Day 1 of coronavirus lockdown: India registers 93 new cases, 3 deaths; Govt says working to deliver essential services


MARCH 25, 2020

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India spent day 1 of the 21 days lockdown scrambling for groceries, vegetables and milk even as the government issued several assurances that essential services and commodities will not be hampered by the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of deadly novel coronavirus.

On Wednesday, India registered 93 new cases of novel coronavirus despite a nationwide lockdown. Total number of deaths due to Covid-19 has reached 12 in India.

Globally, the world tally of positive coronavirus cases has reached at least 427,940 in 181 countries, with 19,246 dead.

In India, the central and state governments held a series of meetings with e-commerce websites, retail chains, vendors and other stakeholders to ensure a seamless supply of essential goods across the nation during the 21-day lockdown period.

While the streets across India bore a deserted look, cops across states ended up booking umpteen number of people for violating norms of lockdown. People were booked for venturing out for no emergency, opening businesses and home quarantine violations.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed his constituents in Varanasi via video conferencing. During the address, he urged people not to discriminate against frontline workers, including healthcare workers and cops. His statement came as several doctors and policemen reported evictions by landlords after being accused of being coronavirus carriers. The PM said that doctors must be treated like Gods during the current situation as they are helping us fight novel coronavirus pandemic.

A report suggests that the central government is set to announce a fiscal package for the 100 million poors and businesses hit by the shutdown amid the clamour for financial assistance by states.

Here is your capsule on latest developments on coronavirus outbreak in India:

Death toll reaches 12

India on Wednesday registered three deaths due to novel coronavirus. An 85-year-old woman who had been diagnosed with coronavirus died on Wednesday. It was the second COVID-19 death in the state.

“One coronavirus positive patient, female, 85 years, died in Ahmedabad today. She had traveled abroad, and after developing symptoms of COVID-19, she was admitted at civil hospital on March 22,” the government said in a tweet.

“She was suffering from many complications,” it added. On March 22, a 67-year-old coronavirus patient had died in Surat.

In another case, a 65-year-old woman succumbed to coronavirus at a government hospital in Indore, becoming the first case of COVID-19 death in Madhya Pradesh. The woman, who had no history of traveling abroad in recent times, originally hailed from neighboring Ujjain and was undergoing treatment at the government-run M Y Hospital in Indore.

Tamil Nadu also registered its first case of Covid-19 death on Wednesday. A 54-year-old man infected with the coronavirus died at a hospital in Madurai in the early hours of Wednesday. The man had a medical history of prolonged illness with uncontrolled diabetes.

The Union health ministry clarified that the second confirmatory test of a Delhi patient who died on Tuesday, came negative. Therefore, the death was not included in the updated toll, it said. The death was shown against coronavirus in Tuesday’s tally. The total death of coronavirus in India now stands at 12.

As per the latest numbers available at the time of filing this report, India registered at least 93 new cases of novel coronavirus on Wednesday, mcuh higher than the previous day’s tally of 52. New cases have been reported from Jammu and Kashmir, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Maharashtra, Kerala, Delhi and Telangana

As per the Health Ministry, India saw 52 new cases of coronavirus on Tuesday. At 99, India had seen the highest surge in infections on Monday.

In Madhya Pradesh, six people tested positive for Covid-19 in Indore on Wednesday morning. Of the five, four are residents of Indore and one of Ujjain. With these new cases, the tally now stands at 15.

Uttar Pradesh has a total of 38 positive cases, including a foreign national. A 33-year-old resident of Pilibhit, meanwhile, tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday. Lucknow’s King George’s Medical University said the patient has no travel history and is a confirmed case of contact transmission,

Three new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Gujarat. The total number of confirmed cases in Gujarat now stands at 39.

The Maharashtra count has climbed to 128 with 17 fresh cases reported on Wednesday. A 65-year-old coronavirus patient had died in Mumbai on Tuesday, taking the death toll due to Covid-19 to three in the metropolis. The second-highest number of coronavirus infections have been reported by Kerala (109).

After Manipur, a Mizoram resident has now tested positive for Covid-19. The patient is now admitted at Zoram Medical College.

North East saw its first case on Tuesday after a 23-year-old woman from Manipur tested positive for novel coronavirus. Karnataka has recorded 41 cases of coronavirus patients and Telangana has seen 35 patients. Cases in Rajasthan have increased to 36, including two foreigners.

Cases in Delhi stand at 31, including one foreigner.

In Haryana, there are 28 cases, including 14 foreigners, while Punjab reported 2 more cases on Wednesday, taking the tally to 29 cases. Ladakh has 13 cases, while Tamil Nadu has reported 18 cases, including two foreigners.

West Bengal and Andhra Pradesh have reported nine patients each. Chandigarh has reported seven cases.

Jammu and Kashmir tally has climbed to seven while four cases have been recorded in Uttarakhand. With two new cases, the number of confirmed cases in Bihar has risen to four.

There are three cases in Himachal Pradesh and two in Odisha. Puducherry, Manipur and Chhattisgarh have reported a case each.

Follow the government’s latest travel advice if you are planning a trip outside India or travelling back to India from affected areas. You can also read World Health Organization’s advice on basic protective measures against the virus. The Ministry of Health’s special helpline is available at +91-11-23978046 and

Courtesy/Source: India Today