Coronavirus India lockdown Day 16 updates | Odisha extends lockdown till April 30

Ghughuti Bulletin

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.

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.


Here are the latest updates:

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.


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