Emphasising on the impact of the lockdown, the health ministry further said that after restrictions were imposed, the growth rate of infections is down to 29 per cent. (Representational Image)
Coronavirus (COVID-19): A total of 1035 positive novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases and 40 deaths have been detected in the last 24 hours taking the total number of overall cases to 7,529 in India, the Union Health Ministry said in its latest briefing on Saturday. Most states, as per government sources, have requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the nationwide lockdown beyond April 14 for two more weeks. "The central government is considering this request," government sources said following the meeting between the PM and chief ministers via video conferencing.
Emphasising on the impact of the lockdown, the health ministry further said that after restrictions were imposed, the growth rate of infections is down to 29 per cent. It would have been 45,000 without lockdown and would have been 2,00,000 without any measures," a health ministry official stated.
The total number of confirmed cases due to the novel coronavirus rose to 7,527, including 652 recoveries and 242 deaths. The highest number of infections have been reported from Maharashtra (1,666), followed by Tamil Nadu (911), and New Delhi (903). Maharashtra has also reported the highest number of deaths (110) till date. Madhya Pradesh has the second largest share of deaths (33), followed by Gujarat (19). Follow COVID-19 LIVE updates
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wearing a mask during the video conference with state chief ministers on Saturday. (ANI)
However, no official confirmation has come from the central government on this regard as of yet.
Odisha, Punjab and Maharashtra governments have already taken a decision to extend restrictions in the two states till April 30 and May 1, respectively. Meanwhile, Mamata Banerjee on Saturday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken about extending the nationwide lockdown till April 30 and that West Bengal is in favour of continuing the restrictions till the end of April.
With Maharashtra being the worst affected state in India with 1,666 infections as of Saturday, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced an extension of the lockdown till April 30. "In this next lockdown, the restrictions will be relaxed in some places but it will be made more stringent in some other places," Thackeray said at a press briefing.
Meanwhile, the state Health Department reported 187 new cases of coronavirus today, taking the total number of infections in the state to 1,761. The total number of infections in Mumbai stands at 1182 currently as the toll in the city has touched 75 with eleven deaths being reported today.
Maharashtra reported the highest number of infections. (Express File Photo/Arul Horizon)
Amid rising number of cases and deaths due to coronavirus in the state, Pune district administration has urged private hospital doctors to help formulate a "treatment protocol". District collector Naval Kishore Ram said the administration was working on a treatment protocol for COVID-19 patients and conducting an assessment of casualties so far, PTI reported.
Covid-19 cases in Delhi cross 1,000 mark
The number of coronavirus cases in the national capital mounted to 1069 on Saturday, with 166 fresh cases and five deaths being reported, according to Delhi government authorities. Of the total cases, 712 are those who have been brought to facilities through special operations. Government authorities had last month carried out measures to quarantine people who were related to the religious congregation that took place in Nizamuddin area in March.
By Friday night, the number of cases of the deadly virus in the city stood at 903 including 14 deaths. With five more fatalities reported, the death toll from COVID-19 in Delhi has risen to 19.
India sends rapid response team to Kuwait: EAM Jaishankar
India has sent a rapid response team to Kuwait to ensure and provide medical assistance and train personnel to fight against the coronavirus pandemic as a follow-up to the discussion between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Kuwaiti counterpart, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said on Saturday.
Christians in West Bengal maintain social distancing while praying on the occassion of Good Friday on April 10. (Express photo by Partha Paul)
On April 1, Prime Minister Modi and Sheikh Sabah Al-Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah talked on phone and decided that officials of the two countries would maintain regular contact to exchange information and explore avenues for cooperation.
"Subsequently, Jaishankar and his Kuwaiti counterpart held a telephone conversation to discuss the prevailing situation in Kuwait and explore ways to further strengthen cooperation during these challenging times," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement.
Arvind Kejriwal says PM has taken 'correct decision to extend lockdown'
Immediately after Prime Minister's video conference with chief ministers of all states ended, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said "PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown".
Nurses from KEM hospital on their way to duty during coronavirus in Mumbai. (Express File Photo by Prashant Nadkar)
"PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India's position is better than many developed countries only because we have started lockdown early. IF it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is important to extend it," he wrote on Twitter.
PM has taken correct decision to extend lockdown. Today, India’s position is better than many developed countries because we started lockdown early. If it is stopped now, all gains would be lost. To consolidate, it is imp to extend it
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) April 11, 2020
Fire service personnel spray sanitizers in jhuggi bastis or slums in Ghaziabad. (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)
Kerala reports third COVID-19 death
Kerala has reported its third death due to the coronavirus. The patient, a 71-year-old man from Mahe in Puducherry, was undergoing treatment at Kannur's Pariyaram Medical College.
MCGM medical staff in Dawari Nagar, Santacruz in Mumbai, where fresh cases of coronavirus cases were reported. (Express File Photo/Prashant Nadkar)
The man tested positive for the virus on March 7. While his immediate primary contacts have tested negative, the source of his infection is yet to be traced. The contact tracing exercise is on to find out how he got the infection. The man also suffered from chronic kidney ailments and hypertension.
Gujarat's Anand district reports fifth case
Anand district in Gujarat reported fifth COVID-19 case from Khambat taluka with a 53-year-old female testing positive. The patient has comorbidities and travel history to UP between January 11 to February 21, district administration confirmed.
Khambat taluka health department disinfects locality where a 53 year old woman tested positive this morning to become the fifth #Covid19 case of Anand district @IndianExpress pic.twitter.com/O6ZPgPMY39
— Aditi Raja (@aditijf) April 11, 2020
India clears list of countries to export hydroxychloroquine drug
The government has cleared a list of 13 countries, including the US and Brazil, that will be among the first to receive hydroxychloroquine, the drug that has garnered global interest in the treatment and prevention of COVID-19. A senior official from the Ministry of External Affairs said Friday that the government had to “rationalise” exports of the drug, which has been in high demand globally and has approved the first list of 13 countries on a “first come first serve” basis.
Nearly 35 per cent of the hydroxychloroquine tablets being exported and over 65 per cent of the active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) used to make the drug will be sent to the US. The US has emerged as the epicentre of the pandemic now with more than 4.63 lakh cases and over 16,000 deaths.
Health officials with Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) conduct health survey at Kasbapeth area amid concerns over the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus in the city on Thursday. (Express File photo/Ashish Kale)
Besides the US, Brazil, Bahrain, Mauritius, Seychelles, the Dominican Republic, Germany, Spain and SAARC countries Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Maldives and Afghanistan are the 13 on the first list.
In the first consignment, around 13.8 million tablets of the antimalarial drug and 13.5 metric tonnes of the APIs will be shipped, said Dammu Ravi, Additional Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs.