Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Lockdown Must be Extended for 15 Days as Covid-19 Graph Rising, Says Goa CM; 2 Floors of Parliament Annexe Sealed as Officer Infected

Coronavirus LIVE Updates: As Covid-19 cases surge in West Bengal, the state government has identified five states with high burden which are Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and mandated that returnees from these will be mandatorily put under 14-day institutional quarantine. The rest will remain in home isolation under state supervision. The cases in Bengal, which is still limping back to normalcy after Cyclone Amphan, have been on the rise. Today, minister for fire and emergency services Sujit Bose also tested positive for the virus.

India crossed yet another milestone in Covid-19 cases today as the country reported the highest spike so far with 7,466 new infections in the last 24 hours taking the total cases to 1,65,799. The death toll rose to 4,706 with 175 deaths reported in a day. While the active cases are 89,987, those cured and migrated add up to 71,105, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said. The United States recorded 1,297 coronavirus deaths on Thursday, bringing its total to 101,573 since the global pandemic began. The country has also officially logged 1,720,613 cases of the virus, far more than any other nation. To make matter worse, Republicans in the US state of Pennsylvania faced calls for their resignation Thursday after a lawmaker tested positive for Covid-19 and they did not tell Democratic colleagues for a full week. Democrats in the state’s House of Representatives erupted in anger for having their health and that of their families put at risk, with one calling the chamber’s Republican leadership “callous liars” for withholding the information even as the House remained in session.

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