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India Lockdown Diary, Day 23: Woman travels 2,700 km to meet son in hospital; Covid-19 survivor finds solace in art, and more

Coronavirus (Covid-19): Here's a curated list of striking stories that happened across India on day 23 of lockdown— first time in 167 years, Indian Railways lies idle on birthday; Kerala police combines force with drone operators for surveillance and more.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: April 16, 2020 10:46:33 pm
Indian Railways, Train coach isolation ward, Coronavirus patients, Railways converts train coaches in to isolation ward, Covid-19 patients, Coronavirus India, Indian express A view of the isolation coach readied by the Indian Railways. (Source: Indian Railways)

Coronavirus (Covid-19): India observed its 23rd day of the nationwide lockdown Thursday even as the number of infections in the country rose to 12,759 and the death toll stood at 420, as per the Union Health Ministry. Addressing a daily briefing to give updates on COVID-19 situation in the country, the ministry said a total of 2,90,401 samples have been tested so far, of which 30,043 were tested on Wednesday itself. Follow Coronavirus LIVE Updates

Assuring that the fatality rate in the country was much lower than the recovery rate, the Health Ministry denied any evidence on summer’s impact on the spread of the virus. Citing global testing numbers, an ICMR official said that one cannot say India was testing less as 24 people are being tested for one positive. Meanwhile, later in the day, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issued an advisory which said that Zoom, a platform for video calling, was not safe to use apart from issuing several other guidelines.

Here’s a curated list of striking stories that happened across the country on Day 23

For the first time in 167 years, Indian Railways did not ferry passengers on its birthday

The Indian Railways, which turned 167 on Thursday, for the first in its century-and-a-half life, lay idle on the tracks, not ferrying passengers across the country, as the country observes nationwide lockdown. It was on this day, 167 years ago, that the first passenger train ran between Thane and Mumbai’s Bori Bunder.

Indian railways, Indian railways clarification,, coronavirus, covid-19 india, False media report, Indian express The Indian Railways, known for its network, connects every part of India— rural and urban— through trains which ply around the clock. (File)

The Indian Railways, known for its network, connects every part of India— rural and urban— through trains which ply around the clock. It was in 1974, that Indians had experienced a phase without trains as Railway staff had gone on strike which lasted over three weeks bringing all services to a halt. Only freight trains supplying essential goods had run at that time but it was the first time that the services have been halted on its birthday.

Uttar Pradesh: Man hosts party on son’s birthday, booked as lockdown norms violated

A Gorakhpur resident has been booked for allegedly hosting a party on his 10-year-old son’s birthday in his housing complex, thus defying the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, police was quoted as saying on Thursday by PTI. A case has been registered against the man, who is a trader, and some unidentified persons after a video of the event went viral on social media, they said. The accused went ahead with his plan to host the party despite opposition from some residents of the residential complex. The video purportedly shows around 50 invitees socialising and having food from stalls set up outside the apartment located in a posh area of the city, a police official said.

Woman travels 2,700 km across six states to meet ailing son in hospital

After a Telangana woman rode 1,500 kilometers to and fro to bring back her son, a 50-year-old woman travelled 2,700 kilometers in a car across six states—starting from Kerala through Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Gujarat— to meet her critically ill son, a BSF jawan in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, despite the nationwide lockdown, PTI reported. The mother was accompanied by her daughter-in-law and another relative during the journey, which they covered over a period of three days.

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation health workers held a door-to-door survey to to create a Covid-19 database, on Wednesday. (Express photo/Amit Chakravarty)

After reaching Jodhpur, Sheelamma Vasan told PTI the health condition of her son, Arun Kumar (29), who was suffering from myositis, (inflamation of muscles), was improving. “Due to god’s grace we have reached here without any problems anywhere,” she said.

Vadodara cop’s humorous couplets on lockdown violators leaves residents wanting more

A top cop in Vadodara, who is also a literary writer off duty, is using his humourous couplets to make the lockdown violators in the city understand the importance of social distancing. His satirical tweets are proving to be a comic relief for Vadodara residents who clamour for more updates on lockdown violators.

Vadodara police, Vadodara police on lockdown violators, Gujarat police, India lockdown, MHA guidelines, coronavirus India, India news, Indian express Meghani, 39, who is also a literary writer, says he has been putting his “gift” to use to convey the message to those who don’t follow the rules.

“We are filing portrait photography and face sheet records in addition to the mandatory anatomical (black) slates for those who are stepping out of their homes to assess the ongoing situation.” The message above is one among the many satirical tweets from Deepak Meghani, Deputy Commissioner of Police in Vadodara for Zone 1.

Pizza man who tested COVID-19 positive in Delhi also delivered food for us: Zomato

The pizza delivery employee, who tested positive for COVID-19 in New Delhi, had also delivered food for Zomato, a statement issued by the popular food delivery app stated Thursday.

According to the south Delhi district administration, the man tested positive on April 14. He developed symptoms such as fatigue and cough in March, but since he did not have any history of international travel or known contact with someone else who had tested positive, he continued working. The 72 houses he delivered food to have been identified and residents put under quarantine. The online food delivery business is expected to take a major slump following the news of the delivery agent testing positive.

Coronavirus brings Kannada film industry to its knees

The coronavirus induced lockdown in India has turned out to bring a knee-jerk reaction from the Kannada film industry as schedules have gone awry following the stay-at-home curbs and operators in Sandalwood, as the industry is popularly known as, say about 100 films under production are affected, PTI reported. Some big budget movies like ‘Raja Veera Madakari Nayaka’, ‘Kotigobba 3’, ‘Robert’ and ‘Yuvaratna’ have also been stalled. Noted producer Rockline Venkatesh told PTI that the loss to the industry is to the tune of hundreds of crores of rupees.

Eagle in the sky: Drone operators and Kerala Police are a winning combination to enforce lockdown

Nearly two years after the calamitous floods in 2018 when they helped the Kerala Police to rescue agencies in locating those trapped in their homes, hundreds of drone operators and technicians in the state joined hands once again for a public cause: tracking those evading the lockdown put in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

Over the last three weeks, the Cyberdome division of the Kerala Police has enlisted the services of over 300 drone operators as part of ‘Project Eagle Eye’ to maintain tight surveillance especially in areas where police vans find it difficult to physically clamp down on violators. The idea was mooted by the Cyberdome division and it was percolated to district police chiefs who scouted for volunteers who can operate drones.

A Covid-19 survivor finds solace in art, has new life lessons for all

People across the world are dabbling in a wide range of home activities in the midst of the coronavirus-induced lockdown. But what about those who are staying alone, away from their own family members? U.K Sanjul, a 27-year-old who has recovered from COVID-19, tried something new while in self-quarantine.

coronavirus, coronavirus covid-19, coronavirus kerala, coronavirus kerala model, kozhikode kerala, kerala covid-19, pinarayi vijayan, kk shailaja teacher, indian express U.K Sanjul, who hails from Kerala’s Kozhikode district, has recovered from COVID-19 and is in self -quarantine for 14 days.

If it had not been for the coronavirus lockdown, the artistic side of Sanjul, a native of Kozhikode’s Narikkuni, would not have come out so prominently. Halfway into the 14-day quarantine following his recovery, the art aficionado has already produced several striking paintings. Unable to step outside, Sanjul says he uses this time to learn more about painting and drawing from YouTube.

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In a single room flat in Abu Dhabi, 6 roommates and a COVID patient

On April 4, a 25-year-old migrant from Kerala, working as a technician in an electronic company in Abu Dhabi, returned to his shared accommodation to his roommate struggling with a fever. The temperature was 101 degrees Fahrenheit. The number of coronavirus positive cases in United Arab Emirates (UAE) had already crossed 3,500 by then. However, the seven roommates, all from Kerala, decided to wait another day. With no signs of improvement, on April 6, he called all the helpline numbers set up by the Kerala government in the UAE to facilitate access to medical care. He also reached out to the embassy. Read full story

Children in masks during a magic performance at a shelter in New Delhi on Thursday. (Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal) coronavirus, coronavirus latest updates, indians abroad, indians overseas coronavirus, coronavirus testing kits, indian express, BRICS Police team members also testing who are on duty in sector 15 Panchkula after 7 more posting case in sector 15 Panchkula on Thursday, April 16 2020. (Express photo by Jaipal Singh) At Folds design studio’s workshop face-shield are manufactured, a personal protection device in the wake of Covid-19 pandemic. (Express photo by Amit Chakravarty)

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