Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Indias Death Toll Rises to 723; 1,752 Cases, 37 Fatalities in Last 24…

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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare today said 1,752 new coronavirus cases and 37 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This takes the total number of cases to 23,452, including 17,915 active cases and 4,813 patients cured, with the death toll standing at 723. “Our recovery rate is 20.57%,” said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the ministry. “In the last 28 days, 15 districts have had no new case. Till date, there are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in last 14 days.”

Meanwhile, the Tamil Nadu government has announced that it will intensify the lockdown in five major districts of the state to control the spread of coronavirus. While Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai will remain on total lockdown for the next four days, stricter restrictions in Salem and Tiruppur will be implemented for three days.

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Apr 24, 2020 7:12 pm (IST)

UPDATE | Two people died due to coronavirus in Tamil Nadu on Friday while 72 tested positive for the virus, taking the total aggregate of cases in the state to 1,755, the health department said. With the death of the two people, the total number of deaths in the state now stands at 22.




Apr 24, 2020 7:03 pm (IST)

IMF, WTO Warn against Export Controls on Medical Supplies, Food | The growing use of export restrictions by governments can be “dangerously counterproductive” as the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, the IMF and WTO warned. Disruptions to supply chains and misdirection of critical productions could “prolong and exacerbate the health and economic crisis.” 




Apr 24, 2020 6:57 pm (IST)

Spain Records Lowest Daily Fatalities in a Month | Spain recorded 367 deaths from coronavirus over the past 24 hours, the lowest daily number of fatalities in four weeks, the government said. It is the smallest number of new coronavirus deaths since March 22 when 394 deaths were recorded. The number brought the country’s total deaths to 22,524, the third-highest number in the world after the United States and Italy.




Apr 24, 2020 6:51 pm (IST)

BEST Converts Buses into Ambulances | As the city is grappling with the rising number of coronavirus cases, BEST has converted seven of its AC mini-buses into ambulances. These ‘semi-ambulances’ will be used to ferry suspected coronavirus patients, or those who have only mild infection, to COVID-19 Care Centres, a senior official said.




Apr 24, 2020 6:42 pm (IST)

UPDATE | A total of 1,846 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Madhya Pradesh out of which 92 people have lost their lives and 210 patients have recovered. Indore has recorded 1,029 cases and 55 deaths; in Bhopal, 360 cases and 9 deaths have been reported: State Health Department.




Apr 24, 2020 6:26 pm (IST)

Reckitt Benckiser Warns Against Use of Disinfectants to Cure COVID-19 | After US President Donald Trump suggested that disinfectants should be used to cure COVID-19, British consumer goods company Reckitt Benckiser warned that “under no circumstance” should they be administered into the human body. The company, which makes Lysol and Dettol, said that disinfectants should not be ingested or injected into the body. 




Apr 24, 2020 6:21 pm (IST)

Total COVID-19 Cases at 23,452 | As many as 1,752 new COVID-19 cases and 37 deaths were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases rises to 23,452, including 17,915 active cases, 4,813 cured and 723 deaths: Union Health Ministry




Apr 24, 2020 6:12 pm (IST)

Karnataka Likely to Start Plasma Therapy Tomorrow | Karnataka is likely to start Convalescent Plasma Therapy for COVID-19 patients, who are critical, from tomorrow, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar said.




Apr 24, 2020 6:09 pm (IST)

Police in Tamil Nadu put lockdown violators with a fake COVID-19 patient:




Apr 24, 2020 6:01 pm (IST)

Kerala Govt Issues Order on Salary Cut for Employees | The Kerala Government issued an order to deduct the salary of government employees for six days every month for the next five months as part of raising funds for fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in the State. The order made it clear that there will be no salary cut for those staffwho earn less than Rs 20,000 per month.




Apr 24, 2020 5:52 pm (IST)

All Assam Medical Colleges Open for General Patients | All medical colleges in Assam have opened for general patients today. District hospitals, PHCs, CHCs have also been opened for patients. Only Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital will remain shut for other patients as it is dedicated for COVID-19: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

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Apr 24, 2020 5:41 pm (IST)

Key Nose Cells Entry Points for Coronavirus: Study | Researchers have discovered that goblet and ciliated cells in the nose have high levels of the entry proteins that the COVID-19 coronavirus uses to get into our cells. The identification of these cells could help explain the high transmission rate of the virus. Published in the journal Nature Medicine, the finding shows that cells in the eye and some other organs also contain the viral-entry proteins.




Apr 24, 2020 5:31 pm (IST)

UPDATE | 29 new cases of COVID-19 have been found in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, taking total number of cases to 474 including 18 deaths & 152 discharges. There are 304 active cases in the State out of which five patients are in the Intensive Care Unit: Karnataka Health Department




Apr 24, 2020 5:23 pm (IST)

Eligible Punjab Industrial Units to be Given Passes in 12 Hours of Application | Assuring the industry of his government’s full support, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh directed the Department of Industries and the District Industries Centres functioning under the DCs to provide all industrial units eligible to reopen with requisite approvals, along with required curfew passes, within 12 hours of applying.




Apr 24, 2020 5:17 pm (IST)

Most COVID-19 Cases in Cities | Top government sources said that the majority of infections are in the cities and not in rural areas. The risk to exposure is more in cities as rural areas are less densely populated.




Apr 24, 2020 5:15 pm (IST)

4-month-old Baby Dies in Kerala | A 4-month-old baby from Malappuram who was under treatment at Kozhikode died today. The child had a heart disease. Meanwhile, three people tested positive in kasargod today, and 15 recovered. The number of active cases is 115, while 322 have been discharged and three have died. The total number of cases in the state stands atv 440.




Apr 24, 2020 5:07 pm (IST)

UPDATE | Two more coronavirus positive patients, one of them a senior citizen, have died in Nashik district of Maharashtra, taking the toll to 11, while six members of a family tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.




Apr 24, 2020 5:00 pm (IST)

India Cases Could Have Jumped to 73,000 | Our analysis shows lockdown has been effective in slowing the doubling rate of COVID-19 and saved lives. The lockdown decision was timely as the around 23,000 cases in India today could have been 73,000: Dr VK Paul, Niti Aayog member and Chairman of Empowered Group 1.




Apr 24, 2020 4:51 pm (IST)

Proposals invited to evaluate role of AYUSH | The AYUSH ministry invited short-term research proposals to evaluate the role of indigenous alternative medicine system in prevention and clinical management of COVID-19. Hospitals and institutions involved in the management of coronavirus cases have been invited to participate in this scheme which falls under the extramural (ie.for those from outside the AYUSH Ministry establishment) research category.




Apr 24, 2020 4:34 pm (IST)

Surveillance is our primary weapon in the fight against COVID-19. About 9.45 lakh people are on our surveillance system: Dr. Sujeet Singh, Director, National Centre for Disease Control.




Apr 24, 2020 4:32 pm (IST)

Centre Approves Plasma Therapy, Pool Testing for Maha | Centre approves plasma therapy and pool testing for Maharashtra, and Mumbai and Kolhapur will become the first places to use it.




Apr 24, 2020 4:24 pm (IST)

In last 28 days, 15 districts have had no new case. Till date, there are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in last 14 days: Health Ministry




Apr 24, 2020 4:21 pm (IST)

Indore, Mumbai IMCT Reports | The IMCT team in Indore found that out of 171 containment zones, 20 are in severe condition. In Mumbai, the IMCT has suggested to increase the number of portable toilets in Dharavi. The team also suggested that testing capacity be increased for Mumbai.




Apr 24, 2020 4:17 pm (IST)

Nearly 1,700 Cases in 24 Hours | In last 24 hours, 1,684 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported which takes our total confirmed case to 23,077. Our recovery rate is 20.57%: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry




Apr 24, 2020 4:12 pm (IST)

In Dharavi, there is a need for institutional quarantine of close to 2,000 people: Punya Srivastava,  Joint Secretary, MHA.




Apr 24, 2020 4:08 pm (IST)

The Home Ministry has formed four more inter-ministerial central teams which are being sent to Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad and Chennai, says Punya Srivastava, Joint Secretary, MHA.




Apr 24, 2020 3:58 pm (IST)

A physically challenged person walks along a deserted road towards a ration shop, during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, at Santipur in Nadia district, West Bengal. (PTI Photo)




Apr 24, 2020 3:54 pm (IST)

Do Not Offer Prayers at Mosques: Owaisi | “I would like to appeal everyone not to offer prayers at mosques as curfew begins from 7 PM and nobody is allowed to leave their homes during this time. I would also appeal everyone to maintain social distancing,” says Asaduddin Owaisi, AIMIM Chief.




Apr 24, 2020 3:51 pm (IST)

Bangladesh Bans Iftar Gatherings | Bangladesh banned Iftar gatherings during the holy month of Ramzan to curb the spread of the coronavirus infections as the Muslim-majority country recorded the highest single-day spike of 503 positive cases, increasing the total cases to 4,689.

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The total number of coronavirus cases in India moved higher to 23,077, figures released by the health ministry showed today morning as 1,684 fresh Covid-19 cases were reported in the past 24 hours. The death toll from coronavirus rose to 718 as 37 casualties were reported in 24 hours.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, addressing village panchayats across the country via video conference on Panchayati Raj Day, says that the biggest lesson from the coronavirus crisis is self-reliance.

“Covid has created new problems for us. We never even imagined these problems, but this crisis has also given us new lessons to learn. The biggest lesson from this crisis is that we have to become self sufficient. This is the new direction that this crisis has given us. Our villages have to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining,” he said.

At least 14 doctors and nurses have tested positive for coronavirus at a Delhi government hospital in Jahangirpuri, which has emerged as one of the biggest cluster outbreaks in the capital. The total number of infections in Delhi stands at 2,376 while the death toll has increased to 50 as 128 more tested positive on Thursday.

The tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai, meanwhile, has crossed the 4,000-mark with the addition of 478 new patients on Thursday, while the death toll increased to 168, the city civic body said.

Maharashtra registered 778 new COVID-19 cases, the highest single-day jump in numbers since the first coronavirus case in the state in the first week of March. Over the last four days alone, the state has registered 2,000 new cases, taking its total to 6,427.

Among those who tested positive was Maharashtra Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad. He was admitted to hospital on Tuesday night, 10 days after he had put himself under home quarantine after coming in contact with a person who tested positive for coronavirus. Sources close to the NCP leader said he was moved to a private hospital after developing fever. A hospital spokesperson said his condition was stable.

After Mumbai, Pune, which remains the second worst-hit in the state, saw five deaths while one death each occurred in Nandurbar, Navi Mumbai and Dhule.

The central government has said that it has been able to “cut coronavirus transmission”, minimise its spread and increase the doubling time of COVID-19 cases in the country during the 30-day period of the nationwide lockdown.

While asserting that the growth of coronavirus cases in the country has been more or less linear and not exponential, it also said testing has been ramped up consistently.

Addressing a daily press conference on the COVID-19 situation in the country, C K Mishra, the chairman of Empowered Group Two, said, “One crucial weapon we employed during the 30-day lockdown period is RT-PCR test to ascertain if one has contracted the disease or not.”

As on March 23, nearly 15,000 tests were done across the country and by April 22 more than 5 lakh tests were conducted, which is about “33 times in 30 days”, he said, adding, “But we are conscious of the fact that this is not enough and we have to continuously ramp up testing in the country and we will do that.”

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