Because of the COVID-19 situation in the state, the Madhya Pradesh government has decided to extend the parole granted to 4,000 prisoners by another 60 days, said Narottam Mishra, State Home Minister on Tuesday.
"Considering the COVID-19 pandemic, Madhya Pradesh government has decided to extend the parole granted to 4,000 prisoners by another 60 days," said Mishra while addressing the reporters here.
Mishra cornered former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister and Congress leader Kamal Nath stating that he gave all the funds to the party's high command.
"Kamal Nath used to say he does not have funds because he was using the money for malnutrition of women and child development to curb the malnutrition of Rahul Baba (Rahul Gandhi). The funds for social welfare was being spent on Rahul Baba's 'Gandhi welfare' and his foreign trips," said Mishra.
India has conducted over 13.36 crore tests so far to detect COVID-19 cases, including 10,99,545 in a day, while the cumulative positivity rate in the country is sustained at low levels and the daily positivity rate has fallen below four percent, the health ministry said on Tuesday. The country registered less than 40,000 fresh coronavirus cases in a span of 24 hours after six days. Since November 8, the number of daily cases has been sustained below the 50,000-mark, the ministry said.
On average, more than 10 lakh daily tests have ensured that the cumulative positivity rate is sustained at low levels, the ministry underlined, adding that it is presently following a downward trajectory. The tests per million (TPM) figure has increased to 96,871, it highlighted.
India's testing infrastructure has seen a significant boost with 2,134 laboratories across the country currently. In line with its commitment to conduct more than 10 lakh tests per day, 10,99,545 samples were tested in a span of 24 hours, the ministry said
"The cumulative national COVID-19 positivity rate stands at 6.87 percent as on date, less than the seven per cent-mark, while the daily positivity rate is just 3.45 percent. Higher volumes of testing eventually lead to a low positivity rate," it said. There has been a sustained decrease in the number of active cases over the past few weeks, the ministry said, adding that 42,314 COVID-19 patients recovered from the disease and were discharged in a span of 24 hours.
The active COVID-19 caseload of the country has fallen to 4,38,667 or merely 4.78 percent of the total cases reported so far, while the number of recoveries has crossed 86 lakh, the ministry said, adding that 75.71 percent of the new recoveries were concentrated in 10 states and Union territories. Delhi has reported the highest number of 7,216 single-day recoveries, followed by Kerala (5,425) and Maharashtra (3,729), it said.
Further, 77.04 percent of the fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from 10 states and Union territories. Delhi continued to report the highest number of daily cases at 4,454, followed by Maharashtra (4,153), the ministry said.
A total of 480 case fatalities were reported in a span of 24 hours, it added. Ten states and Union territories accounted for 73.54 percent of the new deaths. Delhi saw the maximum casualties (121), followed by West Bengal (47) and Maharashtra (30), the ministry observed.
India's COVID-19 caseload mounted to 91,77,840 with 37,975 fresh cases reported in a day, while the death toll due to the disease climbed to 1,34,218 with 480 new fatalities, health ministry's data updated at 8 am showed.