Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Rajasthan reports 35 cases today, with 22 from Jaipur alone; confirmed cases in state rise to 3,193

10:38 (IST)

Behavioural science must form key part of India’s COVID-19 response post lockdown 

As India gears up to gradually lift the lockdown, its massive population will have to build and exercise crucial new habits such as physical distancing, wearing masks, and maintaining hand and face hygiene. How much the virus spreads will, to a large extent, depend on how effectively we bring about and sustain these behavioural shifts. We propose the ‘MINDSPACE’ framework and the need for behavioural science to be embedded within policymaking as the lockdown comes to an end.

What will happen to people’s behaviour after a few weeks? Some may not see any harm in going back to normal by engaging in ‘risky’ behaviour after the arduous lockdown. This ties into ‘fatigue’, ie the boredom that comes with adhering to a newly-imposed behaviour and the consequent likelihood of people giving it up. Behaviours such as ‘just one night out with friends’, ‘I don’t feel like wearing a mask today’ or ‘I’ll skip washing my hands this time’ could be perceived as innocuous. Yet, this voice in our head becomes emboldened every time we justify that ‘nothing will happen to me’. Additionally, as individuals, we severely underestimate how our behaviour affects the collective.

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10:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Jaipur registers maximum COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan with 1,069 testing positive

Of the total 3,193 confirmed cases in Rajasthan, the maximum was registered in Jaipur as 1,069 individuals tested positive for the novel coronavirus till now, according to the health ministry.

The city registered 50 deaths of the total 90 fatalities across the state. While, the recovery rate stood at 42 percent with 446 people being cured. 

10:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Updates

One new COVID-19 death, 35 confirmed cases in Rajasthan 

With 35 more individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan, the total confirmed cases in the state climbed to 3,193 on Wednesday, according to the health department. 

While, another fatality due to COVID-19 took the toll to 90. The recovery rate stood at 48 percent after 1,536 patients were discharged. 

10:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Tripura Latest Updates

Three BSF camps in Tripura declared containment zones

Three BSF camps in Tripura’s Dhalai district were sealed and declared “containment zones” after 40 personnel including two children tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday.

On Tuesday, 13 more BSF personnel including a mess worker at 138 batallion posted in Ambassa sub-division tested positive. 

The state health department sealed the BSF camp at Jawaharnagar, Karina border outpost and BSF base at Gandacherra, where the cases were detected and declared areas within 3-km radius into containment zones.

09:59 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Noida, Greater Noida impose fines of up to Rs 1,000 for spitting in public places

Spitting saliva, gutka, or tobacco in public places across Noida and Greater Noida has been prohibited and violation of this ban can attract a penalty of Rs 500 for first-time offenders and Rs 1,000 for repeat offenders, according to orders issued to contain the spread of coronavirus.

The orders were issued by the Noida Authority and Greater Noida Authority, a day after the Uttar Pradesh government passed a similar order to prohibit spitting in public places amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

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09:50 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

COVID-19 recovery rate at 29%, mortality stands at 3.3%

As many as 14,182 COVID-19 patients have been discharged so far, thereby taking the recovery rate at 29% on Wednesday. While, the infectious disease has claimed the lives of 1,694 people across the nation with the mortality rate being at 3.3 percent. 

09:43 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

126 fresh COVID-19 deaths across nation in past 24 hrs

In the past 24 hours, 126 fresh COVID-19 deaths were reported across India, taking the toll due to the infectious disease to 1,694 on Wednesday. An increase of confirmed cases by 2,958 brought overall count to 49,391. 

09:38 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

At least 526 succumb to COVID-19, over 11,000 infected in five days, says report

According to a Hindustan Times report, over 11,000 people have contracted the novel coronavirus in India in the last five days. An analysis of COVID-19 data shows that 526 people have died due to the viral disease in the said time period.

09:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

49,391 confirmed cases in India, toll at 1,694 

India registered 49,391 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday with 1,694 COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. 

Of the total, there are 33,514 active cases. The recovery rate across the nation stood at 29 percent after 14,182 were discharged. 

09:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

64 flights to operate from 7 May to 13 May

Reviewing the situation of stranded Indians in foreign countries, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri informed that 64 flights will be operated in the first week to bring stranded people from different countries during 7 May to 13 May. 

“The 64 flights include – UAE- 10 flights, Qatar – 2, Saudi Arabia – 5, UK- 7, Singapore – 5, United States – 7, Philippines – 5, Bangladesh – 7, Bahrain – 2, Malaysia-7, Kuwait – 5, and Oman – 2,” said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri.

08:52 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha Latest Updates

Odisha confirms 177 COVID-19 cases with two deaths

With more person testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Odisha, the total number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 177 on Wednesday. The health department also said one fresh COVID-19 fatality was reported, taking the toll to two.

Of the total confirmed cases, there are 115 active cases. The recovery rate stood at 33.9 percent after 60 COVID-19 patients were discharged. 

08:42 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

In Images: Industrial units in Kathua open today 

08:24 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Aarogya Setu team says ‘no data at risk’ after French hacker raises concerns over security issue

The official handle of Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app, developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asserted late on Tuesday that “no personal information of any user has been proven to be at risk”.

The reply from the team came in response to a tweet by Elliot Alderson, a French security researcher, earlier in the day, who claimed: “Hi @SetuAarogya, A security issue has been found in your app. The privacy of 90 million Indians is at stake. Can you contact me in private? Regards. PS: Rahul Gandhi was right.”

08:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Aarogya Setu team issues statement on data security of app

08:06 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

64K flights to airlift stranded Indians from 12 countries from Thursday 

An airlift operation will commence on Thursday with 64 flights bringing back close to 15,000 Indian nationals from 12 countries in the first week of the ambitious exercise to repatriate lakhs of people. 

The operation, as foreign minister S Jaishankar said in a tweet, is titled ‘Vande Bharat Mission’.

07:50 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Updates

Security concerns pointed out by legal experts in Aarogya Setu app 

A clause limiting the government’s liability to user data for its Aarogya Setu contact tracing app has made some legal experts question whether, in case of unauthorised access to the information, a legal recourse would be the only option available, especially since the app has been made mandatory for a significant section of citizens.

According to the app’s terms and conditions, the user “agrees and acknowledges that the Government of India will not be liable for…any unauthorized access to your information or modification thereof.”

07:41 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

In Photos: Special train carrying 1,200 migrants depart from Punjab for UP

07:37 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Telangana Latest Updates

Lockdown extension in Telangana till 29 May 

Telangana has said it will continue the lockdown in the state to curb the fast-spreading coronavirus till 29 May – ten days after it is scheduled to end in the rest of the country.

“People want lockdown extended. I have informed the prime minister about our decision,” said Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao after a 7- hour cabinet meeting on Tuesday evening.

The state has six districts in the red zone, 18 in orange and nine in the green zone.

07:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Sec 144 extended in Ghaziabad till 31 May 

The Ghaziabad administration on Tuesday extended the imposition of Section 144 of CrPC ​in the district till 31 May. 

However, district magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey clarified restrictions on movement and opening of establishments will remain applicable only till the lockdown is in place.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: With 35 more individuals testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan, the total confirmed cases in the state climbed to 3,193 on Wednesday, according to the health department.

While, another fatality due to COVID-19 took the toll to 90. The recovery rate stood at 48 percent after 1,536 patients were discharged.

Three BSF camps in Tripura’s Dhalai district were sealed and declared “containment zones” after 40 personnel including two children tested positive for COVID-19 since Saturday.

On Tuesday, 13 more BSF personnel including a mess worker at 138 batallion posted in Ambassa sub-division tested positive.

The state health department sealed the BSF camp at Jawaharnagar, Karina border outpost and BSF base at Gandacherra, where the cases were detected and declared areas within 3-km radius into containment zones.

As many as 14,182 COVID-19 patients have been discharged so far, thereby taking the recovery rate at 29% on Wednesday. While, the infectious disease has claimed the lives of 1,694 people across the nation with the mortality rate being at 3.3 percent.

India registered 49,391 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus on Wednesday with 1,694 COVID-19 deaths, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Of the total, there are 33,514 active cases. The recovery rate across the nation stood at 29 percent after 14,182 were discharged.

An airlift operation will commence on Thursday with 64 flights bringing back close to 15,000 Indian nationals from 12 countries in the first week of the ambitious exercise to repatriate lakhs of people.

The operation, as foreign minister S Jaishankar said in a tweet, is titled ‘Vande Bharat Mission’.

The official handle of Aarogya Setu contact-tracing app, developed by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), under the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, asserted late on Tuesday that “no personal information of any user has been proven to be at risk”.

The reply from the team came in response to a tweet by Elliot Alderson, a French security researcher, earlier in the day, who claimed: “Hi @SetuAarogya, A security issue has been found in your app. The privacy of 90 million Indians is at stake. Can you contact me in private? Regards. PS: Rahul Gandhi was right.”

A clause limiting the government’s liability to user data for its Aarogya Setu contact tracing app has made some legal experts question whether, in case of unauthorised access to the information, a legal recourse would be the only option available, especially since the app has been made mandatory for a significant section of citizens.

According to the app’s terms and conditions, the user “agrees and acknowledges that the Government of India will not be liable for…any unauthorized access to your information or modification thereof.”

The nationwide tally of COVID-19 cases rose by a record 3,900 on Tuesday while deaths from the deadly coronavirus topped the 1,500-mark with nearly 200 more fatalities, even as the Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said “fighting coronavirus is no rocket science” and that “people may remember this pandemic as a blessing in disguise if they imbibe good hygiene practices”.

Vardhan told PTI that India has been able to stave off community transmission of COVID-19 and hoped that the “behavioural changes” brought about by the infection could become the “new normal” for a healthy society after the pandemic abates.

In its 5 pm official update on the COVID-19 situation in India, the Health Ministry said the death toll due to COVID-19 has risen to 1,583 with 194 fatalities reported since Monday evening, while the number of cases saw a big jump of 3,875 to reach 46,711.

However, a PTI tally of numbers reported by different states and Union territories till 6.30 pm showed more than 47,000 people testing positive for the virus so far, while it put the death toll at over 1,500. It also showed nearly 13,000 COVID-19 patients having recovered.

Tamil Nadu, Gujarat report huge spike in COVID-19 cases

Tamil Nadu reported 508 new cases on Tuesday, which took its tally past 4,000, while in Gujarat too, 441 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking its total to more than 6,200. Several other states also reported rising numbers.

Experts, however, said the peak of this deadly virus outbreak was yet to come and may be witnessed in India over the next 4-6 weeks, while another spurt might be seen later during the winter season.

The numbers suggested that more than one-third of the total confirmed cases across the country have been detected in the past one week, with only a few urban centres in a handful of states including Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi accounting for a bulk of it.

Govt to bring back Indians stranded abroad

Fears also emerged that India’s tally may increase further with the government announcing plans to bring back a large number of Indians from various countries, beginning on Wednesday.

PTI quoted sources as saying that over three lakh people have registered for the evacuation from the Gulf region itself.

While the absolute number of cases and the toll in India is lower than many others, with more than 2.5 lakh people having lost their lives and over 35 lakh having been infected worldwide ever since the emergence of this virus in China last December, the lockdown restrictions have been lifted in several countries and many of them are now reporting few or zero cases.

Government officials, however, maintained that India has managed to stave off a community transmission risk and the country remains in a “comfortable” position in terms of managing the COVID-19 crisis, though they cautioned against any laxity at the field level.

Meanwhile, scores of migrant workers, desperate to travel back to their native states amidst the coronavirus-induced lockdown, on Tuesday came out on streets in Ahmedabad and Surat in Gujarat, officials said.

While more than 1,000 migrant workers carrying luggage gathered in Nikol area in Ahmedabad following a rumour that buses would be run for Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, several others came on streets in Varachha area of Surat city.

According to PTI, Gujarat has seen the maximum movement of migrant workers to their home states in about 35 shramik special trains, followed by Kerala from where 13 such trains have left.

Among the receiving states, Bihar has accepted 13 trains, with 11 more currently on the journey and six in the pipeline, the data shows.

Neighbouring Uttar Pradesh has received 10 such trains and five more are on their way, with 12 in the pipeline, the data shows.

The West Bengal government has, however, given clearance to only two trains — one each from Rajasthan and Kerala — and they are on their journeys to the state, the data shows.

Highest single-day jump in toll and cases

The Health Ministry said the country recorded a record single-day increase of 195 deaths and 3,900 cases between Monday 8 am and Tuesday 8 am. These included fatalities reported from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, among other places.

At the same time, the recovery rate has improved to 28.17 percent, health ministry joint secretary Lav Agarwal said during a press briefing on the COVID-19 situation.

“We are very comfortable in terms of managing COVID-19 as of now, but any laxity at the field level or any lack of cooperation may have its consequences,” he warned. Agarwal also said that the delay in reporting of COVID-19 cases by certain states has led to the sudden spurt in figures.

The country’s top medical institute AIIMS’ Director Randeep Guleria, however, claimed that the COVID-19 curve has remained relatively flat so far, but cautioned that the continued rise in the number of cases at a steady rate is a cause of concern.

Different modelling experts have predicted that a peak in the number of cases of COVID-19 may occur in the next four to six weeks — that is by the end of May or the middle of June, Guleria said, while stressing on the need to remain extra vigilant and to make efforts to reduce the number of cases in the hotspots.

 

“However, the number of cases continue to rise at a steady rate and this is a cause of concern. Every citizen should understand his responsibility and sincerely follow the principles of lockdown and social distancing, especially if they are in hotspots or containment areas,” Guleria, a pulmonologist, said.

He also said that the country may see a rise in COVID-19 cases during the winter again.

Must do ‘balancing act’ between health, economy: Harsh Vardhan

 

The Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy (CMIE) said in a report that India’s unemployment rate has soared to 27.11 percent amid the COVID-19 crisis, from below 7 percent in mid-March.

The Mumbai-based think tank said the rate of unemployment was the highest in the urban areas, which constitute the most number of the red zones due to the COVID-19 cases, at 29.22 percent, as against 26.69 percent for the rural areas.

Separately, Vardhan also underlined the importance of the nationwide lockdown, imposed since 24 March and scheduled to remain in place till 17 May, and said health should be on the radar just as much as the economy.

 

“The government has to do a balancing act,” Vardhan said on the need to focus on the health of people as well as on the economy.

He also said the nation, in a post-coronavirus future, could well look back on the pandemic period as a “blessing in disguise” if Indians imbibe hand, respiratory and environmental hygiene and practise it daily.

“By now we know that fighting coronavirus is no rocket science. If behavioural changes such as hand, environmental and respiratory hygiene, which are being practiced more rigorously during this period, get imbibed in society it will become the new normal,” Vardhan said.

Other than smallpox and polio, no other viral infection has been completely eradicated from this country. Other diseases keep recurring, the minister said, indicating that COVID-19 might be here for the long haul.

In the meantime, new cases that were detected on Tuesday included the serving and retired armed forces personnel in the Army’s Research and Referral hospital in the National Capital.

Authorities also sealed a floor of Shastri Bhavan, which houses several important ministries, after a senior official of the Law Ministry tested positive for the coronavirus. This was the second incident of a government building being partially cordoned off in the Lutyen’s Delhi within a week, after the NITI Aayog building in the high-security zone was sealed on 28 April for 48 hours after a director-level officer tested positive for the virus.

Before that, Rajiv Gandhi Bhawan, which houses the Civil Aviation Ministry, was sealed for sanitisation.

In other such incidents, the CRPF headquarters and a portion of the BSF headquarters were also sealed recently. These buildings are in CGO Complex in the national capital.

UK’s COVID-19 toll crosses Italy’s casualties

Britain on Tuesday became the first country in Europe to confirm more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths, and infections rose sharply again in Russia, even as other nations made great strides in containing the scourge. China marked its third week with no new reported deaths, while South Korea restarted its baseball season.

China and South Korea together reported only four cases on Tuesday, while Hong Kong, Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand were among the countries having reported no cases for two consecutive days.

Also, focus seems to have shifted globally towards developing a vaccine with several world leaders committing more than $8 billion since Monday for this purpose.

In the US, some states took continued steps to lift the lockdown restrictions that have thrown millions out of work, even as the country recorded thousands of new infections and deaths every day.

Underscoring the stakes, New York state reported 1,700 more people died in nursing homes than it had previously counted.

The British government said about 28,700 people with COVID-19 had died in hospitals, nursing homes and other settings, while Italy reported close to 29,100 fatalities. Both figures are almost certainly underestimates because they include only people who tested positive, and testing was not widespread in Italian and British nursing homes until recently.

With inputs from agencies



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