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Highlights- Donate blood plasma for treatment: Tablighi Jamaat chief's appeal

The number of coronavirus cases in India crossed 18,000 on Tuesday with the death toll logged at 603. Meanwhile, the government has termed the Covid-19 situation "especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other areas while forming six ground teams to assess the situation and issue directions.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Apr 23, 2020 14:23 IST
Highlights- Donate blood plasma for treatment: Tablighi Jamaat chief's appeal
Health workers wearing protective gear are pictured during a door-to-door verification of people to find out if they have developed any coronavirus disease (COVID-19) symptoms, in a residential area in Kolkata, India. (Photo: Reuters)

India's coronavirus cases breached the 18,000-mark, according to the figures released by the health ministry on Tuesday morning. There are 15,122 active Covid-19 cases in the country, 603 people have died of the disease while 3,259 have been cured/ discharged.

The Centre has termed the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation “especially serious” in Mumbai, Pune, Indore, Jaipur, Kolkata and a few other areas while forming six ground teams to assess the situation and issue directions, even as it warned all states against diluting national lockdown rules, as some states conditionally lifted select restrictions of the lockdown – in place till May 3.

The government has selected 16 projects -- spanning vaccines, drugs and technologies -- for funding under the Covid-19 research consortium.

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Globally, there have been 2,437,170 reported coronavirus infections from which 167,594 people have died, according to an AFP tally.

US oil prices rebounded above zero Tuesday, a day after futures ended in negative territory for the first time as a coronavirus-triggered collapse in demand leaves the world awash in crude.

Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus:

04:30 PM IST

61 new districts have not reported fresh Covid-19 cases

61 additional districts from 23 States/UTs have not reported any fresh cases in last 14 days. 4 new districts have been included in the list-Latur, Osmanabad, Hingoli and Washim in Maharashtra: Health Ministry

04:29 PM IST

Will issue advisory on rapid testing kits in next 2 days, until then don't use: ICMR

States advised not to use rapid testing kits for two days. A lot of variations, kits will be tested and validated by on-ground teams and we will give advisory in the next 2 days: R Gangakhedkar, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

04:26 PM IST

India witnessed 18,601 positive cases, 3,252 recoveries: Health ministry

Till now, there are 18,601 positive cases. So far, 3,252 people have recovered including 705 people who recovered yesterday. This takes our recovery percentage to 17.48 per cent: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry

04:22 PM IST

States told not to use rapid test kits for next 2 days after ICMR raises concern

04:22 PM IST

Covid-19 warriors database is being readied, says health ministry

03:57 PM IST

Brent oil drops under $20, lowest since 2001

Brent North Sea crude slumped to under $20 per barrel on Tuesday, reaching the lowest level for more than 18 years as the coronavirus pandemic slashed demand.

Europe’s benchmark oil contract reached $18.10 per barrel before shooting back up to $21.51 in volatile trading.

03:32 PM IST

TN CM regrets opposition to burial of doctors who died of coronavirus

Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami on Tuesday regretted the episodes where locals opposed the burial of doctors who died of Covid-19 in the city and urged all to respect the dedication of the health workers.

He also equated doctors, besides other frontline workers in the battle against coronavirus, to God for the "selfless" services rendered by them.

03:24 PM IST

Govt employees in Karnataka may not face pay-cut this month

The Karnataka Government may spare its employees from salary cuts this month despite severe resources crunch it faces following steep fall in revenue collection due to the ongoing lockdown to fight the coronavirus, official sources said on Tuesday.

As of now, there is no problem with April salary and we can manage. But if May also turns out to be a wash-out (in terms of revenue collection), then the situation is going to be very tough, a senior Minister told PTI.

03:04 PM IST

Pandemic sends England and Wales death toll to record high

The UK reported its highest weekly death count on record as the damage caused by the coronavirus epidemic continues to rise. Deaths in care homes more than quadrupled compared with the week previously.

There were 18,516 deaths registered in the week ending April 10, 76% more than the average figure for the same week over the previous five years, the Office For National Statistics said Tuesday. The difference is significantly more than the ONS officially attributed to the virus, suggesting the official count may miss many deaths caused by the epidemic.

02:38 PM IST

Delhi LG visits shelter homes to take stock of arrangements amid coronavirus lockdown

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Tuesday took stock of the lockdown implementation in the national capital and visited temporary shelters for migrant workers and the homeless to review arrangements.

According to an official, the lieutenant governor visited two schools at Ludlow Castle Number 2 that have been converted into shelter homes amid the ongoing lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

02:19 PM IST

Odisha to provide 50 lakh assitance to health staff who lose lives fighting Covid-19

Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday announced a financial assistance of 50 lakh each for the families of all health workers and support staff who lose their lives in the fight against COVID-19.

He said the government will treat them as martyrs.

01:56 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi slams govt for allowing use of rice to make sanitiser

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi takes a swipe at the government over reports that rice would be used to make sanitisers and asked the poor of the country as to when will they wake up. In a tweet in Hindi, the Congress leader said while the poor are dying of hunger, the government was allowing rice to be used for making sanitisers.

01:50 PM IST

Delhi govt will conduct Covid-19 test on mediapersons as precautionary measure: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi govt will conduct Covid-19 test on mediapersons in national capital as precautionary measure, CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday, reports PTI.

He said this in reply to a tweet on the subject.

01:35 PM IST

33 new Covid-19 cases in UP's Rae Bareli, district total jump to 35

Thirty three fresh Covid cases were reported in Rae Bareli district on Tuesday taking the total number of the Covid- cases in the district to 35.

Chief Development Officer, Rae Bareli, Abhisek Goyal said the 33 people, who had come to the district from outside, were quarantined in the premises of an institute and their samples were sent to SGPGI, Lucknow laboratory for test. On Tuesday morning their report was received by the district administration confirming that all the 33 people are positive. The infected people have been shifted to the Covid-19 hospital established in Community Health Center located in Rohania town in the district.

01:12 PM IST

25 paramedics of Pune hospital test Covid-19 positive

Twenty five paramedics, including 19 nurses, of Pune's Ruby Hall Clinic test coronavirus positive, according to the hospital CEO, reports PTI.

First published: Apr 21, 2020 05:47 IST