Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Jammu and Kashmir declares Srinagar, Bandipora, Anantnag and Shopian districts as Red Zones

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Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Update

Two floors of BSF headquarters sealed

After a staff member of Border Security Force (BSF) working in the headquarters at CGO Complex in Delhi tested positive for COVID-19, the building’s first and second floors were been closed for sanitisation.

This comes a day after the CRPF headquarters in Delhi were sealed after the personal secretary of a senior staffer had tested positive for coronavirus.

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Coronavirus in Maharashtra​ Latest Update

Bombay HC seeks response on plea against ‘detention’ of 1,408 people at quarantine centres

The Bombay High Court has sought response from the Maharashtra government and the Nagpur Municipal Corporation on a plea alleging that the civic authorities “illegally detained” 1,408 people from two coronavirus hotspots and put them in quarantine facilities.

Justice AS Kilor of the Nagpur bench on Sunday took up for urgent hearing the petition filed by local resident Mohammad Nishat, alleging that the city civic authorities illegally detained 1,408 people from Satranjipura and Mominpura areas on the ground that they were high-risk contacts of those who tested positive for COVID-19.

According to the petitioners advocate Tushar Mandlekar, the authorities randomly picked 1,408 people and thus, violated the prescribed protocols and guidelines issued by the Union government and the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). 

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Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir​ Latest Update

JK govt declares entire Kashmir valley, 2 district of Jammu as red zone

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has declared the entire Kashmir valley and three district of Jammu region as “red zone” based on the overall assessment of the coronavirus situation and expected movement of stranded persons to the union territory.

The classification of districts was given in an order issued by Chief Secretary BVR Subrahmanyam on Sunday night. The Union Health Ministry had classified four districts of Jammu and Kashmir – Srinagar, Bandipora, Anantnag and Shopian — in the red zone.

The Centre has allowed the administration of States and Union Territories (UTs) to classify additional districts as red or orange zones. However, States and UTs are not allowed to lower the zone classification of a district.

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Coronavirus in West Bengal​ Latest Update

West Bengal yet to decide on lockdown relaxations in green, orange

Despite the Centre allowing the functioning of certain shops and services to give some respite during the third phase of the lockdown that began on Monday, large parts of West Bengal wore a deserted look as the state government is yet to decide on the relaxations in the green and orange zones.

Shops, barring those selling essential commodities, remained closed and vehicles were off the roads in most parts of the state in the morning.

In the afternoon, a task force led by Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha will decide on the relaxations, including which shops and establishments will be allowed to reopen in the two zones, an official said.

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Coronavirus in India​ Latest Update

SEBI says capital, debt market service providers to remain operational during lockdown

Market regulator SEBI has said that entities providing capital and debt market services will continue to remain operational during the nationwide lockdown which has been extended for another two weeks contain the spread of COVID-19.

The government on Friday announced that a “limited” lockdown, including suspension of inter-state travel, air and train services, will continue to remain in force for another two weeks throughout the country from 4 May, but some activities would be allowed after classifying areas into red, orange and green zones.

The Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines permit the continuation of certain services including Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) operations, capital, and debt market services (as notified by the regulator), it said.

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Coronavirus in Delhi​ Latest Update

Police resort to lathi-charge outside Delhi liquor shop

The police on Monday resorted to a mild lathi-charge outside a liquor shop in Delhi’s Kashmere Gate after social distancing norms were allegedly flouted by people outside, ANI reported.

The Maharashtra government has issued a list of guidelines listing out what will be allowed and not allowed in different zones of the state.

State-wise cases

According to the health ministry data, the highest number of confirmed cases in the country is from Maharashtra at 12,296, followed by Gujarat at 5,055, Delhi 4,122, Madhya Pradesh 2,846, Rajasthan 2,772, Tamil Nadu 2,757 and Uttar Pradesh 2,626.

The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to 1,583 in Andhra Pradesh and 1,063 in Telangana. It has risen to 922 in West Bengal, 772 in Punjab, 666 in Jammu and Kashmir, 606 in Karnataka, 500 in Kerala and 482 in Bihar.

Haryana has reported 394 coronavirus cases, while Odisha has 160 cases. A total of 115 people have been infected with the virus in Jharkhand and 94 in Chandigarh. Uttarakhand has reported 59 cases, Assam and Chhattisgarh have 43 cases each, while Himachal Pradesh and Ladakh have registered 40 cases so far.

Thirty-three COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Meghalaya has reported 12 cases, Puducherry eight, while Goa has seven COVID-19 cases.

Tripura has registered four cases, while Manipur has two cases. Mizoram and Arunachal Pradesh have reported a case each.

“Our figures are being reconciled with the ICMR,” the health ministry said on its website, adding state-wise distribution is subject to further verification and reconciliation.

Of the 83 deaths reported since Saturday evening, 36 were from Maharashtra, 26 from Gujarat, 11 from Madhya Pradesh, three each from Rajasthan and Delhi, two from Telangana and one each from Tamil Nadu and Bihar.

With 521 fatalities, Maharashtra accounts for the maximum of the nationwide 1,306 deaths. Gujarat comes second with 262 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh 156, Rajasthan 65, Delhi 64, Uttar Pradesh 43, and West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh 33 each.

The death toll reached 29 in Tamil Nadu, 28 in Telangana, while Karnataka has reported 25 fatalities due to the respiratory disease. Punjab has registered 20 COVID-19 deaths, Jammu and Kashmir eight, Kerala, Bihar and Haryana have reported four deaths each. Jharkhand has recorded three COVID-19 fatalities.

Meghalaya, Himachal Pradesh, Odisha and Assam have reported one fatality each, according to the ministry data. The health ministry”s Saturday evening update had put the death toll at 1,223 and the number of cases at 37,776 in the country.

Lockdown relaxations

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said the state government will implement the Centre’s latest guidelines on lockdown relaxation and allow government and private offices to open from Monday but the suspension of travel by flight, metro and bus will continue.

Addressing an online media briefing, Kejriwal said delivery of essential goods through e-commerce portals will continue in the national capital.

The chief minister said that Delhi goverment offices engaged in essential services will function with full strength while private offices can operate with up to 33 percent strength.

The Maharashtra government also issued guidelines listing out permissible activities in different zones of the state.

As per the guidelines, only five non-essential shops, including liquor shops, can be opened in each lane. However, there is no restriction on the number of shops selling essential items.

A similar decision had already been announced for the COVID-19 green and orange zones, and such shops in these two
zones were scheduled to open from Monday.

The state government, however, has created a separate category for Mumbai, Pune and Malegaon and will implement harsher restrictions there than other red zones in the state. According to the guidelines, private offices in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, Pune Metropolitan Region and Malegaon will not be allowed to open from Monday. In other red zones in the state, they will be allowed to open with 33 percent staff strength.

Health minister urges people to follow restrictions

Harsh Vardhan urged people to observe the curbs extended till 17 May in the letter and spirit, and treat it as an effective intervention to cut the chain of transmission of the virus.

“We are on the path of success. We will win this war against COVID-19,” he said after visiting the Lady Hardinge Medical College Hospital (LHMC) in Delhi to review the status of COVID-19 management.

He said around 10,000 people have been cured of the disease so far.

“We have crossed over 10 lakh tests and are performing over 74,000 tests in a day presently,” he said.

The government has distributed around 20 lakh PPE kits all over India and supplied medicines, both hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) and paracetamol (PCM), to more than 100 countries, Vardhan added.

He said India is on a “better footing” compared to other nations in managing the pandemic, adding that with more than 2.5 lakh beds in dedicated COVID-19 hospitals and health centres, the country is capable of pulling off any eventuality.

The health minister urged people not to ostracise doctors treating COVID-19 patients or stigmatise those who have survived the deadly disease.

Centre to send teams to 20 districts to help with containment measures

The Centre will send public health teams to 20 districts with heavy case load of COVID-19 to help states in implementation of containment measures, an official press release said.

“These teams will support the States in implementation of containment measures for COVID-19 in the affected areas within these districts/cities,” the press release said.

With inputs from PTI

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