Day 24 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground reports from Indian cities

Ghughuti Bulletin

NEW DELHI: India now has total 13,387 coronavirus cases according to the ministry of health and family welfare. Of the total cases 11,201 are active cases, 1,749 people have been cured and there have been 437 deaths.

Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from various Indian cities —


  • No case has been reported in the last 15 days from 3 locations in the national capital, including Dilshad Garden. 60 containment zones identified till now, says Satyendar Jain
  • The state government on Thursday shifted more than 1,500 migrant labourers and homeless people, who had been camping on the banks of Yamuna, and provided them with food and shelter.
  • App-based cab aggregator Uber’s services are now available for free for public hospitals like Safdarjung, Sir Ganga Ram and Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospitals. These public hospitals will get UberMedic cars to transport frontline health workers across the city as part of the 10 million free rides being offered globally as announced by Uber’s CEO Dara Khosrowshahi earlier, the company said.


  • Mumbai added 177 cases, also its third-highest count for a day, taking the total cases in the city to 2,073. In Mumbai, cases have doubled in just six days. On April 13, Maharashtra had 2,334 cases, and on April 10, a month after the first case was reported, Mumbai had 1,008 cases.
  • Covid-19 cases in Dharavi jumped by 26 on Thursday, the congested area’s biggest single-day tally that smashed the calm of three days of single-digit rises. The area also recorded one death, taking the toll to nine. The total number of cases now stands at 86 since the first patient was reported on April 1.
  • Six police officers and 13 constables from Mumbai and Thane have tested positive for coronavirus in the last one week. All 19 are undergoing treatment at various hospitals even as 86 police personnel, who had come in contact with them, have been placed in quarantine.
  • The BMC’s D ward, which includes upscale and high-profile areas such as Malabar Hill, Nepean Sea Road, Pedder Road and Nana Chowk, had reported 135 Covid-19 positive cases till Wednesday, the third-highest among the civic body’s 24 administrative wards, after G South and E. And, till date, this ward has had 3,317 high-risk contacts of patients who were placed in quarantine.


  • There was no report of a new coronavirus case from Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh on Thursday.
  • To resolve medical and stress-related issues of people during the lockdown, the Punjab government launched a special helpline (1800-180-4104) for citizens to connect with a network of senior doctors over teleconference and get medical advice on Covid-19 and other related concerns.
  • On the orders of the deputy commissioner, the education department has made three school-based midday meal (MDM) kitchens functional from Thursday. These kitchens will make meals for 12,000 people per day.


  • Authorities at Gandhi Hospital, along with the city police, set up a Covid-19 isolation ward for prisoners on Thursday. The 23-year-old man arrested by Chilakalguda police for assaulting a doctor was the first inmate to be admitted at the ward.
  • The central government’s decision to allow IT companies to operate offices at 50% capacities from April 20 may have come as a breather. But having just settled into a near-total work from home (WFH) scenario, most companies, big and small, say they are not yet ready to get back to the office.
  • Jamia Nizamia, one of the oldest Islamic seminaries of Hyderabad, issued a fatwa on Taraweeh, saying Muslims across the country, should offer the special prayers during Ramzan from homes.
  • With the increase in samples being sent for testing, there is a delay of 2-3 days in test report being received, which has resulted in a long duration of stay in isolation for suspected patients. While the 2-3 days stay in the isolation wards not only poses a risk of contracting the virus to the suspected patients who test negative for the virus, but the delay also means that their negative report cannot be taken into consideration if another patient in the ward during the stay turns out to be positive.


  • Nearly 50 per cent of the people who had tested positive for coronavirus in Bengaluru have recovered and are back home, an encouraging sign for Karnataka’s battle against the outbreak.
  • Realising the need for epidemiologists amid the Covid-19 outbreak, BBMP has initiated the process for their recruitment. However, its notification inviting applications has been flayed by public health experts, who are aghast at the low salary of Rs 25,000 offered for the four posts.
  • Despite the nationwide lockdown due to Covid-19, mangoes will still reach you through the humble postman, who will deliver it to your doorstep as part of a Karnataka government initiative.


  • Anna University researchers have developed a novel hand sanitizer they say can eliminate the coronavirus’ genetic material and break the chain of transmission. Existing hand sanitizers only break the outer surface and not genetic material of the virus which can still infect if it enters the human body.
  • The Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund has so far received Rs 134.63 crore towards Covid-19 relief. Between April 7 and 13, the relief fund received Rs 54.9 crore.


  • UP CM Yogi Adityanath in a meeting today with senior officers said,’It doesn’t matter if a person has Ration Card or not, Aadhaar Card or not, if the person is needy he/she would be provided with essential food items. Even if the person is a migrant he/she shall be provided with food and ration’
  • Chief minister Yogi Adityanath has warned nodal officers, a crucial link between the state government and labourers stranded in different states, to mend their ways.
  • Indian Veterinary Research Institute, working in the field of veterinary medicine and allied branches, has volunteered to join fight against novel coronavirus infection. IVRI has got Indian Council of Medical Research’s nod for starting Covid-19 testing facility.


  • The Bengal government will, from now on, follow international protocol while writing death certificates for Covid-19-positive patients, in order to put to rest any confusion over death figures, a senior member of the state’s medical experts’ panel said on Thursday, on a day the government beefed up surveillance in “sensitive zones” of Kolkata and Howrah, under the Centre’s identified “Red Zones”.
  • As part of its containment strategy in high-risk zones, KMC and health department officials on Thursday began a door-to-door medical check-up in the Belgachhia slums, covering nearly 200 homes. Fever check is the Stage II of the containment strategy after police restricted access to and from the zone and ensured the doorstep supply of essentials with the civic body.
  • KMC on Thursday carried out an intensive disinfection drive in a north Kolkata neighbourhood off Bidhan Sarani for three hours to allay fears of residents. Panic had gripped the locality after word went around that an 85-year-old local, whose body had been brought to the neighbourhood after she died at a hospital off Amherst Street, had tested positive for Covid-19.


  • The new Covid-19 cases reported in Gujarat include 45 from Ahmedabad, 14 from Surat, 9 from Vadodara, 8 from Bharuch, 5 from Narmada, 3 from Botad, 2 from Panchmahal and 1 each from Anand, Chhota Udepur, Dahod, Kheda, Mahisagar and Patan.
  • The number of new Covid-19 cases reported in the city in the last 24 hours has hit 95 and the city will soon see more than 100 cases being reported every day. The intensive surveillance and aggressive testing strategy, the number of new cases reported in the city every day will cross 100 soon.

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