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.
Data from the State authorities puts the number of positive cases at over 5,200 and the death toll crossed 170.
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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.