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Coronavirus Latest: India’s Covid-19 Recoveries Rise To 22,455, Deaths At 2,293; Drop In Corona Cases In Agra

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May 12, 2020 at 10:39 AM

India's Covid-19 Recoveries Rise To 22,455, Deaths At 2,293; Drop In Corona Cases In Agra

India saw a spike of 3,604 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours taking the total tally up to 70,756 the Union Health Ministry said on Tuesday (12 May). As many as 87 new fatalities were also reported in a day.

Of the total cases, 46,008 are active and 2,293 are fatalities so far while at least 22,455 people have recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, two days after Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath ordered senior bureaucrats to camp in Agra for COVID-19 containment, the city on Tuesday reported dip in the coronavirus cases, bringing down the tally to 13, a health official said.

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District magistrate P.N. Singh said that of the total 765 cases, 336 have recovered and discharged. So far 9,520 samples have been collected, while 404 patients were under treatment. The number of hotspots in Agra stands at 44.

Health authorities said pool sampling was continuing at a faster pace now. Test reports of 15 jail inmates is being awaited after death of one inmate two days ago. The Agra Central jail management is busy upgrading and streamlining medicare and standards of hygiene in the premises.

With initiative for policy planning and execution of a comprehensive strategy transferred to a new power centre comprising six senior bureaucrats dispatched by Adityanath to Agra, the overall situation in the district may now see some improvement and direction, health activists and representatives of dozens of voluntary groups hope Tuesday morning.

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(With inputs from IANS)

May 09, 2020 at 4:49 PM

Karnataka Completes 1 Lakh Covid-19 Tests; Chandigarh's Corona Tally Mounts To 159

Two months after Karnataka registered its first COVID-19 positive case, the state completed one lakh-test milestone on Friday (8 May), Medical Education Minister K. Sudhakar said on Saturday (8 May).

“Karnataka crossed the 1 lakh Covid tests milestone. Our fight against coronavirus will continue with more zeal,” said Sudhakar.

Cumulative Covid tests stood at 1,00,986 at the end of Friday, resulting in 789 positive cases till Saturday noon, indicating a positivity rate of 0.78 per cent, one of the lowest in India.

By Thursday, total tests stood at 97,429.

Total samples which tested negative for the virus till Friday were 92,237.

The one lakh tests were carried out at 28 labs across the state, led by National Institute of Virology (NIV), Bengaluru with 15,249 tests, followed by National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS), 13,134.

Other top testers included Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMC & RI), 12,527 tests, Mysore Medical College and Research Institute (MMC RI), 9,280, GIMS, Gulbarga, 7,004 and others.

Meanwhile, a four-month-old child among 11 more Covid-19 patients were reported in Chandigarh on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 159, officials said.

All 11 new cases were reported from Bapu Dham colony in Sector 26, the epicentre of the virus. The densely populated colony has housing units mainly for economically weaker sections.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 09, 2020 at 9:30 AM

India Reports 1,981 Covid-19 Deaths, 17,847 Recovered; Delhi’s Corona Tally Rises To 6,318

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 59,662 while 1,981 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (9 May) by the Health Ministry.

India has reported 3,320 Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 17,846, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 39,834.

Meanwhile, with 338 new cases reported in a day, the total count of Covid cases in Delhi reached 6,318 on Friday (8 May), the Health Department said.

Two new deaths were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 68, it said.

A total of 89 patients recovered on Friday, according to the Delhi Health Bulletin.

"At least 2,020 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 4,230 cases are active," the Health Department said.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 08, 2020 at 10:06 AM

India's Covid-19 Recoveries Cross 16,500 Mark; Ten New Cases Raise Assam's Corona Tally To 54

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 56,342 while 1,886 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (8 May) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 56,231 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

India has reported 3,390 Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 16,539, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 37,916.

Meanwhile, after a few days break, ten more coronavirus positive cases were reported in Assam during the past 48 hours taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 54, though only 19 of them are active, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Thursday (7 May).

Five of the new cases are from Cachar district of southern Assam, bordering Tripura and Mizoram, while four people tested positive for in Guwahati. One more fresh case was recorded last night when a PG student at Guwahti Medical College tested COVID positive.

Sarma said that all the five persons in Cachar took a bus from Rajasthan in which a large number of other people travelled too.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 07, 2020 at 9:45 AM

India Reports 1,783 Covid-19 Deaths, 15,267 Recovered; Delhi Corona Tally Rises To 5,532

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 52,952 while 1,783 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (7 May) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 52,841 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 15,266, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 35,902.

With record 428 new coronavirus cases reported in a day, the total positive cases reported so far in Delhi reached 5,532 on Wednesday (6 May), the Health Department said.

With one death in the last 24 hours, the death toll due to coronavirus reached 65, it said. Among the 65 dead, 56 had other serious diseases.

A total of 74 patients recovered on Wednesday, according to the Delhi health bulletin.

"A total of 1,542 patients have recovered so far in Delhi while 3,925 cases are active," the Health Department said.

So far, 71,934 tests have been conducted in Delhi.

On 3 May, 427 new cases were reported in a day.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 07, 2020 at 9:45 AM

Karnataka Covid-19 Tally Rises To 692; Maharashtra Seeks ICU Beds From Army, Navy And Railways

Nineteen new COVID-19 positive cases have emerged, including 13 from Badami in Bagalkote alone in the past 19 hours, raising Karnataka's tally to 692, an official said on Wednesday (6 May).

"Till date, 692 Covid positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 29 deaths and 345 discharges," said a health official.

After two days of Covid-19 cases spike in Davangere, Badami has emerged as the new point with 13 cases.

All the 13 Badami cases were contacts of positive case 607, a 23-year-old woman from the same place who was admitted in a Dharwad hospital and was also being investigated for Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

On adding the new cases, Bagalkote is currently battling 47 patients, breaching Davangere's 44 cases but has recorded only one death hitherto.

Badami is 451 km northwest of Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, in an indicator of the grim days ahead, the Maharashtra government on Wednesday (6 May) has asked the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Railways, ports and other Central organisations in the state to provide intensive care unit beds for COVID-19 patients in Mumbai.

In a statement, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that since the past nearly three months, the state government has been waging a war against the virus and managed to keep it under control.

"With the increasing number of Covid-19 tests, the number of positive patients has increased, and even the number of patients getting fully cured is on the rise," Thackeray said.

However, as part of the planned strategy, the government needs to ensure maximum number of ICU beds for Covid-19 patients for which he has personally approached the Indian Army, Indian Navy, Indian Railway, ports and other Central organisations based in the state.

Thackeray said that after the current lockdown is eased and people start returning to Maharashtra from other parts of India and even abroad in large numbers, there could be an increase in the number of patients for which additional ICU beds would be necessary.

Accordingly, he appealed to all the Defence and other Central organisations to make available large premises or buildings to serve as isolation and treatment facilities to handle the expected spurt in Covid-19 patients.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 06, 2020 at 9:44 AM

India Reports 1,694 Covid-19 Deaths, 14,182 Recovered; UP Buses To Operate In Green Zones

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 49,391 while 1,694 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (5 May) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 49,280 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

India has reported 2,958 Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 14,182, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 33,514.

Meanwhile, the Yogi Adityanath government has issued guidelines for operation of roadways buses in green zone districts of Uttar Pradesh from Wednesday.

Raj Shekhar, Managing Director of UP State Roadways Transport Corporation (UPSRTC), said, "Buses will run in all routes of green zone districts. Buses would also run between two districts in a green zone. Buses will be available from green zone districts to the border districts which are in green zone."

He further said that it will be mandatory for passengers to cover their faces with masks, handkerchief or ''gamchha'', whichever is available with them.

"Without a face mask, boarding will not be allowed in buses and passengers will have to sanitise their hands before they board the bus. The number of passengers in every bus would be regulated as per the guidelines of the Central government," he said.

Shekhar further said that every bus will have a 500 ml hand sanitizer bottle and the driver and conductor will also cover their faces and conductors will be required to wear gloves.

The route of buses would be changed accordingly if there is a change in the zone category of a district.

All buses will be sanitized twice a day, before and after every trip.

Every depot would have a COVID -19 task force in place.

The running of buses from Wednesday is a part of the state government's efforts to gradually ease lockdown rules and allow restricted movement in green zones.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 05, 2020 at 4:30 PM

Andhra Covid-19 Tally Rises To 1,717; CISF Personnel Donate One-Day Salary In PM-CARES Fund

Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday (5 May) reported 67 fresh COVID-19 cases, taking the state's total virus count to 1,717, a health official said.

According to the state nodal officer, of the 8,263 samples tested during the 24-hours ending Tuesday morning, 67 positive cases were detected. However, 14 of the cases have been identified as samples of persons who returned from Gujarat.

Meanwhile, Kurnool district continues to lead as the state's COVID-19 hotspot, with 25 cases reported for the second consecutive day on Tuesday. With this, the district's overall tally has crossed the 500-mark, and stands at 516.

On Tuesday, Guntur district reported 12 cases, Krishna district reported 8 cases, Anantapur, Kadapa, and Visakhapatnam districts reported 2 cases each, while one case was detected in Nellore district. 14 of the cases were identified as samples belonging to people from Gujarat. About 880 stranded fishermen belonging to AP had recently been brought back from Gujarat on Sunday (3 May).

Over the last 24 hours, six of the state's 13 districts did not report any new cases. Vizianagaram is the only district in the state that has not reported COVID-19 cases till date.

Over the last 24 hours, 65 persons were cured and discharged from hospital, while one person was reported dead, taking the death toll in the state to 34.

Meanwhile, the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel have donated their one-day salary worth Rs 16.23 crore to the PM-CARES Fund as their financial contribution towards the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

CISF Director General Rajesh Ranjan handed over a cheque of Rs 162,382,357 to Union Home Minister Amit Shah, in New Delhi on Monday (4 May).

(With inputs from IANS)

May 05, 2020 at 9:24 AM

India’s Covid-19 Recoveries Rise To 12,727; Maharashtra’s Corona Tally Crosses 14,500 Mark

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 46,433 while 1,568 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (5 May) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 46,322 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

India has reported 2,900 Covid-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 12,726, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 32,138.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra recorded 35 new Covid-19 deaths - the second-highest toll after 36 on 2 May - and cases continued to increase without respite touching 14,541, health officials said on the first day of lockdown 3.0.

With 35 fatalities, the state death toll shot up to 583 and the total number of Coronavirus patients increased to 14,541.

Of the total deaths, 18 were recorded in Mumbai - including 1 from Uttar Pradesh - taking the city toll to 361 and the number of Covid-19 positive patients in the city shot up to 9,310.

Dharavi alone recorded 42 new cases, taking the total in Asia''s biggest slum to 632 cases and 20 deaths.

Pune recorded 7 fresh fatalities, Akola 5, and Thane, Aurangabad, Solapur and Nanded, one each.

The dead comprised 22 men and 13 women, and nearly 70 per cent of them suffered from other serious ailments such as diabetes, hypertension, heart problems, and asthma.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 03, 2020 at 11:51 AM

India Records Biggest Single-Day Spike In Cases As 2,644 Test Positive On Saturday

With 2,644 new cases and 83 fatalities in the past 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country climbed to 39,980 on Sunday morning (3 May), the Union Health Ministry said.

Of the total cases, 28046 are active, 10632 people have recovered, and 1301 people have succumbed to the disease. At least 682 people have recovered from the highly contagious COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Maharashtra remained the worst-hit state with the total number of cases rising to 12296 with 521 deaths, though 2000 people have also recovered from the deadly virus.

May 03, 2020 at 11:51 AM

India To Begin Conducting One Lakh Tests Every Day, Says ICMR

In a significant milestone in its fight against the novel Coronavirus, India has completed over 1 million Covid-19 RT-PCR tests (Reverse Transcription-Polymerase Chain Reaction).

According to ICMR, a total of 1046450 samples have been tested as on 03 May 2020, 9 AM IST.

According to health ministry officials, India will be conducting 100,000 tests a day beginning next week. This signifies a quantum leap in the testing capacity as India was barely conducting 5000 tests a day in April 1.

May 03, 2020 at 11:51 AM

Defence forces salute corona warriors in Chennai

The nation's security warriors on Sunday (3 May) saluted the inland corona warriors or the healthcare officials by showering flower petals over them from helicopters.

On Sunday morning at the Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital and Tamil Nadu Government Multi Speciality Hospital, doctors, nurses and conservancy staff stood on an orderly line, maintaining social distance looking up at the sky.

Soon they heard the approaching helicopter of the armed forces which showered flower petals on them as a mark of salute for the selfless service.

The corona warriors at the hospital accepted the aerial salute by clapping their hands and looking up at the copter.

May 03, 2020 at 11:51 AM

122 CRPF Men From Delhi Based 31st Battalion Test Positive For COVID-19

In a serious development, the number of COVID-19 positive personnel in New Delhi based 31st battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has surged to a whopping figure of 122, reports Economic Times.

The said battalion of the CRPF is based in New Delhi's Mayur Vihar-III region which was completely sealed a few days back after a big number of confirmed cases had begun to build up here. It should also be noted that test results of more than 100 personnel of the said battalion are still awaited. Also, most of the already confirmed cases have been identified to be asymptomatic.

The personnel of the battalion have been admitted in an isolation facility of the Delhi government at Mandoli area.

May 03, 2020 at 11:51 AM

Gurugram Reports Six More Covid-19 Cases, Tally Rises To 63; Migrant Workers Protest In Chennai

Gurugram has reported six more positive cases of COVID-19, taking the total count of such cases in the city to 63, a health official said on Saturday (2 May).

According to the health authorities, all six of them have contracted the infection, after they came in contact with relatives, friends and colleagues.

Three cases were reported in Dundehera village near Kapashera on Friday (1 May). Two persons associated with finance company came in contact with the virus-infected Delhi residents and another person, who was tested positive for the disease is an employee of Delhi health department. So far, 38 people have been discharged in the city.

Meanwhile, migrant workers housed in a relief camp in a Chennai suburb held a protest on Saturday demanding they be sent back home.

The migrant workers have been housed in relief camps in several localities in the city and suburbs.

With the news of one train taking migrant workers from Telangana to Jharkhand, a large number of migrant workers in Pallavaram camp protested in that locality demanding train for them to their home state.

The police later pacified the protesters.

(With inputs from IANS)

May 02, 2020 at 4:33 PM

India’s Covid-19 Toll Reaches 1,218, Over 9,950 Recovered; Maharashtra Reports Record 1,008 New Cases

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 37,336 while 1,218 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (1 May) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 37,225 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 9,950, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 26,167.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra has reported 1,008 new cases on Friday (1 May), the highest in the state in a single day.

The total number of cases in Maharashtra has surged to 11,506, with 485 deaths recorded in the state due to the deadly virus.

May 02, 2020 at 9:43 AM

Death Toll Mounts To 1,147 In India, 8,888 Recovered; Assam Reports Seven New Covid-19 Cases In 48 Hours

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 35,043 while 1,147 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (1 May) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 34,932 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 8,888, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 25,007.

Meanwhile, after a few days of respite, Assam recorded five new coronavirus cases on Thursday and seven cases in 48 hours taking the state's total count to 42, though only 12 of them are active.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma told the media that four more Covid-19 positive cases (including two women) were reported from Bongaingaon district (in western Assam) and one was found in Karimganj (southern Assam) on Thursday (30 April).

"The number of Covid-19 positive cases found so far in Assam now stands at 42 with one death and 29 recovered from the disease and discharged from the hospital. Currently, the state's active cases are 12, who are undergoing treatments in various medical colleges and hospitals," he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 30, 2020 at 9:39 AM

India’s Covid-19 Death Toll Rises To 1,074, Over 8,300 Recovered; Delhi Reports Two Deaths, 125 New Cases

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 33,050 while 1,074 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (30 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 32,939 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 8,325, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 23,651.

Meanwhile, with 125 new cases reported in the last 24 hours, the total coronavirus cases in the national capital reached 3,439 on Wednesday (29 April).

A total of 14 patients have recovered on Wednesday, according to the Delhi Health Bulletin.

"At least 1,092 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi while 2,291 cases are active," the Health Department said.

The Covid toll in Delhi has jumped to 56 with two new deaths.

(With Inputs From IANS)

April 29, 2020 at 4:12 PM

Covid-19 Spreads To Three More Districts In Odisha; Andhra Corona Tally Rises To 1,332

The number of COVID-19 cases in Odisha rose to 122 as three more districts reported new cases on Wednesday (29 April).

Three persons have tested COVID-19 positive in Jharsuguda, Keonjhar and Deogarh districts, said the Information and Public Relations department.

The three persons have been identified as a 60-year-old man of Panchapalli in Keonjhar, a 34-year-old man of Basudevpur in Deogarh and an 18-year-old girl of Brajrajnagar in Jharsuguda, said the department.

All of them are West Bengal returnees and asymptomatic. They were placed under quarantine.

Meanwhile, for the first time in three days, Andhra Pradesh reported a slight decline in the number of COVID-19 cases detected in a single day. On Wednesday morning, the state nodal officer reported 72 new cases detected during the testing conducted in the 24 hours ending 10 am. With this the cumulative tally of coronavirus cases in the state has reached 1,332.

The highest number of cases were reported from Guntur district with 29 samples testing positive, while Krishna and Kurnool districts reported 13, and 11 cases respectively. Anantapur, Kadapa, and Prakasam districts reported four cases each while Chittor and West Godavari districts reported three and two cases respectively. One case each was reported from East Godavari, Srikakulam, and Visakhapatnam districts respectively.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 29, 2020 at 9:39 AM

Death Toll In India Crosses 1,000 Mark; MP's Indore Sees Big Jump In Covid-19 Cases

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 31,332 while 1,007 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (29 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 31,221 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 7,695, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 22,629.

Meanwhile, Indore registered a big rise of 94 corona positive cases in the late evening bulletin on Tuesday (28 April) as the number of infected people increased to 2,471 in Madhya Pradesh.

The death toll from COVID-19 increased to 122 on Tuesday. Nine persons have died due to coronavirus infection in the state during the last 24 hours. These include three in Ujjain, two in Indore and one each in Bhopal, Raisen, Dewas and Ashoknagar.

So far, 65 deaths have been reported from the epidemic of coronavirus in Indore alone, while 20 in Ujjain, 13 in Bhopal, seven in Dewas, six in Khargone, two each in Hoshangabad and Mandsaur. Chhindwara, Jabalpur, Agar Malwa, Dhar, Raisen, Ashoknagar and Khandwa each recorded 1 death.

Jabalpur which had recovered to get into the green zone with fewer cases was back in the Red zone. That could mean an extension of lockdown beyond May 3.

Four districts of the state, Burhanpur, Ashoknagar, Shahdol and Rewa recorded their first cases spreading the virus to 31 of 52 districts in the state on Tuesday.

Bhopal reported 30 new cases followed by 12 in Raisen, four each in Dhar and Ujjain, two each in Shahdol and Rewa, one each in Burhanpur, Ashoknagar, Jabalpur and Hoshangabad.

Indore with 1,466 cases remains the worst affected in the state.Bhopal is a distant second with 458, while Ujjain is at 123, Khargone 61,Jabalpur70, Raisen 45, Dhar 40, Hoshangabad 34, Khandwa 23,Agar Malwa, 24 Dewas 11.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 29, 2020 at 9:39 AM

Andhra Covid-19 Tally Increases To 1,259; Mizoram Likely To Be Sixth Corona-Free Northeastern State

Andhra Pradesh reported a record 82 coronavirus positive cases on Tuesday (28 April) morning, taking the state's tally to 1,259.

Since 258 persons have been cured and discharged, the active cases are 970. The state's death toll is 31.

The state nodal officer reported that 82 of the 5,783 samples tested during the 24 hours ending 10 am on Tuesday were positive.

The previous single-day high of 81 cases was reported on Sunday and Thursday.

As per a media bulletin released on Tuesday, Kurnool district accounted for 40 new cases, Guntur district 17 cases, and Krishna district 13 cases. Kadapa and Nellore districts reported 7 and 3 cases respectively, while Anantapur and Chittoor districts reported one case each.

District-wise, Kurnool tops with total 332 cases, followed by Guntur with 254, and Krishna with 223 cases.

No new cases were reported from 6 districts, including Vizianagaram which remains unaffected till date.

Meanwhile, Mizoram would soon be the sixth COVID-19- free state out of the eight states in northeast India as the state's lone corona patient tested negative while after five days, a fresh positive case was found in Assam, Minister and officials said on Tuesday.

"The swab sample of the lone Mizoram patient had tested negative a few days back. After his samples were found negative in subsequent tests, the doctors would decide about his release from the hospital," Mizoram's Health and Family Welfare Director H. Lalchungnunga told IANS over phone.

"The patient's condition is stable," he said.

The 50-year-old Christian pastor from Mizoram had tested positive for coronavirus after he returned to Aizawl from Amsterdam, Netharland via Delhi and Guwahati on March 16 and then admitted to the Zoram Medical College and Hospital.

The Mizoram man's wife and two children's swab samples had earlier tested negative and they are staying at home.

Five of the eight northeastern states - Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura -- are currently free from coronavirus and its spread has been mostly tamed in other three states -- Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 28, 2020 at 9:25 AM

India Reports 934 Covid-19 Deaths, 6,869 Recovered; Lockdown Likely To Extend In MP Beyond 3 May

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 29,435 while 934 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (28 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 29,324 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 6,868, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 21,632.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh readied itself for a longer haul under lockdown beyond 3 May as 75 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours, 31 of them in Indore. The state's coronavirus tally touched 2,168 on Monday (27 April).

Seven more patients succumbed to COVID-19 till Monday evening taking the death toll in the state to 110. Of these, three deaths were reported in Indore, three in Bhopal and one in Mandsaur, officials said. Indore alone accounts for 60 deaths.

Indore recorded 31 new cases, followed by Bhopal and Ujjain at 13 each, Jabalpur at 10, Five at Raisen and one each at Hoshangabad and Dewas.

A new district Harda reported the first case on Monday taking the spread to 27 districts out of 51. Indore has the highest tally of COVID-19 cases at 1,207 followed by Bhopal (428) and Ujjain (119).

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who took part in the prime minister's video conference with leaders of nine states, directed the officials to prepare proposals for corona treatment, preparations for conducting economic activities as per the Centre's instructions after 3 May.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

Andhra Covid-19 Tally Crosses 1,000; Small Shops, Trades To Be Allowed From Sunday In Gujarat

Andhra Pradesh's COVID-19 tally crossed the 1000-mark on Saturday (25 April) morning. With 61 new cases detected during the course of testing done between 10 am on Friday (24 April) and 10 am on Saturday, the number of coronavirus cases in the state touched 1016, while the death toll reached 31. Srikakulam which did not have a single case till date, has reported 3 cases.

The latest surge in the state is from Krishan district with 25 cases, followed by Kurnool with 14 new cases. Anantapur district reported 5 cases, Kadapa and Nellore districts reported 4 cases each, while East Godavari, Guntur and Srikakulam districts reported 3 cases each.

This is the first time that COVID-19 cases have been detected in Srikakulam district which along with Vizianagaram district had not reported a single case till date.

The state nodal officer informed that of the 6928 samples tested during this period, 61 tested positive. With the testing stepped up over the past three days, Andhra Pradesh has been reporting a relatively higher number of COVID-19 positive cases.

On Thursday (23 April), the state had conducted 6306 tests, of which, 62 cases tested positive. Similarly, on Wednesday, 6520 tests were conducted and 81 cases were reported from the state.

With two more deaths reported in the past 24 hours, the death toll in the state stands at 31.

Meanwhile, Following the Ministry of Home Affairs's (MHA) notification issued on Friday night, to allow the opening of shops, the Gujarat government on Saturday (25 April) declared that all the individual shops, neighbourhood shops and other small commercial activities outside containment zones will be permitted from Sunday (26 April).

Shops like stationery, provision stores, mobile recharging, mobile repairs, electrical goods, appliances repair, motor mechanic, etc will be allowed.

In order to normalise lives of the citizens after a month's lockdown, the Gujarat government on Saturday announced that all standalone shops, individual shops, small shops in rural areas, as well as urban areas, outside the cluster containment zones, will be allowed to open and operate from Sunday.

"Gujarat Chief Minister, Vijay Rupani has taken this decision so as to normalise the regular lives of the citizens which had been affected due to the month long lockdown. So from tomorrow all individual shops, small shops, neighborhood shops will be allowed to open, provided they follow the guidelines regarding covid-19 pandemic," said Ashwini Kumar, the secretary to the Chief Minister's Office (CMO) on Saturday.

(With Inputs from IANS)

April 25, 2020 at 4:06 PM

Death Toll In India Rises To 775, Over 5,000 Recovered; Covid-19 Cases In Delhi Cross 2,500 Mark

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 24,506 while 775 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (25 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 24,395 Indians and 111 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 5,062, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 18,668.

Meanwhile, with 138 new cases and three deaths getting reported from the national capital in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi rose to 2,514 on Friday (24 April), while the death toll from the dreaded virus went up to 53.

As many as 49 people have been cured of the infection in the last 24 hours, according to the Delhi Health Report. A total of 857 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far in Delhi.

“As on date, there are 1,604 active cases,” the report said.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 24, 2020 at 9:34 AM

India Reports 718 Covid-19 Deaths, 4,749 Recovered; Containment Zone Tally In Delhi Reaches 92

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 23,077 while 718 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (24 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 23,000 Indians and 77 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 4,748, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 17,610.

Meanwhile, the containment zone tally in the national capital on Thursday reached 92 with two new red zones added in the list.

The new red zones are in the South and Shahdara districts.

While house number 15 to 101 in Dayanand Vihar has been sealed in Shahdara, in the South district, the entire affected area of Samshi Talab in Mehrauli, including the area around A-3, Lake View Apartments has been sealed.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 23, 2020 at 10:05 AM

Death Toll In India Increases To 681, Over 4,200 Recovered; Delhi's Covid-19 Count Reaches 2,248

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 21,393 while 681 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (23 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 21,316 Indians and 77 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 4,257, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 16,454.

Meanwhile, with 92 new cases and one death reported in the last 24 hours, the total coronavirus cases in the national capital reached 2,248 on Wednesday with the toll mounting to 48.

As many as 113 people have been cured of the infection in the last 24 hours, according to the Delhi Health Report.

A total of 724 patients have recovered from coronavirus so far.

"As many as 1,476 cases are active," the report said.

Also, among the total cases, 1,464 patients are less than 50 years of age, while 359 were between 50-59 years and 425 patients are above the age of 60 years, the Health Report said.

Among the total 48 deaths, over half (25) were of those aged 60 years or above. The age category of those below 50 years has reported 10 deaths so far while those between 50 and 59 years have reported 13 deaths.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 22, 2020 at 4:22 PM

Four-Month-Old Baby Among 7 New Cases In Karnataka; Chhattisgarh Extends Hotel, Liquor Shops Closure

A four-month-old baby is among seven new Covid positive cases in Karnataka, raising the state's tally to 425, said an official on Wednesday (22 April).

"Till date, 425 coronavirus positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 17 deaths and 129 discharges," said a health official.

No Covid patient discharges occurred in the past 19 hours.

The seven new cases emerged from Kalaburagi (5) and Bengaluru Urban (2).

The new cases surfaced from the city after a gap of three days.

Of the new cases, five are contacts of earlier cases and two suffer from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) medical condition as well.

The 4-month-old infant boy and his 26-year-old mother from Kalaburagi were among the new cases.

Meanwhile, the Chhattisgarh government has decided to extend the closure of hotels, restaurants and liquor shops till 28 April to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Earlier, these services were set to restart on 21 April.

An official said that all liquor shops including countrymade and foreign liquor, and warehouses of the Chhattisgarh State Beverages Corporation located in Raipur and Bilaspur will be closed till 28 April. Also, liquor shops in all districts will remain shut till the above date.

Besides, all restaurants-hotel bars and clubs in the state have been ordered to remain closed till April 28. Earlier, orders for closure were issued till 21 April.

This order has been issued by the Commercial Tax (Excise) Department. The state government has instructed all District Collectors to strictly follow the orders.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 22, 2020 at 4:22 PM

India Reports 640 Covid-19 Deaths, 3870 Recovered; Karnataka Govt Distributes 15 Lakh Food Packets To Migrant Labourers

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 19,984 while 640 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (22 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 19,907 Indians and 77 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 3,869, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 15,474.

Meanwhile, with the help of Civil Defene Corps (CDC), the Karnataka government distributed 15 lakh food packets to thousands of migrant labourers, stranded across the state due to sudden lockdown since 25 March, an official said on Tuesday (21 April).

"As a voluntary organisation of the state home department, the CDC, in coordination with the state Home Guards and Akshaya Patra of ISKCON, has distributed 15 lakh food packets to hundreds of migrant labourers in relief camps at Bengaluru and other cities/towns since March 30, as they are stranded with no trains/buses," a home department official told IANS.

When the 21-day lockdown began on 25 March, the CDC swung into action and reached out to the migrant labourers, who were without work, food and shelter, as the lockdown suspended every activity and they could not go back to their native places in the absence of trains and buses across the country.

"As our mission is to protect life and property of the people in the hour of crisis or in the event of natural calamity or external aggression, about 2,500 corps volunteered to take care of the migrant labourers in make-shift shelters, providing them with basic amenities and food packets," CDC Commanding Officer P.R.S Chetan said in a statement here.

The CDC also distributed 1.3 lakh grocery kits to the needy through the state government and Akshaya Patra from 4-20 April.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 22, 2020 at 9:29 AM

Rajasthan Stops Use Of Chinese Rapid Test Kits Over Low Accuracy; Jharkhand Reports Fourth Covid-19 Death

Rajasthan government has decided to stop the use of rapid test kits from China as they were showing only 5.4 per cent accuracy in testing Covid-19 cases, according to Health Minister Raghu Sharma.

The kits, used on Covid-19 positive patients, showed them negative too, Sharma added.

The state government has written to the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). "We are awaiting the ICMR's feedback. If it asks us to stop testing, we will send these kits back," he said.

Sharma said the Health Department had set up a committee to test these kits' accuracy. It should have been 90 per cent, but, according to the committee, the accuracy was only 5.4 per cent.

"We followed all the ICMR guidelines during testing. But doctors advised that there is no benefit using these kits. Hence, investigation has been stopped with rapid testing kit," he said.

At present, testing is being done by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) kits. The department had ordered purchase of more PCR kits, he added.

Meanwhile, Jharkhand has reported its fourth Covid-19 death, a health official said on Tuesday (21 April).

According to the official, a woman who had tested positive for the coronavirus, died at 10.45 am on Tuesday at Rajendra Institute of Medical Science (RIMS) Ranchi. Her husband had died on 12 April.

She was a resident of Hindpiri locality of Ranchi which has emerged as the hub of the infection in the state. In Hindpiri, more than 22 coronavirus positive cases have been reported.

According to doctors, the woman had lost her mental balance after the death of her husband. She died owing to complications caused by comorbidities.

So far, only four people in the state have been cured of the disease

(With inputs from IANS)

April 21, 2020 at 9:46 AM

India Reports 590 Covid-19 Deaths, Over 3,250 Recovered; Bengal’s Active Cases Rise To 245

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 18,601 while 590 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (21 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 18,524 Indians and 77 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 3,251, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 14,759.

Meanwhile, the total number of active coronavirus cases in West Bengal rose to 245 with a record number of 54 cases reported on Monday, a top official said.

The death count, however, remained at 12, Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said.

“On Sunday, the number of active cases was 198. After that, 54 new cases have been reported, while seven patients have fully recovered and got discharged from hospital. So, the total number of active cases is now 245,” Sinha told media persons at state secretariat Nabanna.

The figure of 54 is the highest number of fresh Covid-19 cases reported in the state on a single day.

According to Sinha, 415 tests were conducted in the state over the past 24 hours, with 54 testing positive. The cumulative figure of tests in the state has risen to 5,469.

A total of 73 people have recovered fully so far.

According to the Central government, the cumulative number of Covid 19 cases since the outbreak of the disease in the state is 339.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 20, 2020 at 7:56 PM

India's COVID-19 death toll mounts to 559; cases stand at 17,656

The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India is at 17,656, with 559 deaths so far, according to data published by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday (20 April).

Of these 14,255 are active cases of COVID-19, 2,841 individuals have recovered and discharged from hospital, one person migrated to another country and 559 people succumbed to the disease.

April 20, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Almost 80 Per Cent Coronavirus Patients Asymptomatic: Union Health Ministry

The Health Ministry on Monday (20 April) warned that 80 per cent of all coronavirus patients are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms.

"On the basis of worldwide analysis, out of 100 coronavirus patients, 80 per cent are asymptomatic or show mild symptoms. Around 15 per cent patients turn into severe cases and five percent cases turn into critical cases," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health and Family Welfare, at the daily press briefing.

April 20, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Mumbai: 53 Journalists Reporting From The Ground Test Positive For Coronavirus

Fifty three journalists reporting from the ground in Mumbai have tested positive for Coronavirus. They have now been isolated.

As reported by ANI, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) had collected samples from 171 journalists including photographers, reporters and video journalists who have been reporting from the ground. These samples were collected during a special camp held on 16 and 17 April at Azad Maidan.

"Out of the 171 media persons, 53 tested positive for coronavirus," BMC spokesperson Vijay Khabale has been quoted as saying.

April 20, 2020 at 7:56 PM

Telangana Extends Lockdown Till 7 May

Telangana Government has decided to extend the duration of lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 spread in the State till 7 May.

The decision was announced by Chief Minister (CM) K Chandrasekhar Rao after he had chaired a meeting of the state cabinet. The cabinet has also decided to take stock of the situation on 5 May.

April 18, 2020 at 3:51 PM

ICMR Gets Approval For Clinical Trial Of Plasma Therapy; 12 New Covid-19 Cases Raise Karnataka Tally To 371

The Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO), India’s apex drug regulator body, has approved the proposal of Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for conducting clinical trial of convalescent plasma in Covid-19 patients, as per the protocol developed by the ICMR, reports Economic Times.

The Drug Controller General of India in a notice issued on Friday (17 April) said that its subject expert committee (SEC) reviewed the ICMR’s proposal and based on its regulation, the CDSCO has conveyed no objection for conduct of clinical trial.

In convalescent plasma therapy, the treatment of severely infected patients will be done using antibodies from the blood of patients who have recovered from Covid-19.

Meanwhile, Karnataka registered 12 new Covid positive cases in the past 19 hours, comprising a teenage boy among 11 male patients, raising the state's tally to 371, an official said on Saturday (18 April). Discharges rose by four in the past 19 hours from 88 to 92.

"Till date, 371 corona positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 13 deaths and 92 discharges," said a health official. Among the 12 new Covid patients, 11 are male and one female -- including a 16-year-old boy.

Of the new cases, 11 are primary and secondary contacts of earlier cases, while a 65-year-old man from Mysuru is also suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI).

Among the new cases, Mysuru accounted for three, Bagalkot and Kalaburagi two each and Gadag, Vijayapura, Belagavi, Mandya and Dharwad one each.

Two secondary contacts of an earlier case, Mysuru pharmaceutical company employee, have tested positive in the past 19 hours.

All the new cases are isolated in designated hospitals across the state.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 18, 2020 at 10:25 AM

Covid-19 Toll In India Rises To 480, Nearly 2,000 Recovered; Eight New Containment Zones In Delhi

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 14,378 while 480 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (18 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 14,302 Indians and 76 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 1,991, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 11,906.

Meanwhile, with eight new containment zones added in the list, the total tally of the red zones in the national capital on Friday (17 April) reached 68.

The new containment zones, also known as the red zones, are spread in four districts with one each in North and South-East while two in South and four in the West district.

According to the Delhi government, the four locations in the West districts were: in and around area of C-105, Hari Nagar; in and around area of B-333, Hari Nagar; in and around area of C-785, third floor, camp-2, Nangloi; and in and around area of RZ-168, K2 Block, Nihal Vihar.

The administration has also sealed Gali numbers 26, 26B, 27 and 27B, Tughlakabad Extension in the South-East district.

In the North district, another containment zone is formed in K-Block Jahangir Puri between houses 716 and 785; 786 to 860 and 861 to 950.

In the South district, area around house number 859/20, L-II, Sangam Vihar has been sealed.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 17, 2020 at 9:59 AM

India Reports 437 Deaths, Over 1,740 Recovered; Telangana Seeks ICMR Nod To Use Plasma Therapy

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 13,387 while 437 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (17 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 13,311 Indians and 76 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 1,748, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 11,201.

Meanwhile, Telangana is waiting for the nod from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to go ahead with its proposal to treat Covid-19 patients with convalescent plasma therapy.

State Health Minister E Rajender told reporters on Thursday (16 April) that the government has written to ICMR, seeking its approval for using the plasma from the blood of treated patients to treat those tested positive.

He said under this therapy blood is collected from patients who have recovered from Covid-19, plasma is separated from it and then administered to patients. "This therapy is not yet allowed in the country. We have sought permission from ICMR," he said.

Rajender said that the ICMR could recommend the convalescent plasma therapy based on its research on the advantages and disadvantages, accuracy and other aspects of this treatment.

A seven-member team of doctors is said to be coordinating with the ethical committee of ICMR in this regard.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 16, 2020 at 9:11 AM

Death Toll In India Rises To 414, Over 1,480 Recovered; Govt Releases List Of 170 Hotspot Districts

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 12,380 while 414 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (16 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 12,304 Indians and 76 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 1,488, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 10,477.

Meanwhile, after extending the nationwide lockdown, the Union government on Wednesday released a list of 170 hotspot districts, which includes all six metros and various other large cities. The list includes all nine districts of national capital.

All the major metros including Delhi, Mumbai, Bengalauru, Chennai, Kolkata, and Hyderabad are part of the list of hotspots notified by the Health Ministry. Tamil Nadu tops the list with 22 districts in the hot spots while Rajasthan and Maharashtra are second on the list with 11 each.

Among the list of hotspot districts with large outbreaks are the nine districts of Delhi – South, South West, Shahdara, South East, West, North, Central, East and New Delhi.

According to the government a hotspot which will be called a red zone would be a district or city that contributes to more than 80 per cent of the cases in the country or the state. Apart from these places that show a high rate of infection, that is doubling rate less than 4 days – will also be in this category.

There are 207 other districts marked as potential hotspots and the government has now tasked the states to ensure containment of outbreak in these regions. The only way that a district or region can be brought out of the red zone is when there is no new case of Covid-19 for at least 28 continuous days, once this is achieved the district would be called green zone, that is Covid-19 free area.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 15, 2020 at 3:49 PM

Andhra Reports 19 New Covid-19 Cases, Tally Rises to 502; Health Team Attacked In UP’s Moradabad

As many as 19 more coronavirus cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh, taking its total such cases on Wednesday (15 April) morning to 502.

The state nodal officer for CoVID-19 said that more cases were detected after tests conducted between 5 pm on Tuesday and 9 am on Wednesday.

Eight new cases came to light in West Godavari district, six in Kurnool, four in Guntur district, and one in Krishna district.

The active cases in the southern state total 475, with 16 persons cured and discharged so far. The death toll is 11, including three in Krishna district, two in Anantapur, two in Guntur and one each in Kurnool and Nellore districts.

Guntur district has the highest 118 positive cases in the state, followed by Kurnool with 97, and Nellore with 67 cases.

Meanwhile, a team of health workers and police was attacked in Moradabad on Wednesday when they went to pick up a coronavirus patient and his family.

The incident in which several police and health workers were injured took place in Nawabpura area of Moradabad. The ambulance and four other vehicles were also damaged in the stone pelting.

According to reports, a man named Sartaj had been unwell and was admitted to the medical college in the Tirthankar Mahavir University.

His samples were sent for testing on April 9 and the report that came on April 13 found him to be corona positive. Sartaj died the same night.

Some members of his family were quarantined at the IFTM University.

The health and police team, on Wednesday, went to their house to pick up Sartaj's younger brother who had been suffering from fever.

As soon as the team reached the area, people started coming out of their houses and collecting at the spot. They tried to prevent the remaining family members from being taken for quarantine.

The health team tried to explain to the crowds but the local people became aggressive and started pelting stones. ADG (Law and order) P V Ramasastry said in Lucknow that the situation was under control and efforts were on to identify the miscreants. "We will take very strict action against those involved in this incident," he said.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 15, 2020 at 9:14 AM

Death Toll In India Rises To 377, Over 1,300 Recovered; MP Reports 126 New Covid-19 Cases

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 11,439 while 377 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (15 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 11,363 Indians and 76 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 1,305, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 9,756.

Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh marked the end of the first phase of corona lockdown with high of 126 positive cases on Tuesday (14 April). This took the total number in the state to 741, health officials said.

With three more COVID-19 deaths, toll reached to 53 while 64 patients have recovered till now, the officials said.

Indore reported two while one person succumbed to virus in Bhopal.

The second phase of 19 days’ lockdown could mean a long arduous haul for recovery for both Indore and Bhopal -- the two hotspots in the state.

With 83 news corona positive cases recorded by Tuesday evening Indore touched 411 mark, said the health department officials. Bhopal''s tally touched 158 with 16 new cases.

Of the 53 COVID-19 deaths in the state, 37 have been reported from Indore. Five people have died in Bhopal, six in Ujjain, three in Khargone while one each in Chhindwara and Dewas.

Apart from Indore and Bhopa, Ujjain recorded 26 cases while Khargone and Barwani recorded 17 each. Hoshangabad and Khandwa recorded 15 cases each. 14 cases were reported from Morena, 13 from Vidisha, 12 from Jabalpur, seven from Dewas, six from Gwalior, four each from Raisen, Shajapur and Chhindwara, three each from Sheopur and Dhar, two each from Satna, Shivpuri, Ratlam and Mandsaur and one each from Betul and Sagar.

On Tuesday, first COVID-19 positive case of Tikamgarh district was found, health officials said.

The affected man had worked at the hospital of the Indore doctor who died due to the COVID-19 last week, Tikamgarh''s Chief Health and Medical Officer Dr M.K. Prajapati said.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 15, 2020 at 9:14 AM

Odisha Covid-19 Tally Touches 56; Telangana Govt Focuses On Greater Hyderabad To Check Spike In Cases

The total number of coronavirus cases in Odisha surged to 56, with another man testing positive on Tuesday (14 April), said the Health department.

The patient is a 66-year-old man from Jajpur district with travel history to Kolkata, informed district Collector Ranjan Kumar Das.

The number of active cases stood at 37 in the state as five more people recovered on Monday, taking the total number of patients cured of the disease to 18.

"It is indeed a pleasure to share that another five Covid patients, all of Bhubaneswar, have recovered and tested negative for COVID-19. With the combined efforts of all, Odisha is winning the fight against Covid!," tweeted the Health department.

The state has seen one casualty so far.

Meanwhile, with Greater Hyderabad continuing to see a rise in COVID-19 cases, the Telangana government is focusing on the state capital with a strategy to check the spread of the dreaded virus.

Municipal Administration Minister K T Rama Rao and Health Minister Eatala Rajender on Tuesday (14 April) reviewed the situation in the limits of Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) at a meeting with officials.

Rama Rao, considered as number two in the government headed by his father K. Chandrashekhar Rao, and Rajender reviewed the situation with Chief Secretary Somesh Kumar, Director General of Police M Mahender Reddy, Principal Secretary, health, Shanti Kumari and other officials.

Out of the 472 COVID-19 patients undergoing treatment in the state, 216 are from GHMC. Out of 17 deaths in the state, GHMC accounts for 10 deaths.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 14, 2020 at 9:51 AM

With 8,988 Active Cases, Death Toll In India Surges To 339; MP Reports 50 Covid-19 Fatalities

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 10,363 while 339 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (14 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 10,287 Indians and 76 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 1,035, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 8,988.

Meanwhile, with 43 persons testing positive on Monday (13 April), the number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh climbed to 615 as the death toll touched 50, health officials said.

The death toll touched 50 with six more deaths reported in the past 24 hours. Indore confirmed three deaths while Bhopal and Khargone one each. The virus was confirmed in all the six patients after their death.

The state's principal secretary health and family welfare, Mohammad Suleiman said more than 10,000 samples have been tested so far in the state. 80 per cent of persons affected by the virus come from Indore and Bhopal.

"So far we have reached the capacity of up to 1,050 tests per day and plan to raise it to 7,000 per day. We propose to rope in private medical colleges and other facilities in the state. Besides we have also sent 1,400 samples for testing to Delhi with a state plane to clear the backlog," Suleiman said.

Indore continued to lead with 328 cases as 22 were reported in the last 24 hours, health officials said. Three more cases were reported in Bhopal taking the tally in the state capital to 142. Morena recorded 14 cases, Jabalpur 10 , Ujjain 24, Hoshangabad 15, Khargone 17, Barwani 14, Raisen 4, Gwalior six, Khandwa five, Dewas four, Sheopur 3 AVidisha 13, Chhindwara 4, Satna, Dhar and Shivpuri two each and Betul, Shajapur, Sagar, Mandsaur and Ratlam one each so far.

Indore has accounted for 35 of the 50 deaths. Six persons have died in Ujjain, four in Bhopal, three in Khargone, one each in Chhindwara and Dewas. The virus has now spread to 23 out of 52 districts of the state.

So far 51 patients have recovered completely, officials said.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 12, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Cases In India Cross 8,000 Mark; 909 New Positive Patients, 34 Deaths Reported In 24 Hours

Total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India climbed to 8,356, with 909 fresh cases and 34 new deaths in the last 24 hours, according to the data published by the Union Health Ministry on Sunday (12 April).

Of the total cases in the country, there are 7,367 active cases of COVID-19, 715 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 273 people succumbed to the disease.

April 12, 2020 at 10:35 AM

Delhi Leaves Tamil Nadu Behind, Becomes Second Worst-Hit State

While Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of positive cases rising to 1,761, Delhi reported the second highest number of cases, leaving behind Tamil Nadu for the first time.

There are 1,069 reported cases in the national capital and 969 in Tamil Nadu, according to the data.

April 12, 2020 at 10:35 AM

ICMR: 1.79 Lakh tested for coronavirus; 7,703 positive

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Saturday that a total of 1,79,374 samples from 1,64,773 individuals have been tested in India as on April 11 9 p.m., and 7,703 of them have tested positive.

According to a statement released by ICMR, on April 11 till 9 p.m., 17,143 samples have been reported. Of these, 600 were positive for SARS-CoV-2. These samples have been tested in 146 government laboratories under the ICMR network and the remaining at 67 private labs.

April 11, 2020 at 3:32 PM

Bengal To Impose Complete Lockdown In 9-10 Hotspots; NSA Slapped Against Four Persons In UP's Meerut

The West Bengal government has decided to impose complete lockdown in nine-ten areas of the state, identified as hotspots of the Covid-19 disease.

The identified areas will be sealed and nobody will be allowed to get in or come out of these places, chief secretary Rajeev Sinha said.

State secretariat sources said the inhabitants would be barred from leaving their homes unless for medical or emergency reasons and strict action taken under the disaster Management Act in case of violations.

All markets and shops including those selling essential items will be sealed, and the government will arrange for home delivery of all goods alongside the various online aggregators. The police and local administration will render all help to the inhabitants.

Sinha said so far, the Coronavirus infection has mainly been recorded from 9-10 areas in the state.

"We know people will be inconvenienced. But we are helpless. Nobody will be allowed to enter or exit the identified areas. The government will decide on the next course of action after reviewing the situation," he said.

Meanwhile, a city magistrate was injured on Saturday (11 April) when a team of district officials went to seal the Jali Kothi area in Uttar Pradesh’s Meerut that was declared a coronavirus hotspot as per official guidelines.

Four persons have since been booked under the National Security Act, including three connected to the Tablighi Jamaat and one with an area mosque, after four positive cases came to light in the area.

A team comprising civil, health and police officials had gone to the area around 10 am when a mob pelted it with stones, injuring City Magistrate Sataendra Kumar Singh.

Senior Superintendent of Police Ajay Kumar Sahni confirmed the incident.

A police department spokesperson said the four persons in the area were found coronavirus positive on Friday night, including three Tablighi Jamaat followers rounded up from the Dari Wali Masjid.

The district administration declared the area a coronavirus hotspot on Saturday morning, following which the team was dispatched to seal the area.

Additional police was rushed to the spot after the stone-pelting and many people detained.

District police spokesperson Pramod Gautam said the four persons found corona positive have been handed over to the health officials and quarantined.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 11, 2020 at 9:28 AM

India's Covid-19 Death Toll Surges To 239, Over 640 Recovered; Rajasthan Bans Spitting In Public Places

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 7,447 while 239 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (11 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 7,376 Indians and 71 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 642, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 6,565

Meanwhile, Spitting in public places has been banned in Rajasthan from Friday onwards in view of the health and safety of the common people in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, said Additional Chief Secretary (Health), Rohit Kumar Singh.

The initiative has been taken under Section (2) of the Rajasthan Epidemic Diseases Act, 1957 in the larger public interest under which spitting after chewing tobacco or non-tobacco products has been banned with immediate effect.

Penal action will be taken against those flouting the order under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 11, 2020 at 9:28 AM

Total Death Toll Reaches 206 Mark; Confirmed Cases 6761

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 6,761 while 206 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 5.30 pm today (10 April) by the Health Ministry.

The country has witnesses the sharpest ever increase in cases with 37 deaths, 896 new cases in last 24 hours.

April 10, 2020 at 6:09 PM

Death Toll In India Nears 200 Mark, Over 500 Recovered; Delhi Adds Five More Places To Covid-19 Hotspots List

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 6,412 while 199 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (10 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 6,341 Indians and 71 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients has risen to 503, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stand at 5,709.

Meanwhile, the Delhi government on Thursday (9 April) updated the list of hotspots in the national capital adding a few more places taking the total number of high-risk COVID-19 areas to 25.

The initial list which had 20 hotspots was released by the government on Wednesday while on Thursday five more places were identified as hotspots.

Bengali Market was added in the list on Wednesday night itself after three fresh COVID-19 cases were reported while four new zones -- Shashtri Market in JJ Colony, Sadar Bazar, B1 and B2 blocks in Paschim Vihar, Nizamuddin Dargah and Nizamudding Basti -- were added on Thursday.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 10, 2020 at 9:22 AM

Death Toll Rises To 166 In India; CM Chouhan Orders Sealing Of Covid-19 Hotspots In MP

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 5,734 while 166 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (9 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 5,663 Indians and 71 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients have risen to 472, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stand at 5,095.

Meanwhile, hotspots of coronavirus outbreak -- Indore, Bhopal and Ujjain -- should be completely sealed to check spread of infection from and to these towns, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan directed the officers during a review meeting.

During the review meeting on Wednesday, he said the district administration should ensure the supply of essential commodities and FIRs should be filed against those who are hiding the information about the coronavirus infection.

He said, "Case should registered against those who are hiding the travel history or about infection. Action can be taken after the treatment. Apart from this, stern action should be taken against people misbehaving with those engaged in fight against COVID-19."

If the directive is followed earnestly, many of the state bureaucrats could be among the first to face the music. The three cities have been facing grave crisis of essential commodities with even daily supply of vegetables and grocery being snapped over the past three days.

Chief Secretary Iqbal Singh Bains said the test capacity has now reached 788 per day while by April 10 we will conduct 1,000 tests per day. There are seven labs to investigate and rapid testing kits are being arranged for quick screening of coronavirus.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 08, 2020 at 7:15 PM

PM Modi Hints At Lockdown Extension At All Party Meet; Final Decision After 11 April Meet With CMs

The question about whether the ongoing nationwide lockdown will be extended or not has been at the top of people’s minds for a while now. And according to an Economic Times report, Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has dropped a hint about this.

As per the report, PM Modi while discussing the issue at the high-level video conference meeting with the leaders of all political parties indicated that most of the suggestions he has got with regards to the lockdown recommend an extension or to not lift it in one go.

The PM, however, is also slated to meet the Chief Ministers of all the states and Union Territories on April 11, through video conference, where a final decision on the issue is slated to be made.

April 08, 2020 at 7:19 PM

Govt May Roll Out Mega Economic Package For Taxpayers, Lockdown Hit Industries

The government may come out with another big package to address the demand and supply side issues facing the country, but its contours and timing of the announcement is yet to be worked out, senior government officials privy to the development said.

They added that the next economic stimulus package would be bigger than the Rs 1,70,000 crore worth of schemes announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman last month focusing on providing food security to the poor and providing money in their hands to fight the Covid-19.

April 08, 2020 at 7:15 PM

India Reports 773 New Coronavirus Cases, 32 Deaths In Past 24 Hours: Union Health Ministry

India recorded 773 coronavirus positive cases and 32 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday (8 April).

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary Union Health Ministry, said that 773 coronavirus cases and 32 deaths have been recorded since Tuesday. As many as 402 in total people have recovered.

April 08, 2020 at 7:16 PM

UP: Hotspots In 15 Districts With High Covid-19 Viral Loads To Be Sealed

Hotspots in 15 Uttar Pradesh district with a high viral load of Covid-19 will be sealed to prevent community spread of the disease, Chief Secretary R K Tiwari has announced.

The sealing would mean that only medical teams and authorities needed to enforce the sealing would be allowed in the districts. Essential commodities would be delivered to people’s homes.

The district in question whose areas would be sealed are - Agra, Lucknow, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Kanpur Nagar, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahr, Basti, Saharanpur, Maharajganj and Sitapur.

April 08, 2020 at 7:19 PM

14 Month Old Baby Dies After Testing Positive For Coronavirus

A 14 month old baby who was tested positive for Covid-19 died due to multiple organs failure at a hospital in Gujarat’s Jamnagar, Press Trust of India has reported.

The baby had tested positive on 5 April, he has now become the youngest Covid-19 casualty in India. He had no travel history.

April 08, 2020 at 12:31 PM

Maharashtra Covid-19 Cases Rise By 60 To 1,078; Andhra Tally Increases To 329

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Maharashtra shot up by 60 since Tuesday night, taking the total number of infectees from 1,018 to 1,078, as the number of death cases stood at 64, officials said on Wednesday (8 April).

The highest increase was noticed in Mumbai with 44 new cases, increasing the total tally from 642 to 686, besides 40 deaths.

Pune followed with nine new cases on Wednesday, raising its tally from 137 to 146 and eight deaths so far.

Nagpur recorded four new cases followed by Ahmednagar, Akola and Buldhana with one each.

Among the new cases till Tuesday, 23 infectees were those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi last month. They are: eight from Latur, six from Buldhana and four from Pune, two from Ahmednagar and one each in Hingoli, Jalgaon and Washim.

On Tuesday (7 April), Maharashtra recorded the highest single day new cases - 150 - with the death toll shooting to 64.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh reported 15 new cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday morning. This follows overnight tests conducted on samples between 6 p.m. on Tuesday and 9 am on Wednesday, said the state nodal officer.

With the addition of 15 positive cases, the state's COVID-19 tally has reached 329.

Three of the fresh cases reported on Wednesday morning, are from Nellore district and another three cases have been reported from the Krishna district. Chittooru district has reported two cases.

Even as the COVID-19 tally is steadily inching upwards, the AP government has been intensifying measures to contain the spread of the infection.

At a review meeting on Tuesday, the state government decided to go for further surveys of the households.

The state's tally spiked following the return of hundreds of people from a Tablighi Jamaat congregation held between March 15-17 in Delhi.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 08, 2020 at 10:24 AM

India's Covid-19 Death Toll Rises To 149; DRDO Installs Disinfection Chamber At AIIMS On Trial Basis

The total number of people confirmed positive for the coronavirus in India has increased to 5,194 while 149 deaths were reported across the country, as per the latest data updated at 8 am today (8 April) by the Health Ministry.

According to the Health Ministry data, the confirmed cases of Covid-19 include 5,124 Indians and 70 foreign nationals.

Additionally, the total number of discharged/cured patients have risen to 401, while one patient has reportedly migrated to Singapore as per the latest data.

The total number of active cases across the country stands at 4,643.

Meanwhile, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has installed its newly developed full body disinfection chamber at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

The chamber will help in controlling the spread of coronavirus.

A senior DRDO officer told IANS, "It has been installed on trial basis. We are looking how it is working." The officer explained that once successful, it will also install as per demands from the respective organisations.

Last week, DRDO developed the full body disinfection chamber called as Personnel Sanitization Enclosure and face protection mask.

The Vehicle Research and Development Establishment in Ahmednagar, a DRDO Laboratory, had designed the full body disinfection chamber called as personnel sanitization enclosure.

"The walk through enclosure is designed for personnel decontamination, one person at a time. This is a portable system equipped with sanitizer and soap dispenser," the DRDO had stated.

The decontamination is started using a foot pedal at the entry. On entering the chamber, electrically operated pump creates a disinfectant mist of hyposodiumchloride.

The mist spray is calibrated for an operation of 25 seconds and stops automatically indicating completion of operation.

(With inputs from IANS)

April 07, 2020 at 7:40 PM

Positive Coronavirus Cases In India Rise To 4,789; Death Toll At 124

The positive Covid-19 cases in India have risen to 4,789 as per latest Health Ministry data updated till 6 PM on 7 April. 353 patients have recovered from the viral disease so far, while 124 have lost the battle.

With 868 cases, Maharashtra continues to be the worst affected state in the country followed by Tamil Nadu which has reported 621 cases.

Mumbai today (7 April) reported 100 new Covid-19 cases and five deaths as per data relased by BMC. This takes the total positive cases in the city to 590.

April 07, 2020 at 12:54 PM