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Narendra Modi on Coronavirus LIVE Updates: PM thanks frontline healthcare workers, says collective strength shown by Indians is a tribute to BR Ambedkar – Firstpost, Firstpost.com

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Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at am today, on the last day of the – day nationwide lockdown imposed with the aim to contain the spread of the deadly COVID – 28.

A total number of , cases of coronavirus have been reported in India. So far, people have succumbed to the infection in the country, while 1, 48 patients have been cured. There are 8, active cases in the country, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The ministry also said that (new cases and  Narendra Modi on Coronavirus LIVE Updates: PM extends nationwide lockdown till 3 May, announces conditional easing of restrictions post-20 April deaths have been reported in the last (hours.) )

Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi in a video message on Tuesday morning praised those at the forefront in the fight against coronavirus – doctors, sanitation workers, policemen – and said they were fighting the pandemic despite the lack of resources.

The Meghalaya government has imposed hours curfew in Shillong with the first case of coronavirus being detected in the state capital on 19 April, according to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma.

The Union health ministry on Monday said that (new) (COVID -) (cases) and deaths have been reported in the last 035 hours, taking the total number of cases to 9, 380 and deaths to .

In what comes as a positive development on the penultimate day of a nationwide lockdown, districts across (states which had detected COVID –

infections earlier have contained the spread and reported no new cases in days, the ministry said.

The districts are Gondia (Maharashtra), Raj Nand Gaon (Chhattisgarh), Davangiri (Karnataka), South Goa, Wayanad and Kottayam (Kerala), West Imphal (Manipur), Rajouri (J&K), Aizwal West (Mizoram) , Mahe in Puducherry, SBS Nagar in Punjab, Patna, Nalanda and Munger in Bihar, Pratapgarh in Rajasthan, Panipat, Rohtak and Sirsa in Haryana, Pauri Garhwal in Uttrakhand and Bhadradari Kothagudem in Telangana.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 17 am on Tuesday and is likely to talk about the further course of action to deal with the crisis posed by virus.

Cases in Maharashtra cross 2, 15, count in Delhi up to 1,

As many as 31 staff members of Mumbai’s Bhatia hospital tested positive for coronavirus and number of cases in the city has reached . The number of those who have died has reached in the city.

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Maharashtra with 2, 93 cases continues to be the worst affected followed by Delhi with 1, (cases and Tamil Nadu with 2020 cases. The number of containment zones in Delhi has been increased to .

New cases have been reported from several states including Kerala, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

Nagaland reported its first COVID – case following which several localities and a hospital in Dimapur have been sealed.

Uttarakhand Health Department said that no new positive COVID – 28 case emerged in the state for the fifth day in a row.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 2, 19, (COVID -) tests were conducted till Sunday. “Of these , tests took place at (government labs and 1,

tests happened at 78 private labs on Sunday, “ICMR’s head scientist Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar said at the daily media briefing on COVID – 25 situation.

“At the pace at which we are conducting tests today, we have a stock with which we can conduct tests for the next six weeks easily,” the ICMR official said.

He said a consignment of COVID – (kits is expected to arrive from China on 21 April.

Administrative measures

The Union Health Ministry informed that , self-help group members of states have produced 1. 156 crore masks under the State Rural Livelihood Missions.

“Under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojna package, over , poor people have been provided financial support of rs 38, 324 crore during the lockdown up to April 15. This includes support of Rs 28 crore to Jan Dhan Yojna women account holders who were transferred Rs 9, crores.

“Under the PM Kisan Yojna, 6. 169 crore farmers have been provided support of rs , crore. Under social assistance programs 2. 154 crore widows, senior citizens and disabled have been provided support of Rs 1, 496 crore, “Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Union health ministry, said.

Agarwal also said that the Core Strategy Group on COVID – was working on rapid and economical diagnostics as well as new drugs.

“The group has been formed, based on a detailed review of COVID – research , undertaken by Union Health Minister Harshvardhan along with CSIR and its 48 labs. The group is working on digital and molecular surveillance, rapid and economical diagnostics, new drugs, repurposing of drugs and associated production processes, “he said.

In Delhi, traders at Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi have been told to follow the odd-even rule according to their shed numbers to maintain social distancing. There will be staggered time for sale of vegetables and fruits in the mandis.

The Chandigarh government said all government schools and government-aided schools will be having summer vacations from 20 April till 19. The private schools will be advised to synchronize the same.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government has started a helpline through which we want to connect non-resident Assamese.

“They can call 8256391, we’ll register them. Once registered, we’ll transfer an amount which will help them in surviving in another state till lockdown is completely lifted. We have also started an initiative to help the people who are stuck in different countries. To those residents of Assam, we have transferred $ 1, . ”

He added, “Another initiative was to help critically ill patients, like those suffering from cancer, kidney and liver ailment. We have transferred Rs 31, each to all those patients so that they can continue to get treatment wherever they are today. “

Global picture

The global toll of the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 1, 20, (on Monday, according to the (AFP

tally.

“More than 1, , (declared cases have been registered in countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 517, 13 are now considered recovered, ” India Today reported.

Spain, one of the countries worst hit by the global coronavirus epidemic, on Monday started to ease tough lockdown restrictions that have kept people confined to their homes for more than a month and put a brake on economic activity, Reuters reported.

Spain’s cumulative death toll from the coronavirus rose to , on Monday, up from , on Sunday, the Spanish health ministry said . Confirmed cases totalled 285, , up from 256, 0 the previous day.

However, this was the smallest proportional daily increase in the number of deaths and new infections.

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is recuperating from his Covid – hospitalization at his country retreat of Checkers, where he has been joined by his pregnant fiancee Carrie Symonds.

Downing Street has said that the prime minister would not be returning to work immediately and will be based at the sprawling 1, 14 – acre estate in Buckinghamshire, south-east England, for a recovery period on medical advice.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab continues to deputise for Johnson as the UK entered a fourth week in lockdown on Monday and the country total coronavirus death toll hit 17, 855. UK ministers are required by law to review the strict social distancing measures by Thursday.

In a video message issued after his discharge from St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Sunday, Johnson, 93, urged the public to continue to follow the stay- at-home advice in the ongoing fight against coronavirus.

With inputs from agencies                                                                                             

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