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India has reported 3,14,835 new COVID-19 cases, 2,104 deaths and 1,78,841 discharges in the last 24 hours, as per Union Health Ministry
Senior Congress leader and former Delhi government minister AK Walia died of COVID-19 in the early hours of Thursday, party leaders said. He was 72. Delhi Congress president Anil Kumar condoled the death of former MLA, saying he breathed his last at the city’s Apollo Hospital. Party leaders said Walia, who represented the Laxmi Nagar constituency in the assembly for four terms, was admitted to the hospital a few days ago after testing positive for coronavirus.
Thane has added4,664 new cases of coronavirus, raising the infection count in the Maharashtra district to 4,30,651, an official said on Thursday. Besides these new cases reported on Wednesday, the virus also claimed the lives of 47 more people, pushing the death toll in the district to 7,078, he said. The COVID-19 mortality rate in Thane is 1.64 per cent, he added. The details of recovered and under-treatment patients were not provided by the district administration. PTI
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury on Thursday said his elder son Ashish died of COVID-19 in the morning. Ashish, who would have turned 35 on June 9, was recovering well at Gurgaon’s Medanta Hospital, people close to the family added, describing his sudden death at 5.30 am after a two-week battle with the disease as a shock. “It is with great sadness that I have to inform that I lost my elder son, Ashish Yechury to COVID-19 this morning. I want to thank all those who gave us hope and who treated him – doctors, nurses, frontline health workers, sanitation workers and innumerable others who stood by us,” Yechury said on Twitter.
Maharashtra government on Wednesday imposed several new restrictions including a ban on inter-city and inter-district travel and curbs on office attendance in an attempt to bring the spiralling coronavirus infections under control. The new restrictions under the government’s `Break- the-Chain’ program will come into effect from Thursday 8 pm and will remain effective till 7 am on May 1. With the state adding over 50,000 coronavirus cases daily over the last two weeks, ministers in the Uddhav Thackeray-led government had indicated the day before that a new lockdown was imminent. PTI