Coronavirus latest updates: 886 deaths and 28,380 cases in India
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NEW DELHI: With 60 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the death toll in the country due to Covid-19 rose to 886 on Monday, according to the Union health ministry. 1,463 fresh cases were reported and the total number has climbed to 28,380 in the country, so far.
The number of active Covid-19 cases stood at 21,132 while 6,362 people were cured and discharged,migrated, the ministry said.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from India and around the world —
Entire Pune city now containment zone till May 3
Pune city in Maharashtra, which has reported a rapid spread of coronavirus infection, was on Monday notified as a containment zone till May 3 by the city municipal corporation.
In view of the order issued by Pune municipal commissioner Shekhar Gaikwad to this effect, police also extended the restrictions already imposed on residents.
"We have already imposed a curfew in Pune city to check the spread of the coronavirus," said Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisve.
'World should have listened to WHO' on virus: Director
The World Health Organization chief said Monday that the agency had sounded the highest level of alarm over the novel coronavirus early on, but lamented that not all countries had heeded its advice.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus pointed out that the WHO warned the Covid-19 outbreak constituted a 'Public Health Emergency of International Concern' on January 30, when there were only 82 cases registered outside China.
"The world should have listened to WHO then carefully," he told a virtual press briefing.
Iran reports 96 virus deaths but says infections drop
Iran on Monday announced 96 deaths from the novel coronavirus, but said daily confirmed new infections fell below 1,000 for the first time in more than a month.
The latest fatalities recorded in the past 24 hours brought the overall death toll to 5,806, said health ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour.
Detected cases of infection rose by 991 to total 91,472 since the start of Iran's outbreak, the deadliest in the Middle East.
Stigma around Covid-19 should be addressed through intensive campaign
Getting infected by coronavirus is not a stigma, which should be addressed through an intensive campaign, said Lav Agarwal, joint secretary, ministry of health on Monday.
During a press briefing, Agarwal said: "Stigma should be addressed through an intensive campaign. We've to understand that there is no risk of transmission from recovered patients. They, in fact, can be a potential source of healing for antibodies using plasma therapy."
He said that spreading of misinformation and panic should be avoided and no community or area should be labelled for Covid-19 spread.
6,184 or 22.17 percent Covid-19 patients have recovered
A total of 6,184 Covid-19 patients have recovered so far, taking the recovery rate in the country to 22.17 per cent, the Health ministry said on Monday.
There has been a rise of 1,463 cases in 24 hours since Sunday, taking the total number of Covid-19 cases to 28,380 in India, the ministry said. The total number of Covid-19 deaths in the country stood at 886.
Health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said 16 districts which earlier had positive cases have not reported any new case of Covid-19 in the last 28 days.
A total of 85 districts in 25 states and UTs have not reported any fresh case in the last 14 days, Agarwal said.
Boris Johnson back at work, warns against relaxing coronavirus restrictions
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday warned against relaxing the coronavirus restrictions too soon as the country was still facing a moment of "maximum risk", in his first remarks since returning to work after contracting the disease that has killed over 20,000 in the UK.
While declaring that the tide is being turned on the coronavirus pandemic in the country, he urged the British public to contain their impatience against the crippling lockdown.
Johnson, 55, had been recuperating from his intensive care treatment at a London hospital earlier this month after he contracted the deadly virus.
No third stage spread or community transmission in Kerala so far: Health minister
There has been no third stage spread or community transmission of Covid-19 infection so far in Kerala, but there is need to exercise vigil, health minister K K Shailaja said.
There is no third stage spread as of now because all those who have been infected with the virus lately have some or the other kind of contact with the affected, the minister told reporters.
'Follow mantra of do gaz doori': PM Modi during meet with CMs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a video conference with the chief minister of various states to chalk out a plan for tackling the coronavirus pandemic in the country. "Our aim must be a rapid response, need to follow mantra of ‘do gaz doori’," he said during the meeting. This was the fourth such interactions with the chief ministers since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
Meghalaya wants lockdown to continue beyond May 3: CM Conrad Sangma
Meghalaya wants the lockdown in the state to continue beyond May 3 to stem the spread of Covid-19, chief minister Conrad Sangma said on Monday after a teleconference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.The chief minister, however, said some relaxations will be introduced in green zones and non-Covid-19 affected districts after the nationwide shutdown has been lifted.
Congress targets Centre over antibody test kits being purchased at higher prices
A day after Delhi high court asked to make Covid-19 test kits available at the lowest cost possible, Congress leader Ahmed Patel targetted the Central government over antibody test kits being purchased for Rs 600 per piece by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), which were being imported for Rs 245 each.
"The recent Delhi HC judgement has raised a pertinent question - Why was ICMR purchasing antibody test kits for Rs 600 per piece, which was imported for Rs 245?" Patel tweeted asking the government to "clarify" the matter.
Worldwide coronavirus cases approach 3 million, death toll crosses 205,000
Some 2.97 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 205,948 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019. The following table lists countries that have reported deaths and/or at least 100 confirmed cases as of 0200 GMT on Monday.
China's Wuhan city discharges last Covid-19 patient from hospital
The last Covid-19 patient in Wuhan has been discharged and the hospitals in the epicentre of the global coronavirus pandemic in the central Chinese city have no coronavirus cases for the first time after more than three months of arduous battle against the deadly virus that infected over 80,000 people on the mainland.
1.2-crore 'Covid Warriors' fighting to help 130-crore
More than 1.2 crore people from 18 different categories are on the frontline as ‘Covid Warriors’ in India’s battle against the pandemic, but some states are more dependent on less-trained/qualified people than others thanks to a long-standing imbalance in the country.
Late last week, the Centre made public the details of “covid warriors” according to which 1.2 crore people — doctors (dentists and vets included), nurses, pharmacists, lab volunteers, trained health professionals, ASHA and Anganwadi workers, NSS and NCC members among others — are working to fight the pandemic. The data doesn’t include waste collectors.
New Zealand has won a battle against virus transmission: PM Jacinda Ardern
PM Jacinda Ardern on Monday claimed New Zealand had scored a significant victory against the spread of the coronavirus, as the country began a phased exit from lockdown. "There is no widespread, undetected community transmission in New Zealand," Ardern declared. "We have won that battle."
After nearly five weeks at the maximum Level Four restrictions — with only essential services operating — the country will move to Level Three late on Monday.
After a month of lockdown, Maharashtra has 6 more districts in red
While 21 states reported an improvement in caseload in one or more districts at the end of the 30-day lockdown, most in Maharashtra went the other way—from green to orange or orange to red, under the Central coding system—thus qualifying for a further tightening of measures.
On April 15, there were 11 districts in Maharashtra in the red zone—these are the hotspots; 18 in the orange zone—these are non-hotspots but with cases; and 7 in the green zone, with no cases. By April 24, the situation had worsened: Maharashtra had 17 districts in the red zone, 16 in the orange zone, and three in the green zone.
Maharashtra crosses 8,000 cases just a day after 7,000 mark
As it recorded 440 new cases, the Covid-19 meter in the state crossed the 8,000 mark on Sunday with the needle coming to rest at 8,068 cases. Just a day before, the state’s tally had gone beyond the 7,000 mark to settle at 7,628 after the detection of 811 new cases, the highest in a single day anywhere in the country.
For the first time, the total novel coronavirus infections in the state made the journey between two 1,000 markers —7,000 and 8,000 —in just a day. The 6,000 mark and the 5,000 mark had come in two days, and the previous 1,000 jumps had come in four and six days. Another 19 lives were lost to Covid-19 on Sunday, taking the state toll to 342.
Scattered migrant evacuation plans turn into an organised effort
Scattered initiatives to evacuate migrant workers, students and pilgrims stranded across the country on Sunday coalesced into a more coordinated action plan initiated by states like Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat even as Karnataka signalled its reluctance to jump right in, flagging the “risk” of immediately bringing back people stuck in Covid-endemic states as a “national issue”.
While Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik engaged with counterparts Uddhav Thackeray in Maharashtra and Vijay Rupani in Gujarat to work out a “safe and dignified exit plan” for migrant workers from his state, Karnataka said it would temporarily restrict itself to evacuating a batch of 272 students stuck in Rajasthan’s Kota.
Delhi cases rise nearly 3-fold from last week’s average
Covid-19 infections in Delhi showed a major surge on Sunday, when the city reported 293 fresh cases after more than 10 days of relatively low figures, even as the worst-hit state, Maharashtra, registered a nearly 50% fall in new cases from Saturday’s record high numbers.
This was Delhi’s second-highest count of fresh cases in a single day (after 356 on April 13) and nearly three times higher than the average number of daily cases in the past week, which was 105. More worryingly, while the earlier spike was caused by the outbreak linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregations, the fresh surge shows a sudden rise in local cases in the fifth week of lockdown.
Order for purchase of 52,000 ventilators issued, Centre tells SC
The Centre told the Supreme Court through a status report on Covid-19 medical preparedness that it has issued a purchase order for 52,094 ventilators to meet exigencies and that 10,500 would reach India by April 30.
"Supply of 10,500 ventilators is expected by April 30, an additional 18,000 by May 30 and 20,000 by June 30. Union government has supplied 2,83,910 PPE kits and 20,52,417 N95 masks to states," it said.
US records 1,330 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins
The United States recorded 1,330 more novel coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours. The country now has an overall death toll of 54,841, with 964,937 confirmed infections, according to a tally by the Baltimore-based institution at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Monday).
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