New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: India recorded 18,522 COVID-19 cases on Monday to take its overvall caseload past 5.6-lakh mark. Meanwhile, 418 fatalities in the last 24 hours took country's death toll to 16,893. 

India has been over 15,000 cases every day for the past one week now. Amid the alarming spike in cases and deaths, the Centre on Monday issued guidelines for the month-long 'Unlock 2' beginning July 1.

Under Unlock 2.0, more domestic flights and passenger trains will be allowed in a calibrated manner, while educational institutions, Metro Rail services, cinema halls and gyms will remain shut.

Maharashtra, Delhi and Haryana are among the states making a big push for use of convalescent plasma therapy for treatment of critical coronavirus patients as new COVID-19 cases in the country rose by over 15,000 for the sixth consecutive day.

Name of State / UT Active Cases* Cured/Discharged/Migrated* Deaths** Total Confirmed cases*
Andaman and Nicobar Islands 44 46 0 90
Andhra Pradesh 7479 6232 180 13891
Arunachal Pradesh 125 61 1 187
Assam 2408 5333 11 7752
Bihar 2188 7390 62 9640
Chandigarh 80 349 6 435
Chhattisgarh 575 2173 13 2761
Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu 126 77 0 203
Delhi 26246 56235 2680 85161
Goa 717 478 3 1198
Gujarat 6871 23240 1827 31938
Haryana 4476 9502 232 14210
Himachal Pradesh 377 556 9 942
Jammu and Kashmir 2557 4585 95 7237
Jharkhand 566 1845 15 2426
Karnataka 6386 7683 226 14295
Kerala 2015 2152 22 4189
Ladakh 347 616 1 964
Madhya Pradesh 2607 10199 564 13370
Maharashtra 73313 88960 7610 169883
Manipur 733 494 0 1227
Meghalaya 4 42 1 47
Mizoram 93 55 0 148
Nagaland 266 168 0 434
Odisha 1890 4946 23 6859
Puducherry 388 221 10 619
Punjab 1516 3764 138 5418
Rajasthan 3637 13618 405 17660
Sikkim 38 50 0 88
Tamil Nadu 37334 47749 1141 86224
Telangana 9559 5582 253 15394
Tripura 294 1085 1 1380
Uttarakhand 681 2111 39 2831
Uttar Pradesh 6650 15506 672 22828
West Bengal 5535 11719 653 17907
Cases being reassigned to states 7004     7004
Total# 215125 334822 16893 566840

Hours before the guidelines were issued by the MHA on Monday night, Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu extended the lockdown till July 31 without any more relaxations, joining West Bengal and Manipur. Nagaland also extended the lockdown with existing curbs but like in Manipur it will be in force only till July 15.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray launched a convalescent plasma therapy-cum-trial project with a state medical education department official calling it the "largest" initiative of its kind in the world.

In the national capital, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced setting up of a 'plasma bank' while Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij said the state will soon start convalescent plasma therapy in all its medical colleges.

Plasma therapy involves taking antibodies from the blood of a person who has recovered from COVID-19 and transfusing those into a coronavirus patient to help kickstart the immune system to fight the infection.

According to the ICMR's 'Clinical Management Protocols for COVID-19', convalescent plasma therapy, also called passive antibody therapy, may be considered for patients with moderate illness with no improvement in condition despite the use of steroids. The recipient is to be closely monitored for several hours after transfusion for any adverse events and its use should be avoided in patients with immunoglobulin A deficiency or immunoglobulin allergy.

Posted By: abhinav gupta