Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates – 3rd May 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) updates – 3rd May 2020

10:05 AM: Global: Total confirmed cases – 3,428,114; Active cases – 2,091,148; Recovered cases – 1,093,137; Fatal cases – 243,829.

India: Total confirmed cases – 39,980; Active cases – 28,046; Recovered cases – 10,633; Fatal cases – 1,301.

10:15 AM: Of Rajasthan’s total confirmed cases, Jaipur records 969 alone.

11:45 PM: The Uttar Pradesh government is expected to take a final call on the key issues related to the lockdown. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will chair a high-level meeting with senior officials shortly.

11:45 PM: Even as Goa reports no new coronavirus cases and the cases reported so far have been cured, the fish markets in the state began functioning from today. They will remain open from 6 am till 1 pm every day.

12 PM: After a staff of one of the top officers of CRPF tested positive for coronavirus, the CRPF headquarters in Delhi were sealed for sanitization till further orders.

12:40 PM: The spread of coronavirus pandemic has slashed shipments of Indian buffalo meat during the Ramzan month, driving prices higher and hitting sales. Most meat processing plants in India, the world’s second largest beef exporter and Malaysia’s top supplier, have been shut as the South Asian nation fights to contain the pandemic.

12:40 PM: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo on Saturday pushed back against what he called premature demands that he reopen the state, saying he knew people were struggling without jobs but that more understanding of the new coronavirus was needed.

1 PM: National camps which were suspended due to the lockdown imposed in view of the novel coronavirus can be expected to restart in phased manner from end of May, Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju​ was quoted by PTI

1:20 PM: The current doubling rate for COVID-19 cases has improved to 12 days as against 10.5 days in the last two weeks, while the mortality rate has been recorded at 3.2 percent, said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan. 

1:25 PM: India’s mortality rate lowest at 3.2% across world, claims health minister.

1:40 PM: In addition to the normal sleeper class fare in Shramik special trains, the Railway Board has also announced additional charges to be collected from migrant workers, pilgrims, and students, stranded in various States during the lockdown. 

1:55 PM: More than 150,000 Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have registered to fly home during the coronavirus pandemic, as per the latest figures with the e-registration launched by the Indian missions.

2:25 PM: Of the 130 Sikh pilgrims who returned from Hazur Sahib in Nanded, Maharashtra, on Sunday to Punjab, 63 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Nawanshahr, said Vinay Bulani, Deputy Commissioner. 

3:35 PM: The state-run Sassoon General Hospital in Maharashtra’s Pune city has received the Indian Council of Medical Research’s nod to apply plasma therapy on critical COVID-19 patients in Pune, a senior health official said on Sunday.

3:55 PM: The Maharashtra government has decided to allow standalone shops including liquor shops to open in Red Zones, including in Mumbai Metropolitan Region and Pune Metropolitan Region.

4:05 PM: A 62-year-old Indian businessman has died in Abu Dhabi after contracting the novel coronavirus, reports PTI quoting a Gulf News report.

4:20 PM: Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren announced that lockdown will continue in Jharkhand till 17 May and the relaxations prescribed by the Centre won’t be implemented in the state.

4:45 PM: The Karnataka government has issued guidelines for inter-district travel within the state for permitted activities between 7 am and 7 pm. A pass shall have to be obtained for the same from Deputy Commissioners of districts or from DCPs for travel between any districts, except for movement between Bengaluru Rural, Urban, Chikkaballarpur, Ramnagara and Kollar districts which shall be treated as one unit, said the order. 

5:15 PM: No new infections have been found in Kerala in on Sunday. Meanwhile, one more person has been cured of the disease taking the number of recoveries to 401. The number of active cases in the state now stands at 95, said reports. According to The Hindu, Kerala has 84 hotspots in 14 districts.

5:30 PM: In a relief for engineering and medical aspirants, the HRD ministry on Sunday said fresh dates for competitive exams — JEE and NEET—will be announced on 5 May, reports PTI

5:50 PM: Commercial passenger flights at Delhi airport will initially operate from Terminal 3 after the lockdown ends,aid a senior official of its operator DIAL on Sunday, adding that entry gates, self check-in machines and check-in bays will be allocated to airlines to avoid overcrowding by air travellers. The airport will keep all food, beverage and retail shops open to avoid overcrowding at one place and use “ultraviolet disinfection tunnels” for all incoming baggage, according to a plan prepared by the GMR group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd.

6:20 PM: Although the lockdown has been extended in Delhi for two weeks, the Delhi government will implement all lockdown relaxations prescribed by the Union home ministry, said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal  Kejriwal

6:25 PM: Delivery of essential goods through e-commerce portals will continue: Kejriwal

6:35 PM: Total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rises to 40,263 including 28,070 active cases, 10,887 cured/discharged/migrated and 1,306 deaths, according to the 5 pm update issued by the Union health ministry.

6:45 PM: “Will suggest Centre to declare only containment areas in the city as red zone and not the entire district,” said Delhi chief minsiter Arvind Kejriwal. He said that high risk persons- pregnant women, those above the age of 65 and below the age of 19, those with other diseases – shall remian at home.

7:05 PM: To maintain the norms of social distancing, not more than 50 people are allowed at wedding functions and not more than 20 at last rites of a deceased person, ANI quotes Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as saying.

7:10 PM: Punjab reports 331 new cases, pushing total number of cases over 1,100, ANI quotes.

7:55 PM: As many as 94 new COVID-19 cases and 2 deaths were reported in Dharavi today, pushing the total number of positive cases in the slum areas to 590, and toll to 20, ANI quotes the BMC as saying.

8:35 PM: Concerned over scores of frontline security personnel catching the COVID-19 disease, the Centre has suggested to states to prepare an effective second line of defence by deploying home guards, civil defence and NCC cadets among others wherever feasible to contain the spread of the deadly virus, reports PTI.

8:50 PM: A doctor from Tripura has developed a PPE face shield costing only Rs 40, to protect frontline medical personnel from contracting COVID-19 while treating patients.

9:25 PM: Global: Total confirmed cases – 3,452,285; Active cases – 2,106,270; Recovered cases – 1,101,695; Fatal cases – 244,320.

India: Total confirmed cases – 40,263; Active cases – 28,070; Recovered cases – 10,887; Fatal cases – 1,306.

*My Inner Politician refers to Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center for Global data and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for India data.

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