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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 Updates: Maharashtra reports 1,089 new COVID-19 cases across state, 748 in Mumbai; total infections at 19,063

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Coronavirus in Africa Latest Updates

WHO warns that COVID-19 could kill 1,90,000 people in Africa

The World Health Organization on Friday said that the novel coronavirus could kill as many as 190,000 people in Africa during the first year of the pandemic if containment measures fail.

23:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in US Latest Updates

Over 28,000 new COVID-19 cases reported in US

 CNN on Friday quoted the John Hopkins University tally as saying that 28,420 new coronavirus cases and 2,231 deaths were recorded in the United States on Thursday.

"The total number of infections recorded in the country has now reached at least 1,257,023, with at least 75,662 related deaths, according to JHU," the report said.

23:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Amit Shah says asked all CAPFs to adopt innovative ways to contain further spread of COVID-19 among ranks

"Have asked all CAPFs to adopt innovative ways to contain the further spread of Corona virus among its ranks and ensure proper and timely health checks. Also instructed them to establish a dedicated hospital to treat the COVID-19 affected CAPF personnel," Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted on Friday.

23:21 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Updates

UK's COVID-19 toll crosses 31,000 

"More than 31,000 people who have tested positive for coronavirus, die in Britain, show new health ministry figures. The number of fatalities in hospitals, care homes and the wider community rise by 626 on the previous day to reach 31,241. A six-week old baby with an underlying health condition is among the new deaths recorded in England, according to the state-run National Health Service (NHS)," AFP reported. 

23:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

Educational institutes to remain shut in J&K till 31 May

All educational/training institutions in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir to remain closed till 31st May 2020: Government of Jammu and Kashmir

23:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

698 Indians set sail from Maldives

INS Jalashwa has set sail from Male, Maldives bringing back 698 Indian nationals. According to the Indian Navy, there are 19 pregnant women among the 698 Indian nationals being brought back from the Maldives. This includes 595 males and 103 females on board the ship.

22:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt orders all DMs to strictly enforce lockdown measures

The Delhi government on Friday directed all the district magistrates to strictly enforce lockdown measures and the national directives for COVID-19 management for public and workplaces.

22:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

30 new COVID-19 cases reported in Kashmir today

30 new positive cases (Kashmir division) were reported on Friday in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the total number of cases to 823 in the union territory, the administration said. 

22:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

338 COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi today

Reports said that Delhi reported 338 new coronavirus cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally to beyond 6,000. Delhi's total coronavirus count stands at 6,318. Meanwhile two COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the toll to 68.

22:25 (IST)

Coornavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

748 new COVID-19 cases reported in Mumbai today

Mumbai reported 748 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the city to 11,967, the MCGM said.

22:15 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Maharashtra reports 1,089 new COVID-19 cases today

The number of coronavirus cases rose to 19,063 in Maharashtra on Friday, with 1,089 more people testing positive. 37 people lost their lives due to the disease in the last 24 hours, taking COVID-19 toll to 731. Number of recovered/discharged patients stands at 3,470, the Maharashtra health department said.

22:08 (IST)

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Six policemen tests positive for COVID-19 in Mumbai

Reports said that six policemen at the JJ Marg police station in Mumbai tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. The total number of cops testing positive in this police station has gone up to 34

22:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Two more COVID-19 cases reported in Assam

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15 more SRPF jawans test positive for COVID-19

"15 more SRPF jawans of the SPRF Group7 tested positive for COVID-19 in Pune's Daund, the commandant of the state police reserve force said.

"There are total 27 positive cases in SRPF Group 7 and 160 other jawans have been kept under quarantine. They were all posted in Mumbai on COVID-19 duty," the statement said.

21:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab Latest Updates

Punjab govt to promote students of classes 5 to 10

The Punjab government said that the it has decided to promote all students of Classes V to X under the Punjab School Education system to the next class without any examination. Class X students under Punjab School Education Board will be promoted on basis of their performance in pre-Board exams.

21:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt issues notification on activities allowed

The Delhi government on Friday issued a notification on activities that are allowed in the National Capital, in line with the MHA's guidelines. Reportedy, this was "after getting complaints that permissible activities were not being allowed in various parts by diff bodies , including RWAs."

21:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Rajasthan reports 152 new COVID-19 cases today

The Rajasthan health department said that 152 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 3,579, and the toll is at 103.

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Coronavirus in Haryana Latest Updates

22 new COVID-19 cases reported in Haryana today

22 new COVID19 positive cases reported today, taking the total number of positive cases to 647: Haryana Government

21:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

155 new COVID-19 cases reported in UP today

The Uttar Pradesh health department said that 155 new cases of coronavirus on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 3,214 in the state.

This includes 1,387 discharges and 66 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 1,761.

21:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana asks Centre to categorise 14 orange zones as 'green'

The Telangana health minister Etela Rajender said that the state government has asked the Centre to declare 14 'orange zone' districts as green zones "as they did not report a single COVID-19 case in last 20 days".

"We have recommended that three 'red zone' districts that are not reporting cases be declared as orange zones," he added.

20:55 (IST)

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Air India flight with 80 people lands in San Francisco

An Air India flight with 80 passengers from India landed at the San Francisco airport on Friday. This is the first Air India flight to land in the US after 48 days.

20:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Railways says 251 special trains run so far

The Indian Railways on Friday said that so far, 251 Shramik Special Trains all over the country. On Thursday, 61 trains had departed from different parts of the country. Out of the 53 trains planned for Friday, so far 43 trains have left.

"IRCTC is monitoring round the clock food supplies in these trains. Extra food packets are being given in these trains so that there is no shortage of food," the statement said.

20:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Updates

MP reports 89 new COVID-19 cases today

The Madhya Pradesh government said that 89 new cases of coronavirus were reported on Friday, taking the total tally of cases to 3,341. So far, the COVID-19 toll is at 200 in the state.

Of these, Indore has reported 1,727 COVID-19 cases so far.

20:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Updates

Bengal reports 130 new COVID-19 cases in two days

130 new coronavirus cases were reported in West Bengal over the last two days, taking the state's total tally to 1,678.

The number of active cases in the state currently stands at 1,195, while the toll stands at 88.

20:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Uddhav condoles Aurangabad accident deaths, asks migrants to not get 'restless'

"Today's accident in Aurangabad was painful. I appeal to the migrant labourers that they should not get restless. We are in touch with various states. Keep your patience for a few more days. Maharashtra govt is with you," Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray said.

20:18 (IST)

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Uddhav says no plan to deploy army in Mumbai

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that the state government had no plan to deploy the army in Mumbai, which is one of the worst-hit cities by coronavirus.

"There has been a rumour for the past 2-3 days that army will be deployed in Mumbai.There is no need for army deployment here.Whatever I've done till today I've done by informing citizens. You all should be disciplined&that will be enough. No need to call army here," he said.

20:04 (IST)

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Aaditya Thackeray says govt to defer university final year exams if COVID-19 situation continues

Maharashtra minister Aaditya Thackeray on Friday said that the Maharashtra government defer university final year exams if the coronavirus situation in state continues.

20:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

25 new COVID-19 cases reported in Dharavi today

The BMC said that 25 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Mumbai's Dharavi on Friday, taking the total number of cases to 808, toll to 26.

19:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi Police constable at Mandir Marg police station tests positive

 A Delhi Police constable posted at the Mandir Marg Police station has tested positive for COVID-19. He was staying at the barracks of the police station. 12 other police personnel have been quarantined, the statement said.

19:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

168 Indian students strandedin Bangaldesh leave for home

The first batch of 168 Indian students, stranded in Bangladesh due to the coronavirus-linked global travel restrictions, left for home on Friday on board a special Air India flight, officials said.

The evacuation flight carrying the students from here will land in Srinagar directly.

More such flights are also being readied by the authorities to facilitate other Indians as part of the ‘Operation Vande Bharat - A homecoming’, India’s massive repatriation operation to bring home its citizens stranded abroad.

(PTI)

19:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases cross 6,000-mark in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu health department said that the number of coronavirus cases has reached 6,009 in the state on Friday, including 1,605 recovered/discharged and 40 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 4,361.

19:29 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab Latest Updates

Four trains carrying 1,200 migrants arrive in Punjab

Four trains carrying around 1200 migrants each from different states departed for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand from Ludhiana today. These trains left for Saharsa (Bihar), Sitamarhi (Bihar), Pratapgarh (Uttar Pradesh) & Daltanganj (Jharkhand) today: Dist PRO, Ludhiana, #Punjab

19:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand Latest Updates

Jharkhand govt prohibits manufacturing paan masala for a year

The Jharkhand government prohibits for one year the manufacturing, storage, distribution or sale of Pan Masala containing Magnesium Carbonate in the state.

19:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Praveen Pardeshi replaced as BMC chief

Iqbal Singh Chahal on Friday was appointed as the new Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), former BMC chief Pravin Pardeshi transferred to the Urban Development department as Additional Chief Secretary.

18:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

600 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu

600 new COVID19 positive cases including 399 in Chennai reported in the state today: Tamil Nadu Health Minister C. Vijayabaskar

18:45 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

Karnataka govt takes cognisance of plight of group of migrants

After CNN-News18 tweeted a report on the plight of a group of migrant workers in Karnataka, the reporter tweeted an update saying that the state labour department had made contact with them and the group has been shifted to another location.

The state government came under criticism for its decision to not run the special trains to transport stranded workers back to their native states.

18:31 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Second phase of repatriation exercise to begin on 15 May

Reports said that the second phase of the Centre's repatriation exercise — dubbed Mission Vande Bharat — will start from 15 May.

"The second week may focus on those stranded in Russia, CIS, Ukraine, Thailand, Spain and Germany. It will also see feeder flights," News18 reported.

18:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

SC stays Odisha HC order on migrant workers

The Supreme Court on Friday stayed the Orissa High Court's order directing Odisha government to ensure that migrant workers, who want to return to their native states, be tested negative for coronavirus before boarding the conveyance.

18:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says Indians stranded abroad will be given visa for 30 days

MHA joint secretary PS Srivastava said that Indian visas for nationals stranded abroad will "be extended for a period of 30 days after online applications".

The government also said that guidelines have been arranged for hotels and lodges to be used as quarantine centres, "provided these facilities have an in-house doctor and a nurse and there are options of monitoring."

"It is important to srengthen containment efforts in hard-hit states inlcuding Gujarat, Maharashtra, Delhi, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh," Agarwal said. 

18:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

UP govt clears ordinance excusing companies from labour laws

The Uttar Pradesh government on Thursday approved an ordinance excusing companies and industries from labour laws for the next three years "as a measure to get the state's industrial activities back on track in wake of the COVID-19 crisis," The Hindu reported.

17:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

Karnataka reports 48 new COVID-19 cases today

The Karnataka health department said that 48 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Friday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 753.

17:48 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

Surat's APMC market to remain closed from tomorrow to 14 May

The APMC market in Surat will remain closed from 9 May to 14 May after more than 25 vegetable traders have tested positive for coronavirus, the Surat Municipal Commissioner, Gujarat said.

17:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh Latest Updates

146 COVID-19 cases reported in Chandigarh so far

There are 146 cases of COVID-19 in Chandigarh, including 21 recovered/discharged and one death said the Health Department, Chandigarh Administration.

17:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Odisha govt increases quarantine period to 28 days

The Odisha government on Friday increased the coronavirus quarantine period to 28 days from 14 days, including 21 days of institutional quarantine and a subsequent seven days of home quarantine, "all returnees will have to follow the norms. Decision taken in view of 28 days incubation period of COVID-19 virus," said the government's spokesperson.

17:22 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

One person from Tamil Nadu tests positive in Kerala

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that one person, who returned from Chennai, has tested positive for coronavirus in Ernakulam on Friday, taking the total number of active cases to 16 in the state.

A total of 19,810 people are in home quarantine and 347 others are admitted to different hospitals in the state, he added.

17:14 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

CBSE to conduct Class 10, 12 board exams in July

Reports said that the CBSE is likely to conduct class 10th and 12th board exams from 1 to 15 July.

17:13 (IST)

Coronavirus in Odisha Latest Updates

Another person tests positive for COVID-19 in Odisha

A man has been tested positive for coronavirus in the Bhadrak district of Odisha, taking the total number of cases to 246 in the state, the health department said.

17:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Train carrying 1,200 migrants arrive in UP from Surat

A 'Shramik special train' carrying 1200 migrant labourers from Surat, Gujarat arrives at Kanpur railway station.

16:55 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

'Project PLACID' has received approval, says Centre 

Union health ministry joint secretary said that 'Project PLACID' — Phase-II Open-Label Randomised Controlled Trial of ICMR has received approval of the COVID-19 National Ethics Committee.

Under this, the ICMR will conduct trial in 21 hospitals, to assess safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma, said Lav Agrawal, joint secretary, Health Ministry.

16:46 (IST)

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Centre says 'have to learn to live with the virus'

"Today, when we are talking of relaxations and return of migrant workers, we have to understand that we also have to learn to live with the virus. The preventive guidelines against the virus need to be implemented as behavioral changes," said Lav Agrawal, Health Ministry joint secretary.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Friday said that the state government had no plan to deploy the army in Mumbai, which is one of the worst-hit cities by coronavirus.

"There has been a rumour for the past 2-3 days that army will be deployed in Mumbai.There is no need for army deployment here.Whatever I've done till today I've done by informing citizens. You all should be disciplined&that will be enough. No need to call army here," he said.

Iqbal Singh Chahal on Friday was appointed as the new Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), former BMC chief Pravin Pardeshi transferred to the Urban Development department as Additional Chief Secretary.

The Tamil Nadu health department said that the number of coronavirus cases has reached 6,009 in the state on Friday, including 1,605 recovered/discharged and 40 deaths. Number of active cases stands at 4,361.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that one person, who returned from Chennai, has tested positive for coronavirus in Ernakulam on Friday, taking the total number of active cases to 16 in the state.

A total of 19,810 people are in home quarantine and 347 others are admitted to different hospitals in the state, he added.

After 64 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state climbed to 3,491 on Friday. Of the total, there are 1,475 active cases, said Rajasthan Health Department.

As many as 100 people lost their lives to the deadly virus.

The Maharashtra government has decided to promote all the students of first year and second year, studying in various universities in the state, without any exam. However, it has decided to promote third year students on the basis of examination. The exam will be held in July.

A PG student at the Gauhati Medical College, who was on screening duty, has tested positive for COVID-19. Based out of Karnataka, the student was put up in the college hostel.

"Since he is a hostel resident, boys hostels 1 and 5 are declared containment zones," said Himanta Biswa Sarma during press meet on Friday.

Many staff members, including the superintendent of the college, are in quarantine now,

The COVID-19 situation in Assam has deteriorated since Thursday after four more people, who took a bus journey from Ajmer in Rajasthan to Silchar in Assam, have tested positive for the viral infection, said health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during press meet at NHM office, Guwahati, on Friday.

Forty five new COVID-19 positive cases, including that of a five month old girl, were confirmed in Karnataka, taking the total number of infections in the state to 750.

"45 new positive cases have been reported from last evening to this noon. Till date 750 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed. This includes 30 deaths and 371 discharges," the health department said.

Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray, while addressing an all-party leaders' meeting via video conference on Thursday, hinted that the coronavirus lockdown may be extended till the end of May in the state's red zones.

Mumbai and Pune metropolitan regions have contributed 90 percent of Maharashtra's cases so far. The extended lockdown is scheduled to end on 17 May.

The Supreme Court on Friday advised states to consider "indirect sale, home delivery" of liquor to ensure crowds are minimised at alcohol shops across the country. Disposing off a PIL on the subject, the apex court, however, stressed on the necessity to adhere to social dostancing norms.

"We will not pass any order but states should consider home delivery or indirect sale of liquor to maintain social distancing," a three-judge bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and BR Gavai said, while hearing the case via video-conferencing to follow distancing norms.

A 16-year-old girl from Bongaigaon in Assam has reportedly died of the coronavirus pandemic, on Thursday. As per reports, the girl succumbed to the viral infection in Dr B Barooah Cancer Institute Colony, Guwahati.

According to reports, she was detected COVID-19 positive after her body was tested for the infection. Some of her family members are also said to be have contracted the disease.

The number of reported coronavirus cases in India increased by 14 percent over the past two days to 56,342, according to the latest data released by Health Ministry on Friday.

This is a slower rate of increase compared to the previous 48 hours, when the reported case count rose by 16 percent to 49,391.

During his video press conference, Congress' Rahul Gandhi reiterated the need for decentralisation in decision-making in the fight against the novel coronavirus. He further of warned of a "calamity" if centralised decision-making authority continues to mete out the impact of pandemic.

"We need to decentralise fight against COVID-19; there will be calamity if we continue to centralise decision-making," said Rahul.

Rahul Gandhi said it was crucial to restart the economic activities to save the nation from worsening impacts of coronavirus lockdown. "We need to start our domestic economy soon, the more time we lose, the worse impact it will have," said Rahul.

"We have to protect job creators, build a wall for them to protect jobs, wages," Rahul Gandhi said it was pivotal to provide them financial support.

During his video press conference, Rahul Gandhi on Friday said that a "visible" clash was evident between economic supply chain and 'red, orange and green zones'.

"Lockdown not an on and off switch, it is a transition which requires cooperation between Centre, states and people," said Rahul.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the media on Friday on COVID-19 situation and the prevailing economic crisis in light of the lockdown imposed across the nation.

IndiGo is likely to implement a pay cut of up to 37 percent of senior employees for the months of May, June and July, The Economic Times reported. For pilots, the salary reduction could be up to 32 percent, the report added.

Lower level employees will exempted from the salary cut.

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan conveyed his condolences and spoke with Railway Minister Piyush Goyal, seeking help for the families of the workers who died in the accident. Chouhan also announced Rs 5 lakh compensation for their families.

He is in touch with Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray for arrangements related to treatment of the injured migrants, officials in Madhya Pradesh said.

Mokshada Patil, SP Aurangabad, on Friday said 16 people were killed in Aurangabad due to the train accident. She said efforts were ongoing to gather more information about the incident and provide counselling to four others who witnessed the incident.

The Assam government has ordered sanitisation of the entire premise of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Friday after an PG student tested COVID-19 positive. The hospital has been shut for new patients for next few days, said Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

"A PG student at Guwahti Medical College has tested COVID positive last night. Consequently we have to screen everyone who came in contact with him and sanitize the entire GMCH premises," said Sarma.

He further said that special arrangements will be in place for patients already admitted.

With 26 more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Odisha, the total number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 245 on Friday.

According to media reports, Kendrapara reported five positive cases and Bhadrak detected two cases while, rest of the 19 cases were registered in Ganjam district.

At least 14 migrant labourers in Maharashtra, who were headed home to Chhattisgarh, were killed by a goods train at Gadhe jalgaon area of Aurangabad on Friday morning.

The tragic incident occurred when the migrant workers were asleep on the rails between Badnapur and Karmad.

They were resting on the railway tracks at the time of the accident and meant to catch a train from Aurangabad to their village.

The toll from COVID-19 disease in India rose to 1,783 while the number of novel coronavirus cases climbed to 52,952 on Thursday, registering an increase of 89 deaths and 3,561 cases in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry said.

However, a PTI tally of numbers reported by states and UTs till 6.45 pm put the total number of confirmed cases at 53,950.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 35,902 while 15,266 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.

In what comes as worrying news, as many as 77 inmates and 26 officials of Arthur Road jail in Mumbai have contracted coronavirus. According to India Today, tests were conducted on all inmates and staffers a day after a 45-year-old prisoner facing narcotics-related charges tested positive.

Meanwhile, speaking at a virtual global Buddha Purnima event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India is making every effort to save the life of every citizen from coronavirus, but it is also taking its global obligations during the pandemic very seriously.

He also said that India's growth will always be aiding global growth.

State-wise cases

The highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 16,758 followed by Gujarat at 6,625, Delhi at 5,532, Tamil Nadu at 4,829, Rajasthan at 3,317, Madhya Pradesh at 3,138 and Uttar Pradesh at 2,998.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 1,777 in Andhra Pradesh and 1,516 in Punjab. It has risen to 1,456 in West Bengal, 1,107 in Telangana, 775 in Jammu and Kashmir, 693 in Karnataka, 594 in Haryana and 542 in Bihar.

Indian municipal workers spray disinfectants in Jammu. AP

Kerala has reported 503 coronavirus cases so far, while Odisha has 185 cases. A total of 127 people have been infected with the virus in Jharkhand and 120 in Chandigarh.

Uttarakhand has reported 61 cases, Chhattisgarh has 59 cases, Assam and Himachal Pradesh have 45 each, while Tripura has 43 and Ladakh has registered 41 cases so far.

As many as 33 COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Meghalaya has registered 12 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.

A total of 89 deaths deaths have been reported since Wednesday, of which 34 people died in Maharashtra, 28 in Gujarat, nine in Madhya Pradesh, four each in Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal, three in Rajasthan, two each from Punjab and Tamil Nadu and one each from Delhi, Haryana and Orissa.

Of the 1,783 fatalities in the country, Maharashtra tops the tally with 651 deaths, Gujarat comes second with 396 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 185, West Bengal at 144, Rajasthan at 92, Delhi at 65, Uttar Pradesh at 60 and Andhra Pradesh at 36.

The death toll due to COVID-19 climbed to 35 in Tamil Nadu while Telangana and Karnataka have reported 29 fatalities each due to the disease. Punjab has registered 27 COVID-19 deaths, Jammu and Kashmir eight and Haryana seven. Kerala and Bihar have reported four deaths each.

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

Meghalaya, Chandigarh, Assam and Uttarakhand have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data.

77 inmates of Mumbai jail test positive

As many as 77 inmates  and 26 staff members of Arthur Road prison were found to have contracted coronavirus after coming in contact with a cook who had caught the infection.

"The prisoners will be quarantined with the help of the Mumbai civic body," Maharashtra home minister Anil Deshmukh said.

Deshmukh also said that to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in jails, the state government had decided to release on parole some 5,000 prisoners who have been sentenced to less than seven years' imprisonment.

Hindustan Times quoted an unnamed senior police official claiming that the state-run JJ Hospital authorities have already collected swab samples of 150 people from the prison and more samples are being collected.

“The possibility of COVID-19 having entered the prison through BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) cleaning staff, sanitisation workers, or through essential services that used to come to the jail cannot be ruled out,” the officer told the newspaper requesting anonymity.

Repatriation of Indians stranded abroad begins

The first of the two flights from the UAE carrying 177 Indian nationals left for Kerala on Thursday, as India began its biggest ever repatriation exercise to bring back its citizens stranded abroad amidst the international travel lockdown over the coronavirus pandemic.

A total of 354 Indian nationals, including 11 pregnant women and a pair of twins, will return home on Thursday in the two flights from the UAE to Kerala as part of the repatriation exercise named 'Vande Bharat Mission'.

The Air India Express flight IX452 took off from Abu Dhabi to Kochi, which will be followed by a Dubai-Kozhikode flight of the same airline.

Passengers started arriving at Abu Dhabi and Dubai airports as early as 9.30 am on Thursday. Some of the passengers were carrying the Indian flags.

"All of them have cleared the tests,” Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul was quoted as saying by the Gulf News.

Harsh Vardhan holds meeting with state home ministers

On Thursday, Union Health minister Harsh Vardhan held a meeting with the health ministers of Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, and senior officials from both Centre and state governments to review the situation, actions being taken and preparedness for management of COVID-19.

He noted that in comparison to other countries, India is in a better condition as the fatality rate is 3.3 percent and recovery rate is 28.83 percent.

The minister also said that among the active cases, 4.8 percent patients are in ICU, 1.1 percent on ventilators and 3.3 percent on oxygen support.

The testing capacity has increased in the country and it is 95,000 tests per day. Cumulatively, 13,57,442 tests have been done so far for COVID-19.

There are 180 districts with no new cases in less than 7 days, 180 districts with no new cases in 7-13 days, 164 districts which have not had reported any new cases in 14-20 days and 136 districts with no new cases since the last 21-28 days.

In view of the increase in the number of migrant labourers expected to reach their native states in the days to come, the Union health minister noted that a robust strategy and mechanism need to be drawn up for their testing, and quarantine and treatment of the positive cases.

Japan approves Gilead Sciences' Remdesivir as COVID-19 drug

Japan has approved Gilead Sciences Inc’s Rmdesivir as a treatment for COVID-19, the country's health ministry said on Thursday, making it the country’s first officially authorised drug for the coronavirus disease.

Japan reached the decision just three days after the US drugmaker filed for fast-track approval for the treatment.

Remdesivir will be give to patients with severe COVID-19 symptoms, a Japanese health ministry official said at a press briefing. With no other approved treatments for COVID-19, interest in the drug is growing around the world.

With inputs from agencies



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