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COVID-19: US death toll higher than China

US death toll – 3,415 – now larger than China

The United States has become the Epicenter of Coronavirus infections across the globe. The country has more cases than China where the Virus was born. The official death toll from the coronavirus in the United States surpassed 3,000 on Tuesday. That is more than the number of people who were killed in the 9/11 attacks on the WTC Towers.

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The first US coronavirus-related death was reported on February 29th in Washington state. Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, USA, predicted the worst to come. “There could potentially be between 100,000 to 200,000 deaths related to the Coronavirus and millions of cases in the USA,” he said.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday said the one-month extension of social distancing guidelines he has ordered could save 1 million lives in the country.

“We will have a great victory,” the president told reporters. “We have no other choice.”

Top U.S. public health officials are warning that even if the measures are rigidly followed, the total number of COVID-19 deaths in the country will likely be between 100,000 and 200,000.

The president told reporters at the daily White House coronavirus task force briefing that 1 million people across the nation have now been tested for the novel coronavirus.

The number of known U.S. cases has topped 160,000 — the most of any country. More than 2,800 deaths in the country have been attributed to COVID-19. A one-day record of 486 deaths for the country was recorded on Monday, according to media reports.

Trump spoke with governors on a conference call Monday, which he said for the most part, resulted in them saying, “Thank you for doing a great job.”

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana explained that officials were struggling with contact tracing because “we don’t have adequate tests,” according to an audio recording of the conversation obtained by The New York Times.

Delhi Police registers case against Tablighi Jamaat Maulanas

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Delhi Police has registered a case against Maulana Saad and others of Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin Markaz.

The case was registered against them for violation of government directions given to the management of Markaz of Basti Nizamuddin regarding restriction of social, political, religious gathering and for taking safety measures for prevention and treatment of COVID-19 viral infection.

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No shortage of medicines in country to combat COVID-19 outbreak: Govt

Staff Reporter / New Delhi

Government of India today said that there was no shortage of medicines in the country to combat COVID-19 outbreak. Chemical and Fertilizers Ministry said, the Department of Pharmaceuticals is continuously monitoring the production of medicines since the outbreak of Coronavirus in China.

It said, all efforts are made to ensure production of drugs and medical devices during the period of lockdown.

The Ministry said, the department is also addressing issues of availability, supply and local related issues of medicines with the help of other Departments and States and Union Territories. The Department of Pharmaceuticals is working in close coordination with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Customs authorities, Central and State Drug Controllers, State Governments and Union Territories and various Drugs and Medical Device Associations.

The Ministry said, a Central control room 011-23389840 has been set up in the Department, which is working from 8 AM to 6 PM. National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority has also set up another Helpline No. 1800111255, which functions round the clock. The Control rooms deals with issues related to coordination of transport and other logistic services related to drugs and medical devices.

COVID-19 in India: Number of cases rise to 1251

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Government is using cluster containment strategies and doing rigorous contact tracing in COVID 19 hotspots to check the virus from further spreading.

Briefing media here today, Joint Secretary in Ministry of Health Lav Aggarwal said, with over 1,200 cases of COVID-19, the number of hotspots in the country has increased.

Mr Aggarwal said, 227 fresh confirmed cases of novel coronavirus or COVID- 19 have been reported in the past 24 hours in the country. With this the total number of cases has now gone up to 1251. Three deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, one each from Gujarat, West Bengal and Madhya Pradesh.

He also informed that Government has formed an Empowered Committee led by Dr Vinod Paul, Member, NITI Aayog and Professor K VijayRaghavan, Principal Scientific Advisor to Prime Minister which will focus on Research and Development and coordinate with various scientific agencies, regulatory bodies and private industry to work on countering COVID-19. He said, 101 people have been cured and discharged.

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar of Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR said, over 42 thousand samples have been tested so far. He said, 123 labs are functional and 49 private labs have been given clearance. He informed that 399 patients have been screened in private labs yesterday.

Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar informed that ICMR is working with the Department of Bio Technology and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on the agenda of developing a vaccine for the COVID-19 disease.

Joint Secretary in the Home Ministry Punya Salila Shrivastav said, over 21 thousand relief camps set up in various States and UTs which can shelter over 6 lakh people. She said, facilities have been set up to feed over 23 lakh people and these are available to the poor, stranded migrant workers, quarantined workers and other needy persons.

J&K: Total Coronavirus patients rise to 55

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J&K Government informed that six new positive cases of novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), all from Kashmir division and contacts of previous positive cases, were reported today. With these fresh cases, the total number of positive cases in Jammu and Kashmir has risen to 55.

Out of 55 positive cases, 51 are Active Positive, two have recovered and two have died. 43 cases were reported from Kashmir division and 12 from Jammu Division.

In case of any emergency, people can avail free ambulance services 24×7 at their door steps by calling on toll free No. 108. Pregnant women and sick infants can avail free ambulance services by dialing toll free No. 102. The government of has also set up helpline numbers in this regard: 0191-2549676 (UT level Cell for J&K), 0191-2520982, 0191-2674444, 0191-2674115 (For Jammu Division), 0194-2440283 and 0194-2430581 (For Kashmir Division).

Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana, Bihar, WB report rise in cases of COVID-19

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In Rajasthan, number of COVID-19 positive cases has risen to 93, which includes 17 evacuees from Iran. As per the report issued by the health department, fourteen more persons tested positive today in the state. The State Government has extended the retirement period of Doctors and other health workers up to 6 months. A number of religious, social and non govt organizations have come forward to supply free food to the poor during the lockdown.

7 more Covid-19 positive cases are confirmed in Kerala, taking the total number of infected patients in the State to 220. More than 1,69, 000 people are under observation in the State. Meanwhile Kerala also reported the second covid-19 death in the State today. 68 year old person from pothenkode in Thiruvanathapuram is the deceased .The entire people of Ponthencode panchayat and nearby places will be on quarantine for coming 3 weeks.

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that there will be special and exclusive project for kasarkode, which is the worst hit district with over 90 Covid-19 patients. Free ration distribution will begin from tomorrow in the State.

For people who cannot come in person to collect the ration, the same will be provided at their home.Mr Vijayan further said that Govt will take all measures to contain inflation .

In Haryana, two Covid-19 patients in Panipat and one in Palwal have been cured and discharged today. With this, the number of patients who have defeated Covid-19 so far has risen to 10 in the state.

Meanwhile, four more positive cases were detected today. Now there are 19 positive cases in Haryana, who are under treatment.

In Bihar, total number of Covid-19 cases has gone up to 16 in the state with reporting of one positive case today. The fresh case is of a youth of Gopalganj who had returned from Dubai.

One patient has been cured while one person person died due to novel Coronavirus in the state so far. The state government has ed those districts from where the Covid-19 cases were reported.

In West Bengal, three COVID-19 Patients were discharged from Infectious Diseases hospital in Kolkata today after recovery. According to Health Department sources, all of three tested negative after treatment in the hospital and they have been directed mandatory 14 days home quarantine . Meanwhile, total number of COVID-19 positive cases has gone up to 27 and three persons died of the disease in the State so far.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a visit at city Police headquarters Lalbazar in Kolkata this afternoon to boost up the force in fighting the pandemic .

The Kolkata Municipal Corporation has decided to issue temporary ration cards to more than 2 lakh 69 thousand poor people for supply of food grains free of cost through Public Distribution System during lockdown period. City Mayor Firhad Hakim also announced today extension of time limit for submission of Municipal tax till June instead of 31st March this year.

Railways to modify 20,000 coaches to accommodate COVID-19 patients

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As part of COVID-19 preparedness, Railways is ready to modify 20 thousand coaches which can accommodate over three lakh beds for isolation needs.

Ministry of Railway said, isolation coaches being prepared for COVID-19 patients will be equipped with all necessary facilities. Five Zonal Railways have already prepared prototypes for the quarantine or isolation coaches.

The Ministry said, consultations were held with Armed Forces Medical Services, Medical Department of various Zonal Railways, and Ayushman Bharat, Ministry of Health in this connection. It said, work on modification of five thousand coaches has already started which are to be converted initially into isolation coaches .

These coaches will be having capacity to accommodate up to 80 thousand beds. One coach is expected to have 16 beds for isolation.

The Ministry said, only Non-AC sleeper coaches are being planned to be utilized for conversion into isolation coaches. Two Oxygen cylinders will also be provided by the Medical department for which suitable clamping arrangement on the side berth side of this cabin is to be provided.

Salaries to be disbursed in two installments: Maha govt

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Maharashtra government today clarified that it would disburse the salaries for the month of March of people’s representatives, government officers and employees in next two installments.

A government resolution clarifying the decision was issued this evening.

State deputy chief minister and finance minister, Ajit Pawar said that salaries of people’s representatives, government officers’ and employees have not been deducted but it will be disbursed in two installments.

Employees of the rank of group ‘A’ and ‘B’ will be disbursed 50 per cent of their salaries for the month of March as a first installment. Whereas, group ‘C’ employees will be given 75 per cent of their salaries. Group ‘D’ and pensioners will get full amount of their dues.

Mr Pawar further clarified that different departments of the state government and local self bodies are working on war-footing to combat COVID-19 and therefore there is no question of deducting their salaries.

Jharkhand reports first COVID-19 positive case


First COVID-19 positive case from Jharkhand was detected today at the isolation ward prepared at KhelGaon stadium in Ranchi. State Health Minister Banna Gupta in a statement has confirmed the case.

Talking to All India Radio, Principal Health Secretary of Jharkhand, Dr Nitin Madan Kulkarni said that the patient is a foreign national of Malaysia and has recently returned from New Delhi.

The 22- year old patient has been tested Corona positive after her reports were confirmed by the Microbiology department of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences today.

She was part of the group at Tablighi Jamat at Hazrat Nizammudin Markaz in New Delhi. Later to which she had come to Ranchi and was staying with her relatives in Hindpiri locality of Ranchi, which has dense of population of Muslim community. The patient had undergone a double test for COVID-19.

The officials doubly checked her reports to ensure and today her reports came positive. Presently she has been quarantined in the COVID special Isolation Ward at RIMS. More than 22 people who were part of the Tablighi Jamat group have been arrested and quarantined at Isolation Ward at Khelgaon by the State Police on March 29. The Hindpiri locality has been sealed by the state police forces and people of every household in the nearby are being sent for medical tests.

State Government has become pro-active after detection of First COVID-19 case in the State. Chief Minister Hemant Soren with other ministers and officials are reviewing the condition in the ongoing high-level meeting at state headquarters.

Deputy Commissioner of Ranchi, Rai Mahimat Ray has imposed curfew in Hindpiri area of Ranchi with immediate effect to ensure safety measures to further contain the spread of COVID-19 in Jharkhand.

In a media briefing held this evening, Ranchi DC appealed to all the passengers to come forward for necessary medical tests who had by chance travelled in B1 coach of Train number 20840 New Delhi-Ranchi Rajdhani Express on 16th March to reach Ranchi on March 17. All passengers must contact on number 9431708333 or 1950 immediately.