Coronavirus India Updates: Covid-19 Cases In India At 28,380; Death Toll At 886
The Covid-19 pandemic has now infected over 28,000 people in India as the nation mulls extending a lockdown for a second time.
India added 1,463 new cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 28,380, according to the health ministry’s update at 5 p.m.. This includes 886 deaths and 6,362 patients who have recovered.
Over the last 24 hours, there have been 448 recoveries and 60 deaths. This was the most number of fatalities in India recorded in a day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a video meeting with state chief ministers said the danger of the virus is “far from over” and that while it is time to focus on the economy, India will have to remain vigilant.
Global coronavirus cases approached the 3 million mark, though Spain and France reported the fewest deaths in more than a month and the rise in U.S. infections trailed the one-week average. Italy will ease its lockdown in just over a week, a key test in efforts across Europe to broadly restart public life. New York, the center of the U.S. outbreak, outlined reopening plans as well.
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India Adds 1,463 New Cases
India added 1,463 new cases over the last 24 hours taking the total tally to 28,380 cases.
- Active cases: 21,132
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 6,362
- Deaths: 886
Source: Health Ministry (As of April 27, 5 p.m.)
Lockdown Restrictions Tightened In Kashmir
The restrictions imposed to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease were intensified in Kashmir on Monday as the valley entered the 40th day of its lockdown, officials said.
The decision to intensify the restrictions on the movement and assembly of people in most parts of the Kashmir valley was taken following a sudden spike in the detection of fresh Covid-19 positive cases over the past few days, the officials said.
The security forces have sealed off main roads in most places in the valley and erected barriers at several other places to check the unwanted movement of people, they said.
The administration has said essential services including healthcare personnel have been exempted from the restrictions, while otherwise, only persons with valid movement passes are being allowed passage.
The declared containment or red zones across the valley have been sealed to ensure strict adherence to the standard operating procedure.
Markets across the valley were shut and public transport was off the roads with only pharmacies and groceries allowed to open, the officials said.
Educational institutions across Kashmir are closed, while all public places including gymnasiums, parks, clubs and restaurants were shut down more than a week before the nationwide lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The lockdown in Kashmir has now entered its 40th day. While the Prime Minister announced the countrywide lockdown on the evening of March 24, the union territory administration here had on March 22 announced a lockdown across Jammu and Kashmir till March 31 as part of its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
However, restrictions were first imposed in many parts of the Kashmir valley on March 19 to contain the spread of the infection. The measures were taken after the detection of the first positive case of coronavirus in the valley.
As many as 29 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in the Union Territory on Sunday. The total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir has reached to 523 and seven patients have died while 132 have recovered.
Probe Ordered After Quarantined People Seen Collecting Outside Food
The Arga district magistrate in Uttar Pradesh has ordered an inquiry after a video emerged that people in a quarantine centre were collecting food and water from under the locked gates of the facility.
A man in protective gear was purportedly tossing biscuit packets and people inside the quarantine centre were picking those by stretching their hands through the gaps of the gate, the video of which has gone viral on social media.
Social distancing, essential for those under quarantine, is totally absent in the visuals, with the people crowding behind the gate right next to each other. Another video shows mineral water bottles kept near the gate and hands reaching out for water.
District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh said the chief development officer had been to look into the laxity and fix responsibility.
"I went and inspected the spot. Everything has been set right," Singh said.
The team has been told to work in a proper manner so that such complaints are not received in the future, the official said.
In the video, a woman who identifies herself is heard saying: "This is what is being done to people in isolation."
"We were told we will have medical check-up done at some point, but this has not happened," she said. "There are no proper arrangements for food and water. Everyone is being negligent."
Meghalaya Government Lifts Restrictions On Number Of Activities
The Meghalaya government on Monday relaxed a number of activities including sale of essential goods, courier services for essential goods, e- commerce operations in essential goods and Common Service Centres during the lockdown period.
The relaxtion will be allowed in the entire state except in the state capital and in Mylliem Block of East Khasi Hills District.
Meghalaya chief secretary MS Rao said services provided by self-employed persons including electrician, IT repairs, plumbers, motor mechanics, and carpenters and shops for repair of trucks on highways, hardware stores for providing items like CGI Sheets and cement that are used for construction including transportation of the same and electrical shops are also allowed to operate.
Meghalaya has so far reported 12 Covid-19 positive cases of which 11 are still active and one person has died of coronavirus.
According to the chief secretary, all agriculture and allied sectors activities like farming operations including livestock farming, poultry, fishery and hatcheries, collection, processing and distribution of milk and milk products, mandis by APMC, procurement and marketing of agricultural produce, Custom Hiring Centers, cold storage and warehouses are also permitted to begin operations.
Manufacturing, packaging and distribution of agriculture inputs, seed, animal feed and fodder, movement of harvesting and sowing related machines and implements besides operation of Tea industry including plantations with maximum 50 per cent of workforce for production, processing, packaging and marketing are also permitted.
Transportation of all agricultural products subject to transit point and route specified by respective Deputy Commissioners considering prevailing Covid-19 situation are allowed and veterinary hospitals, dispensaries, clinics, sale and supply of medicine and vaccines are allowed to operate, he said.
MNREGA works are allowed with strict implementation of social distancing and face mask and priority is to be given to irrigation and water conservation works.
Construction activities such as construction of roads, irrigation projects, buildings and all kinds of industrial projects, including MSMEs, in rural areas, outside the limits of municipal corporations and municipalities and all kinds of projects in industrial estates are allowed including quarrying of chips and aggregates including their transportation.
PM Modi Interacts With CMs, Discusses Staggered Exit From Countrywide Lockdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held a video conference with chief ministers to discuss the situation arising due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country, which has been under a lockdown since March 25 to contain the spread of the virus, amid indications that the interaction would also focus on a graded exit from the ongoing lockdown.
- Lockdown has yielded positive results
- Our aim must be rapid response, need to follow mantra of ‘do gazdoori’
- Efforts of states should be directed towards converting the red zones into orange and thereafter to green zones
- We have to be brave and bring in reforms that touch the lives of common citizen
- We have to give importance to the economy as well as continue the fight
- Danger of the virus is far from over and constant vigilance is of paramount importance
This is Modi's fourth such interaction with state chief ministers since March 22 when he first spoke to them on the coronavirus situation and steps taken --both by the Centre and the states-- to contain the pandemic. Two days later on March 24, Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown. He extended the lockdown till May 3 on April 14, the last day of the initial three week shutdown.
Among those present at the virtual meet, included Home Minister Amit Shah, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and top officials from the PMO and Union Health Ministry.
The chief ministers who attended the meeting included Arvind Kejriwal (Delhi), Pinarayi Vijayan (Kerala), Uddhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), EK Palaniswami (Tamil Nadu), Conard Sangma (Meghalaya) Trivendram Singh Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Adityanath (Uttar Pradesh).
The prime minister was wearing a white 'gamcha' (Indian stole for men) with green border. He has been using 'gamcha' to cover his face during such meets.
Sources in the government had on Sunday indicated that besides discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, the prime ministers and chief ministers could also focus on a "graded" exit from the lockdown.
His note of caution came amidst gradual exemptions being granted by the Centre and states to revive economic activities.
With inputs from PTI