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Coronavirus India Latest Updates April 5: Modi reminds people to light lamps, Chidambaram calls for aggressive testing

Coronavirus India Latest Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded people to light lamps and candles on today night to show the country's collective resolve to fight coronavirus. "#9pm9minute," PM Modi tweeted to remind people of the exercise.

Written by Abantika Ghosh , Ralph Alex Arakal , Janardhan Koushik , Aditi Raja | Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, New Delhi | Updated: April 6, 2020 2:34:36 am
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Coronavirus India Updates: The number of COVID-19 cases in India on Sunday increased to 3,577 while 83 people have died so far due to the pandemic, the Ministry of Health said. As many as 275 people have either been cured of the disease and discharged, and one has migrated. Over 33 per cent of the cases have been linked to a religious gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in the national capital last month, the government said, adding that such patients are spread across 17 states and Union Territories.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded people to light lamps and candles on today night to show the country’s collective resolve to fight coronavirus. “#9pm9minute,” PM Modi tweeted to remind people of the exercise.

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Millions of Indians respond to PM’s appeal; light candles, diyas, turn on mobile phone torches

Millions of Indians across the country switched off lights at their homes and lit candles, diyas or turned on mobile phone torches on Sunday night, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to show the nation’s “collective resolve and solidarity” in its fight against coronavirus. As the clock struck 9, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies and at doors, flashing mobile lights while many lit candles and diyas. Fireworks, thalis, whistles and police sirens were heard. At some places, Hindu devotional songs, mantras and national anthem were also played.

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Indore reports two more deaths, MP’s death toll climbs to 13

A 50-year-old man and a 53-year-old woman, both residents of Indore, died of the coronavirus disease on Sunday taking to 13 the total death toll in Madhya Pradesh. The man tested positive on Thursday and was under treatment at a designated COVID hospital where he died early in the morning. The woman who was under treatment at a government hospital since March 29 died soon after noon. She tested positive on Wednesday. MP had reported three deaths on Saturday, including two from Indore and one from Chhindwara. Indore, the state’s biggest city, has reported maximum number of positive cases. In a video bulletin on Sunday, Madhya Pradesh’s principal secretary (health) Pallavi Jain Govil said the state has so far reported 193 positive cases.

COVID-19 Tracker: 83 deaths, 3,577 cases — state wise list of casualties and infections

With India reporting 11 new deaths Sunday from Rajasthan, West Bengal, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh, the toll has reached 83 in the country. The total number of infections rose to 3,577 . Of this, 274 people have either recovered or discharged. According to the ministry, Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 24, followed by Gujarat 10, Telangana 7, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi 6 each and Punjab 5.

Also, the government has said that over 33 per cent of the cases have been linked to a religious gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in the national capital last month and that such patients are spread across 17 states and Union Territories.

Maharashtra: Four more positive in Buldana

Four more from Buldana district have tested positive for corona virus, taking the total number of corona cases in the district to nine. Incidentally, the four new cases are of those who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat programme in Delhi last month. “We received four more positive reports on Sunday. They have history of travel to Delhi in connection with the merkaz programme there,” Collector Suman Chandra told The Indian Express. Two of the new cases are from Chikhli tahsil town, one from Khamgaon and one from Deulgaon Raja, according to Buldana Civil Surgeon Premchand Pandit. Of the nine corona cases, one had died on March 28. With this, Buldana has emerged as the second biggest corona hotspot in Vidarbha after Nagpur which has 17 ceases so far with four cured ones. Yavatmal has three cured cases, while Washim and Gondia have one active positive case each.

Maharashtra COVID-19 tally jumps to 748

The COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra mounted to 748 Sunday. The total number of fresh cases throughout Sunday increased by 113.

Confirmed cases in India climb to 3,577, death toll at 83

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 83 and the cases climbed to 3,577 in the country on Sunday after 505 new infections were reported in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry. The active COVID-19 cases stand at 3,219, while 274 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated. Seven deaths have been reported in the past 24 hours, the ministry data stated.

With six fresh infections, COVID-19 cases climb to 76 in Haryana

With six more persons testing positive for coronavirus in Nuh and Gurugram districts, the number of cases in Haryana rose to 76 on Sunday, the state health department said. While Nuh reported five fresh infections, Gurugram reported one, it said. The total of 76 includes 15 patients who have been discharged. There are 61 active cases in the state, the health department said in its afternoon bulletin. The total also includes four Sri Lankan nationals, one Nepalese national and 20 people from other states of India, the bulletin said. Haryana has reported one death due to COVID-19 so far.

COVID-19 death toll in India rises to 79, total number of cases to 3,374: Health Ministry

As many as 472 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed and 11 more deaths reported, taking the total number of cases in the country to 3,374 and the death toll to 79, the Health Ministry said on Sunday. Addressing a media briefing, Joint Secretary in the ministry Lav Agarwal said 472 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths have been reported since Saturday. The total coronavirus cases stand at 3,374 and the death toll now stands at 79. He said 267 people have recovered.

69-yr-old COVID-19 patient with co-morbidity dies in Punjab; death toll reaches 6

A 69-year-old COVID-19 positive woman, with co-morbid conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure, died at a private hospital in Ludhiana on Sunday, bringing the number of coronavirus-related deaths in Punjab to six, a health official said. Ludhiana Civil Surgeon Rajesh Kumar also said the woman had no recent foreign travel history. “She was a heart patient and had high blood pressure and sugar. She had earlier tested positive for novel coronavirus,” Kumar told PTI. Punjab has so far reported 68 coronavirus cases

Indore reports another death, state tally now 12

Another person has died due to coronavirus in Indore, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the state to 12.

Three persons, including one from Chhindwara, had died due to coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh on Saturday. A 42-year-old man who tested positive on March 30 died on Saturday morning. He was admitted to Maharaja Yeshwantrao Hospital for fever and shortness of breath and cough. After he tested positive for coronavirus, the man was shifted to MRTB Hospital, Indore. A 36-year-old man died in Chhindwara on Saturday. A government employee posted in Indore, a hot spot in the state, he had returned to Chhindwara on March 20. He and his father had tested positive for coronavirus. The man’s father is undergoing treatment.

No evidence of COVID-19 being airborne yet, says Indian Council of Medical Research

Even as the total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 3374, including 79 deaths, the Indian Council of Medical Research said there was no evidence of COVID-19 being an airborne infection. “If this was an airborne infection not droplet infection, every person in a family would be infected, same would apply for other patients in a hospital,” an ICMR official said. In its daily briefing, Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary, Health Ministry, said 472 new cases and 11 deaths have been reported since Saturday.

Decision on reopening schools, colleges on April 14 after reviewing COVID-19 situation: HRD Minister

The government will take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Sunday. In an interview to PTI, he said the safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government and his ministry is prepared to ensure there is no academic loss to students if schools and colleges needed to remain shut beyond April 14. “It is difficult to take a decision at the moment. We will review the situation on April 14 and depending upon the circumstances, a decision will be taken on whether schools and colleges can be reopened now or have to be closed for more time,” Pokhriyal said when asked about his Ministry’s post-lockdown plan.

“There are 34 crore students in the country, more than America’s population. They are our biggest treasure. Safety of students and teachers is of utmost importance to the government,” he added.

The 21-day nationwide lockdown ends on April 14. There have been indications from the government that the lockdown may not be extended. However, classes in schools and colleges were already suspended before the lockdown was announced.

Vadodara bars distribution of relief material after volunteer tests positive for COVID-19

With a volunteer testing positive for COVID-19 in Vadodara, a week after the last case was reported in the city, authorities Sunday prohibited volunteers and police officials from distributing food to those stranded in the lockdown to avoid community transmission of the virus. This was the city’s 10th positive case. Officer on Special duty Vinod Rao said the government will appoint a professional agency to distribute the food kits so as to maintain hygiene and social distancing, which is not seen during distribution of food by individuals albeit with good intentions.

Restrictions in Gautam Buddh Nagar to continue till April 30

With Noida reporting the highest number of Coronavirus cases in UP, the district administration has extended section 144 in Gautam Buddh Nagar till April 30th. The fresh order will prohibit the gathering of more than four people in a public space in order to prevent the further spread of virus.

“Keeping in mind the present coronavirus situation in the district and in an effort to contain it’s spread, section 144 is being extended in the district till April 30. Even after the lockdown is lifted, no political, religious, social, sports, cultural gatherings will be allowed to take place. Rallies, processions are also prohibited till the given time frame. Legal action will be taken in case of non- compliance” said Suhas LY, DM Gautam Buddh Nagar.

According to officials, action under section 188 (disobeying official order) in the event any person is found flouting the order. In a video conferencing meeting with the state’s MLAs and MPs, Yogi Adityanath discussed measures to ensure that crowds do not gather following the lifting of lockdown on April 15th. Till Saturday evening, 58 positive cases of coronavirus were reported in Gautam Buddh Nagar alone as the state tally stood at 264.

PM Modi calls up opposition leaders to discuss COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday called up two former Presidents Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil to hold a discussion on COVID-19. He also spoke to former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Deve Gowda. Among the opposition leaders, the prime minister spoke to Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamta Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, KCR, Stalin, Parkash Singh Badal. Before this on Friday, he had spoken to sports personalities via video call.

Suspected Covid-19 patient attempts suicide at Delhi hospital

A 37-year-old man, suspected to be a coronavirus patient, suffered injuries after he allegedly tried to commit suicide by jumping from the third floor of Jai Prakash Narayan Hospital in the national capital. The man was admitted to the hospital on March 31. The police said the incident took place on Saturday around 11:30 pm.

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Sanjay Bhatia, Deputy Commissioner of Police (central), said, “The man jumped from the third floor of the hospital and fell on the tin shed below before hitting the ground and fracturing his leg. The doctors said that he is stable now. The results of his coronavirus test are still pending.”

26 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra

As many as 26 new coronavirus cases were reported from Maharashtra on Sunday, taking the total cases in the state to 661, a health official said. Of the 26 cases, 17 were reported from Pune, four from its neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad township, three from Ahmednagar and two from Aurangabad, he added. So far, 32 people in the state have died of coronavirus while 52 people have been discharged after recovery.

Meanwhile, with the state police force facing shortage of manpower in its efforts to strictly enforce the lockdown,  police personnel on deputation in the CID and ACB have now been called for regular duties, PTI reported. “The current staff available with Commissioners of Police and Superintendents of Police is falling short and hence all non-executive staff and officials should be released as per the need,” the order said.

Three teens among 8 infected in Gujarat, toll at 11

Eight fresh cases were reported in Ahmedabad today, of which five had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in the national capital. The remaining three patients are teenagers who were reportedly infected due to local transmission.

In Bhavnagar, a 35-year old woman and a 26-year old man tested positive. They are the kin of the 70-year old man who died due to coronavirus on March 26.

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In Surat, a 61-year-old woman, who had tested positive, died this morning, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Gujarat to 11, a senior health official said. “The woman was admitted to a hospital on Saturday in a condition where it was difficult to save her,” Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi said.

Test, detect, isolate, treat: Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday urged the government to start aggressive testing as lockdown for coronavirus would be effective only if “we test, detect, isolate and then treat”. He also welcomed the ICMR’s advice to the government for starting antibody tests in hotspots, as it was overdue.

“CWC in its resolution pointed out that limited testing was a flawed strategy.? Epidemiologists have demanded extensive and aggressive testing. Let government start aggressive testing today,” the former finance minister tweeted.

“A lockdown will be effective only if we TEST, TEST, DETECT, ISOLATE and TREAT. That is the lesson from Japan, South Korea and Singapore,” he added.

The Congress leader also said, “I welcome ICMR’s new advice to government to do ‘rapid antibody tests? starting in hotspots. According to many doctors, this advice was overdue.”

Explained

Are children immune to coronavirus?

The World Health Organization notes: “Older people, and people with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, appear to be more at risk of developing severe symptoms. As this is a new virus, we are still learning about how it affects children. We know it is possible for people of any age to be infected with the virus, but so far there are relatively few cases of COVID-19 reported among children.”

Candies, baby suit for 2-year-old Covid-19 patient on birthday

coronavirus positive child, who turned two on Saturday, got a “surprise gift” from the staff of Punjab’s Nawanshahr civil hospital where he is admitted, officials said here. The two-year-old boy and his mother, who has also tested positive for the infection, are undergoing treatment at the isolation ward of the hospital, they added.

On learning that it was his birthday, the staff at the hospital bought him candies, chocolates and a baby suit as a gift, senior medical officer Harwinder Singh said. Staff members wanted to get him a birthday cake but could not arrange one because of curfew restrictions in place, he added.

Two fresh COVID-19 deaths in Tamil Nadu, total 5

A 60-year-old COVID-19 patient died today morning at Stanley Hospital in Chennai. A 71-year-old man from Ramanathapuram, who died on April 2, also tested positive for the virus today, taking the toll to five in the state. The city resident admitted to the hospital on Wednesday died in the early hours of Sunday without responding to treatment. Tamil Nadu has so far reported 485 cases.

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Youth accuses Tabhligi Jaamat of spreading coronavirus, shot dead in Prayagraj

A 29-year-old youth was shot dead outside his house in Prayagraj after he allegedly blamed members of a community and the Tablighi Jamaat for spreading coronavirus in the country, the police said on Sunday. The victim was standing outside his house in Kareli when unidentified assailants opened fire at him, they said. Two people have been detained in connection with the murder.

Bengal: One dead after two groups clash with crude bombs, guns over quarantine centre

One person died after two groups of villagers clashed with each other and hurled crude bombs over setting up of a quarantine centre at Talibpur village in West Bengal’s Birbhum district. Seven people have been arrested by Panrui police.

“There was a clash between two groups in the village last night. One person succumbed to bomb injury. We have arrested seven persons in connection to the incident. A contingent of policemen has been posted in the village,” said Shyam Singh, police superintendent of Birbhum district.

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Kumaraswamy throws a challenge at PM Modi 

Former Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy Sunday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to offer a scientific explanation over his call to light candles and lamps for nine minutes at 9 pm, and suspected there is some “hidden agenda” behind it.

The Janata Dal (Secular) leader tweeted, “Has the PM slyly asked the nation to observe a candle light vigil on the eve of foundation day of BJP? April 6 being its foundation day, what else can explain the choice of date & time for this event? I challenge the PM to offer a credible scientific and rational explanation.”

Biggest one-day spike: 7 from Himachal test positive for coronavirus

In the biggest one-day spike in coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh, the samples of seven people from the state tested positive late on Saturday night. This takes the total number of cases in Himachal to 14, among whom two people have died and two others have recovered.

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Another COVID-19 death in Rajasthan, locals hold ‘Neja ki Savari’

An 82-year-old coronavirus patient died at the state-run SMS Hospital in Jaipur. “An 82-year-old man died at SMS Hospital in Jaipur today. He was admitted yesterday. Further details are awaited. Six new cases have come up, including the patient who died,” Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said.

Despite the 21-day lockdown, locals in Ramnagar in Bundi district organissed the the annual ‘Neja ki Savari’. Rajasthan has 200 positive cases of which 21 have been discharged.

‘We’re proud of you’: Pakistan ATC praises Air India

Air India recently received praise from the Air Traffic Controller (ATC) of Pakistan for the global relief work that the national carrier has been undertaking during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking to news agency ANI, one of the senior captains of the special flights said, ” It was a very proud moment for me as well as the entire Air India crew when we heard from Pakistan ATC praising our special flight operations to Europe.

Coronavirus: Symptoms, DOs and DON’Ts

#1. Common signs of coronavirus infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties.

#2. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap for 20 seconds at least 3 times a day.

#3. Regularly use hand sanitiser

#4. Avoid touching your face, nose

#5. Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Discard any tissue used

#6. Avoid sharing water bottles and personal hygiene items like towels

#7. Avoid non-essential travel

#8. Don’t stockpile disposable face masks.

#9. Prevent the spread of medical misinformation

#10. There are no known cures or preventive medicines for coronavirus

Coronavirus Helplines The Ministry of Health has set up a telephone and email helpline for any queries and emergencies related to coronavirus.

Number: +91-11-2397 8046

Email: ncov2019@gmail.com

For a list of helpline numbers of States & Union Territories, click here.

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