Coronavirus Highlights (May 19): COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad rise to 8,945, death toll reaches 576

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There are 58,802 active coronavirus cases and 39,173 have been cured. The death toll stands at 3163, as per data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Coronavirus India Latest News Updates (state wise):  Coronavirus cases in India have crossed 1 lakh-mark and COVID 19 death tally is nearing 3,200-mark even as Lockdown 4.0 has been extended in the country. There are 58,802 active coronavirus cases, 39,173 have been cured, 3163 COVID 19 positive patients have died and one has been migrated, as per data shared by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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Lockdown 4.0 guidelines have been announced by the central government. Now, power has been given to the state governments to mark Red Zone, Green Zone and Orange Zone. Several states including Delhi will announce its lockdown measures today. Delhi metro and flights won’t be run, as per the Central lockdown 4.0 guidelines. Around the world, there are close to 48 lakh coronavirus cases with over 3.15 lakh Covid 19 deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Resource Center.


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    23:01 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Several areas in HP's Hamirpur declared containment zones after rise in COVID-19 cases

    After five people tested positive for coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur district on Tuesday, several areas in the district have been declared as containment zones. Hamirpur deputy commissioner cum district magistrate Harikesh Meena said curfew relaxation for shopping was increased in the district's non-containment and buffer zones from the existing 7 hours to 8 hours. As per an order issued by Meena, all shops from now onwards would remain open from 8 am to 4 pm instead of the earlier 3 pm. Meena further declared 12 wards of five gram panchayats of Nadaun and Hamirpur revenue subdivisions as containment zones.  Gram panchayats Nounghi/Naryha, Dangri, Kashmir of Nadaun sub division and Gwarroo and Majhog Sultani of Hamirpur sub division have been declared as containment zones. (PTI)

    22:58 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus Updates: Thane COVID-19 cases go past 4000-mark, Palghar at 404

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Thane district on Tuesday went past the 4,000-mark after 241 people tested positive for novel coronavirus, said a health official. The COVID-19 case count now stands at 4,169, he added. There were seven deaths as well on Tuesday, taking the toll from the infection across the district to 128, he said. "Thane city now has 1,353 cases, while Navi Mumbai has 1,321," he said. Neighboring Palghar has 404 COVID-19 cases, including 17 deaths so far. (PTI)

    22:57 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 1,411 coronavirus cases in Mumbai take tally to 22,563; 43 die

    The tally of coronavirus cases in Mumbai rose to 22,563 on Tuesday with the addition of 1,411 new infections, while 43 more deaths took the toll to 800, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) said. For the third consecutive day, the city recorded over 1,000 coronavirus positive patients. A BMC release the number of recovered patients crossed the 6,000-mark and jumped to 6,116 after 600 more people were discharged from city hospitals. The civic body also informed that 727 new suspected COVID-19 patients have been admitted in different hospitals. (PTI)

    22:56 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: COVID-19 cases in Amravati touch 115 as 4 test positive

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Amravati district in Maharashtra reached 115 after four people tested positive for novel coronavirus on Tuesday, an official said. While two of the four cases were from Masanganj, the others were from Ratanganj and Tajnagar, he said. "Tajnagar now has 14 cases, though the number of active ones is two as 10 people have been discharged and two have died of the infection. Collector Shailesh Naval visited Masanganj and Dhamangaon Railway town to check measures in place to combat the outbreak," he added. (PTI)

    22:55 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Home Ministry team ready to visit Bengal to inspect COVID-19 situation, HC told

    The Union Home Ministry told the Calcutta High Court on Tuesday that a team from the ministry is prepared to visit West Bengal to inspect the COVID-19 situation in the state. Hearing a writ petition alleging mismanagement of COVID-19 situation in the state, the high court said that if any team from the Ministry of Home Affairs visits this state, the same shall be on its own volition and not pursuant to any order of the court. The court directed the Union Home Ministry and the West Bengal government to file reports on averments made in a writ petition alleging mismanagement of the COVID-19 situation in the state by the administration. (PTI)

    22:54 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: COVID-19 toll in UP rises to 123 with 5 more deaths

    COVID19 toll in UP rises to 123 with 5 more deaths; 321 new cases take tally to 4,926, active cases 1,885: Health Department (PTI)

    22:50 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Hundreds of migrants gather near Bandra station in Mumbai

    Hundreds of migrant labourers gathered on an approach road to Bandra Terminus here on Tuesday before the departure of a Shramik Special train for Bihar, leading to chaos in the area for some time. The crowd was later dispersed by police, a Western Railway official said. The incident occurred over a month after hundreds of migrant workers had assembled near the Bandra station demanding transport for their repatriation to their native places in the wake of the coronavirus-enforced lockdown. In a video clip of Tuesday's incident that went viral on social media, a large number of migrants were seen carrying their luggages and running towards the gate of the Bandra Terminus. The crowd started gathering in the area around 11 am, sources said. The Western Railway in a statement later said a Shramik Special train was scheduled for Purnia from the Bandra Terminus in which passengers registered with the state authorities were to travel. However, many people, who were not registered and not called by the state authorities, gathered on a road and a bridge near the station, it said. (PTI)

    22:49 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Six trains to ferry 8,400 migrants from Ghaziabad

    Six trains will ferry 8,400 stranded migrant workers from Ghaziabad to their home districts in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the district administration said on Tuesday. These trains will carry migrant workers to Muzaffarpur, Patna and Raxaul in Bihar, and Varanasi, Gorakhpur and Azamgarh districts of Uttar Pradesh. On Monday, six trains were pressed into service to take home 7,200 migrant workers. The district administration had also run 100 buses to ferry the labourers to eastern Uttar Pradesh districts, Additional district magistrate (executive) Santosh Kumar Vaish said. As hundreds of migrants workers continue to walk on foot to reach their home, District Magistrate Ajay Shankar Pandey and Senior Superintendent of Police Kalanidhi Naithani were seen on the roads to manage the crowd. The migrants were taken to shelter homes to avoid Auraiya-like incident, the DM and SSP said in a joint statement. Twenty-six migrant workers were killed in a recent collision between two trucks in Auraiya. The officers said the administration has made arrangements for food and lodging for the workers who are stuck here. From shelter homes, the workers will be taken to railway station after medical checkup and fulfilling other formalities. Food packets have also been distributed to them for their journey, they said. (PTI)

    22:48 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: World Bank says COVID-19 to push 60 mn into poverty

    The coronavirus pandemic is expected to throw into extreme poverty more than 60 million people globally, the World Bank said on Tuesday as it announced emergency operations worth USD 160 billion in 100 developing countries to fight this deadly virus. "The pandemic and shutdown of advanced economies could push as many as 60 million people into extreme poverty erasing much of the recent progress made in poverty alleviation," World Bank President David Malpass told reporters during a conference call. "The World Bank Group has moved quickly and decisively to establish emergency response operations in 100 countries, with mechanisms that allow other donors to rapidly expand the programs," he said.  Of the 100 countries, home to 70 per cent of the world's population, 39 are in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nearly one-third of the total projects are in fragile and conflict-affected situations, such as Afghanistan, Chad, Haiti, and Niger. (PTI)

    22:46 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 8 new COVID-19 cases in Goa, active cases rise to 39

    8 new COVID-19 cases in Goa, active cases rise to 39: Health Department (PTI)

    22:45 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Rajasthan police headquarters, branches to resume regular operations

    The Rajasthan police headquarters and all branches will return to regular operations from Wednesday, two months after its functioning was limited due to the coronavirus pandemic, an official said. Instructions have been issued to all the office heads on Tuesday. Accordingly, all the offices of police headquarters will open regularly from Wednesday. Social distancing and other rules will be strictly followed, Director General of Police (Administration) M L Lather said. Lather had issued an order on March 27 that the officers and employees were asked to work from home, except four offices of police headquarters, including law and order, crime, intelligence, and planning and welfare. Subsequently, on April 20, instructions were issued to police officers of the All India Services, state services to work from office on one-third or as per the staff office on rotational basis. (PTI)

    22:44 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra increases to 37,136

    Number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra increases to 37,136 with 2,127 new cases; 76 fresh deaths take toll to 1,325: Health official (ANI)

    22:28 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 42 fresh COVID-19 cases in Telangana

    Forty two fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Telangana on Tuesday, taking the state's tally of infections to 1,634, as the state recorded four more deaths, the government said. - PTI

    22:17 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: COVID-19 cases rise to 3,928 in Thane

    The number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Thane district rose to 3,928 after 244 more people tested positive for the disease on Monday, the district administration said. The district also reported seven more deaths due to coronavirus, including six from Navi Mumbai, taking the toll to 121, it said in a release. - PTI

    22:14 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Assam sees highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases

    Assam witnessed the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 39 people, including a two-month-old baby, testing positive for the disease on Tuesday, taking the tally to 154, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Of these new patients, at least 34 were in different quarantine centres across the state, he said. - PTI

    22:07 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Karnataka govt issues SOP for hair cutting salons & parlors

    Karnataka govt issues SOP for hair cutting salons & parlors. Appointments/token system to be adopted to stagger clients entry. Sharp waste to be collected in puncture-proof,leakproof white container with 1% hypochlorite solution;to be handed over to biomedical waste disposal agency (ANI)

    22:05 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 76 from Haryana deported from US to undergo COVID-19 test in Panchkula, says Health minister

    Seventy-six people from Haryana, who were deported from the US, will undergo COVID-19 tests before they are quarantined in their home districts, Haryana's Health Minister Anil Vij said on Tuesday. These people were part of a group of over 160 Indians who arrived at Amritsar in Punjab by a special chartered flight. Most of the deported Indian nationals had entered the US from its southern border with Mexico and had exhausted all legal options. They were arrested by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE while trying to enter the US illegally. "They (those from Haryana) are being brought to Panchkula where they will undergo COVID and other medical tests. Later, they will be quarantined in their home districts," Vij said.Among those deported, the highest 76 are from Haryana. (PTI)

    21:58 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 94 held under PASA for attacking frontline staff in Gujarat

    Forty cases have been lodged and 94 people arrested across Gujarat under the stringent PASA Act for attacking frontline staff, including police, involved in the fight against the novel coronavirus outbreak, a senior official said on Tuesday. The Gujarat Prevention of Anti-Social Activities (PASA) Act is usually invoked against dreaded criminals and repeat offenders. "Since the lockdown was imposed over 50 days ago, we have lodged 40 FIRs and arrested 94 persons under PASA Act for attacking on duty government staff. Recently, we lodged two FIRs in Bharuch and arrested four persons. They were sent to Surat jail under PASA," state Director General of Police Shivanand Jha said. "The 40 offences include 28 attacks on police, six on home guards, and two each on medical staff, revenue officials and ASHA workers," Jha said. (PTI)

    21:56 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 'Shramik special train' carrying over 1100 passengers leaves for Araria in Bihar from Dehradun

    Uttarakhand: A 'Shramik special train' carrying over 1100 passengers leaves for Araria in Bihar from Dehradun railway station. (ANI)

    21:56 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Govt says mortality rate much lower in India

    The nationwide COVID-19 tally crossed 1,05,000 on Tuesday with over 5,000 more people testing positive for the deadly virus infection, including many having returned from other states or from abroad, even as officials said India's mortality rate has been very low and it has taken much longer here for the count of infected ones to hit the one-lakh mark than many other countries. In its morning 8 AM update, the Union Health Ministry said the total number of confirmed cases has reached 1,01,139 and the death toll has risen to 3,163. This marked an increase of nearly 5,000 cases and 134 fatalities in a 24-hour period. However, a PTI tally of figures announced by various states and union territories, as of 9.25 PM, showed a higher number for the confirmed infections at 1,05,498 and the death toll at 3,145. It also showed at least 41,747 patients having recovered so far. This leaves more than 60,600 active cases in the country -- which is the seventh largest globally after the US, Russia, Brazil, France, Italy and Peru. The Health Ministry, however, said that for every one lakh population there are only 7.1 coronavirus cases in India so far, as against 60 globally. (PTI)

    21:51 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Over 600 stranded Himachal residents return from Pune in special train

    A total of 612 people of Himachal Pradesh stranded in Maharashtra's Pune and surrounding areas due to the coronavirus-triggered lockdown arrived here in a special train on Tuesday morning, a senior official said. This is the fifth special train arrived with stranded residents of the state at the Una railway station from different parts of the country since May 13, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Sandeep Kumar said. The DC said earlier 3,413 people stranded in Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa returned to Una in four special trains since May 13. While 642 people came from Bengaluru on May 13, 1,486 people returned from Goa on May 15, 697 residents returned from Mumbai and 588 people came back from Goa on May 18, he added. Of the 612 passengers who arrived from Pune on Tuesday, 215 were from Kangra, 70 from Una, 68 from Hamirpur, 63 each from Shimla and Mandi, 41 from Solan, 37 from Kullu, 28 from Chamba, 16 from Bilaspur, 9 from Sirmaur and two from Kinnaur, Kumar said. Besides people, including one each from Uttarakhand and Punjab's Garshankar, also arrived in the train, he added. (PTI)

    21:50 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Haryana govt allows sportspersons to train in small groups inside stadiums

    The Haryana government on Tuesday allowed the state's sportspersons to train in small groups inside stadiums, but reiterated that entry for spectators will not be allowed. Sports complexes and stadia were on Sunday permitted to reopen but declared out of bounds for spectators in the fourth phase of the coronavirus-forced lockdown, as per the Centre's guidelines. Haryana's Sports and Youth Affairs Minister, Sandeep Singh directed all the district sports and youth affairs officers to maintain social distancing, and ensure availability of sanitisers at every point in the stadium where needed. All officials, coaches and trainees will wear face masks as far as possible, he directed, according to a state government statement here. (PTI)

    21:49 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 'Shramik special train' carrying over 1480 passengers leaves for Lucknow from Karnataka

    Karnataka: A 'Shramik special train' carrying over 1480 passengers leaves for Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh from Kalaburagi Railway Station. (ANI)

    21:44 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 200 non AC time-tabled trains to start from June 1

    Indian Railways passengers alert! Piyush Goyal-led Indian Railways has announced that from June 1, 200 non-air conditioned, time-tabled trains will start services from June 1. These special passenger trains will be in addition to the Shramik special trains that Indian Railways is running. The IRCTC ticket booking for these special non-AC passenger trains will begin online soon. |READ MORE

    21:43 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 323 new positive cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh

    323 new positive cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh; taking the total number of positive cases to 4926. Death toll stand at 135: State Health Department (ANI)

    21:37 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: WHO member states agreed on Tuesday to an independent probe into its COVID19 response

    World Health Organisation (WHO) member states agreed on Tuesday to an independent probe into the UN agency's COVID19 response as US criticism mounted over its handling of the pandemic: (AFP)

    21:37 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 338 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan today

    338 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan today; taking the cumulative positive cases to 5845. 5 deaths have been reported today and death toll is at 143: Rajasthan Health Department. (ANI)

    21:31 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Six positive tests for coronavirus at Premier League clubs

    Six positive cases for coronavirus have been detected at three Premier League clubs after players and staff were tested ahead of a return to training. "The Premier League can today confirm that, on Sunday 17 May and Monday 18 May, 748 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19.  Of these, six have tested positive from three clubs," the Premier League said in a statement on Tuesday. (AFP)

    21:29 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Consider tests on frontline warriors in 2 COVID-19 zones, says Bombay HC

    The Bombay High Court on Tuesday asked the Nagpur district collector and city commissioner of police to consider conducting COVID-19 tests on all medical and police personnel discharging duty in two containment zones here - Satranjipura and Mominpura. Justice R B Deo of the Nagpur bench of the HC said the testing shall be done as a pilot project. The court made the suggestion while hearing a petition filed by an NGO, Citizen Forum For Equality, seeking tests be conducted on frontline warriors in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic which include doctors, nurses, para-medical staff, pharmacists and police personnel. (PTI)

    21:26 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Bookings for non-ac second class trains to be run from June 1 will be available online, says Railways

    Bookings for non-ac second class trains to be run from June 1 will be available online; everyone can avail these services: Railways (PTI)

    21:25 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: BJP, Congress attack TRS govt over less no of COVID-19 tests

    The opposition BJP and the Congress in Telangana have slammed the TRS government for allegedly conducting less number of COVID-19 tests, a charge dismissed by the ruling party. BJP chief spokesperson in Telangana K Krishna Saagar Rao, in a statement on Tuesday evening, demanded resignation of Telangana Health Minister Etela Rajender for "endangering the entire population of Telangana by intentionally conducting the lowest number of tests than any other state in India, with proportionate population." The health minister has not only underperformed during the massive health crisis but also wilfully misled the people of the state, opposition and media by claiming the state was testing as per ICMR guidelines, he alleged. (PTI)

    21:23 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Mumbai's COVID-19 count rises to 22,563 with addition of 1,411 new cases

    Mumbai's COVID-19 count rises to 22,563 with addition of 1,411 new cases; 43 more deaths take toll to 800: BMC (PTI)

    21:22 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Railways to run 200 non-ac timetabled trains daily from June 1

    Railways to run 200 non-ac timetabled trains daily from June 1: Railway Minister Piyush Goyal (PTI)

    21:15 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Tamil Nadu reports 688 fresh COVID-19 cases, tally crosses 12,000; three deaths, toll now 84

    An additional 688 cases of Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday took the state's cumulative tally of the virus past 12,000, with the state recording three more deaths, the government said. The state's overall fatalities from coronavirus stood at 84 even as Tamil Nadu witnessed a marginal spike in the daily numbers compared to Monday, when the tally stood at 536. Chennai continued to witness an upward trend of infections as 552 new cases were added today, as the overall numbers reached 7,672. Pudukottai has the least number of cases at 7, even as many of the 37 districts reported nil infections. (PTI)

    21:10 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: 7 new COVID19 positive cases reported in Uttarakhand today

    7 new COVID19 positive cases have been reported in the state today; taking the total number of positive cases to 111: Uttarakhand Health Department

    21:10 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Maharashtra doing around 15000 COVID-19 tests everyday in 67 testing labs

    Maharashtra is doing around 15000 tests (for COVID-19) everyday in 67 testing labs. Death rate in Maharashtra has also come down to 3.2% now: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope (ANI)

    21:09 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Maharashtra to fill around 17000 vacancies for medical staff

    We will soon fill around 17000 vacancies for specialist doctors, nurses and other medical staff under health department: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope (ANI)

    21:00 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Govt planning to take control of 80% beds of all private hospitals in state, says Maharashtra Health Minister

    We are also planning to take control of 80% beds of all private hospitals in the state to treat COVID-19 patients on lesser expenses: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope (ANI)

    20:59 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: Some scarcity of beds for COVID19 patients, says Maharashtra Health Minister

    Some scarcity of beds for COVID19 patients was felt but now we are prepared. We have 15000 beds for different categories of COVID patients now and 2000 beds for ICU after we made arrangements in NSCI Dome, MMRDA ground, and other places: Maharashtra Health Minister (ANI)

    20:55 (IST)19 May 2020
    Coronavirus LIVE Updates: COVID-19 cases in Ahmedabad rise to 8,945

    With 262 new cases, number of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad rises to 8,945, death toll reaches 576 with 21 people succumbing to pandemic: health official. (PTI)

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