Ground report from Indian cities

NEW DELHI: Even as Karnataka relaxed restrictions and allowed limited business activity to restart in districts under green zones, several states and cities continued to report a high number of cases and deaths. As of Wednesday, India’s tally of Covid-19 cases reached 31,332 and death toll stood at 1,007, as per the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

Here is a look at the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus from various Indian cities —


  • The district administration has allowed certain construction activities except in Covid-19 hotspots/containment zones.
  • Since the launch of colour coding system by central government on April 15, many districts in the state have moved to green zone while one has moved from orange to red, forcing the local administration to enforce more restrictions.
  • Two general physicians will hold online OPD with patients from civil hospital in Mohali from 10am to 1pm every Thursday — a telemedicine video consultation that is a part of nationwide eSanjeevani OPD project, said civil surgeon Dr Manjit Singh.


  • The 4km stretch along Raja Dinendra Street — from Shyambazar to Rajabazar has become a cause for concern for the civic authorities after at least four Covid-19 positive cases were reported from the area.
  • MR Bangur Hospital has become the first government Covid facility to introduce virtual visiting hours for its patients. Since Monday, patients in isolation wards have been interacting with their families on video-calls.


  • With the Covid-19 cases spiking up in the state, the UP government may not recommend to Prime Minister Narendra Modi the complete lifting of the lockdown even after May 3.
  • A fourth-grade employee of carriage and wagon department at Tundla railway station allegedly commits suicide due to stress. He was quarantined at a private hospital for the last 8 days.
  • The government may agree to give temporary relief to Noida-based garment exporters. Export houses have received a distress call from some brands in the US and Europe where shops are open, asking if readymade garments can be shipped there “immediately”.


  • At least 70 state transport buses left from Maharashtra on Wednesday morning to bring back students stranded at Kota in Rajasthan.
  • Visuals of a long traffic jam were witnessed over Vashi creek bridge towards Navi Mumbai at Vashi toll plaza on Wednesday.
  • As the number of coronavirus patients has continued to increase in parts of Kurla, Chunabhatti and Saki Naka, all of which fall under the L ward, civic officials say they will seal large areas around containment zones in such parts of the ward to arrest cluster spread of the virus.


  • Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani has asked state officials to form an expert advisory group (EAG) to work out a comprehensive plan to jump-start the state’s economy after the lockdown ends.
  • The EAG will consist of industrialists, traders, economists, farmer leaders, eminent citizens and others.
  • Four more test positive for Covid-19 in Bhavnagar, taking the total number of cases to 46 in the district; 21 discharged.
  • Ahmedabad police has set up ‘model vegetable markets’ at 6 locations under Ramol police station limits as per social distancing norms.


  • IT and industries minister KT Rama Rao has urged the Centre to set up a national-level strategy group to study impact of Covid-19 on information technology (IT) and small-scale industries.
  • Hyderabad MP and AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi said that 32 persons, who recovered from Covid-19, are willing to donate their convalescent plasma.
  • Between 20% and 30% of patients walking into emergency departments across hospitals are turning out to be suspected coronavirus patients, said city doctors.


  • Eleven traders associated with Delhi’s Azadpur sabzi mandi have tested positive for coronavirus. District Magistrate (North), Deepak Shinde said that patients are not directly connected to the mandi and their contact tracing is being done.
  • Azadpur Mandi is being properly disinfected. All the shops nearby, where Covid-19 positive cases were reported, have been sealed.
  • The All India Institute Of Medical Sciences is planning to conduct a clinical trial of the convalescent plasma therapy in the treatment of Covid-19 and modalities of taking approvals from the Drug Controller General of India are being worked out.
  • Long queue of vehicles seen at Delhi-Gurugram border as police personnel check passes of people commuting through the route.


  • Nine fresh Covid-19 cases reported in Karnataka, tally reaches 532.
  • A survey conducted by Nayak’s Hearing Care Clinic has revealed noise levels in several parts of Bengaluru have dropped by at least 10 decibels (dB). While road traffic and aircraft noise decreased in the range of 40-45dB, the chirping of birds, which is around 45-55dB, has become more audible.
  • Five ministers in the BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government in Karnataka figure in the list of primary contacts of a Kannada TV news channel cameraman, who tested positive for Covid-19 on April 24. They have been recommended home quarantine, sources said.


  • In Chennai, Coimbatore and Madurai corporations, grocery stores and vegetable shops to remain open between 6am and 5pm on April 30.
  • The shops to stay open from 6am to 1pm on May 1: Tamil Nadu government
  • Disinfectant being sprayed at Madhavaram bus terminus as flower and fruit market from koyambedu will temporarily be shifted as a precautionary measure for Covid-19.
  • The state govt will issue orders on allowing industries in green zone districts. The district collectors can permit all industries in these districts: CM Edappadi K Palaniswami.

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