You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Gujarat reports 326 new COVID-19 cases as number of confirmed infections rises to 4,721; toll at 236

Firstpost logoFirstpost 01-05-2020 FP Staff
a person standing in front of a door: Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Gujarat reports 326 new COVID-19 cases as number of confirmed infections rises to 4,721; toll at 236 © Provided by Firstpost Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Gujarat reports 326 new COVID-19 cases as number of confirmed infections rises to 4,721; toll at 236

23:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Updates

UK reports 739 COVID-19 deaths today

AFP reported that the United Kingdom (UK) COVID-19 toll rose by 739 on Friday, taking the total toll to 27510.

23:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Pandemic Latest Updates

UN says grounded flights threaten vaccine supply

The United Nations on Friday said that many countries risk running out of vaccines for diseases like measles because of restrictions on flights brought in to tackle the new coronavirus.

"UNICEF called for support to unlock a massive backlog in vaccine shipments, saying the delays had been caused by "unprecedented logistical constraints" linked to lockdowns," News18 reported.

23:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

17 new COVID-19 cases reported in Gautam Buddh Nagar

Reports said that seventeen people, including four children, tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar on Friday. India Today reported that this the "highest number of COVID-19 detections in a single day that has taken the district's tally to 155". 

23:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

4 areas in Delhi removed from containment zones

Reports said that four zones have been removed from the COVID-19 containment zones list in Delhi, the total number of containment zones in the National Capital is now at 97.

23:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

69-yr-old COVID-19 patient passes away in Karnataka

Reports said that a 69-year-old man, who was having comorbiditydies, passed away at a hospital in Karnataka's Davanagere on Friday. "The patient had tested positive for COVID-19 and was on ventilator support.," India Today reported.

23:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

4 other Delhi Police personnel test positive for COVID-19

India Today reported that four more Delhi Police personnel tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, taking the number of COVID-19 infections in the force to over 45.

22:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Special train carries migrants from Jaipur to Patna

A 'Shramik Special Train' carrying migrant labourers to leave from Jaipur for Bihar's Patna today, amid COVID19 lockdown

22:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Rajasthan govt says strict action against private hospitals flouting guidelines

"We've learnt that private hospitals in state are not following the norms. Even those that are enlisted under Ayushman Bharat-Rajasthan Swasthya Bima Yojna are charging more amount from patients.We've warned all such hospitals of strict action," said Rajasthan health minister Dr Raghu Sharma on Friday.

22:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Modi hails defence forces' thanksgiving event

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said, "I welcome the announcements by the Chief of Defence Staff today....Now, our Forces are, in a unique way, saying a big thank you to our frontline COVID-19 warriors for their endeavour towards making India COVID-19 free."

22:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Special train with migrants leaves Nashik for Bhopal

A 'Shramik Special train' carrying migrant labourers leaves from Nashik railway station for Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh.

22:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh Latest Updates

Chandigarh aiport being sanitised 'regularly', say authorities

Ajay Kr, CEO Chandigarh Airport on Friday said, "Sanitisation of the airport is being done regularly. We've developed standard operating procedure on how passengers will be briefed about social distancing and in sitting areas, centre seat has been barred. We're ready for operations whenever authorities allow."

22:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

82 new COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan today

The Rajasthan health department said that 82 more people have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of cases to 2,666 and 62 deaths have been recorded so far.

21:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases rise to 2,715 in Madhya Pradesh

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 2,715, the toll in the state is at 145, the state health department said.

21:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

List of red, orange, and green zones in Maharashtra:

Red zones:

- Mumbai

- Pune

- Thane

- Nashik

- Palghar

- Nagpur

- Solapur

- Yavatmal

- Aurangabad

- Satara

- Dhule

- Akola

- Jalgaon

- Mumbai Suburban.

Orange zones:

- Raigad

- Ahmednagar

- Amravati

- Buldhana

- Nandurbar

- Kolhapur

- Hingoli

- Ratnagiri

- Jalna

- Nanded

- Chandrapur

- Parbhani

- Sangli

- Latur

- Bhandara

- Beed

Green zones:

- Osmanabad

- Washim

- Sindhudurg

- Gandia

- Gadchiroli

- Wardha

(Source: India Today)

21:34 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

223 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi today

The Delhi health department on Friday said that 223 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths were reported in the National Capital on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 3,738.

21:22 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

751 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mumbai

The MCGM said that 751 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mumbai on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 7,625.

21:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

CISCE says schools can give provisional admission to ICSE students for class 11

The Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations on Friday said that schools may give "provisional admission to the ICSE (class 10) students into class 11, subject to Board results".

"The schools may also begin/continue online classes for them, while awaiting the conduct of remaining papers," the statement added.

21:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Railways extends cancellation of passenger trains till 17 May

The Ministry of Railways on Friday said that the cancellation of all passenger train services has been extended till 17 May.

"Movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists,students and other persons stranded at different places to be carried out by Shramik special trains. Freight and Parcel train operations shall continue," the statement said.

21:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Maharashtra reports 1,008 new COVID-19 cases today

The Maharashtra health department said that 1,008 new COVID-19  cases were reported in the state on Friday, which is the highest single-day jump of cases in the state. The the total number of cases rose to 11,506.

20:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Health ministry issues additional guidelines for use of PPEs

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued additional guidelines on rational use of Personal Protective Equipment (setting approach for Health functionaries working in non-COVID areas).

20:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA issues new guidelines for workplaces:

Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all work places and adequate stock of such face covers shall be made available

All persons in charge of work places shall ensure social distancing as per the guidelines issued by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, both within the work places and in company transport

Social distancing at work places shall be ensured through adequate gaps between shifts, staggering the lunch breaks of staff, etc.

20:34 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre lifts restrictions on agriculture activities

The Centre on Friday lifted restrictions on all agriculture activities, "including sowing, harvesting, procurement and marketing operations in the agricultural supply chain", The Indian Express reported.

"Animal husbandry activities are now fully permitted, including inland and marine fisheries. All plantation activities are allowed, including their processing and marketing," the report added.

20:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

AAP Karol Bagh MLA tests positive for COVID-19

Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Karol Bagh Vishesh Ravi on Friday said he has tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported. My brother has also tested positive for the disease, Ravi said.

"I am currently in home quarantine. I do not have any symptoms of the disease but I have tested positive for it," he told PTI.

20:22 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

Gujarat reports 326 new COVID-19 cases today

The Gujarat health department said that 326 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state in the last 24 hours. The state's total number of cases rises to 4,721 including 736 cured/discharged and 236 deaths.

20:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Migrants arrive in Aluva, Nashik to board special trains

Migrant workers in Kerala's Aluva and Maharashtra's Nashik began to arrive at train stations to board the scheduled special trains set to take them back to their native places, as per the MHA order.

20:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Defence forces' COVID-19 thanksgiving show was finalised at meeting with Rajnath Singh

The Defence Ministry was quoted as saying, "The plan of action and various activities of thanksgiving from the armed forces to COVID-19 warriors was finalized at today's meeting with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval with Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and the three Service Chiefs."

19:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Railways to charge states for ferrying stranded people

PTI quoted Railways officials as saying that state governments will be charged the fare of ferrying stranded people, including migrants, students, tourists, in special trains back to their native places.

19:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

List of activities allowed in Green Zones:

Travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road

Running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions

Hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants

Places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc

Social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings

Religious places/ places of worship for public

19:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Nearly 1,200 migrants to travel to Odisha from Kerala today

The Kerala government food and water to Aluva railway station from where a 'Shramik Special Train' will leave for Bhubaneshwar, Odisha, on Friday. Around 1,140 migrant labourers from here will board the special train to Odisha

19:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Army chief says 'no problems' in dealing with COVID-19

Army chief General MM Naravane on Friday said, "No problems in dealing with the issue of coronavirus. The first patient in the Army is cured and the jawan is back on duty. Army so far has had only 14 cases of which five have been cured and they have returned to work."

He added, "No let-up in counter-terrorist operations due to COVID-19. The terrorists killed in operations are handed over to civil administration and they do the needful."

Meanwhile, Navy chief Karambir Singh said, "We have a large diaspora in the Gulf. We were asked to be ready for evacuation (of our citizens from Gulf countries). So we have readied our ships and will go for the evacuation as soon as we get the go-ahead."

19:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Here are activities prohibited in Red Zones:

In Red Zones outside Containment Zones, these activities are prohibited in addition to those prohibited irrespective of the zone:

Plying of cycle rickshaws and auto rickshaws

Running of taxis and cab aggregators

Intra-district and inter-district plying of buses

Barber shops, spas and saloons.

19:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Air, rail, metro travel remain prohibited across India, says MHA

The MHA said that a limited number of activities will remain prohibited across India, irrespective of the zone, including travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road,.

This includes the functioning of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/coaching institutions.

19:03 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Taxis, cab aggregators given conditional permission to function in Orange Zones

In Orange Zones, in addition to activities permitted in Red Zones, taxis and cab aggregators will be permitted with one driver and two passengers only, the MHA said.

18:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA issues guidelines for inter-district travel in Orange Zones

The MHA on Friday said that in Orange Zones, inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles will be allowed for permitted activities only.

"Four-wheelers will have a maximum of two passengers besides the driver and pillion riding will be allowed on two-wheelers," the statement said.

18:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA says 'large number' of activities to be allowed in Red Zones

The MHA, after extending the coronavirus lockdown on Friday, said, "A large number of other activities are allowed in the Red Zones. All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted."

18:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA issues fresh guidelines for Green, Orange zones after extension of lockdown

The Ministry of Home Affairs, issuing the extension of the coronavirus lockdown on Friday, issued new guidelines ordering "considerable relaxations" for districts falling in Green and Orange Zones.

Under the new guidelines, a limited number of activities will remain prohibited throughout the country, irrespective of the Zone.  These include travel by air, rail, metro and inter-State movement by road; running of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/ coaching institutions; hospitality services, including hotels and restaurants; places of large public gatherings, such as cinema halls, malls, gymnasiums, sports complexes etc;  social, political, cultural and other kinds of gatherings; and, religious places/ places of worship for public. 

However, movement of persons by air, rail and road is allowed for select purposes, and for purposes as permitted by MHA.

18:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA extends COVID-19 lockdown for two more weeks

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the nationwide coronavirus lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond 4 May, ANI reported, quoting an official statement.

18:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

IAF says no COVID-19 case in force so far

IAF chief RKS Bhadauria on Friday said, "We have enforced all the precautions and so far there is no COVID-19 case in the Air Force. But we will not lower our guard."

18:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

No new COVID-19 case reported in Kerala today

India Today on Friday reported that no new coronavirus case was reported in Kerala on Friday. The total number of active cases in the state currently is 102. Additionally, 392 patients have recovered so far.

18:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in India latest Updates

CDS Bipin Rawat says armed forced will lay wreathe at police memorial on 3 May

CDS Bipin Rawat, addressing a press conference on Friday, said that the Army "on its part will conduct mountain band displays along some of the COVID-19 hospitals in almost every district of our country. The armed forces will also lay wreathe at the police memorial on 3 May in support of our police forces".

18:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

1,755 new COVID-19 cases reported in last 24 hours, says Centre

The Union health ministry said that there has been a spike of 1,755 new COVID-19 positive cases and 77 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 35,365 including 9,064 cured/discharged and 1,152 deaths, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

17:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal latest Updates

Bengal guv says IMCT teams only facing problem in state

"West Bengal is the only state where Inter-Ministerial Central Team faced problems in carrying out their work.When entire country is fighting against COVID-19 and IMCT team came to assess the situation, we should have received it with red carpet," West Bengal governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

17:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Bihar Latest Updates

34 new COVID-19 cases reported in Bihar today

The Bihar government said that 34 new cases (18, 16) people tested positive for COVID-19 have been reported in the state on Friday, taking total number of cases to 466.

17:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

24 new COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka today

The Karnataka health department said that 24 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 589, out of which 251 patients have been cured/discharged while 22 others have lost their lives.

17:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

25 new COVID-19 cases reported in J&K today

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Friday said that 25 new coronavirus cases and 31 recoveries have been reported today in the UT, taking the total number of cases to 639 out of which 384 cases are active

Of these, Jammu has reported six, Kashmir reported 378.

17:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Railways says 6 trains to run today for travel of stranded people

The Ministry of Railways on Friday said, "Special trains for migrant workers, tourists, students and other persons planned to run today from Lingampalli to Hatia, Aluva to Bhubaneswar, Nasik to Lucknow, Nasik to Bhopal, Jaipur to Patna and Kota to Hatia."

17:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

CDS Bipin Rawat, three defence chiefs to hold presser at 6 pm

Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat and three service chiefs are likely to hold a press conference on "important issues" at 6 pm on Friday.

17:04 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says over 2 cr N-95 masks ordered

PD Vaghela, Chairman, Empowered Group-3 on Friday said, "We have ordered 2.49 crore N95 masks."

16:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Over 19,000 ventilators available currently, says Centre

"There is a total demand of 75,000 ventilators; total 19,398 ventilators available and 60,884 ventilators have been ordered," said PD Vaghela, Chairman, Empowered Group-3.

16:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says demand for PPE is projected at 2.01 cr in India

PD Vaghela, chairman of Empowered Group 3 of the Centre's COVID-19 response team, on Friday said, "Demand for PPE kits has been projected at 2.01 crore in India. We have placed orders for 2.22 crore kits out of which 1.42 crore kits are being procured in the domestic market. 1.87 lakh kits are being produced daily in the country."

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The MCGM said that 751 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mumbai on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 7,625.

Migrant workers in Kerala's Aluva and Maharashtra's Nashik began to arrive at train stations to board the scheduled special trains set to take them back to their native places, as per the MHA order.

The MHA said that a limited number of activities will remain prohibited across India, irrespective of the zone, including travel by air, rail, metro and inter-state movement by road.

This includes the functioning of schools, colleges, and other educational and training/coaching institutions.

A large number of other activities are allowed in the Red Zones. All industrial and construction activities in rural areas, including MNREGA works, food-processing units and brick-kilns are permitted: MHA on the extension of lockdown.

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday issued an order under the Disaster Management Act, 2005 to further extend the nationwide coronavirus lockdown for a further period of two weeks beyond 4 May, ANI reported, quoting an official statement.

PD Vaghela, chairman of Empowered Group 3 of the Centre's COVID-19 response team, on Friday said, "Demand for PPE kits has been projected at 2.01 crore in India. We have placed orders for 2.22 crore kits out of which 1.42 crore kits are being procured in the domestic market. 1.87 lakh kits are being produced daily in the country."

Seventeen more COVID-19 cases were reported from Agra on Friday taking the total confirmed cases in the district to 496, the administration said.

Inter-district and inter-state curtailment of movement between Delhi and Gurugram will now be applied to individuals, including media persons, police personnel and doctors.

"Individual movement has also been curtailed as we're enforcing the curbing of inter-state and inter-dist movement. Be it media persons/Police/doctors, their inter-state and inter-district movement through these borders (Delhi-Gurugram border) will also not be allowed," said ACP Karan Goyal.

Earlier, the ACP had said that the restrictions will not be applied to media persons. He further said that for the healthcare professionals living in Gurugram, arrangements would be made there.

Punjab health minister Balbir Singh Sidhu on Friday blamed the Maharashtra government for not implementing Centre's guidelines on movement of migrant labourers after several pilgrims who returned from Nanded to Punjab tested COVID-19 positive.

"They were under Maharashtra government's observation. It was their duty to implement Centre's guidelines; their samplings and tests should've been done there. Had they told us it hasn't been done, we would've sent two teams there," said Singh after the state reported more than 100 coronavirus cases in a single day.

People who have been given permission to go back to their hometowns should do so patiently and not all at once, otherwise once again, the permission will be denied, said Uddhav Thackeray on Friday while reviewing the COVID-19 situation in the state.

Maharashtra government will not halt agricultural activities in the state, said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray during the State address on COVID-19 situation. "We are gradually opening the state up," said Thackeray.

With 11 more individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Karnataka from 30 April at 5 pm till 1 May at 12 pm, the total confirmed cases in the state climbed to 576, said the health department in the state.

This figure includes 22 deaths and 253 discharges. The recovery rate in the state stood at 44 percent.

The elections to the nine Legislative Council seats in Maharashtra, which fell vacant on 24 April, will be held on 21 May, the Election Commission announced on Friday.

Sources in the Election Commission had earlier said that polls can be conducted amidst the coronavirus outbreak and lockdown, provided precautions as advised by the Health Ministry are taken, and MLAs follow social distancing while casting their vote

The first train carrying over 1,000 migrant labourers from Telangana to Jharkhand began its operations on Friday at 4.50 am. The 24 coach train will arrive at Hatia in Jharkhand from Lingampally in Telangana at 11 pm on Friday.

All due processes including quarantine etc will be followed as per guidelines. According to the report, the train will not stop anywhere till it reaches Hatia.

All districts of Delhi have been included in the Red Zone category. Maharashtra, the most affected state, has the highest number of Red Zones - 14 districts - among all states.

In Tamil Nadu, 12 districts fall under the Red Zones, 19 in Uttar Pradesh, 10 in West Bengal while nine each in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh. Rajasthan has eight Red Zones.

As India inches towards the end of the 40-day nationwide lockdown imposed in view novel coronavirus, Niti Aayog's CEO Amitabh Kant shared a six-point strategy that could be the road ahead for the country.

A 53-year-old COVID-19 patient, the first to receive plasma therapy in Maharashtra, passed away on 29 April in Mumbai, Dr Ravishankar, CEO Lilavati Hospital told ANI.

The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India reach 35,043, 1,147 deaths recorded, as per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. 73 deaths and 1993 new cases reported in the last 24 hours in the country due to the novel virus.

India registered a total of 35,043 confirmed COVID-19 cases on Friday, according to the latest data by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The total number of deaths caused due to the novel coronavirus so far stood at 1,147.

Of the total confirmed cases, 25,007 were active cases while one COVID-19 patient migrated. The recovery rate of the nation was at 25.4 percent with as many as 8888 COVID-19 patients being cured.

With one more individual testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Balasore district, the total confirmed cases in Odisha on Friday climbed to 143. The figure also includes 143 active COVID-19 cases.

Balasore recorded as many as 20 confirmed COVID-19 cases so far. ​The total number of RT-PCR tests conducted in Odisha in past 24 hours stood at 2437.

The number of coronavirus toll in India crossed 1,000 on Thursday after 67 new deaths were reported, and cases rose to 33,610 with 1,823 new infections in a day. State governments also began preparations to help lakhs of migrant workers and students reach their homes from different parts of the country, where they have been stranded for over a month due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

As people waited for further clarity on the government's next move on the nationwide lockdown, whose second phase ends this Sunday, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said India should open up up its economy in a measured way soon to save jobs and estimated that Rs 65,000 crore would need to be spent to support the poor amid the crisis.

Interacting with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi through video conferencing, Rajan said it is "all too easy to have a lockdown forever", but that is not sustainable for the economy and India does not have the capacity to support people across the spectrum for too long.

a person standing in front of a door: A medical worker takes a nasal swab of a person at a red zone area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. AP © Provided by Firstpost A medical worker takes a nasal swab of a person at a red zone area in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. AP

A nationwide lockdown has been in place since 25 March. Initially, it was announced for 21 days till 14 April, but Prime Minister Narendra Modi later extended it till 3 May, as a measure to contain the coronovirus pandemic.

Meanwhile, in the Union health ministy's daily briefing on Thursday, officials said that the recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has improved to nearly 25.2 percent, from about 13 percent a fortnight ago.

The ministry's evening update said that 1,075 people have died due to COVID-19 so far across the country after 67 deaths were reported since Wednesday evening.

However, a PTI tally of the toll reported by various states and union territories, as of 8.30 pm, showed at least 1,137 people have lost their lives while close to 34,500 people have been infected so far.

At the press briefing, Health Ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said that the current fatality rate among detected is 3.2 percent, with 65 percent being men and 35 percent women.

"If we divide it on the basis of age, then 14 percent fatality has been seen in those aged below 45 years, 34.8 percent between 45-60 years and 51.2 percent in those above 60 years," he said.

Agarwal further said that the recovery rate for COVID-19 has improved from 13.06 percent to over 25 percent in the past 14 days. He added that the doubling rate for COVID-19 cases has improved to 11 days as against 3.4 days before the lockdown was imposed.

Additionally, he said the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was found to be between 11-20 days in Delhi (11.3), Uttar Pradesh (12), Jammu and Kashmir (12.2), Odisha (13), Rajasthan (17.8), Tamil Nadu (19.1) and Punjab (19.5).

A doubling rate of between 20-40 days was seen in Karnataka (21.6), Ladakh (24.2), Haryana (24.4), Uttarakhand (30.3) and Kerala (37.5), Agarwal said.

A doubling rate of over 40 days was noted in Assam (59), Telangana (70.8), Chhattisgarh (89.7) and Himachal Pradesh (191.6), he added.

Speaking about testing being scaled up, Agarwal said starting with one single laboratory, the RT-PCR tests are now available in 292 government and 97 private facilities across the country.

"On Wednesday, 58,686 tests were performed and if you see the average number of tests performed each day in the last five days, it comes to 49,800 tests. It is important to understand that whatever capacity is needed, we have progressively increased it," he said.

COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra cross 10,000-mark, Gujarat reports 313 new patients

Maharashtra alone saw its tally crossing 10,000 with 583 new cases during the day, while 27 more people died. The state tops the nationwide tally with a total 10,498 confirmed cases and 459 deaths so far. Mumbai alone now accounts for 6,874 confirmed cases and 290 deaths.

Gujarat also saw its tally of confirmed cases rising by 313 to 4,395, while 17 more people died on Thursday to take the state's death toll to 214. Ahmedabad reported more than 3,000 cases and 149 deaths.

Tamil Nadu, Odisha, Karnataka and West Bengal also reported new cases.

There are more than 24,000 active patients across the country, while more than 8,300 people have recovered and one patient has migrated. The total number of cases include 111 foreign nationals.

Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said India is doing better compared to other countries on all parameters in its fight against COVID-19 and should be able to win this decisive war in the coming few weeks.

About 60,000 foreign nationals from 72 countries have also been evacuated from India, while the issue of evacuation of Indians stranded abroad is also under discussion, according to the Ministry of External Affairs.

States take steps to facilitate movement of stranded people

Several states, in the meantime, announced steps they were taking for facilitating the movement of migrant workers and students, stranded in various cities due to the lockdown, to help them reach their respective native places, in line with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) guidelines announced on Wednesday. Some states have already brought back some migrant workers from other places.

The Madhya Pradesh government said it has brought back over 20,000 migrant labourers, who were stranded in other states due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials to ready quarantine centres, shelter homes and community kitchens as the state readied for the return of migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country.

Maharashtra issued a notification designating all the district collectors as the nodal authority for the movement of stranded people into or outside the state and also within the state, while the Gujarat government appointed 16 bureaucrats as nodal officers to facilitate the movement of such people across borders.

The Kerala government renewed its demand for special non-stop trains to transport those who are keen to leave for their respective states. There are 3.60 lakh workers in over 20,000 camps in the state and majority of them, hailing from West Bengal, Assam, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, wanted to return home.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh also urged the prime minister to arrange special trains for transportation of migrant workers, while he directed all deputy commissioners to prepare data of migrant labourers stranded in the state due to the lockdown.

As per the MHA order, buses will be used for transporting those stranded, and these vehicles will be sanitised and will have to follow safe social distancing norms on seating. A senior official said all states and UTs will have to "strictly follow" these guidelines.

While the movement of trucks is already allowed for transportation of goods during the lockdown, the MHA separately clarified that no separate passes are required for their inter-state movement, including for those carrying goods or returning after delivery, and licence of the driver is enough.

There have been reports that movement of trucks is not allowed freely and local authorities insist upon separate passes at inter-state borders in different parts of the country.

Over 30 million Americans file for unemployment benefits

Bleak new figures on Thursday underscored the worldwide economic pain inflicted by the coronavirus: The number of Americans filing for unemployment benefits has climbed past a staggering 30 million, while Europe’s economies are in an epic slide, AP reported.

The statistics are likely to turn up the pressure on politicians to ease the lockdowns that have closed factories and other businesses.

In the US, the government reported that 3.8 million laid-off workers applied for jobless benefits last week, raising the total to about 30.3 million in the six weeks since the outbreak took hold. The layoffs amount to 1 in 6 American workers and encompass more people than the entire population of Texas.

Some economists say that when the US unemployment rate for April comes out next week, it could be as high as 20 percent — a figure not seen since the Depression of the 1930s, when joblessness peaked at 25 percent.

The virus has killed over 2,20,000 people worldwide, including more than 61,000 in the US, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University. Confirmed infections globally topped 3.2 million, with 1 million of them in the US, but the true numbers are believed to be much higher because of limited testing, differences in counting the dead and concealment by some governments.

With inputs from agencies

More From Firstpost

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon