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Coronavirus News highlights: Aarogya Setu is most-downloaded COVID-19 app; SC notice to Centre on migrants

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Coronavirus News highlights: Aarogya Setu is most-downloaded COVID-19 app; SC notice to Centre on migrants


Coronavirus News highlights: The Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the problems and the miseries of migrant labourers who have been stranded in different parts of the country after the COVID-19 lockdown. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah on May 26 issued notice to the Centre, states and Union Territories and sought their replies by May 28 on the steps taken to redeem the situation. The top court listed the matter for May 28 and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to assist it on the issue.

Coronavirus News highlights: Aarogya Setu is most-downloaded COVID-19 app; SC notice to Centre on migrants
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  • Coronavirus in Gujarat LIVE Updates: Congress accuses BJP government in Gujarat of suppressing COVID data

    The BJP government in Gujarat is not conducting enough COVID-19 tests and is also suppressing related data, the Maharashtra Congress alleged on Tuesday. The Congress' charge came two days after the Gujarat High Court questioned the Vijay Rupani government's decision to not allow private laboratories to conduct COVID-19 tests, saying whether this is meant to "artificially control" the data of number of coronavirus cases in the state. Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant alleged that the situation in the other BJP-ruled states like Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh is "almost the same" and added these governments have surrendered to the novel coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu LIVE Updates: IndiGo says passenger on Chennai-Coimbatore flight tests positive

    IndiGo airlines has issued a statement saying a passenger who travelled on its Chennai-Coimbatore flight 6E 381 has tested positive for coronavirus. The passenger has been quarantined in Coimbatore at a medical facility. No one was seated in the vicinity of the passenger, the airline said. Operating crew of the flight have been grounded for 14 days and the airline is notifying other passengers as per government guidelines. “We received confirmation from the Coimbatore airport doctor that a passenger who travelled on 6E 381 from Chennai to Coimbatore on May 25 evening has tested positive for COVID-19. He is currently quarantined at ESI state medical facility at Coimbatore,” the statement read.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Delhi government orders 28 ventilators, 435 oxygen concentrators

    As the national capital gears up to deal with the increasing number of coronavirus cases, the Delhi Health Department has ordered 30,000 PPE kits, 3.5 lakh N-95 masks, 28 ventilators and 435 oxygen concentrators, IANS reported. In a statement, the Raj Niwas said that Secretary (Health) presented the 'Situational Analysis of COVID-19 in Delhi' to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. "It was informed that up to May 25, there are 14,053 confirmed cases in Delhi out of which 6,771 patients were recovered or discharged or migrated. It was further informed that the Case Fatality Rate in Delhi is 1.96 per cent in comparison to the national average of 2.57 per cent," it added.

  • Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: Pune authorities appeal to Kerala nurses not to leave

    Battling shortage of healthcare workers, authorities in Maharashtra's Pune district, which falls in red zone, are now trying to rope in nurses from Kerala who recently returned from Gulf countries. Authorities have been holding meetings with Malyali organisations to reach out to the nurses from the southern state. In view of the spike in coronavirus cases, many nurses from Kerala employed in Pune have returned to their home state. Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said he held a meeting with a couple of Malayali community organisations and discussed the issue of the nurses leaving for Kerala and appointing trained nurses who have returned to the southern state from the Gulf.

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  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Niti Aayog CEO says Aarogya Setu bigger than all COVID-19 apps

    India’s Aarogya Setu App has the highest downloads in the world among all COVID-19 apps across the world with over 115 million users, said NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant. Aarogya Setu reached to 50 million subscribers in 15 days and 100 million subscribers in 40 days. The App identified more than 3,000 hotspots in 3-17 days ahead of time, Kant added.

  • Coronavirus in Mumbai LIVE Updates: Dharavi COVID-19 count rise by 38 to 1,621

    With 38 new coronavirus positive cases being detected in Dharavi here on Tuesday, the number of the infected patients in the slum colony has risen to 1,621, a Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said. No fresh death is reported from Dharavi where 60 people have so far succumbed to the infection, he said. "Of the 38 new cases, the highest number of nine cases were found in Matunga Labour Camp locality," he said.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: AirAsia Hyderabad flight develops technical glitch carries out 'precautionary' engine shut down

    Budget carrier AirAsia India on Tuesday said that one of its Hyderabad-bound flights from Jaipur faced a "technical" glitch, forcing it carry out a "precautionary" landing on one engine only. The incident that happened on Tuesday is being probed by regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation while a detailed inspection of the aircraft is being carrier out, the airline said in a statement. "AirAsia India aircraft VT-IXC operating as i51543 from Jaipur to Hyderabad on May 26, encountered a technical issue and carried out a precautionary engine shut down," AirAsia India said.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: 3 flights cancelled from Mumbai airport, Bengaluru sees 32 cancellations

    Mumbai International Airport saw 22 departures and 19 arrivals on day 2 of domestic operations being restarted in the country. Three flights were cancelled from Mumbai, with overall 4,224 passengers -- 3,114 at departures and 1110 at arrivals – taking flights to and from various cities. The highest passenger load capacity was seen on the Delhi route departing out of MIAL. The first flight departed for Ranchi at 6.30 am while the first flight arrived at 8.20 am from Lucknow, both flights were operated by IndiGo. Meanwhile, Bangalore airport saw 35 arrivals and 40 departures, until 5.30 pm on May 26. Bengaluru airport saw a total of 32 cancellations until 5.30 pm.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: SC takes suo motu cognizance of miseries of migrant labourers

    The Supreme Court Tuesday took suo motu cognizance of the problems and the miseries of migrant labourers who have been stranded in different parts of the country after the COVID-19 lockdown. A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and M R Shah issued notice to the Centre, states and Union Territories and sought their replies by May 28 on the steps taken to redeem the situation. The top court listed the matter for May 28 and asked Solicitor General Tushar Mehta to assist it on the issue.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Worst recession is here for India, says CRISIL

    India's fourth recession since Independence, first since liberalisation, and perhaps the worst to date, is here, global rating and research agency CRISIL on Tuesday said. In a report on India’s growth forecast released today, titled "Minus Five", CRISIL forecast India’s GDP growth to fall off a cliff and contract 5 percent in fiscal 2021. The first quarter of the year, as per this report, will suffer a massive contraction of 25 percent. Earlier on April 28, CRISIL had slashed its India growth prediction to 1.8 percent for FY21, from 3.5 percent forecast earlier, but it said “things have only gone downhill since” in its latest publication. It now expects non-agricultural GDP to contract 6 percent, and adds that agriculture could cushion the blow by growing at 2.5 percent this fiscal.

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  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Health secy says 60,490 patients have recovered across country so far

    A total of 60,490 patients have recovered so far from COVID19 across the country, said Joint Secretary at the Union Health Ministry Lav Agarwal. The recovery rate continues to improve and is at 41.61 percent at present. India’s fatality rate is among the lowest in the world at 2.87 percent, he added. Around 4.4 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population. This has been due to the lockdown, timely identification and management of COVID-19 cases, Agarwal said.

  • Coronavirus in Odisha LIVE Updates: Swiggy, Zomato start home delivery of alcohol in Bhubaneswar

    On-demand delivery platforms Swiggy and Zomato started home delivery of alcohol through ‘Wine Shops’ category in Odisha from Tuesday after obtaining necessary approvals from the Odisha government. Swiggy’s liquor delivery service is available in Bhubaneswar and Rourkela, while Zomato’s service is available in Bhubaneswar from May 26. The start-ups will expand their services in major cities in the state in the coming weeks. Swiggy said services will be launched in Cuttack and Berhampur in the next couple of days. Zomato said it will soon expand to other cities in the state like Rourkela, Balasore, Balangir, Sambalpur, Berhampur and Cuttack. Users can avail service from 9 am to 6 pm as permitted by the state authorities. The app will only feature licensed retailers, who have applied for the service.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Health secretary interacts with officials of 5 states reporting surge in COVID-19 cases

    The Union health ministry on Tuesday suggested five states reporting a surge in COVID-19 cases over the last three weeks to analyse the trends in containment zones and adopt course correction measures through proper implementation of micro-plans. The states are Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. Union Health Secretary Preeti Sudan held a high-level review meeting through video conference with the chief secretaries, health secretaries and National Health Mission (NHM) directors of these states, the health ministry said. "These states are witnessing a surge in COVID-19 cases since the last three weeks as lockdown rules have been eased and inter-state migration has been allowed," the ministry said in a statement. The states were briefed on their individual case trajectory with respect to fatality rate, doubling time, testing per million and confirmation percentage, it said.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: 550 flights set to fly on day 2, mandatory quarantine bummer for Bengaluru

    Around 550 flights are set to fly on Tuesday as airlines await better load factor on day 2 of flight resumption after a ban of two months. All airports of India except those of West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh had resumed operations on May 25. Andhra Pradesh also resumed operations with a limit of up to 20 percent operations at Vizag and Vijaywada. West Bengal will resume on May 28 with 10 departures and 10 arrivals daily. Mumbai is already operating with a limit of up to 25 arrivals and 25 departures on a daily basis. Similarly, the Chennai airport has mandated 25 arrivals but there is no limit on departures. The mandatory 7-day institutional quarantine for passengers arriving from high prevalence states such as Rajasthan, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Gujarat and Tamil Nadu is proving to be a bummer for flight operations for Bengaluru.

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  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on May 25

    Around 58,318 passengers flew to their destinations on 832 flights on May 25 until midnight, after the Civil Aviation Ministry allowed airlines to commence domestic operations. A number of states including Andhra Pradesh – which commences operations today – did not open airports amid the coronavirus pandemic on May 25. “These numbers are set to soar higher, said Hardeep Singh Puri, Civil Aviation Minister.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Ola resumes airport operations across 22 locations

    Cab aggregator Ola has resumed services at Kempegowda International Airport along with 21 other Airports, the company said in a statement. Elevating safety protocols, Ola will place specially trained staff at Bengaluru Airport to perform car fumigation, temperature checks for driver-partners and a car audit before every pick-up so customers can travel with ease. Representatives will be stationed at Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad airports to perform similar checks and across other cities, Ola will be regularly sanitising cars and monitoring the driver’s health status as part of its “10 steps to a safer ride” initiative.

  • Coronavirus in Karnataka LIVE Updates: COVID-19 tally spikes as domestic travellers return from 3 states

    Returnees from domestic travel to three Indian states led to a spike in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka in the past 19 hours with 100 new infections, raising the state's tally to 2,282, IANS reported. "New cases reported from Monday 5 p.m. to Tuesday noon, 100," said a health official. In the past 19 hours, 80 people who returned from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand tested positive for the virus. On Tuesday, 46 per cent or 46 cases had an inter-state travel history to Maharashtra, India's Covid hotspot. Similarly, 21 per cent or 21 cases had inter-state travel history to southern state Tamil Nadu, a bigger Covid sufferer than Karnataka.

  • Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Tata Trusts ties up with 2 institutions for online training of staff to manage COVID-19

    Tata Trusts on Tuesday said it has tied up with two medical institutions to assist some of their healthcare professionals augment skills in critical care in COVID-19 management through an online training. The philanthropic organisation has partnered with Christian Medical College (CMC), Vellore and Care Institute of Health Sciences (CIHS), Hyderabad along with the Tata Group for this initiative. Under the programme, 22-hour free online training for medical professionals on COVID-19 critical care has been curated which is meant for specific staff chosen by identified hospitals, Tata Trusts said in a statement. "Tata Trusts believes that ICU physicians and intensivists, specialised in critical care management, will require support of a wider cohort of doctors, nurses and paramedical staff to treat COVID-19 patients. The intent of the training programmes is to meet this need by acquainting non-ICU professionals with the fundamental principles and practices of critical care," it added.

  • Easing of travel restrictions, movement of migrants behind surge in COVID-19 cases: Experts

    With India now in the bracket of top 10 nations worst hit by the novel coronavirus, experts have attributed the surge in cases to easing of travel restrictions and movement of migrants besides enhanced testing capacity. According to AIIMS Director, Randeep Guleria, the present rise in cases has been reported predominantly from hotspot areas but there is a possibility of further rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the coming few days due to increased travel.

  • COVID-19: Singapore heads towards worst-ever recession in nearly two decades

    Singapore is heading towards its worst-ever recession in nearly two decades as the economy continues to feel severe strain from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected 32,343 people in the country, officials said on Tuesday. The gross domestic product (GDP) of Singapore is expected to shrink between 4 and 7 per cent this year, down from the previous projected range of a contraction between 1 and 4 per cent, the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) said.

  • Rajasthan restores 8-hour working in factories

    The Rajasthan government has restored the working hours for factory workers to eight hours per day, according to an official statement. On April 24, the government had increased the working hours to 12 from 8 hours per day to reduce the requirement of workers in all the registered factories, in view of the coronavirus spread.

  • COVID-19 death toll in Delhi mounts to 288; 412 fresh cases

    The coronavirus death toll in Delhi has mounted to 288, while 412 fresh cases of COVID-19 infection were reported on Tuesday, taking the virus tally in the city to 14,465, authorities said. The city had recorded the highest spike in fresh cases -- 660 -- on May 22. On Monday, 635 fresh cases were reported. In a bulletin issued on Tuesday, the Delhi health department said, the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 288, and the total number of cases mounted to 14,465.

Coronavirus News Live: India overtook Iran to become one of the 10 worst-hit nations in terms of coronavirus cases, even as the government allowed domestic air travel to restart. India reported another 6,536 cases on Tuesday, taking its total to  1.45 lakh according to government data, despite the world’s longest lockdown imposed in March by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Total deaths rose 146 at 4,167. The rise in new cases came as some businesses and travel reopened under a new phase of the national coronavirus lockdown.

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