Total 13,835 Cases, 452 Deaths, Says Health Ministry

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According to the Health Ministry on Friday, 17 April,, India’s total number of coronavirus cases have risen to 13,835, including 11,616 active cases, 1,766 recoveries and 452 deaths.

A COVID-19 patient died of multiple ailments at AIIMS, Patna, and a 75-year-old patient died in Srinagar hospital in Jammu and Kashmir on Friday, 17 April.

Earlier on Friday, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das announced that the central bank has reduced the reverse repo rate by 25 basis points to 3.75 percent. He said that the RBI will ensure adequate liquidity in the system to ease the financial stress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • According to the Health Ministry, India’s total number of coronavirus cases have risen to 13,387, including 11,201 active cases, 1,748 recoveries and 437 deaths

  • China’s Wuhan has abruptly raised its death toll by 50 per cent to a total of 3,869, admitting that many cases were “mistakenly reported” or missed entirely

  • The Home Ministry on Friday gave exemptions to a few more areas from the purview of the lockdown, including construction in rural areas

  • US coronavirus deaths have reached 32,917. The toll marks an increase of 4,491 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll so far

Delhi Reports 67 New Cases Today

“Sixty-seven new positive cases reported in Delhi today; the total number of positive cases now stand at 1,707,” said the Delhi Health Government, reported ANI.

Gujarat Receives 24,000 Rapid Testing Kits From Centre

“Gujarat today received 24,000 rapid testing kits from the Government of India. These kits will be helpful for intense testing in containment zones, high-risk zones. More rapid testing kits will arrive in 2-3 days,” said the Gujarat Information Department. ANI reported.

COVID-19 Positive Man Dies in Ludhiana; 14 Fresh Cases Reported in Punjab

A 58-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus and was undergoing treatment at a private hospital in Ludhiana died while 14 more persons tested positive for the infection in Punjab on Friday, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 211 in the state, as per medical bulletin.

In Ludhiana, Gurmail Singh, who had tested positive for the infection on Thursday night, succumbed to the virus on Friday.

PM Modi Discuss COVID-19 Situation With Eqypt Pres; Assures Support

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today spoke on phone with President of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. The two leaders discussed the evolving global situation in the wake of COVID-19. PM assured Egyptian President that India would provide all possible support to ensure the availability of pharmaceutical supplies.

PPE Kits From China Didn't Fulfill Criteria: Health Min Sources

“About 63,000 Personal protective equipment (PPE) kits which arrived from China recently did not fulfill the criteria,” ANI reported quoting Health Ministry sources.

Take Action Against Anyone Hampering Last Rites of COVID-19 Patients: HC to Authorities

The Meghalaya High Court has directed authorities to take legal action against anyone obstructing the cremation or burial of COVID-19 victims in the state.

The direction came after a 69-year-old doctor, the first coronavirus fatality in Meghalaya, was buried a day after his death on Wednesday due to protests and denial of permission by a town body and a crematorium.

78 Fresh COVID-19 Cases Reported in Gujarat Today

“Seventy-eight new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Gujarat today. The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state rises to 1,099 (including 86 discharged/recovered patients and 41 deaths),” the Gujarat Health Department said, ANI reported.

60 Cases, One Death in Odisha

“The number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State stands at 60 including 40 active cases, 19 cured/discharged and one death,” stated the Odisha Health Department, ANI reported.

77 Cases, 5 Deaths in Mumbai Reported Today

“Seventy-seven new COVID-19 positive cases, five deaths reported in Mumbai today, the total number of positive cases in Mumbai is 2,120 including 121 deaths,” said Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai, ANI reported.

AP Chief Minister Tests Negative

“Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy got tested for COVID-19 today. His test result came negative. The CM was tested with a rapid test kit after the State received 1 lakh rapid test kits from South Korea,” said Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister's Office, ANI reported.

15 New COVID-19 Cases in Mumbai's Dharavi

"Fifteen new COVID-19 cases reported in Mumbai's Dharavi,” said Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in Maharashtra, reported ANI.

33 of 92 COVID-19 Patients in Noida Recover

Thirty-three of the 92 coronavirus patients in Gautam Buddh Nagar are cured and discharged from hospital, a number which has brought some cheer to the district which is among the worst affected in Uttar Pradesh, PTI reported.

This 35 percent recovery rate is better than the 13 percent recorded at the national level.

Lockdown Breach: Ten Held for Gathering in Mosque to Offer Friday Prayer

Ten persons were arrested in Kaiserganj area in Bahraich for gathering in mosque to offer Friday namaz in breach of the lockdown provisions, the police said, PTI reported. Bahraich Additional Superintendent of Police Ravindra Singh said in Bairimaheshpur village some persons gathered to offer Friday prayers despite lockdown.

Detained Migrant With COVID-19 Forced to Call in to Court

A detained immigrant who said he tested positive for COVID-19 was required to call in for a court hearing even after a guard said he was too weak to talk, his attorney said Thursday, PTI reported.

When the judge asked Salomon Diego Alonzo to say his name, the guard responded that Alonzo “does not have the lung capacity,” said his lawyer, Veronica Semino, who was listening by phone.

44 Yr-Old Man Who Tested COVID-19 Positive Passes Away in Pune

“A 44-year-old man who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away in Pune today. He suffered from comorbid conditions. Total death toll in Pune is now 49,” said Pune Health Officials, Maharashtra, ANI reported.

Kerala Reports 1 COVID-19 Case; 10 More Recover

“Only one COVID-19 positive case reported in Kerala today,10 more people have recovered. As of now, there are 138 active cases and 255 cured cases,” said Kerala Health Minister's Office.

COVID-19: Total 13,835 Cases, 452 Deaths, Says Health Ministry

According to the Health Ministry on Friday, 17 April,, India’s total number of coronavirus cases have risen to 13,835, including 11,616 active cases, 1,766 recoveries and 452 deaths.

646 COVID-19 Cases in 49 UP Districts: State Principal Health Secy

“Eight hundred and forty six cases of COVID-19 have been reported in 49 districts of Uttar Pradesh including 74 cured/discharged. 2,962 tests were conducted yesterday. 993 people are in isolation wards and 10,714 in quarantine facilities in the state,” UP’s Principal Secretary (Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.

44 News Cases in K'taka; State's Tally at 359

"Forty-four new COVID-19 cases reported in the state from 5 pm yesterday to 5 pm today, the total number of positive cases in the state is 359 including 13 deaths and 88 discharges,” the Karnataka Health Department said.

Maharashtra Govt Issues Advisory on Deferring Rent Collection for Next 3 Months

“Maharashtra State Housing Department issues instructions to landlords to postpone rent collection by at least three months. During this period, no tenant should be evicted from the rented house due to non-payment of rent,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office said.

West Bengal's Tally Rises to 162, Death Toll at 10

“Total active COVID-19 cases in the State are 162, death toll at 10,” said West Bengal Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, ANI reported.

Maharashtra Govt Issues Advisory on Deferring Rent Collection for Next 3 Months

“Maharashtra State Housing Department issues instructions to landlords to postpone rent collection by at least three months. During this period, no tenant should be evicted from the rented house due to non-payment of rent,” the Maharashtra Chief Minister's Office said.

ICMR To Begin Study on Mutation Next Week

“This virus has been in India for 3 months, the mutation doesn’t happen too quickly. Whatever vaccine comes out now, it will work in the future as well (if the virus mutates),” said Dr. Gangakhedkar, ICMR.

He continued, “ICMR will begin a study next week. Till we don’t have definitive results from this, we won’t recommend it even for health workers.”

Doubling Rate Gone Down in 19 States, UTs: Health Ministry

“Before the lockdown, doubling rate of COVID-19 cases was about three days, but according to data in the past 7 days, the doubling rate of cases now stands at 6.2 days. Doubling rate in 19 States, Union Territories are even lower than average doubling rate,” said Lav Aggrawal, Health Ministry.

“The doubling rate is lower than the national level in 19 states and UTs- Kerala, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh, Ladakh, Puducherry, Delhi, Bihar, Odisha, TN, Andhra Pradesh , UP, Punjab, Assam, Tripura etc,” he said.

He further said, “We have been witnessing average growth factor at 1.2 since 1 April which stood at 2.1 (average) between 13-15 March. Hence, there is 40 percent decline in average growth factor even as we increased COVID-19 testings.”

He also stated the focus i now on speeding up vaccine development. The centre is working on recombinant BCG, convalescent plasma therapy, monoclonal antibodies to fight COVID-19, he added.

Containment Ops to Be Scaled Down If No Secondary COVID-19 Case for 4 Weeks: Govt

Containment operations will be scaled down if no secondary positive case of COVID-19 is reported from a quarantine zone for at least four weeks after the last confirmed test has been isolated and all his contacts have been followed up for 28 days, the Union Health Ministry said, PTI reported.

75-Yr-Old COVID-19 Patient From Baramulla Dies in Srinagar Hospital

“A 75-year-old COVID-19 patient from Armpora Sopore in Baramulla has died at JVC Hospital in Srinagar, taking the death toll due to the disease to five in Jammu and Kashmir,” said the Medical Superintendent of JVC Hospital, reported ANI.

14-Day Quarantine in a Month for Docs, Nurses in Odisha's COVID-19 Hospitals: Official

Doctors, nurses and all healthcare providers in Odisha's COVID-19 hospitals are placed under quarantine for 14 days after tending to patients for about the same period in a particular month, and another set of medical professionals takes over for that duration, a senior official here said.

Arrangements for safety have been made for health workers in the facilities earmarked for coronavirus patients, and those dealing with suspected or confirmed cases provided with Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Development Commissioner SC Mohapatra said on Thursday, PTI reported.

COVID-19 Patient Dies of Multiple Ailments at AIIMS, Patna

A COVID-19 patient died of multiple ailments at AIIMS, Patna on Friday, taking the coronavirus toll in Bihar to two, an official was quoted by PTI as saying.

‘Disappointed With Announcements Made By RBI’: Congress

The Congress on Friday said it was disappointed with the announcements made by the RBI amid the coronavirus lockdown, with its leader Ajay Maken saying that the government should take more measures to help those affected by the virus.

The party also presented a 10-point demand charter to the Arvind Kejriwal government in Delhi to help those in distress due to COVID-19, reported PTI.

It also sough regulations in place to check the spread of the virus by delivery persons in Delhi.

"Migrants are the backbone of any city. They should be incentivised to make them feel safe in Delhi and other towns," Maken added.

'Private Schools Can Only Charge Tuition Fee During Lockdown': Delhi Dy CM

No private school will be allowed to increase fees during the coronavirus lockdown and only the tuition fee can be charged till the time schools reopen, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia announced on Friday.

"We have got several complaints about schools hiking fees and also levying charges like transport fee, which is not even being utilised during the lockdown. No private school will be allowed to hike fees without seeking permission from the government. Schools also cannot charge beyond the tuition fee," Sisodia was quoted by PTI as saying at a press conference.

Sisodia, who is also the education minister of Delhi, clarified that charges such as transport fee, annual fee or any other miscellaneous head cannot be levied during the lockdown.

"No school can charge three months' tuition fee (at a time), the fee has to be collected monthly. Schools are mandated to pay salaries to their staff, including the contractual ones. If they are short of funds, they can reach out to their parent organisation for funds.”

"No student's access to online classes should be restricted, irrespective of fee payment," he added.

288 Fresh Cases Take Maharashtra's COVID-19 Tally to 3,204

As many as 288 fresh COVID-19 cases and seven more deaths have been reported in Maharashtra, taking the total case tally to 3,204 and death toll to 194, the state Health Department said.

Number of Coronavirus Cases in Karnataka Rises to 353

Thirty-eight more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Karnataka from 5 pm on Thursday till 12 pm on Friday. The total number of cases in the state stands at 353, including 82 patients who have been discharged and 13 deaths, the Karnataka government was quoted by ANI as saying.

38 More COVID-19 Cases in Andhra Pradesh

Thirty-eight more COVID-19 cases have been reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases in the state has risen to 572, including 35 patients who have been discharged and 14 deaths, the state Health Department was quoted by ANI as saying.

Group of Ministers Meet Over COVID-19; CDS Rawat Also Present

A Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting over COVID-19 is underway in Delhi. The meeting is being attended by Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat, among others.

Death Toll in Gujarat Rises to 38

Two more people succumbed to COVID-19 in Gujarat on Friday, taking the death toll to 38 in the state, a health official was quoted by PTI as saying.

Ninety-two new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state, taking the total tally to 1,021.

'No Case Reported in Last 15 Days From 3 Locations': Delhi Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Friday that a total of 1,640 COVID-19 cases have been reported in the national capital, of which 62 were reported on Thursday.

"Thirty eight people have died till date, 34 are in ICU and six are on ventilator," he was quoted by ANI as saying.

Speaking about 'Operation Shield' that is being conducted in areas from where cases are being reported, he said, "No case has been reported in the last 15 days from three locations in the national capital, including Dilshad Garden. Sixty have been containment zones identified till now."

Fresh Exemptions For Lockdown Period, Construction Allowed in Rural Areas

The Home Ministry on Friday gave exemptions to a few more areas from the purview of the lockdown, including activities regarding minor, non-timber forest produce; those regarding bamboo, coconut, arecanut, cocoa and spices plantations; NBFCs and cooperative credit societies; and, activities regarding construction in rural areas.

Watch: RBI Governor Addresses Media Amid Lockdown

Addressing the media, RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das said the central bank is monitoring the situation developing out of the COVID-19 outbreak closely.

"Since 27 March, the macroeconomic and financial landscape has deteriorated precipitously in some areas, but light still shines through bravely in some others," Das said.

According to him, the contraction in exports in March at 34.6 percent is much more severe than the global financial crisis of 2008-09. Automobile production and sales declined sharply in March, as also the electricity demand, he said.

However, he did go on to point out that the IMF projection of 1.9 percent GDP growth for India is the highest among G20 countries, adding that "India is expected to post sharp turnaround in 2021-22."

Wuhan Abruptly Raises Death Toll by 1,290; Admits to 'Missing' Cases

China's Wuhan on Friday 17 April, abruptly raised its death toll by 50 percent to a total of 3,869, admitting that many cases were "mistakenly reported" or missed entirely, AFP reported.

The adjustment, detailed in a social media posting by the city government, adds 1,290 deaths to the tally in Wuhan, where the global pandemic emerged and which has suffered the vast majority of China's fatalities from COVID-19.

5 More Cases in Andhra Pradesh

5 more cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Srikalahasti Temple town of Andhra Pradesh’s Chittoor district. With this, total positive cases in Srikalahasti increased to 10. Of the 5 new cases; one woman is a contact of a positive case, ANI reported.

Trump Announces Gradual Reopening of US Economy

President Donald Trump on Thursday announced the gradual reopening of a US economy battered by the brutal side effects of an unprecedented effort to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

RBI Governor to Address Media at 10 am

Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das is set to address the media at 10:00 am on Friday, 17 April.

US Coronavirus Tally Crosses 32,000

US coronavirus deaths have reached 32,917, a Johns Hopkins University tally shows. The toll marks a huge increase of 4,491 deaths in the past 24 hours, the highest daily toll so far. The figure likely includes "probable" deaths related to COVID-19, which were not previously included

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