7 April 2020 – Coronavirus in India today

With India in the third week of its 21-day nationwide lockdown, the total active cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday reached 4,858 with 136 deaths. So far 382 people have recovered. April 7 (IANS) 23 new cases take Maharashtra tally to 891 Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 23 new Covid-19 cases, with the total jumping […]

With India in the third week of its 21-day nationwide lockdown, the total active cases of the novel coronavirus on Tuesday reached 4,858 with 136 deaths. So far 382 people have recovered.

April 7 (IANS)

23 new cases take Maharashtra tally to 891

Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 23 new Covid-19 cases, with the total jumping from 868 to 891, besides a total of 52 deaths till Monday, including a 30-year-old pregnant woman, officials said here.

On Tuesday, 10 fresh cases were reported from Mumbai, Pune had 4 new cases, Ahmednagar 3, Nagpur and Buldhana two each, and one each from Sangli and Thane this morning.

The increased figures came a day after aA huge health scare with a tea-seller testing positive from Bandra, near ‘Matoshri’ – the residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and two major private hospitals, one in Mumbai and one in Pune being sealed after around 130 staffers were found Covid-19 positive.

The tea-seller, who was in business till March 22, has been admitted to the Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College & R.N. Cooper Hospital in Juhu, and efforts are on to trace his contacts even as Kala Nagar – the area around ‘Matoshri’ has been sealed.

Of the total 52 casualties in the state, Mumbai alone has notched 34 deaths, including a 30-year old 9-month pregnant woman from Nalasopara town in Palghar who died in Nair Hospital.

Till date, 32,521 people are in home quarantine and 3498 in institutional quarantine, while 70 who are fully cured have been discharged.

As the number of Covid-19 cases and casualties continue to rise, the Mumbai Police has appealed to all those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Nizamuddin, Delhi, to voluntarily come forward to the health authorities.

The state health authorities continue to comb for the Jamaat attendees in all districts and civic bodies in the state where so far 8 such positive cases have been found.

They are four from Pune, two from Ahmednagar and one each in Hingoli and Washim.

UP’s coronavirus count 308

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that the number of Corona positive persons in the state was 308, which includes 168 Tablighi Jamaat returnees in the state.

The Chief Minister, who had chaired a meeting at his official residence earlier in the day to review measures to tackle the coronavirus pandemic in the state, said: “We have decided that in every district hospital of divisional headquarters, we will establish corona testing labs and we have formed a committee to give this step a vital boost. We have 24 government medical colleges in the state, out of which 10 have testing labs and I have given orders to upgrade the rest of them so that testing can be done.”

Adityanath, on Sunday, had sought the cooperation of various religious leaders in the battle against coronavirus, saying the deadly disease does not distinguish between religions and hence it is necessary that everyone fights against it together.

In the video conference with the leaders, he had mentioned the Tablighi Jamaat event, which has emerged as the biggest hotspot of the virus in the country. He urged the leaders to play an important role in spreading the correct information about Covid-19.

Adityanath said timely steps taken by the Central government had “stagnated” the spread of the virus in the second stage but “things suddenly changed” due to the Jamaat incident.

Haryana sees 22 more Jamaat positive cases, tally rises to 119

Haryana on Tuesday reported 23 cases of coronavirus patients, out of them 22 were Tablighi Jamaat members and one was a health worker, state Health Minister Anil Vij said.

With the addition of the new positive patients, the total number of cases in the state rose to 119. They comprised 79 Jamaat members, who returned from the congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March.

Vij told the media 1,526 Jamaat members have been identified and they have been asked to report to the nearby health authorities to examine themselves otherwise a strict action would be initiated against them.

Out of the 23 latest cases, 16 were reported from Muslim-dominated Nuh and the remaining from Faridabad, both located in the National Capital Region (NCR).

According to the state’s medical bulletin, out of 119 confirmed cases, six were from Sri Lanka and one each from Nepal, Thailand, Indonesia and South Africa.

Forty-five patients were from other states — 11 from Uttar Pradesh, seven Bihar, six Tamil Nadu, five Kerala, four West Bengal, three each from Maharashtra and Jammu and Kashmir, two Telangana and one each from Punjab, Karnataka, Chennai and Assam.

While two patients died, 15 have been discharged so far.

Four Tablighis in 12 new Covid-19 cases in Karnataka

Karnataka registered 12 new Covid-19 positive cases, including four Tablighi returnees during the last 19 hours, an official said on Tuesday.

“Till date, 175 Covid positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 25 discharges and four deaths,” a health official said.

The 12 new cases emerged from Monday 5 p.m. to Tuesday noon.

Among the new cases on Tuesday, four are Tablighi returnees and three are contacts of earlier Tablighis.

Karnataka’s 164th Covid positive case is a 33-year-old Tablighi returnee from Mudhol, Bagalkot.

A 41-year-old woman, neighbour of the state’s fourth Covid fatality, is the 165th case.

A 80-year-old woman from Gadag with a history of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARS) has emerged as the 166th case.

The state’s 167th case is a 29-year-old man from Benglauru and a Tablighi.

Similarly, the 168th case is a 50-year-old Tablighi from the same place.

A 35-year-old Tablighi from the same place is the 169th case.

Next, a 68-year-old man from the city with travel history to Dubai has emerged as the 170th case.

A 32-year-old man from Mandya and a contact of five earlier Tablighis is the 171st case.

Similarly, a 36-year-old man from Mandya and also a contact of the same Tablighis is the 172nd case.

Likewise, a 65-year-old man from the same place and a contact of earlier Tablighi returnees is the 173rd case.

A 28-year-old woman from Kalaburagi, daughter-in-law of 124th case is the 174th case.

The last case for Tuesday morning and Karnataka’s 175th case is a 57-year-old man from Kalaburagi with SARS history.

Odisha reports first COVID-19 death

Odisha has reported its first COVID-19 death after a 72-year-old man died at AIIMS, Bhubaneswar, said the Health department on Tuesday.

The person, who belongs to the Jharpada area of Bhubaneswar, died on Monday.

He was admitted to AIIMS here on April 4 with respiratory distress. He had a history of chronic hypertension.

“One 72-year-old male belonging to Jharpada had been admitted to AIIMS Bhubaneswar on April 4 with complaint of respiratory distress. He had history of chronic hypertension. He expired on April 6. He was tested positive for COVID-19. Contact tracing and containment is ongoing,” tweeted the Health department.

Meanwhile, a 45-year-male from Bhubaneswar was confirmed COVID19 positive.

More tests in Guj hotspots see 19 positive, tally reaches 165

With increased testing in the state’s declared COVID-19 hotspots, Gujarat reported 19 more positive cases on Tuesday. The state now has 165 total positive cases and 12 deaths. More positive cases in the state are expected by the evening.

“Out of the total 19 positive cases found on Tuesday, 13 are from Ahmedabad (eight male and five female) and three from Patan (all males) and one each in Bhavnagar Anand and Sabarkantha. Out of today’s positive cases, 13 positive cases are directly or indirectly related to Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz,” informed Jayanti Ravi, Gujarat Health Secretary on Tuesday.

Alarmed by the spread of coronavirus in particular areas, where the Tablighi Jamaat members have visited or are residing, the Gujarat government has chalked out an action plan, and accordingly, 24 areas in five major cities — Bhavnagar, Surat, Vadodara and Rajkot have been declared as the Hotspots.

“A total of 74 teams have been formed in these 24 areas of the five major cities, where a total of 328 workers will be carrying out the house to house surveillance, covering more than 1.45 lakh people,” informed Jayanti Ravi.

According to the secretary, 24 teams comprising of 120 workers will be surveying eight areas in Ahmedabad where 14,075 people are residing. Similarly 30 teams comprising 140 workers will be surveying five areas in Bhavnagar where more than 90,000 people will be covered. Bhavnagar areas are very densly packed.

Ten teams comprising 22 workers will be surveying in the Rander and Sachin areas of Surat covering a population of 31,000 and in Rajkot seven teams comprising 28 workers will be surveying a population of over 3,000. In Vadodara, 18 workers from three teams will be visiting house to house to cover two areas where more than 5,000 people reside.

“According to the Central government, Gujarat has only one hotspot that is Ahmedabad. But even before the Central government issued guidelines on Hotspots, we already had proactively identified certain Hotspots in five major cities where more than 10 positive cases have been found,” said Ravi.

“All these 24 areas are cordoned where a strict and total lockdown will be implemented with the help of local municipal corporation authorities and the police. No person will be allowed entry or exit from these areas. Maximum testing will be carried out in these areas,” added Ravi.

“Since yesterday evening we have taken more than 300 samples in 24 hours for the testing and by evening a majority of those results is expected. We don’t want to take any chances,” added Ravi.

The maximum samples were collected in Bhavnagar 39, Ahmedabad 29 and Gandhinagar 23.

With this addition, Gujarat now has a total of 165 positive cases, including 12 deaths. The maximum number of COVID-19 positive cases is in Ahmedabad with 77, followed by Surat 19, Bhavnagar 14, Gandhinagar 13, Vadodara 12, Rajkot 10, Patan five, Porbandar three, Kutch Mehsana and Gir-Somnath with two each and Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Jamnagar, Morbi, Anand and Sabarkatha 1 each.

“Out of the total positive cases, the condition of 126 patient is stable, 23 have been discharged and condition of four is critical and they are on ventilators,” added Ravi.

“Out of the total positive cases, 33 of them have an international travel history, 32 interstate travel and hundred are locally infected. We have carried out a total of 3,040 tests till now, where 2,835 were found negative, 165 positive and results of 40 are pending,” added Ravi.

“We once again request everybody in the state to implement the lockdown literally in everybody’s interest. Even if a small number of persons will violate, we all will have to suffer,” added Ravi.

Maharashtra worst hit in India

Maharashtra continuous to be the worst-hit with 868 total confirmed cases and 52 deaths so far, followed by Tamil Nadu.

Kerala has a total of 327 cases, Uttar Pradesh 305, Rajasthan 288 and West Bengal 91. However the BJP has alleged that the Bengal government has suppressed data. Telangana which saw a sudden surge of cases has so far been able to arrest the trend with a total of 321 cases.

Among the major hotspots across India are Rajasthan’s Bhilwara which has successfully contained the spread, Noida in Uttar Pradesh, Nizamuddin in Delhi, Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra and Kasargod in Kerala among others.

The national capital appeared to be fast catching up with 523 total cases so far and 7 deaths, as the Aam Aadmi Party government plans to go for random testing at all hotspots in the city.

So far 114 people have died due to the coronavirus in India, according to the website of the Union Health Ministry. A total of 325 people have recovered since the first case was reported in the country on January 30.

The total number of novel coronavirus affected people in India, including those who have recovered, stands at 4,421.

Meanwhile, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday said it has scaled up its capacity to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The apex medical research body has allowed rapid antibody based blood tests for COVID-19. However, these tests will be conducted as a strategy for areas reporting clusters (containment zone) and in large migration gatherings/evacuee centres. The ICMR has validated and recommended 7 such test kits for use. Also, antibody tests are not suitable to diagnose live COVID-19 infections.

COVID-19 active cases in northeast rise to 32, Assam alone 27

One more COVID-19 positive case was detected in Assam on Tuesday taking the state’s active cases to 27 while the total number of positive cases in the northeastern region rose to 32, ministers and officials said.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet, “One more Covid-19 positive case from Dhubri District (western Assam) has been confirmed, taking the total number in Assam to 27. This patient is related to Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi.”

Urging people not to panic, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said in a tweet on Monday night “First Covid-19 positive case detected in Tripura. The patient is from Udaipur (southern Tripura). We are taking proper care of the patient.”

The health officials in Agartala said that the 45-year-old infected woman returned to Tripura by train on March 18-19 after offering puja at Guwahati’s Kamakhya temple. “The woman has been tested positive for novel coronavirus on Monday at the government run Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital,” West Tripura District Magistrate and Collector Sandeep Mahatme N. said in a notification.

The District Magistrate has formed a five-member Rapid Response Team to look after the patient. Of the 32 positive cases in five northeastern states — Assam (27), Manipur (2), Mizoram (1), Arunachal Pradesh (1) and Tripura (1) — 28 took part in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month, while a Manipuri girl and a Mizoram man had tested positive last month after they returned from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands, respectively.

Another 52-year-old trader in Assam’s Kamrup (Metro) district has also been infected with coronavirus. Besides, four persons from Assam and eight people from Tripura, who had attended the Jamaat congregation, have tested positive for Covid-19 and are under treatment in hospitals in north India.

Assam Health Minister Sarma told the media in Guwahati that the state government is considering issuing entry permits as a temporary measure to regulate the entry of people into Assam after the nationwide lockdown ends. “This temporary permit would be a special entry certificate and not on the lines of Inner Line Permit, as is mandatory in the other northeastern states” Sarma said adding that legal action would be taken under the Disaster Management Act against those people who are hiding after attending the Nizamuddin event.

“We are concerned that once the lockdown is lifted and inter-state transport is resumed, there would be a lot of pressure since there are thousands of people from Assam and other northeastern states who are stranded in different parts of the country and would try to come back to their homes,” the minister said.

Assam is the gateway for six other northeastern states sharing 2,616 km borders with Nagaland (512.1 km), Arunachal Pradesh (804.1 km), Manipur (204.1 km), Mizoram (164.6 km), Tripura (46.3 km) and Meghalaya (884.9 km).

Meanwhile. on Monday, there was good news from Manipur where a 23-year-old woman who had returned from the UK and became the first positive coronavirus case in the entire northeastern region, was declared completely free of the dreaded virus.

Manipur Health and Family Welfare Minister Langpoklakpam Jayantakumar Singh, in a Facebook post on Monday, said: “The much awaited news of our daughter Vimi’s final COVID-19 test report has come out negative. Now she is completely free from the COVID-19 virus.

“It’s a huge achievement for the whole medical department in general and the doctors and staffs of JNIMS in particular. Let’s continue to fight and endeavour more to ensure that our state is completely free from nCOVID-19 spread.”

According to the health officials in Imphal, the woman is now undergoing treatment at Imphal’s Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), where she was admitted on March 23. “Her family members’ swab samples were tested negative earlier,” the officials said.

IB office in Bhubaneswar sealed, staff in quarantine

All employees of the Central Intelligence Bureau (IB) office in Bhubaneswar have been asked to remain in home quarantine after one employee came in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient, said an official on Tuesday.

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has also sealed the IB office.

The IB office located at the R.N. Singhdeo Marg in Bhubaneswar has been sealed for a period of 14 days from April 6 to April 19.

“All employees have been kept under home quarantine and their swab samples sent for testing,” informed BMC Commissioner Prem Chandra Chuadhary.

Woman tests positive in Jharkhand, total cases 4

With one more coronavirus positive case coming to the fore, the total such cases in Jharkhand has risen to four. Three of these cases are connected to the Tablighi Jamaat followers.

A 54-year-old woman from Hindpidi who tested positive had come in contact with an Malaysian woman who was among those who had been earlier evacuated from a mosque in Hindpidi.

It is suspected that the new patient may have got the infection from the Malaysian woman, who tested corona positive on March 31 and is now undergoing treatment at Rajindra Institute of Medical Science, Ranchi.

After the new case came to the fore, the Jharkhand woman and six others were quarantined in RIMS.

Apart from these two women, a resident of Vishnugarh in Hazaribag was also found corona positive.

On Sunday, one woman in Telo panchayat area in Chandrapura in Bokaro district tested positive. She had returned to Jharkhand on March 18 after participating in a Tablighi Jamaat meet in Bangladesh capital Dhaka.

Rajasthan reports 24 new cases, tally rises to 325

Rajasthan on Tuesday reported 24 new novel coronavirus cases, taking the total such cases to 325 in the state, said Additional Chief Secretary Rohit Kumar Singh.

Jodhpur has nine new cases — six are the family members of a patient found positive on Monday, a woman who is wife of another patient reported infected the same day, and one patient in contact with a woman who tested coronavirus positive earlier. The 9th cases is of a woman surveyor from Udaimandir area, Singh said.

Jaisalmer(Pokhran) has registered seven cases — all of them tested positive after contact with a corona patient.

Four new cases were reported from Banswara — a 28-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman, 34-year-old woman and 47-year-old woman. All are close contacts and family members of a victim who is suspected to have died of COVID-19 as well as two confirmed coronavirus cases from Kushalgarh area.

One new case has been reported in Churu, said to be an attendee of Tablighi Jammat meet in Delhi.

Three new cases have been reported in Jaipur-Ramganj area, which includes an 8-year-old boy and two women, Singh said.

Jamaati corona patient escapes from UP hospital

A 65-year-old corona positive patient, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in Delhi last month, escaped from the hospital on Tuesday after breaking the glass pane and cutting the wire mesh on the window.

He used his clothes to form a rope and scale down the building.

Safid Miyan, a resident of Sursuri in Nepal, had been quarantined after he was found to be a member of the Jamaat. He had tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and was undergoing treatment at the primary health centre in Khekhra.

Safid Miyan was a part of a group of 17 people from Nepal, who had attended the Delhi Tablighi Jamaat gathering.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Baghpat has now issued an appeal with a photograph of Safid Miyan, asking people to inform the police if he is seen anywhere.

The patient can infect a number of other people if he moves around untreated, the appeal said.

The police have launched a hunt for the runaway patient.

Indian expat in UAE dies of ‘COVID-19 viral infection’

A 38-year-old Indian expat from the state of Kerala has died of a “COVID-19 viral infection” in Ajman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), his colleagues hav said.

Haris T.C, a PRO with a supermarket in Ajman, was admitted with pneumonia at a private hospital in Ajman on March 31, Gulf News reported.

He passed away on Monday, according to his colleagues.

“He had fever three days before he got admitted,” one of the colleagues told Gulf News.

“He didn’t have any other underlying health conditions earlier as far as we know. Doctors said he had pneumonia. He developed breathing difficulties in the past two days.

“The hospital informed the company that he tested positive yesterday (Sunday),” he added.

According to the “death notification” issued by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, the “direct cause” of Haris’ death was “cardiac arrest”, and the “actual cause” the “COVID-19 viral infection”.

“Severe hypoxia and severe bilateral pneumonia” was cited as other significant causes.

The Indian Consulate in Dubai on Monday said it had not yet been intimated about the death.

“We have not officially received any communication regarding this,” an official told Gulf News.

The UAE has reported 2,076 COVID-19 positive cases and 11 deaths with 167 recoveries so far.

23 new cases take Maharashtra tally to 891

Maharashtra on Tuesday recorded 23 new Covid-19 cases, with the total jumping from 868 to 891, besides a total of 52 deaths till Monday, including a 30-year-old pregnant woman, officials said here.

On Tuesday, 10 fresh cases were reported from Mumbai, Pune had 4 new cases, Ahmednagar 3, Nagpur and Buldhana two each, and one each from Sangli and Thane this morning.

The increased figures came a day after aA huge health scare with a tea-seller testing positive from Bandra, near ‘Matoshri’ – the residence of Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and two major private hospitals, one in Mumbai and one in Pune being sealed after around 130 staffers were found Covid-19 positive.

The tea-seller, who was in business till March 22, has been admitted to the Hinduhridaysamrat Balasaheb Thackeray Medical College & R.N. Cooper Hospital in Juhu, and efforts are on to trace his contacts even as Kala Nagar – the area around ‘Matoshri’ has been sealed.

Of the total 52 casualties in the state, Mumbai alone has notched 34 deaths, including a 30-year old 9-month pregnant woman from Nalasopara town in Palghar who died in Nair Hospital.

Till date, 32,521 people are in home quarantine and 3498 in institutional quarantine, while 70 who are fully cured have been discharged.

As the number of Covid-19 cases and casualties continue to rise, the Mumbai Police has appealed to all those who attended the Tablighi Jamaat convention in Nizamuddin, Delhi, to voluntarily come forward to the health authorities.

The state health authorities continue to comb for the Jamaat attendees in all districts and civic bodies in the state where so far 8 such positive cases have been found.

They are four from Pune, two from Ahmednagar and one each in Hingoli and Washim.

3 railway hospitals in Karnataka ready to treat corona patients

Three railway hospitals in Karnataka are ready to treat coronavirus positive patients, an official said on Tuesday.

These hospitals at Bengaluru, Mysuru and Hubballi are now ready to meet any emergency arising out of spread of coronavirus,” said a South Western Railway (SWR) spokesperson in a statement.

The Railways stepped up efforts to tackle the virus by increasing the number of ICU beds and ventilators needed for critical care.

At the Divisional Railway Hospital in Bengaluru, 50-bed facility with six ICU beds has been made operational.

“The entire hospital has been converted into a COVID-19 hospital. All the beds have piped oxygen supply. The ICU has three ventilators, six multi-para monitors, infusion pumps, defibrillator and others,” said the statement.

The hospital is also arranging for three more ventilators.

At the Mysuru Divisional Railway Hospital, 74 of the 101 beds have been earmarked for corona patients, and has six monitors, two ventilators and other emergency equipment.

In Hubballi’s Central Hospital, 30 of the 150 beds have been set aside for corona patients. Among the 30, eight are ICU beds. Four ventilators, six multi-para monitors, defibrillator and infusion pumps have been arranged.

According to SWR, all doctors and paramedical staff in the three hospitals have been trained to handle Covid patients in line with the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare guidelines.

18 corona cases in Himachal

Four more members of the Tablighi Jamaat, who returned from the congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz in March, have tested positive for the coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh, taking their total number to 11.

A health official on Tuesday said with the four new cases, the total number of positive cases rose to 18. One patient has been discharged.

He said 11 swab samples of the Tablighi Jamaat members belonging to Chamba’s Tissa region were collected. Out of these four tested positive on Monday.

Making the law stringent to prevent the virus spread, the state has made a provision to book the corona patients for attempt to murder if they spit on someone.

“And in case any person gets infected thus and dies of COVID-19, a case of murder would be registered against the accused patient,” Director General of Police S.R. Mardi said.

He had warned that concealing such information, especially by members of the Tablighi Jamaat after return from Nizamuddin, would lead to a criminal case on attempt to murder or murder charge.

The state has also prohibited the sale and use of chewing gum for three months.

79 including 39 doctors of Kolkata hospital quarantined

79 personnel including doctors, nurses and health workers of Nil Ratan Sarkar Medical College and Hospital were sent on quarantine and a ward closed down on Monday after the test results of a youth received after his death detected him coronavirus positive.

The youth, who was admitted in the male medicine ward with haemophilia, was initially kept in the general ward. But as his condition began deteriorating, he was transferred to the critical care unit, where he died on Saturday.

With the youth developing Corona virus like symptoms before his death, he was tested for the infection. The test results received on Monday, found him positive.

This sent alarm bells ringing, and the 79 personnel including 39 doctors were sent on quarantine for 14 days.

The entire ward will remain shut for at least 48 hours during which it will be sprayed with germicides.

“Those sent on quarantine will be housed in the government quarantine centre at Rajarha, some hotels or live in home isolation. They will resume their duties after 14 days,” said NRS Medical College Hospital superintendent Dwaipayan Biswas.

A section of doctors said had the report come early, the problem would not have risen in the first place as the doctors and other personnel could have taken precaution.

COVID-19 cases in MP reach 256 with 23 new cases

The coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh reached 256 on Monday night as 23 cases were reported in the last 12 hours.

Indore with 151 cases has the highest number while Bhopal has 61 patients as six new cases were reported here.

Apart from Indore-Bhopal, 12 cases have been reported in Morena, eight each in Jabalpur and Ujjain, four in Khargone, three in Barwani, two each in Gwalior, Shivpuri and Chhindwara, and one each Betul, Vidisha. One patient is from Uttar Pradesh.

35 localities in Indore have been sealed for containment.

The state capital also recorded its first Corona death in the wee hours of Monday. With 23 positive cases the state capital had recorded highest one- day hike by Sunday night. With Monday’s 14 cases 37 cases have been recorded in 24 hours.

A patient from the old city who was admitted in a private nursing home. Report confirming his positive status was received on Sunday afternoon. He was admitted to the nursing home four days ago with respiratory problem.

Monday’s reports included five health department employees and seven Jamaatis. The total number of infected in Bhopal increased to 61.

With infection spreading to new localities health department teams will reach out to areas earmarked for containment and door-to-door screening. The radius of one kilometre around the houses of all patients will remain out of bounds for others. Screening began on Monday. Family members are quarantined home.

The risk of community transmission has increased in Bhopal. On the instructions of Collector Tarun Pithode, ADM Satish Kumar amended the order under section 144 Cr PC. From Monday, only medical stores, milk parlours and home delivery facilities will be available. Petrol pumps, grocery and other shops have been exempted. Passes given for all reasons other than emergency services have also been suspended.

Fourteen deaths have been recorded till Monday night. Nine have died in Indore, two in Ujjain, one each in Bhopal, Chhindwara and Khargone.

Maximum testing for 15 hotspots in Gujarat, cases rise to 146

With the states tally of Covid-19 positive cases rising to 146 on Monday, including 12 deaths, the Gujarat government has announced that maximum testing will be conducted in 15 identified hotspots under the Cluster Containment Strategy in four major cities of Ahmedabad, Surat, Vadodara and Bhavnagar.

Gujarat witnessed two more positive cases and one more death on Monday as one female (65) from Vadodara succumbed to the dreaded virus. Two ladies, aged 45 and 70, were found to be positive in Surat, taking the total number of cases in the state to 146. A total of 22 persons have been discharged so far.

Health authorities have found that out of the 39 positive cases detected in the last two days, 32 were from the Muslim dominated areas where Tablighi Jamaat members had returned from a religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin area.

“The state government has announced 15 hotspots in the state’s four major cities where a strict lockdown needs to be implemented,” Gujarat Health Secretary Jayanti Ravi said on Monday.

“We have declared certain areas in Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Surat and Bhavnagar as the hotspots. A strict lockdown will be implemented in these areas,” said Ravi.

“Maximum testing will be carried out in these clusters. Every positive case has been admitted to the hospital, but all those who have been in contact with such cases will be tested. These areas will be sanitised. Surveillance in these areas will be intensified by the local municipal corporation and police officials,” added Ravi.

He said that over 14,000 people stay in these hotspots across the four cities.

“A second round of survey will be carried out by the health department. We will now focus on the rural areas,” added Ravi.

The maximum number of cases has surfaced in Ahmedabad (64), followed by Surat (19), Gandhinagar and Bhavnagar (13 each), Vadodara (12), Rajkot (10), Porbandar (3), Kutch, Mehsana, Patan and Gir-Somnath (2 each) and one each in Panchmahal, Chhota Udepur, Jamnagar and Morbi.

UP villagers ban entry of outsiders, prefer ‘quarantine’

The intensive campaign against the coronavirus has created awareness in the rural interiors of Uttar Pradesh to such an extent that villagers in several districts are now banning the entry of outsiders completely.

Villagers are erecting barriers on all entry points and are even maintaining vigil, by turns, to ensure that no one comes in from outside.

The Bachlota village in Hapur district had put up a notice announcing a fine of Rs 5,000 on anyone who enters the village without the permission of the village head. The notice, however, was taken down after the intervention of the police but the barricades remain in place.

The village head Jasveer said, “We wanted to use the fine as a deterrent for those who try to sneak into the village. We will continue to track those who force their way into the village and inform the police.”

In Arjunpur village in Sultanpur district, the village head Kamla Chauhan, has also barricaded the entry points.

The villagers have ensured that the gates at the railway line on the road connecting the village to the market are kept shut to stop all vehicular movement.

Sultanpur has not yet reported any corona positive case but the villagers are not taking any chances. Two persons, both local residents, who managed to get back to their home from Chandigarh, have been quarantined in a local school.

Another village in Mohanlalganj, on the outskirts of Lucknow, has also banned the entry of outsiders.

“Even the relatives of the local residents are being denied entry because we do not want the deadly virus to spread here. The village has been ‘quarantined’ and the people are maintaining social distancing. We help each other if someone needs anything but beyond that, there is no interaction,” said Vijendra Chaurasia, a local resident.

In Basti district, at least three villages on the Basti-Gorakhpur highway, have also erected barriers to check the entry of outsiders.

“When migrants started returning to their homes, the local people put up these barriers. They said that they did not want other families to get infected. Those who returned from other states after the lockdown, are now staying in shelter homes,” said Balwant Singh, who owns a farmhouse in the area.

Yogi offers ‘Team 11’ panels in every district

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has decided to set up ‘Team 11’ — a team of dedicated officers dealing with the coronavirus cases — in every district.

The chief minister already set up Team 11(which is a cluster of 11 committees) at the state level that comprises top officials and report on a daily basis to the chief minister on the corona situation.

The chief minister said on Tuesday that the district level Team 11 will be required to submit report to the government on a daily basis.

The district level committee will address issues related to doorstep delivery of essential goods, food for the poor and homeless, checking violation of lockdown and keeping media informed of latest developments.

Every district will have a control room that will ensure timely medical assistance to the people.

The district teams have also been asked to prepare a blueprint to combat the impact of the lockdown on the economy.

 

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