Maharashtra, Delhi and Gujarat have emerged as the States most-affected by COVID-19, together accounting for around 49.5% of India’s cases. According to the Union Health Ministry, India has managed to maintain a linear growth of COVID-19 cases over the one month period during its lockdown.
The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded. Here is a collection of our daily cartoons on COVID-19.
Here are the latest updates:
2.05 pm | New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that the biggest message arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic was for India to be self-reliant and self-sufficient for the majority of its needs, and that this was necessary for the country if it faced such a crisis again.
He was addressing a video conference of sarpanches from across the country on Panchayati Raj Day, during which he also launched two programmes, e-GramSwaraj, for monitoring of rural infrastructure works and e-governance, and Swamitva programme, which involves mapping of rural housing and land holdings via technology including drones. The Swamitva programme, Mr. Modi said, would help rural India leverage property for institutional credit and other benefits.
2.00 pm | Tamil Nadu
Prime Minister must explain why COVID-19 rapid test kits failed, says Alagiri
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan must explain to the country why the COVID-19 rapid test kits procured by India from China failed and why the Indian government paid ₹600 per kit to China while the Chattisgarh government bought test kits from South Korea at ₹337 per kit that were functioning well, Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K.S. Alagiri said on Friday.
1.50 pm | New Delhi
While observing roza and prayers, we expect everyone to follow lockdown as per the guidelines. Azaan may be carried out in accordance with NGT guidelines, the Delhi Police said in a tweet.
– Hemani Bhandari
1.50 pm | Karnataka
18 new cases reported in Karnataka
As many as 18 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Karnataka on Friday. With this, the total number of cases in Karnataka stands at 463.
Five of the patients who tested positive were those who were housed in the jail in Ramanagaram after being arrested for inciting violence in Padarayanapura on April 20, 2020. Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy had criticised the government’s decision to shift those arrested to Ramanagaram which is a green zone and has no COVID-19 cases. All five have now been shifted to a designated hospital in Bengaluru.
1.40 pm | New Delhi
Why were infected RPF personnel allowed to travel, asks Derek O’ Brien
After nine Railway Protection Force (RPF) personnel tested positive for COVID-19 after returning to West Bengal from Delhi, TMC MP Derek O’ Brien on Friday questioned why they were travelling during the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of the deadly disease.
The personnel were part of a 28-member RPF contingent from the Kharagpur division of South Eastern Railway, which had returned on April 14 from Delhi with a consignment of arms and ammunition aboard a parcel express train, SER spokesman Sanjay Ghosh said.
1.35 pm | New Delhi
NGT directs team of Centre, CPCB to supervise scientific disposal of COVID -19 waste
The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed a team, comprising the Centre and the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB), to supervise handling and scientific disposal of COVID-19 waste in accordance with the guidelines.
The tribunal said that while the Bio Medical Waste Rules deal with waste generated in dealing with infectious diseases, the coronavirus pandemic has presented further challenge in terms of capacity to scientifically dispose of generated waste.
1.30 pm | Tamil Nadu
Founder of news portal held for ‘false’ reports in T.N.
The founder of an English news portal has been arrested here on charges of carrying “false” and “provocative” reports against the local administration and government over COVID-19 relief works, police said on Friday.
Andrew Sam Rajapandian, who runs ‘Simplicity’ portal, was arrested on Thursday on a complaint from a city corporation official and produced before a magistrate who remanded him to judicial custody, they said.
1.10 pm | Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh tally crosses 900
Andhra Pradesh recorded 62 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of the State to 955.
With two new deaths reported today, the toll stands at 29.
1.05 pm | Puducherry
Puducherry CM, Ministers test negative for COVID-19
Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy, his cabinet colleagues and legislators tested negative for COVID-19 on Friday.
The Health Department had on Thursday conducted PT-RCR tests for COVID-19 as the leaders have been visiting potentially vulnerable areas in the containment zones on a daily basis to assess measures to prevent the spread of virus in the Union Territory.
1.05 pm | Time
COVID-19 crisis to impact over 29 lakh aviation jobs in India: IATA
The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to impact more than 29 lakh jobs in the Indian aviation and dependent industries, global airlines’ grouping IATA said on Friday.
About India, IATA said the pandemic is expected to potentially impact 29,32,900 jobs in the country’s aviation and its dependent industries. Besides, the groupnoted that the revenue impact for airlines operating to and from the Indian market would be $11.221 billion (over ₹85,000 crore).
1.00 pm | Indore
Tally in Indore crosses 1,000
The COVID-19 tally in Indore, the hardest-hit city in Madhya Pradesh, crossed 1,000 late on April 23 after 84 fresh cases were detected.
So far, the city has recorded 1,029 cases and 55 deaths. As many as 77, or 7.5% of the patients, had recovered from the illness, said Pravin Jadia, Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer.
12.50 pm | Chennai
For second consecutive day, traffic police block Anna Salai
For the second consecutive day on Friday, the city traffic police blocked traffic on arterial Anna Salai, and effected diversions at important junctions to prevent motorists from making unnecessary trips during the lockdown. Many motorists were caught unawares and found themselves stranded at important junctions such as Kotturpuram, Turnbulls Road, General Patter’s Road, Wallajah Road and Little Mount. On Thursday too, key junctions on Anna Salai had been sealed.
M.N. Mayilvahanan, Deputy Commissioner, Traffic(South) said: “As many motorists are not aware of this measure, we are guiding them to take diversions at each junction We will experiment with this on other roads also. No one has been stranded here. We are only diverting vehicular moment to other roads to reduce the traffic on Anna Salai.”
12.40 pm | Delhi
Gambhir performs last rites of domestic help
India’s World Cup-winning former opener Gautam Gambhir performed the last rites of his deceased domestic help after her mortal remains could not be sent to her home in Odisha due to the coronavirus-forced national lockdown.
Gambhir, also a Lok Sabha from the BJP, posted a tribute on his Twitter page for his employee Saraswati Patra, who was working at his residence for the past six years.
“Taking care of my little one can never be domestic help. She was family. Performing her last rites was my duty,” he tweeted.
12.30 pm | Madurai
During COVID-19 lockdown, a good Samaritan in Madurai helps with last rites
On April 13, V. P. Manikandan, a social worker in Madurai, received a call from Chennai. The relative of a person who died at the hospice facility here, could not make it to Madurai due to the COVID-19 lockdown. “I asked for a consent letter and a confirmatory voice note from a member of the family. They immediately sent it and I began making the arrangements for the last rites,” he said.
Mr. Manikandan (44), who used to work as a marketing executive, took to social work in 2012 to ensure that the bodies of people, who were either abandoned by their families or orphaned, were given a decent burial or cremation.
In the wake of the COVID-19 lockdown, he is also helping families who have settled in different parts of the world to ensure that the last rights for their kin are satisfactorily completed.
12.20 pm | Delhi
Results of plasma therapy on Delhi patients encouraging, says Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the results of plasma therapy on four COVID-19 patients look encouraging.
“Ten days ago we got the go-ahead from the Centre for plasma therapy on very serious COVID-19 patients on a limited basis for trial,” he said in a press meet today. “We did so on four patients the results of which are encouraging,” he added.
“Of the four patients, two were in ICU and were given plasma therapy on Tuesday which has improved their condition. They will be shifted out of ICU today,” said Mr. Kejriwal.
“Over the next two to three days we will conduct more such trials and will then apply for permission with the Centre to allow plasma therapy on serious COVID-19 patients across the city,” he added.
The Delhi CM also appealed to cured COVID-19 patients to donate plasma and save lives.
12.10 pm | Uttar Pradesh
13 madrassa students in Kanpur test positive for COVID-19
As many as 13 madrassa students, who had come in contact with Tablighi Jamaat members suffering from COVID-19, have tested positive for the virus here, a senior health official said on Friday.
Chief Medical Officer Dr Ashok Shukla said, 50 samples were tested on Thursday, of which results of 13 have come positive. They are the students of a madrassa in Coolie Bazaar, a hotspot zone, from where about 30 people have already tested positive.
12 pm | Maharashtra
Maharashtra records single-day high of 778 cases on April 22
In a record single-day surge, Maharashtra reported a staggering 778 fresh COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the State’s cumulative tally exceeded the 6,000-case mark to 6,427, while 14 new deaths took the death toll to 283.
According to State health officials, six of these deaths were from Mumbai city, while five more were reported from Pune, and one each from Navi Mumbai, Nandurbar and Dhule, with the latter two districts reporting their first deaths.
10.50 am | India
ICMR nod for coronavirus detection assay developed by IIT Delhi
IIT Delhi said it has got the approval from the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) for a probe-free coronavirus detection assay developed by it.
The institute, in a statement on Thursday, said the assay had been validated at ICMR with a sensitivity and specificity of 100%, making IIT-D the first academic institute to have obtained ICMR approval for a real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based diagnostic assay.
11.20 am | Rajasthan
Rajasthan detects 36 more cases
The tally of COVID-19 positive cases in Rajasthan reached the 2,000-mark with the detection of 36 more virus-infected persons in four districts.
With the death of a 75-year-old male patient in Jaipur, the State death toll is now 29. The man was admitted to the hospital on April 13 for surgical emergency, said the State Medical and Health Department.
10.50 am | Bihar
Six more cases detected in Bihar
Six more COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Bihar, taking the total number of cases in the State to 176.
The newly-detected patients include three men aged 10, 52, and 70 years, and three women aged 18, 48, and 60 years. They hail from Sadar Bazaar area of Jamalpur in Munger district.
10.20 am | Kerala
Four-month-old baby dies of COVID-19 in Kerala
A four-month-old female baby, a native of Manjeri in Malappuram district, undergoing treatment at the Government Medical College Hospital, Kozhikode, died of COVID-19 on early Friday morning. This is the fourth COVID-19 related death in the State, including the Mahe death that was earlier counted in Puducherry UT’s tally.
It is learnt that the body fluid samples of her parents have been sent for lab tests and the doctors who attended to her have been asked to go on quarantine. Efforts to trace the source of infection are on.
10 am | USA
Coronavirus pushes U.S. unemployment toward highest since Depression
Unemployment in the U.S. is swelling to levels last seen during the Great Depression of the 1930s, with 1 in 6 American workers thrown out of a job by the coronavirus, according to new data released Thursday. In response to the deepening economic crisis, the House passed a nearly $500 billion spending package to help buckled businesses and hospitals.
More than 4.4 million laid-off Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week, the government reported. In all, roughly 26 million people — the population of the 10 biggest U.S. cities combined — have now filed for jobless aid in five weeks, an epic collapse that has raised the stakes in the debate over how and when to ease the shutdowns of factories and other businesses.
9.30 am | France
French coronavirus death toll close to 22,000, says health ministry
The number of people who have died from coronavirus infection in France rose by 516 to 21,856 on Thursday, the health ministry said in a statement.
The 2.4% increase was slightly slower than on Tuesday and Wednesday, when the death toll increased by 2.6%, but well below the more than 4% rate seen last week.
The number of people in French hospitals with COVID-19 infection fell further, by 522 or 1.8% to 29,129, the ninth consecutive fall, and the number of people in intensive care fell by 165 or 3.2% to 5,053 in a 15th consecutive fall.
9 am | India
As many as 23,077 people have been detected to be COVID-19 positive in India, while the death toll is 718, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry.
Of this, 17,610 are active cases. The Ministry says that 4,749 patients have recovered from the disease, putting India’s recovery rate at 20.5%.
Meanwhile, according to ICMR update as of 9 a.m., 23,502 samples have been confirmed positive for COVID-19. A total of 5,41,789 samples from 5,25,667 individuals have been tested so far.
8.30 am | Bihar
8 new cases in Bihar
Eight more COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Bihar, taking the total number of cases in the State to 170. The new cases include a man and seven women from Khajpura locality in Patna.
The death toll in the State remains two, while the number of recovered patients is 42.
8.15 am | Odisha
New case detected in Odisha
A West Bengal returnee tests positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, taking the State’s total number of cases to 90, says the State government.
Twenty-nine cases of West Bengal returnees and their close contacts have been detected in Bhadrak, Balasore and Jajpur districts during past six days.
Chennai’s Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital shuts down
Chennai Corporation has shut down Andhra Mahila Sabha Hospital on Durgabai Deshmukh Road in R.A. Puram on April 23 after three healthcare providers — two doctors and a staff nurse, tested positive for coronavirus.
The infected include a gynaecologist, a paediatrician and a staff nurse. The gynaecologist is a 65-year-old woman; the paediatrician is 42 years old and the nurse is 24 years old.