The number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 24,942 on Saturday, 25 April, with the tally including 18,953 active cases, 779 deaths, 5,209 cured or discharged patients and one migrated patient, according to the Health Ministry figures.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government has agreed to implement the Home Ministry's order on opening of shops amid lockdown, PTI reported on Saturday, citing officials. Late on Friday, the Centre had issued guidelines on the opening of certain shops, while asserting the need to follow social distancing.
A higher degree of relaxation was given to shops in rural areas, as compared to those in urban areas.
- The government has said that from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a 6 percent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases
- Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the lockdown guidelines will remain unchanged in the state till 3 May
- 811 new COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths were reported in Maharashtra on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 7,628 and death toll to 323
- Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Saturday wrote to PM Narendra Modi seeking a financial package for the MSME sector
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811 New COVID-19 Cases Take Maharashtra's Tally to 7,628
As many as 811 new COVID-19 cases and 22 deaths were reported in Maharashtra on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 7,628 and death toll to 323, the state Health Department said.
Bodies of Indians Who Die Abroad Due to COVID-19 Can be Brought Back: MHA
The Home Ministry on Saturday said the bodies of Indian nationals and OCI cardholders, who died abroad due to COVID-19, can be brought back, but with strict adherence to relevant guidelines, PTI reported.
In an official communication, the ministry said airport authorities have to follow the protocols laid down by different government agencies in this regard.
281 New Cases in Mumbai; Tally Stands at 4,870
As many as 281 new cases and 12 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Saturday, taking the number of cases in the city to 4,870. A total of 762 patients have been discharged till now. The death toll in the city stands at 191.
57-Year-Old Constable Dies of COVID-19 in Mumbai
A 57-year-old police constable who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai on Saturday, officials were quoted by PTI as saying.
This is the first known case of a police personnel dying due to coronavirus infection in Maharashtra. The constable was attached to a police station in the western suburbs and lived in Worli Naka area in south Mumbai.
A total of 96 police personnel, including 15 officers, have contracted coronavirus infection in Maharashtra so far, officials had said earlier in the day.