New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Amid the surging COVID-19 cases in the country, the government has said that the lockdown managed to avert the spread of the deadly infection. It said that up to 2.1 lakh more people could have died in India if the lockdown had not been implemented as "a timely, graded, proactive and preemptive public health measure" to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. 

India has been under a lockdown since March 25, but several restrictions have been eased in the ongoing fourth phase, which began on May 18 and is scheduled to end on May 31, to help revive economic activities.

As per the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the deadly infection has affected 1,25,101 people and claimed the lives of 3,720 while 51,784 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus pandemic in India:

16:40 pm: Uninterrupted freight movement operations by Ministry of Railways have ensured delivery of 9.7 million tonnes of food grain between 1st April and 22nd May; 3255 new Parcel Special Trains have been run since 22nd March: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:24 pm: In an effort towards returning to normalcy, Ministry of Railways will run 200 Mail Express trains starting 1st June: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:23 pm: We had converted 5,000 coaches into COVID care centres, with 80,000 beds. Since some of these were not being used right now, we used 50% of these coaches for Shramik special trains. If needed, they will be used again for COVID care: Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav

16:21 pm: Day-wise breakup of Shramik Special trains has been provided with details of number of passengers they have carried. Additionally, Railway Ministry has started special passenger trains since 12 May to carry passengers from Delhi to 15 major cities: VK Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:19 pm: Shramik Special Trains were started on 1st May. Free meals & drinking water being provided to all the passengers. Social distancing & hygiene protocols being followed in trains & stations: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Indian Railways

16:16 pm: 80% of the train journeys have been undertaken by the migrant labourers of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar: Railway Board Chairman Vinod Kumar Yadav

16:13 pm: More than 2600 special trains have run till date, more than 35 Lakh migrants have availed the benefits of these trains: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

16:11 pm: Union territories were advised to check through publicity the possibilities of rumour-mongering regarding shortage of food, essential commodities: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

16:05 pm: Ministry of Railways addresses media

15:55 pm: Ministry of Railways to brief media shortly.

15:32 pm: BSF records 21 new positive cases of COVID19 in last 24 hours. All of them are under treatment in designated COVID-19 health care hospitals. Till date 286 recovered and discharged from hospitals. Active cases as on today 120: Border Security Force

15:04 pm: We will put in place arrangements to make sure that your coming to the airport is facilitated. Borders between Delhi-Haryana and Delhi -Uttar Pradesh is the matter of the state governments and they will deal with it: Union Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri

14:45 pm: 'Don't understand need to quarantine flyers with green status on Aarogya Setu app': Aviation Minister

14:22 pm: 591 COVID-19 cases and no deaths reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the national capital rises to 12,910, including 6,412 active cases: Delhi Health Department

14:01 pm: Ministry of Railways to address media in Delhi at 4 pm today, reports ANI.

13:37 pm: Lockdown 4.0: Delhi allows private liquor shops to reopen from today on odd-even basis

13:03 pm: All flights will be operating from Terminal 3: Delhi International Airport Limited

12:53 pm: In last 24 hours, 47 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Andhra Pradesh; taking the total number of cases to 2561. Death toll rises to 56 after one death was reported, says State Nodal Officer Arja Srikanth

12:27 pm: 20 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in the state till 11:30 am today; taking the total number of cases to 173: Uttarakhand Health Department

12:03 pm: Migrants returning to the state from Surat, Ahmedabad, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, Ghaziabad, Faridabad, Gurugram, Noida, Kolkata and Bangalore to be kept in quarantine camps. People returning from other places to be home quarantined if they don't show COVID-19 symptoms, says Bihar government.

11:24 am: Record 6,654 cases in last 24 hrs take India's COVID-19 tally past 1.25 lakh; death toll past 3,700 | Check state-wise list here

10:59 am: 80 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Odisha today; taking the total number of positive cases to 1,269. Active cases stand at 826, says Odisha Health Department

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10:19 am: Total number of samples tested is 28,34,798; number of samples tested in 24 hours is 1,15,364: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

10:02 am: Migrants sprayed with 'disinfectants' in Delhi's Lajpat Nagar; civic body says 'it was a mistake'

10:01 am: Rajasthan reports 48 fresh positive cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths till 9 am. Total number of positive cases rise to 6,542 and 155 deaths, while active cases hike to 2,695, says State Health Department

9:27 am: Meanwhile, the number of recovered patients has increased to 51,784: Health Ministry

9:03 am: Number of cases of coronavirus in India has increased to 1,25,101 while the death toll has increased to 3,720: Health Ministry

8:57 am: 32 more COVID-19 cases reported in Nepal this morning, taking the total number of cases in the country to 548: Nepal Health Ministry

8:29 am: Two residents of Kargil, who had returned from Iran and are under institutional quarantine, have tested positive for COVID-19, says Ladakh Health and Medical Education Commissioner Rigzin Samphel, as reported by ANI. 

8:02 am: 'Spirit of federalism forgotten': Sonia Gandhi's scathing attack on govt over COVID-19 economic package

7:46 am: USA records further 1,260 deaths from COVID-19, bringing its total to 95,921, reports AFP.

7:23 am: The central bank also said that beyond the destruction of economic and financial activity, livelihood and health are severely affected.

7:22 am: The RBI, however, said the impact of the pandemic on Indian economy has been much more severe than what was expected.

7:21 am: Meanwhile, the government has said that up to 2.1 lakh more people could have died in India if the lockdown had not been implemented.

7:20 am: While 48,534 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

7:19 am: Coronavirus has affected 1,18,447 people and claimed the lives of 3,583 in India so far.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma