Coronavirus live updates on 16th April: India’s COVID-19 tally reaches 12,759, death toll climbs to 420

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the nationwide lockdown–scheduled to end on April 14–will be extended to May 3.

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19:57 IST: Maharashtra’s COVID-19 tally surges past 3000
A total of 165 fresh COVID-19 cases, including 107 in Mumbai, were reported in Maharashtra on Thursday. With this, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state has risen to 3081, according to State Health Department. India’s coronavirus tally has crossed the 12,000 mark with a total of 12,380 cases till Thursday, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said.

19:14 IST: India’s COVID-19 tally reaches 12,759, death toll climbs to 420
The number of COVID-19 cases in India has reached 12,759, the Health Ministry said on Thursday. According to the official data, India has 10,824 active cases and 1514 discharged and cured cases. Meanwhile, 420 people have died from the disease which originated in China. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases in the country which stands at 2919, including 295 cured and discharged and 187 deaths. With 1578 coronavirus cases, Delhi is in the second position of India’s tally of corona infected people; followed by Tamil Nadu (1242) and Rajasthan (1023).

Kerala, which reported India’s first coronavirus case, has 388 confirmed cases, including 295 cured and discharged and 187 deaths.

18:15 IST: 26 test positive for COVID-19 in Dharavi, one more succumbs to virus
Twenty six persons tested positive for coronavirus in Dharavi here on Thursday, taking the number of COVID-19 cases in the area to 86, said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation.
Meanwhile, a person succumbed to coronavirus and the total number of deaths in Dharavi stands at nine. According to the State Health Department, 165 more people tested positive for COVID-19 and the number of cases in Maharashtra has climbed to 3081. Maharashtra’s first COVID-19 patient was detected on March 9 when a couple from Pune tested positive. They were treated successfully and discharged after 14 days treatment on March 23.


18:16 IST: Two persons succumb to COVID-19 in Pune, district death toll reaches 46
Two more persons succumbed to coronavirus infection in Pune on Thursday, taking the total death count due to the virus to 46, said health officials said.
Of the deceased COVID-19 patients, one was suffering from diabetic ketoacidosis while the other was suffering from diabetic nephropathy. “With two new deaths, the total death in Pune rises to 46,” they said. According to the State Health Department, 165 people tested positive for COVID-19 and the tally of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has climbed to 3081.

18:12 IST: Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 tally reaches 1115
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state increased to 1115 on Thursday.
According to the health department, with 701 cases, Indore has reported the highest number of cases, followed by Bhopal with 196 confirmed cases. Coronavirus cases spiked in Madhya Pradesh as the testing of suspected patients started late in the state, according to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan. “Till March 23, there were no testing facilities present in the state due to which we could not test suspected patients. But now, nine testing labs are functional, and if more samples are required for testing, we send them to cities like Delhi; hence there is a spike in the number of cases,” Chouhan told ANI.

17:41 IST: Tamil Nadu: 25 new corona positive cases, CM relief fund receives Rs 134 Crore
With 25 new COVID-19 cases confirmed in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, the state tally of virus infected people has risen to 1267, said Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
“In Tamil Nadu, we have 27 COVID-19 laboratories. Around 5,590 tests are being done on single day. 25 more people have detected positive for coronavirus today, taking the state tally of COVID-19 positive cases to 1267,” said Palaniswami during the video conference here. He informed that the Chief Minister Relief Fund has received Rs 134.64 crore to undertake various measures in the fight against COVID-19.
He thanked the people for showing support to the state government in the fighting COVID-19 and contributing generously towards the relief fund.

16:55 IST: No case of COVID-19 in Bhilwara in last 5 to 7 days
Not a single case of coronavirus surfaced in Bhilwara in the last 5 to 7 days. A total of 28 coronavirus positive cases have been reported here till now, Dr Rajan Nanda, Principal Mediacal College said on Thursday.
He said, “Out of 28 patients, two have died due to the virus, 24 have been sent for home quarantine after recovering from the virus and two patients have tested negative and will be sent to home quarantine soon.” “Bhilwara has not reported a single positive case of coronavirus in the last 5 to 7 days,” he added.
It is pertinent to say that the first coronavirus positive patients in Rajasthan also found in Bhilwara where three doctors and three compounders of a private hospital tested positive for the virus.

16:26 IST:Rajasthan COVID-19 tally reaches 1104, Jaipur among worst-affected cities
With 28 people testing positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan till 2 pm on Thursday, the state’s tally of coronavirus cases climbed to 1104, as per the State Health Department. The highest number of cases are from Jodhpur and Tonk (11 each), followed by Kota and Jhunjhunu (2 each) and Ajmer and Bikaner (1 each).

Out of 1104 patients, 483 are from Jaipur, 116 from Jodhpur and 86 from Kota.Moreover, samples of 5938 people are under process for COVID-19 testing. As per the State Health Department, 82 people have been cured and discharged in Rajasthan.

16:11 IST: Around 90 per cent of total COVID-19 cases, deaths in Maharashtra reported from Mumbai, Pune
Around 90 per cent of the total COVID-19 positive cases in Maharashtra were reported from metropolitan regions of Mumbai and Pune, according to the state government data.
Till April 16, out of the 2,916 cases a total of 2,620 cases were found in both Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR). Out of a total of 187 deaths recorded in the state, 168 people infected with COVID-19 died in these two regions. MMR comprises of Mumbai city, Mumbai Suburban, Thane, Palghar and Navi Mumbai while Pune district, Pune city, and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation fall under PMR.

14:47 IST: Nine more COVID-19 cases in Haryana, state tally reaches 213
Nine more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Haryana on Thursday, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 213.
According to the State Health Department, eight positive cases were found in Panchkula, and one person tested positive from Palwal area. The 213 cases in Haryana included 14 Italian nationals, 61 people that have been cured or discharged, while two deaths have been reported, the health department added.

14:37 IS3T: Karnataka reports 34 more coronavirus cases, state count reaches 313
Thirty-four more COVID-19 cases, including 17 cases from Belagavi, have been reported from Karnataka, informed the state government on Thursday.
Five of these 34 people have a history of travel to Delhi. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now stands at 313, including 82 discharged and 13 deaths. With 941 more COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 12,000 mark with the tally reading at 12,380 cases, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Thursday.

13:04 IST: Raipur collector orders ‘complete lockdown’ from April 16 to 19
Raipur collector S Bharathi Dasan issued an order for the complete lockdown in the district from 5 pm on April 16 to 5 pm on April 19, except for emergency services.
According to the order, only medical shops, milk booths, petrol pumps, LPG gas outlets, and online home delivery services shall remain open in the district during this period. This comes a day after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs issued fresh guidelines to be followed during the lockdown, which has been extended till May 3 in view of the coronavirus spread across the country. Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo had, on Wednesday, said that the number of active cases in the state stands at 16 while 17 others have been cured and discharged after treatment.

12:35 IST: Over 1,000 cases in national capital are Markaz cases: Delhi Health Minister
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, on Thursday, said that over 68 percent of the COVID-19 positive cases in the national capital are of persons who paticipated in the Tablighi Jamaat event at the Markaz Nizamuddin. “In the last 24 hours, with only 17 new cases being reported and two deaths, the total number of cases rises to 1,578 of which, 1,080 cases (68.4 per cent) are Markaz cases,” the Delhi Health Minister told ANI. Out of the 1,578 cases, 867 people have been admitted to hospitals. 29 patients are in intensive care, five patients are currently on the ventilator and 32 patients are dead. With regards to whether the extension of lockdown would help to curb the COVID-19 cases in the national capital, he said: “Three weeks of the national lockdown have already been passed with 17-18 days more to go, if the public follows the lockdown norms judiciously, we can contain the spread to quite an extent.”

12:08 IST: Elderly man who tested positive for COVID-19 dies in Bengaluru hospital
A 66-year-old man from Bengaluru, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died in Victoria Hospital, Karnataka health department said on Thursday.
According to officials, this is the thirteenth COVID-19 death in the state. “Patient Number 195, 66-year-old male patient from Bangalore, COVID 19 positive died on April 15 in Victoria Hospital. This is 13th COVID 19 death in Karnataka. He was referred from a private hospital and was admitted to Victoria hospital,” Karnataka health department tweeted.
The patient was on ventilator support since April 10, it added.

10:51 IST: 25 more COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, state count reaches 1101
With 25 more COVID-19 cases reported from Rajasthan, the total number of coronavirus cases in the state have risen to 1101, informed the state Health Department on Thursday.
“25 new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan today so far, 1 in Ajmer, 1 in Bikaner, 2 in Jhunjhunu, 10 in Jodhpur and 11 in Tonk. The total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 1101,” said the Health Department. As per the latest information by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India’s coronavirus tally crossed the 12,000 mark with the number reaching 12,380 cases on Thursday.
941 COVID-19 cases were reported in the country in the last 24 hours.

10:20 IST: Trump wants his name on all COVID-19 relief checks to Americans
The Treasury Department has ordered President Donald Trump’s name to be printed on all stimulus checks being sent to millions of Americans struggling financially because of coronavirus. The unprecedented decision announced by the Treasury Department on late Monday, states that when recipients open the USD 1,200 paper checks, which the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is scheduled to begin sending to 70 million Americans in coming days, “President Donald J. Trump” will appear on the left side of the payment, The Washington Post reported. It will be the first time when a president’s name appears on an IRS disbursement, whether a routine refund or one of the handful of checks the government has issued to taxpayers in recent decades either to stimulate a down economy or share the dividends of a strong one.

09:44 IST:2 more COVID-19 cases in Bihar, state count reaches 72
With two more COVID-19 cases, the tally of coronavirus cases in the state has reached 72, informed Sanjay Kumar Principal Secretary (Health) Bihar on Thursday. In the wake of the growing number of COVID-19 cases in the state, the Bihar administration has sealed Patna’s border today. “People only with emergency service would be allowed to enter the capital city,” informed Kumar Ravi, Patna DM while speaking to ANI. “Only people who have curfew passes or are carrying essential commodities will be allowed to travel,” he added.


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