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Wrap Up: All you need to know about Coronavirus outbreak
- Maharashtra COVID-19 cases cross 20,000-mark, tally now 20,228 after 1165 new cases; death toll 779
- 394 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat; state tally rises to 7,797
- UP reports 163 new cases; state tally climbs to 3,373
- Maharashtra allows free intra-state bus travel from May 11
- 160 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, five deaths
- Rajasthan reports 129 new cases; state tally climbs to 3,708
- Ahmedabad COVID-19 cases up by 280 to 5,540; 20 more die
- 3 more test Covid-19 positive in Assam; cases rise to 62
- ICMR teams up with Bharat Biotech to develop COVID-19 vaccine
- An Air India Express flight brings back 177 passengers and 4 infants to Kochi from Kuwait
Mumbai: MIDC police station has registered an Accidental Death Report and an investigation is underway, over alleged suicide by a 60-year old COVID19 patient at Seven Hills hospital
3 more test Covid-19 positive in Assam; cases rise to 62
- Three more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, taking the total number of cases to 62 in the state, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Saturday.
- A female student of the Regional Dental College in Guwahati tested positive on Friday night, taking the number of cases in Guwahati to six.
160 new coronavirus cases in Pune district, five deaths
- Pune district reported 160 new coronavirus cases since Friday night, taking the tally of cases to 2,732, health officials said on Saturday.
- The death toll reached 148 with five COVID-19 patients succumbing to the infection, an official said.
Request for registering retailers, construction professionals as MSMEs to be examined: Gadkari
- Union Minister Nitin Gadkari on Saturday assured the Retailers Association of India and Practicing Engineers, Architects and Town Planners Association (India) that their request for registering as MSMEs will be examined expeditiously.
- He felt that this needs to be explored from the point of these bodies being employment creators and whether various benefits such as insurance, medical, pension, etc can be provided to workers.
MP govt mulls company to supply cheap power to industries
- The Madhya Pradesh government plans to set up a separate company to provide cheap electricity to industries, officials said on Saturday.
- This plan came about in a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on industrial land and policy, they added.
COVID-19: Mumbai police ASI who died on Friday tests positive
- The samples of an assistant sub-inspector attached to Vinoba Bhave Nagar police station in Mumbai who died on Friday have tested positive for novel coronavirus, officials said on Saturday.
- He died in the early hours of Friday after being admitted in a civic hospital on Wednesday with COVID-19-like symptoms, an official said.
Kerala: An Air India Express flight brings back 177 passengers and 4 infants to Kochi from Kuwait
More central teams for 10 states that have witnessed or are witnessing high COVID-19 cases: Health ministry
- The health ministry has decided to deploy central teams in 10 states that have witnessed or are witnessing high COVID-19 cases to assist their health departments to facilitate the management of the outbreak.
- These are besides the 20 central teams of public health experts sent earlier to 20 high case load districts on May 3, the health ministry said in a statement on Saturday, adding a high-level team was recently deputed in Mumbai to support Maharashtra’s efforts in COVID-19 response and management.
82 held, 356 vehicles penalised for defying lockdown: Noida Police
- Eighty-two people were arrested and challans issued to owners of 356 vehicles across Noida and Greater Noida for allegedly defying the coronavirus-induced lockdown on Saturday, the Gautam Buddh Nagar police said.
- Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) Section 144 is in force in Gautam Buddh Nagar which falls in the ‘Red Zone’ for COVID-19, even as lockdown restrictions continue, prohibiting normal movement in this district in western UP adjoining Delhi.
17 persons found COVID19 positive in Tripura today from 86th Battalion- BSF Ambassa. No civilian found positive among them
– Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb
No reason to hide anything: Delhi health minister over ‘under-reporting’ of COVID-19 deaths
- With the Delhi government coming under attack over “under-reporting” of coronavirus deaths on Saturday, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said not a single case will go unaccounted for, as the total tally of cases in the national capital climbed to 6,542.
- Confusion prevailed over the number of COVID-19 deaths in Delhi, with data from four hospitals showing that 92 people succumbed to the infection as against 68 reported by the government.
Virus: Extend deadline for varsity projects, MP Guv tells UGC
- Madhya Pradesh Governor Lalji Tandon told the University Grants Commission (UGC) to extend the deadline of projects it has sponsored by six months in view of the lockdown for the coronavirus outbreak, said an official on Saturday.
- The governor’s secretary Manohar Dubey said research projects, fellowship and other programmes are being run in various universities in the state from grants provided by the UGC.
394 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat; state tally rises to 7,797
- The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 7,797 on Saturday with 394 new cases, 280 of them in Ahmedabad, while death toll rose by 23 to 472, a senior health official said.
- The number of deaths was the lowest in the last seven days, Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi said.
Khattar says Haryana ‘in touch with investors’ looking to pull out of China
- Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Saturday claimed that nearly 1,000 investors want to take their investments out of China and explore other destinations and said the state has got into touch with some of them.
- The Haryana government had recently chalked out an aggressive strategy to woo investors/companies intending to either shift from China or set up new manufacturing facility in India, a state government statement had said on Monday.
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UP reports 163 new cases; state tally climbs to 3,373
163 new COVID19 cases reported positive since last evening; the total number of positive cases in the state is now 3373: Uttar Pradesh Health Department
First evacuation flight from Gulf to Karnataka on May 12
No matter what we are doing & how much our forces are involved during COVID19. Our eyes are open on what Pakistan is upto. Pakistan is not letting up. Weapons, drugs & drug money to use for terrorism, this seems to be modus operandi. We will not allow this to happen
– Punjab CM
Maharashtra allows free intra-state bus travel from May 11
- The Maharashtra government has decided to make available its bus services free of cost from Monday to facilitate travelling of people stranded in various parts of the state to their homes during the lockdown period, Transport Minister Anil Parab said on Saturday.
- The State Transport (ST) bus service will be made available on the condition of fulfilling certain conditions to ensure that coronavirus does not spread to other parts of the state, a statement said, adding that people include labourers, students and pilgrims.
Rajasthan reports 129 new cases; state tally climbs to 3,708
129 fresh cases of COVID19 & three deaths have been reported in Rajasthan today, taking total number of cases & deaths to 3708 & 106, respectively. Number of active cases stands at 1440: Rajasthan Health Department
Migrant movement to Bengal: Only 2 trains so far out of 302
- Amidst a war of words over the movement of special trains ferrying stranded workers to West Bengal, railway data shows that the state, which is a source of a sizeable number of migrant population, has so far accepted only two Shramik Special trains, though 302 such trains have run so far.
- According to the railways’ guidelines for these special trains ferrying migrants back to their native places during the coronavirus lockdown, both the states where the trains will be originating and terminating have to give their acceptance for running them.
1st batch of Indians stranded in UK to arrive early morning Sunday
- The first batch of Indian nationals stranded in the UK after suspension of commercial air passenger services amid the COVID-19 outbreak are set to arrive early morning on Sunday, a source said.
- The Air India flight, a Boeing 777 aircraft, departed for Mumbai from London at around 11 am on Saturday, an airline source told PTI.
Air India flight with over 180 Indians from Sharjah in UAE arrived in Lucknow on Saturday evening
– Lucknow airport director AK Sharma
31 new cases in Telangana
- Telangana on Saturday reported 31 new Covid positive cases, taking the total to 1,163. The state so far saw 751 cured and discharged, while suffering 30 Covid deaths.
434 Kashmiri students leave Madhya Pradesh for home by buses
- Over 434 Kashmiri students, stranded in various parts of Madhya Pradesh due to lockdown on account of coronavirus outbreak, left for Jammu and Kashmir from Bhopal and Indore by buses on Saturday afternoon.
- 365 students started their home-bound journey in buses from Bhopal, while 69 others left from Indore.
ICMR teams up with Bharat Biotech to develop COVID-19 vaccine
Indian envoys in Gulf nations assure expats of more repatriation flights
- As India began to evacuate its stranded citizens from the Gulf nations due to COVID-19 linked travel restrictions, the country’s envoys have assured the worried expatriates that there would be more flights in the coming days for people with compelling reasons to return home.
- India began evacuating stranded nationals in Oman and Saudi Arabia on Saturday under the ‘Vande Bharat’ mission.
Five more test COVID-19 positive in Mathura, tally reaches 44
Ahmedabad COVID-19 cases up by 280 to 5,540; 20 more die
- A total of 280 new COVID-19 cases were reported from hotspot Ahmedabad along with 20 more deaths on Saturday, taking the total case count to 5,540 in the district and fatalities to 363, a Health department official said.
- Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi said that the number of the discharged patients from various hospitals in Ahmedabad after recovery mounted by 106 to 1,107 in the last 24 hours.
Just received proposal for running 8 trains to West Bengal from Telangana, Punjab, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu to ferry stranded people
Three trains from Karnataka, 2 each from Punjab and TN, 1 from Telangana will ferry stranded people to Bengal over next few days
Maharashtra COVID-19 cases cross 20000-mark, tally now 20,228 after 1165 new cases; death toll 779: Official.
CRPF reports 62 new cases; tally rises to 234
Today, 62 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in CRPF. Total COVID-19 cases are now 234 out of which 231 are active cases: CRPF
WHO readies coronavirus app for checking symptoms, possibly contact tracing
- The World Health Organization (WHO) plans to launch an app this month to enable people in under-resourced countries to assess whether they may have the novel coronavirus, and is considering a Bluetooth-based contact tracing feature too, an official told Reuters on Friday.
- The app will ask people about their symptoms and offer guidance on whether they may have COVID-19, the potentially lethal illness caused by the coronavirus, said Bernardo Mariano, chief information officer for the WHO. Other information, such as how to get tested, will be personalized according to the user’s country.
526 new cases of Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu
- 279/526 cases today are from Chennai.
- Total of 1867 cases are linked to Koyambedu market.
- 219 patients discharged today. 4 new Covid19 deaths also reported.
- Total tally: 6535 cases, 1824 discharged, 44 deaths.
2 new COVID-19 cases reported from Dhanbad today
Both had returned from Mumbai. Jharkhand’s total count of positive cases rises to 156: Jharkhand Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni
31 fresh COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths in Punjab
- Punjab reported two more coronavirus deaths on Saturday, while 31 people tested positive for the infection, bringing the number of cases to 1,762 in the state, according to the state government’s medical bulletin.
- The fresh fatalities pushed the coronavirus-related death toll to 31 in Punjab. There are 1,574 active cases in the state, according to the bulletin.
Returnees can use own vehicles to enter Sikkim
- The Sikkim government will allow people stranded in different parts of the country to return to the Himalayan state on their own vehicles from May 11.
- A limited number of vehicles will be allowed to enter Sikkim everyday and priority will be given to patients, a press note said.
- Over 6,200 persons of Sikkim stranded outside the state have registered for evacuation and more than 500 of them have returned by Sikkim Nationalised Transport (SNT) buses in the past four days.
Haryana case count climbs to 657, toll at 9
Number of COVID19 cases reaches 675 Haryana, including 290 recoveries & 9 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 376. Doubling rate of cases in the state is 9 days: Haryana Health Department
First patient to receive plasma therapy in UP dies of heart attack
- The first patient to receive plasma therapy as an experimental treatment for coronavirus infection in Uttar Pradesh died following a heart attack on Saturday.
- The patient, a 58-year-old doctor, was admitted at the King George’s Medical University (KGMU) .
Outbreaks in Germany, S. Korea show the risks in easing up
- South Korea’s capital closed down more than 2,100 bars and other nightspots Saturday because of a new cluster of coronavirus infections, and Germany scrambled to contain fresh outbreaks at slaughterhouses, underscoring the dangers authorities face as they try to reopen their economies.
- Elsewhere, Belarus, which has not locked down despite increasing case numbers, saw tens of thousands of people turn out to mark Victory Day, the anniversary of Nazi Germany’s defeat in 1945. That was in contrast to Russia, where a muted event took place over an empty Red Square.
- Around the world, the U.S. and other hard-hit countries are wrestling with how to ease curbs on business and public activity without touching off a deadly second wave of infection.
After flip-flops, IndiGo clarifies pay cut for senior employees will be for entire 2020-21
- After announcing on Friday that it was reinstating pay cuts of up to 25 per cent for its senior employees, IndiGo airlines said it would take a decision on restoring original salary “closer to the end of this financial year”.
- The country’s largest domestic airlines had on Friday announced pay cut ranging between 5 and 25 per cent, in addition to its leave-without-pay programme for May, June and July, for senior employees.
Vande Bharat Mission: A special flight carrying 177 Indians takes off from Malaysia’s Kuala Lumpur for Trichy, Tamil Nadu
ICMR partners with an Indian company to develop an indigenous vaccine to fight COVID-19.
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COVID-19 challenges: TN forms panel under ex-RBI Guv Rangarajan to improve fiscal position
- The Tamil Nadu government on Saturday set up a high-level committee headed by former Reserve Bank of India governor C Rangarajan to examine fiscal challenges facing the state owing to the COVID-19 pandemic and suggest the way forward to improve its fiscal position.
- The committee, which will also consist of Finance Secretary S Krishnan as coordinator, will submit its report to the government within three months, according to a Government Order.
Andhra Pradesh government decides to reduce number of retail liquor outlets to 2,934 by May end: Official
Operation Samudra Setu: Western Fleet Ships mission deployed in the Indian Ocean Region joined INS Jalashwa, on her passage back to Kochi in Kerala from the Maldives. INS Jalashwa is bringing back 698 Indians from the Maldives.
JD(U) trashes Delhi govt’s claim of bearing migrant labourers train fare
- The ruling JD(U) on Saturday slammed AAP for claiming that it bore the cost of ferrying migrant workers from Delhi to their home in Bihar, saying the party was speaking “half-truth” as the Arvind Kejriwal government has sought reimbursement of the payment.
- The Janata Dal (United) headed by Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar accused the Aam Admi Party (AAP) of resorting to “cheap politics to gain popularity”.
5 more patients will be discharged today, after making their travel arrangements. They are 2 women, 1 child from Kabirdham, 1 man from Durg & 1 man from Surajpur. We now have 16 active COVID19 patients in Chhattisgarh & all are stable
– Chhattisgarh Health Minister TS Singh Deo
Testing capacity for COVID-19 scaled up to 95,000 per day and total 15,25,631 tests have been conducted so far across 332 govt and 121 private laboratories
– Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan
2 evacuees from UAE test positive for COVID-19 in Kerala
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Four more test positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand, tally rises to 67: Official
Sikkim govt rolls out austerity measures to tide over fiscal impact of COVID-19
- The Prem Singh Tamang government in Sikkim has decided to reduce the salaries of the chief minister and ministers by 35 per cent for the next one year to mitigate the adverse impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the state’s economy.
- As per decisions taken at a cabinet meeting presided over by the chief minister on Friday, utilisation of discretionary funds of the ministers have also been put on hold.
224 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Delhi, total tally 6,542: Govt
Karnataka government conditionally permits garment units to operate in red zones
- The Karnataka government has allowed garment units in red zone districts, but outside containment zones, to resume operations with one third of the workforce.
- Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar in the May 8 order, said all recognised garment factories having an Importer- Exporter Code (IEC) and those registered with the Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC) can start operations with one-third of the total workforce in red zone districts, but outside containment zones.
- It said the permission is subject to following of the Standard Operating Procedures.
14 days institutional quarantine mandatory for returnees in Arunachal Pradesh
- The Arunachal Pradesh government has made institutional quarantine for a period of 14 days mandatory for people returning to Arunachal Pradesh from across the country, a senior minister said on Saturday.
- Among the returnees, students will also have to go into institutional quarantine for the same duration, he said.
- Earlier a group of six students, lodged in a quarantine centre, was allowed to go home after five days when their swab samples had tested negative.
First repatriation flight from London takes off for Mumbai
- The first Air India flight from the UK, scheduled as part of the Vande Bharat Mission to repatriate Indians stranded overseas due to the coronavirus lockdown, took off from London’s Heathrow Airport on Saturday and will land in Mumbai in the early hours of Sunday.
- Around 250 Indian students and tourists were seen queuing with their luggage at the airport from early on Saturday as they prepared for the journey home.
A 7-member team led by Director Health Services, with representatives from WHO & Regional Medical Research Center of ICMR, is being sent to Ganjam (which has reported 89 COVID19 cases) for strengthening containment, surveillance & medical response
– Odisha Health Department
Working capital loan sanctions doubled in 2 days: Nirmala Sitharaman
- A day after suggesting that Indian economy is “poised to recover” as indicated by high levels of loan sanctions by banks over last two months, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday pointed out that banks are leaving no stone unturned to ensure that the current coronavirus situation does not result in liquidity crisis for businesses.
- In a tweet by Nirmala Sitharaman’s office, it said that almost all eligible borrowers for emergency credit lines and working capital have been contacted by banks, and sanctions have picked up pace in last couple of days.
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