NEW DELHI: With 693 new COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the total number of coronavirus positive cases has surged to 4,067, the Union health ministry said. The death toll now stands at 109.
Of the 4,067 cases, 1445 are related to the Jablighi Jamaat, the Union ministry added.
Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus (Covid-19) from India and around the world —
693 new coronavirus cases reported since Sunday
The Union health ministry on Monday said that 693 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking the total number to 4067 in India, of which 1445 cases are related to the Jablighi Jamaat.
The number of coronavirus deaths stands at 109, with 30 people succumbing to it yesterday.
President, PM, MPs to take a pay cut
The Union Cabinet on Monday approved an ordinance to reduce the salaries, allowances and pensions of Members of Parliament by 30 per cent for one year and the amount will be utilised in the fight against coronavirus.
The President, Vice President, governors of states have also voluntarily decided to take a pay cut as a social responsibility, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said.
Spain says coronavirus deaths down for 4th day at 637
Spain saw a fourth consecutive daily drop in the number of coronavirus-related deaths with 637 fatalities recorded over the past 24 hours, official figures showed on Monday.
The health ministry said the number, the lowest in 13 days, brought the total number of deaths to 13,055, second only to Italy.
Delhi toll 7, cases cross 500 mark
The Covid-19 death toll in Delhi has reached seven with the state health authorities confirming one more casualty due to the novel coronavirus infection on Sunday.
A 52-year-old man, who was admitted to Maharaja Agrasen Hospital in Punjabi Bagh for a neurological condition, died two days ago and tests have confirmed that he was Covid-19 positive. The hospital authorities told TOI that two doctors, two nurses and another staffer had also tested positive.
India’s efforts to combat coronavirus have set example: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said India’s efforts to combat coronavirus have set an example and it is among countries which understood the pandemic’s seriousness and took various timely decisions to combat the virus.
“We got to see our collective strength on Sunday evening,” he said referring to the countrywide exercise to switch off lights and illuminate diyas for nine minutes to show India’s collective strength to fight the deadly virus. He also urged BJP workers to follow a five-point agenda, including working to ensure that no poor goes hungry.
ICMR to get 7 lakh testing kits
ICMR to get about 7 lakh rapid antibody testing kits by April 8. These will help in conducting Covid-19 tests in hotspot areas where large number of cases are being seen. ICMR will get delivery in a phased manner. The government has already placed the order and it is expected that they’ll get 5 lakh kits in first phase.
Pandemic impact: Mukesh Ambani’s net worth drops 28% to $48 billion in 2 months
The net worth of India’s richest man Mukesh Ambani dropped 28 per cent or $300 million a day for two months to $48 billion as on March 31 due to the massive correction in stock markets, a report said on Monday. Ambani saw his wealth decline to $19 billion, taking his global ranking down eight places to 17th, the Hurun Global Rich List said. Other Indian businessmen who have seen a major drop in wealth include Gautam Adani whose wealth eroded by $6 billion or 37 per cent, HCL Technologies’ Shiv Nadar ($5 billion or 26 per cent) and banker Uday Kotak ($4 billion or 28 per cent).
Highest single-day casualty of 27 takes India’s corona toll to 124
India’s Covid-19 death toll crossed the 100-mark and reached 124 on Sunday night after registering 27 fresh deaths — the highest single-day casualty since the outbreak — in the last 24 hours. With 13 deaths, the toll in Maharashtra, the worst affected state, stood at 45 – which is 36% of the nation’s casualties. Mumbai is the worst affected with 30 of the 45 deaths in Maharashtra coming from there.
More than 500 cases registered in a day for the 4th consecutive day
For the fourth consecutive day on Sunday, India registered an increase of 500-plus cases. With 553 news cases, the total number of cases are 4067, according to ministry of health and family welfare. Maharashtra tops the chart with 781 cases, 33 of which were reported on Monday.
Corona testing shifts into top gear
In a massive ramp up of testing for Covid-19, the government plans to double every three days the number of samples tested through RT-PCR process – considered mandatory for accurate results – by government laboratories. The scope of testing is going to be further widened by a number of other tests, including those used for tuberculosis along with the newly-sanctioned rapid antibody tests for diagnosis of suspected cases.
UK PM Boris Johnson in hospital for precautionary Covid-19 tests
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was taken to hospital on Sunday for tests, his office said, 10 days after he tested positive for coronavirus. “On the advice of his doctor, the Prime Minister has tonight been admitted to hospital for tests,” Downing Street said in a statement, calling it a “precautionary step”.
Kerala tops recovery-rate table
Kerala has reported the country’s highest Covid-19 recovery rate of 84% on the basis of how the first 25 patients who tested positive between March 9 and 20 responded to treatment. Overall, the recovery rate is 17% among 314 confirmed cases since January 30, when the first Wuhan-returned patient tested positive.
Pakistan’s coronavirus cases reach 3,277
The number of the coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Monday reached 3,277 with the infections in the worst-hit Punjab province approaching 1,500 despite government claims. 50 patients have so far died of the disease, while 257 people have recovered.
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