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Recovery rate 22.17%; no fresh cases in 16 districts in last 28 days

Recovery rate 22.17%; no fresh cases in 16 districts in last 28 days

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker India LIVE Updates: Following Monday's meeting of Chief Ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, sources have told The Indian Express that the lockdown will be extended in the hotspots, while restrictions will be eased in districts not affected by the infection. Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik wanted the lockdown to be extended by one more month. According to sources, Patnaik who led the chorus for extension of lockdown said it has to be extended on May 3 to June 3. Sources said at least two states backed him.

Only nine chief ministers — Meghalaya, Mizoram, Puducherry, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Bihar, Gujarat & Haryana — were asked to speak during the meet, while the rest had the option to send the Chief Secretary as the representative. Kerala CM Vijayan, who was represented by the state chief secretary, had already sent suggestions to Home Minister Amit Shah. Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma said he proposed to continue with the lockdown post May 3, while Goa and Odisha have also said that they want an extension, news agency ANI reported.

The confirmed coronavirus cases in India on Monday neared the 28,000-mark with 872 deaths. Of the 27,892 cases, 20,835 are active, while 6185 are recoveries. The official death toll from the virus topped 205,000 worldwide, with over 2.9 million reported infections.

(Inputs and image from theindianexpress.com)

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