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U’khand: One more tests positive for coronavirus at AIIMS RishikeshOne more person tested positive for COVID-19 at AIIMS, Rishikesh on Sunday, officials said.
This is the sixth case of coronavirus at the hospital in the last nine days.The latest case is that of a 29-year-old nursing officer at the facility, nodal officer for corona cases at the hospital Madhur Uniyal said.Number of COVID19 cases reaches 421 in Haryana including 242 discharges & five deaths

Number of active cases stands at 174: State Health Department

Enough medicine stocks available, avoid panic buying: AICDAThere is sufficient stock of medicines in the country and people should not indulge in panic buying amid the coronavirus outbreak, said All India Chemists and Druggists Association president Jagannath Shinde on Sunday.
Talking to reporters in Kalyan, Shinde said current stocks would easily last till July and fresh supply from pharmaceutical companies was coming in regularly.Bajaj Auto reverses decision to cut wages, all employees to be paid in fullTwo- and three-wheeler major Bajaj Auto on Sunday reverted its decision to observe a pay-cut across the organisation for April and assured complete payment to its employees for the lockdown period.
Earlier, the company had proposed a 10% wage cut across the board to conserve cash after all business activities were halted due to the lockdown to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Managing director Rajiv Bajaj had decided to forego his entire salary for the period.63 out of 130 people, who returned from Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra, have tested positive for COVID19

– Vinay Bulani, Deputy Commissioner, Nawanshahr

372 people from Kashmir who were stranded in Amritsar due to Coronavirus lockdown left for Kashmir today

Neeraj Kumar, SHO Ram Bagh says, “7 buses have been provided to them by the district administration and they were screened before boarding the buses.”

Odisha to change route of transporting stranded migrants after accidents on hilly roadThe Odisha government on Sunday decided to change the route of transporting stranded migrant workers from Gujarat’s Surat after two buses ferrying them met with accidents on a hilly road in the state, leading to two deaths and several injuries.
The state government also ordered a probe into the accidents, which occurred on a stretch of the Kalinga Ghat Road along the border of Ganjam and Kandhamal districts in quick succession on Saturday night and Sunday morning, Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera said.Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to PM Modi requesting inclusion of policemen, local bodies & officers & employees of district administration in insurance scheme under PM’s Poor Welfare Package, on the lines of health workers.

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Old drug brings new hope for critically ill coronavirus patientsBMC-run hospitals have successfully tried an immunomodulatory drug to treat extremely critical Covid-19 cases. The drug, which costs Rs 60,000-a-doze, was administered to two patients in Nair Hospital and both showed remarkable recovery, allowing doctors to take them off ventilators. Immunomodulatory drugs modify the immune response or the functioning of the immune system.
A third patient – a 35-year-old driver from Worli with no underlying health conditions – was put on the drug at KEM on Saturday. The BMC has now drawn up a list of 125 critically ill patients who could benefit from this drug. However, each case will be evaluated by the municipal corporation’s ethics committee and the concerned patient’s family’s permission will also be sought.Our Govt in Bangla has also announced health insurance with up to 10 lakh coverage for frontline COVID workers, including journalists

– Mamata Banerjee

Free inter-district bus facility for stranded people to travel within Karnataka for 3 daysIn a bid to help people, including large number of labourers, from Karnataka stranded within the state due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said free bus services would be operated for three days from Sunday for them to reach their native places. The expenses will be borne by the government, he said appealing to the people to make use of the opportunity that will be available till Tuesday and not to create rush at bus stands.Following Dubai, more UAE malls, restaurants reopenMalls in the United Arab Emirates’ capital Abu Dhabi began reopening to a restricted number of customers this weekend as the UAE eases lockdown measures imposed more than a month ago to combat the novel coronavirus.
Three Abu Dhabi malls reopened on Saturday at 30% customer capacity after adopting safety measures, including installing thermal inspection devices, the government media office tweeted and Sharjah emirate said it would reopen malls on Sunday.Iran to reopen many mosques on Monday as lockdown eases: RouhaniIf in last 14 days doubling rate was 10.5 days, then today it’s around 12 days.Our mortality rate of 3.2% is the lowest in the world

– Union Health Minister

Today more than 10,000 COVID19 patients have been discharged. Those still admitted at hospitals are on the road to recovery

– Union Health Minister

J&K chalks out plan for phase-wise return of stranded peopleThe Jammu and Kashmir administration has chalked out a plan for the phase-wise return of the residents of the union territory including students and migrant labourers stranded in different parts of the country due to the COVID-19 lockdown, an official said on Sunday.
The administration, however, said all the returnees will be tested for coronavirus upon their arrival, the spokesperson said.Number of total cases: On the date the country crossed 1 million testsIndian Navy says thank you Corona WarriorsA total of 1046450 samples have been tested as on 3rd May, 9 AM: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)Maharashtra stays firm, no easing of lockdown for Mumbai & PuneAny hopes of some easing of curbs for Mumbaikars during the nationwide lockdown that has been extended by two weeks were dashed on Saturday after the state government issued revised guidelines to be applicable post-May 3, giving little leeway in the continuing Covid-19 crisis to the city’s residents as well as to those in other municipal corporations of MMR and the corporations of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad, and Malegaon.
With the lockdown extended till May 17, there are 14 districts in Maharashtra which are red zones, including Greater Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Palghar and Nashik. Sixteen districts are orange zones, and six are in the safe green zone. Of the 14 red zone districts, five are in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR), Pune and Malegaon, where restrictions have been tightened for the next two weeks. Nine other districts have been allowed some activities with restrictions.Total 40 officers and staff including a Special Director General rank officer, Deputy Inspector General to be home quarantined58 fresh COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh; Total mounts to 1,583The major COVID-19 hotbed Kurnool continued to be a cause for worry as it contributed 30 out of the 58 fresh cases reported in Andhra Pradesh on Sunday as the state’s aggregate rose further to 1,583.
The latest health department bulletin said 47 patients got discharged from hospitals in different districts and there was no fresh death reported in the state where the toll remained at 33.First special train to Odisha carrying 1,150 migrants arrives in stateThe first ‘Shramik Special’ train to Odisha carrying around 1,150 migrant workers stranded in Kerala due to the lockdown arrived in Ganjam district on Sunday, officials said.
The train had left Ernakulam railway station on Friday evening and arrived at Jagannathpur railway station in Ganjam district in the morning. It further proceeded to Khurda Road railway station, where it terminated, they said.Virus efforts jeopardise vaccines for millions of MENA children: UNThe coronavirus pandemic could jeopardise vaccination campaigns in the Middle East and North Africa, UNICEF warned Sunday, saying millions of children could miss out on polio and measles immunisations.
The UN agency said most countries in the region were continuing with routine campaigns, under strict controls to prevent the spread of the virus.But it warned that some vaccination campaigns had been suspended as health workers were diverted to fighting the COVID-19 illness.Scenes of joy at Lucknow station, first special train ferrying 800 migrant workers arrives in UPMulayam Singh Yadav was among the first to get off the special train as it arrived at platform number 1 of the Lucknow railway station, where health officials, policemen and news photographers waited for them. The 02121 Shramik Special carried over 800 others from Maharashtra’s Nashik, all stranded there for weeks after a lockdown to fight coronavirus was imposed nationwide.National camps suspended due to lockdown can be expected to restart in phased manner from end of this month

– Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju

Pakistan’s coronavirus tally crosses 19,000; death toll at 440Pakistan’s coronavirus tally crossed 19,000 on Sunday after 989 new patients were diagnosed in the last 24 hours.
The Ministry of National Health Services said 23 patients died in this period, taking the total toll to 440. So far, 4,817 people have recovered from the deadly virus, the ministry said.Out of the total 19,103 virus patients in the country, Punjab has reported 7,106 cases, Sindh 7,102, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 2,907, Balochistan 1,172, Islamabad 393, Gilgit-Baltistan 356 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 67 cases.Robots and cameras: China’s sci-fi quarantine watchRobots delivering meals, ghostly figures in hazmat suits and cameras pointed at front doors: China’s methods to enforce coronavirus quarantines have looked like a sci-fi dystopia for legions of people.Authorities have taken drastic steps to ensure that people do not break isolation rules after China largely tamed the virus that had paralysed the country for months.With cases imported from abroad threatening to unravel China’s progress, travellers arriving from overseas have been required to stay home or in designated hotels for 14 days.COVID-19 lockdown: Nearly 500 students stranded in Kota return to DelhiNearly 500 Delhi students stranded at coaching hub Kota in Rajasthan due to the coronavirus lockdown returned to the national capital on Sunday morning in 40 private buses.
Delhi’s transport minister Kailash Gahlot said the students, who arrived at the Kashmere Gate Inter-State Bus Terminal (ISBT), would be sent home in DTC buses after undergoing medical tests.COVID-19 cases rise to 1,583 in Andhra Pradesh with the addition of 58, as many as 47 discharged.Indian Air Force helicopter showers flower petals over Trivandrum Medical College Hospital

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COVID-19 not an end to coworking culture, says industryReeling under pressure due to sharp drop in footfalls following the COVID-19 pandemic, operators in the country’s coworking industry believe the blip could be temporary and demand for flexible space would go up again as some key factors are going for them.
But challenges remain for the sector, which has posted remarkable growth in recent years and seen by many as a catalyst of sorts for modern office spaces, as large corporates are still wary of depending on them for their expansion, citing restrictions and limitations.Panaji fish market reopens today amid easing of lockdown normsAmid easing of lockdown norms, fish market in Panaji reopened on Sunday.
The market had remained closed for more than a month in the wake of coronavirus spread.The market has been allowed to open between 6 am to 1 pm.Three from Nanded, including two who returned from Punjab, test coronavirus positive: OfficialKarnataka reports 5 new cases; state tally climbs to 606

5 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported in Karnataka from 2nd May, 5 pm to 3rd May, 12 noon; taking the total number of positive cases to 606 which includes 25 deaths and 282 discharges: Govt of Karnataka

One Shramik special train from Chikbanawara (in Bengaluru ) to Bhubaneswar in Odisha left at 9.26 am

Total of 1190 people have boarded the train. Karnataka Govt arranged Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) buses & brought them to station: BMTC PRO.

Philippines temporarily bars incoming flights to decongest quarantine facilitiesThe Philippines barred incoming passenger flights from Sunday morning for one week to contain the spread of the coronavirus and help reduce pressure on quarantine facilities housing thousands of Filipino repatriates, officials said on Sunday.
CRPF headquarters in Delhi sealed after staff member attached with senior officer tests positive for COVID-19: OfficialsAnother bus from Surat carrying migrant labourers from Ganjam in Orissa meets with an accident in MaharashtraCurrent situation is like Test match on dangerous wicket: Ganguly on COVID-19 pandemicBCCI president Sourav Ganguly is deeply saddened and intimidated by the devastation caused because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has equated the unprecedented crisis to playing a Test match on a dangerous wicket.
The decorated former player opened up on life under lockdown due to the novel coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 2.40 lakh lives across the world while infecting more than 34 lakh people.Indian Air Force chopper showers flower petals on Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan (LNJP) Hospital to pay tribute to healthcare workers

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Business plan contest to encourage entrepreneurs amid lockdownIn an effort to promote aspiring entrepreneurs amid the lockdown-induced situation, a group of technocrats has organised a business plan contest to encourage future industrial leaders, an official associated with the event said.
The aim of the Bigleap 2020 online business plan contest is to promote startups and new ideas, the official said, adding this is a business plan pitch competition to boost innovation and the spirit of entrepreneurship.Sree Chitra Tirunal medical institute Kerala develops swabs for COVID-19 testingSree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST) has developed two types of nasal and oral swabs and viral transport medium for COVID-19 testing, the institute said in a statement on Sunday.
Chitra Viral Transport Medium is specifically designed to retain the virus in its active form during its transportation from the collection point to the laboratory. Currently, kits containing 50 numbers of (3ml/vial) viral transport medium with 50 swabs cost is upwards of Rs 12000, the statement said.Union Minister for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Harsh Vardhan visits Lady Hardinge hospitalWorkers and poor wage labourers have been allowed to travel in KSRTC buses free of charge from the district centres and Bengaluru to their hometowns in Karnataka for 3 days from today. The government will bear the cost

– Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson says doctors had plan in case he died of Covid-19Doctors treating Boris Johnson for coronavirus prepared to announce his death after he was taken to intensive care, the British prime minister said on Sunday, in his first detailed comments about his illness.
“It was a tough old moment, I won’t deny it,” he was quoted as saying by the Sun on Sunday newspaper in an interview. “They had a strategy to deal with a ‘death of Stalin’-type scenario.Former US president Bush calls on Americans to be empathetic, compassionate during pandemicFormer US president George W Bush has called on the Americans to keep the virtues of empathy, compassion, and kindness intact amid the coronavirus pandemic, saying that these are the powerful tools that would help combat the deadly disease.
In the nearly 3-minute video message tweeted on Saturday, Bush encouraged people to be their best during the pandemic.27 new COVID-19 cases in Nashik; district tally rises to 360The number of coronavirus cases rose to 360 in Maharashtra’s Nashik district after 27 more people tested positive for the disease, the district administration said on Sunday.
With this, 324 COVID-19 cases have so far been reported from Malegaon town, 16 from Nashik city, and 17 from other parts of the district.Maryland seeks probe of company that failed to deliver masksMaryland officials are seeking an investigation into a politically connected company that contracted to provide the state with USD 12.5 million worth of personal protective equipment that never arrived.
The Wall Street Journal reported that the state signed a deal on April 1 with Blue Flame Medical LLC for 1.5 million N95 masks and 110 ventilators. But the equipment never showed up and Maryland canceled the contract.Singapore looks to ramp up factory activities as virus curbs easeSingapore will progressively ramp up its manufacturing activities, its minister of trade and industry said on Sunday, with the city-state looking to restart its economy as coronavirus curbs start to ease over the next few weeks. Sectors that are intertwined with the global supply chain such as biopharmaceutical and petrochemicals as well precision manufacturing will be among priority sectors, Chan Chun Sing told reporters.The safety trial of ‘Mw vaccine’ drug has been completed. But its actual trial will be conducted on 40 patients in PGI Chandigarh, AIIMS-Delhi and AIIMS Bhopal

– Dr Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh

Mexico posts 1,349 new coronavirus cases and 2,061 total deaths

Mexico’s health ministry reported 1,349 new known coronavirus cases and 89 more deaths on Saturday, bringing the country’s total to 22,088 cases and 2,061 deaths.

Coronavirus sweeping through massive US prison populationA massive wave of coronavirus infections is blasting through the world’s largest prison population in the United States even as officials begin opening up their economies, saying the disease has plateaued.
One prison in Marion, Ohio has become the most intensely infected institution across the country, with more than 80 percent of its nearly 2,500 inmates, and 175 staff on top of that, testing positive for COVID-19.Indian Air Force aircraft SU-30 flypast Marine Drive to express gratitude towards medical professionals and all frontline workers18 new positive cases reported in Chuchot Yokma

– Rigzin Samphel, Commissioner/Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Union Territory of Ladakh

Online car sales may gain traction post COVID-19, auto retail needs to become virtual: EYPost the COVID-19 crisis, online car sales are likely to gain traction as customers would lean further towards contactless modes of purchasing, according to a report by consultancy firm EY.With the fear of infection and lack of hygiene likely to move people’s preference back to personal mobility, which in turn is likely to reverse the trend of declining car sales, EY said automotive retail needs to become virtual, lean and flexible to align to the sudden accelerated change in consumer behaviour.FPIs remain in selloff mode, pull out Rs 15,403 cr in AprilContinuing their selling spree for the second straight month, foreign portfolio investors (FPIs) withdrew a net Rs 15,403 crore from the Indian capital markets in April amid the coronavirus crisis.
As per the depositories data, FPIs pulled out a net sum of Rs 6,884 crore from equities and a net Rs 8,519 crore from the debt segment between April 1-30.Thailand reports three new coronavirus cases, as some restrictions easeThailand reported three new coronavirus cases and no new deaths on Sunday, as the country started lifting restrictions on some businesses and aspects of life.
The new infections marked the lowest number since early March, just before the country started reporting clusters, and tolls started rising.Indian Air Force aircraft flypast over Rajpath to express gratitude towards medical professionals and all frontline workers

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As warmer weather beckons, NYPD to enforce social distancingAs warmer weather tempted New Yorkers to come out of quarantine, police dispatched 1,000 officers this weekend to enforce social distancing and a ban on congregating in public spaces.
Officers set out on foot, bicycles, and cars to break up crowds and remind those enjoying the weather of public health restrictions requiring they keep 6 feet away from others.

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