Coronavirus India Updates: India reported 704 coronavirus cases and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours, the biggest rise so far. With this, the number of infections has risen to 4281, including 111 deaths, according to the Health Ministry. In its daily briefing, the MHA said over 25,500 Tablighi Jamaat workers have been quarantined and five Haryana villages where they stayed have been sealed. “63% deaths in 60 years and above and 86% deaths in people with co-morbidities,” a Health Ministry official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing workers on the occasion of the party’s 40th foundation day, said India’s efforts to combat coronavirus have set an example and it was among the countries which understood the pandemic’s seriousness and took various timely decisions to combat the virus. With the country entering Day 13 of the three-week lockdown, the number of deaths stood at 109.
With no immediate signs of the curve flattening, there is a growing feeling that some of the hotspots in the country might be put under extended restrictions after the 21-day lockdown ends on April 14. Top government sources told The Indian Express that the lockdown is likely to continue in 62 districts that account for 80 per cent of the total positive cases in the country. COVID-19 LIVE updates
Meanwhile, there is a possibility that some states may not be willing to come out of the lockdown. Punjab is learnt to be mulling extending the curfew in the state even after the countrywide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing party workers, said the maturity displayed by people in following the restrictions is unprecedented. Referring to the countrywide exercise to switch off lights and illuminate diyas for nine minutes on Sunday, PM Modi said: “We got to see our collective strength on Sunday evening.”
He also said India has shown the world how to arrest the spread of coronavirus, and it is among the few countries which understood the pandemic’s seriousness and took various timely interventions. The Prime Minister was addressing BJP workers to mark the 40th foundation day of the party.
He also directed BJP workers to donate and encourage others to contribute to the PM-CARES fund.
BJP president J P Nada has issued guidelines to party workers on how to celebrate the foundation event. These included hoisting flags at all party offices while maintaining social distancing, giving one a meal in solidarity with those facing difficulties during the lockdown,and feeding the needy.
Calling the virus the “greatest emergency since Independence”, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan urged the government to prioritise spending on the poor and call people with proven expertise and capabilities, including from Opposition parties to deal with the pandemic.
Stating that if the government insists on driving everything from the Prime Minister’s Office, with the same overworked people, it will do “too little, too late”.
In a blog titled “Perhaps India’s Greatest Challenge in Recent Times” on his Linkedin profile, Raghuram Rajan said there is “much work to do” and with the “right priorities and drawing on India’s many sources of strength,” the country can beat the virus.
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor has been discharged from Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow after testing negative for the virus. The report of her sixth test came negative. There was criticism over the number of times she was subjected to the coronavirus test at a time when test kits were not easily available. The singer caused a scare last month after she attended at least three gathering incuding a dinner party that saw several high profile people in attendance. Kanika was booked by the Uttar Pradesh police for negligence.
Fresh deaths in four states
According to the Health Ministry’s data updated on Monday 9 am, 21 fresh deaths were reported from Maharashtra, two each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and one from Punjab. Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 45, followed by Gujarat at 11, Madhya Pradesh at nine, Telangana and Delhi at seven each, Tamil Nadu at five and Punjab at six.
Karnataka has reported four deaths, while West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have recorded three fatalities each. Two deaths each have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana have reported one fatality each, according to the data.
The highest number of confirmed cases is from Maharashtra at 690, followed by Tamil Nadu at 571 and Delhi at 503. The number cases in Telengana has gone up to 321, in Kerala to 314 and in Rajasthan to 253.
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Zoos put on alert after tiger tests positive for COVID-19 in US
The Central Zoo Authority (CZA) on Monday asked all zoos across the country to be on high alert and collect samples fortnightly in suspected cases after a tiger at a US zoo tested positive for coronavirus.
“Zoos in the country are, therefore, advised to remain on highest alertness, and monitor animals 24X7 using CCTVs for any abnormal behaviour or symptoms,” CZA Member Secretary S P Yadav said in a letter to all states, PTI reported. The authority said mammals, especially cats, ferrets and primates, need to be carefully monitored and fortnightly samples of suspected cases be sent to designated animal health institutes for COVID-19 testing.
The Indian Railways has converted as many as 2,500 coaches into isolation wards for Covid-19 patients, the ministry announced on Monday. The coaches have a combined capacity of at least 40,000 beds, it added.
“In times of lockdown, when manpower resources are limited and have to be rationalised and rotated, different zones of Railways have almost done an impossible task of so many conversions in such a small span of time,” a statement by the ministry said.
The ministry said that an average of 375 coaches are being converted into isolation wards in a day. “The work is being carried out at 133 locations in the country,” it added.
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
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
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