April 12, 2020 12:58:05 pm
Coronavirus India Updates: With as many as 909 positive cases and 34 deaths being reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases on Sunday has touched 8,447 in India as the country is nearing the end of the 21-day lockdown period which began on March 24.
Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu, today, became the third state to cross the 1000-mark of total positive coronavirus cases reported after Maharashtra and Delhi.
The Centre is considering the request of most states to extend the lockdown further for another two weeks as states like West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka have already announced extension. Follow Coronavirus LIVE UPDATES
In a bid to ramp up testing procedures, an ICMR official said nearly 15,000 samples were being tested each day and an average of 584 samples tested positive. Regarding the development of Covid-19 vaccines, the official said: “More than 40 vaccines under development but none have reached the next stage. As of now, there is no vaccine.”
40 vaccines under development, but none yet: ICMR
As the number of COVID-19 infections continue to rise every day, scientists across India and the world are trying to develop vaccines to combat the virus. “More than 40 vaccines under development but none have reached the next stage. As of now, there is no vaccine,” an ICMR official said at the health ministry presser on Saturday evening.
He further said that in the past five days, the average number of samples that have been tested per day was 15,747 and the average number of samples which tested positive was 584. Highlighting that the government has been planning and is prepared for emergency-like situation, a health ministry official said: “On March 29, we had 979 positive cases, now we have 8356 positive cases; of these 20% cases need ICU support. So, today too 1671 patients need oxygen support and critical care treatment. This figure is important to show that the government is planning things in being over prepared.”
Four more test positive in Odisha, total 54
With four more persons testing positive for Covid-19, the total number of cases in Odisha rose to 54, a health department official told PTI on Sunday. Of the total cases, one has succumbed to the disease and 12 have been discharged, it added.
On Saturday, Shalini Pandit, the director of state National Health Mission, had said that about 80 per cent of the total number of patients in the state were asymptomatic.
Rajasthan records 51 more cases of coronavirus
Rajasthan recorded 51 more cases today, taking the state’s tally to 751, an official said. The virus has so far claimed nine lives in the state.
“As many as 51 new cases have come up today in eight districts of the state,” Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.
The total cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan include two Italian citizens, 50 people who have been brought from Iran to the army health centers in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Jaipur has reported the highest number of 316 cases so far.
Migrant workers returning home could spread Covid-19: World Bank
The World Bank on Sunday expressed concern over migrant workers returning home, saying they could facilitate the spread of the infection in the unaffected or less unaffected states and villages.
In its biannual regional report, the World Bank said South Asia is one of the highest population density areas in the world, particularly urban areas, and that preventing domestic coronavirus transmission is an enormous challenge in the region. This makes contagion easier, especially among the most vulnerable people: slum dwellers and migrant workers, it said.
Covid-19 toll reaches 23 in Gujarat
Gujarat reported 25 new cases and one death on Sunday morning, taking the total number of infections in the state to 493. The death toll has reached 23.
A 75-year-old patient from Ghodasar area in Ahmedabad. who was admitted at LG Hospital, died late Saturday night. He had hypertension comorbidity.
The British Airways will operate three flights from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in Ahmedabad in the next few days to take back 900 UK nationals stranded in Gujarat due to the lockdown, authorities said on Sunday.
Two aircraft will arrive from the Heathrow Airport in London and leave for the UK capital on April 13 and 15. The third aircraft will arrive in Ahmedabad from Hyderabad on April 17 and depart for London the same day, it said.
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35,000 cases of prohibitory orders, quarantine violation in Maharashtra
Over 35,000 offences have been registered across the state against those violating prohibitory orders and quarantine guidelines during the lockdown imposed since last month, a senior Maharashtra Police official said. Police have resorted to stern action since March 22 by registering cases against offenders under Indian Penal Code Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), he said.
As many as 2,525 people have been arrested across the state under Section 188. Besides, there been 70 cases of assault on police personnel for which 161 people have been arrested, he added.
At least 134 people tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday, taking the state tally to 1,895, a state health official said.
A 25-year-old man, who had ridiculed the use of masks for protection against coronavirus through a TikTok video, tested positive for the disease in Madhya Pradesh’s Sagar district, PTI reported.
Officials said authorities at the hospital where he is admitted had to seize his mobile phone as he kept posting more videos from the isolation facility even after testing positive. His condition is stable, Sagar’s Government Bundelkhand Medical College Dean Dr G S Patel told the news agency.
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Three more test positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, total count 64
Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 64, a top official said. Of the three, one is a 16-year-old girl from Nawada and the other two are men, aged 40 and 63, from Begusarai district, Sanjay Kumar, the principal secretary of state health department, said on Saturday, adding that officials were trying to trace those who came in contact with them.
7 in contact with Tablighi Jamaat test positive in Chhattisgarh
Seven persons, who came in contact with 16 Tablighi Jamaat members staying at a mosque in Katghora town of Chhattisgarh, have tested positive, taking the number of cases in the state to 25, PTI reported.
“All seven had come in contact with 16 Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying at a mosque in Purani Basti locality of the town,” an official said.
Rope in ENT specialists, resident doctors to fight COVID-19: Health Ministry to states
The Union Ministry of Health has directed all states and Union Territories to seek the services of ENT specialists and resident doctors to fight coronavirus, saying there is an urgent need of qualified personnel to collect samples for testing.
In a letter addressed to all chief secretaries and principal secretaries (health), the ministry said, “There is an urgent need of trained and qualified personnel to collect these samples and the number of such persons needs to be augmented significantly.
“All states/UTs are therefore requested to organise collection of COVID-19 case samples by using the services of ENT specialists and residents,” it added.
Nagaland govt offices to resume work from Monday: Chief secy
Even as the lockdown continues across the country, all government offices in Nagaland, including the civil secretariat and the directorates in Kohima and Dimapur, will resume operations from Monday with skeletal staff, a memorandum issued here by Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said.
The administrative heads of departments have been asked to prepare a roster for the employees and make necessary arrangements to ensure they adhere to the social distancing norms, it said.
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