The Union health ministry said India had reported 328 new Covid-19 cases and 12 deaths reported since Wednesday.
The ministry’s last update of the day at 6 pm on Thursday said the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India had crossed 2,000, of which 1,860 were active cases. The death toll rose to 53 while 155 had recovered from the infection.
Meanwhile, the prime minister announced he would address the nation in short video message on Friday morning.
What you need to know today:
1. 219 Positive Cases In Delhi, May Increase In Coming Days: Arvind Kejriwal
Out of these 219 cases, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, 108 are from the Nizamuddin Markaz event. Over 2,000 people were evacuated from the Nizamuddin Markaz and 1,810 of them have been sent to quarantine, he added. The Chief Minister said they are being tested and the number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi might shoot up in the coming days.
2. Two AIIMS Doctor Tests Positive
A resident doctor at AIIMS has tested positive for Covid-19, Vijayta Lalwani reported for Scroll. His wife, also a doctor at AIIMS, has also tested positive, NDTV reports. She is nine months pregnant.
The doctor is from the physiology department and was not involved in any patient care services, reports said. According to NDTV, he is the seventh doctor in Delhi to be infected with the novel coronavirus.
3. Home Ministry blacklists 960 foreigners who attended Tablighi Jamaat blacklisted, tourist visas cancelled
4. Modi Talks To CMs On Strategy For Post-Lockdown Period
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a videoconference with nine chief ministers to discuss measures to contain the outbreak. The meeting was also attended by home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh and health minister Harsh Vardhan.
“It is important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends,” Modi said, according to a statement by the PMO.
Modi also said that testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine should remain focus areas in the next few weeks.
5. Nizamuddin Markaz area sanitised
6. Another Person Connected To Dharavi Area Tests Positive
ANI reports that even as one person the person who tested positive for COVID-19 in Dharavi has died, another person connected to the area has tested positive.
The news agency tweeted that the 52-year-old is a BMC sanitation worker posted in Dharavi, but was a resident of Worli. His family members and 23 colleagues been advised to go into quarantine.
7. Shamli Man Dies By Suicide
A man in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli, who had COVID-19 symptoms, died by suicide.
ANI reported that he was admitted in the quarantine ward of the district hospital in Shamli and his test results are awaited.
8. Health Workers Attacked In MP
Locals at Tatpatti Bakhal in Indore attacked health workers, pelting stones at them when they came to their area to screen residents for the novel coronavirus.
NDTV reported that two doctors were injured in the incident and had to be rescued by the police.
ANI reported that a case has been registered in the incident.
9. Padma Shri awardee Nirmal Singh dies of Covid-19
Padma Shri awardee and former ‘Hazuri Raagi’ at the Golden Temple who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus in Amritsar died early Thursday morning, taking the COVID-19-related death toll to five in the state, a health official said.
The 62-year-old ‘Gurbani’ exponent had recently returned from abroad and tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, the official told PTI.
Principal, Government Medical College, Sujata Sharma said his condition started deteriorating on Wednesday evening and he was put on ventilator support. He died at 4:30 AM on Thursday.
According to officials, he had held a large ‘sammelan’ (religious gathering) in Delhi and some other places after he returned from abroad.
He had also performed a ‘kirtan’ at a house in Chandigarh on March 19 along with his family members and other relatives.
10. Dharavi resident dies of coronavirus, building sealed
A 46-year-old resident of Dharavi area of Mumbai who had contracted coronavirus died on Wednesday evening, prompting the civic authorities to seal the building where he lived.
The man, who lived in a building constructed under the Slum Rehabilitation Authority (SRA) scheme, had no foreign travel history, a health official of the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.
After he died at nearby government-run Sion Hospital, some 300 tenements in the building and around 30 shops were cordoned off by police, PTI reported. Residents of the building were quarantined at home.
The deceased had a garment shop at AKG Nagar in Dharavi, the official said.
11. Global death toll crosses 50,000, cases near 1 million
Global coronavirus deaths topped 50,200 on Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Reported cases of the COVID-19 were approaching 1 million with the most cases in the United States, followed by Italy and Spain, Reuters reported.
The death toll from an outbreak of coronavirus in Italy has climbed by 760 to 13,915, the Civil Protection Agency said on Thursday, slightly higher than the daily rise of 727 registered a day earlier.
The number of new cases was steady, growing by 4,668 from a previous 4,782, bringing total infections since the outbreak came to light on Feb. 21 to 115,242.
Spain’s death toll exceeded 10,000 on Thursday after a record 950 people died overnight, but health officials noted a slowdown in proportional daily increases in infections and deaths.
12. UK’s death toll rises by 24%
The United Kingdom’s coronoavirus death toll rose 24 percent to 2,921 as of April 1.
As of 0800 GMT on April 2, a total of 163,194 people had been tested of which 33,718 tested positive, the health ministry said.
13. Record number of Americans file for unemployment
A record 6.6 million Americans filed for unemployment benefits last week, and another four states told residents to stay at home - orders which now affect more than 80% of Americans in 39 states
The coronavirus pandemic triggered a record 6.6 million jobless claims in a week and killed nearly 1,000 Americans in a single day, the latest data show
(With Reuters inputs)