However, despite the requests and appeals, the government may extend the lockdown with fewer restrictions beyond 17th May, the expiration date for Lockdown 3.0.
New South Wales, the most populous state, has been hardest hit by Covid-19, but new cases there have subsided, with just three reported today.
The global count of confirmed coronavirus infections now stands at 4,557,523; there have been 1,722,422 recoveries; and more than 300,000 people have succumbed to the disease.
- Tamil Nadu has 9,674 cases.
The cases in India, on the other hand, still seem far from their peak. On May 14, 447 new cases were reported.
"India is still in the growth phase, since total cases are still rising".
According to data compiled from official state and union territory government statistics, India has reported 85,798 cases and 2,678 deaths.
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"It is important people take every possible precaution."Two of Victoria's new cases were connected to a cluster at a meat factory, where 98 people have been infected so far".
Though India's death-count at present stands at around 2,800, and it still lower than China's 4,637 casualties figures, Indians are still not complacent.
Another new case was linked to a McDonald's restaurant in Melbourne, bringing the total number of cases in that cluster to 11. The death toll reached 36 in Karnataka, 34 in Telangana and 32 in Punjab, the ministry said. The state has witnessed a surge in cases with the return of migrant workers.
Maharashtra also has the highest number of deaths with 1,068.
Worldwide, more than 44 lakh people have been affected by the novel coronavirus with the U.S. reporting almost a third of the cases - by far the highest.
Across the world, 44,43,597 people have tested positive for COVID-19 (according to the map by Johns Hopkins) as on May 15.