Highlights: 'New York is past peak', says governor Cuomo
India recorded 519 deaths due to coronavirus, according to the data published on the health ministry website. The total number of Covid-19 infected people rose to 16,116 in the country.
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Coronavirus cases in India rose to 16,116, according to the health ministry's website on Sunday. The death toll in the country stood at 519.
As the nation prepares for April 20, the day lockdown restrictions are set to ease, Delhi will begin deploying rapid testing kits (RTKs) across the Capital’s 77 Covid-19 containment zones today. Click here for full Covid-19 coverage
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) had revised its guidelines to allow diagnosis tools in Covid-19 hotspots. Meanwhile, coronavirus cases worldwide have crossed 2.2 million. The USA has the highest number of cases, followed by Spain, Italy and France.
Follow major highlights on how the pandemic affected lives globally today:
Covid-19 cases in Delhi cross 2k mark
2003 people in the capital have coronavirus. 45 people ha ve died due to Covid-19 so far in New Delhi.
With 110 new #COVID19 cases and 2 deaths reported today in Delhi, the total number of positive cases in Delhi till date rises to 2003 and the death toll increased to 45: Government of Delhi pic.twitter.com/BJJ2l7x3x5— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
Secretary of a top official of Ayushman Bharat tests positive
A secretary of a top official of Ayushman Bharat has tested positive for Covid-19. He is in Lok Nayak Hospital for his treatment.
Secretary to a top official of Ayushman Bharat under the National Health Authority, has tested positive for COVID-19. He has been admitted to Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi.— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
Will undertake most aggressive statewide antibody testing survey: Cuomo
Cuomo said that the survey and the aggressive testing will give a true snapshot of what percentage of the population were infected by Covid-19.
NEW: NYS will undertake the most aggressive statewide antibody testing survey in the nation in the next week.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 19, 2020
It will tell us for the first time what percentage of the population has actually had #Coronavirus.
This will be the first true snapshot of what we’re dealing with.
Descending the other side of the mountain: Cuomo
New York governor in a series of tweets has said that New York is seeing rate of Covid-19 infections slow down and it is not growing. He said that the city is past peak but it needs to adhere to certain rules so that the efforts to contain the disease do not go in vain.
We believe NY is past the peak and we are now descending the other side of the mountain.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) April 19, 2020
The continuation of this positive trend depends on our actions.
What each of us does makes all the difference.
Rajasthan continues to see surge in Covid-19 cases
23 people died and 1478 is the current amount of people infected by Covid-19 in the state. 127 fresh cases were reported today along with 2 deaths.
Number of #COVID19 cases surge to 1478 in Rajasthan, with 127 fresh cases being reported today. Two more people succumb to the disease, taking total death toll to 23 in the State: Rajasthan Health Department pic.twitter.com/CHZ6SwW4v8— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
France has reported 395 Covid-19 deaths in 24-hours
French death toll nears the 20k mark as fresh 395 deaths were reported in last 24 hours. The total amount of people who have lost their lives has now reached 19,718.
Telangana extends lockdown until May 7
Telangana government has decided to extend the lockdown until May 7. On May 5, the state cabinet will take stock of situation and arrive at a decision, says ANI.
British envoy thanks Indian government for repatriation efforts
I am grateful to Govt of India, State govts&local authorities, Kolkata Airport Authority&Hotel Holiday Inn for assisting safe passage of British nationals back to UK. UK&India are a force for good in tackling Covid19 together: Nick Low, British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata https://t.co/ZAIFGc3Vc1— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
Great Pyramids illuminated asking people to 'Stay Home'
Egypt has marked World Heritage Day asking people to stay at home by lighting up the Great Pyramids in blue lights and flashing a laser message written 'Stay Home', encouraging people to follow lockdown and social distancing norms.
#VIDEO Egypt's Great pyramids are lit up with blue light and projected with a laser message "Stay Home" to mark World Heritage Day, as the country fights against the spread of the COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/MImbWuadgX— AFP news agency (@AFP) April 19, 2020
PM Modi speaks to Kazakhstan Prez Tokayev
PM Modi replied to Kazakh president Tokayev's tweet where the latter had thanked India for sending medical supplies to the European nation for fighting the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thank you President Tokayev @TokayevKZ for your warm words. India and Kazakhstan are strategic partners and cooperation and demonstration of solidarity during such challenging times further strengthens the bond of friendship between the two countries. https://t.co/AvCo2g7SM4— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2020
Maharashtra has 4,200 Covid-19 cases
Maharashtra saw a huge surge as 552 fresh cases were recorded with, 12 new deaths in the past 24 hours.
Maharashtra COVID-19 tally jumps to 4200; 552 new cases, 12 deaths on Sunday: Health official— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) April 19, 2020
78 areas in Capital now containment zones
2 areas in Kapashera and Inderpuri have been identified as new containment zones in Delhi. There are 78 areas under containment zone in the capital.
#Coronavirus: The total number of containment zones in Delhi increases to 78, after 2 new areas - Plot No. 1294 in Theke Wali Gali opposite DC Office Kapashera and EA Block in Inderpuri - included in the list today. pic.twitter.com/OcL104fDAf— ANI (@ANI) April 19, 2020
Small shopkeepers played huge role in lockdown: PM
PM also pointed out that these shopkeepers followed social distancing norms and ensured customers also followed the same. He outlined that the task to make people follow these rules is a challenge.
छोटे-छोटे दुकानदारों ने पूरी सामाजिक व्यवस्था को सुचारू बनाए रखने में महत्वपूर्ण योगदान दिया है। समाज और देश इनके इस योगदान को हमेशा याद रखेगा। मैं जानता हूं कि खुद सोशल डिस्टेंसिंग का पालन करना और दूसरों से इसका पालन करवाना चुनौतीपूर्ण है।— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2020
PM Modi praises small shopkeepers, local grocers
PM Modi says local shopkeepers, small businessmen too risked their own lives during lockdown to serve the society which was forced top remain indoors.
इस संकट की घड़ी में देशवासी लॉकडाउन का पालन कर पा रहे हैं, इसमें समाज के अनेक वर्गों की सकारात्मक भूमिका है। हम कल्पना करें कि हमारे ये छोटे-छोटे व्यापारी और दुकानदार खुद के जीवन का रिस्क न लेते और रोजमर्रा की जरूरत का सामान न पहुंचाते तो क्या होता?— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 19, 2020
First published: Apr 19, 2020 05:47 IST