Published On: Fri, Jun 5th, 2020

India’s daily virus cases surge by nearly 10,000

New Delhi: India’s Health Ministry on Friday reported another record spike in new coronavirus cases — more than 9,800 in the past 24 hours.

Policemen wearing masks to protect from the coronavirus prepare to plant saplings as they mark World Environment Day in Kochi, Kerala state, India, Friday, June 5, 2020.

India’s total number of confirmed cases now stands at 226,770 with 6,348 deaths, 273 of them in the past 24 hours, the ministry said. The ministry says the overall rate of recovery for coronavirus patients is around 48%.

There has been a surge in infections in rural areas following the return of hundreds of thousands of migrant workers who left cities and towns after they lost their jobs due to a nationwide lockdown.

The more than two-month-old lockdown is now largely being enforced only in high-risk areas, known as containment zones.

The government has partially restored train service and domestic flights and allowed the reopening of shops and manufacturing.

E-commerce companies have started to deliver goods, including those considered nonessential, to places outside containment zones.

Metro service and schools and colleges, however, remain shuttered nationwide.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, meanwhile, announced India was contributing $15 million to an international vaccine alliance.

AP

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