Coronavirus India lockdown Day 21 live updates | WHO lauds India’s “tough and timely” anti-corona actions


As the 21-day lockdown ends today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended it till May 3. In his third address to the nation in the last one month, Mr. Modi urged Indians to take ‘seven sacred vows’ in these tough times.

The Union Health Ministry in its daily COVID-19 update said that 10,363 have been tested positive so far and there have been 339 deaths. Reports from States, however, put the figure of persons tested positive at 10440 and death toll at 358.

According to WHO’s April 14 updates, globally, there are 17,76,867 confirmed cases and 1,11,828 deaths.

The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded.

Here are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.

Here are the latest updates:

4.00 pm | Uttar Pradesh

COVID-19 Death toll in UP is now eight, said Amit Mohan Prasad, UP health department principal secretary. Total positive cases are now 657. – Omar Rashid

3.30 pm | Gujarat

Ahmedabad readies country’s largest COVID-19 care facility

With Ahmedabad alone accounting for 346 of the total 617 coronavirus positive cases in Gujarat, the city civic body has readied the country’s largest COVID-19 Care Centre with a capacity to accommodate 2000 patients who are not suffering from any underlying health issues.

The facility, created in a hostel complex near the Gujarat University Complex, will ease the load of COVID-19 patients on government hospitals.

The care centre is also equipped with a library, and a Yoga and indoor game facility for patients.

“We can accommodate 2,000 patients in this facility, which is the first and the largest COVID Care Centre in the country,” said Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra. – PTI

3.00 pm | Maharashtra

Seven new COVID-19 cases detected in Nagpur

Seven new patients have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nagpur in Maharashtra, an official release said on Tuesday.

With detection of the new cases since Monday, the tally of the people infected by coronavirus has gone up to 54. All the seven patients were admitted in a government hospital in Nagpur.

2.40 pm

WHO lauds India’s “tough and timely” anti-corona actions

The World Health Organization on Tuesday lauded “India’s tough and timely actions” against the coronavirus spread as Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the extension of current lockdown till May 3.

“It may be early to talk about results in numbers, but a six-week nationwide lockdown to facilitate effective physical distancing, coupled with the expansion of core public health measures such as detection, isolation and tracing contact of coronavirus positive people, would go a long way in arresting the virus spread,” said WHO’s South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.

1.40 pm | Karnataka

Another death in Karnataka

The latest to succumb to the disease in the State is a 69-year-old male from Vijayapura.

Eleven more positive cases have been reported taking the total number to 258, according to the department”s midday bulletin.

The new cases include  three each from Kalaburgi and Bagalkote, one each from Chikkaballapur, Belagavi and two from Bengaluru Urban.

A 26-year-old person from Hindupur, who travelled by a two-wheeler from Hindupur to Bengaluru on April 7 has now tested positive. – Afshan Yasmeen


1.00 pm | Maharashtra

Maharashtra forms task force for patient management protocol at dedicated hospitals

The Maharashtra government has set up a task force of specialist doctors to recommend a patient management protocol for serious and critically ill COVID-19 patients in dedicated critical care hospitals.

The nine-member task force will be under the chairmanship of Dr. Sanjay Oak.


12.50 pm | Andhra Pradesh

2 deaths, 34 fresh cases in AP

Two deaths due to coronavirus and 34 new positive cases of the disease were confirmed in Andhra Pradesh, a state government bulletin said on Tuesday.

With this, the overall toll has now increased to nine and the number of affected in the state to 473.

12.40 pm | Tamil Nadu

Oldest patient to die

A 95-year-old man from Begumbur in Dindigul district, who had tested positive for COVID-19, died at the Government Karur Medical College Hospital on Tuesday. He is the oldest COVID-19 positive patient to die in Tamil Nadu.

12.20 pm | Maharashtra

121 new COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra; State tally surges to 2,455

The number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rose to 2,455 after 121 more people tested positive for the disease on Tuesday, a health official said.

Among the new cases, 92 were reported from Mumbai, 13 from Navi Mumbaai, 10 from Thane city, five from Vasai-Virar (in Palghar district) and one from Raigad, he said.

Maharashtra has so far reported 160 deaths due to coronavirus. – PTI

12.10 pm | New Delhi

All domestic and international scheduled Airlines operations shall remain suspended till 11.59 pm of 3rd May 2020, says the Union Civil Aviation Ministry

12.05 pm | New Delhi

Help the poor, appeals Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah has requested the privileged to come forward and help the poor living in their vicinity. He tweeted that as Home Minister of the country he wanted to assure there is no shortage of essential supplies in the country.

He said the way State governments were working in close coordination with the Centre was praiseworthy. “The coordination has to be deepened so that all citizens follow the lockdown and no suffers from any shortage of essential supply, ” Mr. Shah tweeted. 

He said the contribution of doctors, health workers, sanitation workers and security personnel was touching and their contribution in these difficult times inspires every Indian. Every one should follow the guidelines and cooperate, he said.

11.45 am | Delhi

Delhi will fully implement PM’s lockdown measures, tweeted Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal soon after the Prime Minister ended his speech.

11.45 am

Passenger trains not to ply till May 3

All passenger train services on Indian Railways including Premium trains, Mail/Express trains, Passenger trains, Suburban Trains, Kolkata Metro Rail, and Konkan Railway will continue to remain cancel till the 2400hrs of May 3, 2020.

To ensure the essential supplies in various parts of the country, movement of goods and Parcel trains will remain continue, Indian Railways has said.


11.40 am | Puducherry

Ruling party MLA booked again for lockdown violation

After the lockdown was imposed in the country with an attempt to stem the spread of COVID-19, the territorial police have registered a case against ruling Congress legislator A. John Kumar for the second time for violating prohibitory orders, on Monday evening.

Police acted against the legislator for distributing rice to a large gathering of people near his house. – Special Correspondent


11.30 am | Jammu and Kashmir

Coronavirus cases surpass 200 mark in J&K

The corona-led lockdown in Kashmir entered 27th day on Tuesday with the infected cases crossing the 200-mark.

The total number of positive cases in the union territory has risen to 270 — out of which 222 were in Kashmir and 48 in Jammu. Four patients have died in Jammu and Kashmir and 16 have recovered.

11.25 am | Madhya Pradesh

Indore recorded 56 new COVID-19 cases on Monday night, taking the city count to 362. With this, 647 cases have been detected in Madhya Pradesh so far: Pravin Jadia, Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer.

As many as 49 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Indore, taking the city count to 411. While 35 patients have died of the disease, 37 have recovered from it in the city: Pravin Jadia, Indore Chief Medical and Health Officer.

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11.20 am | Maharashtra

6 new COVID-19 cases, including 2 deaths in Dharavi

Six new coronavirus cases, including two deaths, were reported from Dharavi on Tuesday, taking the total number of people affected by the disease in Mumbai’s slum area to 55.

New cases were found in Muslim Nagar, Kalyanwadi, Janata Society andRajiv Nagar localities of Dharavi. – PTI

11.15 am | Gujarat

45 new COVID-19 cases in Gujarat

The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat rose to 617 as 45 more people tested positive for the disease.

Among the new cases, 31 were reported from Ahmedabad, nine from Surat, two from Mehsana, and one each from Bhavnagar, Dahod and Gandhinagar, according to the State Health Department bullettin. – PTI

11.10 am | New Delhi

SAI extends suspension of camps till May 3

All training camps at Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres across the country will remain suspended till May 3 after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced an extension of the ongoing national lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The athletes who are there in SAI Bengaluru and Patiala will continue to remain there,” PTI has reported.

10.50 am | New Delhi

CIC, ICs take pay cut

Chief Information Commissioner R.K. Mathur. File

Chief Information Commissioner R.K. Mathur. File  
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Chief Information Commissioner and Information Commissioners at the Central Information Commission have decided to voluntarily take a pay cut of 30% for one year in view of COVID-19 pandemic.

The Press Information Bureau has tweeted the resolution of CIC in this regard.

10.30 am | Uttar Pradesh

Coronavirus infection cases rise to 657 in Uttar Pradesh

As many as 657 people have tested positive so far for coronavirus, which has claimed five lives in Uttar Pradesh till now.

Joint Director-cum-State Surveillance Officer Vikasendu Agrawal of the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) on Tuesday said, “A total of 657 corona-positive cases have been reported from the state. Till now, the state has reported five deaths — one each in Basti, Meerut, Bulandshahr, Varnasi and Agra.”

10.30 am | Assam

One more tests positive for COVID-19 in Assam, count 31

One more person, who had come in contact with those who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, tested positive for novel coronavirus in Assam on Tuesday, taking the state’s tally to 31, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

The 31 cases include one person who had died due to the virus.

10.00 am

Lockdown extended till May 3

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has extended the lockdown till May 3 as coronavirus cases in the country surpassed 10,000. Mr. Modi said the lockdown will be implemented even more stricter and some relaxations may be considered after April 20.

Mr. Modi also urged the people to follow the saptapadi (seven sacred vows):

1. Take care of the elderly

2. Strictly follow guidelines of lockdown

3. Increase immunity, follow Ayush ministry guidelines

4. Download Arogya Setu App

5. Help poor families

6. Don’t take away jobs of your employees

7. Respect Corona warriors

9.00 am | China

China’s imported coronavirus cases climb to 1,464

China continued to grapple with imported cases of coronavirus after stamping out the disease from its epicentre Wuhan as it reported 89 infections on Monday and the rise in asymptomatic patients posed serious concern for authorities, health officials said on Tuesday.

8.00 am

India will emerge victorious in the fight, says Sonia Gandhi in video message

Hours before Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address the nation on the completion of the three week lockdown, the Congress party released a video in which party president Sonia Gandhi lauded the citizens for showing patience and restraint in staying inside their houses.

6.30 am

IMF approves debt relief for 25 countries

The International Monetary Fund on Monday announced immediate debt relief for 25 poor countries to help them free up funds to fight the coronavirus pandemic.



Airlines prepare for take-off in post-coronavirus world

Airlines have started conducting mock drills to educate and prepare staff for the new social distancing normal due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which will promote a safe flying experience as and when commercial flights take to the skies again.



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