Coronavirus Live Updates: As India enters the first day of Lockdown 2.0 today, the total number of COVID-19 cases soared to 11,439, while the Death Toll also inched closer to 400 mark, as per the latest figures shared by the Health Ministry. Of the total number of cases, 9756 are active cases which are currently undergoing treatment while 1306 people have been cured/discharged/migrated. As of Wednesday morning, the country-wide death stands at 377 deaths. Today, Union Cabinet is expected to meet under the chairmanship of PM Modi. Easing of restrictions during extended lockdown period after 20th April 2020 is also expected to be on the cabinet meet’s agenda. Globally, US President Donald Trump has halted funding for WHO alleging that the global health agency covered up spread of deadly virus.
15 Apr 06:00 PM1,076 fresh COVID-19 cases in 24 Hours: Health Ministry
Health Ministry confirmed that there have been 1076 fresh cases of Coronavirus infection in the country in the last 24 hours. This has taken the total tally of COVID-19 active cases in the country to 10197 and the Death toll stood at 392. Ministry website also mentions that 1343 people have completely recoevered from the disease and have been discharged from the hospital.
15 Apr 05:44 PMCOVID-19 Hotspots and Green zones Identified: Health Ministry
Health Ministry officials in their evening briefing said that the ministry has identified key hotspots and green zones across the country for Coronavirus infections. According to ministry officials, there are 170 COVID-19 hotspots in the country while 207 districts have been identified as non-hotspots or Green Zones.
15 Apr 05:26 PM12 Fresh Cases reported in Rajasthan
Rajasthan State Health officials have confirmed that 12 fresh Coronavirus cases have been reported in the state taking the states’ tally to 1046. Of the 12 fresh cases, 8 are from Jaipur while 1 each is from Dausa, Nagaur, Tonk and Jhunjhunu.
15 Apr 05:23 PMMaharashtra State Tally rises to 2801
Mahararashtra’s state tally of COVID-19 positive cases has grown to 2801 today. According to the details shared by the state health department, the state reported 117 fresh cases of which 66 are from Mumbai and 44 from Pune.
15 Apr 02:03 PMGujarat CM in self-isolation after meeting COVID-19 Positive MLA
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has gone into self-isolation after meeting a Congress MLA who has now tested positive for Coronvirus infection. Currently, Rupani’s health is fine and he has not shown any symptoms of the infection. He has decided to run the state without meeting anyone for next one week.
15 Apr 01:14 PMMP Govt to give Rs 1000 each to stranded workers
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan today announced that the state government will be providing Rs 1000/- each to all the stranded workers whose livelihoods are impacted due to COVID-19 lockdown imposed to control the pandemic. In addition to this, the state government has also assured food and shelter provision to such workers until the crisis is over.
Don't worry we'll send you more money if needed. We're standing with you. I request people's representatives to make a list of all such people&send it to Chief Minister's Office or Dist collector's office. We will send money as and when the list is sent to us: MP CM SS Chouhan https://t.co/yVuEJzeM1e— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020
15 Apr 01:02 PMGlobal Economy to shrink in 2020: IMF
International Monetary Fund (IMF) on April 14 has mentioned that the world economy is expected to shrink by 3.0% in 2020 due to the 'Great Lockdown'. Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, it will be the steepest downturn since the Great Depression of 1930.
15 Apr 12:44 PMWhat is Pooled Testing that has been recommended by ICMR?
India to Start Pooled Testing for COVID-19: ICMR recently issued an advisory recommending use of Pooled Testing for COVID-19 tests. Let’s decode what is pooled testing and how it can help India ramp up testing for Coronavirus infection to contain its spread.
15 Apr 12:25 PMMHA release SOP for Workplaces / Factories
Along with announcing relaxations for industries who will now be allowed to resume partial operations during Lockdown 2.0, the Home Ministry has also released SOP or Standard Operating Procedures that needs to be followed to resume operations. The key highlights from them include:
15 Apr 11:35 AMLockdown 2.0 in India: What's Open, What's Not?
Know here what will remain open and what will be closed during the nationwide Lockdown 2.0, which has been extended till May 3, 2020.
15 Apr 11:20 AMPublic Activities, Political, Social, Religious Functions Banned during Lockdown
Continuing the band on public activities, the Home Ministry guidelines on Lockdown 2.0 said that from 15th April 2020 to 3rd May 2020 on public activities will be allowed across the country. This includes closure of all public places such as cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, bars. In addition to this, all social, political, sports, religious functions, religious places, places of worship shall be closed for public until the lockdown ends.
15 Apr 11:16 AMMHA Guidelines on Lockdown 2.0
15 Apr 10:46 AMMHA guidelines on Conditional Easing of Lockdown Restrictions
MHA in its latest guideline has eased lockdown restrictions to give some relief and re-start economic activity in the country. The key highlights about relaxations are as follows:
15 Apr 10:24 AMRajasthan State Tally crosses 1k mark
Rajasthan’s state tally for COVID-19 positive cases crossed 1000 mark today. As per reports, so far, 1034 cases of Coronavirus infection have been reported from across the state. Recent reports confirm that 29 more cases have been reported in Rajasthan of which 15 from Jaipur, 7 from Jodhpur and 7 from Kota.
29 #Coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan today so far - 15 in Jaipur, 7 in Jodhpur and 7 in Kota. Total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 1034: State Health Department pic.twitter.com/DZq2kkbqIu— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020
15 Apr 10:18 AMMHA issues revised guidelines for extended lockdown period
Home Ministry today issued revised lockdown guidelines that are to be followed during the extended lockdown period from 15th April to 3rd May. As per the guidelines, Cinema halls, malls, shopping complexes, gymnasiums, sports complexes, swimming pools, bars to remain closed have been asked to remain closed until 3rd May. On similar lines all educational institutions including coaching classes and others have also been closed. Taxis, services of cab aggregators also prohibited till May 3. Check out complete list below:
Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues National Directives for #COVID19 management. Wearing of face cover is compulsory in all public places, workplaces. Spitting in public places shall be punishable with fine. pic.twitter.com/14Y7zq9vqp— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020
15 Apr 09:45 AMUS registers highest single-day spike in COVID-19 deaths
US registered the highest single day spike in COVID-19 deaths on 14th April 2020. As per Reuters, the death toll in US crossed 28,300 with over 2,228 deaths being reported on Tuesday. The previous single-day record was 2,069, set last Friday.
15 Apr 09:38 AMGuidelines on implementation of Extended Lockdown Today
Today, the Central Government will be implementing the guidelines for the lockdown which has been extended to 3rd May. PM Modi in his address to the nation yesterday talked about graded easing of restrictions from 20th April in areas where no cases have been reported. More details about this will be shared by the Central Government today.
15 Apr 09:06 AMUS halts WHO funding
US President Donald Trump has decided to halt the funding of global health agency WHO and is expected to conduct a review to assess its role in covering up the COVID-19 spread across the world. Trump announced the decision to halt US funding to WHO amid the pandemic in his daily briefing held at White House. In the past, Trump Administration has also accused the World Health Organization of taking side with China on the coronavirus issue.
15 Apr 08:58 AMIndia’s COVID-19 cases soar to 11,439
According to the latest data shared by the Health Ministry, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India has risen to 11439, while the overall death toll stood at 377. Of the total number of cases reported so far, 756 are active cases which are currently undergoing treatment while 1306 people have been cured/discharged/migrated.
38 deaths and 1076 new cases reported in last 24 hours. India's total number of #Coronavirus positive cases rises to 11,439 (including 9756 active cases, 1306 cured/discharged/migrated and 377 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pic.twitter.com/adKkJ593If— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020