Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world | India News

NEW DELHI: The doubling time of coronavirus cases in India has improved to 17.4 days currently from 15.4 days a couple of weeks ago, the Union health ministry said on Friday, even as the country for the first time recorded over 10,000 new instances of the infection in a day. At the time the lockdown was imposed on March 25, the doubling rate of Covid-19 cases was 3.4 days, it said.
India’s Covid-19 tally on Friday witnessed its highest-ever spike of 10,956 cases, according to the Union ministry of health. The total number of coronavirus cases in the country now stands at 2,97,535.

Here are the top developments:


  • Amid a spurt in cases, the cabinet secretary held a meeting with chief secretaries, health and urban development secretaries of all states through a video link and they were asked to also pay special attention to the emerging epicentres of Covid-19 cases and undertake stringent containment measures to check the contagion, the health ministry said.
  • The Supreme Court termed as “horrific” the state of affairs in Delhi hospitals with bodies being stacked next to Covid-19 patients, and sought responses from the Centre and different states on its plea taking suo motu (on its own) cognisance on the treatment being meted out to patients and the handling of the bodies.
  • According to Worldometer, a website that records confirmed cases of infection and deaths globally, India went past the United Kingdom to become the fourth worst-hit nation by the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Movement of people will remain prohibited across the country from 9pm to 5am during the ongoing ‘Unlock 1’, but there are no restrictions on plying of buses with passengers and goods trucks on highways, the Centre said.
  • The government is mulling to include sudden loss of taste and smell as a criteria for Covid-19 testing, sources said as India witnessed a surge in coronavirus instances with total caseload racing towards the three lakh mark.
  • Seven state governments have listed their demand for a total of 63 Shramik Special trains from the railways, days after the Railway Board chairman wrote to the chief secretaries to give their “residual demand” for such trains to ferry migrant workers back home. Of the total, a maximum of 32 trains will depart from Kerala while the destinations of most trains will be West Bengal (23), the railways said.
  • As many as 25 officials of the ministry of labour and employment tested positive for Covid-19 this week, taking the number of infected employees in the ministry to 36.


  • UP: Uttar Pradesh reported 20 more coronavirus deaths and its biggest single-day spike of 528 fresh cases. The death toll in the state now is 365 with the coronavirus tally reaching 12,616.
  • Karnataka: The Karnataka government has withdrawn its notification that allowed factories to extend working hours up to 10 hours a day and 60 hours a week, with immediate effect. The extension of work hours was from eight hours a day and 48 hours a week.
  • Goa: The Goa health department has set up a mass Covid-19 testing facility at Chimbel village, a suburban area near Panaji, after six positive cases were reported from there in the last two days.
  • Delhi: Health minister Satyendar Jain said that the lockdown imposed as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of Covid-19 will not be extended in the national capital. Delhi has over 34,000 virus cases and 1,085 deaths.
  • Andhra Pradesh: An employee of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams attached to the ancient Sri Govindaraja Swamy temple tested positive for Covid-19, prompting the authorities to stop entry of devotees for two days. Andhra Pradesh’s Covid-19 tally increased further by 207 to 5,636.
  • Tripura: At least 18 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Tripura, raising the total tally in the state to 916.
  • Puducherry: Chief minister V Narayanasamy said Covid-19 spreads in the Union territory largely due to the arrival of people from Chennai and other districts of neighbouring Tamil Nadu for health care facilities and other purposes.
  • Maharashtra: Amid reports that the Maharashtra government planned to withdraw the lockdown relaxations in the state, chief minister Uddhav Thackeray made it clear that no such decision has been taken.
  • Uttarakhand: The state reported three more deaths of Covid-19 patients and 37 fresh cases, taking the tally in the state to 1,692.
  • Sikkim: Fourteen more people, including 11 women, tested positive for Covid-19 in Sikkim, taking the total number of cases in the state to 27.
  • Rajasthan: Rajasthan registered four Covid-19 deaths and 92 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus. The number of fatalities in the state due to coronavirus has climbed to 269, wile the number of cases has increased to 11,930.
  • Odisha: The state reported one more Covid-19 fatality and 112 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus. Odisha now has a total of 3,498 Covid-19 cases.
  • Punjab: The Punjab government launched a mobile application aimed at undertaking house to house surveillance to contain the spread of Covid-19. The app, ‘Ghar ghar nigrani’, was launched by CM Amarinder Singh through video conference.
  • Manipur: A total of 19 more Covid-19 cases have been reported from Manipur, taking the tally of coronavirus cases in the state to 385.
  • HP: Five more Covid-19 cases have been reported from Himachal Pradesh, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 475, including 182 active cases.
  • Jharkhand: The state has a total number of 1,607 Covid-19 cases.
  • Mizoram: Two more persons have tested positive for Covid-19 in Mizoram, taking the total tally in the state to 104.


  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 421,691 people since the outbreak emerged in China last December. At least 7,529,910 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
  • The United States is the worst-hit country with 113,820 deaths from 2,023,347 cases. At least 540,292 people have been declared recovered.
  • China has reported 10 new coronavirus cases, including two more confirmed infections in Beijing, following which the capital city suspended plans to reopen schools for grade first to third students.
  • Ukraine’s first lady Olena Zelenska said she had tested positive for the novel coronavirus amid a rise in infections. “Today I’ve received a positive Covid-19 test result,” she said on Facebook.
  • The Maldives will further relax coronavirus restrictions from Monday, allowing people to leave their homes during daytime. The Indian Ocean archipelago known for high-end resorts has reported 1,976 cases and eight deaths.
  • Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced further relaxation of coronavirus restrictions, including allowing sports stadiums capable of seating 40,000 people to host crowds of up to 10,000 from next month.
  • Thailand announced it is easing some restrictions that were imposed to fight the spread of the coronavirus, including allowing some schools to reopen and scrapping a curfew. Four new cases were announced, bringing the total to 3,129, including 58 deaths.
  • South Korea is reporting 56 new cases of Covid-19 as the country continues to see a resurgence of the virus concentrated in the capital area. Figures released brought national totals to 12,003 cases and 277 deaths.
  • Pakistan has reported 6,397 new coronavirus cases, the highest single day spike, taking the total number of infections in the country to 1,25,933.
  • Nepal reported its highest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases with 448 new infections, taking the country’s total virus count to over 5,000. With the new cases, the total number of cases stands at 5,062.

[Source :Times of India]


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