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.
Goa Minister Wants Lockdown to be Extended for 15 Days | Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said he told Amit Shah to extend the lockdown by another 15 days.
❝ I spoke to HM Shah on phone and I feel lockdown may be extended for 15 more days. However, we demand that there should be some relaxations – restaurants should be allowed with social distancing at 50 per cent capacity.❞
Bengal’s Revised SOP for Migrants | West Bengal has identified five states with high burden – Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. Returnees from these 5 states to be mandatorily put under 14-day institutional quarantine, the rest to remain in home isolation under state supervision.
Railways Doesn’t Want At-risk People to Travel by Train | “In order to protect the vulnerable persons from Covid-19, in line with Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children below 10 years those above 65 may avoid travel by rail, except when it’s essential.
People Gathered at Delhi-gurugram Border | People in large numbers are gathered at the Delhi-Gurugram border, as the Haryana government yesterday sealed borders with Delhi in the wake of increasing number coronavirus (Covid-19) cases.
— ANI (@ANI) May 29, 2020
Bengal Minister Sujit Basu Tests Positive | Bengal fire and emergency services Minister Sujit Basu has tested positive for coronavirus (Covid-19). His wife has also tested positive for the disease. Basu is asymptomatic and is currently in home quarantine. He is the first Bengal minister to have become infected with the disease.
In a First, Jharkhand to Fly Back Its Migrants | Jharkhand took a novel stop and is flying back 60 workers stuck in Batalik- Kargil, Leh to Ranchi.
We are committed to ensure our migrant workers return home safe. Our Govt is flying back 60 workers, who were stranded in Batalik- Kargil, Leh to Ranchi.
Spcl thanks to @DvCom_Secretary – Ladakh, DG- BRO & local BRO Officers, @flyspicejet & @IndiGo6E teams for their able support pic.twitter.com/6u1vrpz9cG
— Hemant Soren (घर में रहें – सुरक्षित रहें) (@HemantSorenJMM) May 29, 2020
Bengal Guv Asks Mamata to Be Empathetic Towards Migrants | Bengal Governor Jagdeep Dhankar appealed to Mamata Banerjee to be more emphathetic towards migrants wanting to return home. Banerjee has sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the alleged “whimsical” functioning of the Railways in sending Shramik Special trains to West Bengal.
Migrant labour returning to State are our https://t.co/jLg2VNVq10 search of livelihood they were forced to leave State.
Branding them as Covid spreaders is inappropriate-too disappointing, too disheartening
They are our assets and not liability @MamataOfficial (1/3)
— Governor West Bengal Jagdeep Dhankhar (@jdhankhar1) May 29, 2020
Migrants Protest at Amritsar Over Train Cancellation | Migrant workers are holding a protest at Bypass road in Amritsar, Punjab. A migrant, Pulkit told ANI:
❝Yesterday, our health screening was done. We boarded a bus also, but were told that our train has been cancelled. We are forced to stay on road now. We request Government to send us home.❞