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Coronavirus India updates April 9: Maharashtra records 229 new COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths

Coronavirus India Latest Updates: With 549 cases recorded in last 24 hours, India's count on Thursday rose to 5,865 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths, the Health Ministry said.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 9, 2020 9:39:20 pm
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Coronavirus India Updates: With 549 cases recorded in last 24 hours, India’s count on Thursday rose to 5,865 coronavirus cases and 169 deaths, the Health Ministry said. While 5,218 cases are active now, 477 patients have recovered and been discharged so far.

Assuring that medical requirements to fight the virus are being taken care of, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, said, supplies of PPEs, masks and ventilators have started coming. “1.7 crore PPEs and 49,000 ventilators have been ordered, have started coming,” Agarwal said.

Even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi continued to consult political parties and states on the shutdown, Odisha declared to extend the lockdown till April 30. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announced that schools will remain closed till June 17. Meanwhile, several hotspots in New Delhi and Uttar Pradesh have been sealed till April 15 to contain the spread of the pandemic.

Maharashtra records 229 new cases, total count 1,364

With 229 people testing positive on Thursday, the number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra spiked to 1,364, a health offiical said. The state also reported 25 deaths of COVID-19 patients, taking the total toll to 97, he added. The bulk of new cases were reported in Mumbai. “Both the number of new patients and that of deaths are highest for a single day so far,” news agency PTI quoted the official as saying. ,On the other hand, 125 persons have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals in the state so far, he said.

PM Modi, South Korean President Moon Jae-in discuss ways to tackle COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday had a telephonic conversation with South Korea President Moon Jae-in on the prevailing COVID-19 situation and ways to fight it through cooperation and use of technology.

“Had a telephone conversation with President @moonriver365 on the prevailing COVID-19 situation and how we can fight this pandemic through cooperation and leveraging the power of technology,” PM Modi tweeted.

While PM Modi appreciated the Republic of Korea’s technology-based response to combat coronavirus, the Korean President thanked Modi for the support provided by Indian authorities to Korean citizens in India. Both the leaders agreed that their experts would continue to consult each other and share experiences as they look for solutions to COVID-19.

Third death in Maharashtra’s Dharavi

A 76-year-old woman from Dharavi’s Kalyanwadi died of coronavirus on Friday— third death in Asia’s largest slum. With this, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the area has mounted to 14. After this, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has started the process of contact-tracing. With the latest death, the number of containment zones in Dharavi is nine now.

In addition to the nine containment zones, the BMC on Thursday banned vegetable and fruit markets, as well as hawkers on an additional 10 roads in Dharavi. The civic body will ensure door-to-door supply of essentials in these areas. The BMC said that till April 8, it distributed 30,250 food packets and 9,000 grocery packets in Dharavi’s containment zones.

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Kerala CM writes to Modi, highlights plight of Indian migrants in UAE

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan Thursday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to draw his attention towards the plight of Indian migrants in UAE. Stating that COVID-19 situation in the country is alarming, Vijayan requested PM Modi to take it up with the UAE government.

Seven more test positive in Chhatisgarh, nine discharged

Seven more people including two women were found to be COVID-19 positive in Katghora in Chhattisgarh on Thursday. All of them allegedly came in contact with a 16-year-old from the area who had been identified as positive earlier this month. Meanwhile, nine others in the state, who were diagnosed with the disease, tested negative and were discharged.

COVID-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir mount to 184

The number of COVID-19 cases mounted to 184 after 24 positive cases were reported in the Union Territory on Friday. Attributing the finding to aggressive testing, J&K government spokesperson Rohit Kansal confirmed that all the new patients are contacts of older cases.

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Two coronavirus patients die in Pune, toll rises to 20

The coronavirus death toll in Pune rose to 20 on Thursday after two more patients succumbed to the virus, PTI reported.

A 60-year-old coronavirus patient from Baramati town died at the state-run Sassoon Hospital late Wednesday night, zilla parishad chief executive officer Ayush Prasad said. The man was suffering from diabetes and paralysis, he said, adding that four members of his family also tested positive for coronavirus earlier.

Another person died of coronavirus in Pune late Wednesday night, Mayor Murlidhar Mohol said.

Jharkhand reports first COVID-19 death

Jharkhand reported its first coronavirus death after a 72-year-old patient died in Bokaro district on Wednesday night, a health official said on Thursday. Bokaro District Chief Medical Officer Ashok Kumar Pathak said the man was kept in the isolation ward of a hospital after he showed symptoms of the virus on April 5. He later tested positive for the virus, he added.

‘Times like these bring friends closer’: PM Modi tells Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday responded to US President Donald Trump’s laudatory remarks over India’s decision to lift curbs on the export of hydroxychloroquine, saying it is “times like these which bring friends closer”.

Taking to Twitter, Modi said, “Fully agree with you President Donald Trump. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever.” “India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together,” he added.

Mumbai, Dharavi, coronavirus, lockdown, Maharashtra Police nakabandi at Maharashtra’s Dharavi which has now emerged as a hotspot for coronavirus pandemic. (Express Photo: Prashant Nadkar)

Odisha woman held for violating lockdown norms

A woman working at a private company has been arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a block development officer (BDO) and his colleagues who caught her for violating the lockdown order in Odisha’s Jajpur district, PTI reported. The woman allegedly abused a team led by Danagadi BDO Mani Prasad Mishra when she was stopped from travelling in a vehicle during the lockdown, police said.

The woman also allegedly snatched a mobile phone from one of the government officials who were on duty, a senior police officer said. The accused was arrested on Wednesday after a complaint was lodged at the Jajpur Road police station.

Delhi: 30 found living in ‘unhygienic conditions’, shop owner booked

The Delhi Police have registered an FIR against the owner of a pastry shop in New Delhi’s Bengali Market after 30 workers were found living inside the store on Wednesday night. The police said that the workers were found inside a small room under “unhygienic conditions”.

On Thursday, 51 new cases were reported in the national capital taking the total count to 720.

Another COVID-19 death reported in Karnataka, toll rises to 6

An 80-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with coronavirus after developing severe respiratory problems died of cardiac arrest in Gadag district early on Thursday, taking the toll in Karnataka to six, district officials said. According to a senior official in that district, the patient was admitted to a designated hospital a few days ago with severe respiratory problems. On April 6, test reports confirmed that she was infected with COVID-19. At 12.55 am on Thursday she died of cardiac arrest.” With this, the number of deaths caused by COVID-19 reached six in the state, whereas the total positive cases as on Wednesday evening stood at 197.

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Thirty fresh cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan

Rajasthan recorded 30 more cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the state’s tally to 430, an official said. The virus has so far claimed six lives in the state.

“Thirty new cases have come up today in seven districts of Rajasthan. All have travel and contact history,” Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said.

52 COVID-19 cases within 12 hours in Gujarat

The total number of coronavirus cases in the state soared to 241 after 52 more people tested positive within a span of 12 hours, the highest to be reported in a day so far. The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation had on April 7 sent several samples for testing, the results of which were declared today.

In Ahmedabad, majority of the cases were reported from Danilimda, Astodia and Ghodasar.

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Besides this, a 48-year-old man in the capital, who was admitted at SVP Hospital, passed away, taking the toll to 17. The man was also suffering from co-morbid conditions, including high blood pressure, principal secretary, (health) Jayanti Ravi said.

Another man from Bopal who had tested positive was discharged from the hospital.

Meanwhile, Dahod’s first COVID-19 patient, a nine-year-old girl who tested positive on Wednesday night, has been found to be belonging to a family that travelled from Indore with the body of her father in an ambulance for his burial in Dahod.

Woman donates all her savings to PM CARES Fund

A woman in Uttarakhand has donated all her personal savings of Rs 10 lakh to the PM CARES Fund to help the needy, PTI reported. Devki Bhandari, 60, handed a cheque to the authorities on Wednesday.

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Chief Minister Trivevdra Singh Rawat said the woman reminded him of mythological characters like Danveer Karna and Raja Bali, who were epitomes of generosity. “Despite being alone in this world, Devkiji looked upon entire India as her own family and presented before us an example worth emulating. She is an inspiration for all of us. The spirit of selfless service epitomized by Devkiji will give strength to the country’s fight against coronavirus,” he said.

217 blood samples in AP test negative for coronavirus

The blood samples of over 200 people have tested negative for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh overnight as the total cases remained at 348, a health department bulletin said on Thursday. No fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 12 hours since 9 pm on Wednesday till 9 am on Thursday, it said. All the 217 blood samples tested during the period have returned negative, it added.

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state is 348. Four persons have died so far.

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Surveillance stepped up in Kashmir to track COVID-19 cases

In Kashmir, authorities have intensified ground surveillance to track travellers, who hid their recent travel history, to contain the spread of coronavirus, PTI reported. The tracking of those persons who have travel history but are absconding is being taken up on a war-footing basis, officials said.

These measures have been taken after a group of five persons, who had travelled to an African country recently, tested positive for COVID-19. These persons were placed in administrative quarantine upon their arrival in Kashmir last month.

Ground surveillance teams in every district are being strengthened to trace such persons immediately so as to put them for proper screening and quarantine. The steps are being taken after Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, Pandurang K Pole, directed all Deputy Commissioners (DCs) in the valley to track-down all absconding travellers on a war-footing basis.

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