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Coronavirus update: Covid-19 cases in India rise to 42,836, death toll at 1,389. State-wise numbers

With 2,573 fresh novel coronavirus cases reported in the last 24 hours, India’s total Covid-19 count surged to 42,836, according to the latest Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll also increased to 1,389 after 83 positive patients succumbed to the highly contagious disease.

 

The number of active Covid-19 patients now stands at 29,685, while 11,761 patients have been discharged or cured from the highly contagious disease. One patient has migrated from the country. Apart from that, the total number of confirmed cases also include 111 foreign nationals.

Speaking at the press briefing today, Lav Aggrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health said that till Monday morning, as many as 11,706 people have been cured, which also include 1,074 patients in he last 4 hour. This is the highest number in terms of cured patients noted till date. “Our recovery rate is now 27.52%,” he added.

With the lockdown restrictions easing during the lockdown 3.0 period strting today, Aggrawal warned that such pandemics such as the Covid-19, historically it has been noted that if social distancing is not respected when social mobility is allowed, chances of disease transmission increase rapidly once restrictions are eased.

Moreover, Niti Aayog CEO and chairman of Empowered Group 6 Amitabh Kant informed that there are about “610 cases of Covid-19 in 112 aspirational districts, which is considered fairly low at less than 2% of the national level of infections.” Kant also added, “Of these, six districts have reported first case after April 21.”

Gujarat is the second most affected state as it reported 5,428 cases so far, followed by Delhi with 4,549 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.

Here’s the state-wise tally of the coronavirus cases in the country:

Andaman and Nicobar Islands – 33

Andhra Pradesh – 1650

Arunachal Pradesh – 1

Assam – 43

Bihar – 517

Chandigarh – 94

Chhattisgarh – 57

Delhi – 4549

Goa – 7

Gujarat – 5428

Haryana – 442

Himachal Pradesh – 40

Jammu and Kashmir – 701

Jharkhand – 115

Karnataka – 642

Kerala – 500

Ladakh – 41

Madhya Pradesh – 2,942

Maharashtra – 12974

Manipur – 2

Meghalaya – 12

Mizoram – 1

Odisha – 163

Puducherry – 8

Punjab – 1102

Rajasthan – 2,886

Tamil Nadu – 3023

Telangana – 1,082

Tripura – 16

Uttarakhand – 60

Uttar Pradesh – 2,742

West Bengal – 963

Globally, the number of novel coronavirus cases has surpassed 3.5 million infections while the death toll has crossed 248,000-mark, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The United States now has more than 1.1 million cases in the country while the death toll has shot past 68,000. US is the hardest hit country amid the spread of the virus followed by Spain with over 247,000 cases and Italy with more than 210,000 cases.

44 In A Delhi Building Test Positive For Coronavirus

Apart from Delhi, all the other three major cities – Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai – have been classified as red zones in the list released by the Union Health Ministry.

Forty four people living in a building in Delhi’s Kapashera have tested positive for coronavirus. The residents had undergone tests nearly 10 days ago. The residents are believed to have contracted the virus from a COVID-19 patient who tested positive on April 18.

On the following day, authorites had sealed the area and collected samples of 175 people in the locality on April 20 and 21.

Of the total samples, the results of 67 people arrived today and 44 of them tested positive. The delay in results have raised concern of the possibility of new cases in the area as the patients may have transferred the virus to other people in the congested locality in South-West district, near Gurgaon.

Delhi is among the worst-hit states with 3,738 cases and 61 COVID-19-linked deaths.

All 11 districts in the national capital have been categorised as “Red Zone”, or area with more than 10 cases of COVID-19 in a district.

This morning, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said that all these districts will be in the “red zone” till May 17.

“All 11 districts in Delhi will stay in the Red Zone till May 17. A red zone is defined where there are more than 10 cases of COVID-19 in a district. Relief measures given by Centre in red zones will be applicable here,” Mr Jain was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Apart from Delhi, all the other three major cities – Kolkata, Chennai and Mumbai – have been classified as red zones in the list released by the Union Health Ministry. Overall, 130 districts have been categorised as “red zones” in the country.

India recorded its biggest single-day jump in coronavirus cases today with 2,293 people testing positive in 24 hours, taking the total to 37,336. At least 1,218 people have died due to the virus.

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Coronavirus Update: 105 Covid-19 deaths in West Bengal; 459 in Maharashtra

Coronavirus Updates: The tally of Covid cases in India has risen to 35,043. Worldwide, there are 3,308,548 cases.

Coronavirus Update: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has jumped to 35,043, and 1,154 people have died from the disease so far, according to data compiled by Worldometer. The Union health ministry has designated all major metropolitan cities—Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru and Ahmedabad—as red zones after the lockdown ends on May 3.

State-wise coronavirus cases: Maharashtra (10,498), Gujarat (4,395), Delhi (3,515), Madhya Pradesh (2,660), Rajasthan (2,584), Uttar Pradesh (2,203), Tamil Nadu (2,323) and Andhra Pradesh (1,403).

Coronavirus World Update: Globally, 3,308,548 people have been infected by coronavirus so far, and the total number of deaths from the disease stands at 234,112. Nations hit with most coronavirus cases at present are the US (1,095,019) Spain (239,639), Italy (205,463), UK (171,253), France (167,178) and Germany (163,009). Two countries – The Comoros and Tajikistan – reported their first Covid-19 cases on Thursday, taking the total number of affected countries in the world to 187.

 

Rishi Kapoor dies at 67, brother Randhir Kapoor confirms

Actor Rishi Kapoor has died at 67 after a two-year-long battle with cancer. Rishi breathed his last at the Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital in Mumbai. 

After Irrfan Khan‘s death, India is shocked again with Rishi Kapoor’s death. Rishi’s hospitalisation was confirmed by his elder brother, actor Randhir Kapoor. “It’s true that he has been admitted to the hospital. He is in Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital. He was not keeping well and had some problem, so we admitted him early this morning,” Randhir had said on Wednesday evening. Asked if it was an emergency situation, Randhir said: “That’s why he has gone to the hospital. But I know that he will be alright. Neetu (Kapoor) is by his side.”

In 2018, Rishi Kapoor was diagnosed with cancer, following which the actor was in New York for more than a year to receive treatment. He returned to India in September 2019 after recovering.

Post return to India, Kapoor’s health had frequently been in focus. The actor was admitted to hospital in quick succession in February. Amid speculations about his health, he had been hospitalised in New Delhi in early February, while on a visit to New Delhi.

Rishi was the second son of late actor Raj Kapoor and the sibling of Randhir, Ritu Nanda, Rima Jain and Rajeev Kapoor. He made his film debut with Bobby opposite Dimple Kapadia in 1973 and was also seen as a child actor in films such as Shree 420 and Mera Naam Joker.

He was part of hit films such as Amar Akbar Anthony, Laila Majnu, Rafoo Chakkar , Sargam, Karz, Bol Radha Bol and others. In the later stage of his career, he was seen in films such as Kapoor and Sons, D-Day, Mulk and 102 Not Out.

The actor was last seen in Emraan Hashmi’s The Body and had recently announced his next project, a remake of Hollywood film The Intern, also featuring Deepika Padukone.

Source: HT

 

 

Irrfan Khan, Bollywood’s Trailblazer, Passes Away At 53

Irrfan Khan, an icon of Indian cinema who had a string of Anglo-American successes under his belt, including Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi and Jurassic World, has died in Mumbai.

He had been admitted to the intensive care unit of Mumbai’s Kokilaben hospital on Tuesday with a colon infection and on Wednesday morning a statement was released confirming his death.

“It’s saddening that this day, we have to bring forward the news of him passing away,” read the statement. “Irrfan was a strong soul, someone who fought till the very end and always inspired everyone who came close to him.”

Despite his status as one of Bollywood’s most celebrated actors, Khan had a reputation for modesty and integrity and news of his death sent India into mourning, prompting actors, fans and politicians from across the world to express their sadness at his death.

In March 2018, Khan revealed he had been diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumour, but after extensive treatment he recovered well enough to shoot Angrezi Medium, the film that would turn out to be his last, and whose release this March was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Best known to English-speaking audiences as the police inspector in Slumdog Millionaire and for his roles in Jurassic World and Life of Pi, Khan was a Bollywood mainstay, acting in hits such as Haider, Piku and Hindi Medium.

 

Can extending India’s lockdown stop coronavirus?

One-fifth of world’s population face extended confinement in government-led battle to protect millions from infection.

More than 1.3 billion people across India have lived under lockdown for more than three weeks as the government tries to blunt the effect of coronavirus and prevent healthcare facilities from being overwhelmed by a wave of new infections. But a 21-day period of confinement has not been enough to stop the spread of COVID-19 and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi has now announced the extension of the biggest lockdown in world history until at least May 3.

India’s health ministry says the number of COVID-19 cases has just crossed the 10,000 mark, with deaths in the hundreds compared with the thousands seen in other countries such as Italy, Spain and the United States. But there are concerns among health experts that the true number of cases is much higher due to a lack of testing and tracing in many parts of the country. The lockdown is also taking its toll on India’s economy. While some parts of the country may soon see the easing of some restrictions, millions of workers remain fearful that a protracted shutdown will push them deep into poverty.

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1. Wash your hands frequently

Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water.

2. Maintain social distancing

Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and anyone who is coughing or sneezing.

3. Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth

Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and can make you sick.

4. Practice respiratory hygiene

Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately.

5. If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early

Stay home if you feel unwell. If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance. Follow the directions of your local health authority.

6. Stay informed and follow advice given by your healthcare provider

Stay informed on the latest developments about COVID-19. Follow advice given by your healthcare provider, your national and local public health authority or your employer on how to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.

 

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Ukrainian Jetliner Crashes Near Tehran Airport, Killing All 176 Aboard

A Ukraine International Airlines jetliner reportedly carrying 176 passengers and crew has crashed near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport, according to Iran state television, which said all those aboard are dead. Iranian officials said they believe one of the plane’s engines caught fire.

Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadym Prystaiko, wrote in a tweet that the victims included 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians, 11 Ukrainians (including the 9 crew members), 10 passengers from Switzerland, four Afghans, three Germans and three from the United Kingdom.

Airline officials said most of the passengers were likely en route to make connecting flights in Kyiv, according to The Associated Press.

Flightradar24, a website that tracks commercial aviation in real time, said flight 752, a Boeing 737-800, “crashed shortly after takeoff from Tehran.

Exactly what happened to the airplane is not yet clear. Iranian officials quickly attributed the crash to a mechanical issue.

Later, Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry quoted by the state-run IRNA news agency, said one of the engines apparently caught fire and a witness on the ground was quoted by the AP as saying he heard “a massive explosion.” Another witness quoted by the news agency said he believed the pilot had steered the plane toward a soccer field and away from a residential area.

Reza Jafarzadeh, a ministry spokesman, said a team of investigators had been dispatched to the site on the southwestern outskirts of Tehran.

An Iranian emergency official told state TV that all those aboard the plane were killed in the crash and that rescuers were recovering remains.

The Associated Press reports that where the jetliner went down, its journalists saw a field littered with debris and that bodies were strewn among pieces of the plane. Television footage showed burning plane parts and rescue workers wearing face masks as they retrieved bodies.

“The fire is so heavy that we cannot (do) any rescue… we have 22 ambulances, four bus ambulances and a helicopter at the site,” Pirhossein Koulivand, head of Iran’s emergency services, told Iran state television, according to Reuters.

Initially, Iran state television reported 180 passengers and crew were aboard the airplane, but later said the figure was 170.

In a statement hours after the first reports, Ukraine Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk clarified that the plane was carrying 167 passengers and 9 crew members. He confirmed that all aboard the plane had been killed and that authorities were trying to clarify the circumstances of the crash.

“My sincere condolences to the relatives and friends of all passengers and crew,” Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said, according to Reuters.

The news agency quoted Zelenskiy as saying Ukraine’s consul in Iran was at the crash site. Zelenskiy himself was on a visit to Oman but returning to the capital due to the crash, his office said in a statement.

The crash came just hours after Iran launched missiles into Iraq to retaliate against a U.S. drone strike last week that killed Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Quds Force, in Baghdad.

In addition, the crash occurred less than an hour after the Federal Aviation Administration prohibited U.S. civil aviation “from operating in the airspace over Iraq, Iran, and the waters of the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman.”

According to aviation tracking sites, the plane is a 737-800, a common single-aisle twin-engine airliner that is in service around the world. The plane that crashed was manufactured about 3 1/2 years ago and is an earlier generation than the troubled MAX aircraft that has been grounded globally after two deadly crashes in 2018 and last year.

Boeing 737-800s have been involved in other fatal accidents over the years, including in 2016, when a FlyDubai 737-800 crashed in Russia, killing 62 people. In 2010, an Air India 737-800 crashed in southern India, killing 150 passengers and crew.

PNB fraud case: Swiss authorities freeze four bank accounts of Nirav Modi, sister

Four Swiss bank accounts of beleaguered diamantaire Nirav Modi, the main accused in the USD 2-billion PNB fraud case, and his sister have been “frozen” by authorities in Switzerland as part of the criminal money laundering probe being conducted against them in India, official sources said. They said the accounts, at present, have deposits totalling Rs 283.16 crore and they have been frozen on the request of the Enforcement Directorate (ED) after it informed Switzerland authorities that the money kept in them are “proceeds of crime” of a bank fraud perpetrated by the duo.

The ED, they said, made the request to the Swiss authorities sometime back and sent an official request under the criminal provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA). Official sources said while the accounts of Nirav Modi, the diamantaire under arrest in this case in London, have deposits of USD 3,74,11,596 while the accounts in the name of his sister Purvi Modi has deposits of GBP 27,38,136. This totals around Rs 283.16 crore, they said.

The central probe agency is expected to now make a move for the attachment of these bank accounts under the PMLA. The ED along with the CBI are investigating Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others for alleged money laundering and corruption to defraud the Brady House branch of the PNB in Mumbai to the tune of over Rs 13,000 crore. The alleged scam was unearthed last year and Purvi Modi was also named as an accused by the ED in its chargesheet filed before a Mumbai court.

Source Link: Financialexpress.com

Journalist Shot At While Driving In Delhi, Attackers Threw Eggs On Car

New Delhi:

A journalist was shot at by a group of masked men while she was in her car at east Delhi’s Vasundhara Enclave, the police said today. Mitali Chandola, who lives in Noida, was driving her Hyundai i20 car around 12:30 am on Sunday when a Maruti Swift suddenly overtook her, the police said.

Some masked men inside the car fired two shots at her, the police said, adding the bullets pierced through the front windshield and one of them hit her hand. Ms Chandola told the police the attackers also threw eggs on her car’s windshield before accelerating away.

She has been admitted to Dharamshila Hospital in east Delhi and is out of danger.

The police said they are investigating whether any gang that targets motorists at night with eggs to distract and rob them were involved in the attack.

The police have also not ruled out personal enmity. Ms Chandola said she was not in good terms with her family, according to the police.

“She has received bullet injuries in her arm. She is out of danger. Prima facie it appears to be case of family dispute,” senior police officer Jasmeet Singh told reporters.

The police have launched a hunt for the accused.

In 2008, a 26-year-old journalist, Soumya Viswanathan, was shot dead in south Delhi’s Vasant Kunj while she was driving around 3:30 am.

Who’ll make the World Cup semifinals?

Halfway through the group stage of the World Cup, Afghanistan and South Africa are out of the qualification race. India, New Zealand, England and Australia are at the top of the table as of now and it’s difficult to see more than one of these missing out on a semifinal slot.

That leaves Bangladesh, West Indies, Pakistan and Sri Lanka – possibly in that order – fighting for a possible fourth place.

WORLD CUP SCHEDULE | POINTS TABLE

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New Zealand

Unbeaten so far, but have arguably the toughest back end among all teams. Definite chance of semifinal slot, but top 2 finish could prove a tough ask.

England

Have three of the current top four still to play, but barring a blip against Pakistan have been imperious. Almost certain to qualify, would be disappointed not to finish in top 2.

Australia

Barring a loss to India, have shown signs of their old dominating style. Still to come up against England and New Zeeland, but qualifying near certain. Top 2 finish no pipedream.

India

All wins, barring a washed out game so far. Would fancy their chances of winning most of the remaining games. Target will be to beat England and top the group stage.

Bangladesh

Have punched above their presumed weight, but have three hurdles in India, Australia and Pakistan if they have to qualify for the semis. Outside chance.

Sri Lanka

A pale shadow of the world-beaters they once were. With India England still to play and a horrible NRR, they’ll have to win everything left to survive the group stage.

West Indies

Have imploded after an impressive start. Their unpredictability and a still decent NRR gives them an outside chance of qualifying, but will need to beat India, New Zealand to do that.

South Africa

Performed well below expectations so far. Have only pride to play for in the remaining three group games.

Pakistan

A win against England apart, haven’t looked the part. With a disastrous NRR, even winning the rest may not be enough to qualify.

Afghanistan

Unsurprising bottom of the table. Qualification no longer a possibility, but still can play for bragging rights against India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Windies.

A round robin with several evenly matched teams and a few unpredictable ones is always a forecaster’s nightmare, but the rain factor at the Cup has made it more of a lottery. Windies can ill afford any more washouts while the others will hope if the weather does intervene it does so in games against tough rivals.

Delhi to Mumbai in just 10 hours by train, Delhi to Howrah in 12 hours

There is good news for those who frequently travel between Delhi to Mumbai, and Delhi to Howrah as the Indian Railways has planned to embark on an ambitious project to reduce the travel time considerable for these locations. Soon, you will be able to reach Mumbai from Delhi in just 10 hours by train. The distance between Delhi to Howrah will be covered in 12 hours.

According to media reports, the Indian Railways plans to achieve a speed of 160 kmph on these routes by 2023, which means a reduction of travel time by five hours on Delhi and Mumbai route. This also means five-and-half-hours of journey time saved between the national capital and Kolkata.
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The railways has finalised this proposal as a part of its 100-day agenda under the Narendra Modi government’s second edition say media reports. The railways has estimated to spend around Rs 13,500 crore in shoring.

These two routes are very busy and there is an immediate need to shore up the track infrastructure. These two tracks account for nearly 30 per cent of passenger and 20 per cent of total freight traffic. As per the media reports, the ministry has sent the proposal to the PMO in this regard.