India has reported the highest single-day spike of 9,987 new COVID-19 cases and 331 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 2,66,598. There are 1,29,917 active cases and 1,29,215 people have been cured/discharged/migrated, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare latest data released on Tuesday said. The death toll has reached 7,466. Meanwhile, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia has said that the city will 5.5 lakh coronavirus cases by July 31 of the current doubling rate continues. “5.5 lakh COVID-19 cases are expected in Delhi by July 31. We will need 80,000 beds by then,” Sisodia said after a meeting with Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. Sisodia also said that as per the Central government officials there is no community spread of coronavirus in Delhi so far.
The Centre Tuesday deployed high-level multi-disciplinary teams to 15 states and Union Territories that have more than 50 districts/municipal bodies witnessing high case loads.
In other news, the Supreme Court Tuesday directed the Centre to send migrant labourers to their home states within 15 days. The apex court also directed state governments and Union Territories to formulate a scheme to provide employment to workers, asking that their skills be mapped. Furthermore, the bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah asked authorities to consider the withdrawal of complaints against migrants for alleged violation of lockdown norms.
The World Health Organization (WHO) Tuesday said the coronavirus pandemic was “worsening” across the world, two days after the highest global tally of 1,36,000 cases was reported. The Director-General of the global body, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said there was a glimmer of hope as some countries were seeing positive results, but the biggest threat now could be “complacency”. There are over seven million cases of the novel coronavirus infection in the world.