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Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: Death toll rises to 27; positive cases in India cross 1000, says health ministry

Coronavirus in India HIGHLIGHTS: The government has set up a toll free number which is being operated by the National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru for people with mental health issues.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 30, 2020 8:48:42 am
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Coronavirus HIGHLIGHTS: As the total number of positive cases in India crossed the 1000-mark on Sunday touching 1024, including 27 fatalities, the Home Ministry directed all states and Union territories to allow transportation of essential and non-essential items during the lockdown period.

Meanwhile, the health ministry in its daily briefing, earlier today, highlighted the role of co-morbidity in most deaths reported in the country and announced that the government had set up a toll free number under NIMHANS, for people dealing with mental health issues.

Even as hundreds of migrants are on their way to their native places, the Centre on Sunday directed the state authorities to seal borders to restrict inter-state movement and directed them to be put under 14-day quarantine at government facilities. Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to Indians for the unprecedented lockdown announcement during his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ address and said it was for their benefit, this morning.

Globally, over 6.8 lakh people are infected and the global death toll has crossed 30,000. (Follow our full coverage on coronavirus pandemic and India lockdown)

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07:51 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Coronavirus: Pharma giant readies five-minute test, may bring it to India, too

Global pharma giant Abbott, which on Friday announced it has received US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval for a portable device that can tell if someone is COVID-19 positive in five minutes, said it plans to “bring more tests forward with the intent to get them to more people in more places around the world”. Currently, the ID NOW COVID-19 test is available only in the United States as this is where most of the company’s ID NOW instruments are in use, the Abbott spokesperson said. The test will deliver positive results for COVID-19 in approximately five minutes, and negative results in 13 minutes. Read here

06:15 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Maharashtra: 200 migrants stopped by Nashik Police near Veldhoni

Nearly 200 migrant labourers who were heading towards their villages were stopped by Nashik Police near Veldhoni. Police arranged tea-biscuits before handing the people over to Talhati officer. (Photo: Neeraj R Tiwari)

00:56 (IST)30 Mar 2020
Police stop vehicles carrying 500 migrant labourers on Mumbai-Nasik highway

Mumbai Police is cracking down on migrant movement. It caught four trucks and a tempo near Igatpuri toll on Mumbai-Nasik highway carrying some 500 workers in all. Police have registered an FIR against the driver and are going to take the workers to the Talathi in Bhiwandi district “jahan unka khane peene ka intezam kiya hai” (to a place where arrangements for food have been made), authorities informed The Indian Express. 

The workers have been taken to Wadape police station, but no legal formalities have been carried out in almost two hours, from 11:30 pm to 1:30 am

(Express photo by Prashant Nadkar) 

23:21 (IST)29 Mar 2020
One more tests positive in Kolkata

One more elderly male patient tested positive admitted in a private hospital at Saltlake in Kolkata. He is a resident of Sheorafuli and suffering from fever since March 16.He has no history of foreign travel. But he used to go to Durgapur regularly. He is diabetic and hypertensive and age is 59.

23:18 (IST)29 Mar 2020
HC upholds curfew relaxation but tells UT to consult health experts in decision-making

Even as it declined to interfere with the Chandigarh Administration's decision to relax curfew in the city, the Punjab and Haryana High Court in an order passed on Sunday asked the authorities to solicit opinion of the specialists of infectious and communicable diseases while taking any decision and emphasised that social distancing is ‘sine qua non' (essential condition) to control the coronavirus.

22:59 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Second death COVID-19 death in Punjab

One COVID-19 positive patient died in Guru Nanak Dev College of Government Medical College Hospital, Amritsar, on Sunday evening. "He was suffering from diabetes and hypertension, age-about 60-65 years— was medically vulnerable," said civil surgeon Amritsar Prabhdeep Kaur Johal.

22:56 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Vadodara: 19 contacts of 2 COVID-19 positive patients test negative

Vadodara: 19 contacts of the first two COVID-19 positive patients of the city test negative in two consecutive tests. Administration to discharge the 19 persons at the end of the 14 days institutional quarantine as per protocol. Of the 19 persons, 11 are contacts of first COVID-19 positive person, who has also recovered and will be discharged in the coming week. Eight are contacts of another second positive case.

22:30 (IST)29 Mar 2020
German state minister kills self due to ‘stress over coronavirus pandemic’

The body of a man identified as Thomas Schäfer, the finance minister of the German state of Hesse, was found on a high-speed train line in the town of Hochheim between Frankfurt and Mainz, police confirmed Saturday. The politician apparently left a note before taking his own life, German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung reported, citing sources close to the investigation. The note, according to the report, referenced Schäfer’s reasons for taking the step.The state's premier, Bouffier said that Schäfer had been living under considerable worry and stress because of the current COVID-19 pandemic. Read more

22:15 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Delhi reports 23 positive cases today; total touches 72
22:13 (IST)29 Mar 2020
UP: Meerut which had no positive cases two days ago, reports 8 fresh cases today; total 13
22:11 (IST)29 Mar 2020
MHA constitues 11 'Empowered Groups' for effective planning, strategy and response to Covid-19

As positive cases in India crossed the 1000-mark, including 27 deaths on Sunday, MHA has formulated 11 'Empowered Groups' of officers cutting across government ministries and departments to synchronise efforts in tackling the spread of coronavirus in the country under the Disaster Management Act (2005). This has been done in order to ensure comphrehensive and integrated response against Covid-19 and these groups would be empowered to identify problem areas and provide effective solutions, formulate plans, strategise operations and ensure implementation of policies.

22:04 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Amid 12-hour shifts during lockdown, 10-minute 'relaxation activity' for Punjab police

Amid India coronavirus lockdown, police have been deployed on longer shifts in order to maintain law and order situation. In Punjab, a 10-minute 'relaxation activity' was conducted for police force who are on 12-hour shifts.

22:00 (IST)29 Mar 2020
J&K: 6,465 people put under surveillance; total in UT stand at 38

The Jammu and Kashmir government on Sunday informed that 6,465 people that came in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance and, so far, 38 cases (34 positive, 02 recovered and 02 deaths) have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir. According to the daily media bulletin on coronavirus, 3,260 persons have been kept under home quarantine, whereas, 307 are in hospital quarantine. Persons who are under home surveillance stand at 2,163 and 735 people have completed their 28-day surveillance period. The bulletin further stated that 588 samples have been sent for testing of which 542 have tested negative and 8 reports are still awaited.

21:43 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Global death toll passes 30,000 mark

The total number of global coronavirus cases has touched 680,000, including more than 30,000 fatalities on Sunday. While 145,000 patients are reported to have recovered, US is approaching 125,000 confirmed cases. Mexico urged citizens to stay at home for a month, whereas, New Zealand reported its first death. Australia witnessed its first highest-day surge and UK has reported 1,000 fatalities till now. While Russia has sealed its bordrs, Spain has had the deadliest 24 hours since the outbreak. Read coronavirus global updates

21:21 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Here’s how India Inc is contributing in fight against coronavirus pandemic

With the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India crossing 1000 by Sunday, including 25 deaths, India Inc. is coming forward to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. From donating N95 masks to converting resorts into temporary care facilities, more and more Indian companies are assisting in various forms to fight the pandemic.Globally, over 6.6 lakh people have been infected by COVID-19 and over 31,000 killed. Read full story

20:42 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Two Army personnel test positive for coronavirus, in quarantine: Army

Two Indian Army personnel tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. They have travel history during the first and second week and were identified through contact tracing. Both of them are stable and in good health, and are being quarantined, statement issued by the Army said.

20:27 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India cross 1000-mark including 27 deaths

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 1024, including 27 fatalities, the health ministry said on Sunday. Maharashtra and Kerala have reported the highest number of positive cases in the country.

19:48 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Transportation of all essential, non essential goods allowed during lockdown: MHA

The Home Ministry Sunday asked all states and union territories to allow transportation of all goods, without distinction of essential and non-essential during the 21-day lockdown period in the country. The home secretary also said that newspaper delivery supply chain was allowed to operate under exemptions given for print media. "Groceries, including hygiene products such as hand wash, soaps, disinfectants, oral care items, battery cells and chargers, are also allowed," the statement read.

19:37 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Maharashtra, Karantaka report 7 fresh coronavirus cases each; tally at 203 and 83 respectively

In Maharashtra, the total number of cases touch 203 after seven more test positive, state health department was quoted as saying by PTI. Meanwhile, Karnataka has reported seven new cases as well, and the tally mounts to 83.

19:32 (IST)29 Mar 2020
Four test positive for coronavirus in Bihar; total at 15

Bihar records four more cases due to Covid-19; total cases stand at 15.

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During his 'Mann ki Baat' address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi apologised to the nation for the "discomfort" caused due to the lockdown. The prime minister said, "Lockdown is for you to protect yourself, your family, you've to show this patience for many more days. Those violating the lockdown are playing with their own lives."

Of the 312 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reported from across the country in the last three days, 80% were from 16 cities and districts. Five of these — Delhi, Mumbai, Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Kasaragod (Kerala) and Nawanshahr (Punjab) — account for over 40% of these cases.

With 194 fresh cases, including two deaths, being reported in the last 24 hours — the highest single-day spike till now was 88 on March 26 — the count has now gone up to 918. While 79 have recovered, 19 have died.

The other districts which saw a spike in the last three days are: Indore and Bhopal in Madhya Pradesh; Pathanamthitta and Kannur in Kerala; Pune and Sangli in Maharashtra; Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh; Ahmedabad (Gujarat), Karimnagar (Telangana), Leh (Ladakh) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu).

The number of districts which have reported COVID-19 cases now stands at 132; it was 75 when the 21-day lockdown was imposed earlier this week. For about 80-odd cases, the districts from where they have been reported are still being ascertained.

In an exclusive piece for The Indian Express, Nobel laureates economists Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo write that even if lockdown flattens the curve, COVID-19 will spread. Looking at migrants on the road, let’s expect a mess — and plan for it. They have listed out nine steps that need to be followed after the three-week lockdown ends.

READ | Moving migrant crisis deepens at multiple points, worried states scramble to get a grip

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READ | Walking home to Rajasthan, four migrants run over in Maharashtra

Opinion | Madhu Trehan writes: Why the lockdown is PM Modi’s Sophie’s Choice

 

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