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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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 12, 2020 11:20:00 am
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.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker India News Updates: Karnataka, Telangana, West Bengal and Maharashtra extend lockdown till April 30; India cases jump to 7,529.

00:35 (IST)12 Apr 2020
'New hope': Queen reassures nation in first Easter message

The Queen has sought to reassure the nation that “coronavirus will not overcome us” in her first Easter audio message.The monarch, who is supreme governor of the Church of England, acknowledged this Easter would be different but said “by keeping apart we keep others safe”.

00:09 (IST)12 Apr 2020
US toll highest in the world

The United States overtook Italy on Saturday to become the country with the largest death toll in the coronavirus pandemic, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University. The outbreak has now claimed the lives of at least 18,860, people in the US, which also leads the world in the number of confirmed infections with 503,594, by the Baltimore-based school's count. (AFP)

23:30 (IST)11 Apr 2020
J&K: LG briefs PM Modi on COVID-19 preparedness

Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu on Saturday briefed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, about the measures undertaken by the UT Administration for management and containment of COVID-19 pandemic in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Prime Minister was interacting with Chief Ministers and heads of all States/UTs through video conferencing to review the efforts of the States/UTs to combat COVID-19.

The Lt Governor provided feedback to the PM about the COVID positive cases in J&K and steps taken by the UT Administration to maintain social distancing, ramp up healthcare infrastructure, mitigate difficulties of migrants and maintain supply of essentials. Informing PM that there have been four deaths and 224 positive cases in the UT, he said that 98 per cent of these cases have travel history or contacts of the positive patients.

In J&K, 5 districts are affected with coronavirus and 77 areas have been declared as Red Zones, he maintained.

23:04 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Delhi declares 33 COVID containment zones


The Delhi Government on Saturday declared areas around H.No-A 176, Deoli Extension, A-30 Mansarovar Garden and Street nos. 1 to 10, C block, Jahangirpuri as 'containment zones' after COVID19 patients were diagnosed. Total number of containment zones in Delhi is now 33. Office of Sub-divisional Magistrate, Saket, Delhi Govt clarified that the entire affected area around H. NoA- 176, Deoli Extension, is declared as 'containment area' after COVID19 positive cases were found.

22:59 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Red, orange, green zones may come up during extended lockdown

The Centre is likely to categorise the country into red, orange and green zones depending on the number of COVID-19 cases during the proposed extended period of lockdown and might allow limited services to function in the safe zones. Officials privy to the discussions during the four-hour-long conference with chief ministers, convened by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, said that schools and colleges would remain shut but some small scale industries and liquor shops may be allowed to function. There was near unanimity in extending the ongoing 21-day lockdown, which is till April 30, and the central government is likely to categorise the country into three zones -- red, orange and green -- depending on the number of COVID-19 cases, an official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told PTI.

22:33 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Telangana extends lockdown till April 30

Telangana Chief Minister K Chnadrashekhar Rao extended lockdown in his state til April 30, soon after the conclusion of the video conference between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state chief minister. With this, a total of six states including West Bengal, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Odisha and Punjab have made it to the list of governments announsing extension of the current lockdown to conatin the spread of coronavirus.

22:20 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Karnataka extends lockdown till April 30; Deve Gowda donates Rs 3 lakh towards fighting COVID-19

Karnataka on Saturday announced the extension of the lockdown till April 30 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. After a four-hour-long video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said that the lockdown in the state will continue till April 30 but relaxations will be allowed in a graded manner. Meanwhile, former Prime Minister and JD(S) supremo H D Deve Gowda on Saturday contributed Rs 1 lakh each to PM CARES Fund, Karnataka and Kerala Chief Minister’s relief funds from his pension, towards fighting COVID-19. Read the full story here

22:11 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Mamata extends lockdown in Bengal till April 30

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Saturday announced extension of the lockdown till April 30, soon after a video-conference Prime Minister Narendra Modi had with CMs of different states where a broad consensus emerged about expanding the duration of the shutdown amid spurting COVID-19 cases. (PTI)

20:55 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Gujarat: Maulvi tests positive after attending funeral Tablighi member during lockdown

Gujarat's Bharuch records its 8th COVID-19 case. A Maulvi from Parkhet village in Bharuch taluka tests positive. He, along with 13 others, had attended the funeral of a Tablighi member in Bhavnagar during lockdown, District Collector M Modhiya told The Indian Express.

20:51 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Vadodara: NHRSCL hands over training institute hostel to turn into isolation centre

National High Speed Rail Corporation (NHRSCL) handed over the hostel building of High Speed Rail Training Institute with 77 furnished rooms in Vadodara to the VMC to be used as back up for COVID-19 isolation as more sampling from cluster containment zones underway.

20:34 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Locals in Kolkata neighbourhoods use guard rails, rickshaw vans to block entry, exit lanes

Locals in areas like Narkeldanga and Belgachia are using guard rails and rickshaw vans to block entry and exit lanes into neighborhoods. (Express photo: Partha Paul)

20:07 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Goa: Of seven COVID-19 cases, two continue to be active cases

Of seven Covid-19 positive cases in Goa, one has recovered, while four were tested again and have come negative. Two continue to be active cases.

20:01 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Jammu: Woman tests positive for coronavirus day after delivering child

In a first such case, a 28-year-old woman from Akhnoor was tested positive on Saturday, a day after she had delivered a baby at UT government run SMGS Hospital. A senior doctor said that the woman was asymptomatic. Both the mother and child were healthy, but they have been kept in isolation in view of former’s testing positive, he added. He said that there was nothing to panic as doctors at the SMGS Hospital have been wearing personal protective kits while doing surgeries in operation theatres. As a precautionary measure, the operation theatre and the ward she was kept have been sanitised, he added.

However, the incident has sound alarm bells as SMGS hospital is the main hospital dealing with paediatric and gynae cases in Jammu province. The hospital is always crowed with patients and that is the cause of concern, attendant of a patient there said.(Express report by Arun Sharma from Jammu)

19:37 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Tamil Nadu: 58 new cases reported, total now 969; 17 districts marked as risk areas

In Tamil Nadu, 17 districts have been marked as high risk areas (Red zone). 58 new cases have been reported on Saturday taking the total to 969. Here is district-wise details of COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu.

19:31 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Delhi: Two SHOs suspended for failing to implement social distancing at vegetable markets in their areas

Two SHOs have been suspended after the Commissioner of Police, Delhi, found that they could not implement social distancing norms at vegetable markets in their areas. All SHOs have been asked to focus on markets, ATMs, slum clusters, and ration shops to prevent any gathering.

19:26 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Manipur CM raises with PM issue of discrimination faced by northeast people amid COVID-19 outbreak

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Saturday has reportedly raised the issue of racial discrimination facing by the people of the Northeast across the country amid the COVID-19 outbreak, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's video conference with chief ministers of all the states. A statement issued by the Chief Minister’s secretariat said N Biren Singh took to the notice of the Prime Minister and the chief ministers that around 30,000 people from Manipur alone are stranded in different parts of the country due to the current lockdown and that many people from the region are facing different types of harassment.

Stating that the names of Manipuri students and people with the addresses of places they are putting up are being forwarded to the states concerned, N Biren requested the respective chief ministers to look after them.

19:21 (IST)11 Apr 2020
In Nagaland, govt offices to start functioning from April 13

The Nagaland Civil Secretariat and Directorates in Kohima and Dimapur and all Government offices in the districts shall resume functioning, with skeletal staff from Monday, April 13, confirmed Temjen Toy Chief Secretary, Nagaland.

He directed concerned heads of offices to work out a roster system for attendance. Those not attending office on a particular day will have to be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times. The order also added that “adequate arrangements are to be made for ensuring adherence to all social/physical distancing and necessary health safety measures in the offices.” The state has not reported a positive COVID-19 case yet.

19:14 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Curve of active cases in Kerala going down

An important graph of Kerala from the Covid-19 tracker site, showing the curve of active cases, not just flattening, but going down over the last few days. However, the spectre of the virus hasn't vanished yet. Kasaragod, with 136 patients, remains a concern.

19:06 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Haryana to be divided in 3 zones, relaxation in least coronavirus-affected areas: CM Manhar Lal Khattar

Haryana is going to ease restrictions, at least in some districts, in the coming days, as the Centre is considering extending the lockdown beyond April 14 for the next two weeks. The state shall be divided in three categories and the districts with negligible number of coronavirus cases will have maximum relaxations, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar announced on Saturday after participating in a video conference call with prime minister Narendra Modi.

Khattar, however, added that restrictions on movement of people shall continue to remain in force. “Prime minister has said that it is difficult to stop economic activities of any states. He has given indications that we shall enforce this lockdown in phased manner,” Khattar said. Read more

19:00 (IST)11 Apr 2020
Will wait for PM Modi's decision on extension of lockdown: Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said he will wait for Primw Minister's decision on lockdown extension. Addressing the media after meeting with PM, Vijayan said that some districts may go for relaxation measures, however, lockdown will continue in hotspots like Kasaragod.

coronavirus, coronavirus outbreak, coronavirus in punajb, coronavirus cases in punjab, punjab coronavirus hotspot, indian express news 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.

Over 8 lakh case count if no lockdown, MEA cites ICMR; Health says no such report

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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ICMR asks 13 institutions to help increase coronavirus testing

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”.

Bright spot on day of record jump in Delhi: A hotspot is ‘virus-free’

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.

If China a developing country, make US too one: Trump

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.”

Unprecedented: Apple, Google team up on Covid-19 contact tracing

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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