Thanks to Centre’s intervention, the Indian Medical Association has referred to as off the symbolic protests over rising assaults in opposition to the medical fraternity. As the lockdown entered its 29th day, Centre allowed extra leisure in non-hotspot city areas. However, some States continued to implement stricter model of the lockdown given the surge within the variety of instances.

Also learn: List of what’s and what’s not allowed after April 20

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Here are solutions from consultants on your queries concerning the virus, an inventory of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 instances, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed instances in India.

 

Here are the most recent updates:

6.30 pm | New Delhi

PM Modi to interact with CMs on Monday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with Chief Ministers of all states by video convention on Monday morning.

6.15 pm | West Bengal

Canards unfold in opposition to Bengal over Covid-19 exams; Centre sending defective kits: Mamata

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed the Centre for sending groups to look into West Bengal’s preparedness for tackling the Covid-19 outbreak and alleged defective testing kits have been dispatched to the state.

Ms. Banerjee’s feedback got here a day after a disagreement broke out between West Bengal and the Union authorities over the arrival of two central groups within the state to assess the COVID-19 scenario.

5.50 pm | Nepal

India presents 23 tonnes of important medicines to Nepal

India on Wednesday despatched 23 tonnes of important medicines to Nepal to assist it combat the coronavirus pandemic which has contaminated 45 individuals within the nation.

Prime Minister Ok. P. Sharma Oli thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for the beneficiant help.

India presents 23 tonnes of important medicines to Nepal

5.35 pm | New Delhi

Railways affords to provide 2.6 lakh meals every day to states

Railways has provided to provide 2.6 lakh meals every day from its varied kitchens to all these districts that are prepared to decide up cooked meals and distribute among the many needy, the ministry stated on Wednesday.

This has been communicated to district authorities all around the nation, it stated.

5.25 pm | Odisha

COVID-19 instances rise to 83 in Odisha

One new COVID-19 case was reported from Jajpur district taking Odisha’s complete to 83 on Wednesday. With one dying up to now and restoration of 32 sufferers, energetic instances stand at 50 within the State, in accordance to State authorities.

5.10 pm | New Delhi

MHA asks states to present sufficient safety to healthcare employees; appoint nodal officers

The Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday requested all States and Union Territories to present sufficient safety to docs and frontline well being employees who’re going through assaults from unruly individuals.

In a letter to chief secretaries of all States and Union Territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla additionally flagged a number of heinous situations of unruly behaviour by individuals the place the households and family members of medical professionals, suspected to have died due to COVID-19 an infection, have been prevented from performing the final rites of the deceased.

It additionally directed the State governments and Union Territory administrations to appoint nodal officers who can be out there 24/7 to redress any security subject associated to medical professionals.

4.45 pm | New Delhi

50 new deaths reported up to now 24 hours: Health Ministry

A complete of 19,984 confirmed instances of coronavirus infections have been reported in India, as per the most recent replace from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The restoration price is up from 17 % to 19.36 % on Wednesday.

Also, 50 new deaths have been reported up to now 24 hours and as many as 3870 individuals have been cured of the illness up to now.

50 COVID-19 deaths in previous 24 hours: Health Ministry

4.30 pm | Rajasthan

One extra dies of COVID-19 in Rajasthan; dying toll 27

One extra particular person died of coronavirus in Rajasthan on Wednesday, pushing the dying toll to 27 within the state, whose an infection depend soared to 1,868 with 133 recent instances.

“The death of a COVID-19 patient has occurred in Bharatpur district. A total of 133 fresh cases have been reported in nine districts of the state, including 66 in Jaipur and 44 in Ajmer,” Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh stated.

4.15 pm | Haryana

Haryana cancels testing package order with China

Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij on Wednesday stated that Haryana has cancelled order of buying one lakh Rapid Testing Kits for Covid-19 from two Chinese firms.

Mr. Vij stated that recent order for 1 lakh kits was positioned with the South Korea based mostly firm and so they have already handed over 25,000 kits up to now. “We are getting these kits at an almost half a price than that of Chinese companies and are of better quality,” he stated. – Vikas Vasudeva

4.00 pm | Maharashtra

Centre recommends growing mattress capability in Mumbai

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Wednesday stated the Central committee has really helpful a rise within the capability of quarantine facility in Mumbai from 1,200 beds to 2,000, in mild of the rise within the variety of COVID-19 instances within the metropolis.

An inter-ministerial central staff (IMCT) arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday for a two-day go to to assess the State’s preparedness to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

In protecting with the committee’s directives, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been requested to prepare for extra beds and enhance testing throughout Mumbai, Mr. Tope stated, including that tents may also be put up in open grounds if wanted.

 

3.35 pm | New Delhi

COVID-19 bundle

There was put up facto approval of the Rs.15,000-crore COVID-19 bundle referred to as ’emergency response and well being preparedness bundle’, Prakash Javadekar says.

3.30 pm | Bihar

Five extra COVID-19 constructive instances in Bihar taking complete quantity to 136. All 5 instances have been reported from Patna and aged between 22 and 45 years-old.

3.25 pm | New Delhi

What does the Ordinance say?

The ordinance proposes that in instances of assaults on healthcare employees the investigation can be accomplished inside 30 days and the ultimate choice can be arrived at inside one 12 months.

Punishment for such assaults can be Three months to 5 years and wonderful of Rs.50,000 to Rs.2 lakh, and in extreme instances the place there are grievous accidents, the punishment can be 6 months to 7 years and wonderful of Rs.1 lakh to Rs. 5 lakh. – Damini Nath

3.20 pm | New Delhi

Ordinance to shield healthcare employees

Union Cabinet has authorized an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to present strict punishments for assaults on docs and healthcare employees, says I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The ordinance will shield the entire healthcare fraternity, together with docs, nurses and ASHA employees.

“We have seen that they are doing crucial work for the country but at some places they are being attacked, harassed and their property damaged. We will not allow this to happen,” he stated.  – Damini Nath

3.15 pm | United Nations

India co-sponsors decision calling for equitable entry to COVID-19 vaccines

India has co-sponsored a UN General Assembly decision that referred to as for a good, clear and equitable entry to important medical provides and any future vaccines developed to combat COVID-19 that has claimed over 177,000 lives and contaminated greater than 2.5 million individuals.

The 193-Member General Assembly adopted the Mexico-drafted decision ‘International cooperation to ensure global access to medicines, vaccines and medical equipment to face COVID-19’ by consensus on Monday. – PTI

3.10 pm | Delhi

Nurses write to Amit Shah

All India Government Nurses Federation on Wednesday wrote to Home Minister Amit Shah stating that nurses and different healthcare employees are going through issues to cross Delhi-Uttar Pradesh border to attain hospitals and different healthcare services, together with COVID-19 remedy centres. – Nikhil M. Babu

Three pm | West Bengal

Doctors in West Bengal write to CM

More than half a dozen docs associations in West Bengal have written to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee urging that the federal government present vital protecting measures to entrance line medical workers as per nationwide and worldwide pointers as effectively elevated testing for COVID-19.

 

2.55 pm | Tamil Nadu

Doctor’s spouse appeals to CM to honour husband’s final want

The household of neurosurgeon Simon Hercules, who died of COVID-19 on Sunday and was buried in Velangadu amidst chaos, has appealed to the Chief Minister to shift his mortal stays to the cemetery at Kilpauk as per his final want.

In a video message, the physician’s spouse Anandhi Simon stated, “We had obtained permission to bury him at the Kilpauk cemetery but he was buried in Velangadu due to a few incidents. We could not witness his burial. He has been buried in a sealed casket and this could be shifted to the Kilpauk cemetery. It will not create any trouble for anyone,” she stated.

 

2.40 pm | Maharashtra

Centre recommends growing mattress capability in Mumbai

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope stated the inter-ministerial central staff (IMCT) that arrived in Mumbai on Tuesday for a two-day go to to assess the State’s preparedness to combat the coronavirus outbreak has really helpful a rise within the capability of quarantine facility in Mumbai from 1,200 beds to 2,000, in mild of the rise within the variety of COVID-19 instances within the metropolis.

In protecting with the committee’s directives, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has been requested to prepare for extra beds and enhance testing throughout Mumbai, Tope stated, including that tents may also be put up in open grounds if wanted.

PTI

2.40 pm | Uttar Pradesh

Fresh case in Aligarh

Aligarh registered yet one more COVID-19 constructive case on Tuesday evening. The contaminated particular person is the cousin of the one who succumbed to the virus on Tuesday. The deceased used to run a meat store within the Usmanpada space of town. Local sources stated the store was closed because the lockdown began. With this, the full variety of energetic instances in Aligarh is 2. – Anuj Kumar

2.20 pm | Bihar

5 extra instances in Bihar

Five extra COVID-19 instances have been reported in Bihar on Wednesday taking the full quantity to 131.

Two ladies aged 30 and 57 years, and one male of 62 years from Khajpura space of Patna have examined constructive. A 26-year-old girl from Biharsharief and a 25-year-old male from East Champaran district additionally examined constructive right now. – Amarnath Tewary

2.00 pm | Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi Ok. Palaniswami declares a rise in solatium in case frontline workers dies whereas preventing COVID-19 from the prevailing ₹10 lakh to ₹50 lakh. He additionally declares {that a} member of the family of the deceased can be given a authorities job. – Dennis S. Jesudasan

1. 50 pm | Washington

Second wave of the virus will hit U.S. later this 12 months: Health official

A second wave of the novel coronavirus will hit the U.S. later this 12 months with much more tough ramifications than the present COVID-19 disaster that has claimed greater than 45,000 lives and contaminated over 8,24,000 individuals within the nation, Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield has warned.

 

1.45 pm | Karnataka

Police and medical workers increase one another’s morale in Mangaluru

Health employees and police personnel participating in an honour convoy, organised to present mutual appreciation for the work throughout COVID-19 pandemic, organised by the Mangaluru Police Commissionerate in Government Wenlock Hospital, Mangaluru on April 22, 2020.
 
| Photo Credit: H.S. Manjunath

 

The police and the medical workers appreciated one another through the honor convoy organised by the Mangaluru Police Commissionerate within the tremendous specialty block of the Government Wenlock Hospital in Mangaluru.

25 police patrol automobiles saluted as they took laps within the hospital premises, whereas docs, paramedical workers, pharmacists, laboratory technicians and well being activists gathered and clapped in appreciation.

Raghava M.

1.35 pm | Tamil Nadu

T.N. to distribute tokens for ration provides on the doorsteps

Tokens for getting important provides from ration retailers for the month of May can be distributed on the doorsteps of customers on April 24 and 25, Chief Minister Edappadi Ok. Palaniswami stated on Wednesday.

“The tokens will have a specific day and time when the ration cardholders can get their essential supplies. Consumers can collect them from their ration shops on the specified day and time,” the Chief Minister stated in an announcement.

 

1.30 pm | New Delhi

Congress slams authorities’s choice of permitting using surplus rice to make sanitiser

The Congress attacked the federal government for approving using surplus rice to produce sanitiser, with Rahul Gandhi alleging that whereas the poor are dying of starvation their portion of rice is getting used to clear the arms of the wealthy.

“After all, when will India’s poor wake up? You are dying of hunger and they are busy cleaning the hands of the rich by making sanitisers from your portion of rice,” he stated in a tweet in Hindi.

 

1.15 pm | New Delhi

RSS chief to ship on-line deal with on COVID-19

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat will ship a web-based deal with on Sunday on the present scenario in wake of the COVID-19 disaster, the Sangh stated on Wednesday. In a tweet, the organisation stated, Mr. Bhagwat will deal with on ‘Current Situation and Our Role’ on April 26 at 5 pm.

According to senior functionaries of the Sangh, that is for the primary time in its historical past that such an deal with of its head is being held by a digital platform.

 

1.05 pm | Tamil Nadu

Tangedco permits self-assessment of electrical energy readings

In a significant aid for low pressure present transformers (LTCT) of commercial and business customers, the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) has allowed ‘self-assessment’ of electrical energy readings through the COVID-19 disaster.

 

1 pm | New Delhi

COVID-19 has devastated the MSME sector: Rahul Gandhi

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi has referred to as for concepts on a doable stimulus bundle for the medium, small and micro enterprises (MSME) sector on social media.

“#COVID19 has devastated our micro, small & medium businesses (MSME). The Congress party needs your help. Send us suggestions & ideas for what a MSME economic stimulus package should cover on,” Mr Gandhi stated.

 

1 pm | Washington

U.S. State sues China for COVID-19 pandemic

A U.S. State has filed a lawsuit in opposition to China alleging that Beijing’s actions to suppress info, arrest whistleblowers and denying the contagious nature of the novel coronavirus led to “irreparable damage” to nations globally whereas inflicting human struggling and extreme financial disruption.

Filed within the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri, the primary of its form lawsuit was filed by Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt in opposition to the Chinese authorities, the ruling Chinese Communist Party, and different Chinese officers and establishments.

 

12.50 pm | Haryana

Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant will get permission to resume operations

Maruti Suzuki’s Manesar plant granted permission by the district administration to resume operations. It can function with 4696 individuals, 50 automobiles and in single shift.

12.30 pm | New Delhi

I&B Ministry points advisory, asks media individuals to take precautions

In the wake of a lot of media individuals contracting COVID-19, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting issued an advisory to print and digital media calling on journalists protecting coronavirus-related incidents to take precautions.

The advisory additionally requested the administration of media homes to take vital care of their subject in addition to workplace workers.

PTI

12.25 pm | Karnataka

Seven new instances in Karnataka

Seven new instances have been detected on Wednesday taking the full instances to 425 within the State. These embody 17 deaths and 129 discharged individuals.

While 5 of the brand new instances are from Kalaburgi, two are from Bengaluru Urban. Bengaluru Urban has reported instances after a spot of three days.

 

12.20 pm | Telangana

Four journalists in Telangana quarantined

In what is claimed to be the primary occasion of journalists suspected to have contracted coronavirus within the State, 4 journalists — one from Gadwal and three from Mahbubnagar — have been quarantined.

 

12.10 pm | New Delhi

Civil Aviation Ministry worker exams constructive

Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted: An worker of the Ministry who had attended workplace on 15 April 2020 has examined constructive for COVID19 on 21st April. All vital protocols are being stringently adopted on the premises. All colleagues who got here in touch are being requested to go into self isolation as a precaution. Government of Delhi is seized of the matter. They are taking applicable steps as per the laid protocol for contact tracing and threat profiling.

 

11.55 pm | New Delhi

Safety of docs at office non-negotiable: Shah

Safety and dignity of our docs at their work place is non-negotiable. It is our collective duty to guarantee conducive ambiance for them always. I’ve assured docs that the Modi authorities is dedicated to their trigger and appealed to rethink their proposed protest: Home Minister Amit Shah

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has withdrawn their protest after their assembly with Home Minister Amit Shah by way of video conferencing, through which he assured docs of their security.

Vijaita Singh

11.45 pm | New Delhi

CRPF constable exams constructive in Delhi

A CRPF constable who was on go away and reported to the Delhi unit on April 6 stated that he had some signs. He was put in a quarantine facility on the CRPF centre. He was examined on 17th April after signs grew. The reviews got here out to be constructive for COVID-19. He has been admitted in Rajiv Gandhi Hospital right here. All his contacts are in quarantine.

Vijaita Singh

11.30 pm | Andhra Pradesh

Andhra Pradesh now has greater than 800 COVID-19 instances

COVID-19 instances crossed the 800 milestone in Andhra Pradesh, reaching 813 as 56 new instances have been added within the State within the final 24 hours ending Wednesday morning.

The coronavirus toll rose to 24 whereas as many sufferers had recovered and been discharged from hospitals within the final 24 hours, a modern COVID-19 authorities bulletin stated.

PTI

11.20 am

Union Home Minister Amit Shah interacted with docs and Indian Medical Association (IMA) by video conferencing. He assured them safety & appealed to them to not to do even symbolic protest as proposed by them, authorities is with them: MHA spokesperson

 

10.35 am

Gujarat provides 94 new infections and 5 deaths, taking the numbers to 2272 instances and 95 deaths.

(Mahesh Langa)

10.00 am

Pregnant ladies about to ship have to be examined for COVID-19 even when asymptomatic

Pregnant ladies residing in clusters/containment areas or in giant migration gatherings/evacuee centres in hotspot districts and presenting in labour or probably to ship in 5 days ought to be examined for COVID-19 even when asymptomatic.

 

9.15 am

We have shared up-to-date reviews with Central staff, says Bengal govt.

A day after the Centre accused the West Bengal authorities of obstructing the go to of a Central staff to the State to take inventory of the COVID-19 scenario, the State authorities stated that “up-to-date” reviews have been shared with the staff and “it is not a fact” that there was no cooperation.

 

Huge spike in instances probably in Mumbai, says Central panel

A five-member Central staff has projected that the variety of COVID-19 instances in Mumbai will contact an estimated 42,604 by April 30 and spiral to 6,56,407 by May 15.

Based on mathematical modelling for Mumbai by the Union Ministry of Health on April 16, the information introduced by the staff caught the Maharastra authorities off guard. The State authorities contested the methodology and instruments used for the most recent projection and hole evaluation.

3.30 am

U.S. Senate approves practically $500 billion extra for coronavirus bailout

The U.S. Senate on April 21 unanimously authorized $484 billion in extra coronavirus aid for the U.S. economic system and hospitals treating individuals sickened by the pandemic, sending the measure to the House of Representatives for closing passage later this week.

Mumbai

KEM will get 30-bed ICU for coronavirus sufferers

KEM Hospital now has a 30-bed ICU facility devoted to COVID-19 constructive sufferers.

In order to deal with the difficulty of sufferers of the virus dying in transit, the hospital has began a brand new facility the place crucial and suspected sufferers can be saved in a ward geared up with workers and ventilators.

Tamil Nadu

Donations pour in for Chief Minister’s Public Relief Fund

Office-bearers of Madras Pawn Brokers’ Association met District Collector R. Sitalakshmi on Tuesday and handed over a cheque for ₹11 lakh in direction of the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for preventive measures in opposition to coronavirus an infection.

 

 

Govt. to conduct telephonic survey on COVID-19

The Central authorities will conduct a telephonic survey on COVID-19 calling up residents on their cell phones.

“This is to be carried out by NIC and calls will come from the number 1921,” a launch stated on Tuesday. It is to acquire correct suggestions on the prevalence and distribution of signs.

 



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