Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases Rise To 7,703
Medics wearing protective suits are seen outside the building gate of Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) hospital in New Delhi, Friday, April 10, 2020. The hospital will function as a dedicated Covid-19 treating facility. (Photo: PTI)

Coronavirus India Updates: Total Covid-19 Cases Rise To 7,703

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Total Cases Rise To 7,703

As of 9 pm on April 11, India had a total 7,703 patients that have tested positive for coronavirus, said the ICMR in a statement. The Indian Council of Medical research, the apex body leading the country-wide testing effort and protocol said it had tested 1,79,374 samples and 1,64,773 individuals to date.

“Today, on April 11, 2020, till 9 pm, 17,143 samples have been reported. Of these, 600 were positive for SARS-CoV-2,” said the ICMR statement.

Earlier in the day, the health ministry said in a media briefing that total cases were at 7,529. It reported 768 fresh Covid-19 cases and 36 deaths in the last 24 hours.

  • Active cases: 6,634
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 653
  • Deaths: 242

Source: Health Ministry (As of April 11, 5 pm)

The data showed a rapid increase in cases and deaths in India in the past two weeks.

Cases
0 - 1,000 cases : 60 days
1,000 - over 7,000 cases : 13 days

Death Toll
0 - 50: 22 days
50 - 100: 4 days
100-150: 2 days
150 - 200: 2 days
200-242: 1 day

90 New Coronavirus Cases found In Gujarat, Total 468

Total number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 468 on Saturday with 90 new patients being detected, a health department official said.

While 54 cases came to light in the morning, another 36 were found in the evening, said Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi.

Of 398 active cases, four patients are on ventilator, she said.

Source: PTI

Extend Lockdown By Two Weeks, Increase FRBM Limit: Telangana CM

Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Saturday suggested to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the ongoing lockdown be extended for two more weeks to check the spread of coronavirus.

He made this suggestion during an interactive meeting Modi held with Chief Ministers of all states through videoconferencing.

During the lockdown, the Chief Minister said the food processing industry should be allowed to function to ensure that farmers are not put to losses and that there was no difficulty in essential commodities supply, an official release quoted him as saying.

"Lockdown has helped in containing the spread of Corona (coronavirus) to a great level. It is better to extend the lockdown for two more weeks. There is no other better solution than this, he said.

Rao also requested Modi to increase the FRBM (Fiscal Responsibility and Budgetary Management) limit to five per cent from the existing three, besides taking steps to postpone repayment of interest states' debts for six months.

Increase FBRM from 3 percent to 5 percent. The Centre should take the initiative to postpone for six months, the monthly interest paid by States on debts from the Centre, he said.

He suggested that a task force with the PM as chairman and cabinet ministers as members be set up to come out with an action plan on helping farmers and the policy to be implemented on the economic situation.

To counter (economic crisis) this we need a strategic economic policy. RBI should implement quantitative easing policy. This is called Helicopter Money. This will facilitate the States and financial institutions to accrue funds.

We can come out of the financial crisis.

Release 5 percent of funds from the GDP through Quantitative easing Policy, he suggested.

The Chief Minister said that in order to empty warehouses of Food Corporation of India, three months ration should be given to people and the depots should be filled with newly procured agricultural commodities during the current season.

To prevent crowding of farmers at one place, the Telangana government has set up 6,849 procurement centres at village level, from where foodgrains are procured, he said.

He urged Modi to link agriculture with the MNREGA (Mahatma Gandhi Employment Guarantee Act) Scheme for at least two months.

Bring a policy by which farmers would pay half the wages for labourers and the other half would be from the MNAREGA funds. With this we will be able to support farmers during difficult times, he said.

Total Cases Rise To 7,529

  • Active cases: 6,634
  • Cured/discharged/migrated: 653
  • Deaths: 242

Source: Health Ministry (As of April 11, 5 p.m.)

Maharashtra To Remain Under Lockdown Till At Least April 30: Thackeray

Maharashtra - the state with the highest number of infections - will remain uinder lockdown till at least April 30, said chief minister Uddhav Thackeray.

This comes after a meeting between states and Prime Minister Narendra Modi where most chief ministers asked for a two-week extension to the current lockdown which is meant to end on April 14. The center is considering the same but has no announcements to make today, a government official said, according to ANI and PTI.

Odisha and Punjab have already extended the lockdown till April 30.

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