Over 1,900 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in India as of Thursday. The country saw 62 deaths, of which Maharashtra accounts for 16.
More than 9,00,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and nearly 46,000 have died since it first emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan late last year, according to an AFP tally based on official numbers
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Here are the latest updates:
9.25 am | Gujarat
A 52-year-old man infected with coronavirus died in Vadodara.
He and his wife had recently visited Sri Lanka, and had been tested positive for COVID-19. Three other family members have also been infected.
With this, the death toll in Gujarat climbs to seven.
9 am | Karnataka
Nearly 1,500 from Karnataka may have attended Tablighi event
About 1,500 people from Karnataka may have attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin West, Delhi, from March 8 to 20. Of these, the State has been able to trace 800 people and 143 of these have been found to be symptomatic.
Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary (Health and Family Welfare), said that the Centre had sent the list of 1,500 people to the State. “We cannot say if all these have attended the congregation. Some of them may have attended and some may be the contacts of those who have attended. We have been able to trace 800 from the list and samples of 143 symptomatic persons have been sent for tests,” he said.
8.30 am | Punjab
Punjab reports fifth death
Punjab on Thursday reported its fifth COVID-19 related death, a senior official said.
The 62-year-old patient, who was a former ‘Hazoori Raagi’ at Harmandir Sahib (Golden Temple), Amritsar has passed away in the wee hours of Thursday.
K.B.S. Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Punjab Disaster Management tweeted the information about the death of patient. The patient was tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and was undergoing treatment in Amritsar.
8.15 am | Assam
15 more test positive in Assam, all attended Nizamuddin meet
Fifteen more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, taking the total number of such cases in the State to 16, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. All the patients had attended a congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West last month, Sarma tweeted.
Assam now has the highest number of cases in the Northeast, followed by Manipur and Mizoram with one case each.
8 am | India
Tablighi Jamaat headquarters cleared
All occupants of the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters, at the centre of an extensive net of the novel coronavirus transmission, were evacuated by early Wednesday, even as the authorities scrambled to identify and quarantine visitors who had returned home to various parts of the country.
At least 29 more occupants tested positive on Wednesday, taking the total in Delhi alone to 53.