India’s coronavirus case count has crossed the 9 lakh-mark as 28,498 new cases and 553 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. While 23,727 people have died of the infection, over 5.71 lakh people have recovered, government data this morning showed.
Maharashtra recorded 6,497 new cases of COVID-19 and 193 deaths on Monday, pushing the state’s total cases to 2,60,924. A comprehensive, two-phase lockdown has started in Pune from Monday midnight and will continue till July 23. This is yet another attempt to break the chain of the coronavirus infections. On Monday, Pune City limits reported 560 cases, taking total cases in the city to 29,600.
The COVID-19 tally in Tamil Nadu has risen to 1,42,798 with 4,382 more people testing positive for the infection on Monday. Capital Chennai’s daily tally continues to dip for the fifth consecutive day. There’s us a 53 per cent dip compared to the daily numbers during the peak phase. .However, districts neighbouring Chennai in continue to spike in the number of cases. Madurai in southern Tamil Nadu is emerging as a major hotspot.
Karnataka has seen a sharp rise in the number of cases, particularly in Bengaluru. In response, a one-week lockdown has been declared in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts starting this evening. COVID-19 infections in Karnataka breached the 40,000 mark on Monday as the state reported 2,738 fresh cases and 73 related fatalities, taking the number of deaths to 757 and the total cases in the state to 41,581.
With 1,001 fresh coronavirus cases, Assam witnessed yet another spike in in the number of cases on Monday. 513 of these are from Guwahati. Assam has logged 17, 807 cases till now. While 11,416 people have recovered, there are 6,348 active cases. 6,000 cases have been reported from Guwahati alone.
The Goa government, meanwhile, has made it compulsory for all private hospitals in the state to reserve 20 per cent of their beds for COVID-19 patients.