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AICTE, Mumbai University announce online workshop from 13 May to 17 May on 'Universal Human Values in Education'

The University of Mumbai in collaboration with AICTE (Western Region) will be organising an online workshop on 'Universal Human Values in Education' for institutions offering technical education.The workshop will commence on 13 May and end on 17 May. According to University of Mumbai, the workshop is of paramount significance to continue learning process amid COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.The workshop will be conducted in Hindi and English. The morning session will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the evening session will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.File image of Mumbai University. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons “To understand the basics of value education an online workshop is being organized exclusively for the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities and University Coordinators appointed for coordinating the activities related to FDPs on Student Induction Programme,” the circular said.The workshop is specifically designed for sharing All India Council for Technical Edu…

Coronavirus Outbreak Highlights: 190 new COVID-19 cases recorded in Delhi today, total rises to 3,108; no deaths reported in past 24 hours

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Coronavirus in France Latest Updates

France reports 437 new deaths

France on Monday reported 437 more coronavirus deaths, taking the toll to \23,293 as per an official, reported AFP news agency .

23:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Italy Latest Updates

Italy reports lowest number of COVID-19 cases since 10 March

Italy recorded 1,739 coronavirus cases on Monday, which is reportedly the lowest tally since 10 March, News18 reported. However, the toll from the COVID-19 pandemic rose by 333 against 260 the day before, the Civil Protection Agency said.

23:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in New York Latest Updates

New York scientists study COVID-19 genetic material to help track future outbreaks

"Scientists at New York City's health department have begun to analyze the novel coronavirus's genetic material to allow them to trace the origins of any future outbreaks in the coming months as they cautiously look to reopen the largely shuttered city," News18 reported.

23:07 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Assam govt to give insurance of Rs 50 lakh to journalists covering COVID-19

Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, "Frontline journalists have been bravely covering COVID-19 against all odds, risking their lives and they are our real heroes. Our government will cover each one of them with a life insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh."

22:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Updates

UK COVID-19 toll crosses 21,000

AFP on Monday reported that the coronavirus toll in the UK rose by 360, taking the total number of casualties to 21,092.

22:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

Tamil Nadu govt returns 24,000 rapid testing kits after ICMR advisory

The Indian Express reported that the Tamil Nadu returned 24,000 rapid antibody testing kits after the ICMR asked state governments to stop using those sent bu two Chinese firms.

The Tamil Nadu government also cancelled all outstanding orders. Health Minister C Vijayabaskar was quoted as saying that the "state's recovery rate of 56.8 percent is the highest in the country and added that the mortality is only 1.2 percent".

22:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Two COVID-19 cases reported in Telangana 

Two people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Telangana on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases to 1,003.

On Monday, when the tests were conducted on 159 people, only two turned out to be positive. 16 people were discharged on Monday, the Telangana chief minister's office said.

22:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

190 new COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi today

Reports said that 190 cases of coronavirus were reported in Delhi on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the National Capital to 3108. No deaths were reported on Monday.

22:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab latest Updates

Punjab reports eight new COVID-19 cases

Eight new COVID-19 cases were reported in Punjab on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 330, the Punjab Department of Health said.

22:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Updates

West Bengal govt says COVID-19 patients to be mandatorily brought to hospitals

West Bengal health department on Monday clarified COVID-19 patients to be mandatorily brought to hospitals. Only primary/secondary contacts allowed home isolation. Earlier Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had announced in her press conference that positive patients could home quarantine.

21:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

13 COVID-19 patients test negative in Kerala

The Kerala government said that 13 patients under treatment for COVID-19 tested negative on Monday. Of these, six patients are from Kannur district, four in Kozhikode district, and one each from Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam and Malappuram districts are those who recovered from the disease.

21:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Kerala reports 13 new cases today

Kerala on Monday reported 13 new COVID-19 cases. Of these, five have come back to the state from Tamil Nadu, one from abroad and the rest have got infected through primary contact. This includes one healthcare worker in Kottayam district.

"The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Kerala is 481 and 123 patients are under treatment in different hospitals in the state," the statement added.

21:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Updates

75 new COVID-19 cases reported in Madhya Pradesh

Reports said that 75 new cases of coronavirus were reported in Madhya Pradesh on Monday, taking the total to 2,165. The total toll stands at 110.

21:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand Latest Updates

Jharkhand reports 20 COVID-19 cases today

Reports said that 20 coronavirus cases were reported in Jharkhand on Monday. The total number of cases has now crossed the 100-mark, with a total of 103 cases in the state currently, India Today reported.

21:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

522 new COVID-19 cases reported in Maharashtra today

The Maharashtra heath department on Monday said that 522 new cases were reported in the state on Monday, and 27 deaths were recorded.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state rises to 8,590, and the toll stands at 369. 94 patients were discharged today after making full recovery, 1,282 discharged till date.

20:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi containment zones rise to 99

The total number of containment zones in Delhi rose to 99 on Monday. The Pilanji area in New Delhi and parts were Mehrauli were added to the list. Earlier on Monday, two AAP volunteers distributing food in the area tested positive for COVID-19.

20:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

113 new COVID-19 cases reported in UP over 24 hours

The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said that 113 new patients have tested postive for COVID-19 since Sunday evening, taking the total number of positive cases to 1,986. 399 patients have been discharged till now.

20:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi Police detains 2,831 people for lockdown violations

 

Over 100 cases were registered and 2,832 people briefly detained in Delhi on Monday for violating government orders on the ongoing lockdown to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported.

According to the data shared by the police, 101 cases were registered under section 188 (for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code till 5 pm on Monday. 

20:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Adityanath govt brings back over 12,000 stranded migrants from Haryana

More than 12,000 labourers from Uttar Pradesh who were stranded in Haryana due to the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus have been brought back to the state, PTI reported.

"Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has already issued directions that labourers belonging to UP, who are working in other states and have completed 14 days of quarantine, should be brought back," Additional Chief Secretary (Home and Information) Awanish Awasthi told reporters.

A total of 12,216 labourers were brought back from Haryana in 410 buses by Sunday evening, he added.

20:05 (IST)

Coronavirus in Bihar Latest Updates

19 more COVID-19 cases reported in Bihar

The Bihar principal health secretary on Monday said that 19 more coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Monday. The total number of cases in the state rose to 345.

19:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in Pune Latest Updates

Pune municipal corporation area to be containment zone till 3 May

Pune joint commissioner of police Ravindra Shisve on Monday extended the period of the order which declares the Pune Municipal Corporation area as a containment zone, till 3 May.

19:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh Latest Updates

Chandigarh admin advises on disposing used masks, gloves

The Chandigarh administration said that used masks and gloves generated from home quarantine or other households should be kept in paper bags for a minimum of 72 hours prior to their disposal as general waste.

"It is advisable to cut the masks prior to disposal to prevent reuse," the statement said.

19:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

UP govt to conduct COVID-19 tests on people delivering goods

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday reportedly instructed senior government officers to ensure COVID-19 testing of people delivering goods to houses during lockdown. He has instructed for setting up of quarantine facilities and shelter home with bed capacity of 15,000 to 25,000 in each district

19:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Indian Youth Congress workers manufacture masks

The Indian Youth Congress workers on Monday manufactured masks at the IYC office. They have also turned the premises for distribution of ration to the needy, as well as cooking food for them, ANI reported.

19:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Mumbai's Dharavi reports 13 new COVID-19 cases today

Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Dharavi area of Mumbai on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the area to 288, including 14 deaththe BMC said.

19:22 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

57-yr-old COVID-19 patient passes away in Kalaburgi

A 57-year-old man who had tested positive for coronavirus in Karnataka's Kalaburgi passed away on Monday, taking the toll to five in the district. The deceased was admitted to Gulbarga Institute of Medical Sciences with breathing problems, ANI reported.

19:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana Latest Updates

With five new cases, Haryana's case count climbs to 301.

 
Haryana on Monday registered five new coronavirus cases, pushing the  total number of positive cases in the state to 301. A total of three fatalitie have been reported date, according to data released by the state health department.  Ambala, Jhajjar , Faridabad each reported one case while two persons tested positive in Sonepat.
 

19:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab Latest Updates

Punjab seeks releases of GST arrears

Flagging the fund crunch in the wake of the coronavirus lockdown, Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh once again on Monday sought the release of GST arrears of over Rs 4,000 crore from the Centre, reports PTI. In a written submission to the Union government, the Punjab chief minister also demanded a grant due to meet the revenue deficit caused by the coronavirus outbreak.  In a letter, he urged Union Home Minister Amit Shah to allow the opening of small shops, businesses and industries in all areas, except the containment zones, with full compliance of COVID prevention measures. 
 
The Punjab CM made the submission as only nine CMs were selected to speak to Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video-conference on Monday.

18:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh Latest Updates

Four more test positive in Chandigarh

Four new COVID19 cases have been reported in Chandigarh on Monday, taking the total number of infections to 40, ANI quotes the Health Department, Chandigarh as saying.

 

18:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Three contacts of 70-year-old victim test positive in Latur

Three people tested positive for novel coronavirus on Monday in Latur district in Maharashtra, all of whom are contacts of a 70-year-old woman who died of
the infection in Udgir on Saturday, PTI quotes Dr Girish Thakur, Dean, Vilasrao Deshmukh Government Medical and Science Institute as saying. 26 samples of the woman's contacts were sent for testing, three of which returned positive, he said.

 

18:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

With 52 new cases, total in Tamil Nadu crosses 1,900

52 new COVID19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu on Monday, taking total number of cases to 1,937 in the state, said the state health department. 81 persons were also discharged after receiving treatment for the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,101. No deaths were reported today and the toll stands at 24, it said.

Meanwhile, the Greater Chennai Corporation said that 47 cases had been detected in the city on Monday.

 

18:34 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

14 COVID-19 cases reported in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar

The Gautam Buddh Nagar district surveillance officer said that 14 patients were found positive in the Uttar Pradesh district on Monday, of which six are health workers. Total positive patients till now are 129.

18:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Naveen Patnaik announces Rs 15 lakh assistance for journalists' families

The Odisha government said that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has announced Rs 15 lakh 'compassionate assistance' to families of working journalists who may lose life to COVID-19 infection.

18:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttarakhand Latest Updates

No new COVID-19 case reported in Uttarakhand today

The Uttarakhand health department said that no new COVID-19 case reported in the state on Monday. The total number of cases in the state stands at 51.

18:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Two more people test positive for COVID-19 in Odisha

Two more people on Monday tested positive for coronavirus in Odisha, taking the total cases in the state to 110. Reports said that one health worker in the Koraput district has also tested positive among the two new cases.

18:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

India sees highest one-day rise in toll with 60 new deaths

India's total number of coronavirus cases rose to 28,380 on Monday, including 21,132 active cases, 6,362 cured/discharged/migrated and 886 deaths.

1,463 new cases and 60 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This is the highest death toll reported in 24 hours.

18:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Mumbai Police head constable succumbs to COVID-19

Mumbai Police said that a 56-year-old head constable who had tested positive for coronavirus passed away on Monday. Head Constable Shivaji Sonawane was posted at the Kurla Traffic Division of Mumbai Police.

"Mumbai Police regrets to inform about the unfortunate demise of HC Shivaji Narayan Sonawane (56) from Kurla Traffic Division. HC Sonawane had been battling Coronavirus," the Mumbai Police said.

17:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

Nine new COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka

The Karnataka health department said that nine new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 512, including 19 deaths and 193 discharges. Number of active cases stands at 299.

17:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand Latest Updates

Jharkhand govt to not implement central guidelines on opening of shops

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren on Monday said that the state government won't adhere to the Centre's guidelines as far as opening shops is concerned.

"We've decided not to implement the Central guidelines on the opening of shops, due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand. No shops will open in any areas of the state until 3 May. However, shops that were earlier allowed to open will remain functional," he said.

17:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

13 new COVID-19 cases reported in Noida today

Reports said that 13 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 128. As many as 79 patients have been discharged in Noida so far.

17:22 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Updates

West Bengal to allow home delivery of non-essential goods from 27 April

Reports said that the West Bengal government on Monday allowed the delivery of non-essential goods and services from 27 April.

"We will plan a relaxation in phases and according to zones till 21st May. We will share the red, orange and green zones with you all. We request the local people to ensure that they stay at home. We want to know the opinion of the Central government on home delivery and relaxation of norms," the state government was quoted as saying by India Today.

17:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says no payment made for faulty rapid antibody tests

"It needs to be stressed that ICMR hasn't made any payment whatsoever in respect to these supplies. Because of due process followed(not going for procurement with 100 percent advance amount), government doesn't stand to lose a single rupee," the Centre was quoted as saying by ANI.

17:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Kanika Kapoor to donate plasma after COVID-19 recovery

Singer Kanika Kapoor, who caught the coronavirus infection and recently recovered, is likely to be donating plasma for the treatment of COVID-19 patients, India Today reported.

Reports also also said that the Lucknow Police served a notice Kapoor in relation to an FIR filed against her for hiding her travel history

16:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Sufficent availability of RT-PCR kits, says Centre

"At the level of ICMR, we have sufficient amount of kits as far as RT-PCR test is concerned. Not only are sufficient kits available, but we have also parallel ensured geographical adequacy," said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health.

16:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

ICMR recalls test kits by Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics companies

After issuing a revised advisory on the rapid antibodu testing kits provided by Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics, the ICMR asked state governments to return the kits to be sent back to the suppliers.

16:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says stigma around COVID-19 patients should be addressed 'intensively'

The Union health ministry said that the stigma around coronavirus patients should be addressed through "an intensive campaign".

"We've to understand that there is no risk of transmission from recovered patients. They, in fact, can be a potential source of healing for antibodies using plasma therapy. We should avoid spreading misinformation and panic. No community or area should be labelled for COVID-19 spread. In particular, healthcare and sanitary workers or police should not be targeted as they are there to help you," said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health

16:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says recovery rate rises to 22.17%

The Union health ministry said that 1,396 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed cases to 27,892.

"20,835 people are under active medical supervision. 381 patients are found cured in past one day. Total number of cured people becomes 6,184. Recovery rate 22.17 percent," Lav Aggarwal said.

16:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

No new COVID-19 cases in 85 districts for 14 days

"85 districts have not reported any new coronavirus cases in the last 14 days," said Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health.

16:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

16 districts across India are COVID-19 free for 28 days, says Centre

The Union health ministry on Monday said that 16 districts in the country, which earlier had cases of coronavirus, have not reported any fresh cases for the last 28 days.

"The three new districts which got added to this list are — Gondia in Maharashtra, Devangere in Karnataka and Lakhi Sarai in Bihar," said Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary,Health Department.

16:07 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

1,068 private nursing homes are functional in Mumbai currently

Reports on Monday said that 1,068 private nursing homes were functional in Mumbai currently, out of the 1,416 total such facilities in the city. Because of the coronavirus scare, a lot of them had stopped operations.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The Maharashtra heath department on Monday said that 522 new cases were reported in the state on Monday, and 27 deaths were recorded.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state rises to 8,590, and the toll stands at 369. 94 patients were discharged today after making full recovery, 1,282 discharged till date.

The total number of containment zones in Delhi rose to 99 on Monday. The Pilanji area in New Delhi and parts were Mehrauli were added to the list. Earlier on Monday, two AAP volunteers distributing food in the area tested positive for COVID-19.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday reportedly instructed senior government officers to ensure COVID-19 testing of people delivering goods to houses during lockdown. He has instructed for setting up of quarantine facilities and shelter home with bed capacity of 15,000 to 25,000 in each district.

Thirteen new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Dharavi area of Mumbai on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the area to 288, including 14 deaththe BMC said.

52 new COVID19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu on Monday, taking total number of cases to 1,937 in the state, said the state health department. 81 persons were also discharged after receiving treatment for the disease, taking the total number of recoveries to 1,101. No deaths were reported today and the toll stands at 24, it said.

Meanwhile, the Greater Chennai Corporation said that 47 cases had been detected in the city on Monday.

Mumbai Police said that a 56-year-old head constable who had tested positive for coronavirus passed away on Monday. Head Constable Shivaji Sonawane was posted at the Kurla Traffic Division of Mumbai Police.

"Mumbai Police regrets to inform about the unfortunate demise of HC Shivaji Narayan Sonawane (56) from Kurla Traffic Division. HC Sonawane had been battling Coronavirus," the Mumbai Police said.

India's total number of coronavirus cases rose to 28,380 on Monday, including 21,132 active cases, 6,362 cured/discharged/migrated and 886 deaths.

1,463 new cases and 60 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. This is the highest death toll reported in 24 hours.

"It needs to be stressed that ICMR hasn't made any payment whatsoever in respect to these supplies. Because of due process followed(not going for procurement with 100 percent advance amount), government doesn't stand to lose a single rupee," the Centre was quoted as saying by ANI.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday issued a revised advisory to state governments regarding the rapid antibody blood tests. ICMR has written to them to stop using Guangzhou Wondfo Biotech and Zhuhai Livzon Diagnostics kits.

The Union health ministry said that 1,396 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total confirmed cases to 27,892.

"20,835 people are under active medical supervision. 381 patients are found cured in past one day. Total number of cured people becomes 6,184. Recovery rate 22.17 percent," Lav Aggarwal said.

Mumbai mayor Kishori Pednekar was on Monday quoted as saying that 231 zones have been removed from the 'containment zones' list in the city, which is one of the worst-hit cities in the country.

"Our containment zones had risen to 1,036. There has been a significant drop in number of containment zones in Mumbai. 231 zones are out of the containment zone list after they didn't record a single COVID-19 positive patient for last 14 days," she said.

As many as 73,735 cases were registered by the Maharashtra Police so far for violating Centre's lockdown guidelines. Maharashtra continued to remain the worst COVID-hit state with over 8,000 confirmed cases and 342 deaths.

The State Health Department has said the mortality rate stood at 4.24 percent. On Monday, blood samples of four COVID-19 survivors have tested positive for antibodies. Their plasma will now be used to treat other patients.

Puducherry chief minister V Narayanasamy said that most of state CMs during video conferencing suggested Prime Minister Narendra Modi that a "cautious approach" must be taken on lockdown relaxation to curb further spread of coronavirus.

"Most of the CMs said the way in which cases are increasing, there should be a cautious approach and the prime minister should take a call on basis of observation of CMs. Most of the BJP-ruled states' CMs said that lockdown should be continued and economic activities be started slowly," said Narayanasamy.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik urged the Centre to initiate measures to kickstart the economy. He suggested that Niti Ayog should come up with transformative ideas to keep the economy moving as the COVID-19 crisis continued.

"Even if the national lockdown continues, economic activities within the states should be allowed," said Patnaik.

Eight more people tested positive for coronavirus in Karnataka on Monday, as per the state health department's midday report. This takes the total number of COVID-19 positive people in the state to 511.

The overall figure of 511 also includes 19 deaths. The recovery rate was at 38 percent after 188 COVID-19 patients were cured.

During the PM COVID-19 revie meet, Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said that business and trade activities should start in a phased manner, with focus on all precautionary measures. "We should look towards easing people’s life by turning the situation to normal. Economic revival is key to moving forward," Rawat said at the meeting.

He also said that Uttarakhand, which is a tourism and pilgrimage destination, has been greatly affected by the lockdown.

Home Minister Amit Shah, attending the video conferencing meet with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers, told all the states to be vigilant in enforcing the lockdown and to punish violators.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday tweeted that the state government will make all possible efforts to bring back stranded people stuck in different parts of the country due to lockdown.

As she attended the COVID-19 review meet with the Prime Minsister Narendra Modi on Monday, Mamata weeted, "I've instructed my officers to do the needful. Till the time I'm here, nobody from Bengal should feel helpless. I'm with you in these tough times."

The chief minister also said that the travel of stranded students in Kota has already been initiated.

The Reserve Bank of India on Monday announced a special liquidity facility for mutual funds of Rs 50,000 crores to tackle the crisis.

"With a view to easing liquidity pressures on mutual funds, it has been decided to open a special liquidity facility for mutual funds of Rs 50,000 crores," ANI quoted the central bank.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers via video conference on Monday at 10 am on the way ahead in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

They are likely to aspects that could also focus on a graded exit from the ongoing lockdown imposed in view of COVID-19.

India registered 48 fresh COVID-19 deaths in the past 24 hours, thereby taking the toll to 872 across the nation on Sunday, according to the latest data released by the health ministry.

With 1,396 more individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the total confirmed cases rose to 27,892. This figure also includes 20,835 active cases.

The recovery rate in India stood at 22.8 percent after 6,185 COVID-19 patients were cured of the virus.

With five more individuals testing positive for COVID-19 in Odisha, the total confirmed cases in the state reached 108, as per the information shared by State Health and Family Welfare department website on Monday.

All the fresh cases were reported in Balasore.

As many as 2,287 RT PCR tests were conducted in the past 24 hours and the total number of active cases in the state stood at 72 while the live of one patient was lost due to COVID-19.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with chief ministers via video conference on Monday morning on the way ahead in the fight against the novel coronavirus, amid indications that the discussions could also focus on a graded exit from the ongoing lockdown.

This will be the third video conference of the Prime Minister with the Chief Ministers after the spread of the COVID-19 in the country.

As India recorded its highest one-day rise of 1,975 coronavirus cases, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said the country's fight against COVID-19 is "people-driven" and this is the only way to overcome the pandemic.

In his monthly 'Mann ki Baat' broadcast, Modi said the country is in the middle of a 'yudh' (war) and asserted people have to continue being careful and take precautions.

The countrywide death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 826 with 47 more fatalities being reported and the number of cases climbed to 26,917 on Sunday, according to the Union Health Ministry. A total of 5,914 people(21.96 percent) have recovered from the infection, it said.

State-wise figures

The total number of cases on Sunday went up by 1,975 since the ministry last updated its data on Saturday evening. The previous highest single-day jump of 1,752 was recorded on April 24.

According to the ministry, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 7,628. Other states where the cases have crossed one thousand are are Gujarat (3,071), Delhi (2,625), Rajasthan (2,083), Madhya Pradesh (2,096), Uttar Pradesh (1,843), Tamil Nadu(1,821) and Andhra Pradesh(1,097).

Representational image. AP

Representational image. AP

Of the 47 deaths reported since Saturday evening, 22 are from Maharashtra, eight in Rajasthan, seven from Madhya Pradesh, six Gujarat and one each from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Tamil Nadu.

Of the total 824 COVID-19 deaths, Maharashtra accounts for the highest number of 323 fatalities, followed by Gujarat (133), Madhya Pradesh (99), Delhi (54), Andhra Pradesh (31) and Rajasthan (33).

The death toll reached 27 in Uttar Pradesh, 26 in Telangana, 23 in Tamil Nadu, while Karnataka and West Bengal have reported 18 deaths each, the ministry said.

Punjab has registered 17 fatalities so far, Jammu and Kashmir six, Kerala four, while Jharkhand and Haryana have recorded three COVID-19 deaths each.

Bihar has reported two coronavirus deaths, while Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data.

Modi asks people to shun complacency

Amid indications that Modi's third round of video interaction with the chief ministers on Monday since the COVID-19 outbreak could also focus on a graded exit from the 40-day lockdown, the prime minister asked people to shun any complacency that they will not be infected by coronavirus. The nationwide lockdown is due to end on 3 May.

He reiterated his advice to people to maintain a distance of two yards from each other to keep healthy.

Do gaz doori, bahut hai zaroori (Maintain a distance of two yards and keep yourself healthy)," he said.

"I urge you not to get overconfident. You should in your over-enthusiasm not think that if the coronavirus has not yet reached your city, village, street or office, it is not going to reach now. Never make such a mistake. The experience of the world tells us a lot in this regard," he said in his 30-minute address.

Modi referred to a popular Hindi idiom 'Sawdhani hati, durghatna ghati' (accident happens when caution is lowered) to make his point.

Hailing states, emergency workers and civil society groups for their contribution in combating the pandemic, he said the resolve shown by the people of the country has led to the beginning of a transformation with businesses, offices, educational institutions, medical sector rapidly undergoing new changes.
With the country under a lockdown since 24 March midnight, he said India's people-driven battle against the pandemic will be discussed when the world discusses the crisis later.

"India's fight against the coronavirus is people-driven in the truest sense of the term. Along with people, government and administration are fighting it as well... This is the only way we can win over the virus," he said.

The prime minister said wearing masks will now become a part of a civilised society and also exhorted people to stop spitting in public places, saying it was high time to get rid of this "bad habit" once and for all.

This will not only boost our basic hygiene standards but also help in preventing the spread of the coronavirus infection, he added.

Modi also greeted people on Akshaya-Tritiya and noted that the holy month of Ramzan had also begun.

"We should pray more than ever before so that prior to the celebration of Eid the world is rid of the coronavirus and we celebrate Eid with enthusiasm and gaiety like earlier times," Modi said, urging people to adhere to guidelines of local administration.

The prime minister hoped there may be some good news in the fight against the coronavirus during his next 'Mann ki Baat' episode, usually the last Sunday of every month. The last Sunday next month falls on 31 May and Eid is likely to fall on 25 May.

Senior BJP leader and Union minister Prakash Javadekar said the prime minister has asked people to remain steadfast in following the coronavirus guidelines and expressed confidence that the nation will follow the path shown by him.

'Graded' exit from lockdown may be discussed tomorrow

Sources in the union government indicated to PTI that besides discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, the prime minister's discussion with chief ministers could also focus on a "graded" exit from the lockdown.

The Centre and the state governments have been giving gradual relaxation in various fields and sectors to boost economic activities as also to provide relief to the people.

But some states like Maharashtra are mulling extending the lockdown beyond 3 May in cities like Mumbai and Pune to ensure that coronavirus cases remain under control.

The Congress said it hopes the prime minister puts out a comprehensive and holistic plan as regards the exit strategy during his discussions with the chief ministers.

Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said till the time there is no national plan to deal with disasters or pandemics, states cannot formulate plans to deal with issues post-lockdown.

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh said that without aggressive testing facilities, India cannot conquer challenges posed by COVID-19.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi urged Modi to clear "bottlenecks" and ramp up testing.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said the situation in India is improving as hotspot districts (HSD) are moving towards being non-hotspot districts (NHSD).

Vardhan gave this assessment after he visited the Trauma Centre of AIIMS in Delhi to take stock of preparedness to overcome COVID-19 and visited various wards in the isolation facility for the infected patients, a statement from the ministry said.

On 15 April, the Centre had identified a total of 170 districts across the country as COVID-19 hotspots. The districts that have reported either a high number of coronavirus cases or where the rate of doubling time is low are termed as hotspots.

As many as 207 districts were also classified as non-hotspots whereas the remaining of the total 726 districts fall under the 'green zones' category, i.e., they haven't reported any coronavirus case for the last 28 days before April 15. Non-hotspot areas have also reported positive cases but the number remains limited.

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba also had a detailed video conference with all the Chief Secretaries and DGPs of the States/UTs to review the preparedness for COVID-19 response.

With inputs from PTI



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