Day by day Indian witnessing rise in Coronavirus. So, to contain the spread of Covid-19, Yesterday Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of lockdown till May 3.
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18:31 IST: India’s COVID-19 tally reaches 11,933
India’s tally of coronavirus cases has gone up to 11,933, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday. Out of the total tally, 10,197 cases are active while 1,344 patients have been cured/discharged and migrated, and 392 people have succumbed to the virus. According to the ministry, Maharashtra is the worst-affected state with 2,687 cases of which 259 patients have been cured/discharged while 178 patients have lost their lives.
Delhi comes in at the second position with 1,561 cases of which 30 patients have recovered while 30 patients have died.
Tamil Nadu is the third state with 1,204 cases of which 81 have recovered and 12 have died due to the deadly virus.
Rajasthan has confirmed 1,005 cases of which 147 people have recovered while 3 patients are dead. Madhya Pradesh reported 987 cases including 64 patients recovered and 53 patients dead, Uttar Pradesh has 735 COVID-19 positive cases. In Kerala, which reported the first COVID-19 case, 387 people have been detected positive for coronavirus.
While Ladakh has confirmed 17 coronavirus cases, 278 people have infected by the virus in Jammu and Kashmir.
On Tuesday, in an address to the nation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the national lockdown has been extended till May 3.
17:24 IST: Cabinet Secretary has been informed about COVID-19 containment strategies: Health Minister
Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has been informed about COVID-19 containment strategies through video conference, said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, here on Wednesday. “The Cabinet Secretary has been informed about the large containment outbreak strategies and cluster containment strategies in details,” said Aggarwal during the daily media briefing on the coronavirus. Aggarwal said that proper parameter mapping, clear exit and entry points of the containment zone were discussed in the conference. “Any other activities except essential services will be restricted in the containment zone. Active search of the cases will be conducted by a special team. Samples will be collected on the basis of sampling criteria for testing,” he said. “Apart from that, in areas beyond containment zone which will be called buffer zone, all the health facilities will be oriented and people having the problem of breathlessness will be tested,” added Aggarwal.
17:20 IST: West Bengal confirms 132 COVID-19 active cases, 7 deaths
With twelve new positive COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours in West Bengal, the state tally of active cases on Wednesday climbed to 132, said State Chief Secretary.
The state has confirmed 7 deaths due to COVID-19 till date. As per the Union Health Ministry, 213 people have tested positive for coronavirus in the state, including 37 cured and discharged and 7 deaths. On April 12, the West Bengal government made it mandatory to cover nose and mouth with any available piece of cloth in a public place to avoid transmission of coronavirus.
17:08 IST:12 new COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan, 8 are from Jaipur
The total number of cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan reached 1046 with 12 new cases reported on Wednesday. The Rajasthan Health Department said, “12 more COVID-19 positive cases reported on Wednesday. Eight from Jaipur, one each from Dausa, Nagaur, Tonk, and Jhunjhunu. ” “The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 1046 now,” it further said.
India’s tally of coronavirus cases increased to 11,439 on Wednesday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
15:48 IST: Haryana confirms 190 positive cases of COVID-19
A total of 190 people have been found positive of coronavirus in Haryana till date, said State Health Department. According to an official statement by the Health Department, “Of the 190 COVID-19 cases, 146 are active while two deaths have been reported.” The statement further said that as many as 42 people who were confirmed COVID-19 positive have recovered and discharged from hospitals.
14:43 IST: Bihar reports 4 more coronavirus cases, state count reaches 70
Four new coronavirus cases were reported in Bihar on Wednesday, the state Principal Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 70. The state is also going to start door- to- door screening from April 16 in state’s four districts where the maximum number of COVID-19 positive cases have been reported. According to a press release by the CMO on Tuesday, the campaign will begin from April 16, covering Siwan, Begusarai, Nalanda and Nawada districts, and with this Bihar will become the first state in the country to adopt such measures. Meanwhile, India’s tally of coronavirus cases rose to 11,439, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Wednesday.
14:30 IST: 17 new positive cases in Karnataka, 65-year-old dies in Chikkaballapur
As many as 17 new positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Karnataka, taking the total number of cases in the state to 277, including 75 discharged and 11 deaths, the state government said on Wednesday. Of the 17 new cases, nine are workers of a pharmaceutical company in Mysuru, the government stated. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old from Chikkaballapur, who had tested positive for COVID-19, lost his life on Wednesday.
13:51 IST: Jitendra Awhad shares COVID-19 negative test report, dismisses reports of him testing positive
Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad on Wednesday released his coronavirus test report which came negative after some media reports claimed that he had tested positive.
“I am fit and fine…Working on streets…But some channels using me for TRP…Interesting to know that they think people watch this also. Undoubtedly I was exposed for over a month…God is kind who are kind to others,” Awhad, who is also a NCP leader, tweeted. Notably, Awhad was advised to go into quarantine after a policeman, with whom he had come into contact a few days ago, tested positive for COVID-19.
12:37 IST: Bank branches and ATMs to remain functional during lockdown 2.0
The Union Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday issued revised guidelines as to which sectors and industries will continue to function during the lockdown imposed to contain COVID-19. “To mitigate hardship to the public, select additional activities have been allowed which will come into effect from 20th April. 2020. These limited exemptions will be operationalized by states/UTs / district administrations based on strict compliance to the existing guidelines,” the MHA directive noted. The bank branches and ATMs, IT vendors for banking operations, banking correspondents, ATM operation and cash management agencies will remain functional during the period.
12:14 IST: 2 COVID-19 deaths in Gujarat, 56 new cases push state tally to 695
The total number of positive COVID-19 cases rose to 695 in Gujarat after 56 fresh cases were reported in the state, Gujarat Health Department said on Wednesday. Also, two new deaths were reported in Ahmedabad and Surat, with the toll increasing to 30. Out of the 56 new cases, 42 cases were reported in Ahmedabad and six from Surat, while three new cases each were confirmed from Panchmahal and Vadodara, and one each from Kheda and Botad. Out of the 695 cases, the total count includes 59 patients who have been cured and discharged.
10:27 IST:29 more COVID-19 cases reported in Rajasthan, state tally reaches 1034
With 29 more COVID-19 cases reported from Rajasthan, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state reached 1,034, the state Health Department said on Wednesday.
Out of 29 new cases, 15 cases were reported from Jaipur while seven cases each were reported from Jodhpur and Kota. With 1,076 new COVID-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s tally of coronavirus cases has risen to 11,439, said the Ministry on Wednesday.
10:20 IST:10 staff members of Mumbai hospital test positive for COVID-19
Ten more staff members of a hospital here have tested positive for COVID-19.
They were in quarantine after three patients admitted at the hospital had tested positive earlier. Now, a total of 35 staff members of the hospital have tested positive for the virus. They are being treated at the hospital itself.