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Nearly 20,000 COVID-19 cases, 410 deaths reported in India in past 24 hours

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has informed that 19,906 fresh cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in India in the past 24 hours ending Sunday morning. It is the biggest single-day surge in cases that has taken the country’s COVID-19 count to 5,28,859. Also, 410 deaths were reported during this period that...

COVID-19 patient declared dead issues video, says “I am alive”

Madhya Pradesh’s health department admitted its lapse in declaring a COVID-19 patient dead in Ujjain, 190 kilometres west of state capital Bhopal, and issued a showcause notice to the concerned doctor who committed the error, a department official said in Ujjain on Saturday. The department swung into action and issued the notice to the doctor...

Locals attack hearse, prohibits burial of neurosurgeon who succumbed to coronavirus

While the nation has repeatedly saluted frontline healthcare workers for their service during the coronavirus pandemic, one doctor in Tamil Nadu was robbed of dignity even in death. A 55-year-old neurosurgeon Dr Simon Hercules succumbed to COVID-19 at a private hospital in Chennai on Sunday. Dr Hercules was on ventilator support after he developed health...

Six employees of iconic Taj Hotel in Mumbai test coronavirus positive

At least six employees working at the iconic Taj Mahal Palace and Towers hotel in south Mumbai have tested positive for coronavirus, a doctor attached to a private hospital said on Saturday. Indian Hotels Company, which runs the Taj Hotel chain, confirmed that some of its employees have been found positive for the virus, but...

COVID-19: India’s tally touches 8,356, death toll at 273

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India breached the 8,000-mark on Sunday, with the death toll due to the deadly virus slowly moving towards the 300-mark. The Union Health Ministry has informed that 909 new cases of the virus were reported in the past 24 hours taking the case tally to 8,356. Similarly,...

After requests by states, Centre likely to extend lockdown by two weeks

After a four-hour-long video conferencing meeting with at least 13 chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has indicated an extension of the coronavirus lockdown by another two weeks. Notably, the chief ministers had requested the PM to extend the lockdown as they preferred a longer containment period. The lockdown was scheduled to end on Tuesday....

BJP MLA throws birthday party amid coronavirus lockdown

Ruling BJP legislator A.S. Jayaram on Friday celebrated’ his fifty-first birthday amid lockdown at a village in Karnataka’s Tumakuru district, with hundreds of guests attending the function, the police said. The BJP leader could be seen wearing a turban and cutting a cake with several guests, including children, standing by his side. Interestingly, Jayaram wore...

Ahmedabad uses hostel for care, management of asymptomatic COVID-19 cases

In a step further in the battle against coronavirus pandemic in Ahmedabad, the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation (AMC) on Saturday started a COVID Care Centre at a hostel building in the city. The facility will be used to provide care and management to COVID-19 positive patients in the age group of 18-60 years who have not...

Stuck in Dubai due to lockdown, retired college professor from India dies of heart attack

A retired college professor from India, who was visiting his daughter in the UAE but could not travel back following flight suspensions due to the coronavirus outbreak, died of heart attack, his family said on Saturday. M Sreekumar, 70, and his wife Sreekumari from Kerala, were visiting their daughter Sreeja, a teacher in Sharjah. They...

PM Modi holds meeting with chief ministers on lockdown extension

As India battles the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a video conference with chief ministers primarily to take their feedback on whether the 21-nation-wide lockdown be extended beyond April 14 to stem the tide of the infections. The Central government is understood to have also obtained views on the issue from...

SVP Hospital in Ahmedabad gets permission to carry out COVID-19 tests

In what could strengthen the authorities in the battle against coronavirus in Ahmedabad, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has given permission to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel (SVP) Hospital to carry out testing of COVID-19 samples. The development would greatly benefit the authorities in combating the deadly virus as fresh cases of the virus are...

Ahmedabad reports 75 coronavirus cases in 24-hours, 124 fresh cases across Gujarat takes tally to 432

In what could be a major cause of concern for the Gujarat government, 124 fresh cases of the virus were reported in the last 24-hours—the highest rise in a day so far—taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 432 in the state. No fresh death has been reported on Saturday and the death...