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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.

Stay Home Stay Safe!

Here are basic protective measures against the Coronavirus.

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.

 

Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans.  In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.

Symptoms of Coronavirus

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, dry cough, and tiredness. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, sore throat or diarrhea. Here you will get to know some basic protective measures against the Coronavirus.

What should I do if I have COVID-19 symptoms and when should I seek medical care?

If you have minor symptoms, such as a slight cough or a mild fever, there is generally no need to seek medical care. Stay at home, self-isolate and monitor your symptoms.

Seek immediate medical care if you have difficulty breathing or pain/pressure in the chest. If possible, call your health care provider in advance, so he/she can direct you to the right health facility.

How does Coronavirus spread?

People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease spreads primarily from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth, which are expelled when a person with COVID-19 coughs, sneezes, or speaks. These droplets are relatively heavy, do not travel far and quickly sink to the ground. People can catch COVID-19 if they breathe in these droplets from a person infected with the virus. This is why it is important to stay at least 1 metre (3 feet) away from others. These droplets can land on objects and surfaces around the person such as tables, doorknobs and handrails. People can become infected by touching these objects or surfaces, then touching their eyes, nose or mouth. This is why it is important to wash your hands regularly with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand rub.

Advice for elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions to combat COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

Advice for elderly and people with pre-existing health conditions to combat COVID-19

COVID-19 can affect any person, irrespective of age, pre-existing health conditions, immunity levels, etc. However, various studies have found that the elderly and those with pre-existing health conditions are at a greater risk.

A young and healthy person may only experience mild symptoms of COVID-19, whereas an aged person or a less-healthy individual may develop severe symptoms, leading to organ failure, explain health practitioners at AMRI Hospitals.

People with weakened immune system and underlying chronic conditions, including heart diseases, diabetes, or asthma need to take more precautions. It is important for them to practise good hygiene, follow a healthy lifestyle, and monitor their health condition closely.

According to medical practitioners at AMRI Hospitals, best hospital in Kolkata, the common symptoms of COVID-19 are not different than that of the regular flu, which makes it even more important to stay cautious. These include cough, high temperature, shortness of breath, sore throat, etc.

It can be dangerous to take these symptoms for granted, considering the threat of COVID-19. Self-medication is also discouraged by medical practitioners. One must visit a nearby healthcare facility, if experiencing any of the symptoms of COVID-19.

People, who are over the age of 70, need to practice social distancing and isolation. While everyone is being told to follow social-distancing measures to help reduce the chance of spreading Coronavirus, people in higher risk groups are strongly advised to follow the advice at any cost.

As per doctors at AMRI Hospitals, other than washing hands frequently, eating healthy, and sleeping for 7-8 hours daily, one cannot undermine the necessity of engaging in physical activities. If one doesn’t wish to work out, there are other methods of keeping the body fit and not lying idle for too long.

One of the bigger challenges one may face during the lockdown is boredom and inactivity, causing numerous problems to those with pre-existing health conditions. Thus, it is important to keep yourself engaged in different activities and stay active, both physically and mentally.

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.

So take precautions and stay home stay healthy.

Coronavirus | Symptoms & Prevention

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by a newly discovered coronavirus.

Most people infected with the COVID-19 virus will experience mild to moderate respiratory illness and recover without requiring special treatment.  Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, and cancer are more likely to develop serious illness.

What are the symptoms?

Common symptoms include:

  • fever
  • tiredness
  • dry cough.

Other symptoms include:

  • shortness of breath
  • aches and pains
  • sore throat
  • and very few people will report diarrhoea, nausea or a runny nose.

People with fever, cough or difficulty breathing should call their doctor and seek medical attention.

Prevention

To prevent infection and to slow transmission of COVID-19, do the following:

  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, or clean them with alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Maintain at least 1 metre distance between you and people coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid touching your face.
  • Cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing.
  • Stay home if you feel unwell.
  • Refrain from smoking and other activities that weaken the lungs.
  • Practice physical distancing by avoiding unnecessary travel and staying away from large groups of people.