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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:

12:54 PM IST

Bengal to ramp up Covid-19 testing from 425 to 600 every day

TMC leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay says 425 coronavirus tests are conducted everyday in West Bengal. From today, the number has increased to 600: PTI

12:21 PM IST

Delhi-Ghaziabad border sealed to contain the spread of Covid-19

The border between Delhi and Ghaziabad has been sealed as a measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.

12:17 PM IST

Andhra reports 35 new cases, state count rises to 757 including 22 deaths

Andhra Pradesh has reported 35 new Covid-19 positive cases so far today .These include three each in Ananthpur and Krishna, nine in Guntur, six in Kadapa, 10 in Kurnool and four in West Godavari district. The total number of positive cases in the state have now risen to 757 including 22 deaths & 96 cured / discharged patients, according to the State Command Control Room: ANI

12:03 PM IST

Italy to start easing coronavirus lockdown from May 4: PM Conte

Italy will announce before the end of this week its plans for the gradual reopening from a lockdown imposed to fight the coronavirus emergency that will be applied starting from May 4, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Tuesday, reports Reuters.

"I wish I could say: let's reopen everything. Immediately. We start tomorrow morning ... But such a decision would be irresponsible. It would make the contagion curve go up in an uncontrolled way and would nullify all the efforts we have made so far," Conte wrote in a Facebook post.

"We must act on the basis of a national (reopening) plan, which however takes into account the territorial peculiarities."

12:01 PM IST

Man working for Lok Sabha Secretariat tests positive

A man working as a housekeeper in Lok Sabha has reportedly tested positive for the Covid19 virus, making it the first case among the 3,000-odd staff working at the Lok Sabha secretariat.

The man works for one of the establishments of the Lok Sabha Secretariat and not at the main Parliament complex.

The special Housekeeper, according to three officials, was at home since the budget session of Parliament was adjourned on March 23.

11:45 AM IST

Six more Covid-19 deaths in Gujarat takes toll 77: Report

Six more Covid-19 deaths in Gujarat; state toll rises to 77: Health official.

According to news agency PTI, 127 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the tally to 2,066.

11:40 AM IST

All 74 people in Delhi's Nabi Karim tested negative for Covid-19: Health Minister

Delhi's health minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday that rapid testing for Covid-19 began the city's Nabi Karim area yesterday during which 74 people were tested. He said all of them tested negative for the disease. : ANI

11:09 AM IST

With 472 new Covid-19 cases, Maharashtra's tally goes up to 4676: Health Dept

Maharashtra recorded 472 new Covid-19 cases till 10 am today, according to its public health department, reports news agency ANI.

This takes the total count of positive coronavirus cases in the worst-affected state in India to 4,676.

Nine more deaths have been reported in the state from the virus, taking the death toll to 232.

10:45 AM IST

Rajasthan reports 52 new coronavirus cases, total cases cross 1,600: Report

Rajasthan recorded 52 fresh coronavirus cases on Tuesday, taking the state's virus tally to 1,628, an official said. The state has so far seen 25 deaths due to the virus, with Jaipur accounting for 13 deaths, reports PTI.

10:43 AM IST

3 cops in Delhi's containment zone of Nabi Karim test Covid-19 positive: Report

Three police personnel in Delhi's Nabi Karim area have tested positive for Covid-19. Their test results came yesterday, said Delhi Police, according to news agency ANI.

Nabi Karim area is one of the 84 containment zones in the national capital.

10:29 AM IST

7 new coronavirus cases reported in Nagpur, total mounts to 88

7 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Nagpur district, said the district officials on Tuesday. "With 7 more people confirmed of coronavirus in Nagpur district today, the total number of cases here has reached 88," said District officials, reports ANI.

10:20 AM IST

Sri Lanka postpones parliamentary poll for nearly 2 months due to Covid-19

Sri Lanka's Election Commission has postponed the parliamentary elections for nearly two months in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak that has killed seven people and infected 295 others in the country, reports PTI.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa on March 2 dissolved the Parliament, six months ahead of schedule and called a snap election on April 25.

A gazette notice signed by the three members of the National Election Commission announcing June 20 date of the election was issued on Monday.

10:20 AM IST

Germany's Covid-19 cases climb to 143, 457; death toll at nearly 4600 4500

Germany's confirmed coronavirus cases have risen by 1,785 to reach 143,457, according to a Robert Koch Institute tally. The death toll has increased by 194 to reach 4598. : Reuters

10:01 AM IST

PM Modi appreciates civil servants’ efforts ensuring India defeats Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauds the efforts of country's civil servants in ensuring India successfully defeats Covid-19.

'I appreciate their efforts in ensuring India successfully defeats COVID-19. They are working round the clock, assisting those in need and ensuring everyone is healthy,' the PM said in a tweet.

09:57 AM IST

BrahMos Aerospace helps Jabalpur with PPE kits, N-95 masks

BrahMos Aerospace, the Indo- Russian joint venture that makes missiles, has given 500 PPE kits and 2,500 N-95 masks to the Jabalpur district administration in Madhya Pradesh to help in the fight against coronavirus, reports PTI.

The missile company's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr Sudhir Kumar Mishra assured that they will provide more assistance to Jabalpur whenever required, a state public relations official said on Tuesday.

"The country's prestigious BrahMos Aerospace has given 500 personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, 2,500 N-95 masks and 30 thermal scanners to the Jabalpur district administration, he said.

First published: Apr 21, 2020 05:47 IST