Coronavirus India latest updates: 16% patients recovered in India

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: As per the last Union health ministry update on Wednesday, the tally of total cases in India stood at 20,471 with 652 deaths and 3,949 recoveries. However, a PTI tally reported by various states/UTs put the nationwide tally of confirmed cases at 21,293 with 683 deaths and 4,103 recoveries. Meanwhile, the global coronavirus cases surpassed the 2.6 million mark.

Here are the latest updates on coronavirus:

16% of Covid-19 patients recovered in India
16% of Covid-19 patients have recovered from the disease across states. Delhi has recorded maximum of 724 recoveries, followed by Tamil Nadu (662), Rajasthan (344) and Kerala (308).

Fighting Covid-19 in India’s biggest slum
The 125,000 slum-dwellers living under a lockdown so strict that drones monitor their moves and alert police if they attempt to leave home are at the heart of India’s push to contain coronavirus. But with only a handful of people tested so far in the country’s biggest slum, fears are growing that “Mission Dharavi” — a term coined by officials working there — may not prevent the virus from raging across the densely packed neighbourhood. City officials ask how can social distancing be enforced when 10-15 people live in a single room. Some 2,500 people, including medical workers, cleaners and volunteers, who are fighting to keep cases — at nearly 200, with 12 deaths — from spiralling out of control and overwhelming hospitals.

52% new cases from Maharashtra, Gujarat
The gravity of the Covid-19 outbreak continues to be grim in Maharashtra and Gujarat with the two western states accounting for more than 52% of the total 1,273 fresh cases recorded across the country on Wednesday. Of the 39 new deaths, 79% came from the two western states — 18 from Maharashtra and 13 from Gujarat. With 229 fresh cases recorded in the last 24 hours, Gujarat on Wednesday emerged as the second worst affected state after Maharashtra, which reported 431 new cases. Meanwhile, Delhi reported more than 2,200 cases. Rajasthan also has over 1,800 cases, while Tamil Nadu has crossed 1,600 and Madhya Pradesh has over 1,500 positive cases. Uttar Pradesh has so far reported over 1,400 cases.

Punishment for attacking health personnel during coronavirus: Upto seven years in prison
Adopting “zero tolerance” for attacks on health workers fighting the COVID-19 battle, the government on Wednesday proposed making such offences non-bailable with maximum punishment of seven years in jail and Rs 5 lakh fine.

71 Delhi Police personnel sent to quarantine
As many as 71 Delhi Police personnel were on Wednesday directed to be in quarantine after they came in contact with a head constable who tested positive for COVID19, police said. The head constable was posted with Delhi Police Special Cell. Earlier, on April 21 three police personnel posted in the Nabi Karim area tested positive. As per the Union health ministry, 2,248 people in Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19, including 47 deaths. Around 611 persons have been cured in the national capital.

Over 2050 people arrested; nearly one crore collected in fines in Assam
The Assam Police on Wednesday said it has arrested more than 2,050 people across the state in the last 29 days for defying the lockdown orders. Nearly Rs 1 crore has been collected from them as fine, police said. In its daily report on the lockdown, the Assam Police mentioned that 1,156 cases have been registered in connection with 2,007 incidents since the beginning of the lockdown. Accordingly, 2,059 people have been arrested, it said.

73 cops quarantined after five Moradabad violence accused test positive
As many as 73 police personnel who came in contact with those arrested in connection with the Nawabpura stone-pelting incident in Moradabad last week were quarantined on Wednesday after five of the accused tested positive for coronavirus, a police official said. The five accused are among the 17 who were arrested after a mob attacked a team of health workers in Nawabpura area here on April 15 to prevent it from taking a coronavirus-infected man to an isolation facility.

485 evacuees test negative for COVID-19: IAF
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has said that a total of 485 people were airlifted from Hindan, Jaisalmer and Jodhpur to Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh on April 21-22. The evacuees were quarantined at various facilities. On completion of the quarantine period, they were tested for COVID-19 and found negative.

Indian workers disinfect coronavirus hotspots
The plight of India’s under-protected medical workers has drawn widespread attention, but workers disinfecting cities are also at risk as they venture into designated containment zones. A sanitation worker Dev Dutt Sharma said, “he does feel afraid because I have a family”. Sharma, 38, is one of more than 3,500 workers usually tasked with combating malaria for the South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Localities with more than three or four cases are disinfected as a special precaution measure. Such measures boost sanitation and strengthen awareness of government actions, said virologist Shahid Jameel.

UN chief: Pandemic is fast becoming a ‘human rights crisis’
U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is “a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.” The U.N. chief said in a video message that there is discrimination in the delivery of public services to tackle COVID-19 and there are “structural inequalities that impede access to them.” Guterres said the pandemic has also seen “disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, the targeting of vulnerable groups, and the risks of heavy-handed security responses undermining the health response.”

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 2.6mn, deaths top 183,000
The number of global coronavirus cases has surpassed the 2.6 million mark, while the death toll has increased to over 183,000, according to the Johns Hopkins University. As of Thursday morning, the overall number of cases across the world stood at 2,627,630, with a total of 183,336 fatalities, the university’s Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

USA reports highest Covid-19 cases and deaths in world
The US continues to be the worst affected, with 841,556 cases and 46,688 deaths, the highest tallies in the world, according to a tally compiled by the Johns Hopkins University.

Spain has second highest cases in world; Italy second highest deaths
In terms of cases, Spain accounts for the second highest at 208,389, followed by Italy 187,327, France 157,135, Germany 150,648 and the UK 134,638, the Johns Hopkins University tally showed. Italy currently has the second highest number of deaths in the world at 25,085, followed by Spain 21,717, France 21,340, and the UK 18,100.

WHO chief says ‘virus will be with us for a long time
WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said on Wednesday that most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics and some that were affected early in the pandemic are starting to see a resurgence in cases. He said that the virus will be with us for a long time, “make no mistake we have a long way to go,” he added, while noting progress in Western Europe. Ghebreyesus also warned that opening up global travel needed to be managed carefully.

(With inputs from agencies)

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