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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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00:25 (IST)09 Apr 2020
First COVID-19 related death in Jammu

A 61-year-old woman breathed her last at Government Medical College hospital here on Wednesday night, recording the first COVID related death in UT’s Jammu division. “61 yrs old female patient from Udhampur passed away at GMC Jammu; tested positive for Corona; reported to be suffering from Arthritis and bedridden. Contacts being traced,” tweeted UT Government‘s spokesperson Rohit Kansal.

With this, the number of people dying of coronavirus has risen to four. Earlier, three patients have died of the disease in Kashmir Valley.

Earlier during the day, UT had reported the biggest ever spike of 33 positive cases in a single day raising the total number of Coronavirus cases to 158 on Wednesday. While 30 positive cases were reported in Kashmir and three in Jammu, official sources said. With the death of one more patient, there were at present 147 active positive cases as six people had recovered.

Till date, there were 40,336 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases put under surveillance.

23:53 (IST)08 Apr 2020
'Thank you India': Trump says after India okays supply of hydroxychloroquine

US President Donald Trump Wednesday thanked India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for giving a green signal to the supply of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to the US. Taking to Twitter, President Trump said, Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten! Thank you Prime Minister @NarendraModi for your strong leadership in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!"

Earlier in the day, Trump had praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi and India’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying “the US bought more than 29 million of hydroxychloroquine from India and the country put a stop because it was needed there”. On Tuesday, Trump warned India of retaliation if the country doesn’t supply the drug to America. Hours after this, India said that it will supply essential drugs to “some nations who have been particularly badly affected” by COVID-19 and to “neighbouring countries who are dependent on India’s capabilities”.

23:17 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Punjab records 9th death due to COVID-19

Ninth coronavirus death in Punjab. A 55-year-old patient from Ropar (Rupnagar) dies. Total deaths now 9.

23:12 (IST)08 Apr 2020
After Mumbai, Delhi makes face masks compulsory for people stepping outdoors

The Delhi government on Wednesday announced sealing of 20 coronavirus hotspots comprising small pockets of settlements and apartment complexes, and made it compulsory for people to wear face masks when stepping outdoors to contain the spread of the novel virus.

As the national capital reported 93 new cases taking the total number of infections to 669, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held an emergency meeting with senior ministers and top officials of the Delhi government Wednesday evening and took a series of decisions to check the spread of the virus.

After the meeting via video conferencing, Kejriwal tweeted, “Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth mask shall be eligible too.”

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who attended the meeting, said strict action would be taken against those not wearing masks while stepping out of their houses. (PTI)

22:32 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Vadodara: Tandalja area declared 'Red Zone'

Vadodara administration declares Tandalja area as a 'Covid-19 red zone' after Nagarwada. Over 1,900 homes with a population of 7,000 will be in containment beginning with immediate effect, officials said.

22:01 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Amid coronavirus lockdown, world’s top 5 polluted cities breathe clean air

With the lockdown in place to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, cities across the world are breathing cleaner air as human activity is virtually brought to a standstill. Click here to read how the world's top 5 polluted cities fare in air quality index.

(Express photo: Amit Mehra)


21:54 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Online classes for post graduate students have begun: Manipur education minister

Manipur Education Minister Dr. Thokchom Radheshyam on Wednesday said that online classes for postgraduate students have begun in the state amid the nation-wide lockdown. He informed that initially the online classes had already started at Dhanamanjuri University and 6th Semester of Manipur Technical University through ZOOM App MOODLE (Modular Object Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment). "The state Government is taking up measures to address the concerns arising due to shutdown of the educational institutions in the state because of the lockdown imposed to break the chain of infection and control the spread of coronavirus disease COVID-19," the minister said and added that teachers have been assigned to prepare study material which will be provided to the students through online classes, e-mail and WhatsApp.

21:47 (IST)08 Apr 2020
New Delhi identifies COVID-19 containment zones, areas will face stricter restrictions

Several small pockets of settlements — lanes, apartment complexes — in many parts of Delhi, including parts of Sangam Vihar, Hauz Rani and Khichripur, have been notified as containment zones, wherein tougher restrictions, including on essential services, will be implemented. By Thursday, more areas are likely to be sealed, which include Central Delhi’s Sadar Bazar and pockets of West Delhi among others, district magistrates told The Indian Express. Read to know the list of containment zones in Delhi

21:31 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Tripura: 8 out of 17 'high risk' patients test negative for coronavirus

Eight out of 17 ‘high-risk’ patients who were quarantined on Tuesday after coming in touch with a woman identified as Tripura’s first COVID-19 positive patient, were tested ‘negative’ today. Test reports for the rest came inconclusive and would be re-tested, Minister Ratan Lal Nath, who acts as cabinet spokesperson said. Nath added that out of 234 persons tested in Tripura with preliminary symptoms or recent travel history to affected areas, only one was found positive. The woman who tested positive was shifted to an isolation unit at state-run Govind Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital here on Tuesday. Meanwhile, a group of nurses Wednesday held a protest in front of Gobinda Ballabh Pant (GBP) Hospital alleging that they were not provided with sufficient protective gears to work on the line of duty.

21:16 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Here's our daily Covid-19 update

PM Modi said lockdown won’t be lifted in ‘one go’, says BJD leader. The US records 1,736 deaths on April 7 -- the highest single-day toll anywhere in the world. Watch our video with all coronavirus from April 8.

21:11 (IST)08 Apr 2020
As Wuhan unlocks, queues at restaurants, also at expressway tolls

After 76 days under lockdown, Wuhan city at midnight on Wednesday emerged out of what some people termed “a prison” being pushed into a complete shutdown on January 23. The lockdown was lifted in phases across the province. First, residents of Hubei from places other than Wuhan were allowed to leave, provided their health-code app showed a green code certifying they were virus-free. This was followed by the announcement that Wuhan would be unlocked on April 8. Click here to read more.

Travellers line up with their belongings outside Hankou Railway Station after travel restrictions to leave Wuhan were lifted. (Reuters)
20:25 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Coronavirus in India: Here's what happened today

The number of COVID-19 cases surged to 5274 in India, including 149 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said in its latest briefing. While there are 4714 active cases, as many as 410 persons have recovered. Here's what all happened today: 

-According to the Union Health Ministry, a total of 773 cases and 32 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.

-PM Modi says lockdown will not be lifted in one go, will consult CMs

-Hotspots in 15 UP districts, including Noida, to be sealed

-All COVID-19 tests to be free of cost, SC orders

-Mumbai makes wearing of masks mandatory in public places, violators face arrest

-No hydroxychloroquine shortage in India now or in future, Health Ministry says

- 60 new Covid-19 cases reported in Maharashtra

- Curfew to continue in Himachal’s Una as more 9 test positive for Covid-19

- Indigo says that its international operations are suspended until April 30

In Pic: Mumbai's Worli Sea Face 
19:56 (IST)08 Apr 2020
List of hotspots in Noida to be sealed

The official list of hotspots in Noida to be sealed as per orders of the Uttar Pradesh government.

19:27 (IST)08 Apr 2020
All Covid-19 tests to be free of cost, SC orders

The Supreme Court Wednesday said that all Covid-19 tests whether in government labs or private will be free of cost. “Tests relating to COVID-19 whether in approved Government Laboratories or approved private Laboratories shall be free of cost,” the court said in a ruling.  The apex court also said that “the question as to whether the private Laboratories carrying free of cost COVID-19 tests are entitled for any reimbursement of expenses incurred shall be considered later on”.

19:16 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Can a person’s sound be used to detect if they have Covid-19

Researchers from the University of Cambridge have designed a new mobile phone app that will be used to collect data to develop machine learning algorithms, which will be able to detect if the person has COVID-19 or not based on the sound of their voice, their breathing and coughing. But how can a person’s sound help in detecting Covid-19? Read our explainer to know more.

19:11 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Meet Punjab's 'Coronavirus Commandos'

Ludhiana Police have trained 20 cops to ensure protocol is followed while dealing with Covid-19 patients to reduce the spread of infection. They are being called as "Coronavirus Commandos". More details: 

18:51 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Here's what happened across the globe today

Some top developments:

-Boris Johnson's condition 'stable'; spends second night in intensive care

-Donald Trump threatens to freeze WHO funding, accuses it of being 'China-centric'

-Iran urges IMF to approve $5 billion loan

-Spain daily virus deaths 757, second successive rise

-South Korea imposes new travel restrictions, announces $29.5 billion in business aid

-Head of EU's top science body quits over coronavirus response

A boy wearing a protective face mask sits on a bike together with his mother in a market during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Bangkok, Thailand April 8, 2020. (Reuters)
18:24 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Mumbai makes it mandatory to wear masks in public places

After Chandigarh, wearing masks or covering the face with a cloth while moving out has been made mandatory in Mumbai, which accounts for nearly 73 per cent of the total cases in Maharashtra. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also said that people violating the order would face arrest under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

18:13 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Covid-19 tracker: Which countries have reversed the trend in daily cases

Even as the global coronavirus infections crossed 1.4 million on Wednesday, with the death toll at 82,119, the number of new cases each day appears to be falling in some nations. As many as 6 out of 10 worst coronavirus-hit nations have reported a drop in the daily number of fresh Covid-19 cases. Click here to check our tracker.

Medical workers in protective suits push a patient on a stretcher in Rome, Italy. (Reuters)
17:56 (IST)08 Apr 2020
Essar Foundation to provide 1.25 million meals and 1 lakh medical supplies relief

Essar Foundation to provide 1.25 million meals and 1 lakh medical supplies relief

In light of the coronavirus outbreak, the Essar Foundation has said that it will provide 1.25 million (12.5 lakh) meals to communities affected by the outbreak and nearly 1,00,000 medical supplies to frontliners combating Covid-19.

“Our efforts have been focussed on reaching out to the most vulnerable communities. Being part of the Government of Maharashtra Corona Control CSR Group, we are able to coordinate directly with the state machinery and work jointly with leading groups. We also have tie-ups with several companies and non-profits to consolidate structured relief efforts by identifying communities and responsibly directing funds,” said Mr Kaustubh Sonalkar, Group President Human Resource, Essar, and CEO – Essar Foundation.

coronavirus latest news live udpates in india and the world 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.

coronavirus latest news live udpates in india and the world 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.

coronavirus latest news live udpates in india and the world 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.

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Centre’s cue: States want longer lockdown

As case count nears 5000, Govt plans big testing push in make-or-break week

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