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The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 3,577 on Sunday, a spike of 302 cases since Health Ministry updated the figures on Saturday night. The death toll in India stands at 83.

PM Narendra Modi on Sunday, 5 April, called former Presidents Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil, and discussed COVID-19 related issues with them. Likewise, he called former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda.

  • 103 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Mumbai today, taking the total positive cases in the city to 433.
  • In Delhi, 58 new cases were reported, taking the total number of cases to 503.
  • PM Modi had telephone conversations with various world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro, about working together to fight COVID-19

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2:21 AM, 05 Apr

Trump Requests Modi to Release Hydroxychloroquine Ordered by US

US President Donald Trump has said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release the amount of hydroxychloroquine ordered by the United States after India last month banned the drugs for exports.

Trump said that he spoke to Prime Minister Modi on Saturday morning and made a request to release hydroxychloroquine for the US.

"I called Prime Minister Modi of India this morning. They make large amounts of Hydroxychloroquine. India is giving it a serious consideration," Trump said at his daily news conference at the White House on Saturday.

2:21 AM, 05 Apr

Seven Indian Nationals Among 75 New Coronavirus Cases Reported in Singapore

Seven Indian nationals are among the 75 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Singapore, taking the total infections to 1,189 since the deadly diseases broke out in the country.

Of the new cases, 69 are local infections. Six are imported with a travel history to Europe, North and South America and ASEAN, said the Ministry of health on Saturday.

Six Indian nationals, between the ages of 18 and 52, are on work passes.

The seventh is a 46-year old female Indian national on work pass at the Indian-origin mega store Mustafa Centre, which has been closed for two-weeks.

2:21 AM, 05 Apr

Cases in US Cross 300,000

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the United States has topped 300,000 and there have been more than 8,100 deaths, Johns Hopkins University reported on Saturday.

The Baltimore-based university, which has been keeping a running tally of global coronavirus numbers, said there are at least 300,915 confirmed virus cases in the US and there have been 8,162 deaths.

2:21 AM, 05 Apr

7 New Cases in Himachal Pradesh

Seven people tested positive for coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 14.

Two of them have already recovered, as many have died and 10 are active cases, Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman said.

2:21 AM, 05 Apr

8 New Cases Reported in Noida, Total Count Rises to 58

Eight more persons, including a woman and her two children, have tested positive for coronavirus in Gautam Buddh Nagar, taking the number of COVID-19 cases in the district to 58, officials said on Saturday.

Four of the latest cases are from a JJ cluster in Sector 5, one from Wazidpur village in Sector 135 and three from Sector 62 in Noida.

3:42 AM, 05 Apr

Cases in Ghaziabad Rise to 23

The total Coronavirus cases in the district rise to 23 including 3 discharged/cured patients, Chief Medical Officer, Ghaziabad told ANI.

3:42 AM, 05 Apr

16 More Test Positive in Lucknow

Sixteen more people have tested positive for coronavirus, King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, told ANI.

3:42 AM, 05 Apr

Lucknow Cantonment Area Sealed for 48 Hours

Lucknow Cantonment area sealed for 48 hours after 12 Tablighi Jamaat returnees in Sadar Bazaar area tested positive for COVID19. Only Quick Response Teams and medical teams will be allowed entry into the area.

3:44 AM, 05 Apr

10 Indonesians Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Event Booked

Ten Indonesians, including five women, who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi last month, have been booked under Section 188, Section 269, Section 270 of IPC, sections of Epidemic Diseases Act & Foreigners Act, 1897, ANI reported Ghaziabad police as saying. They have been placed under quarantine.

4:15 AM, 05 Apr

India's Case Total Rises to 3,374

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 3,374 on Sunday, 5 April, showing a spike of 302 cases since the health ministry updated the figures on Saturday night. The death toll in India stands at 77.

Out of these, 3,030 are active cases, 266 have been cured or discharged and one is a migrated patient.

5:12 AM, 05 Apr

Trump Requests Modi to Release Hydroxychloroquine Ordered by US to Treat COVID-19 Patients

President Donald Trump has said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to release the Hydroxychloroquine tablets ordered by the US to treat the growing number of coronavirus patients in the country after India recently banned the drug for exports.

Trump said he spoke to Prime Minister Modi on Saturday morning and made a request to release Hydroxycholoroquine - an old and inexpensive drug used to treat malaria - for the US.

5:12 AM, 05 Apr

African Muslim Cleric Dies of Coronavirus After Attending Nizamuddin Congregation

A South African Muslim cleric, who recently returned from India after attending the Nizamuddin congregation, has died after contracting the novel coronavirus, according to his family members.

Moulana Yusuf Tootla, 80, attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizmuddin area.

5:15 AM, 05 Apr

China Reports 30 New Coronavirus Cases; Nine Districts in Wuhan Classified as ‘Low-Risk'

China has reported 30 new cases of the novel coronavirus, including five locally transmitted infections, even as nine of the 13 administrative districts of virus-hit Wuhan city were declared ‘low-risk areas' signifying a gradual return to normalcy.

5:15 AM, 05 Apr

82-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies in Jaipur Hospital

An 82-year-old coronavirus positive man died at the state-run SMS Hospital in Jaipur on Sunday even as Rajasthan recorded five more cases of the virus.

5:21 AM, 05 Apr

2 More COVID-19 Deaths Reported in Tamil Nadu

Two more COVID-19 deaths were reported in Tamil Nadu on Sunday, taking the toll due to the disease in the state to five, the government said.

A 60-year old man from the city and a 71-year old man of Ramanathapuram in southern Tamil Nadu died in the government Stanely Medical College Hospital, a release said.

The city resident admitted to the hospital on Wednesday died in the early hours of Sunday without responding to treatment, it said.

The 71-year old man had died on Thursday and tests results of his samples on Sunday confirmed he was affected by the coronavirus, the release added.

5:23 AM, 05 Apr

61-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies in Surat; Gujarat's Toll Reaches 11

Ahmedabad, Apr 5 (PTI) A 61-year-old woman who tested positive for coronavirus died at a hospital in Surat on Sunday, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths in Gujarat to 11, a senior health official said.

"The woman was admitted to hospital on Saturday in a condition where it was difficult to save her," Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi said.

5:30 AM, 05 Apr

6 New Cases Reported from Rajasthan

Six new positive cases of coronavirus, including 1 Tablighi Jamaat returnee, reported in the state. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 210.

5:37 AM, 05 Apr

2 More Nursing Staff Test Positive in Delhi

Two more nursing staff of Delhi State Cancer Institute have been tested positive for COVID-19. Earlier, four staff including a doctor were found positive at the hospital.

5:37 AM, 05 Apr

UP CM to Interact With Religious Leaders

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will interact with leaders of different religions through video conference at 5 pm today over COVID-19.

5:39 AM, 05 Apr

Possibly Infected COVID-19 Patient Jumps from AIIMS Hospital's Third Floor

A possibly infected COVID-19 patient jumped from the third floor of AIIMS Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center and suffered a fracture in his leg. His condition is stable. His COVID19 test result is awaited.

5:40 AM, 05 Apr

Pune Records Another Death

A 60-year-old woman, who was brought dead at Pune's Sassoon Hospital on 3 April, has been found COVID-19 positive. She had earlier tested negative, ANI quoted Sassoon Hospital officials as saying.

5:42 AM, 05 Apr

Andhra Records 34 New Cases

Andhra Pradesh records 34 new Coronavirus positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh, total number of positive cases in the state rises to 226.

6:20 AM, 05 Apr

Pune's Sassoon Hospital records Second Death in a Day

A 52-year-old COVID19 patient passed away at Pune's Sassoon Hospital. This is the second death reported in Pune today taking the death toll in Pune district to four, ANI reported quoting Pune Health officials.

6:25 AM, 05 Apr

Maharashtra's Case Total Rises to 661

With 26 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in the state today, the total number of positive cases in Maharashtra rose to 661, the state’s Health Department said.

6:39 AM, 05 Apr

PM Tweets #9pm9minute to Remind People to Light up Diyas on Sunday Night

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded people to light up lamps on Sunday night to show the country's collective resolve to fight coronavirus.

"#9pm9minute", the prime minister tweeted to remind people of the exercise.

6:39 AM, 05 Apr

14 New COVID-19 Cases in Gujarat, Tally Jumps to 122

The number of coronavirus cases in Gujarat has jumped to 122 with 14 new patients being reported from the state.

Out of the 14 new cases, 10 have a direct or indirect link to the religious congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in Delhi last month, Principal Secretary (Health) Jayanti Ravi said.

6:42 AM, 05 Apr

6 Pockets in Kanpur Visited by COVID-19 Positive Tablighi Members Declared 'Red Zones'

Six pockets in Kanpur district have been declared 'red zones' after six Tablighi Jamaat members, including two foreign nationals, who attended a congregation in Delhi and visited a number of places here, tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday.

7:15 AM, 05 Apr

Cases in Mewat Rise to 7

The total number of positive cases in Mewat rose to seven in Haryana’sMewat after four Tablighi Jamaat returnees were found positive for COVID-19.

7:20 AM, 05 Apr

Eight Tablighi Attendees Caught at Delhi Airport While Trying to Flee to Malaysia

Eight Tablighi Jamaat members from Malaysia were intercepted by Delhi’s IGI immigration department today when they tried to board a Malindo Air relief flight for Malaysia, ANI reported quoting immigration sources. They will be handed over to the authorities.

7:28 AM, 05 Apr

Varanasi Records Another Death

A 55-year-old man who suffered from blood pressure and diabetes passed away on Saturday. His sample has tested positive for COVID-19 after his death.

7:28 AM, 05 Apr

Section 144 Extended in Gautam Budh Nagar Till 30 April

Imposition of Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) in Gautam Budh Nagar extended till 30 April.

7:36 AM, 05 Apr

Delhi Police Investigates Markaz Nizamuddin Case

A team of Delhi Police Crime Branch has arrived at Delhi’s Markaz Nizamuddin for an investigation into the case.

7:36 AM, 05 Apr

Chidambaram Advocates Aggressive Testing for Coronavirus

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday urged the government to start aggressive testing as lockdown for coronavirus will be effective only if "we test, detect, isolate and then treat".

"A lockdown will be effective only if we TEST, TEST, DETECT, ISOLATE and TREAT. That is the lesson from Japan, South Korea and Singapore," he said on Twitter.

8:34 AM, 05 Apr

Restricted My Movement to Break COVID-19 Chain: CRPF DG After Doc Tests Positive

Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) A P Maheshwari said on Sunday that he has gone into quarantine as part of his responsibility to break the coronavirus transmission chain after a doctor of his force tested positive for COVID-19.

Maheshwari (59), the chief of the country's largest paramilitary force with a strength of about 3.25 lakh personnel, his predecessor and senior security advisor in the Union Home Ministry K Vijay Kumar (67), and about two dozen officials in this chain have gone into self-quarantine after the doctor was found infected on 2 April.

8:34 AM, 05 Apr

Health Minister Visits AIIMS Jhajjar

Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan visited AIIMS dedicated center for COVID19 in Jhajjar. “All 162 patients admitted here are in stable condition,” he said.

8:34 AM, 05 Apr

2 More Cases in UP's Ghazipur

Two more people have been found positive for COVID-19, taking the total cases in the district to five, says District Magistrate Om Prakash Arya.

8:37 AM, 05 Apr

CDS Bipin Rawat Visits COVID-19 Camp in Delhi

Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat visits Delhi government’s COVID-19 Camp at Narela and interacted with civilian doctors, military medical team and civil volunteers. He expressed his satisfaction over the excellent synergy between civil and military medical teams and assured them of all assistance

8:37 AM, 05 Apr

Pune Records Third Death in a Day

A 69-year-old COVID19 patient passes away in Pune. The woman was suffering from acute calculous cholecystitis, Dr. Ashok Nandapurkar, Civil Surgeon, Pune District told ANI.

This is the third death related to COVID19 in Pune today, taking the total death toll in the district to 5.

9:37 AM, 05 Apr

Lockdown to be lifted on 15 April, Need Mechanism to Ensure No Crowding: UP CM

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday the lockdown imposed to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus will be lifted on April 15 and asserted that a mechanism should be evolved to ensure crowding doesn't take place, else all efforts will go in vain.

Holding discussion with Members of Parliament from the state through video-conferencing, the chief minister sought their suggestion for smooth movement of people and services after the lockdown period.

9:37 AM, 05 Apr

Chandigarh: 3 COVID-19 Patients Discharged

Three COVID-19 patients in Chhattisgarh's capital Raipur were discharged from hospital on Sunday, the number of such recovered persons now touching seven, said health officials.

The state currently has three active COVID-19 cases.

9:37 AM, 05 Apr

26,000 Quarantined After 10 Feast Attendees Contract COVID-19 Morena

Days after 10 people tested positive for coronavirus after attending a funeral feast organised by a man on his returnin Morena in Madhya Pradesh from Dubai, over 26,000 of their contacts and family members have been places under home quarantine, officials said on Sunday.

9:37 AM, 05 Apr

PM Modi Discusses COVID-19 Situation With Two Ex-Presidents and two Ex-PMs

PM Narendra Modi today called two former Presidents Pranab Mukherjee and Pratibha Patil and had a discussion on COVID-19 related issues. He similarly called two former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and HD Deve Gowda.

He also called up leaders of various political parties like Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, K Chandrashekar Rao, MK Stalin and Parkash Singh Badal.

9:41 AM, 05 Apr

Fourth Case Reported from Dharavi

One more coronavirus positive case has been reported in Mumbai's Dharavi, ANI reported, quoting BMC sources.

9:45 AM, 05 Apr

Curfew at Several Places in Varanasi

Curfew has been imposed in Madanpura, Lohta, Gangapur and Bajardiha in Varanasi after COVID-19 patients were found in these areas of the city, District Magistrate Kaushal Raj Sharma said.

9:53 AM, 05 Apr

70-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Recovers in Ahmedabad

A 70-year-old COVID-19 positive man was discharged from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Hospital, Ahmedabad after he recovered fully. After the recovery, he tested negative in the last 24 hours.

(Source: ANI)

9:59 AM, 05 Apr

Decision on When to Reopen Schools & Colleges on 14 April: HRD Minister

HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said the decision on when to reopen schools and colleges will be taken on 14 April.

“Government will take a decision on 14 April whether to reopen schools, colleges after reviewing COVID-19 situation,” he told news agency PTI.

10:05 AM, 05 Apr

'Those Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Should Disclose Identity or Face Action': Himachal Pradesh CM

Himachal Pradesh CM Jai Ram Thakur urged people from the state who attended the Tablighi Jamaat to disclose their identity by 5 pm or else face government action, ANI reported.

"Total 13 coronavirus positive cases reported in the state so far, 6 out of them had attended Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi. We appeal to everyone who attended Tablighi Jamaat to disclose their identity by 5 PM today otherwise government will be forced to take action," he said.

10:17 AM, 05 Apr

Section-144 Extended Till April 30 in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar

Section 144 has been extended in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar district till 30 April, reported ANI quoting the Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police, Ashutosh Dwivedi.
The district administration has also ordered all educational institutions to not collect fee from students during the lockdown.

10:43 AM, 05 Apr

3374 Confirmed COVID-19 Cases Reported in India Till Now: Lav Aggarwal

“Total 3374 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported in India till now,” Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry stated during the daily briefing by the Health ministry on COVID-19 outbreak.

“An additional 472 news cases reported since yesterday. Total 79 deaths reported; 11 additional deaths have been reported since yesterday. 267 persons have recovered,” he added.

10:47 AM, 05 Apr

'Free Testing & Treatment For COVID-19 Under Ayushman Bharat': Health Ministry

Free testing and treatment for COVID-19 under Ayushman Bharat in govt labs, private labs and private hospitals, Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry announced at the daily press briefing by the Health ministry on COVID-19 outbreak.

11:10 AM, 05 Apr

128 Firs Registered, 292 People Arrested Over Lockdown Violations in Uttarakhand

128 FIRs were registered and 292 persons have been arrested today, over charges of violation of the countrywide coronavirus lockdown, reported ANI quoting the media cell of Uttarakhand Police.

11:22 AM, 05 Apr

Cases Doubling 3.3 Days Faster Due to Tablighi Jamaat: Health Min

Our doubling rate (in how many days the number of COVID-19 cases gets double) at present is 4.1 days. But if additional cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat event, had not taken place, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days: Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry.

12:01 PM, 05 Apr

Indore: 53-Year-Old Woman Dies After Testing Positive For COVID-19

A 53-year-old woman, who tested positive for COVID-19, passed away at MGM hospital in Indore, reported ANI quoting Dr Jyoti Bindal, Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore.

Total 9 deaths have been reported so far in Indore.

12:28 PM, 05 Apr

Four New Cases in Uttarakhand

Four new positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Uttarakhand, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 26, said the state's Directorate of Health Services. Four people have been treated and discharged till date in the state, according to the Directorate.

12:42 PM, 05 Apr

86 Cases Reported in Tamil Nadu Today, 85 Were Tablighi Jamaat Attendees

86 positive COVID-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu today, of which 85 had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event held at Nizamuddin in Delhi, said Beela Rajesh, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary. She also said, "There are 571 COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu out of which 522 cases are from the people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi."

12:57 PM, 05 Apr

103 Fresh Cases Reported in Mumbai

103 new positive COVID-19 cases were reported in Mumbai today, taking the total positive cases in the city to 433, according to the Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai, reports ANI. It also announced that 8 deaths were reported in the city, taking the toll to 30. 20 people were discharged today, with a total of 54 who have been discharged so far.

1:03 PM, 05 Apr

"Will Take Action Against Those Who Obstruct Stopping COVID-19": MP CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan

MP CM Shivraj Singh appealed to people to not "toy with thier own lives" and said that strict action will be taken against those who are an "obstruction in stopping COVID-19." He also said that 57 foreign nationals who attended the Tablighi Jamaat even in Delhi have been identified by the government, their passports have been seized, and "they are being blacklisted." He reiterated that no function should be held, appealed to people to come forward to disclose their information, and said that the state government is using drones to monitor people.

1:17 PM, 05 Apr

7 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Karnataka Today

Seven fresh positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in Karnataka from 5 pm on 4 April to 5 pm on 5 April, according to the state's Department of Health and Family Welfare Services. This takes the total number of cases in the state to 151, including 4 deaths and 12 patients who have been discharged, the department said.Out of the seven people found positive – two are from Bengaluru who's recently returned from Dubai on 22 March; four are from Belgavi and one had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi.

1:25 PM, 05 Apr

Two New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Odisha

Two persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Bhubaneswar, raising the number of cases of the pandemic in Odisha to 23 on Sunday, reports PTI, citing a Health Department official.

A 70-year-old man from the Kapila Prasad Housing Board Colony Phase II, who had returned from Australia on 22 March, tested positive for COVID-19, a Health Department official said. A total of 16 out of the 23 patients in the state, are from Bhubaneswar.

2:05 PM, 05 Apr

47 New Cases Reported in Rajasthan

Forty-seven fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Rajasthan today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 253. Out of the 47 cases found to be positive today, 39 were found in Jaipur, according to the Rajasthan state health department.

2:10 PM, 05 Apr

58 Fresh COVID-19 Positive Cases Reported in Delhi

Fifty-eight new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Delhi today, taking the total number of positive cases in the city to 503, according to the Delhi government. This includes 320 who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event, 61 who have a foreign travel history & 18 people who were discharged from hospital after recovering.

2:13 PM, 05 Apr

Eight New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Kerala

Eight fresh cases of COVID-19 were reported in Kerala today, which include six import cases and two contact cases, said Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan. He also said that there has been a decrease in the numbr of people under surveillance which now stands at 1,58,617. He also said that out of a total of 10,221 samples, 9,300 tested negative.

1:59 PM, 05 Apr

Total Number of COVID-19 Positive Cases in India Rise to 3,577

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Sunday that the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India has risen to 3,577 with 83 recorded deaths. It also said that there has been a spike of 505 positive cases in the last 24 hours.

2:22 PM, 05 Apr

Complaint Registered Against 9 People Who Flouted Quarantine Rules: DCP Shahadra

Nine cases have bee registered under Section 188 against people who broke quarantine rules, DCP of Shahadra said.

“During physical verification conducted by police at 517 addresses where people were home quarantined, it was found that 11 persons were not at home. 9 cases under Sec 188 IPC registered today and previously, 2 cases were registered in Shahdara,” he added.

2:29 PM, 05 Apr

8 Tanzanian Nationals Booked For Violating Quarantine Rules

Eight Tanzanian national have been booked for violating quarantine orders & visa rules in Pune. All of them belong to Tablighi Jamaat and had come to Pune on 11 March.

They were tested for COVID-19 on 24 March and all were found negative.

2:53 PM, 05 Apr

'8 Out of 10 Coronavirus Cases Cured in Chattisgarh,' Says Chief Minister Baghel

‘One more COVID-19 patient has been discharged from the hospital after being cured,’ Chattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel told news agency ANI.

“8 out of 10 have now been cured,” he added.

3:31 PM, 05 Apr

India Participates in PM's #9pm9minute Initiative

As part of PM Modi's 9 pm, 9 minutes initiative, people across India light candles and diyas to stand to show solidarity with the frontline workers dedicated to India's fight against COVID-19.

3:54 PM, 05 Apr

Politicians Across The Country Participate in #9pm9minute Initiative

Politicians across the country including, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha speaker OM Birla turned off lights at their residences and lighted earthen lamps to lend support to PM Modi’s #9pm9minute Initiative.

4:12 PM, 05 Apr

'No Impact of 9 Minute Light Out on Electricity Grid Functioning': Power Minister

Power Minister RK Singh said that the Nine-minute lights-out event went smoothly and had no impact on electricity grid functioning, reported PTI.

4:16 PM, 05 Apr

PM Lights a Lamp as India Participates in #9pm9minute Initiative

PM Modi posts photos of lighting a lamp as India participated in #9pm9minute Initiative.

5:41 PM, 05 Apr

62 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Telangana on Sunday

As many as 62 new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Telangana on Sunday, 5 April, with no patients discharged and no deaths. The state presently has 289 active COVID-19 positive cases which are being treated at different hospitals across the state.

5:46 PM, 05 Apr

Rapid Testing Offered by Bengaluru Company Not Licensed: Ministry

The Health Ministry on Sunday, 5 April said that it has come to its notice that Bione Ventures, Bengaluru is offering rapid single-use finger-prick test for coronavirus for sale which will give result in 5-10 minutes.

“Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation has not licensed the aforesaid diagnostic kit by Bione Ventures,” the ministry said, ANI reported.

6:01 PM, 05 Apr

Man Linked to Tablighi Jamaat Tested Positive in Kapurthala

On Sunday, 5 April, one out of 33 people of Tablighi Jamaat, has tested positive, ANI reported quoting Punjab Chief Secretary Karan Bir Singh Sidhu.

“He was living in Kot Karar Khan village in Kapurthala. He was residing at a mosque along with other Jamaatis,” Sidhu added.

Further, the chief secretary mentioned that the Kapurthala district administration is sealing the village, mosques and Gujjar dera and the said person is in an isolation ward of Civil Hospital, Kapurthala.

6:34 PM, 05 Apr

France Reports 357 new COVID-19 Deaths

According to news agency AFP, France has reported 357 new coronavirus hospital deaths, which is lower than the previous two days. Total toll now stands at 8,078.

6:38 PM, 05 Apr

Noida: No Fresh COVID-19 Case, Tests See a jump

No fresh coronavirus positive case was reported on Sunday in Gautam Buddh Nagar, even as the number of COVID-19 tests saw a sharp spike to cross the 1,000-mark, officials said on Sunday, 5 April, PTI reported.

Gautam Buddh Nagar adjoining Delhi in western Uttar Pradesh has so far 58 positive cases of COVID-19, the highest for any district in the state, according to official figures.

6:42 PM, 05 Apr

Four COVID-19 Patients Discharged in Chhattisgarh

A COVID-19 patient, who was admitted to a hospital in Chhattisgarh's Rajnandgaon district was discharged on Sunday, 5 April, after complete recovery, officials in Raipur said, PTI reported.

A total of four COVID-19 patients were discharged from hospitals on Sunday in the state. With this, the tally of discharged patients has reached eight in the state while the number of active cases are two.

6:51 PM, 05 Apr

No New COVID-19 Case in Bihar in Past 24 hours, Total Count at 32

No new COVID-19 case was reported on Sunday, 5 April, from anywhere in Bihar, where a total number of 32 people have been afflicted with the virus, officials said, PTI reported.

Nearly 2,981 samples have been tested so far, of which 2,945 have come out negative and four have been rejected, while three people have recovered, a bulletin issued by the State Health Society said.

6:51 PM, 05 Apr

COVID-19: 50 Quarantined in Bikaner as Woman Tests Positive After Death

Over 50 people, including doctors and nursing staff of a hospital in Bikaner, have been quarantined after samples taken from a 60-year-old woman, who died on Friday, tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday, 5 April, PTI reported.

7:14 PM, 05 Apr

#9pm9minute: Village in Bihar Catches Fire, No Injuries Reported

As India participated in #9pm9minute initiative on Sunday, 5 April, a village in Bihar’s West Champaran district caught massive fire after people lit diyas and burst crackers. Some houses were burnt, however, no injuries have been reported.

7:47 PM, 05 Apr

Queen Elizabeth II to Praise COVID-19 Response in Rare Address

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II delivered a special address for the UK and the Commonwealth on Sunday, 5 April, in which she invoked a war-time spirit of self-discipline and resolve amid the rising death toll and strict lockdown measures in place to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

The 93-year-old British monarch and Head of the 54-member Commonwealth of nations which includes India, acknowledged the grief, pain and financial difficulties being faced the world over during this "time of disruption" and expressed the hope that the whole world was uniting in a common endeavour.

8:50 PM, 05 Apr

Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital Due to COVID-19 Symptoms

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson's office on Monday, 6 April, said that he has been admitted to the hospital as he is suffering from COVID-19 symptoms, AP reported.

He had tested positive for the novel coronavirus late last month.

10:44 PM, 05 Apr

Probe Ordered into the Delay in Cremation of Padma Shri Nirmal Singh

Punjab State Commission for Scheduled Castes has directed Deputy Commissioner and Police Commissioner of Amritsar to probe the delaying of cremation of Padma Shri awardee Nirmal Singh, who had tested positive for COVID-19 and passed away on 2 April, ANI reported.

The state commission has asked the authorities to submit the report within seven days.

Published: 05 Apr 2020, 02:26 AM IST