India sees highest jump of COVID-19 cases in a day

New Delhi: The health ministry on Thursday said that 88 new cases of the novel coronavirus were reported in the country in a day, which is the highest jump of infections in a single day. The total number of cases rises to 694, the statement said.

Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir police is putting stamps reading ‘corona lockdown violator’ on the hands of people in Ranbir Singh Pura city who are violating the complete lockdown over coronavirus. Shabir Khan, SDPO, RS Pura said, “We are using a permanent ink that takes around 15 days to erase”.

At the same time, the Jammu and Kashmir government on Thursday said that a total of 13 people have been tested positive for the novel coronavirus till Thursday in the union territory. 5482 people in contact with possibly infected/positive cases have till now been put under surveillance, the statement added.

In another development the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on Thursday made a donation of Rs 33 crore to the Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic. “We are dutifully committed to stand firmly with our Nation in this challenging time of COVID-19 spread. It’s a unanimous decision and a sincere effort by our personnel. The effort was to make the immediate contribution with the noble intent to keep it unrevealed. The CRPF remains steadfast towards its motto of service and loyalty,” the statement said.

In Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said that there was no restriction on the timings of essential service shops. “I assure that the food delivery boys will face no difficulty in carrying out their duties,” he said.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Thursday, “It has been decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 18.30 hrs (GMT) of 14 April, 2020. This will not apply to approved international all-cargo operations and flights.”

Elsewhere, the US Embassy in India issued an alert for its citizens stranded in India and said, “We urge US citizens to secure and keep your travel documents ready, as flights may be announced on short notice.”