New Delhi: Even as the coronavirus cases in the country climbed to 1251 with 92 new confirmed cases of the infection, the Central government on Monday said that the pandemic is still in the local transmission stage. Also Read - WHO Issues 'Life-saving' Guidelines For Health Workers Treating Coronavirus Patients
Addressing a press conference, the officials of the Union Health Ministry stated that there was no immediate plan to extend the 21-day lockdown period, which entered its sixth day on Monday. Also Read - Australian PM Announces $130 bn Package to Support Wages as Coronavirus Deaths Reach 18
The Union Health Ministry officials said the COVID-19 is still in local transmission stage in the country as it took 12 days for cases of infection to rise from 100 to 1,000 at a rate of increase slower than some of the developed countries. Also Read - China Building Makeshift Hospital For Pakistan to Treat Coronavirus Patients
During the press conference, Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal said 92 new cases and four deaths due to coronavirus have been reported in India since Sunday, taking total cases to 1251 and the number of deaths to 32.
Here are top developments of the day on the virus that has claimed nearly 32 lives in the country.
1) Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with organisations involved in social work through video conferencing and asked them to counter misinformation and superstition on coronavirus.
2) Later in the evening on Monday, PM Modi held another video conference meeting with 130 Indian missions abroad and said the country has taken unprecedented and early steps from mid-January to reduce the risk of importing the coronavirus infection and prevent a large outbreak.
3) PM Modi also praised the heads of mission for their efforts to evacuate Indians stranded in some of the epicentres of the crisis and exhorted them to take five specific steps including paying close attention to the evolving international political and economic situation and ensuring their own health and safety as well as of their teams and families.
4) With fresh cases of coronavirus being reported from various parts of the country including in Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Noida in the national capital region, the Delhi Police cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin where several people showed symptoms of coronavirus after taking part in a religious gathering a few days ago. Police said the gathering of around 200 people was organised without permission from authorities.
5) As per latest updates, the Delhi government has converted its 11 schools into night shelters in a bid to help migrant workers stay in the city during the lockdown period, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said. Sisodia also urged the poor and migrant workers to utilise food and accommodation facilities provided by the Delhi government.
6) Addressing a press conference, Raman R Gangakhedkar, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said 38,442 tests have been conducted till now in India, out of which 3,501 were done on Sunday. He also added that 47 private laboratories have been given approval for conducting COVID-19 tests and in the last three days, 1,334 tests have been done in private labs.
7) The Supreme Court, earlier in the day, heard a plea about migrant workers and said that the panic and fear are becoming a bigger problem than coronavirus. The apex court sought a status report from the Centre by Tuesday on the measures taken to prevent the exodus of migrant workers.
8) Meanwhile, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar said the government could consider suggestions for direct transfer of cash to unemployed workers, including migrant workers, to compensate them for loss of livelihood in the wake of the 21-day lockdown to curb spreading of coronavirus infections.
9) In another major development, the Indian Railway Board has told its zones that they might be required to convert up to 20,000 coaches into isolation wards as part of their preparedness to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the country. In a letter to all the zonal general managers on Monday, the board said that initially 5,000 coaches will be converted.
10) In another development, the Uttar Pradesh government on Monday transferred Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate BN Singh for failing to control the spread of coronavirus, after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the hotspot of the deadly infection in the state. Announcing Singh’s transfer, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R K Tiwari told reporters here that a departmental inquiry has also been initiated against him.
11) Holding a press conference, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned that any one ostracising healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients will be arrested.
12) Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Monday said his government has written letters to all other states, seeking safety and security of Assamese people stranded there during the ongoing nationwide lockdown.
13) On the other hand, UK’s Prince Charles, as per reports, recovered from COVID-19 infection and moved out of self-isolation, but Israeli Prime Minister entered quarantine after an aide tested positive for the deadly virus.
14) Slamming the government for small economic package, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram termed ‘miserly and inadequate’ the government’s economic package for the poor in the wake of coronavirus outbreak and urged it to announce a bold financial package. He said a confidence-boosting financial assistance plan should have been announced prior to the imposition of the lockdown.
According to updates, the worldwide tally of deaths has crossed 34,600, with more than 25,000 people dying in Europe. Globally, more than 7,28,000 people have been detected positive so far, out of which nearly 1,42,300 have recovered.