Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases In India At 4,789, Death Toll At 124
The number of Covid-19 cases in India rose to 4,789 as the government mulls whether or not to extend the 21-day lockdown.
India added 508 new cases over the last 24 hours. The death toll rose to 124, while 353 people have either been cured or discharged, according to health ministry data.
Yesterday marked two weeks since a 21-day coronavirus lockdown was imposed in India. While several state governments have favoured extending the lockdown, a panel headed by the defence minister has recommended a partial lifting of the lockdown on April 15, according to Bloomberg.
ICMR said that India has conducted over 1.07 lakh tests till date. Of these, over 11,000 were conducted just on Monday, indicating a gradual rise in the daily number of tests.
Globally, there are now over 1.36 million cases while deaths have exceeded 76,000. Spain reported another spike in fatalities even as the outbreak showed early signs of slowing down elsewhere in Europe. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was moved to intensive care last night, remains stable.
Track latest news updates and developments on how the coronavirus situation is evolving in India here:
Panel Headed By Defence Minister Suggest Partial Lifting Of Lockdown
A panel headed by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh has recommended a partial lifting of the lockdown after April 15, Bloomberg reported citing people with the knowledge of the matter.
- Areas with large clusters of Covid-19 cases will remain closed
- Cities can open markets on alternate days after the three week period ends
- States can allow harvesting of crops across the country
Task Force Suggests Collaborative Network Of Clinical Research
The National Task Force has recommended establishing a Covid-19 Clinical Research Collaborative Network that will be coordinated by the ICMR. The aim is to improve the understanding of the infectious disease and come up with more specific protocols.
Seven Rapid Antibody Tests Validated By NIV Pune
The National Institute of Virology, Pune has validated 7 antibody-based rapid tests, that are cheaper and can give faster results.
Maharashtra Readiness Update
The Maharashtra government said it oer 2,600 intensive care beds, over 10,000 isolation beds and more than 3 lakh N95 masks available.
Over 11,000 Tests Done Yesterday: ICMR
India has ramped up testing with over 1,07,006 tests conducted in the country, the Indian Council of Medical Research said today.
Yesterday, 11,795 tests were conducted, ICMR chief epidemiologist RR Gangakhedkar said in press briefing. Of these, 2,530 were done by private labs.
Currently there are 136 government laboratories that are testing for Covid-19 while 59 private labs have been given the go-ahead to test.