Caronavirus Pandemic:Cases rise to 6,588 , death toll at 199

The Centre on Thursday approved Rs 15,000 crore as part of India’s Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to tackle the pandemic. The administration also said it has got on board 20 domestic manufacturers of personal protection equipment and had already ordered 1.7 crore kits. At its daily press briefing, the health ministry said it had requisitioned 49,000 ventilators.

 

New Delhi:

With over 500 fresh cases reported in last 24 hours, India's novel coronavirus cases surged to 6,588 , according to the Union Health Ministry data. As many as 199 deaths have been reported in India since the virus outbreak, according to the Union Health Ministry.

 

One lakh thirty thousand samples have been tested so far for the coronavirus, out of which 6,588 have tested positive, said Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) official on Thursday.

 

Health Ministry said 477 people have recovered & been discharged from the hospital so far. There have been 591 new cases, and 50 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

 

"The Health Ministry has constituted high-level teams which will coordinate with states on containment plan, hospital preparedness and ventilator management. 10 teams have been sent to Bihar, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh," Lav Aggarwal, joint secretary, union health ministry said in a press conference.

 

The Centre on Thursday approved Rs 15,000 crore as part of India’s Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Package to tackle the pandemic. The administration also said it has got on board 20 domestic manufacturers of personal protection equipment and had already ordered 1.7 crore kits. At its daily press briefing, the health ministry said it had requisitioned 49,000 ventilators.

 

The total number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra touched 1,364 on Thursday with the state reporting 229 new cases, health minister Rajesh Tope said.Maharashtra, which has recorded the highest number of Covid-19 cases in the country so far and the most number of deaths, reported 25 more deaths on Thursday, taking the death toll to 97.This is the highest increase in the number of cases recorded in a single day in the state so far.
 

Twenty-one hotspots of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) have been identified in Mumbai and curfew-like restrictions imposed in these places to contain the fast-spreading viral infection, a Maharashtra minister said on Thursday, a day after Uttar Pradesh and Delhi adopted a similar approach .

 

The stringent restrictions will come into effect immediately and continue till further orders. No one will be allowed to venture out of their houses in these hotspots and essentials will be home-delivered, the state cabinet decided. Only medicine shops will remain open.

 

“We have identified 21 hotspots in Mumbai where we are imposing curfew with immediate effect. The supply of the essential services will be done by the state administration, compelling residents to stay home during this period,” said textile minister Aslam Shaikh. The complete list of the 21 hotspots was not immediately available.

 

Vegetable markets in these areas will be closed down as authorities say these were leading to crowding. “In fact, people should make up their minds to give up vegetables for the next few days. Farmers have made up their minds to not grow vegetables,” said revenue minister Balasaheb Thorat.

 

The government is also expected to strengthen security for the effective implementation of the lockdown.

 

“I have requested the Rapid Action Force and the State Reserve Police Force for the effective implementation of the curfew. Barring medical shops, everything else would be shut in the hots pots we have identified in Mumbai. It would not be possible to contain the spread in areas like Dharavi without imposing stricter restrictions as the next eight days are crucial,” said school education minister Varsha Gaikwad, a legislator from Dharavi.

 

Biocon chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw on Thursday said a large number of people are under quarantine without being tested and the actual number of positive cases will be at least four times the reported count.

 

"I am sure the number (of positive cases) is much larger. It has to be much larger. If you look at the numbers in quarantine itself who have not been tested, I would say at least four times that number it will be, minimum, Mazumdar- Shaw told PTI.
 

She also stressed on the need for random testing and making wearing of masks mandatory for everyone.
 

“Testing only those with symptoms is not such a great idea. A lot of asymptomatic people are also positive. It’s also important to do some amount of random testing in the clusters. You need to do lot more testing. The more you test, the more positives you get. Only redeeming feature is that the number of those getting into ICU or dying is not huge," she said.

 

Meanwhile, the Odisha government has extended the lockdown in the state till April 30. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has requested the Centre not to start train and air services till the end of this month. Educational institutions in the state will remain closed till June 17.

 

As many as 17 new deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours across the country, the ministry said.Eight deaths were reported from Maharashtra, three from Gujarat, two from Jammu and Kashmir and one each from Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, it said.

 

Maharashtra's death toll is  followed by Gujarat at 16, Madhya Pradesh at 13 and Delhi at 9. Punjab and Tamil Nadu have reported eight fatalities each while Telengana has reported seven deaths.

 

West Bengal and Karnataka have registered five deaths each. Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh have reported four deaths each while Haryana and Rajasthan have recorded three deaths each.

 

Two deaths have been reported from Kerala. Bihar, Himachal Pradesh and Odisha reported one fatality each, according to the health ministry data.

 

The death toll on Wednesday evening was 149.

 

However, a PTI tally of figures reported by various states as on Wednesday late evening showed at least 181 deaths.

 

The United States reported the highest toll in a single day on Tuesday, with 1,973 fatalities, including 779 in New York state alone. By Wednesday evening, the US had 4,31,838 cases of Covid-19, by far the highest anywhere in the world, according to a tracker by Johns Hopkins University.

 

Globally, the number of positive cases worldwide crossed 14.96 lakh, and 89,435 patients have died.

 


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