Published On: Sat, Jun 27th, 2020

India’s virus cases cross half a million

New Delhi: India’s confirmed coronavirus cases crossed half a million on Saturday with another record 24-hour jump of 18,552 infections.

A health worker removes her personal protective equipment after completing screening of residents for COVID-19 symptoms in Dharavi, one of Asia’s biggest slums, in Mumbai, India, Friday, June 26, 2020.

The Health Ministry also reported 384 new deaths, raising the total to 15,685.

The surge prompted authorities in the northeastern state of Assam to impose a two-week lockdown in the state capital of Gauhati. About 700 new cases were reported there in just four days.

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the rest of Assam will be placed under a night curfew and weekend lockdowns.

He urged people to store essential goods and signaled a tighter lockdown where even grocery stores would be closed.

AP

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