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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Madhya Pradesh begins bringing back migrant workers stranded in neigbouring states; over 2,400 workers have left from Gujarat, says CM

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the he had spoken to his counterparts in Gujarat, Maharahstra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to bring back migrant labourers stranded in those states. Over 2,400 labourers have boarded about 98 buses in Gujarat and migrant workers are also being brought back from Rajasthan, he said.

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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Madhya Pradesh begins bringing back migrant workers stranded in neigbouring states; over 2,400 workers have left from Gujarat, says CM

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15:25 (ist)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Lockdowns likely to be extended in Mumbai and Pune, claim reports

Quoting Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope, Mint reported on Saturday that the nationwide lockdown in Mumbai and Pune might be extended till 18 May in view of the rising COVID-19 cases in both the cities. 

"At present, the issue is only with the slums where positive cases are increasing rapidly. We have to ensure that all the containment zones are completely cordoned off. If required, we will extend the lockdown for 15 more days after 3 May only for the containment zones, if not for the entire Mumbai and Pune," Mint quoted the health minister as saying.

Similarly the Economic Times also quoted a government official who said that the lockdown in the metropolis regions may well continue beyond 3 May, without specifying on the date. 

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Apr 25, 2020 - 23:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

Standalone shops in Jammu and Kashmir allowed to operate

 
The government of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday issued a notification allowing standalone shops in rural and urban areas of the state to operate. However, shops in single and mutli brand malls in rural areas and in malls, bazaars in urban areas shall remain close. Moreover, eateries with sit-in faiclities, swimming pools, gyms, cinema halls, auditoriums, malls , parlours, theaters, parks shall remain closed, stated the order.

Apr 25, 2020 - 23:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

UGC sets up two committees

 
University Grants Commission has set up 2 committees — one under chairmanship of Prof RC Kuhad that was given responsibility to look into issues related to Exam and Academic Calender, while another has been set up under Prof Nageshwar Rao's chairmanship that is related with promoting online education, ANI quotes UGC as saying.

Apr 25, 2020 - 23:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Italy Latest Updates

Italy reports 415 new deaths, 2,357 cases

Italy has reported 415 deaths and 2,357 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The Italian health ministry puts Europe's highest death toll at more than 26,000. The total known infections stand at more than 195,000. The Lombardy region registers the most cases in Italy, adding some 700 on Saturday for a total of nearly 72,000 infected persons there since Italy's first case in that northern region on 20 February. AP

Apr 25, 2020 - 23:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Nurse at Hindu Rao Hospital tests positive for COVID-19, facility closed down

 
A nurse at a civic hospital in north Delhi tested positive for coronavirus on Saturday, following which the facility has been closed down, officials said. The Hindu Rao Hospital run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, has been temporarily shut for sanitisation and contact tracing, they said.
 
"Late Saturday evening, a nurse on duty in Hindu Rao Hospital, was found positive for COVID-19. Since she has been on duty in various locations within the campus over the last two weeks, we are closing down the hospital till we fully sanitise and complete contact tracing," NDMC Commissioner Varsha Joshi said.
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Apr 25, 2020 - 23:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Sanitation worker in Delhi succumbs to COVID-19

A 57-year-old sanitation worker of the South Delhi Municipal Corporation died due to the coronavirus infection on Satuday, reports Hindustan Times. The man used to lift garbage in Bhogal, Jangpura was on ventilator support at the AIIMS trauma Centre, said the report. At least three other sanitation workers have tested positive for the virus and are admitted to various hospitals in the city.

Apr 25, 2020 - 22:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Bihar Latest Updates

Nine more test positive in Bihar

Nine more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar; taking the total number of cases to 251. "We are ascertaining their infection trail," said Bihar Principal Secretary (Health) Sanjay Kumar.

 

Apr 25, 2020 - 22:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Latur reports COVID-19 case after over fortnight

A 70-year-old woman from Maharashtra's Latur district, which had not reported any coronavirus positive case in more than 14 days, died on
Saturday of the infection, a Health official said. Notably, the Union Health ministry had on Monday added Latur, Osmanabad, Hingoli and Washim districts in Maharashtra in its list of districts from 23 States/UT that have not reported any fresh cases in the last 14 days (preceding April
20).
 
"A 70-year-old woman from Udgir died at the COVID​ facility there at 4:15 pm. She was admitted on April 23. The woman was suffering from diabetes and hypertension. Her report for COVID-19 came positive this afternoon," said district civil surgeon Dr Sanjay Dhage.Following the death of the woman, state minister Sanjay Bansode has appealed to people from Udgir to remain indoors and to follow social distancing norms.

Apr 25, 2020 - 22:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Updates

More than 20,000 hospital deaths recorded in Britain so far

Britain passed the grim milestone of over 20,000 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, as the daily toll rose 813 to 20,319 people who tested positive for the illness and died in hospital., reports Reuters.

The country has the fifth highest official coronavirus death toll in the world, after the United States, Italy, Spain and France. Scientists have said that the death rate will only start to decline quickly in another couple of weeks.

Apr 25, 2020 - 22:44 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt to implement MHA guidelines, more categories of shops to open

The Delhi government Saturday said it will implement the Centre's latest guidelines on opening of neighborhood and standalone shops including those selling mobile phones, garments and stationary items, reported PTI. Sources in the Delhi government, however, said shops in coronavirus containment zones will remain shut and no activity will be allowed in such areas. Standalone shops and those in residential areas will open with social-distancing norms strictly followed, they said.
 
However, shops located in market places and malls will continue to remain shut till 3 May in the National Capital, as mentioned in the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs, the sources said. On Saturday, the number of containment zones rose to 95 in the national capital.

Apr 25, 2020 - 22:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Ladakh Latest Updates

 

Two new COVID-19 cases in Ladakh

Two persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Ladakh on Saturday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the Union Territory to 20, reports PTI.  The number of active COVID-19 cases in Ladakh are four and all of them are stable. Sixteen patients have recovered and were discharged from hospitals, the official said. A new case was reported from Bogdang village in Nubra area of Leh district, and the other from Sankoo in Kargil district, said Rigzin Samphel, commissioner secretary (health).
 
The family members of the two have been shifted to quarantine centres. The person in Sankoo had a travel history to Iran and had reached Delhi on February 26 before travelling to Leh on March 5, Samphel said. The person in Bogdang had a travel history to Gujarat and had reached Chandigarh on 2 February. He had reached Thoise in Nubra on 9 March. The samples of all the co-passengers will be collected and tested, according to the official.
 
The area of Sankoo is already under containment and contact tracing will be carried out. Moreover, 500 samples from Bogdang will be sent for testing, he said. Meanwhile, Leh District Magistrate Sachin Kumar issued an order declaring Bogdang as a containment area. 

Coronavirus OutbreakUpdates: Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said the he had spoken to his counterparts in Gujarat, Maharahstra, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan to bring back migrant labourers stranded in those states. Over 2,400 labourers have boarded about 98 buses in Gujarat and migrant workers are also being brought back from Rajasthan, he said.

 With 111 new COVID19 cases and one death reported today in Delhi, the total number of positive cases in the state rose to 2625 and the death toll increased to 54, according to the latest update provided by the Government of Delhi.

 811 new COVID19 cases and 22 deaths have been reported in the state today, taking the total number of positive cases to 7628 and death toll to 323, ANI quotes the Maharashtra Health Department as saying.With 119 patients discharged after recovery, their number rose to 1,076 so far,according to the health department.

At least 56 more deaths have been reported since Friday evening — the highest so far in a span of 24 hours — to take the death toll across the country to at least 779, according to the Union Health Ministry figures.

 281 new positive cases and 12 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Saturday.Total number of cases in the city stands at 4,870.

 Two more containment zones were idenitifed in Delhi, taking the total number of such zones in the National Capital to 95, reports ANI.

 

According to latest figures released by the Odisha health department, the state has reported 94 confirmed cases so far, of which 60 are active while 33 have recovered from the virus.

Khordha district, which also reported, the state's only fatality from the novel coronavirus, is the worst-affected, accounting for 46 of the states 94 cases. Bhadrak, Jajpur and Balasore districts have reported 16, 12 and 10 cases, respectively.

According to the 5 pm update issued by the health ministry, total coronavirus cases in the country rose to 24,942 including 18,953 active cases, 5, 210 patients who were cured/discharged or migrated and 779 deaths.

26 new cases have been confirmed in Karnataka from in th elast 24 hours, according to a bulletin issued by the state health department at 5 pm. According to the bulletin, total positive cases in the state stand at 500 which includes 18 deaths and 158 discharges.

Starting Sunday, all the shops in Gujarat, except those located in COVID-19 containment zones, malls and shopping complexes, will be allowed to open.

Jammu and Kashmir principal secretary (Planning) Rohit Kansal said that 1,071 samples were tested in the state int he last 24 hours taking. Of these, 40 persons tested positive, taking the case count to 494.

A central team visiting north Bengal to assess the COVID-19 situation wrote to the West Bengal government on Saturday, suggesting stricter implementation of lockdown there.

Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary of Home Affairs, on Saturday said that shops that render services like - barber shops, hair salons and liquor stores - will not reopen. However, reopening of departmental stores that deal with of sale of items will be allowed.

"Hair salons and barber shops render services. Our order is applicable on shops which deal in sale of items. There is no order to open barber shops and hair salons. There is no order to open liquor shops too, said Srivastava.

The COVID-19 mortality rate in Maharashtra stood at 4.42 percent after 301 fatalities were registered so far. On the other hand, the COVID-19 recovery rate in the state was at 14 percent after 957 COVID-19 patients were cured of the infectious disease, according to the data released by the health ministry.

The toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 301 on Saturday with 18 deaths reported in past 24 hrs, while the number of confirmed cases saw a jump of 394 to go up to 6,817.

The COVID-19 mortality rate in the country stood at 3.16 percent after 775 fatalities were registered so far. On the other hand, the COVID-19 recovery rate was at 20.7% after 5,062 COVID-19 patients were cured of the infectious disease, according to the data released by the health ministry.

"The toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 775 on Saturday with 57 deaths reported in past 24 hrs, while the number of confirmed cases saw a jump of 1,429 to go up to 24,506," said the health ministry.

With 15 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Karnataka from 24 April 5 pm to 25 April 12 pm, the total number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 489.

Lives of 18 people were claimed by the infectious disease while 153 COVID-19 patients have recovered, said the state government.

The toll due to the novel coronavirus in Maharashtra reached 301 after 18 more people succumbed to the infectious disease on Friday. However, there was a surprising drop in the daily tally of confirmed cases in both Maharashtra and Mumbai on Friday, a day after it registered the highest single-day spike in cases.

The state recorded 394 COVID-19 cases on Friday against 778 on Thursday, thereby registering a 49.4% drop. On the other hand, Mumbai confirmed 242 cases on Friday, a 53.6% decline than 522 registered on Thursday.

As many as eight persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Amravati city in 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 12 in the city, an official said on Saturday.

The city has recorded 16 positive cases so far, of which four patients succumbed to the infection, while four others were discharged following recovery on Friday, the official said.

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India jumped to 24,506 while the fatalities reached 775 due to the infectious disease, according to the recent data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.

Of the overall positive cases, 18,668 are active cases. The recovery rate across the nation was at 20.66 percent with 5062 being cured of the virus while, one has migrated from the country.

After the actual COVID-19 death figures had come under question, the West Bengal government on Friday said there were 57 fatalities caused due to the novel coronavirus in the state. According to its death audit committee, 57 COVID-19 patients had died, but asserted that 39 of these were due to co-morbidities.

The home ministry on Friday allowed reopening of all shops in residential and market complexes outside municipal limits and all neighbourhood shops within municipal limits of non-containment zones to open during the lockdown.

However this concession has not been extended to single and multi-brand malls outside municipal limits and single-brand and multi-brand malls as well as market complexes within municipal limits.

As the nation completed a month in lockdown, health ministry said today that without it, India would have had at least one lakh cases by now. The ministry also claimed that the in the last 28 days, as many as 15 districts have had no new case, while there are 80 districts in the country that have not reported any new coronavirus case in the last 14 days.

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates Madhya Pradesh begins bringing back migrant workers stranded in neigbouring states over 2400 workers have left from Gujarat says CM

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However, these claims came alongside the fact that India reported its highest single-day spike in cases on Friday. The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 723 with 37 fatalities reported since Thursday evening, while the number of cases saw a record jump of 1,752 increasing the confirmed cases in the country to 23,452 cases, according to data from the health ministry. The previous highest single day increase was on 20 April w hen 1,540 cases were reported.

In a late night order, in what seems to be the beginning of the end of the lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs on Friday ordered the exemption of all shops under the Shops and Establishment Act of States/UTs, including shops in residential complexes and market complexes — except shops in multi-brand and single-brand malls — outside limits of municipal corporations, from revised consolidated lockdown restrictions.

One month into lockdown, concerns over economic impact grow

After 30 days of lockdown, a high-level group of top bureaucrats, comprising of Union Home Secretary and his counterpart in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade, reviewed measures to speed up economic and industrial activities and held a video conference with representatives of industry associations.

Home Ministry Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said feedback is being taken from industrial units and their problems are being addressed. She said certain quarters of the industry and exporters have raised concerns over some new guidelines, saying it was difficult for them to implement those for partial resumption of their factory operations.

Srivastava said progress in economic activities, especially in rural areas, is being witnessed, and added that road construction, brick kilns and cement manufacturing related works have also started.

Later in the evening, the Home Ministry also clarified that some lockdown guidelines have been misinterpreted and no legal action will be taken against a company CEO, nor a factory will be sealed, in case an employee tests positive for COVID-19.

In another significant decision, the government froze inflation-linked allowance for its 1.1 crore employees and pensioners, a move states are likely to replicate, in order to save a combined Rs 1.2 lakh crore.

Industry body CII said India's GDP, in the baseline scenario, is expected to grow at just 0.6 percent on an annual basis as economic activity is expected to remain constrained due to continuing restrictions on the free movement of goods and people beyond the lockdown period.

In the most optimistic scenario, which envisages a faster pick-up in the aftermath of the lockdown, the GDP is expected to register a growth of 1.5 percent.

In case of a more prolonged outbreak, where the restrictions in existing hotspot regions get extended, while new regions are identified as ‘hotspots' leading to intermittent stop and start in economic activity, the GDP is likely to decline by 0.9 percent, it added.

Separately, Fitch Ratings also slashed India's growth projection to 0.8 per cent for 2020-21, saying that an unparalleled global recession was underway due to disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdowns.

India reports highest single-day spike, but rate of recovery improving

According to a PTI tally of figures announced by various states and union territories, the number of confirmed cases has reached 23,577 with at least 743 deaths, while nearly 5,000 patients have recovered and have been discharged.

Maharashtra alone has reported more than 6,400 cases and at least 283 deaths, while Gujarat has seen over 2,600 confirmed infections with over 100 deaths and Delhi has more than 2,300 cases with 50 deaths. Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have also reported large number of cases.

Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal, however, said that the rate of recovery has improved to 19.89 percent, from 9.99 percent ten days ago on 14 April, while 12 districts have reported not a single case in the last 28 days. The number of districts with no cases in last 14 days has also increased to 78.

Government officials said it has been able to "cut coronavirus transmission", minimise its spread and increase the doubling time of COVID-19 cases in the country during the 30-day period of the nationwide lockdown.

While asserting that the growth of coronavirus cases in the country has been more or less linear and not exponential, it also said testing has been ramped up consistently.

Addressing a daily press conference on the COVID-19 situation in the country, CK Mishra, the chairman of Empowered Group Two, said testing has been a "crucial weapon" during the 30-day lockdown period, which began on 25 March 24, to ascertain if one has contracted the disease or not.

As on 23 March, nearly 15,000 tests were done across the country and by 22 April more than 5 lakh tests were conducted, which is about "33 times in 30 days", he said, adding, "But we are conscious of the fact that this is not enough and we have to continuously ramp up testing in the country and we will do that."

One of the empowered groups formed to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce misery of people once the lockdown is lifted, Empowered Group Two is tasked with coordinating availability of hospitals, isolation and quarantine facilities, disease surveillance, testing and critical care training.

"The growth of COVID-19 cases has been more or less linear, not exponential; this indicates that the strategies we adopted have succeeded in containing the infection to a particular level. Post imposition of lockdown, while the number of new positive cases has increased by 16 times, testing increased by 24 times," Mishra added.

"Despite a 24-fold increase in testing, the percentage of positive cases is not rising. The percentage of positive cases as a ratio of testing is more or less the same as that a month ago," he said.

Mishra also claimed that India has done better than a majority of developed countries with respect to the percentage of test cases yielding positive results. He said South Korea is among the countries that have done better than India.

"We need to evolve our strategy based on the current position... We seem to be doing well so far with our strategy which is intensely focused on areas where we see a lot of positivity and action happening. Our testing strategy has been focused, targeted and continues to expand," he said.

Situation in Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Surat 'especially concerning'

The COVID-19 situation is “especially serious” in major or emerging hotspots like Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai and Thane, the Centre said on Friday, as it rushed inter-ministerial central teams(IMCT) to monitor the situation in these cities.

The assessment by the MHA came on a day when Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra said the number of COVID-19 patients in the Gujarat capital may grow to eight lakh by the end of May if the current four-day period of doubling of the cases continues. So far, Ahmedabad city has reported 1,638 cases, the highest in Gujarat which accounted for over 2,600 infections.

Four teams headed by Additional Secretary-level officers will visit Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad and Chennai, MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava told a press conference. These teams will be in addition to the six IMCTs constituted earlier, she said.

The teams have been constituted for a spot assessment of the COVID-19 hotspot districts.

The six teams are in Mumbai, Pune (Maharashtra), Indore (Madhya Pradesh), Jaipur (Rajasthan) and West Bengal (one team for Kolkata and adjoining districts and the other for North Bengal). The team in Mumbai will also visit Thane.

Political nitpicking over crisis continues

Political nitpicking gained steam on Friday as several non-BJP ruled states alleged partisan behaviour by the Central Government. Meanwhile, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee was locked in a tussle with the state's governor Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi accused the BJP of spreading the virus of communal prejudice and hatred in the country, asserting that "grave damage" is being done to India's social harmony.

Rahul Gandhi said issues of migrant workers must be addressed as the first priority and lockdown beyond 3 May should only be continued in COVID-19 hotspots and not in green zones, while his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanded that migrant workers stuck at various state borders due to the lockdown be permitted to return to their native places after due testing and precautions.

Chief ministers of Congress-ruled states, on the other hand, hit out at the Central Government for not providing financial assistance to them, asking how will the country win the battle against COVID-19 in this time of crisis.

West Bengal governor Dhankhar mounted a fresh assault on West Bengal chief minister after her missive on Thursday where she accused him of "repeatedly interfering" in the functioning of her government and reminded him she is the elected chief minister of a proud state and he is a nominated governor.

Dhankhar said the chief minister's "outburst" is an alibi strategy to cover up "monumental failures" in tackling the  COVID-19 pandemic in the state. Urging the TMC supremo "to shun politics and confrontational approach", Dhankhar said her conduct is only compounding the miseries of the people.

He also accused her of "explicitly appeasing" the minority community, while referring to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in New Delhi, which has often been blamed for the spurt in the novel coronavirus cases.

There have been allegations from various quarters that the state government is hiding coronavirus cases and deaths. Banerjee had earlier slammed the Centre for sending the teams to look into the states preparedness for tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and alleged that faulty testing kits were dispatched to the state.

With inputs from PTI

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