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Active Cases: 5095 active cases
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Death Toll: 166
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Centre should have quarantined those coming from abroad: Chhattisgarh CM
Chhattisgarh Chief Minister and Congress leader Bhupesh Baghel on Thursday said had the Centre quarantined all those coming from abroad, the country could have been saved from the problems arising out of the coronavirus outbreak.
Addressing a press conference through video-conferencing, Baghel said he would take a decision on whether to extend the ongoing 21-day lockdown in Chhattisgarh only after consulting the state cabinet on April 12.
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COVID-19 : Modi Govt will deposit Rs 1,000 in women Jan Dhan accounts
Urging people not to believe rumours, the finance ministry on Thursday said Rs 500 has been deposited in each PMJDY account held by women for April and Rs 1,000 more will be given over the next two months in equal instalments.
Meanwhile, state-owned SBI, which has the highest number of PMJDY accounts, asked the beneficiaries not to believe in rumours that the money will be taken away by the government if not withdrawn amid large numbers of people flocking banks.
As a result of this, there are rush at bank branches leading to violation of social distancing guidelines to check the spread of coronavirus.
The Department of Financial Services (DFS) in a tweet said the government has deposited Rs 500 in the PMJDY accounts held by women for April and beneficiaries could withdraw it "any time".
"This amount (Rs 500) has reached your bank account and you can withdraw it any time," it said, and added Rs 500 will also be deposited during May as well in June.
The DFS, in the finance ministry, also asked the beneficiaries not to believe in rumours and withdraw the amount from ATM, customer service point or banks as per their convenience.
Of the total 38.08 crore accounts under the Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY), as many as 20.60 crore were held by women. As on April 1, the deposits in the PMJDY accounts stood at over Rs 1.19 lakh crore.
State Bank of India (SBI) further said, "We would like to assure our customers that the funds in your account will not be blocked or returned to the government."
New cases in Rajasthan
47 new positive cases were found in Rajasthan today (including 4 evacuees) - Banswara 2, Jaipur 11, Jaisalmer 5, Jhunjhunu 7, Jodhpur 3, Tonk 7, Jhalawar 7, Barmer 1. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 430, said Rajasthan Health Department.
CRPF ready to fight 'invisible, invasive' COVID-19: DG on valour day
The CRPF is all geared to "fight the invisible and invasive enemy" in the form of the coronavirus pandemic in the country, the chief of the force said on Thursday.
In a communication to his troops on the occasion of the 'Valour day' of the force, CRPF Director General (DG) A P Maheshwari asked them to be strong and fit for serving the country during these tough times.
"Dear friends, when going gets tough, the tough gets going. Toughness is our trademark..."
"Today, the entire nation is facing a tough time due to COVID-19. I am happy that being tough yourself, you all have geared up to help people fight the invisible and invasive enemy," he said.
The DG said "all programmes related to the day are for the time being suspended" in view of the viral outbreak.
"However, we in our thoughts and ethos uphold the dignity of the day," he said.
It was on April 9,1965 at Sardar Post in Gujarat that only two companies of CRPF heroes proved tough enough for a full brigade of Pakistani army, making them bite the dust, Maheshwari said.
"We are and will always be proud of their valour and sacrifice for the motherland," he said.
Doordarshan highest-watched channel in India during week ended Apr 3: BARC
Getting back classic programmes like Ramayan to keep locked down people entertained has catapulted Doordarshan (DD) to be the highest watched channel in India for week ended April 3, BARC said on Thursday.
The national broadcaster could achieve the feat, which involves a nearly 40,000 per cent jump in viewership in the evening and morning bands, despite a surge reported by the private broadcasters who are also experiencing higher viewership, the Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) said.
Starting with the Hindu mythology series Ramayan, DD has got back other classics like Mahabharat, Shaktiman and Buniyaad to serve the audiences during the three-week lockdown. Most of these were produced when DD monopolised TV broadcasting in the country.
BARC attributed the telecast of Ramayan and Mahabharat for DD's emergence to the top, while the other programmes also helped improve its position in select time slots.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal of switching off lights at 9 pm last Sunday led to the lowest ever viewing in that time segment since 2015. His speech announcing the lighting of lamps had fewer viewers.
Modi's speech to appeal people to light lamps after shutting down of the lights had fewer viewers as compared to his speech announcing the lockdown, it said, specifying the numbers at 119 million versus 197 million.
New app to enable people to stay away from COVID-19 patients
With the Ahmedabad civic body making public details of coronavirus patients "in larger interest" of citizens, an IT professional has developed an app using the Google Maps feature to provide the exact location of the patients so that people can stay away from such areas. With over 130 coronavirus cases reported from Ahmedabad so far, people here are using the new app to assess locations of such patients. The app started operating from Tuesday and garnered nearly six lakh views within a day. "The aim is to help citizens know the exact location of residential societies where coronavirus cases have been found, so that they do not venture there and stay safe," Ahmedabad-based IT professional Abhay Jani told PTI.
On the map, one can clearly view the locations of such patientsin areas like Kalupur, Memnagar, Ramdev Nagar, Ambawadi, Bapunagar, Bodakdev, Astodia, Jamalpur, he said. "I have used the data of such patients being provided to citizens by the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation. Using the Google My Maps feature, I have created a customised map of coronavirus cases in the city, and shared the link on social media platforms for public access," said Jani, who is associated with a tech start-up. Jani said he has decided to update it on a daily basis using details provided by the city civic body. The application also provides helpline numbers to contact government authorities if people come in contact with the identified coronavirus patients. On the move to make public details of COVID-19 patients, Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra said this was being done "in larger public interest" and with a view to stop the spread of the disease.
India's fuel consumption falls 18 pc as coronavirus eviscerates energy demand
India's fuel consumption in March shrank by 18 per cent, the biggest decline in more than a decade, as a nationwide lockdown halted economic activity and travel.
India's petroleum product consumption fell 17.79 per cent to 16.08 million tonnes in March as diesel, petrol and aviation turbine fuel (ATF) demand fell, according to official data released on Thursday.
Diesel, the most consumed fuel in the country, saw demand contract by 24.23 per cent to 5.65 million tonnes. This is the biggest fall in diesel consumption the country has recorded as most trucks went off-road and railways stopped plying trains. Petrol sales dropped 16.37 per cent to 2.15 million tonnes as the 21-day nationwide lockdown enforced to prevent the spread of COVID-19 took most cars and two-wheelers off the road.
FORDA writes to centre in the wake of multiple attacks on doctors
Federation of Resident Doctors Association of India (FRDAI) has written to the central government to prevent attack against doctors across the country. It demanded formation of Quick Response Teams to respond to cases of assault on doctors.
Odisha CM has announced that the state will remain under lockdown till April 30th. The state Cabinet has requested the Centre to do so too. Flights and trains will not operate. Agricultural activities to be allowed, says CM.
India's GDP for FY21 projected at 4.8%, COVID19 to have adverse economic impact globally: UN report
India's GDP growth for the current fiscal is expected to slow down to 4.8 per cent, a UN report has said, warning that the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to result in significant adverse economic impacts globally.
The UN 'Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) 2020: Towards sustainable economies' said that COVID-19 is having far-reaching economic and social consequences for the region, with strong cross-border spillover effects through trade, tourism and financial linkages.
India's GDP growth for the fiscal year 2019-2020 was estimated at 5 per cent and is forecast to slow down to 4.8 per cent for the current fiscal 2020-21. Economic growth for the country could stand at 5.1 per cent for fiscal year 2021-22, the report said.
The report noted that these are very preliminary forecasts based on the data and information available up to March 10.
"As the COVID-19 pandemic is still evolving rapidly and showing no signs of abating as of March 31, 2020, its negative impacts on economic performance of countries and territories in Asia and the Pacific will likely be very significant,” a disclaimer accompanying the GDP chart for economies in the Asia and Pacific in the report says.
"India’s economic growth declined considerably by more than the earlier estimate (5 per cent in 2019 compared with previous estimate of 7 per cent), as uncertainties ahead of the general election and tighter credit conditions weighed on manufacturing activities and investments. Weakness in income growth and a rising unemployment rate also undermined consumer sentiment. Its exports were affected by global trade tensions as well, while extreme weather events -especially rainfall - disrupted agricultural activities,” the ESCAP report said.
India will do everything possible to help humanity's fight against COVID-19: PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India will do everything possible to help the humanity's fight against COVID-19, responding to US President Donald Trump who thanked India for the decision to allow the export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
"Fully agree with you President @realDonaldTrump. Times like these bring friends closer," Modi tweeted.
The India-US partnership is stronger than ever, he said.
"India shall do everything possible to help humanity's fight against COVID-19," the prime minister said.
Trump described Modi as "terrific" for allowing the export of hydroxychloroquine to the US, seen as a possible cure for COVID-19, saying India's help in the extraordinary times "will not be forgotten".
India, the largest producer of hydroxychloroquine, agreed to lift the ban on the export of the medicine to the US after Trump spoke to Modi on phone last week.
First COVID-19 death in Jharkhand
A 72-year-old man died of coronavirus in Bokaro district, the first COVID-19 death reported in Jharkhand, a health official said on Thursday. The patient died on Wednesday night, Bokaro District Chief Medical Officer Ashok Kumar Pathak said. The man was kept in the isolation ward of a hospital after he showed symptoms of the virus on April 5. He was later tested positive for COVID-19, he said
Thirty fresh cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan
Rajasthan recorded 30 more cases of coronavirus on Thursday, taking the state's tally to 413, an official said.
The virus has so far claimed six lives in the state. However, officials maintain that deaths occurred due to co-morbidity -- more than one illness or disease occurring in one person at the same time.
"Thirty new cases have come up today in seven districts of Rajasthan. All have travel and contact history," Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh said.
He said the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the state has risen to 413.
Seven cases each have been reported in Jhalawar, Tonk and Jhunjhunu besides five in Jaisalmer, two in Banswara and one each in Barmer and Jodhpur.
Entire state is under lockdown from March 22 and massive survey and screening is underway to trace the contagion
Goa tourism to resume only when COVID-19 situation in control
The Goa tourism industry can resume only after the lockdown is lifted and the coronavirus situation is completely under control in the country, state Ports Minister Michael Lobo has said. Mass gatherings should be discouraged in the state for next few months to contain the spread of the deadly viral infection, he told PTI on Wednesday.
Tourism is one of the major source of revenue for the coastal state, which is popular for its picturesque beaches among both the domestic and foreign tourists. "Even after the lockdown is lifted, we cannot immediately think of opening our borders. We have to make sure the tourism industry resumes only after health protocols are followed," Lobo said.
COVID-19 death toll
The death toll due to the novel coronavirus rose to 166 and the number of cases to 5,734 in the country on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry.
While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 5,095, as many as 472 people were cured and discharged and one had migrated, it said.
As many as 17 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours across the country, the ministry said.
Eight deaths were reported from Maharashtra, three from Gujarat, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it said.
Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 72, followed by Gujarat at 16, Madhya Pradesh at 13 and Delhi at 9. Punjab and Tamil Nadu have reported eight fatalities each while Telengana has reported seven deaths.
West Bengal and Karnataka have registered five deaths each. Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have reported four deaths each while Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each.
Two deaths have been reported from Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry data.
The death toll on Wednesday evening was 149.
However, a PTI tally of figures reported by various states as on Wednesday late evening showed at least 181 deaths.
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 ministry's data updated at 8 am, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 1,135, followed by Tamil Nadu at 738 and Delhi at 669 cases.
The cases have risen to 427 in Telengana, while Rajasthan has 381 cases.
Uttar Pradesh has 361, while Andhra Pradesh reported 348 coronavirus cases. Kerala has reported 345 COVID-19 cases so far.
Novel coronavirus cases have risen to 229 in Madhya Pradesh, 181 in Karnataka and 179 in Gujarat.
Jammu and Kashmir has 158 cases, Haryana 147, West Bengal 103 and Punjab 101. Odisha has reported 42 coronavirus cases.
Thirty-eight people were infected with the virus in Bihar, while Uttarakhand has 33 patients and Assam 28.
Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh have 18 cases each, while Ladakh has 14 positive patients so far.
Eleven cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, while 10 were reported from Chhattisgarh.
Goa has reported seven COVID-19 cases, followed by Puducherry at five.
Jharkhand has reported four cases, while Manipur, Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each.
"State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation," the ministry said on its website.