Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: The Delhi government said that 356 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in the National Capital on Monday, including 325 positive cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours.
Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The Delhi government said that 356 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in the National Capital on Monday, including 325 positive cases and four deaths in the last 24 hours.
The total number of positive cases in National Capital rose to 1,510 (including 1,071 positive cases). The total toll is 28.
Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has started a helpline through which we want to connect non-resident Assamese.
"They can call 9615471547, we'll register them. Once registered, we'll transfer an amount which will help them in surviving in another state till lockdown is completely lifted. We have also started an initiative to help the people who are stuck in different countries. To those residents of Assam, we have transferred $ 1,000."
He added, "Another initiative was to help critically ill patients, like those suffering from cancer, kidney and liver ailment. We have transferred Rs 25,000 each to all those patients so that they can continue to get treatment wherever they are today."
Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy on Monday announced that the COVID-19 lockdown will be extended till 30 April, News18 reported.
The Delhi government is likely to enforce the odd-even rule in all wholesale markets in the National Capital, News18 reported, adding that it entails sellers setting up shop on alternate days of the week.
"Development Minister Gopal Rai said that the government has also decided to stagger the timings for the sale of vegetables and fruits in these 'mandis' to ensure social distancing," the report said.
150 new positive coronavirus cases and nine new deaths were reported in Mumbai on Monday, ANI reported. Of the nine casualties, seven had co-morbidity.
Three new COVID-19 cases were reported in Kerala on Monday, reports said, adding that the total cases are now at 378 which includes 178 active cases and 198 patients who have recovered. The figure also includes two deaths in the state.
Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan was quoted by reports as saying that of the three new cases, two were reported in the Kannur district and one in the Palakkad district. Reports also said that 19 people have recovered on Monday.
India's total number of coronavirus positive cases on Monday rose to 9,352 (including 8,048 active cases, 980 cured/discharged/migrated and 324 deaths).
The statement added that 905 new positive cases and 51 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
Reports said that 25 staff members of a hospital in Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus. They are all being treated at the ICU of the hospital itself and are all are stable now, ANI reported.
Few others, close contacts of these staff members were also tested but are negative. High-risk contacts of these positive patients are quarantined in the hospital itself and low-risk contacts of positive cases have been instructed to home-quarantine themselves.
The Uttar Pradesh government said that 146 and 62 hotspots have been identified in 15 and 25 districts of the state respective.
In the cluster of 146 hotspots, "there are 1,71,232 houses with 9,78,055 people. Barricading has been done at all these areas, sanitisation has been done here. 401 positive cases found, said Awanish K Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary, Home department.
He added that in the cluster of 62 hotspots, 1,62,664 houses have been identified with the presence of 9,50,828 people in these areas. 80 positive cases found here.
The lockdown over coronavirus in Tamil Nadu was extended till 30 April by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Monday, ANI reported. Tamil Nadu became the seventh state to announce the extension, along with Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana.
Raman R Gangakhedkar of the ICMR, in the daily briefing on Monday said that till Sunday, 2,06,212 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country.
"Also, there is no need to worry, the pace at which we are conducting tests today, we have a stock with which we can conduct tests for next six weeks easily," he said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10 am on Tuesday (14 April), the last day of the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed in light of the novel coronavirus.
Modi is likely to talk about the lockdown extension beyond 14 April by two weeks as the active COVID-19 cases breached the 9,000-mark.
Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday appealed to Muslims to strictly follow social distancing and lockdown guidelines during the holy month of Ramzan starting later this month in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.
He urged them to offer prayers and perform other religious rituals like the "iftar" (breaking of fast) staying inside their homes during the month of Ramzan, which will begin from 24 April or 25 April.
SpiceJet is preparing for resumption of operations by making seating arrangement on coaches. The airline said that no passenger will sit on seats marked "X".
Nearly 82 fresh COVID-19 cases were registered in Maharashtra in the past 12 hours, taking the overall state tally to 2,064 on Monday, said the state health department.
Of the new cases of coronavirus, 59 were reported in Mumbai, ANI reported.
In a bid to enhance its preventive actions against COVID-19, the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) is converting its old buses that were slated to be scrapped into 'sanitizer buses' to disinfect people in public places. The transport corporation launched one such bus on Saturday in Bengaluru.
KSRTC Managing Director Shivayogi C Kalasad said the sanitizer buses branded as "Sarige Sanjeevini" will be operated in the city limits for the benefit of police personnel, health workers, pourakarmikas and others who are carrying out essential services during the lockdown.
Fearful of rising COVID-19 cases in Mumbai's densely populated slums, the Maharashtra government is considering to give hydroxychloroquine sulphate (HCQS) tablets as a "preventive medicine" to slum residents at highest risk of the infection.
Suspected patients kept in quarantine facilities in Dharavi were likely to be the first one to get the HCQ tablets.
Confirming the move, Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope said, "HCQS is used to treat malaria and there have been instances of it being used in the US as a preventive medicine against Covid-19. We plan to use it in areas like Dharavi where the risk of infection is high."
Nagaland reported first case of the novel coronavirus on Monday after a man with COVID-like symptoms, who was admitted to a hospital in Assam's Guwahati, tested positive, an official said.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma also tweeted that a private hospital in Dimapur referred a patient to the Guwahati Medical College Hospital after he was found with symptoms of COVID-19.
The total number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Assam climbed to 30 on Monday after an individual from Dhubri tested positive for the respiratory disease, said state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
Sarma further said that the fresh case was linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizamuddin Markaz.
With four fresh cases of the novel coronavirus reported in Dharavi, in south Mumbai, the COVID-19 tally in the densely populated slum areas climbed to 47 on Monday, ANI reported.
One death was also reported, taking the toll to five in the area.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) declared Ganesh Gall in Mumbai's Lalbaug area a 'containment zone' on Monday as the total number of the novel coronavirus cases in Maharashtra stood at 1,982.
According to worldometer, the total number of novel coronavirus cases in India climbed to 9,205 on Monday while the death count has gone past 300.
Globally, more than 109,000 people have succumbed to the respiratory disease and confirmed infections have topped 1.7 million.
As many as 909 COVID-19 cases and 34 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of such cases to 8,356 and the death toll to 273 in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Sunday. The ministry asserted that the government is "extra prepared" if there is an exponential rise in the number of coronavirus patients.
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Union health ministry, said, "The good news is that 716 people have recovered and have been discharged so far. Seventy-four people have been cured since Saturday. The government is extra prepared if the number of cases rises exponentially."
Maharashtra continued to be the most affected by the disease, as the state reported 134 more cases, taking the total number of cases to 1,895.
Of these, 113 have been found in Mumbai, four in Pune, seven in Mira Bhayandar, two each in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Vasai Virar and one each in Raigad, Amravati, Bhiwandi and Pimpri-Chinchwad.
In Patiala, an officer's hand was chopped off with a sword and two other Punjab policemen injured when a group of Nihangs attacked them after being asked to show curfew passes at a vegetable market.
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However, there was some reassuring news from the United Kingdom, where prime minister Boris Johnson was discharged from a hospital, a week after he was admitted there after being tested positive for COVID-19.
Maharashtra on Saturday detected 221 new cases of coronavirus, taking the state tally to 1,982, said the state health department. There were 22 deaths in the state of Covid-19 patients, it said adding that 16 deaths were recorded in Mumbai, three in Pune, and two in Navi Mumbai and one in Solapur. 15 of the deceased belonged to the 40 to 60 age group, it said, adding that toll in the state now stood at 149.
Eighty-five new COVID19 positive cases and five deaths were reported in Delhi, taking the total number of positive cases in the National Capital to 1,154, and the toll to 24, said the state health department. Of the 85 new cases, 26 had a history of foreign travel or had come into contact with a patient.
The number of coronavirus positive cases in Gujarat rose to 516 with 48 more people testing positive for COVID-19, a state Health department official said. Further, two more coronavirus positive patients died in Ahmedabad, taking the total death toll in Gujarat to 24, a health department official said.
The deceased included a 60-year-old woman and a 75-year-old man.
Jammu and Kashmir Principal Secretary (Planning) Rohit Kansal said that 21 new cases were detected in the state on Sunday – 17 from Kashmir Division and 4 from Jammu Division. Total number of positive cases has now reached 245, he said.
Delhi govt launches sanitation drive
The Delhi government will launch a massive sanitisation drive in the city's COVID-19 containment areas, declared as red zones and high-risk zones, identified as orange zones from Monday onwards, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
The chief minister said areas where positive COVID-19 cases are being found, will be declared as containment zones. Till Sunday afternoon, 34 hotspots in the national capital were identified as COVID-19 containment zones.
Addressing an online briefing, Kejriwal said, "We have declared COVID-19 containment zones as red zones and high-risk zones as orange zones. We have identified more containment zones in the national capital."
The chief minister said he was concerned about the increasing number of coronavirus cases in the city. However, he assured that steps were being taken to contain the spread of the deadly virus.
Talking about the sanitisation drive, Kejriwal said 10 technologically-advanced machines from Japan along with 50 Delhi Jal Board sanitisation machines will be used as part of 'Operation SHIELD'.
According to the chief minister, the operation launched by the Aam Aadmi Party government has been successful in Dilshad Garden which was a hotspot area until now.
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"No new case of COVID-19 has been reported in Dilshad Garden in the last 10 days due to Operation SHIELD," he said.
Focus on primary medical infrastructure, says Centre
Listing out the preparatory measures taken by the Union government, Lav Agarwal said the focus is on increasing the capacity of the primary medical infrastructure, which includes dedicated hospitals, isolation beds, ICU beds and quarantine facilities.
"As of Sunday, while the requirement of beds for 8,356 cases is estimated to be 1,671 for 20 per cent of the confirmed cases with moderate to severe or critical clinical symptoms, the present availability of beds is 1,05,980 in 601 dedicated COVID-19 hospitals across the country. The number of isolation beds in these hospitals is being further augmented.
"Dedicated hospitals for management of COVID-19 patients have increasingly been set up across the country. Along with government hospitals, various private hospitals, public sector units, military hospitals and the Indian Railways are contributing to these efforts," he said.
According to ICMR officials, a total of 1,86,906 samples have so far been tested across the country, of which 7,953 have been found to be positive for COVID-19.
"In the last five days, on an average, 15,747 samples were tested per day and 584 of those were found to be positive per day," Dr Manoj Murhekar of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official said at a press briefing.
The ICMR official also said that while there is no vaccine against the virus as of now, 40 vaccines are under development.
Punjab politicians condemn attack on police
Political leaders cutting across party lines condemned the brutal attack on police by a group of Nihangs in Punjab's Patiala and sought strict action against perpetrators of the crime.
Seven people, including five attackers, were arrested hours later after an exchange of fire at a gurdwara where the group fled after the 6.15 am incident in Sanaur town.
Reacting to the incident, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh asked police to take strict action against law-breakers.
“Police Party on Naka duty was attacked today in which one ASI's hand was cut off & 6 were injured. Police cornered the culprits and have taken them into custody. Have given instructions to the @PunjabPoliceInd to deal with anyone breaking the law in strictest possible manner,” the CM tweeted.
Akali stalwart and former chief minister Parkash Singh Badal too condemned the attack.
“There is no place for violence in a civilised society,” Badal said in a statement. He said police throughout the country have been performing a difficult task most selflessly.
Aam Aadmi Party state unit chief and Sangrur MP Bhagwant Mann demanded “strictest action” against the accused.
Boris Johnson discharged from hospital
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been discharged from hospital and will continue his recovery from COVID-19 at Chequers, his official country residence, his Downing Street office said in a statement on Sunday.
Johnson, 55, was taken to St Thomas’ Hospital in central London on 5 April, suffering from persistent symptoms of the disease caused by the new coronavirus. On 6 April he was moved into intensive care, where he remained until 9 April.
“On the advice of his medical team, the PM will not be immediately returning to work. He wishes to thank everybody at St Thomas’ for the brilliant care he has received,” an official statement said.
With inputs from agencies