Coronavirus in India LIVE updates: Active cases 12,974, deaths 507; 12-day-old girl tests positive in Bhopal
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Cured/discharged/migrated cases: 2230
Death toll: 507
Globally, the disease has affected over 2.32 million people, leading to over 160,000 deaths.
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Kerala COVID-19 Update: Two new cases reported
Two new cases of coronavirus were reported in Kerala on Sunday taking the total number to 401, while 13 people were cured, the health department said.
Health Minister K K Shailaja said as of now 270 people have been cured of the deadly virus in the state.
"One infected person is from Kannur and another from Kasaragod. They came from Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively. As of now 129 people are under treatment in the state," the Kerala health minister said in a release.
At least 55,590 people are under observation in the state while 416 are in isolation wards at various hospitals. The state has till now sent 19,351 samples for testing.
Kannur has 48 positive cases while neighbouring Kasaragod has 42 and Kozhikode, 13.
Sikh Shrine Sri Bangla Sahib to be illuminated tonight to show solidarity with all #CoronaWarriors
Delhi's Sikh Gurudwara Sri Bangla Sahib will be illuminated tonight to show solidarity with all Corona warriors. The step is being taken "to dispel all sadness and gloom through light", the organisers said.
12-day-old girl tests positive in Bhopal
A 12-day-old girl has tested positive for the coronavirus in Bhopal on Sunday, with health officials stating that she may be the youngest COVID-19 patient in Madhya Pradesh.
She was born on April 7 and her father said it was possible she got the infection from a woman health worker who was on duty during the birth and tested positive later.
"The mother and the infant tested positive on Sunday," Bhopal's Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Dr Prabhakar Tiwari told news agency PTI.
The girl's father said, "She was born in government-run Sultania Janana Hospital on April 7 and was discharged on April 11. I read in the papers the next day that a woman health worker who was on duty during my wife's stay and delivery had tested positive."
"Suspecting that my daughter and wife had been infected due to this woman health worker, I contacted the hospital and doctors there but got no response. My child was examined at a health camp in Barkhedi area and doctors sent her samples for testing, and reports returned positive today," he said.
Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 Update
As per Madhya Pradesh's health department total 1,407 coronavirus positive cases have been reported in the state of which 131 patients have been cured. The death toll in the state has reached 72.
Notably, Indore alone has accounted for 890 positive cases and 214 COVID cases have been reported in Bhopal so far.
The Union Health Ministry has said that the criteria based on which relaxations have been given are dynamic.
If new coronavirus cases arise in these places, they would become part of the red zones and containment zones where strict lockdown measures will be implemented.
The Central has announced lockdown relaxations for agricultural activities and rural economy
Lav Agarwal, Joint Health Secretary, said that the Centre wants to enable the employment opportunities for daily wage earners.
The relaxations of health services and supply chain of essential goods will continue. "Some activities have been permitted for the restoration of gradual normalcy and to ensure "Jaan bhi hai, Jahan bhi Hai", Agarwal said.
PM Modi, while announcing the extension of the lockdown, had said that the government will work to ensure the safety of life as well as formulate policies to protect the livelihood.
However, the Union Health Ministry has said that social distancing and precautionary measures must be taken even during the relaxation period.
No relaxation for these activities till May 3:
1. Passenger traffic movement by air, trains and road
2. Educational institutions
3. Industrial, commercial activities and hospitality services (unless exempted specifically)
4. Cinema halls, malls, shopping complex and entertainment parks
5. All social, political, sports and religious gatherings
6. Places of religious worship and religious congregation
The Union government has also put the prohibition on taxis and cab aggregators across the country till May 3rd.
Lockdown relaxations in non-containment areas from tonight
The Union Health Ministry has said that as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement, certain relaxations in lockdown will be provided in the non-containment areas from tonight.
"The relaxations will not be provided in the containment areas of hotspot districts," Join Health Secretary Lav Agarwal said.
However, the state governments are allowed to impose stricter restrictions in their respective states as per the local requirement.
No new cases reported in 54 districts of 23 states-UT in the last 14 days: Union Health Ministry
Lav Agarwal, Joint Health Secretary, said: "there are 54 districts of 23 states and union territory where no new coronavirus cases have been reported from in the last 24 hours".
This includes Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly, Haryana's Bhiwani and Hisar, Bihar's Gaya and Saran and Punjab's Fatehgarh Sahib.
1334 new cases, 27 new deaths in the last 24 hours: Union Health Ministry
Joint Health Secretary Lav Agrawal said that in the last 24 hours, 1334 new COVID-19 positive cases and 27 new deaths were reported in India.
Total COVID-19 positive cases in India has reached 15712. And so far 507 COVID-19 deaths have been reported.
ICMR has conducted 3,86, 791 COVID-19 tests so far
During the daily Union COVID-19 health briefing, ICMR's Raman R Gangakhedkar said that so far 3, 86, 791 COVID-19 tests have been conducted in the country.
"Yesterday, 37,173 tests were conducted. Of which 29,287 tests were carried out at the government labs and 7886 tests were done in the private labs," Gangakhedkar said.
As on April 19, 194 government labs are under the ICMR COVID-19 testing network and 82 private labs are conducting tests across the country.
Ensure the safety of medical staff involved in community testing: MHA to state govts
The MHA has asked state governments to ensure the safety of medical staff involved in the community testing of COVID-19.
"Now that community testing is being carried out with help of healthcare staff, the state governments should ensure their safety," the MHA spokeswoman said on Sunday. She further added, the community testings can be carried out smoothly if help from community leaders and peace committees are taken well in advance.
Focus on functioning of large-scale industries with housing facilities for workforce: MHA to states
The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has urged the state government to focus on the functioning of large-scale industries that have housing facilities for the workforce.
"This will not only pace up the economic activities but also provide employment to the workers," MHA spokeswoman said.
"Along with allowing agricultural activities and we need to find out possibilities of providing employment through MNREGA," she that the state and local administrations need to carve out policies to enable economic activity in the rural areas.
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.
In its revised guidelines related to the ongoing lockdown, the Home Ministry had on Wednesday said that "all the ministries and departments and offices under their control are to function with 100 per cent attendance of deputy secretary and levels above that".
"Remaining officers and staff to attend up to 33 per cent as per requirement," according to the guidelines.
All central government departments have been working with skeletal staff after the lockdown was imposed on March 25.
"There has to be 100 per cent attendance of deputy secretaries and director level officers from Monday as per the Home Ministry guidelines," the officer said.
Prashant Kishor targets Bihar CM for granting special permission to BJP MLA to rescue his son
Poll strategist and expelled Janata Dal-United leader Prashant Kishor has targetted Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for granting special permission to the BJP MLA to rescue his son from Kota.
The Bihar government has granted special permission to BJP MLA Anil Singh to rescue his son who is stuck in Rajasthan's Kota due to the nationwide lockdown.
"Nitish Kumar rejected the appeal of rescuing hundreds of students stuck in Kota citing that it would against the spirit of the lockdown and morality," Kishor said in a tweet. Kota is a hub of preparatory coaching centres.
He further questioned, "Nitish ji, what does your morality say now?"
कोटा में फँसे बिहार के सैकड़ों बच्चों की मदद की अपील को @NitishKumar ने यह कहकर ख़ारिज कर दिया था कि ऐसा करना #lockdown की मर्यादा के ख़िलाफ़ होगा।— Prashant Kishor (@PrashantKishor) April 19, 2020
अब उन्हीं की सरकार ने BJP के एक MLA को कोटा से अपने बेटे को लाने के लिए विशेष अनुमति दी है। नीतीश जी अब आपकी मर्यादा क्या कहती है? pic.twitter.com/mGy9v0MHQS
Karnataka woman walks 7 km, delivers baby at the dentist's clinic
According to news agency ANI, a pregnant woman in Karnataka delivered a baby at the dentist's clinic in Bengaluru.
She had reached Bengaluru, along with her husband, after walking for around five to seven km in hopes of reaching a hospital.
Dr Ramaya, dentist, said, as the baby wasn't responding initially we thought it's dead. But we were able to resuscitate it. Both mother and the newly born child were shifted to a hospital after the delivery.
Karnataka: A pregnant woman delivered a baby at a dentist's clinic in Bengaluru where she had reached, along with her husband, after walking for around 7 km in hopes of reaching a hospital. The mother & baby (in pic with the dentist) were later sent to hospital after the delivery pic.twitter.com/dO9edQ9EsU— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
Maha has tested over 66,000 people for COVID-19
Maharashtra has conducted over 66,000 tests so far of which 95% were negative.
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said, around 3600 are positive. He further added 75% of those tested positive were either mildly symptomatic or asymptomatic.
"52 patients are serious. We are looking at saving their lives," the Maharashtra CM said. So far 300-350 COVID patients have recovered and have been discharged in the state.
Maharashtra to allow some business activities from tomorrow
Maharashtra Cheif Minister Uddhav Thackeray has said that the state will begin some financial activities from tomorrow.
If we don't run our economy now, we'll be in a financial crisis after we come out of the Corona crisis. We are starting some business activities in a limited way. Fortunately, several of our districts have zero positive cases, CM Thackeray said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while announcing the extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 3rd, had said that certain relaxations could be given post-April 20. The state governments are supposed to take stock of the situation and respond accordingly.
While Maharashtra has decided to begin limited business activities, there will be no relaxation in the lockdown in Delhi.
Karanataka COVID-19 Update
According to the Karnataka government, four new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in the Mysuru cluster. Two of the four patients had a travel history to Delhi.
The total number of positive cases in the state is 388: Karnataka Government
No relaxation in lockdown restrictions in Delhi: CM Kejriwal
The Delhi government has decided to not relax the ongoing lockdown as the coronavirus cases are constantly increasing in Delhi.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, during his digital press briefing, said, "the government will assess the situation again after one week".
"There have been instances where people without symptoms were found infected by COVID-19," Kejriwal said.
Delhi accounts for 12 percent of the cases detected across the country. He said 1,893 coronavirus cases have been reported in the city so far.
India's two percent population lives in Delhi but has reported 12 percent of total COVID-19 positive cases
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, during the press briefing, said that two percent of India's population lives in Delhi but 12 percent of total coronavirus positive cases were reported from here.
"We had to face the maximum brunt," Kejriwal said citing that Delhi's international airport has the highest rush of international passengers. "We kept them in quarantine. However, the guidelines were not in place in earlier."
He pointed out the Markaz incident led to spike in the COVID-19 cases being reported in the national capital.
All 11 districts of Delhi are hotspots, 25 percent samples tested positive in the last 24 hours: CM Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed concerns over the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases in the national capital. He said that the government has increased testing in the past few days and the number of positive are increasing rapidly as well.
"25 percent of the samples have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours," Kejriwal said, during the digital press briefing. Of 736 samples 186 have tested positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours.
The Delhi CM also said that all 11 districts of Delhi are hotspots and the number of containment zone has increased to 77.
Gujarat COVID-19 Bulletin: spike in cases continue
Gujarat Health Officials said that 228 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Gujarat in the last 24 hours.
The total tally of cases in Gujarat has gone up to 1,604.
Bihar COVID-19 Update
The Bihar Principal Health Secretary said, a 55-year-old man from Bihar Sharif has tested positive for COVID19 taking the total number of positive cases in the State to 87.
The patient was a close contact of an earlier coronavirus positive case.
Andhra Pradesh COVID-19 Bulletin
44 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours.
Arja Srikanth, Nodal Officer COVID-19, Andhra Pradesh said, the total number of positive cases in the state is 647.
Prohibition on the supply of non-essential goods by e-Commerce during lockdown to continue: MHA
The Ministry of Home Affairs in its fresh notification has said that the prohibition on the supply of non-essential goods by e-Commerce companies during the lockdown would continue.
It also reads, the vehicles of e-Commerce companies will be allowed to ply only with necessary permissions.
Spraying of disinfectant on people physically, psychologically harmful: Union Health ministry
The Union Health Ministry has issued an advisory against the spraying of disinfectant on people for COVID-19 management, saying it was physically and psychologically harmful.
Even if a person is potentially exposed to the COVID-19 virus, spraying the external part of the body does not kill the virus that has entered the body, it said.
It further reads that there is no scientific evidence to suggest that they are effective even in disinfecting the outer clothing/body in an effective manner.
"Spraying of individuals or groups is not recommended under any circumstances. Spraying an individual or group with chemical disinfectants is physically and psychologically harmful," it said.
Disinfectants are chemicals that destroy disease-causing pathogens or other harmful microorganisms. It refers to substances applied on inanimate objects owing to their strong chemical properties.
Chemical disinfectants are recommended for cleaning and disinfection only of frequently touched areas/surfaces by those who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
"The strategy seems to have gained a lot of media attention and is also being reportedly used at local levels in certain districts/local bodies," the ministry said.
Precautionary measures are to be adopted while using disinfectants for cleaning – like wearing gloves during disinfection.
Spraying of chlorine on individuals can lead to irritation of eyes and skin and potentially gastrointestinal effects such as nausea and vomiting. Inhalation of sodium hypochlorite can lead to irritation of mucous membranes to the nose, throat, respiratory tract and may also cause bronchospasm, the advisory said.
Additionally, the use of such measures may in fact lead to a false sense of disinfection and safety and actually hamper public observance to hand washing and social distancing measures, it stated.
Don't want tourists from COVID-19 affected places: Goa Tourism Minister
The Goa tourism minister has said the state government should not allow any tourists in the coastal state even after the lockdown is lifted unless they are certified negative for coronavirus. This practice should continue for the next two years till the situation normalises at the global level, he said.
Goa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar, in an interview to news agency PTI, said "We want tourists to come to Goa, but not from COVID-19 affected places".
"We should not allow them until they are certified coronavirus-free. And checking of tourists should continue for next two years," he further added.
The tourism minister said that the coronavirus outbreak happened at a time when the coastal state had managed to get back its tourism industry on track after the global slump.
"But, because of COVID-19, we will again have to start from zero. Till all airports and other routes are opened tourism cannot re-start in the state," Ajgaonkar said.
Nearly 80 lakh tourists visit Goa every year, he claimed, adding that till the situation does not normalise at the national level, the coastal state's borders will continue to remain sealed.
Meanwhile, the tourism department is set to seek financial help from the Centre for the industry stakeholders to overcome the crisis they are facing due to the coronavirus outbreak.
Tourism Minister Ajgaonkar said his department has written to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant, seeking help for the tourism industry from the Prime Minister's relief fund for COVID-19.
"How much fund is required for it has to be decided by a panel of experts. We have formed a committee headed by state finance secretary Daulat Hawaldar to study it. We will have to work out a plan to get out of this crisis," he said.
The state, known for vibrant tourism industry, wants to introduce a financial package for hoteliers, vendors, shack owners and others dependent on tourism so that they can restart their business, he said.
Chidambaram asks govt to act, distribute free food to the poor
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday urged the government to transfer cash and distribute free foodgrains to the poor, saying only a heartless government will not do anything.
He said more and more people have run out of cash and are standing in queues for free cooked food.
"There is overwhelming evidence that more and more people have run out of cash and are forced to stand in lines to collect free cooked food. Only a heartless government will stand by and do nothing," he said.
"Why cannot government save them from hunger and protect their dignity by transferring cash to every poor family," he asked.
"Why can't government distribute, free of cost, a small part of the 77 million tonnes of grain with FCI to families who need the grain to feed themselves," he also asked.
"These two questions are both economic and moral questions. Narendra Modi and Nirmala Sitharaman have failed to answer both questions, as the nation watches helplessly," the former Finance Minister said on Twitter.
Recovered COVID-19 patient tests positive again in Himachal
A man, who had recovered from the novel coronavirus, was again found suffering from the infection in Himachal Pradesh, officials said.
The man, a Tablighi Jamaat member, tested positive for the infection on Saturday within a week of his two reports coming out negative, they said.
Residents of different places in Mandi district, the man along with two other Jamaatis had been staying in a mosque of Nakroh village in Una'a Amb tehsil and all tested positive on April 2.
They were admitted to Tanda's Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Kangra district on April 3.
As per the available information, they had tested negative for the first time on April 10 and they were declared as cured as per protocol after they tested negative for the second time on April 12.
Subsequently they had been discharged from the RPGMC and were kept in institutional quarantine.
However, with the man again testing positive, the total number of active cases in the hill state has increased to 23 out of the total 40 positive cases.
Coronavirus cases in Delhi climb to 1,893, death toll 43: Authorities
The total number of coronavirus cases in the national capital on Saturday climbed to 1,893, with 186 fresh cases and one death being reported in a day, according to the Delhi government authorities.
Of the total 43 fatalities reported till date, 24 were above 60 years of age, making over 55 per cent of the total death cases, they said.
Nine of them were in the age group of 50-60, and 10 were below 50 years, officials said.
Meanwhile, 31 members of an extended family, including children, residing in north Delhi's Jahangirpuri area, a portion of which has been declared a containment zone, have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two days, officials said on Saturday.
The number of containment zones in Delhi increased to 76 on Saturday, with the addition of eight new zones.
The civic authorities have carried out mass-sanitisation and disinfection drives in hotspot areas in the past several days using drones and other measures.