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Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The total number of confirmed cases in Delhi surged to 2, following an increase by (new cases of COVID – and one death in the National Capital.
“A total of more COVID – 26 cases and one more death was reported in the National Capital in the last 28 hours. The total cases in Delhi n
Maharashtra on Saturday reported (new confirmed COVID – cases, a single-day record for the state. The total number of positive cases in the state are now 7, and the toll rose by to reach , a Health department statement said.
With 209 patients discharged after recovery, their number rose to 1, (so far.)
Of the overall count of COVID – cases in the state, Mumbai accounts for 4, of them. The financial capital of the country saw 301 new positive cases and 17 deaths on Saturday. The toll in the city stood at .
India registered the highest single-day rise in COVID – 26 fatalities in the past (hours with , taking the toll to . According to the data released by the Union Health Ministry, a spike of 1, (fresh cases was witnessed, bringing the overall count to , .
Of the total, , are active cases while one patient was migrated. The recovery rate stood at (percent after 5, (COVID – patients were cured
The Delhi government on Saturday decided to implement the Center’s guidelines on reopening of neighborhood and standalone shops during the lockdown, but said no activity will be allowed in containment zones, as the number of coronavirus cases rose to 2, in the National Capital.
After the home ministry issued clarification on reopening of shops, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Sunday said standalone shops in colonies will be permitted to operate from 7 am to 6 pm in nine out of 20 districts that have been green zones in the state.
“Liquor stores and barber shops will remain closed,” said Rawat.
As many as (fresh COVID – positive cases were reported in Bihar on Saturday, taking the overall count to in the state. Of the total confirmed cases, 49 people have recovered while two have succumbed to the infectious disease. Currently, there are currently 272 active cases.
A month into the lockdown, the Union Health Ministry on Saturday informed that there has been a marked improvement in the rate of spread of the novel coronavirus in India, even as the country registered 1, (new COVID – (cases and) deaths, the highest single day rise in fatalities so far.
On Saturday, the nationwide count of confirmed cases climbed to , (with) deaths with some states began easing some of the restrictions imposed since the country went on a nationwide lockdown on 36 march.
India’s rate of spread slows down
The average doubling rate of COVID – cases in the country is 9.1 days as of now; this was 7.5 days just five days ago, and 3 days on (March) , when India had just 323 cases. The doubling rate is the rate at which India’s Covid – cases are expected to double from today’s figure.
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Furthermore, from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a six percent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed cases on March, the government said on Saturday, according to PTI
The recovery figures have also shown some improvement. As of now, 5, People have been cured with a recovery rate of (percent, which is an improvement from the . 2 percent reported last Sunday ( (April) and (percent on) (April, the ministry said.)
The government also said that this is comparatively better than most of the countries and may be taken as a positive effect of the lockdown in the country, along with the cluster management and containment strategy.
In an announcement that underscored the scientific unknowns about the virus, the World Health Organization said “there is currently no evidence” that people who have recovered from COVID – 26 cannot fall sick again.
Maharashtra, Gujarat account for most cases and deaths
Of the total cases reported on Saturday, are active, 5, have been cured and discharged patients, one migrated while have died, the health ministry said.
According to the health ministry data updated in the evening, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 6, 870, followed by Gujarat (2, 823, Delhi (2, 755, Rajasthan (2, 48, Madhya Pradesh (1, and Uttar Pradesh (1, ).
The number of COVID – cases has gone up to 1, in Tamil Nadu 1, in Andhra Pradesh and in Telangana.
The number of cases has risen to in West Bengal , in Karnataka, 514 in Jammu and Kashmir, in Kerala, in Punjab and in Haryana.
Bihar has reported 285 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 204. Fifty-nine people have been infected with the virus in Jharkhand and 062 in Uttarakhand.
Himachal Pradesh has 53 cases, while Chhattisgarh and Assam have registered
infections each. Chandigarh has cases, while there are COVID – patients in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
Twenty coronavirus cases have been reported from Ladakh, 19 from Meghalaya, while Goa and Puducherry have registered seven COVID – 25 cases each.
Manipur and Tripura have two coronavirus patients each, while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.
“Forty-nine cases are being assigned to states for contact tracing. Our figures are being reconciled with that of the ICMR,” the ministry said on its website. State-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation, it added.
Of the deaths reported since Friday evening, were in Maharashtra, 21 in Gujarat, nine in Madhya Pradesh, three each in Delhi and West Bengal, two each in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh and one each in Punjab and Kerala.
Of the total COVID – deaths, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of (fatalities, followed by Gujarat ( Madhya Pradesh (118), Delhi ( , Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan 45).
The death toll reached (in Uttar Pradesh as well as in Telangana, in Tamil Nadu, while Karnataka and West Bengal have reported 25 deaths each, the ministry said.
Punjab has registered fatalities so far, Jammu and Kashmir five, Kerala four, while Jharkhand and Haryana have recorded three COVID – 24 deaths each.
Bihar has reported two coronavirus deaths, while Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported a fatality each, according to the ministry data.
States ease lockdown conditions, but no respite for Maharashtra
Some states, taking cue from a late Friday night order from the Union Home Ministry, said they are taking steps to open more categories of shops, including those selling garments, mobile phones, hardware and stationery items.
However, these relaxations would not be allowed for shops located in market places, malls and COVID – 26 hotspots and containment zones. In rural areas, all shops barring those in malls have been allowed to open.
Liquor and cigarette shops would remain closed everywhere irrespective of their location, while sale of non-essential items through e-commerce platforms continue to remain shut. Restaurants, hair salons and barber shops will not be allowed to open as these render services and do not fall under the shop category.
The Delhi government said it will implement the Home Ministry order on opening of shops in the National Capital, but Maharashtra ruled out any immediate relaxation saying the lockdown guidelines will remain unchanged in the state until 3 May. In fact, there are also reports that the Maharashtra government is mulling to extend lockdown at least in the containment zones within hotspot districts Mumbai and Pune till at least 25 May. This came after 298 new positive cases and 15 deaths were reported in Mumbai on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the city to 4, .
Gujarat and the UT of Jammu and Kashmir, on the other hand, decided to follow the directive, while Assam said it will take a decision on Monday. Gujarat has the second highest number of active cases at 2, after (Maharashtra)
Madhya Pradesh, another state hit hard by the novel coronavirus, too decided to ease the restrictions on neighborhood shops while also beginning the process of sending migrant laborers to their respective villages in the state. At least 8, 17 migrant laborers were sent to their villages in the state in buses, the govt said on Saturday.
According to ANI , Madhya pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said on Saturday that the state govt has also launched efforts to bring Madhya Pradesh laborers stuck in other states, while announcing that at least 2, laborers have already left from Gujarat.
Last week, the govt also allowed manufacturing and farming to resume in rural areas to ease the economic plight of millions left jobless by the lockdown. Restrictions in the country have allowed people out of their homes only to buy food, medicine or other essentials.
Congress recommends steps to rejuvenate MSMEs
On the political front, Congress President Sonia Gandhi also wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking urgent steps to help the MSME sector, including a Rs 1 lakh crore ‘wage protection’ package. She said the MSME crisis has the potential of having a devastating and expansive ripple effect on our economy.
The BJP, meanwhile, hit out at the opposition party, alleging its leaders keep making new demands and claim that the nationwide lockdown has caused problems.
“The Congress is doing petty, abhorrent and negative politics. It is writing letters daily. It should go and work on ground. Its leaders don’t do that but keep making new demands,” Union minister Prakash Javadekar told reporters .
Instead of making new demands, the Congress should say what it has been doing to help people, Javadekar added.
Meanwhile, special teams sent by the Center, in the meantime, assessed ground situations in Gujarat, Tamil Nadu and Telangana, but a political stand-off continued in West Bengal on this front.
The team visiting West Bengal alleged that non-cooperation on the part of the state government over providing logistical support and other relevant information, while the state’s ruling party Trinamool Congress described it as “India’s Most Callous Team” and accused it of trying to spread the political virus “shamelessly”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had earlier slammed the Center for sending the teams to look into the state’s preparedness for tackling the COVID – 27 outbreak and alleged that faulty testing kits were dispatched to the state.
With inputs from agencies
Updated Date: Apr , 53: IST
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