At least 29 healthcare workers including doctors, nurses, paramedics & other staff of Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital in Delhi have tested positive for #COVID19. Results of 4 other cases are 'presumptive positive', as stated by a report of National Institute of Biologicals, Noida. pic.twitter.com/WMbKgxqp8E— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 826 and the number of cases climbed to 26,917 in India on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 20,177 while 5,913 people were cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.
The total number of cases includes 111 foreign nationals.
In the wake of public protests against the burial of two doctors who died of COVID-19 in Chennai recently, Tamil Nadu govt has made blocking cremation of coronavirus victims a punishable offence and can attract up to 3-year jail term.
29 healthcare workers off Baba Saheb Ambedar Hospital in Delhi test positive
Jharkhand: 15 new COVID-19 cases, including four nurses identified on Sunday, total count reaches to 82
In a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand, 15 more people were tested positive on Sunday making a total of 82 positive cases in the State. Unfortunately, the 15 new cases tested positive also include four nurses out of whom one had assisted in delivering the child of a positive woman from Hindpiri, a coronavirus hotspot, few days back at Sadar Hospital. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
UK minister Robert Buckland hails Karnataka's efforts to contain coronavirus pandemic
The effective implementation of lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19, supply of essential commodities to people and various other measures of the Karnataka government has won accolades of a British Minister. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 situation improving in India, mortality rate 3.1% while globally it's 7%: Harsh Vardhan
The mortality rate of COVID-19 patients in India is 3.1 per cent as compared to 7 per cent globally, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday while asserting that the coronavirus situation in the country is improving as many hotspot districts are moving towards becoming non-hotspots.
COVID-19 tally in Gujarat crosses 3300-mark with 230 new cases; death toll reaches 151
The tally of COVID-19 patients in Gujarat grew to 3,301 after 230 new cases were reported on Sunday, while the count of dead due to the infection reached 151 with the addition of 18 victims, a health official said.
Delhi registers 293 cases on Sunday, active cases in state 1,987
293 #COVID19 cases registered on Sunday in Delhi more than double from that of Saturday.— Somrita Ghosh (@Somrita_Ghosh) April 26, 2020
However, samples collected also goes up. 3518 samples processed during last 24 hrs.
Active cases stand 1,987. @NewIndianXpress #CoronaUpdatesInIndia
Tamil Nadu govt issues G.O. for deferring payment of local taxes
G.O issued for deferring payment of taxes and dues to municipal corporations, municipalities and town panchayats and also renewal of D & O Trade License arising upto March 2020 for three months - ie. till June 30 without any penalty in view of COVID-19 @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/BMG0hrcZiI— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) April 26, 2020
6 family members of Kurnool MP tests positive
Kerala CM holds video conferencing with Non-Resident Keralites
Kerala:CM Pinarayi Vijayan today held video conference with Non-Resident Keralites over steps taken by state govt for those wishing to return to the state from foreign countries. CM announced that Dept of Non-Resident Keralites Affairs has opened online registration for such NRKs pic.twitter.com/9J8tS6UjH4— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
As a mark of their gratitude to host state, migrant labourers in Chhattisgarh lend their services
Many among the hundreds of workers, trapped far away from their homes, are routinely easing out their stress by contributing their bit in useful activities, either through their skills or supporting in whatever ways their capabilities allow. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Andhra Raj Bhavan staffer tests positive for coronavirus
A nursing staff at Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan has tested positive for COVID-19: Official sources
Covid patient administered plasma therapy in Delhi discharged
The 49-year-old #Covid_19 patient who was administered Plasma Therapy at Max Saket in Delhi discharged from hospital. The patient was the first case to be given therapy on compassionate grounds and yielded success @NewIndianXpress #CoronaUpdatesInIndia— Somrita Ghosh (@Somrita_Ghosh) April 26, 2020
Delhi now has 97 containment zones
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Telangana breaches 1,000 mark with 11 new cases, active patients at 660
According to a bulletin issued by the state Health department, with 11 new cases, the number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to 1001 while the active patients stood at 660 after nine patients were discharged after recovery on Sunday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh cross 2,000-mark; death toll reaches 103
With as many as 145 people testing coronavirus positive in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, 91 of them in Indore, the number of such patients in the state climbed to 2,090, health officials said on Sunday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
34 new cases in Dharavi on Sunday
Uttarakhand forest dept seeks permission to 'temporarily use' Rajaji National Park for Mahakumbh 2021
Uttarakhand state forest department has sought permission from Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change to use 778 hectares of forest land temporarily for non-forest activities in upcoming Mahakumbh 2021 from September 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Kerala reports 11 new cases
Kerala on Sunday reported 11 new Covid-19 positive cases. The cases were from Idukki (six ) and Kottayam (five). Of the total cases reported, three were healthcare workers including a doctor. At the same time, four persons were recovered from the illness on the day.
150 students from Rajasthan's Kota, 2700 Punjabis in relief camps to be brought back to Punjab
Happy to share with you all that 150 students from Kota are on their way to Punjab in 7 buses and will reach tomorrow morning. Also, 60 Punjab Govt buses are going to Jaisalmer to ferry around 2,700 Punjabis who are stranded in 5 relief camps there.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) April 26, 2020
Maharashtra reports 440 new patients as state tally rises to 8068
WATCH | Wall raised across Tamil Nadu-Andhra border
There was no party hosted by me: Kanika Kapoor opens up about COVID-19 diagnosis
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor on Sunday took to Instagram to open up about her coronavirus diagnosis and also said that her health was normal when she attended a lunch and a dinner hosted by a friend. Here's what she had to say.
CRPF may ask for more vehicles, accommodation from Delhi as it sees spike in COVID-19 cases
According to official communication, the CRPF has said that all companies should ensure placing sanitiser machines in each and every duty vehicle for sanitising jawan during the duty apart from demanding more vehicles from the concerned authorities in Delhi.
3-year jail term for blocking burial or cremation of COVID-19 victims in Tamil Nadu
The state government has come with the ordinance following the incidents a section of public raised objections against the burial of two doctors who succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus in the recent past.
Make COVID-19 test kits available at lowest cost possible: Delhi High Court
#Kerala to demand special financial packages for certain sectors during the video conference (VC) called by @PMOIndia @narendramodi on #Monday, says @CMOKerala @vijayanpinarayi. The VC to be attended by CMs/Lt.Governors/Administrators @xpresskerala @NewIndianXpress @drthomasisaac— Dileep V Kumar (@dileepvk_TNIE) April 26, 2020
One more #COVID19-related death in Bengaluru taking toll to 19. 45-Y-O female resident of Bengaluru with history of SARI, TB, Diabetes, Pneumonia succumbs.— Anusha Ravi Sood (@anusharavi10) April 26, 2020
3 new cases take State's tally to 503.
Active cases- 302 (6 in ICU)@XpressBengaluru @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/r4jKoF0u5T
1975 new COVID19 cases and 47 deaths reported in the last 24 hours
1975 new COVID19 cases and 47 deaths reported in the last 24 hours has taken the total number of positive cases in India to 26,917. This includes 5914 recovered and 826 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Be it humans, or cats, hunger is hunger. Woman police constable Sobhana who understood this, fed some hungry stray kittens at Wallajah road during the #TNLockdown.@xpresstn @chennaipolice_— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) April 26, 2020
Express Photos | @ddmallick pic.twitter.com/1nPPL7skjx
PM Modi to interact with CMs on Monday to discuss way out of lockdown
This will be the third video conference of the prime minister with the chief ministers after the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. Sources in the government indicated that besides discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, the discussion could also focus on a "graded" exit from the lockdown which is in place till May 3.
Walls raised on Tamil Nadu-Andhra border roads to regular vehicle movement amid lockdown
In a move aimed at regulating vehicular movement amid COVID-19 lockdown, walls have been raised across Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border roads at two key entry and exit points in Vellore district. The construction work for the walls at Sainagunta and Ponnai (Maathandakuppam) check posts began on Sunday morning, a day after district collector A Shanmuga Sundram issued orders for the same.
This Ramzan, girls in Jammu and Kashmir stitch-free masks for distribution as 'sadqa'
The initiative by the girls, who are voluntarily stitching the masks to handover to the district administration for free distribution, has been acknowledged by the local Army unit which came forward to help the group by providing them material.
Maharashtra government 'suppressing' enormity of COVID-19 pandemic: Devendra Fadnavis
The people of the state are paying a heavy price because of the poor response to the crisis by the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance government in the state, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly alleged.
WATCH | Swiss citizens airlifted from Kochi to Zurich
'Kammattipadam' actor Manikandan Achari ties knot in a simple ceremony; donates to CMDRF
The actor avoided the marriage ceremony and handed over the amount that he set aside for the function to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) to support the state's efforts to fight the COVID-19. The amount was handed over to M Swaraj, the MLA of Tripunithura assembly constituency soon after the wedding.
Indore man made to do sit-ups by cops for cruising in his Porsche despite COVID-19 lockdown
The man who was cruising through the streets of the city, during coronavirus lockdown, in his Porsche two-seater was flagged down at the Bapat intersection by a member of the Municipal Security Committee. The man is then made to do sit-ups by a council member after getting out of the car. A video of the entire incident shot on a mobile phone has surfaced on social media, in which the man is seen holding his ears and doing sit-ups while a member of the security council, dressed in black and donning a mask looks on.
Experts agree that mass random testing is the key to beating Corona. In India, a bottle neck is stopping us from scaling testing from the current 40,000 per day to 1 lakh tests a day, for which test kits are already in stock.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 26, 2020
PM needs to act fast & clear the bottleneck.
14 BSF personnel quarantined in Chhattisgarh after they returned from Agra
The troops had reached Bhilai town in the central Indian state on Saturday from Delhi via Agra onboard a truck of the force. All the 14 personnel were tested upon arrival and subsequently, two sent to an isolation facility in neighbouring Durg district, while the rest quarantined at a centre of the Bhilai Steel Plant.
Aggressive testing key to fight battle against COVID-19: Manmohan Singh
Testing and tracing are the key to fighting the menace, he said in a video released by the Congress. "There are problems with regard to the inadequacy of testing facilities and without more aggressive facilities of testing, we are not going to conquer this menace," Manmohan Singh said.
A #wedding was solemnized in #Thudiyalur in Coimbatore where the bride and bridegroom tied the nuptial knot wearing masks.They #donated_food that was arranged for the wedding, to more than #2000 people including frontline workers. @xpresstn pic.twitter.com/hWk0vHzm20— 𝐑𝐚 𝐊𝐢𝐫𝐮𝐛𝐚𝐊𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐧 (@kirubakaranR1) April 26, 2020
Karnataka registers 19th coronavirus death, 45-year-old pregnant Bengaluru woman succumbs
The woman, patient no. 465, was admitted in a designated hospital on April 24th and was in the ICU since April 25. The death was confirmed by District Health Officer Dr Srinivas. "She visited Moodalapalya Maternity Hospital with complaints of bleeding, and also had severe breathlessness. The hospital was closed after she tested positive for coronavirus," said BBMP Commissioner for health, Ravikumar Surpur.
CM Uddhav on COVID-19 crisis in Maharashtra
- I assure the migrant labourers that I am talking to the centre and whatever is possible will be done soon. One thing is sure that trains are not starting because we don't want a crowd, otherwise, lockdown will be needed to be further extended.
- We have 80% patients who are asymptomatic and 20% are there who have mild, serious or critical symptoms. We have to see how these people are also saved. Those who are hiding it and not getting tested, if you have symptoms please go and get tested.
- It is painful that 2 of our policemen have sacrificed their lives. I pay homage to them. Their families will be supported as per the government policy.
Maharashtra CM addresses state
Today is Akshaya Tritiya but there's no celebration, I'm thankful for that. I want to appeal that it's Ramzan but don't go out to pray. Everyone's asking where's God. God is in everyone who's serving us in these hard times -Police, Doctors, cleanliness workers & others: Maharashtra CM
Thrissur Puram celebration sees subdued begining
Kerala: Priests in the Thiruvambadi and Paramekkavu Temples performed the flag hoisting ritual marking the beginning of the Thrissur Pooram festival in Thrissur. This year the 7-day festival will be celebrated without any public gathering due to #COVID19 lockdown. pic.twitter.com/PCEEdELcx7— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
Latest coronavirus stats from Uttar Pradesh
- Total number of positive cases till Sunday: 1793.
- Recovered patients: 261.
- Deaths: 27.
One more tests positive in Uttarakhand
One more COVID-19 positive case reported in Uttarakhand today. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 50: Uttarakhand State Control Room
52-year-old head constable becomes Maharashtra's second cop to die in 48 hours
The victim had been fighting coronavirus for the past few days, the Mumbai Police said in a tweet. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Shops closed in Karnataka's Hubli
Chennai Corporation ramps up testing vendors at Koyambedu market after COVID-19 cases reported
Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said the civic body has started testing all the loadmen in Koyambedu market and based on the symptoms detected, they would be put to test and protocol will be followed. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Update from Uttarakhand
A nursing staff at the hospital has tested positive for coronavirus: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh PRO Harish Thapliyal.
Another important news from Tamil Nadu
Two police stations were temporarily closed yesterday after 6 personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Following this, swab samples of other 105 police staff were sent for testing, of which all have come negative today: Sumit Saran, Coimbatore Commissioner of Police.
No further lockdown relaxation till May 3
"We are implementing Centre's guidelines on opening of neighbourhood and standalone shops during lockdown. Delhi government will not allow any further relaxation in lockdown till May 3, except those permitted by Union Home Ministry. We are going through difficult times, will have to continue our efforts to reduce number of COVID-19 infections in Delhi," CM Kejriwal.
Latest Karnataka coronavirus numbers as of Sunday
- Total number of COVID-19 patients: 501.
- People discharged: 177.
- Death toll: 18.
Latest coronavirus numbers from Bihar
Total confirmed positive cases in Bihar: 251 (As on April 26 at 12pm) Deaths: 2. Recovered: 45. Active: 204. Affected districts: 21 out of 38.
WATCH | Medical supplies arruve at Kolkata
Sikh pilgrims return to Punjab from Maharashtra
Punjab: First 'Jatha' of Sikh pilgrims who had gone to Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchal Nagar Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra returned to the state today morning. These pilgrims went to Hazur Sahib in the month of March and were stuck there due to #COVID19 lockdown. pic.twitter.com/KWMGyDUEhW— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
41 persons quarantined in Kerala's Ernakulam
41 persons including a police officer, who came in direct contact with a lorry driver who had tested positive for COVID-19, have been placed under home quarantine in Vazhakulam in Ernakulam: S Suhas, Ernakulam District Collector
What PM Modi said in his 'Mann ki Baat' address
- Fight against coronavirus is people-driven. People are rising to occasion to help each other; we are all in this together. Be it businesses, office culture, education, medical sector, everyone is adapting to changes in post-coronavirus world.
- PM Modi hails contribution of state govts in fight against COVID-19 pandemic, says they have played a very active role. India's decision to supply medicines to countries which needed them amid COVID-19 pandemic was guided by its ethos.
- I feel very proud when world leaders thank India and its people for assistance amid coronavirus pandemic.
- Wearing mask has to become a habit; it does not mean a person wearing it is unwell, it is just wise precautio.
- PM Modi exhorts people to stop spitting in public places, says it will increase basic hygiene and strengthen fight against COVID-19.
- PM Modi warns people against complacency in fight against COVID-19, says we have to continue being careful and taking right precautions.
In the time of pandemic, a family in ThiruViKa Nagar decides to hold a prayer meeting. 15 of them have tested + on Saturday. All of them are below 40 and 2 of them conservancy workers, suspected to be the source #EssentialWorkers #Covid19India #Covid19Chennai @xpresstn @ranjim— Nirupama Viswanathan (@NirupamaViswa) April 26, 2020
Important update from Chennai
In the time of pandemic, a family in ThiruViKa Nagar decides to hold a prayer meeting. 15 of them have tested + on Saturday. All of them are below 40 and 2 of them conservancy workers, suspected to be the source #EssentialWorkers #Covid19India #Covid19Chennai @xpresstn @ranjim— Nirupama Viswanathan (@NirupamaViswa) April 26, 2020
91 new COVID-19 cases in Indore; district tally 1,176
- The number of coronavirus cases in Indore rose to 1,176 after 91 more people tested positive for the disease in the Madhya Pradesh district during the last 24 hours, an official said on Sunday.
- So far, 57 coronavirus patients have died in Indore, which has emerged as one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country, district chief medical and health officer Praveen Jadia said.
- Till now, 107 people have been discharged after recovering from the viral infection, he said.
- According to data analysis, the COVID-19 death rate in the district stood at 4. 85 per cent till Sunday morning, which is higher than the national average.
- Curfew is in force in urban limits of Indore since March 25, after the first coronavirus case was found in the district.
Swiss nationals airlifted from Kerala
Coronavirus cases break-up in Chennai
Surprise rains in Vellore after a sultry week
Latest visuals from Ahmedabad
UP CM hold meeting with experts
Good news from Jharkhand
13 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Jharkhand till now- 6 from Ranchi, 4 from Bokaro, 2 from Hazaribagh and 1 from Simdega. Recovery ratio in this week was 18%: Jharkhand Health Department
Resident doctors write to Amit Shah again
Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association writes to Union Health Minister over accommodation facilities for resident doctors advised for home quarantine. The letter states, "It will be an important precautionary measure to control the spread of the virus." #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/oeLsaiFfrM— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
Maharashtra government issues preventive guidelines for essential service staff
- The Maharashtra government has issued a circular stressing on the importance of social distancing, hygiene and wearing of protection gear, after some of its employees tested positive for coronavirus.
- The circular issued by the public health department on Saturday said some government staff involved in the maintenance of essential services in the state have tested positive for the disease.
- Employees should wear masks, hand gloves and if necessary, aprons, and ensure that soap, water and hand sanitisers (with at least 60 per cent alcohol) are available at workplaces, it said.
- "Wash your hands applying soap and with water for at least 20 seconds before beginning your daily work. Use hand gloves then. Do not touch (your) face, eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid putting hand gloves in pockets," the circular said.
- The objects which are touched often, like door handles and taps, should be disinfected every two-three hours with a liquid containing one per cent sodium hypochlorite, it said.
- There should be a distance of at least one metre between two employees at the workplace, the circular said. "Use speaker mode while using mobile phone. Avoid contact of mobile phone with face whenever possible," it said.
- "Take bath using soap and water immediately after reaching home if there is no facility to take bath at office or place of duty," the circular said.
- Sanitation, health and police department officials and staff should use personal protection equipment, it said. "All officials and staff should not use or handle each other's mobile phones, handkerchiefs, water bottles, glasses, etc," the circular said.
- "All department heads should ensure supply of the personal protection kit, hand gloves, apron, jacket, masks, soap and sanitisers as per requirement," it added.
Update from Rajasthan
58 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Rajasthan today so far- 11 in Ajmer, 1 each in Hanumagarh and Jhalawar,15 in Jodhpur, 7 in Jaipur, 3 in Kota and 20 in Nagaur. The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 2141: Rajasthan Health Department pic.twitter.com/YQWN2Bxvzw— ANI (@ANI) April 26, 2020
After Tamil Nadu and Delhi, Rain in Bihar too
India sees its massive spike in terms of fresh daily COVID-19 positive cases
India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rises to 26,496 (including 19868 active cases, 5804 cured/discharged/migrated and 824 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. There has been a spike of 1990 new COVID-19 positive cases and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours.
CDS Bipin Rawat addresses media on COVID-19. Here are some parts of his speech
- As armed forces, we understand our responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. We've to make sure that we remain safe because if our soldiers, sailors and airmen get affected by this virus, how're we going to support our people.
- This is a time when certain directions have been issued which we have to adhere if we want to fight the menace of COVID-19.
- Patience and discipline will help us overcome this problem of COVID-19. COVID-19 has affected the three services in a very limited number.
- I would say that this is the discipline and patience which has helped us in preventing the spread of the menace.
- I am very happy to inform you that all our people have downloaded the Aarogya Setu application and should anyone get affected, we would be able to pick that up very soon.
- We would be able to ensure that the spread does not happen. The scientists & other agencies involved in medical research have come up with innovative ideas to produce medical equipment in the country which we were so far importing to help us tide over COVID19. This has been amazing.
- COVID-19 has taught us a lesson that the time has now come to be self-reliant.
- Whatever budget has been given to us, we must spend it pragmatically avoiding any wasteful expenditure. We don’t see any major drop in our operational preparedness as far as the three services are concerned.
- We're capable of undertaking any operational task assigned to us.
Now, Maharashtra seeks safe return to its students stuck in Rajasthan's Kota
Govt of Maharashtra has requested to the Govt of Rajasthan for a safe passage to 1800-2000 students from Maharashtra who are stranded in Kota, Rajasthan to the State. Once they reach back home they will be thoroughly screened&home quarantined for 14 days: Mantralaya Control Room pic.twitter.com/3qQydSpXVA— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Update from Madhya Pradesh
We've decided that shops in Indore, Bhopal ,Ujjain, Jabalpur, Dhar and Khargone will continue to remain shut. Also, there is no question of opening shops in containment/hotspot areas: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on MHA's order exempting certain shops and establishment from lockdown.
Coronavirus death toll crosses 2,00,000 globally; countries begin easing lockdown restrictions
The states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska in United States started loosening restrictions on businesses despite warnings from experts that such steps might be premature. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Police stopped around 198 people in Indore who were travelling
"150 ppl were going to Lalitpur, UP on foot. We've also seized Two vehicles carrying 48 people who came from Surat.We've arranged for their stay", Umakant Choudhary, DSP said.
Government not giving anyone Rs 1000 under 'Corona Sahayata Yojana'
Fact Check Unit of PIB has clarified that Govt of India is not giving Rs 1000 to anybody under so-called Corona Sahayata Yojana,as claimed in widely circulating message on WhatsApp requiring people to click on link&provide their information.Claim&link were fraudulent:I&B Ministry pic.twitter.com/GwBjuvAAA5— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Social distancing norms flouted in Delhi
News from Uttarakhand
Stand alone shops in colonies will be allowed to remain open from 7 AM to 6 PM in 9 districts (out of 13) that are declared green zones in Uttarakhand. Liquor & barber shops will remain closed: State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat
PM to address nation via radio
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation through his radio programme 'MannKiBaat', at 11 AM today.
Not only Chennai, rain lashes Delhi too
More visuals from Locked-down Chennai
Railway coaches coverted in Isolation wards
Kanpur locality declared 'Red Zone'
Kanpur's Kuli Bazaar area has been declared COVID19 'Red Zone', movement of people in the area is restricted, with exemptions for essential services. Sector magistrate Inderjeet Verma says,"All entry/exit points are being monitored with the help of CCTV cameras". pic.twitter.com/stCSYP1VNA— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 26, 2020
Deserted Varanasi Ghat on 'Akshay Tritiya' day
Heavy rains in Chennai amid four-day lockdown
36-year-old dies in Tamil Nadu, youngest to have died of COVID-19 in state
The man was a resident of Kundrathur and had been admitted to the hospital with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), State Health officials said. The state tests all patients with SARI and Influenza-like Illness (ILI) for COVID-19. (READ MORE)
The Thomas Isaac Interview | 'We're faced with a calamity and yet the FM hasn't met us'
'Bihar to launch Health Emergency Operating Center in collaboration with ISRO'
The Health Emergency Operating Centre would be responsible for gathering specific data and analysing them to get a clear idea for making quick and appropriate decisions in case of the emergency of any kind. Bihar's health minister Mangal Pandey on Saturday said that the construction of this portal has been made by taking the village of the affected area (epicentre) as the base. (READ MORE)
Lockdown may need to be extended till mid-May in Delhi: COVID-19 panel chief
The Delhi government had announced a lockdown in Delhi on March 23 followed by a nation-wide lockdown by the Centre from midnight of March 24 till April 14. The lockdown was further extended to May 3 by the Centre. "India is still on the ascending limb of the epidemic curve and so, to ease the restrictions will mean the cases will multiply uncontrollably. And, Delhi has a large number of containment zones, so it will be wise to extend it," Dr S K Sarin, chairman of Delhi government's committee on combating COVID-19, said on Saturday.
57-year-old constable succumbs to COVID-19 in Mumbai
Chandrakant Ganapat Pendurkar, Head Constable from Vakola Police Station in Mumbai, was battling the virus for the past few days, Mumbai Police tweeted. (READ MORE)
Remember '1 rupee Idli Paati'? Donations pour as prices go sky high
The 80-year-old woman, who has devoted herself to sell one idli at 1 rupee for the labourers in the vicinity was left in the lurch after the shopkeepers started to increase the price of urad dal, Bengal gram, and red chilies. (READ MORE)
Delhi records fresh 111 cases
'Open court hearing should be restored earliest'
Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) today resolved that once the current lockdown is lifted, and the health situation permits it, open court hearings should be restored at the earliest: SCBA.
With four new positive patients, COVID-19 case count in Jharkhand reaches 63
Officials said that out of the 74 samples examined, 70 were found to be negative while four tested positive. All the four new cases have been found in Ranchi, with three being from the Hindpiri area while one is from Kantalotoli.
GHMC workers allot numbers for the homeless people to maintain social distance
Hold exams in July, begin academic sessions in universities from September: UGC
The nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus scare has pushed back the start of academic sessions in universities across the country, which will now begin in September 2020. The UGC will now plan the academic calendar and issue necessary guidelines for the coming session on the basis of the panel's recommendations. (READ MORE HERE)
UP starts bringing back migrant workers, first batch of 2,224 from Haryana reach home
UP CM Yogi Adityanath had, on Friday, asked DMs to prepare a list of labourers so that they could be brought back in a phased manner. The decision had come after that state government brought back around 10,800 students stuck up in Kota, Rajasthan, around a week back. The state government conceived the plan to bring the labourers back in response to the demand made from several quarters and also reports that the migrants had started swimming across the Yamuna from Haryana to reach UP. (READ MORE)
Maharashtra COVID-19 mortality rate falling, says government
Earlier, the rate was around seven per cent but it has now come down to 4.4 per cent. According to data released by the state's public health department, this rate is in comparison to a world average of 6.93 per cent and an India average of 3.16 per cent. (READ MORE)
Gujarat's coronavirus cases cross 3000-mark
Gujarat's coronavirus cases cross 3000-mark as 256 people test positive in one day. The state tally stands at 3061 whereas death toll reaches 133.
Mumbai records 281 cases in one day
No vegetable or fruit shops allowed to open for 4 day in Chennai
Chennai Corporation makes a volte face: No shops allowed to open, even for vegetables and fruits in Chennai during intensified lockdown between Sunday to Wednesday. Only push carts and mobile vehicles allowed for selling fruits and vegetables
Madurai's #Kallazhagar festival cancelled
Nagaland govt allows opening of shops with immediate effect
An order issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy on Saturday said in pursuance to Ministry of Home Affairs order dated April 15 and 24, all shops including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, except shops in multi-brand and single brand malls outside the limits of municipalities and town councils will be permitted to carry on activities with immediate effect.
10 fresh cases in Punjab
Uttarakhand to treat COVID-19 cases in designated hospitals
The hospitals where only COVID-19 cases will be treated now are Mela Hospital (Haridwar), Doon Hospital (Dehradun), Medical College (Rudrapur) and Sushila Tiwari Government Hospital (Haldwani), Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said.
Tamil Nadu update
15 new cases in Maharashtra's Yavatmal
Yavatmal Collector MD Singh said, "15 new persons have tested positive for coronavirus. With this the total number of cases in Yavatmal reached 30". The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has climbed to 6,817, including 301 deaths, according to the State public health department on Saturday.
UP has 1,778 COVID-19 positive cases: Principal Health Secretary
"A total of 1,778 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the State so far out of which 1,504 are active cases. As many as 248 people have been cured/discharged and 26 deaths have been reported out of which most deaths were due to comorbidity or old age," said Amit Mohan Prasad here during a press conference.
Plasma therapy trials begin in Karnataka
Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, along with Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu inaugurated clinical trials of the Therapy at Victoria hospital here. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
423 active cases in West Bengal: Health Department
Four new COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand
Four people tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 63, officials said here. Of the fresh cases, three are from Ranchi's Hindpiri locality and one from the city's Kantatoli area, a health official said.
Police team quarantined in UP
The cops had taken a man to an islation facility in Bahraich has now been quarantined after he tested positive. Additional Superintendent of Police Ajay Pratap Singh said the man was quarantined on April 19 and has now been confirmed to have the coronavirus infection.
Rapid antibody tests shelved for now
The move to postpone the usage of the kits—that had been imported following due approval from the National Institute of Virology under the Indian Council of Medical Research—brings huge embarrassment to the country’s top health research body, which is the nodal agency for the fight against COVID-19. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Karnataka tally reaches 500
Karnataka touches 500 mark with 26 new cases of #COVID19 reported till Saturday evening.— Anusha Ravi Sood (@anusharavi10) April 25, 2020
324 active cases, 7 in ICU
13 new cases from Bengaluru, 9 from Belagavi. @XpressBengaluru @NewIndianXpress @santwana99 pic.twitter.com/jdOzArsCTl
Central team suggests stricter lockdown implementation in north Bengal
In a letter to Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, the central team said that more field officers are required to monitor and provide feedback about the effectiveness of various measures undertaken by the government. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
43 fresh cases in Chennai
National tally alert
3 new cases reported in Gautam Budh Nagar
Three women test positive for COVID-19 in Aurangabad
Three women from a family tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Saturday, taking the tally of cases to 47 in the region, an official said.
Flight carrying COVID-19 medical supplies from Shanghai lands in Delhi
"The SpiceJet freighter SG7017 carrying coronavirus medical supplies from Shanghai landed in Delhi late last night. The aircraft carried approximately 18 tons of medical and emergency supplies," said an official statement issued by the SpiceJet. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Kerala reports 7 fresh cases
WATCH | Panic buying spree in Chennai
Kerala-116 days of #COVID2019india— Raam Das (@PRamdas_TNIE) April 25, 2020
7- new cases
Admitted to the hospital-132
Deaths-3@NewIndianXpress @xpresskerala @CMOKerala
India records lowest daily growth rate since crossing 100 cases
The average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in the country is 9.1 days as of now and from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a six-per cent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases, the government said on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Six fresh cases in Madhya Pradesh
Panic has struck the Bargaon village in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district after six villagers, who went to a hair-cutting salon recently for hair-cuts and shaving, have tested positive for coronavirus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Tamil Nadu recruits more health professionals
Appointment orders on contract basis will be given to retain the services of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who are set to retire on April 30 for two more months, Palaniswami said in a statement here. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
A lorry driver, resident of Krishna Lanka is the main source of transmission of COVID-19 in the locality, said Collector A Md Imtiaz. 24 cases have been reported in the locality alone in last 48 hours. Lorry driver returned to #Vijayawada from Kolkata on April 4. @xpressandhra pic.twitter.com/HqKtIdQaJX— Sistla Dakshina Murthy (@Murthy_TNIE) April 25, 2020
Two patients recover in Chhattisgarh
With 32 persons recovering from the deadly infection, the state only has five active cases as of now.
157 fresh coronavirus cases reported in Uttar Pradesh
With this, the number of active cases climbs to 1,504, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad added. "Till now, 248 COVID-19 patients have been discharged in the state, while 26 deaths have taken place," he said.
Bihar reports 10 more cases
COVID-19 patients wait for three hours on road outside UP hospital
A group of 70 COVID patients shifted from Agra had to wait for close to three hours outside a government hospital here, and they moved around on a road outside the campus before being allowed in, police said on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
States in dilemma over MHA's order on shops
With the Union government's order allowing standalone shops to open, it is the states who have to take a final call to implement the order. Many states are yet to decide. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Of 20 cases, 16 have recovered, rest stable: Ladakh administration
The region has only four active cases and the condition of these COVID-19 patients is now stable, said an official statement from the Directorate of Health Services of the Union Territory of Ladakh.
17 patients discharged in Tamil Nadu
No more emergency travel passes in Chennai
Update: Chennai Corporation has temporarily stopped issuing emergency travel passes due to complete lockdown. Passes issued already will not be valid.— Omjasvin M D (@omjasvinMD) April 25, 2020
“Passes will be given only for death and pre-fixed surgeries,” a top official confirmed. @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress
Ganga Doli Yatra: Permission denied for devotees
In the morning today, the palanquin carrying the idol of goddess Ganga was sent from Mukhba in Mukhimath to Gangotri Dham in the presence of Deputy Magistrate Bhatwadi Devendra Singh Negi. No pilgrims but only a few priests were allowed to be a part of the Ganga idol procession this year.
Meghalaya asks for two more testing facilities
There is only one testing facility in the state, at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS). One patient has died in Meghalaya while 11 others are afflicted with the disease so far.
Plasma therapy trials for corona patients begin in Karnataka
Karnataka has taken a lead role as we initiate Phase I clinical trials to use Convalescent Plasma Therapy for severe Covid 19 infected patients. BMC Victoria hospital took the first step today. We are determined to vanquish this enemy of mankind. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/XU1BfXqGgj— B Sriramulu (@sriramulubjp) April 25, 2020
WATCH | MHA Joint Secretary explains relaxations
#WATCH Joint Secy(MHA)clarifies the order on allowing opening of shops. Says "In rural areas,all shops,except those in shopping malls allowed to open. In urban areas,except containment zones,all standalone shops, neighbourhood shops&shops in residential complexes allowed to open" pic.twitter.com/mg0pwMjIjX— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Tripura announces austerity measures to reduce expenditure
In view of the economic crisis due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tripura government has announced a series of austerity measures to reduce its expenditure and focused on optimum utilisation of the central schemes to ease burden on the state exchequer.
Central teams assess situation in Ahmedabad, Surat
The visit comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the coronavirus situation in Ahmedabad, Surat, Thane, Hyderabad and Chennai is "especially serious". (READ FULL STORY HERE)
UP's Firozabad reports 7 new cases
All the fresh cases have been reported from hotspot in the Ramgarh police station area here, Chief Medical Officer SK Dixit said, adding that the area has been completely sealed off. Firozabad's tally now stands at 78.
Chennai residents go on panic buying
CM Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Saturday morning that grocery and vegetable shops will be allowed to function until 3 pm on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Scene from Chennai's Royapuram
Man dies in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad
The deceased was a resident of Nawab Pura area and was undergoing treatment at Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Paramedical Sciences hospital.
Not possible to rebury Dr Simon: Chennai corporation
The mortal remains of Dr Simon Hercules cannot be exhumed and reburied in the Kilpauk cemetery due to safety reasons, the city corporation said in a statement on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
No e-passes in Vellore
Kerala allows shops to open in rural areas
Minister for Industries E P Jayarajan said that shops can function with 50 per cent staff. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Doctor at AMU-affiliated hospital tests positive
Another junior doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College hospital at the AMU here has tested positive for coronavirus, district health authorities said on Saturday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Aligarh has now risen to eight, they said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Stranded Kashmiri workers leave Himachal for home in buses
They left in six buses on Friday at 10.30 pm after Himachal Pradesh government gave them the permission amid the coronavirus curfew.
No public gathering allowed in Uttar Pradesh till June 30, confirms CM Yogi Adityanath
"Chief Minister has directed officers that no public gathering be allowed till 30th June. Further decision will be taken depending on the situation," Office of CM Yogi Adityanath tweeted. (READ THE FULL STORY HERE)
Shops open till 3 pm today in five TN cities as they prepare to go under four-day complete lockdown
With the risk of coronavirus spreading further in densely populated cities, Palaniswami on Friday ordered total lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem and Madurai. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Stores in markets, shopping complex to remain closed, clarifies MHA
For rural areas, the government clarified, that the relaxation has been given to all shops except those in shopping malls. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
18-year-old son of COVID-19 patient tests positive in Puducherry
Director of Health services Dr. S Mohan Kumar told newspersons that the boy hailing from Moolakkulam was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Government Medical college, the COVID hospital here and is being treated. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Journalist tests psotive in Karnataka
UP bans public gathering till June 30: CMO
Chief Minister has directed officers that no public gathering be allowed till 30th June. Further decision will be taken depending on the situation: Office of CM Yogi Adityanath.
61 new coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh, total tally crosses 1000
The total number of cases in the state now stands at 1016 and with two more casualties of coronavirus reported in Krishna and Kurnool districts, the toll increased to 31. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
394 new cases in Maharashtra
Jama Masjid remain closed in Delhi
Madhya Pradesh latest coronavirus numbers
- Total positive cases till Saturday: 1902 (56 new cases and one death in Indore).
- Active: 1599.
- Deaths: 93.
- Negative: 210.
15 new cases reported in Karnataka
Panic buying in Tamil Nadu ahead of four-day lockdown
Cabinet Secretary holds meeting with state officials
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba holds a meeting via conferencing with Chief Secretaries/DGPs of states and other officials over public health response to COVID-19, resumption of economic activities as per MHA guidelines, issues of migrant labourers, and of Indians stranded abroad.
Confirmed cases in Andhra cross 1000
A 72-year-old man from Tangmarg in north Kashmir, who was tested positive for the on April 13, died in hospital on Saturday. Of the six deaths in the state, five have taken place in Kashmir and one in Jammu. There are total of 454 Coronavirus cases in J&K.
Sixth COVID-19 death in J&K
A 72-year-old man from Tangmarg in north Kashmir, who was tested positive for the on April 13, died in hospital on Saturday. Of the six deaths in the state, five have taken place in Kashmir and one in Jammu. There are total of 454 Coronavirus cases in J&K.
Gujarat mulls opening shops in rural areas
We'll easily implement the decision to open shops in rural areas. But as far as implementation in urban areas is concerned, we'll do it as per conditions in centre's notification. A meeting, chaired by CM, will be held in afternoon and a decision to be taken after discussion: Gujarat Deputy CM.
Kejriwal government continues to back Plasma Therapy
We have administered plasma therapy to six patients in Delhi, so far. four patients were given the therapy four days back. Those who were administered four days back have almost recovered. All of them were critical patients and results are very encouraging: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
Union Ministers meet again in Delhi
Delhi Health Minister on Lockdown extension in national capital
Delhi Health Minister's latest statement on coronavirus situation in national capital
Several people have tested positive in Jahangirpuri area. The hospital is located in this area and some positive cases have been found here too: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, on reports of some staff of Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital testing positive for COVID-19, said Satyender Jain on Saturday.
Karnataka starts phase one of Plasma Therapy trials
Karnataka: State Minister for Health and Family Welfare B Sriramulu and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar initiated phase 1 clinical trials to use Convalescent Plasma Therapy for severe #COVID19 patients, at BMC Victoria hospital today in Bengaluru. pic.twitter.com/UC9UFORanx— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
WATCH | Aircraft parked at Delhi Airport runway
#WATCH Commercial aircraft parked at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport due to the ongoing lockdown in view of #COVID19 outbreak. Domestic & international passenger flight operations have been suspended across the country till 3rd May. pic.twitter.com/8xG1VWSj7x— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Despite no coronavirus cases, lockdown to continue in Assam
No relaxation in ongoing lockdown has been decided by the Government of Assam yet - like opening of shops, beauty parlours etc. A decision in this regard will be taken only on 27 April, 2020: Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna
Visuals from Varanasi
Varanasi: Stationery & electronics shops open in Ardali Bazar area. MHA has issued an order to States/UTs to allow opening of certain categories of shops, except those in single & multi-brand malls. These lockdown relaxations are not applicable to hotspots/containment zones. pic.twitter.com/AW0ODpEMHq— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 25, 2020
More than 100 coronavirus positive cases due to superspreaders in Bihar
For example, one person in each of the following districts spread the virus to many: One in Munger infected 29 others, 19 in Nalanda, 22 in Siwan, 14 in Rohtas and 17 in Patna respectively. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Shops still closed in Noida
Shops of non essential items & services remain closed in Sector-22 of Noida. The sector has been declared a #COVID19 hotspot by the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration, therefore, the relaxations given by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) do not apply to the area. pic.twitter.com/t1g8Sc8Ch4— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 25, 2020
Seven more test positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, total cases rise to 29
- All of them are residents of the Bambooflat area in the south Andaman district, an official said. "Of the new cases, six are from one family, and all of them came in contact with a COVID-19 patient detected earlier," the official said.
- All the patients are undergoing treatment at the GB Pant Hospital here, a health department official said. Five cases were reported from the Bambooflat area on Thursday.
- Last week, a 39-year-old police radio operator had tested positive for COVID-19 in the locality, which has now been declared a hotspot, and all the cases were either his family members or related to him. Of the total cases reported in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, home to several vulnerable tribes, 18 are active now.
- Eleven persons -- 10 with links to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi and a student who travelled on a flight with some of them -- have recovered from the disease.
- A total of 2,679 samples have so far been sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre here for tests, and of these, results of 2,433 have come while 246 are awaited, the health department official said. The department has so far received 3,800 rapid test kits from the Centre, he said.
- The Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration has set up an isolation centre at the GB Pant Hospital with 50 beds, and a total of 961 people are now in quarantine centres, the official said. The Union Territory administration has adopted the "pool testing" method using less kits for more tests in the fight against novel coronavirus.
- The local administration has urged people to stay at home and follow the lockdown order imposed to contain the outbreak of the dreaded virus.
Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad wears deserted look
Planes parked at Delhi
Delhi: Commercial aircraft parked at the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport due to the ongoing lockdown in view of #COVID19 outbreak. Domestic & international passenger flight operations have been suspended across the country till 3rd May. pic.twitter.com/kWtAfU2xeS— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Now, Bihar mulls for Plasma Therapy
Rajasthan latest coronavirus numbers
Indore's death toll rises to 57; Madhya Pradesh confirmed cases jump to 1,085
- The death toll due to coronavirus in Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country, has reached 57 with two more persons succumbing to the infection, an official said on Saturday.
- Two men, aged 75 and 55, died due to COVID-19 in the last three days, Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said. One of them suffered from bronchitis, he said.
- According to him, the number of coronavirus positive patients in the city has gone up to 1,085 after 56 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours.
- Of them, 107 have recovered and returned home so far, Jadia added. As per the data, the city's COVID-19 mortality rate stood at 5. 25 per cent till Saturday morning, which is higher than the national average.
- The city has a population of over 30 lakh. Curfew has been imposed in the city since March 25, after the first case of coronavirus infection came to light. Strict lockdown has been in place at other places in the district.
Hardware shops open in the national capital
Delhi: Hardware shops in Laxmi Nagar open after about a month into #CoronaLockdown. All shops registered under Shops&Establishment Act of respective States/UTs, incl shops in residential complexes, neighborhood&standalone shops have now been exempted from lockdown restrictions. pic.twitter.com/w8CLjREB2l— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
After every mission, the aircraft is sanitised with chemicals. All surfaces in the aircraft are wiped to ensure they are disinfected.Our crew members also put on masks&gloves at all times to ensure that we stay away from any infection: IL-76 loadmaster Sergeant SN Mishra #COVID19 https://t.co/gNGGjXgvsH pic.twitter.com/OFtDJac5HH— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Saturday morning visuals from Mumbai
Mumbai: Customers throng grocery stores in Kurla area to make purchases. MHA has exempted all shops under Shops&Establishment Act of States/UTs,except shops in multi-brand&single-brand malls,outside limits of Municipal Corporations from revised consolidated lockdown restrictions. pic.twitter.com/vufYsWJ42c— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Latest coronavirus numbers from Chhattisgarh
- Total positive reported: 37.
- Recovered/discharged: 32.
- Active cases now: 5.
- No deaths.
Chennai residents prepare for four-day lockdown in the Tamil Nadu capital
Eight new COVID-19 cases recorded in Maharashtra's Amravati
- As many as eight persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Amravati city in 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 12 here, an official said on Saturday.
- The city has recorded 16 coronavirus cases so far, of which four patients succumbed to the infection, while four others were discharged following recovery on Friday, the official said.
- The active cases include two men aged 65 and 45 years, who had come in contact with two women from Kamela Ground and Hyderpura localities who had tested positive for the infection post their death, a release here stated.
- As of now, there are 12 active cases in the city, which has 26 containment zones.
Breakdown of the latest coronavirus figures across the country
News from Delhi Aiport
Delhi Air Cargo Import cleared 50 tonnes of #COVID19 import cargo at Delhi Airport imported by M/s HLL Life Care Ltd containing 5,45,000 units of medical isolation goggles & 5,30,000 units of masks. Ensuring ease of doing business the cargo was cleared in 1.30 hrs: Delhi Customs pic.twitter.com/k6jO9yNIRS— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Manmohan Singh's reaction on government freezing DA/DR hike
Latest coronavirus numbers as per government data
India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rise to 24,506 (including 18,668 active cases, 5063 cured/discharged/migrated and 775 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Deserted streets in Jaipur
Rajasthan: Streets in Jaipur wear a deserted look, amid #CoronavirusLockdown. Visuals from Ajmeri Gate, Raja Park, Ramganj, Vaishali Nagar. Jaipur dist has reported a total of 776 Coronavirus positive cases so far as the total tally of positive cases in the state stands at 2034. pic.twitter.com/vsG2968sxv— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
Anxiety and angst as Indians mark one month of COVID-19 lockdown
On the evening of March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the entire country would go under lockdown from midnight to stem the spread of coronavirus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
AIIMS-Raipur staff member tests positive
One All India Institute Of Medical Sciences-Raipur nursing officer has tested positive for COVID-19. He was posted in COVID Ward and was in quarantine since 14th April: AIIMS-Raipur, Chhattisgarh
News from J&K
Early morning scenes from Mumbai
Nature takes over empty Kerala streets
IIT-Delhi develops COVID-19 test kit
Delhi: IIT-Delhi has developed #COVID19 test kit that has been approved by ICMR. "We started working on it by end of Jan&got it ready in 3 months.We wanted to contribute to affordable low-cost diagnostics that could be used in large numbers",V Perumal,Professor at IIT-Delhi said. pic.twitter.com/ez0Z7gaKEA— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
Tripura government cracks down on alleged medical irregularities
Tripura Government has removed State Health Secreatry and Mission Director of National Health Mission from their posts for alleged irregularities in purchasing medical kits, protective gears, medicines for fighting COVID-19. An investigation has been ordered: Ratan Lal Nath,State Minister.
Delhi Muslims offer Namaz, perform 'Sahari' at homes
Delhi: People offered 'Namaz' and performed 'sahari' rituals at their homes as all mosques remain closed amid the #CoronaLockdown."If we step outdoors it can lead to the spread of Coronavirus. So,I prayed along with my family at home",Md Salim, a resident of Inderlok said.#Ramzan https://t.co/rBosgSErMU pic.twitter.com/M4AOjrO7dO— ANI (@ANI) April 25, 2020
US death toll continues to swell up
The United States records 1,258 #Coronavirus deaths on Friday, the lowest daily toll in the country in nearly three weeks, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, bringing the overall US death toll to 51,017: AFP news agency
Visuals from Delhi's Daryaganj vegetable market
All stand-alone shops in municipality exempted from COVID-19 lockdown
The Centre on Friday night allowed opening of shops in market complexes outside municipality areas with 50 per cent workers and mandatory precautions like wearing of masks and social distancing norms during the ongoing lockdown against coronavirus. However, the exemption does not include those shops which are located in multi and single brand malls. (READ MORE)
Wearing face masks at public places compulsory in Goa
Any person violating the instructions shall be liable for a penalty of Rs 100.
Four COVID-19 positive policemen in Delhi share how they spend time in quarantine
Despite testing positive for coronavirus, the four policemen have found ways to keep their spirits high and motivate each other. A video of them exercising has gone viral on social media, providing inspiration to others who might need it. (READ MORE)
Maharashtra loses Rs 2000 crore excise revenue as lockdown paralyses economy
Deputy commissioner of state excise Pradeep Pawar said, “The state excise department was earning about Rs 40 to Rs 42 crore revenue per day (Rs 1200 crore per month). As there was the renewal of liquor licences at the beginning of this month, the government expected to earn about Rs 800 crore to 900 crores. According to our estimation, more than Rs 2000 crore revenue has been lost due to lockdown. However, the health of the people is our main priority at this moment, and therefore, the government, despite several requests, did not allow wine shops to do any business.” (READ MORE)
Nine CRPF personnel test positive
Nine CRPF personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Delhi: Officials
394 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra takes total to 6,817; 18 deaths
Eighteen persons -- 11 of them in Mumbai -- succumbed to the pandemic during the day, taking the death toll in the state to 301, the state health department said in a statement. 117 patients recovered and were discharged from hospital during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 957, it said. Besides 11 patients in Mumbai, five COVID-19 patients died in Pune and two at Malegaon in Nashik district. (READ MORE)
Breaking! US COVID-19 death toll passes 50,000
Barber shops, nail salons, gyms and a few other businesses reopened in Georgia on Friday as the Republican governor eased a month-long shutdown despite warnings from health experts of a potential new surge of coronavirus infections. As some customers ventured back to these venues, the confirmed number of coronavirus deaths in the United States passed 50,000, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures. (READ MORE)
Two employees of Tonk Circuit House where Sachin Pilot recently held meeting test COVID-19 positive
In the meeting that Sachin Pilot had presided on April 15 many senior officials of the district including the District Collector, SP, CMHO, PMO, City Council Commissioner and Chairman had participated. Now, everyone is worried and anxious after the reports of the Circuit House staff came positive. (READ MORE HERE)
Bihar reports 17 more corona cases, state tally touches 214
Principal secretary of health department Sanjay Kumar said that the contract details of all the positive cases are being ascertained for further follow-up actions and all the district administrations have been asked to seal 3km of radius area around the residences of persons tested positiv
Maharashtra government conducts highest number of testing
Maharashtra government has done the highest number of #Covid_19 swab testing across the India.— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) April 24, 2020
Total #Covid_19 testing - 1,02,189.
Negative result - 94,485
Positive - 6817
Home Qurantained - 1,19,161
Institutional isolation - 8814@NewIndianXpress
Your daily reminder that migrant labourers are still walking back home
With no job or money to survive through lockdown amid Covid-19 outbreak, a group of fifteen migrant workers start their journey of 800km, on foot from Chennai to Vishakhapatnam, to their native place, on Friday#victimsoflockdwn #covid19 #pandemic@xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/TZwi1TzAu8— Debadatta Mallick (@ddmallick) April 24, 2020
With depression rampant among migrant labourers, Maharashta government ropes in cousellors
The Maharashtra government has now roped in the 30 counsellors, 28 psychiatrists and 36 psychiatric nurses. "The team of counsellors, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses are counselling these migrant workers. The district-level team is approaching these labourers are consulting them on various issues," said Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope. (READ MORE HERE)
Total lockdown in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore for four days. Here's all you need to know
Assam begins evacuation of stranded students from Rajasthan's Kota
Assam Government begins evacuating stranded students from Rajasthan's educational hub Kota. 320 students are being brought back to Assam in 18 AC sleeper buses; likely to reach Guwahati on Saturday night or Sunday morning: Assam State Transport Corporation (ASTC) pic.twitter.com/CxSG19BRxD— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
17 new cases in Bihar, state tally rises to 214
New case reported in Uttarakhand, state tally 47
Woman under COVID-19 treatment for 48 days tests negative for first time in Kerala hospital
The patient, Shirley Abraham's samples had returned positive 20 times, while her last two consecutive results were negative. She would be in quarantine for 14 days, a government press release said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Class XII students in Kottayam raise funds to help 800 families hit by lockdown
The students connected with good samaritans from across the country and raised around Rs 4 lakh. An NGO helped them collect the funds and connect with the deserving families. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Delhi govt 'de-contains' red zone in Vasundhara Enclave
No new case has been reported in Mansara Apartment in Vasundhara Enclave in Delhi. Therefore, this containment zone is being de-contained. Operation Shield was successful because of cooperation from people living in this zone: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (File photo) pic.twitter.com/ouCugCIMV1— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
List of essential services to be exempted during intensive lockdown in Tamil Nadu's 5 cities
- Hospitals, Medical Labs, pharmaceutical shops, Milk supply, Ambulance and Hearse Vehicle Services and allied Medical related activities.
- Departments involved in essential services viz., Secretariat, Health and Family Welfare , Police, Revenue and Disaster Management, Electricity, Aavin, Local Bodies, and Drinking Water Supply Departments with required staff only.
- Central Government Offices and Banks for the maintenance of essential services with attendance not exceeding the 33 per cent of total staff.
- Petrol and Diesel Bunks (8 AM to 12 Noon only), LPG, Gas agencies, Public Distribution System shops, connected Food Corporation of India and Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation Godowns and Its transportation.
- Amma Canteens, ATMs will function normally.
- Only Home delivery of Parcel Foods ordered through phones from hotels / restaurants is permitted.
- Homes for senior citizens / physically challenged/ orphans and caregivers of senior citizens residing In their homes are permitted.
- The Community kitchens run by District Administration, Social Welfare and other local bodies for providing food to the destitutes will continue to function.
- NGOs and Organisations helping the poor and needy would be permitted after obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities.
- Vegetable markets like Koyambedu will be permitted to operate with certain restrictions. Similarly, mobile units for sale of vegetables and fruits is permitted. The shops which were permitted hitherto are not allowed to open in these days.
- Print and Electronic Media.
TN cop sings remakes of Tamil songs to spread awareness on coronavirus
Gujarat cleric found positive for COVID-19 in Tumakuru during random testing of visitors
The patient has been isolated at the quarantine centre at the district hospital while thirteen of his primary contacts have been traced. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Dharavi total cases rise to 220 after 6 positive cases
'No good evidence': 1st Indian review warns against using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19
The study carried out by pharmacologists at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi after reviewing 71 datasets from abroad -- including some meta analysis and randomized clinical trials -- concluded that while HCQ seems to be efficient in inhibiting SARSCoV-2, the pathogen behind COVID 19, in in-vitro cell lines, there is lack of strong evidence from human studies.
Nagaland man, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, disowned by both states
Assam is not counting him as its case, ostensibly on the grounds that it was referred. Nagaland argues that he tested positive in Guwahati.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
'Doctors on leave, undertrained paramedics': Panel exposes lacunae in healthcare service in Agra
With Agra reporting 336 cases, the highest in UP, a review panel has attributed the unprecedented spike in cases to complacency of the district officials. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Kerala issues order on six days salary cut for next five months for govt employees
The order made it clear that there will be no salary cut for those staff who earn less than Rs 20,000 per month. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Total number of cases in the country rises to 23452; death toll 723
COVID-19 situation especially serious in Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai: MHA
In a statement, the Home Ministry said that violations of lockdown measures reported in some parts of the country pose a serious health hazard to public and may lead to the spread of COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
3 new deaths reported from West Bengal, state toll rises to 18
Three COVID-19 patients die in West Bengal; death toll rises to 18 in state: Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha
2 deaths, 72 new cases in Tamil Nadu; state tally rises to 1755
72 more persons tested positive for Corona in TN today; till date, total number Corona positive persons in the State stands at 1755
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3 new cases in Kerala, state tally 450
Kerala-115 days of #COVID2019india— Raam Das (@PRamdas_TNIE) April 24, 2020
3- new cases
Kasaragod- 3 (Through contact)
Admitted to the hospital-144
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Lockdown decision was timely and has been effective in slowing doubling rate: Chairman of Empowered Group 1
Our analysis shows lockdown has been effective in slowing the doubling rate of #COVID2019 and saved lives. The lockdown decision was timely as the around 23,000 cases in India today could have been 73,000: Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog member and Chairman of Empowered Group 1. pic.twitter.com/gPF2SwS5Nc— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
Doubling rate stands at 10 days
Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases now stands at 10 days: Health Ministry— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 24, 2020
9 lakh people on surveillance system: National Centre for Disease Control
4 new Inter-Ministerial Central Teams constituted to monitor COVID-19 situation in three states
Apart from 6 Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) constituted earlier, Home Ministry today constituted four additional IMCTs, each headed by an Additional Secretary - level officer, to Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad & Chennai: Punya Salila Srivastava, Union Home Ministry #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/86gb1rCule— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
80 districts have reported no new cases in last 14 days: Health Ministry
In last 28 days, 15 districts have had no new case. Till date, there are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in last 14 days: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry
6 cops, pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore test positive for coronavirus
Zone of comfort: Three Maharashtra districts keep coronavirus at bay
Dark clouds of the COVID-19 crisis have been hovering over hotspots like Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, but then there are also azure skies covering its Wardha, Bhandara and Gadchiroli districts which have not reported a single positive case of the infection yet. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
GeM adds 146 categories of medical products, 8 services to help govt fight COVID-19
Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has set up a dedicated page on its platform, where it has created several categories for medical supplies such as COVID-19 sample collection kit, reusable vinyl/rubber gloves etc. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Nagpur city touch 100-mark
With two persons testing coronavirus positive in Nagpur on Friday, the tally of such patients in the city reached 100, officials said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Central team asks West Bengal if state task force's methodology to ascertain deaths in line with ICMR guidelines
Chennai: Person tests positive in Avadi
40 healthcare staff at Delhi AIIMS gastro dept in self-quarantine after 30-year-old nurse tests positive
Contact tracing was immediately initiated and samples of these 40 healthcare workers along with some patients from the ward where the nurse was posted were sent for testing. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Central team asks West Bengal to increase testing in the state
Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) writes to the West Bengal Chief Secretary after their visit to #COVID19 hospitals in Kolkata, say wait time for Covid test results for some patients is over 5 days, recommends increasing tests to 2500-5000/day. pic.twitter.com/oMyPioNQRN— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
Total lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai from April 26 to April 29
Total lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai Corporations from 6 am on April 26 to 9pm on April 29; in Salem and Tiruppur corporations, total lockdown will be in force from 6 a.m on April 26 to 9 p.m on April 28 @xpresstn @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/lb8Efmj5o1— T Muruganandham (@muruga_TNIE) April 24, 2020
Health Minister's message to his state counterparts
Wherever there is a need, we have also sent our senior officers to support you, they are not sent as monitors. They are there for hand-holding&cooperation so we get feedback on how to further extend help: Health Min Dr Harsh Vardhan during video conference with State health mins https://t.co/dtuqTEi6H3— ANI (@ANI) April 24, 2020
Latest update from Andhra Pradesh
62 #coronavirus cases confirmed in last 24 hrs. Active cases in #AndhraPardesh 781. #Kurnool accounts for 27 of the new cases, #Guntur 11 #Krishna 14 #Anantapur 4 #Prakasam 3. Two dead, one each in #Anantapur #Kurnool 6306 samples tested in last 24 hrs @NewIndianXpress #Andhra pic.twitter.com/rtcLrFiPR6— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) April 24, 2020
Three cops tested positive in Coimbatore
Kerala CM writes to Modi on bringing back bodies of NRIs who died of reasons other than corona
CISF staff member tests positive
A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable posted at Delhi's IGI Airport has tested COVID-19 positive. He has been shifted to an isolation ward in Jhajjar, Haryana: CISF sources.
More from Delhi government's presser
- "Central government had given us permission only for limited trials of plasma therapy on serious patients at LNJP hospital. In the next 2-3 days, we will conduct more trials and then we will seek permission next week, for all the serious patients," said Kejriwal.
- "At this time, we need those people who have recovered from COVID-19 and are at their homes. We need them to show their patriotism and donate blood plasma," said Dr. SK Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver & Biliary Science.
Update from Karnataka
3 more people involved in Pandarayanapura violence test positive for #COVID19, says @sriramulubjp. 2 had tested positive yesterday. @hd_kumaraswamy had raised concerns over virus spreading in green zone Ramanagara where those arrested from Pandarayanapura are lodged.— Anusha Ravi Sood (@anusharavi10) April 24, 2020
Complete shutdown in Tamil Nadu's Salem district for next two days
Complete shut down in Salem district for next two days. All the shops including vegetable markets and grocery shops will be closed. Vehicles roaming in roads will be seized. Pple roaming in streets will be booked: District Collector @NewIndianXpress @mannar_mannan @xpresstn— Sabari_TNIE (@salemsabari5) April 24, 2020
Bihar latest coronavirus numbers
177 persons have been tested positive till Friday. Two have succumbed to the deadly virus, while 44 recovered.
Harsh Vardhan holds meeting with state Health Ministers
Positive cases in Nagpur reach 100
Two new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Nagpur district; the total number of COVID-19 patients in the district rises to 100: Civil Surgeon, Nagpur, Maharashtra.
News from Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand government freezes payment of additional installments of dearness allowance/dearness relief to state government employees/pensioners till July 2021.
Kejriwal on plasma therapy treatment on Delhi coronavirus patients
What PM Modi said in his interaction with Panchayat heads amid COVID-19 crisis
- Biggest lesson COVID-19 has taught us is to become self-reliant. It is now important that villages become self-reliant for their basic needs.
- Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up new challenges which we never faced before, but it also made us learn new thing.
- During COVID-19 crisis, people living in villages described social distancing in simple words -- 'Do Gaz Doori'.
- It is because of efforts of people, entire world today is talking about how India has responded to COVID-19 crisis.
- Despite limited resources amid coronavirus crisis, citizens are taking on this challenge instead of succumbing to difficulties.
- There are hurdles, but with resolve we are moving forward, and the work for saving country is on.
Two more die in Pune
A 61-year-old and a 40-year-old with comorbid conditions who had tested positive for COVID19 passed away in Pune last night; the total death toll in Pune district rises to 63: Health Officials, Pune.
70-year-old woman dies of COVID-19, second victim in Madurai
The septuagenarian was a resident of West Masi Street and her son works as a priest (Bhattar) at Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in the district. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Latest coronavirus numbers from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh
- In Rajasthan, 2000 people have been tested positive till Friday. While 473 have recovered, the state registered 29 deaths.
- In Madhya Pradesh, till Friday, 1771 people have been tested positive for the deadly pandemic (Indore 1029, 84 new cases over last 24 hours in Indore). While 203 persons got cured, 85 have died so far.
Jama Masjid closed in Delhi
Nine RPF staff test COVID-19 positive in Odisha and Bengal after returning from New Delhi
The nine included a 32-year-old constable posted at Balasore in Odisha. He is undergoing treatment at Ashwini COVID Hospital at Cuttack. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Update from Maharashtra