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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: The Delhi government would not allow any more relaxation in the ongoing lockdown than those permitted by the Union home ministry, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said today and stressed on bringing down the number of Covid-19 infections in the national capital. Addressing an online media briefing, the chief minister said his government was implementing the Centre’s guidelines on opening of neighbourhood and standalone shops during the lockdown till May 3.

No markets and malls will be allowed to open in the national capital and all shops in COVID-19 containment zones will remain shut, he said. “The government will maintain status quo and will not relax lockdown restrictions till May 3, except those permitted by the Union home ministry,” he said.

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Apr 26, 2020 3:00 pm (IST)

Two More Test Positive for Covid-19 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.

Apr 26, 2020 2:53 pm (IST)

Worldwide Coronavirus Cases Exceed 2.57 Million, Death Toll Crosses 178,500 | More than 2.57 million people have been reported to be infected by the novel coronavirus globally and 178,574 have died, according to a Reuters tally. Infections have been reported in more than 210 countries and territories since the first cases were identified in China in December 2019.

Apr 26, 2020 2:41 pm (IST)

Here is a GIF depicting how badly Covid-19 has hit various states in India. The death toll due to Covid-19 rose to 824 and the number of cases climbed to 26,496 in India on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry.

Apr 26, 2020 2:37 pm (IST)

Rachakonda Police in Hyderabad Adopt Orphanages, Old Age Homes During Covid-19 Crisis | In a benevolent gesture, the Rachakonda Police Commissionerate in Hyderabad has adopted as many as 41 old age homes, orphanages and homes for specially-abled persons amid the ongoing lockdown. In view of the Covid-19 crisis, inmates of the homes are being supplied with groceries and other essentials by the police even as different NGOs have also come forward to join hands with them in arranging ration, medicines and safety equipment.

Apr 26, 2020 2:20 pm (IST)

Rahul Gandhi Demands Centre to Scale Up Random Testing in India to Beat Covid-19 | Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has said that experts have agreed that mass random testing is the key to beating coronavirus. He further said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to act fast into the matter.

Apr 26, 2020 2:11 pm (IST)

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Assures Migrant Labourers of Being in Talks With Govt for Help | “I assure the migrant labourers that I am talking to the Centre and whatever is possible will be done soon. One thing is sure that trains are not starting because we don’t want a crowd, otherwise, lockdown will be needed to be further extended,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Apr 26, 2020 2:08 pm (IST)

376 J-K Students in Kota Set to Return Tomorrow | Jammu and Kashmir government spokesman Rohit Kansal today tweeted that 376 Jammu and Kashmir students stranded in Kota will return on Monday. This follows recent return of students and others who were in Jaisalmer and other places.

Apr 26, 2020 2:02 pm (IST)

Maharashtra Has 80% Patients Who Are Asymptomatic: CM Thackeray | “We have 80 per cent patients who are asymptomatic and 20 per cent are there who have mild, serious or critical symptoms. We have to see how these people are also saved. Those who are hiding it and not getting tested, if you have symptoms please go and get tested,” ANI reports quoting Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Apr 26, 2020 1:54 pm (IST)

31 ISKCON Members in Bangladesh Tested Covid-19 Positive | The ISKCON temple in Dhaka has reported 31 coronavirus cases, following which the authorities locked down the building to prevent the spread of the deadly virus, according to media reports. Bangladesh has reported nearly 5,000 Covid-19 cases and 140 deaths due to the disease. “As many as 31 members of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) ashram located in Swamibag area have tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” Gendaria police station Officer-in-Charge (OC) Saju Miah was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune.

Apr 26, 2020 1:46 pm (IST)

Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray Address Citizens | “Today is Akshaya Tritiya but there’s no celebration, I am thankful for that. I want to appeal that it’s Ramzan but don’t go out to pray. Everyone’s asking where’s God. God is in everyone who’s serving us in these hard times – Police, doctors, cleanliness workers and others,” said Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said.

Apr 26, 2020 1:42 pm (IST)

Assistant Director of Health Services in West Bengal Succumbs to Covid-19 | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter to inform that Dr Biplab Kanti Dasgupta, Assistant Director of Health Services in the state has succumbed to coronavirus. Expressing condolence to his demise, she tweeted, “His sacrifice for the cause of ailing humanity will ever be in our hearts and will make our Covid-19 warriors fight the deadly virurs with even greater determination.”

Apr 26, 2020 1:35 pm (IST)

Jewellery Sector Expects Sales Washout on Akshaya Tritiya; Covid-19 Forces Jewellers to go Digital | The jewellery industry, which has come to a standstill due to the lockdown following the Covid-19 pandemic, is expecting complete sales washout on the day of Akshaya Tritiya on Sunday as compared to last year, even as many retailers are doling out innovative offers to attract customers. “This year Akshaya Tritiya has fallen within the lockdown 2.0, which will result in complete shutdown of jewellery shops. Whatever sales will take place will be on the digital platform only,” All India Gems and Jewellery Domestic Council Chairman Anantha Padmanabhan said.

Apr 26, 2020 1:33 pm (IST)

Covid-19 Test Kits Should be Made Available at Lowest Cost: Delhi HC | Covid-19 test kits should be made available urgently at the lowest possible price so that the virus can be controlled and people’s health can be safeguarded at a time when the country was facing an “unprecedented medical crisis”, the Delhi High Court has said. Justice Najmi Waziri issued the direction to three private companies which had entered into an agreement to import 10 lakh test kits from China and distribute them here at a cost of Rs 600 each, the rate approved by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Apr 26, 2020 1:27 pm (IST)

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. Their samples have been sent for testing and the reports are awaited, a senior official said. The troops, onboard a truck of the force, had reached Bhilai town in the central Indian state yesterday after staying at a police line in Agra for 20 days. “As per information, the cook of the local police in the Agra camp has been found positive for Covid-19 infection,” the official said.

Apr 26, 2020 1:20 pm (IST)

Senior Govt Doctor, Another Man Die of Covid-19 in West Bengal | A senior government doctor involved in the fight against Covid-19 and a 34-year-old man, both diagnosed with the diease, died at a hospital today, sources at the facility said. The 60-year-old doctor, posted as assistant director health services (equipment and stores), was initially admitted to Beliaghata Infectious Diseases hospital and later shifted to a private hospital in Salt Lake on April 18, where he succumbed to the disease. Another patient from the city’s Garden Reach area, who had tested positive for the disease earlier in the week, also died around 7 am at the same facility.

Apr 26, 2020 1:12 pm (IST)

1 New Covid-19 Case Reported in Karnataka, Total Tally Reaches 501 |  According to Karnataka Health Department, only one new positive case has been reported for Covid-19 in Karnataka from 25 April, 5 pm to 26 April, 12 pm. A total positive cases in the state stand at 501 which includes 18 deaths and 177 discharged.

Apr 26, 2020 1:04 pm (IST)

Some Pollution Hotspots in Delhi, Mumbai Turn into Green Zones During Lockdown | With vehicles off the road and most industries shut for over a month due to the coronavirus lockdown, some pollution hotspots in Mumbai and Delhi have turned into green zones recording minimal or no pollution. In Delhi, eight locations which used to be pollution hotspots before the lockdown have now become green zones, said Gufran Beig, director, Centre’s System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The areas are Vinobapuri, Adarsh Nagar, Vasundhara, Sahibabad, Ashram road, Punjabi Bagh, Okhla and Badarpur, he said, sharing a comparative map of Delhi’s air quality before and during the lockdown period. In Mumbai, Worli, Borivali and Bhandup were among areas which recorded cleaner air as compared to other areas of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR).

Apr 26, 2020 12:59 pm (IST)

Mumbai Police’s 52-Year-Old Head Constable Dies of Covid-19 | A 52-year-old head constable of Mumbai Police has died due to coronavirus infection, the city
police said today. The victim had been fighting coronavirus for the past few days, the Mumbai Police said in a tweet. This is the second case of a police personnel’s death due to the viral disease in Maharashtra in two days.

Apr 26, 2020 12:42 pm (IST)

Apr 26, 2020 12:41 pm (IST)

Breath of Fresh Air | With vehicles off the road and most industries shut for over a month due to the coronavirus lockdown, some pollution hotspots in Mumbai and Delhi have turned into green zones recording minimal or no pollution, reports PTI. In Delhi, eight locations which used to be pollution hotspots before the lockdown have now become green zones, said Gufran Beig, director, Centre’s System of Air Quality Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR). The areas are Vinobapuri, Adarsh Nagar, Vasundhara, Sahibabad, Ashram road, Punjabi Bagh, Okhla and Badarpur, he said.

Apr 26, 2020 12:39 pm (IST)

2,368 Prisoners Released from Chhattisgarh Jails Amid Covid-19 Concerns | As many as 2,368 prisoners have been released from various jails in Chhattisgarh so far since the enforcement of lockdown last month, to decongest prisons in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, a state minister said. Various precautionary measures are being taken in jails, including physical distancing, to protect prisoners from the viral infection, state Home Minister Tamradhwaj Sahu​told PTI today. 

Apr 26, 2020 12:22 pm (IST)

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Appeals People Who Recovered from Covid-19 to Offer Their Plasma for Treatment | “Plasma therapy has given us a lot of hope. We have seen a lot of improvement in cases where this therapy has been implemented. We are looking at every patient who is getting cured. We are requesting them to offer their plasma. Many have come forward and we are happy about it,” said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Apr 26, 2020 12:18 pm (IST)

Shops in Delhi Will Open as per MHA Guidelines: Arvind Kejriwal | “There are some relaxations in lockdown protocols. Other than the essential services stores, no shopping malls and market complexes will be allowed to open, except those in residential areas or stand alone, as per the MHA guidelines. No shops will be allowed to open in containment areas as there is no relaxation in such areas,” said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

Apr 26, 2020 12:08 pm (IST)

Rate of Infection, Death Decreased in Delhi: CM Arvind Kejriwal | “This week was slightly better for Delhi than the previous week. The rate of infection and death has decreased. Many have recovered and our rate of recovery has been high, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal during a digital presser on coronavirus situation.

Apr 26, 2020 11:57 am (IST)

Lockdown May be Extended in Covid-19-Hit Urban Areas of Maharashtra | The Maharashtra government may extend the lockdown in the coronavirus-hit urban areas of the state after May 3, an official said today. The state government is closely monitoring the situation in areas outside the cities of Mumbai, Pune, Nashik, Nagpur, Aurangabad and Amravati, a senior state official said.

Apr 26, 2020 11:44 am (IST)

81 New Covid-19 Cases Reported in Andhra Pradesh in Last 24 Hours | Andhra Pradesh has reported 81 new coronavirus cases in last 24 hours, taking the tally to 1,097 in the state. According to state health department, 231 patients have been discharged after treatment, while 31 succumbed to the infection. So far, there are 835 active cases in the state.

Apr 26, 2020 11:38 am (IST)

Lets Pray More Than Before to Ensure That Before Eid World Gets Rid of Covid-19: PM Modi | “This Ramzan, we should pray more than before to ensure that before Eid the world gets rid of coronavirus. I am sure we will strengthen this fight by following orders of the local administration,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Apr 26, 2020 11:32 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi Praises State Govts for Their Role in Fighting Covid-19 | “I commend the State Governments for their proactive role in dealing with Covid-19 pandemic,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi during ‘Mann ki Baat’.

Apr 26, 2020 11:24 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi Speaks About Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Package | “Friends, money is being directly transferred into accounts of the poor, as part of Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Package. Old age pension has been started. The poor are being provided facilities like free of cost gas cylinders and rations for three months,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in ‘Mann Ki Baat’.

Apr 26, 2020 11:21 am (IST)

PM Narendra Modi Hails Police Force for Efforts in Helping People During Lockdown | Prime Minister Narendra Modi today praised police force for helping citizens staying indoors due to lockdown. He said, “Today our police personnel are ensuring that food and medicines reach the poor and the needy. Our perception about our police have also changed significantly. This change in perception will play a huge role in future.”

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“We are going through difficult times. We will have to continue our efforts to reduce the number of COVID-19 infections in Delhi,” he said. The chief minister said the novel coronavirus doesn’t discriminate between any religion. “We need to work together. Plasma of Muslim can be used to treat Hindu patient and vice versa,” he added.

India’s total Covid-19 cases crossed the 26,000-mark today, with the death toll jumping to 824. Of the total 26,496 cases, 19,868 are active while 5,803 have been cured. The figures come amid a stringent lockdown in the country till May 3 to arrest the spread of the novel coronavirus.

The Centre is planning to bring back Indian nationals stranded abroad once the May 3 lockdown ends, top government sources have said. The government is reportedly in touch with all states to seek details of their citizens abroad and is likely to announce the final plan soon.

The Centre will reportedly tell states to arrange quarantine facilities for the citizens so that they don’t mix with the locals. Authorities will map citizens to their respective states and flights will directly land there. Officials in the PMO have already spoken to some chief ministers for the arrangements and they have promised all help.

In what is touted to be the biggest airlift, Indian missions abroad are already working on the plan and are in touch with local authorities for help in movement after May 3 when the lockdown ends.

India imposed one of the most stringent lockdowns in the world to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus, barring movement of flights and trains. There have been demands from various states to bring back their nationals stranded abroad and the government had indicated earlier that such movement would be given a relook once phase 2 of the lockdown ends.

The novel coronavirus has led to over 2 lakh deaths worldwide while infections are likely to cross 30 lakh in the coming days. More than half of the fatalities have been reported in the United States, Spain and Italy.

The first death linked to the disease was reported on January 10 in Wuhan, China. It took 91 days for the death toll to pass 1,00,000 and a further 16 days to reach 2,00,000, according to the Reuters tally of official reports from governments.

By comparison, there are an estimated 4,00,000 deaths annually from malaria, one of the world’s most deadly infectious diseases.

The United States had reported more than 52,400 deaths as of Saturday morning, while Italy, Spain and France have reported between 22,000-26,000 fatalities each.

Of the top 20 most severely affected countries, Belgium has reported the highest number of fatalities per capita, with six deaths per 10,000 people, compared to 4.9 in Spain and 1.6 in the United States.

Around 8% of all cases reported in the US have been fatal, while more than 10% of cases reported in Spain and Italy have resulted in deaths.

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