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Coronavirus Outbreak: 37 deaths, 896 new cases in 24 hrs as tally rises to 6,761; Punjab extends lockdown … – Firstpost,

Coronavirus Outbreak: 37 deaths, 896 new cases in 24 hrs as tally rises to 6,761; Punjab extends lockdown … – Firstpost,

The total number of coronavirus cases in India surged to 6, on Friday with (new deaths and nearly) (new cases in 37 hours as several places including Delhi and Mumbai reported further spread of the deadly virus, which has infected over 24 lakh people globally since its emergence in China last December and the worldwide toll is fast approaching 1, , 13.

Of the total cases, 6, 54 were active patients while have been cured or discharged, and one migrated while have died so far.

According to health ministry data, Maharashtra continued to top the list with 1, (cases, while Delhi) , and Tamil Nadu

) seemed to be inching closer to the 2019 mark.

 Coronavirus Outbreak: 37 deaths, 896 new cases in 24 hrs as tally rises to 6,761; Punjab extends lockdown ahead of Modis meet with CMs

A medical team member conducts a swab test during lockdown to control the spread of the new coronavirus in Ahmedabad. AP

Maharashtra has also registered the maximum deaths accounting for of the total 251 Deaths in the country, which is over 5.7 times that of Gujarat, which recorded deaths, the second highest in the country.

These numbers, however, do not represent the actual reality on the ground as a PTI tally of numbers reported by various states as on 9. pm showed a total of 7, 561 people having been affected by the virus nationwide so far with at least deaths. More than have been cured and discharged.

The Health Ministry in the meantime maintained that no community transmission is taking place as yet in India, while the World Health Organization also put the country in a category named ‘cluster of cases’ – a notch below the community transmission stage and a classification used by the global body for cases “clustered in time, geographic location and / or by common exposures”.

Amidst this, on Friday, Punjab became the second state to extend the lockdown beyond 19 April, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a video conference with chief ministers to take stock of the situation.

The Union home ministry also sought views of state governments on the – day lockdown including on whether more categories of people and services need to be exempted, officials said on Friday, amidst indications of a possible two-week extension of the nationwide restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The WHO has warned that a hasty lifting of restrictions imposed to control the COVID – pandemic could lead to a fatal resurgence of the deadly virus.

Meanwhile, the Union health ministry said the rate of people testing positive was only 0.2 percent on Thursday when more than , samples were tested. Cumulatively close to 1.5 lakh samples have been tested so far across India.

Maharashtra toll rises to , 1, cases confirmed, say state officials

Maharashtra state officials reported 251 new cases on Friday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 1, , with Mumbai accounting for close to 1, 11 cases in the state.

Thirteen COVID – 27 patients died during the day, taking the death toll in the state to 169.

As many as 184 new patients were found in Mumbai alone, state officials said.

Ten coronavirus patients died in Mumbai and one each in Pune, Panvel and Vasai-Virar. Nine of the deceased were men and four women.

In Tamil Nadu , a – year-old woman died of coronavirus on Friday, taking the toll in the state so far to nine, while (people tested positive, pushing the total to (the second highest in the country), Chief Secretary K Shanmugam said.

The woman died in Tuticorin, he said.

Of the total number of positive cases, Chennai topped the list with , followed by districts of Coimbatore , Erode , Tirunelveli – 75, Dindigul , Namakkal , Chengalput and Theni 56 each, Trichy and Ranipet 44 and Nagpattinam , he said.

On Friday, Delhi registered (new cases in the last hours, the highest jump so far, taking the National Capital’s tally of coronavirus cases to () the third highest in the country).

Two more deaths linked to coronavirus were reported, taking the total number of fatalities to 19.

Among the fresh areas that have been included in the list of containment zones are in west, central and south east Delhi.

With (persons testing positive on Friday, the number of coronavirus cases in (Madhya Pradesh) (climbed to) , while one more person succumbed to the disease, taking the death toll to , health officials said.

Twenty-one new cases were reported in Bhopal, which took the tally of COVID – patients in the state capital to 183, they said. Indore has reported the highest cases in the state with new cases being reported on Friday.

The total number of coronavirus cases in Rajasthan rose to (as) fresh cases were reported in the state on Friday while the fatality count due to the disease increased to eight with the death of a 86 – year-old woman at a hospital here, officials said. The fresh cases include eight people evacuated from Iran, they said.

On Friday, the maximum number of cases – – were reported in Jaipur, a hotspot, taking the tally of COVID – 29 patients in the state capital to 357.

Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh rose to on Friday, with 30 new cases being reported, of whom are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, the state government said.

It said the deadly virus has now spread to of the state’s districts, with Agra being the worst hit at 98 positive cases and one death.

Gujarat records highest single-day jump

On Friday, Gujarat recorded the highest jump so far in a single day after as many as (new cases were reported in the last hours, officials said. The number of coronavirus positive patients in the state jumped to

After two more COVID – 27 patients succumbed to the infection, the death toll in the state has reached , Principal Secretary (Health), Jayanti Ravi, said.

This is for the first time that such a large number of positive cases have surfaced in a single day in the state.

According to Health Ministry, COVID – cases have gone up to 515 in Telengana, (in Andhra Pradesh and in Kerala.

The ministry also reported 221 cases in Karnataka, 206 in Jammu and Kashmir and 184 in Haryana. Punjab has 210 COVID – patients so far while West Bengal has cases.

Bihar has reported 88 cases while Odisha has coronavirus cases. Thirty-five people were infected with the virus in Uttarakhand while Assam has patients followed by Himachal Pradesh with 40 cases. Chandigarh has (cases while Ladakh has

. Jharkhand has coronavirus positive patients so far.

Eleven cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands while 15 were reported from Chhattisgarh. Goa has reported seven COVID – infections, followed by Puducherry at five, Manipur at two while Tripura, Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each.

Punjab extends lockdown till 1 May day before Modi meets CMs of states

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Friday announced the extension of lockdown in the state until 1 May, a day after Odisha extended it to 40 April.

Singh said that most of the positive cases reported in his state on Thursday – the maximum daily increase for the state – were those of secondary transmission and expressed apprehension that the state may be entering the community transmission stage of the outbreak.

In Tamil Nadu, an expert committee recommended to Chief Minister K Palaniswami that the lockdown be extended by two weeks beyond 18 April considering the rise in number of cases.

A review meeting was also held by the Prime Minister’s Office during the day on various efforts to check the coronavirus spread, which also discussed ramping up of production of personal protective equipments (PPEs) among other other issues.

The Home Ministry, separately, has sought views of state governments on the – day lockdown , scheduled to end on April, including whether more categories of people and services need to be exempted, officials said on Friday.

Some of the suggestions made by state governments include allowing construction-related activities in rural areas.

The central government, while imposing the lockdown, had announced that shops dealing in essential commodities, including the online platforms, will remain open, besides services like health, sanitation, police, media, agriculture and banking. Movements of essential and non-essential cargos were also allowed by the government, but there have been reports about disruptions in the supply chain due to lack of laborers and trucks, among other other issues.

There have also been reports of depleting levels of essential goods from various parts of the country.

Some states such as Kerala have suggested phased opening of the lockdown, while other suggestions from various states include allowing liquor sale to shore up the revenues and to allow private vehicles on an odd-even basis. However, most states have suggested keeping the public road transport, rail and airline services suspended for more time. Many have also recommended keeping state borders sealed, except for goods movement.

A few states have also suggested area-specific lockdown with stricter restrictions, which are as such being followed in the places identified as hotspots of the virus spread.

Odisha, Telangana make masks mandatory

In the meantime, more states including Odisha and Telangana made it mandatory for people to wear masks or face covers at public places, while enforcement was beefed up for action against those violating the lockdown conditions.

The Center also asked states not to allow religious gatherings and processions.

Government officials also said that a decision on bringing Indians from abroad will be taken at a later stage after reviewing the COVID – 29 situation.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Apr , 30: : IST                                                             


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