COVID-19 Cases India: Large numbers of new cases were also reported from Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
Coronavirus India Live Updates: The number of deaths from COVID-19 climbed to 113 in West Bengal on Sunday with 14 more people succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, a state government bulletin said. The state also reported 153 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest in a day so far.
Of the 14 deaths, Kolkata alone accounted for 10 while two each were from North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts. There have been 72 deaths due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental, the bulletin said.
Meanwhile, Indian Railways plans to restart passenger trains in a phased manner starting May 12, the national transporter said in statement on Sunday evening, with ticket bookings to be opened from 4 pm on Monday. Tickets will only be available through the IRCTC website, with ticket counters (including those for platform tickets) at all stations to remain closed.
Passenger services, suspended since the coronavirus lockdown that began March 25, will start with 15 "special" trains (total of 30 journeys) departing from Delhi and connecting cities in Assam, Bengal, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Jammu, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Tripura.
Only passengers with confirmed and valid tickets will be allowed to enter the station at Delhi, the Railways warned, adding that all passengers would also have to wear face masks, under screening at departure (only asymptomatic people can travel) and maintain social distancing at all times.
"These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi," the Railways' statement said.
Meanwhile, five pilots, an engineer and a technician of Air India have tested positive for coronavirus, sources in the airline have told NDTV. The pilots were detected after 77 pilots of the airline were tested for the virus yesterday on priority basis. None of the infected pilots have any symptoms and they have been advised home quarantine, the sources said. All of them are from Mumbai.
India reported 3,277 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours and 128 deaths linked to the illness that brings the total number of cases to 62,939, including 2,109 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said today. At least 50 per cent of these cases have been reported from five major cities - Delhi, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, and Chennai, Tamil Nadu's capital. The Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR, the nodal body for COVID-19 testing, has partnered with a biotech firm - the Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) - to develop a fully indigenous vaccine for the virus.
Earlier today, a Navy warship sent to Maldives to bring back stranded Indians arrived with 698 nationals. Nineteen pregnant women were also on board the ship that started the journey from the Maldivian capital Male on May 8.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in India Highlights:
4 Indore Municipal Corporation staff test COVID-19 positive
As many as four employees of Indore Municipal Corporation have been infected with coronavirus, said Dr Praveen Jadia, Chief Health and Medical officer.
"One officer and three employees of the Municipal Corporation have been reported to get infected with the coronavirus. Their contacts are being traced and their screening for COVID-19 will be done soon," said Dr Jadia while adding that all the three employees had been doing their duty daily amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Coronavirus: 33 new COVID-19 cases in Telangana on Sunday
A total of 33 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Telangana on Sunday, taking the total number of active cases to 415, the state health department said.
According to the official data, the state has recorded a total of 1,196 coronavirus cases with 30 deaths so far. 751 people have been cured and discharged from hospitals.
"Today 33 new confirmed positive cases have been reported in the state, with that the active COVID-19 cases have risen to 415. Till now, the total positive cases reported in the state are 1,196 of which 30 have died," state health department stated.
"751 people have been completely cured and discharged from the state-run hospitals," it added.
Assam Chief Minister dials prominent personalities
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday dialled several prominent personalities of the state and apprised them of the measures being taken to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic.
The state government is working wholeheartedly to create a robust infrastructure of healthcare facilities to reach out to the people who are falling prey to the deadly coronavirus, he told them.
The chief minister also inquired about their health and requested them to lead a life lifting their morale high so as to transfer enthusiasm and positivity among different sections of the people.
Mr Sonowal spoke to former vice principal of B Borooah College Jagadindra Roy Chowdhury, former head of Assamese Department of Pandu College Bhabani Prasad Upadhaya, former MP Arun Sharma, former ambassador to North Korea Binanda Kumar Gogoi, veteran businessman Krishna Kumar Goenka, sports organiser Manoj Mohanty, social activist Gauranga Roy, Dilip Basu and Swapnanil Madhukar, among others, an official statement said.
COVID-19: 3 dead in Odisha, 83 new cases
Odisha's Ganjam district on Sunday reported its first Covid-19 death after a man died of the disease, raising the fatalities in the state to three, a health department official said.
The total number of coronavirus cases in Odisha jumped to 377 with 83 more people testing positive for the disease in the biggest single-day spike, he said, adding all fresh cases, except one, were detected among those in different quarantine centres.
Madhya Pradesh's coronavirus positive cases grow to 3,614
The number of coronavirus positive cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 3,614 on Sunday after 157 more persons, 78 of them in Indore alone, were found infected, health officials said. The virus also claimed four more lives since Saturday night, which took the death toll in the state to 215, they added.
Two deaths were reported in Indore and one each from Bhopal and Dhar, the officials said.
The virus has so far impacted 39 of the total 52 districts in the state.
Pune COVID-19 cases climb by 125 to 2,857; 156 dead
COVID-19 cases in Pune district of Maharashtra mounted to 2,857 on Sunday with 125 more people testing positive for coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a Health official said.
The number of deaths mounted to 156 with eight people, including a 13-month-old girl, succumbing to the viral infection, he said, adding that the toddler was suffering from malnutrition. She is the youngest victim of the virus in Pune, he added.
A total of 194 patients were discharged from hospitals after recovery, which was the highest in a single day, the official said.
"Of the total 125 cases, 102 are in the Pune Municipal Corporation limits, which now has 2482 patients. The number of cases in Pimpri Chinchwad stands at 170 while in Cantonment and rural areas at 212," he added.
Coronavirus India: 1,278 new COVID-19 cases, 53 deaths in Maharashtra
Maharashtra reported of 1,278 new COVID-19 cases and 53 deaths on Sunday, the state health department said. The number of positive cases in the state rose to 22,171.
Maharashtra is the worst-affected state due to COVID-19.
According to the Union Health Ministry, India has recorded 62,939 cases so far including 19,358 cured cases and 2,109 deaths.
Global COVID-19 death toll exceeds 280,000
The global deaths from COVID-19 has surpassed 280,000, according to the database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
There are currently 280,507 fatalities worldwide. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy have the highest numbers of deaths among countries, 78,932, 31,930, and 30,560, respectively.
The total number of cases is currently over 4,067,112, while the number of recoveries is at 1,392,359.
16 fresh COVID-19 cases in Tripura; total tally rises to 152
Sixteen people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Tripura on Sunday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 152, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.
All the fresh cases were reported from the 86th battalion headquarters of the Border Security Force (BSF) in Ambassa in Dhalai district, which has been designated as a ''red zone'', he said.
Nashik's COVID-19 count reaches 671, number of deaths 28
The number of COVID-19 patients in Nashik district of Maharashtra rose to 671 on Sunday after the samples of eight people, who died earlier, and those of 37 others tested positive for the infection, health officials said.
The virus has so far claimed the lives of 28 people, they said. The district's virus hotspot continues to be Malegaon with 534 cases, they said.
"The eight deaths took place earlier, but their reports returned positive for coronavirus today. With this, the death toll from the infection in Nashik district is 28," said an official.
Cloronavirus Lockdown: Jamia sends stranded hostellers back to J-K in special bus
The Jamia Millia Islamia on Sunday sent its students from Jammu and Kashmir back to their native places in a special bus arranged by it.
Two university guards, who are former armymen, are also accompanying students in the bus, the varsity said. These students were stranded in hostels due to the nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the university said.
The bus was properly sanitised before leaving for Delhi Pharmaceutical Sciences and Research University for medical screening of students, guards and drivers for fever and other symptoms related to the coronavirus, it said.
The university is making arrangements for hostellers to send them back to their homes in their respective states, it said.
Coronavirus: Delhi Saket court employee tested positive for COVID-19
A Saket district court employee has tested positive for coronavirus infection, District Judge Neena Bansal Krishna said on Sunday.
According to a circular issued by the district judge, the wife of a junior judicial assistant of the court informed telephonically that her husband was found infected with coronavirus on Saturday evening.
The court staff had last visited the office on May 4 due to some official work and come in contact with a court's stenographer, the circular said. The stenographer has been asked to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days from May 4 to May 17 and take necessary precautions, it said.
Coronavirus India: BSF reports 18 new COVID-19 cases today, total count at 276
Eighteen new cases of COVID-19 were reported in the Border Security Force (BSF) on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the force to 276.
According to an official, out of the new cases, 16 have been detected in Tripura and two cases are from Delhi. "18 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Border Security Force (BSF) today- 16 from Tripura and 2 are from Delhi. The total number of active COVID-19 cases in the force stands at 276," said the official.
Coronavirus news: UK's Boris Johnson issues new virus advice ahead of lockdown plan
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson issued new stay-at-home advice on Sunday and warned he would proceed cautiously on lifting a nationwide coronavirus lockdown as the death count in Britain, already the highest in Europe, continues to mount.
In a televised address to the nation at 7:00 pm (1800 GMT), Johnson is expected to extend confinement orders imposed in late March, although garden centres are set to reopen, according to news agency AFP.
Coronavirus update: Global deaths from coronavirus pass 280,000
More than 280,000 people have now died from the new coronavirus, most of whom were in Europe and the United States, according to a tally by AFP from official sources.
In total, 280,011 deaths have been registered throughout the world, of which 156,095 were in Europe, the most-affected continent. The United States is the country that has recorded most deaths at 78,862. It is followed by Britain (31,855), Italy (30,560), Spain (26,621) and France (26,380).
Coronavirus update: 61 more COVID-19 cases detected in Punjab; total now 1,823
Sixty-one more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Punjab on Sunday, taking the number of confirmed cases in the state to 1,823, officials said here.
Of the fresh cases, 35 are in Rupnagar, eight each in Amritsar and Fatehgarh Sahib, seven in Mohali and one each in Amritsar, Kapurthala and Patiala, according to news agency PTI.
Coronavirus update: Railways plans to gradually restart passenger trains from May 12
Coronavirus news: All shops to be shut from Monday in 69 Pune containment zones
All shops, including ones dealing in essential items, have been told to down shutters from Monday in 69 containment zones in Pune municipal corporation limits as people were not observing social distancing and other lockdown norms in place for the novel coronavirus outbreak, said civic chief Shekhar Gaikwad.
He said the decision to shut all shops was taken after a review meeting, PTI reported.
Pune is among the worst hit urban areas in the country with the district having 2,732 cases as on Saturday. Of these, 2,380 are in Pune Municipal Corporation limits.
Coronavirus update: Mumbai Mayor visits coronavirus-hit Arthur Road Jail
Mumbai Mayor Kishori Pednekar on Sunday visited the Arthur Road Jail complex in central Mumbai, where 77 inmates and 26 staffers have been infected with the novel coronavirus, and the adjacent police quarters, a civic official said.
She interacted with personnel posted in the prison and asked officials of BMC's G-South ward to disinfect the area, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Pregnant woman, mother-son test positive in Jalna
A 22-year-old pregnant woman and two others tested positive for novel coronavirus in Jalna in Maharashtra, taking the district''s COVID-19 count to11, health officials said.
Coronavirus news: 218 COVID-19 cases, 135 discharged; recovery rate 61.92% in Noida
Two more people, including an octogenarian woman, have tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar, taking the number of cases in the district to 218, officials said.
On a brighter note, 14 more patients got discharged from a hospital after treatment for COVID-19, PTI reported. With this, the number of people cured of the disease in the district reaches 135 and that of active cases comes down to 81, the officials said.
Coronavirus update: COVID-19 patient dies in Patna, Bihar toll 6
A 60-year-old COVID-19 patient died at the Patna Medical College and Hospital, taking the total number of persons who died after being diagnosed with coronavirus infection to six, a top health official said.
The man was a resident of Belchi area in Barh in Patna district, Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Kumar said.
He was in quarantine after returning from Delhi, PTI reported.
Corona warriors honoured in Bengaluru
Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister Suresh Kumar on Sunday honoured the COVID-19 frontline warriors including sanitation workers, home guards, police and Asha workers for their service in Bengaluru.
The ceremony was held at Rajajinagar area where Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner Anil Kumar and Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao were also present, ANI reported.
Coronavirus update: Maintain utmost vigilance to keep Sikkim COVID-free, says Chief Secretary
Sikkim Chief Secretary SC Gupta called for maintaining utmost vigilance and ensuring compliance of all the guidelines to keep COVID-19 at bay in the state, PTI reported.
The tiny border state of Sikkim with a population of more than six lakhs is one of the few COVID-19-free states of the country.
Coronavirus news: 21 Indians from Uzbekistan brought to Delhi
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Sunday said 21 Indians from Uzbekistan have arrived in Delhi and the flight will be carrying back Uzbek nationals and Indian medicine assistance to Tashkent.
"21 Indians from Uzbekistan have just arrived in Delhi on board UZB 3561. The flight will be carrying back Uzbek nationals and Indian medicine assistance to Tashkent. Good work by Team @amb_tashkent under Ambassador @santjha #VandeBharatMission," Jaishankar said in a tweet.
The Indians have been brought back under the government's Vande Bharat Mission, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Byculla women's jail inmate tests positive for coronavirus
A 54-year-old inmate of Byculla women's jail has tested positive for coronavirus, a prison official said on Sunday.
She was referred to the government-run JJ Hospital a few days back after her oxygen saturation level fell below 90 per cent, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Over 1,000 people screened for COVID-19 before boarding train from Amritsar for Barauni
More than 1,180 people, mainly migrant labourers, were on Sunday screened for COVID-19 before they boarded a Shramik Special train at Amritsar Railway Station for Barauni in Bihar.
Last Sunday around 372 people from Kashmir who were stranded in Amritsar left for their native places by seven buses, ANI reported.
Coronavirus news: 3,100 migrants from north Mumbai leave on trains for UP, Bihar
Over 3,100 migrants from north Mumbai were given permission by police to board trains that left from the metropolis for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar on Sunday, officials said.
A total of 1,916 migrant labourers stranded in the coronavirus-induced lockdown were given permission by Saki Naka police station to travel on board a Shramik Special train for Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported.
Coronavirus news: Delhi Police receives 781 calls in 24 hours seeking help
The Delhi Police relieved 781 calls on its helpline number within a period of 24 hours till Sunday afternoon and 394 of these were regarding movement passes, officials said.
A total of 41,788 calls have been received by the city police so far on its 24x7 helpline number 011-23469526 for assistance in resolving issues being faced by the people due to the lockdown, they said.
Police received 781 calls from 2 pm on Saturday till 2 pm on Sunday, PTI reported.
Test people cooking food at community kitchens daily: UP Chief Minister to officials
People involved in the preparation of food in community kitchens in the state should be tested on a daily basis, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked officials on Sunday.
Chairing a meeting of senior UP officials, Yogi Adityanath said the community kitchens must be regularly sanitised, PTI reported.
"People cooking food in various community kitchens should be medically tested on a daily basis. Cleanliness must be ensured at these community kitchens. These should be regularly sanitised. It should also be ensured that the community kitchens prepare adequate food for the needy," the CM said.
Coronavirus: 1,916 labourers allowed to board train from Mumbai to UP
A total of 1,916 migrant labourers stranded in the coronavirus-induced lockdown were given permission by Saki Naka police station to travel on board a Shramik Special train that left Mumbai for Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said on Sunday.
Zone X Deputy Commissioner of Police Ankit Goel said multiple buses were used to get these labourers to Central Railway's Lokmanya Tila Terminus in Kurla area of the metropolis, PTI reported.
Coronavirus India Lockdown news: Rajinikanth's Sharp Attack On Tamil Nadu Government Over Liquor Sale
Superstar Rajinikanth this morning launched a scathing attack on the AIADMK government in Tamil Nadu, a day after the state moved the Supreme Court seeking an urgent stay on Madras High Court's order to shut liquor stores amid coronavirus lockdown and concerns over social distancing, allowing only online sale.
"If the state reopens the liquor shops at this time, it must forget the dream of coming to power again," the 69-year-old actor tweeted this morning, joining many others like actor-politician Kamal Haasan and DMK chief MK Stalin who have voiced opposition against the government's decision to re-open the liquor stores. (Read full story here
JUST IN: PM Modi to meet Chief Ministers tomorrow at 3 pm amid coronavirus lockdown
Coronavirus India Lockdown news: 1,900 people from Bihar to return home from Varanasi
The Uttar Pradesh government has sent around 1,900 people back to their native state Bihar by buses during the nationwide lockdown, news agency ANI reported.
"We have made provisions for returning, migrant workers, tourists and pilgrims belonging to other states who are stuck here in Varanasi. We have already sent people back to Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh. Today, the arrangement is for people from Bihar," District Magistrate (DM) Kaushal Raj Sharma, who supervised the process of return, told ANI.
Those being sent include students, migrant workers and pilgrims.
Coronavirus news: 5 Air India Pilots, 2 Staff Members Test Positive For Virus: Sources
Five pilots, an engineer and a technician of Air India have tested positive for coronavirus, sources in the airline have told NDTV. The pilots were detected after 77 pilots of the airline were tested for the virus yesterday on priority basis. None of the infected pilots have any symptoms and they have been advised home quarantine, the sources said. All of them are from Mumbai.
All five affected pilots have been operating Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The last time any of them operated a flight was on April 20.
The national carrier has been operating through the lockdown period, initially rescuing Indians stranded in COVID-19 nations, including Italy and Iran. (Read full story here
75% Of COVID-19 Cases In Delhi Asymptomatic, Says Arvind Kejriwal
- In Delhi, 75 per cent COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic or with mild symptoms
- Order issued for requisition of private ambulances
- Have made arrangements for treatment of those at their homes with mild COVID-19 symptoms
A woman undergoes screening at Malur in Karnataka before boarding for train to Bankura in West Bengal.
Coronavirus India Lockdown news: Government should allow private vehicles to ferry migrants: Sanjay Raut
Senior Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Sunday said the Maharashtra government should give permission to private vehicles for ferrying migrant labourers to their native places during the lockdown,news agency PTI reported.
Raising concern over migrant workers setting off for their hometowns on foot, Raut said they were falling sick and some have also died.
"Safe Now": Indians On Navy Warship That Reached Kochi From Maldives
INS Jalashwa, the Navy warship sent to Maldives to bring back stranded Indians, arrived in India this morning. With the completion of the voyage, the Navy has successfully brought back a total of 698 Indian nationals who were stranded in the scenic island nation due to the COVID-19-linked travel restrictions.
Nineteen pregnant women were reportedly on board the ship that started the journey from the Maldivian capital Male on May 8. The ship reached Kerala's Kochi at 9:45 am. (Read full storyhere)
Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel writes to Union Minister Pralhad Joshi demanding additional levy amount of Rs 4140.21 crore on coal from the centre. (ANI)
Coronavirus cases: Cases In India Inch Closer To 63,000-Mark, 2,109 Deaths
India reported 3,277 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours and 128 deaths linked to the illness that brings the total number of cases to 62,939, including 2,109 deaths, the Union Health Ministry said today.
At least 50 per cent of these cases have been reported from five major cities - Delhi, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, Ahmedabad in Gujarat, and Chennai, Tamil Nadu's capital. The Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR, the nodal body for COVID-19 testing, has partnered with a biotech firm - the Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) - to develop a fully indigenous vaccine for the virus. (Read full story here
Coronavirus news: Aarogya Setu App Alerted About 300 "Emerging Hotspots": Niti Aayog CEO
Aarogya Setu, the government's mobile application developed to track COVID-19 patients, has emerged as a powerful tool to curb the spread of COVID-19 as it helped alert authorities about more than 650 hotspots across the country and over 300 "emerging hotspots" which could have been missed otherwise.
Since its launch on April 2 this year, over 96 million people have registered with the Aarogya Setu health care application, which has become the fastest mobile app to reach 50 million users globally and will be one of the fastest entrant to the 100 million club.
The Aarogya Setu has helped the government with its twin objective -- "whom to test" and "where to test more" in its battle against COVID-19. (Read full story here
Coronavirus India: Assam registers 3 more COVID-19 positive cases
Three people have got infected with coronavirus in Assam, said Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. "The three people, including an ambulance driver from Mumbai who drove the two, tested COVID-19 positive in Jorhat. While the driver has been sent back to Mumbai, two patients have been admitted at Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) since their arrival in Jorhat," said Mr Sarma.
He further said that the state's count of coronavirus patients is 62, of which 27 are active and 34 people have recovered and been discharged.
62 CRPF personnel test COVID-19 positive on Saturday
As many as 62 more personnel of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been infected with coronavirus on Saturday.
"With 62 new COVID-19 cases, the total number of coronavirus cases reported from CRPF is 234, of which 231 are active cases," according to an official statement issued by the CRPF.
Meanwhile, 35 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Border Security Force (BSF) on Saturday, taking the total count of cases in the force over 250.
Himachal Pradesh's travel and tourism industry hit due to COVID-19 lockdown
UK's COVID-19 deaths rise by 346 to 31,587
As many as 346 people have died in the United Kingdom in the past 24 hours due to coronavirus taking the country's toll to 31,587, the Department of Health and Social Care said on Saturday.
The new figure is a drop from the 626 deaths reported on Friday.
The case count has risen by 3,896 to 215,260, which is a decrease from the 4,649 new cases registered a day before.
COVID-19 Pandemic: Over 4 million coronavirus cases across the globe
The number of coronavirus cases confirmed globally has surpassed 4 million, according to data from the Johns Hopkins University's Coronavirus Resource Center. As of 21:00 GMT on Saturday, there were 4,004,224 coronavirus cases in the world, while the COVID-19 global death toll stood at 277,860. The number of recovered individuals stood at 1,348,383.
Air India crew on 'Vande Bharat Mission'' can return to Gautam Budh Nagar from Delhi after COVID-19 test
Air India crew members, who reside in Gautam Buddh Nagar and are involved in flight operations to evacuate Indian citizens stuck abroad due to lockdown, can return home from Delhi only after their COVID-19 test results are found negative, officials said on Saturday.
The crew would be examined for COVID-19 through the real-time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction or the RT-PCR test, considered a gold standard but costly and time-consuming process as against the rapid anti-body tests, and put on duty again if found fit, the officials said.
The Gautam Buddh Nagar police had requested the management of the national carrier to accommodate its crew members that reside in Noida and Greater Noida in Delhi for the duration of the Centre''s "Vande Bharat Mission".
Corronavirus India; Odisha reports 24 new Covid cases, tally mounts to 294
Twenty-three Surat returnees were among 24 people who tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Saturday, taking the total cases in the state to 294, the Health and Family Welfare department said.
Of the 24 fresh Covid cases, Ganjam reported 18, while three came from Mayurbhanj and one each from Nayagarh, Bhadrak and Sundergarh.
Nayagarh district reported its first novel coronavirus case when a 40-year-old Surat returnee tested positive to the disease. With this, the COVID-19 has now spread to 19 of the 30 districts of Odisha.
At present, there are 224 active cases in the state and 68 people have recovered.
Coronavirus Pandemic: Brazil tops 10,000 deaths from COVID-19: officials
Brazil, the hardest-hit Latin American country in the coronavirus pandemic, has surpassed 10,000 deaths, according to figures released Saturday by the Ministry of Health. Brazil has now recorded 10,627 deaths and 155,939 confirmed cases. There have been more than 277,000 coronavirus deaths worldwide.
Hundreds stranded at state borders as Kerala bars entry of people without passes
Hundreds of Keralites including women and children who reached border check posts of Walayar in Palakkad and Muthanga in Wayanad from other states were not allowed to enter Kerala citing that they are not carrying the mandatory passes issued by Kerala government.
In view of the lockdown due to the outbreak of coronavirus, the Kerala government and district administration have taken a tough stand that those without passes issued by Kerala will not be allowed to pass the border putting the people who reached the state in hardship.
This has resulted in people being forced to spend the night on the wayside and open spaces as they are unable to return back.
Congress and BJP have demanded people should be allowed to enter the state and moved to institutional quarantine if needed.
Coronavirus: West Bengal government forms teams for surveillance support, monitoring of treatment at COVID hospitals
The West Bengal Health Department formed teams to support surveillance and monitoring of treatment at five hospitals treating COVID-19 patients in the city.
The team members will pay regular visits to these hospitals and send reports to the department, the state government said in an order.
The department has also set up a dedicated help line for issues regarding the non-availability of PPEs and other supplies.
The feedback and suggestions will be duly recorded and acted upon by the state government for appropriate remedial measures, the order said.
Delhi Police felicitates ''unsung heroes'' of COVID-19
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP) Sanjay Bhatia on Saturday felicitated another group of workers without whom the battle against coronavirus would not have been possible.
"Everyone has honoured doctors, paramedics, police, media, NGOs, good Samaritans, big companies, but none has thought of felicitating the unsung heroes like the sanitation workers. Since the outbreak of coronavirus, we have not witnessed any areas which have not been cleaned. These people are also part of people fighting against coronavirus," Mr Bhatia said during the felicitation ceremony of the sanitation workers.
COVID-19 Lockdown: Special train from Pune leaves for Lucknow with 1131 passengers
Air India Flight With 163 Stranded Indians From Kuwait Lands In Hyderabad
As 163 Indian nationals from Kuwait reached Hyderabad, the GMR led Hyderabad International Airport handled the first arrival evacuation flight from Kuwait on May 9.
The Air India flight AI 988 from Kuwait landed at the airport on May 9 at 10.07 pm with 163 Indian citizens stranded in Kuwait.
To facilitate the arriving passengers and aircraft crew, the Hyderabad International Airport has kept the international arrivals and the entire stretch right from the aerobridge to the arrivals ramp fully sanitized and fumigated including - sanitization of every nook and corner of the building and public areas including washrooms, chairs, counters, trolleys, railings, doors, lifts, escalator's etc.
The airport also enforced the social distancing among passengers right from the aerobridge to across the terminal.
Coronavirus: Bihar reports 16 new COVID-19 cases
As many as 16 more cases of coronavirus has been reported in Bihar on Saturday, according to a statement issued by the state government.
"With 16 new COVID-19 cases, the total number of positive cases in the state has mounted to 611," read the statement.
As per the latest update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of coronavirus cases stands at 59,662, of which 39,834 are active cases, 17,847 cured/discharged/migrated and 1,981 deaths.
COVID-19: Immunisation programmes to continue amid Corona outbreak: West Bengal
The West Bengal government has asked the heads of all hospitals to ensure that immunisation programmes against vaccine-preventable diseases continue in full steam amid the Covid-19 outbreak.
Immunisation should go on during COVID-19 outbreak to protect children and pregnant women from ''vaccine-preventable diseases'' (VPD), the health and family welfare department said in a notification.
It was addressed to the superintendents of all medical colleges and hospitals and the chief medical officer of health of all districts.
16 test positive for COVID-19 in Bihar; total cases now 595
Sixteen more people including two minors from nine districts tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the total number of cases to 595 in Bihar, a top health department official said.
Seven of the 16 fresh cases are migrant people from other states, Health Departments Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said in a tweet. "We are ascertaining their further infection trail," Mr Kumar said.
Of the 16 new cases, three each are from Muzaffarpur and Arwal, two each from Begusarai, Munger, Nalanda and one each from Vaishali, Bhojpur, Siwan, Sheikhpura districts, the Principal Secretary said.
Teacher of Delhi school involved in distributing ration, tests COVID-19 positive
A teacher of a civic body-run school, who was involved in distributing ration during the lockdown, has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, officials said on Saturday.
The teacher was posted at a primary school in Wazirabad under the North Delhi Municipal Corporation. The teacher had last come to school on April 28 and started showing COVID-19 symptoms from May 2. His test report came on Friday, an official of North Delhi Municipal Corporation said.
"We traced his six primary contacts and they have been sent into quarantine. Since they are completely asymptomatic, no test has been done yet," he said, adding the school building has been sanitised.
3 more test Covid-19 positive in Assam; cases rise to 62
Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, taking the total number of cases to 62 in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.
A female student of the Regional Dental College in Guwahati tested positive on Friday night, taking the number of cases in Guwahati to six.
Air India flight with 163 Indians from Kuwait lands at Hyderabad airport
An Air India flight with 163 Indians landed at the Hyderabad international airport from Kuwait on Saturday night as part of the government's Vande Bharat Mission to bring home Indian nationals stranded abroad, airport sources said.
The AI flight 988 landed at the airport shortly after 10 pm, the sources said.
To facilitate the arriving passengers and aircraft crew, the Hyderabad International Airport has kept the international arrivals and the stretch right from the aerobridge to the arrivals ramp fully sanitized and fumigated, the sources said. It will be ensured that passengers follow social distancing norms, they said.
Coronavirus lockdown: Air India flight carrying 182 stranded Indians from Sharjah arrives in Lucknow
An Air India flight with 182 Indians from Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates arrived in Lucknow on Saturday evening, officials said. This is the first flight reaching Lucknow with Indians stuck abroad due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown.
"An Air India flight IX184 arrived in Lucknow from Sharjah on Saturday at around 9.00 pm. The tentative number of passengers arriving in Lucknow is over 180. This is the first flight arriving in Lucknow during lockdown bringing back Indians stranded abroad due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown," Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport Director AK Sharma told news agency PTI.
The passengers were screened at the airport and then sent to quarantine.
Delhi-Returned Man Tests Positive For COVID-19
A 49-year-old-man working in a Delhi Sabji Mandi tested positive here for coronavirus infection on Saturday, a few days after his return from the national capital, said an official.
A resident of Hamirpur's Galore area, the man had returned from Delhi a few days ago and was admitted to the local medical college and hospital two days ago for treatment of fever, an official spokesperson said.
He said his sample was sent for COVID-19 test and was found positive for infection.
He would be sent to RCH, Bhota for treatment, the spokesperson said. With this, the number of active cases in Hamirpur district has risen to two.
Earlier, two such cases had been found in the district but later on they were cured and discharged from RCH, Bhota a few days ago, news agency PTI reported.
COVID-19: Cop Posted In Malegaon Dies In Nashik Hospital
The number of COVID-19 deaths in Nashik district reached 20 after a policeman died due to the coronavirus infection on Saturday, health officials said.
The district also saw 60 new cases through the day, taking the COVID-19 count here to 632, of which hotspot Malegaon accounts for 514, they said.
"The patient who died today was a 51-year-old policeman who was on duty in Malegaon. He was admitted on May 2 and his samples returned positive on May 8. He had breathing issues today and died. This is the 20th COVID-19 death in Nashik," said district civil surgeon Dr Suresh Jagdale, news agency PTI reported.
16 more COVID-19 positive cases reported in Bihar today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 611: Bihar Government
Several Charged For Spreading Rumours That Shimla Chemist Caught Coronavirus
Several people were charged on Saturday for allegedly spreading false rumours on social media that a chemist here tested positive for COVID-19, police said.
A First Information Report (FIR) was registered against those who shared fake information regarding the chemist having shop near Himachal Pradesh's premier Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) in Shimla, SP Omapati Jamwal said.
The SP said the FIR was lodged under relevant sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the Disaster Management (DM) Act.
Anybody who spread rumour will not be spared and the cyber cell is preparing a list of all those who spread panic by sharing fake information on social media, he added.
IGMC senior Medical Superintendent Janak Raj said the chemist tested negative for novel coronavirus, news agency PTI reported.
31 new Coronavirus positive cases reported in the state today; the total number of positive cases in the state is 1,163: Telangana Health Department
Coronavirus News: 31 New COVID-19 Cases Reported In Punjab, Total Rises To 1,762
The count of COVID-19 cases rose to 1,762 in Punjab with 31 more people testing positive today, state Health Department said.
The number of active cases are 1,574 while 31 people have died.
In Chandigarh, 23 new COVID-19 cases including 21 from Bapudham Colony in Sector 26 were reported today, taking the total number of positive cases to 169.
Chandigarh Health Department said the Union Territory has 143 active while 24 patients have been cured/discharged here so far, news agency ANI reported.
Coronavirus News: Maharashtra Allows Free Intra-State Bus Travel From May 11
The Maharashtra government has decided to make available its bus services free of cost from Monday to facilitate travelling of people stranded in various parts of the state to their homes during the lockdown period, Transport Minister Anil Parab said today.
The State Transport (ST) bus service will be made available on the condition of fulfilling certain conditions to ensure that coronavirus does not spread to other parts of the state, a statement said, adding that people include labourers, students and pilgrims.
People living in containment zones, however, will not be eligible to avail the service, Mr Parab said, news agency PTI reported.
Coronavirus News: 4 Special Trains To Bring Back Migrants To Chhattisgarh
Chhattisgarh government today announced the running of four Shramik special trains to bring back workers stranded in other states.
Those who wish to return have to register themselves on the state government's web portal.
The Chhattisgarh government has released a link to access the application form for the same. Besides workers, only students, people in any kind of distress or in need of medical care and are stranded in other states will be allowed to travel in these trains, news agency ANI reported.
Coronavirus News: Himachal Pradesh Reports 1 New COVID-19 Case, Total Reaches 52-Mark
One more person tested positive for coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh today, taking the total number of cases in the state to 52, officials said.
The case was reported from Kangra district, they said.
With this, the number of active cases in Himachal Pradesh rose to 10, with three each in Chamba and Kangra, two in Mandi, and one each in Una and Hamirpur districts, according to the officials. While 35 patients have recovered from the infection, three have died, news agency PTI reported.
Coronavirus News: Top Medical Body ICMR Partners With Bharat Biotech To Develop COVID-19 Vaccine
Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has partnered with Bharat Biotech International Limited (BBIL) to develop a fully indigenous vaccine for COVID-19, the top health research body said today.
The vaccine will be developed using the virus strain isolated at the ICMR's National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune, a statement said. The strain has been successfully transferred from NIV to BBIL, it added, news agency PTI reported.
Ahmedabad reports 380 new COVID-19 cases and 20 deaths, taking total case count to 5,540 and fatalities 363, news agency PTI reported quoting health officials
Coronavirus News: Over 2,500 Detained For Violating Lockdown In Delhi: Police
Over 60 cases were registered and 2,511 people were detained in the national capital today for violating lockdown norms, the police said.
According to the data shared by the police, 68 cases were registered under section of the Indian Penal Code till 5 pm.
A total of 2,511 people were detained under sections of the Delhi Police Act.
Since March 24, 1,52,830 people have been detained for violating government orders, news agency PTI reported.
Maharashtra reports 1,165 new COVID-19 cases and 48 deaths. Total cases in state rise to 20,228 including 779 deaths. Mumbai's total number of cases stand at 12,864 including 489 deaths.
108 new coronavirus cases were reported in West Bengal today, this brings the total number of cases in the state to 1,786. The number of active cases in West Bengal is 1,243. The death count in the state has reached to 99. A total of 39,368 samples have been tested so far.
Number of COVID-19 cases reaches 3,457 in Madhya Pradesh, with 116 new cases being reported today. Out of the total cases, 1,480 patients have recovered while 211 others died due to the infection. There are 625 containment areas in the state: Madhya Pradesh Health Department
2 new COVID-19 cases reported from Dhanbad today. Both had returned from Mumbai. Jharkhand's total count of positive cases rises to 156: Jharkhand Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni
62 fresh COVID-19 infections reported in CRPF, total active cases in the force rise to 231, news agency PTI reported quoting officials.
In last 24 hours, Gujarat has reported 394 new COVID-19 positive cases, taking the total number of positive cases to 7797 including 2,091 cured/discharged and 472 deaths: Gujarat Health Department
Tamil Nadu has reported four more COVID-19 deaths on Saturday. The death count now becomes 44 and 526 people tested positive for the coronavirus, the health department said, news agency PTI reported.
Coronavirus News: Global Coronavirus Cases Tops 3.96 Million, Death Count Over 2,73,000: Report
More than 3.96 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 2,73,974 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019, Reuters reported.
Coronavirus News: Mizoram Becomes COVID-19-Free After Last Infected Patient Recovers
Mizoram became coronavirus-free with the discharge of the last COVID-19 patient from a hospital today, officials said.
It now shares a similar status with four other northeastern states - Manipur, Sikkim, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh.
Mizoram Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said the state's lone COVID-19 patient, a pastor, was discharged from a hospital this afternoon after 45 days of intense treatment.
He had tested positive for novel coronavirus on March 24 and was admitted to a hospital along with his wife and two children. The pastor's wife and children were discharged from the hospital on March 28 after they tested negative for COVID-19, news agency PTI reported.
Coronavirus News: 67% Drop In Crime Cases Amid COVID-19 Lockdown In Goa
Crime cases in Goa have reduced by 67 percent due to COVID-19 lockdown, the police said today.
"Normal crime case registration has gone down by as much as 67 per cent. Last year this time there were around 300 cases. This year the number of cases of crime has gone down drastically," Superintendent of Police (Special Branch) Shobit Saxena said.
He said cases of theft, robbery, hurt, burglary have seen a reduction.
"The best part is accident figures. People cannot come out (due to lockdown) so the accident rate came down," he said, news agency ANI reported.
526 new cases of Coronavirus and 4 deaths have been reported in Tamil Nadu today, taking total number of cases to 6535 and death count to 44. Of total cases, 1,867 cases are linked to Koyambedu market. Number of active cases stands at 4,664 in the state: Tamil Nadu Health Department
Coronavirus News: Over 1.5 Lakh Migrants Want To Return To Haryana: State Minister
While nearly eight lakh migrant workers stranded in Haryana have registered themselves on a government portal to return to their native states, over 1.5 lakh of them have applied on the same portal from different states to return back to work, state Home Minister Anil Vij said today.
Mr Vij said most of these 1.5 lakh workers, who have registered themselves to return, belong to Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.
He also said on the same portal nearly 8 lakh migrant workers, however, have registered themselves for leaving the state.
Most of the migrants who want to return have applied to come to industrial towns of Gurgaon, Sonipat, Jhajjar, Rewari, Faridabad and Panipat, officials said, news agency PTI reported.
Coronavirus News: MGNREGA Operations Resume In Jammu After 2 Months Amid COVID-19 Lockdown
Activities under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) resumed in Jammu division today after an almost two-month suspension owing to the coronavirus lockdown, officials said.
The decision to resume works under MGNREGA was taken following a Home Affairs order allowing select additional activities in rural areas outside containment zones to mitigate the economic hardships being faced by people due to curbs, a spokesperson said.
Work has resumed on 5,800 projects in all the 10 districts of Jammu division, news agency PTI reported.