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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: 600 new cases detected across country today, says ICMR; Odisha to set up two dedicated COVID-19 hospitals

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00:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Update

33 containment zones in Delhi

Areas in Rajouri, Jahangirpuri and Deoli Extension were identified as hotspots in the National  Capital on Saturday, PTI quotes authorities as saying. The total number of hotspots in Delhi now stands at 33. The civic authorities have carried out mass sanitisation and disinfection drive in hotspot areas in the last few days using drones and other measures.Houses in containment zones are being surveyed by medical teams and people were made aware about the signs and symptoms of COVID-19, methods of prevention, social distancing measures and importance of hand washing.

00:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in Pakistan Latest Update

Pakistan to take decision on lockdown on Monday as cases cross 5,000 mark

Pakistan said on Saturday that it will take a decision on whether to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown or ease restrictions on Monday, as the number of coronavirus patients rose to 5,011, reports PTI.Speaking at a press conference here, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will take a decision after his meeting with the National Coordination Committee on COVID-19, comprising senior officials of all provinces and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK). "We will make a national decision on the lockdown," said Umar.
 
The official data posted by the Ministry of National Health services on its website showed that the worst-hit Punjab province reported 2,414 COVID-19 cases, Sindh 1,318, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 697, Balochistan 220, Gilgit-Baltistan 215, Islamabad 113 and PoK 34. It also reported that 762 patients have recovered so far. Seventy-seven patients have died including five in the last 24 hours. The official data showed that 52 percent patents were those who had travelled abroad while 48 per cent were local transmissions.

23:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Update

Odisha records four new cases; state to have 2 new COVID-19 hospitals

The Odisha health department on Saturady said four new cases were detected in the state. The state is all set to have two new COVID-19 hospitals with a total capacity of 300 beds very soon as a part of its preparedness to tackle the coronavirus pandemic, PTI quotes officials as saying.The hospitals, for treatment of COVID-19 patients only, will come up in association with National Aluminium​ Company (NALCO) and Paradip Port Trust (PPT). 

Odisha has already set up 10 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals with a total bed strength of 1,950 and these two facilities will raise the capacity to 2,250 beds. The state plans to establish around 34 exclusive COVID-19 hospitals with a capacity of 6,000 beds, the official said.
  

23:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Over 17,000 samples tested today, 600 return positive: ICMR

According to ICMR's 9 pm update on Saturday, 17,143 samples were tested of which 600 were positive for SARS-CoV-2. Overall, 1,79,374 samples from 1,64,773 individuals have been tested till date and 7,703 individuals have tested positive for the disease among suspected cases and contacts of known  positive cases in the country, it said.

23:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Bulandshahr doctor dies of COVID-19 in Delhi; family alleges cremation delayed

 
 A middle-aged doctor from Uttar Pradesh's Bulandshahr has died due to coronavirus at a hospital, reports PTI.The family of the 58-year-old doctor has alleged that when his body was taken for cremation at the Nigambodh Ghat in the National Capital on Saturday, they had to "wait for many hours" before it could finally be done.
 
The man was brought to Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi from a facility in Bulandshahr, and he died in the emergency ward, an official source said. His sample was taken which tested positive on Saturday, the source said.
 
The wife and son of the deceased man alleged that they had to face a "lot of hassles" at the Nigambodh Ghat.The cremation was to be done in a CNG-based crematorium, but there was no operator there and people were trying to avoid us, the wife alleged. Finally, after a couple of hours, an operator came from Bawana and the cremation could be carried out, she said.

23:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Update

UK's toll nears 10,000 as PM Johnson makes 'very good progress'

Britain’s COVID-19 death toll neared 10,000 on Saturday after health officials reported another 917 hospital deaths, reports Reuters. Britain has now reported 9,875 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the fifth highest national number globally, and Saturday’s increase was the second day running that the number to die had increased by more than 900.

Almost 80,000 people in Britain have tested positive for the virus, among them Johnson, who is in the early stages of recovery on a hospital ward after spending three nights in intensive care. “The prime minister continues to make very good progress,” a Downing Street spokesman said.

23:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Update

Tamil Nadu tally surges to 969

Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded one more COVID-19 death, taking the toll from the virus to 10, reports PTI. The latest death was reported from Erode district, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said. Further, 58 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Saturday, with the total number of positive cases reaching 969.Of this, 881 people were those who had attended the "single source event" in Delhi and their contacts, the government said, in an apparent reference to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the national capital.

23:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Six staffers at Mumbai's Taj Mahal hotel contract infection, say reports

Six staff members of Mumbai's Taj Mahal Palace Hotel have tested positive for the coronavirus and have been hospitalised, reported India Today. The Taj has been hosting doctors involved in Covid-19 treatment, reports Hindustan Times.All six employees have a mild infection and are stable, the report said adding that other emplyees who came in contact with the six patients have been placed in quarantine.

23:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Update

Cases in Rajasthan jump to 700

Rajasthan recorded 139 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the tally of such cases in the state to 700,reports PTI. The virus has so far claimed nine lives in the state.  “A 62-year-old man who was admitted at the state-run SMS Hospital on April 9 died on Friday. He was tested positive today. He was suffering from ischemic heart disease and hypertension. As many as 139 new cases have come up today," Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said.  The total number of coronavirus positive cases in the state has risen to 700, he said. Among the fresh cases, 80 are from Jaipur, 20 in Tonk, 14 in Kota, 13 in Banswara, six in Bikaner, two in Jhalawar and one each in Dausa, Alwar, Karauli and Jaisalmer district, the official said. 
 
Singh said 16 people have so far tested negative for coroanvirus after treatment and 58 people have been discharged.  
  

22:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Update

COVID-19 cases in Muzaffarnagar rise to five

Another person tested positive for novel coronavirus in Muzaffarnagar on Saturday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the Uttar Pradesh district to five, reports PTI. According to Chief Medical Officer Praveen Chopra, the man is among the 13 Tablighi Jamaat members who were quarantined last Saturday. They had come to the Kidwai Nagar locality a fortnight ago and were later quarantined. One of them tested positive, taking the number of infections in the district to five, the official said. Meanwhile, efforts are on to seal the locality where the 13 members resided.

22:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Update

101 hotspots identified in Telangana

The Telangana health department in a statement said that 101 hotspots had been identified in the state as the number of active cases rose to 393. Fifty-one patients were discharged today while the two succumbed to the infection. Six testing labs are operational across the state, it said.

 

22:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

51 Indians among 191 fresh cases in Singapore

 
Fifty-one Indian nationals working in Singapore are among the 191 new coronavirus cases reported on Saturday, taking the total number of the COVID-19 patients in the city-state to 2,299, reports PTI. The Health Ministry said that a 90-year-old Singaporean man died from complications due to COVID-19 infection on Saturday morning, taking the total number of death due to the virus to eight. All 191 new patients contracted the virus locally, it said, adding that 51 infections were connected to dormitories for foreign workers.

22:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Union ministers to resume work from Monday

 
All Union ministers have been asked to resume work in their ministries from Monday and focus on kick-starting the economy post lockdown,  sources told PTI.They also said the government is mulling giving relaxation in curbs for agriculture and industrial sectors in areas which are least affected by COVID-19, if the lockdown is extended.  

22:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Bihar Latest Update

45 year old man tests positive in Bihar, tally rises to 61

 A 45-year-old man tested positive for novel coronavirus in Bihar's Nawada district on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 61, a top health official said. Health Department Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said the persons whom the latest COVID-19 patient had come in contact with were being traced.
 
The latest COVID-19 case is the second one in the central Bihar district of Nawada. A 38-year-old man who had travelled to Delhi from Nawada last month tested positive for the disease on Wednesday. Officials are trying to find out whether he had attended the religious congregation in Nizamuddin area of the National Capital last month where a number of people got infected with the contagious virus.
 
The principal secretary, however, sought to dispel fears triggered by a spike in coronavirus cases in the state this week and said Bihar has "one of the highest
recovery and lowest mortality rates" of COVID-19 patients. Of the 61 COVID-19 patients, 18 have recovered, he said, adding that Munger, Patna and Lakhisarai districts, which accounted for seven, five and one cases respectively are now left with no active case. The sole death in the state due to coronavirus was from Munger district. (PTI)
The median age of COVID-19 patients in the state was 27 years, he said.
 

22:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Red, orange, green zones may come up during extended lockdown 

The Centre is likely to categorise the country into red, orange and green zones depending on the number of COVID-19 cases during the proposed extended period of lockdown and might allow limited services to function in the safe zones, reports PTI. Officials privy to the discussions during the four-hour-long conference with chief ministers, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that schools and colleges would remain shut but some small scale industries and liquor shops may be allowed to function.

There will be no activity in the red zones —the districts where sizeable number of cases were detected or areas which were declared hotspots. In the orange zones— where only a few cases were found in the past with no increase in the number of positive cases -- minimum activities like opening of limited public transport, harvesting of farm products will be allowed. Green zones will be in the districts where there is no COVID-19 case.

 

22:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Look forward to govt taking measures to put cash in hands of poor, says P Chaidambaram

Congress leader and former finance minister P Chidambaram said that he welcomes the governments emphasis on saving both lives and livelihoods. "I look forward to the government taking bold measures to put cash in the hands of the poor and the vulnerable. That will save livelihoods.," he said.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the matra had shifted from 'jaan hai to jahaan hai'  but now it is 'jaan bhi jahaan bhi'.

22:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

 

IndiGo employee dies of coronavirus infection

Budget carrier IndiGo on Saturday said one of its staff passed away due to coronavirus infection in Chennai, reports PTI.mWhile the airline did not provide details, a source told PTI that the employee was an aircraft maintenance engineer and he passed away on Friday. The engineer was in his mid-50s and had been working with the carrier since 2006. He was posted in Chennai, the source said.

22:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Update

West Bengal extends lockdown till 30 April

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday declared extension of the lockdown till 30 April , soon after a video-conference Prime Minister
Narendra Modi had with CMs of different states where a broad consensus emerged about expanding the duration of the shutdown amid spurting COVID-19 cases, reports PTI ​ All schools and colleges in West Bengal will remain closed till June 10, she added.
 
The Trinamool Congress supremo said she raised the issue of a financial package for the state and clearing its dues. The Centre should also bring in a special package for the unorganised and MSME sectors, she said.
 

21:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Update

529 cases in Madhya Pradesh till date

529 cases of coronavirus have been detected in Madhya Pradesh till date, up from 451 yesterday, as per date released by the state health department whil the toll has risen to 40.

 

21:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Maharashtra govt could extend lockdown beyond 30 April if social distancing not followed, says Rajesh Tope

Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Pune will fall under the "red zone" as they have reported 91 per cent of the total 1652 positive cases in Maharashtra so far, PTI quotes Health Minister Rajesh Tope  as saying on Saturday after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray extended the lockdown period in the state till 30 April. Tope also said that the lockdown could be extended even beyond April 30 if people fail to follow the social distancing norms.
 

21:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Update

Telangana extends lockdown till 30 April

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said lockdown in the state will continue till 30 April as the number of cases in state rises to 503 while death count is at 14. According to reports, he also said that all students, from Class 1 to 9 in Government and in private  schools have to be promoted to the next class. Decision on Class X exams ( State board) will be taken soon, he added.

 

21:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Update

 

Coronavirus cases in Delhi rise to 1,069; death toll is 19

Tally in Delhi reaches 1069, up from 903 yesterday. Five more deaths were reported on Saturday, taking the toll to 19, according to data by the state health department.

21:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Cases in Maharashtra surge to 1761

 
The tally in Maharashtra rose to 1761 with 187 new cases and 17 deaths reported on Saturday, said the state health department. Of these, 12 were from Mumbai, 2 in Pune and one each in Satara, Dhule and Malegaon. Eleven of the deceased were men and six were women;sixteen suffered from other health conditions such as diabetes and asthma, said the statement.

21:13 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu among five states with more than 500 cases

According to Union health ministry data, Delhi, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu and Telangana are the states which have recorded more than 500 cases. The highest number of cases till now has been recorded in Maharashtra (1,574) while Tamil Nadu follows with 911 cases. Delhi and Telangana reported their first cases on 2 March, Rajasthan on 3 March, Tamil Nadu on the 7th and Maharashtra on 9 March.

 

21:03 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Maharashtra to do pool testing: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said he recoemmended the strategy of pool testing to Prime minister Narendra MOdi during  a video conference heald earlier in the day. This will help save time take for testing and also conserve testing kits, he said. "As per this new testing method, a group of samples of a particular building or floor will be tested wherever high risk contacts are found. This will be done instead of individual testing. As such test results are taking longer to come, thereby increasing the time of further treatment," reports quote him as saying.

 

20:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chhattisgarh Latest Update

Chhattisgarh makes face masks compulsory in public places

The Chhattisgarh government on Saturday said that it was making face masks compulsory for all persons while stepping out of the house. 

20:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

61 percent of Maharashtra's COVID-19 patients in Mumbai, says Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said that 61 percent of the states coronavirus patients were in Mumbai, 10 percent were in Navi Mumbai and 20 percent in Pune. He said that the death rate due to the disease was 5..5 percent in the state.

  

20:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Special trains for transporting perishable food items

The government on Saturday said that Indian Railways is running special trains to transport perishable food items and seeds across the country for ensuring availability of these products during the lockdown. "Indian Railways has identified 67 routes (134 trains) for Parcel Special Trains since the start of the lockdown for perishable commodities including fruits, vegetables, milk and dairy products and seeds for agriculture purpose," the agriculture ministry said in a statement.

20:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Update

Gujarat records 36 new cases, three deaths

Thirty-six new cases of coronavirus were found in Gujarat on Saturday, taking tally to 468, PTI quotes Gujarat health officials as saying. The toll rose to 22 with three new COVID-19 deaths.

20:05 (IST)

Coronavirus in Goa Latest Update

Goa wants lockdown to be extended, govt offices to resume work from Monday

 
The Goa government has recommended to the Centre that the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak should continue till 30 April , PTI quotes chief minister Pramod Sawant as saying.Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Sawant said the state government will resume certain activities/establishments
including government offices from Monday. Fishing has restarted in the state from Saturday. All the Outpatient departments of Primary Health Centres, Community Health Centres and district hospitals will start from Monday except Goa Medical College and Hospital, he said.

19:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Toll in Pune rises to 29

Three more COVID19 patients in Pune succumbed to the disease, taking the toll to 29, ANI quotes health officials as saying.

19:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Indonesia Latest Update

 

Indonesia reports 330 new coronavirus cases, 21 deaths

 Indonesia confirmed 330 new coronavirus infections on Saturday, taking its tally to 3,842, Reuters quotes health ministry official Achmad Yurianto as saying. It also confirmed 21 virus-related deaths, taking the total to 327, Yurianto told a televised news conference.

19:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Update

Positive cases in Punjab rises to 158, 12 dead so far

The Punjab government on Saturday said that the number of confirmed cases in the state has risen to 158 while 12 deaths have been recorded so far.

19:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Update

Rajasthan govt to promote class 9 and 11 students to next class

 
The Rajasthan government has passed an order to promote class 9 and 11 students to the next class, reports PTI. The students will be promoted to class 10 and 12 based on the marks scored in the half-yearly examination and co-curricular activity, as per an order issued by Rajasthan Secondary Education Department.  School principals will handover promotion certificates to students after the lockdown ends.The students will be provided online study material for the next class through Social Media Interface for Learning Engagement (SMILE)

19:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Enough stock of grains, pulses and other essentials, says retailer's body

The Retailer's Association of India said that there ia enough stock of essenials like grains and pulses and urged people to avoid panic buying."There is enough stock of grains, pulses and other daily essentials for the lockdown period and beyond. There is no need for citizens to believe otherwise and engage in panic buying.  RAI, along with its members, is working closely with various State Governments and with the Centre to resolve supply concerns with regards to essentials as they arise at the earliest. All stakeholders are working at war footing with the sole intent of ensuring citizens are safe and comfortable and do not face any hardships for accessing daily essentials," it said in a statement.

19:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Mumbai records 11  new COVID-19 deaths

 
Number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai has gone up to 1182 while the death count has risen to 75 as the city recorded 11 new deaths on Saturday, said the MCGM.

19:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

MHA directs police to provide security to doctors and medical staff

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Saturday directed police authorities across India to "provide necessary police security to doctors and medical staff in hospitals and at places where patients who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or suspected to have contracted coronavirus are being quarantined or isolated".

According to the directive, necessary police security is also to be extended to "doctors and other medical staff who are visiting places to conduct screening of people to find out symptoms of disease".

The directive, signed by Srinavasu K, deputy scretary to the Government of India, has come amid reports of attacks on health workers and doctors.

19:07 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Lockdown impact for April-June quarter to be significant, says IIFL

“Lockdown lifting will happen in a staggered manner and the impact for this April-June quarter will be significant for the economy. We maintain our negative view on the market due to expectations of very slow lifting of sanctions and hence continue to be overweight on pharma and insurance,” said Abhimanyu Sofat, head of research at IIFL Securities.

19:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Central ministers to begin work from office from Monday, says sources

According to sources, central ministers are likely to begin work from office from Monday, sources said on Saturday. Bureaucrats, including those at joint secretary level and above are also to work from govt offices, starting next week.

18:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Update

10 new coronavirus cases in Kerala, says Pinarayi Vijayan

In his daily briefing, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state has reported 10 new coronavirus cases on Saturday with seven infections being reported from Kannur, one from Kozhikode and two from Kasaragod.

Seven of the ten new cases have a foreign travel history while three have contact history with COVID-19 positive patients, the chief minister said.

As of Saturday, Kerala has reported 373 confirmed cases, of which 228 are active, Vijayan added.

Meanwhile, according to ANI, a couple that recovered from COVID-19 recently has been blessed with a baby in Kannur today, the chief minister said.

18:34 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Update

Keep air and train services suspended till 30 April, says Naveen Patnaik

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik supported the extension of lockdown till 30 April during his interaction with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other chief ministers of states on Saturday via video conference, however suggested that train and air services should remain suspended till the restrictions are lifted.

Patnaik also told the Centre during the video conference that agriculture and allied services should resume despite an extension of the lockdown.

"All three points  have already been informed to the Centre by the state," Ptanaik said after the conference.

He also said that people from Odisha who are stranded in other states are to be taken care by concerned states and that the state government is coordinating with them. "Our state will continue to take care of workers from outside who are in Odisha," he added.

18:16 (IST)

Coronavirus outbreak Latest Update

Outbreak overwhelms NYC’s emergency system as operators receive calls every 15 seconds

The coronavirus crisis is taxing New York City’s 911 system like never before. Operators pick up a new call every 15.5 seconds. Panicked voices tell of loved ones in declining health. There are multitudes of cardiac arrests and respiratory failures and others who call needing reassurance that a mere sneeze isn’t a sign they’ve been infected. The system is so overwhelmed, the city has started sending text and tweet alerts urging people to only call 911 “for life-threatening emergencies.”

18:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Update

Number of cases in UP rises to 448

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh climbed to 448 on Saturday, with 15 fresh cases reported, of whom eight are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, the state government said. Among the fresh cases, four were reported from Meerut, three each from Agra and Lucknow, two from Ghaziabad and one each from Bulandshahr, Badaun and Bhadohi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home, Awanish Awasthi said here.

 
Altogether, 254 out of the total 448 positive cases in Uttar Pradesh are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event, he said.

17:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Update

In favour of extending lockdown till 30 April, says Mamata Banerjee

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about extending lockdown till  30 April in video-conferene with chief ministers, PTI quotes West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee as saying. "We are also on same page with the prime minister, want lockdown extended till 30 April, " she said.

17:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Update

17 test positive in Jammu and Kashmir, total now 224

Jammu and Kashmir Principal Planning Secretary Rohit Kansal said that 17 new cases were reported in the state today — five from Jammu Division and 12 from Kashmir. Total positive cases now 224, he said.

17:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Narendra Modi warns against hoarding, black marketing

 
During his interaction with chief ministers, prime minister also suggested specific measures for agriculture and allied sector including modification of APMC laws to facilitate sale of farm produce while assuring states that the country has adequate supplies of essential medicines. He also gave a stern message against black marketing and hoarding, said a press release.

17:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

 

60-70% patients in Mumbai have mild symptoms: Uddhav Thackeray

 
During the briefing, Uddhav Thackeray also said that 60 to 70 per cent of the nearly 1000 COVID 19 patients in Mumbai have mild or very mild symptoms. He further said Patients who died of COVID-19 had other ailments and had come to hospitals in last stages.

17:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Update

Next three-four weeks critical to gauge impact, says Narendra Modi

Talking about the Exit Plan from Lockdown in his interaction via video conference with chief ministers of states, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that there seems to be a consensus amongst the states on extension of Lockdown by another two weeks, the Press Information Bureau said in a statement. According to the statement Modi also said that  coming 3-4 weeks are critical for determining the impact of the steps taken till now to contain the virus.

 

17:17 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

COVID-19 crisis should not be politicised, says Uddhav Thackeray

Highlighting the combined fight put up by the various states in co-ordination with the Centre, Maharahstra chief  minister Uddhav Thackeray also said that politics should not be played over the coronavirus outbreak.

  

17:11 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashta Latest Update

Lockdown will continue after 14 April in Maharashtra says, Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray says that he told the prime minister that he will continue lockdown in the state after 14 April and requested people to not panic. The lockdown will continue till 30 April he said. He said that while restrictions may be relaxed in some places, they might be tightened in others depending on the situation. He said details about schools, colleges etc will be annnounced before 14 April.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: According to ICMR's 9 pm update on Saturday, 17,143 samples were tested of which 600 were positive for SARS-CoV-2. Overall, 1,79,374 samples from 1,64,773 individuals have been tested till date and 7,703 individuals have tested positive for the disease among suspected cases and contacts of known  positive cases in the country, it said.

Tamil Nadu on Saturday recorded one more COVID-19 death, taking the toll from the virus to 10, reports PTI. The latest death was reported from Erode district, Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said. Further, 58 fresh coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Saturday, with the total number of positive cases reaching 969.

 Rajasthan recorded 139 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the tally of such cases in the state to 700. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot  told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the Centre should come up with a 'Food for Work' scheme as a social safety net for the poor in the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown

The Centre is likely to categorise the country into red, orange and green zones depending on the number of COVID-19 cases during the proposed extended period of lockdown and might allow limited services to function in the safe zones.

 529 cases of coronavirus have been detected in Madhya Pradesh till date, up from 451 yesterday, as per date released by the state health department whil the toll has risen to 40.

 Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao said lockdown in the state will continue till 30 April as the number of cases in state rises to 503 while death count is at 14.

The tally in Maharashtra rose to 1761 with 187 new cases and 17 deaths reported on Saturday, said the state health department. Of these, 12 were from Mumbai, 2 in Pune and one each in Satara, Dhule and Malegaon.

Thirty-six new cases of coronavirus were found in Gujarat on Saturday evening, taking the tally to 468, PTI quotes Gujarat health officials as saying. The toll rose to 22 with three new COVID-19 deaths.

The Goa government has recommended to the Centre that the lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak should continue till 30 April , PTI quotes chief minister Pramod Sawant as saying. Speaking to reporters in Panaji, Sawant said the state government will resume certain activities/establishments including government offices from Monday.

189 COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths related to the novel coronavirus have been reported in Mumbai, taking the total number of cases in the city to 1,182 and deaths at 75.

In his daily briefing, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that the state has reported 10 new coronavirus cases on Saturday with seven infections being reported from Kannur, one from Kozhikode and two from Kasaragod.

Seven of the ten new cases have a foreign travel history while three have contact history with COVID-19 positive patients, the chief minister said.

As of Saturday, Kerala has reported 373 confirmed cases, of which 228 are active, Vijayan added.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray says that he told the prime minister that he will continue lockdown in the state after 14 April and requested people to not panic. The lockdown will continue till 30 April he said. He said that while restrictions may be relaxed in some places, they might be tightened in others depending on the situation.

 Next 3-4 weeks critical to determine impact of steps taken till now to curb spread of the virus, Prime MInister Narendra Modi told chief ministers on COVID-19 fight, said a press release.

The Centre is considering a request made by most states to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown by two more weeks beyond April 14, government said on Saturday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with chief ministers and told them focus should be now on health as well as prosperity of the nation.

 1035 news cases were reported yesterday ,while 40 deaths were recorded. Overall, 239 deaths have been recorded till now, said Lav Agarwal.

Narendra Modi's meeting with Chief Ministers regarding extension of lockdown on Saturday, Delhi cheif minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, "PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown."

"Today, India’s position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it," he added.

Several states on Saturday pitched for an extension of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, that was to end on 14 April, during their video conference with Modi, according to government officials.

According to the State Health Department, not only does Maharashtra bear nearly a fifth of the national burden of COVID-19 cases with the highest nationwide tally, but also has the highest mortality rate.

At 6.98, the state’s mortality rate is higher than the global rate of 3.21% and the national average of 6.10%

What is more hard-hitting as of Saturday, state had 1,574 positive cases and 110 deaths while the nationwide toll stood at 239. This suggests Maharashtra that has 21.13 percent of the country's cases accounts for 46 percent of the deaths across the nation.

Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh suggested an extension of lockdown to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the meeting on Saturday. He asked for a faster and supply of rapid testing kits and special risk insurance for all government employees who are working at the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic.

He also asked for urgent special concessions and relief for industry and agriculture amid the lockdown.

According to data released by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Friday, the tally in the G South ward, which comprises areas such as Worli Naka and BDD chawl, now stands at 199.

As 92 more cases of COVID-19 have emerged in Maharashtra, the number of such patients in the state reached 1,666 on Saturday, the state health department said.

Seventy-two of these new cases were detected in Mumbai, it said.

Five others tested positive in Malegaon, four in Thane, two each in Panvel and Aurangabad, one each in Kalyan-Dombivali, Vasai-Virar, Pune, Ahmednagar, Nashik city, Nashik rural and Palghar, the department added.

At a time when Maharashtra has been identified as the worst COVID-affected state with 1,574 confirmed cases, a major development was seen in Sangli district. The Islampur region in Sangli, one of the first hotspots in the state, became "COVID-free" on Saturday, News18 reported.

Sangli was red-flagged by the Centre after the region registered 26 positive cases. All the cases were reported from Islampur area.

Strict lockdown, quarantine and contact tracing are the major reasons behind the region being coronavirus free. Sangli was identified as one of the first hotspots by the Central Health Ministry.

CNN-News18 reports say that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be interacting with chief ministers from all states at 11 am today. A call on whether the 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, ending next week, should be extended or not, will be taken during the meet.

The number of containment zones in Delhi was increased to 30 on Friday after an addition of six more areas. These include Nabi Karim, E pocket GTB enclave,  street no 18 to 22 of Zakir Nagar and nearby area of Abu Bakar Masjid, Zakir Nagar.

The highly infectious COVID-19 has killed 239 people in the country, with 40 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of positive cases is now at 7,447 after 1,035 new cases were registered.

The figure includes 6,565 active cases, 643 cured/discharged/migrated and 239 deaths, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the country has reached 7,600, with more than 800 new cases being recorded on Friday. Fatalities in the country, according to data compiled by Worldometer, stand at 249.

The total number of coronavirus cases in India surged to 6,761 on Friday with 37 new deaths and nearly 900 new cases in 24 hours as several places including Delhi and Mumbai reported further spread of the deadly virus, which has infected over 16 lakh people globally since its emergence in China last December and the worldwide toll is fast approaching 1,00,000.

Of the total cases, 6,039 were active patients while 515 have been cured or discharged, and one migrated while 206 have died so far.

According to health ministry data, Maharashtra continued to top the list with 1,364 cases, while Delhi (894) and Tamil Nadu (834) seemed to be inching closer to the 900 mark.

A medical team member conducts a swab test during lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Ahmedabad. AP © Provided by Firstpost A medical team member conducts a swab test during lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Ahmedabad. AP

A medical team member conducts a swab test during lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Ahmedabad. AP

Maharashtra has also registered the maximum deaths accounting for 97 of the total 206 deaths in the country, which is over 5.7 times that of Gujarat, which recorded 17 deaths, the second highest in the country.

These numbers, however, do not represent the actual reality on the ground as a PTI tally of numbers reported by various states as on 9.30 pm showed a total of 7,510 people having been affected by the virus nationwide so far with at least 251 deaths. More than 700 have been cured and discharged.

The Health Ministry in the meantime maintained that no community transmission is taking place as yet in India, while the World Health Organisation also put the country in a category named 'cluster of cases' — a notch below the community transmission stage and a classification used by the global body for cases "clustered in time, geographic location and/or by common exposures".

Amidst this, on Friday, Punjab became the second state to extend the lockdown beyond 14 April, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a video conference with chief ministers to take stock of the situation.

The Union home ministry also sought views of state governments on the 21-day lockdown including on whether more categories of people and services need to be exempted, officials said on Friday, amidst indications of a possible two-week extension of the nationwide restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The WHO has warned that a hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID-19 pandemic could lead to a fatal resurgence of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the Union health ministry said the rate of people testing positive was only 0.2 percent on Thursday when more than 16,000 samples were tested. Cumulatively close to 1.5 lakh samples have been tested so far across India.

Maharashtra toll rises to 110, 1,574 cases confirmed, say state officials

Maharashtra state officials reported 210 new cases on Friday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 1,574, with Mumbai accounting for close to 1,000 cases in the state.

Thirteen COVID-19 patients died during the day, taking the death toll in the state to 110.

As many as 132 new patients were found in Mumbai alone, state officials said.

Ten coronavirus patients died in Mumbai and one each in Pune, Panvel and Vasai-Virar. Nine of the deceased were men and four women.

In Tamil Nadu, a 70-year-old woman died of coronavirus on Friday, taking the toll in the state so far to nine, while 77 people tested positive, pushing the total to 911 (the second highest in the country), Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said.

The woman died in Tuticorin, he said.

Of the total number of positive cases, Chennai topped the list with 172, followed by districts of Coimbatore 86, Erode 60, Tirunelveli-56, Dindigul 54, Namakkal 41, Chengalput and Theni 40 each, Trichy and Ranipet 36 and Nagpattinam 12, he said.

On Friday, Delhi registered 183 new cases in the last 24 hours, the highest jump so far, taking the National Capital's tally of coronavirus cases to 903 (the third highest in the country).

Two more deaths linked to coronavirus were reported, taking the total number of fatalities to 14.

Among the fresh areas that have been included in the list of containment zones are in west, central and south east Delhi.

With 44 persons testing positive on Friday, the number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 470, while one more person succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to 37, health officials said.

Twenty-one new cases were reported in Bhopal, which took the tally of COVID-19 patients in the state capital to 119, they said. Indore has reported the highest 249 cases in the state with 14 new cases being reported on Friday.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Rajasthan rose to 561 as 98 fresh cases were reported in the state on Friday while the fatality count due to the disease increased to eight with the death of a 65-year-old woman at a hospital here, officials said. The fresh cases include eight people evacuated from Iran, they said.

On Friday, the maximum number of cases — 53 — were reported in Jaipur, a hotspot, taking the tally of COVID-19 patients in the state capital to 221.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh rose to 433 on Friday, with 23 new cases being reported, of whom 21 are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, the state government said.

It said the deadly virus has now spread to 40 of the state's 75 districts, with Agra being the worst hit at 88 positive cases and one death.

Gujarat records highest single-day jump

On Friday, Gujarat recorded the highest jump so far in a single day after as many as 116 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, officials said. The number of coronavirus positive patients in the state jumped to 378.

After two more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the infection, the death toll in the state has reached 19, Principal Secretary (Health), Jayanti Ravi, said.

This is for the first time that such a large number of positive cases have surfaced in a single day in the state.

According to Health Ministry, COVID-19 cases have gone up to 473 in Telengana, 363 in Andhra Pradesh and 357 in Kerala.

The ministry also reported 197 cases in Karnataka, 184 in Jammu and Kashmir and 169 in Haryana. Punjab has 132 COVID-19 patients so far while West Bengal has 116 cases.

Bihar has reported 60 cases while Odisha has 44 coronavirus cases. Thirty-five people were infected with the virus in Uttarakhand while Assam has 29 patients followed by Himachal Pradesh with 28 cases. Chandigarh has 18 cases while Ladakh has 15. Jharkhand has 13 coronavirus positive patients so far.

Eleven cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands while 10 were reported from Chhattisgarh. Goa has reported seven COVID-19 infections, followed by Puducherry at five, Manipur at two while Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each.

Punjab extends lockdown till 1 May day before Modi meets CMs of states

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Friday announced the extension of lockdown in the state till 1 May, a day after Odisha extended it to 30 April.

Singh said that most of the 27 positive cases reported in his state on Thursday — the maximum daily increase for the state — were those of secondary transmission and expressed apprehension that the state may be entering the community transmission stage of the outbreak.

In Tamil Nadu, an expert committee recommended to Chief Minister K Palaniswami that the lockdown be extended by two weeks beyond 14 April considering the rise in number of cases.

A review meeting was also held by the Prime Minister's Office during the day on various efforts to check the coronavirus spread, which also discussed ramping up of production of personal protective equipments (PPEs) among other issues.

The Home Ministry, separately, has sought views of state governments on the 21-day lockdown, scheduled to end on 14 April, including whether more categories of people and services need to be exempted, officials said on Friday.

Some of the suggestions made by state governments include allowing construction-related activities in rural areas.

The central government, while imposing the lockdown, had announced that shops dealing in essential commodities, including the online platforms, will remain open, besides services like health, sanitation, police, media, agriculture and banking. Movements of essential and non-essential cargos were also allowed by the government, but there have been reports about disruptions in the supply chain due to lack of labourers and trucks, among other issues.

There have also been reports of depleting levels of essential goods from various parts of the country.

Some states such as Kerala have suggested phased opening of the lockdown, while other suggestions from various states include allowing liquor sale to shore up the revenues and to allow private vehicles on an odd-even basis. However, most states have suggested keeping the public road transport, rail and airline services suspended for more time. Many have also recommended keeping state borders sealed, except for goods movement.

A few states have also suggested area-specific lockdown with stricter restrictions, which are as such being followed in the places identified as hotspots of the virus spread.

Odisha, Telangana make masks mandatory

In the meantime, more states including Odisha and Telangana made it mandatory for people to wear masks or face covers at public places, while enforcement was beefed up for action against those violating the lockdown conditions.

The Centre also asked states not to allow religious gatherings and processions.

Government officials also said that a decision on bringing Indians from abroad will be taken at a later stage after reviewing the COVID-19 situation.

With inputs from agencies

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