India reported six fresh deaths in the last 24 hours due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) taking the total death toll to 68 and the total number of confirmed cases to 2,902, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
April 4 (IANS)
India reports 2,902 cases of coronavirus, with 68 deaths
India reported six fresh deaths in the last 24 hours due to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) taking the total death toll to 68 and the total number of confirmed cases to 2,902, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday.
Of these 2,650 are active coronavirus cases, 183 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 68 people have succumbed to the disease, according to the data published by the Health Ministry on Saturday morning.
Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of positive cases rising to 423, followed by Tamil Nadu which has 411 cases and Delhi with 386 cases.
At least 295 people are affected in Kerala, while Rajasthan reported 179 and Uttar Pradesh reported 174 cases, Telangana reported 158 cases, and Andhra Pradesh reported 161 cases.
Madhya Pradesh has reported 104 cases, Jammu and Kashmir has 75, Punjab has 48 cases, West Bengal 63, Gujarat 95, Haryana 49, Bihar 29, Chandigarh 18, Assam 24 and Ladakh has 14 coronavirus cases as per the Health Ministry data.
In Andaman and Nicobar Islands, there are at least 10 cases, Uttarakhand has also reported 16 cases, Arunachal Pradesh has 1, Goa has 6 cases, Chhattisgarh has 9, Himachal Pradesh 6, Jharkhand and Manipur 2 cases each, Odisha has 5 cases and Puducherry 5.
Most number of casualties has have reported from Maharashtra, at least 19 deaths, followed by Gujarat with nine deaths, seven deaths in Telangana and five in Punjab.
Delhi also reported six deaths due to Covid-19. Madhya Pradesh also reported six deaths. Other states and UTs that have reported casualties are Andhra Pradesh (1), Bihar (1), Himachal Pradesh (1), J&k (2), Karnataka (3), Kerala (2), Tamil Nadu (1), Uttar Pradesh (2) and West Bengal (3).
1,023 corona positive cases linked to Jamaat, 22K members quarantined
The Centre on Saturday said 1,023 COVID-19 positive cases with links to Tablighi Jamaat reported from 17 states till now and nearly 22,000 members of the Jamaat and their contacts have been quarantined so far.
Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry, said there have been 601 positive coronavirus cases and 12 deaths reported since Friday. He said the condition of 58 coronavirus patients is critical, and they are located in Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Kerala.
Agarwal said 1,023 coronavirus positive cases have been linked to the Tablighi Jamaat in 17 states. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs official, nearly 22,000 Jamaat members and their contacts have been quarantined so far. The official added that it is conducting rigorous contact tracing of the coronavirus cases linked to the Jamaat members.
The Health Ministry official said that the rate of rise in coronavirus cases in India has been far less as compared to other countries, and there is no need to panic at this point in time.
Agarwal said the government is scouting for various resources to sort out logistics involved in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.
“Coronavirus testing is being done at 100 government labs and 10,000 tests are being conducted everyday. “We are also trying to procure N95 masks and personal protective equipment for doctors from various sources”, said Agarwal.
The Indian Council of Medical Research said that 75,000 people have been tested for coronavirus in the country so far.
AP reports 16 new cases, tally climbs to 180
The COVID-19 positive numbers continue to climb steadily with every passing day in Andhra Pradesh. The state has reported 16 new cases in the 12 hours ending 10 a.m. on Saturday. With this, the state’s tally of COVID-19 cases stood at 180.
According to the statement issued by the state nodal officer on Saturday, four new cases each were reported from Kishna and Kadapa districts respectively. Similarly, three new cases, each from Guntur and Kurnool districts were confirmed, and Chittooru and Prakaasam districts reported one case each.
On Friday, the state had announced the first COVID-19 death. A 55-year-old man had died on Monday but the authorities announced it on Friday after ascertaining the cause of death as COVID-19.
Andhra Pradesh has witnessed a spurt in COVID-19 positive cases after hundreds of people from the state returned from a Tablighi Jamaat event held between March 15-17 in Delhi.
The state has put in place an elaborate containment strategy involving quarantining and monitoring all foreign returnees and Delhi returnees.
Kerala MPs ‘locked up’ as isolation period extended
The decision of the Kerala government to extend the isolation period for corona suspects from 14 to 28 days has landed alomst all 20 MPs from the state in a bit of quandary.
With the lockdown being strictly enforced, all the MPs are confined to their homes during the lockdown called to contain the pandemic.
The 14-day self-isolation oder of the Health department was to end on Tuesday and it was yesterday that Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that all who returned to the state after March 22 have to sit back home for 28 days.
“We are a bit puzzled as this fresh announcement came yesterday. I returned from Delhi on March 23 after the Parliament session ended. I am in isolation at my home as per the first guideline which prescribed 14-day isolation. Yesterday we heard the Chief Minister saying that all those who arrived in the state from abroad or other states after March 22 should be in isolation for 28 days,” said Kollam RSP MP N.K. Premachandran.
Shashi Tharoor, MP from Thiruvananthapuram, is in Delhi as he failed to return after the Parliament session ended.
Speaking to IANS, Kasargode Lok Sabha member Rajmohan Unnithan, who is staying put at his home in the state capital, is restless as he is worried about his constituency.
“I returned here on March 23 and along with me in the flight were other MPs — K. Sudhakaran, Hibi Eden and Premachandran. In Kochi where the flight stopped, a team of cleaners appeared and when I asked the airline cabin crew what’s happening, they said there was a complaint about some passengers coughing and sneezing. Later when I landed in Thiruvananthapuram, I understood the situation,” said Unnithan.
The lone CPI-M MP from Kerala, A.M. Ariff (from Alappuzha), said he would soon get in touch with the CM’s office about the confusion over the isolation period.
“Though we are unable to step out of our house, we are hooked up on our mobiles, making calls as we Malayalees are spread across the globe and there is an issue everywhere which requires attention of the authorities,” said Ariff.
Two areas in Odisha sealed
The Odisha administration on Saturday sealed Brahmabarada area in Jajpur district and Danagahira in Puri district after detection of COVID-19 positive cases in the area linked to Tablighi Jamaat event.
The Puri district administration has declared Danagahir village in Pipili block as a containment zone.
The entire area has been sealed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of the virus.
“Danagohir village under Pipili block in Puri District will remain shut till midnight of April 14. The entire village and its adjoining areas have been declared as ‘containment zone’ as a precautionary measure to contain the further spread of COVID-19,” said Puri district administration.
Several teams have been formed to ensure supply of essentials and medical requirements is not disrupted.
Jajpur district collector Ranjan Kumar Dash said the administration has sealed the entire Brahmabarada area to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Notably, the state has identified 28 persons who returned from the religious congregation at Nizamuddin so far. One each in Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur have been tested positive.
The Odisha government has declared comlete shutdown in Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Bhadrak town for 48 hours starting 8 p.m. on Friday to prevent community transmission of COVID-19.
The total positive cases have increased to 20 in Odisha.
Big hike in Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 cases
The blame game continued in Madhya Pradesh as the government and the ruling party kept fretting and fuming over the role of minority community in the spread of coronavirus as positive cases rose dramatically from 121 in the afternoon to 154 by 11.30 p.m. on Friday.
Indore alone saw a rise of 23 cases in half a day shooting from 89 to 112. The total number of positive cases stood at 154 by midnight. Morena, which witnessed arrivals from Uttar Pradesh and Gujarat in the past seven days, registered a rise from two to 12.
The night bulletin issued by the state government coronavirus cell did not elaborate on the possible causes for sudden spurt
The figures of corona positive cases confirmed in the state are 154. The break-up is: Indore 112, Morena 12, Bhopal 9, Jabalpur 8, Ujjain 7, Chhindwara and Khargone one each, Gwalior-Shivpuri each.
The state has recorded eight deaths due to the virus, five in Indore, two in Ujjain and one in Khargone.
75-year-old is fourth coronavirus victim in Karnataka
A 75-year-old coronavirus patient succumbed to death in Karnataka’s Bagalkot, taking the COVID-19 toll to 4 in the southern state, police said on Saturday.
“The patient died in the district hospital here on late Friday night,” Navanagar police inspector Bannur told IANS on phone.
The victim was the 125th case in the state, under treatment in an isolated ward after he was admitted to the hospital in the town on Thursday for the virus symptoms.
Bagalkot is 475 km northwest of Bengaluru in the southern state.
20 more Jamaat attendees test positive in Haryana
At least 20 more members of the Tablighi Jamaat, who returned from the congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March, were tested positive for coronavirus in Haryana on Saturday, taking their total number in the past 24 hours to 25.
Thirteen, mostly belonging to Bangladesh, were reported from Palwal district, while five from Faridabad and two from Bhiwani.
Also, Faridabad reported three other patients, taking the total number of cases in the district to 14.
Five Jamaat attendees tested positive on Friday. They included three from Muslim-dominated Nuh district.
With them, the total number of patients belonging to Nizamuddin Markaz rose to 25 in the state, an official told IANS.
“Samples of 88 people who came from the Jamaat were tested and 13 of them have been found to be positive,” Chief Medical Officer of Palwal, Brahmdeep Singh, told the media.
Palwal district has 17 positive cases, comprising 16 who returned from Nizamuddin Markaz, the highest in the state. One patient was discharged after fully cured.
Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Vijai Vardhan has said 107 foreigners who attended the congregation were kept under quarantine after returning to the state.
He said they came to India on a tourist visa and first information report (FIR) has been registered against them at Palwal, Faridabad, Panipat, Ambala and Nuh.
Vardhan told the media through video conference that the Tablighi Jamaat attendees entered different districts and their maximum number was in Nuh.
Haryana on Friday reported nine cases of coronavirus patients, taking the total number of cases to 44 in the state.
Officials said nine include five patients, including four foreigners, were those who came to the state after attending the religious congregation in Delhi.
The state saw one death of a COVID-19 patient from Ambala city at the PGI Hospital in Chandigarh.
Fourteen patients, including nine from Gurugram, have been discharged.
One more tests positive for COVID-19; Goa tally rises to 7
One more person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Goa, taking the tally to seven, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said on Saturday.
“Out of the 28 tests that were done yesterday, we have received the results for 25 tests. One has come positive. The sample is that of a person from St. Estevam, who is now shifted to the COVID-19 hospital,” Rane told reporters on Saturday.
He also said, that two COVID-19 positive patients, who had tested negative earlier this week, had tested positive following yet another round of tests.
3 more Jamaat attendees test positive in Punjab
Three more members of the Tablighi Jamaat, who were at the congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March, on Saturday tested positive for coronavirus in Punjab, taking their total cases to five.
They were reported in Mansa district where they returned from Delhi on March 19. Six people were tested negative, said Special Chief Secretary Karan Bir Singh Sidhu.
He said one more positive case was reported from Faridkot, the first in the district. The positive case has no travel history but he is in forex business and that is how he might have come in contact with a client from abroad.
Sidhu said Sant Balbir Singh Seechewal and 16 others of the area tested negative.
Eco warrior Sant Seechewal and the others had recently come in contact with Padma Shri Nirmal Singh Khalsa, former Hazoori Raagi of the Golden Temple, who succumbed to novel coronavirus on Thursday.
A day earlier, two members of the Tablighi Jamaat were tested positive in Mohali district.
Both the patients belonged to Jagatpura village, located just on the outskirts of Chandigarh, an official told IANS.
In the worst affected Mohali district, the Jagatpura area has been totally sealed off after confirmation of Covid-19 outbreak, with mass sampling being done here and Nayagaon area, both located on the periphery of Chandigarh.
Gujarat coronavirus cases cross 100, with 10 deaths
Gujarat crossed the hundred figure mark with 105 positive cases of Coronavirus on Saturday and also reached double digits as far as total deaths is concerned.
At least 10 new positive cases were found on Saturday and one more death in Ahmedabad took the total death toll in the state to 10.
“A 67-year-old female having comorbid conditions like Asthma and lung disease succumbed to the dreaded virus. She was admitted at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) hospital in Ahmedabad on March 28. She had contracted the virus from her husband who had a travel history to Indore,” said Jayanti Ravi, Gujarat health secretary, on Saturday.
“A total of 10 new positive cases, aged between 10 and 69, of Coronavirus were found on Saturday. This includes five male and five female new coronavirus patients. One had a travel history to Mumbai,” said Ravi.
“Since yesterday evening, 5 patients have been discharged. A female (27) from SSG hospital Vadodara and a female (80), a male (50) and a female (23) have been discharged from the Gujarat Medical Education and Research Society (GMERS) hospital Gandhinagar. Till now 14 patients have been discharged from hospitals and the conditions of 81 admitted patients are said to be stable and none of them is on ventilator,” said Ravi.
According to sources, a positive patient was discharged from Gandhinagar, late Friday evening.
“Both the male (50) and female (80) from Gandhinagar had comorbid conditions like Diabetes and Hypertension. So it proves that you can defeat Corona at the age of even 80 if you have strong immunization system,’ added Ravi.
With this, the total number of positive cases reached 105 in Gujarat. The maximum number of cases are in Ahmedabad – 43 (5 death, 5 cured), followed by Gandhinagar -13 (4 cured), Surat 12 (1 death, 3 cured), Rajkot 10 (1 cured), Vadodara (1 death, 1 cured) and Bhavnagar 9 (2 death) each, Porbandar 3, Gir-Somnath – 2 and 1 each in Kutch, Mehsana, Panchmahal and Patan.
“Out of the total 105 cases, 33 had a travel history to foreign countries, 10 interstate travel and 62 have been locally infected,” added Ravi.
“It cannot be said that these numbers won’t increase and so we are planning that even if positive cases rise exponentially, we will be prepared. Since last two days, active surveillance is carried out in Ahmedabad with detailed door to door survey to find out positive cases. We found out four positive cases through such surveillance,” added Ravi.
“We request and appeal to the public to co-operate with the health authorities and the police in such surveillance,” added Ravi.
25 COVID-19 active cases in Assam, NE tally climbs to 29
With five more fresh coronavirus cases testing positive from the Northeast region on Saturday, the total number of cases in these states went up to 29, including 25 in Assam, ministers and officials said.
Of the 29 positive cases, 26 took part in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, while a Manipuri girl and a Mizoram man had tested positive last month after they returned from the UK and the Netherlands, respectively.
Another 52-years-old Assam trader of Kamrup (Metro) district also infected with the nCoV as his swab samples tested positive late Friday night.
Besides the 29 positive cases in the northeastern region, four persons from Assam and two people from Tripura, who attended the congregation, have tested positive for COVID-19.
In his separate tweets about the fresh positive cases of novel coronavirus, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that five more people from the state’s North Lakhimpur, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup and Marigaon districts have tested positive for coronavirus on late Friday night and on Saturday, taking the state’s tally to 25.
The Health Minister said that four persons from Assam, who attended the religious meet but remained in Delhi, after their swab samples tested positive for nCoV. Quoting central government communications, Sarma had earlier said that over 550 to 600 people from Assam had attended the Tablighi meet.”Out of these attendees, swab samples of around 500 have been collected and the test reports are awaited,” Sarma said.
“I am very angry and frustrated as despite our repeated appeals, none of the participants reported to the authority. Why are you hiding your cases?” Sarma told a national television channel.
In Agartala, Tripura Health Secretary Debashish Basu said that two people from Tripura, who had participated the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, have tested positive for novel coronavirus and now they are in a quarantine center at Bikaner in Rajasthan.
“Eleven people from Tripura’s Boxanagar areas (western Tripura) attended the Tablighi Jamaat event. After attending the meet all the eleven people went to Rajasthan. The officials of Rajasthan government verbally informed us that two of the eleven people have tested positive for novel coronavirus,” Basu told the media.
At least 600 people from several northeastern states, mostly from Assam, had either attended or were in vicinity of the Tablighi congregation, forcing all seven states to launch an all-out search to identify and test these persons.
The attendees’ family members and the people they came in close contact with are also being examined or sent to quarantine.Tripura Health Secretary also said that that swab samples of 36 people who attended the Tablighi meet or went to the Nizamuddin area, have tested negative.
Corona positive patient dies in Madhya Pradesh’s Chhindwara
A coronavirus positive patient died on Saturday in Chhindwara district of Madhya Pradesh, the state health department reported. With this case, the COVID-19 death toll in the state has reached nine.
Meanwhile, a corona infected journalist and his daughter in Bhopal showed improvement and their latest reports have come negative.
So far 154 corona victims have been traced in the state.
Expressing concern over the increasing cases of coronavirus, Nakul Nath, MP from Chhindwara said, “Corona infection is spreading rapidly in the country and the state and our Chhindwara is not untouched from it. Two patients of coronavirus have been found here in the last 48 hours of which one died.”
Promising that the district will not be short of resources, he said, “I have given necessary guidelines to the administration. There will be no shortage of resources in the district to fight this epidemic.”
He appealed to the people to stay in their homes and said, “I request all of you to ‘stay at home and be safe’. Only our vigilance and restraint can stop this epidemic. I am with you in every situation.”
The number of sick patients in the state has touched 154. An Indian Administrative Service officer has also been confirmed to be corona infected. The officer is in hospital and his condition is stable.
According to the Health Department, the number of patients in Indore is 112, nine in Bhopal, 12 in Morena, eight in Jabalpur, seven in Ujjain, two each in Shivpuri and Gwalior, one each in Khargone and Chhindwara. So far nine patients have died. These include five in Indore, two in Ujjain and one each in Khargone and Chhindwara.
Spurt in Covid-19 cases in Agra, most from Jamaat
The increasing Covid-19 cases in Agra, mostly linked to the March Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi, has put the preparedness of the Uttar Pradesh government under stress.
Till Saturday morning, Agra recorded the coronavirus positive cases tally at 47. Reports on more samples sent for testing are expected by the evening. District authorities said that so far they have quarantined around 120 Tablighis.
The state government has directed the local police to tighten the lockdown and carry out extensive sanitisation and screening operations in areas around mosques and in Muslim neighbourhoods. The situation in Firozabad is, however, said to be grim after dozens of Tablighis hiding in various mosques were rounded up and their samples sent for testing. The district has so far reported six positive cases.
The Agra police has carried out flag marches in several localities. FIRs were registered against violators and the quarantined Tablighis have been warned that they would be booked under NSA if complaints of misbehaviour by them reached the administration.
Strict monitoring through use of the integrated CCTV camera network, with most road crossings linked to a central control room in the municipal corporation complex, has left the roads deserted. Only vegetable vendors were being allowed to move around the colonies.
Officials fear that the count of Covid-19 positive cases may rise. The lockdown woes, meanwhile continue, after complaints from several localities of shortage of essentials.
Local charity and philanthropic organisations have been active providing food packets to distressed people.
NGO Help Agra’s Mukesh Jain said, “Our group will provide them water bottles and eatables to keep their health level high.”
COVID-19 positive Tablighi attendee dies, TN toll reaches 2
A 51-year-old male died on Saturday at a hospital in Villupuram due to Coronavirus infection, said an official.
“A male, aged 51-years, died at Villupuram hospital. He was one of the persons who had gone to Delhi to attend the Tablighi Jamaat conference last month,” a health department official told IANS.
This is the second Covid-19 death in Tamil Nadu. The first person, who died was from Madurai, and a contact of the person who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference.
As on Friday, Tamil Nadu reported a total of 411 Covid-19 positive cases. Out of that 364 persons had attended the Tablighi Jamaat’s conference.
According to Health Secretary Beela Rajesh, about 1,200 persons from the state have returned after attending the Tablighi Jamaat and throat swabs and blood samples have been taken from them for tests.
She said about 300 attendees of the conference have tested negative.