Coronavirus India lockdown Day 15 updates | 60 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra

Ghughuti Bulletin

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The Union government on Tuesday indicated that it was actively considering an extension of the 21-day nationwide lockdown that began on March 25 and due to end on April 14 as many States have openly appealed for its continuation in the face of rise in COVID-19 case. The number of positive cases have crossed 5,300, with Maharashtra alone reporting over 1000 cases.

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 are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.

Numbers to note:

24/7 national helpline can be reached at 1075, 1930, 1944 (dedicated to Northeast), 1800-112-545 and 011-23978046.

WhatsApp helpdesk number: 9013151515.

Email: ncov2019-at-gmail.com.

Here are the latest updates:

12.00 noon | New Delhi

Ensure availability of essential goods: Home Ministry to States

Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has written to all State Chief Secretaries to take urgent steps to ensure availability of essential goods, by invoking provisions of the Essential Commodities (EC) Act 1955.

There are reports of loss of production due to various factors, it may lead to hoarding, black marketing, profiteering.  Invoke provisions of EC Act, fix stock limits, cap prices, and enhance production of essential commodities, the letter states. – Vijaita Singh

11.40 am | Tamil Nadu

Police personnel made people visiting vegetable markets without masks to garland each other with 'curry leaves mala' and present a 'cauliflower bouquet', in Chennai's Broadway bus stand on Wednesday.Police personnel made people visiting vegetable markets without masks to garland each other with 'curry leaves mala' and present a 'cauliflower bouquet', in Chennai's Broadway bus stand on Wednesday.

Police personnel made people visiting vegetable markets without masks to garland each other with ‘curry leaves mala’ and present a ‘cauliflower bouquet’, in Chennai’s Broadway bus stand on Wednesday.  
| Photo Credit: R. Ragu

 

11.30 am | Delhi

Kejriwal to hold meeting with Delhi MPs on coronavirus

A vendor offers tea to police personnel at Ghazipur Mandi in East Delhi on Wednesday.A vendor offers tea to police personnel at Ghazipur Mandi in East Delhi on Wednesday.

A vendor offers tea to police personnel at Ghazipur Mandi in East Delhi on Wednesday.  
| Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena

 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting with all Delhi MPs on the issue of coronavirus via video conference on Wednesday.

The chief minister will discuss the measures with the Members of Parliament (MPs) to deal with COVID-19 in the national capital, an official said. – PTI

11.25 am | Maharashtra

60 new cases in Maharashtra; State COVID-19 tally jumps to 1,078

Sixty new coronavirus cases were reported in Maharashtra on Wednesday, taking the toll number of such cases in the state to 1,078.

Among the new cases, 44 have been found in Mumbai, nine in Pune, four in Nagpur, and one each in Ahmednagar, Akola and Buldhana. – PTI

11.00 am | Uttar Pradesh

Delhi nurse tests positive in Noida

A Delhi nurse working with a private hospital in Noida’s Sector 62 tested positive on Tuesday evening. The 20-year-old woman worked with a lab technician, who was tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi, officials said.

A health department official said the woman was staying at a paying guest facility in Noida’s Sector 62 after the lockdown.

The premises of the rented accommodation and the area around it has been sealed and was sanitised. Also, the wing of the hospital where she worked has been sealed and sanitisation of the hospital premises was carried out. – Anuj Kumar

10.40 am | Rajasthan

Five more cases in Rajasthan

Rajasthan’s total COVID-19 positive cases increases to 348 with five more cases detected today.

Three of them are from Jaipur and one each from Bikaner and Banswara. All of them came in contact with the persons previously identified as positive, Medical & Health Department bulletin said.

The figure includes 36 evacuees from Iran staying in Army’s facilities in the State. – Mohammed Iqbal

10.30 am | Gujarat

Gujarat’s total COVID-19 positive cases jump to 179 with four more cases reported from the State on Wednesday morning. – Mahesh Langa

10.20 am | Maharashtra

Two more deaths in Pune as district’s toll rises to 10

Two more COVID-19-related deaths were reported from Pune district on Wednesday morning as the district’s death toll rose to 10 while Maharashtra’s death toll soared to 66.

A 44-year-old man who was kept on a ventilator in the city’s Naidu Hospital, and another patient at the Sassoon Hospital passed away.

The district has recorded 157 Covid-19 positive cases so far, with 136 of these being from urban and rural Pune and the remaining 21 being from Pimpri-Chinchwad. – Shoumojit Banerjee

8.30 am | U.S.

Acting U.S. Navy secretary resigns

Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly resigned on Tuesday after he faced mounting backlash for firing and ridiculing the commander of a U.S. aircraft carrier who pleaded for help stemming a Coronavirus outbreak onboard. Mr. Modly’s resignation highlighted the U.S. military’s struggle to meet increasingly competing priorities: maintaining readiness for conflict and safeguarding service members as the virus spreads globally.

8.00 am | U.S.

New York deaths exceeds 4,000

New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 4,000 on Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the terrorist attack on World Trade Center on 9/11. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lay in intensive care, believed to be the first major world leader hospitalised with the virus.

7.45 am | Assam

Another positive case, count rises to 28

A new COVID-19 case related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation was reported in Assam on Tuesday, taking the number to 28, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The 65-year old man, who has a travel history to Saudi Arabia, tested positive, the minister tweeted on Tuesday night. The patient, from Hailakandi, is also linked to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin’s Nizamuddin area, he tweeted.

7.30 am | U.S.

Trump accuses WHO of being China-centric, threatens to cut funding

U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he would put a hold on America’s funding to the World Health Organization, accusing it of becoming China-centric during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

“We’re going to put a hold on money spent to the WHO. We’re going to put a very powerful hold on it and we’re going to see. It’s a great thing if it works. But when they call every shot wrong, that’s no good,” Mr. Trump told reporters at his daily White House news conference.

4.00 am | Punjab

Punjab registers a death, eight new cases

Another Covid -19 death was reported in Punjab on Tuesday, taking the death toll in the State to eight, according to an official statement.

According to the health department, a patient from Amritsar died on April 7, while eight fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported, taking the tally of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 99, it added.

 

Government mulls lockdown extension amid requests from the States

The Union government on Tuesday indicated that it was actively considering an extension of the 21-day nationwide lockdown that began on March 25 and due to end on April 14 as many States have openly appealed for its continuation in the face of rise in COVID-19 cases. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he would request the Centre to extend the lockdown.

 

 

 

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