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Coronavirus updates highlights: Death toll in India rises to 603, number of cases climb to 18,985

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Coronavirus updates highlights: Death toll in India rises to 603, number of cases climb to 18,985

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Coronavirus India LIVE: The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 590 and the number of cases climbed to 18,601 on Tuesday, according to the Union health ministry. Of the 590 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 232 fatalities, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 74, Gujarat at 71, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Telangana at 23 and Andhra Pradesh at 20. The death toll reached 18 in Uttar Pradesh while Tamil Nadu has reported 17 deaths so far. The highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 4,666 followed by Delhi at 2,081, Gujarat at 1,939, Rajasthan at 1, 576, Tamil Nadu at 1,520 and Madhya Pradesh at 1,485. This blog will keep you posted on the latest updates and trends from the COVID-19-related developments from India and the world.

Coronavirus updates highlights: Death toll in India rises to 603, number of cases climb to 18,985
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  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Government set to ban export of anti-TB drugs

    The Health Ministry has taken cognizance of domestic shortage of medicines for tuberculosis and thus has decided to ban exports. The ministry is of the view that due to lockdown, availability of limited manpower and raw material to the pharma industry has impacted manufacturing of TB drugs. Under the National TB Elimination Programme (NTEB) Lupin and Macleods have contract agreement to manufacture anti-TB drugs. Health Secretary Preeti Sudan has written to secretary of Drinking Water and Sanitation and asked to ensure smooth supply and logistics to ease pressures. The Department of Commerce has been asked to prohibit exports of TB drugs until supplies reach normalcy. Sudan has asked the Pharma secretary to help ease out issues of the industry.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Central government may suspend disbursements of revised DA

    Due to the coronavirus pandemic and resultant meltdown, the Centre is likely to suspend the disbursements of increased DA to employees and pensioners. The Union Cabinet is likely to discuss the proposal on April 22 at 11 am. According to sources, the government will hold the payment of increased DA from January 1 until December 31, 2020. The revised DA will be paid to employees later on as arrears.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Death toll rises to 603, number of cases climb to 18,985 in India

    The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 603 and the number of cases climbed to 18,985 in the country on Tuesday, registering an increase of 44 deaths and 1,329 cases since Monday evening, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 15,122 while 3,259 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. Thus, over 17 per cent of the cases have recovered so far, a health ministry official said. The total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals. A total of 44 deaths were reported since Monday evening -- 11 fatalities were reported from Rajasthan, 10 from Gujarat, nine from Maharashtra, three from Uttar Pradesh and two each from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. One death has been reported from Karnataka. Of the 603 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 232 fatalities, followed by Gujarat at 77, Madhya Pradesh at 76, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Telangana at 23 and Andhra Pradesh at 22. The death toll reached 20 in Uttar Pradesh while Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have reported 17 cases each.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Relaxation on industrial activities completely withdrawn in MMR, PMR

    Rattled by the huge turnout of crowd on the roads since Monday after the lockdown norms were relaxed for industrial purposes, the Maharashtra government on Tuesday revoked the rules for Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions. Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta yanked off the relaxation orders for entire Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR) - the biggest industrial centres in the state. The April 17 order, slackening the norms to kickstart select industrial and trading activities, has been completely withdrawn for MMR and PMR due to "the imminent threat of further spread of the COVID-19 pandemic".

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Xerox looks at hand sanitizers, after ventilators

    Xerox Holdings Corp said on Tuesday that it will make hand sanitizer in its factories in the United States and Canada to fight the spread of coronavirus, and start deliveries to healthcare organizations later this month. The US printer-maker, which walked away from its $35 billion bid for HP Inc last month, plans to produce about 140,000 gallons of hand sanitizer gel by June. Xerox had earlier partnered with Vortran Medical Technology to make ventilators with an aim to produce as many as 1 million devices in the coming months.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Do not use COVID-19 rapid test kits for 2 days: ICMR to states

    After receiving a complaint from the West Bengal government that the COVID-19 testing kits are defective, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) advised states on Tuesday not to use them for the next two days. ICMR's Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar said it will issue an advisory after their teams validate the kits. Speaking at the daily government briefing on the coronavirus situation in the country, Dr Gangakhedkar said, "We have received complaint from a state yesterday and so far discussed with three states. Too much variations have been reported in results of rapid test kits and RT-PCR kits. We advise states not to use them for the next two days."

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: ICMR asks private hospital to try plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients

    A Bengaluru-based private hospital has been given the nod by Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct clinical trials on COVID-19 patients using plasma therapy. This was stated by the Drugs Controller General of India in a letter to HCG Bangalore Institute of Oncology Speciality Centre. The permission was granted on Monday under the provisions of New Drugs and Clinical Trial Rules, 2019.  "Grant of permission given to conduct clinical study in India entitled "Open label, parallel arm, Phase I/II Clinical Trial to evaluate safety and efficacy of Convalescent plasma as therapy for COVID-19 Severe SARS-Cov-2 Disease," DCGI Dr V G Somani said in the letter.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Delhi MPs, MLAs to get 2000 food coupons to give those in need

    The Delhi government will give 2,000 food coupons each to every MLA and MP in the city for distribution among the needy in their constituencies in the wake of coronavirus lockdown, Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday. Addressing the media online, Kejriwal also said that the government will start COVID-19 testing for mediapersons from Wednesday. "We have set up a centre. All media houses and journalists will be informed about it. Interested mediapersons can undergo tests from tomorrow morning at the centre," Kejriwal said. He said his government would give free ration to around one crore people in the national capital in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown. There are 1,603 active coronavirus cases in Delhi, while 47 people have died of COVID-19 so far, Kejriwal said, adding that 83 per cent of the deaths were related co-morbid conditions. He said that the Delhi government will procure 60 new ambulances and an order has been issued for the same.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Air quality in Delhi has improved significantly

    The air quality in Delhi has improved as nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels dropped significantly due to a decline in pollution levels. All major economies in the world have recorded a drop in NO2 levels amid the coronavirus lockdown. Among them, Delhi has recorded the most significant improvement in air quality.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal says free ration being given to 1 crore people

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that over 30 lakh people without ration cards will be given essential supplies and nearly 1 crore people in Delhi are being given free ration. “We will ensure food security for all Delhiites throughout the period in which people will face the economic impact of coronavirus,” the Delhi CM said in a live interaction on social media.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: States advised not to use rapid testing kits for two days

    In Indian Centre for Medical Research has advised states not to use rapid testing kits for the next two days as they were being validated by on-ground teams. An advisory will be ready in the next two days for using the kits. Following this, Joint Secretary at the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said hat detailed guidelines have been issued to all states that all medical services need to be provided for cancer and HIV treatment.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: SC warns against wasting its time with ‘Publicity Interest Litigations’

    The Supreme Court of India, which has witnessed a spike in the number of Public Interest Litigations (PIL) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, hit out at those filing it for “publicity”. Terming it “Publicity Interest Litigations”, the SC warned of serious consequences for filing such pleas in the top court. The SC listed various PILs, claiming urgency, for hearing through videoconferencing on April 21. Following which, the SC said that the coronavirus pandemic has inspired various PILs being filed across High Courts and the Supreme Court. Among the PILs listed for hearing today, one PIL had sought nationalisation of the healthcare system, another had sought for non-covid-19 treatment to be subsidized. The SC had also listed a PIL that sought for waiver of GST on masks and sanitizers and another had sought a relief package from the Centre, for states and UTs. These PILs invited the strongest comments from the apex court.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Rapid testing has started in West Bengal, with a 220 rapid tests conducted in Howrah and Kolkata. The results have been sent to the Health Department, said West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha. Twenty-nine new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours; total death toll at 15.

  • Coronavirus updates LIVE: Swiggy to layoff scores in cloud kitchens business

    Swiggy is set to layoff scores of employees working at its cloud kitchens as the number of orders has seen a free fall since the start of the lockdown. While the online food delivery platform is looking to close some of its private label cloud kitchens, it is working on relocating some of them. Entrackr reported on Tuesday that 800-900 employees in Swiggy's cloud kitchen business may be asked to leave. Swiggy runs 1,000 kitchens across nearly 15 cities under its Swiggy Access programme, but majority of them are run by restaurants partners. The affected employees will be only from the company's private label kitchens, a person familiar with the matter said. They will be asked to leave by May, the source added.

  • Multi-prolonged strategies help protect 3 Haryana districts to be COVID-19 free

    Three districts neighbouring coronavirus hotspots in Haryana have not reported any positive case due to multi-pronged strategies adopted early by authorities and strict compliance of lockdown norms by people, officials said on Tuesday. Rewari, Jhajjar and Mahendragarh are close to hotspot areas like Gurgaon, Faridabad and Nuh. People in these districts guard the borders to check no outsider enters their areas and district administrations are providing essentials at doorsteps. Despite falling in the 'green zone', the authorities have not relaxed the lockdown that came into effect on March 25 to check the spread of the virus.

  • Kannur comes under strict lockdown enforcement

    With Kannur district emerging as the latest hotspot for coronavirus in Kerala, the state government has turned its attention on enforcing the lockdown norms strictly and warned of stern action, including arrest, against those stepping out of their homes unnecessarily. The northern district with 52 COVID-19 cases had been classified as red zone and is under complete lockdown with three Superintendents of Police have been vested with the responsibility of implementing the restrictions, officials said. Taking a serious view of people thronging streets and heavy rush of vehicles in some parts of the state on Monday, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan had stringent steps will be taken to follow the safety precautions to prevent the COVID-19 spread.

  • Rajasthan ceases use of China-made rapid testing kits as most results invalid

    The Rajasthan government on Tuesday stopped using the China-made rapid testing kits for coronavirus after they delivered inaccurate results. The state's health minister Raghu Sharma said the kits gave only 5.4 per cent accurate results against the expectation of 90 per cent accuracy and therefore the kits were of no benefit, adding that the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has been informed about the issue. "We have written to ICMR asking what to do. We are waiting for their response. The rapid test results were negative even on patients who tested positive in lab tests," the minister said.

  • SC orders inclusion of women shelter homes under Covid-19 preventive guidelines

    The Supreme Court Tuesday extended its guidelines issued to prevent the spread of coronavirus in children's homes to Nari Niketans or women's shelter homes and asked the government to look into the possibility of releasing the inmates wherever feasible to avoid overcrowding. A bench of Justices N V Ramana, S K Kaul and B R Gavai said state governments should assess the ground situation and take appropriate steps to prevent the spread of coronavirus at the women shelter homes.

  • Movement of people between Ghaziabad, Delhi banned##Movement of people between Ghaziabad, Delhi banned

    The district administration on Tuesday banned the movement of people between Ghaziabad and Delhi as per lockdown orders, an official said. However, people with valid passes and engaged in essential and emergency services will be allowed to move between the two cities, district magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey said.

  • Plants not operating at full capacity, says HUL##Plants not operating at full capacity, says HUL

    FMCG major Hindustan Unilever Limited (HUL) on Tuesday said its factories, though operational, are unable to operate at full capacity as its employees continue to face restriction in movement from local authorities in various states amid coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.

    The company is working with local authorities and state governments to ease out movement restrictions. Most of our factories, many of our distribution centres and majority of our suppliers are operating, but not at their full capacity," a spokesperson of HUL told PTI.

  • Singapore to extend partial lockdown by four weeks until June 1##Singapore to extend partial lockdown by four weeks until June 1


    Singapore has extended by four weeks until June 1 a partial lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus infections in the city-state, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said on Tuesday. The measures, which include the closures of most workplaces and schools, were initially set to run from April 7 until May 4.

    Coronavirus updates highlights: Death toll in India rises to 603, number of cases climb to 18,985
  • At least 25 people of Tamil news channel test positive in Chennai

    At least 25 people, including journalists, working for a Tamil news television channel tested positive for coronavirus here on Tuesday, a health department official said. "Not less than 25 people have tested positive...(of the)...90 plus samples (for confirmatory RT-PCR test) taken," the official said. The development comes days after two journalists, including one who worked with the TV channel, tested positive for the contagion in the city.

  • Another Noida area sealed after new coronavirus case


    The Noida district administration has sealed B Block of Sector 55 after a resident tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

    Sub-divisional magistrate Rajiv Kumar Rai said, "In view of a Covid-19 case being reported at B - 233, Sector 55, Noida, we have sealed the entire vicinity and the adjoining areas from Monday midnight to May 3, 12 a.m. to curb the spread of the infection."

    A 61-year-old woman from Sector 55 of Block B, tested Covid-19 positive on Monday.

    According to the health authorities, the number of people infected with corona in Gautam Buddha Nagar has increased to 100, out of which 43 people have been cured so far, while a total of 57 patients are undergoing treatment.

  • Housekeeper employed with Lok Sabha Secretariat tests COVID-19 positive; hospitalised


    A housekeeper working with the Lok Sabha secretariat has been found positive for COVID-19 and admitted to hospital, sources said. The infected man has not attended office for the last few days. He had symptoms of fever, cough and breathing problems and was found to be COVID-19 positive, sources said. They said he has been admitted to the special ward at the Safdarjung hospital here.
        
    Eleven members of his family have also been tested for the virus and the results are awaited. Local civic authorities have quaratined his house in central Delhi, the sources said.

Coronavirus updates LIVE: Death toll rises to 603, number of cases climb to 18,985 in India
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 603 and the number of cases climbed to 18,985 in the country on Tuesday, registering an increase of 44 deaths and 1,329 cases since Monday evening, according to the Union health ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 15,122 while 3,259 people have been cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. Thus, over 17 per cent of the cases have recovered so far, a health ministry official said. The total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals. A total of 44 deaths were reported since Monday evening -- 11 fatalities were reported from Rajasthan, 10 from Gujarat, nine from Maharashtra, three from Uttar Pradesh and two each from Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and Madhya Pradesh. One death has been reported from Karnataka. Of the 603 deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 232 fatalities, followed by Gujarat at 77, Madhya Pradesh at 76, Delhi at 47, Rajasthan at 25, Telangana at 23 and Andhra Pradesh at 22. The death toll reached 20 in Uttar Pradesh while Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have reported 17 cases each.

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