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The total number of active novel coronavirus cases in India has reached 21,632. The country has so far reported 29,435 cases.
Cured/discharged/migrated cases: 6868
Death toll: 934
Globally, the disease has affected over 3.04 million people, leading to over 211,000 deaths.
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Here are the latest updates to the global health crisis, and its impact on India:
India will be self-reliant in producing RT-PCR testing kits by May-end: Vardhan
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday said the country will be self-reliant in producing RT-PCR and antibody testing kits by May-end that will enable it to conduct one lakh tests a day.
Vardhan also reviewed through video conferencing various initiatives undertaken by the Department of Biotechnology (DBT) to tackle the COVID-19 crisis.
Out of at least half a dozen candidates (companies) supported for vaccines, four are in an advanced stage and regulatory platform at one place has been constituted for speedy clearances, he was quoted as saying in a statement.
Renu Swarup, Secretary, Department of Biotechnology, informed that her department has evolved a multi-pronged research strategy and action plan for immediate responses as well as for long-term preparedness to tackle COVID-19.
These multi-faceted efforts include research towards development of therapeutics and suitable animal testing for coronavirus as well as development of indigenous diagnostics and genomic studies on the host and pathogen.
The DBT and its public sector undertakings, Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC), has announced a COVID-19 Research Consortium Call to support diagnostics, vaccines, novel therapeutics, repurposing of drugs or any other intervention for control of COVID-19.
Coronavirus cases in Aurangabad double to 105 in 24 hours
Aurangabad city in central Maharashtra saw a sudden spike in coronavirus cases with the figure nearly doubling and crossing the 100-mark in just 24 hours on Tuesday, officials told. The number of COVID-19 patients in the city, which was 53 on Monday evening, soared to 105 by Tuesday evening, they said here. The adjoining Hingoli district also saw detection of two fresh cases, one of them a minor boy, taking the tally to 14, the officials told.
1,171 industrial units allowed to operate since Apr 20 in Uttarakhand
Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Tuesday said a single window system has been put in place for the convenience of entrepreneurs through which 1,171 industrial units have been allowed to resume operations from April 30.
"The COVID-19 pandemic has not only hit the Indian economy but that of the whole world. It has created an industrial impasse in the country," he said while participating in the North Indian Virtual conference organised by the Confederation of Indian Industries via video conferencing.
"After the guidelines issued by the Centre, a single window system has been put in place for the convenience of entrepreneurs in Uttarakhand and since April 20, a total of 1,171 industries have been allowed to resume operations in the state,” he said.
“Big industries like the ITC, Hindustan Unilever, Nestle, Britannia and Dabur have started production whereas automobile giants like Tata Motors, Hero Motocorp, Ashoka Leyland and Mahindra are fully prepared to start operations,” the chief minister said.
Apart from these, 1,884 pharma and food industries have also been operating during the lockdown so that supply of essentials to people is not affected, he said.
COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh climb to 2,043; 57 fresh cases
The total number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday crossed the 2,000-mark, with 57 fresh cases reported in the state, officials said.
The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the state stands at 31, while 400 patients have recovered and have been discharged from hospitals, they said.
"The total count of COVID-19 cases in the state stands at 2,043. These cases have been reported from 60 districts of the state," Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
The count of active cases in the state is 1,612, he said.
Covid-19: NGT issues instructions on its functioning from May 4
The National Green Tribunal Tuesday issued instructions regarding its functioning from May 4, when the Covid-19 lockdown is slated to be relaxed, stating that the Chairperson, Members and officers (Deputy Registrars and above) will attend the Office with 100 per cent attendance.
As for the remaining staff, up to 33 per cent of the strength will physically attend the office as separately notified from time to time, the NGT said.
According to the office order issued by the NGT, the section heads/incharge of all sections shall prepare rosters of staff required to attend office physically by rotation and the staff members not required to present physically at the office.
However, they shall always remain available on phone and electronic means of communication, and shall attend office physically as and when required, it said.
"Considering the health and safety of lawyers / public / litigants / staff, till the situation of Corona improves, judicial work will be conducted by the Benches of NGT only by Video Conferencing, without physical presence/appearance of parties or their counsel in the NGT complex," the circular said.
Deeply concerned: China on ICMR's decision to not use rapid test kits from two Chinese firms
China on Tuesday said it was "deeply concerned" over the evaluation result of the COVID-19 rapid testing kits supplied to India by two Chinese companies and subsequent decision by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to not use the equipment, and hoped that New Delhi will resolve the issue "reasonably and properly".
The ICMR on Monday asked states and union territories to stop using the test kits procured from the Chinese companies — Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics — due to "wide variations" in their performance.
"We are deeply concerned with the evaluation results and the decision made by the Indian Council of Medical Research. China attaches great importance to the quality of exported medical products," Chinese embassy Spokeperson Ji Rong said.
In a statement, she also said it is "unfair and irresponsible for certain individuals to label Chinese products as 'faulty' and look at the issues with preemptive prejudice."
Ji, however, did not clarify who are the individuals she was referring to.
At the same time, the spokesperson said China will continue to support India's fight against the pandemic and will jointly work with New Delhi to overcome the challenge "at an early date" to protect people of the two countries from the infection.
Mumbai Police cops aged above 55 asked to go on leave
Mumbai Police have asked their personnel who are above 55 years of age and having some pre- existing ailment to go on leave, in a bid to protect them from the coronavirus infection. The move comes after COVID-19 claimed lives of three Mumbai Police personnel in the last three days. During an analysis, it came to light that the three deceased and the other police personnel currently undergoing treatment for coronavirus disease were above the age of 50, a senior Mumbai Police official said on Tuesday. "In view of this, we have decided to protect our policemen and officers - who are above 55 years of age and having some pre-existing ailment - and asked them to take leave," he said. "Because of their age, these police personnel are at a higher risk. Therefore, we are allowing them to take leave during these days," the official said.
Locals hurl stones at police enforcing lockdown; cop injured
A policeman was injured when some locals allegedly threw stones at the security personnel who were trying to enforce lockdown in an area of Gujarat's Surat city on Tuesday morning, an official said. Five persons were detained for the attack on the policemen, Surat's Deputy Commissioner of Police R P Barot said. Some locals got angry after a PCR (police control room) van reached a locality in Dindoli area to enforce the lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, he said. "We a sent a PCR van in the area after coming to know that people were roaming around and not adhering to the lockdown norms. When the police asked locals to stay indoors, some of them got angry and started throwing stones at the policemen," Barot said.
India's COVID-19 death toll rises to 934; cases climb to 29,435
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 934 and the number of cases climbed to 29,435 in the country on Tuesday, according to the Union Health Ministry.
The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 21,632, while 6,868 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.
The total number of cases include 111 foreign nationals.
A total of 48 deaths were reported since Monday evening of which 27 fatalities were reported from Maharashtra, 11 from Gujarat, five from Rajasthan, four from Madhya Pradesh and one from Jammu and Kashmir.
Of the 934 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 369 fatalities, followed by Gujarat at 162, Madhya Pradesh at 110, Delhi at 54, Rajasthan at 46 and Andhra Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh at 31 each.
The death toll reached 26 in Telengana, 24 in Tamil Nadu while West Bengal and Karantaka have reported 20 deaths each.
Punjab has registered 18 fatalities so far. The disease has claimed seven lives in Jammu and Kashmir, four in Kerala while Jharkhand 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's data.
The ministry's data updated in the morning stated that the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 8,590 followed by Gujarat at 3,548, Delhi at 3,108, Rajasthan at 2,262, Madhya Pradesh at 2,168, Uttar Pradesh at 1,955 and Tamil Nadu at 1,937.
The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 1,183 in Andhra Pradesh and 1,004 in Telangana.
The number of cases has risen to 697 in West Bengal, 546 in Jammu and Kashmir, 512 in Karnataka, 481 in Kerala, 345 in Bihar and 313 in Punjab.
Haryana has reported 296 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 118 cases. Eighty-two people have been infected with the virus in Jharkhand and 51 in Uttarakhand.
Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh have reported 40 cases each, Chhattisgarh has 37 cases while Assam has registered 36 infections each so far.
Andaman and Nicobar Islands has 33 COVID-19 cases while Ladakh has reported 20 infections.
Meghalaya has reported 12 cases, Puducherry has eight cases while Goa has seven COVID-19 cases.
Manipur and Tripura have two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.
"Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR," the ministry said on its website.
States-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it said.
New guidelines for home isolation of people with very mild symptoms of coronavirus
People who have very mild symptoms of coronavirus or those pre-symptomatic can opt for home isolation if they have the requisite self-isolation facility at their residence so as to avoid contact with other family members, the Union Health ministry said.
According to a new set of guidelines issued on Monday, the patient should be clinically assigned as a very mild case or pre-symptomatic case by the treating medical officer.
The patient should regularly inform his health status to the district surveillance officer for further follow up by the surveillance teams.
Also, the care giver and all close contacts of such cases should take Hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication according to the protocol and as prescribed by the treating medical officer.
All suspected (awaiting test results) and confirmed cases of COVID-19 disease are currently being isolated and managed in a hospital setting with the intent to break the chain of transmission, the ministry said.
As per existing guidelines, during the containment phase the patients should be clinically assigned as very mild/mild, moderate or severe and accordingly admitted to COVID Care Centre, Dedicated COVID Health Centre or Dedicated COVID Hospital respectively.
"However, very mild/pre-symptomatic patients having the requisite facility at his/her residence for self-isolation will have the option for home isolation," the ministry stated.
As per the global evidence 80 per cent of COVID cases are mild cases while remaining 20 per cent may develop complications which would require hospitalisation. Out of the hospitalized cases of COVID-19, only 5 per cent may require ICU care.
According to experts, the primary treatment for COVID-19 is supportive treatment in more than 80 per cent of the patients and oxygen therapy in around 15 per cent of patients along with other drugs.
According to the new guidelines issued by the health ministry, a care giver should be available to provide care on a 24x7 basis.
A communication link between the care giver and hospital is a prerequisite for the entire duration of home isolation.