Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan reports highest single-day spike in cases as 242 more test positive; case count climbs to 5,202, toll touches 131

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan on Sunday recorded the highest single day spike of 242 new cases and five more fatalities, officials said. The number of cases in the state stands at 5,202 and fatalities at 131.

FP Staff May 18, 2020 00:08:49 IST
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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan reports highest single-day spike in cases as 242 more test positive; case count climbs to 5,202, toll touches 131



May 18, 2020 - 00:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Buses arranged by Congress to ferry migrants back home not allowed to enter UP, claims Rajasthan minister

A Rajasthan cabinet minister on Sunday claimed that the state government had kept 500 private buses ready to ferry migrant workers to Uttar Pradesh but they were not allowed to enter by the Yogi Adityanath government. Vishvendra Singh, Minister for Tourism and Devasthan, Rajasthan said the buses were stopped at Bahej village on the Uttar Pradesh-Rajasthan border for almost the entire day. Later, the buses were asked to return to Rajasthan. “We had been waiting for permission from the UP government to enter cross the border for nearly seven hours,” Singh alleged. Around 1000 private buses to facilitate the movement of migrants have been arranged on the directives of Uttar Pradesh Congress in-charge and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as she was moved by their plight, Singh said.

May 17, 2020 - 23:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Uttar Pradesh Police stops migrants at state border

Hundreds of migrants were stopped on Sunday by police in border districts of Uttar Pradesh from travelling to their native places by unauthorised vehicles and on foot during the ongoing coronavirus lockdown, leading to protests in some areas, reports PTI.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had on Saturday directed district authorities not to allow migrants to travel by unsafe means and to ensure that they are transported in buses after 26 workers who were returning to their homes died in a truck-trailer collision in Auraiya.
On Jhansi-Shivpuri border, police stopped trucks and other private vehicles ferrying migrants on Saturday night leading to protests. Senior officials reached the spot and at 2 AM it was decided that the people will be allowed to proceed further after undergoing screening for coronavirus symptoms, according to Divisional Commissioner, Jhansi divison,  Subhash Chandra Sharma.

May 17, 2020 - 23:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Person arrested for chain snatching tests positive in Odisha, police station vacated

The Puri district administration on Sunday vacated the Kumbharpada police station after a person arrested in a snatching case tested positive for COVID-19, officials told PTI. The police station was sanitised and about 30 personnel, including the inspector in-charge, were lodged at a hotel as a precautionary measure, they said. The administration said COVID-19 test of all the personnel posted at the police station will be conducted.

May 17, 2020 - 23:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Pune reports 223 new infections

With 223 new detections, the number   of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Pune district mounted to 4,018 on Sunday and that of fatalities to 206 with 11 more people succumbing to the viral infection, PTI quotes a Health official as saying

May 17, 2020 - 23:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Goa Latest Updates

Goa now has 22 coronavirus positive cases

The tally of COVID-19 patients in Goa reached 22 after nine such cases were reported on Sunday, PTI quotes a health department official as saying. Six of the total number of patients are passengers of the Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Express train, who tested positive in the last 24 hours, the official said. "All the 22 patients have been admitted to a specially-designated COVID-19 hospital in Margao town," he said..
On May 1, Goa had been declared as green zone after all the seven COVID-19 patients previously found in the state recovered. However, the coastal state has witnessed a spurt in the number of cases over the last few days.

May 17, 2020 - 23:18 (IST)

Rajasthan reports 242 new cases

Rajasthan reports 242 new cases, taking tally to 5202.

May 17, 2020 - 23:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Rajasthan extends lockdown till 31 May

The Rajasthan govt has extended lockdown in the state till 31 May, reports ANI. The development comes after the MHA announced extension in nationwide lockdown till 31 May and issued fresh guidelines with more relaxations.

May 17, 2020 - 23:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh Latest Updates

Himachal Pradesh issues order for implementing lockdown guidelines

With extension of lockdown up to 31 May, new guidelines issued by MHA will be applicable based on risk profiling of districts into Red/Green&Orange zones with restrictions imposed, said an order issued by the Himachal Pradesh government. Curfew hours will be notified by District Magistrates from time to time, it further added.

May 17, 2020 - 22:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

Gujarat to implement lockdown guidelines from Tuesday, says Vijay Rupani

Gujarat will be divided into containment and non-containment zones, and economic activities will be allowed in non-containment zones in the state during the extended lockdown period as the per the Centre's guidelines, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Sunday. He said a meeting of all district officials will be held for notifying containment zones and the fourth phase of the lockdown will be implemented from Tuesday."All industrial and commercial activities will be allowed in non-containment zones, be it Ahmedabad city or Surat or Vadodara, as per directions of the Ministry of Home Affairs," Rupani said after chairing a high-level meeting with state ministers and officials.

May 17, 2020 - 22:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Health ministry lists parameters for demarcating red, orange, green zones

The Union Health Ministry on Sunday listed parameters such as active COVID-19 cases, doubling and fatality rates and cases per lakh population, for the states and UTs to follow while categorising areas into red, orange or green zones. It also issued guidelines for delineation of coronavirus containment and buffer zones and outlined the actions that have to be implemented in those areas to break the chain of transmission. In a letter to the states and Union Territories, Health Secretary Preeti Sudan said states may categorise districts or municipal corporations into hotspots, red, orange and green zones. They, however, may also choose to categorise sub-division, ward or any other appropriate administrative unit into the colour-coded zones after detailed analysis at their end, duly taking into consideration the geographical spread of cases, contacts and their zone of influence in terms of disease spread, the ministry said. 

This comes after the Home Ministry issued guidelines for the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown, giving power to the states and Union Territories to delineate red, green and orange zones as per the COVID-19 situation.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Rajasthan on Sunday recorded the highest single day spike of 242 new cases and five more fatalities, officials said. The number of cases in the state stands at 5,202 and fatalities at 131.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba during a video conference requested states to cooperate in running more Shramik Special trains to facilitate the movement of migrant workers.

Gujarat will be divided into containment and non-containment zones, and economic activities will be allowed in non-containment zones in the state during the extended lockdown period as the per the Centre's guidelines, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Sunday.

 Gujarat on Sunday recorded 391 new COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths, taking the total case count to 11,380 and the number of fatalities to 659, a Health official said.

 According to the BMC's figures released on Sunday evening, 1,571 COVID-19 cases and 38 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Sunday. The total number of cases in the city is now at 19967, including 5012 recovered/discharged and 734 deaths.

Maharashtra COVID-19 tally rises to 33,053 after 2,347 new cases recorded; toll climbs to 1,198 after death of 63 patients.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended the nationwide lockdown till 31 May and issued fresh guidelines. According to the guidelines, all international and domestic flights will  continue to be banned except for medical and emergency purposes.

The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended nationwide lockdown till 31 May and allowed states, Union Territories to impose restrictions as deemed necessary by them.

The NDMA in exercise of powers of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 directs Centre and State government to continue the lockdown measures up to 31 May to contain the spread of COVID-19. It has also asked the NEC to issue modified guidelines keeping in mind the resumption of economic activities.

 Karnataka has extended lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state to 19 May, according to reports. The existing lockdown guidelines shall remain applicable during this period.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 14 more persons had tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Kerala, taking the number of active cases to 101.

 The test report of a 55-year-old migrant worker, who fell ill upon return to Bihar from Mumbai and died before his sample was collected, came COVID-19 positive, taking the death toll in the state to eight, reports PTI.

Two migrant workers who returned to Chhattisgarh's Balod district from Mumbai tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, taking the number of such cases in the state to 69.

Lockdown in Tamil Nadu extended till 31 May with more relaxations, announces chief minister E Palaniswami. He also announced new relaxations such as resumption of public transportation in 25 districts after a hiatus of nearly two months.

In the first case of COVID-19 in a Punjab prison, a woman inmate at Ludhiana jail tested positive. Meanwhile, the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus was extended in Punjab till 31 May.

Delhi reported 19 coronavirus deaths on Sunday and 422 new infections, taking the total to 148 fatalities and 9,755 cases, the authorities said. The new guidelines for lockdown 4.0 will be based on the suggestions made by chief ministers of all the states to the home ministry last week and are expected to be announced on Sunday evening, reports NDTV. Maharashtra, with the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country, has decided to extend the lockdown till 31 May, reports PTI. The state has registered 30,706 cases and 1,135 deaths. After Punjab, Mizoram and Telangana, Maharashtra has become the latest state to extend restrictions. The finance minister slammed Congress leader Rahul Gandhi over his meeting with migrants in the National Capital on Saturday and asked 'why to politicise the issue'. 'She said, 'I want to tell the Opposition party that on the issue of migrants we all must work together.' Speaking of public enterprise policy, the finance minister said, 'All sectors will be opened to private sectors also. Public sectors will continue to play an important role in defined areas. ' In view of the unprecedented situation, the Centre has decided to accede to the request of states and increase the borrowing limits of states from 3% to 5% for 2020-21 only. 'This will give states extra resources of Rs 4.28 lakh crore,' she said. Now, Indian public companies can list their securities directly in foreign jurisdictions, announced Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 'Private companies which list Non-Convertible Debentures on stock exchanges will not be regarded as listed companies, she said "Debts related to COVID-19 shall be excluded from defaults under Insolvency and Bankruptcy Board," says Nirmala Sitharman. "No fresh insolvency proceeding will be initiated up to one year." Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says the first of seven steps is allocating an additional Rs 40,000 crore for the MGNREGA scheme. Sitharaman said it would address returning migrants' need for work. Nirmala Sitharam said that she would be announcing seven steps in the final tranche of the stimulus package. 'Today I have 7 such steps to tell you, the order is: MGNREGS, Health (rural and urban) and Education related, businesses and COVID-19, decriminalization of Companies Act, Ease of Doing Business, Public Sector Enterprises- related steps and state governments and related resources,' she said. Need to now build an Aatma Nirbhar Bharat', said Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Sunday, while addressing a press conference on the final tranche of the economic package, revisits Narendra Modi's speech on Tuesday. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is set to address a press conference at 11 am today to speak on the roadmap laid out to move towards an 'Aatmanirbhar' India. Sitharaman on Saturday said that the Central government will introduce competition, transparency and private sector participation in the coal sector and infrastructure development of Rs 50,000 crore. India reported the highest ever spike of 4,987 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, a woman, who travelled to Goa in Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Rajdhani train on Saturday, has tested positive for coronavirus, taking the new infections in the state to 10. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will address a press conference at 11 am today to talk on the roadmap laid out to move towards an 'Aatmanirbhar' India. Meanwhile, the number of confirmed cases stood at 90,927 on Sunday. India crossed the 85,000 mark in number of COVID-19 cases on Saturday, becoming the 11th worst-affected country in the world. The Union Health Ministry reported a rise of 3,970 infections and 103 deaths due to the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours since Friday 8 am. The total number of cases has climbed to 85,940 while number of deaths due to COVID-19 has risen to 2,752, the ministry said. With 53,035 active cases, India is the eighth largest in terms of active cases after the US, Russia, Brazil, France, Italy, Spain and Peru. More than 30,000 patients have recovered so far, data showed.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates Rajasthan reports highest singleday spike in cases as 242 more test positive case count climbs to 5202 toll touches 131

Migrant workers from other states desperate to return to their homes walk through rail tracks. AP

However, a PTI tally of figures announced by states and Union territories, as of 9.15 pm put the total number of confirmed cases in the country at 90,326, deaths at 2,790 and recoveries at over 33,500. Globally, more than 45.6 lakh people are reported to have been infected by the novel coronavirus while 3,06,221 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. COVID-19 cases from states In India, Maharashtra remained the worst affected state with its COVID-19 tally crossing the 30,000-mark on Saturday with 1,606 new cases and 67 more fatalities taking its death toll to 1,135. Gujarat, the second worst-affected state, crossed the 10,000-mark on Saturday with 1,057 new patients being found positive for coronavirus including 709 "super spreaders" in Ahmedabad. Gujarat now has 10,989 cases with 625 deaths, while Tamil Nadu's overall tally has risen to 10,585. The major worry, however, is a new phase of coronavirus infections in states like Kerala and Goa, which had become virtually free of new infections, have begun reporting new cases while the numbers have started rising rapidly in places like Odisha, Bihar and Assam too in the last few days. Click here to follow LIVE Updates on coronavirus Most of the new cases across states are being linked to the influx of people from other states or other countries in special trains, flights and buses. In Odisha, 65 people tested positive during the day, taking its total to 737, and officials said most of these cases are among people who had returned from other states. Ganjam in south Odisha now accounts for the highest number of cases in the state at 277 and most of these people have returned from Gujarat and other states. In Kerala, 11 people tested positive for COVID-19, including four from Thrissur district, three from Kozhikode and two each from Palakkad and Malappuram. All of them had come from outside the state -- seven from abroad and two each from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra. Nearly 57,000 people are under observation in the state at present, out of which about 3,000 came to the state through airports, nearly 800 from sea ports, over 1,000 through train and over 50,320 via road. In Tripura also, 11 people, including seven BSF jawans, tested positive on Saturday. Bihar recorded 46 new cases, including in Patna which now has 105 cases. The number of cases in Bihar has risen sharply since the beginning of the month, mainly because of migrants returning to their native places in large numbers by special trains in addition to other modes of transport. According to the state health department, 427 of returnees since 4 May have tested positive for COVID-9. Most of them had come from Delhi, Gujarat and Maharashtra. Five cities account for over 50% COVID-19 cases The high concentration of COVID-19 in urban clusters is another major cause of worry with five cities -- Mumbai, Delhi, Ahmedabad, Chennai and Pune -- as of Saturday accounting for over 50 percent of total infections with close to 46,000 cases. These five also account for over half of the nationwide death toll of close to nearly 2,800 so far. On Saturday, Delhi reported 438 new cases, taking its tally to 9,333, while its death toll rose to 129. Delhi is the third worst hit among the major urban centres after Mumbai and Ahmedabad, which reported 884 and 973 new cases, respectively. The COVID-19 case count in Ahmedabad has now risen to 8,144, while its toll has grown to 493. Mumbai's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases has risen to 18,396, while its death toll due to the pandemic is now 696 with 41 new deaths. Chennai also saw its tally rising to 6,261. Among other major urban centres, Pune, Surat and Indore have also been reporting large numbers of cases. 35 migrants killed in road accidents At least 35 migrant workers were killed and many more were injured in road accidents during the day in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh while trying to return to their native places. Most of them had hitched rides in trucks while a couple was in an autorickshaw for a journey running into hundreds of kilometers. Lakhs of migrant workers in different parts of the country had begun walking back to their native places after being rendered jobless, and many of them homeless too, due to the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 24 March. While special trains are being run now by the government and some states have also arranged for buses to take them back to their homes, not all places are said to be connected by these trains and large numbers of people remain on roads. FM announces fourth tranche of measures; Opposition slams it The government in the meantime unveiled a slew of structural reforms in eight sectors -- coal, minerals, defence production, civil aviation sector, power distribution companies in Union Territories, space sector and atomic energy sector -- in the fourth tranche of the Rs 20-lakh-crore economic stimulus package with an aim to boost growth and create jobs. Some of the measures, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday, included opening of space sector for private players, commercial mining of coal, raising FDI limit in defence sector through automatic route from 49 percent to 74 percent, privatisation of power discoms in the Union Territories, offering more airports on a PPP model as well as boosting private sector investment in social infrastructure projects through revamped viability gap funding scheme of Rs 8,100 crore. Modi said the measures announced by Sitharaman will create many business opportunities and contribute to the country's economic transformation. Leading industry body Assocham said these measures would give "new wings to India" and demonopolise core sectors. Left parties, however, accused the government of using the COVID-19 pandemic to "impose the agenda of the rich" and privatise public assets. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said cash assistance should be given to the poor and vulnerable sections who are in dire need of money due to the lockdown. The third phase of the nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end on Sunday and there are expectations that the fourth phase beginning Monday may give significant relaxations for various economic activities even as a complete exit is unlikely given the continuous rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. Several states have already said they want the lockdown restrictions to continue further. However, on Saturday Punjab become the first to extend it till 31 May but without curfew restrictions. Haryana deputy chief minister Dushyant Chautala supported restarting of domestic flights as well as opening of schools and universities, as he stressed on resumption of normal life while dealing with COVID-19. His state reported 33 new cases, including 14 in Gurgaon on the outskirts of the national capital. With inputs from PTI

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