In a big jump in the number of Coronavirus cases in the country, as many as 2,411 people were diagnosed with the highly contagious virus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of patients to 2,411. The total number of fatalities have gone up to 1,223, while 10,018 patients have been cured.
The first ''Shramik Special'' train carrying 1,187 stranded migrant labourers from Rajasthan's Jaipur reached Bihar's Patna on Saturday afternoon. The 24-coach train departed at 10 pm on Friday from Jaipur and reached the Danapur railway station around 2 pm, railway official Rajesh Kumar told PTI.
Meanwhile, all 11 districts in the national capital will remain in red zone till May 17, Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Saturday. Till Friday, the national capital had recorded 3,738 cases of coronavirus and 61 fatalities. On Friday, 223 new cases were reported. Forty four new cases were also reported from Delhi's Kapashera after the residents in a building tested positive for coronavirus today. The residents are believed to have contracted the virus from a COVID-19 patient who tested positive on April 18.
In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, seven daily-wage labourers who recently returned from Maharashtra have tested positive for the highly infectious COVID-19. The labourers in eastern UP's Basti district, about 260 km from state capital Lucknow, were quarantined at a college after their return earlier this week; they have now been shifted to a local hospital.
Over 2,000 people tested positive for coronavirus in India in 24 hours, taking the total number of cases past the 37,000-mark, government data showed. 2,293 people have contracted the virus, the biggest jump in the country since the virus was first reported in January. The Health Ministry data showed that 1,218 people have died due to the virus.
The nationwide coronavirus lockdown will be extended by two more weeks after May 3, the government said today, noting significant gains from the six-week shutdown in India's fight to slow the spread of COVID-19.
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The national capital saw the biggest spike in coronavirus cases on Saturday with 384 new cases, taking the total to 4,122. Three deaths were reported on Saturday and 89 recovered the same day. The total number of patients who have recovered is 1,256 in Delhi, while 64 have died so far." itemprop="description
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has categorised 6 districts of Tripura as green zones & 2 districts as orange zones. As per the MHA order, there is no restriction on the functioning of government offices in green & orange zones: Manoj Kumar, State Chief Secretary pic.twitter.com/CxRwEAHdZP- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
Karnataka Govt allows movement of migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students&other persons who are stranded&also those who want to go to their residence as a 'one-time measure' from district to district, after obtaining 'one-day, one way' passes issued by concerned authorities pic.twitter.com/iByT1h9CJl- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
The Delhi government has started the process of allowing standalone liquor shops to reopen in the national capital, a coronavirus "red zone", from May 4 after the centre extended the lockdown by two more weeks.
The Home Ministry has said that except in containment areas, standalone liquor shops can open in all zones, including "green", where there are no coronavirus cases, and medium-risk "orange" areas. Read More Here
Seventeen Border Security Force (BSF) personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus in Delhi and Tripura. They are part of the 126th and 178th battalion, sources said.
Seven of these personnel were deployed along with the police in Delhi's Chandani Mahal, one of the coronavirus epicentres in the national capital. They were admitted to a hospital in neighbouring Noida.
Five BSF personnel have reportedly contracted the virus from a BSF hospital in Delhi's RK Puram. A kidney ailment patient at the hospital had tested coronavirus positive last month. Read More
A migrant labour, part of a group of seven workers cycling over 1,200 kilometres between Delhi and Bihar's Khagaria, died in UP's Shahjahanpur district on Friday morning.
The workers had reached Shahjahanpur on Thursday evening and spent a night there.
The worker, identified as Dharamveer, collapsed next morning and was rushed to a hospital in the district. Read More
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi today criticised the government over the coronavirus tracking app Aarogya Setu. The app that was meant for voluntary use when it was launched in early April has been made a must for all private and government employees. If a private firm employee is found without the app on their phone, the head of the company will be held responsible, the centre has said.
"The Arogya Setu app, is a sophisticated surveillance system, outsourced to a pvt operator, with no institutional oversight - raising serious data security & privacy concerns. Technology can help keep us safe; but fear must not be leveraged to track citizens without their consent," Rahul Gandhi tweeted today. Read More Here
The United Arab Emirates on Saturday sent a plane carrying seven metric tonnes of medical supplies to India.
"The UAE is committed to extending critical support to nations seeking to bolster their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. UAE assistance to India comes in recognition of the profound and brotherly ties our two countries have shared throughout the years," said Dr Ahmed Abdul Rahman Albanna, UAE Ambassador to India.
The Indian Railways on Saturday said that the ''Shramik special trains'' will be run as per the demand of state administration amid the nationwide lockdown in the wake of COVID-19.
"We have taken a policy decision to run ''Shramik special trains''. Zonal railways to run these trains as per the demand of state administrations. Local DMs and DRMs are coordinating. Specific details can be obtained from the zonal CPROs," an Indian Railways official said.
The India Navy had 38 COVID-19 positive cases in Mumbai of which 12 have recovered and have been discharged from hospital, a top Navy official said in Mumbai on Saturday, giving details of the pandemic outbreak at Indian Naval base INS Angre late last month.
"At INS Angre in Mumbai, we've had a total of 38 COVID19 positive cases. Of these, 12 have already been discharged from hospital while 26 are undergoing treatment. There have been no positive case on any of our warships and submarines," Indian Navy Vice Chief Vice Admiral G Ashok Kumar told ANI in an interaction.
In a big jump in the number of Coronavirus cases in the country, as many as 2,411 people were diagnosed with highly contagious virus in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of patients to 2,411.
The total number of fatalities have gone up to 1,223, while 10,018 patients have been cured.
The number of COVID-positive personnel in a Delhi-based battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), the country's largest paramilitary force, has risen to 135, officials said on Saturday.
The men belong to the 31st battalion of the paramilitary, based in Mayur Vihar Phase-III area of the national capital, that has been entirely sealed after the huge numbers of the COVID-19 infection started building up over the last few days.
The Maharashtra government said on Saturday that concerned deputy commissioner of police (DCP) will have the power to allow inter-state or inter-district journey, news agency PTI has reported.
However, the movement of people will not be allowed between the areas under Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority and Pune Metropolitan Region Development Authority and other parts of the state during lockdown, it said.
"However, permission has been granted (particularly to migrant workers) to travel outside Maharashtra from these two authority regions," an official statement said.
The liquor shops in Himachal Pradesh will be allowed to open from May 4, the day the third phase of the coronavirus lockdown begins, news agency PTI has reported.
Himachal Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Bhardwaj told reporters that the decision was taken during a state cabinet meeting on Saturday.
Giving some relaxations, the Union government had on Friday extended the lockdown by two weeks till May 17. The second phase of the nationwide lockdown will end on Sunday.
SpiceJet on Saturday said it operated its maiden freighter flight to Bahrain carrying around 17 tonnes of critical medical supplies.
In a press release, the SpiceJet said its B737 aircraft departed from Mumbai to Bahrain on late Friday night.
India has been under a lockdown since March 25 to curb the spread of coronavirus that has infected over 37,000 people and killed more than 1,200 people in the country so far.
The first ''Shramik Special'' train carrying 1,187 stranded migrant labourers reached Bihar's Patna from Rajasthan's jaipur on Saturday afternoon.
The 24-coach train departed at 10 pm on Friday from Jaipur and reached the Danapur railway station around 2 pm, railway official Rajesh Kumar told PTI.
The Delhi High Court on Saturday has restricted functioning of courts in the city till May 17, news agency PTI has reported.
High Court's administrative and general supervision committee, headed by Chief Justice D N Patel, decided that the restriction would be in place till May 17 and only urgent matters would continue to be heard via video-conferencing.
The administrative order said the progress of hearing urgent matters in the high court has been tremendous and all the courts in Delhi, including the high court, have already dealt with more than 11,427 urgent matters after the announcement of the lockdown.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said on Saturday said that coronavirus lockdown is like an exam that people have to pass.
He also said that the announcement of extension of coronavirus-induced lockdown by two more weeks from May 4, with attendant relaxations driven by economic concerns, "marks a landmark" in the nation's collective fight against COVID-19.
"In my view, this decision puts the onus of taking forward the fight against the virus more in the hands of stakeholders, including the people, state governments and concerned agencies, commercial and industrial establishments," he said in a Facebook post.
A policeman in Punjab was dragged on the bonnet of a car for several minutes this morning after a team of cops tried to stop the driver -a 20-year-old man - at a checkpost in Jalandhar amid a nationwide lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus."
Forty four people residing in a building near Delhi's Kapashera have tested positive for coronavirus today, officials said. The residents had undergone tests nearly 10 days ago, they added.
The residents are believed to have contracted the virus from a COVID-19 patient who tested positive on April 18. (Read full story here)
#WATCH Worldwide this app is being preferred. It curbs false information and you also know if there is a #COVID19 positive person in your vicinity. The app will continue for next 1-2 years: Union Min Prakash Javadekar on Asaduddin Owaisi raising privacy issue on Aarogya Setu app pic.twitter.com/d2bNJmGeEx- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
Who else can understand the importance of keeping our motherland safe than our Armed forces.- Amit Shah (@AmitShah) May 2, 2020
Kudos to the CDS and our Armed forces for their decision to thank the Corona Warriors, who are working relentlessly to keep our nation safe against the menace of COVID-19.
Thiruvananthapuram: Police draw circles outside the railway station to maintain social distancing, ahead of the arrival of around 1200 migrant labourers who are scheduled to board a 'Shramik special train' from here for Hatia in Jharkhand today. #Keralapic.twitter.com/8jPsk2pRe6- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
Haryana: Police personnel check vehicles at Delhi-Gurugram border, amid #CoronaLockdown. Individual inter-state and inter-district movement have been curtailed in Gurugram, including media persons, police and doctors, in a bid to contain coronavirus cases. pic.twitter.com/niYhKc1Ahx- ANI (@ANI) May 2, 2020
Hundreds of students studying in Rajasthan's Kota returned to Siliguri on Friday via buses. A total of 2300 students arrived in Asansol, Kolkata and Siliguri in West Bengal via 84 buses .
The students were stranded in Kota amid the lockdown and the guardians had appealed to the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to take steps to bring back those students.
The death toll due to COVID-19 in Bihar rose to three with one more fatality on Friday while 41 more people tested positive for the disease, taking the total number of cases to 466, officials said.
The 54-year-old patient, who was admitted to the NMCH hospital here on April 27, died due to cardiac arrest, Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Kumar said.
He said the patient had a serious case of terminal oropharyngeal malignancy (cancer of mouth and throat) and he apparently contracted the infection in Mumbai, where he was working.
The resident of Banjaria in East Champaran had returned from the western metropolis on April 20 along with two other residents of the village. All of them tested positive for coronavirus on April 26.
Forty-one fresh cases were reported in a day in Katihar, Buxar, Rohtas, Madhubani, Kaimur and Bhojpur.
The state had reported its first couple of coronavirus cases on March 22 and the number rose at a moderate speed, taking four weeks to cross the three-digit-mark on April 19. However, it has been a steep rise since then.
East Champaran, Vaishali and Munger have accounted for one death
each. Out of the total 466 patients, 98 have been cured.
The Assam Police said on Friday that it has arrested 3,673 people across the state in the last 38 days for violating the lockdown order imposed to contain the COVID-19 outbreak and collected over Rs 1.62 crore as fine.
In its daily report on the lockdown, the police said 1,690 cases have been registered for 2,532 incidents since the beginning of the restrictions.
"A total of 3,673 people have been arrested for these cases and a collective fine of over Rs 1.62 core was collected from them for violating the lockdown norms," the statement said.
The West Bengal Health Department on Friday issued directives to private hospitals and
Four zones have been removed from the COVID-19 containment zones list in Delhi taking the total number of containment zones in the national capital at 97.
The four zones that have been removed are from the list are--Mansara Apartments, Vasundhara Enclave in the East District which was contained on March 31; E-Block (E-284 to E-294) East of Kailash in the South-East District, contained on April 12; Vardhaman Apartments, Mayur Vihar, Phase 1, Extension in East district, contained on April 2 and Mayurdhwaj Apartments, I P Extension, Patparganj, contained on April 3 in the East district.
In an order issued on Thursday, Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Delhi Government had stated that screening of all residents living in containment zones will be carried out at least three times within 14 days of the issuance of the notification of the containment zone and COVID-19 tests to be done as per the protocol.
The Delhi Government has directed that the first screening of all residents within the containment zones, if not completed, should be concluded within three days of issue of this order.
The experimental drug remdesivir has been authorized by US regulators for emergency use against COVID-19, President Donald Trump announced Friday.
The Union Health Ministry on Friday issued additional guidelines on rational use of personal protective equipment (PPE) used by healthcare personnel working in non-COVID hospitals.
The ministry guides on the type of personal protective equipment to be used in mild, moderate, low and high-risk areas.
Personal protective equipment (PPE) is a combination of protective gears designed to safeguard the health of workers by minimising the exposure to a biological agent. Components of PPE are goggles, face-shield, mask, gloves, coverall/gowns (with or without aprons), head cover and shoe cover.
Help desk/ registration counter, doctors'' chamber used for clinical management of patients and pharmacy counters among others have been marked in the mild-risk category and the ministry has recommended the use of triple layer medical mask and latex examination gloves, besides following social distancing guidelines and frequent use of hand sanitiser over gloves.
Chambers of dental/ENT doctors/ophthalmology doctors and pre- anesthetic check-up clinics have been categorised as moderate-risk areas where the usage of N-95 mask, goggles, latex examination gloves has been advised.
Odisha government has said that those who return to the state will have to go for mandatory 14 days quarantine.
"The returnees shall undergo a mandatory period of quarantine for 14 days or duration as decided by Health authorities. For urban areas, home quarantine is the preferred option. Wherever the home quarantine is not feasible, the returnee will be quarantined in an institutional quarantine facility arranged by the Urban Local Body," said a press release from the Information and Public Relations Department of state government.
It said the returnee may also opt for paid quarantine in a hotel/lodge identified for the purpose by the Quarantine Authority.
"The expenditure for such paid quarantine shall be borne by the returnee. The Quarantine Authority for the rural areas with the assistance of local health authorities will asses the health status of the returnee and direct institutional quarantine. However, in cases of pregnant and lactating women, children, students, professionals, persons of LGBT Community and physically and mentally challenged, preference will be given to home quarantine," the release said.
The government has worked out the detailed operational plan for the return of Odias stranded in other states due to lockdown for the fight against COVID-19.
With 326 new cases reported since previous night, the total number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat reached 4,721 on Friday, a senior official said.
During the same period, 22 patients succumbed to the infection, taking the death toll due to coronavirus to 236 in the state, said Principal Secretary, Health, Jayanti Ravi.
Sixteen patients died at various hospitals in Ahmedabad, followed by Vadodara, where four persons died since Thursday night.
One person each from Panchmahal and Surat also died due to the infection in the past 24 hours, said Ms Ravi in her video message in the evening.
24 cases of coronavirus were detected in Karnataka on Friday, taking the State''s number of COVID-19 cases to 589.
"24 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Karnataka today, taking the total number of cases to 589," said the state health department.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has made the request to all migrant workers to stay back in the State to resume economic activities as per the Centre's directions.
"Karnataka government intends to resume economic activities soon and has held a meeting with the representatives of associations of commerce and industries in this regard. The government has appealed to the employers to protect the interest of their workers and pay salaries," said the Chief Minister's Office (CMO).
Former minister and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) leader Ayyanna Patrudu on Friday alleged that YSRC Party government has not been able to control coronavirus cases in the state and Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy was misleading people.
In a video message, Mr Patrudu alleged that the "situation is out of hands due to the ''useless activities" of the chief minister.
"YSRCP led Andhra Pradesh government is unable to control coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh. The situation is out of hands, now due to the useless activities of CM Reddy. YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is speaking out of ignorance on coronavirus and misleading public," said Mr Patrudu.
He alleged that MP Vijayasai Reddy was "blackmailing" the contractors and businessmen for money in the name of the corona fund.
115 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Pune district since Thursday night, taking the total number of cases to 1,815, a health official said on Friday.
With seven deaths of COVID-19 patients reported on Friday, the death toll has now reached 99 in the district.
"In Pune municipal limits, a total of 102 new cases of infection were reported, taking the city's total to 1,607.
"In Pimpri Chinchwad, with no new cases, number of COVID-19 cases stood at 113," the official added.
In rural Pune and Pune Cantonment area the number has gone up to 95 with 13 more cases, the official said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcomed the decision of the armed forces to plan a series of events to thank doctors, paramedics and policemen engaged in the country's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. (Read more here)
Maharashtra on Friday reported 1,008 new coronavirus cases, the highest single-day spike so far. The state's total crossed the 11,500-mark including 485 deaths; 26 in the last 24 hours."
The Trinamool Congress on Friday criticised the BJP-led central government for extending the lockdown by two weeks from May 4 without giving an account of the prevailing coronavirus situation and "failing" to chalk out a roadmap for revival of the economy reeling under the COVID-19 outbreak.
Kota: Around 1200 stranded students to leave from here on a special train to Ranchi, Jharkhand, today. SP Kota Gaurav Yadav says, "We are ensuring that social distancing guidelines are followed. Today, only one train will depart from here today". #Rajasthanpic.twitter.com/JRg72FWfKj- ANI (@ANI) May 1, 2020
India will remain under lockdown till May 18, the government announced today, tacking on a second extension to the full lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi originally on March 25.
The centre on Friday extended the nationwide coronavirus lockdown - which was scheduled to end on May 4 - by two weeks. In a press statement, the Ministry of Home Affairs said the lockdown led to "significant gains in the COVID-19 situation in the country". It issued a fresh set of guidelines to regulate the lockdown, and said it has permitted considerable relaxations in the districts falling in the low-risk Green and Orange zones.
Aarogya Setu, the contact-tracing app the government has been pushing in its fight against coronavirus, may be made mandatory for all citizens amid concerns expressed by experts about privacy and surveillance. In discussions to renew its push for more and more users, the government is debating whether it can make the app a must."
Eye in the Sky is Watching- DCP South Delhi (@DCPSouthDelhi) May 1, 2020
Social Distancing being ensured in Mandis through Drone Cameras with Remote Surveillance and Live Announcement System
Here we see Mehrauli Mandi being monitored#DelhiPoliceFightsCOVID@CPDelhi@LtGovDelhi@DelhiPolicepic.twitter.com/z5AdneHQQw
The number of coronavirus "red zones", across India have fallen by 23 per cent in 15 days, the government has said, from 170 on April 15 to 130 on April 30"
Maruti Suzuki India on Friday reported zero monthly domestic sales for the first time ever in April, as the country remained under lockdown to contain the spread of the coronavirus."
मुरादाबाद:#CoronavirusLockdown के कारण टमाटर व्यापारियों को काफी नुकसान हो रहा है।टमाटर व्यापारी बादशाह ने बताया कि इस बार की स्थिति बहुत खराब है।मंडी में रोज़ माल लाते हैं लेकिन टमाटर की बिक्री नहीं होने की वजह से टमाटर सड़ रहे हैं जिससे हमारा2.50लाख रुपए का नुकसान हो रहा है। pic.twitter.com/qzWa9JpKJ9- ANI_HindiNews (@AHindinews) May 1, 2020
Extremely constructive, positive & fruitful interaction of @drharshvardhan with Civil Society Organisations/ NGOs on all issues relating to #Covid_19 Emphasis & focus was on stigmatisation, physical distancing, food for migrant labourers & collaborative partnerships. pic.twitter.com/88DWcqw8MQ- Amitabh Kant (@amitabhk87) April 30, 2020
17-year-old Rita expected her father to be back soon from Delhi's Safdarjung hospital where he was admitted on April 16 for high sugar levels and fever, but he died the next day and it was later found that he was coronavirus positive."
The Delhi Police has come up with an important and innovative method to spread awareness of COVID-19 among the citizens by installing coronavirus lookalike "scarecrows" with a message displayed on them reading--"stay home" at several places in Chandni Mahal area, amid the coronavirus lockdown.
Screening of all residents living in containment zones will be carried out at least three times within 14 days of the issuance of the notification of the containment zone and COVID-19 tests to be done as per the protocol, said Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA), Delhi Government.
The Delhi Government has directed that the first screening of all residents within the containment zone, if not completed, should be concluded within three days of issue of this order.
The order issued by Delhi Government on Thursday read that every person living in the containment zones should be made aware of "Aarogya Setu" application, developed by Ministry of AYUSH, GoI.
Database of senior citizens (above 60 years of age) and the persons having co-morbid conditions/underlying medical conditions may be properly maintained for close monitoring and surveillance of such persons.
After de-containment of Vardhaman Apartments in Mayur Vihar Phase I Extention and E block, East of Kailash, the total count of containment zones in Delhi now stands at 98.
Enforcing prohibitory orders strictly, the Maharashtra police have registered over 85,500 offences against lockdown violators across the state and arrested 16,962 people so far, an official said on Thursday.
While combating COVID-19 and enforcing lockdown since late March, police have registered offences under section 188 of IPC against 85,586 persons, who violated prohibitory orders, he said.
Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code is related to disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.
Also, 16,962 people were arrested for violation of lockdown-related norms, he said.
During the period, at least 161 police personnel, 21 of them officers, have tested coronavirus positive, he said.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to facilitate the return of migrant labourers stranded across different States, by trains while ensuring all safety protocols.
In the letter, Chowdhury wrote that the persons from his state of West Bengal are very much concentrated specifically in the southern states Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka, Western states like Gujarat, Maharashtra and other stranded, in Karnataka more than 80,000 people have been stranded as per a conservative estimate, let alone other states.
"In view of the magnitude of this supposed mass movement in so far as stranded persons are concerned, I think movements of trains will certainly be the best option which I have spelt out in my earlier communications to you. So, again I am pleading to facilitate the journey of those stranded persons by trains while taking all safety protocols," the letter further read.
The Jammu and Kashmir administration has announced a Rs 350-crore package to mitigate hardships of people, particularly labourers and the destitute, during the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
The administrative council, in its latest meeting under the chairmanship of Lieutenant Governor G C Murmu, has approved the relief package for various categories of people, Principal Secretary of Planning, Development and Monitoring and Information Rohit Kansal said.
"We are conscious of the fact that the lockdown has led to hardships to a number of people. The UT administration under the directions of the LG has been implementing a number of welfare measures for labourers, workers, the destitute, etc.," he said.
He gave a detailed breakup of relief being provided under different categories.
In Karnataka, Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner, Sharat B has directed the district's Health and Social Welfare Department to take over 48 hotels and lodges to convert them into quarantine facilities for primary contacts of COVID-19 patients.
This measure has been taken due to rising COVID-19 positive cases in the district.
Some of the hotels and lodges that have been taken over are Kaling Delux Lodge (16 rooms), City Park (20 rooms), Central Park (20 rooms), Mallige Lodge (14 rooms) among others.
As many as 30 new COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Karnataka from April 29, 5:00 pm to April 30, 5:00 pm, taking the total number of cases to 565, informed the State Health Department on Thursday.
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi requesting him to advise Railway Ministry to arrange special trains to move stranded migrants to their respective destinations.
"Estimates indicate that nearly one million workers will need transport to go back to their states. The only feasible option in the circumstances was to arrange special trains, which the Railways may run from point to point, keeping in view the number of persons to be transported to a given destination," Punjab CM wrote in the letter.
Noting that since many other states might also be facing a similar situation, the Chief Minister sought the Prime Minister''s intervention in the matter, urging him to advise the Ministry of Railways to make special arrangements to ensure that these migrant workers reachtheir destination safely.
Five more people, including two women, tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam on Thursday, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 42, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
Of the five fresh cases, one was reported from Karimganj and four were from Bongaigaon district, he said.
"The person from Karimganj is a secondary contact of a Nizamuddin Markaz attendee and was in institutional quarantine," Mr Sarma said.
In a first in the state, other new patients -- three from Bongaigaon town and one from Chaprakat -- were found to have no contact history. Their samples were sent for COVID-19 examination as they had fever.
Of the total cases reported in the state so far, 29 have recovered and one person has succumbed to the disease.
"Active hospital cases now stand at 12," Mr Sarma said.
Bongaigaon has emerged as the new ''red zone'' in the state with five cases in a week, including that of a 16-year- old girl who tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, Himanta Sarma told reporters.
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday claimed there was a "significant" decline in the number of coronavirus cases in the state.
So far, Madhya Pradesh has recorded 2,625 COVID-19 cases, including 137 deaths.
Only 2.4 per cent (out of total samples tested) have tested virus positive in the test reports of Thursday, he said.
Of it, 1.9 per cent were detected positive in Bhopal while 2.2 per cent in Indore, he said.
Besides, 4.4 per cent (of the total samples) tested positive in Jabalpur, he said.
This is a good indication. We will be able to defeat the virus soon, Mr Chouhan said.
The Chief Minister made the remarks while reviewing the work in progress to stem the pandemic spread with senior officials via video conferencing in Mantralaya (secretariat), an official statement said.
He said the situation in worst-hit Indore, too is drastically improving.
Two medical teams have been deployed at Delhi's Azadpur Mandi with immediate effect for medical check-up of any person with COVID-19 symptoms after coronavirus positive cases were detected at the wholesale market.
Earlier on Thursday, four more traders associated with Azadpur Sabzi Mandi were tested positive for COVID-19, an official said.
"They did not commute to and fro from the vegetable market. A total of 15 positive cases in the vegetable market have been reported so far," an Azadpur Mandi official stated.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain had earlier said that the Azadpur Mandi was being disinfected and other preventive measures were being taken.
The Ministry of Home Affairs of Thursday expressed satisfaction over the measures taken by Telangana to combat COVID-19, stating that the Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCTs) during their visit to Hyderabad observed that the State has an adequate number of testing kits along with other essential equipment.
Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) while addressing media at Delhi regarding the Central Team visit to Hyderabad said, "The IMCT, which visited Hyderabad, has found that the Telangana State has the adequate number of testing kits, PPE and other essential equipment."
The team visited Gandhi Hospital, the State''s nodal centre for COVID-19. Required protocols for discharge and treatment are being followed, she added.
US President Donald Trump on Thursday threatened new tariffs against Beijing as he claimed to have seen evidence linking the coronavirus to a lab in China's ground-zero city of Wuhan.
Five more COVID-19 patients recovered in Himachal Pradesh on Thursday, taking the total number of those cured in the state to 30, officials said.
One patient from Jawali subdivision in Kangra district, one from Sihunta tehsil in Chamba district and one from Una district have recovered from the disease on Thursday, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) R D Dhiman said.
Hamirpur Deputy Commissioner Harikesh Meena said two patients from Hamirpur district also recovered as they tested negative on late Thursday night.
With this, Kangra and Hamirpur districts have become coronavirus free.
Hamirpur District Magistrate Harikesh Meena on Thursday evening issued an order de-notifying all such areas that had been declared as containment zones following detection of two novel coronavirus positive cases on April 17.
The first two cases in the state surfaced in Kangra district on March 20. A total of five cases were reported from Kangra district. Four of them recovered whereas a 69-year-old man who had travelled from USA died of coronavirus on March 23.
Singapore on Thursday announced 528 new coronavirus cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 16,169, with a majority of them being foreigners.
Six coronavirus cases were Singapore citizens and permanent residents (foreigners).
Foreign workers living in dormitories continue to form the bulk of the cases, said the Health Ministry.
A 58-year-old woman also died on Thursday from complications due to COVID-19 infection, bringing the total number of such deaths in the country to 15, said the ministry.
She was confirmed to have the virus on March 26.
In the new infection cases, 31 are foreign workers who were living outside dormitories.
Twelve new clusters were declared, including one linked to the Institute of Mental Health.
Singapore Parliament will hear issues related to the COVID-19 outbreak on Monday.
The West Bengal government on Thursday said no approval is required by any hospital for testing an individual for COVID-19 as per the protocol of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)."
A total of 105 new cases of coronavirus were reported in the last 24 hours in Pune, taking the overall number to 1 00 in the district on Thursday, a health official said.
With death of six more COVID-19 patients during the same period, the toll has now reached 92 in the district, he said.
"In Pune municipal limits, a total of 92 new cases of infection were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the city total to 1505.
"In PCMC (Pimpri-Chinchwad), three more COVID-19 cases were reported, raising the tally to 113," he said.
In the rural Pune and Pune Cantonment area, the number has gone up to 82 with 10 more cases," said the official from the district health department.
Telangana Minister KT Rama Rao on Thursday conducted a review meeting with senior officials of IT and Industries Departments in Hyderabad to discuss the emerging situation in the post-coronavirus world.
"Every one of us should brace up for a post-COVID-19 world," said Minister KTR in his opening remark.
He said that both IT and Industries Department officials should review the impact of COVID-19 on each sector and come up with strategies to mitigate the negative impact.
Minister instructed the IT Department to focus more on the mobile governance initiatives which facilitate effective service delivery in these testing times.
Minister asked his officials to leverage technology and conduct more video conferences and webinars going forward.
He further said that Telangana should also look out for opportunities that will emerge in a post coronavirus world.
IT and Industries Principal Secretary Jayesh Ranjan, Director Electronic Service Delivery GT Venkateshwar Rao, TSIIC MD Venkat Narsimha Reddy, and other senior officials attended the review meeting.
Delhi Police on Thursday said that seven Kashmiri students who were stranded in the national capital''s Jia Sarai area have been sent to Jammu and Kashmir by a bus.
Earlier on Wednesday, giving a huge relief to people stuck in various states, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) had allowed movement of such people - including migrant labours, workers, students, tourists and others - and also provided the procedure for the same.
MHA has included a sub-clause regarding the movement of people who are stranded due to lockdown announced last month due to coronavirus outbreak.
"Due to lockdown, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists, students and other persons are stranded at different places. They would be allowed to move as under," the MHA had said while asking States to designate nodal authorities to facilitate the process.
Andhra Pradesh is likely to see more number of discharged cases in the next two to three days and there were no COVID-19 casualties in the State from the past three to four days, informed officials at a review meeting with Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Thursday.
Briefing the COIVD-19 situation in the State, the officials told the Chief Minister that so far, 94,558 coronavirus tests have been conducted averaging to 1,771 tests per million population. The country''s COVID-19 positive rate and the mortality rate are 4 per cent and 3.26 per cent respectively, whereas, for the State, it is 1.48 per cent and 2.21 per cent respectively. Apart from this, more than, 68,000 rapid tests have been conducted.
The number of coronavirus patients in the national capital crossing 3,500, the Delhi government today upped its surveillance measures in containment zones, declaring that instead of once, the screening of all people in these areas will be done thrice in 14 days. If screening in any containment zone has not been conducted yet, it will be done within the next three days, the government's order said."
The growth rate of coronavirus cases is down to nearly zero in the northeastern states and under 3 per cent per day in Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala and Haryana where cases are taking well over 20 days to double, data from the Union Health Ministry shows. (Read more here)