Coronavirus Live Updates: Punjab extends lockdown till 1st May, Total Cases in India rise to 6761, Death Toll at 206
Coronavirus Live Updates: The total number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed 6400 mark on Thursday. Currently, there are around 6,412 cases in the country, which include 5,709 active cases and 503 patients who have fully recovered and been discharged. COVID-19 death toll in India also rise sharply to 199. Stay tuned for live updates on Coronavirus in India.
Coronavirus Live Updates: The United Nations Security Council met in the early hours of today to discuss the COVID-19 and the global crisis that has ensued with it. At the end of the meeting, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres termed the Coronavirus pandemic as the greatest threat the world has faced since the creation of United Nations. He said that every country is poised to suffer great devastation and consequences due to it. He also called upon countries to unite in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India crossed 6400 mark on Thursday. Currently, there are around 6,412 cases in the country, which include 5,709 active cases and 503 patients who have fully recovered and been discharged. COVID-19 death toll in India also rise sharply to 199.
Stay tuned for live updates on Coronavirus in India.
Live Update @ 6:30 PM: NCW launches helpline to report domestic violence
National Commission for Women has launched a dedicated helpline to report cases of domestic violence during the lockdown. The helpline can by sending a WhatsApp Alert to 7217735372.
Live Update @ 6:00 PM: Total number of cases rise to 6761
On Friday evening, India’s tally for COVID-19 cases rose to 6761 as per the details shared on Health Ministry website. The total number of active cases rose 6039 and the death toll crossed 206 mark. On recovery side, 516 patients have completely recovered from COVID-19 and have been discharged by the hospitals.
Live Update @ 5:30 PM: Punjab extends lockdown till 1st May 2020
Punjab Government decided to extend the lockdown / curfew imposed across the state by another 21 days to curb the spread of COVID-19 disease in the state. The Punjab Cabinet approved the decision unanimously and extended lockdown till 30th April 2020 or 1st May 2020.
Live Update @ 5:00 PM: Abundant supply of Hydroxychloroquine tablets confirms Health Ministry
The Health Ministry assured that India has abundant supply of hydroxychloroquine tablets currently. India has a domestic requirement of 1 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets and it has about 3.28 crore hydroxychloroquine tablets currently.
Live Update @ 4:30 PM: No evidence of community transmission yet: Health Ministry
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secy, Ministry of Health, while briefing the media, stated that 16002 tests were conducted yesterday and only 0.2 percent tested positive. Agarwal stated that going by the samples collection, the rate of infection is not high in India. Further, he added that rapid diagnostic test kits have been sanctioned. He assured that there is no evidence of community transmission yet in the country but he urged everyone to remain aware and alert.
Further, Agarwal highlighted the issue of misbehaviour against healthcare workers. He reiterated that health workers are at the frontline in the battle against coronavirus and any type of misbehaviour against them is harmful to us and it will negatively impact their morale.
Live Update @ 4 PM: Swachhata App’s revised version launched for COVID-19 queries
Swachhata App’s revised and upgraded version has been launched by The Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA). The revised version will handle the queries specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Live Update @ 3:45 PM: NIV approves anti-body test kits for asymptomatic COVID-19 cases
As per media reports, the National Institute of Virology, Pune has approved anti-body test kits to identify asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. The use of rapid anti-body tests have been approved only for identified hotspots of infections.
Live Update @ 3:30 PM: ICMR approves TB machines for COVID-19 tests
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has approved use of TrueNat, a diagnostic machine for Tuberculosis , for COVID-19 tests. These machines are designed specifically to test for a drug resistant strain of Tuberculosis (TB). Going forward, these machines will also be used to conduct tests for COVID-19 as well.
Live Update @ 3 PM: Karnataka Government backs lockdown extension till 30th April
According to media reports, the Karnataka Government has rejected a suggestions submitted by an expert panel of doctors, which suggested staggered lifting of lockdown. Instead, the Karnataka Cabinet has suggested that extension of ‘full-scale’ lockdown until 30th to check the spread of the disease. However, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa has said that the final decision regarding the lockdown extension would be taken only after consulting PM Modi.
Live Update @ 2:40 PM: Respite for Punjab Farmers
While hinting at possible extension in the lockdown in Punjab, CM Amarinder Singh has also said that the state government is planning to allow district-wise relief from lockdown only for farmers to harvest rabi crop. He said that the state is expecting bumper crop of 185 lakh tonnes of wheat this year, and the government is making the necessary arrangements to help farmers harvest the same.
Live Update @ 2:30 PM: Punjab favours Lockdown Extension
After Odisha, Punjab is also likely to extend the lockdown imposed due to COVID-19 and to avoid further spread of the disease among the people. According to statement issued by Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh, he said that he feels that lockdown should continue he also said that the state cabinet is to meet today and final decision regarding lockdown extension will be taken in that meeting.
Live Update @ 2:00 PM: ICMR validates use of TrueNat for COVID-19 screening
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has validated the usage of TrueNat, which is a tuberculosis testing machine for coronavirus screening tests.
Live Update @ 1:45 PM: UK PM Boris Johnson shifted to ward
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was in intensive care unit (ICU) since April 6, 2020 has now been shifted to a ward. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that the Prime Minister was moved to the ward after his condition showed significant improvement. He assured that the Prime Minister continues to be in extremely good spirits. Johnson was earlier admitted to the ICU of London's St Thomas' Hospital after his COVID-19 symptoms persisted even after 10 days of being tested positive.
Live Update @ 1 PM: UK to evacuate 3000 British travellers from India
According to reports, the United Kingdom will operate 12 chartered flights from India, including Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi and Trivandrum to rescue stranded UK nationals. Report confirmed that over 3000 British travelers from India will be taken back to UK.
Following is the full information on the evacuation flights operated by UK from India:
Live Update @ 12:20 PM: PM Modi to discuss lockdown extension with state CMs tomorrow
As per media reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to interact with State Chief Ministers tomorrow i.e. on 11th April 2020 via video conferencing. The prime agenda of the meeting is to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in the states while assessing their preparedness to curb the spread. In addition to this, PM is also expected to seek views of state chief ministers on extension of the national lockdown amid rising cases of Coronavirus.
Live Update @12 PM: Haryana doubles salaries of COVID-19 warriors
Haryana Government has announced that it will double the salaries of frontline heath workers. According to reports, all health department employees involved in the treatment and care of COVID-19 patients and allied activities will have their salaries doubled. The government’s decision will be applicable to both doctors as well as paramedical staff of the health department. On similar lines, the state government has also announced an insurance cover of Rs 30 lakh for police personnel involved directly in dealing with COVID-19 pandemic.
Live Update @ 11:30 AM: IndiGo to resume operations, follow social distancing on flights
India’s leading budget airline IndiGo has issued a statement that it will restart its flight operations after the lockdown is lifted “slowly at first”. The airline said that while DGCA is yet to announce protocol for airlines, it plans to follow social distancing norms on the flights and will only fly half-filled aircraft and no meal service for some time, wrote IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta in an email.
Live Update @ 11:15 AM: Delhi State Tally rises to 720
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain in his morning briefing informed media persons that the state tally for COVID-19 cases in Delhi has reached 720 of which 22 patients are under intensive care while 7 were no ventilators. Talking about the containment measures implemented by Delhi Government, the minister said that in door to door screening was being held in the 21 hotspots identified for Coronavirus infection by medical personnel. He also added that over 6000 houses have been scanned in Nizamuddin area also, one person tested positive for coronavirus.
Live Update @ 11 AM: UP Govt to give Rs 1000 to construction workers
In the light of prolonged lockdown and its impact on daily wage earners and workers, UP Government has decided to extend a helping hand to them. As per latest update, Yogi Adityanath led UP Government will give Rs 1000 each to construction workers to help them meet their financial requirements amid the crisis. As part of this initiative, more than 11 lakh construction workers in the state have been provided Rs 1,000 each in their accounts in the first phase.
Live Update @ 10:45 AM: Cases in Rajasthan rise to 489
Going by the updates coming from the state, the total number of positive coronavirus case sin Rajasthan has reached 489. According to Rajasthan Health Department, 26 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported in the state.
Live Update @ 10:30 AM: 46 Fresh Cases Reported in Gujarat
Media reports indicate that COVID-19 cases in Gujarat showed a surge on Thursday, with 46 fresh cases of Coronavirus infection being reported from across the state. As per reports, of the 46 new cases, 11 cases were reported from Ahmebabad, 17 from Vadodara, 2 in Patan, 5 in Rajkot, 2 in Kutch, 4 each in Bharuch and Bhavnagar while 1 case was reported from Gandhinagar.
Live Update @ 10 AM: Death Toll in US crosses 16000 mark
With over 1700 reported deaths in the last 24 hours, the overall death toll due to Coronavirus infections in the United States has crossed 16000 mark. The deadly virus has claimed lives of over 16000 American, which makes it second highest in the world after Italy. Currently, the total number of COVID-19 cases reported from across the US stands at 4.6 lakh. Within the US, New York Metropolitan Area, comprising of New Jersey and Connecticut, has emerged as the epicentre, with over 2.2 lakh cases and 9000+ deaths.
Live Update @ 9:30 AM: 9 Areas in Gurugram Sealed
Haryana Government has decided to declare 9 areas in Gurugram as containment zones for COVID-19 cases. Entry and exit from these areas is completely restricted to avoid spread of coronavirus infection to the adjoining areas.
Live Update @ 9:15 AM: 547 Fresh Cases, 30 Deaths in 12 Hours, says Health Ministry
According to the update provided by Health Ministry, a total of 547 positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported from across the country in last 12 hours. During the same time period, 30 Deaths have also been reported. The rising number of Coronavirus infection and the death-toll comes as an alarm for health authorities as the 21-day lockdown period is to end in next 4 days on 14th April 2020.
Live Update @ 9:00 AM: Israel PM thanks PM Modi for sending medicines
After US President Donald Trump and Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has also expressed gratitude towards ‘Dear Friend’ Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Netanyahu thanked PM Modi for sending the 5 Tonne Cargo of essential medical supplies which included anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine.
Live Update @ 8:45 AM: Cases in India soar past 6400 mark
On Thrusday, India continued to show surge of positive cases for COVID-19. According to the latest data released by the Health Ministry, the total number of Coronavirus cases in India reached 6412 mark yesterday while the death toll grew to 199. The total includes 5,709 active cases and 503 patients who have fully recovered and been discharged.
Live Update @ 8:15 AM: Pandemic may harm progress on gender equality: UN Chief
Further in his address to the Security Council, UN Chief also said that the pandemic threatened not only loss of lives but also the progress made by the world on several other social issues including gender equality. He said that COVID 19 might “reverse the limited but important progress that has been made on gender equality and women’s rights.”
Live Update @ 8 AM: UNSC Meet on COVID-19
Today, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) held its first meeting to discuss the global crisis that has ensued since then outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. The meeting of the world body was chaired by UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres at its New York Headquarters. He said that COVID-19 is the greatest threat faced by the world since the creation of United Nations and every country is poised to suffer great devastations due to the pandemic. At the meeting UN Chief called for a unified response to the global health crisis from the world leaders.