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Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases spikes to 2.50 lakh in India.

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Coronavirus update: COVID-19 cases spikes to 2.50 lakh in India.

The Maharashtra health department said 2,553 fresh cases of coronavirus and 109 deaths were recorded in the state on Monday, taking total number of cases to 88,528 and toll to 3,169. Number of active cases stands at 44,374.

Delhi deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia slammed Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal and said that the BJP had “pressurised” Baijal to overrule the government’s decision to give priority to residents of the city regarding treatment in public and private hospitals.

India witnessed another huge spike in daily coronavirus count with 9,983 people testing positive for the virus in last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country zoomed to 256,611. Maharashtra saw over 3,000 cases in a day for the second time since the outbreak. Tamil Nadu, Jammu & Kashmir and West Bengal also recorded their highest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases on Sunday. Coronavirus claimed 206 lives in last 24 hours.

“Our results show that major non-pharmaceutical interventions, and lockdown in particular, have had a large effect on reducing transmission,” the authors said in the study, published in Nature Research.

Using European Centre of Disease Control data on deaths in 11 nations in the period up to May 4, they compared the number of observed deaths in the countries against those predicted by their model if no restrictions had been imposed.

The number of people under quarantine has increased by 77.34% from 3.31 lakh on 15 May and has jumped almost three-fold in just over a month’s time.

As malls and shopping centres in the national capital re-open on Monday after more than two months, they will be focussing on hourly disinfection of the common areas, contactless shopping and physical distancing to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

Over the past weekend, India registers a total of 19,858 new COVID-19 cases and 581 deaths over the last two days. India registered its highest single-day spike of COVID-19 cases for the fifth consecutive day on Sunday, with 9,971 new infections taking the country’s tally to 2,46,628, while the death toll rose to 6,929 with 287 fatalities. Meanwhile, on Saturday, India registered a total of 9,887 new COVID-19 cases and 294 new deaths.

India had raced past Spain on Saturday to become the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, only the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK are ahead of it.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,20,406, according to the health ministry.