India has seen 25 deaths and 979 positive cases due to COVID-19, according to the latest Health Ministry update at 10 a.m. However, data from the State governments puts the number much higher at 28 deaths and 1,032 positive cases. Of this, as many as 918 cases are active ones.
The coronavirus has claimed over 26,000 lives and infected at least 5,75,000 people across 201 countries, according to the WHO. The outbreak has been particularly grim in the U.S., Italy and Spain, apart from China, where it originated in December 2019.
The new 24/7 national helpline numbers are 1075, 1800-112-545 and 011-23978046. Email: ncov2019-at-gmail.com. The Prime Minister has announced a WhatsApp helpdesk number: 9013151515.
Here are the latest updates:
1.00 pm | Maharashtra
A 40-year-old woman who was suffering from severe chest pain and breathing difficulty died in Mumbai, taking Maharashtra’s death toll to seven.
As of noon, the number of cases in Maharashtra stands at 193.
12.20 pm | J&K
Five more test positive in J&K
Five more have tested positive in Jammu and Kashmir, taking the total number of cases to 38.
Two of the cases are from Srinagar, two from Budgam and one from Baramulla, according to Jammu and Kashmir government spokesperson Rohit Kansal.
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12.10 pm | India
SpiceJet pilot tests positive, staff sent on home quarantine
A SpiceJet pilot tested positive for COVID-19, following which the airline says it has asked all staff who came in his contact to undertake self-quarantine for 14 days.
The airline said that the last flight undertaken by the pilot was from Chennai to Delhi on March 21, following which he was under self quarantine. According to the airline, the pilot did not operate any international flight in March.
12.00 pm | Kerala
Man under home quarantine dies in Kannur
A 66-year-old man who was under home observation for Novel Coronavirus was brought dead to the District government hospital in Kannur. He had no symptoms. He was suffering from diabetes, hypertension and was a heart patient.
According to the District Medical Officer Narayanan Nayak, the patient, who had returned from Sharjah on March 21, was screened on his arrival at the Kannur International airport.
11.30 am | Maharashtra
Maharashtra’s tally surges to 193 positive cases
Yet another person in contact with the Sangli family, 23 of whose members had been previously diagnosed for COVID-19, has tested positive for the virus, taking the total tally in the district to 25 even as the State tally shot up to 193 on Sunday with fresh cases being reported from Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur.
District authorities said that a total lockdown has been imposed in Islampur tehsil — from where 24 of the 25 cases have been reported — for the next three days and the town sealed off for a radius 3.5 km from the residence of the persons diagnosed with the virus.
10.50 am | Madhya Pradesh
Five test positive for COVID-19 in Madhya Pradesh, bringing number of confirmed cases to 40
Four men in Indore and a girl in Ujjain tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday, according to the Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore. With this, active cases in Madhya Pradesh have climbed to 38 in Madhya Pradesh.
So far, the State has recorded 40 cases, including two who had succumbed to the illness,
Men aged 40,48,21 and 38, who contracted the illness, are residents of Indore, while the case in Ujjain is a 17-year-old girl. While all have a contact history, none has a travel history.
11.30 am | West Bengal
PM addresses first Mann ki Baat amid COVID-19 lockdown
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the first Mann ki Baat amid the 21-day-long COVID-19 lockdown, on Sunday March 29.
“Today, there is only one issue that is gripping the world. I apologise to the countrymen and my conscience says you will forgive me. When I look at the poor people, they must be thinking what kind of the Prime Minister is this who has put you through this hardship. Some of you may be unhappy with the lockdown,” said PM Modi.
“There was only this option. It is a battle for life and death,” he added.
10.50 am | India
No fuel crisis in India; enough stock of petrol, diesel, LPG available to last lockdown: IOC
India, the world’s third largest energy consumer, has enough petrol, diesel and cooking gas (LPG) in stocks to last way beyond the three-week nationwide lockdown as all plants and supply locations are fully operational, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Chairman Sanjiv Singh said.
Mr. Singh said there is no shortage of any fuel in the country and customers should not resort to panic booking of LPG refills.
10.40 am | Gujarat
Gujarat registers 5th death
Another death caused by COVID-19 in Ahmedabad has taken the death toll of Gujarat to five.
The 47-year-old man was admitted to the Ahmedabad Civil Hospital on Sunday morning. He was suffering from diabetes. With his death, the death toll in Ahmedabad climbs to three.
The health department said that the total number of coronavirus infections in the State is currently 58.
10.20 am | Maharashtra
Seven new cases detected in Maharashtra
Seven more cases of COVID-19 positive patients have been detected in Maharashtra, confirmed the Chief Minister’s Office on Sunday.
Four cases have been confirmed in Mumbai, and one each in Pune, Sangli and Nagpur districts. This brings the total number of cases in the State to 193.
10.15 am | Tamil Nadu
The Directorate of Medical Education has postponed the admission process to postgraduate programmes in the State following lockdown due to COVID19.
“The publication of merit list and counselling for admission to PG/MDS courses 2020-2021 session stands postponed till further orders,” it informed via the website.
10.10 am | Jammu and Kashmir
Second death in J&K, 33 positives cases so far
Jammu and Kashmir witnessed the second COVID19-inflicted death on Sunday even as 33 have tested positive in the Union Territory so far.
“There has been an unfortunate demise of another patient in Srinagar in the morning,” said J&K spokesman Rohit Kansal.
9.15 am | India
Kiren Rijiju donates one-month salary for fight against COVID-19 pandemic
Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Saturday donated his one month salary over and above Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s directive to all BJP MPs to contribute ₹1-crore from MPLAD funds in the country’s fight against COVID-19 pandemic.
“PM Narendra Modi ji announced #PMCares Fund to strengthen disaster management capacities and to encourage research on protecting citizens. It accepts micro-donations too. Let us contribute to make India healthier and more prosperous for our future generations. I’ve donated my one month salary,” Mr. Rijiju wrote on his Facebook page.
“Also keeping in touch with District Administration and authorized my nodal DC to use my MPLAD funds to purchase emergency medical kits to fight #COVID-19,” he added.
8.45 am | USA
Chan Zuckerberg Initiative pledges USD 25M to fund researching COVID-19 treatments
The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the philanthropic arm of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, has announced plans to team up with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to donate $25 million to a research fund exploring possible COVID-19 treatments.
“I’m really proud to share that (The Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is) going to be joining Gates and others to put together something they’re calling the therapeutics accelerator to fight coronavirus,” Ms. Chan told CBS This Morning co-host Gayle King.
Ms. Chan told Ms. King that their goal is “to fund a group to screen all the drugs that we know have potential effects against coronavirus.”
The contribution from Mr. Zuckerberg and his wife comes after the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched the COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator earlier in March. The initiative started with $125 million in seed funding at its launch.
8.30 am | Italy
Italy’s death toll tops 10,000, becomes highest in world
Italy’s death toll from the novel coronavirus shot past 10,000 on Saturday with 889 new deaths, the country’s Civil Protection Service said.
The toll in Italy, which has suffered more deaths than any other country, now stands at 10,023. An additional 5,974 infections brought to 92,472 the number of people who have officially tested positive for COVID-19 in Italy since the crisis began last month.
8.15 am | USA
In rare case, US infant dies from COVID-19
A U.S. infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of Illinois said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic.
The state Department of Public Health said the child who died in Chicago was younger than one year old and had tested positive for COVID-19.
“There has never before been a death associated with COVID-19 in an infant,” the department’s director Ngozi Ezike said in a statement.
A full investigation is underway to determine the cause of death, said authorities. Multiple studies have found the virus disproportionately affects older patients and those with underlying conditions.
8 am | USA
Deaths in U.S. surge past 2,000
Deaths from new coronavirus in the United States surged past 2,000 Saturday, doubling in just three days, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
The number of deaths late Saturday was 2,010, about a quarter of them in New York City, the country’s hardest hit region, Johns Hopkins reported. That is fewer than the 10,023 in Italy, Spain’s 5,812, China’s 3,299 or the 2,314 in France, the tally showed.
7.45 am | Karnataka
Fresh restrictions in Hassan
The district administration has announced fresh restrictions on petrol pumps and shops selling essential things in Hassan, with effect from Sunday.
The petrol pumps, grocery shops, milk booths, malls and others establishments that sell other essential things like vegetables will be open between 7 a.m. and 12 noon on all odd days in a week. On even days, only circulation of newspapers and sale of milk will be allowed between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.
There is no restriction on medical shops. Hotels are allowed to offer home deliveries. Only two petrol pumps in each city limits will be allowed to open throughout the day.
The administration took this decision after J.C.Madhuswamy, Minister in-charge of the district, held a meeting in Hassan on Saturday.
7.30 am | Canada
Canadian PM’s wife has recovered from coronavirus illness
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife said that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19.
“I am feeling so much better,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health.
Mr. Trudeau’s office announced on March 12 that she had tested positive for the coronavirus after she fell ill upon returning from a trip to London.
The Prime Minister and his family have been in self isolation at home since then. He and their three children didn’t show symptoms.