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India COVID-19 latest updates, April 22: Cases cross 20,000 mark; MHA asks states to provide security to healthcare workers

India Coronavirus Latest Update: The number of coronavirus cases in India stood at 19,984 on Wednesday, including 15,474 active cases and 640 deaths.

delhi coronavirus latest updates, delhi covid hospitals, delhi covid cases, delhi coronavirus cases, delhi covid hospitals, delhi city news Doctors at the Lal Bahadur Shastri Hospital in East Delhi.

Coronavirus India Updates: The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed the 20,000 mark on Wednesday, including 15,859 active cases and 652 deaths. Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to interact with all Chief Ministers via video conference on April 27 to take stock of the Covid-19 situation in the country, according to sources.

Even as lockdown restrictions are being eased, Dr V K Paul, Member (Health), NITI Aayog, has said that India’s resolve in the battle against the novel coronavirus will be tested in the months of June and July. “De-escalation of lockdown is potentially an opportunity for the virus to resurface and spread, and this is bound to happen to an extent,” Dr Paul told The Indian Express in an interview. “There could be new clusters when life and activities become more normal.” Read full interview, here

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Top developments of the day

Appoint nodal officers, take action against those attacking doctors: MHA to states

Follow Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s assurance to doctors, the Ministry of Home Affairs requested all states to ensure adequate protection to healthcare professionals, medical staff and frontlines workers. MHA has also asked state governments and union territory administrations to appoint nodal officers at state or union territory level and at the district level, who would be available 24×7 to redress any safety issue on the functioning of medical professionals.

The states and union territories should also take immediate and strict action in case any incident of violence takes place, the ministry said.

Centre brings law on attacks on healthcare workers

Union Minister Prakash Javadaker during the press briefing in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Union minister Prakash Javadekar Wednesday said the Centre will not tolerate the attacks on the healthcare workers in the country amid the coronavirus pandemic and has decided to bring an ordinance to make it a punishable offence. Javadekar said the government will amend the Epidemics Diseases Act, 1897 to make the attacks on healthcare workers a cognisable and non-bailable offence, under which a violator may be awarded a jail term of three months to five years with a fine of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2 lakh. In cases of severe injury to workers, the jail term will be increased to six months to seven years with a fine of Rs 1 lakh to Rs 5 lakh.

Amit Shah speaks to doctors; appreciates their work, assures security

Coronavirus: Amid attacks, Amit Shah assures doctors of their safety (Twitter/@AmitShah)

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) decided to withdraw their symbolic protest after meeting Home Minister Amit Shah. Shah Wednesday interacted with doctors, appreciated their work on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, and assured them of their safety. Along with Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, Shah held a video conference was held amid several reports of attacks on healthcare workers. Shah also appealed to doctors to withdraw the symbolic protest they had planned, saying the government was with them.

The IMA had announced “white alert”, a vigil at 9 pm Wednesday where doctors and hospitals would light a candle to urge the Centre to enact a law against healthcare violence.


Maharashtra minister admitted to hospital after staff tests positive

The NCP MLA had been self-isolation for some days now.

Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad, who had quarantined himself after his security staff tested positive for novel coronavirus, got admitted to a private hospital in Mulund, early Wednesday morning. He has been admitted as a precautionary measure and will require a check-up for coronavirus. An official from Fortis Hospital official confirmed that the minister was admitted but declined to comment further. The NCP MLA had been self-isolation for some days now.

Aviation ministry employee tests positive for coronavirus

The Ministry of Civil Aviation on Wednesday said an employee of the ministry who attended office on April 15 has tested positive for COVID-19. All colleagues, who came in contact with the employee, have been asked to go into self isolation as a precaution, it said. “An employee of the ministry who had attended office on 15 April, 2020, has tested positive for COVID-19 on 21st April. All necessary protocols are being stringently followed on the premises,” the ministry said on Twitter.


Can virus spread from the faeces of an infected person?

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that the virus has been detected in the faeces of some COVID-19 patients, but what is unknown is the amount of virus in the stool, or whether the virus in stool is infectious at all. As such, the risk of transmission is also unknown. “However, the risk is expected to be low based on data from previous outbreaks of related coronaviruses (SARS and MERS)… There has been no confirmed fecal-oral transmission of COVID-19 to date.”

After Centre’s letter, Bengal assures cooperation to central teams visiting state

General Post Office (GPO) employees clean the GPO area in Kolkata

Amid the tussle between the Centre and West Bengal over lockdown violations, the Mamata Banerjee government on Tuesday assured cooperation to the two Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) that landed in the state on Monday to assesses its handling of the COVID-19 situation. The development comes a day after the Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla shot off a letter to Rajiv Sinha, the Chief Secretary, asking him to comply with the Union Home Ministry’s order on easing of restrictions in the state.


India takes eight days to travel from 10,000 cases to 20,000

Coronavirus (COVID-19): By Tuesday night, the total number of positive cases in the country had reached 19,975.

Despite the large number of cases being added in the last few days, the spread of the disease in India has slowed down considerably as a result of the lockdown. India took eight days to travel from 10,000 cases to 20,000 cases. Before the impact of lockdown had become evident, the country was witnessing an exponential growth in the number of cases. It had taken around two weeks to move from three cases at the start of March to 100 cases, another two weeks to reach 1000 cases, and a little more than two weeks to touch the 10,000 figure. At that rate, the country would have on its way to reach one lakh cases by the end of the month. But thanks to the lockdown, and other measures taken by the government, all indications are that the total number of cases at the end of this month would be somewhere between 25,000 and 30,000.

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