districts in Uttar Pradesh recorded over 200 cases in the last 24 hours, according to The Indian Express. Of these, Lucknow had the highest at 629, followed by Kanpur Nagar (269), Gorakhpur (255) and Prayagraj (223).
9. The Indian Army has given 10 ICU ventilators to its Nepali counterpart, reports Hindustan Times. “The Indian Army has a long record of extending support to the Nepali Army as a first responder for humanitarian assistance and relief,” read a statement from the Indian embassy in Kathmandu. “The gifting of ventilators is part of this continued humanitarian cooperation between the two armies.”
10. Urdu poet Rahat Indori says he has tested positive for Covid-19. “After exhibiting preliminary symptoms of the infection, I have tested positive for Covid-19. I am admitted at the Aurobindo Hospital. Pray for my speedy recovery,” he tweets.