The Union Health Ministry on April 22 said that 19, 984 have so far been tested positive for COVID-19 in the country and there have been 640 deaths. Reports from States, however, put the figure of persons tested positive at 20,262 and death toll at 655.
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:
1.05 pm | Tamil Nadu
Tangedco allows self-assessment of electricity readings
In a major relief for low tension current transformers (LTCT) of industrial and commercial consumers, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has allowed ‘self-assessment’ of electricity readings during the COVID-19 crisis.
1 pm | New Delhi
COVID-19 has devastated the MSME sector: Rahul Gandhi
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has called for ideas on a possible stimulus package for the medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) sector on social media.
“#COVID19 has devastated our micro, small & medium businesses (MSME). The Congress party needs your help. Send us suggestions & ideas for what a MSME economic stimulus package should cover on,” Mr Gandhi said.
1 pm | Washington
U.S. State sues China for COVID-19 pandemic
A U.S. State has filed a lawsuit against China alleging that Beijing’s actions to suppress information, arrest whistleblowers and denying the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus led to “irreparable damage” to countries globally while causing human suffering and severe economic disruption.
Filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the first of its kind lawsuit was filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt against the Chinese government, the ruling Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions.
12.50 pm | Haryana
Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant gets permission to resume operations
Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant granted permission by the district administration to resume operations. It can operate with 4696 persons, 50 vehicles and in single shift.
– Ashok Berwal
12.30 pm | New Delhi
I&B Ministry issues advisory, asks media persons to take precautions
In the wake of a large number of media persons contracting COVID-19, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory to print and electronic media calling on journalists covering coronavirus-related incidents to take precautions.
The advisory also asked the management of media houses to take necessary care of their field as well as office staff.
12.25 pm | Karnataka
Seven new cases in Karnataka
Seven new cases have been detected on Wednesday taking the total cases to 425 in the State. These include 17 deaths and 129 discharged persons.
While five of the new cases are from Kalaburgi, two are from Bengaluru Urban. Bengaluru Urban has reported cases after a gap of three days.
– Afshan Yasmeen
12.20 pm | Telangana
Four journalists in Telangana quarantined
In what is said to be the first instance of journalists suspected to have contracted coronavirus in the State, four journalists — one from Gadwal and three from Mahbubnagar — were quarantined.
12.10 pm | New Delhi
Civil Aviation Ministry employee tests positive
Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted: An employee of the Ministry who had attended office on 15 April 2020 has tested positive for COVID19 on 21st April. All necessary protocols are being stringently followed on the premises. All colleagues who came in contact are being asked to go into self isolation as a precaution. Government of Delhi is seized of the matter. They are taking appropriate steps as per the laid protocol for contact tracing and risk profiling.
11.55 pm | New Delhi
Safety of doctors at workplace non-negotiable: Shah
Safety and dignity of our doctors at their work place is non-negotiable. It is our collective responsibility to ensure conducive atmosphere for them at all times. I have assured doctors that the Modi government is committed to their cause and appealed to reconsider their proposed protest: Home Minister Amit Shah
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has withdrawn their protest after their meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah via video conferencing, in which he assured doctors of their safety.
– Vijaita Singh
11.45 pm | New Delhi
CRPF constable tests positive in Delhi
A CRPF constable who was on leave and reported to the Delhi unit on April 6 said that he had some symptoms. He was put in a quarantine facility at the CRPF centre. He was tested on 17th April after symptoms grew. The reports came out to be positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted in Rajiv Gandhi Hospital here. All his contacts are in quarantine.
– Vijaita Singh
11.30 pm | Andhra Pradesh
Andhra Pradesh now has more than 800 COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 cases crossed the 800 milestone in Andhra Pradesh, reaching 813 as 56 new cases were added in the State in the last 24 hours ending Wednesday morning.
The coronavirus toll rose to 24 while as many patients had recovered and been discharged from hospitals in the last 24 hours, a latest COVID-19 government bulletin said.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah interacted with doctors and Indian Medical Association (IMA) through video conferencing. He assured them security & appealed to them to not to do even symbolic protest as proposed by them, government is with them: MHA spokesperson
Gujarat adds 94 new infections and 5 deaths, taking the numbers to 2272 cases and 95 deaths.
Pregnant women about to deliver must be tested for COVID-19 even if asymptomatic
Pregnant women residing in clusters/containment areas or in large migration gatherings/evacuee centres in hotspot districts and presenting in labour or likely to deliver in five days should be tested for COVID-19 even if asymptomatic.
We have shared up-to-date reports with Central team, says Bengal govt.
A day after the Centre accused the West Bengal government of obstructing the visit of a Central team to the State to take stock of the COVID-19 situation, the State government said that “up-to-date” reports have been shared with the team and “it is not a fact” that there was no cooperation.
Huge spike in cases likely in Mumbai, says Central panel
A five-member Central team has projected that the number of COVID-19 cases in Mumbai will touch an estimated 42,604 by April 30 and spiral to 6,56,407 by May 15.
Based on mathematical modelling for Mumbai by the Union Ministry of Health on April 16, the data presented by the team caught the Maharastra government off guard. The State government contested the methodology and tools used for the latest projection and gap analysis.
U.S. Senate approves nearly $500 billion more for coronavirus bailout
The U.S. Senate on April 21 unanimously approved $484 billion in additional coronavirus relief for the U.S. economy and hospitals treating people sickened by the pandemic, sending the measure to the House of Representatives for final passage later this week.
KEM gets 30-bed ICU for coronavirus patients
KEM Hospital now has a 30-bed ICU facility dedicated to COVID-19 positive patients.
In order to address the issue of patients of the virus dying in transit, the hospital has started a new facility where critical and suspected patients will be kept in a ward equipped with staff and ventilators.
Donations pour in for Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund
Office-bearers of Madras Pawn Brokers’ Association met District Collector R. Sitalakshmi on Tuesday and handed over a cheque for ₹11 lakh towards the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for preventive measures against coronavirus infection.
Govt. to conduct telephonic survey on COVID-19
The Central government will conduct a telephonic survey on COVID-19 calling up citizens on their mobile phones.
“This is to be carried out by NIC and calls will come from the number 1921,” a release said on Tuesday. It is to obtain proper feedback on the prevalence and distribution of symptoms.