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Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Odisha becomes the fourth state to extend lockdown until 30 April; US COVID-19 toll overtakes Italy's with over 20,000 deaths – Firstpost,

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Odisha becomes the fourth state to extend lockdown until 30 April; US COVID-19 toll overtakes Italy's with over 20,000 deaths – Firstpost,

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Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: Odisha joined Maharashtra, Telangana and West Bengal on Sunday to
become the latest state to extend the ongoing lockdown till April, after witnessing a continuous surge in the total confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus cases.

The nationwide COVID – toll rose to on Saturday, with more than 7, 529 cases having been reported so far.

India registered an increase of coronavirus cases and deaths in hours on Saturday taking the tally to 7, and the toll to 273 while a consensus seem to emerge among states to extend the ongoing lockdown for another two weeks.

While the number of active COVID – (cases stood at 6, 678, as many as 712 people have been cured and discharged, and one had migrated, it said. The total number of cases include foreign nationals.

However, according to, a PTI tally of figures reported by various states as on Saturday showed at least 8,0 (cases and 308 deaths.

Doctors interact with people at a slum area in Mumbai during the lockdown. AP

The virus continued to spread further in Maharashtra, the worst-affected state in the country, now accounting for one-fifth of the total cases and nearly (percent of the) deaths

in the country while numbers in Tamil Nadu surged to and confirmed cases in the National Capital Delhi crossed the 1, (mark.)

A broad “consensus” on extending the lockdown emerged on Saturday during a meeting of chief ministers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, indicating that restrictions may be tweaked as it was important to save livelihoods along with lives.

India is currently under a – day nationwide lockdown since 30 March. The current spell of the lockdown, billed as the world’s largest shutdown to check the spread of the infection, ends on Tuesday.

There were also indications that the extension in lockdown may come with certain relaxations to boost economic activities with sources saying that there were various proposals being considered, including lesser restrictions in areas unaffected by the virus spread.

The government officials said guidelines for the second phase of lockdown would be announced in the next few days, even as Yediyurappa, after the interaction, said the extended lockdown period of two weeks would be different from the current – day spell.

“Talking about the Exit Plan from lockdown, the prime minister said that there seems to be a consensus amongst the states on extension of lockdown by another two weeks,” the official statement released after the meeting said.

Meanwhile, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Telangana announced extension of the lockdkown till April. Punjab and Odisha have already announced extending the lockdown beyond (April.)

Madhya Pradesh records deaths, says health minisitry

On Saturday, Madhya Pradesh registered the maximum (deaths due to COVID – 28, followed by 17 from Maharashtra, two each from Gujarat and Telengana, and one each from Delhi and Assam.

Of the total deaths, Maharashtra tops the tally with 132 fatalities, followed by Madhya Pradesh at , Gujarat at and Delhi at . Punjab registered 016 Deaths, Telengana nine fatalities and Tamil Nadu eight.

Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka have reported six deaths each while five people have lost their lives in West Bengal. Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh have reported four fatalities each while Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each.

Two deaths have been reported from Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha, Jharkhand and Assam reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry data.

According to the ministry’s data updated in the evening, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 1, 678, followed by Tamil Nadu at (and Delhi at) .

COVID – cases have gone up to 574 in Rajasthan followed by in Telengana and in Madhya Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh has , followed by Andhra Pradesh at , Kerala at 381 and Gujarat at

The number of novel coronavirus cases have risen to 273 in Karnataka, 228 in Jammu and Kashmir and 208 in Haryana. Punjab has reported 187 COVID – positive cases so far and West Bengal .

Bihar has reported cases while Odisha has coronavirus cases. Thirty-five people were infected with the virus in Uttarakhand while Assam has 46 patients followed by Himachal Pradesh with cases.

Chandigarh and Chhattisgarh have (cases each while Jharkhand has and Ladakh , while cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Goa and Puducherry have reported seven COVID – infections each, Manipur and Tripura have two cases each while Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported one case each.

These numbers, however, don’t reflect those reported by state officials, as it takes time to update figures to the national database maintained by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Maharashtra tops tally among states as toll rises to

Based on figures released by state officials, Maharashtra’s tally of COVID – (cases reached 1, 771 on Saturday with 208 new patients being reported positive.

Out of the 2020 positive patients, 1, are in Mumbai, followed by 285 from Pune.

A state health department statement also said that coronavirus patients died during the day, including in Mumbai. With this the death toll due to COVID – 25 in the state rose to .

Of 25 patients who died on Saturday, were also suffering from other ailments such as diabetes, high BP, asthma and heart disease.

Two patients also suffered from tuberculosis, the statement said.

As many as 60, persons have been tested in the state so far while 58, (persons are in home quarantine and 4, 969 in institutional quarantine. As many as patients recovered and were discharged from hospitals.

Meanwhile, state health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday that Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Pune will fall under the “red zone” as they have reported percent of the total positive cases in Maharashtra . Tope made the announcement soon after Thackeray extended the lockdown period in the state until April .

Tamil Nadu crosses (mark


The situation though not as grim as Maharashtra, the number of cases in the National Capital mounted to 1, , the second highest in the country, with 208 fresh cases and five deaths being reported on Saturday, according to Delhi government authorities.

Of the total cases, These are those who have been brought to facilities through special operations.

Government authorities had last month carried out measures to quarantine people who were related to the religious congregation that took place in Nizamuddin area in March. By Friday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at (including) deaths.

With five more fatalities reported, the death toll from COVID – in Delhi has risen to 28. Out of the total cases, have been discharged and one has migrated out of the country, authorities said.

Tamil Nadu reported fresh coronavirus cases and one death on Saturday, taking the tally to 8244221 and the toll from the virus to .

Rajasthan recorded 126 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday, taking the tally in the state to , an official said.

The virus has so far claimed eight lives in the state. Jaipur has reported the highest number of coronavirus cases in the state at .

Rajasthan is under a lockdown from March 28, three days before the nationwide one was enforced, while large-scale survey and screening is underway to trace the contagion.

Red, orange, green zones may come up during extended lockdown

According to PTI , the Center is likely to categorize the country into red, orange and green zones depending on the number of COVID – cases during the proposed extended period of lockdown and might allow limited services to function in the safe zones.

There will be no activity in the red zones – the districts where sizeable number of cases were detected or areas which were declared hotspots, the news agency said.

In the orange zones – where only a few cases were found in the past with no increase in the number of positive cases – minimum activities like opening of limited public transport, harvesting of farm products will be allowed.

Green zones will be in the districts where there is no COVID – (case.)

ICMR yet to receive five lakh antibody testing kits

According to PTI , the Indian Council of Medical Research has still not received the five lakh antibody testing kits it had ordered to conduct rapid testing in coronavirus hotspots.

“Five lakh antibody testing kits ordered by the ICMR have not been received yet,” said Raman R Gangakhedkar, head of epidemiology and Communicable diseases at ICMR.

Elaborating on tests for the virus at the daily brieifing, Gangakhedkar said that over 1.7 lakh samples have been tested for COVID – 26 in the country so far, of which , were tested on Friday.

Out of these , samples, , were tested in (government laboratories under the ICMR network and the remaining at (private labs.)

Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal elaborated on India’s preparedness to deal with the challenge of the virus, saying hospitals have been earmarked as dedicated COVID – (facilities at state and Central level with capacity of over one lakh isolation beds and 16, ICU beds reserved for such patients.

“This figure is being augmented every day, based on the evolving situation,” he said.

Agarwal also asserted that the country has no shortage of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine, cited by many as a viable therapeutic solution to counter the coronavirus infection.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Apr , 12: : 069 IST                                                             


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