Union Health Ministry said that based on the samples collected and tested, the infection rate is not high, and that community transmission has yet not begun in India; and other key developments from India and around the world:
According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 6,761 cases have been reported from India so far. These include 6,039 active cases, 516 cured/discharged/migrated and 206 deaths.
Globally, the number of confirmed cases has crossed 1.6 million and the death toll is nearing the 98,000 mark, as per the John Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Centre.
The United States continues to report the largest number of cases, accounting for nearly 30 percent of all COVID-19 positive cases across the globe.
Here are the top developments from today:
# Punjab extended the current lockdown for another 21 days till May 1. It became the second state after Odisha to have done so. The Punjab government also made it mandatory to wear masks in public places.
# The number of cases in Mumbai continued to soar and is close to breaching the 1000-mark. The death toll in the financial capital of India stands at 64.
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# Rajasthan banned spitting in public places after chewing pan, tobacco and other products, under Section 2 of Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 1957. "Penal action will be taken against the violator under Section 188 of IPC," the order said.
# Union Health Ministry said that based on the samples collected and tested, the infection rate is not high, and that community transmission has yet not begun in India. But, it reiterated that all must remain alert and aware.
# Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers of all states on via video conference, where a call would be taken on whether the 21-day lockdown, ending next week, should be extended.
# British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was reported to be in “very good spirits” after he returned to a hospital ward from intensive care but his recovery is at an early stage, his spokesman said.
# New York reported a record death toll at 799.