Coronavirus in India Live Updates: rate of doubling COVID cases at 4.1 days
How is the coronavirus spreading in India? What are the latest developments in our fight against coronavirus? Catch all the live updates here.
Here are the latest stats and data according to ministry of health and family welfare:
Day 12 of lockdown: Sunday, April 5, 2020
Active Cases: 3030
Cured/Discharged/Migrated Cases: 1267
Death Toll: 77
Globally, the disease has affected over 1 million people, leading to 58,901 deaths.
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Here are the latest updates to the global health crisis, and its impact on India:
AI appeals to passengers of 4 flights operated in March to quarantine themselves
Air India has asked passengers who travelled in four of its flights in March to follow necessary isolation or quarantine after three passengers on those flights tested positive for coronavirus.
Two of these flights were from Goa to Mumbai, one from Mumbai to Delhi and another from Delhi to Patna.
In an appeal to passengers who were onboard these flights, the airline said it has got the information that three passengers who travelled with the fights have been found infected with coronavirus.
"As informed by Disaster Management Department of Bihar, one passenger who travelled from Mumbai to Delhi by AI-101 of March 22 and from Delhi-to Patna on AI-415 on March 23 has been found COVID-9 positive on March 31," the airline said in a tweet.
As appealed by the department, passengers who were on this flight are required to follow necessary isolation/quarantine process.
The national carrier also made similar appeals to the passengers of its Mumbai-Goa flights, AI 883 and AI 661, on March 22 and March 19, respectively.
"As informed by Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Directorate of Health Services, Goa, one passenger who travelled from Mumbai to Panjim in Goa on Air India flight AI 661 on March 19 has been found COVID-9 positive.
As appealed by integrated disease surveillance programme, Goa, passengers for this flight are required to follow for necessary isolation quarantine," Air India said in a tweet on Saturday.
In another tweet, the carrier said one passenger on its Mumbai-Panaji flight AI-883 of March 22 has also been tested positive for coronavirus.
Rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases 4.1 days; without Jamaat incident it would have been 7.4: Govt
The rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases in India is 4.1 days presently but if the cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation would not have happened, it would have been 7.4 days, the Health Ministry said on Sunday.
Joint Secretary in the ministry Lav Agarwal said there had been 472 new COVID-19 cases and 11 deaths since Saturday. The total coronavirus cases stand at 3,374 and the death toll now stands at 79.
He said 267 people have recovered.
However, a PTI tally of figures reported by states directly showed at least 106 deaths, while the number of confirmed cases had reached 3,624. Of the total, 284 have been cured and discharged.
There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the numbers announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.
Asserting that there was no evidence that COVID-19 was airborne, an ICMR official said, "We need to understand that in science whoever does experiments some will have a 'for opinion and some against' but we need to take a balanced, evidence-based approach.”
"For example, if it was an air-borne infection then in a family whoever has a contact they all should come positive because they are living in same surrounding as the patient and the family is breathing the same air. When someone is admitted in hospital, other patient would have got exposure (if it was air borne) but that is not the case,” the official said.
Talking about the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Agarwal said, "If the Tablighi Jamaat incident had not taken place and we compare the rate of doubling — that is in how many days the cases have doubled, we will see that currently it is 4.1 days (including Jamaat cases) and if the incident had not taken place and additional cases had not come then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days."
Rs 25 lakh compensation for Guj frontline staff
The Gujarat government on Sunday announced Rs 25 lakh compensation in case santitation and health workers, revenue and food supplies staff, fair price shop owners died of the coronavirus infection while working in the frontline to combat the outbreak. The announcement was made by Ashwani Kumar, secretary to Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.
Earlier, a similar compensation package was announced for police personnel.
"Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has taken a decision that after police personnel, kin of sanitary and health workers of municipal corporations and municipalities who die in the line of duty due to coronavirus will get Rs 25 lakh. The benefit has also been extended to staff and officers of revenue and food supplies departments as well as owners of fair price shops," he said.
Addressing a press conference, Kumar said the state government has distributed 45,000 N-95 masks to private doctors through the Indian Medical Association.
It has also lifted a moratorium on cotton ginning and oil mills and allied industries so that they can function during the lockdown in place for the virus outbreak.
Movement of materials related to the industry will also be allowed, Kumar told reporters.
Yamuna running clear sans human activity
Nature activists and enthusiasts are thrilled to find that the water of River Yamuna is gradually turning transparent in the wake of the national lockdown imposed to arrest the spread of coronavirus.
Rakesh Tewari, vice president, Mathur Chaturved Parishad, said after 42 years, we could see clear Yamuna waters on ‘Yamuna Chhath’ on March 30.
The pollution control board officers, social organisations and other nature lovers have credited the lockdown for the clean waters of Yamuna.
Normally, Yamuna river gets polluted due to bathing by floating population, throwing flowers, garlands and other worship material as well as the industrial affluent, District Pollution Control Board officer Arvind Kumar said.
Social activist Gopeshwar Nath Chaturvedi, who had filed a PIL in Allahabad High Court in 1998 for cleaning the Yamuna, said the major game changer has been reduced discharge of industrial affluent into the river.
“Since factories are not discharging their effluent in Yamuna, owing to their closure during the lockout, the river water is gradually turning clean,”
Modi speaks to Sonia, Manmohan, other leaders
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to several leaders, including his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former president Pranab Mukherjee, on the situation arising out of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Sources said Modi also called up various leaders, including Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik, DMK's M K Stalin and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal.
Modi spoke to former president Pratibha Patil and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda to discuss issues related to the deadly COVID-19 (coronavirus disease).
The prime minister will also interact with floor leaders of various political parties via video conference on Wednesday.
India curbs diagnostic testing kit exports as virus spreads
India is restricting the export of most diagnostic testing kits as cases topped 3350 on Sunday.
India, which in recent weeks already banned the export of certain drugs, along with ventilators, masks and other protective gear needed by both patients and medical staff, issued the latest directive on Saturday.
The move comes even as U.S. President Donald Trump urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a phone call on Saturday, to release supplies of anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine, which is being tested as a possible treatment for patients with COVID-19 - the disease caused by the coronavirus.
"The two leaders agreed to remain in touch on the issue of global supply chains for critical pharmaceuticals and medical supplies and to ensure they continue to function as smoothly as possible during the global health crisis," White House spokesman Judd Deere, said in a tweet on Saturday.
In a briefing note on the conversation, India said the two leaders "agreed to deploy the full strength of the India – U.S. partnership to resolutely and effectively combat COVID-19."
According to the ministry, Maharashtra has reported the most coronavirus deaths at 24, followed by Gujarat 10, Telengana seven, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi six each and Punjab five.
Karnataka has reported four deaths, while West Bengal and Tamil Nadu each have recorded three fatalities. Two deaths each have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir, Uttar Pradesh, and Kerala.
Andhra Pradesh, Bihar and Himachal Pradesh each have reported one fatality, according to the data.
The highest number of confirmed cases was reported from Maharashtra at 490, followed by Tamil Nadu at 485 and Delhi 445. Kerala has 306 positive cases so far, while the number of cases has gone up to 269 in Telangana and 227 in Uttar Pradesh.
There are 200 cases in Rajasthan and 161 cases in Andhra Pradesh. COVID-19 cases have risen to 144 in Karnataka, followed by 105 in Gujarat and 104 in Madhya Pradesh.
Jammu and Kashmir has 92 cases so far and West Bengal has 69. Punjab has reported 57 infections so far, followed by Haryana at 49. Thirty people are afflicted with COVID-19 in Bihar, while Assam has 24 cases. Uttarakhand has 22 cases, followed by Odisha at 20 cases, Chandigarh at 18 infections, and Ladakh with 14.
Ten cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands while Chhattisgarh has nine infections. Goa has reported seven COVID-19 cases, followed by Himachal Pradesh with six and Puducherry with five cases.
Jharkhand and Manipur have reported two cases each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradeh have reported one infection each.
"State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation," the Union health ministry said on its website.
However, a PTI tally of figures reported by states directly showed at least 106 deaths across the country while the number of confirmed cases of infection had reached 3,624 as on Sunday morning. Of them, 284 have been cured and discharged.
There has been a lag in the Union Health Ministry figures, compared to the aggregate of numbers announced by different states, which officials attribute to procedural delays in assigning the cases to individual states.
COVID-19 crisis: Self-help groups in Odisha manufacture, distribute 1 million masks
Amid the growing concern over the shortage of protective gear as Covid-19 cases continue to rise, self-help groups (SHGs) in Odisha have manufactured over one million masks for distribution among people. At least 400 SHGs - under the Odisha governments Mission Shakti programme - have come forward to make around 50,000 masks every day, as part of its efforts to help the state government in its fight against the dreaded viral disease, a senior official here said.
"SHGs in the state have risen to the occasion to supply masks at affordable rates. Despite unfavourable circumstances, these women continue to contribute towards public health," he said.
Some of these groups have also been visiting villages across the state to generate awareness on the disease and distribute cooked food among the poor, in the midst of the 21-day nationwide lockdown. "With the help of district officials, these self-help groups have also set up temporary outlets to ensure steady supply of food grains, vegetables and fruits to common people," the official added.
Lauding their efforts, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had recently said that "it was heartening to see the all-round response of women, especially members of Mission Shakti Self- Help Groups, during this critical time".
ICMR DG asks health secy to disseminate advisory on rapid antibody tests
The ICMR Director General has written to the Health Secretary, asking her to disseminate in states and Union territories the advisory to start rapid antibody based blood tests for COVID-19.
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Saturday issued the advisory to start rapid antibody based blood tests for COVID-19 in areas reporting clusters and in large migration gatherings or evacuee centres.
"Overall testing for COVID-19 using real-time RT PCR is increasing and we will be approaching full capacity in near future. At the same time, we are expecting delivery of Rapid Test kits (blood based) for use in response to COVID-19 situation," ICMR DG Balram Bhargava said in his letter to health secretary Preeti Sudan.
The National Task Force deliberated with experts for ascertaining use of these rapid test kits and the draft of the suggested algorithm was also discussed in detail with technical experts from the Health Ministry and inputs were included in the final version which is feasible for implementation in the field conditions, he said.
The advisory to start rapid antibody based blood test for COVID-19, in clusters (with containment zones), and in large migration gatherings or evacuees centres is now available at ICMR website, he said.
Have restricted my movement to break COVID-19 chain: CRPF DG after doc tests positive
General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) A P Maheshwari said on Sunday that he has gone into quarantine as part of his responsibility to break the coronavirus transmission chain after a doctor of his force tested positive for COVID-19.
Maheshwari (59), the chief of the country's largest paramilitary force with a strength of about 3.25 lakh personnel, his predecessor and senior security advisor in the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar (67), and about two dozen officials in this chain have gone into self-quarantine after the doctor was found infected on April 2.
Both Maheshwari and Kumar has last week travelled to Chhattisgarh on a special BSF aircraft to review anti-Naxal operations in the state.
"As a precautionary measure I have completely restricted my movement being part of my responsibility to break the chain, and working from home, till a clarity on health check up of officials concerned emerges," the CRPF chief said on personal Twitter account on Sunday.
Pic of banner barring Muslims' entry in MP village goes viral
A picture of a banner with message saying 'entry of Muslims for business is not allowed' in Madhya Pradesh's Borud village went viral on social media on Sunday, prompting authorities to clarify it was put up last month before the lockdown and immediately removed by locals.
"Vyapar ke liye is gaon me Musalmano ka aana pratibandhit hai" (the entry of Muslims for business purpose is not allowed in this village), reads the message with the name of the village written below on the banner put up on a road signboard.
When contacted, Dhar Superintendent of Police Aditya Pratap Singh told PTI that it is an "old issue".
"The banner was put up on March 17 and immediately removed by villagers after they came to know about it. Now, there is no such banner," he said.
Borud resident Narendra Choyal said "someone" put up the banner in their village, but they removed it as soon as they got to know about it.
"This is an old case before the announcement of lockdown," he added.
COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra jump to 661; 26 new patients
As many as 26 new coronavirus patients were reported from Maharashtra on Sunday, taking the total such cases in the state to 661, a health official said. Out of the 26 cases, 17 were reported from Pune, four from its neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad township, three from Ahmednagar and two from Aurangabad, he said.
Asked about any new cases from Mumbai, the official said, "The figures are being verified, hence Mumbai figures will be released later."
So far, 32 people in the state have died of coronavirus while 52 people have been discharged after recovery.
Gujarat firm makes low cost ventilators in 10 days
As the world is facing shortage of medical equipment to fight the coronavirus, a Rajkot-based company has developed low cost ventilators in just 10 days and will deliver 1,000 of these machines to the Gujarat government-run hospitals in next few days.
The ventilator, developed by a private company, was tested at a medical lab of the Ahmedabad civil hospital and given an approval on Friday night, an official said. The locally developed ventilator is being used for patients from Saturday, he said, adding that the machine is working fine.
The entire world is fighting the silent enemy coronavirus and is facing shortage of equipment like ventilators, N95 masks and PPE suits for doctors, Chief Minister Vijay Rupani said on Saturday.
"When we have skills and big industries here, the Gujarat government decided to use it. Rajkot is considered as an engineering hub. Small scale industries of Rajkot supply engineering parts to NASA, ISRO, Railways and for defence production, Rupani said.
"I am happy to announce that an industrialist from Rajkot has been successful in manufacturing ventilators in just 10 days. They designed it, made a prototype, procured parts and successfully built ventilators. Their testing has been done and certification has been completed. It is being used on patients from Saturday," he told reporters.
Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel, who is also Gujarat's health minister, said the company, Jyoti CNC Automation Limited, has not only passed engineering requirements for the machine but also successfully cleared medical requirements at the testing lab.
"Chief Minister Rupani took special interest and invited industries to come forward and help to fight this global threat. He did regular follow-ups with the industry and assured and provided all help so that ventilators can be indigenously manufactured," Patel said.
Jyoti CNC has decided to donate first 1,000 ventilators to the Gujarat government, he said. The company's owner Prakaramsinh Jadeja said they were given the task which was difficult to achieve in this period of lockdown.
"A team of nearly 150 people has been working day and night for last 10 days to develop a 'Made in India' ventilator. Due to the lockdown and ban on international travel and goods movement, we cannot procure any parts from abroad. So we procured the ventilator parts from 26 different companies in India, Jadeja said.
The ventilator developed by the company has been named as 'Dhaman 1', which is the base model and fulfils the requirement of COVID-19 patients, he said, adding that later more advanced models will be developed. Jadeja said the market cost of a single ventilator is Rs 6.5 lakh, but they have been able to manufacture it at a cost below Rs one lakh.
"We will donate 1,000 ventilators to the Gujarat government. We have got the capacity of manufacturing 100 ventilators per day and after three days, we will ramp up the capacity as per the demand," he said.
"Many state governments are in touch with us and after providing ventilators to Gujarat, we will supply it to other states," he added. Till Saturday, Gujarat reported 108 cases of coronavirus and 10 deaths.
Here are official figures from South Asia as of yesterday:
* India has registered 3,072 cases, including 75 deaths.
* Pakistan has registered 2,708 cases, including 41 deaths.
* Afghanistan has registered 299 cases, including 6 deaths.
* Sri Lanka has registered 162 cases, including 5 deaths.
* Bangladesh has registered 70 cases, including 8 deaths.
* Maldives has registered 32 cases and no deaths.
* Nepal has registered nine cases and no deaths.
* Bhutan has registered five cases and no deaths.
Surveillance to continue in Bhubaneswar to detect hidden COVID-19 cases
Emphasising that aggressive surveillance will continue in the state capital to detect hidden COVID-19 cases, the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation Saturday said the focus is on Bamikhal, BJB Nagar, Goutam Nagar and Surya Nagar in the city.
BMC Commissioner P C Chaudhury also advised residents of these localities to cooperate with the government, observe 14-day home quarantine and volunteer to get themselves tested if they have any symptoms of the deadly virus.
Chaudhury said the 60-year-old man from Surya Nagar, who tested positive for the COVID-19 on March 26, had already spread the disease to seven other persons. Apart from the mans wife and daughter, five tenants of the 60-year-old man, also tested positive for coronavirus.
TN records two COVID-19 deaths, 74 more test positive for virus
Tamil Nadu recorded two COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, both having a connection to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, as it added a significant number of positive cases with travel history to the national capital for the religious meet.
With a section of people showing a "casual" attitude towards the lockdown enforced by the government to prevent the spread of the contagion, business hours of shops selling essential items were cut down to restrict public movement.
Chief Minister K Palaniswami appealed against giving a communal colour to the spread of the disease and requested people to avoid religious congregations and strictly maintain social distancing.
On Saturday, the virus-triggered fatalities in the state touched three, even as the overall confirmed cases stood at 485, next only to Maharashtra with 635 infected persons.
Steep Spike in South India
Amid the growing number of Tablighi Jamaat returnees turning positive for coronavirus, the governments of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh urged that no communal colour be given to the spread of the virus.
Among the fresh cases of coronavirus reported from Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh were returness of the religious congregation.
On Saturday, Tamil Nadu reported an additional 74 cases of coronavirus, with as many as 73 of them having been to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin West in March.
While the state's total positive cases as on Saturday stood at 485, as many as 437 of them had attended the religious meet, according to government data.
Andhra Pradesh reported 26 fresh cases of coronavirus, all the new patients being those that had been to the Tablighi Jamaat event.
There are at least seven women among the Jamaat patients in different districts.
Kerala, which has been witnessing a steady rise in the number of patients for the past many days, saw 11 new positive cases on Saturday. Three of them are Tablighi Jamaat participants The state has so far reported 306 positive cases.
Among the 16 newly infected in Karnataka on Saturday, two had attended the congregation from March 13 to 18 in the national capital.