COVID-19 LIVE | Maharashtra tally surpasses 10,000-mark with 583 new cases
Mumbai city alone reported a jump of 417 COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 6,061 with as many as 290 coronavirus patients having died in the city so far.
The Union Health Ministry said that 1,823 new coronavirus cases and 67 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, across the country.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in India rose to 33,610, including 24,162 active cases, 8,373 cured, discharged, migrated and 1,075 deaths.
Meanwhile in Tamil Nadu, 161 cases were reported on Thursday making it the highest single day rise. A two-month-old baby is also among those who tested positive.
To attract more foreign investments, PM Narendra Modi also held a Cabinet meeting to discuss strategies to boost the economy on Thursday.
WATCH | Rs 65,000 crore needed to feed poor; India needs to be smarter in lifting lockdown: Raghuram Rajan
Delhi government to screen all people living in COVID-19 containment zones
Punjab CM urges PM to advise Railway Ministry to make special arrangements for migrants
Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh has written a letter to PM Modi saying 'given the large number of workers stuck due to lockdown, use of buses for their transportation would not work'. He urged PM to advise Railway Ministry to make special arrangements for migrants: Punjab CMO pic.twitter.com/UqxxmjQNai— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Delhi tally rises to 2362 with 76 new cases
UP CM Yogi Adityanath asks officials to keep quarantine centres ready for 10 lakh migrants
The CM, on Thursday, also issued an appeal to the workers stranded in other states to be patient and not start walking towards their homes as the UP government was committed to bring each one of them back home. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Punjab sees spike in cases as 105 test positve taking state tally to 480
Punjab saw the steepest rise in the number of novel coronavirus cases on Thursday with 105 persons, mostly pilgrims who returned from Nanded, testing positive for the disease, officials said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Jagan govt issues helpline and mail for stranded students and pilgrims to return to Andhra
#Lockdown #COVID19: Want to return to #AP?#Students and #pilgrims stranded in other states and seeking to return can dial 0866-2424680 or send a mail to email@example.com #JaganMohanReddy govt comes to the rescue of those stranded in other states @NewIndianXpress— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) April 30, 2020
6 more CRPF jawans test positive in Delhi
6 more CRPF jawans have been tested COVID-19 positive in Delhi today. All of them belong to the same Battalion which has recorded the maximum number of COVID-19 positive cases. Out of 6, one jawan is with the CRPF national Kabaddi team: Central Reserve Police Force pic.twitter.com/WC7oOBiDXQ— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
A Rs 200-crore stumbling block in the way of shifting migrants from Maharashtra?
Maharashtra has more than five lakh migrant workers stranded at various temporary shelter homes across the state with most of them hailing from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. They have been provided free of cost food through community kitchens until now. Shifting them back home, however, is another task altogether, according to the Maharashtra government. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Maharashtra tally of confirmed coronavirus cases cross 10,000
Karnataka issues orders for movement of stranded citizens
Fearing COVID-19, villagers stop last rites of migrant who died after walking 250 km
In a shocking incident, the last rites of a migrant worker, who reportedly died of dehydration and exhaustion after walking almost 250 km to reach his village of Mittapalle in Ramasamudram mandal of Chittoor district, were stopped by locals fearing that he had contracted COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH | The homeless are feeling the pinch of the COVID-19 lockdown
60,000 foreign nationals evacuated from India in view of COVID-19: MEA
Anurag Srivastava, the spokesperson in the ministry, said the issue of evacuation of Indians stranded abroad is also under discussion and that all the Indian missions are extending all possible assistance to the diaspora community.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Wearing face masks mandatory in Srinagar from May 1
According to an order issued on Wednesday, people are advised to wear face masks in all public places, including public transport, market places and offices. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Ensure free movement of trucks: MHA tells states
MHA to States-Ensure free movement of trucks/goods carriers, incl empty trucks. Local authorities must not insist on separate passes at inter-state borders across the country. This is essential to maintain the supply chain of goods & services in the country: Spox, Home Ministry pic.twitter.com/1MUwndbtPW— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Don't squander benefits of lockdown in zeal to restart economy, warns top epidemiologist
Leading epidemiologist Dr Giridhara R Babu, Professor and Head, Lifecourse Epidemiology, IIPH, Public iHealth Foundation of India, Bengaluru, and member of the ICMR's COVID-19 research group on epidemiology and surveillance, speaks to The New Indian Express on whether the lockdown has served its purpose and the road ahead.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
IN PICS | Maharashtra sends buses to bring back students from Kota
Maharashtra government public transport buses started return journey from Kota, Rajasthan to Maharashtra. Over 800 students from Maharashtra were stranded at Kota during lockdown. @NewIndianXpress @advanilparab @CMOMaharashtra @AjitPawarSpeaks @bb_thorat pic.twitter.com/SoHDxN0QIQ— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) April 30, 2020
Eleven more die of COVID-19 in West Bengal, state tally at 572
In the last 24 hours, Sinha said, 37 fresh coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, and 15 people were discharged from hospitals following their recovery. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
With 161 news cases, Tamil Nadu records highest single day rise so far
JUST IN | 67 deaths reported in last 24 hours in India: Centre
1823 new cases and 67 deaths reported in the last 24 hours The total number of COVID19 positive cases in India rises to 33610 including 24162 active cases, 8373 cured, discharged, migrated and 1075 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
(Inputs from ANI)
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COVID-19 patient escapes from Gujarat isolation ward, found dead
Preliminary inquiry and CCTV footage of the hospital indicate that the man did not go outside the hospital campus, located in Khatodara area, during the last two days, an official from Khatodara police station said.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
India has provided 2.8 million HCQ tablets and 1.9 million Paracetamol tablets to almost 87 countries: Govt
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Chhattisgarh leads the way in providing employment under MNREGA during lockdown
The state has generated employment for 18.52 lakh labourers in the period during which the lockdown has been in place.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Karnataka coronavirus death toll stands at 21
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Jammu and Kashmir coronavirus update
- 33 new cases today
- Total cases rise to 614
- 8 deaths reported so so far
Kerala Governor signs ordinance to defer up to 25 per cent pay of govt staff after HC stay
Through the ordinance promulgated on Thursday, the Kerala Disaster and Public Health Emergency Special Provisions, the government plans to deduct the salary as per the earlier plan. The ordinance says the government needs to announce the repayment plan and time only six months after the deduction.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Run non-stop trains to bring back students and migrant workers, Bihar govt urges Centre
On Thursday, Bihar deputy chief minister and senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi made an appeal to the Centre to run special non-stop trains with catering facilities and proper social distancing to bring them back.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Coronavirus updates rom Government briefing
- Coronavirus doubling rate of cases in India, which was 3.4 days before the lockdown, has improved to 11 days
- Health ministry joint secretary Lav Aggarwal said that 16 states, had performed better than national average
- Centre says 1,718 new COVID-19 cases reported in last 24 hours
Coronavirus recovery rate is now 25.19 per cent: Centre
Want to do the Rs 4500 worth COVID-19 test at home? Here are the options
The price of the test is set at INR 4,500 and is conducted by labs authorised by ICMR to perform COVID-19 testing using Real Time PCR methodology. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Minister writes to Karnataka CM to open salons, dentist clinics amid lockdown in state
23 fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Maharashtra's Thane city
The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Kalyan Dombivli Municipal limits recorded 18 and 13 new cases respectively, while no fresh cases were reported from Mira- Bhayandar area in 24 hours, the official said.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Gurugram district admin issues stricter measures on intra-district movement
Haemophilia patients struggle to access treatment, face blood shortage during lockdown
The genetic disorder present at birth does not allow clotting of blood when a person gets injured and leads to uncontrollable bleeding, swelling, pain, limb and organ damage and in extreme cases even disability and death.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Latest coronavirus updates from the Northeast
Northeast positive cases stands at 60
- Assam: 41
- Meghalaya: 12
- Manipur: 2
- Mizoram: 1
- Nagaland: 1
- Arunachal: 1
- Tripura: 2
- Four new cases in Assam today
- Active cases in Northeast 24
- Deaths 2 (one each in Assam and Meghalaya)
'Yes We Care': A song to spread peace in Manipur in the time of COVID-19
The album is the brainchild of Nobert Khayi. He said the idea behind it was to spread across a message of peace and lift up the spirits of people during the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
IN PIC | After four day complete lockdown, people thronging the roads to buy supplies in Chennai
Month of May could be 'make or break' for COVID-19 fight, say medical experts
The experts also suggested that railways, air travel, inter-state bus services, malls, shopping complexes, religious places, among others, should be kept shut at least for the month of May.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 cases in Assam now stands at 41
Odisha blocks another border road to prevent Andhra villagers from crossing over
A couple of days back, the Odisha officials dug up trenches at Milagam village but they later filled them to restore movement of people following objections raised by the Srikakulam district administration after a pregnant woman was forced to be carried on a makeshift bamboo stretcher to reach a waiting 108 ambulance on the Odisha side.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
TN government creates special web portal for Tamil NRI
Supreme Court refuses to put a hold on Delhi Central Vista project
The central government had earlier approved the land-use change as required for the Central Vista development project on the recommendations of the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), paving the way for construction of a new Parliament building among others. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Now Delhi to send buses to Kota to get back stranded students
Delhi govt is making arrangements to soon bring Del students back home from Kota— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 30, 2020
USAID announces USD 3 million to support India's COVID-19 efforts
On April 6, the USAID had announced a grant of USD 2.9 million to India to mitigate the spread of the deadly virus. US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster said the additional funding will further support India's response to COVID-19.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Lockdown | Rishi Kapoor's daughter given movement pass by Delhi Police to attend last rites
BMW rolls out special service scheme for vehicles owned by doctors
As a gesture of appreciation towards doctors, the company along with its dealer partners will offer complementary engine oil service at its dealership service centres across the country, BMW Group India said in a statement. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
IN PICS | Social distancing goes for a toss in Chennai
COVID-19 effect: Vistara temporarily modifies in-flight services
Amid the coronavirus pandemic, the service alterations in domestic flights' premium economy class and economy class include reduction in meal choices and withdrawal of services like onboard sales, welcome drink, hot meals and hot beverages, Vistara stated. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
News from Karnataka
22 new positive cases have been reported in Karnataka from 29th April, 5 pm to 30th April 12 pm. Total number of #COVID19 cases rise to 557, including 21 deaths & 223 discharges. +1 death due to non – Covid cause: Health Department, Government of Karnataka pic.twitter.com/GLaRFwyHg7— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
News from Punjab
Punjab: Pilgrims from Sri Hazur Sahib, stranded in Maharashtra's Nanded, returned to the state y'day. As of now, around 3613 such pilgrims have returned to the state. Visuals from Bathinda. DC Bathinda says, "2 pilgrims, who returned to Bathinda,have tested positive for #COVID19" pic.twitter.com/vY7Knq4iiM— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Karnataka Police cracks down on lockdown violators
News from the apex court
Supreme Court today refused to pass any order & disposed off a petition filed by a lawyer, seeking appropriate directions to the Bar Council of India (BCI) to assist & help those lawyers facing difficulty, especially financial help, during the nationwide #Coronavirus lockdown. pic.twitter.com/rYKKtdHo3d— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Bridge, groom in UP's Muzaffarnagar return in ambulance by posing as patients
Nine members of a family were quarantined after a newlywed couple returned from Ghaziabad to Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar district in an ambulance in the guise of patients, police said on Thursday. The groom, bride and their seven family members were quarantined at their home in Khatauli, the police said. A case has registered against the ambulance driver who allegedly brought the couple on Wednesday, the police added.
Glenmark Pharma gets DCGI nod for clinical trials of Favipiravir antiviral tablets on COVID-19 patients
Having internally developed the active pharmaceutical ingredients (API) and the formulations for the product, the company filed the product for clinical trials with the DCGI and has received approval for conducting the trial on mild to moderate patients, Glenmark Pharmaceuticals said in a statement. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Global gold demand sees modest growth in Q1 on lockdown-led disruptions: World Gold Council
World's gold demand during the first quarter of 2019 stood at 1070.8 tonne, according to WGC's Q1 Gold Demand Trends report. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Tamil Nadu set to appoint nodal officers to facilitate travel of migrant labourers, students, medical tourists back home
According to official sources, the decision on how to send the workers back will be taken after a high-level meeting wherein the nodal officers pertaining to workers, students or pilgrims of every state will be announced. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Indian missions in UAE open online registration for expats who wish to fly home
On Wednesday night, the Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi announced the details of data collection through the website of the Indian Consulate in Dubai, the Gulf News reported. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Karnataka Assembly staff get equipped with hand sanitisers, thermometer gun
Stocks dried up in supermarkets as vegetables become rare commodity in Chennai amid lockdown extension fears
Four days after the intensive lockdown and with only three days left for the second phase of the lockdown to come to an end, on Thursday residents flocked supermarkets and vegetable shops since early morning hours. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Union Health Minister holds another meeting
Latest Andhra numbers
Kejriwal government on health workers facing shutdown heat in Delhi-Haryana border
We are in touch. It will be resolved soon: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain when asked that health workers and those rendering essential services are also not being let through Delhi-Haryana border, as most of the border areas between Delhi and Haryana have been sealed pic.twitter.com/IiNmBM0wFr— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Crowd at Chennai market after four-day complete lockdown ends
New COVID-19 case in UP's Maharajganj
- A man who had recently returned from Delhi tested positive for novel coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh's Mahrajganj district, which had not reported any infection for over three weeks, an official said.
- District Magistrate Ujjwal Kumar said the sample of the man, who had returned from Delhi six days ago to his native Ratanpurwa village in Paniyara area, tested positive in the report received from the Gorakhpur medical college late on Wednesday.
- "The family members and all those who came in contact with him will be quarantined. The entire area has been sealed and sanitised," Kumar said.
- The district had not reported any new COVID-19 case after six people had tested positive on April 4. Maharajganj was declared having zero active cases after the recovery of the six patients.
Migrants stopped from entering Madhya Pradesh
Madhya Pradesh: Scores of migrant workers today were stopped by the police at state border after they were trying to enter into the state from Maharashtra. They are now stranded between Mumbai-Barwani stretch of National Highway 3 near Sendhwa. #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/D8zPgJUfOj— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
Meghalaya declares 10 of 11 districts as 'green zones', allows inter-dist movement
- The Meghalaya government on Thursday declared 10 of the state's 11 districts as 'green zones' and allowed inter-district movement there, a op official said. The decision was taken as no COVID-19 case was reported from these districts, he said.
- All the 12 COVID-19 cases in the state, including one death, have been reported in the state capital that falls under East Khasi Hills district.
- "Barring East Khasi Hills district, all other 10 districts in the state are in the green zone as they have not reported any COVID-19 cases. All deputy commissioners in the green zones may allow inter-district movement," Political Department secretary Cyril V D Diengdoh said in a letter to the district magistrates.
- The inter-district movement has been allowed in the green zones on the condition that people do not transit through East Khasi Hills district, he said. Meanwhile, the state government has identified over 10,200 people from the state stranded in various parts of the country, including around 2,500 in other northeastern states.
- "They have been asked to register themselves online at www. meghalayaonline. gov. in/covid or with government helpline numbers 8132011037/8433038716/9711544148 and 7338550288 if they want to return to their homes on May 4, a day after the lockdown is scheduled to be lifted," another senior official said.
INTERVIEW | Dates, guidelines on competitive exams soon: Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank
Online education has received greater acceptance due to the pandemic situation and the government will soon come up with guidelines to bridge the digital divide, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank says in an interview with Sumi Sukanya Dutta. (READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE)
71 new COVID-19 cases in Nashik; district tally rises to 276
- The number of coronavirus cases in Nashik district of Maharashtra has gone up to 276 as 71 more people have tested positive for the disease, an official from the district administration said on Thursday.
- Most of the new cases are from the district's Malegaon town, he said. The new patients include six police personnel and three children - aged three months, 5 years and 11 years.
- Out of the total 276 cases, 253 have been reported from Malegaon, 10 from Nashik city, 11 from other parts of the district and two patients are from outside the district who are undergoing treatment in hospitals here.
- There was no change in the death toll which stood at 12, the official said.
- Till date, 11 people have recovered from the disease in the district and discharged from hospitals, he added.
Rs 65,000 crore needed to feed poor; India needs to be smarter in lifting lockdown: Rajan tells Rahul
Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan in a video talk with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, streamed by the party, said that country needs Rs 65,000 crore to feed the poor. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Three COVID-19 patients recover, just one active case in UP's Shamli
Three more coronavirus patients recovered in Shamli, taking the number of active cases in the Uttar Pradesh district to just one, an official said on Thursday. District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur told reporters that the second samples of the three patients came negative. There were a total of 17 coronavirus infections and now there is only one active case. She said there were four hotspots in the district.
Social distancing norms violated in Kerala hospital
Four more tested positive in Delhi
Four more traders associated with Delhi's Azadpur Sabzi Mandi have tested positive for coronavirus. They did not commute to and fro the vegetable market. A total of 15 positive cases in the vegetable market have been reported so far: Azadpur Mandi official.
Update from Punjab
As of now, around 3613 pilgrims from Sri Hazur Sahib, in Nanded and 153 students from Kota have returned to Punjab: Department of Information and Public Relation, Punjab.
Robit developed in Odisha to combat coronavirus
Odisha: Industrial Training Institute, Cuttack has developed a robot, with help of SakRobotix Lab to help health workers in containing the spread of #COVID19. Union Min Mahendra Nath Pandey says, "Such service robots will help health workers&we need to encourage such innovations" pic.twitter.com/vQKRT63dNr— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
What Raghuram Rajan told to Rahul Gandhi on COVID-19 situation in India
- India needs Rs 65,000 crore to feed the poor during pandemic and can afford to do that.
- We need to be cleverer in lifting lockdown; need to open up in measured way as India does not have capacity to feed people for long.
- Social harmony is a public good; we cannot afford to have our houses divided in times when challenges are big.
- India can help mould dialogue post-pandemic to make space for multi-polar global order.
Indian Embassy in US contact nationals who wish to travel back home as lockdown 2.0 end nears
The move comes days after the Indian government indicated that a decision will be taken to bring back the Indian nationals stranded abroad after assessing the situation. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
India COVID-19 numbers decoded: Interesting trends in hotspot case spikes
The basket of 170 grew a tad bigger as states and Union Territories like Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi added a few districts to the list. While J&K added two districts, Delhi, too, inserted two, in effect covering the entire city. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Untold truth about COVID-19-free districts: What experts saying about government's claims
The period of 28 days is significant because it indicates that after two cycles of the incubation period of the virus, nil reporting of fresh cases could mean that the chain of transmission may have been broken in the area. But is this really an achievement? (READ FULL INTERVIEW HERE)
Update from Pune
127 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Pune district in the last 12 hours. Total positive cases in the district stand at 1722: Dr. Bhagawan Pawar, DHO (District Health Officer).
Rajasthan latest coronavirus numbers
27 test positive in Lucknow
Out of the 646 samples tested yesterday for COVID-19, results of 27 are positive: King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow.
Two more discharged in Raipur today
All India Institute Of Medical Sciences, Raipur has discharged 2 more patients today, belonging to Korba district, after they completely recovered from #COVID19. Presently, there are 2 active cases including a nursing officer. Both are stable: AIIMS, Raipur #Chattisgarh pic.twitter.com/377T3BqLi4— ANI (@ANI) April 30, 2020
WATCH | Rahul interacts with Raghuram Rajan on India's economy post COVID-19
COVID-19: Lufthansa group makes it mandatory to wear masks on flights from May 4
"The company recommends that passengers wear them throughout the entire journey, i.e. also before or after the flight at the airport, whenever the required minimum distance cannot be guaranteed without restriction," Lufthansa group stated in its press release. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
No new cases in Andaman for last four days
Ten more test positive in Haryana
10 COVID-19 positive cases found in Jhajjar. 9 out of them are vegetable vendors who have a history of travelling to Delhi and one is a nurse at a hospital. The total cases in Jhajjar district are 18: Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr Randeep Puniya.
Latest coronavirus stats from the Government of India
With 1718 new cases & 67 deaths in the last 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rises to 33050 (including 23651 active cases, 1074 deaths, 8325 cured/discharged/migrated): Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Good news from Agra
Lockdown violators punished in Punjab
Complete lockdown in Varanasi till May 3
There will be complete lockdown in the limits of Varanasi municipal corporation till May 3. Home delivery to be done for people in case they need anything. People will be allowed to move out of the limits only on health & medical grounds: DM Varanasi, Kaushal Raj Sharma
Flower farmers in Gujarat continue to face lockdown blue
Section 144 extended in Karnataka's Kalaburagi
Imposition of Section 144 CrPc in the district has been extended till 7th May 2020. There is no restriction on movement of people rendering or availing essential services: Kalaburagi (Karnataka) Deputy Commissioner Sharat B.
Latest scene at Delhi-Faridabad Border
Early morning views from Delhi's Okhla
One of the Karnataka state bus converted into mobile COVID-19 clinic
News from Jharkhand
Guidelines were issued to states today by Centre for bringing back students&migrant workers, I thank Prime Minister for this. These are conditional guidelines, some rules®ulations will be formulated on it.We will also seek Centre's support: Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren (29.04.20) pic.twitter.com/ny8yrJjm9a— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
Death toll continues to swell in US
AAI plans to facilitate limited flight ops once lockdown ends
In post lockdown SoP document reviewed by IANS, the AAI plans to start "maybe at 30 per cent capacity" at airports with operations scaling up to original level in a gradual manner. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Sealed borders a hurdle in movement of workers
To stop the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, inter-state borders connecting Delhi to the neighbouring states have been sealed, which is now causing problems in the movement of workers engaged on essential services. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Centre gives broad hints of extending COVID-19 lockdown beyond May 3 with 'considerable relaxations'
In a series of tweets, the Union Home Ministry said it has held a comprehensive review meeting on the lockdown situation in the country and has found that there have been tremendous gains and improvement in the COVID-19 situation due to the lockdown till now. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
COVID-19 cases cross 4,000-mark in Gujarat, 16 deaths reported in state
The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 4,082 after 308 new patients were reported on Wednesday, 234 of them in Ahmedabad alone. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
TN ambulance driver who came to Tripura with 5 passengers tests positive
Uttar Pradesh COVID-19 death count rises to 39; 81 more test positive to take tally over 2100-mark
With five more coronavirus deaths, the fatality count climbed to 39 in Uttar Pradesh, which reported 81 fresh cases on Wednesday, an official said. Till now, 2,134 coronavirus cases have been reported from 60 districts of the state. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Srinagar makes face masks compulsory from May 1
Kerala to provide facemask to all school children
Maharashtra cases rise to 9915
MHA to give considerable relaxations to many districts from May 4
New guidelines to fight COVID-19 will come; to give considerable relaxations to many districts effective May 4: MHA
Plan to use anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine in Dharavi temporarily shelved
Health officials in Mumbai said that a test to prove the efficacy of the much touted but largely untested drug was still in the cards, but that for now they would follow the Centre's guidelines.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
UGC says new academic session in universities for freshers from September
- New academic session for freshers to begin in universities from September and for already enrolled students in August: UGC
- Universities may follow six-day week pattern, devise proforma to record travel or stay history of staff, students for lockdown period: UGC
End semester university exams in July, intermediate sem student grading based on internal assesments: UGC
- End semester examination to be conducted in universities in July: UGC
- Intermediate sem students be graded based on internal assessments,exams be conducted in July in states where COVID-19 situation normal: UGC
- Guidelines are advisory in nature, varsities may chalk out own plan taking into consideration issues pertaining to COVID-19 pandemic: UGC
- The universities may conduct the practical examinations and Viva-Voce Examinations through Skype or other meeting apps, and in case of intermediate semesters, the practical examinations may be conducted during the ensuing semesters: UGC
WATCH | Usually bustling Kochi wears empty look during lockdown
17 districts with no fresh COVID-19 cases in 28 days, but is it really an achievement?
The period of 28 days is significant because it indicates that after two cycles of incubation of the virus, zero reports of fresh cases could mean that the chain of transmission has been broken in the area. But is this really an achievement? (READ MORE)
Tamil Nadu records 104 fresh cases, maximum from Chennai
Cases in Tamil Nadu surges to 2,162 after 104 new cases came to fore in the last 24 hours. In the recent development, Chennai recorded 94 cases.
WATCH | Tambaram station gets a new life with graffiti to encourage COVID warriors
No new cases in Bengaluru, state tally at 534
Karnataka records 11 new COVID-19 cases taking the state tally to 534. In a positive new, there has been no new cases in Bengaluru.
Dharavi cases now at 344
14 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Dharavi; taking the total number of cases to 344. No new death recorded today.
Madhya Pradesh labourer commits suicide at COVID-19 quarantine facility
The deceased and five other labourers had travelled to the town last week, when local authorities put them in a quarantine facility at a government college as a precautionary measure, Amaanganj police station in-charge Rakesh Tiwari said. (READ MORE)
Respite for Lalu Prasad as RIMS staffs taking care of him test negative
All the 22 staffs of Medicine Ward of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Ranchi were taken for examination after an elderly man, admitted to the ward of the doctor under whose supervision RJD Chief is undergoing treatment, was tested positive on Monday. (READ MORE)
MHA allows movement of stranded migrant workers
COVID-19 cases in India now at 31787
Coronavirus cases in India mounts to 31787 after country recorded 1813 fresh cases and 71 deaths in the last 24 hours.
District collectors in TN asked to send detailed report on present situation
Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases at 11.3 days
Since the last 3 days, the doubling rate is 11.3 days in the country. Although the global mortality rate is around 7 per cent, India is having a mortality rate of around 3 per cent. Around 86 per cent of fatality of persons with co-morbidity, the health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Wednesday.
10 fresh COVID-19 cases in Kerala
Ten persons, including a journalist test positive for coronavirus in Kerala. Six of them are from Kollam, two each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod.
Inmates of Sabarmati Central Jail test positive
Migrant labourers at IIT Hyderabad demand to be sent home
Australia's Victoria announces 45 mn dollars relief package for global students
Over 40,000 overseas students including those from India are expected to receive a relief payment of up to 1,100 Australian dollars (USD 716) as part of a state emergency support package. (READ MORE)
EPS to chair meet on May 2 over lockdown extension in Tamil Nadu
Lockdown in Punjab to be extended for 14 more days
Lockdown in Punjab to be extended by two more week, chief minister Amarinder Singh announced on wednesday. A four-hour relaxation from 7 am to 11 am will be given every day, he added.
Over 40 other jawans test positive after CRPF SI dies due to COVID-19 in Delhi
There are 48 active cases of coronavirus in the CRPF, India's largest paramilitary force with about 3.25 lakh personnel. The total cases include 46 from Hussain's battalion. (READ MORE)
'16 family members of the index patient test negative'
16 family members of the index patient were tested again, including the 8 who were positive. Their test results came in today and they have all tested negative. 8 positive cases will need to be tested again after 24 hours as per protocol to completely declare them as recovered.— Conrad Sangma (@SangmaConrad) April 29, 2020
21 more COVID-19 cases in Agra, district tally reaches 425
21 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Agra district, taking the total number of cases here to 425, District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh said.
Govt must protect salaries, wages of workers suffering due to lockdown: Chidambaram
He also called upon the government to announce a financial package for the MSME sector, as proposed by his party and provide financial assistance to states to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. (READ MORE)
Puducherry Health Minister on dharna in Assembly lobby
Clad in a black shirt and trousers, Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao on Wednesday resorted to a dharna in the lobby of the Legislative Assembly, protesting against the denial of entry to 13 Yanam residents including a woman who are stranded on the Andhra Pradesh –Yanam border.
You can keep your hands off this sanitiser dispenser in Tiruchy
The expectation of lockdown getting lifted or restrictions being eased are growing. The lockdown has given wings to the innovative spirit of several entrepreneurs. One such innovation is a touch-free sanitiser dispenser developed by K Gajeshwaran, Managing Director, Clear Aqua Technologies, Tiruchy, which manufactures water purifiers. (READ MORE)
Beds prepared to treat COVID-19 patient at Chennai's Stella Maris College
(Photo| EPS/ R Satish Babu)
3 out of 529 journalists tested for COVID-19 tested positive
Last week, the Delhi government had set up a centre for testing of media persons working in the national capital, after 53 scribes tested positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai. The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital climbed to 3,314 on Tuesday, with 206 fresh cases being reported in a day.
Chennai food delivery staffer found positive for COVID-19, father dies of infection
The son, whose test results came on Tuesday, was working in Chennai till April 22 as a food delivery staffer and had been quarantined since April 23 after his father tested positive for the virus. Officials are now tracking the contacts of the 26-year-old. (READ MORE)
Fortis Healthcare rolls out online consultations across 23 hospitals amid lockdown
As the country continues with its lockdown, the step was conceived to continue patient care services without risking the health of patients or doctors, the healthcare major said in a statement. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Latest Haryana tally
Madhya Pradesh tally continues to swell
Y'day,94 positive cases reported. Total positive cases rise to 1466 including 65 deaths.Positive patients with mild symptoms/asymptomatic will be kept in covid care centre,moderate in DCSC&critical patients in dedicated #COVID19 centre:Dr Praveen Jadiya,CMHO-Indore,Madhya Pradesh pic.twitter.com/dOlmDy1GXg— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
Bareilly records first coronavirus death
- A 35-year-old man suffering from coronavirus died at a hospital here, the first death due to the virus in the district, officials said on Wednesday. The man was also suffering from cardiac problems, asthma and diabetes, Chief Medical Officer, Vineet Kumar Shukla, said.
- The patient was brought to the district hospital on Saturday and was later placed under quarantine at a super speciality hospital, the CMO said.
- The district has reported eight positive cases of the virus so far. While six people have recovered, one is undergoing treatment and one died on Tuesday night, the CMO added.
News from Kolkata
WB: AMRI hospital,Salt Lake-a dedicated #COVID19 hospital,has introduced 'Virtual Visiting Hours' for patients there. Hospital's CEO says "State govt issued directive not to carry phones inside COVID wards. So we started this.Patients can keep in touch with their family via iPad" pic.twitter.com/MjP10aqVtA— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
Coronavirus-positive woman delivers baby in Tamil Nadu, first test result negative
In a first in Madurai district, a 24-year-old pregnant COVID-19 patient from T. Ambasamudiram gave birth to a baby girl on April 26 night. She delivered her second child the same day she tested positive for COVID-19. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
No salaries for April, May; hours flown-based pay for those operating cargo flights: SpiceJet tells pilots
SpiceJet's flight operations chief Gurcharan Arora told pilots through an email that "as of today, 16 per cent of our aircraft and 20 per cent of our pilots are flying". (READ FULL STORY HERE)
More on the latest government of India's directive to its employees
The officers/staff are advised that in case the App shows a message that he/she has a 'moderate' or 'high risk', he/she should not come to office and self isolate for 14 days or till the status becomes 'safe' or 'low risk': Government of India.
Central government employees to download ''Áarogya Setu' app
All officers, staff (including outsourced staff) working in Central Govt should download 'Aarogya Setu' App on their mobile phones immediately. Before starting for office,they must review their status on App & commute only when App shows 'safe' or 'low risk' status: Government of India.
Latest coronavirus numbers from Uttar Pradesh
- Total cases: 2078.
- Total active cases : 1557.
- Recovered : 463.
- Deaths : 35.
Punjab reports 16 new cases
Punjab reports 16 new cases, including 12 Nanded pilgrims: KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary.
Latest Karnataka coronavirus numbers
9 new positive cases have been reported from 28th April 5 pm to 29th April 12 pm. Total number of #COVID19 cases rise to 532 in the state including 20 deaths and 215 discharges. +1 death due to non – Covid cause: Government of Karnataka, Department of Health and Family Welfare pic.twitter.com/jBMpVvHIVw— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
Important news from Tamil Nadu regarding lockdown relaxation
- Intensified Lockdown to end on Wednesday (today) in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai urban areas; On Thursday alone grocery and vegetable shops can function between 6 a.m & 5 p.m., in these areas.
- From Friday, these shops can function between 6 a.m & 1 p.m as per earlier restrictions.
- From Friday onwards, lockdown in these three Corporations will continue till May 3 as per the earlier restrictions; Tamil Nadu government requests people not to rush to the shops in a hurry and keep social distancing while at grocery and vegetable shops.
Now, Delhi District Magistrate under virus cloud
Two out of 17 samples tested from District Magistrate Delhi (South West) office are COVID-19 positive, both are contacts of previous case. DM Southwest Rahul Singh has already tested negative. Personal Secretary of DM Southwest had tested positive on April 27: DM (South West) office.
PMO junks RTI plea on PM-CARES, scientific logic behind COVID-19 lockdown
The RTI plea filed on April 24 by Vikrant Tongad, founder of Social Action for Forest & Environment, was disposed of within three days. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
CBSE's statement on 10th standard board exams' future amid lockdown
Recently there has been a lot of speculation regarding 10th CBSE Board exams. It is reiterated that the board's decision to take board exams for 29 subjects of class 10 and 12, stands the same as mentioned in circular dated 1st April 2020: Central Board of Secondary Education pic.twitter.com/DWtDzvAJZR— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
Delhi Home Minister's statement on coronavirus situation in national capital
"Azadpur Mandi is being properly disinfected. All the shops nearby, where COVID-19 positive cases were reported, have been sealed. All the precautionary measures are being taken. Those who are asymptomatic or have light symptoms of COVID-19 will be kept under home quarantine for 14 days and will be treated at their homes, as per the new protocol. There is no need to hospitalize such patients. Centre has said that plasma therapy is very technical and is at an experimental stage currently. Those who do not have permission should not practice it. Delhi has permission from Centre. Only, those who have permission should perform this therapy," said Satyender Jain on Wednesday.
Latest coronavirus numbers from Andhra
Over-reliance on government’s Aarogya Setu app not advisable: Experts
The government has been making a lot of effort to popularise the app after Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on April 14, requested to people to download and use it on their mobile phones to combat the pandemic. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Navy prepares for evacuating Indian citizens from Gulf countries
Now Delhi's Azad Mandi under coronavirus grip
11 traders associated with Delhi's Azadpur Sabzi Mandi have tested positive for coronavirus. We are tracing the contacts of the cases. They are not directly connected to the mandi: District Magistrate (North) Deepak Shinde.
Chennai boy gets 'motherly' touch in his hair
Tamil Nadu government reviews coronavirus situation in state
Political bickering amid coronavirus times
Shri @RahulGandhi MP (LS) and Shri @rssurjewala spokesperson of @INCIndia have attempted to mislead people in a brazen manner. Typical to @INCIndia, they resort to sensationalising facts by taking them out of context. In the following tweets wish to respond to the issues raised.— Nirmala Sitharaman (@nsitharaman) April 28, 2020
Visuals from Bhubaneswar
India again witnesses massive spike in death toll in two days
73 deaths and 1897 new cases in last 24 hours due to coronavirus, the sharpest ever increase in death cases in India.
Social mobilisation for post-COVID economic recovery
India’s economy was shut down on March 24, the collateral damage of the precipitous lockdown to control Covid-19. It was extended to May 3, with interim plans to relax restrictions to mitigate human hardship and initiate economic recovery. (READ FULL OPINION HERE)
Rajasthan lockdown: Family forced to carry asthma patient on handcart; declared dead on arrival
Both police and medical authorities denied their alleged negligence which the family said led to the death Monday of vegetable vendor Satish Agrawal, who lived curfew-bound Faithagadi in Kota's Rampura area. (READ FULL OPINION HERE)
Coronavirus and the BCG vaccine
In the last week of March, a non-peer reviewed research paper, authored by four researchers connected to the University of Texas at Houston, appeared on a prominent website. These researchers have arrived at an interesting conclusion after tracking data related to aspects of the coronavirus across 178 countries. What they actually discovered was that those countries that had strong BCG vaccination regimens had death rates due to the coronavirus that were lower by a factor of 10, when compared with the death rates due to it in nations that did not have such a BCG regimen. (READ THE FULL OPINION HERE)
Visuals from Delhi-Faridabad Border as travel restrictions kick in
Haryana: Travel of govt employees & common people from neighbouring states & districts to Faridabad has been prohibited. Doctors,paramedical staff,police&bank employees to be permitted on producing their identity cards, only till 12 pm today. Visuals from Delhi-Faridabad border. pic.twitter.com/PImxOVxAmu— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
COVID warriors manhandled again
Uttarakhand: A medical team which went to Makhanpur village in Haridwar dist y'day was misbehaved with&manhandled,while carrying out survey for #COVID19. SSP says "FIR registered,1 arrested. Search on for absconders. Taking action under Epidemic Diseases(Amendment)Ordinance 2020" pic.twitter.com/ngLAaypgTt— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
Odisha tally nears 120
A 77-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19 in Bhubaneswar, he is a close contact of a previous positive case. Contact tracing on. Total positive cases in the state stand at 119: Odisha Health Department.
AIIMS planning to conduct clinical trial of plasma therapy in COVID-19 treatment: Official
The modalities of taking the approvals from the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) is being worked out, official sources said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Worried Delhi doctors seek separate COVID-19 treatment facility as hospitals come under pandemic grip
More than 250 healthcare workers, including doctors, in Delhi, are reported to have tested positive and about 25 hospitals, both private and government, have reported their healthcare workers getting infected. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Latest coronavirus stats from the Government of India
News from Bengal's Howrah
Dhaval Jain, Additional District Magistrate, Howrah will also hold the charge of Commissioner, Howrah Municipal Corporation until further orders. The order comes after a crowd at a market place in Howrah's Tikiapara had yesterday attacked Police when they asked the crowd to return to their homes.
Update from Uttar Pradesh
20 out of 725 samples have tested positive for coronavirus; four from Lucknow, nine from Agra, and seven from Firozabad: King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow.
WATCH | Keeping migrant workers from returning home will deepen COVID-19 financial crisis: Jean Drèze
Bengal insititute develops robotic device that can collect samples of COVID-19 suspects
The ''Hospital Care Assistive Robotic Device'' will be very helpful for the frontline healthcare workers who are treating COVID-19 patients, said professor Harish Hirani, director of CSIR-CMERI (Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute). (READ FULL STORY HERE)
WATCH | Public role key to break COVID-19 chain: Dr PV Ramesh, additional chief secretary of Andhra Pradesh
Punjab University to vacate their hostels
Chandigarh: Panjab University to vacate 2 of their hostels on orders of the Union Territory administration to convert them into quarantine centres. Emanual Nahar, Dean Students Welfare says, "Administration asked us to vacate 4 hostels, currently, we are vacating 2". (28.04.20) pic.twitter.com/PbGaQKfe03— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Another dedicated COVID-19 hospital comes up in Pune
Chandumama Sonawane hospital & Meera hospital (private) have been declared as dedicated hospitals for COVID-19 positive pregnant women. The hospitals have a combined capacity of 130 beds: Pune Health Department.
Delhi: Migrant workers lodged at a shelter in Shriniwas Puri amid #CoronaLockdown are helping in maintenance work. A Gunjan, SHO Amar Colony says, "They help out in cleaning, painting,& gardening. They say they are getting food&shelter from govt, so they should also do something" pic.twitter.com/iqqCwN86OW— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Five more test positive in Vadodara
Five people have tested positive for COVID-19, out of the 10 who were arrested for attacking police in Nagarwada, Vadodara on Monday. Bharat Rathod, ACP Vadodara says, "4fourpolice personnel who came in their contact have been home-quarantined".
Model Vegetable Markets in Gujarat
Gujarat: Ahmedabad Police has set up 'model vegetable markets' at 6 locations under Ramol police station limits as per #SocialDistancing norms. KS Dave, Inspector Ramol PS says,"We've provided masks, sanitisers& gloves to vendors. We also check temperatures using thermometer gun" pic.twitter.com/udi2lCfojV— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Pune Police under coronavirus grip
In last couple of days 8 police personnel tested positive for #COVID19, their close contacts have been quarantined. Other personnel who were deployed at sensitive places were tested&fortunately, their reports came negative: Ravindra Shisve, Pune Joint Commissioner of Police(28.4) pic.twitter.com/wrIif9h6KQ— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Meanwhile, US death toll remains on the higher side
More than 2,200 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours in the United States of America (USA): AFP news agency.
Early morning visuals from Delhi on Wednesday
Kedarnath Temple opens sans followers
Vehicles engaged in the movement of essential goods and banking services to be exempted from travel restrictions in Faridabad till 3rd May
Travel of govt employees & common people from neighbouring states & districts to Faridabad prohibited. Doctors, paramedical staff, police & bank employees to be permitted on producing their identity cards, only till 12 pm today: Yash Pal, Deputy Commissioner, Faridabad #Haryana pic.twitter.com/gfZIyXwQ3P— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2020
9,318 COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, toll crosses 400
Maharashtra's COVID-19 tally reached 9,318 after 729 new positive cases were detected on Tuesday, the state public health department stated. It said that 31 deaths were reported on Tuesday, taking the total number of fatalities in the state to 400.
Delhi now plans micro containment zone strategy to curb coronavirus spread
With the red zones in the national capital touching 100, the Delhi administration is now looking at implementing a micro containment zone strategy to break the chain of coronavirus transmission. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Sanitation worker donates Rs 10,000 to Telangana CM Relief Fund
The big-heart, who draws only Rs 12,000 monthly salary, met Municipal Administration Minister K.T. Rama Rao and handed over his donation. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
US coronavirus cases cross 10 lakh mark
As per Johns Hopkins University tally, the confirmed cases in US has breached the 10-lakh mark
Jharkhand police to provide transport facilities for elderly citizens
Police to provide transportation facilities to elderly citizens who live alone, from today(29 April). The facility will be provided for travel to hospitals, police will also deliver medical supplies if the elderly citizens are unable to procure them on their own: Jharkhand Police pic.twitter.com/MXgqPPOrlE— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Major Updates on Tuesday
- Shops can open in Green zones in Karnataka: State Minister Jagadish Shettar
- No cases in last 14 days: Bhubaneshwar partially relaxes lockdown norms
- Ensure critical health services are not denied amid COVID-19 lockdown: Centre to states
- Need to popularise 'Work From Home' norm; banking relaxations extended till July 31: Ravi Shankar Prasad
- 12 more CRPF jawans test positive for coronavirus in Delhi
- Punjab government orders compulsory 21-day state quarantine for all returnees
- Crowd in Howrah defy lockdown, attack cops when asked to return
- COVID-19 death toll in India mounts to 937, cases at 29,974
- Puducherry health minister slams Kiran Bedi's orders on COVID-19, threatens to resign
- Youth streams COVID lockdown violation live on FB, cops make him stream arrest live too
- Home isolation of mild COVID-19 patients allowed, experts welcome move
- Deeply concerned: China on ICMR's decision to not use COVID-19 test kits
- SC asks Centre to ensure PPE kits are provided to health workers in non-COVID treatment areas