NewDelhi: India on Friday recorded the highest-ever one-day rise in the number of COVID-19 cases for any country for the second day in a row as 4,14,188 people tested positive for the virus in the last 24 hours. Further, India recorded 3,915 deaths due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll in the country to 2,34,083.
After reports of a more virulent COVID-19 variant being found in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, all persons arriving in Delhi from the states have to undergo mandatory 14-day institutional quarantine. Those who have received both COVID-19 vaccine doses or have negative RT-PCR report not older than 72 hours prior to undertaking the journey will be allowed seven-day home quarantine.
Rajasthan government has announced a "strict lockdown" from 5:00 am of May 10 till 5:00 am of May 24. No wedding functions will be allowed till May 31 and only court marriages or marriages at home will be allowed with not more than 11 attendees. Intra-state travels between districts and cities will be barred except for medical purposes.
West Bengal government issued an advisory to train passengers to carry negative RT-PCR test report for a test conducted within 72 hours of train departure, Central Railway said. Passengers travelling by train are advised to follow COVID-19 norms, it added. This comes after ICMR said that the need for RT-PCR tests for healthy people travelling in India may be removed.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday said that a 21-point list of dos and don'ts related to COVID-19, which is circulating on social media platforms, is fake. "ICMR did not issue any such guideline or advisory," ICMR said. ICMR shared a picture of the fake advisory on Twitter.