Coronavirus India Live Updates: China is "deeply concerned" over India's decision to stop using the COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits made by two Chinese companies, the country said today, adding that it hopes India will resolve the issue "reasonably". The government on Monday had said not a single rupee will be lost to Chinese firms who provided faulty COVID-19 test kits to India as the orders have been cancelled and the payments not made.
The NITI Aayog building in Delhi has been sealed for 48 hours after a director-level officer tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said today. "A director-level officer working at NITI Bhawan has been tested positive for COVID-19. Today at 9 am, he got his report, and then he informed authorities," Alok Kumar adviser at NITI Aayog told PTI. He further said that those who came in contact with the person have been asked to go on self-quarantine. "We are following necessary protocol and the health ministry has been informed and all the due processes will be followed. So, we are closed for 48 hours," Alok Kumar added.
Death count due to COVID-19 rose to 937 and the number of cases climbed to 29,974 in the country today, registering an increase of 51 deaths and 1,594 cases since Monday evening, according to the Union Health Ministry. The number of active COVID-19 cases stand at 22,010, while 7,026 people have recovered, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. Nearly 80 per cent of the deaths in the country have been reported from five states: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan.
Here are the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak Highlights:
With 12 new positive cases of COVID-19 in the state on Tuesday, the total cases in Punjab have reached 342, said Punjab Health Department in a bulletin.
According to the bulletin, there are 219 active COVID-19 cases in the state. So far 104 persons have been cured and 19 deaths have been reported.
According to the district-wise breakup, a maximum of 85 cases were reported from Jalandhar, 65 from SAS Nagar and 61 from Patiala.
Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh announced compulsory 21-day state quarantine for all those returning from other places to check further spread of COVID-19.
Tripura has become the fifth state in the northeast to become COVID-19 free. The state had two cases - both have been cured and discharged."
Twenty more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 366, a top official said.
With Araria, Sitamarhi and Sheikhpura reporting their first cases, the number of districts affected by the pandemic has reached 28, out of the 38 in the state.
Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Kumar said six people all men in the age range between 18 and 70 years tested positive for coronavirus infection in Gopalganj district.
Maharashtra on Tuesday reported 729 new coronavirus patients, taking the tally to 9,318.
With 31 patients dying, the death toll due to the pandemic reached 400, said a state health official.
Maharashtra COVID-19 figures are, thus, as follows:
Positive cases 9,318, new cases 729, deaths 400, discharged 1,388, active cases 7,530 and people tested so far 1,29,931.
Mumbai city alone reported increase of 393 COVID-19 cases on Tuesday taking its tally to 6,169. The state capital has reported deaths of 244 patients so far.
Overall, the Thane division, which includes Mumbai and surrounding areas, has reported 7,223 cases and 263 deaths so far.
There are 1,288 cases of COVID-19 in Pune division with 89 deaths so far. Pune city has reported 1,044 cases and 76 deaths to date.
Srikalahasti Police on Tuesday held a demonstration to create awareness about complete lockdown among the public. In the demonstration, they showed that lockdown violators will now be sent to institutional quarantine.
An absolute lockdown has imposed in Srikalahasti town five days ago as the number of coronavirus cases is growing rapidly in the temple town. The absolute lockdown came to an end on Tuesday.
The demonstration was given by Town Police Station Circle Inspector Nagarjuna Reddy and his team. The official said that lockdown restrictions will be implemented strictly.
"People were being spared so far, but now the actions are going to be very strict. We will definitely send those who come out on the roads to the quarantine," Mr Reddy said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday conveyed his assurance to his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau on Tuesday that India''s productive capabilities in the pharmaceutical sector would remain available for assisting the citizens of the world, including those of Canada.
The assurance came during a telephonic conversation between the two leaders, where they talked about the COVID-19 pandemic situation.
"Prime Minister spoke on phone today with Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada. The two leaders discussed the prevailing global situation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic," a release from the PMO said.
Both the leaders agreed on the importance of "global solidarity and coordination, the maintenance of supply chains, and collaborative research activities."
A total of 393 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of positive cases to 5982 in Mumbai, informed Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) in a bulletin.
Meanwhile, three deaths and 143 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Pune district in the last 24 hours.
Total positive cases in the district stand at 1491 and death toll at 83, Health Department, Pune said.
According to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, there are 8,590 COVID-19 cases including 1,282 people recovered and 3,69 deaths in Maharashtra.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi rose to 3,314 on Tuesday, even as 201 coronavirus patients recovered from the disease, the highest so far in a day with no fatalities, authorities said.
No death was reported for the third consecutive day in the national capital.
Among the 3,314 cases includes a Delhi Police constable attached to the crime branch. The constable had visited the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation in Nizamuddin, which had last month become the epicentre of the COVID-19 spread.
Fifteen members of the crime branch team, who came in touch with the constable, have been advised home quarantine.
So far, 1,078 COVID-19 patients have recovered and there are 2,182 active cases in Delhi.
The number of containment zones in the city reached 100.
A total of 28 new COVID-19 cases were found in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 522 in the state, Rajiva Sinha, Chief Secretary, West Bengal said on Tuesday.
"28 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in last 24 hours; total active cases in the state stand at 522," he said.
Total deaths due to COVID-19 till today stands at 22, he said.
Stressing on food security, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday directed the administration that migrant workers and their families returning to the state will be covered under Public Distribution System even if they don''t have ration cards.
The decision was taken in a review meeting with the state''s senior officers, which Patnaik chaired, urging the district Covid-19 observers to take their responsibility of controlling the disease as ''primary work and not as additional charge.''
While the Housing and Urban Development Department was directed to complete the distribution of vendor assistance in one week, some other major decisions were also taken to improvise the system at the grass-root level.
The observers were asked to specifically monitor Gram Panchayat-level quarantine facilities on priority.
US military flight squadrons paid tribute to coronavirus health care staff, first responders and other essential workers with a ceremonial flyover of COVID-19 epicenter New York City on Tuesday.
Twelve fighter jets of the air force's Thunderbirds and the navy's Blue Angels streaked across piercing blue skies above the Big Apple in "a collaborative salute" just after noon.
Dozens of residents gathered by the city's harbor, squinting into the midday sun to catch a glimpse of the aircraft in what appeared a breach of social distancing guidelines.
The planes circled New York and Newark in New Jersey for 40 minutes, then headed to Trenton, also in New Jersey, before flying to Philadelphia for a flyover there.
"We are incredibly honored to have the opportunity to salute those working on the frontline of the COVID-19 response, we are in awe of your strength and resilience," Blue Angels Commander Brian Kesselring said ahead of the show.
The flypast took more than a month to plan and was the first of several planned around the country over the coming weeks, the squadrons said in a statement.
"An amazing display of gratitude and patriotism from the best pilots on earth. Thank you," tweeted Shereef Elnahal, president and CEO of University Hospital in Newark.
Other social media users tweeted that they thought the cost of the flights would have been better spent on personal protective equipment for doctors and nurses.
More than 17,000 people have died from COVID-19 in New York state.
The decline in COVID-19 cases in Telangana continued on Tuesday with only six fresh cases being reported as Health Minister E Rajender hoped the trend would continue and the pandemic would soon end in the state without more deaths.
With these six cases, the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 1,009.
No fresh death occurred and the number of people who died due to the virus continued to remain at25, Rajender said.
Forty two people were discharged today, taking the number of people discharged after recovery to 374, he said.
The number of active cases in the state stood at 610.
Four more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala, taking the total number of cases to 485 in the state including 123 active cases, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said on Tuesday.
Out of the four cases, two people are foreign returnees and two are from primary contacts, he said.
A total of 151 people have been admitted in hospital today, the Chief Minister informed.
Addressing a press conference here, he said, "A total of 23,980 samples have been sent for testing and 151 people have been admitted in hospital today."
A total of 19 COVID-19 cases were reported in the Union Territory in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 565 in Jammu and Kashmir including 381 active cases.
According to the administration, all the new cases have been reported from the Kashmir division.
"19 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir in the last 24 hours; all are from Kashmir division. Total positive cases in the Union Territory stand at 565 which includes 381 active cases," the administration said in a statement.
France on Tuesday reported 367 new coronavirus deaths, bringing the country's toll since March 1 to 23,660 but with the number of people in intensive care continuing to decline.
The daily toll was lower than Monday's 437, and came as the government announced plans to cautiously lift France's epidemic lockdown from May 11. The health department said there were 221 fewer people in intensive care from a day earlier.
We have to popularise work from home (WFH) norm. There are many restrictions for it like money deposits & clearances, these things were relaxed till April 30 after #COVID19 outbreak. We have decided to extend the relaxation till July 31: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad pic.twitter.com/GucV56OcNF- ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Had a warm exchange with PM @JustinTrudeau. Thanked him for looking after Indian citizens in Canada in these difficult times. Collaboration and partnership between India and Canada is vital to fighting the pandemic including through medical research and supply chain management.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 28, 2020
#WATCH: A crowd, which had gathered at a market place in Tikiapara of Howrah today - defying the lockdown, attacked Police personnel & pelted stones at them when they asked the crowd to return to their homes. 2 police personnel injured. #WestBengal (Video source: Amateur video) pic.twitter.com/EAZbm5wWlc- ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Health & Family Welfare Ministry has issued guidelines for home isolation of people who either have very mild #COVID19 symptoms or are in the pre-symptomatic phase. Such patients with requisite self-isolation facility at their residence will now have the option for home isolation pic.twitter.com/k4cLVidl0e- ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Plasma therapy isn't a proven therapy. It's still in experimental stage, right now even ICMR is doing it as an experiment to identify & do additional understanding of this therapy. Till it is approved no one should use it, it'll be harmful to patient & illegal: Lav Aggarwal, MHA pic.twitter.com/mRfqrvP7zU- ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
Discussed COVID-19 pandemic with good friend President @Jokowi. As close maritime neighbours and Compreshensive Strategic Partners, close cooperation between India and Indonesia will be important to deal with the health and economic challenges posed by this crisis.- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 28, 2020
At this time, as indications emerge for a way out of quarantine, we pray that the Lord will grant us the grace of prudence and obedience to these indications, so that the pandemic does not return. #PrayTogether- Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 28, 2020
8 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Karnataka from 27th April 2020, 5:00 PM to 28th April 2020, 12:00 noon, taking the total number of cases to 520: Karnataka Government pic.twitter.com/kf9nnjsXve- ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
An employee working at NITI Bhavan has been detected positive with COVID-19. It was informed to the authorities at 9 am this morning. NITI Aayog is following all the due protocols necessary as per the Ministry of Health guidelines. The building has been sealed.- NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) April 28, 2020
Watch Live!! Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for HFW, S&T, ES interacts through Video Conferencing with Autonomous Institutes & PSUs under Dept of Biotechnology https://t.co/3QM2ioNx7d- DrHarshVardhanOffice (@DrHVoffice) April 28, 2020
#COVID19 has exposed the fragility of our societies to global shocks, such as disease or the climate crisis.- António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 28, 2020
As we recover, we must build a better future for all.
Together, we can protect our planet, improve health, reduce inequality & re-energize struggling economies.#PCD11pic.twitter.com/C8CgIvcdtG
Health & Family Welfare Ministry has issued guidelines for home isolation of people who either have very mild #COVID19 symptoms or are in the pre-symptomatic phase. Such patients with requisite self-isolation facility at their residence will now have the option for home isolation pic.twitter.com/c7KdGyabWP- ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2020
Delhi Government yesterday lifted the bar on veterinarians, plumbers,& electricians after reviewing #COVID19 situation in the national capital. In the order, Delhi Disaster Management Authority(DDMA) also allowed inter-state travel of health workers, lab technicians & scientists. pic.twi > tter.com/4wlyzF6Mus- ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide soared past three million on Monday as several European nations and a handful of US states began taking steps to reopen their shuttered economies."
A vaccine for coronavirus may be available in the market as early as the end of September, the chief of the world's largest vaccine maker has told NDTV."
A Delhi-based doctor, who is working at one of the government hospitals in the national capital, has donated his plasma after recovering from COVID-19 and has urged other coronavirus survivors to do the same.
Dr Ahmad was asymptomatic and was admitted for three days at Safdarjung Hospital. Later, he was discharged after his two consecutive tests came out negative. He has also completed his 14-day quarantine period and returned to duty on April 20.
"I have recovered from COVID-19. Recently, I have donated my plasma for convalescent plasma therapy. As you all know, the first patient who was given this therapy has recovered successfully. The results of this plasma therapy are very promising. So, I would like to urge each one of the survivors or the people who have recovered from COVID-19 to please come forward and donate your plasma," Dr Ahmad told ANI.
"There is nothing which should be stopping you from donating your plasma," he said.
The doctor explained that plasma donation is a 30-minute procedure, done under the supervision of well-trained doctors and there are no side effects of it.
"This is the least what you could do for the society at present and you all should come forward and donate your plasma," he said.
Haryana will tighten its borders with Delhi, clamping down on travel to its satellite cities of Gurgaon and Faridabad, after a number of recent coronavirus cases were traced to the national capital, authorities said. At least two other borders - Sonipat and Jhajjar - were sealed earlier amid the COVID-19 outbreak."