The "maturity and seriousness" shown by the public during the lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus are unprecedented, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today, a day after millions of people across the country switched off non-essential lights and lit diyas (earthen lamps) and candles in their balconies and verandas following a call from PM Modi to show solidarity with the country's fight against coronavirus or COVID-19. Addressing BJP workers on video on the party's 40th foundation day, PM Modi said: "It is going to be a long haul, we do not have to tire, our resolve and mission are to emerge victorious in fight against this pandemic."
109 people have died of coronavirus in India, with 32 dying and 693 fresh cases in the last 24 hours alone, the highest so far. The latest figures from the Union Health Ministry take the takes the total number of COVID-19 cases in the country past the 4,000-mark, to 4,067 cases. On Sunday the PM Modi spoke to two former Presidents and Prime Ministers and all senior opposition leaders, including Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. The phone calls came roughly two weeks after he ordered a three-week "total lockdown" to control the spread of the virus - a lockdown criticised by the opposition who had not been consulted on the matter. Sources said the calls were part of an outreach on the lifting of the lockdown.
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Here are the LIVE updates on the coronavirus (COVID-19) India outbreak:
West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra on Monday wrote to the Centre, seeking immediate release of funds to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, which, he said, has dealt a blow to the state's exchequer and hit hard the unorganised sector workers.
In a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Mr Mitra expressed disappointment over the fact that the centre has sanctioned only Rs 417 crore for April, despite requests for an advance release of revenue deficit grants provided by the 15th Finance Commission.
"We urged you to release the full amount of the grant during the months of April, May and June, 2020."
"Incase of West Bengal, which would have amounted to Rs 5,013 crores in three instalments of Rs 1,671 crores each. But we are dismayed that the centre has released only an amount of Rs 417 crores for the month of April, without taking into cognisance the COVID-19 crisis. This is disappointing, if not shocking, at this critical hour," Mr Mitra wrote, news agency PTI reported.
A 44-year-old woman who has a foreign travel history tested positive for coronavirus in Agartala today, making it the first case in Tripura, officials said.
The woman, who is from Udaipur town in Gomati district, about 60 km from here, is currently undergoing treatment at the Agartala Government Medical College and GB Pant Hospital, they said.
The woman was admitted to a private hospital a few days back with cough, fever and breathing difficulty, officials said, adding that later she was shifted to the government facility.
She has a foreign travel history, they said without divulging further details.
Her swab sample was collected around 11 am and the test report came in as positive, officials said.
Chief Minister Biplab Deb urged people not to panic and said the government is taking proper care of the patient, news agency PTI reported.
The Odisha government today said the state has not yet entered the community transmission stage of COVID-19 outbreak, even as 27 of the 39 positive cases were reported from just two localities of the state capital.
As per a report of the Indian Institute of Public Health, Odisha has not yet entered the stage 3 of COVID-19 transmission, which is community transmission, Subroto Bagchi, the state government's spokesperson on COVID-19, said, news agency PTI reported.
Twelve new positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Karnataka, taking the total number of affected in the state to 163, the Health department said today.
The active cases stood at 139 and of them three - two on ventilator support and one on oxygen - were in intensive care units (ICUs) while the others, including a pregnant woman, stable in isolation wards of designated hospitals, it said.
"As of 5:00 PM of 6th April 2020, cumulatively 163 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, it includes 4 deaths and 20 discharges," a bulletin said.
Out of total 163 cases detected and confirmed in thestate so far, nine were transit passengers of Kerala who landed in airports in Karnataka.
Among the 12 new cases, one from Bengaluru rural had attended Tablighi-Jamaat congregation at Delhi from March 13-18, seven are from Mysuru, and two from Bagalkote - wife and brother of a 75-year old man who died on April 3.
Others include a woman, a resident of Kerala, with a history of travel to Germany and contact of patients already tested positive; and a man from Bengaluru, who is son of two patients already tested positive.
Contact tracing has been initiated for all the cases, the health department said, news agency PTI reported.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and King of Bahrain Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa today discussed the coronavirus crisis and its consequences on logistics chains and financial markets.
During their telephonic conversation, the king assured the Prime Minister of his personal attention to the welfare of the large Indian community in Bahrain, an official statement said.
"The two leaders discussed the ongoing COVID-19 health crisis and its consequences, including on logistics chains and financial markets," it said.
PM Modi expressed his appreciation for the care and affection that the Bahrain authorities have always extended to the Indian diaspora.
The leaders agreed that their officials would remain in regular touch and ensure all possible support to each other for dealing with the challenges of COVID-19, news agency PTI reported.
With 37 more cases of coronavirus recorded in Pune city and its surrounding areas, the count of COVID-19 patients has gone up to 141 in the district, an official said today.
With a surge in positive cases, the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) has decided to seal areas reporting a large number of infections and turn them into containment zones.
With 37 more cases of coronavirus reported from different parts of Pune district, the tally has shot up to 141, the official said, news agency PTI reported.
No fresh coronavirus case was reported across Noida and Greater Noida for a second day in a row, with the administration now planning a door-to-door COVID-19 awareness and information gathering campaign, officials said today.
Gautam Buddh Nagar, adjoining Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh, has so far recorded 58 positive cases of coronavirus, the highest for any district in the state, while eight patients have been cured and discharged from hospitals, officials said.
"A total 1,030 samples have been sent for COVID-19 test from Gautam Buddh Nagar so far, of which 58 have tested positive, 678 negative and results for 300 was awaited," the Health Department here stated in its daily statement, news agency PTI reported.
The 23-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur last month, becoming the first patient in the Northeast, has recovered, officials said today.
The woman who had a travel history to the UK tested positive on March 23 and was admitted to the isolation ward a hospital, State Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh said the final test report came in as negative and she is completely free from the deadly coronavirus.
"Its a huge achievement for the whole medical department in general and the doctors and staff of the in particular," the minister said.
She first tested negative on April 4 and the confirmatory test report also came in as negative, the hospital director Th Bhimo said, adding that she has fully recovered, news agency PTI reported.
A total of 100 first information reports have been registered by the Maharashtra Police against the people who have allegedly spread fake and unverified news on Twitter relating to COVID-19, Home Minister Anil Deshmukh said today.
"A total of 1,410 arrests have been made for defying the lockdown in Maharashtra. 7,570 vehicles have been seized and a total fine of Rs 65,43,624 has been levied," added Mr Deshmukh.
The state Home Minister further also gave the figures of the people, who have been quarantined in the state.
"49,708 people have been quarantined till now. 4,47,050 migrant labourers have been given shelter in 4,532 camps across the state," Mr Deshmukh said, news agency ANI reported.
Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao today appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the 21-day national lockdown to check COVID-19 beyond April 14, saying it was essential to save the
lives of people.
The Telangana Rashtra Samithi chief said it would be difficult to contain the spread of coronavirus in view of the country's "poor health infrastructure".
"I am for the lockdown of the country furthermore after April 15. Because, we can recover from the economic problem. But, we cannot recover lives. We cannot recover the lives of the people," he told reporters in Chennai.
The country's only weapon against the coronavirus was lockdown, he said, news agency PTI reported.
One more COVID-19 death was reported in Tamil Nadu today while 50 people tested positive for coronavirus, including 48 returnees of the Delhi Tablighi Jamaat meet, taking the total number of cases to 621, a senior official said.
A 57-year-old woman who was admitted to a hospital on Sunday night in Chennai due to Severe Acute Respiratory Infection died this morning and she tested positive for COVID-19, Health Secretary Beela Rajesh said.
The total number of deaths due to COVID-19 in the state has now increased to six, news agency PTI reported.
Delhi BJP president Manoj Tiwari has launched a campaign to reach out to people from different walks of life and collect a substantial donation for the PM-CARES Fund to fight the coronavirus outbreak.
A public charitable trust - Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations (PM CARES) Fund- has been set up by the government where people are donating money to help in the fight against the coronavirus outbreak.
Mr Tiwari said he has collected over Rs 1.14 crore for PM-CARES Fund through his campaign that will continue till the end of the lockdown, news agency PTI reported.
A 35-year-old coronavirus survivor in Punjab today asked people to be cautious, not afraid of the coronavirus disease.
Fateh Singh, who was under treatment at the civil hospital in Punjab, tested negative twice on April 4 and 5. He will soon be discharged from the hospital, officials said.
He and his family members were admitted to the hospital on March 19, they said.
Mr Singh's 70-year-old father had died recently due to coronavirus.
"If anyone contracts coronavirus, one should get treatment for that and should not be scared of it. This can be treated. Have courage and keep yourself internally strong. And there is no need to worry," Mr Singh said in a video message, which was released by state authorities, news agency PTI reported.
On the eve of Mahaveera Jayanti, Jain Temple trusts today donated Rs 51 lakh to Karnataka CM Relief Fund.
The amount was handed over to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa.
"Jain Temple trusts handover Rs 51 lakh to CM Relief Fund CM Shri @BSYBJP extended his greetings and best wishes on the occasion of Bhagwan Mahavir Jayanthi and interacted with prominent members of the Jain community in Bengaluru who had called on him at his residence," read a tweet on the Chief Minister's official Twitter handle.
A following tweet said: "Responding to Chief Minister's appeal, Bengaluru Jain Temple Trusts donated Rs 51 lakh to CM Relief Fund - COVID19. Jain community members present included BJP MLC Lahar Singh Siroya, Prakash Rathod, Prakash Pirgal, Bhawarlal Kataria and Deepak Shah."
The total number of positive cases in Karnataka climbed to 163 after 12 more cases were reported today, news agency ANI reported.
People should follow the rules imposed during the lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus, said senior BJP leader Kailash Vijayvargiya on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti.
"I appeal to people to follow the norms of the lockdown as it has been imposed to prevent the spread of coronavirus," Vijayvargiya told ANI.
"Those who did not light diyas or candles yesterday caused the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in Indore," he claimed, news agency ANI reported.
In Maharashtra, no one should be under the impression that complete lockdown will be lifted after April 15, said state Health Minister Rajesh Tope.
"The situation between April 10 to 15 will be closely analysed before taking a decision on the lockdown," he told reporters.
Thirty seven new coronavirus cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh today, taking the total to 303 in the state, officials said.
The Nepal government today extended the ongoing nationwide lockdown by another eight days till April 15 to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country.
Nepal has so far recorded nine COVID-19 cases, out of which one person has recovered.
The decision to extend the lockdown was taken at a cabinet meeting as the country entered into the second phase of the coronavirus outbreak with the first case of locally transmitted person confirmed on Friday in Western Nepal.
This is the second time that the government has extended the lockdown.
The government had initially announced a week-long nationwide shutdown on March 24. On March 29, it was extended till April 7, reported news agency PTI.
The total number of positive cases of coronavirus in the state till now is 61, said West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today.
At a press conference here, Ms Banerjee said, "Till 12 pm today, the total number of positive cases of COVID-19 are 61. Out of them 55 cases have come from seven families."
"Three people have died so far in the state due to COVID-19 and 13 have been discharged till now. In Kalimpong out of 10 people, four have tested negative which is a good sign," she said, news agency ANI reported.
With 120 fresh cases, the COVID-19 tally in Maharashtra today mounted to 868, a health official said.
"Out of the 120 people, 68 have tested positive from Mumbai city alone and 41 from Pune," he said.
"The remaining cases includes two each from Vasai-Virar area, Satara and Ahmednagar, three from Aurangabad and one each from Jalna and Nashik," he added, news agency PTI reported.
I congratulate PM @narendramodi ji, as cabinet approves the Ordinance for reducing allowances and pension of all MPs by 30% for a year.- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) April 6, 2020
The Parliament of the world's largest democracy stands together in these challenging times. I thank all the parties and MPs for their support.
हर स्तर पर एक बाद एक प्रोएक्टिव होकर भारत ने कई फैसले लिए। राज्य सरकारों के सहयोग से इन फैसलों को गति भी मिली।- BJP (@BJP4India) April 6, 2020
भारत ने जिस तेजी और समग्रता से काम किया है। उसकी प्रसंशा सिर्फ भारत ने ही नहीं, विश्व स्वास्थ्य संगठन ने भी की है: पीएम मोदी #BJPat40pic.twitter.com/dnehaLQUQ7
We mark our Party's 40th Anniversary when India is battling COVID-19. I appeal to BJP Karyakartas to follow the set of guidelines from our Party President @JPNadda Ji, help those in need and reaffirm the importance of social distancing. Let's make India COVID-19 free. #BJPat40pic.twitter.com/8RrvuLKzWm- Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 6, 2020