India, meanwhile, registered the highest single-day increase of Covid-19 cases and inched close to the four-million mark. At the end of April, India had less than 40,000 coronavirus
infections. The cases have grown almost hundredfold since.
According to health ministry
data, five states accounted for more than half of the total active Covid-19 cases in the country, with one-fourth being from Maharashtra
In the last two weeks, Delhi, after seeing a decline in total cases, is witnessing another surge. The national capital has seen a 50 per cent increase in daily Covid-19 deaths on a week-on-week basis from August 13 to September 2, data showed. Karnataka
has seen a 9.6 per cent increase for the same period in daily average deaths.
India is recording 49 deaths per million people against the global average of 111. And while the number of tests has increased to 1.1 million in a single day and 40.5 million so far, a large number of these are rapid antigen tests, which are not considered the most accurate.
Mask in the car
If you were stopped by the Delhi
Police while driving alone in your car and not wearing a mask, you probably did not deserve to be fined. Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan clarified that the directives issued by his ministry did not state that a person travelling alone in a car needs to wear a mask.
Police maintained that it has been following the Delhi
Disaster Management Authority guideline on the matter, which mandates the use of masks in public places.
“We have authorised our officials to collect challans — Rs 500 the first time you are without a mask, even inside a car, and Rs 1,000 the second time,” a senior Delhi Police official said.