Maharashtra's Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, who had recently recovered from coronavirus, wrote to Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray stating that Dharavi is fast becoming the COVID-19 capital of Mumbai. "A major factor for the spread of the infection in the area has been...the lack of quality healthcare services," he said. He asked Thackeray to issue orders to redevelop the slum urgently.
As many as 6,088 coronavirus cases were confirmed in India in the last 24 hours, marking the biggest one-day jump so far and taking the total number of cases to 1,18,447. Meanwhile, 148 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,583. Out of the total cases, 66,330 cases are active.
A two-month-old boy who had contracted coronavirus has passed away at a hospital in Amritsar, taking the death toll in Punjab to 39, officials have said. Further, 23 more people have tested positive in the state, taking the total number of infections to 2,028. Among the new cases, seven were reported in Hoshiarpur while five were reported in Amritsar.
Kerala on Thursday reported its fourth coronavirus death after a 73-year old woman who had returned to the state from Mumbai succumbed to the COVID-19 infection. The Thrissur District Medical Officer (DMO) said the patient was diabetic and suffered from high blood pressure and breathing difficulties. Three other people, with whom she returned, have been quarantined.
At least 21 police personnel from south Kashmir's Kulgam have tested positive for coronavirus, district's Chief Medical Officer (CMO) said. It is suspected that the police personnel got the infection from a colleague who tested positive a week ago. "All those who have been tested positive were already quarantined by the police a week ago," CMO said.
In Madhya Pradesh, a woman tested positive for the coronavirus two days after her marriage, reportedly forcing over 30 people, including the groom, to be home quarantined. The health department staffers are now working at tracing the other contacts who could have come in contact with the over 30 home quarantined people in Satlapur village in Raisen district.