COVID-19 cases continue to increase, tally reach to 4281, inlcuding 319 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 111 deaths

Sikkim: A virus research lab under provisions of ICMR will be set up at Gangtok

Meghalaya continues to be COVID-19 free as people in contact with COVID positive patient of Guwahati test negative

Central Zoo Authority advises zoos in India to remain on high alert in view of a Tiger found COVID-19 positive in NewYork

ICMR has placed order for 5 lakh testing kits for conducting rapid antibody based blood tests. 2.5 lakh kits are expected to be delivered by April 8-9, 2020

Cabinet approves ordinance to cut 30% salary of PM, ministers, MPs for the whole year of 2020-21

Ministry of health and family welfare: 73% of the COVID-19 deaths reported so far are of males, 27% of females

Age-wise distribution of deaths due to COVID-19

During last 13 days, Indian Railways has loaded and transported 1,342 wagons of sugar, 958 wagons of salt and 378 wagons/tanks of edible oil

COVID-19: The President of India, Vice President and Governors have voluntarily decided to take a pay cut

Cabinet approves temporary suspension of MPLADS during 2020-21 and 2021-22 for managing health and adverse impact of outbreak of COVID-19 in the country

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma: Government to get 5,000 additional PPE kits today

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma: Except 1 positive case from Cachar, no new COVID-19 positive cases reported in the last 48 hours

Sri Lanka: Government minister and doctor Ramesh Pathirana says having hot black tea 3-4 times a day can help fight COVID-19 and other such respiratory conditions

National Health Mission, Assam invites for the post of ‘Cleaners’for COVID-19 hospitals

Assam: Latest updates on figures and medical response related to COVID-19 outbreak

State-wise break up of COVID-19 cases till 9 am on April 6, 2020

States with 1-15 confirmed cases
States with 16-120 confirmed cases
States with 120+ confirmed cases
Total no. of confirmed cases so far

India understood seriousness of this disease and waged a timely war against it. India took several decisions and tried its best to implement them on ground: PM

Humanity is facing a crisis, our devotion to service of the country creates our path during this challenging time: PM Modi to BJP workers

India’s efforts to contain coronavirus has been appreciated by other countries and WHO: PM Modi

Japan considering six-month period for state of emergency: Reports

The Japanese government is considering a period of six months for the state of emergency that it is preparing to call in response to the coronavirus pandemic, local media has reported. The move would cover Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures as well as Osaka, reports suggest.

The government is preparing to announce a state of emergency as early as tomorrow. (Input from Reuters)

Key updates from around the world

Spain has overtaken Italy for the first time for the number of confirmed cases. But the overnight death toll fell from the previous day.
> French high-school students have had their graduation exam, the “baccalaureat”, cancelled for first time since it was instituted two centuries ago under Napoleon.
> Number of funerals in Jakarta rose sharply in March, a development the Governor of Indonesia’s capital city said suggested that deaths from the COVID-19 may be higher than officially reported.
> COVID-19 has infected over 3,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa and killed about 100, prompting some of the world’s poorest countries to shut land and sea borders. (Inputs from Reuters)

Assam minister of state for health and family welfare Pijush Hazarika tweets: Healthy vegetarian and non-vegetarian lunch was served in a timely manner in the various quarantine centres in Assam. Quarantine should not be feared nor stigmatized.

Pijush Hazarika in Twitter
Items to be served in various quarantine centres in Assam 
Lunch packet being prepared in a quarantine centres in Assam
Lunch packets are being prepared in quarantine centres in Assam
Preparations are on to serve food packets in quarantine centres in Assam

Norway to send team to Italy to help fight COVID-19

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) will receive around seven lakh rapid anti-body testing kits by April 8.

Thailand reports 51 new cases, three more deaths

Germany reports fourth straight drop in daily rate of new infections

Noida schools can’t force parents to pay fees during lockdown

PM Narendra Modi to talk to all Central ministers today (12 pm) through video conferencing on the Covid-19 spread and preparations to deal with the pandemic

The hardest hit states in India : Maharashtra: 690 cases, 45 deaths; Tamil Nadu: 571 cases, 5 deaths; Delhi: 503 cases, 7 deaths; Telengana: 321 cases, 7 deaths; Kerala: 314 cases, 2 deaths

1.6 mn people in US underwent tests: Trump

Trump, who made the remarks during the White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing on Sunday, said that by Tuesday, 3,000 military and public health workers will be deployed across the nation to cope with the pandemic.

Trump broke down into specific numbers a total of 1,700 ventilators the government has distributed to some states through the Federal Emergency Management Agency — 500 to New Jersey, 200 to Louisiana, 600 to Illinois, 100 to Massachusetts, and 300 to Michigan.

He said the federal government on Monday will send some 600,000 N95 respirators to New York State, the national epicentre of the pandemic where the fatality rate has, however, dropped.

ICMR to get about 7 lakh rapid antibody testing kits by April 8

Perhaps India’s Greatest Challenge in Recent Times: Raghuram Rajan

The former RBI governor said economically, India is probably facing its greatest emergency since Independence.

“The global financial crisis in 2008-09 was a massive demand shock, but our workers could still go to work, our firms were coming off years of strong growth, our financial system was largely sound, and our government finances were healthy.

“None of this is true today as we fight the coronavirus pandemic,” Rajan, who completed his three-year term at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 2016, noted.

South Korea’s new cases drop to lowest in more than six weeks

South Korea is extending its social distancing campaign for two more weeks until April 19.
On Monday, the country reported 47 new cases, the first time since February 18 that the number has dropped below 50, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Bollywood producer Karim Morani’s daughter tests positive

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor discharged from hospital after her sixth sample tests negative

French club doctor ‘commits suicide’ after coronavirus diagnosis

French Ligue 1 club Reims were in mourning for long-serving club doctor Bernard Gonzalez who committed suicide after being diagnosed with coronavirus, sources confirmed.

“Devastated, Reims cries for Bernard Gonzalez,” said a statement released by the Ligue 1 club.

Premier League players reject 30 per cent pay cut

The English Premier League players rejected a move on Saturday by clubs to cut their wages by 30 per cent during the coronavirus pandemic, escalating a bitter public row as their union claimed the government would lose out on more than 200 million pounds (around $245 million) in tax.

POWERGRID donates Rs 200 crore

POWERGRID has contributed Rs 200 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Import of vegetables to Itanagar banned

PM urged to provide COVID-19 testing machines for NE

Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into getting COVID-19 testing machines to North East and North Bengal on an urgent basis.

Nagaland seals border with Assam in Wokha

Misbehaviour towards medical staff will be firmly dealt with: Assam DGP

Mosque bodies urge Markaz returnees to reveal all details

Decision to reopen schools, colleges on April 14: Centre

The Centre will take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Sunday.

No impact of lockdown on Guwahati’s air quality

Astounding as it may sound, Guwahati’s pollution level continued to be high despite the lockdown during which industrial activity has been nil and vehicular movement negligible. Blame it on particulate matter.

In fact, Bulandshahr and Guwahati were the only two cities out of 103 in the country that recorded poor air quality during the lockdown period, according to the data from the Central Pollution Control Board.

Rate of COVID-19 cases would have been slower minus Jamaat incident: Govt of India

Come out or face action, hiding Markaz visitors told

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has warned that if the Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz do not reveal themselves by Sunday night, criminal cases will be lodged against them.

Global COVID-19 cases cross 1-million mark

The number of COVID-19 positive cases across the world crossed the 1-million mark as death tll topped 50,000. In India, total number of cases reached 4,067 with death toll at 109, as per latest health ministry figures.

Arunachal Police has traced 23 persons who went to Nizamuddin Markaz, of which 1 has tested positive for COVID-19

Nagaland: Dimapur DC issues new directives for public

From April 6, 2020 onwards, only shops and business establishments dealing with pharmacies, petrol pumps, media house, essential commodities and vegetables will be opened for public from 9 am to 2 pm. Wholesale markets will remain open from 3 am to 8 am only. Details below:

42% of India’s COVID-19 cases in 21-40 age group: Health ministry

Those in 0-20 age group least affected in India with 9% cases, those in 21-40 the highest contracted with 42% cases, as per data released by Union health ministry. READ MORE.

Manipur’s 1st COVID-19 patient tests negative, last test today

23-year-old girl from Imphal West — Manipur’s 1st COVID-19 patient — will undergo last serology test today, as per protocol; result will determine future course of action. READ MORE.

Dimapur DM partially relaxes prohibitory orders from 9 am to 2 pm, April 6 (Monday) onwards, to ‘enable general public for buying esssential goods within respective colonies/villages.

Adequate arrangements and protocols put in place to handle grid stability during ‘Lights Off’ event today at 9 pm today, says power ministry

PM Narendra Modi makes COVID-19 testing, treatment free for 50 crore PMJAY beneficiaries

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma meets mosque leaders

In view of situation arising out of Nizamuddin Markaz event, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday met leaders of Guwahati Lakhtokia Masjid, where the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat is situated, to request them to share a list of all who those visited the religious congregation in Delhi last month.

Total cases reach 3,374 in India as of 9 am today (Sunday)

The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rose to 3,374 as of 9 am on Sunday, April 5, as per data released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

The death toll in the country now stands at 77.

Of these, 3,030 are active cases, 266 have been cured or discharged and one is a migrated patient.

COVID-19: India reaches 3,072 cases including 75 deaths

Assam: Over 7000 people have donated more than Rs 15 crore to Assam Arogya Nidhi

21 people have received the 1st installment of $1000 of the $2000 allowance announced to Assamese stuck outside Assam

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that one cannot expect a vaccine for COVID-19 before Diwali

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma gives updates on total tests conducted across the state

  • 1529 tests conducted across 5 testing labs in Assam
  • 1308 declared negative
  • 25 positive
  • 196 result awaited

Assam govt employees to get full salary on April 9, no pay cuts

Guwahati’s 1st COVID19 case: 111 contacts identifed and samples withdrawn

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma: Taj Vivanta in Guwahati to be used as quanatine centre for GMCH, MMCH and Sonapur Civil Hospital doctors, nurses and cleaning staff from April 6

More than 132 lakh face masks produced by members of SHGs across India

Assam: Nalbari DCC president Diganta Barman donates ₹1 lakh to CM’s relief fund

3 fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Nepal; 2 people have travel history to India & 1 person is a relative of an earlier positive patient: Nepal Health Ministry

In addition 31 Military hospitals through out the country have separate portions for Covid-19 patients with a collective Covid_19 bed capacity of almost 5000 beds including 170 dedicated to ICU.

Armed Forces dedicate 19 hospitals pan India for Covid-19 patients, including hospitals in Pune, Vizag & Bengaluru with total capacity of over 4000 beds including 200 in ICU

Maharashtra case count crosses 500-mark, reports 47 new cases

Delhi case count rises to 386, PPE kits in stock only for 2-3 days, demands urgent supply

We have only 7000-8000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits left in our stock which will last 2-3 days. We’ve demanded 50,000 PPE kits on urgent basis: Delhi health minister

One more Covid-19 positive case from North Lakhimpur District has been confirmed, taking the total number in Assam to 25. This patient is also related to Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi.

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma writes in his Tweeter message 

112 French nationals airlifted by a special Air India flight to Paris, on Saturday morning

112 French nationals, who were stranded in Kerala due to lockdown, were airlifted by a special Air India flight to Paris,today morning.Their baggage was disinfected & they were screened at the Cochin Intl airport’s health desk before departure.

12 Tablighi members from Bangladesh booked for Foreigners Act violation

An FIR has been registered against 12 Bangladesh citizens who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month and are now in administrative quarantine in UP’s Shamli district, police said on Saturday.

Yogi Adityanath orders manufacture of 66 crore triple layer special khadi masks

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued orders for the manufacture of 66 crore triple layer special masks made of ‘khadi’. These masks will be washable&reusable. The poor will get it free of cost and for others it will be sold at a nominal price: Uttar Pradesh Govt

Amid outbreak, Health Ministry recommends homemade face masks

Amid rising cases of deadly coronavirus infections in India, the Union Health Ministry has recommended homemade face masks for the public at large. According to an advisory issued by health ministry people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover.

Global companies pledge not to lay off staff

A number of global companies – most with a large presence in India have assured employees that there will be no or insignificant layoffs while the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown continue. Some have taken a 90-day no-layoff pledge.

Others have put a stop to all layoffs for this year. A few are protecting jobs by reducing fresh hiring. Among them are SAP, Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Palo Alto Networks, PayPal, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Bank of America and Booz Allen Hamilton.

A JP Morgan India spokesperson said the firm recognises its people are critical to its success. “That is why we are consciously making decisions designed to prevent any new layoffs as a result of Covid-19, including significantly reducing hiring — in many cases stopping it completely — and working with local governments and officials,” the spokesperson said

AIIMS employees to donate one day’s salary PM CARES Fund

Employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to donate one day’s salary to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) to fight COVID19.

108 members of Delhi’s Sir Ganga Ram Hospital staff including doctors and nurses have been quarantined after they came in contact with two patients who in their second test report were found positive for Covid-19. Of the 108, 85 are in home quarantine and 23 in the hospital

Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 68 in India, number of cases increases to 2,902: Health Ministry

US sets new global record with 1,480 virus deaths in 24 hours, Johns Hopkins University: AFP news agency

Edgbaston stadium to be COVID-19 testing centre

The Warwickshire County Cricket Club on Friday announced that it is handing over the Edgbaston stadium to the government to create a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for the National Health Services (NHS) staff battling the pandemic.

The stadium’s main on-site car park will be used to regularly test the medical staff who are working in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region, the club’s website said.

Athletes Village for Olympics could house virus patients

The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients.

Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games.

FIFA’s Infantino says ‘nobody knows’ when football can resume

FIFA boss Gianni Infantino admitted that “nobody knows” when football can resume around the world, and that when it returned it was “going to be different”. He said that because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, for once football “is not the most important thing”.

Wimbledon chief fears ‘no more tennis this year’

Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis admitted that he feared the remainder of the 2020 tennis season could be wiped out. Tennis has been in lockdown since early last month and is not scheduled to return until July 13 at the earliest following the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II on Wednesday.

Nobody from Mizoram attended Nizamuddin event

It has been confirmed that no one from Mizoram attended the religious congregation at Nizamuddin in New Delhi, which has emerged as an epicentre for spread of COVID-19 in the country. Earlier, it was suspected that a Muslim man from Saiphai village in north Mizoram close to the Assam border had attended the event.

DRDO develops bio suit for fighting COVID-19

In a major import substitution development, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a bio suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus

Rs 12.66L fine for lockdown violations in Assam

A total of 13 cases of lockdown violation were reported across the State on Friday, including seven non-FIR cases. In connection with these cases, police made five arrests and seized altogether 26 vehicles, including 23 two-wheelers and three four-wheelers. Police also realised a total of Rs 25,500 on Friday as penalty from the violators.

NFR runs 200 rakes of freight trains with essentials till April 1

Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has managed to run more than 200 rakes of freight trains loaded with essential commodities for unloading at various locations since imposition of the nationwide lockdown.

Lockdown in NE effectively enforced: Centre

The Centre on Friday said that the lockdown in the northeastern States is being effectively enforced and that the region’s long international border (approx 5,500 km) has been effectively sealed. Minister of state for development of north eastern region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh held a detailed review meeting by video conference with the officers of the ministry and North Eastern Council (NEC) and NEDFI in the light of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and measures being taken to fight the same in the region.

Assam in control of situation, Governor Mukhi informs President Kovind

647 COVID-19 cases found in last 2 days linked to Tablighi: Government of India

Govt may not extend lockdown in Assam

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma indicated that the government will not be extending the lockdown beyond April 14 and that alternative measures are being explored. Speaking to media-persons, after visiting Jorhat Medical College and Hospital here, Sarma said that government is not thinking of extending the lockdown period, but is thinking of taking certain alternative measures to prevent large gathering of people.

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