Coronavirus live updates on 12th April: Vaccine yet to be developed to treat COVID-19 patients, says ICMR


With each passing days, Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases are growing rapidly worldwide. Countries across the world are trying their best to stop the spread of coronavirus. In India, Government has announced lockdown till 14th April to control the spread of coronavirus, which media reports say that it is likely to extend. Many Indian states like Punjab, Maharashtra, West Bengal, and Odisha has already announced lockdown extension.

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19:21 IST: Vaccine yet to be developed to treat COVID-19 patients: ICMR
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Sunday said that no vaccine has yet been developed for the treatment of coronavirus. However, over 40 vaccines are under various stages of development but none have reached the final stage. Speaking to media Dr Manoj Murhekar of ICMR said, “More than 40 vaccines are under development but none have reached the next stage. As of now, there is no vaccine.”

19:00 IST: COVID-19 positive cases in Karnataka stands at 232
A total of 232 COVID-19 positive cases were reported from Karnataka till today. “As of 5:00 PM today, cumulatively 232 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in Karnataka, it includes 6 deaths and 54 discharges,” said Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Karnataka. Moreover, the Karnataka government has announced an extension of lockdown till April 30.

18:56 IST:106 more people test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu
Eight doctors and five nurses have tested positive for the coronaviurs in Tamil Nadu, state’s Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said on Sunday. In all, 106 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in the State, taking the total number of cases to 1,075. Out of the total new cases, 90 people are from the ‘single source conduct’. “Two government doctors, two railway hospital doctors, four private hospital doctors and five nurses have tested positive for COVID19,” Rajesh was quoted as saying in a press release.

18:48 IST: One person in Andhra Pradesh to get 3 masks
Andhra Pradesh government has decided to provide three masks to each of 5.3 crore people of the State. According to an official statement, during a review meeting held here on Sunday, the Chief Minister instructed the officials to “distribute three masks each to 5.3 crore people of the State.” During the meeting, Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was informed that 1.43 crore were mapped during the third survey. During the survey, 32,349 people were referred to a medical examination by the field staff. Reddy has asked the officials to conduct tests on all 32,349 people. “There should be a special focus in the zones where COVID-19 is prevalent,” said Chief Minister Reddy and sought details on the clusters, red zone, and hotspot areas in the State.


16:49 IST: India reports 909 fresh cases of COVID-19, count hits 8,356: Lav Aggarwal
With 909 fresh cases of coronavirus reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of confirmed cases in the country has reached 8,356 including 273 deaths, said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare on Sunday. While 716 people have been recovered so far, he said. “A total of 8,356 confirmed cases have been reported in India including 273 deaths and 716 people who were COVID-19 positive have been recovered. Out of the total deaths, 34 deaths have been reported during the day,” Aggarwal said.
He said that the government is increasing the testing capacity in private and government medical colleges.

16:29 IST:One more COVID-19 hotspot identified in Delhi, total 34
One more area in Delhi was declared COVID-19 hotspot on Sunday.
With this, there are 34 such hotspots in the national capital as of now. The newly added area in the list of the hotspot is – Lane 5 and 5A, H-2 block at Bengali Colony, Mahavir Enclave. The hotspots have been declared as ‘containment zones’ by the Delhi government after COVID-19 cases emerged from these areas. Earlier today, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said that people residing in all the 33 hotspots areas of the national capital will be screened for coronavirus symptoms. The number of coronavirus hotspots in Delhi increased to 33 on Saturday when three more areas were added to the list.


16:22 IST: Coronavirus toll in Spain reaches 17,000
Spain has registered 619 deaths linked to coronavirus in last 24 hours, taking to the death toll to nearly 17,000, the Spanish Health Ministry’s daily update said Sunday. The number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 166,000, Sputnik reported. Nearly 60,000 patients have been discharged with complete recoveries, the government’s data shows.

16:14 IST: 14 more COVID-19 cases in Nagpur
14 more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Nagpur on Sunday, informed Tukaram Mundhe, Municipal Commissioner.
Earlier today, 134 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Maharashtra with Mumbai seeing the majority of the cases

15:37 IST: Two more test positive for COVID-19 in Ujjain
A seven-year-old child and a 65-year-old female tested positive for COVID-19 here on Sunday, the authorities stated.
While the child is a resident of Kot Mohalla, the woman is staying in Bhargava Marg. Both the patients belonged to the areas which has already been declared as COVID-19 hotpots by the authorities. The number of positive coronavirus patients increased to 18 in the district while five individuals have succumbed to the deadly virus
With a total of 532 positive COVID-19 cases reported from Madhya Pradesh till now, the tally of the country’s novel coronavirus cases increased to 8356 on Sunday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.


15:13 IST: Pune reports two more COVID-19-related deaths
Two more deaths were reported here on Sunday, the Pune health officials stated.
Both of them had tested positive for COVID-19 and also had co-morbidity. A total of 31 deaths are reported in Pune till now. Earlier today, 134 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Maharashtra today with Mumbai seeing the majority of the cases. With this, the total positive cases in the state rose to 1,895, as said by the state Health Department.

15:05 IST:3 more cured of COVID-19 in Punjab
Three COVID-19 patients tested negative twice and were accordingly declared as cured, here on Sunday. They were bring treated in the isolation ward of District Hospital Nawanshahar. With this, the total number of cured COVID-19 patients at the District Hospital increased to 13.

14:49 IST: 134 more COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra, state tally climbs to 1895
134 more coronavirus cases have been reported in Maharashtra on Sunday, taking the total count of COVID-19 cases in the state to 1895.
Out of the total cases, 113 have been found in Mumbai, four in Pune, seven in Mira Bhayandar, two each in Navi Mumbai, Thane and Vasai Virar and one each in Raigad, Amravati, Bhiwandi and Pimpri-Chinchwad.


13:45 IST: 25 more COVID-19 cases in Gujarat, state tally reaches 493
25 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Gujarat, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 493, state Health Department said.
“25 more coronavirus cases have been reported in Gujarat, 23 in Ahmedabad and two in Anand. The total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state now stands at 493. One more COVID-19 related death has also been reported in Ahmedabad,” the Health Department added. Till now, 44 patients have recovered, while 23 deaths have been reported.

13:40 IST: 11 more COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, state tally reaches 226
Eleven more cases of coronavirus have been reported from Karnataka on Sunday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 226.
“11 more COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka, taking the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the state to 226, including six deaths and 47 discharged,” a Karnataka government bulletin said. The bulletin said that out of the 11 new positive cases, seven have contact history and one has a history of foreign travel. In these cases, seven are males while four are females.

12:29 IST: Delhi government declares 33 containment zones
Thirty three areas in Delhi have been declared as ‘containment zones’ in a bid to contain coronavirus spread.
Areas around House No-A 176, Deoli Extension; A-30 Mansarovar Garden; and Street nos. 1 to 10, C block, Jahangirpuri have been declared as ‘containment zones’ by the Delhi government after COVID-19 patients were found there. Streets and roads in the national capital wore a deserted look as people are practicing self-isolation while police barricading is done at the 33 containment areas.

It is for the first time that Sacred Heart Cathedral near Gol Dak Khana in the national capital remained closed on Easter as people are praticing social distancing to contain the spread of COVID-19.



12:11 IST: Two new cases of coronavirus reported from Mumbai’s Dadar
Two more cases of coronavirus have been reported here from Dadar area on Sunday.
One person is a 52-year-old female from Ambedkar Nagar behind Kamgar stadium SB Road in Dadar, while the other one is a 48-year-old male from Kasarwadi SWM staff chawl in Dadar. Both these premises have been sealed now. The total number of cases in Dadar are 13.
One each from Dinkar apartment and Soubhagya apartment, five from Tawade Wadi, two each from Sushrusha and Kelkar road, and one each from Kasarwadi and Ambedkar Nagar.
Police barricaded Dharavi area after 15 new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in the area. A total of 43 cases and four deaths have been reported from Dharavi so far.

11:22 IST: 15 more COVID-19 cases reported from Mumbai’s Dharavi area
Mumbai’s Dharavi area on Sunday reported 15 more COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the locality to 43, the state health department said.
Four people residing in the area had earlier died due to COVID-19. Maharashtra has so far recorded 1761 cases of coronavirus with 208 patients being cured. Out the total cases, 127 have lost their lives, the data compiled by the Union Health Ministry revealed.


10:45 IST: US overtakes Italy with highest COVID-19 deaths
The total number of deaths related to the novel coronavirus in the United States surpassed that of Italy on Saturday, with at least 20,506 lives succumbing to the outbreak, and as many as 527,111 people getting infected by the contagion so far, according to Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University. The States recorded 1,920 deaths related to the novel coronavirus over the past 24 hours. Italy, the hardest-hit country in Europe with a population a fifth of the size of the US, was also approaching the bleak marker, with 19,468 confirmed virus fatalities, South China Morning Post reported. The United States has seen its highest death tolls to date in the epidemic with roughly 2,000 deaths a day reported for the last four days in a row. The global death toll now stands at more than 108,000.

Many experts and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are cautioning countries against lifting lockdown measures too quickly. WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Friday that jumping the gun could lead to a “deadly resurgence” of the novel coronavirus, known as SARS-CoV-2. From the crowded slums of Mexico City, Nairobi and Mumbai to conflict hot spots in the Middle East, there are fears that the worst is yet to come for the world’s poorest. With China already ending its once-severe lockdown in Wuhan, US President Donald Trump said last that the disease was near its peak in the United States and he was considering ways to reopen the world’s biggest economy as soon as possible. “But you know what? Staying at home leads to death also,” Trump said.

10:37 IST: 72-year-old COVID-19 suspect flees from Patna hospital
A 72-year-old suspected COVID-19 patient managed to escape from Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Sunday. PMCH administration has notified the police and investigation into the case has begun. According to hospital authorities, the woman is a resident of Siwan and her COVID-19 test results are awaited. So far 63 confirmed COVID-19 cases are reported from the state. One person has died due to the disease while 18 others have been cured, said the state Health Department in a statement.

10:18 IST: 12 more COVID-19 cases reported from Agra, district tally reaches 104
Twelve more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Agra on Saturday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the district to 104, said Dr. Sudhir Singh, in charge of isolation ward at King George’s Medical University. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases reported from Agra climbed to 104 on Sunday, with 89 of them being active cases. “Out of the 582 samples collected yesterday, 12 tested positive. Three of them are admitted at District Hospital Agra, while nine others at Sarojini Naidu Medical College” Singh said.

09:26 IST: 54 COVID-19 cases reported in Odisha so far
Fifty-four positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state so far while 12 patients have recovered from the disease. According to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Odisha, total 3862 samples have been tested, and so far total 54 positive cases (cumulative) have been reported in the State. 12 COVID-19 patients out of the 54 positive cases have recovered, while one death related to COVID-19 has been reported, the department said.


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