Congress has called a virtual meet of Opposition parties to discuss the way forward in the COVID-19 pandemic-induced lockdown environment.
The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded. Here is a collection of our daily cartoons on COVID-19.
Here are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.
Here are the latest updates:
5.00 pm | New Delhi
At COVID-19 briefing, a government official explains the healthcare infrastructure developed after the pandemic:
During this period, we have developed huge Covid-19 specific health infrastructure, we have now 1093 dedicated hospitals and over 1.85 lakh beds have been created/repurposed. Dedicated health centres with oxygen support are now 2402 and over 1.38 lakh isolation beds are now available there.
There are now more than 6.50 lakh beds in simple Covid care centres.
A huge workforce has been created and trained. About 65 lakh training sessions have been done. In webinars conducted for the purpose, there were 24 lakh viewers till yesterday. Through i-GOT platform, about 8.66 lakh unique users got registered and completed 11 lakh courses.
Over 1 lakh tests are now being conducted every day. 522 labs have been created in the past 8-10 weeks.
Thirty lakh PPEs have been given to States so far, there were no domestic manufacturers, now there are 109.
Three lakh PPEs are being produced by them per day, apart from those being imported from abroad. Forty-three lakh N-95 masks have been given to the States so far.
Simultaneously, all guidelines had to be developed scientifically during this period, they were circulated, adopted and implemented at the ground level.
4.50 pm | New Delhi
80% cases limited to 5 States
Much of the outbreak is now confined to limited areas due to lockdown and social distancing measures, says a government spokesperson.
Around 80% cases were limited to only five States (Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi and MP) till yesterday. Over 60% in five cities (Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Thane), over 90% cases in 10 States and over 70% cases are limited to 10 cities.
Over 80% deaths reported in five States (Maharashtra, Gujarat, MP, West Bengal and Delhi); Nearly 60% in five cities (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Delhi and Kolkata), Around 70% deaths in 10 cities (Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Delhi, Kolkata, Indore, Thane, Jaipur, Chennai and Surat).
4.45 pm | New Delhi
Statistical importance of lockdown
The impact of lockdown is reflected in the statistics, says Pravin Srivastava, Secretary to Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation.
Boston Consulting Group adopted two approaches for projections, based on which 36 lakh to 70 lakh cases averted, and 1.2 lakh to 2.1 lakh lives saved.
Second estimate was by PHFI, as per which 78,000 deaths averted, while MK&SR estimated that 23 lakh cases averted and 68,000 deaths averted.
As per simple model adopted by us for estimation, 14 lakh to 29 lakh cases have been averted, 37,000 to 78,000 deaths averted due to lockdown measures, says Mr. Srivastava.
Chairman of the Empowered Group-1 Dr. V.K. Paul says, due to lockdown measures, we achieved three things: a large number of deaths were averted, a very large number of cases averted, much less number of persons spreading infection.
4.30 pm | New Delhi
No exponential rise of cases in India, says Govt
We took timely decision on lockdown measures, as part of a caliberated, graded, proactive and pre-emptive response. Due to these measures, Covid-19 case growth declined. Till April 3, the rate of cases was increasing, 22.60% extra cases were being reported every next day.
However, after April 3 there was a clear decline in number of cases..in the first 15-20 days, there was steep decline. The growth percentage is now at 5.5%, says a government spokesperson.
This shows, we stopped the growth progression of the virus due to lockdown measures. Cases are increasing, but it is not exponential growth. Doubling time before lockdown was 3.4, now it is 13.3, he points out.
Death rate after April 5 had started declining, and now it has settled, says Chairman of Empowered Group-1.
4.15 pm | New Delhi
At the Union Government’s COVID-19 briefing:
Health Ministry spokesperson: “Till now 48,534 people have got cured; total 66,330 cases are under active medical supervision. In the past 24 hours, 3334 people cured… The recovery rate is gradually increasing, it is now about 41%. There is improvement in mortality rate too. It’s now reduced to 3.02%.”
Till 1 p.m. today, 27,55,714 tests were conducted. Today was the fourth consecutive day in which over 1 lakh tests have been carried out, says ICMR spokesperson.
Empowered Group-1 Chairman says: “We achieved an important landmark on May 19, 1 crore treatments provided under PM-JAY scheme. This is unprecedented in the history of health care in India. The other component of Ayushman Bharat is health and awareness centre: 40,000 centres commissioned till date.”
3.50 pm | Opposition Meet
The Opposition meet is attended by Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, and Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren.
Other leaders include NCP chief Sharad Pawar, National Conference leader Omar Abdullah, DMK’s M.K. Stalin, CPI(M) chief Sitaram Yechury and CPI D. Raja.
Leaders of 22 parties are attending in all.
They also pass a resolution to condole the loss of lives by cyclone Amphan.
3.45 pm | Opposition Meet
Defining image of the pandemic is lakhs of migrants walking home: Sonia
Addressing a virtual meet of Opposition leaders, Congress president Sonia Gandhi says the Prime Minister’s announcement of Rs 20 lakh crore package has turned out to be a “cruel joke.”
“The initial optimism of the Prime Minister that the war against the virus would conclude in 21 days has turned out to be misplaced,” she says.
“The defining image of the pandemic has been the lakhs of migrant workers, many with children, walking hundreds of kilometres, without money, food or medicines, desperate to reach their home States.
“Apart from the plight of the migrant workers, those who have been cruelly ignored include the 13 crore families in the bottom half of the population, namely – the tenant farmers and landless agricultural workers; the laid off or retrenched workers and employees; the shopkeepers and the self-employed; the 5.8 crore out of the 6.3 crore MSMEs; and organized industries, including the large businesses, that drive our country’s growth.
“Far from offering succour and support, the government has embarked on a wild adventure of so-called reforms including a grand clearance sale of PSUs and repeal of labour laws. There is not even a pretence of consultation with stakeholders or debate in Parliament.”
The government has also abandoned any pretence of being a democratic government. All power is now concentrated in one office, the PMO. The spirit of Federalism which is an integral part of our Constitution is all but forgotten, she says.
MHA has allowed limited category of OCI card holders to come to India.
Those allowed include children of OCI card holders, university students, couples where one spouse is an OCI and other is an Indian, OCI who wish to come here for emergencies like death in the family.
The visit of OCI card holders to India was banned since March in wake of COVID-19 pandemic. – Vijaita Singh
2.10 pm | Puducherry
Three-fold increase of COVID-19 cases in Puducherry
With two more COVID-19 cases reported in Puducherry on Friday, the tally of active cases has gone up to 24 in the UT.
Health officials said there had been an over three-fold increase in cases in the past week since lockdown norms were further eased and the arrival of residents stuck in other States and in the Gulf.
Both new cases are women. While a 43-year-old woman in Periyakalapet in home quarantine since a visit to Chennai on May 18 tested positive and has been admitted in the IGMCRI, a 46-year-old woman from Reddiarpalayam who was diagnosed with COVID 19 is quarantined at a facility in Chennai, officials said. – Dinesh Verma
2.00 pm | Tripura
Two more test COVID-19 positive in Tripura
Two more persons tested positive for novel coronavirus in Tripura, raising the state’s total COVID-19 cases to 175, Chief Minister Biplam Kumar Deb said.
The two came in contact with people who returned to the state from outside recently.
The total number of coronavirus cases now rose to 175, out of which 148 have recovered and two others, who were from Assam, were transferred to their home state, officials said on Friday. – PTI
1.15 pm | Delhi
NDRF Sub-Inspector reports COVID-19 positive
An official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been found positive for the novel coronavirus, the first case such being detected in the federal contingency force.
The NDRF official has been admitted to an isolation ward in the Central Armed Police Forces’ (CAPFs) Referral hospital in Greater Noida on Thursday.
The official is posted in the headquarters of the force here and was on deputation from the Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB). – PTI
1.00 pm | Karnataka
Over 100 new cases in Karnataka
A total of 105 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Karnataka on Friday. With this the total number of cases in the state stand at 1710. Majority of the COVID 19 new cases reported on Friday were people who had returned from Maharashtra.
As many as 588 patients have been discharged and there are 1080 active cases in Karnataka.
12.55 pm | Tamil Nadu
TN allows autorickshaws to ply in the State, except Chennai
The Tamil Nadu government has permitted autorickshaws and cycle rickshaws to ply from Saturday in the State, excluding the Greater Chennai Police limits and COVID-19 containment zones.
Only one passenger will be allowed and the running time will be from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., according to an official statement from Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Friday.
12.45 pm | Delhi
Delhi records biggest single-day jump of 660 cases
As many as 660 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the past 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 12,319, according to a health bulletin released by the Delhi government on Friday.
This is the biggest single-day jump in the number of cases in the city so far. The last three days had also recorded the biggest single-day increase till then.
Also, 14 more deaths have been reported, taking the total number of deaths to 208. But all the deaths did not happen in the past 24 hours.
Of the 12,319 cases, 5,897 people have recovered and there are 6,214 active cases. – Nikhil M. Babu
12.20 pm | Karnataka
Karnataka revises testing protocol for travellers from six high-risk States
All asymptomatic travellers from high-risk States — Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Delhi, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh — will now be tested between the fifth and the seventh day of their arrival.
Those who are symptomatic (Influenza-Like Illnesses symptoms) will be tested immediately on arrival, stated an order issued by Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare and Medical Education) on Thursday.
All symptomatic individuals, who have undertaken international travel in the last 14 days, will be tested immediately on arrival.
12.00 noon | Andhra Pradesh
One death, 62 fresh cases reported in AP
With 62 fresh infections, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh surged to 2,667 while one death was reported, taking the toll in the state to 55.
The lone death was reported in Krishna district.
The number of active patients are now 728. – PTI
11.50 am | Karnataka
Uber resumes operations in Karnataka
Uber said on Friday it has resumed its operations in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, and Hubballi, in compliance with Lockdown 4.0 guidelines issued by the Government.
Riders in Bengaluru can book UberAuto, UberGO, Premier, Intercity, Hourly Rental, UberXL, Access, and Assist on their Uber App.
UberAuto, UberGO, Premier, and Intercity are available in Mysuru, UberGO and Intercity services in Mangaluru, and UberAuto services in Hubballi.
Uber Intercity operations will be limited to travel with necessary authorisation and within state boundaries and permissible zones only.
11.40 am | Maharashtra
Maharashtra fixes price cap on pvt hospitals treating COVID-19 cases
The Maharashtra government has come out with three slabs on per day charges on treatment of COVID-19 patients in private and charitable hospitals and also decided to regulate rates for 80 per cent of the operational bed capacity in these medical facilities.
Fresh guidelines issued by the state government on Thursday said the fee regulation decision applies to both isolation and non-isolation beds in private and charitable hospitals.
This means 80 per cent of beds in isolation and non- isolation wards available with any healthcare provider will be regulated by the state government/municipal commissioner/ district collector.
Healthcare providers may charge their own rates to the remaining 20 per cent beds, according to a government notification.
For COVID-19 patients, there will be three rate slabs on per day basis – Rs 4,000, Rs7,500 and Rs 9,000 – based on the category of wards they have been admitted in, said the notification.
11 am | India
Health Ministry plans to study viral behaviour in corpses
The lockdown period has been gainfully utilised to ramp up the health infrastructure in the country, the Union Health Ministry said on Thursday, with senior health officials confirming that India is now planning to initiate a study on ‘behaviour of the coronavirus (COVID-19) virus in persons who have died after contracting the disease.’
Autopsy in confirmed COVID-19 cases is not recommended by the Health Ministry and this research, to be conducted at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, will be the first to be undertaken on a COVID-19 dead body. This is expected to give researchers an insight into how the virus behaves in a dead body, the manner in which it affects organs of the body etc.
10.30 am | Mumbai
Mumbai tally rises to 25,500
Mumbai recorded 1,382 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, the third-highest single-day jump, pushing its tally to 25,500. The city also recorded 41 fatalities for the second consecutive day, taking its death toll to 882.
Of the new victims, 24 were men and 17 were women. Of these, 23 patients had co-morbidities. While three were below 40 years, 17 were between 40 and 60 years, and 21 were above 60 years.
10 am | India
Over 6,000 COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours in India, highest single day rise
India registered a spike of 6,088 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, making it the highest single-day rise here since the start of the pandemic, according to figures released by the Health Ministry on Friday.
As many as 148 new deaths have also been registered. India’s tally now stands at 118447 cases, 3583 deaths and 48,534 recoveries.
9.30 am | Delhi
An employee of Lok Sabha Secretariat has tested COVID-19 positive on Friday.
All necessary arrangement regarding sealing and sanitsation are being carried out by Lok Sabha security staff. More details are awaited.
9 am | Delhi
With 571 COVID-19 cases, Delhi records biggest 24-hour surge
As many as 571 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases to 11,659, according to the Delhi government health bulletin released on Thursday. This is the biggest single-day jump in the number of cases in the city so far.
Tuesday and Wednesday had also recorded the biggest single-day increase till then. Also, 18 more deaths have been reported, taking the total number of deaths to 194, though the bulletin said that all the deaths did not happen in the past 24 hours.
8.30 am | Brazil
Brazil suffers record daily coronavirus death toll, soon to be world No. 2
Brazil suffered a record of 1,188 daily coronavirus deaths on Thursday and is fast approaching Russia to become the world’s No. 2 COVID-19 hot spot behind the United States.
Brazil also passed 20,000 deaths on Thursday and has 3,10,087 confirmed cases, up over 18,500 in a single day, according to Health Ministry data. The true numbers are likely higher but Brazil has not carried out widespread testing, the ministry said.
8 am | Gujarat
371 cases and 24 deaths in Gujarat
Gujarat’s COVID-19 tally jumped to 12,910 after 371 infections were reported while the toll jumped to 773 following 24 deaths on Thursday.
The State continues see sharp rise with over 300 cases per day for the last two weeks.