Pitching for efforts on a war footing to identify and isolate COVID-19 hotspots, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday hinted at a "staggered" exit from the ongoing lockdown after the 21-day period ends on April 14 while the nationwide tally of confirmed cases of the deadly virus infection rose by more than 500 to cross 2,500 with at least 76 deaths.
Meanwhile, many new cases of coronavirus infections have been reported across the country, which witnessed a spike in the confirmed cases tally. The death toll now stands at 53 according to the health ministry. Exactly 2069 positive cases have been reported so far.
Over 150 people have recovered from the pandemic and been sent home from hospitals.
On the other hand, the World Bank on Thursday approved USD 1-billion emergency financing for India to tackle the outbreak.
WATCH | Coronavirus Lockdown: Chennai's Auto Association offers helping hand to fellow drivers
Donald Trump issues advisory, ask Americans to wear face masks
After weeks of insisting that Americans don't have to wear face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus, President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) announced new guidelines as issued by CDC (Centers for Disease Control) advising the use of "non-medical cloth-based" face coverings.
Man who returned from Dubai infects 11 others with COVID-19 in MP
A man who had returned from Dubai on March 17 in Madhya Pradesh's Morena to perform final rites of his deceased mother, has infected 11 persons with COVID-19.
Is our country flattening the corona curve?
Is India flattening the coronavirus curve? That of course, is the 1.3 billion dollar question that everyone wants to know the answer to. Let us look at the data so far. India had performed around 47,951 tests as of April 1, out of which around 1,637 were declared positive. This gives us a positivity rate of around 3.41%. (READ THE OPINION HERE)
Here are some of the world updates
Tiffany Pinckney remembers the fear when COVID-19 stole her breath. So when she recovered, the New York City mother became one of the country’s first survivors to donate her blood to help treat other seriously ill patients.
France on Friday reported 588 more coronavirus deaths in hospital, its biggest toll over the last 24 hours since the epidemic began.
The new coronavirus might spread through the air via normal breathing and speaking, a top US scientist said Friday as the government was poised to recommend the use of face masks for everyone.
From government stock seizures to sales to the highest bidder on airport tarmacs, the hunt for face masks amid the coronavirus outbreak has become a global free-for-all where the rules of fair play no longer apply.
Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan on Friday said that no one was sure how long the COVID-19 pandemic would last as he announced a massive package to the construction sector to restart economy, as the number of coronavirus patients rose to nearly 2,500 in the country.
Schools, colleges asked to advise students to follow Ayush ministry protocols
- The HRD Ministry directed schools and colleges on Friday to advise students to follow protocols developed by the Ayush Ministry to boost immunity and light diyas and candles on April 5 as advised by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
- In a letter sent to CBSE, UGC, AICTE, NCERT and other bodies under the HRD Ministry, Secretary Amit Khare has listed suggestions to aid the fight against COVID-19.
- "As addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, students may light candle, diya or torch of their mobile for 9 minutes on April 5 at 9 pm to realise power of light and to highlight objective of which we are all fighting together. However, no one should assemble in colonies or road or anywhere outside their houses," Khare said.
- "Ministry of Ayush has developed a protocol for immunity boosting measures for self care for kids. Students may also download Arogya Setu app, which has been developed to fight against COVID-19. The app will be helpful for students, faculty members and family members too," he added.
Maharashtra BJP MLC enters sealed district, booked
BJP MLC Suresh Dhas was booked for entering Ahmednagar district despite the border being sealed in view of the lockdown in place for novel coronavirus outbreak, police said on Friday. Dhas went to Khed in Ahmednagar's Karjat taluka to meet migrant labourers on April 2 after which a case was filed by Ashti police in Beed, said Inspector Madhav Suryavanshi. Dhas is a resident of Ashti.
OPD services at LNJP and GB Pant hospitals to be closed from April 4: Authorities
- Both these hospitals are among the five facilities in Delhi designated for treatment of COVID-19 patients. The decision was taken at an emergency meeting held on Thursday by the Delhi health minister. It was decided that OPD services at LNJP and GB Pant hospitals will be closed, an order issued on Friday said.
- The order will come into effect from April 4, it said. However, medical emergency services at LNJP Hospital will continue from the ground floor of the general emergency wing and all obstetrics and gynaecology services will be from the old Gynaecology Block, the order said.
- GB Pant Hospital will continue to provide emergency services to neurology and cardiology patients and will also manage the cardio and neuro patients referred from LNJP Hospital.
Important update from Karnataka
#TNIEupdatesOnCovid19— Mahesh M Goudar (@MahiPEN_TNIE) April 3, 2020
The @dcbagalkot confirms the death of 75-year-old #COVID19 patient with this fourth fatality reported in the state because of deadly pandemic virus. @XpressBengaluru @naushadbijapur @CeozpB @GovindKarjol @Lokeshbj27 @nammabagalkot
Cowsheds in Mumbai's Aaray have been hit by shortage of fodder supply
Maharashtra: Cowsheds in Mumbai's Aaray have been hit by a shortage of fodder supply amid lockdown in the state due to #COVID19. Ameen, caretaker of a stable says, "There are 600 cows in my stable. Suppliers don't come even after offering double money. It is difficult to sustain" pic.twitter.com/AG07FncKC0— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Nagpur man arrested for coronavirus April Fool's Day prank
- A man was arrested for playing an April Fool's prank claiming his wife was infected with the novel coronavirus, which left authorities in panic as he worked in a firm employed by the vital Koradi Thermal Power Station near Nagpur in Maharashtra, an official said on Friday. He was identified as contract labourer Ramesh Khuje, said Inspector Vazeer Shaikh.
- "Khuje told his relative on April 1 that his wife had tested positive for novel coronavirus. He told his firm AKA Logistics that he has was infected with the virus. However, it was soon found out that Khuje had played a prank," he said.
- Based on the complaint by KTPS security officer Sandi Ghodmare, Khuje was arrested under sections of the IPC and Disaster Management Act, the official said.
Update from Andhra
Two new #COVID2019 cases in #AndhraPradesh since the last bulletin 25 mins ago. Both from #EastGodavari district.— Jayanth P (@Jayanth_TNIE) April 3, 2020
Total cases: 164
Recovered: 4 (1 each in Kakinada and Ongole today. 1 each in Visakhapatnam and Nellore earlier). https://t.co/fVIhYvpZZ9 pic.twitter.com/ZvErOIbQ5A
Madhya Pradesh coronavirus updated stats:
What animals are doing in Chennai amid lockdown
Tamil Nadu: Members of District Medical Team in Rameswaram today went to each household to trace people who came from foreign countries in March. The officials put a stamp on the palms of such people and advised them to stay under medical supervision and in isolation. pic.twitter.com/lHMBNugILR— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Latest Rajasthan figures
Today's positive till 9.45 pm is 46 (including 9 evacuees from Iran) New cases-Two from Ramganj, three from Alwar. Overall cumulative positive 179.
Vistara's important announcement
More details on the test reports of 217 Indians who were evacuated from Italy
A group of 217 Indians evacuated from Italy have been found negative for the coronavirus after spending over a fortnight at an ITBP quarantine facility, officials said on Friday. They said the inmates, who were brought here on March 15 after being evacuated from Italy's Milan town on a special Air India flight, are now being released from the centre in a phased manner. "A total of 218 Indians were sent to the ITBP facility on March 15. 217 people have been found negative for COVID-19 after tests," a senior Indo-Tibetan Border Police officer said. One inmate from this batch was allowed to leave sometime back on compassionate grounds due to the death of his father, he said.
Yemeni man spits at Mumbai cops enforcing lockdown
The incident happened near Rehman Shah Baba dargah on Thursday evening, a police official said. "He was loitering in the area and when a police team quizzed him. This man spat at, abused and manhandled one of the personnel. We booked him under IPC, Disaster Management Act and Maharashtra COVID-19 Precautionary Measures Order and handed him over to his father," the official said.
Another good news
217 Indians evacuated from Italy and housed at ITBP quarantine centre test negative for coronavirus after a fortnight: Officials
Will continue our services: Madhya Pradesh doctors who were attacked
MP: Health workers on whom stones were pelted by locals on April 1 at Tatpatti Bakhal in Indore, returned on April 2 to carry out screening services. Dr Trupti Katdare, Medical Officer says,"We don't know why they pelted stones,but we'll not be afraid&continue our services there" pic.twitter.com/ggptRUVizm— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Madhya Pradesh coronavirus numbers:
Total positive cases: 131 Active: 122 Deaths: 8 Recovered: 1
Thane locality sealed off
Navghar Road area in Mira Bhayander Municipal Corporation in Thane district was on Friday sealed off after a resident tested positive for novel coronavirus, civic commissioner Chandrakant Dange said. The township, part of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, has six COVID-19 patients as on Friday, officials said. A total of 423 people have been ordered home quarantine for suspected exposure to the virus and 46 have been admitted in isolation wards, MBMC officials said.
IAF airlifted essential supplies to Assam, UP, J&K, Ladakh in last 2 days: Defence Ministry
- "During the last two days, IAF airlifted essential medical supplies and commodities from nodal points to Guwahati, Dibrugarh and Mohanbari in north eastern region; Prayagraj, Gorakhpur, Bareilly and Agra in the central region; and the Union territories of J&K and Ladakh," the ministry said in a statement.
- In addition, the IAF airlifted critical medical supplies to Male in Maldives under 'Operation Sanjeevani' on Thursday. Maldives was facing a shortage of essential medical supplies as its connectivity with India was broken after the imposition of the lockdown.
- "Quarantine facilities created at IAF bases across the country continue in a state of readiness," the ministry stated. India is under a 21-day lockdown till April 14 to curb the spread of coronavirus. All domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended for this period. The ministry said that the Indian Navy continued to extend a helping hand to locals through distribution of food and essential supplies during the nationwide lockdown.
- "On April 1, 2020, Headquarters, Goa Naval Area coordinated with the Councillor of Mangor Hill and distributed critical supplies to families of daily wagers, migrant labourers and low income families at Gandhinagar.Around 1000 kg of essential provisions were distributed to 200 families," the ministry noted. Additionally, 600 kg of provisions were handed over to Milind Naik, Minister for Urban Development and Social Welfare, for distribution to families in need, the ministry noted.
- Earlier this week, jawans of the Defence Security Corps (DSC) and personnel from INS Hansa had distributed food at several locations in Goa's Vasco, the ministry said. Approximately 320 people were provided cooked food at Vasco Railway Station, Bogda and Ram Mandir at Goa, it added.
News from DRDO
Defence Research & Development Organisation develops two configurations of sanitizing equipment - portable backpack area sanitization equipment & trolley mounted large area sanitization equipment. These are spinoffs from technologies developed for fire suppression applications. pic.twitter.com/GkuYqBSA9d— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Central drug regulator orders release of vaccine, IVD consignments from port offices amid lockdown
- In a letter to Central Drugs Standard Control Organization (CDSCO) port offices, the drug controller said his office had received representations from importers about consignments of vaccines and critical IVDs not being released in view of the ongoing lockdown announced by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
- "This matter has been examined carefully by the committee and in the view of the criticality of these products it has been decided in large public interest, till further orders that the consignments of the vaccines and critical IVDs and blood products (which are usually sampled 100 per cent for testing) may be released by all the port offices based on the review of documents, protocol, certificates of release of batch by the manufactures and satisfactory history of the product, subject to the following conditions," it said.
- It stated that sufficient quantity of the vaccines/IVDs, blood products should be drawn for analysis and stored at the prescribed storage conditions by the importers after putting mark for the security by the port officers of CDCSO and the samples should be sent to the notified laboratories for evaluation at earliest when the logistics are reported.
- The importers should submit an undertaking stating that their product released in this circumstance will be recalled in case the samples does into clear the evaluation by laboratories, the letter stated.
- "The port officers are hereby requested to follow the aforesaid procedures in order not to hamper the supplies of essential vaccine, diagnostics and blood products in public interest due to the situation arisen by COVID-19 outbreak lockdown, logistics problems, manpower problem at the each level including at labs," it said.
Ministry of Home Affairs issues Addendum to the guidelines issued regarding lockdown to exempt -— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
●Shops of Agricultural machinery, its spare parts (inc. supply chain) & repair; Truck repair shops on highways
●Tea industry, including plantations with max 50 workers #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/yhOIQsQuE4
Coronavirus: 11 of 28 samples test negative in Goa lab
Eleven of 28 samples sent for coronavirus testing in the newly set up lab in Goa Medical College and Hospital have returned negative while the results of the rest are awaited, said state Health minister Vishwajit Rane on Friday. The state has six COVID=19 patients as on Friday, all of whom are admitted in the designated facility for the infection in south Goa.
AYUSH ministry seeks action against claims to cure COVID-19
- Under the provisions of the law, central and state government authorities were instructed by the Union home ministry on March 24 to take effective measures including making of false claim as punishable offence to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection in the country.
- "In view of the emerging threat in the country due to COVID-19 outbreak, it is imperative to apply and implement various measures for maintaining public safety in all aspects and to control dissemination of misleading information about AYUSH drugs and services," said the order by the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) issued on Wednesday.
- "It is hereby directed to all concerned ASU&H (Ayurvedic, Siddha, Unani and Homoeopathic) regulatory authorities in the states and UTs to stop and prevent publicity and advertisement of AYUSH-related claims for COVID-19 treatment in print, TV and electronic media and take necessary action against the persons/agencies involved in contravening the relevant legal provisions and the guidelines of NDMA," it stated.
Deaths continue in Mahrashtra
Latest figures from UP, Delhi, Bihar and Chhattisgarh:
- Uttar Pradesh: Total cases so far: 174.
- Total cases with Tablighi connection: 49 (Seven reported on Thursday and 42 on Friday). Break up as follows: Saharanpur (12) Kanpur (6), Agra (7), Meerut (5) Azamgarh (4) Firozabad (4) Shamli (2), Jaunpur (2) Pratapgarh (2) Ghaziabad (1) Hapur (1) Hardoi (1) Ghazipur (1) Shahjahanpur (1).
- Total cases found in the past 24 hours – 48 of whom 42 had the tablighi connection while six others belonged to Gautam Buddha Nagar (2), Basti (3) and Meerut (1). Recovered : 19.
- Deaths : 02.
- Bihar: One more COVID-19 positive case took the state's total to 30. The new patient is a 35-year-old from Siwan district, who came back from Bahrain on 21/3/2020.
- Chhattisgarh: One more cured today.
- Total positive cases: 9.
- Cured/ discharged : 4. Total active cases now: 5.
- Delhi: 77 new COVID-19 cases of Markaz attendees on Friday in Delhi.
- Total rises to 259.
- 16 fresh cases from Delhi, total 127 so far. 2 deaths. 2 discharged.
- 93 cases reported (including Markaz and Delhi).
Latest Gujarat stats
More spike in Odisha numbers
75 new positive cases in Telangana today
#Telangana records 75 new positive #COVID19 cases today— TNIE Telangana (@XpressHyderabad) April 3, 2020
Two more deaths recorded.
In a good news, 15 people got discharged today.
Total numbers as on today :
Positive cases till now in state - 229
Discharged - 32
Deaths - 11
Active cases - 186#TelanganaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/0Hsoydy8Wx
11 CISF personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Navi Mumbai
- It is suspected that they caught the infection while on duty at the Mumbai International Airport, an official said. Five of the CISF personnnel had tested positive ealrier while six more tested positive on Friday, he said. Panvel which comes under Navi Mumbai has a total of 14 coronavirus cases at present.
- The infected CISF personnel were posted at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. At least 146 CISF personnel including officers were tested, a senior official from the Konkan Divisional Commissioner's office told PTI. After five personnel tested positive, samples of others were collected, the official added.
11 Jamaat members flee from Maharashtra mosque after quarantine stamp
- According to police, none of them had attended the religious congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi's Nizamuddin area last month, which has emerged as a key source for the spread of COVID-19 in the country. They had been in Pune district since February 22, police said.
- "They are originally from Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Haryana. None of the 11 members had attended the Nizamuddin event, but they had been stamped 'home quarantine' on April 1 as a precautionary measure," a senior officer from Pune rural police said.
- "They had come to Pune on February 22. Till March 6, they were in Nana Peth area of the city and later moved to a mosque in Shirur," he said.
- After the Delhi incident came to light, we instructed these 11 persons to remain isolated in the mosque and stamped them, the officer said. "On the day they were stamped, all these people somehow escaped in a vehicle. Today, when our people went for checking, they could not be found," he said.
Update from Gujarat
19 more people, who had attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, have been traced. Total 103 people from Gujarat had attended the event. One person from Ahmedabad who had attended it and had tested positive has died: Gujarat DGP Shivanand Jha #COVID19 (file pic) pic.twitter.com/7FCCB1fcDX— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Modi, Netanyahu speak over telephone on coronavirus
Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu spoke by telephone with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. The two discussed technological cooperation as well as the various steps to deal with the spread of #coronavirus: Office of the Prime Minister of Israel (file pics) pic.twitter.com/ttE5Vsw5vK— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Another update from Madhya Pradesh
Army issues statement
Puducherry: Suspended Congress MLA distributes 'Kabasura Kudineer' powder among villagers
Puducherry: Suspended Congress MLA N Dhanavelu today distributed 'Kabasura Kudineer' powder among 15,000 families in Bahour village amid Coronavirus Pandemic, claiming that it will boost the immunity of the people.— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Note: Till now there is no vaccine or cure for #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/uNoD4N4TXl
ICSE writes to principals of its affiliated schools
Massive spike in positive cases in last 24 hours
Senior Madhya Pradesh health official tests positive
WATCH | Karnataka cops face stone pelting
#WATCH Karnataka: Stones were pelted at policemen when they forbade a group of people from offering Friday prayers at a mosque in Mantur, Hubli. "Four policemen have sustained minor injuries. Legal action will be taken," says Hubli-Dharwad Police Commissioner R Dilip pic.twitter.com/z2RsN04Iq0— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Update from Delhi
Punjab Police launches drone surveillance
Rajya Sabha polls further postponed
Madhya Pradesh cop hits temple priest; removed from field duty
- Rewa Inspector General of Police Chanchal Shekhar identified the officer as Civil Line police station in charge Rajkumar Mishra.
- BJP MLA Rajendra Shukla tweeted pictures in which Mishra was seen hitting a priest with a stick, and Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan responded to them by asking senior officials to take action against Mishra.
- "Mishra had gone to the spot after getting information that a crowd had gathered there. However, his action (of hitting the priest) was improper and so he was line attached (removed from field duty as a form of punishment)," said IG Shekhar.
Six CISF personnel test coronavirus positive near Mumbai
The personnel were posted at Kharghar adjoining Mumbai, a senior official said. Five CISF personnel had tested coronavirus positive earlier, he added. As of now there are 14 COVID-19 cases in Panvel Municipal Corporation area.
No COVID-19 case in Sikkim so far: Official
- The authorities have collected samples of 35 people, but their reports have come out negative, Director General (Health Services) P T Bhutia said. "There has been no case of COVID-19 in Sikkim till date," he said.
- However, eight patients with coronavirus-like symptoms are admitted in various hospitals, Bhutia said. A total of 1,122 persons have been placed under home quarantine, while another 107 are being quarantined at government facilities in Sikkim.
All Tablighi Jamaat returnees test negative for COVID-19: Tripura CM
- Biplab Kumar Deb on Friday said the 32 people of the state, who attended the congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi were sent to quarantine and all of them have tested negative for COVID-19. Altogether 32 people from Tripura attended the congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in Delhi last month.
- "Those who visited Nizamuddin event were sent to quarantine and examined, but all of them had come out coronavirus negative. However, we have decided to re-examine them, Deb said in a video message that was circulated by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on Friday.
- Not a single case of COVID-19 has been detected in Tripura till date, officials said on Friday.
Maharashtra man held for licking notes in coronavirus rant vide
Sayyad Jameel Sayyad Babu was arrested late Thursday night by Ramzanpura police in Malegaon, an official said. "He also said in the video that the pandemic would intensify further. After the video went viral, we arrested him. He has been remanded in police custody till April 7 by a court in Malegaon," the official informed.
MHA approves funds under State Disaster Risk Management
MHA approves release of Rs 11,092 crores under State Disaster Risk Management Fund to all states. This is advance release of Govt of India share of first installment of SDRMF for 2020-21, to augment funds available with state governments.
Bengal government sows confusion on COVID-19 toll with contradictory figures
Hours after a health official, who is a member of the expert committee set up by chief minister Mamata Banerjee to combat Covid-19, announced the total death count to be seven, including four who died in the past 24 hours, chief secretary Rajeeva Sinha claimed the number of deaths was three.
On Sunday 5th April at 8pm (BST)— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) April 3, 2020
Her Majesty The Queen will address the UK and the Commonwealth in a televised broadcast.
As well as on television and radio, The Queen’s address will be shown on The @RoyalFamily’s social media channels. pic.twitter.com/EADh7WNU7b
Armed Forces step up preparations to help India, neighbours fight COVID-19
The Indian Armed Forces have stepped up their preparations against COVID-19 to meet any future requirements arising within the country and in the neighbourhood. Fifty aircraft are on standby only for internal requirements. All the services -- Army, Navy and Air Force -- are part of the preparations.
Nine test positive in Kerala
Nine people test positive in Kerala on Friday, informed CM Pinarayi Vijayan, further adding that 14 have recovered and 251 are undergoing treatment.
Over 600 volunteers from Research Scholars of India offer to join fight against COVID-19
Based on their experience working in prestigious scientific institutions across the country, the volunteers said they are willing to take part in research activities pertaining to the pandemic. These scholars have expertise in many useful and highly demanding areas like molecular diagnosis, clinical sample handling, RNA isolation, cDNA preparation, RT-PCR, data analysis, synthesis of drugs and instrumental analysis etc.
Cases of Covid19 now 128 in Karnataka
US, Spanish deaths surge as global coronavirus toll crosses 50,000
The human scale of the pandemic has never been more stark -- experts warning that more than one million cases of COVID-19 disease confirmed globally is probably only a small proportion of total infections as testing is still not widely available. The United States accounts for around a quarter of confirmed cases but Europe is far from being out of danger -- Spain reported more than 900 deaths in 24 hours on Friday, for the second day running.
1,305 Tablighi Jamaat workers quarantined in Haryana, cases slapped against 106 foreigners
Most of them were immediately placed under quarantine in various centres established by the district administrations. Out of these, about 500 Tablighi Jamaat workers admitted to having visited “Banglewali Masjid” located in Nizamuddin area of Delhi.
WATCH | Chennai corporation staff risks their lives to keep you safe
Spitting habit of people quarantined in Assam hospital raises alarm
The state’s Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma made an appeal to their guardians to make them understand that they might infect others by this act. “Many people being quarantined at the Civil Hospital, Golaghat are spitting around. I feel their guardians should make them understand on the phone that their act could infect others. Nobody should do this. I am really sad,” Sarma told journalists on Friday.
UP man shot at for asking people to stay indoors during lockdown
A 30-year-old man was shot at by a group of people that was wandering outdoors after he asked them to stay in their homes and abide by the lockdown restrictions at Kakroli village in the district, police said. The injured man, identified as Javed, was shifted to a hospital for treatment after the attack on Thursday, they said.
More than 30,000 doctors volunteer to join fight against COVID-19
The government on March 25 had appealed to retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or private doctors to come forward and join the efforts to fight the pandemic caused by the deadly novel coronavirus.
Corona may hit peak by April end or early May: Devi Shetty
“We in Karnataka and in India are not at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic just yet, we could hit it at the end of April or in early May,’’ said Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, founder-chairman, Narayana Health. “We are about a month behind the United States on this.’’
Techies fret as COVID-19 lockdown in US, Europe could hit 1.5 lakh IT jobs
nformation Technology company employees are on edge. With the United States, Europe, Australia and Singapore under lockdown, the Forum for IT Employees (FITE), an IT employees union, has raised an alarm claiming that signing of new projects has either been postponed or is getting cancelled as businesses in many countries are in crisis.
This Chennai college has opened its doors for migrant workers
While Gurunanak College in Velachery currently houses 350 people brought in by the Greater Chennai Corporation, it can host a maximum of 1,000 people in the coming days, say college authorities. On Monday evening, poori, pulav and an aloo sabzi were on the dinner menu and on Tuesday it was chapati, rice and sambar.
'Home delivery' of FIR for violators in Muzaffarnagar
Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police Abhishek Yadav announced the home delivery of FIR in the city while appealing to the people to stay back at home to cut the transmission of Covid-19.
Delhi CM press briefing
- 91 new cases of coronavirus reported in Delhi in last 24 hours; total number of COVID-19 cases stands at 384
- 259 cases of COVID-19 reported from Nizammuddin Markaz
- One more person evacuated from Markaz has died due to COVID-19, total number of deaths stands at 5
102 persons test positive in Tamil Nadu
ICMR on coronavirus crisis
- 182 (132 government and 52 private) more laboratories operationalised in the country.
- 8,000 samples tested in the last 24 hours
MHA briefing on coronavirus crisis
- Effective lockdown being maintained in all states
- Strict action against those who are attacking 'corona warriors'
- 960 Markaz attendees blacklisted
- Visa violators booked under disaster management act and foreigners act
Union Health Ministry briefs the media over coronavirus crisis
- 647 Tablighi Jamaat cases reported from 14 states
- Over 2,300 cases and 56 deaths so far
- 336 new cases in the last 24 hours
RBI revises trading hours for various markets from 10 am to 2 pm
Reserve Bank of India (RBI) revises the trading hours for various markets to minimise the risks and to ensure that market participants maintain adequate checks and supervisory controls while optimising thin resources & ensuring safety of personnel, as under - pic.twitter.com/aaNgR2vcRN— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
Kerala-Karnataka border dispute
Supreme Court directs the Union Health Secretary to have a meeting with Chief Secretaries of both the states and decide how to facilitate the movement of people for medical treatments from Kerala to Karnataka in wake of Coronavirus Pandemic. Matter to be next heard on April 7.
Will publicise notification to control prices of masks and sanitizers, Centre tells SC
The top court, through video conferencing, was hearing the plea of NGO 'Justice For Rights Foundation' and others seeking direction to ensure fair and equitable distribution of masks and also the sale and distribution of hand sanitizers and liquid soap among the public to deal with the pandemic, also called COVID-19.
ICMR gives go-ahead for COVID-19 testing in labs under DBT, CSIR, DAE
The DBT, DST, CSIR and DAE laboratories have been advised to strictly follow ICMR guidelines before initiation of testing for coronavirus infection, an ICMR official said. Adding a note of caution, the apex health research body said that "SARs-CoV 2 is high-risk pathogen with high transmissbility and infectivity. Sample handling at too many points and by inadequately trained staff can lead to spills and laboratory outbreaks."
Four men slapped with NSA for attacking health workers in Indore
This is first such action related to COVID-19 pandemic in Madhya Pradesh, an official said. A five-member team from the health department had gone to Taatpatti Bakhal on Wednesday to quarantine relatives and acquaintances of a COVID-19 patient, when an unruly mob attacked them with stones, injuring two women doctors.
Northern, North Central Railway modifying 680 coaches to accommodate 11,000 patients
As many as 68 trains with 10 coaches each are being modified and they are expected to be ready within a week to accommodate 10,880 people, Rajiv Chaudhary, who holds the charge of General Manager for both the zones.
First COVID-19 patient infected 13 others in Bihar
Principal Secretary in the Health Department, Sanjay Kumar, said that 13 people including two family members got coronavirus infection after coming in contact with this patient. The number is expected to go up.
Tamil Nadu man booked for spreading rumours about coronavirus on WhatsApp
Police said Gowri Shankar, the husband of Padmaja who is the village panchayat president of Melakazhani village near Gummidipoondi, allegedly posted a video in which he claimed that residents of Kottakarai in the same locality had witnessed coronavirus symptoms.
Two Delhi hospitals to shut down its OPD service
Lok Nayak Hospital and Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital (GB Pant Hospital) close their OPD service. Medical emergency services at both the hospitals to continue. The order will come into effect from tomorrow - 4th April, 2020.
23 held in Madhya Pradesh for defying rules enforced to curb COVID-19
Twenty-three members of a minority community were arrested in Madhya Pradesh for allegedly defying CrPC section 144 and engaging in unlawful and dangerous acts related to the spread of coronavirus, police said on Friday. Twelve of them were arrested in Agar Malwa district and the remaining in Dewas district on Thursday, they said, all of them have been quarantined for 14 days.
#TamilNadu CM Edappadi K Palanisamy distributed food and dress to migrant workers at Gurunanank College in Chennai's Velachery, where they were seated in the auditorium, following #SocialDistancing norms.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) April 3, 2020
Express photos by @ashwinacharya05.#COVID19 @xpresstn pic.twitter.com/ZrFe1r6Ods
Karnataka farmers demand free hand sanitizers from sugar factories to fight COVID-19
The farming community feels that providing sanitizers will also educate the masses on the need to maintain hygiene and cleanliness to protect themselves from the coronavirus. The shortage of sanitizers is also felt in urban pockets as the stock is exhausted with many chemists.
Yogi govt invokes NSA against Tablighi members for ‘misbehaving’ with medical staff
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has ordered imposing the National Security Act (NSA) against the Tablighi Jamaat members in Ghaziabad for allegedly misbehaving with medical staff while being in quarantine at the district hospital’s isolation ward.
Andhra officials shake hands with man recovered from coronavirus
The incident occurred in Kakinada town on Friday when the 22-year-old was discharged from a government general hospital. The man from Rajahmundry had tested positive for the coronavirus on March 22, four days after he returned from London.
Police in Karnataka's Hubballi help give bath, offer food to homeless woman
The woman has been staying near the railway station for many days and begged to get food. After train services halted and hotels closed, she had not eaten food properly. Noting this, town police constables informed the same to station and a few women constables visited the spot.
How coronavirus pandemic is affecting pregnancies globally
Asia is facing a second wave of COVID-19 infections and as cases spiral globally with one million confirmed positive and half the planet on lockdown, women are having to give birth in unprecedented circumstances.
Karnataka CM holds meeting with Muslim leader and MLAs
Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa held a meeting with Muslim leaders and MLAs, seeking their cooperation in containing COVID-19. They responded positively and assured to extend cooperation. They are advising members to offer prayers at home and also stay indoors during 'azan'. Muslim leaders & legislators have agreed to give details of the persons who attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi and also to convince them to undergo tests for #COVID19 and strict quarantine for the prescribed period: Karnataka CM office
Tablighi Jamaat attendees traced in Bihar
35 out of 57 Tablighi Jamaat attendees have been traced: Bihar Director General of police, Gupteshwar Pandey
8 new cases reported in Haryana
8 more coronavirus cases reported in Haryana of which 5 are from Gurugram and 3 from Nuh. Total cases in the state till now are 43(13 discharged): Haryana Government
46 new cases in UP, state tally 172
Here are some methods to help you reduce chance of coronavirus infection
- Assign your partner, family members or colleagues to "point out it" whenever you touch your face.
- Wearing masks and glasses will reduce touches once you are used to it
Google to publish user location data from 131 countries to help governments tackle coronavirus
Google will publish location data from its users around the world from Friday to allow governments to gauge the effectiveness of social distancing measures put in place to combat the COVID-19 pandemic, the tech giant said.
The reports on users' movements in 131 countries will be made available on a special website and will "chart movement trends over time by geography," according to a post on one of the company's blogs.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Due to coronavirus, students will take global exams like TOEFL, GRE at home
Global exams like TOEFL and GRE will be taken at home except in mainland China and Iran in view of the COVID-19 situation across the globe, according to the Educational Testing Service (ETS). The tests had been suspended across the globe following coronavirus outbreak. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Few global updates on coronavirus
- The COVID-19 has infected more than 1 million people across the world
- More than 53,000 have died and 211,000 recovered in the biggest global pandemic
- US has the most cases, recording over 245,000 positive cases according to Johns Hopkins University
- World Bank approved USD 1 billion emergency funds for India to tackle COVID-19 outbreak
- More than 95 per cent of people who died of COVID-19 in Europe have been over 60 years: WHO
- Overall, more than 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported in Europe
PM interacts with 40 sportspersons via video conferencing on coronavirus situation
Odisha's first COVID-19 patient recovers
The 1st coronavirus positive case in Odisha, belonging to Bhubaneswar has recovered and tested negative; he is being discharged. There are 3 active cases of Coronavirus in the state now: State health Department
Group of Ministers meeting underway at Rajnath Singh's house
Practice social distanicng, fight coronavirus
12 new cases confirmed in Andhra Pradesh, state tally rises to 161
12 more #COVID2019 cases in #AndhraPradesh. Total rises to 161. #Nellore district (32) has the highest no. of cases so far. Krishna district has 23, followed by Guntur (20) and Kadapa (19). #COVID2019india #AndhraFightsCorona #COVID19Pandemic pic.twitter.com/VEYQCX3uPR— Jayanth P (@Jayanth_TNIE) April 3, 2020
Over 2300 test positive for coronavirus across India
Health ministry in its updated figures has said that 2301 persons have tested positive for coronavirus across the country. Out of them, 157 have recovered while 56 people have succumbed to the killer virus.
TN government designates 21 hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients
Gujarat man who tested positive for coronavirus dies
One 78-year-old person from Godhra who tested positive for coronavirus and who was under treatment at a hospital in Vadodara, passed away last night: Uday Tilwat, District Chief Medical Officer, Vadodara.
Sensex slips 300 points, Nifty below 8,200; bank, financial stocks weigh on index
The benchmark S&P BSE Sensex traded 340 points or 1.2 per cent lower, at 27,920 levels on Friday while the Nifty50 index was down 105 points, or 1.08 per cent, at 8,160 level. (READ MORE)
What did PM Modi say in his video address to the nation?
- PM Narendra Modi thanked people of India for respecting 21-day coronavirus lockdown
- PM Modi appreciated citizens for showing disicipline during lockdown
- PM asked people to show collective solidarity to fight COVID-19
- 'Light a candle, switch-off lights on Sunday 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes'
- PM Modi assured 130 crore Indians that though India under lockdown, no one is alone
- PM also urged Indians to follow the 'Laxman Rekha of social distancing' at all times
Switch of all lights and light a candle on April 5 at 9 PM: Modi calls for 'bright' show of solidarity
I request all of of you to switch off all the lights of your house on 5th April at 9 PM for 9 minutes, and just light a candle, 'diya', or mobile's flashlight, to mark our fight against #coronavirus: Prime Minister Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/7B6FoKFqRJ— ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020
WATCH | PM's video message
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PM Narendra Modi to address nation shortly
In a short while from now, at 9 AM, will be sharing a video message for the people of India. Do watch.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 3, 2020
5 new cases in Rajasthan, contacts of Tablighi Jamaat returnees
5 people have tested positive for coronavirus in Tonk, Rajasthan. They are close contacts of the positive coronavirus patients (who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi).
PM to share video on Friday listing steps to fight virus spread
Modi will share a video message on Friday in which he may list out more steps to fight the spread of the virus. “At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians,” he tweeted
Cases filed in UP against 65 foreign nationals who attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi
The Uttar Pradesh Police registered cases against 65 foreign nationals stationed in Saharanpur and Kanpur who attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi.
Here are two major world updates
- At least 1,000,036 infections have been recorded across 188 countries, including 51,718 deaths, according to an AFP calculation based on official country data and World Health Organization figures.
- The UK's Health Secretary Matt Hancock, who had been self-isolating after his COVID-19 diagnosis last week, returned to the frontline to address the daily Downing Street briefing on Thursday, during which he set out the government's strategy to boost testing for the deadly virus.
Distressed by the plight of migrant workers: UN human rights chief on India lockdown
Michelle Bachelet said she was "distressed" by the plight of millions of domestic migrants affected by the sudden lockdown announced in India, noting that it is important to ensure that measures in response to the COVID-19 are "neither applied in a discriminatory manner nor exacerbate existing inequalities and vulnerabilities." (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Coronavirus testing kit from Gujarat manufacturer not fulfilling ICMR guidelines
SARAGENE (2019 NCV), a #Coronavirus testing kit from Corsara, a leading diagnostic firm in Gujarat, is not fulfilling the 100% compliance for COVID-19 testing as set up by Indian Council of Medical Research. However, Cosara's The Logix Smart #COVID19 kit is approved from US FDA.— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
GoAir extends ticket credit scheme for passengers till April 30
"Even if the customer does not show up between 19th March 2020 and 30th April 2020 (at the airport), GoAir will automatically protect the customer's ticket and fare for travel on any future date until 30th April 2021," a press statement by the airline said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Update from Tamil Nadu
70 Tamil Nadu Disaster Response Force (TNDRF) personnel ready to tackle #COVID19 crisis in #Chennai and would be creating awareness among public on dos and don’t. Today they reported to RDC Central along with Deputy Commissioner of Police, Anna Nagar. @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/ClZGJStz5Z— Omjasvin M D (@omjasvinMD) April 2, 2020
Delhi Health Secretaryy writes to police chief seeking adequate security at COVID-19 facilities
- In a letter to the police chief, Delhi Health Secretary Padmini Singla said the coronavirus patients brought from the Markaz in the Nizamuddin area and some other patients were triggering a "law-and-order problem" and "commotions" in hospitals.
- It said those who had congregated inside the mosque were brought out in a "massive exercise" held from March 30 to April 1, 536 of them were sent to various hospitals after they showed symptoms and 1,810 were sent to quarantine facilities.
- One person from the Markaz, who was admitted at the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, "attempted suicide", but was saved by the hospital staff, the letter said.
- Two other inmates at a quarantine facility in Narela had escaped and were tracked in Patparganj, Singla said in the letter.
- During an interaction over a video link with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday, a senior doctor had also said that the patients brought from the Nizamuddin Markaz were "not cooperating" with the medical staff.
Cases registered against madrasa, mosque trustees in Maharashtra
- The Thane police on Thursday registered cases against trustees of a madrasa and a mosque in Mumbra area which allegedly gave shelter to Bangladeshi and Malaysian nationals who had visited congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi.
- The trustees of the two institutions violated prohibitory orders during lockdown and many other laws by giving shelter to these persons, the police said.
- The madrasa had given shelter to eight Malaysian nationals and two persons from outside Maharashtra since March 23. The mosque was found to have given shelter to 13 Bangladeshi nationals and two from other states.
- The police raided both the places on March 31 after it came to light that the Tablighi gathering in Delhi's Nizamuddin area had been a coronavirus hotspot, and other states started tracing those who had returned from the gathering.
- Cases were registered under the Foreigners' Act, Disaster Management Act, Epidemic Diseases Act and relevant IPC sections, a police official said.
Another pharma company gets ICMR nod for COVID-19 testings
Two crucial details in Maharashtra tally
#COVID19Pandemic data released by Maharashtra govt reveals two crucial deatils:— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) April 2, 2020
1) Over 80% of Coronavirus patients in the state are asymptomatic.
2) The state tested more than 6,400 people, out of which only 5% turned out to be positive. pic.twitter.com/Qtvq0Sm8Is
Third coronavirus case found in Mumbai's Dharavi
- A 35-year-old doctor who has a clinic on the main road in Dharavi area of Mumbai tested positive for coronavirus on Thursday, a civic official said. This is a third COVID-19 case where the patient has a connection with Dharavi, considered to be Asia's biggest slum with a high population density.
- An official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said a doctor who had a clinic on Dharavi's main road and who was also attached as a surgeon to a prominent private hospital tested positive for the virus.
- "The building where he lives will be quarantined and all high-risk contacts will be traced," the BMC official said. The doctor did not have any travel history, but further details were being probed, he added.
Madhya Pradesh coronavirus numbers
World Bank approves fund for India
World Bank approves USD 1 billion emergency financing for India to tackle coronavirus outbreak.
Buses with foreign tourists intercepted, allowed to go to airport after paper verification: Delhi Police
- Most of the tourists were from Spain and were stranded in Rishikesh due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown, police said on Thursday. At around 4 pm on Wednesday, the buses were stopped by the Delhi Police's traffic personnel at a picket at the India Gate.
- "The tourists had come from Rishikesh. Most of them hailed from Spain. They were on their way back to their countries as a special plane was arranged for them. "After due verification of papers, the buses were allowed to pass," a senior police officer said.
Coronavirus outbreak in Maharashtra to delay Uddhav Thackeray's election as legislator?
Thackeray, who is still not a member of either the state Legislative Assembly or Council, was sworn in as the chief minister on November 28, 2019 following an unprecedented month-long political drama after the assembly poll results. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
70-year-old man tests positive in Karnataka, first case in Bagalkot
The District Administration had sent three throat swab samples on Wednesday where one tested positive and remaining two tested negative. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Shivaraj Chouhan government invokes NSA on the attackers of health workers in Indore
Three More Covid-19 Positive in Uttarakhand
Three were tested positive for Covid-19 in Udham Singh Nagar district on late Thursday evening taking total tally of infected persons to 10. All three belong to minority community and attended Tabhligi Jamaat religious congregation in Nizamuddin in Delhi.
British Airways temporarily lays off 28,000 staff due to coronavirus outbreak
Unite, which represents thousands of workers employed by BA, said it had "reached agreement with the company" to use a version of the government's business support programme for around 28,000 staff, guaranteeing 80 percent of salaries to avoid redundancies. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
More updates from Bihar and Maharashtra
In Bihar, five more COVID-19 cases took the total to 29 on late Thursday night. Two from Gopalganj and one from Saran have travel history from the middle-east and UK respectively. Two from Gaya came in touch with COVID-19. In Maharashtra, twenty have died so far, while 42 persons got discharged. The total cases in the Western state have reached 423.
Delhi: Kanishk Yadav, a nursing officer at AIIMS has requested the administration to post him at COVID19 ward to support the team there. He states in his letter "Depute me at COVID19 ward at Trauma Centre; I am competent to handle all emergency situations." pic.twitter.com/8wysEoC4XT— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
156 who attended Jamaat event quarantined in Ghaziabad: Official
Now, police and Health Department teams are tracing those who came in their contact after their arrival in Ghaziabad, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) N K Gupta said. The official said 90 people have been quarantined at Sunder Deep Collage, 56 at Surya Hospital in Murad Nagar and five each at the MMG Government Hospital and the combined hospital in Sanjay Nagar.
Oman to evacuate stranded citizens from Kochi on Friday
Ghaziabad cops conducting investigations on alleged movement of Tablighi Jamat persons inside a hospital
Ghaziabad: Police at MMG hospital conducting investigations into the allegations that persons from Tablighi Jamat who are in quarantine at the hospital are walking around the ward without their trousers on and making lewd gestures towards the nurses pic.twitter.com/x5Ar1Y8SEZ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 2, 2020
Case registered against Majnu ka Tilla gurdwara committee for violating lockdown order
- A total of 225 people, who wanted to travel to Punjab but were stranded in the national capital due to the lockdown, were staying at the gurdwara. An FIR was registered at the Civil Lines police station under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code, the officer said.
- Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) president Manjeet Singh Sirsa said the chief ministers of Delhi and Punjab were duly informed about the people at the gurdwara stranded due to the lockdown and were asked to evacuate them. It was the government's duty to provide them shelter. The DSGMC had offered the langar hall of the Majnu ka Tilla gurdwara to set up a quarantine facility around 15 days ago, he said.
- "The stranded people were safe in the gurdwara but the Delhi government shifted them to a school where they are living in unhygienic conditions. Now, they have filed a complaint against the DSGMC which was told to give these people food," Sirsa added. The gurdwara will continue to provide food to these stranded people, he asserted.
Residents and vegetable sellers walk through the disinfectant spraying tunnel in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur
Get your essentials, but remember, safety first! Residents and vegetable sellers alike walk through the disinfectant spraying tunnel in Thennampalayam market in Tamil Nadu's Tirupur.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) April 2, 2020
Express Photo | Prabhu Kumar@xpresstn pic.twitter.com/RnM6TOyceX
Karnataka coronavirus numbers
125 positive cases in state so far. Ten have recovered and three deaths got registered.
UP CM asks officials to monitor situation at old-age homes
- Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said the CM issued the directions in this regard after a videoconferencing with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who had stressed the need to pay special attention to old-age homes. At the same time, the chief minister has appealed to people to fully comply with the lockdown in the state, he said.
- Awasthi said taking cognisance of reports that about 40 people left the quarantine facility in Hapur, the chief minister has ordered to take action against them and the officials responsible for the incident.
Coronavirus update from Uttar Pradesh
Total case count: 127, with fresh six cases, four in Meerut and two in Agra. All six to have tested positive are Tablighi Jamatis. While seventeen have recovered so far, two died.
#WATCH "We'd been working on screening of contacts for last 4 days.But what we saw y'day we'd not seen earlier.We sustained injuries but we have to do our job and will not be scared," says Dr Zakiya Sayed who was pelted with stones by locals in Indore's Tatpatti Bakhal area y'day pic.twitter.com/XxtS6hgkBl— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
Haj houses across India turned into quarantine centres
Delhi-based CRPF doctor tests positive for coronavirus
- CRPF said the doctor has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Haryana's Jhajjar. The chief medical officer was currently posted in the office of the additional director general (medical) of the Central Armed Police Forces. The medical officer reported cough, fever and breathing problem on March 30 and his samples came positive on Thursday, a senior official said.
- It was not immediately clear how the doctor contracted the infection. He was staying at a transit mess of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in south Delhi's Saket area, the officials said.
- Those present in the mess have been quarantined. The officials said that there was "no such information" of the ADG (medical) being in quarantine.
Latest numbers from Telangana:
- COVID positive cases on Thursday: 27
- Discharged today: 3
- Deaths today: 0
- Total positive cases in state: 154
- Total deaths: 9
- Total discharged: 17
Thane doctor tests positive for COVID-19
The doctor, who has a clinic in the city, does not have any history of foreign travel and is undergoing treatment at Thane Civil Hospital, Sandeep Malavi, deputy commissioner of Thane Municipal Corporation said. The doctor had shut his clinic since March 20 and he may have attended to patients with coronavirus symptoms before that, he said, adding that the TMC is tracking down patients he had treated before falling ill and other high-risk contacts.
IIT-Jodhpur develops masks using 3-D technology for health workers
Institute spokesperson Amardeep Sharma said the team led by Kaushal A Desai and including students Ankit Agarwal, Shubham Vaishnav and Pratik Sorathiya developed 50 prototypes of the mask in a span of two days. "We supplied it to the district authorities for use and received a positive feedback," said Sharma, adding that the technology has been transferred to Iskon Surgicals who will be producing the masks. Likewise, the National Institute of Technology (NIFT), Jodhpur, has designed a personal protection equipment (PPE) kit for the medical staff. NIFT Director Vijay Deshmukh said they had obtained the fabric from the local market to develop the prototype and trained women associated with self-help groups for its production. The Jodhpur Municipal Corporation (JMC) has decided to provide the kit to its employees working in the field.
Noida: 10 who defied COVID-19 lockdown for group namaz arrested
- An FIR was lodged against them under provisions including those of the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, and the Uttar Pradesh Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, after a video surfaced on social media Wednesday evening purportedly showing the gathering on the terrace of a house for the prayer, police said.
- The development comes close on the heels of apprehensions of immense spread of the pandemic after a large number of people, including foreigners, attending a religious congregation at Delhi's Nizamuddin area last month and at least 53 of the attendees testing positive for COVID-19 in the national capital alone.
- "Around a dozen people were booked in the case and 10 of them, including the organizer of the prayer meeting, have been arrested by Sector 20 police," a police spokesperson said.
- "Those named in the FIR and arrested are Saadiq, Saaliq, Saqib, Guddu, Noor Hasan, Shamsher, Firoz, Razi Alam, Tabrooq, Chhotu, while efforts were underway to arrest the remaining," the spokesperson added.
Chief Secy K Shanmugam cancels powers given to Tahsildars & Dy Commissioners for issuing movement passes as too many people are on roads; hereafter only Collectors in districts & in Chennai, Corpn Commissioner will issue passes for marriages, hospitalisation and death @xpresstn pic.twitter.com/OPlvbNHKRk— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) April 2, 2020
WATCH | Coronavirus round-up: Six-week-old baby the youngest victim?
Haryana prohibits sale of chewing gum till 30th June
Coronavirus positive cases shoot up in Delhi
WATCH | How Nizamuddin became the biggest coronavirus hotspot in India
Madhya Pradesh: Health workers on whom stones were pelted by locals yesterday at Tatpatti Bakhal in Indore, today visited the same area to carry out screening services. Dr Zakiya Sayed says, "We have sustained injuries but we have to do our job and will not be scared." #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/GiUBwd1F8C— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
Update from AIIMS
MHA issues third Addendum to lockdown guidelines
Health Ministry's statement on coronavirus tally in India
Seven more COVID-19 cases in Tirupathur and Ranipet, all linked to Tablighi event in Delhi
Contact tracing and mass sanitization works are being done in the localities where the positive cases were reported. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Kerala seeks early import of rapid test kits from Hong Kong to contain COVID-19
The hassle-free goods movement through the checkposts bordering Karnataka was also taken up by the state in the conference with PM Modi. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Naval ships, medical teams on standby to help neighbouring countries
Latest stats from Bihar
Total number of positive cases in Bihar now stands at 28. One died so far, while three have recovered.
Nine policemen injured in attacks while enforcing lockdown across West Bengal
- Stones were thrown at quick response teams in South 24 Parganas and West Midnapore districts when they stopped people from assembling, they added. An incident was reported from the Bhangore area of South 24 Parganas on Wednesday night, when a patrolling team stopped youngsters from gathering, a senior officer said.
- "The youngsters pushed the police personnel and hurled stones at them when they were asked to go home. A sub-inspector and four constables were injured in the clash. A police vehicle was also damaged. We have arrested five persons," he added.
Latest announcement from SRK
Keep close watch on Nizamuddin Markaz attendees from Himachal, CM directs officials
- Jai Ram Thakur issued the direction during a video conference with deputy commissioners (DC) and superintendents of police (SP) after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a video conference with chief ministers of all states to review the COVID-19 situation. Such people should be kept under strict surveillance after being traced to check spread of COVID-19, he said.
- Till Thursday, a total of 190 people who returned to Himachal Pradesh after attending the congregation in Delhi have been quarantined, Director General of Police Sitaram Mardi said.
- At 73, the maximum people were quarantined in Baddi, followed by 35 each in Una and Sirmaur, 23 in Shimla, 10 each in Kangra and Chamba and four in Mandi. Another 17 people from the hill state have been quarantined in Delhi itself.
Three arrested in Karnataka after attack on Asha worker
WATCH | TN gets 'disinfection' tunnel to make vegetable shopping easy during coronavirus lockdown
Spain witnesses 950 deaths in 24 hours as death toll crosses 10,000
Spain has the world's second-highest death toll after Italy, with the virus so far claiming 10,003 lives although the rate of new infections and deaths continued its downward trend, the health ministry figures showed. The number of new infections increased by 7.9 percent, compared with 8.2 percent on Wednesday and more than 25 percent at the start of last week.
OYO founder to forgo remaining annual salary, leadership team to take voluntary pay cuts
The company's entire executive leadership team has taken a voluntary pay cut starting at 25 per cent, with many opting for an additional uncapped amount, and some going up to 50 per cent to enable building the runway for the company, it said.
MHA cancels visa of 960 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs has cancelled visas of 960 foreign Tablighi Jamaat members for violating visa norms. All of then have also been blacklisted: Home Minister Amit Shah
.@chennaicorp says three workers at Lifestyle Store at Phoenix Mall, Velachery tested positive for #COVID19. Anyone who visited the mall, esp store, between Mar 10 to 17 & the mall staff are asked to be cautious & seek care if they have symptoms. Helpline: 04425384520/04446122300— Ranjitha Gunasekaran (@ranjim) April 2, 2020
Maharashtra reports 81 new cases
81 fresh COVID19 positive cases reported in Maharashtra; Total number positive cases in the state rises to 416, 19 deaths. Out of 81 fresh cases, 57 have been reported in Mumbai alone. Till now, 42 have been discharged.
21 persons, including one pregnant woman, test positive for COVID-19 in Kerala
21 people test positive in Kerala, informs CM Pinarayi Vijayan. The new cases in the state have taken the total tally to 286. Of these, 251 are undergoing treatment. A pregnant woman from Kollam district is also among the new cases.
75 more cases reported in Tamil Nadu
Uttar Pradesh total count: 121
West Bengal total count: 53
Bihar total count: 29
At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 2, 2020
कल सुबह 9 बजे देशवासियों के साथ मैं एक वीडियो संदेश साझा करूंगा।
Centre gives go-ahead to random COVID-19 tests in hotspots
So far, 20 areas in states have been marked as hotspots while 22 others have been identified as potential hotspots—indicating that clusters of COVID-19 infection have erupted in those areas. These areas are spread across 12-13 states including Maharashtra, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh among others.
Maharashtra to roll out rapid COVID-19 testing on mass scale: Rajesh Tope
The Centre has allowed Maharashtra to conduct rapid, mass-scale COVID-19 testing by using blood samples to expedite the detection of coronavirus cases, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday. The state government will use blood samples instead of swabs in rapid tests through which it can be ascertained "in five minutes" whether the person has developed anti-bodies for the disease or not, he said.
IPL owners await April 14 advisory before planning next meeting
The coronavirus outbreak has seen the world come to a standstill and even sporting events across the globe have either been suspended or cancelled. The fate of the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) also hangs in balance as the country is under a 21-day lockdown. And IPL franchises have decided that they will have the next meeting only after the government comes up with a fresh advisory on April 14.
Under PM @narendramodi’s leadership, India’s efforts to fight Coronavirus are being lauded domestically and globally. 130 crore Indians are united to defeat COVID-19.— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 2, 2020
Yet, Congress is playing petty politics. High time they think of national interest and stop misleading people.
Highlights from Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's briefing
- There are 208 COVID-19 patients in Delhi, of whom 108 were those evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz.
- Two people who had attended Nizamuddin Markaz have died due to coronavirus today.
- Number of COVID-19 cases may shoot up in Delhi in coming days.
- Delhi govt to give Rs 5,000 to autorickshaw, gramin-sewa, e-rickshaw drivers in wake of COVID-19 lockdown.
- A total of 2,943 people including 1,810 from Nizammuddin Markaz quarantined by government
Bank of Baroda offers to refund March EMI to home, auto loan customers
State-run Bank of Baroda on Wednesday said it is offering retail customers the option of getting a refund of the EMI that already has been deducted in March to meet any liquidity need during the disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
Highlights of Health Ministry press briefing
- 328 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 new deaths reported since Wednesday
- 9000 under quarantine after Delhi mosque event
- PM told CMs to focus on testing, isolation, says Centre.
- Out of about 2,000 Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been quarantined, 334 admitted to hospitals
- About 400 COVID-19 positive cases found whose epidemiological linkage can be traced to Tablighi Jamaat cluster
Chief secretaries of all states urged to take strict action against lockdown violators
Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has written to Chief Secretaries of all states asking them to take strict action on violation of lockdown measures. The letter states, 'the penal provisions under the DM Act and IPC should be widely circulated & for violation of lockdown measure, actions under provisions of DM Act and IPC shall be taken by law enforcement authorities".
WATCH | During lockdown, this Bengaluru man feeds stray dogs and makes them feel loved
Muslim COVID-19 victim denied burial in Mumbai, cremated
The incident took place on Wednesday. The 65-year-old patient, a resident of Collector Compound in Malwani, died at a civic-run hospital in Jogeshwari East early on Wednesday. One of the family members of the deceased alleged that when his body was taken to Malad Malwadni Kabrastan, its trustees denied burial "as he was coronvirus positive".
Delhi Police sanitises Nizamuddin area post congregation
Delhi Police officials, along with other authorities, sprayed disinfectant in the area. South Delhi Municipal Corporation had, on Wednesday, sanitised Nizamuddin Markaz and the area around it. This comes after several people who attended the congregation tested positive for coronavirus across the country. Hundreds of others who attended the event have been quarantined or isolated while searches are on to locate the others.
Female resident doctor tests positive for Coronavirus in Indore
The 28-year-old doctor hailing from Uttar Pradesh is a PG student at the Gynecology Department of the government medical college. She has been admitted to a private hospital in Indore, where her condition was stated to be stable.
Nizamuddin congregation attendees uncooperative, may need police protection: Hospital
The director of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital, where 188 people who attended the Nizamuddin Markaz are quarantined, on Thursday, said that the hospital might need police protection as the patients are not co-operating with the staff.
LISTEN | Quarantine is not against Islamic laws, says Tablighi Jamaat Chief Maulana Saad
COVID-19 lockdown leaves Malayalam film industry staring at bleak future
Three weeks have passed since the state government ordered the shutdown of cinema halls, which will not open in time for the attractive Vishu season. And even if the lockdown ends on April 14, producers, distributors and exhibitors will have a Herculean task in rescheduling the release dates of the new movies.
Domino's Pizza joins hands with ITC Foods to make home delivery of essentials
The service would be available for consumers first in Bengaluru and then in the cities of Noida, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai and Hyderabad. To avail of this service, customers need to use the latest version of the Dominos app and click on Dominos Essentials section.
1300 Tablighi Jamaat attendees identified in Maharashtra
Over 1400 people from Maharashtra attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi. Out of which, around 1300 have been traced till now & are being quarantined in Maharashtra. Their samples will be collected for COVID-19 testing: State Health Minister Rajesh Tope
President and Vice President to hold video conference with Governors
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will hold a video-conference from Rashtrapati Bhavan tomorrow with Governors, Lieutenant Governors & Administrators to bolster the efforts at the Central & State levels on Coronavirus Pandemic.
FIR against nine clerics who attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi
They have been booked under IPC Sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease). "Police found nine maulanas, residents of Amroha, in a madrassa in the Jamunaha locality of the Malhipur area where they were hiding on Wednesday. They arrived here on March 13 and stayed in a mosque too, "SP Anup Kumar said.
Air India to conduct special flights to London to fly out stranded foreigners
Senior Air India officials said the national carrier will conduct four flights on Delhi-London route between April 4 and April 7. The officials added that the national career will also be conducting flights on Mumbai-London route on April 5 and April 7.
Indian-origin Singaporean jailed for shouting 'corona', spitting on hotel floor
Jasvinder Singh Mehar Singh, 52, pleaded guilty to one count each of committing a rash act and being a public nuisance on March 3, 2020, The Straits Times reported. Singh had smashed a plate and spat onto the floor of Azur restaurant at the Crowne Plaza Changi Airport hotel after a waitress told him that the eatery was closed.
US cheers Indian engineers for making low-cost ventilators
Cheering the Indian engineers for building a low-cost ventilator, the US hopes that this invention succeeds and can eventually be mass-produced as the critical medical equipment can save many lives from the deadly coronavirus that has killed over 5,000 people in America and 40,000 others globally.
At the Congress CWC meeting today I emphasised the urgent need to devise an India specific strategy to combat the #COVID19Pandemic & for Congress workers & leaders to help soften the blow by assisting the poor & the most vulnerable sections of our society in every possible way.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 2, 2020
PMO's video conference with state CMs
PMO told the CMs that in the next few weeks, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain focus areas. He highlighted necessity of maintaining supply of essential medical products, availability of raw material for the manufacture of medicines & medical equipment. During the meeting, the CMs mentioned their efforts of maintaining social distancing, tracking suspect cases, identifying and quarantining suspect cases arising from Nizamuddin Markaz, containing community transmission, boosting up of medical infrastructure and strengthening medical workforce.
In a first, Kerala man arrested under new ordinance for violating lockdown
As per the ordinance, the Kerala government can control the events organised by the public, individuals and groups in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
Two hospitals for free treatment get operational in Odisha
Two dedicated hospitals, with 650-beds capacity, operationalised to provide free treatment to COVID19 patients in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack today. Odisha has four COVID-19 cases.
LISTEN | We may not need lockdown to continue across India, says Infosys Prize winning biologist Satyajit Mayor
WHO lauds India's efforts to contain coronavirus spread
Praising India's efforts in combating Covid-19, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said that the country's USD 22.6 billion economic stimulus plan will benefit millions of poor who have been affected by 21-day countrywide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus.
National Commission for Women says domestic violence cases rising
The National Commission for Women has received over 250 complaints since the country-wide lockdown was imposed to control the spread of coronavirus out of which 69 were cases of domestic violence, which it said has been increasing since then. Since the lockdown was imposed, a total of 257 complaints related to various offences against women were received, out of which 69 complaints are related to domestic violence, the data released by the NCW showed.
One arrested for attacking BMC team
One arrested on charges of attacking Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) team on Wednesday which had reached Dharavi to seal the building where COVID-19 positive patient was found. Case registered under various sections of IPC. Police are on a lookout for seven to eight persons in the case.
Healthcare workers assaulted in Bengaluru while collecting details on coronavirus symptoms
Karnataka state board 7th, 8th std exams cancelled, all students promoted
Exams of 7th & 8th standard (under Karnataka State Board) have been canceled, children will be promoted to the next standard without exams: Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Primary & Secondary Education Minister
Kerala HC stays G.O. allowing sale of liquor on producing medical certificate of Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
Kerala High Court stays the state govt order to allow sale of liquor to people suffering from Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome after they produce the certificate to the effect that they are suffering from the syndrome. The stay is for a period of three weeks. pic.twitter.com/UcUlvZlGcf— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
UP: Man with coronavirus symptoms commits suicide in quarantine ward
2nd coronavirus case confirmed in Mumbai's Dharavi
52-year-old BMC sanitization worker has been found positive for the virus, he resides in the Worli area but was posted at Dharavi for cleaning: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official
Two people in Rameswaram test positive for COVID-19, both attended Tablighi Jamaat
The District Collector said that the remaining 15 people are being isolated and monitored at their homes. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
PM Modi holds meeting with Chief Ministers via video conference
Coronavirus lockdown necessary, but unplanned nature caused chaos: Sonia Gandhi in CWC meet
During the CWC meeting, former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh said the Congress party stands 'one with the nation' to take on the challenges of COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
85-yr-old man succumbs to coronavirus in Rajasthan
One person (85-year-old) from Alwar who had tested positive for #COVID19 has unfortunately died. He had a comorbid condition of brain stroke paralysis: Rohit Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Rajasthan Health Department
Arunachal Pradesh reports first coronavirus case
A man, who attended congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, tests positive for COVID-19 in Arunachal Pradesh. Officials said this makes the first case in the state.(Photo | S Senbagapandiyan, EPS))
After Dharavi man who tested positive for COVID-19 dies, 300 shops nearby sealed
After he died at nearby government-run Sion Hospital, some 300 tenements in the building and around 30 shops were cordoned off by police. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
At coronavirus hotspot Nizamuddin, homeless believe this too shall pass
With the Tabligh-e-Jamaat’s Markaz in Nizamuddin West being linked to at least seven COVID-19 deaths, and over 440 people showing symptoms, the area has emerged as a virus hotspot. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
SC writes to states, UTs to tackle fake news menace during lockdown
Following up on the Supreme Court's observations, @HMOIndia writes to States/UTs to take measures to fight #FakeNews in order to prevent panic among people and spread of #COVID19#IndiaFightsCorona— PIB India 🇮🇳 #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) April 2, 2020
Details: https://t.co/36Gb7oYSe5 pic.twitter.com/mzR2nel1kd
21 new cases reported in Andhra
21 more coronavirus cases reported in Andhra Pradesh, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 132: Arja Srikanth, State Nodal Officer
3-day-old boy tests positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai
11 people in Karnataka's Bidar, who returned from Nizamuddin Markaz, test positive for coronavirus
11 people who have returned to Bidar after visiting Delhi Nizamuddin Markaz recently have tested positive for COVID-19 as per initial screening, Deputy Commissioner of Bidar H. R. Mahadev confirmed. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Corona cases to reach 1million in next few days, toll to hit 50,000
In the next few days, the world will see confirmed COVID-19 cases reach one million and death tally climb to 50,000, the chief of World Health Organization (WHO) noted on Wednesday.
Global economy could shrink by 1% in 2020 due to COVID-19 pandemic
The global economy could shrink by up to 1 per cent in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and may contract even further if restrictions on economic activities are extended without adequate fiscal responses, according to analysis released on Wednesday by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs.
World's youngest victim? COVID-19 claims life of six-week-old in US
A six-week-old infant is believed to be the youngest patient to die from the coronavirus, Connecticut's governor said Wednesday. Governor Ned Lamont tweeted that the newborn was "brought unresponsive to a hospital late last week and could not be revived."
52-year-old man succumbs to coronavirus in Gujarat
A 52-year-old #COVID19 patient lost his life today morning. He had a history of travel to Sri Lanka&was admitted to SSG Hospital, Vadodara on 19 March. 4 members of his family have also tested positive for the virus&are undergoing treatment: S Agarwal, Vadodara Collector #Gujarat— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
CBSE to conduct pending class 10, 12 exams for only 29 subjects crucial for promotion, admission
The board also announced that it will not conduct pending class 10 and 12 examinations in foreign countries due to the coronavirus pandemic. According to officials, the board will inform students about the schedule 10 days in advance. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
JUST IN: 67-year-old Haryana man dies of coronavirus
A 67-year-old man from Ambala, Haryana who had tested positive for COVID-19 has lost his life at the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh, confirmed Dr. Kuldeep Singh, Ambala Chief Medical Officer.(Photo | Anil Shakya, EPS)
EDITORIAL | More commitment from private sector is needed
The lack of resources to fight Covid-19 has brought to the fore our woefully inadequate outlay on health. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Wimbledon canceled for the first time since World War II
On April 1 it was annoucned that Wimbledon tennis tournament has been cancelled this yea, first time since World War-II, because of the coronavirus pandemic.
12 more coronavirus cases in Indore; total cases rise to 98 in Madhya Pradesh: Official
Delhi Police flags off patrol bikes to spread coronavirus awareness
The main objective of these motorcycles is regular patrolling, announcements about the spread of novel coronavirus and lockdown. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)(Photo | DCP South Delhi Twitter)
OPINION | Need for improved net infrastructure
'While remote learning and remote working are a reality now, a big challenge is the speed of internet connectivity across cities and towns.' writes G Krishna Kumar. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Manipur confirms 2nd case
One more #COVID19 positive case in Manipur who attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation at #NizamuddinMarkaz. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at two. Some are at quarantine centres & under observation: N Biren Singh, Chief Minister of Manipur (file pic) pic.twitter.com/bjYKoJ9AxY— ANI (@ANI) April 2, 2020
'Stay home, stay fit': Bhaichung Bhutia's appeal to people
Former Indian footballer Bhaichung Bhutia appeals people to follow the guidelines issued by the Government and #StayAtHome— PIB India #StayHome #StaySafe (@PIB_India) April 1, 2020
Keep youself fit and positive during #CoronaLockdown@bhaichung15 @IndianFootball #IndiaFightsCorona pic.twitter.com/EVlAMzUdPK
PM to hold video conference with all chief ministers
Prime Minister Narendra will hold a video conference with all chief ministers on Thursday during which issues such as ways to contain the spread of COVID-19, movement of migrants and contact tracing of Tablighi Jamat participants are likely to come up for discussion: Sources
'Hazuri Raagi' at Golden Temple dies of coronavirus
62-year-old Padma Shri awardee and former 'Hazuri Raagi' at Golden Temple dies of coronavirus in Amritsar: health official
OPINION | Tablighi Jamaat - its other, evil side
'Global security experts call it the antechamber of fundamentalism, claim it is used to nurse and indoctrinate terrorists,' writes S Gurumurthy. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
9 new cases reported in Rajasthan
Major updates in the last 24 hours
- Assam reports spike in cases, 16 confirmed
- 3 deaths reported in Telangana taking state death toll to 9
- Tamil Nadu confirms 110 new cases, all Delhi returnees
- UP Police lodges FIRs against over 100 foreigners for allegedly violating visa rules
- JEE-Advanced for admission to 23 IITs postponed
- 2361 persons evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz, says Delhi deputy CM
- ICMR has conducted around 48,000 tests till date
- 21,486 relief camps have been set up where 6,75,133 persons have been given shelter, says MHA
- Delhi CM announces ex gratia of Rs 1 crore for death of medical workers
- 1800 people related to Tablighi Jamaat have been sent to 9 hospitals and quarantine centers