Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Cases in Maharashtra Cross 30,000, Mumbai Set to Touch 19,000 - News18

Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Cases in Maharashtra Cross 30,000, Mumbai Set to Touch 19,000 | May 16, 2020, 11:05 PM IST
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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday thanked President Donald Trump for his remarks that the US stands with India during the pandemic as also for deciding to provide ventilators to New Delhi to help patients suffering from Covid-19. "Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump. This pandemic is being fought collectively by all of us," the prime minister tweeted.

He said in such times, it's always important for nations to work together and do as much as possible to make the world healthier and free from Covid-19. Modi was responding to a tweet by US President Trump on Friday announcing the decision to donate ventilators to India.
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May 16, 2020 11:05 pm (IST)

24-year-old Migrant Labourer on Way to UP Dies | In a heart-wrenching tragedy, a 24-year-old migrant worker died here after his fellow travellers, except his friend, left him behind on their way to Uttar Pradesh.

May 16, 2020 10:52 pm (IST)

UPDATE | Karnataka: Deputy Commissioner of Kalaburagi, Sharat B has issued an order for extension of Section 144 in Kalaburagi till May 31. He stated that this is being done to control people's movements.

May 16, 2020 10:45 pm (IST)

India's COVID-19 Tally Crosses 90,000 | The nationwide coronavirus tally crossed 90,000 with new cases getting detected from Ganjam in Odisha to Patna in Bihar to Thrissur in Kerala, and mostly among people having returned from big Indian cities or even from abroad.

May 16, 2020 10:35 pm (IST)

Consent has to be sought from both states-one sending the train and one receiving it. UP, J&K, Karnataka haven't given us their consent yet. Whose govt is in all these states? It's neither the time to do politics nor give a challenge said Chhattisgarh CM. 

May 16, 2020 10:27 pm (IST)

4,678 Migrants Leave for Bihar in Special Trains from Greater Noida | A total of 4,678 migrant workers from Bihar embarked on a journey to their hometowns on four special trains from Greater Noida.

May 16, 2020 10:23 pm (IST)

Telangana Reports 55 Fresh Cases in the Last 24 Hours 

May 16, 2020 10:13 pm (IST)

Uttar Pradesh Witnesses Highest Single-day Spike | As many as 203 fresh cases have been reported in Uttar Pradesh in the past 24 hrs taking the total tally to 4,258. The new cases have been reported in Merrut, Rampur and Saharanpur districts. 

May 16, 2020 10:09 pm (IST)

We believe that consumer also have right to a fair tie-up and distribution companies do not have any right to burden the consumer with burden of their inefficiencies, said Power Minister RK Singh. 

May 16, 2020 10:02 pm (IST)

DRDO Chairman Appreciates Centre's Efforts Via Economic Reform | The decision to ban imports of certain weapons and platforms, indigenisation of imported spares, budget allocation for indigenous capital procurement are major steps towards self-reliance, said DRDO Chairman G Satheesh Reddy. 

May 16, 2020 9:52 pm (IST)

Western Railway has operated 463 'Shramik Special Trains' from May 2 till May 16, which have carried approximately 6,40,000 passengers to their desired destinations, says Western Railway.

May 16, 2020 9:39 pm (IST)

In last 24 hours, 65 new Covid-19 positive cases have been detected in Odisha, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 737, of which 538 are active cases and 196 persons have already recovered/discharged. The death toll stands at 3, says Information & Public Relations Dept, Odisha Govt.

May 16, 2020 9:37 pm (IST)

11 More Deaths in Pune | 11 new Covid-19 deaths have been reported in Pune raising the death toll in the district to 197, say Health Officials, Pune. 

May 16, 2020 9:21 pm (IST)

477 New Cases Take TN Covid-19 Tally to 10,585 | As many as 477 people tested Covid-19 positive and 939 patients were cured and discharged in Tamil Nadu, according to the Health Department. Three Covid-19 patients died, taking the toll to 74, it added.

May 16, 2020 9:13 pm (IST)

Maharashtra Exceeds 30,000 Cases | With 1,606 new cases, 67 new deaths Maharashtra's tally rises to 30,706 total cases. Total deaths recorded were 1,135. Meanwhile,  Mumbai's total cases reached 18,555 and 696 deaths. 

May 16, 2020 9:01 pm (IST)

PM Announces Compensation for Victims' Families

May 16, 2020 8:53 pm (IST)

Aarogya Setu app, Body Temp Below 37.8 C Must for Metro Passengers | Passengers hoping to ride the Noida-Greater Noida metro, whenever it resumes operations, will be required to wear face masks, install Aarogya Setu app on their smartphones and have a body temperature not more than 37.7 degrees Celsius, officials said. 

May 16, 2020 8:46 pm (IST)

FM's Announcement Irrelevant in Democracy: Puducherry CM | Senior Congress leader and Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanasamy criticised the tranche of Rs 20 lakh crore stimulus measures announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, saying it was irrelevant in a democracy.

May 16, 2020 8:41 pm (IST)

The sectors like Atomic Energy and Space, which were mentioned by Finance Minister today, are amongst the ones where India can emerge as a global leader and really be future-focused said Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII). 

May 16, 2020 8:34 pm (IST)

No New addition in Delhi's Containment Zones 

May 16, 2020 8:30 pm (IST)

GMR Group chairman G M Rao hails FM's announcement on aviation sector: "Rationalising Indian airspace is a significant step that will benefit not only the entire sector but also bring down travel time for passengers."

May 16, 2020 8:23 pm (IST)

Odisha Update | The total sample tested in Odisha are 86,140 of which 737 positive cases have been reported. In the last 24 hours, 65 new cases were recorded. 

May 16, 2020 8:18 pm (IST)

Mumbai Mayor inspecting Wankhede which is to be used as quarantine facility. 

May 16, 2020 8:11 pm (IST)

Muzaffarnagar SDM Replaced Over Irregularities in Food Distribution at Quarantine Centre | The district authorities replaced Muzaffarnagar (Sadar) SDM Ashok Kumar after alleged irregularities in the distribution of food at a quarantine centre. 

May 16, 2020 8:06 pm (IST)

Prime Minister on tranche 4 of new economic reforms. 

May 16, 2020 7:55 pm (IST)

Personnel of Jaguar unit of Jharkhand Police donate 86 units of blood to Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi: Jharkhand Police

May 16, 2020 7:32 pm (IST)

Punjab To Lift Curfew on Monday, Lockdown Will Continue |  Punjab will lift curfew on Monday but lockdown will continue, announced Chief Minister Amarinder Singh. 

May 16, 2020 7:24 pm (IST)

Punjab Update | A total number of 1,946 people have tested positive for COVID-19 till date, including 1,257 patients cured and 32 deaths. 

May 16, 2020 7:17 pm (IST)

Kerala Update | As many as 11 new cases have been recorded in Kerala, of which seven are from abroad and four from other states. 

May 16, 2020 7:12 pm (IST)

88 year old Air Force veteran KS Jaiswal fully recovers from COVID-19. 

May 16, 2020 7:08 pm (IST)

ISRO Agrees to Follow New Rules Announced by Centre

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Coronavirus Pandemic LIVE Updates: Cases in Maharashtra Cross 30,000, Mumbai Set to Touch 19,000
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"I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India. We stand with India and @narendramodi during this pandemic. We''re also cooperating on vaccine development. Together we will beat the invisible enemy!" the US President said.

The dates for the class 10 and class 12 board exams will be released at on Monday, HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' announced, bringing relief to thousands of children who were stuck in limbo due to the delay because of Covid-19. Ending some uncertainty for students, the minister had earlier announced that the pending exams will be held from July 1 to 15. While class 12 exams will be conducted across the country, the class 10 exams are only pending in North East Delhi where they were affected due to the law and order situation.

India today reported nearly 86,000 coronavirus cases, with the death toll jumping to 2,752. The rise in figures comes amidst demands by several state governments to ease relaxations in phase 4 of the lockdown.

Twenty-four labourers were killed and several injured after the truck they were travelling in collided with another truck in Uttar Pradesh's Auraiya. The workers were on their way from Rajasthan and the injured have been shifted to hospital. The accident is the latest in a series of similar tragedies involving migrant workers.

The Supreme Court yesterday said it was impossible for anyone to stop migrant workers from walking back to their homes and refused to direct the government to give them shelter or free transportation. “How do you stop people who want to keep walking? Can anyone go and stop them? Impossible for anyone to stop them,” a bench of Justices L Nageswara Rao, Sanjay Kaul and BR Gavai said.

Dozens of migrant workers have fallen sick or died on their way home, either from fatigue or in accidents, underscoring the extreme risks the poor have been exposed to under measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Migrant labourers have been walking back to their rural homes since the lockdown was announced in March as their income dried up overnight. The Centre, criticised for ignoring their plight, started running special Shramik trains earlier this month to ferry them home. The Railways says over a million have been sent back so far.

But activists said many were still trying to get home on foot because registering for the transport was too difficult.

Meanwhile, as India's cases crossed China's tally, President Donald Trump has announced that the US will donate ventilators to India, moments after he underlined the close partnership between the two countries and called Prime Minister Narendra Modi his "good friend". India's tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases crossed 85,000 yesterday, surpassing China's count of 82,933 confirmed cases.

"I am proud to announce that the United States will donate ventilators to our friends in India," Trump tweeted on Friday. However, the White House did not say how many breathing devices would be sent. “We are sending a lot of ventilators to India. I spoke to Prime Minister Modi. We are sending quite a few ventilators to India. We have tremendous supply of ventilators,: Trump told reporters before boarding Marine One on his way to Camp David.

The president is scheduled to spend his weekend at Camp David for a number of meetings. At Trump's request, India had last month allowed the export of 50 million hydroxychloroquine tablets to treat COVID-19 patients in America, the country worst hit by the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, Trump praised India and Prime Minister Modi. "India has been so great and as you know your prime minister has been a very good friend of mine. I just got back a short while ago from India and we are very much together," the president said, referring to his visit to New Delhi, Ahmedabad and Agra in February.

During a press briefing, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said, "The president just extolled our great relationship with India. India has been a great partner to us for quite sometime. I am encouraged to hear ventilators to India." She said India would be among several countries that would getting the ventilators.

Trump on Friday said the US and India are cooperating to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. "Together we will beat the invisible enemy! We stand with India and Prime Minister Modi during this pandemic," Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden of the White House.

Trump recognised Indian-Americans as “great” scientists and researchers, who are contributing in the development of coronavirus vaccine. He said a COVID-19 vaccine would likely be available by the end of the year. He has announced appointing former head of vaccines at GlaxoSmithKline to spearhead the vaccine development effort.

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