Coronavirus India Updates: Centre only worried about its image in Singapore, says Sisodia; Tamil Nadu top contributor to India’s caseload

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Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Lockdown and Cases News Updates: India reported 2.67 lakh cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday. At least 4529 deaths were reported on the same day, the highest so far in a day.

Coronavirus India Updates: Hours after External Affairs Minister slammed Delhi Chief Minister for his remarks on “Singapore strain,” Deputy CM Manish Sisodia hit back accusing the Centre of being bothered only about its “image in Singapore.” Stating that the Centre was doing “cheap politics,” Sisodia said, “Centre is worried about its image in Singapore but not about children under threat from COVID strain. It did not consider alerts about COVID London strain and many lost their family members due to it.”

India reported 4,529 deaths on Tuesday, the highest so far in a day. Maharashtra reported over 1,300 deaths, nearly half of which were more than a week old. Karnataka reported 525 deaths, while Tamil Nadu added 364 to the toll. Over 2.67 lakh fresh cases were reported in the country. While Tamil Nadu recorded more than 33,000 cases, Karnataka and Kerala both reported over 30,000 cases. Maharashtra, which was leading the list for months reported the country’s fourth highest case count with 28,438 new infections. The active cases in the country dropped further to 32.26 lakh.

The government on Tuesday said that around 200 districts have been reporting a decline in cases for the last two weeks and, after consistently increasing for the past 13 weeks, the country’s overall case positivity has registered a decline over the past seven days. The “pandemic curve is stabilising”, and the reproduction number (R) has now fallen below 1, Dr V K Paul, head of India’s Covid-19 Task Force, said. “This means the pandemic is shrinking overall,” he added.

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