This Article is From Apr 24, 2020

Coronavirus News Highlights: 400 Tonnes Of Medical Supplies Arrives From China

COVID-19 India Updates: The number of positive Coronavirus cases on Wednesday rose to 21,700 with 686 deaths.

Coronavirus News Highlights: 400 Tonnes Of Medical Supplies Arrives From China

COVID-19 Cases India Updates: The number of patients who recovered from COVID-19 stands at 4,325

New Delhi:

China supplied nearly 400 tonnes of coronavirus-related medical supplies including RT-PCR test kits, Rapid Antibody Tests, PPE kits and thermometers, said Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday adding that 20 more flights are expected to bring more supplies from China in the coming days.

"In the past two weeks, around two dozen flights departed for India from five cities in China carrying nearly 400 tonnes of medical supplies, including RT-PCR test kits, Rapid Antibody Tests, PPE kits, thermometers etc," said Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson Anurag Srivastava. "Around 20 more flights are expected to bring supplies from China in the coming days, and this is likely to be stepped up considerably in the next few months as our procurement efforts gain momentum," he added.

Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief for government employees has been put on hold till June 2021, in view of the country's financial situation amid the coronavirus pandemic. If the states follow the Centre's example, the combined savings will be 1.20 lakh crore, which will help in the battle against the coronavirus, the government said.

A component of salary and pension of government employees, Dearness Allowance is meant to offset the cost of inflation. The decision will hit the income of around 48.34 lakh Central government employees and 65.26 lakh pensioners.

Fitch Ratings has slashed India's economic growth projections to 0.8 per cent in the current 2020-21 fiscal saying an unparalleled global recession was underway due to disruptions caused by the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic and resultant lockdowns.

For the first time since the coronavirus crisis began, Congress President Sonia Gandhi accused the government of not acting upon the suggestions put forth by her party despite the coronavirus increasing "both in spread and speed" in the past three weeks. Mrs Gandhi, speaking at a key leadership meeting of her party, said that the government had failed to show "compassion and alacrity" in softening the impact of the lockdown. The Congress president took on the BJP and sounded concern on what she called the "virus of communal hatred" spread by the ruling party; it should worry each and every Indian, she said.

Mrs Gandhi's comments came on a day when the number of those infected with the virus crossed over 21,000. The highly infectious has killed 681 people in the country, government data showed. Forty one people who test positive for the virus have died in 24 hours. The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 16,454, while 4,257 people have been cured and discharged, one patient has migrated, it said. The total number of cases includes 77 foreign nationals.

According to the health ministry's data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 5,652, followed by Gujarat at 2,407, Delhi at 2,248, Rajasthan at 1,890, Tamil Nadu at 1,629 and Madhya Pradesh at 1,592.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in Highlights:

World

26,14,68,997Cases
22,22,61,229Active
3,40,08,183Recovered
51,99,585Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,14,68,997 and 51,99,585 have died; 22,22,61,229 are active cases and 3,40,08,183 have recovered as on November 29, 2021 at 9:12 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8774Cases
1,05,691 -1328Active
3,39,98,278 9481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 8:00 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

6633612 507

11905

6480799 738

140908 17

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

2072446 248

2158

2055856 253

14432

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

2995285 322

6783 143

2950306 176

38196 3

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

178839 40

275 9

175183 31

3381

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

2724731 740

8382

2679895 765

36454 11

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

5129359 4741

49152

5040528 5144

39679 554

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

1006733 27

326 7

992814 20

13593

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

675479 160

3545 11

667946 148

3988 1

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

1048492 264

2222 6

1037864 255

8406 3

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

793120 23

112 9

782480 14

10528

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

827382 28

291

816999 45

10092

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

954741 26

187 13

945599 13

8955

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

771654 11

159 1

761441 10

10054

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

1710373 5

86

1687377 9

22910 1

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

1440834 27

290

1415448 37

25096 1

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

616435 123

2720

607624 189

6091 5

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

32211 4

114

31694 9

403

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

726212 3

39

716510 9

9663

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

1614152 701

7820

1586882 717

19450 11

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

7680 2

5 2

7546

129

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

128860 35

326 5

126662 30

1872

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

55269 9

37 4

54952 5

280

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

32100 4

135

31269 5

696

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

10683

1

10678

4

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

349216 20

109

343967 20

5140

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

84784 13

89 9

83874 3

821 1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

21494 27

249 6

21032 21

213

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

336386 149

1724 5

330189 141

4473 3

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

226941 82

809

222287 97

3845 3

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

603190 17

313

586284 39

16593

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

344183 14

150 6

336626 8

7407

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

125117 19

673

122474 18

1970 2

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

65443 5

52 4

64571 1

820

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

84414 20

308

82635 44

1471 3

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
Lawngtlai2
Lunglei2
Mamit8
Saiha0
Saitual1
Serchhip0

134279 358

4117

129672 466

490 2

DistrictCases
Lakshadweep District0

10394

28

10315 1

51

Apr 24, 2020 05:36 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Three Armed Police Force Officials Test Positive For Coronavirus In Pune
Three State Reserve Police Force (SRPF) officials in Pune have tested positive for coronavirus, news agency PTI has reported.

"A company of around 100 jawans was posted in Mumbai for the last two months. They had returned to the Pune headquarters on Saturday, and during check-up, some jawans were found to have symptoms," the SRPF official was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Apr 24, 2020 03:46 (IST)
Coronavirus Treatment News: Experimental Virus Drug Remdesivir Failed In Human Trial
The experimental coronavirus treatment remdesivir has failed in its first randomized clinical trial, inadvertently released results showed Thursday, dampening expectations for the closely watched drug.

A draft summary went online briefly on the website of the World Health Organization (WHO) and was first reported by the Financial Times and Stat, which posted a screenshot.

But Gilead Sciences, the company behind the medicine, disputed how the now-deleted post had characterized the findings, saying the data showed a "potential benefit."

The summary said the Chinese trial involved 237 patients, with 158 on the drug and 79 in a control group. Remdesivir was stopped early in 18 patients because of side effects.

AFP
Apr 24, 2020 02:18 (IST)
Coronavirus Update: Virus Will Be Defeated By Patience, Cooperation, Alertness, Says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has termed the members of the Panchayati Raj system as "brave warriors", news agency PTI reported. The Prime Minister, in a letter to Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, said fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic will be won with patience, discipline, cooperation and alertness.

PTI
Apr 24, 2020 01:38 (IST)
Will Take Care Of Indian Migrants Just As Our Own Citizens: Singapore PM To PM Modi
Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has assured Prime Minister Narendra Modi that Indian nationals working in Singapore will be taken care of just as other Singaporeans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a Facebook post on Thursday, Mr Lee said he had a telephonic discussion with PM Modi about the ongoing COVID-19 situation in Singapore and India.

PTI

Apr 24, 2020 01:16 (IST)
India Ramping Up Preparation To Fight COVID-19: Health Minister At WHO Meet
India was first in responding to the COVID-19 crisis and stands on a better footing than the rest of the world because of the valuable and sincere services of ''corona warriors'', Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said at an online WHO meet on Thursday.

Referring to the active surveillance efforts of the government agencies to monitor potential victims or carriers of the disease, Mr Harsh Vardhan said, "We are able to check this enemy through community surveillance, issuance of various advisories, cluster containment and dynamic strategy".

PTI
Apr 24, 2020 00:02 (IST)
We were prepared beforehand to tackle COVID-19: Harsh Vardhan
Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan on Thursday said that India was prepared beforehand to tackle the coronavirus after he participated in a video conference held by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

"In the presentation made today, I told the world how India -- before the first case emerged on January 30 -- had already conducted a meeting with our experts on January 8 when China reported the coronavirus. We issued a detailed health advisory on January 17, and then we started community surveillance," said the Union Health Minister.

He added: "I have also informed them about how the mortality rate in our country is lesser in comparison to other countries and even our doubling of cases rate is better than the rest of the world (8.78 per cent)."
Apr 23, 2020 23:43 (IST)
COVID-19: Haryana announces insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh for journalists
Haryana government on Thursday announced an insurance cover of Rs 10 lakh each for journalists who are reporting in the state during the coronavirus pandemic.

"The state government has decided to provide insurance of Rs 10 lakh each to all journalists who are reporting during coronavirus pandemic," Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said in a statement.
Apr 23, 2020 23:22 (IST)
COVID-19 Pandemic: Avoid crowding, don't call more than 1/3rd low level staff to offices: Centre to all its departments

All central government departments were on Thursday asked to ensure that more than one-third of employees, below the level of deputy secretary, were not called to offices to avoid crowding and to ensure safe social distancing norms, according to a Personnel Ministry communique.

The move comes after it was noticed that more than one-third of officials/staff below deputy secretary level are being called to offices in some ministries/departments.

"This might lead to undesirable crowding in the office jeopardising the preventive measures in place for containing the spread of COVID-19," it said.

It is reiterated that the guidelines for attendance for officers/staff at levels below deputy secretary, be strictly followed, the ministry said.
Apr 23, 2020 23:13 (IST)
Coronavirus Update: 25 arrested, over 150 vehicles-owners penalised for defying lockdown: Noida police

Twenty-five people were arrested and challans were issued to more than 150 vehicle-owners in Noida and Greater Noida on Thursday for allegedly defying lockdown restrictions, police said.

In Gautam Buddh Nagar, coronavirus hotspots (areas that have recorded multiple COVID-19 positive cases) have been completely sealed off, while restrictions under CrPC section 144 are also in place due to the pandemic.

The administration has also banned movement between Noida and Delhi except for ambulances, doctors, media, and those directly involved in COVID-19 services.
Apr 23, 2020 23:04 (IST)
Haryana education minister launches mobile study app for primary school students

Haryana Education Minister Kanwar Pal on Thursday launched the ''Sampark Baithak'' mobile application for children in the state's primary schools to help them study from home during the lockdown period.

After launching the application here, the education minister said the curriculum of Class 5 has been made simple and interesting through cartoons and films. He said that this app will prove beneficial, especially for the students of Hindi medium schools.

Giving details about the ''Sampark Baithak'' mobile application, he said that the application has about 500 videos and audios of various concepts.
Apr 23, 2020 22:52 (IST)
Government plans supply of around 15.40 cr Hydroxychloroquine tablets in domestic market in April

The government plans to ensure supply of around 15.40 crore Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets, used in treating coronavirus infections, in the domestic market in April, an official said on Thursday.

The government also plans to export HCQ medicine to 62 countries after ensuring strategic storage of the medicine for domestic use.

"In normal conditions, the monthly requirement for HCQ medicine is around 2 to 2.5 crore tablets in the country. However, in the month of April, 2020 we have planned to supply around 7.5 crore tablets for retail pharmacies/ trade," an official told news agency PTI.
Apr 23, 2020 22:28 (IST)
Coronavirus Update: 7 foreigners turn Good Samaritans for poor amid lockdown

Seven foreigners had come to India on a spiritual mission but the coronavirus outbreak prompted a group of seven foreigners in Uttarakhand's Rishikesh to change their plans and serve the poor.

The group comprises -- Henry Johnston from the UK; Tejasvi Giri, an NRI based in the US; Relinde Rijswijk from the Netherlands; Tarini Dagnimo from Venezuela; Alejandro Jerovic from Croatia; Eva Lena from Germany; and Varun Juneja, a London-based NRI.

Every day, they arrange food items for distribution among hundreds of the needy as they "could not see people go hungry", an official said.

Rishikesh Municipal Commissioner Narendra Singh Quiriyal says as the lockdown left a number of people stranded here, the group planned to distribute food items among the poor.

"They decided to distribute 300 foodgrain packets every day among the poor families and migrant workers, instead of doing what they had planned--yoga," he said.
Apr 23, 2020 22:14 (IST)
Coronavirus: Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid urges people to offer prayers at home during Ramzan

As the holy month of Ramzan is likely to begin from April 25, the religious leaders of the Muslim community have appealed people to offer prayers at home and avoid any kind of social gatherings amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country.

The Shahi Imam of Delhi's Jama Masjid, Syed Ahmed Bukhari on Thursday said that the virus can be eradicated if people follow the lockdown norms strictly.

"If we follow government instructions, we will be able to eradicate COVID-19 soon. The holy month of Ramzan is about to begin. Prayers have to be offered at homes itself and social distancing must be maintained. By following it, we will be able to protect everyone," he said. 
Apr 23, 2020 21:58 (IST)
ICMR team visits NCI-Jhajjar to validate Chinese rapid antibody test kits

A team of scientists from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Thursday visited AIIMS's National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Jhajjar in Haryana to conduct the field validation of Chinese manufactured rapid antibody testing kits.

The field validation of rapid antibody testing kits is being done after some States complained that these kits are showing wide variations in results and low accuracy rates. As a result, the ICMR advised all States not to use rapid testing kits for two days and wait for further directions from the ICMR.
Apr 23, 2020 21:39 (IST)
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveils mobile lab that will enhance fight against COVID-19

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh unveiled via video link a Mobile Virology Research and Diagnostics Laboratory (MVRDL) developed by DRDO that will help in speeding up COVID-19 screening, a statement said.

The first such Mobile Viral Research Lab (MVRL) that will speed up coronavirus screening. It is the combination of a Biosafety Level 3 lab and a BSL 2 lab essential to carry out its activities. Read here.
Apr 23, 2020 21:11 (IST)
Odisha orders complete shutdown in three COVID-19 hit districts

The Odisha government announced a curfew-like complete shutdown in three hotspot districts of Balasore, Bhadrak and Jajpur from 10 pm on Thursday to conduct active surveillance and contact tracing for COVID-19.

Chief Secretary AK Tripathy said all activities will remain suspended for 60 hours till 10 am on April 26 during the shutdown in the three districts, which will be like a curfew.

All shops dealing in essential commodities will remain closed during the period barring some select medicine stores, he said.

"We were compelled to take the step because of the extraordinary situation created following the detection of 29 COVID-19 cases within a span of only five days in these three districts," the Chief Secretary said.
Apr 23, 2020 20:59 (IST)
COVID-19 lockdown: 14 lakh people in Bihar not getting benefits under food security act: Ram Vilas Paswan

Bihar has the highest number of people not getting benefits under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) for want of ration cards, and the Centre has asked for their details to expeditiously provide them food, a much-needed relief during the lockdown, Union minister Ram Vilas Paswan said today. 

The lockdown is imposed in the country till May 3 to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The consumer affairs, food and public distribution minister said that the NFSA is supposed to cover 71 crore people across the country.

However, 39 lakh of these 71 crore people are not receiving benefits as they do not have ration cards, he said.

Apr 23, 2020 20:36 (IST)
Rs 500 groceries kit open for all, no ration card needed: Tamil Nadu to Madras High Court

All people, including those not having ration cards, can get the Rs 500 groceries kit being sold through PDS shops in Tamil Nadu in view of the COVID-19 lockdown, the state government informed the Madras High Court on Thursday.

The submission was made in a counter-affidavit before a special bench comprising justices M Sathyanarayanan and M Nirmal Kumar on a PIL seeking a direction to the government for door delivery of the kits.

The kit comprising 19 basic essentials like pulses, oil, tamarind, chillies and spices in fixed quantities can be bought by all public and there was no need for producing ration card or any other identification proof, the counter said.
Apr 23, 2020 20:23 (IST)
Coronavirus India: 20 fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Jammu and Kashmir, total number rises to 427

The number of COVID-19 patients in Jammu and Kashmir rose to 427 on Thursday as 20 more people tested positive for the disease in the Union Territory, officials said.

"Twenty new cases reported today. One from Jammu division and 19 from Kashmir," government spokesman Rohit Kansal said.

He said the total number of cases in Jammu and Kashmir have now risen to 427. While 57 of these cases were detected in Jammu division, 370 were from Kashmir division.

Officials said more than 64,000 people have been kept under surveillance including those who are either in the government established quarantine facilities or in home isolation.
Apr 23, 2020 20:04 (IST)
Close to 70% COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic: West Bengal Chief Secretary

West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha on Thursday said that in India close to 70 per cent COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic and doctors are also worried as to how to identify them.

"In India, close to 70 per cent coronavirus cases are asymptomatic. Doctors are also worried as to how to identify them. If the lockdown is lifted on May 4, then this will be a big challenge. We have not decided anything that will happen after May 3," said Mr Sinha. 

Mr Sinha said that the State government has always responded to the queries of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), Union Home Ministry, and Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare as and when these were forwarded to us. 
Apr 23, 2020 19:40 (IST)
Dehradun Mosques to remain closed during Ramzan

The mosques will remain closed in view of the lockdown and people are urged to pray at home and maintain social distancing during the holy month of Ramzan, said Syed Mohammad Ahmad Kazmi, a Muslim cleric here on Thursday.

"The mosques will remain closed. I request the people to offer prayers at their homes. I would like to appeal everyone to follow lockdown and ensure that social distancing is maintained," he said.

With regard to the namaaz, the cleric said that the microphone would be used to a bare minimum and the volume would be kept to the lowest possible.
Apr 23, 2020 19:29 (IST)
COVID-19 Updates: Have started using convalescent plasma therapy at various centres: AIIMS Director

AIIMS Director Randeep Guleria on Thursday informed that the use of convalescent plasma therapy to treat COVID-29 patient has started at various centres in the country.

" At various centres, we have now started using convalescent plasma that is the blood of COVID-19 patients who have recovered. A large number of patients who have become alright, have come forward and have volunteered to donate their blood," said Mr Guleria.

"We are also looking at new drugs for the treatment, and various other repurposed drugs, which are already available in our country, are also being looked as treatment strategies," he added.
Apr 23, 2020 19:04 (IST)
Coronavirus Lockdown: IIT-KGP alumni to provide financial aid to 10,500 unorganised sector workers

Alumni of the IIT-Kharagpur have set up a fund to provide financial assistance to around 10,500 unorganised sector workers who are dependent on the campus for livelihood and are now severely affected due to the lockdown, the institute said in a release on Thursday.

The beneficiaries, who will receive financial assistance for six months, include daily wagers in eateries, ward boys of the hostels, laundrymen, tea stall owners, rickshaw-pullers, domestic workers and labourers engaged in construction projects, it said.

The fund was created by 1967-batch distinguished alumnus Vinod Gupta, known for his philanthropic work, the release said. "I thank Vinod Gupta for creating this fund to help people who are in dire straits," IIT-Kharagpur Director Professor Virendra K Tewari said.
Apr 23, 2020 18:36 (IST)
Coronavirus: Kerala reports 10 new COVID-19 cases, 23, 000 under observation
Ten fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Kerala on Thursday, taking the total active cases in the state to 129 with 23,000 people under observation, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said. 

Four of the new cases were reported from the high range Idukki district, two each from Kozhikode and Kottayam and one case each from Thiruvananthapuram and Kollam, he said in his daily media briefing on the disease situation. 

Kottayam, declared a green zone on Tuesday with no new cases in 14 days, has reported one case each in the past two days.

Apr 23, 2020 18:02 (IST)
Several areas in UP's Bahraich sealed after COVID-19 cases reported

Bahrich District Magistrate and Collector Shambhu Kumar on Thursday decided to seal and declare as containment zone several areas in the district after coronavirus cases were detected there.

According to officials, a total number of eight COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in the district. "I, Shambhu Kumar, District Magistrate, Bahraich declare as containment zone and seal Mohalla - Gulanalipur and gram - Wazirpur, Thana - Dargah Sharif, Gram - Saraiya and Maghi, Thana Kotwali - Nanapara, Gram Keshavapur, Thana Kotwali - Dehat and Gram Fattepurva, Thana - Ramgaon areas in according with the protocol to prevent the spread of coronavirus," the order said in Hindi.

Apr 23, 2020 17:41 (IST)
Coronavirus India: Food processing units in urban areas, prepaid mobile recharge utilities exempted from lockdown restrictions: Ministry

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) spokesperson Punya Salila Srivastava today said  clarified that in-house caregivers of senior citizens and prepaid mobile recharge utilities are exempted from lockdown restrictions.

She also informed that the food processing units in urban areas have also been exempted from the restrictions and the Ministry has also allowed activities related to import and export of horticulture produce.

"To ensure the availability of essentials, food processing units in urban areas such as milk processing units, bread factories and flour mills have also been exempted," said Ms Srivastava. 
Apr 23, 2020 17:11 (IST)
Doctors, staff of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narain Hospital allegedly threatened by COVID-19 patients

Doctors and staff of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narain (LNJP) Hospital have alleged that a group of COVID-19 patients who were brought to the hospital through CATS ambulance on Thursday, threatened and manhandled them when the staff asked them to wait for a while.

In a video, hospital staff expressed their plight while narrating the incident.

"Today some patients were brought here via CATS ambulance. They were asked to wait for a while as all the doctors here were busy but the patients did not wait and they removed his mask and suit and went very close to the doctor," said a male health care staffer.

"When the doctor asked them to maintain social distancing, the patients started arguing and said if they are detected with corona they will infect them (doctors) as well. Later, when the doctor tried to move them away from him, the patients got aggressive and misbehaved with the doctor," he added.
Apr 23, 2020 16:49 (IST)
Coronavirus India: IndiGo to pay full salary to its employees for April month
India's largest carrier IndiGo has decided to pay full salary for the month of April to the majority of its employees.

In an e-mail to its employees on Thursday, IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta said: "In deference to our government's wishes of not reducing pay during the lockdown, we have decided not to implement the previously announced pay cuts during the month of April."

"However, your Excom members and SVPs have volunteered to take pay cuts this month. For everyone else, you can expect your April salaries to be paid without the pay cuts," said Mr Dutta.
Apr 23, 2020 16:26 (IST)
COVID-19 Lockdown: Delhi Congress Starts Kitchen In Party Office To Serve Food To Migrant Workers
The Delhi unit of Congress opened "Congress ki Rasoi" on Thursday at the party office to serve cooked food to migrant labours who are stranded in Delhi amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

PCC president Anil Chaudhry said, speaking to news agency ANI, "This is the 95th kitchen opened today at Party office. Besides this, on the directions of party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, 94 kitchens are already operating from day one of the lockdown."

"Earlier, we were giving dry ration to the needy people and now we are serving cooked food to 50 thousand people on a daily basis across Delhi through our kitchen, and we will continue to serve food till the lockdown," he said.

Apr 23, 2020 16:11 (IST)
Coronavirus India: 80 new COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh
80 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, with this the total number of coronavirus cases in the state has reached 893, informed state Health Department on Thursday.

Out of the total COVID-19 cases in the state, 141 people have been discharged/cured while 27 have lost their lives to the deadly virus.

Notably, Kurnool has recorded the highest number of COVID-cases with 234 people. This district was followed by Guntur (195 cases), Krishna (88 cases), Chittoor (73 cases) and Nellore (67 cases).
Apr 23, 2020 16:00 (IST)
Coronavirus Lockdown: Volunteers prepare food to distribute among needy
Apr 23, 2020 15:53 (IST)
Special flight evacuates 250 stranded British nationals from Amritsar
Around 250 British nationals who were stranded in India due to the coronavirus lockdown, left for their country from Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport in Amritsar on a special British Airways flight on Thursday.

A relief flight of the same airline with 260 stranded passengers onboard had departed from Amritsar on April 21.

Last week, the British High Commission said that 17 more charted flights will be started to take back home people who have been stranded in India due to the COVID-19 lockdown.
Apr 23, 2020 15:36 (IST)
Coronavirus India: 49 new COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, total number in the state reaches 1,937
49 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Rajasthan, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 1,937, according to the state Health Department on Thursday.

While 27 COVID-19 patients have died so far, 407 have recovered and 134 patients have been discharged from hospitals.
Apr 23, 2020 15:12 (IST)
Apr 23, 2020 15:01 (IST)
Coronavirus news: 25 arrested for crossing into Kerala during lockdown

At least 25 people have been arrested in a span of three days in the Munnar region of Idukki for crossing the border check posts and entering Kerala under the guise of supplying essential commodities amid the lockdown.

"They were travelling without any valid documents and managed to travel through Coimbatore crossing Walayar check post. This is a serious breach of lockdown guidelines. A detailed probe needs to be carried out to know how they managed to cross the border," said Devikulam sub-collector Prem Krishnan.
Apr 23, 2020 14:51 (IST)
Apr 23, 2020 14:34 (IST)
Coronavirus news: Security tightened at Delhi-Ghaziabad border amid lockdown

The police have tightened security on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border to check the movement of vehicles amid the coronavirus lockdown, reports said.

Since morning policemen were seen stopping vehicles to check the travel passes of commuters rendering essential services, reported news agency ANI.

The orders to seal the Ghaziabad borders were issued by District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey on Monday, in the wake of the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

The decision was taken after six people who had come from the national capital tested positive for coronavirus.
Apr 23, 2020 14:05 (IST)
Coronavirus cases: Gross under-testing, misreporting of COVID data; non-resident Bengali doctors write to Mamata Banerjee

A group of non-resident medical professionals have written an open letter to West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee raising concerns over the "gross under-testing" and "misreporting of data" on the cause of death of COVID-19 patients.

The healthcare professionals -- which include Bengali physicians, health scientists, and healthcare providers -- said that while they have concerns about inadequate testing across India, they find the situation in West Bengal particularly grave.

"In the last week and a half, we have come across or watched with growing concerns, reports on the COVID-19 situation in West Bengal. There are two specific issues that are most disturbing to us: 1) the gross under-testing in West Bengal, and 2) the misreporting of data on the cause of death in COVID-19 patients," the letter said.

Apr 23, 2020 13:38 (IST)
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Apr 23, 2020 12:58 (IST)
Ministry of Civil Aviation has designated Delhi International Airport as major hub for import and distribution of COVID-19 related medical essentials. A 3800 sq mt dedicated distribution facility has been made operational at the airport: GMR
Apr 23, 2020 12:52 (IST)
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More than 33 crore people received financial assistance under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package. Rs 10,025 crore disbursed to 20.05 crore to Women Jan Dhan account holders: Ministry of Finance
Apr 23, 2020 12:25 (IST)
Apr 23, 2020 12:11 (IST)
Coronavirus cases live updates: 4 people recover from COVID-19 in Jharkhand
Four more patients in Jharkhand have recovered from COVID-19, reported news agency ANI quoting state Health Department.

The total number of cured patients in the state now stands at eight.

So far, Jharkhand has reported 49 COVID-19 cases, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Apr 23, 2020 12:06 (IST)
Delhi's 1st COVID-19 Survivor Recommends Pranayama For Those Infected
The first person in the national capital, who has recovered from COVID-19, has suggested people infected with the virus to do '' pranayama'', claiming that it is very useful in the course of recovery."
Apr 23, 2020 11:58 (IST)
Coronavirus: Sonia Gandhi Says BJP Continues To Spread Virus Of Communal Prejudice
Coronavirus has increased disturbingly "both in spread and speed" in the past three weeks but suggestions to the government have been acted upon "only partially and in a miserly way", Congress president Sonia Gandhi said today at a key leadership meeting of her party on the crisis because of the global pandemic. The government had failed to show "compassion and alacrity" in softening the impact of the lockdown, she said." 
Apr 23, 2020 11:51 (IST)
Coronavirus cases live updates: Maharashtra remains worst affected state with 5,652 cases

Maharashtra remains the worst affected state in the country with 5,652 cases, followed by Gujarat at 2,407. National capital Delhi has reported 2,248 cases while Rajasthan has 1,890 cases.
Apr 23, 2020 11:36 (IST)
Coronavirus India Lockdown news: 47 fresh coronavirus cases in Rajasthan; tally rises to 1,953

Forty-seven new cases were reported in Rajasthan on Thursday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,935, news agency PTI reported quoting officials.

The fresh cases include 20 from Jodhpur, 12 from Jaipur, 10 from Nagaur, two each from Kota and Hanumangarh and one from Ajmer, the report said.

Of the total 1,935 coronavirus cases, 344 patients have recovered and 133 have been discharged, according to the latest data issued by the government.

The state has reported 27 deaths due to COVID-19 so far.
Apr 23, 2020 11:25 (IST)
Coronavirus News: COVID-19 Doctors Flag Filthy Conditions In Videos, UP Government Acts
Government doctors treating COVID-19 patients in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district were transferred to a guest house on Wednesday night after releasing videos highlighting deplorable and squalid living conditions at a government-run school"
Apr 23, 2020 11:00 (IST)
Coronavirus India Lockdown news: Asiatic lions census deferred due to lockdown

The census of Asiatic lions in Gujarat's Gir Wildlife Sanctuary has been deferred due to the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus, news agency PTI reported quoting a senior forest official.

The extensive counting exercise, which is taken up every five years, was to begin next month and preparations for it were on in full swing, but it has now been postponed because of the unprecedented coronavirus crisis, he said.

Gujarat has so far reported 2,407 coronavirus cases and 103 deaths due to the disease.
Apr 23, 2020 10:38 (IST)
COVID-19: Indians Among Worst Affected Ethnic Groups In England
People of Indian origin in the UK have emerged as the worst affected ethnic group from the coronavirus pandemic, according to an official data on COVID-19 deaths in hospitals across England."
Apr 23, 2020 10:09 (IST)
Coronavirus India Lockdown news: Aggressive evacuation of suspected patients in Dharavi planned: Maharashtra minister

The Maharashtra government has decided to aggressively evacuate suspected coronavirus patients from Dharavi and other hotspots and put them in institutional quarantine, news agency PTI reported quoting state Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

The densely populated Dharavi slum area here has reported close to 190 cases of coronavirus infection so far. "Houses in Dharavi are very small and 10-12 people live in a house. Even if we advise home quarantine, the shortage of space defeats the purpose," he said.
Apr 23, 2020 09:26 (IST)
Apr 23, 2020 09:13 (IST)
JUST IN: 21,393 coronavirus cases in India; 681 deaths, 41 in 24 hours
Apr 23, 2020 09:05 (IST)
Telangana government extends Coronavirus quarantine period from existing 14 days to 28 days, reports news agency ANI.
Apr 23, 2020 08:12 (IST)
Coronavirus India Lockdown: As People Stay Home, Air Pollution In North India At 20-Year Low: NASA
Air pollution over northern India has plummeted to a 20-year-low for this time of the year, according to satellite data published by US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)." 
Apr 23, 2020 07:42 (IST)
Apr 23, 2020 07:16 (IST)
Coronavirus Update From Pune: Woman, 92, Recovers From COVID-19
A 92-year-old wheelchair-bound woman tested negative for coronavirus after completing the mandatory 14-day quarantine period.

The nonagenarian had suffered a paralysis attack seven months ago. She, along with her four other family members, had tested positive for coronavirus and were admitted to Symbiosis Hospital in Lavale in the first week of April.

ANI
Apr 23, 2020 06:46 (IST)
WHO Warns "Long Way To Go" In Virus Crisis, Deaths Top 180,000
The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that the coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries only in the early stages of the fight, as the global death toll surpassed 180,000.

The pandemic has sparked not only a health emergency, but a global economic rout, with businesses struggling to survive, millions left jobless, and millions more facing starvation.

US President Donald Trump -- with an eye on widespread unemployment and his re-election prospects in November -- signed an executive order suspending the issuance of green cards for 60 days.

AFP

Apr 23, 2020 06:33 (IST)
Coronavirus Update From US: 1,738 Deaths in 24 hours
The United States on Wednesday recorded 1,738 deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, a lower toll than the day before, according to a running tally by Johns Hopkins University.

The new deaths bring the total number of COVID-19 fatalities in the US to 46,583 since the outbreak began there, by far the highest figures recorded by any country caught in the global pandemic.

AFP
Apr 23, 2020 06:04 (IST)
Coronavirus News: Here are the updated numbers
As per the last  update by health ministry, at least 20, 471 coronavirus cases have been confirmed across the country. The deadly virus has caused at least 649 deaths, while 3,960 cases have been recovered so far.

Keep checking the NDTV Live Blog for all the latest updates on Coronavirus breakout in India. 
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