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India reported the fewest number of cases after completing one million coronavirus tests across the country. According to the latest data, there were 39,980 cases in India when the country completed one million Covid-19 tests. In comparison, Spain had over 200,194 cases, while the USA had 164,620 cases.
The Indian Air Force on Sunday conducted flypast across India to show gratitude to the thousands of healthcare workers battling the coronavirus pandemic. The flypast was an effort by the country's armed forces to honour doctors, paramedics, sanitation staff, police and other frontline workers battling the virus.
BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is deeply saddened and intimidated by the devastation caused because of the COVID-19 pandemic and has equated the unprecedented crisis to playing a Test match on a dangerous wicket.
An Army Colonel and a Major were among the five security personnel who were killed in action in a fierce encounter with terrorists at Chanjimulla area of Handwara in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district on Saturday.
Any hopes of some easing of curbs for Mumbaikars during the nationwide lockdown that has been extended by two weeks were dashed on Saturday after the state government issued revised guidelines to be applicable post-May 3, giving little leeway in the continuing Covid-19 crisis to the city’s residents as well as to those in other municipal corporations of MMR and the corporations of Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad and Malegaon.
Total Covid-19 cases in India have risen to 39,980, as per the latest update by the Union health ministry. Over 1,300 people have died due to the virus across the country while the global toll from Covid-19 is nearing 3,50,000. The lockdown in India has been extended till March 17. Stay with TOI for live updates
Close to 6300 Indian nationals abroad have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, posing a serious logistical challenge to the government as and when it decides to evacuate Indians stranded overseas. The number has almost doubled in the past 8-9 days as it stood at 3,336 on April 16.
Maharashtra accounted for nearly half of Saturday’s national Covid-19 count, which at 1,715 was the second-highest recorded for a single day so far, 30 short of 1,755 reported on Thursday. India’s total number of Covid-19 cases stood at 26,270, as per latest figures collated from state governments, placing it at 16th spot among countries with the highest coronavirus counts.
The coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be hellish for survivors of the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy, the world’s worst industrial accident. Ten of them have been killed by the virus now, sparking panic in the community that is bound by tragedy rather than caste or religion.
A day after the Delhi government said the lockdown would have to be continued till May 16 in the national capital, five states — Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Bengal, Punjab and Odisha — on Saturday veered towards extending curbs in hotspots of their respective states beyond May 3.
The WHO warned on Saturday recovering from coronavirus may not protect people from reinfection as the death toll from the pandemic approached 200,000 around the globe. Governments across the world are struggling to limit the economic devastation by the virus, which has infected nearly 2.8 million people and left half of humanity under some form of lockdown.
The ruling Trinamool Congress on Saturday described the two inter-ministerial central teams (IMCT) visiting West Bengal to assess the Covid-19 situation as "India's Most Callous Team", which, it said, has sought to spread the political virus "shamelessly".The central teams have been visiting hospitals and quarantine centres in Kolkata and Siliguri.
In his first Test in 1989, Sachin Tendulkar was up against a Pakistan pace attack of Imran Khan, Wasim Akram & Waqar Younis. Recalling the outing, he said, "Wasim & Waqar were bowling quick, and they were delivering short balls and all sorts of intimidating things they could do. I had never experienced anything like that, so the first outing wasn't a pleasant one."
A central team on a visit to West Bengal to assess the Covid-19 situation on Saturday flagged non-cooperation on the part of the state government over providing logistical support and other relevant information. The team said it is yet to receive a response from the state government to the letters it has written to its chief secretary since its arrival in the city.
States and Union Territories have been asked to put on hold the use of Covid-19 rapid antibody test kits till their accuracy is rechecked by the ICMR, sources said on Saturday. Teams constituted by ICMR are analysing the rapid antibody test kits, procured from two Chinese firms, to check their efficacy after some states reported that they are faulty, sources said.
The average doubling rate of Covid-19 cases in the country is 9.1 days as of now and from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a 6% growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases, the government said. This was revealed after a high-level Group of Ministers meet was held on Covid-19 on Saturday.
Accoding to the guidelines compiled by the Indian Society of Heating Refrigerating and Air Conditioner Engineers (ISHRAE), a temperature between 24-30 degree centigrade should be maintained while operating ACs at home. While, a relative humidity level of 40 per cent to 70 per cent is considered to be the most suitable as it decreases problems from pathogens.