New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the surging number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said that people should "learn to live with the virus" and urged people to make COVID-19 prevention guidelines a part of their lives as a behavioural change. The government further said that there has been a reduction in the doubling time of COVID-19 cases in the country from 12 days till two days ago to 10 now because of the spike in cases at some places.

As per the Health Ministry data, the coronavirus has infected 59,662 people and claimed the lives of 1,981 while 17,847 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus pandemic:

16:49 pm: 108 cases of COVID-19 and 11 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours in West Bengal, taking total number of cases to 1,786 and death toll to 99 in the state. Number of active COVID-19 cases stands at 1,243, says West Bengal Home Secretary Alapan Bandopadhyay

15:59 pm: An Air India flight carrying 129 passengers from Dhaka, Bangladesh has landed at Delhi airport

15:33 pm: Tamil Nadu Government has filed an appeal before the Supreme Court challenging yesterday's Madras High Court's order that directed the closure of all state-run liquor shops and allowed only online sale during coronavirus lockdown.

14:54 pm: "Elderly people or those with comorbidities are at higher risk of getting severe infection of COVID-19. If you have elderly people at home you need to be extra cautious.Get health checkup done immediately after observing mild symptoms," says Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, in Ahmedabad 

14:45 pm: 76 fresh cases of coronavirus have been reported in Rajasthan, taking total number of cases to 3655 out of which 1526 cases are active. Number of fatalities due to the disease stands at 103: Rajasthan Health Department

14:35 pm: A stigma is still attached to COVID-19. Many people fear to come to hospital and get a test done. An issue that this causes is that if a person is positive and there is delay in his admission to a hospital, then it increases mortality: Dr Randeep Guleria, AIIMS Director, in Ahmedabad

14:30 pm: Following Centre's order, AIIMS Director rushes to Gujarat after sharp rise in coronavirus cases

14:04 pm: A patient who passed away of cardio respiratory arrest yesterday had tested positive for COVID-19 subsequently. The deceased was a resident of Noida, Sector 66, says Gautam Buddha Nagar District Magistrate Suhas Ly

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13:00 pm: I got to know today that the state government has asked for 8 trains. I appeal to the state government and Amit Shah ji to work together and make every possible effort to bring back stranded migrant workers of Bengal, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

12:43 pm: 43 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of positive cases to 1930. Three deaths have been reported in last 24 hours, death toll is at 44: Arja Srikanth, State Nodal Officer

12:17 pm: 36 more COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka between 5 pm yesterday & 12 pm today. Total number of cases in the state is now at 789, including 379 discharged & 30 deaths: State Health Department

12:04 pm: 'West Bengal govt not allowing migrants' trains to reach state, it's injustice': Amit Shah to Mamata Banerjee

11:50 pm: Our fatality rate in the country continues to be around 3.3% and the recovery rate has climbed up to 29.9%, these are very good indicators. Doubling rate for last 3 days has been about 11 days, for last 7 days it has been 9.9 days: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

11:42 am: We do not anticipate a very worst type of situation in our country like many other developed countries but still we have prepared the whole country for the worst situation: Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

11:28 am: 714 police personnel have tested positive for COVID19 in the state, of which 648 are active cases, 61 recovered & 5 deaths. There have been 194 incidents of assault on police personnel during the lockdown period & 689 accused have been arrested for the same: Maharashtra Police

11:24 pm: Gautam Budh Nagar Police Commissioner has requested Air India that its crew members who live in the district & are in repatriation flights should follow Central protocol on Indian nationals being brought back & that they be kept in Delhi during this period, reports ANI.

11:24 pm: There will be no hike in school fee for this academic year 2020-21. Parents should not be forced to pay the remaining fee of academic year 2019-20 & the fee for 2020-21 in one go, they must be given monthly/quarterly payment options: Maharashtra Education Department

10:32 am: West Bengal government is not allowing trains with migrants reaching the state: Union Home Minister Amit Shah to Mamata

10:32 am: Not allowing trains to reach West Bengal is injustice to migrant labourers; will create further hardship for them: HM Amit Shah to Mamata

9:59 am: 'Only severe cases will be tested': Govt changes policy for hospital discharge of coronavirus patients

9:39 am: Odisha: Gajapati district administration yesterday launched a testing van, with the aim to collect swab samples from people by moving around the district for testing amid COVID-19 pandemic.

9:35 am: 57 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported today taking the total number of positive cases to 3636. Death toll is at 103, says Rajasthan Health Department

9:08 am: Meanwhile, 17,847 have been cured and discharged from hospitals, as per the Health Ministry.

9:07 am: India's tally rises to 59,662 while the death toll has climbed to 1,981.

8:39 am: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel wrote to PM Modi yesterday demanding Rs 30,000 crore package in coming 3 months for the state to curb economic crisis due to COVID-19 outbreak. He has urged the PM to release Rs 10,000 crore immediately out of Rs 30,000 crore, reports ANI.

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8:16 am: May ask for 'additional forces': Maha govt refutes rumours of Army taking over Mumbai amid surging coronavirus cases

7:46 am: US Vice President Mike Pence's spokeswoman became the second White House staffer this week to test positive for coronavirus, reports AFP.

7:47 am: Under Vande Bharat Mission, four flights carrying Indian nationals will be arriving — Kuwait to Cochin (arrival at 2115 hrs), Kaula Lampur to Trichy (arrival at 2140 hrs), London to Mumbai (arrival at 0130 hrs of 10th May) and Doha to Cochin (arrival at 0140 hrs of 10th May).

7:46 am: Under Vande Bharat Mission, four flights carrying Indian nationals will be arriving today — Dhaka to Delhi (arrival at 1500 hrs), Kuwait to Hyderabad (arrival at 1830 hrs), Muscat to Cochin (arrival at 2050 hrs) and Sharjah to Lucknow (arrival at 2050 hrs).

7:22 am: 'Need to learn to live with the virus and develop preventive measures as behavioral changes': Health Ministry

7:22 am: Meanwhile, government said that people need to "learn to live with the virus". 

7:21 am: The number of active coronavirus cases in India is 37,916, says Health Ministry.

7:20 am: While 16,540 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

7:19 am: The coronavirus has affected 56,342 people and claimed the lives of 1,886 in India so far. 

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma