Coronavirus outbreak: Still a long way to go as India battles COVID-19

Updated: Apr 17, 2020, 16:19 | Saumya Gourisaria
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    The number of Coronavirus positive cases touched 12,759 in India on April 16 and the death toll was over 415, according to the data released by the Union Health Ministry on Thursday. Over 1,500 people have recovered so far from the infection in India.

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    While Maharashtra has the most number of cases 3,081, Delhi with 1,578 cases was second in the list of most affected places. However, as many as 325 districts in India have no cases of COVID-19, Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health, said during a regular media briefing.

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    Meanwhile, the Centre has released a list of 170 ‘hotspot districts’ which includes six metros – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru.

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    Cities such as Jaipur and Agra are also in the list of places where number Coronavirus patients was high. The government said that out of the 170 hotspots, 47 shows cluster outbreaks. 

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    Besides, 207 districts-where the rate of doubling is currently low but which can be potential hotspots-have been classified as 'non-hotspots' or 'white zones'. Apart from this, there are 'green zone' districts with no new confirmed cases in the last 28 days.

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    According to the Maharashtra health ministry, till April 16, out of the 2,916 cases a total of 2,620 cases were found in both Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) and Pune Metropolitan Region (PMR)

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    A total of 259 patients have recovered till now in Maharashtra and discharged from hospitals also.

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    The number of coronavirus cases in Dharavi reached 71 after 11 more people tested positive for the disease in the slum area of Mumbai on Thursday, a civic official said. Of the 11 new cases, four were reported from Mukund Nagar, two each from Social Nagar and Rajiv Nagar, and one each from Sai Raj Nagar, Transit camp and Ramji Chawl localities of Dharavi, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) official said.

     

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    World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus appreciated India's collaboration in systematic engagement of polio surveillance network across the country to fight against coronavirus.

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    The WHO chief thanked India's Health Minister Harsh Vardhan for his leadership and engagement with the UN body to fight the global crisis.

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    An Indian Air Force Cheetah helicopter headed to Chandigarh with medical samples made an emergency landing on Delhi Highway following technical snag, according to a report published in IANS

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    Amid lockdown over COVID threat, Indian Railways has decided to start two special trains for military to meet operational requirements of Indian Army at northern and eastern borders

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    The Mumbai airport on Wednesday said it has helped in the evacuation of over 3700 foreign nationals with 20 repatriation flights during the first phase of nationwide lockdown to stem coronavirus spread.

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    Among the many sectors hit with the COVID-19 health crisis, affordable housing too will see a major dip in 2020. Around 6.1 lakh affordable units (priced below R40 lakh) were under construction across seven cities until the lockdown was announced, a real estate report mentioned. 

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    With cops on the watch all day, migrants are trying to leave during nighttime. Navi Mumbai police detained 92 such people who set out on foot for their homes in the past few days.

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    The central government has begun distribution of free ration from the Public distribution system (PDS) following the lockdown in the wake of COVID-19. The beneficiaries of this scheme are those who come under the poverty line, or their annual income does not exceed R59,000 per annum or those who have been taking ration from the government shops regularly.

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    In a bid to help the state in its fight against Coronavirus, Ola on Wednesday entered into a partnership with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to aid the movement of health workers. The cab aggregator will provide the civic body with a dedicated fleet of cars, which will ferry medical staff, healthcare workers and paramedical staff from their homes to hospitals across the city. 

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    The Mumbai police set up an internal enquiry to find out how exactly such a huge crowd gathered at Bandra railway station amid a lockdown on Tuesday

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    The Treasury Department in the US has ordered President Donald Trump's name to be printed on all stimulus checks being sent to millions of Americans struggling financially because of coronavirus, according to a report published by ANI

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    Amid the Coronavirus crisis that the entire world is battling, an advocate filed a criminal complaint against China in the International Criminal Court. The complaint filed by advocate Ashish Suhani accused China of criminal negligence and hiding information about the outbreak.

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About The Gallery

As the number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 12,759 on April 16, around 90 per cent of the total COVID-19 positive cases in Maharashtra were reported from metropolitan regions of Mumbai and Pune, according to the state government data.

All pics: Satej Shinde, Bipin Kokate, Ashish Rane, Shadab Khan/mid-day photographers