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COVID-19 LIVE: India coronavirus cases rise to 14,378, death toll jumps to 480; US death toll over 35K

COVID-19 LIVE: India coronavirus cases rise to 14,378, death toll jumps to 480; US death toll over 35K

COVID-19 LIVE: India coronavirus cases rise to 14,378, death toll jumps to 480; US death toll over 35K
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Coronavirus LIVE updates: India's death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 480 on Saturday while the total number of cases jumped to 14,378 in the country. Among states, Maharashtra remains the worst-hit with more than 3,000 cases. This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and developments from the new coronavirus or COVID-19 outbreak in India and abroad today:

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Apr 18, 2020 7:48 PM

2 more recover from COVID-19 in Assam, total 11 cured

Two more COVID-19 patients were discharged from a hospital on Saturday, taking the total number of persons cured of the disease to 11 in Assam, out of
34 people who have tested positive for novel coronavirus in the state so far, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Apr 18, 2020 7:31 PM

Indore is a challenge but getting support from people in fighting COVID-19: MP govt official

Citing "late detection" of the first confirmed coronavirus case in Madhya Pradesh's Indore last month and low capacity for conducting tests, a top state government officer on Saturday said the city remains a challenge for the health department and all possible efforts are being taken to detect, quarantine and treat' the infected there.  

Apr 18, 2020 7:15 PM

Railways transports medicines for autistic teen in Ahmedabad, post-op drugs to Ratlam

The railways this week transported medicines for an autistic teen in Rajasthan and a boy  recovering from a liver transplant in Madhya Pradesh, using its network to become a lifeline for people struggling to get essential drugs during the nationwide lockdown. The individual acts of outreach from the behemoth, which is the largest railway network in Asia, come soon after it ensured that camel milk reached an autistic three-year-old in Mumbai who was allergic to all other kinds of milk. 

Apr 18, 2020 6:54 PM

West Bengal govt to issue reminders to schools that hiked fees in COVID-19 time

The West Bengal government will issue reminders to private schools that have not responded favourably to the state education minister's request for not
hiking fees in view of the COVID-19 triggered lockdown, a senior school education department official said on Saturday.

Apr 18, 2020 6:36 PM

Eight restaurant workers quarantined in Rishikesh

Eight persons were quarantined here on Saturday after it was found that they had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient. They were picked up from a restaurant, where they worked, and quarantined, Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) Prem Lal said.

Apr 18, 2020 6:23 PM

Maharashtra: Over 12 lakh construction workers to get Rs 2,000 each

The Maharashtra government on Saturday decided to pay Rs 2,000 each to over 12 lakh registered construction workers in the state who have lost their livelihoods due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown. The curbs, which were imposed on March 24, were later extended till May 3.

Apr 18, 2020 6:12 PM

1,200 bottles of illicit liquor seized from truck in Haryana during lockdown

The Haryana Police seized 1,200 bottles of illicit liquor in Kaithal district on Saturday when the consignment was being smuggled in a truck during the ongoing lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak. Police also arrested the driver and the helper of the truck and seized the bottles which were packed in 100 cartons. The arrested accused were identified as Sunil Kumar (driver) and Rajbir alias Pola, a spokesperson of the police department said here. He said that a police team on lockdown duty was present at a check barrier on Dhand road in the district.

Apr 18, 2020 5:33 PM

Odisha launches large-scale corona sample test campaign in Bhubaneswar

The Odisha government on Saturday launched a large-scale coronavirus sample test campaign in the state capital here with help of 25 designated teams formed by the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC), officials said. Around 5,000 samples would be tested from Bhubaneswar alone as the state capital has emerged as one of the hotspots of COVID-19, chief secretary A K Tripathy said on Friday. Of the total 60 COVID-19 positive cases detected so far in Odisha, 46 patients hailed from Bhubaneswar making it a hotspot in the state.

Apr 18, 2020 5:25 PM

Iran virus deaths top 5,000: Ministry​

Iran on Saturday announced 73 new deaths from the coronavirus, raising the official toll to 5,031 as the government allowed small businesses to reopen in Tehran as they already have in the provinces. It was the seventh day that the number of deaths in the previous 24 hours had fallen. It was also the fifth straight day that the number of new deaths had stayed in double figures, ministry spokesman Kianoush Jahanpour told a news conference.

Apr 18, 2020 5:16 PM

Spain reports more than 20,000 coronavirus deaths

The death toll from the coronavirus in Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, moved past 20,000 on Saturday, the health ministry said. A total of 20,043 people have now succumbed to the disease, which killed 565 people in Spain in the past 24 hours, slightly down on the 585 reported on Friday.

Apr 18, 2020 5:03 PM

Air India opens bookings on select domestic routes from May 4, international from June 1

Air India on Saturday announced it has opened bookings on select domestic and international routes from May 4 and June 1, respectively. "In the light of the ongoing global health concerns, we have currently stopped accepting bookings on all domestic flights for travel till May 3, 2020, and on all international flights for travel till May 31, 2020," a notification on Air India's website said on Saturday. "Bookings for select domestic flights for travel from May 4, 2020, and for international flights for travel from June 1, 2020 onwards are open," it stated.

Apr 18, 2020 4:55 PM

Bharuch civil hospital shut as 6 staff test coronavirus positive

Six employees, including a doctor, of Bharuch civil hospital in Gujarat have tested positive for coronavirus, prompting authorities to close the facility temporarily and quarantine its staff members. Even Out-Patient Department (OPD) will not remain functional for some time, an official said on Saturday. The OPD will be handled by a nearby trust-run hospital for time being. "A gynaecologist, two women medical officers and three laboratory technicians working at the government hospital here on Friday tested positive for coronavirus," said Bharuch Collector MD Modia.

Apr 18, 2020 4:49 PM

Centre gave funds, foodgrain to Punjab to combat COVID-19: Harsimrat Badal

Days after Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh raised the issue of a special package and release of GST arrears with the Centre, Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Saturday claimed that the central government had given funds and foodgrains to the state to combat COVID-19. Sharing details of the funds sent by the Centre to the Punjab government in a series of tweets, the Bathinda MP asked Singh why no relief was being given to the needy.

Apr 18, 2020 4:36 PM

26 Navy personnel in Western Naval Command test positive for coronavirus

At least 26 Indian Navy personnel have tested positive for coronavirus at the strategically-located Western Naval Command in Mumbai, in the first case of a major outbreak of the deadly infection in the armed forces. All the infected sailors were serving at the INS Angre, a shore-based logistics and support establishment, and they are currently undergoing treatment at a Navy hospital, official sources said. The number of infected sailors is 26, military sources confirmed. However, in a statement in the morning, the Navy has put the number of infected sailors at 21. The difference in the number could not be reconciled immediately.

Apr 18, 2020 4:26 PM