Cases inch towards 16,000; no cut in pension for Central govt employees
Coronavirus India Updates: The Covid-19 tally in India crossed the 15,000-mark on Sunday to stand at 15,712, after 920 fresh cases were reported, the Ministry of Health announced. The figure includes 507 deaths and 2,230 recoveries. Maharashtra continued to be the worst-affected state in the country.
Meanwhile, the government banned e-commerce companies from delivering non-essential items during the ongoing lockdown, four days after allowing such firms to sell mobile phones, refrigerators and ready-made garments. They will, however, be allowed to continue supplying essentials.
Centre bans e-commerce platforms from delivering non-essential items
A day before its guidelines on phase two of the Covid-19 lockdown come into effect, the Centre on Sunday banned e-commerce companies from delivering non-essential items. They will, however, be allowed to continue supplying essentials.
In a fresh order signed by Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla on Sunday, the MHA has said: "In continuation of Ministry of Home Affairs's Order No. 40-3/2020-DM-|(A) Dated 15th April, 2020 and 16th April, 2020 and in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 10(2)(l) of the Disaster Management Act, the undersigned, in his capacity as Chairperson, National Executive Committee, hereby orders to exclude" from its consolidated guidelines a Sub-Clause which allowed operation of "E commerce companies" and said that "vehicles used by e commerce operators will be allowed to ply with necessary permissions".
The Home Ministry said the decision to allow non-essential goods through e-commerce was withdrawn after it was felt that the list of goods was extensive and may impact the curbs imposed to fight COVID-19.
"As you realise, some restrictions are necessary in our campaign against coronavirus. When the list of non-essential goods and overall situation was reviewed, it was felt that the list was pretty extensive. If we permit all goods, it may impact lockdown. Accordingly, the decision was reviewed," MHA Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said.
No cut in pension for Central govt employees: Finance Ministry
The Finance Ministry on Sunday clarified that there would be no cut in pensions for Central government employees. The clarification comes amid rumours that the government was contemplating reduction or stoppage of pension. There are 65.26 lakh central government pensioners.
"It is being reported that a 20 per cent cut in central government pensions is being planned. This news is false. There will be no cut in pension disbursements. It is clarified that salaries and pensions will not be affected by government cash management instructions," the ministry said in a tweet.
Two doctors, six nurses at Delhi hospital test positive for Covid-19
At least two doctors and six nurses at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in the national capital tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported on Sunday. All the medical professionals were deployed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.
The hospital has begun tracing of the primary contacts of the medical professionals. According to a doctor, a 10-month-old baby who was recently brought to the emergency department with respiratory problems had tested positive for coronavirus. Now, the entire Pediatric ICU is being sanitised, the doctor said.
Railway trackman tests positive for Covid-19 in Jharkhand
A railway trackman was infected with coronavirus in Jharkhand's Dhanbad district, taking the total count in the state to 34, an official told PTI on Sunday. The total number of confirmed cases in the state includes two deaths, one each in Ranchi and Bokaro districts, he added.
The sample of the man, who is working with the East Central Railways, tested positive on Saturday, Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar said.
Ranchi has registered the highest number of cases (18) in the state, followed by nine in Bokaro district, two each in Hazaribagh and Dhanbad and one each in Simdega, Koderma and Giridih districts.
MP cop, woman die of COVID-19 in Indore; district toll 49
A 41-year-old police inspector and a 70-year-old woman died due the novel coronavirus in Indore, taking the death toll in the Madhya Pradesh district to 49, PTI reported. This is the first case of a police officer dying of Covid-19 in the state, officials said.
"The police officer died at a private hospital late Saturday night. He was struggling with the disease since hospitalisation about 20 days back," Superintendent of Police Maheshchandra Jain told the news agency.
The district, one of the worst affected in the country, has so far reported 890 cases, according to official figures.
Recovered Covid-19 patient tests positive again in Himachal
A man who had recovered from the novel coronavirus was again found to be suffering from the infection in Himachal Pradesh, officials said. The man, who is a Tablighi Jamaat member, tested positive for the infection on Saturday within a week of his two reports coming out negative, officials added.
Residents of different places in Mandi district, the man along with two other Tablighi Jamaat members had been staying at a mosque in Nakroh village in Una'a Amb tehsil and all of them tested positive on April 2. They were admitted to Tanda's Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Kangra district on April 3.
According to officials, the trio had tested negative for the first time on April 10 and was declared as cured as per protocol after they tested negative for the second time on April 12. Subsequently, they were been discharged from the RPGMC and were kept in institutional quarantine. However, with the man testing positive again, the total number of active cases in the hill state has increased to 23 out of the total 40 positive cases.
Tamil Nadu hopes to flatten the Covid-19 curve
Tamil Nadu has registered a dip in the number of fresh cases during last week and is now optimistic of flattening the curve in the coming days.
According to PTI, the recent daily figures have showed a decline or marginal increase of the virus that has claimed 15 lives in the state so far. "The last three days saw a decline in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, indicating our efforts in monitoring and effective monitoring at that, appropriate prevention measures and containment plans are beginning to pay results," Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said on Saturday.
J&K gets first batch of 12,000 rapid Covid-19 testing kits
More than a month after the first positive case of Covid-19 surfaced in Jammu and Kashmir, the Union Territory received its first batch of rapid testing kits on Saturday. Dispatched by the Centre, of the total 12,000 kits, 9,000 have been earmarked for Kashmir and 3,000 for the Jammu region.
Until now, testing was limited to high-risk contacts of the identified positive cases. However, "the rapid test kits will help expand testing in areas designated as red zones," Financial Commissioner, Health and Medical Education, Atal Dulloo.
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