Highlights: Home Ministry forms 11 empowered groups to respond to Covid-19
Over 100 fresh coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in India. Globally, more than 6,00,000 people have been infected by Covid-19 of which more than 31,000 have died. Spain and Italy continue to bear the brunt of the contagion as cases in Europe cross 2,00,000.
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More than 660,000 people have been infected and more than 30,000 have died due to the novel coronavirus around the world. In India, 1024 people have been infected by coronavirus and 25 people have died so far. India reported 106 new cases in the last 24-hours. PM Narendra Modi in his radio address asked people to follow lockdown measures to help curb the Covid-19 contagion. Italy and Spain continue to report surge in both death rates and cases. Spain reported 838 deaths in the last 24 hours. US CDC asked New York residents strictly to remain inside their homes.
Here are the highlights of the day on the Covid-19 pandemic
Total Covid-19 cases in Kerala reaches 202
Total number of cases in Kerala has crossed 202 as 20 fresh cases have been reported from the state. 181 people among them are active cases, Kerala HEalth Minister told ANI.
20 more positive cases in Kerala; 18 have foreign travel history and 2 have contact history with positive cases. Total number of cases in the state rise to 202, of which 181 are active. 4 people under treatment tested negative today: Kerala Health Minister's Office pic.twitter.com/x7jSS5t0Ia— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
Goa reports 2 fresh cases of coronavirus
Goa cases touch 5. The fresh cases have travel history as well as contact with other Covid-19 patients.
Two more #Coronavirus positive cases reported in Goa; one person has travel history to Bahamas, another person was in contact with one of the three positive patients. Both from Goa & already under quarantine. Total 5 positive cases in Goa now: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant pic.twitter.com/yNlbbk9Wq8— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
Corona-discrimination trouble for residents of Corona, Uttar Pradesh
Villagers from UP's Corona have raised complaints after people from adjoining villages discriminated against them when they hear that they hail from Corona village, according to ANI.
Residents of Corona, a village in Sitapur say they have been facing discrimination, ever since the outbreak of #coronavirus. Rajan, a villager says, "When we tell people we are from Corona, they avoid us. They don't understand that it's a village, not someone infected with virus" pic.twitter.com/gxz6oIx8UP— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) March 29, 2020
Kerala CM writes to PM Modi seeking intervention over Karnataka's border sealing measures
Kerala CM Vijayan highlighted that the Thalassery-Coorg border needs to be reopened so that essential goods can pass through. He also requested the PM to intervene as a patient succumbed to death near the Mangaluru border.
German minister commits suicide over economic fallout of coronavirus
Thomas Schaefer, finance minister of the Hesse state in Germany, has committed suicide over the economic fallout from the coronavirus. Hesse is home to Germany's financial capital Frankfurt. Schaefer's body was found near a railway track on Saturday
Juventus' footballer Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Maurizio Sarri take pay cuts
Italian club Juventus announced that several of their highly-paid players have taken pay cuts. Aaron Ramsey and Cristiano Ronaldo have taken pay cuts as the pandemic wreaks havoc on Italy's economy.
Juventus players including Cristiano Ronaldo and coach Maurizio Sarri have taken pay cuts to save 90 million euros— AFP Sport (@AFP_Sport) March 29, 2020
+ @juventusfcen follow @FCBarcelona in reducing salaries during #coronavirus pandemic
CDC asks New Yorkers to stick to coronavirus advisory
New York, New Jersey and Connecticut people asked to avoid non-essential travel for 2-weeks. New York is now the 'Wuhan of the Americas' with 5% of the global cases being reported.
Defence Ministry pledges 500 crores to fight Covid-19
Army, Navy, Air Force, a number of defence PSUs and other wings from the Defence Ministry will contribute ₹500 crores to PM-CARES so that coronavirus curve can be flattened in the country and medical equipment become available to doctors as well as patients.
Maharashtra reports death in Buldhana due to Covid-19
State Health Officials told ANI that a man in his 40s succumbed to Covid-19 in Maharashtra's Buldhana.
45-year-old #COVID19 positive man dies in Buldhana, Maharashtra. The exact cause behind his death is yet to be ascertained: State Health Department— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
Abbott's test kits can be used, but they are antibody test: ICMR
Abbott has built a test kit approved by FDA which can detect whether an individual has Covid-19 or not within 5 minutes. The ICMR official said that it is verified but one has to keep in mind that it is a antibody test.
Stepped up PPE manufacturing, importing: Agarwal
Responding to lack of PPEs as pointed by some doctors, Agarwal said Ministry of Textiles has ensured that all guidelines, cited by WHO, were being followed and manufacturing of PPEs were being stepped up and MEA has also ensured that PPEs are being imported so that doctors do not have to face any issues.
Asked states to instruct migrant workers to remain in 2-week quarantine: Health Ministry
Health Ministry official says that States have been asked to look into the health of the migrant workers and follow the quarantine order that was issued earlier.
1.25 lakh wagons are transporting essential goods: Health Ministry
Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, said since last 5 days 1.25 lakh wagons are transporting essential goods across the nation.
Under Indian Railways, 1.25 lakh wagons transporting essential commodities, such as food grains, sugar, salt, coal, petroleum, etc, have been operated in last 5 days: Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/DTexAek6Vr— ANI (@ANI) March 29, 2020
Maharashtra CM warns that there could be spike in Covid-19 cases
Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray told citizens of the state that cases in Maharashtra will spike and asked healthcare workers to ensure that Covid-19 can be stopped. 196 people in the state have coronavirus.
Gautam Budh Nagar reports five more cases of coronavirus
Newly identified patients from Gautam Budh Nagar are – a 19-year-old woman, a 34-year-old man, a couple who are relative of the 34-year-old man, and a 31-year-old man. These people had direct or indirect link with the security and fire safety solutions company in sector 135.
First published: Mar 29, 2020 06:06 IST