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Jammu & Kashmir: 614 cases of COVID19 out of which 390 cases (384 in Kashmir, 6 in Jammu) are active.

8 patients have succumbed to the disease while 216 others have recovered. 80% COVID-19 cases are asymptomatic: J&K Govt Spokesperson Rohit Kansal

Palaeosciences institute begins coronavirus testing

The Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeosciences (BSIP) on Tuesday started testing samples for coronavirus, a senior scientist said. The research institute in Lucknow is the first central body in Uttar Pradesh to take on the task, Dr Neeraj Rai said.

Karnataka: 30 new COVID19 cases have been confirmed

Taking the total number of cases to 565: State Health Department

American Airlines posts USD 2.2 billion loss during pandemic11 people die of COVID-19 in West Bengal; death toll rises to 33 in state: Chief Secretary Rajiva SinhaIndia has reported 33,610 confirmed cases and 1,075 deaths.

There are currently 24,162 active cases, 8,372 cured/discharged cases in India: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

Maharashtra: Decongesting hospitals

In order to decongest hospitals, all asymptomatic positive patients without comorbidity should be shifted to appropriate Covid Care Centres immediately. Hospitals should ensure that no admissions are granted to asymptomatic positive patients without comorbidity: Maharashtra Govt

60,000 foreign nationals from 71 countries evacuated from India: Ministry of External AffairsIndia has responded promptly and has sent teams to Maldives and Kuwait: Ministry of External AffairsIndia has provided 2.8 million HCQ tablets and 1.9 million Paracetamol tablets as part of assistance: MEA

India also provided HCQ and Paracetamol tablets on a commercial basis to 87 countries: Ministry of External Affairs

Karnataka: Visiting team of doctors give slew of suggestions on COVID-19

A central team of doctors deputed by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, who were on a visit to Karnataka, have given a slew of suggestions on medium and long term measures on tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. The team of doctors took stock of the situation of Karnataka’s preparedness on COVID-19 and inspected various facilities across the state, before winding up their visit on Thursday, the health and family welfare department said in a statement.

Vedanta has so far produced around 15,000 PPEsKerala Governor gives approval to ordinance, salary disbursal to commence from May 4

Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan has given his approval to the ordinance on salary cut of government employees and teachers and the left government, facing a severe financial crunch due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will start disbursing the salaries from May 4, Finance minister Thomas Isaac said on Thursday.

UK admits it could miss 100,000 daily virus tests target

The British government has acknowledged that it may miss its self-imposed goal of conducting 100,000 tests for coronavirus a day by the end of Thursday. But officials insist the UK is rapidly expanding the country’s testing capacity as it prepares to gradually ease a nationwide lockdown.

PM wants more proactive approach to handhold investors and help them get all central and state clearances in time-bound manner: PMO’s statementRailways crosses 3 million mark in distribution of free meals during lockdownPM Modi holds meeting to discuss strategies to attract more foreign investments to boost economyMadhya Pradesh brings back over 20,000 stranded migrant workers23 pilgrims who returned to Punjab from Sri Hazur Sahib in Maharashtra’s Nanded have tested positive

They have been shifted to the isolation ward at Guru Nanak Dev Hospital: Amritsar Deputy Commissioner Shivdular Singh Dhillon

Hyatt announces global care, cleanliness commitment at all hotels

Focusing on the wellbeing of colleagues and guests during COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, global hospitality major Hyatt on Thursday announced a global care and cleanliness commitment to further enhance its operational guidance and resources around their safety.

Markets extend winning run for 4th day on F&O expiry, COVID drug trials

The Sensex surged 997 points while the Nifty reclaimed the 9,850-level on Thursday as short-covering on expiry of F&O contracts and encouraging results from a COVID-19 drug trial in the US turbocharged sentiment. Rising for the fourth straight session, the 30-share BSE Sensex settled 997.46 points or 3.05 per cent higher at 33,717.62. Similarly, the NSE Nifty soared 306.55 points, or 3.21 per cent, to 9,859.90.

Odisha: 14 new COVID19 positive cases reported

Taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 142 (including 102 active cases, 39 cured/recovered & 1 death): Odisha Health Department

Growth of eight core sector industries contracts 6.5% in March, against 5.8% growth last year: Govt dataGujarat: COVID-19 patient escapes from isolation ward, found dead

A 50-year-old coronavirus patient, who allegedly ran away from the COVID ward of a civil hospital in Gujarat’s Surat city two days back, was found dead on a bench outside the medical facility on Thursday morning, police said. A probe is underway into the matter, they said.

Assam: 4 people test positive for COVID-19, total climbs to 41

Four persons, including two women, tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Thursday, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 41, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

USAID to provide additional assistance worth USD 3 million to India to fight COVID-19

The United States government, through its Agency for International Development (USAID), has announced additional assistance of USD 3 million to India to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Rajasthan: 3 more COVID-19 deaths, 118 new cases

The death toll due to the novel coronavirus pandemic rose to 58 in Rajasthan with three fatalities on Thursday, while the number of cases climbed to 2,556 after 118 more people tested positive in the state, an official said.

Chhattisgarh: Two more persons have tested positive for COVID19

The total number of cases in the state is now 40, of which 36 have fully recovered: TS Singh Deo, State Health Minister

Maharashtra appoints nodal authority for movement of stranded people

The Maharashtra government on Thursday issued a notification designating all the district collectors as the nodal authority for the movement of stranded people into or outside the state and also within the state.

Spot gold markets remain shut due to countrywide lockdown: HDFC Securities20-day-old baby boy tests positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra

A 20-day-old baby boy tested positive for COVID-19 in Kalyan town of Maharashtra’s Thane district on Thursday, a civic official said. At least six more persons, including the baby boy, tested positive for coronavirus in Kalyan Dombivli Municipal limits, taking the count in the region to 162, including three deaths, said Dr Raju Lawangare, medical officer of health at the KDMC.

Karnataka govt allows one-time movement of stranded people

The Karnataka government on Thursday decided to allow migrant workers, tourists, students and others stranded in different parts of the state due to the ongoing lockdown to return to their native places, a day after the Centre issued guidelines for the process.

European economy suffers record drop amid pandemic

The European economy shrank by a record 3.8 per cent in the first quarter as business activity from hotels and restaurants to construction and manufacturing was frozen by shutdowns aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus.

Servitors’ body requests Odisha CM to allow low-key observance of Rath Yatra

A section of servitors from Puri’s Jagannath temple has urged Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to grant permission for low-key observance of annual Rath Yatra amid the restrictions in place for COVID-19. Daitapati Nijog, an association of the servitors that perform the Rath Yatra rituals, reasoned that the festival had never been cancelled before in the face of crisis — be it the two world wars or the Bengal famine.

Not considering withdrawal of lockdown now

– Biplab Kumar Deb, Tripura CM

Current doubling rate in COVID-19 cases is 11 days, before lockdown it was 3.4 days

– Health Ministry

69 fresh COVID-19 cases in Uttar Pradesh, total climbs to 2,203UP CM asks officials to prepare action plan for return of migrant workers

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Thursday asked officials to keep ready quarantine centres, shelter homes and community kitchens as the state prepares for the return of migrant workers stranded in different parts of the country due to the coronavirus-forced lockdown.

Relief to see sharp fall in Covid cases in past two consecutive days

– Hemant Soren, Jharkhand Chief Minister

COVID-19 testing begins at Shrinagar medical college

Uttarakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat inaugurated a COVID-19 PCR testing laboratory at the Vir Chandra Singh Garhwali Medical College, Shrinagar on Thursday. With the inauguration of the testing laboratory at the medical college in Shrinagar, it will be easy for the people of Pauri, Rudraprayag, Chamoli and Tehri districts to give their samples, Rawat said.

Current case fatality rate is 3.2% for COVID-19 in India, with 65% of it males and 35% females

– Health Ministry

Ambulance driver who brought back Tripura patients from Chennai tests COVID-19 positive

An ambulance driver who brought back some stranded patients of the state from Chennai has tested positive for COVID-19, senior minister Ratan Lal Nath said on Thursday.

Pune Joint Police Commissioner issues an order for the closure of all shops from May 1 to 3

Pune Joint Police Commissioner Ravindra Shisve issues an order for the closure of all shops excluding hospitals & medical stores in 23 hotspots between May 1 & May 3. Milk shops will open between 10 AM & 12 PM & home delivery of milk will be allowed between 6 AM & 10 AM.

Portal unveiled for non-resident Tamils in virus-hit nations

The Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced the launch of an exclusive website for registration of non-resident Tamils in the COVID-19 affected countries, who are keen on returning home. The portal www.nonresidenttamil.org would accept registration of such Tamils living abroad and who evince interest to return to Tamil Nadu once air traffic is restored.

Renowned author Ruskin Bond to narrate his stories on AIR

As part of Prasar Bharati’s initiative to keep its listeners engaged during the lockdown, All India Radio (AIR) will broadcast a series of short stories by renowned author Ruskin Bond which will be read by the writer himself. The series will commence from May 1 and will be available on Akashvani’s terrestrial as well as digital platforms, an AIR statement said.

Haryana Chief Minister chairs all-party meet on Covid situation

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday chaired an all-party meeting on the Covid-19 situation and said senior political leaders of the state extended full support to the government’s various steps for tackling the crisis.

Health Ministry says 8,324 COVID-19 patients have recovered so farAs far as testing and treatment protocol is concerned we have to use RT-PCR test only

– Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry

Recovery rate of COVID19 cases stands at 25.19% which was 13.06% 14 days ago: Health Ministry

Fatality rate is 3.2%. Comorbidities were found in COVID-19 patients in 78% of the deaths. The doubling rate of the cases has now increased to 11 days: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry

1,718 new cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 33,050

The recovery rate is now 25.19%. A progressive recovery rate has been observed: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry

Chinese man, Gujarat couple among 57 housed at Goa camp

Fifty seven people, including a Chinese tourist and a newly-married couple from Gujarat, have been lodged at a shelter camp in Panaji after they got stranded in Goa due to the coronavirus-enforced lockdown, an official said on Thursday. The man from Gujarat has also come forward to help the Goa government in the distribution of food grains, he said.

Tamil Nadu forms special task force to woo investors post-COVID-19

Tamil Nadu government on Thursday announced the formation of a special task force under Chief Secretary K Shanmugam to attract investments from overseas companies which were likely to relocate from certain countries post-coronavirus outbreak.

UK lays on more flights to evacuate Covid-19 stranded Brits from India

The UK on Thursday announced seven further charter flights to bring over 2,000 stranded British travellers stranded in India due to the coronavirus pandemic lockdown back home to the UK. All the new flights are between Amritsar and London to cater to the thousands still stranded in Punjab, with a daily flight planned every day between May 5 and 11.

WHO leader: Europe still ‘in the grip’ of virus

The head of the World Health Organization’s European office is warning the continent remains “in the grip” of the coronavirus pandemic even as about three-fourths of the region’s countries are easing restrictive measures.

Central Team visiting Hyderabad has found that the state has an adequate number of testing kits, PPE, etc: MHA

The state is using an end-to-end IT dashboard to track patients right from testing to discharge: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs

Nod for industrial activities from May 4 across Karnataka barring containment zone

The Karnataka government has decided to allow industrial activities across the state barring coronavirus containment zones from May 4, when the second phase of national lockdown is expected to end, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

HC asks DSGMC-run schools to pay Rs 10k extra per month to teachers for default’ in salary

The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi Sikh Gurdwara Management Committee (DSGMC) to pay an additional Rs 10,000 for each month of delayed salary payment to teachers of its schools in the national capital. Many of the teachers were not paid salaries in the DSGMC-run schools since January this year.

Reliance cuts employees’ salary by 10-50%; Ambani to forgo entire salary

With coronavirus lockdown hitting businesses hard, India’s largest company Reliance Industries has decided to cut the salary of most of its employees by 10 to 50 per cent with firm’s chairman and richest Indian Mukesh Ambani agreeing to forgo all his remuneration.

Maharashtra: Seven persons test positive for COVID-19 in Amravati

At least seven persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra’s Amravati district on Thursday, taking the count of coronavirus cases here to 35, an official said.

Gorakhpur records another case of coronavirus

A 34-year-old woman has tested positive for coronavirus in the district, a senior health official said on Thursday. This is the second case in the district after a 50 year-old-man was found positive for the virus, Chief Medical Officer Srikant Tiwari said.

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