India’s COVID-19 positive cases has breached 6200 mark, and deaths have surpassed 200-mark, as the country is under lockdown for the past 15 days.
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3.50 pm | Maharashtra
After Mumbai, masks mandatory in Maharashtra cities
Wearing masks has been made compulsory in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik and Nagpur, where coronavirus has spread on a big scale, Maharashtra minister Anil Deshmukh said on Thursday.
The Home Minister made the appeal in a video message, which his party NCP posted on its Twitter handle.
“Wearing masks has been made compulsory in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, where coronavirus has spread on a big scale. So nobody should step out of their homes in these cities without wearing masks,” he said. – PTI
3.15 pm | Odisha
Two fresh COVID-19 cases in Odisha
Two more COVID-19 cases were reported in Odisha, taking the total number of people afflicted with dreaded virus to 44 in the state.
A 51-year-old woman from Dhenkanal town tested positive for COVID-19 while an elderly man from West Bengal’s Medinipur district was also diagnosed with the infection here, a senior official said. – PTI
2.50 pm | Delhi
Two people admitted for cardiac problems in Max Hospital Saket test positive for COVID-19
Two unrelated people who were admitted in Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in Saket for cardiac problems tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning.
They were initially admitted at Max Hospital Saket, East Block, which was later turned into a COVID-19 treatment facility. They were then moved to Max Smart Super Speciality Hospital in Saket.
“We are still looking into how they contracted the virus. But there is no chance that they would have contracted it from COVID-19 positive patients at the East Block, as the COVID-19 patients were in isolation wards, when these two patients were admitted there,” a spokesperson of the hospital told The Hindu. – Nikhil M. Babu
2.40 pm | Telangana
8 new cases in Nizamabad
Eight patients tested positive for COVID-19 in Nizamabad district taking the total number of positive cases to 47 today.
Dstrict Collector C. Narayana Reddy appealed to the people not to be frightened about the situation. “However, you should cooperate with the administration by remaining indoors,” he said. – Ram Mohan
2.30 pm | Madhya Pradesh
A 62-year-old doctor from Indore died of COVID-19 on Thursday morning while undergoing treatment at a hospital, taking the toll owing to the illness to 22 in the city.
2.10 pm | Karnataka
Karnataka to cut 30% pay of legislators, Ministers for one year
The Karnataka Cabinet on Thursday decided to slash 30% monthly salaries and allowances of MLAs, MLCs and Ministers, the Speaker and the Deputy Speaker for one year.
The cut in salary would save the state exchequer Rs 15.36 crore for one year. – Nagesh Prabhu
2.00 pm | Maharashtra
NSCI stadium now a quarantine facility
The Mumbai civic body converted the NSCI stadium in Worli as an observation facility for people who may have come in contact with coronavirus patients.
The Sardar Vallabhai Patel stadium at the National Sports Club of India (NSCI) complex is close to Worli Koliwada, one of the coronavirus hotspots in the city.
“We have converted the venue into a special observation zone,” said Mazhar Nadiadwala, Managing Director of Dome Entertainment which runs the stadium.
The company has set up 300 beds with standardised facilities, in line with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) guidelines, and also offered adjacent rooms to the civic body. – PTI
1.45 pm | Karnataka
10 new cases in Karnataka
Ten new COVID-19 cases were reported in Karnataka on Thursday. With this, the total number of positive cases in the state stands at 191.
This includes six deaths and 28 patients who are discharged.
A bulletin by the Department of Health and Family Welfare states that three cases are reported in Bagalkote, two each from Bengaluru and Mysuru, one each from Chikkaballapur, Mandya and Belagavi. While eight of them were in contact with COVID-19 patients, two of the patients had travelled to New Delhi. – Tanu Kulkarni
1.20 pm | Tamil Nadu
Anna University reschedules exams
Anna University’s end of semester exams which were scheduled to be held during April or May 2020 has been rescheduled due to the national lockdown, the Controller of Examinations said in a statement.
The revised dates and timetable will be published after the lockdown, it added.
12.45 pm | Andhra Pradesh
No fresh cases reported from AP
The blood samples of over 200 people have tested negative for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh overnight as the total cases remained at 348, a health department bulletin said on Thursday.
No new COVID-19 cases were reported in the last 12 hours since 9 pm on Wednesday till 9 AM on Thursday, it said.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state stood at 348, with 335 active cases. – PTI
12.30 pm | Odisha
Odisha extends lockdown till April 30
Odisha government has decided to extend the lockdown until April 30.
Educational institutions in Odisha will also remain closed till June 17.
The State has requested the Centre to do the same and not to resume airline and railway services till April end. – Prafulla Das
12.20 pm | Jharkhand
With 8 fresh COVID-19 cases having reported in the last 24 hours, the overall count in the state rose to 13 – five in Bokaro, including the deceased, seven in Ranchi and one in Hazaribag. – PTI
12.10 pm | Bihar
Siwan reports 20 cases
With new COVID-19 cases detected in different districts of Bihar, the State’s tally has gone up to 51.
Siwan district has become a hotspot in the State with 20 positive cases being detected. – Amarnath Tewary
11.40 am | Rajasthan
Seven people who returned from Indore test positive in Rajasthan
The number of COVID-19 positive cases in Rajasthan has increased to 413 with the detection of 30 more cases today.
Seven each were detected in Jhalawar, Jhunjhunu and Tonk districts, according to Rajasthan government’s Medical & Health Department..
The Jhalawar patients have a travel history of Indore in Madhya Pradesh, while two of the positive cases in Jhunjhunu returned from Qatar and Dubai.
The seven cases in Tonk are contacts of infected Tablighi Jamaat workers.
Five cases were found in Jaisalmer district’s Pokhran town, two in Banswara and one each in Jodhpur and Barmer. – Mohammed Iqbal
11.30 am | Maharashtra
162 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra
Maharashtra reported 162 new coronavirus cases on Thursday, the highest rise in a single day. The State’s tally is 1,297.
“Out of the 162 new cases, 143 have been reported from Mumbai,” an health official said.
The other cities where people have tested positive are: Kalyan-Dombivli-four, Pune and Aurangabad-three each, Pimpri Chinchwad and Navi Mumbai-two each, and Yavatmal, Thane city, Mira Bhayandar, Vasai-Virar and Sindhudurg- one each. – Shoumojit Banerjee
11.15 am | Madhya Pradesh
Eight of family in Khargone test positive for COVID-19
Seven family members of a man in Khargone district who had returned from South Africa tested positive on Wednesday, taking the city tally 12 cases. The man is already undergoing treatment for the virus.
Rajni Davar, district Chief Medical and Health Officer, said the man had returned from South Africa via New Delhi on March 22, and was admitted to a hospital on March 31, and later tested positive for the disease.
The infected members, one girl and the rest men, are aged between 13 and 75. They have been shifted to the Khargone district hospital.
Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday recorded 69 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the tally to 380. Indore alone recorded 40 new cases on the day, whereas Bhopal recorded nine. So far, 29 patients have succumbed to the illness in the State, with 21 of them being residents of Indore. – Sidharth Yadav
11.10 am | New Delhi
‘India will do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19’
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India will do everything possible to help the humanity’s fight against COVID-19, responding to US President Donald Trump who thanked India for the decision to allow the export of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.
“Fully agree with you President @realDonaldTrump. Times like these bring friends closer,” Modi tweeted.
The India-US partnership is stronger than ever, he said.
“India shall do everything possible to help humanity’s fight against COVID-19,” the prime minister said. – PTI
11.00 am | Gujarat
55 fresh cases reported from Gujarat
Gujarat has reported 55 new COVID-19 cases, of which 50 are from Ahmedabad. One patient has succumbed to the virus in Ahmedabad.
The State has reported 241 cases so far, including 17 deaths. As many as 26 patients have recovered. – Mahesh Langa
10.15 am | Jharkhand
First COVID-19 death in Jharkhand
A 72-year-old man died of coronavirus in Bokaro district, the first COVID-19 death reported in Jharkhand.
The patient died on Wednesday night, Bokaro District Chief Medical Officer Ashok Kumar Pathak said. – PTI
9.50 am | Chhattisgarh
Man tests positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh
A 52-year-old man tested positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 11.
The man had come in contact with 16 Tablighi Jamaat members who were staying at a mosque in Purani Basti area of Katghora town.
The Katghora town has been put under complete lockdown and its border has been sealed as a precautionary measure. This is the third case reported from Katghora. – PTI
9.15 am | USA
11 Indians die of coronavirus in U.S.
At least 11 Indians have died of COVID-19 in the United States with another 16 testing positive for the infection which has claimed more than 14,000 lives and afflicted more than four lakh people in the US.
All Indian citizens who have succumbed to the deadly infection in the U.S. are male, with ten of them from New York and New Jersey area. Four of the victims are said to be taxi drivers in New York City. – PTI
9.00 am | Punjab
One more death reported from Ropar district in Punjab
Another COVID-19 death has been reported in Punjab, taking the toll in the State to nine, according to a senior official.
Confirming the death, Punjab Special Chief Secretary K.B.S Sidhu said the patient who was tested positive was a 55-year-old man hailing from Chatamli village in Ropar district. “The protocol for handling the body under COVID-19 is being followed,” he said.
8.30 am | Karnataka
An eighty-year-old woman from Gadag who had tested positive for COVID-19 has passed away.
According to official sources she passed away on Wednesday midnight reportedly due to cardiac arrest. Further details are awaited.
7.50 am | Bihar
With one more positive case of a 38 year old man from Nawada district, the total number of COVID-19 positive persons in Bihar goes up to 39. – Amarnath Tewary
7.20 am | USA
U.S. coronavirus death toll passes 14,600
U.S. deaths due to coronavirus topped 14,600 on Wednesday, the second-highest reported number in the world behind Italy, according to a Reuters tally. New York has accounted for nearly half of them.
Officials have warned Americans to expect alarming numbers of coronavirus deaths this week, even as an influential university model on Wednesday scaled back its projected U.S. pandemic death toll by 26% to 60,000.
Face masks compulsory while stepping out
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday said that people stepping out of their houses will have to compulsorily wear a face mask.
“Wearing of facial masks can reduce the spread of coronavirus substantially. Therefore, it has been decided that facial masks will be compulsory for anyone stepping out of their house. Cloth mask shall be eligible too [sic.],” he said in a tweet.
CM calls for more hands to join war
Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday appealed to ex-servicemen with experience in medical corps to return to hospitals to join the State in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. He also urged retired ward boys, nurses, and individuals, who have completed course in nursing to come forward.