Madhya Pradesh has emerged as one of the current hotspots for COVID-19 cases in India as the State reported 20 deaths in 24 hours, bringing the total death toll in the country above 470. Worldwide, over 20 lakh cases have been reported and the overall death toll is nearly 1,40,000.
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 is a collection of our daily cartoons on COVID-19.
Here are the latest updates:
3 pm | Malaysia
Malaysia turns back Rohingya boat over virus fears
Malaysia has denied entry to a boat carrying about 200 Rohingya due to coronavirus fears, the air force said, after news emerged this week that scores died on another crowded vessel.
Activists are now fearful that large numbers of Rohingya, a persecuted Muslim minority from mostly Buddhist Myanmar, may be trapped on boats at sea and unable to reach other countries.
The Rohingya boat was spotted Thursday by a Malaysian air force jet off the northwestern island of Langkawi and then intercepted by two navy vessels backed by a helicopter.
Malaysian sailors gave the Rohingya food before escorting them out of the country’s waters, the air force said.
2.55 pm | Belgium
Number of deaths due to COVID-19 passes 5,000 in Belgium.
2.50 pm | Karnataka
Mandya reports 3 new cases
The number of COVID-19 cases in Mandya rose to 11 with three isolated persons from Malavalli testing positive for the virus.
All the three [P-322, P-323 and P-324] are primary contacts of P-171, a Malavalli resident who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference at Nizamuddin masjid in New Delhi last month, said the Department of Health and Family Welfare sources.
69 people have been isolated from Friday as they have been in contact with these three new COVID-19 patients, said Mandya Deputy Commissioner M.V. Venkatesh.
– M. T. Shiva Kumar
2.45 pm | Tamil Nadu
2.30 pm | Telangana
Export curbs on formulations of Paracetamol lifted
The Centre has permitted the export of formulations made from Paracetamol. The government has, however, decided to continue with the restriction on export of Paracetamol APIs that were placed, along with that on export of the formulations, on March 3.
A common fever medication globally, Paracetamol is the most sought after and widely used drug ever since the COVID-19 outbreak.
2.20 pm | Odisha
14-day quarantine for Odisha’s healthcare providers
Doctors, nurses and all health service providers in Odisha’s COVID-19 hospitals are placed under quarantine for 14 days after they have tended to patients for about the same period in a particular month, a top official here said.
Arrangements for safety have been made for health workers in the facilities earmarked for coronavirus patients, and those dealing with suspected or confirmed cases provided with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Development Commissioner S.C. Mohapatra said.
2.15 pm | Tamil Nadu
Anna University cancels all end-semester examinations. New dates to be announced later.
– Sujatha R
2.15 pm | New Delhi
Congress makes 10-point demand charter to Kejriwal govt.
Congress makes 10-point demand charter to the Kejriwal government in Delhi to help those in distress due to COVID-19.
Ajay Maken said that migrant workers were the backbone of any city and should be incentivised. The government must make them feel safe in Delhi and other towns, he says.
He says that the Congress was disappointed with the announcements made by the RBI and that the government should take more measures to help those affected by COVID-19
He also sought for regulations to check the spread of the virus by delivery people in Delhi.
2 pm | New Delhi
Women’s hockey team to raise funds for the poor affected by the lockdown
The Indian women’s hockey team launched a fun fitness challenge to raise funds for the migrant labourers whose families have been affected by the nationwide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 18-day challenge aims to raise money through crowdfunding to feed at least 1,000 families while also encouraging people to adapt to an active lifestyle during the nationwide lockdown that has been extended till May 3.
1.55 pm | Srinagar
A COVID-19 patient, 70-year-old resident from north Kashmir, has died in a Srinagar hospital. The toll in J&K has touched five due to Coronavirus. The patient was admitted to the hospital on April 2, officials said.
– Peerzada Ashiq
1.50 pm | Karnataka
Positive cases in Dakshina Kannada rise to 13
A 39-year old resident of Uppinangady with travel history of Delhi and under quarantine since April 1, tested positive to Covid-19 on Saturday here.
Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh in a statement here said the person was kept in quarantine facility of the district administration since April 1. While the person tested negative for Covid-19 on April 2, samples collected on April 13 indicated that the person has contracted the disease.
The person is now shifted to district government Wenlock Hospital, the designated Covid hospital and is under treatment. With this, the total number of Covid-19 positive cases from DK rose to 13, while nine are already discharged and are under observation, the DC said.
– Anil Shastri
1.45 pm | Karnataka
12 positive cases in Mysuru, in biggest single-day rise
In a biggest single-day rise in COVID-19 cases in Mysuru, 12 new positive cases have been reported and 11 of them are linked to the pharmaceutical company in Nanjangud.
Multiple cases are being reported from Mysuru almost on a daily basis after a brief lull and the spike in cases from Nanjangud had put the district among the country’s hotspots. Till date, 61 cases are linked to Jubilant Generics Limited in Nanjangud, which is now turning into be a biggest cluster.
11 cases – 10 from Nanjangud and one from Mysuru – are the contacts of Patient Number 52, the man who was the first employee of company to test positive.
– Shankar Bennur
1.40 pm | Odisha
Odisha government has announced that it will to test 5,000 samples in Bhubaneswar over the next seven days for COVID-19. With a population of 10 lakh people, the city has emerged as a hotspot with 46 positive cases so far.
– Prafulla Das
1.30 pm | Uttar Pradesh
Man tests positive, booked for violating lockdown in U.P.
Unnao police have lodged an FIR against a person who tested positive for COVID-19 on charges of allegedly violating the lockdown norms by attending religious meetings.
The district, adjoining Lucknow, reported its first positive case on Thursday from the Kotwali area.
After the person tested positive, “during investigation we found out that the person along his friends was regularly violating the lockdown,” said Circle Officer Unnao City Yadvendra Yadav.
1.10 pm | Kerala
Kerala exploring alternatives to salary challenge
The State government is seriously exploring alternatives to Salary Challenge announced for employees and teachers last week.
Finance Minister T. M. Thomas Isaac said here on Friday that the Cabinet would take a call on the issue soon.
The move comes in the wake of the lukewarm response from employees and political resistance of the Congress-led United Democratic Front to the proposal. The government had appealed to donate a month’s salary either as a lumpsum or in instalments to the Chief Minister’s Distress Relief Fund.
12.50 pm | Telangana
How a woman’s death in a Hyderabad hospital revealed 19 more COVID-19 cases
In what can be called a textbook case of the spread of COVID-19, a patient’s uninformed decision to visit a private hospital for treatment has resulted not only in her death, but also the infection spreading to 19 more persons.
Index case in this instance was an aged matriarch of a family residing in Talabkatta (or Talab Chanchalam) area of Santhosh Nagar Circle, which has been declared as containment zone now. Ailing from several other co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and kidney problem for long, she developed bronchial infection recently, and went to a private hospital in Purani Haveli area for treatment.
12.35 pm | Delhi
No private school will be allowed to increase fees during lockdown: Delhi Deputy CM
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia said on Friday that no private school in Delhi will be allowed to increase school fees during lockdown.
I have received complaints that many schools have increased their fees and some schools are shutting online class facility for students if parents are not paying fees, said Mr. Sisodia.
Online education must be provided to all students, he said, adding that even if parents are not able to pay the fees, the student’s name should not be cut from the classes.
No school will demand fee on a three-month basis; they will charge only tuition fee for one month, he said.
Mr. Sisodia added that the schools will not be allowed to charge any transportation fees or any addition fee apart from basic tuition fee.
As for the teachers, all private schools will have to pay salaries to all teaching and non teaching staff contractual and non contractual during lockdown, said the Deputy CM.
He added that strict action will be taken against private schools not following these orders.
12.25 pm | Madhya Pradesh
Indore registers 8 new deaths, total toll in the State rises to 75
Madhya Pradesh reported 20 deaths in the last 24 hours, bringing its death toll to 75. Of this, eight deaths took place in Indore, its most populous city.
Indore also registered 256 new cases in a day, the most for the city till date.
On Wednesday the count in the city stood at 586. With reports from New Delhi detecting 218 new cases and from the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, 26, the numbers grew by 43% to 842.
12.15 pm | Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu has received 24,000 rapid testing kits for detecting coronavirus infections.
This is part of an order placed by the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation. The State may receive a share from the Central government’s consignment too, officials said.
12.10 pm | Chhattisgarh
3 more test coronavirus positive in Chhattisgarh
Three more people, including two women, tested positive for coronavirus in Katghora town of Chhattisgarh’s Korba district, taking the number of such cases in the State to 36, officials said on Friday. The number of active cases in the State is 13, as 23 people have recovered from the infection.
Katghora, located around 200 km from the State capital Raipur, has emerged as the top COVID-19 hotspot in Chhattisgarh with 27 confirmed cases reported so far from the town.
Three people, including two women, from the Purani basti area of the town tested positive for coronavirus on late on Thursday night, Korba Collector Kiran Kaushal said.
They had come in contact with infected persons in the locality, she said, adding the trio has been shifted to AIIMS Raipur for treatment.
12.05 pm | Andhra Pradesh
As per latest reports, 38 new coronavirus positive cases have been registered during the last 24 hours in Andhra Pradesh. The total number of cases in the State now stands at 572.
As many as 14 people have died in the State due to COVID-19 so far while 20 people have recovered.
12 pm | Kerala
Kerala cautious about asymptomatic carriers
The State is cautious about the asymptomatic spread of COVID-19, Health Minister K.K. Shylaja has said.
“But since we have quarantined people aggressively and campaigned for social distancing, asymptomatic spread is likely to be limited.” Asymptomatic spread has been found in some through contact tracing, but there is no evidence of it yet in the community, the Minister told The Hindu on Thursday.
11.50 am | Uttar Pradesh
Set up task force for economic revival in UP; provide relief to farmers, labourers: Priyanka to CM
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Friday sought the setting up of a task force for economic revival in Uttar Pradesh and providing relief for farmers and labourers in the state suffering due to the crisis created by coronavirus.
In a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, she demanded that farmers be assured of the procurement of their produce and their pending dues for sugarcane crop be cleared immediately.
11.45 am | Rajasthan
Another death in Rajasthan
Rajasthan reported the the death of a 56-year-old who had tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
The man, hailing from Jodhpur, was also suffering from acute cardiac disease, according to the State Medical and Health Department. With this, the death toll in the State is now 16.
Meanwhile, 38 new COVID-19 positive cases were detected in Rajasthan today, taking the State’s tally to 1,169. A total of 164 patients have recovered.
11.30 am | Gujarat
Two new deaths in Gujarat
Gujarat saw two new deaths and 92 new confirmed cases of coronavirus infection, bringing the total number of cases in the State to 1,021. The death toll stands at 38.
As many as 74 patients have recovered so far.
A 55-year-old man from Ahmedabad and a 31-year-old man from Vadodara are the most recent victims of COVID-19. Of the 38 deaths, 18 were residents of Ahmedabad and six of Vadodara.
11.10 am | Karnataka
Karnataka’s testing rates lowest among southern States
Karnataka is yet to obtain the much-awaited rapid testing kits for COVID-19 from China. This has lead to delay in beginning randomised tests, which was supposed to have commenced on April 12.
Although Karnataka has been boasting of a relatively low number of positive cases compared to other States, an analysis by The Hindu shows that Karnataka has the lowest testing per million population among the southern States (barring Telangana). While the rate of testing in Telangana is not in public domain, Karnataka’s rate is lower than Tamil Nadu, Kerala, and Andhra Pradesh.
11 am | Uttar Pradesh
Man dies in Meerut, UP death toll is now 14
One more person infected with COVID-19 succumbed in Meerut on Thursday night, taking the number of casualties in Uttar Pradesh to 14.
This is the second death in Meerut, one of the hotspots in the State, because of COVID-19, said officials. “The 57-year-old was admitted to the isolation ward of Meerut Medical College. His condition deteriorated late on Thursday and he died during treatment,” said Raj Kumar, chief medical officer, Meerut.
10.40 am | China
China’s Wuhan revises up total coronavirus death toll by 1,290
China’s Wuhan city, the epicentre of the Coronavirus outbreak, said on Friday it had revised up its total coronavirus death toll by 1,290, admitting that many cases were “mistakenly reported” or missed entirely, according to state-run CCTV.
The adjustment, detailed in a social media posting by the city government, adds 1,290 deaths to the tally in Wuhan.
10.20 am | India
Construction in rural areas, micro finance institutions exempt from lockdown
Non-banking financial institutions, housing finance, and micro finance institutions will be allowed to function with minimum staff during the lockdown, the Ministry of Home Affairs said on Friday.
According to MHAs latest guidelines, the following items have been exempted from the lockdown:
- Collection, harvesting of minor forest produce, non-timber forest produce by ST, forest dwellers
- Bamboo, coconut, arecanut, cocoa, spices plantation — their harvesting, processing, packaging, sale and marketing
- Construction activities in rural areas, water supply, sanitation, laying of power, telecom lines
9.50 am | Bihar
6-month-old tests positive in Bihar
With three more COVID-19 positive cases detected in Munger district of Bihar, the total number of coronavirus cases in the State goes up to 83.
The newly-detected cases include a 6-month-old baby girl, a 55-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman.
9.40 am | USA
Record 4,591 Americans die in last 24 hours
A record number of 4,591 Americans have died in the last 24 hours due to the deadly coronavirus in the U.S., which has the highest number of COVID-19 casualties in the world.
According to the Johns Hopkins University data, by 8 p.m. on Thursday, as many as 4,591 Americans have died in the last 24 hours, The Wall Street Journal said.
The previous highest was 2,569 on Wednesday.
9.30 am | India
A total of 13,387 confirmed cases of coronavirus infections have been reported in India, as per the latest update from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
This includes 11,201 active cases and 1,749 discharged ones. As many as 437 deaths have been registered due to COVID-19.
India pegs fatality rate at 3.3%
India registered over 800 COVID-19 positive cases on Thursday, with the tally touching 12,759 cases and 420 deaths. These include over 10,824 active cases. A total of 1,541 people have been cured and discharged and one had migrated. The total number of cases include 76 foreign nationals.
The Health Ministry noted that India’s case fatality rate is 3.3% and percentage of people recovered is 12.02.