New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: The number of confirmed cases of the highly contagious coronavirus in India has increased to 1,65,799 while the death toll has increased to 4,706, as per the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to central government data, there are 89,987 active coronavirus cases in India while 71,105 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.  

Amid the alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases, the Centre has said that India has acted as the "pharmacy of the world" and healthcare supplier to all parts of the globe in response to the coronavirus pandemic, adding that the country has the ability to be a bridge between the developed and developing world and facilitating a two-way flow of information, products and expertise.

Here are the LIVE updates on coronavirus pandemic:

17:21 pm: 6 more residents who returned to state have tested positive for COVID19; 3 from South West Garo Hills, 1 from West Garo Hills, 1 from East Khasi Hills & 1 from West Khasi Hills. They had come from Maharashtra, Bengaluru, West Bengal & Chennai: Chief Minister of Meghalaya Conrad Sangma

16:57 pm: The demand of originating states for 'shramik special' trains is gradually coming down. Requirement of states as on May 24 was 923 trains, as per requirement yesterday, the figure is now 449 trains: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:56 pm: 'Shramik Special' trains will continue to run till the time the migrants don't reach their destinations. We will schedule the trains on the same day as we get demand from originating state and we will run the train on the next day itself: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:42 pm: All places of worship, mandir, masjid, gurudwara...will open, but not more than 10 people will be allowed, no assembly at religious places. This will be implemented from 1st June: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.

16:27 pm: Persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children below age of 10 years & persons above 65 years of age may avoid travel by rail, except when it is essential: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:27 pm: Only 4 trains out of 3,840 total trains have taken over 72 hours to reach their destination, 90% trains have been run with an average speed higher than normal mail express trains: Vinod Kumar Yadav, Chairman, Railway Board

16:15 pm: 279 'Shramik Special' trains have been run till 20th May; all requests from States have been accommodated by the Railways. Almost 3 lakh migrants being ferried by the railways on a daily basis: Chairman, Railway Board

15:43 pm: The number of COVID-19 cases rises to 2,874 in Andhra Pradesh, with 33 fresh cases being recorded in the last 24 hours. Active cases and deaths stand at 777 and 60, respectively: Andhra Pradesh Health Department

15:23 pm: Meanwhile, the Union Health Ministry has refused to share the amount of money spent on equipment purchase to handle the COVID-19 pandemic in the country, stating that such data does not come under the definition of "information" to be provided under the Right to Information Act.

15:01 pm: Uttarakhand reports 102 new COVID19 positive cases; taking the total number of cases to 602. Active cases stand at 505: State Control Room COVID-19

14:54 pm: PM Modi meets Amit Shah to discuss lockdown exit strategy amid rise in coronavirus cases

14:37 pm: Delhi government believes that places where large gatherings take place, like cinema halls, should remain closed. Schools and colleges should also remain closed, says state Health Minister Satyendra Jain

13:57 am: Govt preps for Lockdown 5.0; 13 cities with India's 70% COVID cases in focus, stricter curbs likely in containment zones

13:43 pm: 9 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of cases in the state to 290. There are 204 active cases in the state and 77 people have been recovered and discharged so far: State Health Department

13:05 pm: Karnataka reports 178 new COVID19 positive cases from 5 pm of May 28 to 12 noon today. Total positive cases stand at 2,711 including 1,793 active cases: State Health Department

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12:17 pm: Odisha reports 63 new COVID-19 positive cases; taking the total number of positive cases to 1,723. Number of active cases stand at 827: State Health Department

11:24 am: Rajya Sabha Secretariat officer posted at Parliament tests positive for COVID-19, reports PTI

11:17 am: To protect vulnerable persons from COVID19, in line with MHA directives, Railways makes an appeal that persons with co-morbidities, pregnant women, children below the age of 10 years and persons above 65 years may avoid travel by rail, except when it is essential: Railway Ministry

10:56 am: Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel reiterated in talks held with Home Minister Amit Shah where he sought views from CMs on lockdown, that borders of state shouldn't be opened, requested to consider views of CMs on train, flight service and ease borrowing condition for states under economic package, says Chhattisgarh CMO, as reported by ANI

10:34 am: 7,466 new COVID-19 cases in last 24 hrs, highest single-day spike, take India tally to 1,65,799; death toll at 4,700 | Check state-wise list here

10:23 am: Delhi: People in large numbers gather at Delhi-Gurugram border after Haryana government yesterday sealed borders with the national capital in wake of increasing number of COVID-19 cases.

10:01 am: Meanwhile, the recovery rate has improved to 42.88 per cent as 71,106 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.

9:41 am: As per the Health Ministry data, there are 89,987 active COVID-19 cases in India.

9:12 am: The deadly coronavirus has affected 1,65,799 people and claimed the lives of 4,706 in India so far: Health Ministry

8:39 am: With 9 new positive cases for COVID-19 in Himachal Pradesh - five from Hamirpur and 4 from Kangra districts, total positive cases in the state rises to 290 including 208 active cases: State Health Department

8:27 am: Delhi: People arrive at Ghazipur fruit and vegetable market to make purchases amid the coronavirus pandemic.

8:10 am: Haryana issues order to 'completely seal' border with Delhi amid spike in COVID-19 cases, essential services allowed

7:41 am: Meanwhile, the NITI Aayog yesterday said that the speed at which people are being discharged following treatment for coronavirus has accelerated after the revised discharge policy came into force which could be reflecting in the recovery rate but many patients who had recovered earlier were not even counted.

7:21 am: Amid this, the government has said that India has acted as the "pharmacy of the world" and healthcare supplier to all parts of the globe in response to the coronavirus pandemic. 

7:20 am: Meanwhile, 67,691 have been cured and discharged from hospitals.  

7:19 am: According to Union Health Ministry, there are 86,110 active coronavirus cases in India.

7:18 am: The coronavirus has affected 1,58,333 and claimed the lives of 4,531 people in India so far.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma