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Coronavirus highlights: 10,000 samples tested, 575 positive cases in 24 hours

Coronavirus highlights: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 2653, including 62 deaths and 162 of those who have recovered.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Guwahati, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi |
Updated: April 4, 2020 8:51:10 am
Residents overlook as BMC civic workers undertake a sanitisation drive at Dr Baliga Nagar, Dharavi following the outbreak of coronavirus on Friday. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

Coronavirus highlights: Total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus reached 2,653 Friday. So far, 69,245 samples have been tested, including 10,034 samples that were tested today. Of these, 575 tested positive for SARS-CoV-2.

In the wake of the pandemic, Union Home Minister Amit Shah has approved the release of Rs 11,092 crore to all states under the State Disaster Risk Management Fund (SDRMF) for setting up quarantine facilities and arranging other facilities for checking the spread of coronavirus.

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Earlier this morning, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation and thanked the people for cooperating with the 21-day lockdown. In a new appeal to the countrymen, PM Modi asked people to put off the lights in their houses for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday, April 5, and light lamps at their doors or balconies.

Globally, the number of cases cross 10 lakh, the highest of which were reported from the US (258,214), Italy (119,827) and Spain (117,710). The death toll rose to 56,767; Italy has the most fatalities (14,681), followed by Spain (10,935) and France (5,398).

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Coronavirus highlights: PM Modi asks people to light lamps on Sunday at 9 pm; one-fifth of COVID-19 cases linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin; Govt mulls options for lifting lockdown; read latest news and updates in Bangla, Tamil and Malayalam

03:14 (IST)04 Apr 2020
Day after testing positive, wife of AIIMS doc gives birth to a boy

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, doctors at AIIMS ended their day on an upbeat note as a nine-month pregnant COVID-19 patient gave birth to a healthy baby boy Friday evening at the institute.This is the first baby to be born from a COVID-19 positive mother in Delhi. The woman is the wife of a senior resident doctor working in the department of physiology at AIIMS. The couple had tested positive for the virus Thursday. On Friday, the doctor’s brother also tested positive for the disease.

02:48 (IST)04 Apr 2020
MHA to states: Can’t define all necessities

With obstruction to essential supplies continuing despite repeated reminders from the Centre, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has written to all states and pointed out that each item cannot be defined, so states must allow manufacturing and transport of all groceries and food item as generally understood. The MHA also clarified that laboratories, including those for testing COVID-19 samples, are exempt from lockdown restrictions.

02:17 (IST)04 Apr 2020
Punjab mulls extending curfew beyond April 14

The Punjab government is mulling extending the curfew in the state even after the courtywide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus gets over on April 14. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Friday said the decision on curfew extension would be taken in light of prevailing situation around that time. Sources, meanwhile, told The Indian Express that officials across districts have been told to be prepared for an extension in curfew restrictions if things take turn for the worse.

00:32 (IST)04 Apr 2020
Punjab: One more positive case

A 55-year-old man was tested positive for novel coronavirus in a village in Punjab's Chatamli, Morinda (district Ropar). He is currently not known to have any recent travel history. His family of seven has been isolated and the condition of the patient is reported to be stable. (Express report)

00:20 (IST)04 Apr 2020
White House syas any one near Trump or Pence will be given rapid coronavirus test

With the coronavirus contagion spreading, the White House said on Friday that anyone expected to be near President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will be given a rapid COVID-19 test.

“As the physician to the president and White House Operations continue to protect the health and safety of the president and vice president, starting today anyone who is expected to be in close proximity to either of them will be administered a COVID-19 test to evaluate for pre-symptomatic or asymptomatic carriers status to limit inadvertent transmission," said White House spokesman Judd Deere. (Reuters)

00:06 (IST)04 Apr 2020
11 cops who evacuated Nizamuddin Markaz shave their heads, 7 quarantined

At least 11 cops, who were a part of the team that evacuated 2,361 people from the Nizamuddin Markaz building, have shaved their heads in the belief that it might protect them from the coronavirus. Seven of them have been sent on two-week home quarantine.

23:38 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Assam: 3 new Covid-19 cases

Three more Covid-19 positive cases confirmed in Assam, one each from Kamrup (metro), Kamrup and Marigaon, taking the total number in Assam to 23. Two of these three new cases have links to the Nizamuddin Markaz event.

23:35 (IST)03 Apr 2020
UK ramps up coronavirus trials but results

Britain said on Friday it was launching the biggest clinical trial of possible treatments for coronavirus in the world but a leading health official cautioned that the results were likely a few months away.

Almost 1,000 patients from 132 hospitals had been recruited in 15 days and thousands more were expected to join in the coming weeks, the health department said.

The trial is testing medicines more commonly used to treat malaria and HIV, and is designed so that when further medicines are identified, they can be added to the study within days.

England's Deputy Chief Medical Officer Jonathan Van-Tam said the next round of clinical trials should include new medicines, including those that might be in development for other diseases and might "have a role to play".

But he was cautious on the timeline for results of the trials.

"I know that there'll be a question about when are we going to get some results from these clinical trials, and my straight answer to you is: 'I don't know.' I think it's going to be a few months," he told a news conference. (Reuters)

23:33 (IST)03 Apr 2020
In Maharashtra, highest number of persons with COVID-19 in age group of 31-50 years

Even as Maharashtra added another 67 cases on Friday, with the number of people with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) climbing to 490 in the state, a recent analysis by the state Health department of 335 persons who had the infection shows that a majority were men in the age group of 31 to 50 years.

India, which reported its first coronavirus case on January 30 this year, has seen a steady rise in the number of COVID-19 infections and till 8 pm on Friday, according to reports there were 2,547 active cases and 62 deaths. A total of 162 persons have been cured and discharged.

The state analysis shows that of the 335 people, 205 were men and 130 were women. There were seven children with COVID-19 infection who were below 10 years of age. An age-wise break-up shows that 136 persons who had the infection were in the age group of 31-50 years. Read more

23:33 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Tablighi Jamaat members in Gujarat rises to 103, two positive

Nineteen more Tablighi Jamaat members who had attended the gathering at Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin were traced from Gujarat on Friday, taking the total number of people who attended the congregation earlier this March to 103 in the state.

According to police, out of the 103 workers of Tablighi Jamaat identified in Gujarat till now, two have tested positive for COVID-19 — one in Ahmedabad who is a native of Muzaffarnagar in UP, and the second person was a 70-year-old man from Bhavnagar, who died on March 26, almost 15 days after he returned from Delhi.

The police on Friday identified 19 more people in Ahmedabad, who had attended the congregation in New Delhi earlier this March. Read more

23:00 (IST)03 Apr 2020
10,000 samples tested today, 575 positive

69,245 samples have been tested till April 3, out of whom 2653 individuals have been confirmed positive. Today, on 03 April 2020, till 9 PM IST, 10,034 samples were tested and reported. Of these, 575 were positive for SARS-CoV-2

22:26 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Shashi Tharoor lauds team on delivering first batch of rapid test kits to Kerala

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor lauded the efforts of his team who delivered manufactured and delivered first batch of 1,000 rapid test kits in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram constituency. The test kits were handed over to Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

22:03 (IST)03 Apr 2020
We are in recession, IMF never experienced standstill: Chief Kristalina Georgieva

IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva, during the media brifing of the WHO declared the world is in recession. "This is a crisis like no other. Never in the history of IMF, have we experienced a standstill. We are in recession. We are in a global crisis," she said.

21:54 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Manipur: Test results of 16 healthcare professionals come negative

The test results of 16 health care workers of a private hospital who came in contact with the second Covid-19 patient from Thoubal district is turned out to be negative, said Health department Manipur. A 56-year-old man from the district who attended Tablighi Jamaat, in New Delhi tested positive on Thursday making him the second positive case in the state.

After returning to Imphal he was admitted to a private hospital situated in Imphal East district on March 20 and discharged after two days. As per the health department, the 56-year-old man had symptoms of Covid-19 when he was admitted to the hospital.

On learning his positive status the department on Thursday quarantined 16 health care workers of the hospital including doctors, nurses and other staff and samples were sent for testing. While the results of the test of the 16 health workers are negative, the department said they will continue to be in the quarantine centre. (Express report by Leivon Jimmy from Imphal)

21:37 (IST)03 Apr 2020
On call, PM Modi, Netanyahu explore collaboration in fighting coronavirus pandemic

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu Friday "explored possible collaboration between India and Israel in fighting the pandemic, including by improving availability of pharmaceutical supplies and by innovative use of high technology,” while agreeing to "maintain a focused channel of communication to explore such synergies."

21:11 (IST)03 Apr 2020
China to observe April 4 as mourning day for over 3,300 Covid-19 victims

China will observe national day of mourning for people who sacrificed their lives, including the "whistleblower" Dr Li Wenliang, in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak and the over 3,300 people who died of the infection in the country on April 4. At 10:00 a.m. Saturday, Chinese people nationwide will observe three minutes of silence to mourn the deceased, while air raid sirens and horns of automobiles, trains and ships will wail in grief.

In this Feb. 1, 2020, file photo, funeral home workers remove the body of a person suspected to have died from the coronavirus outbreak from a residential building in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province. (Chinatopix via AP, File)

21:04 (IST)03 Apr 2020
PM Modi and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu discuss ways to deal with COVID-19 pandemic

PM Modi and Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to each other and discussed steps to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi has in the last few days spoken with other heads of states like Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel, France President Emmanuel Macron> He also spoke with Britain's Prince Charles, who was tested positive for coronavirus and has thus recovered. 

21:02 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Rajasthan reports two more coronavirus cases

Two persons from Tripura have been tested positive for COVID-19 at Bikaner in Rajasthan. The duo attended the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi and visited Rajasthan before returning to Tripura.

Speaking to reporters at the state secretariat, Health Secretary Debashish Basu said two persons from Tripura’s Sipahijala district who visited Nizamuddin Markaz along with nine others from the state, earlier this month have been tested positive. However, they are not in Tripura since they decided to visit Rajasthan before returning home. All 11 persons are under quarantine at Bikaner, the official said.

“We have received news that a 11-member team from Boxanagar in Sipahijala district visited Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi. They didn’t return to Tripura, instead they went to Bikaner in Rajasthan. After they were tested there, these two persons from Tripura were found positive. We have got verbal information about this and are yet to receive written details. Both are under quarantine at Bikaner”, the Health Secretary informed.

20:58 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Earlier today, Bhilwara District Collector sent home people with a rose who have been cured of COVID-19

On Friday, District Collector Rajendra Bhatt (purple shirt) discharged 9 persons who have been cured of coronavirus. They're being sent home with a rose, and administered an oath that they won't leave their homes for 14 days. And their hands are being stamped to discourage them from jumping home quarantine.

20:49 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Meanwhile, here's the COVID-19 India update: 2,547 positive cases, 162 recovered, 62 death

Here's the latest COVID-19 update: 2,547 positive cases, 162 recovered, 62 deaths. Nearly 18 deaths have happened in the last 24 hours. Meanwhile, as many as 647 COVID-19 positive cases found in 14 states in the last two days are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, the Union health ministry said on Friday.

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The centre is considering options as to how to lift the lockdown on April 14. PM Modi has already warned states of a “possible second wave of spread of the virus in some countries”. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said flights can resume bookings from April 15, and it looks like the Railways is issuing tickets from the same date. International flights, however, will be permitted depending on the point or origin.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday underlined that “in the next few weeks, testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the areas of focus” in the country’s war against the coronavirus threat, and told Chief Ministers of all states to “formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends” on April 14. He, however, warned that the global situation remains “far from satisfactory” and there was speculation of a “possible second wave of spread of the virus in some countries”.

The Prime Minister, according to an official statement, said “considering that this is the time to harvest crops, the government has given some relaxation from lockdown, but it is necessary to continuously monitor and maintain social distancing as much as possible”.

He asked the states to “think of other platforms for procuring grains apart from APMC (agricultural produce market committee), and explore the possibility of creating pooling platforms for rural areas, like that in ride sharing apps, which can be used for this purpose”.

Coronavirus latest news: Govt authorities are now considering options as to how to lift India's 21-day COVID-19 lockdown. (Express Photo: Bhupendra Rana)

In a tweet later in the day, Modi said: “At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians.”

As India entered the 10th day of lockdown Friday, the government is now mulling options on how to lift restrictions on April 14. Within the government, a “limited lockdown” in some areas is an option that seems to be gaining ground, at this point. One opinion currently within the government seems to be that while it may not be possible to reach a zero-new-case situation by April 14, the best option would be to focus on specific “pockets” to contain the spread.

“If we can identify pockets like these across the country — there may be several hundred of them — and if I am reasonably satisfied that the rest of the country can go about their business, then these pockets will remain the only ones left with restrictions,” a highly placed government source said.

coronavirus cases, coronavirus update, coronavirus map, coronavirus latest news, coronavirus india news India coronavirus lockdown: Workers sanitize an area in Nizamuddin West after several people who attended a Tablighi Jamaat congregation tested positive for COVID-19, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express Photo: Praveen Khanna)

Meanwhile, the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin, New Delhi, last month has emerged the biggest hotspot in the country, accounting for about one-fifth of the COVID-19 positive cases. Of the total 53 deaths in India, 15 have been linked to the gathering. In Delhi, the number of positive cases almost doubled on Thursday, fuelled largely by those evacuated from Markaz Nizamuddin on Tuesday and Wednesday testing positive.

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