India reports 62 deaths, 2,547 coronavirus cases

India’s coronavirus positive cases climbed to 2,547 on Friday, with the death toll across states rising to 62, the Union health ministry said.The number of active coronavirus cases stands at 2,322, while 162 people have either been cured or discharged and one had migrated, according to health ministry data.On Friday evening, six deaths were reported. Four deaths were from Telangana and one each from Gujarat and Punjab.Maharashtra, which has reported the highest number of cases so far in the country,...

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Indore’s 80% Covid-19 cases have no travel history, say officials

Around 80% of the Covid-19 positive people in Indore do not have a known travel history, the health officials said, pointing at the possible local transmission of the virus in Madhya Pradesh’s business capital.Indore recorded its first Covid-19 case on March 25, five days after the first four cases in the state were reported from Jabalpur. Four cases were reported that day, which included one each from Ranipura, Chandan Nagar and Khajrana localities in Indore, which emerged as Covid-19 clusters...

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Bookings closed for domestic, international travel till Apr 30: Air India

National carrier Air India on Friday stopped advance bookings for all flights till April 30 even as the lockdown is in effect till April 14.“Air India bookings are now closed till April 30. We are awaiting a decision post April 14, “ an Air India official said.To be sure, bookings for both domestic and international flights of only Air India have been stopped while private airlines continue to take advance bookings from April 15 onward.“Air India is a commercial organisation and needs to consider...

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600 foreign Tablighi Jamaat workers found hiding across Delhi, and counting

Early this week when the security establishment and health workers came close to completing the evacuation of 2,300 people from the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters in central Delhi’s, investigations led the police to conclude that there were more foreigners staying in different mosques in the national capital. On 31 March, the Delhi Police sent an urgent message to the Delhi Government. It was to seek help to locate the remaining Jamaat workers out of the city’s mosques. The police communication...

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‘Lockdown in India was early, far-sighted and courageous’: WHO envoy

There is no evidence to suggest that the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) will disappear, says Dr David Nabarro, the World Health Organization’s (WHO) special envoy on the disease, adding that people may have to consider new norms for the foreseeable future. Declaring a lockdown when there was relatively a small number of cases in India gave the country time to come to terms with the new virus, he tells Sanchita Sharma in an interview. Edited excerpts:Do you think Covid-19 can be stopped?If you don’t...

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‘April 5, 9 pm’: PM Modi urges people to fight Covid-19 darkness with light

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday appealed to the people to display their collective resolve to fight the coronavirus disease by lighting a candle, lamp or flashlight of a mobile phone on Sunday evening. He also hailed the efforts put in by the people and authorities to make the 21-day lockdown to fight coronavirus disease Covid-19 a success.“The discipline and sense of service you showed, is unprecedented. The people and administration have tried to make this routine a success. The way you thanked...

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Coronavirus Cases Cross 2,000 In India, 53 Have Died

New Delhi: The number of COVID-19 cases in the country crossed 2,000 today - with 235 fresh cases being detected within the last 24 hours. The total number of cases across the country is 2069. Of them, 53 people are dead. Much of the spike has come from the religious event held in Delhi last month. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed concern that the numbers may go further up as the countrywide contact tracing of the people who attended the event, progresses further. This evening,...

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Highest single-day spike in Tamil Nadu, all 110 attended Jamaat

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday recorded a spike of over 110 fresh cases of Covid-19 all of whom had attended the Tablighi Jamaat religious conference held in the densely populated area of Nizamuddin in New Delhi in the middle of March.This is the highest number of new cases recorded in Tamil Nadu in a single day so far.The state now has 234 positive Covid-19 cases, of which 190 are related to the religious conference, which is now being treated as the largest cluster in the country as several states scramble...

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Aggressive testing to begin near Nizamuddin

Nizamuddin, in the heart of Delhi, will see health workers from the integrated diseases surveillance programme start going door-to-door from Thursday as they seek to track and contain cases of Covid-19 in what has emerged the latest and biggest cluster of the coronavirus disease in the country.Cases of Covid-19 around the country have been traced back to a religious congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat at its headquarters in the area, attended, through March, by thousands of the group’s members....

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Covid-19 update: Railways plans isolation, quarantine units with 80,000 beds

As part of efforts to scale up the medical infrastructure across the country in view of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, the railways is setting up isolation and quarantine facilities with 80,000 beds for positive and suspected cases of the disease, the government said on Wednesday.The announcement came amid fears that the number of Covid-19 cases could surge and overwhelm India’s fragile health system.“The railways is in the process of modifying at least 20,000 of its train coaches to be converted...

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