Coronavirus April 11 Highlights: Telangana, Karnataka extend lockdown till april 30
Coronavirus: A day after recording the highest single-day spike in the novel coronavirus cases, the number of cases climbed to 7,529 on Saturday while the death toll stood at 242, according to the latest update by the Union Health Ministry.
Locals in areas like Narkeldanga and Belgachia in Kolkata are using guard rails and rickshaw vans to block entry and exit lanes into neighborhoods. (Express photo: Partha Paul)
Coronavirus Updates: Soon after a video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, four states — Telangana, Karnataka, West Bengal and Maharashtra, announced extension of lockdown till April 30 to contain the spread ofCOVID-19. On Friday, Punjab and Odisha too had declared their decision to continue with the restrictions.
Following the meeting between PM Modi and chief ministers via video conferencing, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter, saying that the “PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown”. However, there has not been any official confirmation from the government on this yet. As per government sources, most states have requested the Prime Minister to extend the lockdown beyond April 14 for two more weeks. “The central government is considering this request,” government sources said.
According the latest update by the Union Health Ministry, 1,035 cases and 40 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. A day after recording the highest single-day spike in the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, the number of cases climbed to 7,529 on Saturday while the death toll stood at 242. As many as 642 persons have recovered from the disease as of yet. Maharashtra continues to remain the worst-affected state and is followed by Tamil Nadu and Delhi. (Click here to read state-wise coronavirus data)
Globally, more than 100,000 people have died from the disease, with nearly 70 per cent of fatalities in Europe, according to data by John Hopkins. The United States overtook Italy on Saturday to become the country with the largest death toll in the coronavirus pandemic.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker India News Updates: Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal and Maharashtra extend lockdown till April 30; India cases jump to 7,529.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Live Updates: India on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.
Seventeen days into the 21-day lockdown, India on Friday recorded the highest single-day spike in novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, with 896 new cases and 37 deaths. Punjab was among the early states to impose a lockdown, on March 22, two days before the central government imposed restrictions nationwide to contain the outbreak.
Exposing lack of coordination within the government, the Health Ministry has rejected a statement made by the Ministry of External Affairs, which had quoted a study by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to say that India would have had up to 8.2 lakh COVID-19 positive cases by April 15 had it not been for the 21-day nationwide lockdown. The Health Ministry on Friday said there was no such ICMR study.
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The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has written to 13 medical “institutions of eminence” across the country to act as “mentors” in the process of increasing testing for COVID-19 in states.
In a letter to directors of these institutions, ICMR director-general Dr Balram Bhargava stated that the move has been made after directions from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare “to increase capacity for COVID-19 testing in all government and private medical colleges of the country”.
On a day the capital recorded 183 new COVID-19 cases — the highest single-day jump so far — the Delhi government declared East Delhi’s Dilshad Garden “coronavirus-free”, saying no new cases have been reported in the area for the past 10 days.
Dilshad Garden had been identified as one of 10 hotspots in the country last month. This was after a 38-year-old woman, who had returned to Delhi from Saudi Arabia, tested positive for COVID-19 and was eventually linked to several others, including a mohalla clinic doctor, testing positive.
US, Brazil on first list of 13 countries to get India HCQ
The government has cleared a list of 13 countries, including the US and Brazil, that will be among the first to receive hydroxychloroquine, the drug that has garnered global interest in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. A senior official from the Ministry of External Affairs said Friday that the government had to “rationalise” exports of the drug, which has been in high demand globally, and has approved the first list of 13 countries on a “first come first serve” basis.
Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump said on Friday that if China is considered a developing country, make the United States too a developing one. He also alleged that Beijing has taken advantage of his country. “China has been unbelievably taken advantage of us and other countries. You know, for instance, they are considered a developing nation. I said well then make us a developing nation too,? Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference on coronavirus.
In other news, France reported 43 cases of heart incidents linked to treating coronavirus patients with hydroxychloroquine, the malaria drug President Donald Trump has repeatedly touted as a potential “game changer.”
Apple and Google on Friday announced a partnership in which the two tech giants will help governments and health agencies track the spread of the coronavirus using Bluetooth technology. Both companies are launching a tracing tool for iOS and Android through which it would be easier to notify people via smartphone if they come into contact with someone with the Covid-19.
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The two companies will launch an API (or developer tool) in May that will “enable interoperability between Android and iOS devices using apps from public health authorities.” The apps are set to be made available via the iTunes App Store and the Google Play Store. Such collaboration between the two tech giants, both running their own competing smartphones and operating systems, is unprecedented in more ways than one.
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