Coronavirus Updates: Total Cases In India Rise To 10,815 As India Extends Lockdown Till May 3
The total number of confirmed Covid-19 infections in India crossed the 10,000-mark as the prime minister announced a further extension of the nationwide lockdown.
India has seen 1,463 new cases over the last 24 hours taking the number of cases to 10,815 on Tuesday evening, according to the health ministry’s website. This includes 1,190 who have been discharged and 354 deaths.
While it took the country 70 days to report its first 5,000 cases, the next 5,000 have come in just six days, indicating a rise in the doubling rate of the infection. Recoveries, however, improved over the last two days with India reporting more 200 patients who’ve been discharged.
India’s lockdown has now been extended till May 3, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said. Some states like Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra and Telangana have already extended the lockdown. There will be stricter measures in place till Aprril 20. However, after that, if hotspots are able to curb the spread of the virus then some relaxations may be considered, Modi said. Follow live updates here.
Globally, total confirmed cases exceed 1.87 million while deaths top 1,16,000, according to data by John Hopkins.
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Migrant Workers Flood Bandra Station Wanting To Go Back Home
Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced extension of the coronavirus-enforced lockdown till May 3, a large number of migrant workers came out on the road in Bandra West, Mumbai demanding transport arrangements to go back to their native places.
Daily wage workers have been rendered jobless ever since the lockdown was announced late last month to stem the spread of Covid-19, making their life a constant struggle.
Though authorities and NGOs have made arrangements for their food, most of them want to go back to their native places to escape the hardship brought by the sweeping curbs.
According to a police official, daily wage earners, numbering around 1,000, assembled at suburban Bandra (West) bus depot near the railway station and squatted on road at around 3 p.m.
The daily wage earners, who reside on rent in slums in the nearby Patel Nagri locality, were demanding arrangement of transport facilities so that they can go back to their native towns and villages.
Heavy police deployment was made at the protest site to tackle any untoward incident.
Personnel from other police stations were called at the spot to maintain order, the official added.
India Adds 1,463 New Cases
India added 1,463 new Covid-19 cases taking the total tally in the country to 10,815.
- Active cases: 9,272
- Cured/discharged/migrated: 1,190
- Deaths: 354
Source: Health Ministry (As of April 14, 5 p.m.)
India Did Over 21,000 Tests On Monday: ICMR
India tested 21,635 samples for Covid-19 on Monday, showing a gradual ramp up in testing in the country.
18,644 tests were done in labs under the government's network while 2,991 tests were done by private labs, ICMR Chief Epidemiologist RR Gangakhedkar said in a press brief. Till Monday, over 2.31 lakh samples had been tested.
There are 166 labs under the ICMR's network and 70 from the private sector.
Gangakhedkar also said that India received another instalment of Rt-PCR testing kits that should help cover India "for a long period of time".
Additionally, we are ordering 33 lakh more Rt-PCR kits and 37 lakh rapid antibody testing kits, Gangakhedkar said. They are expected to come soon.
India has 602 dedicated Covid-19 hospitals with 1,06,719 isolation beds and 12,024 ICU beds, ICMR noted.
India's Vast Postal Network Roped In For Medical Deliveries
The Indian postal network has tied up with drug manufacturers for medical deliveries, joint health secretary Lav Agarwal said in his daily press briefing.
The network is in agreement with drug manufacturing associations and online pharmaceuticals for doorstep deliveries to hospitals and individual customers, Agarwal said.
Besides, he added, women self-help groups are also playing an important role on the ground.
Cases Continue To Spike In Madhya Pradesh
The number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh has gone up to 730 with 126 more people testing positive for the disease in the last 24 hours, a senior health official said on Tuesday.
In the last 24 hours, 1,171 people were tested for coronavirus in the state. Of these, 126 were found positive for coronavirus in the reports received till Monday night, taking the total number of Covid-19 patients in Madhya Pradesh to 730, state health commissioner Faiz Ahmed Kidwai on Tuesday.
So far, 50 people have died in the state due to coronavirus, he said.
There are total 278 containment zones formed in the coronavirus affected districts of the state, he said.