The total number of positive cases in India till Saturday rose to 3,072, including 75 deaths and 212 people who have been recovered and discharged so far.
Here are the top 10 developments:
- 2,784 active COVID-19 cases in India, 75 deaths and 212 people have been treated and discharged so far. While Maharashtra has reported 47 new cases, 25 new infections emerged from Agra on Saturday.
- The health ministry said 1,023 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat meeting.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday spoke with US President Donald Trump and he said both countries “agreed to deploy the full strength of India-US partnership to fight COVID-19 pandemic”.
Had an extensive telephone conversation with President @realDonaldTrump. We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 4, 2020
- The National Health Authority (NHA) said that testing and treatment for COVID-19 will be free of cost for Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries at private laboratories and empanelled hospitals.
- ICMR issued an advisory to start rapid blood tests in areas reporting clusters and large migration gatherings.
- Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said the procurement process for PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits, N95 masks, ventilators is in the advanced stage and these will reach the states soon. He, however, said that “there is no shortage as of today”.
- According to the health ministry, 9% of patients belong to 0-20 years age, 42% to 21-40 years age, 33% cases between 41-60 years age, and 17% patients have crossed 60 years age.
- It also refuted as false apprehensions about the instability of grid and fluctuations at 9 pm today and advised people to not use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that the decision to lift the lockdown after April 14 will depend upon the compliance by people to the government directives of maintaining social distancing and staying inside their homes.
- The number of coronavirus cases has risen to 445 in Delhi but the situation is under control and there has been no community transmission, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Saturday.