New Delhi, March 21
Novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 258 on Saturday after 35 fresh cases were reported in various parts of the country, according to the Health Ministry.
Among the 258 are 39 foreign nationals, including 17 from Italy, three from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia and Singapore.
The total figure also includes four deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra.
“The total number of active COVID-19 cases across India stands at 231 so far,” the ministry said, adding that 23 others had been cured/discharged/migrated while four had died.
Delhi so far has reported 26 positive cases, which include one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 24 cases, including one foreigner.
Maharashtra has 52 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 40 cases, which include seven foreign nationals.
Karnataka has 15 coronavirus patients. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to 13 and Jammu and Kashmir four. Telangana has reported 19 cases, which include 11 foreigners.
Rajasthan has also reported 17 cases, including that of two foreigners. Gujarat has reported seven cases so far.
Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand have reported three cases each.
West Bengal and Odisha reported two cases each while Puducherry, Chhattisgarh and Chandigarh reported one case each.
In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include 14 foreigners.
One more tests positive for coronavirus in Noida, total 5
Noida: One more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Noida, taking the number of COVID-19 cases to five here, district officials said on Saturday.
The person stays in Supertech Capetown in Sector 74 and the district administration has announced a lockdown of the residential society, which has thousands of residents, from 10 am on Saturday till 7 am on Monday for sanitisation, the officials said.
“During this period nobody would be allowed to get in or go out of the society except only in very essential cases. Everybody is requested to stay indoors,” District Magistrate BN Singh stated in an order.
Earlier, three residents from Sectors 100, 78 and 41 and one from Delhi have tested positive in Noida, according to officials.
Coronavirus: Delhi govt to hold all press conferences online
New Delhi: The Delhi government will conduct all its press conferences online to protect journalists from the coronavirus pandemic which has claimed one life and infected 20 others in the national capital.
“All Delhi Govt. press conferences will be conducted digitally now. It’s very important that all journalists, who are on the forefront of our battle against Corona, also protect themselves as they are in a high exposure environment,” Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted.
Kejriwal will brief the media on the threat at 4 pm on Saturday.
*Coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra jump to 63
Mumbai: The total number of coronavirus positive patients in Maharashtra has risen to 63 with 11 more positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, officials said.
Of the 11 new cases, 10 are in Mumbai and one in Pune, they said on Saturday.
Officials said seven patients were admitted to Kasturba hospital, one each at Saifee hospital, Nanavati hospital and HN Reliance hospitals in Mumbai. A coronavirus positive patient has been admitted to Naidu hospital in Pune, officials said.
Earlier this week, a Covid-19 patient died in Mumbai.
*Bengal reports third positive case of novel coronavirus
Kolkata: A woman with a recent travel history to Scotland has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, making it the third confirmed case in West Bengal, a state health department official said on Saturday.
New coronavirus case in Karnataka; total number of infections reaches 16
Bengaluru: A new novel coronavirus case has been reported in Karnataka on Saturday, taking the total number of infections to 16 in the state.
A 32-year old person from Gauribidanur in Chikkaballapura district, who has returned from Mecca has been confirmed for COVID-19 infection, Health Minister B Sriramulu tweeted.
The person has been admitted to a designated isolated hospital for treatment, the Minister said and asked people not to fear or panic.
*Environment Ministry suspends meetings of its green panel till March 31
*Stable patients to be discharged from Mumbai civic hospitals
Mumbai: With the number of coronavirus positive cases on the rise in the city, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has decided to discharge all ‘stable’ patients from municipal hospitals in order to make more space available during exigencies, a civic official said on Saturday.
*Over 800 under home quarantine in Aurangabad
Aurangabad: Over 800 people have been kept under home quarantine in Maharashtra’s Aurangabad district, amid the coronavirus outbreak, a senior official said on Saturday.
6 new cases reported in Rajasthan
Jaipur: Six fresh cases of coronavirus have surfaced in Rajasthan, taking the total in the state to 23 so far, officials said on Saturday.
Reports of 42 suspected cases are awaited, they said. Among the six, five are staff members of a private hospital, where a doctor tested positive for COVID-19, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh said. PTI