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Coronavirus: Global cases cross a million; World Bank approves $1b funding to India

Globally, confirmed coronavirus cases approached one million on Thursday. Since emerging in China in December, COVID-19 has infected more than 940,000 people -- including at least 500,000 in Europe -- and claimed more than 47,000 lives.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 3, 2020 7:33:15 am
Coronavirus: An undertaker prepares a grave during a burial in Spain. (AP Photo)

Confirmed coronavirus cases across the world crossed one million. Since emerging in China in December, COVID-19 has infected more than 1,000,000 people — including at least 500,000 in Europe — and claimed more than 51,485 lives, according to John Hopkins tracker. Spain said on Thursday it had suffered a record 950 deaths in 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities to 10,003.

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Meanwhile, 328 coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in India, taking the overall infections to 2069, whereas the toll stood at 53. The Home Ministry directed states and Union Territories to book under relevant provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act, 2005 people who violate lockdown rules or make false claims.

With the Tablighi Jamaat’s Markaz in Nizamuddin West in Delhi emerging as a hotspot of coronavirus, the Home Ministry has cancelled the visas of 960 Tablighi Jamaat foreigners and blacklisted them. Earlier, an MHA official said about 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members and their primary contacts have been quarantined till now in the country.

In his meeting with chief ministers of various states on Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in the next few weeks testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain the focus areas. “Imperative to work on a war footing, identify COVID-19 hotspots, encircle them, ensure the virus doesn’t spread,” PM Modi further said. Later in the day, PM Modi tweeted that he would share a video message with fellow Indians tomorrow at 9 am.

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Coronavirus: Death toll rises to 53 in India; PM Narendra Modi chairs video call with chief ministers; states rush to quarantine people who attended the Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat congregation; Sonia Gandhi targets govt over chaos in migrants' lives.

03:07 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Amid spike in Noida cases, CMO of Gautam Budh Nagar is replaced

Two days after the Gautam Budh Nagar district magistrate was shunted out after a meeting with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the Chief Medical Officer of the district has also been replaced. An order to this effect was passed Wednesday night.

CMO Dr Anurag Bhargava reported to CEO Greater Noida Authority Narendra Bhushan, who is also the government-appointed nodal officer for handling the coronavirus outbreak in the district. As per the order issued by Home Department, Dr AP Chaturvedi, Joint Director in Directorate of Health and Family Welfare, was appointed CMO and took charge Thursday. Read more

03:04 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Staff at Ghaziabad hospital allege misbehaviour by patients, probe on

A probe has been set up against six patients in quarantine at the Ghaziabad district hospital’s isolation ward for alleged misbehaviour with medical staff.

The six men had earlier attended a congregation at the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi last month. After they were traced back to Uttar Pradesh, following several cases of coronavirus that were linked to the gathering, they were sent to the government quarantine facility. Read more

02:49 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Senior resident doctor at AIIMS, his pregnant wife test COVID-19 positive

A senior resident doctor working in the department of physiology at AIIMS and his nine-month pregnant wife tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. The AIIMS administration said it is set to carry out the delivery if she continues to stay at the hospital.

She is the first pregnant woman in Delhi to test positive for coronavirus. The country’s top medical institute has already prepared a protocol on how to deal with pregnant women diagnosed with the virus. A 38-page document prepared by the medical institute has one page dedicated to the care of pregnant patients. Read more

02:30 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Delhi: Officers deployed to keep eye on Markaz but gathering took place under police nose

A day before all international flight operations were suspended at IGI Airport, the SHO of Hazrat Nizamuddin police station had on March 21 approached the management committee of the Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid, headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat, and asked them to send all foreign pilgrims to their respective countries, and those from outside Delhi to their states. Senior police officers said this did not happen — indicating a lack of cooperation from Markaz members and a failure of the local police.

Police sources also told The Indian Express that personnel from the Southeast district lines and staff from the local police station have been stationed outside the Markaz for the last five years, but none of them red flagged the huge gathering in March, even as both the Centre and Delhi government kept emphasising on the need for social distancing. The Markaz and the police station are less than 50 metres apart. Read more

02:21 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Firemen, drones in action as Nizamuddin is sanitised

For over five hours, 16 fire-fighters used four pipes attached to two fire-tenders to sanitise the six-storey Nizamuddin Markaz, and the area around it, with the help of an MCD official who guided them from lane to lane Thursday.

Apart from this, the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) deployed a drone to spray a disinfectant over the locality including the Markaz, and a team of four public health field workers with power sprayers also sanitised the Markaz. Read more

02:04 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Chandigarh UT to track location of all quarantined people in city

THE CHANDIGARH Administration will be tracking the location of all quarantined people. Adviser Manoj Parida said that telecom operators have been told to check mobile locations of all those who have been quarantined in Chandigarh. As many as 1,317 people have been quarantined in the city. This has been done to ensure that the quarantined people do not move anywhere from their houses. The Adviser said that action would be taken if location is not found at the specified address.

01:33 (IST)03 Apr 2020
World Bank approves $1b emergency financing for India

The World Bank has approved USD 1 billion emergency financing for India in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic: PTI

01:21 (IST)03 Apr 2020
Total coronavirus cases cross 1,000,000 globally

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus reached 1,002,159, according to the Johns Hopkins tally. 51, 485 have died so far, with most deaths recorded from Italy at 13,915. 

01:18 (IST)03 Apr 2020
FIR filed against Tableeghi Jamaat members

An FIR has been filed against the Tabhleegi Jamaat members under sections that deal with harassing women, obscenity, provoking violence and actions that can spread disease.

00:52 (IST)03 Apr 2020
J&K admin order release of prisoners on 'special parole'

The J&K administration on Thursday ordered release on “special parole” to prisoners meeting conditions of case and duration, laid out by the authorities, for eight weeks, in the wake of the coronavirus crisis and the national lockdown currently underway.

The grant of special parole, to prisoners across the Union Territory, will be extendable up to another eight weeks, “if the lockdown by the government continues.” The parole will be granted to prisoners who have been convicted in one case only and have spent more than ten years in jail. For women, the time period is reduced to eight years. However, exceptions to this will be those booked in militancy related cases, those convicted for intermediate or large scare recovery of narcotics, those convicted under the POCSO Act or convicted for an offence against women or convicted for offence of acid attack or foreign nationals.

00:28 (IST)03 Apr 2020
UN Human Rights chief calls on govt to act on migrant labourers’ exodus

Taking note of the mass movement of India’s migrant labourers amid a nationwide lockdown, the United Nations Human Rights chief Thursday urged the government to ensure measures to contain the novel coronavirus do not “exacerbate existing inequalities and vulnerabilities.”

00:11 (IST)03 Apr 2020
3 test positive in Uttarakhand, had attended jamaat in UP

Three persons in Udham Singh Nagar district of Uttarakhand tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, thus taking the total number of cases in the state to 10. According to the police, those three are among 13 who had attended a jamaat in Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh recently and were caught while entering Uttarakhand by walking along a railway track and were arrested for violating the lockdown. While, they were put in quarantine on Wednesday, the cases were confirmed only today and the three would be shifted to a hospital tomorrow. The group's travel history is being probed.

23:50 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Maharashtra records one more death; toll at 21

A 68-year-old Palghar resident has died due coronavirus today, thus taking the death toll in the state to 21. The person was suffering from ischemic heart disease.

23:31 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Asia's largest slum, Dharavi, in Mumbai records another positive case

One more person, a doctor who is a Dharavi resident, tests positive for coronavirus. He has had no travel history and is a general practitioner at a Mumbai Central private hospital. The doctor called BMC and informed he could be infected as he had come in contact with a few patients and his building has been quarantined and all high risk contacts are being traced. He has been admitted to Raheja hospital for treatment.

23:17 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Meanwhile, Telangana launches a website to check spread of fake news

The Telangana government today launched a dedicated website called www.factcheck.telangana.gov.in to check the spread of fake news and rumours related to coronavirus under the Disaster Management Act 2005. In a media briefing, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had warned offenders of stern action if they would spread misinformation. ITE&C department secretary Jayesh Rajan said: "Notwithstanding the penal provisions, it goes without saying that creating awareness on the adverse effects of spreading fake news/misinformation along with providing the authentic sources of information and a platform that verifies the informatio for authenticity will help address the issue."

22:50 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Five test positive in Gurgaon today, total in district at 15
22:21 (IST)02 Apr 2020
WATCH | This is how areas in Nizamuddin are being sanitised with the help of drones to contain COVID-19

Meanwhile, here's a short video of how parts of Nizamuddin, which are hotposts, are being sanitised with the help of drones.

22:10 (IST)02 Apr 2020
PM Modi thanked Prince Charles for his keen interest in Ayurveda

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked Prince Charles for the keen interest he has always taken in Ayurveda. Britain’s Prince Charles, who has recovered after testing positive for coronavirus, praised the country’s healthcare workers on Wednesday and said it was a strange and distressing time for the nation.


21:52 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha MP Shripad Naik claimed Prince Charles recovered from COVID-19 with help of Ayurveda

Lok Sabha MP Shripad Naik today told a press briefing that Prince Charles, the second in line to the British crown, had been cured of coronavirus with the help of Ayurvedic medicine, adding that this recovery only 'validates our age old system since thousand of years'. Naik, who is also Union Minister of State for AYUSH , said he can confidently say so, since he got a call from a doctor who runs a Ayurveda resort in Bengaluru. “I received a phone call from Dr. Isaac Mathai, who runs the Soukya ayurveda resort in Bengaluru. He tells me that his treatment of Prince Charles through Ayurveda and Homeopathy has been successful. This is just one example of how the system can work,” Naik said.

Naik, a Goan native took the opportunity to address the media on the 'measures taken by government' and also to applaud India for being the 'first country to have been able to control the spread of the virus' and ensure low numbers of positive cases.

21:49 (IST)02 Apr 2020
Prince Charles appreciates members of Indian diaspora in UK who are playing important tole in containing COVID-19

On his part, Prince Charles appreciated the members of Indian diaspora in the UK, including many members of the National Health Service, who were playing a seminal role in combatting the pandemic, said the Indian government.

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The Centre is considering changing its policy on care of patients with novel coronavirus by limiting hospitalisation to only those who are in need. So far, states have ensures all positive patients were hospitalised. However, as the numbers rise across the country, discussions are being help about sending the milder cases to home quarantine and monitoring them over the phone, highly places sources in the government told The Indian Express.

While there are no definite protocols for hospitalisation of a symptomatic patient (fever, cough, and shortness of breath), the guidelines are clear on two aspects: the final decision to admit a patient is the discretion of the treating physician; and till the time laboratory results are received, the suspected patient has to be kept in isolation at a health facility and given symptomatic treatment.

In other news, the conversation between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers today come after several CMs wrote letters to the Prime Minister asking that the Centre clear their pending dues. "In the last meeting, while all CMs were present, only eight were invited to speak. The time around, several CMs would want to tell the Prime Minister about the acute economic distress in their respective states, a senior state government official told The Indian Express.

Security tightened as Worli Koliwada and Adarsh Nagar, Prabhadevi remains sealed. (Express photo by Nirmal Harindran)

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Some state chief ministers have already noted that the announcement of a 21-day lockdown was made without taking them into confidence. With the responsibility of providing relief for migrant workers lying squarely on the shoulders of states, inadequate financial support is only widening the trust deficit with the Centre, some of the officials said.

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