Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases At 2,547, Death Toll At 62
The total number of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in India rose to 2,547 on Friday, according to data made available by the Health Ministry. This includes 163 cured or discharged and 62 people which succumbed to the respiratory illness.
India has reported 478 new infections in the past 24 hours. Cases have more than tripled in the last seven days.
Today is the tenth day of the 21-day lockdown, slated to end on April 14.
The country reported its 1,000th Covid-19 case on March 29—nearly two months after reporting its first case. The second thousand cases have been reported in merely four days. Globally, coronavirus cases have crossed the one million mark while the death toll stands at 53,000, according to the latest available data.
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India Adds 478 Cases
India added 478 new cases of Covid-19 on Friday as the total infections in the country rose to 2,547.
- Active cases: 2,322
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 163
- Deaths: 62
Source: Health Ministry
Man Shot At For Asking People To Stay Indoors
A 30-year-old man was shot at by a group of people that was wandering outdoors after he asked them to stay in their homes and abide by the lockdown restrictions at Kakroli village in the district, police said.
The injured man, identified as Javed, was shifted to a hospital for treatment after the attack on Thursday, they said.
According to SHO Vijay Bahadur Singh, police registered a case against six people who are all absconding.
More Than 30,000 Doctors Volunteer To Join Fight Against Covid-19
More than 30,000 doctors, including retired government and Armed Forces Medical Services, and private physicians have volunteered to help the government fight against Covid-19 pandemic, a senior government official said on Friday.
The government on March 25 had appealed to retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or private doctors to come forward and join the efforts to fight the pandemic caused by the deadly novel coronavirus.
"30,100 volunteer doctors,including retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector undertaking or private doctors have signed up to the government to battle COVID-19 pandemic," the official told PTI.
The number of Covid-19 cases climbed to 2,301 in the country on Friday while the death toll rose to 56, according to the Union Health Ministry.
How To Fight Coronavirus Blues?: Mental Health Expert Gives Tips
A top mental health expert has given tips on how to spend the Coronavirus lockdown period productively at home and to keep concerns, tension and stress at bay.
The Director of the National Institute of Mental Health & Neuro Sciences, BN Gangadhar, suggested spending quality time with family members, and doing things which one would otherwise want to do but did not.
"Un-clutter your house, remove garbage from your house, play some small indoor games like cards with your family members, learn to cook with your family members, do some group activities with your family members which you would have never done and wanted to do it could be exercise, it could be yoga, meditation, bhajan, you all do it together," he said.
If any member of the family is preparing for an entrance examination, which has been postponed, one can be of help by conducting mock tests for some period during daytime leveraging online resources, Gangadhar, a recipient of the Padmashri award, told PTI in an interview.
"TV should be watched by all the members at specified hours (only); because you are at home, don't spend all time watching it," he said. Some women members may have tendency to feed the family with delicious food and try out new menus but one has to be careful not to add weight during the lockdown period. "More so, not exercising, not going out, makes it all the more important to reduce your indulgence on food altogether," Gangadhar said.
Coronavirus Cases Rise To 172 In Uttar Pradesh
Forty six fresh cases of coronavirus infection were reported in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to 172, a senior health official said.
The new cases include over three dozen people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi. As of Friday morning, 17 of the total Covid-19 patients in the state were fully cured and discharged while two died -- one each in Meerut and Basti.
"The good thing is that there has been a decrease in the average rate of infection in the state," Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said. The Health Department has been maintaining an aggressive containment exercise in and around districts where positive cases have been identified, and this has helped contain the spread, he added.