As the country enters to the fourth phase of lockdown on 18th May due to coronavirus pandemic, it reported a total of 90,927 positive cases and 2,872 deaths.
With 4,987 cases reported in the past 24 hours, the total number of active cases of COVID has risen to 53,946 in the country while 34,108 being cured so far. Meanwhile, the Centre is deliberating to bring more relaxed restrictions in the country post-May 17 while possibly resuming the restrictions strict in the hotspot regions.
The nationwide lockdown to observe social and physical distancing to break the chain of infection has been now extended till 31st May. The lockdown will be with a different set of rules and guidelines. Some of the most affected states, including Assam, Telangana, Maharashtra, and Punjab had recommended an extension of the lockdown, while many others including Delhi, Haryana and Karnataka had suggested easing of restrictions.
Maharashtra continues to be the worst-hit state with 30,706 COVID-19 cases so far. The state has also reported 1,068 deaths. The country is witnessing a daily increase of at least 4000 cases, while Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Goa have reported a surge in infection cases.