Inter state movement of people, goods can’t be restricted, Home Secretary writes to states.

New Delhi: Coronavirus (Covid-19) India News Live Updates: With India reporting 69,878 cases and 945 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus infections in the country rose to 29,75,702 and the death toll reached 55,794 on Saturday.

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Saturday wrote to all the state governments reiterating that inter-state movement of people and goods cannot be stopped as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 as it is creating problems. The Union Home Ministry has sent multiple such reminders to the states in the recent past.


With India reporting 69,878 cases and 945 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus infections in the country rose to 29,75,702 and the death toll reached 55,794 on Saturday. Currently, India has 6,97,330 active cases while 22,22,578 people have been treated and discharged. The recovery rate has soared past 74.69 percent and the case fatality rate has also dropped further to 1.87 percent, the Union Health Ministry said. Also, a cumulative total of 3,44,91,073 samples have been tested up to August 21 with 10,23,836 samples being tested on Friday, the highest done in a day so far.

Globally, 22,949,234 people have been infected with the virus so far, including over 7.9 lakh who died. The United States continued to be worst affected followed by Brazil and India. China, where the virus was first reported in December last year, has announced that people living in Beijing are no longer required to wear masks outdoors, a second such announcement since May when it was reversed after a recurrence of coronavirus cases in the city. Meanwhile, the head of the World Health Organisation said he hopes the world can end the coronavirus pandemic in less than two years.

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