Sources told the news channel that the lockdown may be extended but with many changes this time around. Interstate movement will remain restricted, except for essential services. Schools, colleges and religious institutions are likely to stay closed.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 ChandrashekarRao 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
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.