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Coronavirus: Delhi records 356 new cases, highest single-day rise; Maharashtra tally crosses 2,000

Coronavirus (COVID-19): In India, there are 9,352 confirmed cases with 324 deaths. Globally, nearly 1.85 million people are infected, while the death toll is over 1.14 lakh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 15, 2020 11:03:01 am
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Delhi recorded 356 new cases of coronavirus on Monday, a highest single-day rise in the national capital so far. With four more deaths, the toll mounted to 28. The number of cases in Maharashtra crossed 2,000 mark on Monday. With 352 new cases, state’s tally now stood at 2,334, of which 1,549 cases were reported from Mumbai alone. With nine new deaths, the toll in Mumbai hit 100.

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In its daily briefing, the Union Health Ministry said no new cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in 25 districts from 15 states of the country in the last 14 days. Health Secretary Luv Aggarwal said 905 new positive cases and 51 deaths due to the coronavirus were recorded in the last 24 hours in the country. The overall cases in country rose to 9,352 cases with 324 deaths. The ministry also said that over two lakh tests for COVID-19 have been conducted so far and they have enough stock to conduct tests for six weeks.

Amid the pandemic, OPEC and allies led by Russia agreed to curb global oil supply by 20% for fuel and driven down oil prices, straining budgets of oil producers. Globally, nearly 1.85 million people are infected, while the death toll is over 1.14 lakh. China, the epicenter of the virus, reported the highest number of new daily coronavirus cases in nearly six weeks, driven by a rise in infected travellers arriving from overseas and underscoring challenges Beijing faces in preventing a second wave of COVID-19. The United States, with the world’s third-largest population, has recorded more fatalities from COVID-19 than any other country, nearly 22,000 as of Sunday evening.

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Coronavirus (COVID-19) Tracker India Live News Updates: India likely to extend lockdown as cases rise to over 10,000; UK reports 10,000 deaths. Read the latest news and live updates on the coronavirus pandemic.

09:28 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Coronavirus can pass from mother to foetus, says ICMR

It is possible for a pregnant woman who is positive for COVID-19 to pass on the virus to her child, the ICMR has said, laying down norms both for the care of the mother and the child in such instances. The guidelines also call for the use of personal protective equipment for hospital staff, especially at the time of delivery. Click here to read ICMR's guidelines.

09:27 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Mumbai, Rajasthan advise hydroxychloroquine for police, doubts over it persist

At least two states with a high number of cases are recommending hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) as a preventive measure against coronavirus to its police personnel. While the Mumbai Police started last week, Rajasthan announced on Saturday that the anti-malarial drug, whose efficacy against COVID-19 is contested, would be given to policemen deployed in hot zones.

09:26 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Govt hints at using Aarogya Setu as e-pass; experts doubt efficacy

The Aarogya Setu app launched by the Centre earlier this month, which has clocked over 1.5 crore downloads within two weeks of going live, might soon be made into an e-pass for movement of citizens. Government officials pointed out that a functionality for the app has been suggested wherein it can approve people, who are clear of any threat of contracting or spreading COVID-19 disease, for movement. “There have been suggestions to build in this functionality in the Aarogya Setu App; the idea is good and technical feasibility of the same is being worked out,” a spokesperson for Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said, adding that a final call will be taken by an empowered group constituted for logistics.

09:24 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Coronavirus cases in India: State-wise data on April 14

According to data provided by the Health Ministry, the number of cases in Maharashtra has risen to 2,334 with 160 deaths. New Delhi has 1,510 cases and 28 deaths. Tamil Nadu has 1,173 cases and 11 deaths. These are the three worst-hit states in the country. Other states where cases are high include Rajasthan (873), Madhya Pradesh (604) and Telangana (562), Uttar Pradesh (558) and Gujarat (539).

09:00 (IST)14 Apr 2020
India's coronavirus cases cross 10,000 mark

The number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed the 10,000 mark to 10,363, including 8,988 active cases, 1,035 discharged and 339 deaths. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation in an hour to spell out India's strategy for the pandemic. Stay tuned

08:38 (IST)14 Apr 2020
ICYMI: At coronavirus checkposts across India, a traffic jam of excuses

In case you missed it, here's our report on what goes on every day at police checkposts in cities and town across India, where the state and the public meet everyday in a never-ending cycle of requests and negotiations. 

In Bengaluru, where main roads are barricaded, people take to its leafy lanes. This has led the police to deploy their mobile vehicular patrol units, known as ‘Hoysala’, to check movement, every hour even at night. (Express photo: Darshan Devaiah)
08:28 (IST)14 Apr 2020
‘Bhilwara model’ loses its way in Jaipur’s congested Ramganj

While its “Bhilwara model” is being replicated elsewhere in the country, the Rajasthan government is facing a major challenge in Jaipur, where the number of COVID-19 cases has more than doubled in the last few days — from 168 on April 9 to 370 on Monday. Jaipur now accounts for about 42 per cent of the total 897 cases in the state. State Health Minister Raghu Sharma said the dense population in Ramganj was a major challenge in implementing the “Bhilwara model”. He also pointed to lack of public participation in following the administration’s orders.

08:07 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Coronavirus: Big worry as states brace for new curbs: stranded, restless migrants

As it looks increasingly certain the lockdown will be extended by another fortnight, a number of states including Maharashtra, Gujarat and Delhi are bracing to deal with thousands of anxious and restless migrants, stranded in shelter homes and makeshift homes without much money and ration. More than anyone else, the migrants are eagerly waiting for the Prime Minister’s address this morning, police officers in Maharashtra and Gujarat told The Indian Express. Many feel abandoned by their employers, and want to return to their native places, and be with their families.

05:48 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Coronavirus lockdown: No green signal for trains to restart yet

With hours to go for the Prime Minister’s address and the last day of the coronavirus lockdown, the Railways has not received the green signal to resume services from the day after. Over the last week, a number of states asked the Centre to extend the lockdown till the month-end to contain COVID-19. Given the situation, sources said, the national transporter has readied paperwork to cancel all trains scheduled from April 15.

05:38 (IST)14 Apr 2020
States work on roadmap to restart industrial units, agriculture and fisheries

As the 21 day nationwide lockdown officialy ends Tuesday, states across the country are planning to enter into the next phase by focusing on reviving selective economic areas and industries.

Maharashtra may allow industries to restart in many areas, except in the Mumbai metro region and Pune. 

Haryana, officials will ask traders and industrialists to “be prepared for a graded exit, at least in certain areas”.

Odisha will reopen economic activities linked to agriculture and fisheries.Odisha Special Relief Commissioner P K Jena said the “second phase of the lockdown, from April 15-30, will see some changes in the nature of restrictions”.

05:25 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Explained: How coronavirus attacks, step by step

In the search for a treatment for COVID-19 disease, researchers have been targeting specific behaviours of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV2) that causes the disease.While the virus itself is still being studied, the hunt for a treatment is based on what is known so far about the way it infects humans.

Some studies are looking at the structure of the virus, while others are investigating its behaviour as a potential target for future drugs.Read more here.

04:54 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Undergoing economic consequences of lockdown, states ask centre to step in

With the lockdown hurting revenue collection and the fight against COVID-19 costing dearly, states have asked the Centre to take immediate measures in this regard. A key demand the states are making is an increase in borrowing capacity. States like Kerala want special bonds so that they can borrow outside normal borrowing and that this is done by RBI directly and not through banks. Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi must permit states to issue “pandemic relief bonds” which RBI may be requested to buy at a rate below 5 per cent

04:22 (IST)14 Apr 2020
10 fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Punjab

The total coronavirus positive cases in Punjab reached 180 Monday with ten people testing positive in the state including two from Jalandhar. The other cases reported in the state include six from Pathankot and one each from Mohali and Ludhiana. Meanwhile, in Nawanshahr, 13 persons have been cured out of 18 admitted at the Civil Hospital. Jalandhar now has 24 cases, including 4 cured patients and two deaths.

Read more here

04:08 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Haryana mulls sanitisation of harvesting machines, medical check-ups for drivers coming from other states

To rule out chances of any COVID-19 infection because of harvesting machines and their drivers coming from other states, Haryana agriculture officials are mulling screening and medical check-ups at nakas.“The idea is simple — that no infected person or machine from another state enters Haryana. If anybody is found unwell, medical examination and treatment will be ensured,” Rajesh Sihag, deputy director, Haryana agriculture and farmers’ welfare department told The Indian Express.

02:55 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Delhi: Parents hope for fee breaks from schools

After Noida and Greater Noida issued an order saying no educational institution can force parents of any student to pay fee, parents in Delhi are hoping for similar relief. Fees for this academic quarter in most institutions are due on Wednesday. With businesses hit by the lockdown and salary cuts in many workplaces, parents have pointed to suspension of day-to-day functioning in private schools to seek relief.

02:48 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Noida: 16 new coronavirus cases in a day, district tally now 80

Gautam Buddh Nagar saw a sudden rise in coronavirus cases on Monday, with 16 people testing positive. According to officials, while nine cases were linked to a fire safety firm that has been the main source of cases in the district, two were people with links to the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering of the Tablighi Jamaat. These are the first set of cases linked to the Jamaat in the district. The number of total cases in the district went up to 80, the second-highest in Uttar Pradesh, followed by Agra at 138.

02:00 (IST)14 Apr 2020
ICMR asks PSUs to act as procurement agency for COVID-19 testing essentials

Under the scanner over delay in procurement of testing kits for COVID-19, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), in a major shift in policy, Monday issued a tender asking Central PSUs to engage as procurement agency for essential supplies related to coronavirus testing.

The crucial decision comes in the backdrop of the delay in implementing the rapid antibody tests in high-density clusters (containment zones). The ICMR had ordered 5 lakh kits, of which 2.5 lakh were to be delivered this past week — however, the testing kits are yet to arrive.

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01:10 (IST)14 Apr 2020
Amid coronavirus lockdown, Delhi University mulls online examinations

In view of the “extraordinary” situation of a nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19, the Delhi University (DU) is debating holding online examinations. A meeting of Deans of various departments was Monday called by the administration, in which it was allegedly discussed that “oral submissions” of answers could be taken from students.

DU Executive Council member Rajesh Jha, who claimed he was privy to the details of the meeting, called the proposal a “complete mockery of higher education.”

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01:02 (IST)14 Apr 2020
PM Modi's address: How people on Twitter reacted

As soon as the prime minister’s office made the announcement about the address that is expected to spell out the future course of action, here's how people on Twitter reacted.

00:38 (IST)14 Apr 2020
How supercomputers are being used to prevent Covid-19

In the global effort to tackle the novel coronavirus pandemic, many countries have now employed supercomputers to help expedite research into the virus. Scientists are using supercomputers for several challenging tasks, such as understanding how the virus spreads in a community, how it infects the human body, as well as for possibly finding a cure and vaccine. Supercomputers have also been used during past outbreaks, including the 2015 Zika epidemic and the 2014-16 Ebola epidemic. So how can supercomputers help in the fight and where are these supercomputers being used? We Explain here.

(Image Source: US Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory )

Patients at RG Kar Medical College in Kolkata were shifted from one ward to another in a separate building and released after two fresh cases of Covid-19 were identified in the hospital. (Express photo/Partha Paul)

Amid requests from states to extend the nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 10 am tomorrow, the last day of 21-day lockdown. At least six states — Maharashtra, Odisha, Punjab, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana — have already announced an extension. As the country gears up to extend the lockdown after the 21-day period ends tomorrow, the spread of COVID-19 cases to almost half the total districts in the country is likely to weigh on the mind of the Central government in crafting a graded approach.

India crossed the 8000-mark on Sunday after reporting 909 infections and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours, the health ministry said at the daily briefing.

In Delhi's Max Hospital, three healthcare workers — a doctor, nurse, and non-medical staff — tested positive. An official said it appears the doctor contracted the virus outside the hospital, whereas others may have caught it from one of the patients. On the other hand, in Maharashtra where the infections have topped 2,000, Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad has put himself under home isolation after he came in contact with a PSI who tested positive.

As India is 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.

In the daily briefing of the Health Ministry on Sunday, 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.

Following Haryana government's lead, 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.

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