Coronavirus news April 8 HIGHLIGHTS: In last 24 hrs, 773 cases; 32 deaths, says Health Ministry
Coronavirus (COVID-19) HIGHLIGHTS: Meanwhile, as India enters what the authorities call the “make-or-break week," the number of confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed the 5,000-mark to stand at 5,274. The number of casualties, currently at 149, also registered a jump of 32 deaths in the last 24 hours.
By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Hyderabad, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: April 9, 2020 10:04:06 am
In India, Maharashtra has reported the highest cases (1,097), followed by Tamil Nadu (709) and New Delhi (597). (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker HIGHLIGHTS: With COVID-19 cases showing no signs of abating in India, the Supreme Court Wednesday said tests relating to novel coronavirus whether in approved government laboratories or approved private laboratories “shall be free of cost”.
Meanwhile, as India enters what the authorities call the “make-or-break week,” the number of confirmed coronavirus cases have crossed the 5,000-mark to stand at 5,274. The number of casualties, currently at 149, also registered a jump of 32 deaths in the last 24 hours.
Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi told floor leaders of opposition and other parties in Parliament that the nationwide lockdown will not be lifted in one go after it ends on April 14. He will also do a video conference with all Chief Ministers on April 11. In Uttar Pradesh, in a bid to prevent the further spread of coronavirus through “community transmission”, the state government has decided to seal areas in 15 districts including Noida and Ghaziabad.
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Coronavirus live updates: A police officer distributes masks to children of migrant daily wage laborers during lockdown in Jammu, Saturday, March 28, 2020. (AP Photo: Channi Anand)
As the number of coronavirus cases in India nears 5,000, the country enters the last week of the 21-day lockdown. Several states have signalled to the Centre to extend the restrictions, a proposal being considered by the goverment. "The central government is thinking on the same lines, but the Prime Minister will take a final call after considering all aspects and holding discussions with experts. We are sure that every state will follow the decision he takes, sources told The Indian Express.
Around 200 people from a JJ cluster in Noida’s Sector 8 were taken to a quarantine facility late on Tuesday evening. (Express photo by Abhinav Saha)
In "make-or-break week" for India, the government is likely to scale up testing for COVID-19.
“This week, you can say, is the make-or-break week so far as the future course of the epidemic in India is concerned, whether we continue with the lockdown or not. The criticism has been that we did not test enough, but we have always maintained that if it (infection) was really happening that much, the death toll would not be so low; also, influenza-like illnesses across the country have remained flat. But to test that hypothesis, we need to test. That is what we will do this week when we hope to get a definitive idea about the course of the disease,” said a government source.
Health officials attend to people arriving for COVID-19 tests at a hospital in Kanpur on Tuesday. (PTI photo)
“The idea is to double the number of tests every three-four days and reach about 40,000 daily. The private labs obviously have better mobility and reach than us because they are making money,” said the source.