Merciless COVID-19 claims 279 more lives in India

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Delhi recorded 1,366 new cases, taking the total to 31,309 with the death toll rising to 905.

Punjab has reported 2,663 novel coronavirus cases so far while Assam has 2,776 cases.

Jharkhand has registered 1,256 cases, while 1,160 cases have been reported from Chhattisgarh, 838 from Tripura, 421 from Himachal Pradesh, 330 from Goa and 317 from Chandigarh.

The number of deaths also saw a three-fold increase - from 160 till May 18 to 473 by May 31.

In state-specific news, the Rajasthan government has ordered its borders to be sealed after a surge in COVID cases.

Globally, the number of active cases (about 34,50,000) is nearly 70,000 more than the recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins University data. The World Health Organisation (WHO) urged "intermittent lockdown" to contain the spread. 11,861 patients have recovered/discharged/migrated. He hinted the lockdown may get extended beyond June 30 if guidelines are not followed.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said L-G Anil Baijal's order on hospitals would be implemented amid a political slugfest in the Capital even as cases rise.

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"There is transmission in the community, but if it is community transmission or not that can be declared by Centre only".

It was on May 28 when the national capital for the first time recorded more than 1,000 cases. The state has 8985 positive cases of Covid-19 till Wednesday morning.

"The model that I used for India found that there could be around 8-10 lakh cases in India by mid or end of July".

Several states, including Maharashtra, which reported a record 3,254 fresh COVID-19 cases and Tamil Nadu (1,927) saw a spike in new cases.

Facing criticism for "under reporting" COVID-19 deaths, the Delhi government recently issued a standard operating procedure (SOP) for hospitals and other healthcare facilities in the city on reporting fatalities due to coronavirus.

The teams will visit these cities within the next one week to review public health measures being undertaken for COVID-19 and submit a daily report of activities undertaken in collaboration with the local administration there.

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