India records 6,767 new Covid-19 cases, 147 deaths in past 24 hrs

New Delhi (NVI): India today recorded its highest spike in coronavirus cases in the past 24 hours, of at least 7,767, while 147 new deaths have been recorded since yesterday, according to Health Ministry.

There are 1,31,868 confirmed Covid-19 cases across the country now and active cases stand at 73,560. 3,867 deaths have been recorded so far.

According to the health ministry, a total of 54,440 people has been cured so far. In the last 24 hours, 2657 patients were found cured. The total recovery rate is 41.28%.

Sikkim has recorded its first Covid-19 positive case after a man recently returned from Delhi tested positive.

India has witnessed a surge in the number of cases in the past five days after lockdown restrictions were eased. The country is now under the fourth phase of lockdown which is slated to end on May 31.

Meanwhile, India will resume domestic flights from tomorrow, with rigorous Covid safety measures in place. Over 1000 flights are scheduled to take off on Monday. The airlines in the country will be airborne after a gap of two months since the lockdown was imposed in late March.

The Ministry of Health today issued new guidelines for domestic travel that include air, train and inter-state bus travel, as well as international arrivals.

In another development, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan today visited Chaudhary Brahma Prakash Ayurved Charak Sansthan, Delhi which is functioning as a Dedicated COVID Health Centre (DCHC), to oversee the preparedness to manage COVID-19 cases. He visited the various facilities and wards and witnessed first-hand the treatment being provided to COVID-19 patients, through a holistic approach as per the directions of Ministry of AYUSH, the health ministry said in a statement.

As per the MoHFW guidelines, the Dedicated COVID Health Centres are hospitals that shall offer care for all cases that have been clinically assigned as moderate. These should either be a full hospital or a separate block in a hospital with preferably separate entry/exit/zoning, the ministry said.

The number of cases globally has crossed 5.25 million mark, with more than 339,000 deaths. A total of 5,260,970 cases have been recorded across 196 countries and 339,758 have died of the virus so far.