With 3.55,836 new cases as of 11:30 p.m. on Monday, May 3, India’s cumulative COVID-19 total has exceeded 2 crore and stood at 2.02.75,699. The United States is the only other country to have crossed this bar.

India remained at the top of the world ranking for the average number of recorded daily deaths (3,405), with more than 1,000 more deaths than Brazil, which ranked second. The United States was a distant third with 683 daily deaths on average. The country accounted for one in three daily deaths worldwide due to the coronavirus as on Sunday.

You can track national and state coronavirus cases, deaths, and testing rates here. A list of state helpline numbers is also available.

Here are the latest updates:

Pondicherry

Pondicherry lockdown restrictions extended until May 10

The Pondicherry Territorial Administration has extended the lockdown restrictions until May 10 due to the growing number of COVID-19 cases.

In an order, Revenue Secretary Ashok Kumar on Monday evening said that in addition to the nighttime curfew, restrictions in place on the opening of stores, commercial establishments and social gatherings for events would continue until ‘to May 10.

Grocery stores, vegetable shops, fish and meat markets, and stores selling animal feed and milk parlors would function as normal. However, shopping complexes and large commercial establishments would remain closed. All religious places would remain closed for public worship, the order said.

Jammu and Kashmir

J&K govt. announces incentives for health workers

On May 3, the J&K administration announced incentives for frontline health workers treating patients with COVID-19 and decided to grant an extension to doctors retiring through December, with the aim contain the rapidly spreading coronavirus in the Union territory (UT).

An official spokesperson said the incentive would be ₹ 10,000 per month for medical residents, graduates and physicians; ₹ 7,000 for nurses and paramedics and ₹ 5,000 for drivers, sweepers and attendants.

“The duration of these incentives will initially be for a period of three months and will be paid from May 2021,” the spokesperson said.

Decision will benefit more than 17,000 UT corona warriors

New Delhi

Calls for adoption of COVID-19 orphans illegal and damaging: experts

Social media posts calling for the adoption of orphaned children during COVID-19 are illegal, experts warn. They call on citizens to call the 1098 helpline to pass on information about children in need of care and protection.

With the increase in deaths from COVID-19, Twitter and Whatsapp have been inundated with citizens sharing details of children who have lost both parents or the only living parent to the disease and pleading for their adoption. On Monday, the chairman of the Delhi Commission for the Protection of the Rights of the Child, Anurag Kundu, wrote to Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava, flagging the messages as possible cases of trafficking and calling for an investigation into each of them. these cases.

Activists warn that such messages are illegal under sections 80 and 81 of the Juvenile Justice (JJ) Act 2015, which prohibits offering or receiving children outside of legally prescribed processes as well as their sale and purchase. Such acts are punishable by three to five years in prison or a fine of 1 lakh.

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