India posted 1,554 new cases of COVID-19 since Saturday evening bringing the total number of those confirmed positive to 26,496 according to an update by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll stands at 824.
Data from States however show that 26,517 have tested positive and there have been 827 deaths.
The country’s death rate, according to the Ministry, was around 3.1% and the recovery rate more than 20%, which, it claimed, was “comparatively better” than most of the countries and could be attributed to the success of the lockdown as well as the containment strategy.
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Here are the latest updates:
3.00 pm | Uttarakhand
Two more test positive in Uttarakhand
Two more persons, including a healthcare worker at AIIMS, Rishikesh have tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand, taking the number of confirmed pandemic cases in the state to 50.
Two new positive cases of COVID-19 were detected in Dehradun district on Saturday night, a health department bulletin said on Sunday.
2.30 pm | Gujarat
Gujarat govt. rolls back decision to allow functioning of shops in residential areas
The Gujarat government has rolled back its decision to allow shops in residential areas to open from today. Now all shops except those in essential service category are to remain shut till May 3 in major cities of the State.
2.15 pm | Maharashtra
People of all religions followed lockdown norms: Uddhav Thackeray
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray thanked people of all religions for following the lockdown norms. “Be it Akshay Tritiya or the month of Ramzaan, people have decided to stay inside and I thank them all.”
“God is in the form of doctors, health professionals,” he said.
The lockdown certainly has benefits, he said. “It stopped multiplication of patients in Maharashtra. We certainly managed to control the spread unlike other countries,” Mr. Thackeray said.
He thanked Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for not “playing politics” and “staying with the government”.
“Migrant labourers want to go home. But one thing is for sure: that trains won’t start
“We have to do it systematically,” Mr. Thackeray also said.
He added that the Maharashtra government had not hidden any numbers.
He said that though the growth rate in the disease might be coming down, “we cannot be relaxed”.
“We have to avoid crowding.
“Herd immunity is yet to be proven. Corona[virus] can be cured if taken precaution, even if there are no medicines for it.
“Dialysis centres, cancer treatment should start. The State government will cooperate for doctors who are treating non-COVID-19 patients.
“Exhibition ground in Goregaon, Working centre are being set up for isolation.
“1,08,972 tests have been done in Maharashtra. 1, 01,162 were negative.
“For farmers, cotton purchase centres started. No restrictions on fruit movement. No restrictions on agri- activities.
“PM Modi will be holding video conferencing tomorrow. I am in touch with Amit Shah, Modiji. Informing them daily about everything,” he added.
2.00 pm | Chhattisgarh
14 BSF personnel quarantined in Chhattisgarh
Fourteen Border Security Force (BSF) jawans have been quarantined in Chhattisgarh for suspected coronavirus infection after they returned from Agra, officials said on Sunday.
Their samples have been sent for testing and the reports are awaited, a senior official said.
1.45 pm | Maharashtra
Pune district reports 49 new cases over 12-hour span
The surge in Pune’s COVID-19 cases continued unabated after the district reported 49 fresh cases over a 12-hour span, taking the district’s cumulative tally of active positive cases to 979, said health officials on April 26.
With the accretion of the new cases, the district has witnessed a rise of 105 active coronavirus cases over a 36-hour span.
1.00 pm | Madhya Pradesh
COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh cross 2,000
COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh breached the 2,000 mark on Saturday night, 37 days after its first set of cases popped up in Jabalpur. The State tally stands at 2,036 now, according to State Health Department.
12.15 pm | Karnataka
One patient in Karnataka has tested positive on Sunday.
With this the total number of cases stands at 501.
The patient is a 47 year old woman from Panemangalore in Dakshina Kannada district who had come in contact with the patient who was tested positive. She has been isolated at a designated hospital in the district.
12.00 pm | Mumbai
Another policeman, a 52-year-old Head Constable, lost his life to coronavirus on Sunday.
This is the second policeman from Mumbai to fall prey to the pandemic
India’s decision to supply medicines to countries was guided by its ethos, says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his monthly radio broadcast, Mann ki Baat, addressed the people mentioning all the measures taken to fight the deadly coronavirus and appreciated the work done by citizens and people from various specialisations.
We are bringing back migrant workers to Madhya Pradesh, says Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Saturday said the State government had started bringing back migrant labourers stuck in different States in buses.
“We will not let them walk,” he said. “We have seen them walk back home on roads and rail tracks in the heat. They must be a worried lot. So, we will make all arrangements for their travel, send them back to their villages in buses.”
Indore has registered 91 new COVID-19 cases, taking the city count to 1,176.
As many as 57 patients have died of the illness, while 107 have recovered from it in the city.
The number of positive cases climbed to 2,036 in Madhya Pradesh, said Pravin Jadia, Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer.
Odisha’s COVID-19 positive count crosses 100
Odisha’s COVID-19 positive case count has crossed 100, following the detection of nine new cases in Jajpur and Sundargarh districts during the past 24 hours.
While six persons, who returned from West Bengal, tested positive in Jajpur, Sundargarh reported three new cases. The total cases now has reached 103.
India can’t conquer COVID-19 without aggressive testing, says Manmohan Singh
The party released a short video of an online meeting of the Congress consultative group, headed by Dr. Singh, where senior leaders and former Union Ministers discuss different aspects of the pandemic every alternate days.
U.S. records 2,494 more coronavirus deaths in 24 hours
The United States recorded 2,494 more coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to figures reported Saturday night by Johns Hopkins University.
The country now has an overall death toll of 53,511, with 936,293 confirmed infections, according to a tally by the Baltimore-based university at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Sunday).
7.45 am | Germany
‘I want my life back’: Germans protest against lockdown
German police wearing riot gear and face masks tussled on Saturday with dozens of protesters demonstrating in central Berlin against the coronavirus lockdown on public life.
Protesters shouted “I want my life back” and held up signs with slogans such as “Protect constitutional rights” and “Freedom isn’t everything but without freedom, everything is nothing”
Spain to allow outdoor exercise
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez announced an easing of lockdown restrictions on Saturday, as children prepared to go outside for the first time in six weeks and figures confirmed a daily coronavirus death toll running well below the peak seen early this month.
2.00 am | Mumbai
602 cases in 24 hours; city breaches 5,000 mark
Mumbai recorded 602 COVID-19 cases on Saturday, pushing the tally to 5,049. Thirteen deaths were also reported in the city, taking the death toll to 191. The case fatality rate stood at 3.7% and 762 recovered patients were discharged from hospitals.
Global death toll from COVID-19 surpasses 200,000
As the global death toll from the coronavirus surpassed 200,000 on Saturday, countries took cautious steps toward easing some lockdowns, while fears of infection made even some pandemic-wounded businesses reluctant to reopen.