New Delhi, Mar 31, 2020: Less than a week into the 21-day lockdown, the country saw the sharpest spike in coronavirus cases -- 227 people tested positive over the last 24 hours, taking the total to 1,251, health ministry data showed. Of the total cases, 102 people have been cured and 32 have died. Among the states, the biggest jump was reported from Delhi - the national capital had 25 new cases, which took its total to 97. The government has said then virus is still in the local transmission stage. Earlier on Monday, the government also denied "rumours and media reports" about an extension of the lockdown, saying it was "baseless". Telangana, meanwhile, became the first state to tighten its belt in view of the coming economic slump, slashing the salary of all its public servants, starting with the Chief Minister, NDTV reported.
India is still in the local transmission stage of the coronavirus pandemic, the government has said, responding to questions about a health ministry document that said the country was currently in "local transmission and limited community transmission phase". "Nowhere are we calling it community transmission. We are still in the local transmission stage. If we use the word ’community’ then there is speculation," said Luv Agarwal of the Indian Council of Medical Research.
With a sharp jump of 25 in the past 24 hours, the number of coronavirus cases in Delhi rose to 97. Two people have died in the national capital of COVID-19, which has killed over 36,000 across the world. Of the 97 patients, five have recovered, while the rest are battling the virus.
The Telangana government decided to impose big salary cuts ranging from 10 per cent to 75 per cent for its executive, political representatives, Public Sector Undertakings, institutions receiving government grants, government employees and retirees.
The finance ministry said the financial year has not been extended till June and reports about this were "fake news". "A notification issued by the Government of India on 30th March 2020 with respect to some other amendments done in the Indian Stamp Act is being misquoted," read a statement from the ministry.
Over 300 people in Delhi have been taken to different hospitals to be tested for coronavirus after a mosque gathering that featured visitors from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan. Seven of the people have died -- six in Telangana and one in Jammu and Kashmir. Four others have tested positive for the virus.
BN Singh, the District Magistrate of Noida near Delhi was removed today after a public dressing down from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. Gautam Buddha Nagar, of which Noida is a part, has reported 38 of the 96 COVID-19 cases in UP. BN Singh has been replaced by 2007 batch IAS officer Suhas Lalinakere Yathiraj.
Delhi’s prestigious All India Institute of Medical Sciences said it was reshaping its apex Trauma Centre complex into a dedicated hospital for the treatment of Coronavirus patients.
The borders of Uttar Pradesh’s Gautam Buddha Nagar were sealed on Monday morning, a day after the Centre asked states to seal borders and encourage migrant labourers to stay where they are, by providing food and shelter.
Residents of Goa complained about a lack of essential supplies in the coastal state. The police have been accused of using brute force to enforce the lockdown. Paramilitary troops were called in to manage the crowds.
COVID-19 has already killed more than 35,000 people worldwide, according to a tally kept by Johns Hopkins University, with the number of confirmed cases over 766,000. US President Donald Trump has warned that the peak death rate in the country from the coronavirus pandemic was likely to hit in two weeks.