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Coronavirus April 15 Highlights: Death toll touch 392 as cases near 12000-mark

Coronavirus: With India entering the 22nd day of a nationwide lockdown, the Health Ministry in its daily briefing said that districts across the country have been divided into hotspots, non-hotspots, and green zone.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2020 11:36:27 am
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Coronavirus Updates: With India entering the 22nd day of a nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Health Ministry on Wednesday classified 170 districts as hotspots and 207 districts as non-hotspots. In a press briefing, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal said that states have been asked to classify districts which have reported a higher number of cases as hotspots, the districts where cases have been reported as non-hotspots, and green zones where no cases have been reported.

The death toll due to the virus, meanwhile, increased to 392 and the total number of infections neared the 12,000-mark, including 1,343 people who have recovered. Maharashtra continued to be the worst affected state with over 2,800 cases. Besides, the Ministry of Home Affairs issued revised guidelines for the extended lockdown, in which it gave relaxation to agriculture, e-commerce and select industrial activities from April 20. The government also granted exemptions to all health services, financial services, MNREGA works, public utilities, supply of goods and cargo services, saying strict action will be taken against those violating it. The lockdown was announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday for another 19 days till May 3.

Globally, the total number of novel coronavirus cases has neared 2 million at 1,982,552, including 1,26,577 deaths. (Click here to follow our coverage of Covid-19)

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker India Updates: Total infections in India crossed 11,000-mark today, death toll at 392; MHA issued guidelines for lockdown till May 3. Follow LIVE updates

01:14 (IST)16 Apr 2020
Delhi may not ease lockdown as much as other states

The capital will see firmer lockdown restrictions, especially in containment zones and adjoining areas, with the Delhi government laying thrust on Home Ministry’s permission to states to go for “stricter measures”, rather than immediately working on proposals to offer relaxations. During the day, a series of review meetings were held by Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, Divisional Commissioner Sanjeev Khirwar, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Satya Gopal with the city’s district magistrates, who are leading the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.

00:09 (IST)16 Apr 2020
MP to punish bonded doctors if they fail to reach Indore by Friday

The Madhya Pradesh government on Wednesday threatened to take strict action under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against 69 bonded doctors if they fail to reach reach Indore, a major COVID hotspot, by 5.30 pm on Friday.

As the cases continued to surge in the state's biggest city, the government had on April 11 asked 32 senior doctors and 70 bonded doctors to reach Indore immediately. They were told that they will work under the chief medical and health officer, Indore.

Four days after the order, only one bonded doctor reached Indore. The government on Wednesday issued the list of doctors who had been asked to rush to Indore immediately. Health Commissioner Faiz Ahmed Kidwai said the government will invoke ESMA against the junior doctors if they violate the order.

23:43 (IST)15 Apr 2020
USICRF spreading misguided report, no segregation of Covid wards on basis of religion: MEA

Slamming the USICRF for condemning a report by The Indian Express that claimed a hospital in Gujarat has segregated coronavirus wards into two on the basis of faith, the Ministry of External Affairs said the USICRF "must stop adding religious colour to our national goal of fighting the pandemic and distract from larger efforts."

In response to media query on a tweet today by USCIRF on India, the official spokesperson Mr. Anurag Srivastava said, "as if its peremptory commentary on religious freedom in India is not enough, the USCIRF is now spreading misguided reports on the professional medical protocols followed to deal with spread of COVID19 in India. It must stop adding religious colour to our national goal of fighting the pandemic and distract from larger efforts. No segregation is being done in civil hospitals on the basis of religion, as clarified by the Gujarat Government."

23:18 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Rahul Gandhi's constituency recognised by Health Ministry in measures against coronavirus

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi Wednesday said he is proud that his constituency Wayanad in Kerala "has been recognised by the Health Ministry for its excellent results in tackling Covid-19."

"I’m proud that Wayanad District, in my constituency, has been recognised by the Health Ministry for its excellent results in tackling Covid-19. The district has had no new cases for the past 16 days.I salute the DC, SP, DMO &district administration for their hard work & dedication," he said.

23:01 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Noida man shot at for spreading coronavirus by ‘coughing’

A man was injured after being shot at for allegedly coughing in Greater Noida on Tuesday evening. According to police, the victim Prashant was rushed to Kailash Hospital where he is receiving treatment and is currently stable.

“We received information that a man has been shot in village Dayanagar in Greater Noida, at around 9 pm. As the police reached the spot, we found that the victim was playing Ludo with three other people when another resident came and argument broke out over coughing and the accused shot at him. A case has been registered and arrests will be made”, said an official from Jaracha Police Station.

22:51 (IST)15 Apr 2020
FIR against Gurgaon man for breaking quarantine, tearing sticker

An FIR has been lodged against a resident of Gurgaon's New Colony area for allegedly tearing up the quarantine sticker pasted by the Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) outside his home, and also venturing out despite being asked to remain in quarantine. According to the FIR registered in the matter, police were alerted to the incident by a tip off from a source on Tuesday morning.

'When a team reached the spot, the sticker was found on the ground, on which it was written that people in the house were under quarantine from April 7 to April 21," said a police official.  "When the team asked for the accused, Vinit, who the source had claimed had torn the sticker, they were told he was not at home despite being told to remain under quarantine," he said.
An FIR was registered in the case under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), as well as the Disaster Management Act, 2005 on Tuesday.  "The accused has denied the allegations as of now, and matter is under investigation. We are looking at CCTV footage to determine what actually happened. No arrests have been made yet," said the official.

22:22 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Pune Police’s reply to two friends planning to meet amid lockdown wins the internet

Twitter users as Parth (@ParthEkal) and Indrajeet (@Jaggu_4) from Pune started a chat on Twitter expressing their desire to meet. “3rd May tak nahi hoega sorry (Not possible till May 3, sorry),” wrote one of the user to which other one commented, “We’ll meet uske pehele kabhi toh (We’ll meet before that only soon). Soon, the first person replied, “Jaggu, we can meet right now. You stay 1 street across. Tu bol fkta kadhi (You just tell when).”

However, little did the friends know that their causal conversation will be intercepted by the cops. Pune Police on Twitter noticed their chat and cheekily asked if they could join in. “Hey! Even we’d like to join and give you company for longer! Tumhi saanga fakt kuthe ani kadhi? (You just tell us when and where),” the cops tweeted.

22:14 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Assam first state to receive 50,000 PPE kits from China

On Wednesday, Assam received an import of 50,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits from China. A special flight brought the kits from Guangzhou to Guwahati on Wednesday evening. Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika were at the Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport (LGBI) airport to receive the kits. “While this has been purchased by the Central government, we are the first state government to have imported the order,” said Sarma, addressing reporters. According to Sarma, Assam had one lakh PPE kits. “Now we have 50,000 more. We are closer to our aim of getting 2 lakh PPE kits as buffer stock,” he said.

22:14 (IST)15 Apr 2020
WHO chief expresses ‘regret’ over US decision to freeze funding

A day after United States President Donald Trump announced that he was freezing funding for the World Health Organisation (WHO) over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the organisation’s chief voiced ‘regret’ over the decision and said the body was purely focused on saving lives and halting spread of the virus, AFP reported.

“There is no time to waste. WHO’s singular focus is on working to serve all people to save lives and stop the COVID-19 pandemic,” director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Twitter following Trump’s decision.

22:08 (IST)15 Apr 2020
India lockdown diary Day 22: Assam liquor shops closed again, Gujarat CM under COVID-19 scanner, and more

As India entered the 22nd day of the national lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs released a set of revised guidelines allowing activities like agriculture, Information Technology and movement of trucks from April 20 in order to “mitigate hardships to public”. This comes as the total coronavirus cases in India neared the 12,000-mark with 392 deaths.

Under the revised guidelines, the exemptions from the lockdown have also been granted to all health services, financial services, MNREGA works, public utilities, the supply of goods, e-commerce and cargo services. The government has also made face masks mandatory in public as well as work spaced and also emphasised on practising social distancing. Here is a curated list of striking stories that happened across the country

22:00 (IST)15 Apr 2020
COVID-19: Any changes in migration pattern from Gulf will affect 80 lakh people in Kerala, says expert
Image: Kerala Govt PRD

Through a series of sustained contact tracing measures, relatively high testing of symptomatic patients and observance of strict quarantine, Kerala’s health department has been largely successful in flattening the curve of new infections and thus contain the spread of the pandemic in its second wave.

But experts and government officials are wary about a new challenge: when a significant proportion of its 20 lakh-strong expatriate population in the Middle East start to return home once the national lockdown is lifted.

For now, Kerala’s government officials have requested the local authorities in UAE, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries to ensure proper supply of food and medicines for its expatriates. “Stay where you are right now. Once the lockdown is lifted and flights begin to operate, you can come home,” is the message. However, officials are bracing for the wave of returnees and possible job losses. Read more here

21:54 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Coronavirus cases in Delhi rise to 1,578; death toll climbs to 32

Coronavirus cases in Delhi rise to 1,578 with 17 new cases reported in the last 24 hours. The death toll stands at 32.

21:29 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Bandhra gathering: Journalist arrested for report on special train

The Mumbai police on Wednesday arrested a Marathi journalist over his news report that railways will be running trains for migrants amidst an extended nationwide lockdown.

The police, earlier today, registered three FIRs in connection with the gathering of a crowd near Bandra station on the day the nationwide lockdown was extended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. While the first FIR was registered against a crowd that had gathered near Bandra station, the second was against one Vinay Dubey who had put up a video on social media saying migrants should take to the streets. Dubey has been formally arrested and remanded in custody until April 21. The third FIR by the police was against ABP Correspondent Rahul Kulkarni for his news report railways will be running trains for migrants.

21:13 (IST)15 Apr 2020
‘If we don’t get food, we will leave for home again,’ say MP labourers in Pune

They started preparing for it Tuesday morning until late evening. By the time they left, it was post-midnight. A group of about 150 persons — migrant labourers and their families — staying in and around Katraj area of Pune and hailing from Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, had taken to the road to walk to their hometowns around 1,000 km away.

They were, however, intercepted by police Wednesday morning even before they could cross the city limits. They had walked for two hours carrying just the bare minimum needed for the journey. Around 3.30 am, the police put an end to their trek while telling them that they had two options: going back to their rented houses in Katraj, or staying in a government shelter for migrants. Read more here

21:12 (IST)15 Apr 2020

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21:05 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Rajkot sees sharpest spike in cases as 6, including an infant test positive for COVID-19

A fourteen-day old baby girl and her parents were among the six persons from Rajkot city who tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday. This is the sharpest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases in Rajkot, taking the total number confirmed cases of the infectious disease to 23 in the district.

Samples were taken of the infant after she displayed symptoms of the disease on Tuesday. Those samples returned positive at 11 pm on Tuesday. On Wednesday evening, PDU Medical College reported that samples of the baby's parents had also returned positive. "The infant and her mother were symptomatic of the disease while the father had mild symptoms. They have been admitted to the isolation ward in civil hospital," Dr Mitesh Bhanderi, chief district health officer (CDHO) of Rajkot told The Indian Express.

While the mother is 18-year-old, the father is aged 25. The other three patients include a 37-year-old woman and two men aged 47 and 84 years.

The infant is the youngest in Gujarat to contract the novel coronavirus.

20:57 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Delhi: Plasma therapy to be used on trial basis to treat COVID-19 patients

As Delhi’s coronavirus cases climbed to over 1,500, the state government on Wednesday announced that plasma enrichment technique would now be used to treat severely-ill COVID-19 patients on trial basis at a government hospital. Last week, Kerala became the first state to receive ICMR approval for exploring the feasibility of convalescent plasma transfusion.

Lt Governor Anil Baijal advised healthcare workers to strictly adhere to the guidelines and protocols issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare while dealing with COVID-19 patients. “Delhi will use plasma technique for treatment on a trial basis to save lives of critical COVID-19 patients,” news agency ANI quoted him as saying. Click here to read

20:42 (IST)15 Apr 2020
With 232 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, total tally jumps to 2,916

The number of cases in Maharashtra rose to 2,916 with 232 new cases reported today. Also, 295 pateitns have been cured or discharged. The death toll stands at 187 now. Of the total 392 deaths in the country, Maharashtra tops the tally.

20:35 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Movement of migrant labourers ‘not possible’ till end of lockdown: MHA

Migrant labourers stranded across the country amidst a nationwide lockdown will not be allowed to go to their native places due to prohibition of rail, air, and road traffic till May 3 to control the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the government said on Wednesday.

Replying to a media query on guidance provided by the government to migrant workers, Additional Secretary in the Home Ministry Govind Mohan said it is clear that movement of migrant labourers is not possible till end of the lockdown. He said that necessary facilities for migrant workers such as food and shelter camps have been made and states have been allowed to use State Disaster Relief Fund for this purpose.

20:01 (IST)15 Apr 2020
Aggressive contact tracing, enhanced testing, GPS tracking: How Srinagar is fighting to keep COVID-19 at bay

On Monday, Jammu and Kashmir’s Srinagar was included in a list of 16 districts to share best practices in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19, with representatives of 700 districts of the country. The key factors that distinguish Srinagar in dealing with the pandemic, include early response, aggressive contact tracing and use of information technology alongside enhanced testing and surveillance.

Nearly 15,000 policemen and 1000 surveillance teams scan the city every day to enforce stringent lockdown. The district has, so far, recorded 53 positive coronavirus cases against a population of over 17 lakh, since the first case was reported on March 18. Nineteen others from Delhi and Kerala are also quarantined by the administration on their arrival in the district on March 26 after the administration’s ‘control room intelligence team’ tracked them. Read more here

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With Prime Minister Narendra Modi announcing an extension of the lockdown, migrant labourers, rendered homeless and without jobs, came out on roads in Mumbai's Bandra, asking to be sent back home. In Surat too, hundreds of textile labourers came out on the streets demanding to go back to their home states because they were not getting enough food.

Underscoring that there was no alternative to saving human lives even though India might have paid a big economic price, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the lockdown across the country would be extended till May 3 to ensure that the coronavirus pandemic does not spread to non-affected areas.

In a 25-minute address to the nation, PM Modi said the second phase of the lockdown would see more stricter measures and fresh guidelines would be issued on Wednesday on the way ahead in the battle against COVID-19, which has led to 10,363 cases and 339 deaths. (Coronavirus lockdown extended till May 3: All your questions answered)

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Longer lockdown brings 2,000 angry workers out on the street in Mumbai

Upset over the extension of the national coronavirus lockdown till May 3, nearly 2,000 migrant workers gathered outside the suburban Bandra West station in Mumbai Tuesday demanding the right to return home, and access to food and rations. The police had to resort to a lathi-charge to disperse the crowd.

The gathering comprised largely of migrant workers and their families residing in the adjoining slum settlements. Many of them said they had been hoping that the 21-day lockdown that was to end Tuesday would be lifted — or that arrangements would be made to transport them to their homes in UP, Bihar and West Bengal.

India reaches out to China for 15 million PPEs

Meanwhile, to meet its requirement of 15 million personal protection equipment (PPEs), which includes gowns, masks, gloves and goggles, India has now reached out to China and has placed orders. New Delhi is also in the process of procuring 1.5 million rapid testing kits from China, some of which have already been delivered.

These were revealed by Indian ambassador to China Vikram Misri in an online briefing from Beijing on Tuesday. This essentially means that India is depending on China for the PPE overalls as Indian doctors have complained of shortage of PPEs in the hospitals.

Trump halts WHO funding over handling of coronavirus; UN says ‘not the time to reduce resources’

On the international front, US President Donald Trump said Tuesday that he was cutting off U.S. payments to the World Health Organization during the coronavirus pandemic, accusing the organization of failing to do enough to stop the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China. “The WHO failed in its basic duty and must be held accountable,” Trump said at a briefing. He said the U.S. would be reviewing the WHO’s actions to stop the virus before making any decision on resuming aid.

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As India reels under the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting lockdown, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Tuesday projected a GDP growth rate of 1.9 per cent for the country in 2020. But the IMF, in its latest edition of the World Economy report, has named India as the fastest-growing emerging economies of the world.

The IMF’s projection for the country’s GDP growth came as countries around the globe are witnessing the worst recession since the Great Depression of 1929, owing to the coronavirus pandemic that has brought the industries to a grinding halt.

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