Coronavirus outbreak: 12 police personnel test positive; state crosses 10,000 mark

Updated: May 01, 2020, 09:33 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    While India has been under a nationwide lockdown since 37 days, the number of cases has been on the rise. According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of cases in the country crossed 33,000 on Thursday.

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    The Madhya Pradesh government on Thursday said it has brought back over 20,000 migrant labourers, who were stranded in other states due to the COVID-19 lockdown.

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    Maharashtra reported 583 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday to breach the 10,000-case mark as the State's cumulative tally soared to 10,498 cases. 27 deaths were reported from the state to take the total death toll to 459 thus far.

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    Dharavi reported a surge of 25 new cases on Thursday taking the total in the area to 369. 

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    The Mantralaya was lit up in colours of the Indian Flag to commemmorate the eve of Labour Day in Maharashtra.

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    Twelve police personnel and an SRPF jawan have tested positive for Coronavirus on Thursday. Of these, nine are from Wadala police station and three are from Dharavi

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    A 20-day-old baby boy tested positive for COVID-19 in Kalyan town of Maharashtra’s Thane district on Thursday, a civic official said.

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    Meanwhile, Narendra Modi held detailed meeting to deliberate the potential reforms to ensure a robust and self-reliant defence industry in India that caters to short & long term needs of the armed forces and initiatives to give a boost to the economy in the backdrop of COVID-19. 

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    He held a “detailed” meeting to discuss the potential economic reforms in the mines and coal sectors to give a boost to the economy in the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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    Former RBI chief Raghuram Rajan says another round of coronavirus lockdown will be devastating for the Indian economy.

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    "I think it says, we need to open up in a measured way but as fast as possible so that people start having jobs. We don't have the capacity to support people across the spectrum for too long. Being a relatively poor country, people start out with significantly lower reserves," he said. "But we have to be cleverer about opening up."

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    The first COVID-19 patient in the city to undergo convalescent plasma therapy in Lilavati Hospital died on Thursday early morning after waging an unsuccessful battle with the virus for almost 10 days.

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    The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients has now been reported to be over 25 per cent from 13.06 per cent in India in the past 14 days.

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    About 60,000 foreign nationals from 72 countries were evacuated from India in the midst of the coronavirus lockdown, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Thursday.

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    Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus and has told President Vladimir Putin he will self-isolate.

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    Delhi Police have placed 'scarecrows' with the message of 'stay home' at several places in Chandni Mahal area, amid Coronavirus lockdown. DCP(Central District), Sanjay Bhatia says,"We have put up these scarecrows to make people understand that roaming outside is dangerous".

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    Ministry of Home Affairs reiterated on Thursday that separate passes are not required for trucks and goods carries to move across States.

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    With May 3 inching close, public discourse and social media are abuzz with speculation of whether the lockdown will end or be extended.

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About The Gallery

While the number of positive cases is on the rise with over 33,000 cases in India, the recovery rate has also improved to 25 per cent. As May 3 inches closer, social media is abuzz with whether the lockdown will end or extend.

All pictures: Ashish Raje, Pradeep Dhivar, Satej Shinde, Sameer Markande