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Omar Abdullah showers praise on Uddhav Thackeray for tackling COVID-19 crisis

Former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir Omar Abdullah on Sunday showered praise on Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, apparently for the way the latter is handling the COVID-19 situation in his state. UddhavThackeray has been a revelation, Omar tweeted. #UddhavThackeray has been a revelation. — Omar Abdullah (@OmarAbdullah) April 5, 2020 The Maharashtra chief minister, the first Thackeray to rule the state, has been lauded on various social media platforms for the way he is ha

5 Apr 2020 1:37 pm
Coronavirus Outbreak: Cases in Maharashtra jump to 661; 26 new patients

As many as 26 new coronavirus patients were reported from Maharashtra on Sunday, taking the total such cases in the state to 661, a health official said. Out of the 26 cases, 17 were reported from Pune, four from its neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad township, three from Ahmednagar and two from Aurangabad, he said. Asked about any new cases from Mumbai, the official said, The figures are being verified, hence Mumbai figures will be released later. So far, 32 people in the state have died of coronavi

5 Apr 2020 12:19 pm
Coronavirus Outbreak: Dead woman's test samples in Pune found positive

Samples of a 60-year-old woman who was brought dead to a state-run hospital here in Maharashtra have tested positive for coronavirus, an official said on Sunday. The woman, who had some co-morbid conditions,was recently discharged from Naidu hospital in Pune city after she tested negative for coronavirus there. On Saturday early morning, the woman was brought to the Sassoon Hospital where she was declared brought dead. After realising that she had gone to Naidu Hospital where she tested negative

5 Apr 2020 12:06 pm
Coronavirus Outbreak: Death toll in India rises to 77, number of cases at 3,374, says health ministry

The number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 3,374 on Sunday while the death toll rose to 77, according to Union Health Ministry data. While the number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 3,030, as many as 266 people were either cured of the disease and discharged, and one had migrated, it said. In its updated data around 9 am, the health ministry reported two new fatalities -- one each from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. According to the ministry, Maharashtra has reported

5 Apr 2020 11:22 am
Coronavirus Outbreak: India gears up to switch off lights at 9pm after PM Narendra Modi's appeal

India will turn off the lights for nine minutes at 9pm on Sunday after Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Friday and appealed to unite to fight the darkness of the coronavoris pandemic. Speaking to the citizens via video conference, Modi said, On April 5, Sunday, at 9pm, I want 9 minutes from all of you. Turn off all the lights in your homes, stand at your doors and balconies and light candles, diyas or mobile flashlights for nine minutes. #9pm9minute — Narendra Modi (@na

5 Apr 2020 10:49 am
12 isolated over suspected COVID-19 linked to Tablighi Jamaat attendee, 3 mosques sanitised in Noida

Noida: A dozen men from three mosques in Gautam Buddh Nagar have been tested for coronavirus and sent to an isolation facility after it emerged that they might have come in contact with a COVID-19 positive man, who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi's Nizamuddin last month, officials said. The men were tested on Saturday. The three mosques are in the Dadri area of Greater Noida, where the coronavirus-infected man, who hails from Hardoi district in Uttar Pradesh, had stayed in the second h

5 Apr 2020 10:29 am
Coronavirus Outbreak: Meghalaya CM thanks Reliance, Ambanis for donation of Rs 1 crore

The Chief Minister's Relief Fund in Meghalaya has received a donation of Rs 1 crore from billionaire Mukesh Ambani for its fight against COVID-19. Taking to Twitter, CM Conrad K Sangma thanked the business tycoon, his wife and Reliance Industries for the generous contribution. Thank you Mukesh Ambani ji, Nita Ambani ji & #RelianceIndustriesLimited for your generous donation of Rs. 1 Crore towards the Meghalaya Chief Minister's Relief Fund. Donations from responsible corporate citizens will g

5 Apr 2020 10:19 am
'Many states lack PPEs, medical facilities,' reveals survey

Identification of foreign returnees in Andhra Pradesh has become a big challenge while many districts in Jammu and Kashmir, Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Haryana, Maharashtra and Chattisgarh lack personal protective equipment (PPE) and medical facilities. These revelations came in a survey—COVID-19 National Preparedness Survey 2020—carried out by the Department of Administrative Reforms and Public Grievances. The availability of adequate isolation beds in districts and sub-district hospi

5 Apr 2020 6:08 am
Living in crammed camps, Rohingyas vulnerable to coronavirus

Rohingya refugees packed in camps in Hyderabad appear vulnerable to Coronavirus. Though no COVID-19 positive case has been reported so far among the refugees, the fact that many families are living in wretched conditions puts them at risk. About 6,000 refugees in Hyderabad are facing the worst crisis since they arrived here eight years ago. Around 20 camps of refugees are spread over Balapur, Shaheen Nagar, Barkas, Hafiz Baba Nagar, Kishan Bagh and Jalpally. Like other economically weaker sectio

5 Apr 2020 6:03 am
Coronavirus Outbreak: India crosses 3,000 mark; 22,000 Jamaat members quarantined

The Centre on Saturday said the number of Coronavirus cases rose to 3,072 in the country. Out of these, 1,023 positive cases have links to Tablighi Jamaat and hail from 17 states. The death toll as of Saturday rose to 75. According to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) official, nearly 22,000 Jamaat members and their contacts have been quarantined so far. Agarwal said the government is looking for various resources to sort out logistics involved in fighting the pandemic. We are trying to procure

5 Apr 2020 5:58 am
Coronavirus outbreak: COVID-19 cases surge to 3,072, says Union Health Ministry

The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the country has surged to 3,072 and 13 new deaths, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. pic.twitter.com/1aePFISWKK — ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2020 Increase of 525 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the largest spike in a day. A total number of #COVID19 positive cases rise to 3072 in India, including 2784 active cases, 213 cured/discharged/migrated people and 75 deaths, reads the latest update by the Ministry of Health and Fami

4 Apr 2020 8:30 pm
Coronavirus outbreak: We have stock of 25,000 PPE, 25 lakh N95 masks, says Maharashtra Health Minister

The total number of positive cases of coronavirus in Maharashtra reached 537 on Saturday. The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra stands at 537 including 50 patients who have been discharged. We are taking all precautions and following lockdown norms, said Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope. pic.twitter.com/2Zu3k51LAT — ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2020 He said, Till now we have traced 9 lakh people approximately by deploying 2,495 teams. These teams are working in 290 containment zones th

4 Apr 2020 7:45 pm
Coronavirus outbreak: 601 new cases of COVID-19 reported across India, says Health Ministry

Total positive cases of COVID-19 in India stands at 2,902 which includes 601 fresh patients, said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare Joint Secretary Lav Aggarwal on Saturday. pic.twitter.com/v1jxcj3hrz — ANI (@ANI) April 4, 2020 Aggarwal, who was briefing media persons, said: 601 new cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths have been reported since Friday, thus taking the total number of confirmed cases to 2,902 and the number of deaths to 68 in the country. As many as 183 people have recovered/

4 Apr 2020 5:20 pm
Coronavirus outbreak: 28 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Mumbai; state tally at 537

With 47 fresh cases of coronavirus being reported in the state, the total number of positive cases on Saturday rose to 537, according to Maharashtra Health Department. Out of these 47 cases, 28 have been reported from Mumbai, 15 from Thane district, 2 in Pune and 1 each from Amravati, and Pimpri-Chinchwad. #CoronaVirusUpdates — Rajesh Tope (@rajeshtope11) April 4, 2020 According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday, Maharashtra was the worst-hit state by the COVID-19 in

4 Apr 2020 4:09 pm
Coronavirus scare: Mimi Chakraborty dresses up like an orange amid lockdown

Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty, who has been quarantined at home is spending her time by playing games, working out and enjoying the beauty of nature amid lockdown. In order to help people fight the novel coronavirus, Mimi also distributed masks and hand sanitisers in her constituency.       View this post on Instagram Aajke aami orange ð sejechið Mimi (@mimichakraborty) onApr 3, 2020 at 7:36am PDT On Saturday, Mimi took to Instagram and shared an adorable no-makeu

4 Apr 2020 2:25 pm
COVID-19: One more tests positive in Goa, tally now seven

With one more person testing coronavirus positive in Goa, the number of such patients in the state has climbed to seven in the state, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said here on Saturday. The man from St Estevam village, 20 kms from Panaji, had recently returned from abroad, he said. After he showed symptoms of COVID-19, he approached the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and a test was conducted on him. His reports, which came late Friday night, confirmed that he is coronavirus positive,

4 Apr 2020 10:43 am
Coronavirus outbreak: 336 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours, India tally climbs to 2,301

With as many as 336 fresh cases of COVID-19 and 12 deaths reported in the last 24 hours the total number of novel coronavirus positive cases has gone up to 2301 in the country, the Centre said on Friday. Out of 12 deaths reported since Thursday some are related to Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, told media here in the daily media briefing. pic.twitter.com/5EaRlEfyKL — ANI (@ANI) April 3, 2020 With this the number of deaths

3 Apr 2020 10:32 pm
Coronavirus outbreak: Google Maps offers user location data to health officials

Google Maps is offering user location data to help public health officials spot increase or decrease of movement across high-level categories of places — such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential areas. Health officials will be able to go to the 'COVID-19 Community Mobility Reports' website, pick their country and download a PDF that charts the community movements. The community mobility reports are now available for 131 co

3 Apr 2020 4:15 pm
Narendra Modi's April 5 blackout call puts power sector on alert mode to maintain grid stability

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal for a 9-minute blackout at 9 p.m. on Sunday, has shaken the babus in the power ministry who have put themselves in a huddle to quickly devise a strategy to prevent the April 5 event from creating ground for a possible grid collapse and resultant blackout throughout the country. The Grid stability in the country is maintained by keeping power frequency within a range specified by Central Electricity Regulatory Authority (CERC). Any deviation from identified f

3 Apr 2020 3:01 pm
Children come forward with piggy banks to fight coronavirus

Children in Uttar Pradesh, obviously inspired by the campaign against Coronavirus, are now taking their piggy banks to the nearest police stations to make their contribution to PM CARES fund. In Kutesra village in Muzaffarnagar, two siblings reached a nearby police check-post on Thursday and handed over their 'lifetime' savings kept in two piggy banks for the needy people. Sub inspector Shiv Kumar said, I have informed deputy superintendent of police and sought his advice if this money can be ac

3 Apr 2020 1:58 pm
Govt launches 'Aarogya Setu' COVID-19 tracker app: Here's the details

The Indian government has unveiled an app called Aarogya Setu designed to alert users if they have come in close proximity with any COVID-19 positive patient. The app tracks through a Bluetooth and location-generated social graph. It calculates the user's risk of infection based on recency and proximity of COVID-19 patient. We understand the nature and sensitivity of the topic and have taken strong measures to ensure that your data is not compromised. Your data will be shared only with the Gover

3 Apr 2020 12:54 pm
PM Modi's appeal to citizens: Switch off lights on April 5 at 9 pm for 9 minutes

Prime Minister started his address with thanking the people for their unity on 22nd March to appreciate the people who are working in essential services by coming out in their balconies and clapping their hands. He asked everybody to shut the lights at home for 9 minutes on April 5 at 9 pm and light candles and diyas. He thanked the nation for the unprecedented discipline and sense of service by people during coronavirus lockdown. We are not alone in the fight against the novel coronavirus, said

3 Apr 2020 8:53 am