Coronavirus India, April 18 Highlights: Delhi reports 186 cases in last 24 hours; total cases near 15,000-mark
The total number of infections in the country are 14,792, including 2,014 people who have been treated and discharged. As many as 43 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours from across the country.
The Red Fort in Old Delhi is lit with lamps and candles to observe the world heritage day on Saturday. The lights read, “hum jeetengay (We shall overcome this)”. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)
Coronavirus India News Updates: Gujarat continued to witness a surge in number of cases as it reported 173 new cases while Tamil Nadu recorded 82 more recoveries on Saturday. Maharashtra remains the worst affected statewith over 3600 cases. Nationally, the total number of cases neared the 15,000-mark with 488 deaths.
Addressing a daily media briefing, Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said of the 14,378 coronavirus infections reported in the country so far, 4,291 cases in 23 states and Union Territories are linked to the Markaz event held in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area in March. Follow Indian Express Covid-19 tracker for latest updates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said “humanity will surely overcome the coronavirus pandemic,” as he hailed the efforts put in by various ministries to help people during the lockdown, and in the fight against COVID-19. Meanwhile, the Delhi government has kicked off community testing in high-risk areas to ensure there is no community spread. (Click to follow our coverage of Covid-19)
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Coronavirus LIVE updates: People are seen at a temporary quarantine centre in Kolkata on Friday, during the central government imposed lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus. (Express Photo by Partha Paul)
Coronavirus COVID-19 Tracker India LIVE Updates: Reaching out to students during lockdown, Doordarshan and All India Radio are broadcasting virtual classes and other educational content through their regional channels across the country on TV, radio and YouTube.
As all schools across the country are closed, these virtual classes are helping lakhs of students, especially those in Class 10 and 12, in preparation for their board and competitive examinations, according to an official statement. The virtual learning through DD and AIR include curriculum-based classes for primary, middle and high-school level students.
A Pre-primary school child taking her classes online during the lockdown in North Kashmir's Bandipora. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)
A 21-year-old man from Pune, who surreptitiously travelled 370 km on his two-wheeler, sneaking in through three ‘sealed’ district borders to reach Parbhani earlier this week, became the first Covid-19 positive patient in the district which so far had managed to remain in ‘Green Zone’ with no reported case so far.
Fire brigade personnel disinfect an ambulance in Pune (Expess photo by Arul Horizon)
The man, who hails from Jawala Bazaar in Hingoli District and works at a furniture store in Bhosari near Pune, left his residence in Bhosari on April 12 night and reached his brother-in-law’s home in Parbhani next morning. As he was complaining of throat irritation, he was taken to a public health centre by the relative where a throat swab was taken and sent to a lab. The result came positive on Thursday.
Doubling rate of coronavirus cases less than national average in these states, UTs
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said three strains of the virus have been detected in India so far. While this will have no bearing on the efficacy of a drug, as and when it is developed, it may affect the efficacy of a vaccine, said Dr R R Gangakhedkar, head of epidemiology and infectious diseases, ICMR.
Women from Zamrudpur receive food at an MCD school in Delhi (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)
“Before the lockdown, the doubling rate was three days. Going by the number of cases in the last seven days, the doubling rate has been 6.2 days. In 19 states and Union Territories, the doubling rate is less than the national average,” Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said at the daily briefing.
These states and UTs are: Kerala, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, Puducherry, Chandigarh, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Assam, Tripura, Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka.
Agarwal said the average growth factor of cases between March 15 and 31 was 2.1, while it was 1.2 between April 1 and 15. “There has been a 40% decline in growth and it has come with an increase in testing of samples. We are doing better than most countries,” he said.
With over 3,000 coronavirus cases and 194 deaths, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state in the country. This, as it faces the crisis of thousands of anxious migrant labourers wanting to go home, and slum clusters where social distancing remains an idea far-fetched from reality.
Maharashtra is the worst-affected state with over 3,000 confirmed cases of novel coronavirus (Express photo/Pradip Das)
The state, with a population of over 11 crore (according to the 2011 census), currently has over 3,205 positive cases of novel coronavirus, including 300 recoveries and 194 deaths. The metropolitan city of Mumbai is a hotspot, having recorded 117 deaths so far, and a newly sworn-in Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP government is on its toes with all economic activity brought to a halt for at least 40 days.
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