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Coronavirus Highlights: Cases in India rise to 8,447; death toll at 274

Coronavirus Highlights: Globally, the number of infections has risen to above 1.77 million, while nearly 1.08 lakh people have died. In India, there are 8,447 cases, with 274 deaths.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: April 13, 2020 10:27:54 am
An artist paints a wall at Dharavi Labour Camp with a message How to fight against corona. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

Coronavirus (COVID-19) highlights: Coronavirus cases in India rose to 8,447 Sunday, with 909 infections and 34 deaths reported in the last 24 hours. The toll now stands at 274, while 764 people have recovered. In the daily briefing of the Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, said 1,86,906 samples have been tested so far, of which 4.3 per cent were positive. “In last five days, on average 15,747 samples were tested per day and 584 of those were found positive per day,” he said. Agarwal also said 20 per cent of the 8346 positive cases required ICU support.

India is, meanwhile, gearing up for two more weeks of lockdown, with at least six states–Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana– already announcing the extension till April 30 in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. A broad consensus that the national lockdown should be extended by at least two weeks till April-end emerged Saturday after an almost four-hour meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and state Chief Ministers.  (Click here to read state-wise coronavirus data)

With over 20,000 casualties, the United States has now overtaken Italy to have the highest death toll from coronavirus in the world. Public health experts have warned that the U.S. death toll could spike to 2,00,000 over the summer if unprecedented stay-at-home orders that have closed businesses and kept most Americans indoors are lifted after 30 days. Italy has the second most reported deaths at 19,468 and Spain is in third place with 16,353. Globally, the number of infections has risen to above 1.77 million, while nearly 1.08 lakh people have died

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00:53 (IST)13 Apr 2020
Andhra govt refers 32,349 people for examination, to give masks to all in state

The Andhra Pradesh government has referred 32,349 people suffering from various health conditions for medical examination, including testing for COVID-19. 
These people were identified during the third survey of about 1.43 crore families in the state by health workers, Asha workers, Auxiliary Nurses and Midwives and village and ward volunteers. 
Doctors who examined these 32,349 people suggested that 9,107 of them should be sent for tests. However, during a review meeting headed by Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday, it was decided to test all of them. 
Many of these people are suffering from cold or cough or fever and have diabetes or hypertension or both. Many of them are senior citizens. "As a precautionary measure, we have decided to test all the 32,349 people who have some health condition or the other. Doctors who examined them identified only 9,107 for testing but we decided to test all of them as we don't want to leave anything to chance,'' Health Minister A K Krishna Srinivas said.

23:43 (IST)12 Apr 2020
MP: Shivraj says lockdown to continue after April 14, ‘in a different form’

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan Sunday said lockdown will continue in the state after April 14, but in a different form.

The CM said procurement, rural employment guarantee scheme works and small economic activities will be allowed in districts not affected by the coronavirus outbreak, adding the state’s economy had suffered badly.

A high-level committee has been formed to suggest ways to improve the state’s economy after the coronavirus crisis is behind, he said.

Procurement of rabi crop like wheat will begin on April 15 by following strict social distancing norms.

23:25 (IST)12 Apr 2020
14 villages in UP's Badaun sealed after man tests COVID-19 positive: DM

A man who had attended a religious congregation in Delhi last month tested COVID-19 positive in Bhavanipur Khali area in Badaun district of Uttar Pradesh, following which 14 adjoining villages were sealed, officials said on Sunday.

The man is from Andhra Pradesh and he was staying in a mosque here, District Magistrate Kumar Prashant said on Sunday.

"After the man tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, the district administration sealed 14 villages in the radius of three kilometres from this village. He had attended the Tabligi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizamuddin," he said.

Prashant said the limits of the village have also been sealed, and zonal and sector magistrates deployed in the area. Essential items are being provided in the village and tests of suspected cases are being carried out, he added. PTI

23:13 (IST)12 Apr 2020
15 new cases in Mumbnai's Dharavi, tally 43

Dharavi on Sunday recorded 15 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally to 43 in 12 days since the first case was reported from the area on April 1. Of the 15, nine persons were already in quarantine at a BMC facility, as they were high-risk contacts of patients found in three slum pockets of Dharavi. While four other cases were reported from a new slum pocket, which had not seen any COVID-19 case earlier, two persons have tested posotive from a housing society in the area.

The 15 new patients – 13 men and two men – are between 18 and 66 years of age. With the new cases, there are now 13 containment zones in Dharavi.

22:14 (IST)12 Apr 2020
COVID-19 India Tracker: How to check state-wise and district-wise cases

Even as India reported 909 infections and 34 deaths in a span of 24 hours, the total number of confirmed positive cases rose to 8,447 and the death toll stands at 274 as of Sunday. In the daily briefing, an ICMR official denied availability of any vaccine yet, however, India was developing nearly 40 vaccines, he added. The health ministry official citing data, added the government is over-prepared for an emergency situation, if necessary. Meanwhile, Tamil Nadu, today, became the third state to cross the 1000-mark of total positive coronavirus cases reported after Maharashtra and Delhi. Read more here

21:58 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Bengaluru techie’s quarantine dance goes viral, netizens make a song and dance of it

Being stuck at home due to the coronavirus lockdown, people around the world are bringing up novel and creative challenges to keep themselves entertained. Recently, the “quarantine dance” challenge has become a hit. Taking it a notch higher, a young man decided to do some quirky editing to his dance video by adding hilarious cut-outs of himself. Now, the eccentric video is breaking the internet. Aadhithya Kota Badrinath, a 24-year-old engineering designer based in Bengaluru, came up with the idea while being stuck at his home during the lockdown. What made his video stand out from the rest was the special effects he added to it — from cutouts of his face to his belly and synchronising it to his dance video as the song ‘Buttercup’ by Jack Stauber played in the background.

21:44 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Assam and Meghalaya allow liquor shops to open from Monday

Governments of Assam and Meghalaya allowed the opening of liquor shops from Monday, subject to conditions of timing, social distancing and cleanliness, authorities said. A letter from SK Medhi, additional commissioner of excise, Assam, to all the deputy commissioners of the state said that the state government has approved the opening of “IMFL 'off'/ CS ‘off’ shops, wholesale warehouses, bottling plants, distilleries and breweries” from Monday. The allowed time period is 10am to 5pm. These establishments will be responsible for ensuring social distancing, cough etiquette and other hygiene norms. They are asked to function with bare minimum staff and “strictly avoid over-crowding”. Similarly in Meghalaya, a letter written to DCs by the excise commissioner said that state government has approved the opening of wine shops and and bonded warehouses from Monday to April 17, with a daily time frame of 9am to 4pm. The order placed similar restrictions like that in Assam of social distancing and asked the establishments to function with minimum staff. Both the orders note that to avoid overcrowding, the shops may direct customers to nearby stores.

21:31 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Facing shortage of essentials, Kargil autonomous council urges for help from LG to help

Facing with “shortage” of essential commodities, the Ladakh Autonomous Hill Development Council (LAHDC), Kargil has shot a memorandum to Ladakh LG Radha Krishna Mathur making a slew of demands and warning of “law and order problems” if their issues are not resolved within a week.

While the country is under lockdown since March 24, the Kargil district is disconnected from the outside since November last year when the early snowfall closed the Srinagar-Kargil highway. Though the highway was thrown open on Friday, there is a restriction on the number of vehicles that could ply every day.

“We are disconnected since November and the essential items have run out. We can’t even find the pulses here, oil, sugar, flour is also not available. It is useless to think about the vegetables,” Chief Executive Councillor, LAHDC Kargil, Feroz Ahmed Khan told The Indian Express. “Though the road was opened yesterday, they (officials) are saying that only 10 trucks would be allowed to pass Zojilla tunnel every day. How would that suffice? On Saturday, the sent 18 fuel tankers when there was no need. There is no shortage of fuel but of eatables”. READ MORE

21:10 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Jammu: Amidst lockdown, pregnant woman delivers child inside police van

Amidst lockdown, a pregnant woman during wee hours of Sunday delivered a female child inside a police van while on her way to hospital. Around 2 am, police Control Room received a call from woman’s husband seeking help to carry his wife to hospital as no transport facility was available due to lockdown. Within five minutes, when a police party reached the couple in Channi Himmat area, the woman was already having labour pain. While being taken to SMGS Hospital, she delivered a female child in the van. After giving her first aid, both the mother and child were brought back home by the police. Identified as Sonia, wife of Raju of Uttar Pradesh, the couple already had two children. Raju, who was working as a labourer in Jammu, expressed gratitude to the police for immediately responding to his call. Jammu Kashmir Police, as part of its drive ``We Care’’ have already pressed into service its personnel to help people in distress during the lockdown. They are distributing ration, maintaining essential supplies including medicines and even taking people to hospitals, apart from their duties to enforce lockdown and carry out counter insurgency operations and other law and order duties on ground.

20:58 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Jaipur Police ‘threat’ to lockdown violators: Will put you in a room and play Masakali 2.0

Employing an out-of-the-box approach to curb lockdown violations in Rajasthan’s capital, the Jaipur Police has tweeted out a warning for violators — “If you are unnecessarily roaming outside we will put you in a room & play Masakali 2.0 on loop”. On Wednesday, Bhushan Kumar’s T-series launched the remix of the song, dubbed “Masakali 2.0”, by composer Tanishq Bagchi and sung by singers Tulsi Kumar and Sachet Tandon. Singer Mohit Chauhan, who sang the original version of the song for the movie Delhi 6, told news agency PTI that there was no point in the recreated version of “Masakali” to be named after the original, as it doesn’t even sound like the track he sang for the movie.

20:28 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Manipur’s first Covid-19 patient discharged from hospital

The 23-year-old girl from Imphal West who was first tested positive for Covid-19 has been discharged from the Isolation wards of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) on Sunday. The girl was discharged around 1.45 pm and returned home escorted by a team of officials from the state health department. She had spent 20 days in the Isolation ward. “Words cannot describe how grateful we are to the doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health workers of JNIMS who even risked their own lives and put relentlessly their efforts day and night to give our daughters a new life. It is because of their sheer professionalism, dedication and compassion that today we could smile. We thank them all from the core of our hearts. May God always be with them in their serving the humanity”, said the patient’s family in a letter. The 23-year-old had tested positive on March 24 after returning from UK making her the first Covid-19 patient in the Northeast. She was evacuated to JNIMS on March 23 following a fever. On April 6, the health department informed that she was tested negative for Coronavirus after conducted two consecutive Covid-19 screening tests. The decision to discharge the patient was taken after the family was counselled by a team of doctors led by the state surveillance officers.

20:24 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Vadodara reports third coronavirus death

Vadodara reported it's third death from COVID-19 Sunday. A 27-year-old patient from Nagarwada succumbed to the virus. He was also diagnosed with dengue and was admitted with COVID-19 symptoms three days ago

20:15 (IST)12 Apr 2020
New Delhi: Coronavirus clusters to be colour-coded red and orange, says Kejriwal

Coronavirus clusters in New Delhi will now be colour-coded red and orange based on the severity of the outbreak, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Sunday, announcing the Delhi government’s plan to carry out a sanitisation drive in those areas. Kejriwal said the government will notify more areas as containment zones in the next few days. At present, there are 33 such zones in Delhi, where stricter lockdown measures are in force, effectively making the rest of the city out of bounds for large chunks of the population. “Our experiment in Dilshad Garden, where we had sealed the area and carried out ‘Operation Shield’, has succeeded. We have identified many more areas to be notified as containment zones. I understand that residents of those areas are facing a lot of difficulties. But we don’t want a situation like US, where over 2,000 deaths were recorded in the past 24 hours,” Kejriwal said.

20:11 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Uruguayan woman argues with police when stopped for not wearing mask

As India continues to maintain a nation-wide lockdown till April 14 to contain the spread of coronavirus, a woman from Uruguay got into an argument with the Delhi police Saturday when she was stopped for violating curfew norms. The Uruguayan national, identified as Ana Valentina Obispo, was cycling in Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area when she was stopped by police personnel for not wearing a mask or gloves. When the police urged her to follow the coronavirus lockdown procedures, she got into an argument with them and said she hasn’t received any guidelines from her embassy and that she could show the mail.

19:59 (IST)12 Apr 2020
UK death toll tops 10,000 from coronavirus

Health officials say 657 more people in England have died from the new coronavirus, raising the total U.K. deaths over 10,000. The National Health Service figure does not include deaths in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. A figure for the whole U.K. will be released later. The 657 deaths come on top of the 9,875 deaths of people with COVID-19 in British hospitals announced Saturday. While the number of new cases and hospitalizations appears to have plateaued, deaths are still rising. Virus death tolls in Italy and Spain have been on a downward slope, and there are growing fears that the U.K. will end up being the country with the most virus deaths in Europe.

19:57 (IST)12 Apr 2020
From vaccines to bed capacity — key takeaways from Health Ministry briefing

Coronavirus cases in India Sunday crossed the 8,000-mark, with 909 infections and 34 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the Health Ministry said on Sunday in its daily briefing. The toll now stands at 274, while 716 people have recovered. Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said the government was expanding the COVID-19 testing capacity in state-run as well as private medical colleges. He also asserted that the government was “extra prepared” if there was an exponential rise in the number of coronavirus patients. Here are the highlights from the Health Ministry’s briefing

19:40 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Two in MP jail, booked under NSA for attacking cop, test COVID-19 positive

Two NSA detainees shifted to Satna jail from Indore have tested positive for coronavirus, sending jail authorities in panic mode. Though the two had been kept in separate cells, they came in contact not just with jail staff, but also some prisoners. ADG (jail) Gaziram Meena told The Indian Express that the two NSA detainees have been sent to hospital. He said the people they came in contact with are being traced and all will be quarantined and tested. There are about 2,500 prisoners in Satna jail.

19:28 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Lockdown Diary Day 19: Mumbai police’s SRK-inspired meme goes viral; Quarantine wards set up at Corbett to save wildlife and more

With as many as 909 positive cases and 34 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases on Sunday touched 8,447, as the country neared the end of the 21-day lockdown period which began on March 24. However, the Centre is considering the request of most states to extend the lockdown for another two weeks. West Bengal, Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, Telangana and Karnataka have already announced extension till April 30 in a bid to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus. Read more here

19:07 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Friends organise ‘virtual sangeet’ for couple who postponed wedding due to COVID-19 lockdown

The coronavirus pandemic and the subsequent lockdown imposed across the nation has sabotaged many wedding plans and businesses are also facing the brunt of the uncertainty. Among those who had to postpone their wedding was Delhi-based Gazal Bawa and Hemant Virmani. The duo were supposed to get married in Bhimtal on April 10. “The wedding was scheduled for April 10 in Bhimtal and then we decided to cancel it on March 19 seeing the COVID-19 situation,” Bawa told the While the couple was disheartened by the unexpected change of plans, their friends came up with a creative way to cheer them up.

19:05 (IST)12 Apr 2020
Explained: Can coronavirus damage the brain?

The full spectrum of the symptoms experienced by those infected with the SARS-CoV-2 is not fully known yet. Recently, research has pointed towards the neurological symptoms witnessed in COVID-19 patients. Now, in an investigation of hospitalised COVID-19 patients in Wuhan, researchers have recorded the neurological manifestations of the disease. Their findings were published in the journal JAMA Neurology on April 10. They conclude that neurological symptoms can be noticed in a “notable proportion” of the patients and are not uncommon.

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After Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a meeting with all the chief minsters to discuss exit strategies post the 21-day nation-wide coronavirus lockdown, there are indications that the lockdown might be extended beyond April 14. In a video conference with all the CMs, Modi said the coming 3-4 weeks are critical to determine the impact of steps taken till now to curb the coronavirus spread and urged state governments to ensure strict adherence to the lockdown.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi,mong the dozen-odd CMs who spoke, Bhupesh Baghel (Chhattisgarh), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala) and YSR Jagan Mohan Reddy (Andhra Pradesh) demanded they be given the freedom and authority to decide and allow economic activities, be it farming or industry.

These states have extended COVID-19 lockdown beyond April 14

Moments after the meeting concluded, few state leaders including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Telangana CM K Chandrasekhar Rao, Puducherry CM V Narayanasamy, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee said they were in favour of extending the lockdown by another two weeks and had suggested the same to the Prime Minister. Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Telangana, and Karnataka have announced the extension.

Mumbai Police gets vigilant after Dharavi became a hotspot after cases surged in the area. (Express photo)

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A source present at the meeting said, the areas where activities could be allowed may depend on population density (rural-urban), and the incidence of outbreak, without compromising on social distancing. Normal public may not be allowed to freely move around the way they could before the lockdown, the source said. Guidelines for this graded approach are likely to be spelt out by the Centre at the earliest. Further, the Prime Minister is learnt to have pitched for Aarogya Setu – an app to track and alert those who come physically close to Covid-19 cases, and referred to the possibility of it being an e-pass which could facilitate travel from one place to another.

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A source from a Hindi heartland state said a lot would depend on the progress over the next few weeks. “The Prime Minister was clear that there would be no inter-state opening of traffic, nor inter-district. He said that the same set of rules will apply to all states, and the priority at this point is to save lives,” the source said.

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