Coronavirus India Live Updates: China is “deeply concerned” over India’s decision to stop using the COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits made by two Chinese companies, the country said today, adding that it hopes India will resolve the issue “reasonably”. The government on Monday had said not a single rupee will be lost to Chinese firms who provided faulty COVID-19 test kits to India as the orders have been cancelled and the payments not made.
The NITI Aayog building in Delhi has been sealed for 48 hours after a director-level officer tested positive for coronavirus, a senior official said today. A director-level officer working at NITI Bhawan has been tested positive for COVID-19. Today at 9 am, he got his report, and then he informed authorities,” Alok Kumar adviser at NITI Aayog told PTI. He further said that those who came in contact with the person have been asked to go on self-quarantine. “We are following necessary protocol and the health ministry has been informed and all the due processes will be followed. So, we are closed for 48 hours,” Alok Kumar added.
India recorded 1,543 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 62 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness – the biggest single-day spike – taking the total to 29,435 COVID-19 cases so far, including 934 deaths. Nearly 80 per cent of the deaths in the country have been reported from five states: Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Rajasthan. These states have so far reported 741 of the country’s 934 deaths.
Here are the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Cases in India Live Updates:
TDP chief N Chandrababu Naidu today accused Jagan Mohan Reddy-led Andhra Pradesh government and State Election Commission (SEC) of causing a nonstop rise in coronavirus cases in the state. In an open letter to the people of Andhra Pradesh, Naidu appealed them to protect themselves by personally taking all possible preventive measures against the dangerous COVID threat.
China is “deeply concerned” over India’s decision to stop using the COVID-19 rapid antibody test kits made by two Chinese companies, the country said today, adding that it hopes India will resolve the issue “reasonably”. The government on Monday had said not a single rupee will be lost to Chinese firms who provided faulty COVID-19 test kits to India as the orders have been cancelled and the payments not made. Read Here
At this time, as indications emerge for a way out of quarantine, we pray that the Lord will grant us the grace of prudence and obedience to these indications, so that the pandemic does not return. #PrayTogether
– Pope Francis (@Pontifex) April 28, 2020
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked state governments to treat the COVID-19 pandemic as an opportunity and prepare for the forthcoming boom in the electronics manufacturing sector. The comments of the minister came at a meeting with his state counterparts where he said that “anger against China can be used towards benefit for India’s manufacturing sector”.
The Supreme Court has directed the Centre to make suggestions in the guidelines for rational use of personal protective equipment so that the PPE kits are provided to all medical professionals who are working in non-COVID treatment areas in the country. A bench headed by Justice N V Ramana, hearing the matter through video-conferencing, passed the direction after it was informed that asymptomatic COVID-19 patients are reported to be on the rise in India.
8 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Karnataka taking the total number of cases to 520: Karnataka Government
8 new #COVID19 positive cases reported in Karnataka from 27th April 2020, 5:00 PM to 28th April 2020, 12:00 noon, taking the total number of cases to 520: Karnataka Government pic.twitter.com/kf9nnjsXve
– ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
An employee working at NITI Bhavan has been detected positive with COVID-19. It was informed to the authorities at 9 am this morning. NITI Aayog is following all the due protocols necessary as per the Ministry of Health guidelines. The building has been sealed.
– NITI Aayog (@NITIAayog) April 28, 2020
“No fresh case reported in 80 districts since last 7 days. In 47 districts, no case has been reported in last 14 days, while 39 districts have not reported a case since last 21 days. Seventeen districts have not reported a case for last 28 days,” says Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
Watch Live!! Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for HFW, S&T, ES interacts through Video Conferencing with Autonomous Institutes & PSUs under Dept of Biotechnology https://t.co/3QM2ioNx7d
– DrHarshVardhanOffice (@DrHVoffice) April 28, 2020
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan addresses media on coronavirus pandemic — “For the last 14 days, our doubling rate is 8.7, while for the last 7 days, it is 10.2 days. In last 3 days, it is 10.9 days roughly.”
The rapid spread of coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh continued as 82 fresh cases were reported in the last 24 hours, taking the aggregate to 1,259 on Tuesday. For the fourth consecutive day, no COVID-19-related deaths were reported in the state as the toll remained at 31, a government bulletin said.
Two students of the Jadavpur University have developed an intelligent device which will analyse if a coughing person is a COVID-19 carrier. A teacher of Innovation Council of Jadavpur University said on Tuesday that two undergraduate students of the Department of Electronics and Telecommunication Engineering have developed the device which will track a coughing person and analyse if the same person is a possible suspect of novel coronavirus.
US President Donald Trump was repeatedly warned about the dangers of the novel coronavirus in intelligence briefings in January and February, The Washington Post reported late Monday. The warnings — more than a dozen included in classified briefings known as the President’s Daily Brief — came during a time the president was mostly downplaying the threat of a COVID-19 pandemic.
Mumbai policemen over 55 have been asked to stay home after three cops died of coronavirus in the city. Policemen over 55 will not be on duty as Mumbai fights the COVID-19 pandemic. They have been asked to stay at home until the virus was brought under control, said officials. This was decided by the Mumbai Police Chief Param Bir Singh after three policemen lost their lives in a matter of three days. All three were 50-plus. Read Here
Coronavirus has exposed the fragility of our societies to global shocks, such as disease or the climate crisis.
#COVID19 has exposed the fragility of our societies to global shocks, such as disease or the climate crisis.
As we recover, we must build a better future for all.
– António Guterres (@antonioguterres) April 28, 2020
Eight new cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, were reported in Agra, Uttar Pradesh.
One more COVID-19 case has been reported from Mohali on Tuesday, taking the total number of people infected with coronavirus in the district to 64, the district administration said. Out of 64 COVID-19 cases, 27 people have been cured. Two deaths have been reported in the district till date.
The Union Health Ministry has issued fresh guidelines on home isolation for coronavirus patients who have only either very mild symptoms of the infection or are “pre-symptomatic. Read Here
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath chairs a meeting with ‘COVID-19 management Team-11’ of the state, over the coronavirus pandemic.
66 more COVID-19 cases have been reported from Rajasthan, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 2,328 on Tuesday.
Seven more COVID-19 cases were reported from Odisha, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 118 on Monday, according to the state Health Department. As per the latest figure, there are 80 active COVID-19 cases including 37 cured/recovered and one death.
The Uttar Pradesh government has started sending students, who are stranded in Prayagraj due to COVID-19 lockdown, to their respective districts. The first batch of students boarded buses on late Monday night to return home.
India recorded 1,543 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours and 62 deaths linked to the highly contagious illness – the biggest single-day spike – taking the total to 29,435 COVID-19 cases so far, including 934 deaths.
– ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
The United States is doing a “very serious” investigation against China, President Donald Trump said, indicating his administration is looking at a lot more money as compensation from Beijing than euro 130 billion being sought by Germany.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday lauded the frontline journalists who are covering COVID-19 and said that the state will give them insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh. “Frontline journalists have been bravely covering COVID-19 against all odds, risking their lives and they are our real heroes. Our government will cover each one of them with a life insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh,” Mr Sonowal said.
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on Monday visited the Plasma Donation Centre in Narela, where 25 people who recovered from COVID-19, donated their blood plasma.
Health & Family Welfare Ministry has issued guidelines for home isolation of people who either have very mild #COVID19 symptoms or are in the pre-symptomatic phase. Such patients with requisite self-isolation facility at their residence will now have the option for home isolation pic.twitter.com/c7KdGyabWP
– ANI (@ANI) April 27, 2020
Delhi Government yesterday lifted the bar on veterinarians, plumbers,& electricians after reviewing #COVID19 situation in the national capital. In the order, Delhi Disaster Management Authority(DDMA) also allowed inter-state travel of health workers, lab technicians & scientists. pic.twi > tter.com/4wlyzF6Mus
– ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2020
The United States recorded 1,303 more novel coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, according to figures reported late Monday by the Johns Hopkins University, with confirmed US cases nearing one million. The country now has an overall death toll of 56,144, with 987,022 infections, according to a tally by the Baltimore-based institution at 8:30 pm (0030 GMT Tuesday).
A Delhi-based doctor, who is working at one of the government hospitals in the national capital, has donated his plasma after recovering from COVID-19 and has urged other coronavirus survivors to do the same.
Dr Ahmad was asymptomatic and was admitted for three days at Safdarjung Hospital. Later, he was discharged after his two consecutive tests came out negative. He has also completed his 14-day quarantine period and returned to duty on April 20.
“I have recovered from COVID-19. Recently, I have donated my plasma for convalescent plasma therapy. As you all know, the first patient who was given this therapy has recovered successfully. The results of this plasma therapy are very promising. So, I would like to urge each one of the survivors or the people who have recovered from COVID-19 to please come forward and donate your plasma,” Dr Ahmad told ANI.
“There is nothing which should be stopping you from donating your plasma,” he said.
The doctor explained that plasma donation is a 30-minute procedure, done under the supervision of well-trained doctors and there are no side effects of it.
“This is the least what you could do for the society at present and you all should come forward and donate your plasma,” he said.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday said trained NCC cadets should be deployed at quarantine centres.
Addressing a review meeting of senior office at his official residence, Yogi Adityanath said, “All migrant labourers coming from other states should be medically examined before being sent in a quarantine. Trained cadets of the NCC should be deployed at quarantine centres.”
Yogi Adityanath also directed officials to prepare an action plan for industrial activities after May 3, a statement issued by the UP government said, adding that an effective implementation of the lockdown will have to be ensured.
The chief minister further said the health and medical education departments will be required to ensure all precautions in order to guard against any type of medical infection.
Eight people, including four women, tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, taking the total number of cases in Odisha to 111, officials said.
While six fresh cases were reported from Balasore, one each was detected from Jajpur and Koraput districts, they said.
The patient from Koraput is a 22-year-old male health worker from Dasmantpur block, the first COVID-19 case reported from the tribal-dominated district as well as south Odisha.
The male staff nurse in a government facility is the state’s first health worker to get infected with the deadly virus, the officials said, adding that he was asymptomatic.
The Koraput patient, who had returned from Kolkata on April 14 to join duty, was put under quarantine in view of his travel history, and had not joined work.
Following the COVID-19 test, he was diagnosed with the disease, the officials said.
With Koraput district reporting a coronavirus patient, COVID-19 cases have now been found in 11 out of the 30 districts of Odisha.