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Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India

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Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
  • With that it's a wrap to today LIVE blog on the coronavirus pandemic. We will bring you the top developments and updates on the COVID-19 situation from around the world tomorrow again. Until then stay safe, stay indoors and have a good weekend.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Coronavirus surveillance network expands to 9.5 lakh people from 13 in January

    India currently has nearly 9.5 lakh people under surveillance as it aims to break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. The number of people under surveillance has risen multi-fold from January when just 13 people were under surveillance. The protocol is to keep those people under surveillance who are suspected of having come in contact with a coronavirus infected person or have travel history to an international country. The surveillance is done either via keeping the suspected cases in quarantine or via community surveillance. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, at the end of February 2020 there were 23,832 people who were suspected of being infected with coronavirus and were under surveillance. Just ahead of the nationwide lockdown announcement, there were 90,459 people under surveillance as of March 19, 2020. This figure increased almost 3X to 2,67,921 after commencement of lockdown on March 26. Since then, the number has increased 3.5 times to 945,915 as of April 23.

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  • Coronavirus surveillance network expands to 9.5 lakh people from 13 in January
    Just ahead of the nationwide lockdown, there were 90,459 people under surveillance, which increased almost 3X to 2,67,921 after commencement of lockdown.Get latest Healthcare online at cnbctv18.com
    Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; USFDA warns against use of HCQ

    The coronavirus death toll in the US crossed the 50,000 mark on April 24 as the number of lives lost rose by an average of 2,000 a day in the current month. The total number of US cases was 890,198, according to worldometers.info as of 9 pm IST. US cases rose by over 30,000 on a day earlier, the biggest increase in five days, but in line with an average of 30,000 new cases a day in April, according to a Reuters tally. Across the country, state officials said there remain bottlenecks in testing capacity, shortages of material such as swabs used for taking samples and not enough workers to contact-trace infections. In addition to a staggering death toll, unemployment claims soared on Thursday and reaffirmed the grim economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.

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  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Positive cases rise to 23,452, death toll at 723

    Positive novel coronaviurus cases jumped by 1,752 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally in the country to 23,452. According to Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 37 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours with overall 723 succumbing to the virus. There are 17,915 active cases in India, including 77 foreign nationals. Around 4,813 people have been cured and discharged and one patient had migrated.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: USFDA warns over HCQ after ‘serious poisoning and deaths’ reported

    The US Food and Drug Administration warned consumers on Friday against taking chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19 outside a hospital or formal clinical trial after “serious” poisoning and deaths were reported, CNBC.com said. The agency said it became aware of reports of “serious heart rhythm problems” in patients with the virus who were treated with the malaria drugs, often in combination with azithromycin, also known as Z-Pak. “We will continue to investigate risks associated with the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for COVID-19 and communicate publicly when we have more information,” the agency wrote in the notice.

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  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Maruti Suzuki to hand over 500 ventilators to HLL Lifecare
    Maruti Suzuki will be handing over 500 ventilators to HLL Lifecare, which were manufactured in collaboration with AgVa Healthcare.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: India's 1 month of lockdown: Experts feel it helped in preventing 'US-like' situation

    As India completes a month under lockdown that brought the world's most populous democracy to a virtual standstill, with no or very minimal social and economic activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, several medical experts feel that these restrictions were crucial in preventing a "US or Europe-like" situation from materialising in the country. However, most of the experts also cautioned that a "bigger challenge" awaits the country when it gradually move towards exiting the nationwide lockdown, which has emerged as one of India's biggest weapons so far in the battle against COVID-19. India's first case was reported on January 30, and 54 days later on March 25, with 519 confirmed cases of coronavirus and 11 deaths, the country was put under a 21-day complete lockdown, hence starting the country's full-blown battle against the pandemic.

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  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Hospitals not accepting patients, everyone is being looked at as suspect, says BS Ajai Kumar

    “Collateral damage will be huge if we don't take steps now to bring patients to get themselves checked. We need to convey to patients that if you have symptoms don't hesitate to approach hospitals. Patient to patient contamination is very less, no one is looking at data to give assurance,” said Ajai Kumar.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Hospitals not accepting patients, everyone is being looked at as suspect, says BS Ajai Kumar

    BS Ajai Kumar founder Chairman and CEO of HealthCare Global Enterprises has said that there is fear among staff at hospitals and every patient entering hospitals is being seen as a suspected coronavirus patient. “Hospitals are refusing patients and the public are unable to access health service overall. Why are we having this mega phobia that everyone is a COVID patient, even doctors are scared,” he said and added, “As long as we have doctor and patient-safety measures in place, we should not be scared.” There are guidelines for non-COVID patients, but they are not being followed, he highlighted in a conversation with CNBC-TV18. “Patients are not coming to hospitals, hesitating and transport issues are adding to their woes. Standard operating procedures to separate COVID and non-COVID patient care is important. All stakeholders have to come together to help patients,” Ajai Kumar said.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE:Reckitt Benckiser warns against injecting disinfectants to cure COVID-19

    Reckitt Benckiser Plc has warned that “under no circumstance” should disinfectants be administered into the human body. The Lysol and Dettol maker said that disinfectants should not be ingested, nor should anyone inject them into the body. Reckitt Benckiser’s reaction comes after US President Donald Trump suggested the potential use of disinfectant for coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: Vaccine could be available by Oct-Nov, says Adar Poonawalla

    “With regulatory approvals carefully crafted in India, we can get a vaccine for coronavirus as early as October or Novemeber,” said Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer of Serum Institute of India. He added that only if the vaccine works in UK trials and in India trials -- which will be starting soon -- only if we can establish safety and efficacy, the vaccine will be available. The manufacturing process will begin early in hopes that the vaccine trial is successful to save time. Serum Institute will target to manufacture 4-5 million doses monthly.

  • Coronavirus Updates LIVE: 1,684 new cases reported since April 23, total to 23,077

    Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said that 1,684 new cases have been reported since April 23 taking the total to 23,077. There are 17,610 cases under active medical supervision, while 491 have been discharged since Thursday. The total discharged patients count is now at 4,748. He added that the recovery rate at 20.57 percent. There are 15 districts that have not seen any positive case over the past 28 days. Total 80 districts have not seen any positive case in the last 14 days.

  • Sri Lanka to seek $400 million financial facility from RBI to meet short term financial needs

    Sri Lanka is set to enter into an agreement with the Reserve Bank of India for a currency swap worth USD 400 million to boost the foreign reserves and ensure the financial stability of the country which is badly hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, a top minister has said.

    The Cabinet has approved a proposal made by Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa as the Finance Minister to enter into an agreement with the RBI for the financing facility to meet short-term international liquidity requirements, Co-Cabinet spokesman Information and Communication Minister Bandula Gunawardena said.

  • Proposals invited to evaluate role of alternative medicine in management of COVID-19
    The AYUSH ministry on Friday invited short-term research proposals to evaluate role of indigenous alternative medicine system in prevention and clinical management of COVID-19.Get latest Healthcare online at cnbctv18.com
    Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
  • Andhra Pradesh's corona tally 955; state tops in testing rate

    Andhra Pradesh continues to witness a non-stop flow of COVID-19 cases with each passing day. On Friday morning, the state reported 62 new cases from the tests conducted in the past 24 hours ending 10 am. With this, the cumulative tally of COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh has reached 955.

    The state nodal officer reported that 6,306 tests were conducted on Thursday, of which 62 cases tested positive. So far, 145 persons have recovered and been discharged from hospital. The death toll, however, rose to 29, with two more persons succumbing to COVID-19 in the state.

    The effective tally of the state stands at 781.

  • Yogi to bring back stranded migrants from all other states

    Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked his officials to draw up a plan to bring back all migrant workers from the state who are still stranded in other states. Yogi Adityanath said that he wanted that the workers who are brought back to the state are provided employment here so that they do not have to return to other states in search of jobs. The government spokesman said that Adityanath has already asked officials to start working towards creating employment opportunities for about 15 lakh people in the next six months and strengthen the economy. The chief minister said that when the workers are brought back, they would be quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to return to their homes. Each worker would be given Rs 1,000 and a ration kit when they go home.

  • Jindal group donates Rs 2 crore to PM-CARES COVID-19 relief fund


    DP Jindal Group on Friday said its employees have contributed Rs 2 crore to PM-CARES relief fund to strengthen the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic in the country. All the employees of the Group have contributed a part of their salary to PM-CARES fund.

    Besides, the Group companies are also engaged in providing free ration, masks, hand sanitizers and all other essentials to communities living in and around their plants in Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, the Group said in a statement.

  • E Palaniswami announces complete lockdown in five municipalities of Tamil Nadu


    Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Friday announced a complete lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai from 6 am on 26 April to 9 pm on 29 April. Other than these three municipalities, curfew in Salem and Tirupur will also be implemented from 6 am of 26 April to 9 pm of 28 April.

    "Existing restrictions/permits will continue to exist other than those mentioned above," said Palaniswami.

  • 5 riot accused test positive, 116 shifted to Bengaluru Haj complex

    As many as 116 riot case accused had been from Ramanagara district jail to the sprawling Haj complex (bhavan) in the city centre after 5 co-accused tested coronavirus positive, a senior Karnataka Police officer said on Friday.

    "Of the 121 accused, 116 who tested negative have been shifted to Haj Bhavan in the city from the district jail after the remaining five tested positive on Thursday to prevent other inmates from getting infected," DCP (West) Ramesh Bhanot told reporters here.

    Ramanagara, about 50km southwest of Bengaluru on the state highway towards Mysuru, has been a green spot with not a single coronavirus case till date.

    The inmates were arrested and remanded to judicial custody on April 21 for allegedly attacking healthcare warriors and rioting at the containment zone in the city's southwest suburb on April 19.

  • Govt allows pre-monsoon works in coronavirus-hit Mumbai, Pune

    The Maharashtra government has amended its revised lockdown guidelines to allow carrying out of pre-monsoon-related works in Mumbai, Pune and Pimpri- Chinchwad, badly hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

    In its revised guidelines issued on April 21 regarding relaxation of lockdown rules, the government had withdrawn all concessions to Mumbai and Pune regions, which account for a bulk of the more than 6,000 coronavirus cases in Maharashtra.

  • Affordable COVID-19 test method developed by IIT Delhi gets ICMR nod: Officials##Affordable COVID-19 test method developed by IIT Delhi gets ICMR nod: Officials

    A method to detect COVID-19 which will significantly reduce the cost of testing, making it affordable for a large population in the country, developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi has got the approval from the ICMR, officials said on Thursday. IIT Delhi is the first academic institute to have obtained the ICMR approval for a real-time PCR-based diagnostic assay. The development also comes against the backdrop of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) halting the testing for COVID-19 cases through China-made test kits because of massive variation in test results, compounding the challenge to check and contain the pandemic. The current testing methods available are "probe-based" while the one developed by the IIT team is a "probe-free" method, which reduces the testing cost without compromising on accuracy, officials said.

  • Lockdown rules misinterpreted, no legal action against CEOs if employee found COVID positive##Lockdown rules misinterpreted, no legal action against CEOs if employee found COVID positive


    The Union government Thursday said no legal action will be taken against the CEO of a company, nor a factory will be sealed, in case an employee tests positive for COVID-19. The government also said the consolidated revised guidelines for the lockdown should not be misused by anyone to harass the management of any manufacturing or commercial establishments. In a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla said some apprehensions, based on wrong interpretation of the guidelines, have been raised in the media and by some companies having manufacturing facilities.

  • Ice-cream sales slip by 80-85% this summer amid COVID-19 outbreak##Ice-cream sales slip by 80-85% this summer amid COVID-19 outbreak


    It's likely to be a washout summer for India's Rs 10,000 crore ice-cream industry. The coronavirus outbreak in India has resulted in an 80-85 percent drop in sales against last March — April for the industry. Ice-cream makers like Amul, Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL), Vadilal, Havmor and Mother Dairy usually make about 40 percent of their annual ice-cream sales in the summer months. However, this summer is turning out to literally be a "no chill summer" for most of them. The Indian Ice-cream Manufacturers Association (IICMA) has written to both the central as well as state governments seeking relief on various challenges it has been facing. The IICMA has sought "50 percent waive off on the electricity bills of all ice Cream & frozen dessert manufacturers and Cold storage units from March 2020 to July-2020."

  • Piramal Enterprises, GMR, JSPL among companies that applied for RBI moratorium##Piramal Enterprises, GMR, JSPL among companies that applied for RBI moratorium

    Credit rating agency ICRA has released a list of 328 companies among its rated universe that opted for the moratorium provided by lending institutions as mandated by the Reserve Bank of India on March 27. Some of the big names that opted for the moratorium include Centrum Financial Services, Credit Access Grameen, GMR, Hindustan Copper, Indostar Capital, Jindal Power, JSPL, JSW Steel, Kalyan Jewellers, Lemon Tree Hotels, Minda Industries, Parag Milk Foods, Piramal Enterprises and Tata Power Company. The Reserve Bank of India has permitted all financial institutions to allow a three-month moratorium to their borrowers, for both term loans and working capital loans.

  • IATA states coronavirus pandemic expected to impact over 29 lakh jobs in aviation##IATA states coronavirus pandemic expected to impact over 29 lakh jobs in aviation


    The coronavirus pandemic is expected to impact more than 29 lakh jobs in the Indian aviation and dependent industries, global airlines' grouping IATA said on Friday. The International Air Transport Association (IATA) said its latest estimates indicate a worsening of the country impact from the COVID-19 crisis in the Asia-Pacific region. About India, IATA said the pandemic is expected to potentially impact 29,32,900 jobs in the country's aviation and its dependent industries. The passenger traffic has declined 47 per cent.

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    Coronavirus highlights: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
Coronavirus latest updates: Death toll in US crosses 50,000; positive cases rise to 23,452 in India
The coronavirus death toll in the US crossed the 50,000 mark on April 24 as the number of lives lost rose by an average of 2,000 a day in the current month. The total number of US cases was 890,198, according to worldometers.info as of 9 pm IST. US cases rose by over 30,000 on a day earlier, the biggest increase in five days, but in line with an average of 30,000 new cases a day in April, according to a Reuters tally. Across the country, state officials said there remain bottlenecks in testing capacity, shortages of material such as swabs used for taking samples and not enough workers to contact-trace infections. In addition to a staggering death toll, unemployment claims soared on Thursday and reaffirmed the grim economic toll of the coronavirus pandemic.