COVID-19: India’s Case Tally Nears 30,000; Death Toll at 937

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The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 29,974 on Tuesday, 28 April. According to the Health Ministry figures, there are now 22,010 active cases in the country, while 937 people have died. As many as 7,026 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated. In the last 24 hours, 1,594 new cases and 51 deaths have been reported.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Health Ministry said that currently, there are no approved therapies for the treatment of COVID-19, including plasma therapy. “Plasma therapy is in experimental stage, but there’s not enough evidence yet to claim it can be used as treatment for COVID-19,” said Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal.

He also pointed out during the ministry briefing that the recovery rate for coronavirus in India stood at 23.3 percent, calling it a "progressive increase". "No new cases of COVID-19 reported from 17 districts in the last 28 days," he added.

  • 12 CRPF jawans tested positive for COVID-19 in Delhi on Tuesday
  • 4 deaths and 42 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported from Dharavi area on Tuesday, taking the tally in the area to 330 and death toll to 18
  • Gujarat on Tuesday reported 226 new COVID-19 cases, taking the tally in the state to 3,774
  • The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases stands at 10.2 days, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday
4:59 PM, 28 Apr

Nagaland to Charge Cess On Diesel, Petrol

Nagaland will charge a cess of Rs 5 of per litre on diesel and Rs 6 on petrol and motor spirit amid the unprecedented financial crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, the state government announced on Tuesday, reported NDTV.

4:44 PM, 28 Apr

90-Year-Old Defeats Coronavirus, Woman Negative After 10 Tests

While pattern of the coronavirus spread and its potential killing power might have baffled experts and policy-makers, a 90-year-old man from Bhavnagar and an elderly woman from Kutch in Gujarat have recovered from the COVID-19 disease after spending weeks in hospitals, a senior official said on Tuesday.

They are among 40 people in the state who were discharged after recovering from COVID-19, taking their total number to 434 so far, said Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi.

4:43 PM, 28 Apr

Three New Deaths in UP, COVID-19 Cases Cross 2,000-Mark

Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday reported three fatalities due to COVID-19, taking the death toll to 34, and the number of cases in the state rose to 2,053 with 66 more people testing positive for the infection, reported PTI.

The fresh cases were reported from different parts of the state, including 17 from Agra, followed by 12 from Varanasi and 8 from Kanpur Nagar, according to a statement.

4:26 PM, 28 Apr

DCW Counsellor, Driver Placed Under Quarantine After Rescue of Woman Later Found COVID-19 Positive

A counsellor of the Delhi Commission For Women (DCW) and a driver have been put under quarantine after they rescued a woman who was later found COVID-19 positive, the panel said on Tuesday.

DCW chief Swati Maliwal also wrote to Delhi Health secretary Padmini Singla, informing her about the matter and asking her to ensure thorough contact tracing.

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