Focus shifts to rapid tests as confirmed cases cross 3,000; Govt says numbers in control sans one 'event'
Ramping up their efforts to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, authorities on Friday announced exclusive isolation wards and initiated rapid tests in areas identified as hotspots of the infection while a record of more than 8,000 samples were tested in 24 hours. However, the number of confirmed cases reported by states rose by over 500 to cross 3,000 with at least 90 dead. While Maharashtra, Telangana and Delhi disclosed several new cases of the deadly virus infection, government officials said the numbers have risen in last few days mostly due to one event -- referring to the Tablighi Jamaat's religious gathering in the national capital attended by thousands of people last month.
46 new COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, state tally at 179
With 46 new coronavirus positive cases reported on Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan rose to 179, the state Health Department said. Meanwhile, Bhilwara District Collector Rajendra Bhatt gave roses to 9 patients who recovered from COVID-19 and administered them an oath to stay at home under quarantine for 14 days after they were discharged from a hospital.
Iran's coronavirus cases top 53,000 as Turkey's total surpasses 20,000
The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Iran climbed to 53,183 on Friday, as the total of confirmed cases in Turkey rose to 20,921. Iran, the worst-hit country in the Middle East, reported 134 more deaths, raising the death toll to 3,294. So far, a total of 17,935 patients have recovered from the novel coronavirus, while 4,035 others remain in critical condition.
75-year old man in Karnataka succumbs to coronavirus; state death toll reaches four
A 75-year-old man has succumbed to coronavirus in Karnataka's Bagalkote, taking the death toll in the state to four, officials said. The victim, who was a trader and did not have any travel history, died on Friday. "Yes, a death has taken place," K Rajendra, the Deputy Commissioner of Bagalkote, told PTI. He said the victim was not related to Tabligh-e-Jamaat.
Woman in Hyderabad dies after showing symptoms of COVID-19: Cyberabad Police
A woman in Hyderabad died on March 1 after displaying the symptoms of the novel coronavirus confirmed Cyberabad Police CP Sajjanar. He told ANI, "Manikyam Aka Bharatamma expired on 1st March with COVID-19 symptoms. I along with the medical department and revenue department visited this village. We are trying to track down the villagers who went to her shop. We have kept her family members in government quarantine".
180 COVID-19 patients discharged in Chinese mainland
A total of 180 patients of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) were discharged from hospitals on Friday in the Chinese mainland, the National Health Commission said on Saturday. Altogether, 76,751 patients had been discharged from hospitals after recovery by the end of Friday, the commission said in its daily report, Xinhua reported.
Total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rises to 2902
Total number of Coronavirus positive cases in India rises to 2902 (including 2650 active cases, 183 cured/discharged and 68 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Total number of positive cases in Maharashtra rises to 537
47 fresh Coronovirus positive cases reported in Maharashtra today- 28 in Mumbai, 15 in Thane district, 1 in Amravati, 2 in Pune and 1 in Pimpri Chinchwad; The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 537: Maharashtra Health Department
Till now, there are 386 Coronavirus positive patients including 259 from Markaz Nizamuddin: Delhi Health Minister
Till now, there are 386 Coronavirus positive patients incl 259 from Markaz Nizamuddin; We have only 7000-8000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits left in our stock which will last 2-3 days. We've demanded 50,000 PPE kits on urgent basis: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain
Railways has begun preparing to resume all its services from April 15: Sources
Railways has begun preparing to resume all its services from April 15 after a 21-day suspension of its passenger trains in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak: sources
CBDT issues notification easing process of issue of certificates easing process of issue of certificates: Income Tax Dept
In view of hardships faced by taxpayers due to #COVID19, Central Board of Direct Taxes has issued notification dated April 3,2020 easing process of issue of certificates for lower rate/nil deduction/collection of TDS or TCS with respect to financial year 2019-20: Income Tax Dept
CM Uddhav Thackeray warns of action if someone tries to spread rumours to divide society
CM Uddhav Thackeray warned if someone tries to send videos or spread rumours to divide society at this crucial time it will not ba tolerated
BMC denies reports that some of its employees at Shatabdi Hospital, Kandivali have been infected
Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) denies reports that some of its employees at Shatabdi Hospital, Kandivali have been infected with COVID19. All the employees have tested negative and are on duty: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation
No call to switch off street lights or appliances in homes: Ministry of Power
No call to switch off street lights or appliances in homes. Only lights should be switched off. The lights in hospitals &other essential services will remain on. Local bodies have been advised to keep street lights on for public safety: Ministry of Power