Coronavirus in India LIVE updates: Prime Minister Modi announces lockdown 4.0 and economic package worth 20 lakh crores
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The total number of active novel coronavirus cases in India has reached 46,008. The country has so far reported 70,756 cases.
Cured/discharged/migrated cases: 22,454.
Death toll: 2,293.
Globally, the disease has affected over 4.17 million people, leading to nearly 286,000 deaths.
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Here are the latest updates to the global health crisis, and its impact on India
PM announces lockdown 4.0
Prime Minister Modi announced lockdown 4.0 in his longest address so far. It is to be in effect from May 17. He said, "lockdown 4.0 would be completely different from the previous ones and it will come with new colours and relaxed rules."
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Around 2,400 migrants brought to U'khand in two trains
Around 2,400 migrants from Surat and Pune have been brought in two special trains to Uttarakhand, officials said on Tuesday.
The first train with around 1,200 migrants, which left Gujarat's Surat district early on Monday morning, reached Kathgodam in Nainital district late in the night, while the second with as many migrants from Maharashtra's Pune district arrived in Haridwar at 3 pm on Tuesday, Additional SP GRP Manoj Katyal said.
The migrants were all offered tea and snacks on arrival and sent to their respective destinations after thermal screening and other formalities mandating a 14-day home quarantine, Katyal said.
The migrants who came by the first train to Kathgodam late on Monday night were taken to the international stadium at Gaulapar soon after their arrival and provided food.
Coronavirus home quarantine cannot be restricted to 14 days: HC
The Delhi High Court has held that home quarantine period for Covid-19 patients cannot be limited to the mandatory 14 days only as there is no certainty about the virus' virulence, gestation period or time taken for an infected person to manifest the symptoms.
Justice C Hari Shankar said that at a time when Covid-19 or coronavirus has left the global community "befuddled" and the administration here is "traversing uncharted territory", it needs to be given the requisite freedom or "play in the joints" to formulate and implement its policy to deal with the pandemic.
"The executive must, in such a circumstance, be afforded the requisite play in the joints, so as to formulate and implement its policy, as meaningfully and efficiently as possible. Absent any legal or constitutional infraction, courts have to be slow in subjecting executive action taken in context of COVID-19 crisis to searching judicial scrutiny," the court said.
"In this background, this court is unwilling to hold that in each and every case, the period of home quarantine must stand limited to 14 days and no more," it added.
Over 6,000 Indians brought home on 31 flights during first five days of Vande Bharat mission
Air India and its subsidiary Air India Express have operated 31 inbound flights during the first five days of the Vande Bharat mission, bringing home 6,037 Indians who were stranded abroad amid the coronavirus-triggered lockdown, the Ministry of Civil Aviation said on Tuesday.
Air India and Air India Express are scheduled to operate total 64 flights between May 7 and May 14 to bring in approximately 15,000 Indians who are stranded in 12 countries.
India has been under lockdown since March 25 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has infected more than 70,000 people and killed around 2,290 people in the country so far.
"6,037 Indians have been flown back to India in 31 inbound flights operated by Air India and Air India Express under Vande Bharat Mission in 5 days beginning from 7th May 2020," the Civil Aviation Ministry said in its press release on Tuesday.
Nagpur COVID-19 cases climb to 300
The COVID-19 case count in Maharashtra's Nagpur mounted to 300 on Tuesday with two more people testing positive for novel coronavirus, a district official said. Nagpur has so far reported four deaths due to COVID- 19. Most of the coronavirus positive patients were reported from Mominpura and Satranjipura hotspots, he said. A total of 93 patients have so far been discharged after recovery from the COVID-19 disease, he added.
542 'Shramik Special' trains have run so far, 6.48 lakh migrants ferried; now 100 such trains daily
The railways has operated 542 "Shramik Special" trains since May 1 and ferried home 6.48 lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, officials said on Tuesday.
On Monday, a statement issued by the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the railways will now run 100 "Shramik Special" trains on a daily basis to facilitate a faster movement of workers.
Of the 542 trains run so far, 448 have reached their destinations and 94 are in transit.
The 448 trains were terminated in various states, including Uttar Pradesh (221), Bihar (117), Madhya Pradesh (38), Odisha (29), Jharkhand (27), Rajasthan (four), Maharashtra (three), Telangana and West Bengal (two each), and Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu (one each).
The trains have ferried migrants to cities such as Tiruchirappalli, Titlagarh, Barauni, Khandwa, Jagannathpur, Khurda Road, Prayagraj, Chhapra, Balia, Gaya, Purnia, Varanasi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Hatia, Basti, Katihar, Danapur, Muzzaffarpur, Saharsa etc.
A proper screening of the passengers is carried out before they board the trains. During the journey, the passengers are given free meals and water.
From Monday, these "Shramik Special" trains started carrying around 1,700 passengers each, instead of the earlier 1,200, to ferry as many workers home as possible.
Delhi CM seeks suggestions of people, experts on lockdown relaxations post May 17
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sought suggestions from people on lockdown relaxations post May 17 on Tuesday and said his government will send a proposal on the same to the Centre on Thursday.
Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said people can send suggestions on what his government should do post May 17, adding that those considered worthy will be discussed with experts and doctors.
Suggestions can be sent by calling toll-free number 1031, WhatsApp number 8800007722 or by sending emails to email@example.com by 5 pm on Wednesday.
Barring the COVID-19 containment zones, economic activity should be allowed to resume in the national capital, Kejriwal had said on Monday during a video-conference chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the chief ministers of various states.
PM to address nation on Tuesday night
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday, the Prime Minister's Office said. The last time the prime minister had addressed the nation was on April 14.
Rlys makes installing Aarogya Setu mobile app 'mandatory' for travel
The Indian Railways, which had on Monday "advised" the passengers availing the special trains that started operating on Tuesday to install the government's Aarogya Setu mobile application, has now made it "mandatory" to do so.
While the guidelines issued by the railways for the 15 pairs of special trains running between Delhi and major cities of the country did not say installing the mobile app was mandatory, a late night (12:24 am) tweet by the railway ministry made it compulsory.
"Indian Railways is going to start few passenger train services. It is mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app in their mobile phones, before commencing their journey," the tweet said.
Sources said it was made mandatory after a Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) missive, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with chief ministers.
Odisha: Home treatment for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients only in urban areas
The Odisha government has modified the guidelines related to the treatment of COVID-19 patients, saying those having mild symptoms or are asymptomatic can be treated at their homes only in urban areas, a senior official said. Though the Centre on May 10 has issued a guideline saying that asymptomatic patients or those with mild symptoms can be treated at their homes instead of being admitted to hospitals or Corona Care Centres, the state government will not extend this facility to rural areas, said Additional Chief Secretary P K Mohapatra.
The state government can allow COVID-19 patients to get treatment at their homes only in urban areas where separate rooms and toilets are available, he said on Monday. In another change, Mohapatra said while the central guideline stated that a patient will remain in home isolation for seven days after discharge, in Odisha the period will be 14 days.
Indian-American doctor writes to West Bengal govt; says COVID-19 exceptionally infective, highly lethal
Describing the coronavirus as exceptionally infective and highly lethal, an eminent Indian-American cardiologist has urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to take anything for granted and take all necessary steps to prevent large-scale illness and fatalities in the state.
Tennessee-based Dr Indranill Basu Ray, in a letter to Banerjee, said that India, including West Bengal, may be lucky because of a different viral strain not having such a severe infection.
"I am compelled to point out the fact that as West Bengal is exceptionally crowded, the virus, if it infects a particular locality, will spread like wildfire, affecting thousands and killing quite a few," he said.
It is essential to maintain strict social distancing and ensure that this dangerous virus could be prevented from spreading and killing as it has been doing in certain western countries, the cardiologist said in his letter.
"We cannot take anything for granted as you will regret if thousands are infected, and hundreds start dying because of a lack of strictness in preventing the spread and appropriate detection of COVID-19.
"I would therefore kindly request you to take urgent steps to realise the deadliness of this virus and the fact that it is a killing machine. Appropriate measures, including augmented testing, isolation of all contacts, and forceful enforcement of the lockdown, are mandatory to prevent the exact scenario as seen in the west," he said, adding that the coronavirus is exceptionally infective and highly lethal.
ECoR advises special train passengers to carry food, linen
The East Coast Railway (ECoR) on Monday issued an advisory for passengers to travel on a special train from here on May 13, asking them to carry their own food and linen and arrive at the city station at least 90 minutes before departure for health screening. The train, with all AC coaches, will leave from the Bhubaneswar railway station at 10 am on Wednesday and terminate at New Delhi, an ECoR official said. "Only limited food and packaged drinking water will be available on payment inside the train and the passengers are advised to carry their own food," the official said, adding that the linen will not be provided.
Special train from Bengaluru arrives in Bengal's Bankura with 1,200 passengers
A special train from Bengaluru, carrying around 1,200 passengers, arrived here on Tuesday morning, official sources said.
The passengers included patients, labourers and students, he added.
The 22-coach train departed the Karnataka capital on May 10 and reached here after a two-day journey.
All the passengers would undergo a medical screening for fever and other signs of the coronavirus, before being sent home in buses arranged by the West Bengal government, the official said.