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The total number of positive cases in India Saturday rose to 3,072 including 75 deaths and 212 people who have been treated and discharged so far.

By: Express Web Desk | Bengaluru, Chennai, Kochi, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune |
Updated: April 5, 2020 10:59:31 am
The total number of positive cases in India Saturday rose to 3,072 including 75 deaths and 212 people who have been treated and discharged so far.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday spoke with US President Donald Trump and he said both countries “agreed to deploy the full strength of India-US partnership to fight COVID-19 pandemic”. In a tweet, PM Modi said, “Had an extensive telephone conversation with President @realDonaldTrump. We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19.” He also spoke with his counterparts from Spain and Brazil and discussed the impact of the pandemic.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with floor leaders of various political parties via a video link on April 8 at 11 am, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

Earlier today, the health ministry said there are 1,023 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country and they are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat meeting, which means 30 per cent of the cases are linked to one thing they couldn’t control.

The total number of positive cases in India Saturday rose to 3,113 including 75 deaths and 212 people who have been treated and discharged so far. While Maharashtra has reported 47 new cases, 25 new infections emerged from Agra on Saturday. There has been a spike of 355 cases in the country in the last 12 hours.

Globally, 58,871 people have died of the virus. The number of active cases is about to touch 11 lakh with 1,098,848 cases reported as of Saturday morning, according to John Hopkins. The US has reported the worst 24-hour death toll since the pandemic started, with nearly 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday. The country has 277,828 active cases. Italy, meanwhile, has reported the maximum number of deaths at 14,681 followed by Spain (11,198), France (6,507), United Kingdom (3,605), Iran (3,294) and China (3,203).

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02:34 (IST)05 Apr 2020
107 new cases with Tablighi link, 2 deaths in Tamil Nadu

On Saturday, states across the country reported 107 new COVID-19 cases and two deaths linked to the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation, held in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

The state recorded two deaths and 73 new COVID-19 cases linked to the religious congregation in Delhi. Of the two deaths of COVID-19 patients reported in the state, a 51-year-old man died in Villupuram medical college on Saturday morning. The state health department said that the husband and the son of the 53-year-old woman who died in Madurai were also part of the team that travelled to Delhi for the congregation. In the state, 422 of the total 485 cases tested positive are directly linked to the congregation. Read full story

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02:09 (IST)05 Apr 2020
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01:49 (IST)05 Apr 2020
US President Donald Trump addresses media

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01:46 (IST)05 Apr 2020
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00:44 (IST)05 Apr 2020
Dont’ consume or spit tobacco products: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) appealed to the people on Saturday not to consume and spit smokeless tobacco in public places.

The apex health research body said chewing smokeless tobacco products (gutka, pan masala with tobacco, pan and other chewing tobacco products) and areca nut (supari) increases the production of saliva, followed by a very strong urge to spit.  READ MORE

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23:50 (IST)04 Apr 2020
Manipur: Preliminary test result of the first Covid-19 patient negative

In a significant development, the first screening test for Covid-19 conducted on the 23-year-old girl from Manipur, the first case of the state, came negative on Saturday. Dr Th. Bhimo, JNIMS director, however, said that the Covid-19 status of the patient will be declared negative after the result of a second test, which is to be conducted on Monday.

“To declare a Covid-19 patient is free from the virus two screening tests is required which is to be conducted after a gap of 24 hours”, said Dr Th. Bhimo. The JNIMS director is confident that the second result of the patient will be negative citing her improving health.

“The condition of the patient has improved a lot. She no longer has fever for the last five days. And her appetite is also improving. These are good signs”, said the JNIMS Director.

He informed that the authority will start their planning to discharge the patient if the second test came out negative. “The patient will be discharge only after she is fully recovered not only physically but also mentally”, he added.

The department also informed that all the 37 high risk co-passengers of the patient are completing 14 days of facility quarantine and they are being transferred to Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) for mandatory testing on Saturday.

23:49 (IST)04 Apr 2020
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23:22 (IST)04 Apr 2020
Total number of cases rises to 3,113: ICMR

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22:53 (IST)04 Apr 2020
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday addressed the nation and thanked the people for cooperating with the 21-day lockdown. In a new appeal to the countrymen, the prime minister 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. India has enetered into the 11th day of lockdown today.

Many states have seen a sharp spike in cases in the last few days, fuelled by those who attended the gathering and their contacts. Tamil Nadu, for instance, reported 102 new cases on Friday, of which 100 were linked to the Delhi meet.

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Telangana reported 75 new cases, all linked to the Tablighi Jamaat gathering. In Uttar Pradesh, 40 of the 48 new cases reported in the last 24 hours were traced to the congregation. The states from which cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation have been reported so far are: Delhi, Andaman and Nicobar, Assam, Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

The last doubling of positive cases, from 606 to 1,251, took five days (March 26-March 31). The epidemic doubling time is an estimate of the speed of spread of a disease and the success of containment measures. In South Korea, it took 31 days to double; US took 6 days; and Italy took 12 days.

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Meanwhile, a Group of Ministers headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Friday carried out a detailed review of the overall healthcare system and the situation arising out of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, including the supply of essential commodities.

Also, during a meeting of one of the 11 empowered group of officers tasked with different aspects of coordinating response to the coronavirus pandemic, it has emerged that between 20,000 and 30,000 ventilators may be lying dysfunctional across the country – in both public and private sector hospitals — either for want of parts or servicing.

According to sources, the issue figured during a meeting of the empowered group of officers on Wednesday chaired by the NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. A dozen senior representatives of industry chamber Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) were among those who attended the meeting.

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