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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 LIVE Updates: West Bengal-based firm develops 'real time' COVID-19 test kits; confirmed cases in state rise to 1,939

15:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar Latest Update

15 cops have tested positive in Bihar so far

Till now, 15 police personnel have tested positive for coronavirus in Bihar, Additional Director General of Police (headquarters), Jitendra Kumar told ANI.

14:58 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

Graphic analysis of COVID-19 mortality rates

India recorded its 67,259th confirmed case of the novel coronavirus and its 2,212th COVID-19-related death (as per Worldometer data) by Monday morning. Its mortality rate of 3.29 percent is the lowest after Peru (2.81 percent), Turkey (2.73 percent), and Russia (0.91%) among the top 20 countries in terms of deaths recorded.

In Europe, however, it's a different story where Belgium (16.31 percent), France (14.91 percent), the UK (14.53 percent), Italy (13.95 percent) and the Netherlands (12.76 percent) account for the top five among these 20 countries.

Outside Europe, Mexico (9.89 percent), Ecuador (7.2 percent), and Canada (7.07 percent) have the highest mortality rates among this group of countries.

14:50 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Modi to hold video conference with all state CMs over lockdown measures shortly

As India enters the last week of the lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to interact with chief ministers via video conference on Monday at 3 pm. This will be the prime minister's fifth virtual meeting with state chief ministers. They are likely to discuss the lockdown exit plan ending on 17 May.

14:47 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

Delhi govt to give Rs 5000 in aid to construction workers

The Delhi government decided on Monday to provide another financial assistance of Rs 5,000 to the construction workers in the wake of the extended coronavirus lockdown.

The decision was taken at a meeting of the Construction Workers' Welfare Board, chaired by Labour Minister Gopal Rai. There are around 40,000 construction workers registered with the board.

It has also decided to launch an online portal where construction workers can register themselves. The government had also given Rs 5,000 recently to the construction workers due to the lockdown over the COVID-19 pandemic. 

14:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Update

Rajasthan registers 126 new cases taking total to 3,940

126 new cases of COVID-19 and 2 deaths have been reported in Rajasthan on Monday till 1 pm, taking the total number of cases and deaths to 3940 and 110, respectively. The number of active cases stands at 1566, according to the Rajasthan Health Department, reports ANI.

14:41 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

Air India facilitates movement of 3,908 inbound passengers

Air India has facilitated the movement of 3,908 inbound passengers till 10 May on board 23 flights. The national carrier also carried 833 outbound passengers on board 25 flights.

Air India is a part of the Vande Bharat Mission, the largest repatriation exercise facilitated by the Indian government since Independence. It began on 7 May and will enter its second phase on 16 May. The second phase of Vande Bharat Mission will bring almost 25,000 Indians from 28 countries. In the first phase of Vande Bharat Mission, Indians from 12 countries including USA, UAE, UK, Kuwait, Singapore, Malaysia,Bangladesh, Bahrain, Philippines, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia. In total, the government of India will bring 67,833 people stranded in other countries.

14:34 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh Latest Update

Government offices to begin public dealings from 18 May

Public dealings in government offices will begin in Chandigarh from 18 May. A government order also said that the rule allowing 33 percent of Category C and D employees will remain in place. Offices will function by maintaining social distancing, hygiene and sanitisation protocol.

Chandigarh has reported 169 confirmed coronavirus cases so far, including two deaths and 24 discharged patients.

14:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

MHA issues SPOs for train travel, confirmed e-tickets mandatory

Confirmed e-tickets are mandatory to travel by train, according to the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Additionally, all train passengers will be screened and only asymptomatic persons will be allowed to travel.

Passengers will also have to mandatorily use masks during travel and will be provided hand sanitisers at entry and exit points of the station and coaches.

14:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Update

310 daily new cases recorded in Delhi

Delhi reported 310 new cases in the last 24 hours, but no deaths due to coronavirus. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the National Capital now stand at 7,233, with 73 deaths being reported so far.

13:55 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

COVID-19 not an excuse to exploit labour: Rahul Gandhi

Pointing out that labour laws are being amended in many states, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the fight against coronavirus cannot be an excuse to exploit labour. In a tweet in Hindi, he said that authorities cannot allow unsafe workplaces and violation of human rights during the pandemic. "There can be no compromise on these basic principles," Gandhi wrote.

13:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Update

West Bengal lab develops 'real time' testing kit

A West Bengal- based private firm GCC Biotech India claimed that it has developed an indigenous 'real-time' COVID-19 testing kit, costing only Rs 500 for a single test, ANI reported.

The firm's MD R Majumdar said that it took two months of research and development to make the the kit. "We've made 1 crore test kits and have 40 lakh in store. If India can do 3 lakh tests per day, we'll be able to support the govt without any problems," he said.

13:31 (IST)

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13:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Update

Power ministry office shut after employee tests COVID-19 positive

The Shram Shakti Bhawan in Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Power, has been sealed after an officer tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday. The ministry took to its Twitter account to announce that the office will reopen on Tuesday and the employees will continue to work from home in the meantime.

13:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

Nitesh Rane shares video of body bags lying next to patients at Mumbai hospital

Lamenting the conditions at Mumbai's KEM Hospital, BJP MLA Nitesh Rane shared a video on Twitter showing body bags lying next to patients in a ward. "They just don’t want to improve. Feel bad for the health workers too who hv to work in such conditions," he wrote.

In response, Shiv Sena's Anil Desai said that maximum care is being taken and officials are working efficiently during the pandemic. "There is no need to defame anyone,"he said, adding that the conditions visible in the video would have prevailed at that moment and would have been corrected immediately by hospital workers.

13:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Update

More than 1,000 cops infected with COVID-19 in Maharashtra

The coronavirus has infected more than 1,000 police officials in Maharashtra as of 1 May, on Monday. The state's police department reported more than 221 new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally of infected policemen to 1,007, reports News18. In Mumbai alone, 394 cops were tested positive for coronavirus, reports Business Today.

13:10 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in West Bengal Latest Update

Kolkata registers 338 containment zones

There are at least 338 containment zones in the city, the Kolkata Police said on Monday. The city police has put up on its Twitter account the list of all the 338 containment zones as received from the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).

The list has names of all the 338 containment zones in the city starting from KMC Ward No 1 to KMC Ward No 140. West Bengal at present has four red zones including the city, neighbouring Howrah, North 24 Parganas and Purba Medinipur districts. There are 11 districts in the orange zone and eight in the green zone.

13:09 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

468 Shramik Special trains, over 5 lakh migrants ferried by railways so far

The Indian Railways has operated 468 "Shramik Special" trains since 1 May and ferried home more than 5 lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, officials said.

While 363 trains have already reached their destination, 105 trains are in transit. These 363 trains were terminated in various states like Andhra Pradesh (1 train), Bihar (100 trains), Himachal Pradesh (1 train), Jharkhand (22 trains), Madhya Pradesh (30 trains), Maharashtra (3 trains), Odisha (25 trains), Rajasthan(4 trains), Telangana(2 trains), Uttar Pradesh (172 trains), West Bengal (2 trains), Tamil Nadu (1 train).

These trains have ferried migrants to cities like Tiruchchirappalli, Titlagarh, Barauni, Khandwa, Jagannathpur, Khurda Road, Prayagraj, Chhapra, Balia, Gaya, Purnia, Varanasi, Darbhanga, Gorakhpur, Lucknow, Jaunpur, Hatia, Basti, Katihar, Danapur,Muzzaffarpur, Saharsa etc.

12:57 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha Latest Update

12 out of 14 new cases registered in Odisha today are migrant workers

At least 14 people, mostly Surat returnees, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Monday, taking the virus tally in the state to 391, the Health and Family Welfare department said. The fresh cases were reported from Ganjam (12) and one each from Sundergarh and Kendrapara districts, they said.


While all the 12 new cases from Ganjam are those who returned from Surat recently and kept in quarantine centres, the patient in Sundergarh got the infection from a previous case. The person who tested positive in Kendrapara also returned from Surat. Therefore, of the 14 new cases, 13 were Surat returnees, the official said.

On Saturday, a train carrying 1,200 people left for Jagannathpur in Odisha from Surat. 

While Ganjam district tops the list of COVID-19 cases with 137, it is followed by 60 in Jajpur, 50 in Bhubaneswar. All 137 positive cases are migrant workers, while 136 are Surat returnees one is Kerala returnee, reports News18.

12:47 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

German national living in Delhi airport since 18 March, says report

A German national, who has a criminal record in his home country, has been living in the transit area of the Delhi airport since 18 March due to the flight restrictions induced by the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.

"A German man was heading from Hanoi to Istanbul via Delhi on 18 March. Since India suspended flight operations to and from Turkey on March 18, he got stranded at the Delhi airport's Terminal 3," they said. Since he has got a criminal record in his home country, he does not want to go there, the officials said.

"Food and other amenities are being provided by the airport officials to him since 18 March. He is living in the transit area. The Ministry of Civil Aviation, as well as the German Embassy, has been informed about it," they noted.

12:38 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

ICMR issues guidance for appropriate recording of COVID-19 deaths

COVID-19 would be recorded as an "underlying cause of death" when leading to pneumonia, cardiac injury, and clotting in the bloodstream, among others, according to the guidance issued by ICMR for the appropriate recording of deaths due to the disease in India.

Deaths in which tests are awaited with the presence of symptoms will be recorded as suspected deaths, while those testing negative but have symptoms will be mentioned as clinically-epidemiologically diagnosed COVID-19, the guidance stated.

Its clinical presentation ranges from mild to severe, and fatality depends on the severity of the illness, associated co-morbid conditions and age of patients.

"Robust data is needed from every district and state in India to measure the public health impact of COVID-19 and to plan for timely health interventions and protect communities," it said.

12:32 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Andhra Pradesh Latest Update

Andhra reports 38 new cases, taking total cases in state to 2,018

38 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours. Out of the 38 cases, 26 have returned from Gujarat, 1 from Karnataka and 8 people from Chittoor district had visited Chennai's Koyambedu market. The total number of positive cases in the state is now 2,018, according to Andhra Pradesh government's latest bulletin, reports ANI.

12:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Indian doctor in Kuwait succumbs to COVID-19

An Indian dentist in Kuwait has died from the novel coronavirus, becoming the country's second medical professional to succumb to COVID-19, according to a media report.

Dr Vasudeva Rao, 54, died on Saturday in Jaber hospital where he was undergoing treatment for coronavirus infection, news website timeskuwait.com reported.

A resident of Kuwait for about 15 years, Rao worked as an endodontist at Kuwait Oil Company, a subsidiary of the Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, a government-owned company.

12:22 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Karnataka Latest Update

Karnataka registers 10 new cases, takes state total to 858

10 new cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Karnataka on Monday, taking the total number of positive cases to 858 including 31 deaths and 422 discharges, according to the latest bulletin by the Karnataka Health Department. 

12:17 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Make modest opening of road, air transport to start economic activity, says P Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday urged the government to allow operation of road and air transport, saying it was the only way economic and commercial activities can effectively resume. He also welcomed the government's decision to start select inter-state train services.

12:08 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

IRCTC shares climb 5% as select passenger train services to resume from tomorrow

Shares of Indian Railway Catering And Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) jumped 5 percent in early trade on Monday after the Indian Railways said it will gradually resume passenger train services from 12 May.

The company's shares gained 5 percent to Rs 1,302.85 — its highest trading permissible limit for the day — on the BSE.

At the National Stock Exchange (NSE), it rose 5 percent to Rs 1,303.55 — its upper circuit limit.

Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11 May and will be available only on the IRCTC website.

11:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Railways to now ferry 1,700 passengers on board Shramik special trains, allowed three stops in destination state

In a bid to ferry more migrants, the Railways on Monday decided to carry around 1,700 passengers on board its 'Shramik Special' trains instead of the current 1,200.

According to an order issued, the railway zones have also been asked to provide three stoppages in the destination state other than the final stop, at the request of the state governments.

It also said that the train capacity should be equal to the number of sleeper berths on the train. The 'Shramik Special' trains has 24 coaches with a capacity to carry 72 passengers in each coach. Currently, these trains are running with 54 passengers in each coach due to social distancing norms.

11:47 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Rupee slips 16 paise to 75.70 against US dollar in early trade

The rupee slipped 16 paise to 75.70 against the US dollar in opening trade on Monday as rising coronavirus cases in the country weighed on investor sentiment.

Forex traders said rupee was trading in a narrow range as positive opening in domestic equities supported the local unit, but market participants were concerned about the impact of spiking coronavirus cases on the economy.

The local unit opened at 75.55, then lost further ground and fell to 75.70 against the greenback, down 16 paise over its previous close. It had settled at 75.54 against the US dollar on Friday.

11:36 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Men have higher blood levels of coronavirus gateway molecule than women, says study

Men have higher blood levels of a molecule that enables the novel coronavirus to infect healthy cells than women, according to a study whose findings may explain why men are more vulnerable to COVID-19 than women.

The study, published in the European Heart Journal, also found that heart failure patients taking drugs such as angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARBs), did not have higher concentrations of the coronavirus gateway enzyme ACE2 in their blood.

11:30 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Air India flight with 118 Indians lands in Hyderabad from US 

Special evacuation flight Air India AI 1617 carrying 118 Indian citizens from US, San Francisco, landed at Hyderabad Airport on Monday.

11:21 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

FM meeting with heads of public sector banks postoned

The review meeting of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) scheduled for Monday has been postponed. According to sources, the meeting has been deferred and the new date will be informed shortly.

The meeting, to be held via video-conferencing, was to discuss various issues, including credit off-take, as part of efforts to prop up the economy hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

11:14 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

326 stranded people return from London, taken to quarantine centres

As many as 326 people stuck in London due to the COVID-19 lockdown arrived at the Kempegowda International Airport here in the early hours of Monday.

After their arrival by an Air India evacuation flight at 4.45 am, a team of corona warriors checked the passengers' health condition before letting them go to the designated quarantine centres.

All the 326 passengers were found to be asymptomatic and put up in hotels as chosen by them, a senior Karnataka government official said.

11:06 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in US Latest Update

Chinese investment in US drops to lowest level since 2009

China's direct investment in the United States fell last year to its lowest level since the Great Recession, even before the coronavirus pandemic shut down much of global commerce.

The decline in Beijing's investment in the United States reflected tensions between the world's two biggest economies and Chinese government restrictions on overseas investment.

A report out Monday from the National Committee on US-China Relations and the Rhodium Group consultancy found that China's direct investment in the US dropped from USD 5.4 billion in 2018 to USD 5 billion last year, the lowest level since the recession year of 2009.

10:52 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

Delhi registers 310 new cases, takes total to 7,233

310 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi till midnight of 10 May. The total number of positive cases is now 7,233. "We have ordered all hospitals to submit death report with death summary each day," Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain told ANI.

10:44 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar Latest Update

Bihar reports 11 new cases, takes total to 707

Eleven more COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Bihar on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 707, said Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary (Health), Bihar.

10:40 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

ICMR says over 16 lakh tests conducted so far

 The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that 16,73,688 samples were tested for COVID-19 till 9.00 am on Monday.

10:35 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Have taken note of migrants walking on roads, tracks, says govt, asks states to ensure their travel on special trains

The Centre has said it has noted with great concern that migrant workers continue to walk on roads and railway tracks to return to their native places and asked states to ensure that they travel home on the special trains being run for them from various parts of the country.

In a letter to chief secretaries of all states and union territories, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla also sought their cooperation in running more Shramik Special trains for the migrant workers.

Referring to a meeting held by Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday, Bhalla said, in the meeting, the situation of migrant workers walking on roads and railway tracks was noted with great concern.

10:28 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

MHA directs all states to allow smooth movement of medics

MHA directs all states to allow smooth movement of all medical professionals, nurses, paramedics, sanitation personnel and ambulances, and ensure opening of all private clinics, nursing homes and labs with all staff. Such movement shall also be facilitated inter-state, where required, it said on Monday.

10:24 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

INS Magar departs Male with 202 Indian citizens onboard 

INS Magar, the second Indian Naval Ship to reach Male, the Maldives for the evacuation of Indian citizens, has departed Male, Maldives on Sunday evening after completing embarkation of personnel.

A total of 202 people embarked the ship, which included 24 women, two expectant mothers, and two children, Ministry of Defence has said. One of the men, who hails from Tamil Nadu, has a fractured leg.

10:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

MHA issues revised guidelines for home isolation

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised guidelines for home isolation of very mild/pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases.

10:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Update

Rajasthan reports 84 new cases, takes total to 3,898

84 new cases of COVID-19 has been reported in Rajasthan on Monday, taking the total number of cases and deaths to 3,898 and 108, respectively. The number of active cases stands at 1537, according to Rajasthan Health Department, reports ANI.

10:06 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Japan Latest Update

Japan may end state of emergency this week for regions with stable cases

The Japanese government will consider lifting the state of emergency on many of the 34 prefectures that are not among the hardest-hit by the coronavirus epidemic before the nationwide deadline of 31 May, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.

Tokyo, Osaka and 11 other prefectures are not among the regions that could see an earlier easing of restrictions.

10:01 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Fresh COVID-19 case in UP's Shamli district's takes case count to 23

One more person tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli on Monday, pushing the district's tally to 23, a senior officer said.

Shamli had become coronavirus-free and was declared an orange zone a week ago after all 18 patients in the district recovered. Later, fresh cases were reported in the district.

A trader who used to go to Delhi everyday to buy vegetables tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Shamli District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur said.

09:45 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in US Latest Update

New York to require virus testing for nursing home staffers

New York nursing homes must start twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all staffers and will no longer be sent COVID-19 patients leaving hospitals, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday after facing criticism over the handling of nursing facility outbreaks.

New York City is responding to complaints about racial disparities in enforcement of social distancing by ramping up a corps of city workers to try to keep people in line without involving police.

09:39 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Update

Letting migrants walk home on humanitarian ground despite lockdown, says home Minister Anil Deskhmukh

With thousands of migrant workers desperate to return home even by marching on foot, the Maharashtra government has decided not to be harsh with them and let them go on humanitarian ground despite violation of lockdown norms, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has said.

Talking to PTI, Deshmukh said had the train services commenced earlier, as the state government was demanding, the sufferings of labourers would have been much less.

"It is true that migrant labourers who are walking back to their home towns hundreds of kilometres away are in a way violating lockdown norms, but we are letting them go on humanitarian ground, Deshmukh said.

09:32 (IST)

Markets open on positive note, Sensex above 32,000, Nifty reclaims 9,350-mark

Markets on Monday stared on a positive note for the Indian indices with the Nifty above the 9,300 level.

At 9.16 am IST, the Sensex was up 406.96 points or 1.29 percent at 32,049.66. The Nifty was up 113.85 points or 1.23 percent at 9,365.35. About 653 shares had advanced, 137 declined and 40 were unchanged.

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09:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha Latest Update

Odisha reports 14 new cases, takes total to 391

Fourteen new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Odisha, taking the total number of cases in the state to 391 including 306 active cases, 68 cured/discharged cases and 3 deaths, according to the Odisha Health Department, reports ANI.

09:19 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Update

Maharashtra continues to remain worst affected state

With 22,171 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state in the country, followed by Gujarat (8,194) and Tamil Nadu (7,204)

09:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

India's COVID-19 case count now stands at 67,152 with 2,206 deaths

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 67,152, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry. The toll in India has risen to 2,206 with 44,029 active cases. 

 As many as 20,917 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the bulletin said. 

09:10 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in China Latest Update

Shanghai Disneyland reopens; China reports 17 cases

The Shanghai Disneyland, China's most prominent theme park, reopened on Monday with anti-virus controls even as the country reported 17 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including seven imported infections, authorities said on Monday.

The Shanghai Disneyland theme park in the eastern metropolis reopened to visitors with controlled capacity on Monday, as China began opening up entertainment centres after a declining trend was noticed in the coronavirus cases, official media reported.

Meanwhile, China continued to report coronavirus cases, including asymptomatic ones. According to China's National Health Commission, 17 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including seven imported ones, were reported on Sunday.

09:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

No COVID-19 case reported in 10 states, UTs in last 24 hours: Harsh Vardhan

No COVID-19 cases were reported in 10 states and Union Territories in the 24 hours and the recovery rate has increased to over 30 percent, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, asserting that India was moving fast on the path of success in the fight against the pandemic.

According to data from the Union Health Ministry, 1,511 COVID-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours — the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: A West Bengal- based private firm GCC Biotech India claimed that it has developed an indigenous 'real-time' COVID-19 testing kit, costing only Rs 500 for a single test.

Confirmed e-tickets are mandatory to travel by train, according to the Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs.

The Shram Shakti Bhawan in Delhi, which houses the Ministry of Power, has been sealed after an officer tested positive for coronavirus. Delhi reported 310 new cases in the last 24 hours, but no deaths due to COVID-19.

Lamenting the conditions at Mumbai's KEM Hospital, BJP MLA Nitesh Rane shared a video on Twitter showing body bags lying next to patients in a ward. "There is no need to defame anyone," Shiv Sena's Anil Desai said, adding that the conditions visible in the video would have prevailed at that moment and would have been corrected immediately by hospital workers.

The Indian Railways has operated 468 Shramik Special trains since 1 May and ferried home more than 5 lakh migrants stranded in various parts of the country amid the coronavirus-induced lockdown, officials said.

COVID-19 would be recorded as an 'underlying cause of death when leading to pneumonia, cardiac injury, and clotting in the bloodstream, among others, according to the guidance issued by ICMR for the appropriate recording of deaths due to the disease in India.

In a bid to ferry more migrants, the Railways on Monday decided to carry around 1,700 passengers on board its 'Shramik Special' trains instead of the current 1,200. According to an order issued, the railway zones have also been asked to provide three stoppages in the destination state other than the final stop, at the request of the state governments.

The review meeting of Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) scheduled for Monday has been postponed. According to sources, the meeting has been deferred and the new date will be informed shortly.

MHA directed all states to allow smooth movement of all medical professionals, nurses, paramedics, sanitation personnel and ambulances, and ensure opening of all private clinics, nursing homes and labs with all staff. Such movement shall also be facilitated inter-state, where required, it said on Monday.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said that 16,73,688 samples were tested for COVID-19 till 9.00 am today. The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 67,152, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry. The toll has risen to 2,206 with 44,029 active cases.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) on Monday to discuss various issues, including credit offtake, as part of efforts to prop up the economy hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

A Saket district court employee has tested positive for coronavirus infection, District Judge Neena Bansal Krishna said on Sunday. Meanwhile, the number of deaths globally from COVID-19 has surpassed 280,000, according to the database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

First Air India special flight, which took off from San Francisco with 225 Indians on board, landed in Mumbai on Monday. The passengers departed from San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (local time) under the Government of India's Vande Bharat mission on Sunday.

India has reported a total of 62,939 COVID-19 cases till Sunday, with Maharashtra alone reporting 20,228 of these infections, a report by the Union health ministry has stated.

However, the report said that India's mortality rate is 3.35 percent, as compared to the global average of 6.9 percent.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 41,472, while 19,357 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. The recovery rate stands at about 30.75 percent.

Meanwhile, in what can be seen as a step towards easing the nationwide lockdown, an official release said that the Railways plans to gradually restart passenger trains from 12 May.

State-wise cases and deaths

A total 128 deaths were reported in the country since Saturday morning — 48 in Maharashtra, 23 in Gujarat, 15 in Madhya Pradesh, 11 in West Bengal, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Rajasthan and Delhi, four in Tamil Nadu, three in Andhra Pradesh, two in Punjab and one each in Telangana, Haryana, Chandigarh and Assam.

Representational image. AP

Of the 2,109 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 779 deaths. Gujarat comes second with 472 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 215, West Bengal at 171, Rajasthan at 106, Uttar Pradesh at 74, Delhi at 73, and Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu at 44.

The death toll is 31 in Punjab, 30 each in Karnataka and Telangana. Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana each have registered nine COVID-19 deaths, Bihar five and Kerala four.

Jharkhand has recorded three COVID-19 fatalities. Odisha, Chandigarh, Assam and Himachal Pradesh have reported two deaths each.

Meghalaya and Uttarakhand have reported one fatality each.

According to the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 20,228,followed by Gujarat at 7,796, Delhi at 6,542, Tamil Nadu at 6,535, Rajasthan at 3,708, Madhya Pradesh at 3,614 and Uttar Pradesh at 3,373.

The number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 1,930 in Andhra Pradesh, 1,786 in West Bengal and 1,762 in Punjab.

They have risen to 1,163 in Telangana, 836 in Jammu and Kashmir, 794 in Karnataka, 675 in Haryana and 591 in Bihar.

Kerala has reported 505 coronavirus cases so far, while Odisha has 294 cases. A total of 169 people have been infected with the virus in Chandigarh and 156 in Jharkhand.

Tripura has reported 134 cases, Uttarakhand has 67 cases, Assam 63 and Chhattisgarh 59. Himachal Pradesh has 50 and Ladakh has registered 42 cases so far.

Thirty-three COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Meghalaya has registered 13 cases, Puducherry has nine, while Goa has seven COVID-19 cases. Manipur has two cases. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have reported a case each.

West Bengal reports highest mortality rate, says Union health ministry

According to the health ministry, the highest mortality rate was recorded in West Bengal at 9.57 percent, where 1,786 cases and 171 deaths have been reported. On 5 May, the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) sent to the state had said that the mortality rate in West Bengal was 12.8 percent. This figure stood lower in Maharashtra, where the mortality rate was 3.85 percent, higher than the national average. Of the 128 new COVID-19 deaths in India, 48 were recorded in India's financial capital.

With 7,796 infections, Gujarat reported a mortality rate of 6.05 percent. The figure in Delhi, which has the third highest number of cases in the country, stood at 1.12 percent.

India carried out 86,000 tests for COVID-19 on Saturday and India''s testing capacity now stands at 95,000 samples per day, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan told reporters after inspecting a COVID-19 care centre in the Mandoli area in the national capital.

India had started from one laboratory and now there are 472 laboratories testing for COVID-19, he said.

There are 4362 corona care centres across the country where 3,46,856 patients with mild or very mild symptoms can be kept, he said.

"We are moving fast on path of success in the fight against COVID-19. The doubling rate for the last three days is 12 (days). The recovery rate has crossed 30 per cent. Out of around 60,000 COVID-19 patients, about 20,000 have recovered and gone home," Vardhan said.

"Our mortality rate is still at 3.3 percent.... In the last 24 hours, there has been no case in 10 states and Union territories. There are four states or Union territories where there has not been a single case till now," Vardhan said.

Three migrant workers die near Maharashtra-MP border

Three migrant workers who were on their way to Uttar Pradesh from Maharashtra, mostly walking, died in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, officials said.

The trio were among thousands of migrant workers who have set out on foot for their home states from Maharashtra in the last few weeks amid lockdown on account for coronavirus.

While autopsy reports were yet to be available, doctors said the possible cause of deaths was fatigue and dehydration in peak summer heat.

The deceased, who were traveling separately, were identified as Lalluram (55), resident of village Chhudiya in Prayagraj district, Prem Bahadur (50), resident of Siddharth Nagar and Anees Ahmed (42) of Hardas Girja village of Fatehpur.

Railways to partially resume passenger train operations from 12 May

The Indian Railways will resume passenger train operations from 12 May nearly after two months when services were stopped due to the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.

Initially, the Railways will run 15 pairs of trains and the booking for reservation for these trains will start at 4 pm on 11 May.
An official press release on Sunday said: "Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12 May, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys)."

"These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi," added the release.

"Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centres and an adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains every day as 'Shramik Special' for stranded migrants," said the release.

Only online bookings are allowed and ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed.

As per the release, the booking for reservation for these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May and will be available only on the IRCTC website (https://bit.ly/2yIseuB). Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets including platform tickets shall be issued.

Only the passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.

"Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations. It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Further details including train schedule will be issued separately in due course," added the press release issued by the PIB.

With inputs from agencies



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