The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India surged to 2301, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday. Of these 2088 are active cases of COVID-19, 156 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 56 people succumbed to the disease.
April 3 (IANS)
India tally surges past 2,300
The total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus in India surged to 2301, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Friday.
Of these 2088 are active cases of COVID-19, 156 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 56 people succumbed to the disease.
Amongst the total affected people, 55 are foreign nationals.
Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of positive cases rising to 335, followed by Tamil Nadu which has 309 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.
At least 286 people are affected in Kerala, while the total number of cases in Delhi are 219.
Karnataka has reported 124 cases. There are 133 cases in Rajasthan, 107 in Telangana, 132 in Andhra Pradesh and 113 in Uttar Pradesh.
Madhya Pradesh has reported 99 cases, Jammu and Kashmir has 70, Punjab has 46 cases, West Bengal has 53, Gujarat 87, Haryana has 43 cases, Bihar 24, Chandigarh has 18, Assam 16, Ladakh has 14 coronavirus cases as per the Health Ministry data.
In Andaman and Nicobar Island there are at least 10 cases, Uttarakhand has also reported 10 cases, Arunachal Pradesh has 1, Goa has 6 cases, Chhattisgarh has 9, Himachal Pradesh 6, Jharkhand and Manipur have 2 cases each, Odisha has 5 cases and Puducherry 3.
Most number of casualties have been reported from Maharashtra, at least 16 deaths. Other states and UTs that have reported casualties are Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (1), Delhi (4), Gujarat (7), Himachal Pradesh (1), J&k (2), Karnataka (3), Kerala (2), Madhya Pradesh (6), Punjab (4), Tamil Nadu (1), Telangana (3), Uttar Pradesh (2) and West Bengal (3).
A total of 157 people who recovered from the disease are from Andhra Pradesh (1), Chhattisgarh (2), Delhi (8), Gujarat (8), Haryana (21), Himachal Pradesh (1), Jammu and Kashmir (3), Karnataka (10), Kerala (27), Ladakh (3), Maharashtra (42), Puducherry (1), Punjab (1), Rajasthan (3), Tamil Nadu (6), Telangana (1), Uttarakhand (2), Uttar Pradesh (14) and West Bengal (3).
“Remaining 18 cases are being assigned to states for contact tracing,” said the Health Ministry.
259 tested positive from Markaz; 384 total patients in Delhi
With a total of 259 people testing positive from Nizamuddin Markaz, the coronavirus tally of Delhi reached 384 on Friday, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
“One more from death has been reported in Delhi. So far five deaths have been reported. The one death in the last 24 hours is also from the Markaz.” Kejriwal said the patient tally on Thursday was 293.
“In the last 24 hours, 91 new cases have been reported. The number may look worrisome. But coronavirus is not spreading locally.”
He said among the patients, 58 patients have foreign travel history and 38 have contact history, and are family of those travelling from abroad.
“On the other hand, 259 from Markaz have tested positive. Only two patients are on ventilator while others are stable, he said. “We are well prepared to deal with the increase in numbers.”
Haryana sees 8 coronavirus cases; total rises to 43
Haryana on Friday reported eight cases of coronavirus patients, taking the total number of cases to 43 in the state, the government said.
Officials said five patients, including four foreigners, were those who came to the state after attending a religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin. Their passports have been confiscated.
According to the state’s medical bulletin, out of 43 cases, three patients belonged to Kerala, two from Maharashtra and one from Uttar Pradesh.
While Kerala’s patient has been undergoing treatment in Nuh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh patients have been admitted to hospitals in Gurugram.
Thirteen patients, including nine from Gurugram, have been discharged.
Meanwhile, the state has started round-the-clock Covid call centre to assist the people in the crisis.
Around 50 doctors, medics test positive in India
By Sumit Kumar Singh
In India, around 50 doctors and medical staff have tested positive for coronovirus (Covid-19), raising the eyebrows of the Union Health Ministry, sources said on Friday.
The Health Ministry is trying to assess the situation and ascertain whether these doctors and medical staff have been infected by Covid-19 positive patients.
“We are trying to understand whether these medical staff have been infected by the patients or had a contact history from outside their work space,” said a senior official in the Health Ministry.
The official, however, explained that among the 50 cases of medical staff testing positive, a few were not engaged in treating Covid-19 patients.
The government has now started contact tracing of such cases to accurately assess the reason for them getting infected.
It was also found that due to shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) at the hospitals, the doctors and medical staff have become vulnerable to coronavirus patients they are treating.
In order to meet the shortages, the defence public sector undertakings and other private players have been roped in to manufacture PPE in large scale for the people, including the medical professionals.
Further, the government fears that as the number of Covid-19 cases rises in the country, the most vulnerable section are the medical community who are engaged in treating such patients.
On March 29, a Colonel-rank Indian Army doctor tested positive for Covid-19 at the Army Command Hospital in Kolkata. The officer, who was in New Delhi recently, has been put under quarantine and all precautionary measures are being taken for his colleagues as well.
The Colonel-rank doctor is serving at the Command Hospital in Kolkata. The Army has traced all those who have come in contact with him and accordingly they have been quarantined.
One Delhi-based doctor from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) had also tested positive of Covid-19 on April 1. The doctor has been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in Haryana’s Jhajjar.
The doctor, in the rank of Chief Medical Officer, was posted in the office of the Additional Director General (Medical) of the CRPF. It was not immediately clear how the doctor contracted the infection. He was staying at the CRPF transit mess in south Delhi’s Saket area. Those present in the mess have also been quarantined.
Similarly, a resident doctor of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, and his nine-month pregnant wife have tested positive for Covid-19. The doctor posted at the physiology department of AIIMS was the first to show symptoms and later his wife was also brought in and both have now tested positive.
The family members and close work contacts of the couple have been isolated and screened and contact tracing protocol has been initiated in both the cases.
13 people got infected from first corona patient in Bihar
There is a steady increase in the number of people contracting coronavirus in Bihar with 13 people in the state getting infected after coming in contact with the first coronavirus patient. This patient, who lived in Munger, died during treatment on March 22. He had a travel history to Qatar.
He had returned from Qatar on March 13.
Principal Secretary in the Health Department, Sanjay Kumar, said that 13 people including two family members got coronavirus infection after coming in contact with this patient. The number is expected to go up.
Three personnel of the private hospital in which this patient was admitted have tested positive for the virus.
Twenty nine people have been found to be suffering from COVID-19 in Bihar so far including seven from Munger.
Union Health Minister boosts corona warriors morale
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, on Friday visited Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) hospital in Delhi to take stock of the preparedness against the coronavirus pandemic in India.
“Our public health experts, including advisors in the Health Ministry and ICMR collectively worked as a team since the very first case was reported in China. That’s why we are in a position to control this COVID-19 disease in India which has taken many countries in the world by storm,” said Harsh Vardhan.
“The country will always be proud of your sacrifices. We will always remember your contribution in fighting against this pandemic,” Harsh Vardhan told the healthcare workers there.
He said that it was a great opportunity to prove one’s mettle. “Only in circumstances like these can we prove our calibre and worth. You have got an opportunity to be corona warriors. Take it as a blessing in disguise,” said the Health Minister.
“It was 7 January when China had confirmed to WHO that a new strain of coronavirus had affected people there. On January 8, the Health Ministry had its first meeting of the group of technical experts in India. We started planning. On 17 January we had provided a detailed health advisory to all states. Later the travel advisories were expanded,” the minister said.
He stressed on social distancing once again and said that the people of the country are cooperating in following it. “We will be successful in defeating coronavirus,” he said.
Bihar DM gets life threat for announcing COVID-19 screening
The District Magistrate of Bihar’s Darbhanga, Tyagrajan S.M., got a life threat over Facebook when he announced screening of people in a post. The accused has offered a bounty of Rs 2 lakh to whoever kills the DM.
Announcing the screening of people who have come from outside the state, the Darbhanga DM wrote on his official page on Thursday: “A screening test will be done of all the people who have come from outside the state”.
The DM had also appealed to people to come forward for the test.
The Facebook post, in Hindi, read: “To avoid the spread of coronavirus, a meeting of Municipal Commissioner and Ward Councillors was held to identify the suspected people and get them tested”.
“A decision was taken to conduct the screening of people who have come from outside the state by the medical team tomorrow (On Friday),” the post said.
Many have praised this step by the DM but only one person was disappointed with this.
Threatening to shoot the DM, the man — Mohammad Faisal — said: “Whoever will shoot the Darbhanga DM, I will give him Rs 2 lakh”.
Despite repeated attempts by IANS the DM could not be contacted. However, police sources said that the matter is being probed.
WHO team in Tonk Rajasthan as corona cases jump from 4 to 16 in a day
A team from the World Health Organisation, on Friday, arrived in Rajasthan’s Tonk district to survey the situation as Covid -19 cases alarmingly spiked from 4 to 16 within 24 hours
District Collector K.K. Sharma told IANS: “WHO team, as per my knowledge, has already arrived here with its doctors who shall carry out a survey in the district.”
Earlier, Deputy Chief Minister Sachin pilot said: “There has been a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases in the state in last 24 hours with an increase in the number of positive cases reported from Tonk. Given this critical situation, a team from WHO will visit and conduct a survey in Tonk today.”
“We will strictly adhere and follow the report and guidelines as submitted by WHO. Prevention and containment of the virus spread is the our utmost priority. If we act responsibly, the spread of the virus can be controlled,” he said.
Corona positive cases on Friday, jumped to 154 in state out of which 16 cases are from Tonk.
Twelve out of these 16 have been reported on Friday, worrying the health officials. They confirmed that 2 samples were still awaited. Seven among these 12 are all contacts of Tablighi Jamaat persons, said additional chief secretary health-Rohit Kumar Singh adding that the first four cases were reported from this district on Wednesday who were all members of Tablikhi Jamat who had visited a religious event in Delhi in mid March.
21 new corona cases in Rajasthan, tally up to 154
A total of 21 new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan on Friday taking the total tally to 154 in the state. This includes 23 Tablighi Jamaat members, 18 evacuees from Iran who are in Army Wellness centres in Jaisalmer and Jodhpur and 2 Italians who earlier tested positive and later were turned negative, said health officials here on Friday.
While seven new cases have come out from Jaipur (all Tablighi Jamaat members), Tonk has reported 12 new cases (out of which seven are Tablighi contacts). Two new cases have come up in Bikaner which are yet again Tablighi contacts, said additional chief secretary Rohit Kumar Singh.
Seven new cases from Tonk are close contacts of previously found positive cases from Tablighi Jamaat, adding that the youngest among them is a 9-year-old boy. Five of them fall under the age group of 9 to 32-year-old, he said.
Those who tested positive in Jaipur are 6 from Maharashtra and one from Jharkhand. They were already under isolation in RUHS (Rajasthan University Health Services), he said adding in Bikaner also, two Tablighi Jamaat men, 29, and, 38, have tested coronavirus positive.
The duo have a travel history to Tripura, he said.
Meanwhile, the good news is that two more patients have recovered in Bhilwara taking the total to 17 recovered out of 26, Singh added.
Andhra reports 12 new cases, tally rises to 161
Twelve more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh since Thursday night, taking the state’s total such cases to 161.
According to a Health Department bulletin at 10 am on Friday, the new cases have been reported since 10 pm on Thursday.
Majority of the cases were reported during the last five days and almost all are Tablighi Jamaat event attendees in March or their contacts.
Among the districts, Nellore accounts for maximum 32 cases, followed by Krishna 23, Guntur 20, Kadapa 19, Prakasam 17, West Godavari 15, and Visakhapatnam 14.
2 nurses at Delhi hospital test coronavirus positive
Two nursing officers working at Delhi State Cancer Institute have tested positive for coronavirus, said the health department of Delhi government on Friday.
The hospital has now been shut for operations.
Just two days ago, a doctor from this hospital had tested positive following which screening of 19 persons who came in his contact was conducted. After the test result came, two nursing officers were found coronavirus positive. The contact tracing of these two coronavirus positive nursing officers has been launched.
Earlier, a resident doctor at All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and his pregnant doctor wife were also found Covid-19 positive. They have been kept in isolation.
“Coronavirus positive doctors have been kept in isolation wards under the care of specialist doctors. The woman doctor will deliver at AIIMS only,” said a senior doctor at AIIMS.
Earlier,two doctors working at Safdarjung hospital were also found coronavirus positive. So far a total of eight doctors have tested positive for coronavirus.
7-year-old among new Gujarat COVID-19 cases, toll touches 8
A 78-year-old man from Godhra died on Friday due to the coronavirus infection, taking the death toll in Gujarat to 8. Till Friday, total 95 persons were found positive in the state, including a seven-year-old among the new cases.
The man from Panchmahals was admitted in the Savita hospital, Vadodara for the pandemic infection.
Jayanti Ravi, Gujarat principal secretary, Health and Family welfare Department, told the media:, “The deceased patient was also comorbid with ailments like hypertension and lung disease. With this death, the total number of death due to Corona virus is 8 in the state. 7 more positive cases where found which are all from Ahmedabad.”
“A female (60), a male (35), female (30) and a 7-year-old girl, all from a single family have been found positive from Bhnderi Pol in Kalupur area of Ahmedabad. All of them getting infected from a single source. A 68 year old male from Kalupur with a travel history to Delhi have also been found positive. All of them are admitted in the SVP Hospital. A male (62) and another male (17) both from Bapunagar admitted in the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital,” she said.
This takes the total number of positive cases in Gujarat to 95. Maximum cases registered are in Ahmedabad -38, followed by Surat -12, Gandhinagar -11, Rajkot -10, Vadodara -9, Bhavnagar -7, Porbandar -3, Gir Somnath -2, and one each in Kutch, Mehsana and Panchmahals (the deceased).
“Out of the total patients admitted, the condition of 75 is stable and only 2 are critical, who are on ventilator. We have taken total 1,944 samples for testing out of which 1,847 have been found negative, 95 positive and 2 are pending,” added Ravi.
“We are also planning to increase the number of testing for the virus, especially in the cluster found in the state under the Cluster Containment Strategy,” added Ravi.
The secretary also told that even though the situation did not demand and there was adequate stock of ventilators in the state, the administration was preparing itself for the worst situation and procedures were on the way for that.
“We have placed an order to procure 150 ventilators and planning is going on for procuring 1,000 ventilators. Yesterday we received 43 ventilators from the central government under the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) to be set up at Rajkot. The union government has given the permission to utilise them in special COVID-19 hospitals set-up across the state,” added Ravi.
“The total number of quarantined in the state is 16,015, where 14,868 are home quarantined, 880 in government facilities and 267 in private facilities. Total 418 FIR have been filed for violation of Quarantine in the state,” added Ravi.
2 from Markaz HQ die, Delhi corona toll 4; 141 new cases
The number of coronavirus cases in the national capital reached 293 on Thursday with 141 new patients testing positive, and two more deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest recorded spike in patient count in a day in the city. The two new deaths reported were of the persons evacuated from Nizamuddin’s Markaz Tablighi Jamaat headquarters.
According to the Delhi Health Department, 129 new cases were reported from the Nizamuddin Markaz in a day. A total 182 people have tested positive from the Nizamuddin Markaz so far. Till Wednesday night, only 52 were tested positive from the building.
“129 cases were tested positive from Markaz in the last 24 hours,” the Health Department said.
“In the last 24 hours, two deaths have been reported in the city due to the virus, taking the total tally of deaths to four since the outbreak of the coronavirus,” it said.
Among the 141 new patients reported on Thursday, four were having foreign travel history while two had contact history, the remaining six were already under observation.
Of the total 293 count in Delhi, 280 are in the hospitals. While four deaths were reported in the city, eight people have been cured while one has migrated.
A total of 727 patients were in hospital across the city.
So far, Delhi has sent 3,120 samples for testing. While it has received reports for 2,745. It is yet to receive the reports for 375 samples, the Health Department said.
“Over 20,400 people are home-quarantined across the city.”
From the Nizamuddin Markaz, more than 2,300 people were evacuated, and the government is expecting a hike in numbers due to these potential patients.
This has been the biggest single-day jump in the numbers in the city.
The total positive cases in Delhi was 97 on Monday, which increased to 120 on Tuesday. While the cases were 152 on Wednesday, the national capital by Thursday reported 293 coronavirus cases with two new deaths in the last 24 hours.
Across the country, a total 2,069 people have tested positive with 53 deaths so far.
Maha Covid-19 death toll rises to 19, total cases now 416
The Covid-19 death toll in Maharashtra shot up from 16 to 19 even as the number of positive cases rose to 416 on Thursday, officials said here.
The 81 new cases registered included 57 from Mumbai, nine each from Pune and Ahmednagar, five in Thane and one in Buldhana, with the positive cases crossing the 400 mark in less than 24 hours from 335 on Wednesday.
Details of the new fatalities are awaited, said officials.
On the other hand, 42 persons have fully recovered in the state and have been discharged from hospitals.
The city’s worst nightmare came true when at least two Covid-19 cases were reported from Dharavi – notorious as Asia’s biggest slum and world’s most congested district – in central Mumbai.
While a 53-year old man with no history of foreign travel has reportedly succumbed in a government hospital late on Wednesday, a 51-year old civic sanitation employee was found positive on Thursday, sending shockwaves throughout Dharavi.
Moving swiftly, the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), with a police team, promptly sealed off the entire building No. 9 in Punjabi Camp, Sion-Koliwada area amidst howls of protests and abuses.
Officials have so far chosen to officially play down the incidents and are not confirming the death of the 53-year old man ostensibly to prevent panic in Dharavi.
In another cause for concern, Health Minister Rajesh Tope announced that 1,400 persons who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi last month have been identified and process is on to track and quarantine them.
So far, around the test results of 46 persons who returned from the event have proved negative and the reports of the remaining 3 are awaited.
Besides, more than 200, including several foreigners, in different parts of the state are already under quarantine with complete protocols implemented.
The MCGM has also released a list of all its containment (quarantine) areas in the city to help the people and avoid these localities where either Covid-19 patients have been found or suspects are kept in isolation.
They include several residential complexes across the city which are now sealed with entry-exit barred for all till the isolation periods are over, while the civic body is fumigating various localities and housing complexes around Mumbai.
The state government has now opened around 3,500 temporary camps for housing migrant labourers across the state where they are getting food, accommodation and other basic needs till the lockdown period is over.
Early on Thursday, police detained around 325 migrants who attempted to sneak out of Maharashtra in container trucks to Rajasthan and further investigations are on.