India reported 3,11,170 new cases in the last 24 hours, taking the overall tally to 2.46 crore. As many as 4,077 deaths were reported across the country.
The toll now stands at 2,70,284, while active cases stand at 26.18 lakh.
Congress Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Satav who had contracted Covid-19 died on Sunday. Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala announced the news on Twitter and expressed his grief.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a high-level meeting to take stock of the country’s Covid-19 situation on Saturday. Following reports of ventilators lying unutilised, Modi called for an immediate audit of those provided to the states by the Central government.
He also said that states should be transparent while reporting their cases as high numbers does not mean that they have not done enough to contain the virus.
The West Bengal government on Saturday announced a complete lockdown across the state for a fortnight from 6 am on Sunday, May 16 to 6 pm on May 30. It also imposed a night curfew, which will be observed every night from 9 pm to 5 am, beginning Sunday night.
Source: The Indian Express
BDST: 1208 HRS, May 16, 2021