Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Telanganas Covid-19 Numbers Rise to 562 after 66 New Cases

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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Telangana today reported a fresh spike of 66 cases, taking the total in the state to 562. The state government has decided to collect data of people buying medicines for fever and sore throat from medical stores. At a review meeting on Covid-19 situation in the state, Municipal Administration Minister KT Rama Rao asked officials to gather information about those who recently purchased such medicines. The direction assumes significance in the wake of finding by the authorities that the majority of those tested positive for Covid-19 and undergoing treatment were asymptomatic.

The number of positive coronavirus cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi, one of the largest slums in Asia, today crossed the one hundred-mark after it reported 15 new cases today. Its toll now stands at 101, with 10 deaths. The government today said the national doubling rate of the coronavirus infections has gone up to six days on average as compared to the three days before the nationwide lockdown was imposed to prevent the virus’s spread. Ministry of Health Joint Secretary Lav Agrawal said there are 19 states where the doubling rate is less than the national rate. India has reported 1,007 new COVID-19 cases and 23 deaths in the last 24 hours and Agarwal said the ratio between recovered patients and deaths stands at 80:20 in India, which is higher than that in several other nations. “We have been witnessing average growth factor at 1.2 since April 1, which stood at 2.1 (average) between March 15-31,” he said. “Hence, there is 40% decline in average growth factor even as we increased testings.”

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Apr 17, 2020 9:11 pm (IST)

2 More Areas Added to Delhi ‘Containment Zones’ | Several houses in K Block in Jahangir Puri and area around a house in Savitri Nagar, Malviya Nagar have been added to the list of ‘containment zones’ in Delhi. The total number of containment zones is now 68.

Apr 17, 2020 9:09 pm (IST)

PM Modi Assures Support to Egypt in Dealing With Covid-19 Pandemic | PM Narendra Modi speaks with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on phone. The two leaders discuss the evolving global situation in the wake of Covid-19. PM Modi assures Egyptian President that India would provide all possible support to ensure the availability of pharmaceutical supplies.

Apr 17, 2020 9:07 pm (IST)

66 Test Positive in Telangana | Covid-19 cases reach 562 in Telangana, with 66 new cases being reported today. 18 people have died due to the disease while 186 others have been cured, says State Health Department.

Apr 17, 2020 9:05 pm (IST)

Donate to PM Cares Fund, Download Aarogya Setu App: HC’s Conditions to Ex-BJP MP Granted Bail | The Jharkhand High Court grants bail to former BJP MP Som Marandi and five others in a case relating to blocking railway tracks during an agitation in 2012, but asked them to deposit Rs 35,000 each to the PM-CARES fund and download the Aarogya Setu app as a condition. Allowing the bail through video-conference on Thursday, the bench of Justice Anubha Rawat Choudhary asks the six accused to provide evidence of the deposit and the download after being released, says assistant public prosecuter Rakesh Kumar Sinha.

Apr 17, 2020 8:53 pm (IST)

Punjab Govt Gives Nod to Plasma Therapy | Doctors at a private hospital in Ludhiana will conduct plasma therapy on a police officer who recently tested positive for Covid-19, in what is set to be the first such treatment for the disease in the state. The Punjab government has given its go-ahead to the hospital to conduct plasma therapy on Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP), Ludhiana, Anil Kohli, says an official spokesperson.

Apr 17, 2020 8:46 pm (IST)

81 Pvt Labs to Test for Covid-19: ICMR | Till now, there are 81 private labs to conduct Covid-19 tests, says Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Total 188 Operational (initiated independent testing) Government Laboratories and 3 Collection sites are reporting to ICMR.

Apr 17, 2020 8:41 pm (IST)

Till date, 31 real-time PCR kits have been validated by ICMR validation centres and were found to be satisfactory, says Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Apr 17, 2020 8:37 pm (IST)

PM Assures Full Support to South Africa | PM Narendra Modi says discussion with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on challenges posed by Covid-19 went well. The government assured its full support to South Africa in maintaining essential medical supplies. South Africa is ably coordinating the African Union effort against the pandemic and the government is ready to support its effort in every way, says PM.

Apr 17, 2020 8:22 pm (IST)

78 Test Positive in Gujarat | 78 new Covid-19 positive cases have been reported in Gujarat taking the total number of cases in the state to 1,099 including 86 discharged/recovered patients and 41 deaths, says State Health Department.

Apr 17, 2020 8:19 pm (IST)

In a series of offerings of critical drugs, the government sends 1 lakh paracetamol and 5 lakh hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) tablets to Afghanistan through Ariana Airlines. Afghan Envoy Tahir Qadiry thanks Modi government for this move and also for the first consignment of wheat that was shipped to Afghanistan earlier to bolster food security.

Apr 17, 2020 8:05 pm (IST)

Russia Thanks India For Drug Supply | Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov says, Russia is grateful to India for its decision to supply medicines to the country to fight Covid-19. (Photo: India in Russia)

Apr 17, 2020 8:03 pm (IST)

Number of Covid-19 cases surge to 1,310 in Madhya Pradesh including 69 deaths and 68 recovered/cured. Maximum number of the cases have been reported in Indore at 842, followed by Bhopal at 197. 408 containment zones have been identified in the state, says State Health Department.

Apr 17, 2020 7:57 pm (IST)

Delhi Police Constable Tests Positive | The head constable at Bara Hindu Rao police station tests positive for Covid-19 and two other police personnel have been quarantined, says Delhi Police.

Apr 17, 2020 7:49 pm (IST)

The number of Covid-19 positive cases in the Odisha stands at 60 including 40 active cases, 19 cured/discharged and 1 death, says State Health Department.

Apr 17, 2020 7:40 pm (IST)

28,542 Samples Tested: ICMR | 28,542 samples have been tested for Covid-19 today. Total samples tested so far are 3,32,583, says Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR).

Apr 17, 2020 7:34 pm (IST)

UP Govt Asks Senior Officers to Resume Office from Monday | All senior and mid-rank officers in the Uttar Pradesh government have been asked to resume office from April 20, nearly a month after working from home due to the coronavirus outbreak, says an official. READ MORE

Apr 17, 2020 7:30 pm (IST)

77 New Cases, 5 Deaths in Mumbai | 77 new Covid-19 positive cases and 5 deaths have been reported in Mumbai taking the total number of positive cases in the city to 2,120 including 121 deaths, says Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai.

Apr 17, 2020 7:26 pm (IST)

Active number of Covid-19 cases rise to 135 in Haryana. 86 patients have recovered while two others succumbed to the disease, says State Heath Department.

Apr 17, 2020 7:24 pm (IST)

Delhi ‘Containment Zones’ Rise to 66 | The list of ‘containment zones’ in New Delhi has been raised to 66. Areas of L-2 Sangam Vihar, Streets no. 26 and 27 Tuughalkhabad Extension, C-105 and B-33 in Hari Nagar, C-785 Camp no. 2, Nagloi and RZ-168, K-2 block, Nihal vihar have been added to the list.

Apr 17, 2020 7:19 pm (IST)

PPE Kits From China Didn’t Fulfill Criteria: Sources | About 63,000 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits which arrived from China recently did not fulfill the criteria, say Health Ministry Sources.

Apr 17, 2020 7:15 pm (IST)

56 New Cases in TN | 56 people test positive for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu taking the total number of positive cases to 1,323 in the state so far, says State Health Department.

Apr 17, 2020 7:13 pm (IST)

14 new cases have been reported today in Nepal. A total of 30 people have tested positive for Covid-19 so far in the country, says Nepal Health Ministry.

Apr 17, 2020 7:09 pm (IST)

14 Test Positive in Punjab | Fourteen people test positive for novel coronavirus in Punjab. A total of 211 people have tested positive so far in the state including 30 cured cases, says Punjab Health Ministry.

Apr 17, 2020 7:08 pm (IST)

Police in Shimla conduct flag march from Sanjauli to Dhalli. Curfew is in place in the area in wake of coronavirus. A total of 35 people have tested positive so far in Himachal Pradesh, including 18 active cases and 12 recovered.

Apr 17, 2020 6:57 pm (IST)

Karnataka government fixes the cost of two Covid-19 tests at Rs 2,235. ICMR rate for the test is Rs 4,500 per test. The Centre needs to look into this to make tests affordable and accessible, says former Union Health Secretary.

Apr 17, 2020 6:35 pm (IST)

Govt Employees Donate 1 Day’s Salary to PM-Cares Fund | In response to the appeal by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, central government employees have voluntarily decided to donate their one day’s salary to the PM-CARES fund, being utilised to deal with Covid-19. The amount contributed to the fund by all departments through their salaries and CSR exceeds Rs 3,900 crores. A few officers have also made individual contributions.

Apr 17, 2020 6:31 pm (IST)

2 Break Open Bathroom Lock to Escape from Quarantine Centre | Two people linked to the Tablighi Jamaat allegedly tried to escape from a quarantine centre by breaking open the lock of the bathroom, say officials. Twelve people from the Tajwapur locality who had returned from Delhi were kept in a women’s hospital of the district hospital which was converted into a quarantine centre. Two among them tried to escape by breaking open the lock of the bathroom on Thursday, says Chief Medical Superintendent Dr DK Singh.

Apr 17, 2020 6:25 pm (IST)

In their meeting on Covid-19 at ​Nirman Bhawan, Union Group of Ministers detail deliberation on containment and management of coronavirus. Dr Harsh Vardhan reiterates that social distancing and isolation are the most effective social vaccines against Covid-19, says Ministry of Health.

Apr 17, 2020 6:16 pm (IST)

Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ urges private schools to reconsider their decisions on annual fee hike and collecting fee quarterly during the Covid-19 lockdown. He says, I hope state education departments will address the fee issue keeping in mind the concerns of parents and schools.

Apr 17, 2020 6:11 pm (IST)

MEA Announces Covid-19 Training Programme for SAARC Countries | Prime Minister Modi set the tone for cooperation and collaboration amongst SAARC countries for combating the global pandemic – Covid-19.  India is assisting SAARC countries in their fight against Covid-19 by having setting up a $10 million fund, helping with Rapid Response Teams of doctors, specialists and testing equipment, medical supplies as well as capacity building and bext practise exchange amongst health care professionals. Ministry of External Affairs has announced a capacity building programme for healthcare professionals in SAARC countries in a very timely manner, as countries see a rise in COVID19 cases. 

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Coronavirus cases in Haryana rose to 221 today, with Nuh and Panchkula districts reporting fresh cases. While worst-hit Nuh reported five cases, Panchkula, which has seen a surge after nine members of a family earlier tested positive, reported two more cases, according to the state’s health department bulletin. India today breached the 13,000-mark with 13,387 Covid-19 cases while the death toll surged to 437. Of these, 11,201 are active cases and 1,748 are cured. The numbers come amid an extended lockdown in the country till May 3 as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who sought the cooperation of Indians to defeat the pandemic.

The novel coronavirus has infected ove 2 million people globally and led to more than 1, 40,000 deaths. The confirmed coronavirus death toll in the United States reached 32,917 on Thursday, marking an increase of 4,491 deaths in the past 24 hours, by far the highest daily toll in the pandemic so far.

But the figure likely includes “probable” deaths related to Covid-19, which were not previously included.

This week, New York City announced it would add 3,778 “probable” coronavirus deaths to its toll. As of Thursday night, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recorded 31,071 coronavirus deaths, including 4,141 “probable” virus deaths.

The US has the highest death toll in the world, followed by Italy with 22,170 dead although its population is just a fifth of that of the US.

Spain has recorded 19,130 deaths, followed by France with 17,920. More than 667,800 coronavirus cases have been recorded in the United States, which has seen a record number of deaths over the past two days.

New York, the epicenter of the country’s COVID-19 epidemic, has suffered more than 12,000 deaths across the state alone.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump unveiled plans Thursday evening to reopen the US economy, allowing each state’s governor “to take a phased deliberate approach to reopening their individual states.”

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