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India reports highest daily spike of 6,654 new COVID-19 cases

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India’s federal health ministry Saturday morning reported 137 new deaths and 6,654 more positive cases due to COVID-19 since Friday in the country, taking the number of deaths to 3,720 and total cases to 125,101.

This is the highest one day spike in COVID-19 cases so far in the country, showed the data.

On Friday morning the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was 118,447, and the death toll was 3,583.

According to ministry officials, 51,784 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

“The number of active cases in the country right now is 69,597,” reads the information.

Saturday marks the 60th straight day of the ongoing nationwide lockdown imposed by the government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

The lockdown, announced on March 25, was again extended last week till May 31.

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India reports highest daily spike of 8,392 COVID-19 cases as total reach 190,535

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India’s federal health ministry Monday morning reported 230 new deaths due to COVID-19 and 8,392 more positive cases during the past 24 hours across the country, taking the number of deaths to 5,394 and total cases to 190,535.

This was so far the highest single-day spike in the cases.

According to officials, 91,819 people have been discharged from hospitals after showing improvement.

“The number of active cases in the country right now is 93,322,” reads the information.

The fifth phase of the nationwide lockdown came into force from Monday, making several relaxations and reopening in a phased manner.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide lockdown On March 25 to contain the spread of COVID-19 and break the chain of infection.

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Pakistan condemns India’s declaring diplomats as persona non grata

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Pakistan condemned late on Sunday the Indian government’s decision to declare two officials of the High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi as persona non grata requiring them to leave India within 24 hours.

The two Pakistani diplomats were declared persona non grata on charges of “espionage,” according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs. The two officials were apprehended by Indian law enforcement authorities for involving in espionage activities.

The Pakistani foreign ministry said in a statement that the Indian action has been accompanied by a “negative pre-planned and orchestrated media campaign, which is a part of persistent anti-Pakistan propaganda.”

The ministry said that the two staff members of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi were lifted by the Indian authorities on Sunday on “false and unsubstantiated charges.”

“They were, however, released on intervention by the High Commission. We condemn the detention and torture as well as threatening and pressuring of the diplomatic officials to accept false charges,” the statement said.

It added that Pakistan strongly rejects the baseless Indian allegations and deplores the Indian action which is in clear violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations as well as the norms of diplomatic conduct.

The High Commission for Pakistan in New Delhi has always worked within the parameters of international law and diplomatic norms. The Indian action is clearly aimed at shrinking diplomatic space for the working of Pakistan High Commission.”

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Air Peace hails India, China, Israel over evacuation of citizens from Nigeria

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Leading Nigerian carrier, Air Peace, has commended Israel, China and India for contracting the airline to evacuate their citizens to their countries due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Chairman of Air Peace, Mr Allen Onyeama, gave the commendation in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the airline on Sunday evacuated 312 Indian citizens from Nigeria to their country in a 10-hour non-stop flight.

The flight, which departed on Sunday from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, was operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI. The flight, operated by 15 crew members, is expected to arrive Cochin International Airport in Kerala.

NAN reports that Air Peace had also evacuated about 210 Israelis from Nigeria to Tel-Aviv on March 29, evacuated about 301 Chinese from Lagos airport to Guangzhou, China, on May 28, and also evacuated 286 Indians to Kochi from Lagos last Sunday.

Onyema said that the airline was grateful to the three countries for the confidence they reposed in it, which in no small measure portrayed their support for the development of Nigerian airlines.

He said: “Israel blazed the trail when it approved the evacuation of its citizens from Lagos and Abuja to Tel-Aviv, followed by China and India.

“For these three countries to engage Air Peace to carry out the evacuation exercise speaks volumes about the level of confidence they have on the airline and its safety standards.

“This feat has been attested to by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) Operational Safety Audit (IOSA) certification of our airline.

“What the three countries have done will help in creating and sustaining jobs for Nigerians and by identifying with a Nigerian carrier at this time shows that they love our country and their support has challenged us to do more by improving on our achievements.

Air Peace is grateful to the government of these countries. Their support means a lot to us. It shows that they truly have the interest of Nigeria at heart.”

Onyema noted that the gesture shown by Israel, China and India would not go unnoticed by the Nigerian public, which over the years have yearned for viable Nigerian carriers.

According to him, this could be flying them to different parts of the world, as it is known that Nigerians are great travellers.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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Air Peace airlifts 312 Indian nationals 

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Nigeria’s major carrier, Air Peace, has evacuated 312 Indian citizens from Nigeria back to their country in a 10-hour non-stop flight.

Mrs Oluwatoyin Olajide, the Chief Operating Officer of the airline, announced in a statement in Lagos on Sunday.

Olajide said that the flight, which departed on Sunday, May 31, from the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, operated with a B777 aircraft with registration number 5N-BWI.

She said the flight, operated by 15 crew members, was expected to arrive Cochin International Airport in Kerala.

The Chief Operating Officer, while expressing delight over the evacuation flight, thanked the Indian authorities for engaging Air Peace to operate the flight.

She also gave kudos to the Federal Government for supporting the airline in all its special flights during the lockdown.

She added that the airline alongside other relevant government agencies ensured that all the passengers complied with established health protocols before boarding.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that on May 28, Air Peace evacuated 301 Chinese from Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, and flew back 268 stranded Nigerians from China on May 30.

Edited By: Tayo Ikujuni/Wale Ojetimi (NAN)

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1st LD Writethru: India expels 2 officials of Pakistan High Commission on charges of espionage

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India on Sunday expelled two officials of the Pakistan High Commission in New Delhi after they were apprehended earlier in the day for espionage activities, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs said.

They were asked to leave the country within 24 hours.

“The government has declared both these officials persona non grata for indulging in activities incompatible with their status as members of a diplomatic mission and asked them to leave the country within 24 hours,” the ministry said in a statement.

“Pakistan’s Charge de Affaires was issued a demarche in which a strong protest was lodged with regard to the activities of these officials of the High Commission of Pakistan against India‘s national security,” added the statement.

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Anglers fish on opening day of fishing season in India

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An angler fishes on the opening day of fishing season in the outskirts of Agartala, Tripura, India, May 31, 2020. (Str/Xinhua)

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India’s Modi urges citizens to stay alert to virus as lockdown eases

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India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned the country on Sunday to remain vigilant against the spread of coronavirus as the country prepares a phased re-opening of activities even as daily cases rise to record highs.

India, with the world’s longest lockdown, is set to largely lift containment measures in June, except in high-risk zones.

“The fight against the coronavirus is intense, we cannot drop our guard,’’ Modi said in his national radio address.

This is coming a day after his government extended the lockdown until June 30 in high-risk zones but permitted restaurants, malls and religious buildings to reopen elsewhere from June 8.

“Wearing a mask, gloves and following social distancing rules is essential as everyone will soon start stepping out of their homes.’’

The novel coronavirus has infected more than 182,000 people and claimed the lives of 5,164 in India.

The number of cases reached a daily record high in the last 48 hours, two months after the federal government enforced a rigid lockdown to stop the pandemic from spreading in a country with more than 1.3 billion people.

“We really need to be more vigilant now,’’ he said.

Critics blame Modi’s government for poor planning ahead of its abrupt declaration of a lockdown in March, leaving millions of the country’s poor stranded.

“We are all sorry for the loss that has occurred,’’ Modi said as he hailed the country’s “united” efforts towards fighting the virus.

State governments were expected to identify containment zones and find staggering ways to reopen public transport and businesses.

Critics said Modi had now left states with the responsibility of establishing rules to contain the virus.

“But this decision could have been taken at the start of May when there were fewer coronavirus cases,’’ said Ajay Trivedi, a political scientist at the University of Mumbai.

“The lockdown was not the right route to break the chain of the virus as the Modi government had claimed while imposing the harsh measure,” Trivedi said.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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India records 182,143 COVID-19 cases, 5,164 deaths

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in India surpassed the 180,000-mark, reaching 182,143, on Sunday.

The death toll crossed the 5,000-mark, reaching 5,164, said the data issued by the Federal Health Ministry.

As many as 193 new deaths due to the COVID-19 and 8,380 new positive cases were reported since Saturday in the country.

This was the biggest spike both in the numbers of cases and deaths in the country so far.

Sunday marks the 68th straight day of the ongoing lockdown across the country, announced by the central government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

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Edited By: Abdulfatah Babatunde (NAN)

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India records 182,143 COVID-19 cases, 5,164 deaths

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The total number of COVID-19 cases in India surpassed the 180,000-mark, reaching 182,143, on Sunday, as the death toll crossed the 5,000-mark, reaching 5,164, said the data issued by the federal health ministry.

As many as 193 new deaths due to the COVID-19 and 8,380 new positive cases were reported since Saturday in the country.

This was the biggest spike both in the numbers of cases and deaths in the country so far.

Sunday marks the 68th straight day of the ongoing lockdown across the country announced by the central government to contain the spread of the pandemic.

(XINHUA)

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