Covid-19: India records biggest single-day spike as cases reach 1300+, Nizamuddin gathering leaves 6 dead
The Covid-19 crisis appeared escalating on Monday with a minimum of 11 new deaths including of six from Telangana who had attended a spiritual congregation within the national capital's Nizamuddin area earlier this month, while the govt reported 227 fresh cases of infection nationwide -- the very best for each day .
While the Union Health Ministry maintained the deadly coronavirus was still within the local transmission stage in India and yet to maneuver to the community transmission phase, the Supreme Court cautioned that fear and panic are getting a much bigger problem than the coronavirus.
GOVT DENIES INDIA IN COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION STAGE
The Union Health Ministry in its daily briefing said the Covid-19 remains in local transmission stage in India and it took 12 days for cases of infection to rise from 100 to 1,000 at a rate of increase slower than a number of the developed countries.
Joint Secretary within the Ministry of Health Lav Agarwal asserted there has been no community transmission so far .
"Technically, Covid-19 remains within the local transmission stage within the country as there has been no community transmission as of now," Health ministry joint secretary Lav Aggarwal said, adding, "If there'll be a community transmission we'll want to covey it to the community through you (media) to extend the extent of alertness and management for Covid-19 at the sector level."
The government also said there was no immediate decide to extend the 21-day lockdown period, which entered its sixth day on Monday, while the Indian Army dismissed as "fake" social media posts a few possible emergency declaration next month.
Earlier on Sunday, an SOP (standard operating procedure) issued by the Health Ministry had mentioned the present phase of Covid-19 pandemic in India as "local transmission and limited community transmission".
Agarwal urged all to take care of social distancing, saying even one person's carelessness may cause spread of coronavirus pandemic.
He attributed the slow pace of rise in cases in India to people's participation in strictly following the social distancing guidelines and therefore the collective preemptive actions taken by the Centre in tandem with state governments.
DEATH TOLL RISES TO 38
In its latest update, the Union Home Ministry said the price thanks to Covid-19 has risen to 38 and therefore the number of total positive cases to 1,313 as of filing this story, up from 1,010 positive cases and 29 deaths as on Sunday evening. While there are quite 1,100 active cases, nearly 150 are cured.
The Telangana government within the night said during a statement that six people from the state who attended a congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin have died thanks to coronavirus.
RELIGIOUS GATHERING IN DELHI'S NIZAMUDDIN SPARKS MASS COVID-19 SCARE
Officials said over 2,000 delegates, including from Indonesia and Malaysia, had attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin West from March 1-15. quite 200 people are admitted to hospitals after showing symptoms of the disease and test results for several of them are expected on Tuesday.
The Delhi Police cordoned off the world after several people showed symptoms of coronavirus after participating during a religious gathering a couple of days ago.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal later ordered FIR against the one that led the congregation.
INDIA SEES LARGEST ONE-DAY RISE IN CASES
While the nationwide tally of confirmed cases of infection rose on Monday by 189, the govt , which counted cases from last evening till tonight, gave a rather higher number of 227 -- the most important one-day increase. a minimum of 25 fresh cases were reported from Delhi alone, taking the national capital's tally to 97, as per the Delhi Health Department.
Fresh coronavirus cases were reported from several states including Rajasthan, Haryana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh , including in Noida within the capital region.
Raman R Gangakhedkar, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable diseases at the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said 38,442 tests are conducted till now in India, out of which 3,501 were done on Sunday.
He said 47 private laboratories are given approval for conducting Covid-19 tests and within the last three days, 1,334 tests are wiped out private labs.
NO PLANS to increase LOCKDOWN: GOVT
However, the govt had to clarify that there was no immediate decide to extend the 21-day lockdown amid fears that shutdown of companies across the country to counter the spread of the virus may trigger severe economic and social distress.
The Indian Army also clarified that no effort is being initiated to rope in services of retired personnel, the National Cadet Corps and therefore the volunteers enrolled under the service Scheme within the wake of the coronavirus crisis.
PM MODI CONTINUES VIDEOCONFERENCING to require STOCK
Interacting with organisations involved in welfare work via video conferencing, Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked them to counter misinformation and superstition on coronavirus as he observed that folks are flouting social distancing norms within the name of belief.
PM Modi also held a video-conference with 130 Indian missions abroad on Covid-19 and said extraordinary times require extraordinary solutions and mentioned "unprecedented" and early steps taken by India since mid-January to scale back the danger of importing the coronavirus infection and stop an outsized outbreak.
UP OFFICIALS SPRAY CHEMICALS ON POOR, DRAW FLAK
In Uttar Pradesh , some officials were seen forcefully sanitising a gaggle of migrants with 'chemicals", which prompted the apex child rights body NCPCR to demand disciplinary and penal action against officials liable for this.
The Congress and other opposition parties also demanded action on such behaviour.
The Health Ministry on Monday termed the hosing down of home-bound migrants with a chlorine solution in Uttar Pradesh's Bareilly district "overzealous action" by field staff out of fear or ignorance and said they need been reprimanded by the district magistrate.
A fire brigade official said the migrants were sprayed with an answer containing hypochlorite . it's often wont to keep swimming pools sanitised.
NOIDA DM TRANSFERRED OVER INABILITY to regulate VIRUS SPREAD
The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday transferred Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate BN Singh for failing to regulate the spread of coronavirus after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the hotspot of the deadly infection within the state.
Earlier tonight , District Magistrate Brijesh Narain Singh had written a letter to the Chief Secretary of the Uttar Pradesh government saying he doesn't want to continue on the post thanks to "personal reasons".
UP CM Yogi Adityanath pulled up officials in Gautam Buddh Nagar for not having the ability to contain the spread of coronavirus within the district, which has recorded 38 Covid-19 cases thus far , highest within the state.
While reviewing the district's preparedness to affect the virus outbreak, Adityanath reprimanded the officers for not taking tough action against a personal company which, the health department suspects, has directly or indirectly infected nearly twenty-four people thus far .
SUPREME COURT HEARS MIGRANT WORKERS' PLIGHT
The Supreme Court also stepped in amid a crisis created by thousands of migrant workers trying to return to their native places after being rendered jobless and homeless thanks to the lockdown.
The apex court observed that the panic and fear are getting a "bigger problem than coronavirus", and sought a standing report from the Centre by Tuesday on the measures taken to stop the exodus.
Hearing two separate petitions through video conferencing, the court said it might not create more confusion by issuing directions on measures which the govt is already taking, before watching the status report from the Centre.
Meanwhile, the Delhi government converted its 11 schools into night shelters during a bid to assist migrant workers stay within the city during the lockdown period, which might be additionally to the prevailing 238 night shelters within the city.
Separately, the govt told all its departments to pay high priority to public grievances associated with coronavirus.
INDIA STEPS UP TO FIGHT COVID-19
The Railway Board told its zonal units to be able to convert up to twenty ,000 train coaches into isolation wards for treatment of Covid-19 patients.
Steps have also been initiated for releasing thousands of prisoners in overcrowded jails across the country on interim bail or parole in an unprecedented step to stop the spread of coronavirus and also to avoid any clashes.
Top administration officials across the country, including within the capital , were warned of strict action for any laxity during the lockdown period.
In West Bengal , Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee warned that anyone ostracizing healthcare workers treating Covid-19 patients are going to be arrested.
CONGRESS SLAMS GOVT OVER COVID-19 PREPAREDNESS
The Congress also demanded that the central government usher in law or rule to make sure there's no retrenchment of workers within the private sector for 6 months till August within the wake of lockdown thanks to coronavirus.
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram termed "miserly and inadequate" the government's economic package for the poor within the wake of coronavirus outbreak and urged it to announce a "bold" financial package.
He said a confidence-boosting financial assistance plan should are announced before the imposition of the lockdown.
GLOBAL TOLL CROSSES 35,000
The worldwide tally of deaths crossed 35,900, with quite 26,000 people dying in Europe. Globally, quite 7,40,000 people are detected positive thus far , out of which nearly 1,42,300 have recovered, as per various reports.
In the UK, Charles appeared recovering and removed of self-isolation, but Israeli Prime Minister entered quarantine after an aide tested positive for the deadly virus.