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Coronavirus in India: Death toll rises to 32, total number of patients soars to 1,251

In a media briefing, the Union Health Ministry Monday confirmed that 92 new cases -- highest single-day rise-- and four deaths from COVID-19 have been reported in last 24 hours.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 31, 2020 7:30:10 am
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Telangana reported five COVID-19 deaths Monday, taking the total number of fatalities due to the virus to six. All the deceased had attended a religious gathering at New Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz from March 13 to 16. While two persons died at Gandhi Hospital, one died at Global Hospital, one at Apollo Hospital, one at Gadwal hospital and one person at Nizamabad.

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The death toll in the country rose to 32 while the number of coronavirus-infected patients has risen to 1,251 Monday evening, Ministry of Health stated.  Commenting on the health crisis, the Supreme Court  cautioned that fear and panic are becoming a bigger problem than the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the Indian Army dismissed rumours about likely declaration of an Emergency in mid April and clarified that there was no decision on deploying its personnel, National Cadet Corps (NCC) or NSS to assist the civil administration during the nationwide lockdown, which entered its sixth day.  Earlier in the day, dismissing reports that the current 21-day lockdown would be further extended to contain the spread of COVID-19, Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba said the Centre had “no such plans”.

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases across the world surpassed seven lakh, with over 1,30,000 cases in the United States. And the worst affected state in the US is New York, which has over 1,000 deaths. US President Donald Trump said the death rate in the country would likely peak in another two weeks. So far the over death toll is 2,460 from the respiratory disease, according to a Reuters tally.

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The government on Sunday set up 11 empowered groups to coordinate the management and control of coronavirus (COVID-19) across the country.

06:01 (IST)31 Mar 2020
Explained: What is being sprayed on migrants, is it safe?

In several places on Sunday and Monday, migrant workers travelling to their home states, or their belongings, were sprayed with a disinfectant, apparently to sanitise them. Workers were sprayed in Bareily of Uttar Pradesh, and belongings of workers in Delhi. The chemical in the spray was a sodium hypochlorite solution. Sodium hypochlorite is commonly used as a bleaching agent, and also to sanitise swimming pools. This chemical is also being used in Gujarat, Maharashtra and Punjab, for disinfecting buildings and solid surfaces in a bid to wash away any presence of novel coronavirus. Is the chemical safe? Know here

05:58 (IST)31 Mar 2020
Chandigarh: 36 healthcare workers exposed to positive COVID-19 patient at PGIMER quarantined

On Sunday night, a 65-year-old resident from Nayagaon in Punjab with symptoms of severe acute respiratory distress (SARD) tested positive for COVID-19 at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). The patient, who has no relevant travel history or history of contact with another positive case, was placed in the emergency ward and was in contact with at least 36 medical professionals, some of whom were not equipped with proper protective gear, before he tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in the Communicable Disease (CD) Isolation ward of PGIMER. Read more...

02:04 (IST)31 Mar 2020
In Bengal, sweet shops to remain open for four hours

West Benga government allows sweet shops to remain open from 12 noon to 4 pm. According to the instruction, only packed sweets can be sold.

00:08 (IST)31 Mar 2020
Telangana: 75% salary cut for KCR, Cabinet to compensate COVID-19 losses

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, along with his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs and MLCs will take a 75 per cent salary cut due to the impact the coronavirus disease will have on the state economy. The Telangana government has decided to cut salaries of all staff. Stating that the coronavirus is adversely impacting Telangana’s economy, a high-level committee recommended measures so that the state can have enough funds to tackle the virus. Read more

23:33 (IST)30 Mar 2020
'Those attended prayer at Delhi's Nizamuddin between March 13 and 15 are at risk'

Coronavirus has spread among some of those who attended a religious prayer meeting from March 13 to 15 at Markaz in Nizamuddin area in Delhi. Among those who were from Telangana, six died. Two in Gandhi Hospital, one each in Apollo, Global Hospital, Nizamabad and in Gadwal. The special teams under the collectors have identified those persons who came in contact with these persons, and they have been shifted to the hospitals. They are being tested and treated. Since those participated in Markaz prayers were infected by coronavirus, all those participated in the prayers should inform the officials concerned. The government would conduct tests and offer treatment to them free of cost. Hence, all those who went for the Markaz prayers in Delhi should inform the authorities. Any one who has information about them should alert the government, the Medical and Health Department of Telangana State stated in a statement.

23:20 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Pregnant and lactating women, children to get nutritious ration delivered home

The Ministry of women and Child Development has today issued orders to all states and union territories to provide supplementary nutrition rations at home to pregnant and lactating women, and to children under the age of six years. Noting that many states across the country have suspended nganwadi services, and Anganwadi centres have now been shut due to the lockdown to contain the coronavirus, an order issued by joint secretary ICDS Anuradha Chagti today has directed states to ensure that the rations under the schemes are sent to all those entitled to it.

22:53 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Death toll rises to 32, total patients’ number soars to 1,251

The death toll in the country rose to 32 while the number of coronavirus-infected patients has risen to 1,251 Monday evening, Ministry of Health stated Monday evening.  

22:39 (IST)30 Mar 2020
UP: COVID-19 helpline flooded with calls for paan, samosas, admin comes up with novel penalties in Rampur

Dealing with migrants walking through the district to reach their villages and ensuring that supply chains of essential goods and services remain intact during the lockdown, the Rampur administration is also facing an unusual problem. Residents of Rampur, they say, are flooding the essential services helpline with demands for pizzas, samosas and other things.

Rampur DM Ajani Kumar Singh Monday personally ensured that the man who called up the Swar tehsil control room number to demand “four samosas” be sent to him, was fined and then punished – he was made to clean all the drains in an area. READ MORE

22:27 (IST)30 Mar 2020
To check COVID-19 spread, Panchkula invokes British-era law

An otherwise redundant British-era law has got a new life due to the spread of coronavirus. The authorities in Panchkula have invoked a 1918 Act to control the movement of public during the ongoing lockdown. The law allows temporary deployment of civilians for patrolling within the villages and says they will be deemed to be public servants. READ MORE

22:05 (IST)30 Mar 2020
14-day quarantine for people coming to Haryana from other states

After creating ‘safe homes for migrant labourers to prevent their exodus and to provide them free food and shelter, the state government’s Health Department is now facing another arduous task of conducting the medical examination of all those migrant labourers/workers. Haryana’s Chief Secretary Keshni Anand Arora has issued instructions to all the Deputy Commissioners that people who are coming to Haryana from other states must be kept in mandatory 14-day quarantine.

22:01 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Visakhapatnam naval dockyard manufactures multi-feed oxygen manifolds for Covid wards

The naval dockyard at Visakhapatnam has manufactured innovative portable multi-feed oxygen manifolds for use at health facilities where Covid-19 patients are being treated. Officials said personnel from the naval dockyard have designed an innovative ‘Portable Multi-feed Oxygen Manifold (MOM)’ using a six-way radial header fitted to a single cylinder. This innovation would enable one bottle to supply oxygen to six patients concurrently, thus enabling critical care management to a larger number of COVID patients with the existing limited resources. Read more here

21:45 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Karnataka asks people in home quarantine to upload selfies on govt app every hour

The Karnataka government has a novel way to ensure those in home quarantine do not venture out and comply with the directions issued by the health department. It has developed an application — ‘Quarantine Watch’ — where it has asked citizens in home quarantine to upload selfies every hour. “All persons under order of Home Quarantine shall send a selfie to the government every hour from home. If a home quarantine person fails to send the selfie every 1 hour (except sleeping time from 10 pm to 7 am), the government team will reach such defaulters and they are liable to be shifted to a government-created mass quarantine (centre),” Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said in a statement released on Monday.

21:44 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Bihar minister says foreign-returnees priority for testing; migrant workers should stay put

With 15 people testing positive for coronavirus, Bihar is currently giving priority to those who have come from abroad for testing, and the government wants migrant workers to stay where they are to ensure social distancing, state’s health minister Mangal Pandey said. “We are conducting tests. We are collecting samples even at district levels. In Bihar, we have already tested 1,000 people, and 15 have tested positive. Priority is being given to those who have come from abroad,” Pandey told The Indian Express. Read more here

21:43 (IST)30 Mar 2020
‘On way to save lives’: Netizens laud healthcare workers flying to New York amid coronavirus outbreak

With healthcare professionals braving odds each day and emerging as the “frontline heroes” in the battle against coronavirus, a photo of a cheerful group of medics flying to New York, one of the hardest hit cities in the US with over 1,000 deaths, to help during the crisis has won praise online. The picture was posted by the official Instagram handle of Southwest Air along with a caption that read, “While so many of us continue to feel the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, no one knows what is happening quite like our medical professionals. These brave souls soldier on in the midst of tremendous risk and exposure, constantly putting the needs of others above their own.”

21:14 (IST)30 Mar 2020
After Yogi Adityanath’s visit, Noida DM transferred for ‘failing to contain coronavirus spread’

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday transferred Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate BN Singh hours after he sought a three-month leave due to “personal reasons”. The development came on a day Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath rapped officials in Gautam Buddh Nagar on the knuckles for not being able to contain the spread of novel coronavirus in the district, which has been hit the hardest with 38 cases so far. Suhas LY will take over as the new District Magistrate of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

21:11 (IST)30 Mar 2020
At Kerala hospital, an outpouring of love as five test negative and return home

Emotional scenes played out outside the general hospital at Kerala’s Pathanamthitta district Monday as doctors, nurses and other health staff bid goodbye to five members of a family who were discharged after testing negative for novel coronavirus. A 25-year-old man, his parents aged 55 and 53, and two of their relatives were allowed to leave the isolation ward at the general hospital after their swab samples tested negative twice for coronavirus. The permission was in keeping with the World Health Organisation protocol. The 25-year-old and his parents, residents of Aythala near Ranni in Pathanamthitta, had arrived from Italy on February 29 and were admitted to the hospital on March 6 following symptoms.

21:03 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Delhi govt converts 11 schools into night shelters for migrant workers: Sisodia

The Delhi government has converted its eleven schools into night shelters in a bid to help migrant workers stay in the city during the lockdown period, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia told PTI on Monday. The move comes in the wake of mass movement of migrant workers in big cities, including Delhi, to their home states after they were rendered jobless due to the lockdown that was imposed countrywide for checking the spread of coronavirus. In addition to the existing 238 night shelters in the city, the Delhi government converted 11 schools into night shelters to help migrant workers.

20:39 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Delhi reports 25 new cases of coronavirus, total number of confirmed cases 97

Delhi reported 25 new cases of coronavirus on Monday. The total number of confirmed cases in Delhi stands at 97 now.

20:30 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Explained: There’s enough food, but India is struggling to get it to people in COVID-19 lockdown

With markets shut, farm labourers absent from fields, and transportation services at a halt, is India likely to face a food crisis because of the coronavirus-induced lockdown? Possible, if steps are not taken in some key areas. As far as the availability of food is concerned, the country has more than adequate stock. Also, thanks to a surplus monsoon, a bumper rabi crop is on its way. Read more here

20:14 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Reliance Industries announces Rs 500 crore contribution to PM-CARES Fund

Reliance Industries' chief Mukesh Ambani on Monday committed a further Rs 500 crore to the Prime Minister's COVID-19 fund, topping up over the multi-crore initiative of India's first coronavirus hospital, meals to the needy, and fuel to emergency vehicles. In addition to the financial contribution to the PM's Fund, Reliance Industries has also provided contribution of Rs 5 crore each to the governments of Maharashtra and Gujarat to support their fight against COVID-19, according to a company statement. 'Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) today announced a donation of Rs 500 crore to PM CARES Fund in response to the call by the Prime Minister to support the nation's fight against the coronavirus onslaught,' RIL statement said. Here’s how India Inc is contributing in fight against coronavirus pandemic

Explained: Sections 269 & 270 IPC, invoked against those accused of spreading disease? Lucknow: Thermal screening of passengers being conducted at Kamta bus stand during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Lucknow, Sunday, March 29, 2020. (PTI Photo)

With 34,931 samples being tested so far, the government on Sunday set up 11 empowered groups to coordinate the management and control of the disease across the country. The designated groups will look at issues related to the medical emergency plan, availability of hospitals, isolation and quarantine beds, availability of critical medical equipment, human resources supply chain management, private sector coordination, economic and welfare measures and public grievances and strategic issues on lockdown.

Central PSUs are in the process of manufacturing 40 lakh more masks — 13 lakh have been procured and 5 lakh received as donation. Across the country, 1,26,720 isolation beds have been earmarked for COVID-19 patients. This includes 17,631 beds in central government institutions and 1,09,089 in the states. However, there are only 25,743 ICU beds so far.

The Centre on Sunday suspended two senior bureaucrats of the Delhi government and initiated disciplinary proceedings against two others for alleged dereliction of duty during the COVID-19 lockdown. Sources said action had been taken against the bureaucrats over the exodus of migrant workers seen in the national capital over the past couple of days. The Centre and several states have asked shops and establishments, and other commercial units, to pay wages to their workers during lockdown, but the informal nature of these entities, and non-registration of many unorganised workers with states, would restrict the states’ ability and administrative control to enforce such orders, said government officials, who did not wish to be named. The Centre also asked states to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities. It also announced that the migrants who travelled to their home towns during the lockdown would be put under mandatory 14-day quarantine.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised for imposing “harsh steps” but said it would be difficult to contain the virus from spreading if the lockdown is violated. Addressing the nation on his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat, PM Modi said: “I understand that no one wants to break the rules deliberately, but there are some people who are doing so. To them, I will say that if they don’t follow this lockdown, it will be difficult to protect ourselves from the danger of coronavirus.”

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