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NOVEL CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK IN INDIA (updated 13th April 2020)

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April 2, 2020 | Number of cases: 1965 | Number of deaths: 50

The rising number of COVID-19 cases in India has raised concerns specifically in areas where social distancing cannot be practised effectively. The first individual to test positive for COVID-19 in Dharavi, the largest slum in Mumbai, passed away from complications related to coronavirus. He was a 56-year-old garment shop owner from the area who did not have any travel history. This has prompted the sealing of all shops in the vicinity. All individuals who had come in contact with the deceased have been quarantined. 

A second person also tested positive on April 2nd. He is a 52-year-old conservancy worker employed with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. He had been posted on duty at Dharavi before showing symptoms of the illness. His colleagues have been advised to home quarantine as his treatment continues. 

Two healthcare workers came under attack during contact tracing of a COVID-19 positive patient in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. The women doctors were part of a team of five who had visited the Taat Patti Bakhal area in Indore looking for those who had come into contact with a patient for home quarantining. The residents allegedly started pelting stones at the team and two doctors were injured in the attack. They had to be rescued by the police. Seven individuals were arrested in relation to the incident.

Prime Minister Modi held a video conference with various Chief Ministers to discuss the coronavirus pandemic mitigation measures. The discussion covered the subject of how the 21-day lockdown would be lifted. The PM suggested that the lockdown be lifted in a staggered manner by the states, depending on the severity of the pandemic at the end of the lockdown. In the next few weeks the approach to the pandemic would be “testing,tracing, isolation and quarantine.” The states were also asked to look into the formation of Crisis Management Groups at the district level.

Last updated, April 2nd, 6:00 pm

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