TIMESOFINDIA.COM | May 19, 2020, 20:09 IST

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NEW DELHI: India has so far about 0.2 Covid-19 deaths per lakh population as against the global figure of 4.1, the Union health ministry said as the number of fatalities due to coronavirus infection in the country rose to 3,163 on Tuesday and the total cases reached 1,01,139. Referring to data from the WHO situation report-119, the ministry said 3,11,847 Covid-19 mortalities have been reported till Tuesday worldwide which is about 4.1 deaths per lakh population.

Here are the top developments:

1

India

  • A record number of 1,08,233 samples were tested for Covid-19 in the country. So far a total of 24,25,742 samples have been tested, the Union health ministry said.
  • The Centre issued a Standard Operating Protocol for transportation of stranded migrant workers between states, which will designate nodal authorities and make necessary arrangements for receiving and sending them, amid the novel coronavirus-induced lockdown.
  • The Centre has asked the states and the Union territories to operate more special trains in close coordination with the railways for transportation of migrant workers and said special attention should be given to women, children and elderly.
  • The railways has operated 1,565 ‘Shramik Special’ trains since May 1 and ferried over 20 lakh migrants back home, the national transporter said.
  • Spitting at workplace will be punishable with fine, the personnel ministry has said, citing the national directives for Covid-19 management.
  • There is no need to close the entire office building or halt work in other areas of the office, if there are one or two cases of Covid-19 reported, stated the health ministry. The work can be resumed after disinfection as per laid down protocol.
  • Five hospitals have enrolled so far for an observational study being conducted by ICMR to assess the efficacy of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a preventive medication against Covid-19 among healthcare personnel.
  • The US government is planning to “donate” 200 ventilators to India with the first tranche of 50 expected to arrive soon as part of efforts to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, an American official said
  • Kiren Rijiju, the Union minister for youth affairs and sports in India said that sporting activities will start in the country now and all the guidelines issued by the MHA will be followed.
  • Over 2,200 Indian nationals stranded in the UK due to the Covid-19 related international travel restrictions have been flown back home during the first phase of India’s biggest ever repatriation exercise, according to official figures.

2

States

  • Delhi: After being closed for nearly two months, several markets in Delhi opened on Tuesday following the “odd-even” formula while sanitising and trying to establish social distancing protocols to contain the spread of coronavirus. The Covid-19 death toll in Delhi has climbed to 166, while the total number in the city has gone up to 10,554.
  • Andhra Pradesh: Two Covid-19 related deaths were reported in Andhra Pradesh, taking the toll to 52 even as 57 more tested positive, pushing the total number of infections in the state to 2,489.
  • Maharashtra: The Maharashtra government announced categorization of various areas into red and non-red zones for the purpose of allowing or restricting business and other activities in view of coronavirus pandemic.
  • Haryana: The Haryana government has allowed 50% staff from Group C and D categories to attend offices which can go up to 100% if there is sufficient space for complete observance of social distancing norms.
  • Odisha: A 36-year-old constable of the Armed Police Reserve tested positive for Covid-19 in Bhubaneswar. The state has reported 978 cases of coronavirus infection so far.
  • Gujarat: The Gujarat government designated a newly-built hospital building on the campus of civil hospital in Ahmedabad for the treatment of coronavirus positive patients. Gujarat’s tally of Covid-19 cases stands at 11,746 with 694 deaths so far.
  • Kerala: The state recorded 12 more Covid-19 cases, all returnees from overseas and other states, taking the total active patients to 142 as CM Pinarayi Vijayan said the rise was expected but asserted community transmission has not happened so far.
  • UP: With 142 people testing positive for Covid-19, the number of such cases rose to 4,748 in Uttar Pradesh.
  • Uttarakhand: The number of Covid-19 cases in Uttarakhand reached 104 after eight more people tested positive for the infection.
  • Karnataka: In a biggest ever spike in Karnataka, 149 new Covid-19 cases were reported in Karnataka, taking the state tally of positive coronavirus cases to 1,395.
  • Assam: Twenty people tested positive for Covid-19 in Assam, taking the total number of cases in the state to 135.
  • Bihar: Nineteen more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in Bihar, raising the total number of such cases in the state to 1,442.
  • Rajasthan: With 128 new Covid-19 cases reported in Rajasthan, the total number of positive coronavirus cases has risen to 5,757.
  • Chandigarh: With three Covid-19 cases reported in Chandigarh, the tally of people infected with the virus in the Union territory has climbed to 199, including three deaths.
  • Punjab: Interstate bus services will not resume in Punjab till May 31, till the end of the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown, however, personal vehicles will be allowed entry subject to screening.
  • J&K: Jammu and Kashmir administration categorised the districts of the UT into Red, Orange and Green Zones in view of phase four of lockdown.
  • Jharkhand: Three more positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in Jharkhand, taking the total number of cases in the state to 231.
  • Himachal Pradesh: A total of 90 Covid-19 cases have been reported in Himachal Pradesh, of which 45 patients have recovered from the disease while 38 patients are active coronavirus cases.

3

World

  • The novel coronavirus has killed at least 318,517 people since the outbreak first emerged in China last December. At least 4,816,040 cases of coronavirus have been registered in 196 countries and territories.
  • Britain’s official coronavirus death toll is now over 40,000 with almost 10,000 dead in care homes in England and Wales alone.
  • The World Health Organization member states have agreed to an independent probe into the UN agency’s coronavirus response as US criticism mounted over its handling of the pandemic.
  • US President Donald Trump has warned the WHO that he would reconsider America’s membership in the UN health body and “permanently freeze” the funding to it if it does not demonstrate its “independence” from China in the next 30 days. The US has recorded the most deaths at 90,369.
  • Russia’s Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin has fully resumed his duties after recovering from the coronavirus.
  • Singapore reported 450 new coronavirus cases among foreign workers, many of them Indian nationals, and just one case among Singaporean citizens, taking the total to 28,794.
  • Pakistan reported 1,841 new cases of the novel coronavirus and 36 fatalities during the last 24 hours, taking the total infections in the country to nearly 44,000 with 939 deaths.
  • Nepal’s Covid-19 cases crossed 400 on Tuesday after 27 new infections were reported in the country.
  • South Korea has reported 13 fresh cases, a possible sign that a recent outbreak in the capital area is stabilizing, as officials prepare to reopen schools.


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