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.
The total number of coronavirus cases rose to 979 on Sunday. (Express photo/Nirmal Harindran)
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.
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Migrant labourers leave the city for their villages with family. (Express Photo by Gajendra Yadav)
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.