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Updates: Covid-19 hotspots in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh to be sealed

India's confirmed coronavirus cases crossed the 5,800 mark on Thursday including 169 deaths from the disease, according to the health ministry.

By Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Updated: Apr 09, 2020 22:36 IST
Updates: Covid-19 hotspots in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh to be sealed
A road leading towards Bhopal railway station in Chandbad locality barricaded as containment area after detection of coronavirus positive during the nationwide lockdown in wake of coronavirus outbreak in Bhopal on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

With 591 new Covid-19 cases reported since Wednesday, India's coronavirus count has gone up to 5,865, according to the latest figures released by the Union health ministry on Thursday. Of these, 169 patients succumbed to the virus while 477 people have recovered and been discharged.

On the diplomatic front, India has begun sending consignments of life-saving drugs as gifts to neighbouring countries to help them fight the coronavirus pandemic, South Block officials said on Thursday. Officials said the government was sending drugs to Bhutan, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Nepal, Myanmar, Seychelles, Mauritius and some African countries. One of the early consignments, an Air India plane with 10 tonnes of medicine, was sent to Sri Lanka on Tuesday.


A Bloomberg report says that 1.5 million people around the world are infected by Covid-19. More than 3,25,000 people have recovered from coronavirus but the death toll has surpassed 85,000.

Here are the live updates on coronavirus:

10:36 PM IST

Union Minister Smriti Irani tweets photos of making a reusable mask at home

Union Minister Smriti Irani tweets photos of making a reusable mask at home.

10:26 PM IST

No customs duty, cess on import of Covid-19 test kits, ventilators, face masks

Centre has granted exemption from Basic Customs Duty & Health cess, on the import of the following goods with immediate effect - ventilators, face masks, surgical masks, PPEs, Covid-19 test kits, inputs for their manufacture. Exemption available upto 30th Sept 2020: Govt of India

10:17 PM IST

Uttarakhand to pay 10 L compensation to kin of govt officials who while on duty during coronavirus outbreak

Uttarakhand government has announced a compensation of 10 lakh each to the next of the kin of the govt officials, govt employees and all "corona warriors" who may lose their lives while carrying out their duties during coronavirus pandemic: Uttarakhand Chief Minister's Office

09:42 PM IST

At least 70,000 to be releases from quarantine on Friday:CM

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma has said that at least 70,000 people will be released from 14-day quarantine on Friday.

09:24 PM IST

Covid-19 hotspots in 15 districts of Madhya Pradesh to be sealed

Madhya Pradesh government issues the list of COVID-19 hotspots in 15 districts that will be sealed as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.

09:04 PM IST

Punjab joins states making masks compulsory outdoors

Masks are compulsory in Punjab now, chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh said on Thursday . He said "Health Secretary is issuing a detailed advisory for the people. Just remember to wear mask when you step out of home for any emergency/essentials. A piece of clean cloth is all you need." ANI

08:32 PM IST

229 new cases in Maharashtra today, total count at 1364

Maharashtra reports 229 new cases in a day, total reaches 1364 cases. Also, 25 deaths are recorded today: Govt

08:14 PM IST

51 new coronavirus cases reported in Delhi today: Govt

Delhi reported 51 Covid-19 positive cases reported on Thursday, including 35 with a history of foreign travel, four cases related to Markaz, three deaths and five discharged patients. Total number of positive cases in the national capital rises to 720 (including 12 deaths and 25 discharged), said the Delhi govt. : ANI

08:10 PM IST

State Reserve Police Force to be deployed in Mumbai's containment zones: Health Minister

State Reserve Police Force to be deployed in containment zones in Mumbai for the strict implementation of the lockdown, says Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope.

07:59 PM IST

Maharashtra to cut legislators salaries by 30% for one year

The Maharashtra Cabinet on Thursday decided to cut salaries of MLAs and MLCs by 30 per cent from this month till March next year in view of the state’s economy bearing the brunt of the coronavirus crisis.

07:31 PM IST

9 more coronavirus deaths in Mumbai today, toll rises to 65: BMC

Nine coronavirus patients died in Mumbai on Thursday, taking death toll in city to 65, number of COVID-19 cases in city now 775 with increase of 79: BMC

07:24 PM IST

101-yr-old dies of Covid-19 in Mumbai: BMC

A 101-year-old woman had died due to covid-19 with co-morbidity (hypertension) on Monday at Brahman Sabha Hospital at Girgaum: BMC

07:23 PM IST

Pandemic no 'blank cheque' to flout human rights: UN

The coronavirus crisis is not a "blank cheque" to flout civil liberties, the UN human rights commissioner warned on Thursday as she criticised some states' adoption of "unlimited" emergency powers, reports AFP.

"Emergency measures may well be needed to respond to this public health emergency. But an emergency situation is not a blank cheque to disregard human rights obligations," said Michelle Bachelet.

07:15 PM IST

People humiliating medical professionals should be named and shamed: Dr Harsh Vardhan

People humiliating medical professionals should be named and shamed, says Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan: PTI

06:56 PM IST

Those involved in care, treatment, testing of Covid-19 patients to get double salary: Harayana CM

Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar said on Thursday, "As long as the Covid-19 pandemic lasts, those who are involved in care, treatment or testing of coronavirus patients, will be paid double the amount of their salary': ANI

First published: Apr 09, 2020 05:31 IST