While the Centre is yet to make any announcements on its strategies after May 31, Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday called for an extended lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus which has infected over 1,65,000 nationwide so far. Speaking to news agency ANI, he said: “I spoke to Home Minister Amit Shah over the phone and I feel the lockdown may be extended for 15 more days. However, we demand that there should be some relaxations – restaurants should be allowed with social distancing at 50 per cent capacity. Many people also want gyms to resume.”
As per latest figures provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the coronavirus tally in India soared to 1,65,799 after nearly 7,500 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll stood at 4,706.
Meanwhile, as migrants continued to return to their homes, the Indian Railways today appealed to people not to travel on these trains if they are suffering from pre-existing health conditions. “It has been observed that some people who are availing this service have pre-existing medical conditions which aggravates the risk they face during the COVID-19 pandemic. A few unfortunate cases of deaths related to pre-existing medical conditions while travelling have happened,” it said in a statement.
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.
Source : www.indianexpress.com