Over 9 lakh persons are under active COVID-19 surveillance in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Friday. Data from States put the death toll at 785.
The country registered another biggest single-day spike with over 1,752 positive COVID cases since Thursday. India currently has 18,272 active cases, while 4,813 people have recovered, which puts the recovery rate at 20.57%, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said.
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Here are the latest updates:
4.10 pm | Delhi
Not entire Delhi a hotspot: Delhi health minister on lockdown relaxations
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Saturday said there are 92 coronavirus hotspots in the national capital but the entire city is not a hotspot.
Mr. Jain was replying to a query on whether the Delhi government was considering easing the curbs enforced to contain the spread of novel coronavirus.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had earlier this week said the lockdown will continue as usual in the national capital and no relaxation of prohibitions will be allowed before a review meeting of experts on April 27.
3.50 pm | Bihar
Five more cases in Bihar
Five more COVID-19 positive cases in Bihar have taken the State tally to 228.
Among the five, two males are from Rohtas District, one from Arwal while, one female is from Ara (Bhojpur) and one from Saran district.
3.30 pm | Tamil Nadu
Over 1,000 nurses recruited in Tamil Nadu, part of efforts to tackle COVID-19
As many as 1,323 nurses have been chosen by the Medical Services Recruitment Board (MRB), according to Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.
The chosen candidates are being issued appointment orders. On receipt of the orders, they have been advised to join duty immediately. This is part of the government’s efforts to tackle the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
3.20 pm | West Bengal
Central team suggests stricter implementation of lockdown in north Bengal
A central team visiting north Bengal to assess the COVID-19 situation wrote to the West Bengal government on Saturday, suggesting stricter implementation of lockdown there.
Two central teams are visiting the state — one in Kolkata and the other at Siliguri in north Bengal.
In a letter to Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, the central team in north Bengal, led by senior bureaucrat Vineet Joshi, said more field officers are required to monitor and provide feedback about the effectiveness of various measures undertaken by the government.
3.00 pm | Karnataka
Mysuru develops mobile fever clinic for screening
After converting some old buses into “mobile sanitizers” to fumigate the field workers combating COVID-19, the Karnataka State Transport Corporation in Mysuru has modified an old bus into a “mobile fever clinic”.
This is the State’s first mobile fever clinic rolled out in view of the pandemic. The bus had been modified in a short span of time to give it the shape of a clinic with facilities for screening patients suffering from fever, cold and cough.
Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar, who flagged off the mobile fever clinic, said the bus had been inspected by the COVID-19 medical team and has been certified for screening the patients on the move. “This is the first-ever mobile fever clinic rolled out in the State,” he said.
The bus will primarily commute in villages of Mysuru, a COVID-19 hotspot declared as “red zone”, for the benefit of rural public.
2.40 pm | Gujarat
Central teams assess COVID-19 situation in Ahmedabad, Surat
Separate central teams visited Ahmedabad and Surat cities in Gujarat on Saturday to take stock of the COVID-19 situation in these two districts, officials said.
The teams held talks with senior officials, including collectors, civic chiefs, police commissioners in Ahmedabad and Surat, they said.
Both the inter-ministerial central teams (IMCT) are headed by Additional Secretary-level officers.
The visit comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the coronavirus situation in Ahmedabad, Surat, Thane (Maharashtra), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Chennai (Tamil Nadu) is “especially serious“.
2.20 pm | Uttar Pradesh
Priyanka calls for transparency over coronavirus tests being conducted in U.P.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday called for transparency over coronavirus tests being conducted in Uttar Pradesh as hiding data can prove fatal.
Sharing some suggestions for the Yogi Adityanath government in U.P. to prevent the spread of COVID-19, she said it is known the world over that testing is the key to fighting the disease and it should be scaled up.
“Many people are expressing concerns over testing in UP. Transparency is a big thing in the fight against coronavirus. The entire society and the government can together defeat this epidemic. In this context, I am sharing some suggestions here,” she said in a tweet in Hindi.
“UP has stopped testing for the past two days and should start testing on a large scale, while adopting transparency in this regard. Hiding data and the truth can prove fatal,” Ms. Gandhi said.
2.00 pm | Andhra Pradesh
Rahul Gandhi urges govt. to help Andhra fishermen stranded in Gujarat
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Saturday urged the government to help fishermen from Andhra Pradesh who are stranded in Gujarat due to the lockdown, and sought their transfer to relief camps.
He said around 6,000 fishermen from the southern State were stranded in Gujarat and living in unhygienic conditions without food and water.
1.40 pm | Uttar Pradesh
U.P. MP offers reward for info on people who concealed Tablighi Jamaat link, foreign trip
A BJP Lok Sabha MP in Uttar Pradesh has announced a reward of ₹11,000 for people in his constituency for providing accurate details of persons linked to the Tablighi Jamaat or those who have returned from abroad but concealed information from the administration.
1.30 pm | Tamil Nadu
Central team begins three-day visit to Chennai
A four-member team of Central government officers on Saturday began its three-day-long visit to Chennai to take stock of the situation in the light of COVID-19 pandemic.
Led by Additional Secretary of the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) V. Thiruppugazh, the team had a preliminary meeting with Chief Secretary K. Shanmugam at the Secretariat, after which it went to the Ripon Buildings, the headquarters of the Greater Chennai Corporation (GCC).
1.10 pm | China
China approves third COVID-19 vaccine for clinical trials
China has approved its third coronavirus vaccine for the second phase of clinical trials as it reported 12 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of infections in the country to 82,816.
China has approved three coronavirus vaccines, including the one developed by Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) for clinical trials.
12.40 pm | Tamil Nadu
Shops to be open till 3 p.m. today in Chennai and six other districts, Chief Minister says
Ahead of the four-day complete lockdown, shops will remain open till 3 p.m. on Saturday in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem and Tiruppur, Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced on Saturday. A similar extension in timings will be placed in Chengalpattu and Kancheepuram districts too, he added.
Thousands of people thronged markets, grocery shops and supermarkets and crowded vegetable vendors on the streets to do last-minute shopping on Saturday, many flouting physical distancing norms.
12.15 pm | Karnataka
15 new cases in Karnataka
A total of 15 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Karnataka on Saturday. With this the total number of cases in the State now stands at 489.
Of these, six new cases have been reported in Bengaluru and five of these included those which were reported from the labour colony at Vidyajyothi Nagar, Hongasandra ward, in Bengaluru. All of them were contacts of patient-419 who is a 54-year-old migrant labourer from the same colony who tested positive earlier that week.
The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had now sealed the area, which has over 500 houses, apart from the temporary sheds on vacant land where the construction workers stayed.
Besides Bengaluru, six cases have been reported in Belagavi, one each in Mandya, Chikkaballapur and Dakshina Kannada.
12.10 pm | Andhra Pradesh
Two deaths and 61 new positive cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in Andhra Pradesh. The total number of positive cases stands at 1016 and the death toll is at 31.
12.00 pm | Jammu and Kashmir
Sixth death in J&K
A 72-year-old patient from north Kashmir’s Baramulla has become the sixth person from J&K to die due to novel Coronavirus, officials of the SKIMS Medical College and Hospital Bemina, Srinagar, said.
11.00 am | Bihar
Two more COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Bihar taking the total number to 225.
Two men of 35 and 67 years from Buxar district were reported positive on Saturday.
10.40 am | Thailand
Thailand reports 53 new cases, one death
Thailand reported 53 new coronavirus cases and the death of a 48-year-old Thai man who was infected with the virus along with four other family members.
Of the new cases, three were linked to previous cases, one had no known links, and 42 are migrant workers who have been under quarantine at an immigration detention centre in the southern province of Songkhla.
10.30 am | Madhya Pradesh
Indore recorded 56 new COVID-19 cases on Friday night, taking the city count to 1,085. The death toll owing to illness stands at 56 in the city. Cases in Madhya Pradesh have surged to 1,902, said Pravin Jadia, Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer.
10.00 am | Andaman and Nicobar
7 more test positive
Seven more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, taking the total number of cases in the Union Territory to 29, an official said on Saturday.
All of them are residents of the Bambooflat area in the south Andaman district, he said.
Brazil becoming coronavirus hot spot as testing falters
Cases of the new coronavirus are overwhelming hospitals, morgues and cemeteries across Brazil as Latin America’s largest nation veers closer to becoming one of the world’s pandemic hot spots.
Medical officials in Rio de Janeiro and at least four other major cities have warned that their hospital systems are on the verge of collapse, or already too overwhelmed to take any more patients.
China reports 12 new cases, no new deaths
China reported 12 new coronavirus cases on April 24 compared with six new cases on the previous day, National Health Commission data showed on Saturday.
Of the new cases, 11 were imported, compared with two cases reported previously.
7.20 am | USA
72 therapeutics trial underway, 211 in planning stages: FDA
A top Trump administration health official has said that as many as 72 COVID-19 therapeutics trial are underway and 211 in planning stages in a bid to find the cure for coronavirus.
“We are leaving no stone unturned to find the treatment for COVID-19… We don’t have any approved therapeutics for COVID-19 but we are actively involved with the academic, commercial and private sector to find it,” FDA Commissioner Stephen M. Hahn told reporters at a White House news conference.
Also read: FDA approves first at-home COVID-19 test kit
Govt allows opening of neighbourhood & standalone shops, but not markets
In a reprieve to public at large, the government on April 24 night allowed opening of neighbourhood and standalone shops, including those located in residential complexes within municipal areas, but at a 50% strength and after taking necessary precautions.
5.00 am | France
At least $9.7 billion in state bailouts for Air France, KLM
The French and Dutch governments announced at least 9 billion euros ($9.7 billion) in bailout money to rescue Air France and KLM, which are fighting for survival as most of their planes are grounded by virus lockdowns around the world.
5.00 am | U.K.
U.K. to start trials on whether plasma could help COVID-19 patients
Britain is to start trials to see whether plasma collected from donors who have recovered from COVID-19 could be an effective treatment for patients who are severely unwell with the disease.
Up to 5,000 severely ill patients with COVID-19 could soon be treated each week with plasma as part of a new approach to treating the virus, the health department said on Saturday.
4.30 am | New Delhi
Mylab joins hands with Syngene to cater to rising demand for COVID-19 testing kits
Pune-based molecular diagnostics company Mylab Discovery Solutions on April 24 said it has joined hands with global contract research organisation Syngene to cater to the country’s demand for RT-PCR COVID-19 testing kits amid the pandemic.
This is an important step to make India self-reliant in COVID-19 testing, Mylab said in a statement.