Corona Virus Outbreak Live Updates :Tablighi Jamaat attendees forms 30% of total Covid-19 cases in India: Health ministry

Corona Virus Outbreak Live Updates :Tablighi Jamaat attendees forms 30% of total Covid-19 cases in India: Health ministry

05:10 Pm IST

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said that the lockdown te state might be lifted in phases.

04:55 Pm IST

Traced 9 lakh people so far: Maharashtra health minister

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope said: "Till now, we have traced around 9 lakh people with the help of 2,495 teams. These teams are working in 290 containment zones that we have marked in Mumbai and likewise in other districts. I urge people to cooperate with health workers."

04:35 Pm IST

Tablighi Jamaat attendees forms 30% of total Covid-19 cases in India: Health ministry

"Tablighi Jamaat contributed almost 30 per cent of total Covid-19 positive in India. There are 1,023 positive cases related to the Jamaat meet across 17 states including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Arunachal Pradesh", the health ministry said.

04:10 Pm IST

Around 22,000 workers, their contacts quarantined: Home ministry

Through massive effort, around 22,000 workers and their contacts have been quarantined, said the home ministry spokesperson.

04:00 Pm IST

After PM Modi appealed to citizens to switch off lights at 9 pm on April 5 and light diyas and candles as a symbol of solidarity in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Power has said, "Some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in the grid and voltage fluctuation which may harm electrical appliances. These apprehensions are misplaced."

03:55 Pm IST

Singapore records sixth COVID-19 death

On Saturday, Singapore recorded its sixth COVID-19 casualty as the number of confirmed cases in the country rose to 1,114. Prime Minister Hsein Loong has called for the closure of workplaces to curb the spread of the infection

03:45 Pm IST

Kerala: SheTaxi to help elderly, sick buy medicines

Taking to Twitter on Saturday, Kerala Health Minister KK Shailaja said that the state government's "SheTaxi" will help the elderly and sick in buying medicines apart from commuting to hospitals. This service will be available in Thiruvananthapuram, Kozhikode and Cochin districts, she added.

03:35 Pm IST

Ventilators certified, tested: Gujarat CM

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani while addressing media persons on Saturday said that local industrialists in the state managed to manufacture ventilators in merely 10 days and these ventilators have been certified and tested by the state government. "I hope there will be no shortage of ventilators in the state now," he added

03:25 Pm IST

Kolkata Port Trust employee tests positive

The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) in a statement on Saturday said that one of its employees at the Hadia Dock Complex tested positive for COVID-19 upon his return from the Tablighi Jamaat congregation held at Delhi's Nizamuddin area in March of this year.

03:15 Pm IST

COVID-19 patient gives birth to a healthy baby at AIIMS, Delhi

A coronavirus patient at AIIMS in Delhi gave birth to a healthy child on Saturday, said officials. Dr Neerja Bhatla of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at AIIMS said, "We are going to monitor his condition and look out for symptoms. So far, the baby is doing fine."

03:05 Pm IST

Govt preparing on war-footing: Tamil Nadu Health Minister Vijayabhaskar

Addressing media outlets on Saturday, Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar said that the state has 3,000 ventilators and an order for 2,000 more ventilators has been placed.

01:45 Pm IST

Uttar Pradesh CM sets up 'UP Covid-Care Fund'

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday announced that his government is setting up a 'UP COVID-Care Fund'. "The proceeds of this fund will be used to establish more testing labs and we also aim to start manufacturing unit for PPR kits, N-95 masks, and ventilators. I appeal to everyone, including all MLAs to contribute to the fund," said the CM.

01:20 Pm IST

Tamil Nadu govt announces relief kits for trans-men/women

The Tamil Nadu government has announced relief kits for over 4,000 members of the transgender community in the state who do not own ration cards. Each of these kits will include 12 kg rice, 1 kg pulses, and 1-liter cooking oil.

12:55 Pm IST

ONGC donates Rs 316 crore to PM-CARES Fund

The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) announced on Saturday its decision to contribute Rs 316 crore to the PM-CARES Fund aimed at supporting India in its fight against Covid-19. This will include funds from the PSU's CSR fund along with two days' of employees' salary amounting to 16 crores.

12:25 Pm IST

Nashik man arrested for uploading TikTok of him licking currency notes

A man identified as Sayyad Jameel Babu has been arrested in Maharashtra's Nashik for uploading a TikTok video of himself licking currency notes and wiping his nose off with them, claiming the Covid-19 outbreak is "divine punishment".

12:15 Pm IST

First medical cargo flight to China to fly on April 5

A special Air India cargo flight will be operated from India to China on Sunday. The objective of this flight is to return with antibody rapid tests. The Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has placed an order for 10 lakh such kits that are an alternative to the RT-PCR tests for confirming the presence of Covid-19 in a patient.

11:55 Am IST

Limited stock of  PPE kits left 

Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain on Saturday said that there are only 7,000-8,000 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits left in the stock of state-run hospitals in Delhi which will last for only 2-3 days. Jain also said that in the last two days, 600 people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin have been quarantined and efforts are on to trace their contacts. The Delhi Health Minister also said that there are 386 confirmed cases in Delhi, out of which 259 are those who attended the congregation.

11:25 Am IST

Andhra Pradesh reports 16 new positive cases

Between 10:30 pm on Friday and 10:00 am on Saturday morning, Andhra Pradesh recorded 16 new confirmed cases of Covid-19. This takes the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 180

11:05 Am IST

Corona Virus fresh cases take the total to 2,902

Sixty-eight people have died in India after being infected with novel coronavirus or COVID-19, the Union Health Ministry said today, as the country recorded highest number of cases (601) and deaths (12) in the last 24 hours. The fresh cases take the total to 2,902.

11:00 Am IST

Odisha tests all 28 attendees at Nizamuddin congregation

The Odisha government on Friday identified 28 people from the state who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi in March of this year. All 28 have been tested and only 3 tested positive. These patients hail from Cuttack, Puri and Jajpur.

10:20 Am IST

Rajasthan reports 17 new confirmed cases

The total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in Rajasthan stands at 196 with the state reporting 17 new cases on Saturday. Two each from Banswara and Churu, one each from Bhilwara and Bikaner, and six more from Jhunjhunu have tested positive for coronavirus. Out of these, 41 are believed to have attendees at the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi in March of this year.

10:15 Am IST

2 more patient recovered from COVID 19 in Ladakh

Secretary of Health and Medical Education of Ladakh, Rigzin Samphel tweeted on Saturday morning that two more people who tested positive for Covid-19 in the union territory have recovered. These patients tested negative after undergoing treatment for the infection. As of April 4, a total of nine people who tested positive for Covid-19 in Ladakh have been treated.

10:10 Am IST

Ahemdabad becomes major hotspot ,70 train coaches of train converted into Isolation ward

An official with the Indian Railways told news agency PTI on Saturday that as many as 70 coaches of trains are being converted into isolation wards for coronavirus patients in the Ahmedabad Railway Division. Equipped with all necessary medical equipment, the first such coach is ready and parked at the Maninagar railway depot, added the official

10:00 Am IST

Huawei India donates to Karnataka CM's Relief Fund

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa took to Twitter on Saturday morning to thank Huawei India for contributing Rs 1 crore to the CM Relief Fund aimed at helping the state battle the Covid-19 outbreak

9:50 Am IST 

Police arrest 49 for holding mass prayers in Andhra Pradesh

Tadepalligudem police in Andhra Pradesh's West Godavari district have arrested as many as 49 people, including a pastor, for organizing and taking part in mass prayers at a church and thereby violating the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

9:40 Am IST 

Odisha government to train 500 MBBS students online to treat COVID 19

The Odisha government has managed to train 500 MBBS students to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak by imparting them online training approved by the government of India. Subroto Bagchi, Odisha's government's COVID-19 spokesperson made the announcement in this regard on Friday.

9:35 Am IST 

PM thanks South-Indian cine stars for an awareness video

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to thank Chiranjeevi, Nagarjunagar, Varun Tej, Sai Dharam for coming out with a COVID-19 awareness video message. "Let us stay in our homes. Let us practice social distance. Let's win over the coronavirus," tweeted the PM.

9:25 Am IST 

US record highest deaths in last 24 hours

The United States of America witnessed 1,480 Covid-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, setting a new global record, according to John Hopkins' data. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump invoked the Defence Production Act for a second time since the outbreak. This time, against the export of medical equipment.

9:15 Am IST 

Karnataka reports Fourth COVID 19 Death

In the early hours of Saturday morning, the state of Karnataka reported its fourth Covid-19 death, a patient in Bagalkot district with no travel history. At present, the total number of confirmed cases in Karnataka stands at a little over 120.

8:45 Am IST 

India on Friday reported its single-largest daily spike in COVID-19 cases with more than 500 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus across the country, taking the total tally to over 2,750.

With Maharashtra, Telangana, and Delhi reporting several new cases of the deadly virus infection, government officials said the numbers have risen in the last few days mostly due to the Tablighi Jamaat event that took place in the national capital earlier in March and which was attended by thousands of its followers.

Delhi reported 93 cases in the last 24 hours out of which 77 were Jamaat event attendees, Maharashtra reported a total of 67 cases of which three had attended the said event, Telangana reported 75 cases in the last 24 hours and all were attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event. Similarly, Kerala reported 9 cases in the last 24 hours and seven out of these had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event.