Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Lockdown Intensified in Chennai, Coimbatore for 4 Days, Cases in India…

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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: 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.

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.

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Apr 24, 2020 3:10 pm (IST)

Telangana Police Officer Wishes Woman Birthday Amid Pandemic | Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a police inspector of Telangana, visited the home of 60-year-old women and wished her on the eve of birthday. He also surprised her by singing a song on behalf of her son in Hyderabad. (Image: News18)

Apr 24, 2020 3:02 pm (IST)

Funds Body Urges Calm | The Association of Mutual Funds in India on Friday urged investors to remain calm after global fund manager Franklin Templeton shut six of its debt funds in India, citing market dislocation and a lack of liquidity amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 24, 2020 2:59 pm (IST)

Tokyo Deploys Marie Kondo Amid Coronavirus | Worried about getting bored while stuck at home during holidays amid the coronavirus pandemic? The Tokyo governor has a solution: Decluttering with Marie Kondo, AFP reports. Governor Yuriko Koike told reporters on Thursday the metropolitan government will share fun videos — including those of the decluttering guru — during the forthcoming “Golden Week” holidays.

Apr 24, 2020 2:53 pm (IST)

British PM in Good Shape: Hancock | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who is recovering after contracting the new coronavirus, is “in very good shape”, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said on Friday.

Apr 24, 2020 2:47 pm (IST)

Pompoe Says China May Have Known of Coronavirus in November | US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo charged Thursday that China may have known of the new coronavirus as early as November, renewing accusations that Beijing has not been transparent and again drawing ire from China.

Apr 24, 2020 2:43 pm (IST)

Norway Economy Hit Due to Coronavirus | The Norwegian economy contracted 1.9% in the first quarter, the biggest drop since the 2008 financial crisis, and will shrink even more in the second quarter after efforts to halt the novel coronavirus outbreak brought many industries to a halt.

Apr 24, 2020 2:37 pm (IST)

Sri Lanka to Seek $400 Million from RBI | Sri Lanka is set to enter into an agreement with the Reserve Bank of India for a currency swap worth $ 400 million to boost the foreign reserves and ensure the financial stability of the country which is badly hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, a top minister has said.

Apr 24, 2020 2:32 pm (IST)

Global Coronavirus Death Toll Hits 1.9 Lakh-mark | The worldwide death toll from the coronavirus pandemic crossed 190,000 on Friday, with nearly two-thirds of the fatalities in Europe, according to an AFP tally compiled from official sources

Apr 24, 2020 2:30 pm (IST)

Goa CM In Mapusa OPD | Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant today volunteered to join the team of Doctors at OPD of the District Hospital Mapusa on his birthday amid the coronavirus lockdown.

Apr 24, 2020 2:24 pm (IST)

Germany’s Business Morale Crashes | German business morale crashed in April in its most dramatic fall on record and hit its lowest reading since reunification as the coronavirus crisis takes a heavy toll on Europe’s largest economy.

Apr 24, 2020 2:20 pm (IST)

Goa Coronavirus Update | Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant on Friday said the government will provide all necessary infrastructure, including thermal guns and screening devices, to industries to fully resume their operations in the state.

Apr 24, 2020 2:17 pm (IST)

Emirati Police Deploy Smart Tech in Coronavirus Fight | Police in the United Arab Emirates are deploying smart helmets that can scan the temperatures of hundreds of people every minute in their effort to combat the new coronavirus. (Image: Reuters)

Apr 24, 2020 2:10 pm (IST)

In Salem, Tiruppur for 3 Days | Tamil Nadu announces intensified lockdown in five municipalities. In Salem and Tiruppur, the coronavirus lockdown will be implemented for three days.

Apr 24, 2020 2:06 pm (IST)

Tamil Nadu Announces Intense Lockdown for 5 Municipalities | Tamil Nadu announces intensified lockdown in five municipalities including Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai. Intensified lockdown to be in effect for four days starting April 26.

Apr 24, 2020 2:03 pm (IST)

Coronavirus in India State Wise Update: J&K | Curbs to contain the spread of coronavirus were intensified in Kashmir on Friday after reports of lockdown violations at several places, officials said. Jammu and Kashmir has recorded 434 cases of the virus, even as five patients have died and 92 recovered.

Apr 24, 2020 1:59 pm (IST)

Africa Behind in Global Race for Coronavirus Gear | As Africa braces for a surge in coronavirus cases, its countries are dangerously behind in the global race for scarce medical equipment. Ten nations have no ventilators at all.

Apr 24, 2020 1:52 pm (IST)

UP Coronavirus Update | Twenty-five doctors and medical personnel in quarantine in a state-run school in Uttar Pradesh have been shifted to a guest house after they complained of poor facilities in several videos that later went viral.

Apr 24, 2020 1:45 pm (IST)

Indian Truckers Face Problems Amid Coronavirus Lockdown | Indian truck driver Arju Yadav says he was on a 30-40 km (20-25 mile) journey earlier this month to deliver a consignment of biscuits when he was stopped by police for defying a coronavirus lockdown, beaten and made to do sit-ups.

Apr 24, 2020 1:42 pm (IST)

India May See 2nd Wave of Coronavirus in Monsoons: Study | The trajectory of Covid-19 cases could have plateaued and might even fall for some weeks after the lockdown is lifted but India is likely to see a second wave in late July or August with a surge in the number of cases during the monsoon, say scientists.

Apr 24, 2020 1:34 pm (IST)

Chinese Diplomats Defend Coronavirus Response | From Asia to Africa, London to Berlin, Chinese envoys have set off diplomatic firestorms with a combative defense whenever their country is accused of not acting quickly enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

Apr 24, 2020 1:12 pm (IST)

Delhi CM on Coronavirus Plasma Therapy | Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday said initial results of plasma therapy trial conducted on four Covid-19 patients is encouraging and gives hope to save people’s lives from the dreaded disease. Read more here.

Apr 24, 2020 1:07 pm (IST)

South Africa to Allow Partial Reopening of Lockdown | South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday the government will allow a partial reopening of the economy on May 1, with travel restrictions eased and some industries allowed to operate under a five-level risk system.

Apr 24, 2020 1:02 pm (IST)

D P Jindal Group Donates Rs 2 Cr to PM Cares | D P Jindal Group on Friday said its employees have contributed Rs 2 crore towards PM-CARES Fund to fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Apr 24, 2020 12:58 pm (IST)

Funeral of Covid-19 Patient Held Amid Protests | The funeral of a 75-year-old woman, who died of the novel coronavirus disease, was held amid opposition from local people in Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka, police said on Friday.

Apr 24, 2020 12:52 pm (IST)

Crocodile Spotted in Canal in Telangana | A crocodile was spotted at Jurala left canal in Wanaparthy in Telangana. Since the coronavirus lockdown, areas around the globe have been witnessing animals slowly reclaiming spaces. (Image: News18)

Apr 24, 2020 12:49 pm (IST)

RBI moratorium: 328 firms Seek Covid-19 Package |  A total of 328 companies from across sectors including the likes of Jindal Steel and Power Limited, JSW Steel Limited and Air India Express Limited, have applied for a moratorium on loan repayments from their lenders to seek the benefit from RBI’s COVID-19 relief package, revealed a document released by rating agency, ICRA, reports Moneycontrol.

Apr 24, 2020 12:44 pm (IST)

Life in a Pandemic | A boy wears a face mask as carries a baguette while he walks home, amid the spread of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) in Pikine suburb of Dakar, Senegal. (Reuters/Zohra Bensemra)

Apr 24, 2020 12:40 pm (IST)

IIT Professor Claims of 5-second Coronavirus Test | An IIT-Roorkee professor claims to have developed a software which can detect COVID-19 within five seconds using X-ray scan of the suspected patient.

Apr 24, 2020 12:34 pm (IST)

Contract Tracing Illegal for Public: Australia | People other than authorised health officials will be banned by law from accessing data collected in government smartphone software to trace the contacts of people with the coronavirus, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Apr 24, 2020 12:29 pm (IST)

Indian Shares Fall Amid Coronavirus Worries | Indian shares fell over 1% on Friday, tracking weak global markets, after US data underscored the economic damage caused by the coronavirus pandemic and reports that an experimental drug to treat Covid-19 showed inconclusive results.

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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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