Coronavirus India lockdown Day 18 updates | Most States requested PM Modi to extend lockdown by two weeks, say govt. sources

Over 250 people have died and more than 7,700 have tested positive for COVID-19 in India.

Punjab became the second State after Odisha to extend the lockdown beyond April 14, a day before Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets Chief Ministers to take stock of the situation.


The Union Home Ministry also sought views of State governments on the 21-day lockdown including on whether more categories of people and services need to be exempted, officials said, amidst indications of a possible two-week extension of the nationwide restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus.

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:

4.05 pm | Karnataka

Karnataka extends lockdown till April 30

After a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday, Karnataka has extended the lockdown till April 30, 2020, to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Following the Centre’s suggestions, lockdown norms have been relaxed to fishermen, rural economy largely comprising farming community, industry and labour class.

At a press conference, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced that the lockdown period has been extended from April 14 to April 30.

The Centre is expected to provide a set of guidelines to be followed during the extended period of lockdown, he said.

— Nagesh Prabhu

4.00 pm | Manipur

Third case in Manipur

Medical teams in Manipur have confirmed the third case of coronavirus.

Officials said that a person hailing from Bengaluru tested positive on April 8. He was a resident of Moreh, the border town of Manipur. He had left for Bengaluru earlier this month. On showing symptoms of COVID-19, he was tested there.

Officials said that on receipt of this news medical teams rushed to Moreh and rounded up 19 persons including those who had stayed with him. They were brought to Imphal  and Dr A. Santa, director of Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, said that they will undergo testing.

(Iboyaima Laithangbam)

3.45 pm | Andhra Pradesh

The total numbers of cases in Andhra Pradesh has climbed to 406. The number of deaths stands at 6.

— Appaji Reddem

3.30 pm | India

Most States have requested PM Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. The Central government is considering this request, said government sources.

(Nistula Hebbar)

3.00 pm | Uttar Pradesh

Two more people, including a government doctor, test positive for COVID-19 in Ghaziabad

Two more persons, including a government doctor, was tested positive for COVID-19 in Ghaziabad on Friday night, taking the tally of infected people to 27, an official release said. Out of these, three have totally recovered.


2.50 pm | Maharashtra

Death toll in Dharavi climbs to 4

An 80-year-old man from Dr Baliga Nagar succumbed at the Kasturba Hospital on Saturday. He is the father of a 35-year-old woman who had tested positive earlier.

(Jyoti Shelar)

2.30 pm | West Bengal

Bengal to impose total lockdown in 10 COVID-19 hotspots: CS

The West Bengal government will impose a 14-day ‘total lockdown’ in 10 hotspots from where several COVID-19 cases have been reported, chief secretary Rajiva Sinha said on Saturday.

Though the Chief Secretary did not name the areas, he said local markets and all roads in those areas will be completely shut down, and no one will be allowed to enter or step out of their homes.


2.00 pm | India

Singapore thanks India for facilitating evacuation of its residents

Singapore has expressed gratitude to India for facilitating evacuation of its 699 residents, who returned home on special chartered flights on Friday and Saturday.

The Singapore High Commission in New Delhi, Singapore Consulate-General in Mumbai, and the Singapore Consulate-General in Chennai coordinated the evacuation and ground operations in India.


1.30 pm | Maharashtra

With 92 new cases reported in Maharashtra, the State tally now stands at 1,666.

(Jyoti Shelar)

1.20 pm | Karnataka

Seven new cases reported

Seven new cases have been reported on Saturday, taking the total number to 214. The new cases include five more from Mysuru, one from Bengaluru Urban and another from Bidar.

All the Mysuru cases are contacts of those who tested positive from the Pharma company.

So far six persons have succumbed to the disease and 37 have been discharged.

(Afshan Yasmeen)

1.10 pm | Kerala

Man dies in Kannur

A 71-year-old man who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kannur Government Medical College Hospital died on Saturday.


12:00 pm

PM Modi holds meeting with CMs; lockdown extension focus of discussion

As India battles the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a video conference with Chief Ministers primarily to take their feedback on whether the 21-day nation-wide lockdown should be extended beyond April 14 to stem the tide of the infections.


11:00 am

Prohibit spitting of smokeless tobacco in public places, Health Ministry tells states

“Chewing smokeless tobacco products, paan masala and areca nut (supari) increases the production of saliva followed by a very strong urge to spit. Spitting in public places could enhance the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” the ministry said in a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories.

In view of the increasing danger of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has also appealed to people to refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places.


10:45 am | Andhra Pradesh

Five new positive cases in Kurnool, total goes to 82

District Collector G. Veerapandian on Saturday said the district received results of 108 samples of the primary contacts of Delhi returnees and of them while 103 samples turned negative, 5 new positive cases were reported.


10:35 am | Gujarat

Gujarat records 54 new cases

Gujarat recorded 54 new cases of coronavirus infection on Saturday morning, taking the total number of cases in the State to 432. So far, 34 have recovered while 19 have died. 376 patients are under treatment of which 3 on ventilator support.

(Mahesh Langa)

10:00 am | Puducherry/Kerala

71-year-old man from Mahe dies in Kannur

A 71-year-old man, who was undergoing treatment for COVID-19 at Kannur Government Medical College Hospital died on Saturday. The deceased, a resident of Cherukalai in Mahe, died after his condition deteriorated. Suffering from renal and heart problems, he was kept on a ventilator after admitted with symptoms for the disease.   Meanwhile, the health department could not ascertain how he got the disease. Preliminary investigation revealed that he had visited various parts of the district and was in contact with many others.

(Staff Reporter)

8:00 am | Turkey

Turkey bans citizens from leaving home for 48 hours as death toll tops 1,000

Istanbul, Ankara and other major Turkish cities locked down for two days from midnight on Friday to combat the spread of the coronavirus under an Interior Ministry order, as the country’s death toll from the pandemic rose above 1,000.


8:00 am | China

China reports 46 new coronavirus cases, up from 42 a day earlier

China on Saturday reported a rise in new coronavirus cases, as authorities try to head off a second wave of COVID-19, particularly from imported and asymptomatic infections, as city and travel restrictions are lifted.

The National Health Commission said 46 new cases were reported on Friday, including 42 involving travellers from overseas, up from 42 cases a day earlier.

7:45 am | U.S.

Trump orders a variety of measures to help Italy

U.S. President Donald Trump on Friday ordered top U.S. administration officials to help Italy in fighting the novel coronavirus by providing medical supplies, humanitarian relief and other assistance.

In a memo to several Cabinet ministers, Mr. Trump ordered a variety of measures to help Italy, including making U.S. military personnel in the country available for telemedicine services, helping set up field hospitals, and transporting supplies.

7:00 am | Tamil Nadu

Decision on lockdown after today’s Cabinet meeting

A senior official told The Hindu: “Some doctors recommended a two-week extension and some favoured a three-week extension and some, even beyond. The government will wait for Prime Minister’s video conferencing with Chief Ministers on Saturday and a final decision will be taken during the State Cabinet meeting [in the evening].”

6:30 am | Karnataka

10 districts identified for focused preventive steps

Health and Family Welfare Minister B. Sriramulu told Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Harsh Vardhan that the State has identified 10 COVID-19 hotspot districts for implementing intense monitoring and preventive measures.

4:00 am

Worldwide death toll crosses 1,00,000

The worldwide number of fatalities from the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 100,859 on Friday, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 1900 GMT from official sources.

More than 16,64,110 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 3,35,900 are now considered recovered.

1:15 am

UAE ‘ready to repatriate stranded Indians’

Responding to India’s concerns, the United Arab Emirates has offered to fly stranded Indian nationals who want to return home in view of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ambassador Ahmed Al Banna told The Hindu on Friday that the government of UAE has decided to help all countries fly their citizens home after the completion of the necessary medical tests.


1:00 am

Scarcity of drugs, devices imminent, government warned

A countrywide shortage of medicines and medical devices is likely in the coming weeks, the Department of Pharmaceuticals has warned the Home Ministry, urging it to take immediate steps to help drug makers resume production under the current lockdown.


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