July 13, 2020 | 3:12 PM IST
Coronavirus pandemic

Indian Navy sends ships to Maldives to rescue stranded; nearly 4k cases in 24-hrs

On late Monday night, India sent its three Southern Naval Command ships to the Maldives and the UAE to evacuate about 200 citizens stranded there due to the Coronavirus pandemic. While INS Jalashwa and INS Magar headed for the Maldives from Mumbai coast, INS Shardul left for Dubai. The three ships will return to Kochi with the expats. 
A defense spokesperson confirming the news said that priority will be given to workers in distress, the elderly, ailing, and pregnant women.
Meanwhile, back home, after the Centre and state governments opened liquor shops with hiked rates, and relaxed the lockdown norms allowing people to make movements via public transport for commuting to offices in green and orange zones, people flouted the social distancing norms. At certain places the police even had to resort to lathi-charge to maintain distance between people. 

On Tuesday, India reported a massive leap of about 3,900 fresh cases from various parts of the country taking the total count to 46,433. However, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said that even though the percentage of active cases is on a gradual decline. As of Tuesday, there are 32,138 active cases in the country. 
Going by the statistics, India reported about 20% of its total cases in the last three days. The three states that contributed majorly to the tally with their single-day hike included Maharashtra with 1,567 cases taking the state’s count to 14,541, Gujarat with 376 taking the state’s count to 5,804 and Tamil Nadu with 527 cases taking the graph to 3,550.  
In Madhya Pradesh, after Bhopal and Indore, Ujjain is emerging as the new Coronavirus hub. So far, it has reported 166 positive cases and 35 fatalities.  The city has a death rate of 26.29% which is the highest in the state.

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