New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A record 8,392 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the country's tally to over 1.90 lakh. Meanwhile, 230 fatalities took the country's death toll from the novel coronavirus to 5,394. 

The country has so far reported 1,90,535 cases along with 5,394 deaths. After recording over 6,000 confirmed cases for six straight days, the spike has now jumped to over 8,000 cases for the last two days.  

Maharashtra continues to the worst-hit state for the deadly virus with a total of 67,655 cases and the death tolk nearing 2,300-mark. Delhi stands second in the list with nearly 20,000 cases and 473 deaths. 

The alarming spike comes even as several states on Sunday came out with varied ‘Unlock 1' guidelines including on allowing inter-state travel. However, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Telangana have extended the lockdown till June 30 with several relaxations. 

As India climbed to seventh position in the global COVID-19 tally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday cautioned people against showing any laxity in the fight against COVID-19 and asked them to be "extra alert and careful", while acknowledging that the poor and labourers have been hit the hardest by the crisis.

“Becoming careless or lackadaisical cannot be an option”, Modi said, as the Centre's three-phase unlock plan that will restrict curbs to containment zones kicks in from Monday after the end of the fourth phase of the national lockdown.

PM Modi in his monthly 'Mann Ki Baat' broadcast noted that a big part of the economy has opened and train and flight services have begun operating partially with more relaxations on the anvil.

After such "austere penance and after so many hardships", the country's deft handling of the situation should "not go in vain", he said.

PM Modi further said, "Whether it is the mandatory 'do gaz ki doori' (two yards of distancing), wearing face masks or staying at home to the best extent possible, there should be no laxity on our part in complete adherence to the laid down norms.

"We must not let this fight weaken. Becoming careless or lackadaisical cannot be an option. The fight against coronavirus is still equally serious. You, your family, may still face grave danger from coronavirus."

With the Centre seeking to underline the reduced footprint of the unprecedented lockdown in force since March 25, its strategy revolved around localised lockdowns leaving it to states to decide where, how and to what extent to lift the shutdown as the number of COVID-19 cases varied from state to state. The phased reopening of areas outside the containment zones will be effective till June 30.

The Home Ministry on Saturday said 'Unlock-1' will come in force from June 8 under which the lockdown norms will be relaxed to a great extent, including opening of shopping malls, restaurants and religious places, while strict restrictions will remain in place till June 30 in the country's worst-hit areas. A total of 30 municipality areas in the country are considered to be the worst-hit.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta