Coronavirus India Latest Updates: With the death of a 72-year-old man in Meerut, a man in Mumbai and two deaths reported from Bengal on Wednesday, the coronavirus epidemic death toll rose to 41 while the total number of positive cases soared to 1,834, including the 132 who have been discharged. Three resident doctors working in government hospitals in Delhi are among the healthcare professionals who have been tested positive in the national capital.
A nationwide tracking effort is underway to identify, quarantine and test all the people who attended a gathering of almost 4,000 people in Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin in mid-March. The area has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot and has been put under a strict lockdown after 18 people present at the event tested positive in Delhi, 50 in Tamil Nadu and five died in Telangana. As links to this are emerging in several parts of the country, the Home Ministry has asked state governments to identify and quarantine all Tablighi Jamaat foreigners and deport them after medical clearance.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia today tweeted that the Nizamuddin Markaz area has been cleared this morning adding that 2,361 people were evacuated and 617 of them have been placed under quarantine.
Here are the latest updates from what is happening across the country today:
A day after the ad-hoc extension period of over 10,000 school teachers in Tripura expired amidst national lockdown, the state government Wednesday announced a one-time relief for the 8,882 teachers providing Rs 35,000 to each of their families.
“Our government will give Rs 35,000 to each of 8,882 teachers during this time of crisis for a period of one month. We hope that their families will benefit from this support. We have already filed a petition with the Supreme Court asking permission to consider them in separate permanent positions. We hope the verdict will serve for betterment and development of people and this state”, the Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.
Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, the remaining of the 10,323 teachers will be absorbed in different positions through competitive examinations. In a video shared by the Chief Minister’s Office, Deb is heard saying that a cabinet meeting decided to give the highest salary scale to these teachers.
Eight of 10 persons test negative for Covid-19 in Manipur
As tracking down the Tablighi Jamaat attendees continue, Manipur government has said eight of the 10 persons who attended a religious congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz, New Delhi have tested negative. In an official statement, the government said the results of the remaining two are inconclusive and they are currently admitted in Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).
Meanwhile, the state has ordered that all educational institutes like schools, tuition centers, coaching classes, boardings among others will continue to remain close beyond March 31 until further orders.
Covid-cases rose due to Tablighi Jamaat congregation: Health Ministry
The Health Ministry, during its daily evening briefing, stated coronavirus cases in the country have increased due to Tablighi Jamaat congregation, adding it does not show the national trend. “We urge people to follow guidelines during lockdown period, avoid congregations and religious gathering,” Ministry’s Join Secretary Lav Aggarwal said. All states have been asked to carry out intensive drives to ensure tests of those who came in contact with affected people and rigorous contact tracing and containment strategies have been asked implement.
Around 47,951 tests for COVID-19 have been conducted in the country so far out, of which 4,562 tests were done at ICMR network labs on Tuesday. Around 51 additional private labs have received approval for conducting COVID-19 tests and 816 tests have been conducted at private labs.
CBSE to not hold remaining Class 10, 12 exams abroad
The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has announced to not conduct the remaining class 10, 12 exams in foreign countries. They have cited it is difficult to bring answer sheets to India for evaluation.
Meanwhile, the CBSE has declared to conduct class 10 and 12 examinations for only 29 main subjects which are crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions.
Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said, Have advised CBSE to conduct board exams only for 29 main subjects that are required for promotion and crucial for university admissions. Whenever CBSE is in a position to hold board exams, it shall conduct for 29 subjects by giving adequate notice. For rest of the subjects, CBSE will not hold board exams and instructions for their marking, assessment will be issued soon.”
Over 180 Tablighi Jamaat attendees traced in Rajasthan
As 20 states scramble to trace Tablighi Jamaat attendees who attended Markaz in Delhi’s Nizamuddin, the Rajasthan Police has tracked down 183 persons from 13 distrcits who had visited the Markaz in the national capital. The state has witnessed a sudden surge in coronavirus cases, 25 in Ramanganj, 34 in Jaipur and 106 in the state.
— Hamza Khan (@Hamzwa) April 1, 2020
UP records second Covid-linked death in Meerut
Recording it’s second death, a 72-year-old man succumbed to the coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut on Wednesday. This is the second death the state has witnessed in the last 24 hours after a Basti resident, admitted in Gorakhpur, passed away, earlier in the day, after being tested positive.
According to officials, the man was one of the 16 persons of the same family who were infected and had travelled from Maharashtra to Meerut. Till Wednesday afternoon, 19 persons had been reported positive in the district. According to officials, the deceased is the father-in-law of the man who came from Amravati to Meerut.
“The man was also suffering diabetes and had been put on ventilator after 1 am today. We observed his condition overnight but it soon became unstable. Despite efforts, the patient passed away at around 11 am. The body has been handed over to the police and the burial will take place as per the health guidelines,” said an official from a Meerut Medical College.
The officials will limit the number of persons attending burial in order to avoid any possible risk of transmission.
Centre asks all states to take action against Tablighi Jamaat attendees, organisers
With as many as 20 states scrambling to trace all those who attended a gathering at Markaz Nizamuddin, the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat in New Delhi, the Centre Wednesday asked all state governments to initiate action against the foreigners who violated visa conditions and the organisers of the event.
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba asked all chief secretaries and police heads of the states to conduct “intensive contact tracing of Tablighi Jamaat participants”, stating this has “increased the risk of containment efforts of COVID-19.”
In a statement, the government asked the states to “complete the contact tracing process on a war footing”.
“It has been found that foreigners who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat had violated visa conditions. The state(s) were asked to initiate action for violation of visa condition against the foreigners and the organisers of the event,” the statement mentioned.
Rs 1 crore for kin of healthcare workers if they die treating Covid-cases: Delhi CM
As coronavirus cases in Delhi rise to 120, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal Wednesday announced an ex-gratia of Rs 1 crore for the families of healthcare professionals and sanitation workers if they lose their lives while dealing with coronavirus cases in the national capital.
“Your contribution is no less than a soldier’s…if any healthcare personnel, including government or private doctor, nurse and sanitation workers, die while serving coronavirus patients, the government will give Rs one crore for their families,” Kejriwal said. Going by the Health Ministry data, the national capital has seen 120 coronavirus cases so far, including two deaths.
Nizamuddin Markaz cleared, 2361 people evacuated
Asserting that the area was cleared Wednesday morning, Sisodia said 2,361 people were evacuated and 617 of them have been placed under quarantine. The evacuations had started on Monday. “After conducting a 36-hour intensive campaign, the entire building in Nizamuddin’s Almi Markaz was evacuated at 4 am today. There were 2,361 people in the building out of which 617 have been admitted to hospitals and the rest have been quarantined. Medical staff, administration, police, DTC staff all worked together in this 36-hour operation, putting their lives at risk. Hats off to all of them,” Sisodia tweeted.c
क़रीब 36 घंटे के इस ओपरेशन में मेडिकल स्टाफ़, प्रशासन, पुलिस, डीटीसी स्टाफ़ सबने मिलकर, अपनी जान जोखिम में डालकर काम किया. इन सबको दिल से सलाम. 2/2
— Manish Sisodia (@msisodia) April 1, 2020
The COVID-19 positive cases in Andhra Pradesh doubled overnight from 44 to 87 with the detection of 43 fresh cases. All the new 43 cases are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin. “Some of the infected are family members or close contacts of the individuals who attended the jamaat meeting,” an official said.
The highest number of new cases were reported in Kadapa with 15 persons testing positive followed by West Godavari where 13 tested positive. In Chittoor, five have tested positive, four in Prakasam, two each in East Godavari and Nellore and one each in Krishna and Visakhapatnam.
Hundreds of teams have fanned out in the 13 districts searching for over 700 persons from Andhra who attended the meeting in mid-March. “All the newly detected cases in the state are of those who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat. Officials are gathering information from the event organizers, police officials, railways as they have travelled trains,’’ Minister Botsa Satyanarayana said.
#WATCH Markaz building in Nizamuddin, Delhi being sanitized. A religious gathering was held here that violated lockdown conditions&several #COVID19 positive cases have been found among those who attended it. 6 people from Telangana who attended the gathering have lost their lives pic.twitter.com/c6ERbbM7dF
— ANI (@ANI) April 1, 2020
Three resident doctors working in Delhi govt hospitals test positive
Among the healthcare professionals who have been tested positive in Delhi, three resident doctors working in government hospitals have tested positive for coronavirus. One is a senior resident doctor working in the department of preventive oncology in Delhi State Cancer Insitute (DSCI), while the other is a 32-year-old doctor working in the department of pediatrics in Delhi government’s Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel hospital (SVBPH). He tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday after his wife, who works in the department of biochemistry at a Safdarjung hospital, was tested positive on March 26.
12th death in Mumbai, Maharashtra cases rise to 320
A 75-year-old man died in Mumbai, taking the total number of casualties in Maharashtra to 12. The total number of positive cases in the state rose to 320 with 16 new cases being reported from Mumbai and two from Pune. Also, thirty-nine coronavirus positive patients have been discharged after recovery so far.
20 new COVID-19 cases in MP; tally jumps to 86
Twenty more people tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 86, a health official said. Among the new cases, 19 were reported from Indore and one from the neighbouring Khargone district, he said. Of the 19 new patients in Indore, nine are from one family, including three children, aged 3, 5 and 8, residing in Tanzeem Nagar area of the city, the official said. A police official from Indore is also among the new coronavirus patients. (PTI)
Security personnel guarding Srinagar mayor put in isolation
Security personnel guarding Srinagar Mayor Junaid Mattu were put in isolation after a family member of an employee in his office tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said on Wednesday. The employee, whose brother tested COVID-19 positive, works as a generator operator at the Srinagar Municipal Complex. Mattu said the precautionary step was taken because of the security personnel station’s proximity to the generator room.
Yediyurappa to donate a year’s salary to fight COVID-19
Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Wednesday announced he will donate his one year’s salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund COVID-19. He has appealed to Ministers, legislators, Members of Parliament, officials and citizens to also do their bit and contribute in whatever capacity possible to help the state in fighting the coronavirus outbreak. “It is a very difficult time that we are all going through. And it is important that we fight this epidemic together. Personally, I am donating my one year’s salary to the #CMRF Covid19. I request you all to contribute, however small, and help #Karnataka fight #Corona.Thank you,” Yediyurappa tweeted along with a video message announcing the same.
Vehicles to be seized in Karnataka if found plying on roads
The Karnataka police has warned that all two-wheelers and four-wheelers that ply on the roads will be seized during the 21-day nationwide lockdown. Karnataka Director General of Police Praveen Sood said in a tweet, “This is not an April Fool’s prank. Two/ four-wheelers are banned from use until the 14th of April. We will SEIZE your vehicle if you CEASE to ignore this lockdown regulation.”
Indian Navy transports samples for COVID-19 testing from Goa to Pune
A Dornier aircraft of the Indian Navy carrying 38 samples for COVID-19 testing took off from INS Hansa to Pune on Tuesday. The samples were carried by an official from the Goa State Health department. The air transportation was arranged following a request by the Secretary (Health) to the Flag Officer Commanding Goa Area.
In Punjab, residents thank garbage collector with garland of currency notes
Sanitation workers in Nabha in Punjab’s Patiala district were in for a pleasant surprise on Tuesday morning as they went door-to-door to collect garbage. Residents of a locality in Nabha welcomed them by showering flower petals from their rooftops and applauded them for putting their lives under risk to perform their duties amid the coronavirus lockdown. Some residents also honoured the workers with garlands made of currency notes. A video tweeted by news agency ANI showed residents wearing masks garlanding one of the workers and patting him on the back.
#WATCH Punjab: Residents of Nabha in Patiala applauded sanitation workers by clapping for them and showering flower petals on them. Some even offered garlands of currency notes to one of the workers. #COVID19 (31-3-2020) pic.twitter.com/238f6oBlWn
— ANI (@ANI) March 31, 2020
Vadodara Police quarantines five men who were present at Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin
Vadodara Police has tracked down five men who were present in the gathering at Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin. They have been quarantined. They had men departed on March 20 by Sampark Kranti train to reach the Tablighi Jamaat in Haryana, where they stayed in a Masjid in Yamunanagar in Todarpur near Panipat. They returned to Vadodara on the night of March 31, travelling by a truck from Delhi to Godhra (Panchmahals, Gujarat), hitched a ride on a Sumo Jeep to the Vadodara highway, alighted at Golden Chowkdi junction and walked back to their homes due to the lockdown.
Karnataka Police seize fake hand sanitisers, infrared forehead thermometers
Karnataka’s Bengaluru Central Crime Branch (CCB) police conducted a raid in an apartment in Srirampura and arrested a 46-year-old man for manufacturing fake sanitisers in his house. The police seized 180 ltr Isopropyl alcohol, 65 ltr surface cleaner, 10 ltr glycerine, 5,382 bottles of fake hand sanitisers. In a separate raid, the police arrested the manager of Prajval Surgical & Scientific store in Rajajinagar for selling fake infrared forehead thermometers.
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