India coronavirus lockdown, day 3 live updates | 6 new cases in Tamil Nadu; third death in Karnataka  03/27/2020 07:36:38  4

COVID-19 has claimed 20 lives in India as of March 27, according to data from the Health Ministry and State governments. As many as 748 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus.

The United States overtook China and Italy to occupy the grim title of the country with the mostcoronavirusinfections. China, meanwhile, reported its first locally transmitted coronavirus infection in three days, and 54 new imported cases. Worldwide, the number of cases topped half a million, and deaths climbed past 24,000.

The Hinduhas brought out a multi-language e-bookon essential COVID-19 information, in addition tocovering the developmentsrelated to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded.

Here areanswers from expertson your queries about the virus, a list ofState Helpline numbers, anda map of confirmed cases in India.

The new 24/7 national helpline numbers The Prime Minister has announced a WhatsApp helpdesk number:9013151515.

Here are today's updates:

Pune crime branch seizes face masks worth Rs. 4.30 lakh, arrest two

Against the backdrop of soaring demands for protective gear to ward off the coronavirus, the Pune police has arrested two persons and seized a hoarded cache of nearly 18,000 face masks worth more than 4 lakh from the citys Somwar Peth area.

According to a senior police official, more than 17,800 masks worth Rs. 4.30 lakh were seized during a raid conducted by a unit of the Pune Crime Branch at a godown in Narpatgiri chowk on Thursday night.

-- Shoumojit Banerjee

Five new cases in Punjab

Five fresh positive cases of COVID-19 have been reported in Punjab. Confirmed cases have reached 38, Health Minister Balbir Singh Sidhu told The Hindu.

Thirty-nine cases reported in Delhi so far, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

A guard outside a bank offers sanitizer to customers standing in a queue as they maintain social distancing, at Tagore Garden in West Delhi on Friday, March 27, 2020.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said a team of doctors tasked with creating a plan to tackle an increase in coronavirus cases has submitted its report.

This plan has been divided in three stages depending on the number of cases. The plan details preparations in terms of ICU, testing facilities and other necessary services for three stages: 100, 500 and 1000 daily cases, respectively. We are currently at stage one of this, he added.

-- Jatin Anand

Six new cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu, according to the State's National Health Mission.

Chennai Corporation Health Department worker sprays disinfectant at State Guest House in Chennai.

Tailors at government hospitals in T.N. come to the aid of healthcare workers, stitch cloth masks

Many government hospitals have tailors to sew torn bedsheets or other hospital linen. In the wake of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), some of these hospitals have given the tailors another task -- to stitch cloth masks for hospital personnel, both as a stop-gap measure and as an alternative to disposable masks.

A 65-year-old man, who died in Tumakuru, tested positive for COVID-19.

Addressing a press conference in Tumakuru, Deputy Commissioner, Dr. K. Rakesh Kumar said that the person died around 10.45 am today.

12.00 pm | Andhra Pradesh

Twelfth case reported from Visakhapatnam

Visakhapatnam has reported one more positive case, taking the total count to 12 in the State.

The patient was a close contact of a 25-year-old male patient who returned from Birmingham in England to Visakhapatnam on March 17 via New Delhi by flights, according to the bulletin by the Health Department.

A good samaritan offers food to a roadside dweller in Tirupati on
Friday, March 27, 2020, in view of the lockdown.

It is the second case of direct transfer from an infected person both in the State and in Visakhapatnam city where the highest number of cases were reported in the State.

11.50 am | Jammu and Kashmir

Restrictions continue in J&K, most mosques, shrines closed

The restrictions on the movement and assembly of people to contain the spread of thecoronaviruscontinued in Kashmir for the ninth day on Friday as most mosques and shrines were shut to avoid large gatherings for congregational prayers, officials said.

Three fresh cases reported in Bihar

With three new cases of COVID-19 reported in Bihar, the figure touched nine in the State. Bihar, so far,has reported one fatality.

11.30 am | Madhya Pradesh

One man died of COVID-19 in Indore on Thursday. Active cases jump to 24 in Madhya Pradesh.

-- Sidharth Yadav

Two new cases detected in Rajasthan

Two new COVID-19 positive cases have been detected in Rajasthan's Bhilwara city. Both are close relatives of the 60-year-old man who had tested positive and died yesterday because of dysfunctional kidney and other complications. The total number of confirmed patients is 21 in the worst-affected Bhilwara city and 45 in Rajasthan.

A total of 724 individuals have been confirmed COVID-19 positive in India with 17 deaths, according to data updated by the Union Health Ministry on Friday. As per State-wise data, 18 deaths have been reported.

A total of 27,688 samples from 26,798 individuals have been tested for SARS-CoV2 as on March 27, 9 a.m., noted a release issued by the Indian Council of Medical Research.

10 am | Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Second COVID-19 case in Andaman and Nicobar as man tests positive

A man has tested positive for COVID-19 in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the second such case in the Union Territory, a senior official said on Friday.

A man, who returned from Kolkata on March 24, tested positive for the deadly virus on Thursday and the second patient had travelled with him on the same flight, Chief Secretary Chetan Sanghi said.

Both were undergoing treatment at a hospital here, he added.

All the 55 passengers of the plane were quarantined after the first case came to light.


Hydroxychloroquine now a schedule H1 drug

Hydroxychloroquine is now a schedule H1 drug, and can be sold on prescription only.

According to a gazette notification issued by the Union Health Ministry, the sale of the drug from now on should be in accordance with the conditions for sale of drugs specified in Schedule H1 to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945.

Koyambedu wholesale market to function on March 27 and 28

The Koyambedu wholesale market, including vegetable and fruits market, will continue to work on March 27 and March 28, according to traders welfare associations.

Various traders associations had earlier announced that the market would remain closed on these two days in solidarity with the nation-wide lockdown. However, the decision was withdrawn after a meeting with the authorities concerned on Thursday morning.

Business as usual in Mangaluru's Central Market

Notwithstanding Deputy Commissioner's prohibition on retail sales at the Central Market from Thursday, business was as usual at the wholesale vegetable and fruit market of Mangaluru on Friday morning.

Thousands thronged to the market throwing all safety norms to the wind. However, customers had to park their vehicles outside the barricaded area and walk into the market, unlike usual.

The DC's promise to make alternative arrangements outside the market for availability of essentials remained unfulfilled.

Rate of spread has slowed relatively, says Health Ministry

With 16 deaths and 694COVID-19positive cases, India is now showing a relatively slower spread of COVID-19 infection rate, Joint Secretary, Union Health Ministry, Lav Agarwal said on Thursday. But he added, We cannot be relaxed about restrictions put in place to contain the virus.

Reports from the States put the number of deaths at 18 with Maharashtra, Karnataka and Jammu and Kashmir each reporting a fatality. The totalnumber of positive casesstood at 716  Kerala had the highest number at 137, followed by 129 in Maharashtra and 52 in Karnataka.

US tops world in COVID-19 cases, overtaking China and Italy

The United States on Thursday took the grim title of the country with the mostcoronavirusinfections and reported a record surge in unemployment as world leaders vowed $5 trillion to stave off global economic collapse.

More than 5,00,000 people around the world have now contracted the new coronavirus, overwhelming healthcare systems even in wealthy nations and triggering an avalanche of government-ordered lockdowns that have disrupted life for billions.

In the United States, more than 82,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19, edging out Italy, which has reported the most deaths, and China,where the virus was first detectedin December in the metropolis of Wuhan.

(With inputs from PTI)

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