Maharashtra reported 1,008 cases in a single day — highest spike in a day in the state on Friday, 1 May. Meanwhile, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose 35,365 on Friday, including 1,152 deaths, 9,064 patients who have been cured or discharged and one who has migrated.
The nationwide lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic has been further extended for two weeks post 4 May, the MHA stated on Friday.
The Home Ministry on Friday allowed the use of special trains to ferry people stranded due to the lockdown, including migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons.
Earlier on Friday, a one-off special train was run early to transport 1,200 stranded migrants from Lingampalli in Telangana’s Hyderabad to Jharkhand’s Hatia
- ‘Shramik’ trains have been planned to run from Lingampalli to Hatia, Aluva to Bhubaneswar, Nashik to Lucknow, Nashik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna and Kota to Hatia, the Rail Ministry said on Friday
- The Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and three service chiefs will hold a press conference at 6 pm today
- The recovery rate for the coronavirus outbreak in India currently stands at 25.37 percent
- Five personnel of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 48 hours in Delhi, reports said
- At least 73 deaths and 1,993 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours
Special Train With 1,110 Migrant Workers Departs to Odisha
The first train carrying migrant workers stranded in Kerala due to the nationwide lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19, left for Bhubaneswar in Odisha on Friday night.
The special 24-coach train, carrying around 1,110 migrant workers from Odisha, began its journey at 9.55 pm from Aluva railway station, a southern railway spokesman told PTI in Kochi.
Rajasthan Reports 88 Fresh Cases Today
"Eighty-eight more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan taking the total number of cases to 26,66; 62 deaths due to the virus recorded in state till date,” the Rajasthan Health department said.
No Fresh Case in Kerala Today, CM Says Good Day for the State
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Friday said that it was a good day for the state as no fresh positive case was reported.
May Day being a public holiday, Vijayan made the announcement through his Facebook account.
“So far 392 people have been cured of the coronavirus and 102 people are currently being treated," he posted, adding, “A total of 21,067 people are under observation at their homes while 432 others have been kept under observation at different hospitals across the state.”