Coronavirus Live India Updates: India case count crosses 16,000; death toll at 519

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Screening of Rohingya Muslims for COVID-19 underway in Jammu; 12 samples taken for testing

Allowing non-essential items may impact lockdown; situation extremely dynamic

– Home Ministry

Man claiming to be coronavirus patient threatens to jump off Safdarjung Hospital’s third floor

Coronavirus spreading in Delhi, won’t relax lockdown just yet

– Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM

44 new coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh, tally climbs to 647

Chemists told to keep record of people buying flu medicines

Health advisories have been issued to medicine shops in Odisha as well as in some districts of Bihar to keep a record of people purchasing flu medicines as authorities suspect they could be used to suppress symptoms of coronavirus with an intent to skip testing.

2 COVID-19 related fatalities reported in Karnataka, death toll in state increases to 16: Health Department

India case count crosses 16,000; death toll at 519

A meeting between the Foreign Ministers of BRICS countries to take place on April 28 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, reports TIMES NOW

Closure of temples dashes revival hopes of flower farmers in Jammu

  • The floriculturists in Jammu have lost hopes of a revival of their fortunes this season and are staring at huge losses owing to the indefinite closure of temples, the main source of their income, due to the nationwide lockdown to combat novel coronavirus.
  • Jammu, known as the city of temples, has come to a standstill since March 22, two days ahead of the first nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Lockdown: Over 55k cases, 11k arrests in Maha for violations

  • Over 56,000 offences have been registered and more than 11,000 people arrested in Maharashtra since March 22 for violation of lockdown norms in place for the coronavirus outbreak, a state home department official said on Sunday.
  • While 55,393 cases have been lodged for disobedience under section 188 of the IPC, another 1,051 are for illegal transport during the lockdown, an official said.

Community based monitoring system including GPs & ULBs to help stranded people

Odisha CM has announced a proactive, humane & scientific approach to facilitate the return of people of Odisha stranded outside the state after restrictions are lifted. This will be done through a community-based monitoring system involving GPs & ULBs.

Lockdown to be enforced in Aurangabad jail: Maha Home Minister

  • Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has said the lockdown at Aurangabad jail would be implemented in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • “We have decided to enforce lockdown at Aurangabad jail. No one will be allowed to come out of the jail nor anyone from outside will enter the prison,” said Deshmukh.

Firms manufacturing masks hope to get relaxation on movement of goods

  • Companies including micro, small and medium enterprises in Tamil Nadu engaged in manufacture of medical equipment like masks, PPEshope the government would allow movement of their vehicles during the lockdown in place to combat spread of COVID-19, officials said.
  • Several firms present in Tiruppur or Coimbatore or Ariyalur in the state have converted their companies to manufacture medical garments in order to tide over crisis since companies remain shut due to lock-down in view of the government’s measures to control the spread of COVID19.

MP: COVID-19 cases rise to 1,407; death toll reaches 72

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 1,407 with five more people testing positive for the disease on Sunday, authorities said.
  • The state also reported three more deaths due to the disease, taking the toll to 72, according to the latest health bulletin.
  • Of these total deaths, 50 have been reported from Indore, the state’s industrial hub.

Coronavirus cases in Netherlands rise by 1066 to 32,655, 83 new deaths: Dutch Health Authorities

Govt launches iGOT portal to train doctors, health care workers to combat Covid-19

  • The government has launched a special digital platform iGOT for training and capacity building of healthcare staff including doctors, nurses, paramedics, hygiene workers, and technicians, stepping up efforts to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Some of the training courses on this integrated government online training (iGOT) portal include basics of COVID, infection prevention and control, use of PPE, quarantine, and isolation, management of COVID 19 cases, laboratory sample collection and testing, ICU care and ventilation management.

All students from Class 1 to 9 and 11 promoted to next class: Tripura Minister

Decision to tighten FDI norms for investors from neighbouring countries timely: Experts

  • The decision of the government to tighten foreign direct investment norms for investors from neighbouring nations like China was timely, but there is a need to look at all the FDI proposals from other countries particularly in sensitive sectors, according to experts.
  • The government on Saturday made prior approval mandatory for foreign investments from countries that share land border with India to curb “opportunistic takeovers” of domestic firms following the COVID-19 pandemic.

Odisha declares some areas of Balasore as containment zones

Reports PTI

Coronavirus cases in UP cross 1,000-mark, death toll mounts to 17

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday mounted to 1,084, with 110 fresh cases and three deaths being reported in a day, officials said.
  • The virus has claimed 17 lives in the state so far.
  • During a daily briefing on COVID-19, Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said the state has 959 active cases.

India, a youthful nation known for its innovative zeal can take the lead in providing a new work culture: PM Modi

All types of retailers should be allowed home delivery: Retailers Association of India

  • The Retailers Association of India (RAI) on Sunday said the government’s home delivery permissions need to be broad-based and all types of retailers, including neighbourhood stores, should be allowed to operate.
  • The retailers’ body said allowing neighbourhood stores and large essential products’ chain retailers to do home delivery will help fulfill consumer needs in these trying times and play a part in enhancing social distancing.

First batch of 9,600 rapid test kits arrive in Kashmir valley

  • Kashmir has received the first batch of 9,600 rapid test kits as the valley is trying to ramp up testing in its fight to contain the spread of COVID-19, officials said on Sunday.
  • The rapid test kits help examine whether a person has developed antibodies in their bloodstream to fight the novel coronavirus, which indicates whether a person has been exposed to or has COVID-19.

Three more test positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands

  • Three more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory on Sunday to 15, officials said.
  • All three are family members of a government employee, who was found to have contracted the disease two days ago, said Avijit Roy, the nodal officer for COVID-19 in the UT.

Sustained lockdown drives many in unorganised sector to sell veggies, fish

  • For two weeks, Mohammad Irfan went to bed on a half-empty stomach, making sure his children get three square meals a day, but with the extension of the lockdown, the rickshaw-puller in the city’s Paikpara area knew it was time to look for an alternative source of income.
  • Irfan, these days, wakes up at 4 am and rushes to wholesalers’ hub – Mechhua Bazar – to procure vegetables and fruits, which he then sells in his neighbourhood.
  • Much like Irfan, taxi drivers, small shopkeepers, tea stall owners and other vendors in the city, who mostly trade in non-essential items, have taken to selling vegetables, fruits and fish, with the COVID-19-induced lockdown having dried up much of their resources.

Kerala’s Kasaragod beats odds to battle coronavirus

  • Kasaragod, Kerala’s COVID-19 hotspot, is the only district in the southern state lacking adequate health infrastructure.
  • In spite of treating the highest number of COVID-19 patients in the state with meagre infrastructural facilities and even without the support of a medical college in the north Kerala district, no deaths have been reported due to coronavirus.
  • The state health department views the performance of M Kunhiraman and his team, consisting of Janardhana Naik and Krishna Naik, at the General hospital in Kasaragod as a success story.

Activities prohibited all over the country till May 3

  • Passenger traffic
  • Educational institutions
  • Industrial / commercial activities (unless exempted specifically)
  • Cinema halls, malls
  • Social & religious gatherings
  • Religious places of worship
  • Taxis & cab aggregators

Two journalists test positive for coronavirus in Chennai

Reports PTI

New guidelines barring delivery of non-essentials by e-commerce will disappoint consumers, small businesses, manufacturers

– Amazon India

Health Ministry issues advisory against spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management

No new positive case in Goa after 3rd April 2020

All COVID-19 positive cases in Goa are now negative: Vishwajit Rane, Goa Health Minister

Total number of dedicated facilities for severe or critical patients to 2,144

– Health Ministry

1334 new COVID-19 cases & 27 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 15712 & deaths to 507 in India

– Health Ministry

Religious places to remain closed

– Health Ministry

No relaxation will be provided in containment areas

– Health Min

Yesterday 37,173 tests were done, out of these 29,287 tests were done in labs of ICMR network. 7,886 tested in private sector labs

– ICMR

Mahe in Puducherry & Kodagu in Karnataka have not reported any fresh cases in the last 28 days: Health Ministry

3,86,791 COVID-19 tests have been done so far: ICMR

States should ensure security to medical teams

54 districts reported no cases since 14 days: Health Min

2231 ppl cured, 14.19 pc of total : Health Min

Deputy secretaries and above level officers to join offices from Monday

  • All deputy secretary-level officers and above will join office from Monday, nearly a month after working from home due to the lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, a senior official said.
  • Joint secretaries, additional secretaries, special secretaries, and secretaries had joined central government departments on April 13.
  • Reports PTI

Plea in SC seeking action against landlords pressuring students, labourers for rent during lockdown

  • A plea has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking action against the “arbitrary and unlawful action” of landlords demanding rent from students and labourers during the lockdown despite a government order to the contrary.
  • The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had issued an order on March 29 which stops landlords from demanding rent from students, workers and migrant labourers for a month. Those landlords who force people to vacate their houses will face action, the MHA statement warns.

More than Rs 36,659 Crore transferred by using DBT through Public Financial Management System in the Bank accounts of 16.01 crore beneficiaries during COVID19 lockdown

– Ministry of Finance

MPs to be tested for temperature as ‘hybrid’ UK Parliament set to open

  • A temperature test before entry into the House of Commons chamber for British MPs is among some of the procedures being put in place for a “hybrid” UK Parliament set to resume amid the coronavirus lockdown after Easter recess on Tuesday.
  • Commons Speaker Lindsay Hoyle had cleared the way for MPs to use video conferencing application Zoom for the first time in the Commons’ 700-year history following an agreement by parliamentary authorities last week.

32 more prisoners released in J&K, tally reaches 236

  • Thirty-two prisoners, including 16 arrested under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA), were released to decongest jails across Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Sunday.
  • A total of 236 prisoners have been released this month by the Jammu and Kashmir administration on the directions of the Supreme Court.

Milk cooperatives, dairy farms in Assam facing problem due to lockdown restrictions

  • Problems in procuring and selling milk have impacted milk cooperatives, farms, and individual producers severely across Assam during the ongoing 40-day lockdown period, though distribution and sale of milk are exempted from restrictions during this period.
  • It has also become difficult to arrange fodder as most of the trucks carrying feed for livestock have stopped plying since the 21-day lockdown was announced on March 24, and then extended till May 3 to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Civic bodies ban spitting, urinating in public places; fine of Rs 1,000

  • People found spitting or urinating in public places will be penalised with a fine of Rs 1000, in keeping with the measures to contain the coronavirus outbreak, civic authorities said on Sunday.
  • All three municipal corporations and the New Delhi Municipal Council have prohibited spitting and urinating by any person with immediate effect.
  • The move by the civic bodies comes in compliance with a recent directive issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for COVID-19 management, which made spitting in public spaces a punishable offence.

Death toll from coronavirus rises to over 160,000 worldwide

To ensure the safety of our staffers, we decided yesterday not to sell fuel to those not wearing face masks at fuel retail outlets across India

– Ajay Bansal, president of All India Petroleum Dealers Association

UK expands repatriation flights from South Asia

  • As many as 7,000 more Britons will return home from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh as the UK government has announced to operate 31 more charter flights over the next week to repatriate its citizens stranded in the coronavirus lockdown across South Asia.
  • The flights, scheduled between April 20 and 27, include 17 from India, 10 from Pakistan and four from Bangladesh.
  • The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that 7,000 more people will be able to get home from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh after 31 more charter flights have been announced from the region over the next week.

Congress thanks Centre after it reverses decision on e-commerce companies

  • The Congress on Sunday thanked the central government for “vindicating” its demand to prohibit e-commerce companies from selling non-essential items during the lockdown as it was “injustice” to retailers and said it is “better late than never”.

Coronavirus cases rise to 31 in Nepal

PM Modi not in two minds about the way forward and knows what needed to be done and when

– Union minister Javadekar tells PTI

India with its huge population has managed COVID-19 well; if this continues, lockdown norms bound to be eased further

– Prakash Javadekar

Having pass is no licence to roam around: Karnataka DGP; warns penal action

  • Karnataka DGP Praveen Sood on Sunday warned penal action against misuse of passes issued for movement of people and vehicles for essential duties during the lockdown, and said, having a pass is no licence to roam around.
  • While stating that all passes issued are valid till May 3, he also made it clear that no more new passes will be issued by Bengaluru police, other than emergency day passes.

Daily official virus death toll falls to 410 in Spain

9 test positive, Nagpur count touches 72

  • The number of COVID-19 patients in Nagpur in Maharashtra reached 72 with nine more people testing positive for coronavirus on Sunday, health officials said.
  • All the nine are close contacts of earlier patients, they added.