According to reports, five pilots of Air India tested positive for novel coronavirus during the pre-flight COVID-19 test. All of them are asymptomatic and based in Mumbai.

They had undertaken cargo flights to China. All five affected pilots have been operating the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. They were found to be COVID-19 positive after 77 pilots of the airline were tested for the virus yesterday on priority.

Meanwhile, more than 500 security forces personnel have also been infected – around 250 of them in The Central Reserve Police Force. Around 200 personnel of the Border Security Force also tested positive.

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 1,981 and the number of cases climbed to 59,662 in the country on Saturday, registering an increase of 95 deaths and 3,320 cases in the last 24 hours, according to the Union health ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 39,834, while 17,846 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.