Coronavirus live updates on 17th April: India’s COVID-19 cases surge to 13,835

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Coronavirus cases in India are rising rapidly. Central and state governments are taking all measures to contain the spread of covid-19. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced that the nationwide lockdown–scheduled to end on April 14–will be extended to May 3.

With 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and 32 deaths, India’s total count of coronavirus cases has surged to 13,835, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday.

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19:26 IST: Number of containment zones in Delhi reaches 66
The number of containment zones in the national capital reached 66 on Friday including one in Sangam Vihar where four family members tested positive for the coronavirus. The six new containment zones are — Gali No. 26 and 26 B, H.No. 2056 to 2092 and Gali No. 27 and 27 B, H.No. 2063 to 2083, Tughlakabad Extension; the entire effected area around H.No. 859/20, L–II, Sangam Vihar; in and around the area of C-105, Hari Nagar; in and around the area of B-333, Hari Nagar; in and around the area of C-785, Third Floor, Camp No. 2, Nangloi; in and around the area of RZ-168, K2 Block, Nihal Vihar. A house in Delhi’s L-II, Sangam Vihar, was contained today after four members of a family tested positive of COVID-19.

18:28 IST: India’s COVID-19 cases surge to 13,835
With 1,076 new cases of COVID-19 in the last 24 hours and 32 deaths, India’s total count of coronavirus cases has surged to 13,835, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Friday. The total cases are inclusive of 1,766 cured and discharged patients, one migrated and 452 deaths. At present, there are 11,616 active COVID-19 cases in the country. Before the lockdown, the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was about three days, but according to the data of the past 7 days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days, said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare. “Before the lockdown, doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was about three days but according to the data of past 7 days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days,” Aggarwal said during the daily briefing on COVID-19.

18:01 IST: India doing better in outcome ratio of COVID-19, need to improve it further: Health Ministry
Union Health Ministry on Friday said that India is doing better than many countries on outcome ratio – the ratio of number of COVID-19 recoveries versus deaths – and it stands at 80:20. Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said at the daily briefing on COVID-19 that they have calculated outcome ratio, which is the cases recovered versus those in which death has been reported. “In our country 80 per cent cases people are recovering and in 20 per cent cases death is being reported. If we compare with other countries, we are doing better and we need to improve it. All our actions are focused on speeding up vaccine development. We are working on recombinant BCG, convalescent plasma therapy, monoclonal antibodies to fight COVID-19,” he said.

17:39 IST: Combating COVID-19: Odisha to conduct 5,000 tests in Bhubaneswar
Odisha government would be conducting 5,000 tests during the next seven days in Bhubaneswar, which has become a hotspot in the State with 46 coronavirus cases till now.
“Odisha to conduct 5,000 tests during the next seven days in Bhubaneswar. There are 60 positive cases of coronavirus in the State as of now with no new cases reported in the last two days. 19 people have cured. Out of 60 cases, 46 are from Bhubaneswar,” said Odisha Chief Secretary Asit Kumar Tripathy. He said that as per the categorisation, Bhubaneswar comes under hotspot. “We have divided Bhubaneswar into three containment zones. A special officer has been appointed to look after the government’s engagements,” he said.

16:38 IST: Doubling rate of COVID-19 cases now stands at 6.2 days: Health Ministry
Before the lockdown, doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was about three days, but according to the data of past 7 days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days, said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, here on Friday. “Before the lockdown, doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was about three days but according to the data of past 7 days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days,” Aggarwal said during the daily briefing on COVID-19. Aggarwal said that the doubling rate in 19 States and Union Territories are even lower than the average doubling rate. “The doubling rate is lower than the national average in 19 States and UTs — Kerala, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Puducherry, Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Assam, Tripura, etc. We are intensifying our efforts to reduce this doubling rate,” he said.

15:38 IST: 38 more COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh, state tally reaches 572
38 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 572. While 13 cases were reported in Kurnool, six in Nellore, five each in Chittoor and Anantapur, four each in Guntur and Krishna and one in Kadapa, according to the latest bulletin by State Command Control Room, Andhra Pradesh. The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in the state is 572. Till now, 35 patients have been discharged, while 14 deaths have been reported. Remaining 523 are currently undergoing treatment.

15:13 IST:24 more COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, state tally reaches 1,193
24 more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Rajasthan, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,193. According to the Rajasthan Health Department, 7 cases have been reported from Tonk, 14 from Jodhpur, one from Jaipur and two from Kota. Out of the total 1,193 cases, 93 patients have been discharged, while 17 deaths have been reported, as per the data by the state health department.

14:45 IST: 30 COVID-19 patients discharged from hospital after treatment in Chennai
30 patients, who had tested positive for coronavirus, were discharged from the Government Omandurar Medical College and Hospital, which is a COVID-19 Centre, here on Friday after completing their treatment.
“We had 95 COVID-19 positive patients. 30 out of 95 have totally recovered after the treatment. They have tested twice negative for coronavirus in the past 16 days. They are totally free from the disease,” Narayana Babu, Dean of Government Omandurar Medical College and Hospital told ANI. He further said that the families of the patients should not isolate them as they have recovered completely from the disease.

14:34 IST: Maharashtra reports 34 new coronavirus cases, state count reaches 3,236
With 34 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra, the state tally rose to 3,236 on Friday, informed the state Health Department. Maharashtra is one of the worst affected states in the country. It is followed by Delhi with 1640 cases. With an increase of 1,007 cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 13,387. As many as 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.

14:09 IST: COVID-19 patient dies in Pune, district’s death toll reaches 48
A COVID-19 patient, who was also suffering from other serious illnesses, died in Pune on Friday. “A 50-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus died at Sasoon Hospital in Pune. He was also suffering from comorbidity,” said State Health Department. With this, the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in Pune has reached 48.

13:19 IST: 38 more COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, state tally reaches 353
38 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Karnataka, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 353. “38 more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Karnataka from 5 pm yesterday till 12 noon today. Total cases in the state stand at 353, including 82 discharged and 13 deaths,” Karnataka government said on Friday. The state government has announced the purchase of an additional two lakh rapid test kits for COVD-19 detection.

12:07 IST: UP: 38 out of 983 samples tested positive for coronavirus yesterday, says King George’s Medical University
A total of 38 samples have tested positive for the coronavirus, out of 983 samples which were tested on Thursday, according to King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.
All these patients have been admitted to various hospitals of the state. Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 13,387. As many as 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, as per data provided by the ministry.
Out of the total count, 11,201 cases are active, while 1,749 people have been cured/discharged/migrated and 437 deaths have been reported till Friday morning.

11:27 IST: Three more COVID-19 cases in Chhattisgarh’s Korba, state count reaches 36
Three more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Katghora area of Korba district, Chhattisgarh on Thursday. With this, the total number of cases in the state climbed to 36, including 23 cured or discharged people, as per information provided by AIIMS, Raipur.
These three patients include two women and one man. All three are residents of Katghora town in the district. The three had reportedly come in contact with a Tablighi Jamaat attendee who had earlier tested positive for the infection.

10:59 IST: Coronavirus related fatalities in US surge past 30,000
Coronavirus related fatalities in the US continued to surge even as US President Donald Trump announced a phased approach to ease restrictions of movement.
According to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University, by Friday 10:00 AM, the death toll stood at 33,286 out of which more than 11,000 deaths have been reported from New York alone. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country stood at 6,71,349. Meanwhile, Trump has unveiled a three phase plan to reopen the states from coronavirus lockdown.

10:34 IST: 51,000 samples tested for COVID-19 till now: Maharashtra Health Minister
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Friday said that till now about 51,000 samples have been tested for coronavirus in the state. “Of 51,000 samples, over 24,000 samples have been tested for coronavirus in Mumbai,” Tope said. He further said, “We have a total of 30 COVID-19 testing labs in the state including 15 government and 15 private labs. Soon, 6 more testing labs will be added in our list.” “We are increasing our capacity of labs so that the time-lapse between sample collection and test result can be minimised and better treatment is given to the infected patients as soon as possible,” he added.

10:12 IST: Six-month-old, 2-yr-old among 11 new COVID-19 cases from Bihar
six-month-old infant and a two-year-old from the same family in Munger were among the 11 new coronavirus cases detected in Bihar on Thursday, taking the state’s tally to 83, according to Bihar Principal Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar.
Among the 11 fresh cases, nine were reported from Munger. Ten family members of the two children, including them, have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

With 1,007 more cases, India’s COVID-19 count reaches 13,387
With an increase of 1,007 cases, the total number of coronavirus cases in India has risen to 13,387. As many as 23 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
Out of the total count, 11,201 cases are active, while 1,749 people have been cured/discharged/migrated and 437 deaths have been reported till Friday morning. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra continues to be the worst-affected state with a total of 3,205 cases of coronavirus. While 300 patients have recovered there have been 194 deaths in the state due to the infection.

Delhi comes next with 1,640 cases of which 51 patients have recovered while 38 patients have died. Tamil Nadu is the third state with 1,267 cases of which 180 have recovered and 15 have died due to the deadly virus.

Rajasthan has confirmed 1,131 cases of which 164 people have recovered while 3 patients are dead. Madhya Pradesh reported 1,120 cases including 64 patients recovered and 53 patients dead, Uttar Pradesh has 805 COVID-19 positive cases. In Kerala, which had reported the first COVID-19 case, 395 people have been detected positive for coronavirus.

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