Coronavirus India: A day after some relaxation was allowed to the extended lockdown period, Noida on Tuesday joined Ghaziabad in sealing its border with Delhi. Essential goods, government officials that have valid passes, ambulances, mediapersons with passes and doctors remain the only exception.
The central government will be conducting a telephonic survey on the coronavirus pandemic calling up citizens on their mobile phones across the country. This will be carried out by NIC and calls will be made from the number 1921.
The death toll due to the coronavirus pandemic in India rose to 603 Tuesday while the total number of confirmed cases nearing the 19,000 mark to reach 18,985 including 3,259 people who have been treated and discharged, according to the latest data by the health ministry. Maharashtra tops the tally with 232 fatalities, followed by Gujarat at 77, Madhya Pradesh at 76, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Telangana at 23 and Andhra Pradesh at 22. Globally, there are over 2.4 million infections with 170,261 deaths.
The ICMR Tuesday said it would advice the states to not use the rapid test kits for two days after Rajasthan stopped using the kits for delivering inaccurate results. In its daily press briefing, ICMR’s Dr R R Gangakhedkar said, “Too much variations were being reported in results of rapid test kits. In next two days, kits will be tested and validated in the field by our teams. States will be advised not to use these kits for two days. ICMR will give advisory on its use in two days.”
Meanwhile, a housekeeping staff member working at the Lok Sabha secretariat tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday and was admitted to the Safdarjung hospital.
On the international front, a total of 2,475,871 confirmed cases have been reported from across the globe with the US reporting the highest number of cases at 786,638 followed by Spain (200,210), Italy (181,228), France (156,480) and Germany (147,065).