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Coronavirus highlights: Telangana reports its first Covid-linked death; cases in India cross 900 mark

PM Narendra Modi announced the creation of an assistance and emergency situation relief fund where people can contribute and help in the government's fight against the pandemic.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 29, 2020 8:50:06 am
Large number of migrants from various parts of the country at Lucknow’s Charbagh bus stand. (Express photo: Vishal Sriastav)

The Health Ministry Saturday confirmed 918 novel Covid-19 cases across the country, including 79 recovered and 19 deaths. This is the fourth day of the 21-day national lockdown imposed to limit the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Kerala and Telangana on Saturday reported its first COVID-19 death, while Gujarat recorded another death.

In order to ensure social distancing, the Ministry of Home Affairs, earlier in the day, changed the rules for assistance under the State Disaster Relief Fund (SDRF), facilitating availability of money for food and temporary accommodation for migrant workers during the national lockdown. Ever since, the PM Narendra Modi declared the country will undergo a lockdown, migrant workers from different parts of the country gathered in swarming numbers in a bid to leave their work places.

In their evening press briefing, the Health Ministry said “rigorous” contact-tracing is underway and it’s focus is to set up Covid-19 dedciated hospitals. During the press conference, an ICMR official confirmed that 44 private laboratories have been given approval so far for testing the coronavirus.

The global death toll rose to 28,687 on Saturday, with the highest number of deaths in Italy, according to John Hopkins. The number of infected people in the world rose to 614,884 around the world, with the US alone reporting over1,00,000 on Saturday. New York is still the worst-hit city in the US. (Follow our full coverage on coronavirus pandemic and India lockdown)

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As the coronavirus cases in India rise to 918, states prepare for a 'Stage-3' pandemic.

02:44 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Delhi: Tried hard to make people stay, many want to leave, says CM

As the trickle of people walking to their villages turned into a wave on Saturday, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government had tried hard to make migrant workers stay back, and reassured people that every help would be extended to them. “A lot of people are going back to their villages. We have tried very hard to make them stay. I have directed the MLAs to make appeals and made ample arrangements to make them stay back. We are making arrangements for food twice a day as well as a place for them to stay. Many have insisted that they want to go home. Many are not sure what the future holds,” said the CM. Read more

23:45 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Over 10,000 dead of coronavirus in Italy

Italy's coronavirus toll has topped 10,000, AFP reported quoting an official. 

22:52 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Maharasthra sees 33 new Covid-19 cases, total number rises to 186

Maharashtra has recorded 33 fresh Covid-19 cases, taking the total number to 186. On Friday, 28 persons were found infected with coronavirus in different parts of the state, 250 people were hospitalised across the state on suspicion of being infected. So far, 3,059 people have tested negative in the state. From stamping the hands of people coming from Mumbai and Pune to barricading entry points, villages across the state have devised various measures amid fear, concern and rumours over coronavirus.

22:35 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Pakistan Covid-19 cases rise over 1,400 with 11 deaths

Pakistan's confirmed cases have surged to over 1,400 with 11 deaths. A top health official has told PTI the country has over 12,000 suspected Covid-19 cases. Most of the infected people had returned from Iran, where the confirmed cases are over 30,000 with more than 2,300 deaths.

22:05 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Tripura puts over 5,000 under surveillance with, no positive cases in state so far

In a press conference in Agartala, Tripura Health Secretary Debasish Basu said around 5,267 persons are currently under surveillance in the state with preliminary symptoms or recent travel history to other states. He also said 88 persons underwent tests for COVID-19 so far among the quarantined persons but all the samples were tested negative. There is no positive case in Tripura so far.

21:48 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Karnataka closes border it shares with Kerala

Fever clinics in Karnataka start. The state has closed border it shares with Kerala.

21:28 (IST)28 Mar 2020
BCCI to contribute Rs 51 crore to PM relief fund

The Board of Control for Cricket in India said it will contribute Rs 51 crore to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES Fund) to fight COVID19.

21:16 (IST)28 Mar 2020
33 coronavirus cases in J&K

Putting the total number of positive cases in J&K at 33 following the detection of five more cases, the UT government on Saturday reiterated its appeal asking people to self-declare their travel history faithfully as hiding it, especially the overseas travel history, can be extremely dangerous first for the family, then for the neighbourhood and finally for the community as a whole, reports Arun Sharma

21:15 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Total number of coronavirus in Delhi rises to 49

The total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus went up to 49 in the national capital Saturday, the Delhi government said 

21:06 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Tihar jail releases over 400 prisoners to reduce overcrowding

The Tihar jail has released over 400 inmates to reduce overcrowding in prisons to prevent the spread of coronavirus. According to a senior jail official, 356 inmates were released on bail, while 63 inmates were released on emergency parole. The interim bail is for 45 days and emergency parole is for eight weeks, the official told PTI.

20:27 (IST)28 Mar 2020
UK records 1,019 deaths; Europe crosses 20,000

The death toll in Briatin has risen to 1,019 from 759 on Friday. Meanwhile, the total deaths in Europe has crossed the 20,000 mark.

20:18 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Watch | Large number of migrant workers head home from Delhi

Migrant workers at Delhi's Anand Vihar bus terminal head home.

20:03 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Spain records 832 deaths in a day, toll crosses 5,600

Spain witnessed 832 deaths within a span of 24 hours, taking the toll over 5,600 and recording total cases to 72,248. Spain has the world's second-highest coronavirus death toll after Italy with 5,690 fatalities. Madrid is the worst-hit region, with 2,757 deaths and 21,520 infections.

19:44 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Telangana records its fisrt Covid-linked death

The coronavirus has claimed a life of a 74-year-old man from Telangana's capital Hyderabad, first death in the state. The deceased was suffering from pneumonia and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital, state HEalth Minister Eatala Rajender confirmed. He has recently returned from Delhi. The test was conducted post his death when the state government asked private hospitals to inform of any suspicious deaths. Four of his family members have been kept in home quarantine.

19:19 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Tata Group to give additonal Rs 1,000 crore to fight Covid-19

The Tata Trusts have committed to contribute an addiitonal Rs 1,000 crore towards the coronavirus relief. Earlier in the day, they had vouched to give Rs 500 crore for the cause.

18:53 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Kerala records new Covid-19 cases, total reaches to 165

Kerala has reocrded six fresh coronavirus cases today, taking the total number of infected persons to 165. The new cases surfaced in Trivandrum, Kollam, Malappuram, Palakkad and Kasaragod districts. CM Pinarayi Vijayan express gried over the first Covid-linked death of the 69-year-old man who succumbed to the virus. He requested people under home qurantine to engage in creative practices such as reading books. "To reduce anxieties and stress, they must talk openly with their friends and relatives. Psychosocial intervention is being provided by government if needed," he said in a press conference.

Engeenering and medical entrance exams have been postponed indefinitely in state. Kerala will also begin rapid testing of samples to get faster results, the CM said.

18:25 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Centre committed to support migrant workers: Amit Shah asks states, UTs to set up relief camps

Home Minister Amit Shah said the Central government has committed all support to migrant workers during the lockdown, adding the MHA has asked states and union territories to immediately set up relief camps for them and pilgrims, who are returning to their domicile states or trying to do so during this lockdown period. "As per the directions of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the government has committed all support to migrant workers during lockdown period," Shah said.

17:44 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Covid-19 cases will rise if people migrate: Delhi CM urges people to not leave capital

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has urged people, including the migrant workers, to follow the 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of the virus. "I have asked MLAs to request migrant workers to not leave Delhi as we have made arrangements for all. I will appeal that initiative of lockdown taken by PM is necessary to contain this epidemic. If people will migrate then COVID-19 cases will rise," he said.

Kejriwal assured that food is being served to the needy at nearly 800 centres set up by Delhi government.

17:14 (IST)28 Mar 2020
Eight fresh cases reported in Maharashtra, takes total in state to 167

Eight new cases of coronavirus were detected in Maharashtra, as of Saturday evening. One person tested positive in Nagpur, whereas seven others were infected in Mumbai, however, the figures are yet to be updated on the health ministry website. Amid the coronavirus outbreak, state chief secretary Ajoy Mehta has been given three months job extension . He was due to complete his tenure on March 31.

17:07 (IST)28 Mar 2020
PM Modi appeals to Indians to contribute to the PM-CARES Fund to tackle Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that an emergency fund against Covid-19 has been constituted under the name 'Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief Fund' which is accepting donations from people of all walks of life. He shared account details and mode of payment through his Twitter handle.

coronavirus cases, india lockdown, NOida news, delhi news, indian express news On the other hand, Noida recorded three more positive cases, while two cases were reported from Ghaziabad. (Representational Image)

Meanwhile, thousands of migrant labourers walking hundreds of kilometres along highways and across shuttered cities, running out of food and the nationwide disruption in supply chains have exposed glaring gaps in the implementation of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown the Prime Minister announced on March 24 by the Centre and the states.

Urging the states to help migrants with food and shelter and prevent their cross-state movement, a health ministry official said, "The lockdown could have been planned better, not at four-hour notice".

Police and state governments admit the PM’s 21-day announcement caught them off guard. Experts said that the coronavirus outbreak was not an earthquake — that catches an administration by surprise — nor was it a development that called for a closely guarded response.

On the other hand, Noida recorded three more positive cases, while two cases were reported from Ghaziabad. Till Friday evening, Noida had 18 cases, the highest in UP, while Ghaziabad has five cases.

Officials said four cases so far have been linked to a Noida fire safety firm that was visited by a British national for an audit earlier this month. Two employees of the same firm tested positive earlier this week. The office has been closed for sanitisation.

Sources said the two Ghaziabad residents who went to a private lab tested positive.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which has approved twelve antibody kits, on Friday issued guidelines on the use of these kits for testing for COVID-19, stating that the test “is not recommended for diagnosis” and that positive test would only “indicate” an exposure to the coronavirus.

The six guidelines issued by ICMR on the rapid antibody kits state that the test can be done on blood/serum/plasma; the test result is available within 30 minutes; test comes positive after 7-10 days of infection; the test is not recommended for diagnosis of COVID-19 infection; positive test indicates exposure to SARS-CoV-2; and a negative test does not rule out COVID-19 infection.

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