Coronavirus in India LIVE updates: over 3,000 people detained for defying lockdown norms in Delhi
How is the coronavirus spreading in India? What are the latest develaopments in our fight against coronavirus? Catch all the live updates here.
The total number of active novel coronavirus cases in India has reached 15475. The country has reported 19,984 cases since the beginning of the pandemic.
Cured/discharged/migrated cases: 3869
Death toll: 640
Globally, the disease has affected over 2.56 million people, leading to over 177,000 deaths.
Helpline Number: +91-11-23978046
Toll-Free Number: 1075
Here are the latest updates to the global health crisis, and its impact on India:
115 cases registered, over 3,000 people detained for defying lockdown norms in Delhi
Over 100 cases were registered and 3,392 people detained in the national capital on Wednesday for violating government orders during the lockdown imposed to control the coronavirus outbreak, police said.
According to the data shared by the police, 115 cases were registered under section 188 (for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code till 5 pm.
A total of 3,392 people have been detained under section 65 (persons bound to comply with reasonable directions of police officers) and 259 vehicles have been impounded under section 66 of the Delhi Police Act, they stated.
A total of 493 movement passes have been issued, police said.
Sixty cases were registered against people for stepping out of their houses without wearing masks.
MHA asks states to provide adequate security to healthcare workers; appoint nodal officers
The Centre on Wednesday asked all states and union territories to provide adequate security to doctors and frontline health workers who are facing attacks from unruly people.
In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also flagged a few heinous instances of unruly behaviour by people where the families and relatives of medical professionals, suspected to have died due to COVID-19 infection, were prevented from performing the last rites of the deceased.
"In such cases, adequate security should be provided; and, stringent action should be taken against such offenders who obstruct the performance of last rites of medical professionals or frontline healthcare workers, who, unfortunately, succumb to the infection from COVID-19 while discharging their services, or otherwise," the letter said.
COVID-19 cases rise to 2,272 in Guj; death toll reaches 95
The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 2,272 after 94 more people tested positive for the disease in the state on Wednesday, a health department official said. The death toll in the state went up to 95, as five more patients succumbed to coronavirus, principal secretary (health) Jayanti Ravi said. So far, 144 patients have been discharged after recovery. There are 2,033 active cases in Gujarat, and so far total 38,059 samples have been tested in the state. Out of the 94 new cases, 61 were reported from Ahmedabad, 17 from Surat, eight from Vadodara, five from Aravalli, two from Botad and one from Rajkot.
Quarantined migrant workers give makeover to schools in Sikar
Quarantined in two schools in Rajasthan's Sikar district - a group of migrant labourers have added colour to their temporary abode by painting the chipped walls of the institutions.
About 54 workers from Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh quarantined in the
Shaheed Sitaram Kumawat and Seth KL Tambi Government Higher Secondary schools in Palsana town wanted to express their gratitude for the arrangements made for them in quarantine.
Migrant workers have been quarantined at separate places across the country to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Palsana Sarpanch Roop Singh Shekhawat said that in response to the good care taken of them at the quarantine centres migrant workers wanted to express their gratitude.
Wall paint and other necessary items were made available to them, which they used to give makeover to the schools.
"The entire village is overwhelmed by their behaviour. All these people are perfectly healthy and their quarantine time is also over. It is joyful to see the constructive work done by the workers who have used the quarantine period beautifully," Shekhawat said.
Jagat Singh Panwar, secretary of district legal services authority who had visited the centre and met the workers, praised the workers for taking the initiative.
Centre recommends increasing bed capacity in Mumbai
Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday said the Central committee has recommended an increase in the capacity of quarantine facility in Mumbai from 1,200 beds to 2,000, in light of the rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the city. An inter-ministerial central team (IMCT) arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday for a two-day visit to assess the state's preparedness to fight the coronavirus outbreak. "The Central committee has also asked us to provide minimum oxygen supply to patients undergoing treatment, as it will help ease their breathing distress if any," the minister said. In keeping with the committee's directives, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been asked to arrange for more beds and increase testing across Mumbai, Tope said, adding that tents can also be put up in open grounds if needed.
Fun activities for over 16 lakh Odisha kids in home during lockdown
The Odisha government has joined hands with UNICEF to keep over 16 lakh children in the state busy with several fun-filled activities during the ongoing lockdown. As many as 72,587 Anganwadi or child care centres, having a strength of 16.13 lakh in the age group of three-six years, are closed since the lockdown was imposed, an official said. There was a need for engaging and stimulating these children, he added. The Women and Child Development and Mission Shakti department along with UNICEF, therefore, on Tuesday released 'Ghare Ghare Arunima' -- a calendar-based fun-filled list of activities for children to be implemented with the support of parents and grandparents, he said.
SOPs for pregnant women in COVID-19 red zone areas in Kashmir
The authorities have come up with standard operating procedures (SOPs) for pregnant women in the COVID-19 red zone areas across Kashmir, even as restrictions to combat the coronavirus threat continued in the Valley on Wednesday.
As per the laid down procedures, the pregnant women in red zones will be enlisted and their check-up will be managed at the recently established health centres in red and buffer zones, officials said.
The proper birth plan will be executed by ANM and ASHA workers under the supervision of concerned block medical officers as per the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW), they said.
The pregnant ladies have been strictly advised to attend anti-natal check-ups at the recently established health centres by ASHAs and their cadres both in red and buffer zones, they added.
The officials said according to such SOPs, all the asymptomatic pregnant women will be tested one week before the expected date of delivery (EDD) using rapid antibody tests.
If any pregnant women is found having symptoms of Influenza like Illness (ILI) or Severe Acute Respiratory Illness (SARI), she will be tested using RT-PCR, they said.
Coronavirus cases cross 800 mark in AP, 56 more test positive
COVID-19 cases crossed the 800 milestone in Andhra Pradesh, reaching 813 as 56 new cases were added in the state in the last 24 hours ending Wednesday morning. The coronavirus toll also rose to 24 while as many patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, a latest CoViD-19 bulletin said. It said 5,757 samples were tested during the period, of which 5,701 turned negative.
Shops selling educational books, electric fans, prepaid phone recharge allowed during lockdown
Shops selling educational books and electric fans, services of bedside attendants of senior citizens and public utilities, including recharge facilities for prepaid mobile phones have been allowed during the lockdown period.
The orders were issued by the Home Ministry on Tuesday night after receiving some queries with regard to exemptions of specific services and activities allowed through the guidelines issued so far.
The home ministry also said bread factories and flour mills located in urban areas can restart operations during the ongoing lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak.
Shops selling educational books for students and electric fans will be allowed to open during the lockdown, which is scheduled to end on May 3.
Bedside attendants and care givers of senior citizens residing in their homes and public utilities, including recharge facilities for prepaid mobile connection will be allowed to offer services, the ministry said in its order.
Food processing units such as bread factories, milk processing plants, flour mills, dal mills etc., located in urban areas will be allowed to function during the lockdown.
Facilities for export or import such as pack houses, inspection and treatment facilities for seeds and horticulture produce, research establishments dealing with the agriculture and horticulture activities have been exempted from the purview of the lockdown.
Inter and intra-state movement of planting materials and honey bee colonies, honey and other beehive products will also be allowed to function, the order said.
Forest offices, forestry plantation and related activities, including silviculture operations, are allowed during the lockdown.
However, the ministry made it clear that social distancing for offices, workshops, factories and establishments must be ensured.
Kerala: Panel to examine if privacy of personal, sensitive data of COVID-19 patients protected
Amid opposition charges, the Kerala government has constituted a two-member committee to examine whether the privacy of personal and sensitive data of COVID-19 patients from the state has been protected under an agreement entered by it with a US-based IT firm. The panel headed by former Special IT Secretary M Madhavan Nambiar and former health secretary Rajeev Sadanandan, will also ascertain whether adequate procedures were followed while finalising the arrangements with the private company, Sprinklr.
The Opposition Congress has been levelling charges that the collection of data by the U.S firm violated the fundamental rights of the patients In its order, state government said it had initiated steps to set up a Data Analytics platform to integrate data from various sources available in the government to meet the "exigency of a massive and unprecedented surge of epidemic".
Death toll due to COVID-19 touches 640; cases rise to 19,984
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 640 and the number of cases to 19,984 in the country on Wednesday, according to the Union health ministry.
The number of active COVID-19 cases is 15,474, while 3,869 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.
The total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals.
A total of 37 deaths were reported since Tuesday evening -- 19 from Maharashtra, 13 from Gujarat, three from West Bengal and one each from Tamil Nadu and Jhakhand.
Of the 640 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 251 fatalities, followed by Gujarat at 90, Madhya Pradesh at 76, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Telengana at 23 and Andhra Pradesh at 22.
The death toll has reached 20 in Uttar Pradesh while Tamil Nadu has reported 18 deaths and Karantaka has registered 17 fatalities due to COVID-19.
Punjab has registered 16 deaths while West Bengal has reported 15 fatalities so far.
The disease has claimed five lives in Jammu and Kashmir, while Kerala, Jhakhand and Haryana have recorded three COVID-19 deaths each.
Bihar has reported two deaths, while Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data.
However, a PTI tally of the figures reported by various states as on Tuesday evening showed at least 646 deaths in the country.
There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the number of deaths announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.
According to the health ministry's data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 5,218, followed by Gujarat at 2,178, Delhi at 2,156, Rajasthan at 1,659, Tamil Nadu at 1,596 and Madhya Pradesh at 1,552.
The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 1,294 in Uttar Pradesh, 928 in Telangana and 757 in Andhra Pradesh.
The number of cases has risen to 427 in Kerala, 423 in West Bengal, 418 in Karnataka, 380 in Jammu and Kashmir, 254 in Haryana and 245 in Punjab.
Bihar has reported 126 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 79 such cases.