Goa Covid-19 curfew extended till May 31: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant extended the ongoing curfew in Goa till May 31. The Goa government had imposed curfew-like restrictions for 15 days starting from May 9. During a press conference with frontline workers in Varanasi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the growing challenge posed by the surge in ‘black fungus’ cases in different parts of the country. “In our ongoing fight against Covid-19, a new challenge of Black fungus has surfaced. We must focus on taking precaution and preparation to deal with it,” he said.
An emotional PM Modi also extended his gratitude to the healthcare workers in Varanasi for working tirelessly to combat the second wave of the pandemic. The National Capital has recorded 197 cases of the ‘black fungus’ disease in private and government hospitals, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said.
During a press conference, he warned that Delhi was also quickly running out of vaccines to inoculate the 18-44 age group. Amid a surge in Covid-related ‘black fungus’ cases in different parts of the country, the Health Ministry on Thursday made the infection notifiable, making it mandatory for states to report both suspected and confirmed cases to the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP). India reported 2,59,551 new Covid-19 cases and 4,209 deaths on Thursday. Tamil Nadu contributed the highest number of fresh cases, 35,571, to the country’s daily caseload, while the second-highest contributor was Kerala with 30,491 new cases. Stores selling essential items, grocery shops, liquor stores are permitted to operate from 7 am to 1 pm during the period of the curfew.
Restaurant kitchens and medical stores will be allowed to open from 7 am to 7 pm. The coastal state had yesterday registered 1,582 fresh COVID-19 cases that took its tally of infections to 1,41,567. As per an official from the Goa health department, the death toll stands at 2,272.