Coronavirus India lockdown Day 40 updates | Fresh dates for JEE, NEET to be announced on May 5, says HRD Ministry

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 40 updates | Fresh dates for JEE, NEET to be announced on May 5, says HRD Ministry

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in its May 3 update said that India recorded 2,204 new cases in the last 24, the biggest single day jump in confirmed cased of COVID-19. This took the overall count of confirmed cases in the country to 39,980. 

The spurt in cases was driven by a rise in confirmed infections primarily in Gujarat, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Delhi.

India, on Saturday, recorded a similar big single-day jump of 2,411 COVID-19 cases.

According to the Ministry there have been 1301 deaths and 10,633 have been recovered. Reports from States, however, put the death toll at 1323.


The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related to the coronavirus pandemic as it unfolded. Here is a collection of our daily cartoons on COVID-19.

Here are answers from experts on your queries about the virus, a list of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 cases, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed cases in India.

Here are the latest updates:

5.15 pm | Odisha

Five new COVID-19 cases in Odisha, total rises to 162

Five more persons, including two returnees each from Surat and Kolkata, tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Sunday, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 162, officials said.

The five fresh cases were reported from Ganjam (two), Jharsuguda (one), Balasore (one) and Keonjhar (one) districts, the Information and Public Relations department said.

The latest COVID-19 case was reported from Hatadihi in Keonjhar district of a 30-year-old man, who had recently returned from Kolkata and was asymptomatic of the disease. He was kept in quarantine in view of his travel history, an official said, adding that the mineral-rich Keonjhar district now has two coronavirus patients.

5.00 pm | New Delhi

MHA to use control room to resolve grievances of drivers/transporters

Amid complaints regarding obstruction in movement of goods vehicles across States, MHA to use its control room to resolve the grievances of drivers/transporters.

Control Room Number for the Lockdown of the MHA i.e. 1930 is being made available to lodge any complaint pertaining to the lockdown.

4.55 pm | Maharashtra

Non-essential commodity shops to remain open in red zones in Maharashtra

Maharashtra government allows all stand-alone  shops including that of liquor to open in red zones like Mumbai, Pune. But no shop will be allowed to function in containment zone. Only 5 shops will be allowed per lane.

The State govt on Sunday said that non-essential commodity shops can also remain open in red zones. Private construction sites can be opened if labour ia available in-site.

 — Alok Deshpande

4.50 pm | New Delhi

Fresh dates for JEE, NEET to be announced on May 5: HRD ministry

In a relief for engineering and medical aspirants, the HRD ministry on Sunday said fresh dates for competitive exams —JEE and NEET — will be announced on May 5.

The exams were postponed due to nationwide lockdown announced to contain the COVID-19 spread.

“The fresh dates will be announced by HRD Minsiter Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ on May 5. This will put an end to uncertainty for the aspirants. The minister will also interact with students online the same day,” a senior ministry official said.

While Joint Entrance Exam-Mains (JEE-MAINS) is conducted for admission to engineering colleges across the country, the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) is conducted for medical colleges.

4.45 pm | Indore

Two new COVID-19 deaths in Indore, toll reaches 76

Two more people succumbed to coronavirus in Indore, taking the COVID-19 death toll in the Madhya Pradesh’s worst hit district to 76, an official said on Sunday.

The latest victims included a 55-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man, who died in different hospitals here in the last three days, Indore’s Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said.

The woman had diabetes and thyroid problems, while the man was diabetic and also had high blood pressure, he said.

Indore reported 23 new coronavirus patients in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of such cases in the district to 1,568 cases, the official said.

4.42 pm | Uttar Pradesh

92 new COVID-19 cases detected in UP; total count 2,579

The number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh rose to 2,579 with 92 more people testing positive for the infection on Sunday, officials said.

The virus has claimed 43 lives in the state so far.

“The state has reported a total number of 2,579 coronavirus cases till now, of which 698 have recovered while 43 died. There are 1,838 active cases now,” an official release issued here said.

Coronavirus cases have so far been reported from 64 of the 75 districts in the state. Six among these 64 districts have no active case at present.

Of the total cases in the state so far, 1,138 are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat.

4.40 pm | New Delhi

Six doctors tested positive in North Delhi

Six doctors, three each at Hindu Rao Hospital and at Kasturba Hospital, run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation have been found Covid-19 positive.

At Hindu Rao Hospital, husbands of two nurses and one patient refered by the OPD have also tested positive.

All were in quarantine, a senior North DMC official said. — Sid Ravi

4.37 pm | Andhra Pradesh

58 fresh cases reported in AP; Tally goes up to 1583

The State has reported 58 fresh COVID-19 positive cases after 6,534 samples were tested during the past 24 hours taking the tally to 1, 583. While no deaths were reported, 47 persons have recovered from the disease and were discharged.

So far, 488 patients which is 31% of the total positive cases have recovered and 33 patients (2%) died.

Most of the fresh cases were reported on Sunday were from red zone districts Kurnool, Guntur and Krishna. Kurnool alone reported 30 fresh cases while Guntur and Krishna reported 11 and eight fresh case respectively.

Anantapur reported seven fresh cases and Chittoor and Nellore reported two fresh cases each.

So far Kurnool reported 466 cases and Guntur and Krishna reported 319 and 266 cases. They are followed by Nellore (91), Kadapa (83), Chittoor (81), Anantapur (78), Prakasam (61), West Godavari (59), East Godavari (45), Visakhapatnam (29) and Srikakulam (5). — Tharun Boda

4.33 pm | New Delhi

Lakhs of litres of beer may go down the drain

As the coronavirus-forced lockdown stretches out, the 250-odd microbreweries across the country are staring at a loss of around eight lakh litres of fresh beer, according to industry experts.

Not only this, around 1.2 million cases of Indian-Made Foreign Liquor worth Rs 700 crore are “stuck“in northern states, except Delhi, as with the start of the new financial year, the sellers need the nod of respective state governments to clear the stock which could not be used due to the lockdown restrictions.

Ishan Grover, who is a brewery consultant, said that unlike bottled beer, fresh beer or craft beer has a short life. Several brewers in Gurgaon have started draining beer as the plants need electricity to maintain a specific temperature for keeping the beer fresh, he said.

4.25 pm | Gujarat

10 Ahmedabad wards so far declared containment zones

One more ward of Ahmedabad city was declared as a COVID-19 containment zone on Sunday, taking the total number of such wards here to 10, a senior civic official said.

The Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation is taking steps to ensure lockdown rules are strictly followed in these affected areas to contain the spread of coronavirus, he said.

The Maninagar ward in south Ahmedabad is the latest to be added in the list of containment zones, the official said.

The COVID-19 figures in Ahmedabad till Saturday are as follows: Total cases-3,543, deaths-184, active cases-2,815, discharged-525, total samples tested-30,166 (at the rate of 5,000 samples per million), the official said.

4.20 pm | Pune

Pune reports more than 60 new cases in 12-hour span

The district reported another spike of 68 new Covid-19 cases over a 12-hour span, taking the district’s cumulative tally of active positive cases to 1464, said health officials on Sunday.

“As many as 62 new cases were reported between 9 p.m. Saturday and midnight, while a further six have been reported till today morning,” said District Health Officer (DHO) Bhagwan Pawar.

Till date, Pune district has reported a total 1980 Covid-19 cases, which includes 1464 active cases, a total 103 deaths and 413 persons discharged.

While the details of the new cases are awaited, the bulk of them were reported from Pune city, said authorities.

As per figures given by the Pune Zilla Parishad Health Department till Saturday evening, 1396 active cases were recorded which included 1321 cases in Pune city, 59 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, and 16 in Pune rural areas.

Of these 1396 cases, 1,117 are presently undergoing treatment in Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) – run hospitals, 155 in Sassoon and BJ Medical College Hospitals, 49 in civil hospitals, 16 in rural hospitals and 59 in PCMC-run hospitals.

71 of these cases are said to be in a critical condition. — Shoumojit Banerjee



4.17 pm | Amethi

Around 32,500 Amethi people stuck outside UP, will bring them back soon: Smriti Irani

Union minister and Amethi MP Smriti Irani on Sunday said she has received information about around 32,500 people from her constituency stranded in other states due to the coronavirus lockdown and assured that they will be brought back soon.

In an around 15-minute video conference with mediapersons, she also hoped that the normalcy will return soon.

“I had got a record of around 32,500 people from Amethi stranded outside,” she said, adding that they will return to their homes very soon after the completion of all formalities by the authorities.

She asked mediapersons to give suggestions in public interest and appealed to people to maintain social distancing to keep Amethi free from the coronavirus pandemic.

4.15 pm

BSF, ITBP shelve annual battalion changeover along Pakistan, Bangladesh, China borders

The annual rotation of BSF and ITBP soldiers along the Pakistan, Bangladesh and China borders has been shelved till March next year because of the coronavirus outbreak, the top commander of the two forces said.

Surjeet Singh Deswal, the Director General of the two forces, said that only battalions deployed in “extremely hard areas” of these three important Indian frontiers will be rotated after an assessment of the outbreak situation post July.

“We have postponed the annual routine rotation of all battalions in BSF and ITBP to next year till March 31,” he said.


4.05 pm

Three more COVID-19 positive cases, two male and a female, have been reported from Buxar and Kaimur districts, taking the total number to 485 in the State of Bihar.

Amarnath Tewary

4 pm

In view of the brother of a Srinagar Municipal Corporation (SMC) colleague testing positive, nearly 50 SMC corporators, officers and employees have been instructed to stay in isolation and home quarantine, according to SMC Mayor Junaid Azim Mattu.

Peerzada Ashiq

4 pm

Lockdown extended to consolidate gains of first and second phase of restrictions: NITI Aayog member

The continuous rise in the number of people testing positive for coronavirus is expected to stabilise anytime soon, NITI Aayog member V.K. Paul said.

He also said the rationale behind the government’s decision to extend the lockdown by two more weeks after May 3 is to consolidate the gains of the first and second phase of restrictions.

In an interview to PTI, Paul said sudden spurt in number of coronavirus cases is still amenable to containment strategy.


3.45 pm

Curbs remain in place on sale of tobacco products in Rajasthan

The sale of paan, gutka and tobacco products will remain prohibited during the extended lockdown period in Rajasthan, while shops selling liquor will ensure social distancing, according to new guidelines issued by the State government.

While the Union Home Ministry, in its latest guidelines has allowed sale of paan and tobacco after ensuring minimum six-feet social distancing, the Rajasthan government in its guidelines released on the night of May 2 has decided to keep the curbs on these products in place.

The sale of paan, gutka, tobacco etc. is prohibited across the state. Shops selling liquor will ensure social distancing and not more than 5 people should be present at one time in a shop, the Rajasthan government said.

Under the new State guidelines, curbs will continue on all air and train travel, inter-State movement of individuals except as permitted by MHA; school, colleges, educational, training and coaching institutes; cinema halls, shopping malls, gymnasium, sports complexes, pools, parks, bars, assembly hall, auditorium and similar places; and social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious, functions and gatherings.


3.40 pm

‘Volunteers should get tested every 10 days’

All volunteers, who have been assisting residents during the COVID-19 pandemic, should get themselves tested for the disease every 10 days, said J. Radhakrishnan, Chennai Corporation special nodal officer for COVID-19.

Speaking to media persons on the sidelines of an inspection held in north Chennai on Sunday, Mr. Radhakrishnan said one volunteer in a containment zone in V.R. Pillai Street had infected 52 persons. “Volunteers play a key role in helping residents in containment zones. We invite all of them for testing. We will also make arrangements for testing delivery boys and other workers who help residents during the pandemic,” said Mr. Radhakrishnan.


3.30 pm

Spike in COVID-19 cases in Villupuram

Villupuram district in Tamil Nadu reported a spike in COVID-19 cases with 25 more persons including two children testing positive. With this, the total number of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 in the district has reached 78.

Official sources said that a majority of the positive cases had returned from the Koyambedu wholesale market in Chennai to Villupuram.


3.05 pm

Russia reports more than 10,000 new cases

Russia reported more than 10,000 new cases of coronavirus infections on Sunday, the first time the country’s daily tally reached five figures.

More than half of the 10,633 new cases reported were in Moscow, where concern is rising about whether the capital’s medical facilities will be overwhelmed.

Russia has recorded more than 134,000 coronavirus infections overall and 1,420 deaths.


3 pm

High Court sources said Delhi High Court registry official tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to LNJP Hospital. According to the sources, the official had not attended the court after the announcement of the nationwide lockdown on March 25.


3 pm

All 87 brought to Imphal from Guwahati test negative

All 87 people, mostly students, brought from Guwahati in four luxury buses by the Manipur government tested negative for COVID-19. They had been taking shelter in the Manipur House in Guwahati from the beginning of the nation-wide lockdown.


2.45 pm

Over 1,50,000 Indians in UAE register to return home

Over 150,000 Indians in the UAE, who wish to return home amid the coronavirus lockdown, have applied through the online registration process to the Indian missions here, according to media reports.

The Indian missions in the country last week opened online registration for expatriates stuck in the country due to the lockdown.

As of 6 p.m. on Saturday (May 2), we received more than 1,50,000 registrations, Consul General of India in Dubai Vipul told the Gulf News.


2.15 pm

Migrant workers who came back from Gujarat skip quarantine in Odisha

Migrant workers who came back from Gujarat’s Surat skipped quarantine in Kodala block in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Sunday morning.

In a first of its kind incident in Odisha, a large number of migrant workers left the quarantine centres at the Janata High School of Beguniapada and the Odisha Adarsh Vidyalaya at Ragapur in Kodala block.


2.00 pm

Odisha to change bus routes after accidents

The Odisha government decided the change of bus routes taken to transport stranded migrant workers from Gujarat’s Surat, after two buses ferrying them met with accidents on a hilly road in the State, leading to two deaths and several injuries.

The State government also ordered a probe into the accidents, which occurred on a stretch of the Kalinga Ghat Road along the border of Ganjam and Kandhamal districts in quick succession on the night of May 2 and the morning of May 3, Transport Minister Padmanabha Behera said.


1.50 pm

WB audit committee to deal only with ‘peculiar’ cases of deaths

The audit committee constituted by the West Bengal government to ascertain if a death was due to COVID-19 or a pre-existing ailment will henceforth study only select coronavirus cases and submit its report to the government, a senior member of the panel said.

The committee, after having given its set of recommendations for certifying COVID-19-related death cases, will deal with “peculiar” coronavirus cases, he said.

The panel had recently examined 105 deaths in the State, following which it attributed 33 cases to the disease and the rest to co-morbidities.


1.45 pm

Pakistan’s COVID-19 tally crosses 19,000

Pakistan’s coronavirus tally crossed 19,000 after 989 new patients were diagnosed with it in the last 24 hours.

The Ministry of National Health Services said 23 patients died in this period, taking the total toll to 440. So far, 4,817 people have recovered from the virus, the Ministry said.

Out of the total 19,103 COVID-19 patients in the country, Punjab has reported 7,106 cases, Sindh 7,102, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 2,907, Balochistan 1,172, Islamabad 393, Gilgit-Baltistan 356 and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir 67 cases.


1.45 pm

CRPF headquarters shut for sanitisation

The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) headquarters at CGO complex in South Delhi was shut for sanitisation after a driver attached to one of the offices tested COVID-19 positive.


1.30 pm

Five special trains to take migrants from Kerala to Bihar

The Railways will operate five Shramik Special trains from Kerala to various railway stations in Bihar on May 3 to facilitate the return of migrants stranded due to the COVID-19 induced lockdown to their homes.

From Ernakualm North, the trains will head to Barauni and Muzaffarpur. The train from Thrissur will head to Darbhanga. From Kozhikode, a train will reach Katihar while a train from Kannur will reach Saharsa.


1.00 pm

Pune district reports more than 60 new cases in 12-hour span

Pune reported another spike of 68 new COVID-19 cases over a 12-hour span, taking the district’s cumulative tally of active positive cases to 1464, said health officials on May 3.

“As many as 62 new cases were reported between 9 p.m. Saturday and midnight, while a further six have been reported till today morning,” said District Health Officer (DHO) Bhagwan Pawar.


12.00 pm

Karnataka govt. announces free transportation for migrant workers after facing flak for high fares

After facing flak for charging exorbitant fares to transport stranded migrants, the State Government on Sunday morning announced that they will ferry migrants to their respective districts without any fare for three days starting from Sunday.

The services will be available from Sunday till Tuesday from BMTC Bus Stand, Majestic.

Five new COVID 19 cases have been reported in Karnataka on Sunday. With this, the total number of cases in the State stand at 606. Of the five cases reported on Sunday, two are from Bagalkote and three are from Kalaburagi.


11.15 am

One more COVID-19 positive case (female aged 30 from Sadalpur) was reported from Katihar district, taking Bihar’s tally to 482.

(Amarnath Tewary)

10.00 am

Two Surat returnees testing positive leaves Odisha worried

As Odisha is bracing to receive lakhs of people from other States, two recent Surat returnees testing positive for COVID-19 has left the State government worried.

Another positive case was reported from Jharsuguda district taking the State’s tally to 160 on Sunday. The 40-year woman is said to have contracted the disease from a previous positive case. Now, 16 out of the total 30 districts in Odisha have reported positive cases.

9.40 am

1,150 migrant workers reach Odisha’s Ganjam district from Kerala

After covering 1,836 km, the first special train with 24 coaches from Kerala carrying around 1,150 Odia migrant workers reached Jaganathpur station in Odisha’s Ganjam district on Sunday morning.

The migrant workers mostly worked at Perumbavoor and Aluva in Ernakulam district of Kerala and boarded the train from Aluva on Saturday evening. This is the second special train to transport the stranded migrant workers across the country following COVID-19 lockdown. The first such train had travelled from Telangana to Jharkhand.

9.30 am

Chaos as migrant labourers from Gujarat begin journey back to home

Chaos prevailed in many parts of Gujarat even as the initiative started for the safe passage of hundreds of thousands of non-Gujarati migrant labourers who have been stranded in various cities of the State ever since the lockdown to fight COVID-19 began.

Several incidents of clashes between migrants and police were reported from inter-State checkposts due to lack of proper arrangements on the part of the administration after the Ministry of Home Affairs’ guidelines for their movement came into force.


8.00 am

West Bengal records 15 COVID-19 deaths in past 48 hours

West Bengal has recorded 15 deaths due to COVID-19 in the past 48 hours, noted official bulletin of the State Health department released late on Saturday evening.

Two bulletins — one for May 1 and another for May 2 — was released by the Health Department. While seven persons had died between May 1 and May 2, eight deaths were recorded between April 30 and May 1. In the past two days, 127 new viral infections were recorded and 60 persons were discharged from the hospitals in the State.

7.45 am | Odisha


Two persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha’s Ganjam district taking the State’s tally to 159. 

Active cases now stand at 102 while 56 have recovered and one death has been reported in the State


7.30 am

Over 800 UP migrant labourers reach Lucknow in a special train from Nashik

Over 800 labourers hailing from Uttar Pradesh arrived in Lucknow in a special train from Maharashtra’s Nashik on Sunday morning amid ongoing lockdown.

This is the first special train to arrive in Uttar Pradesh with stranded migrant workers.


6.30 am

U.S. coronavirus deaths climb by 1,435 in 24 hours

Coronavirus deaths in the United States climbed by 1,435 in the past 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University showed Saturday, bringing the total number of fatalities to more than 66,000.


3.30 am

U.K. could allow primary schools to reopen as soon as June 1: media

The United Kingdom could allow primary schools in England and Wales to reopen as soon as June 1 under plans being discussed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the Telegraph newspaper reported.

Mr. Johnson is expected to unveil the government’s “roadmap” out of the coronavirus lockdown in an address to the nation next Sunday, the newspaper said.


3.00 am

France extends virus emergency until July 24

The French government said on Saturday it will extend a health emergency imposed to fight the COVID-19 by two months, allowing it to keep stringent anti-virus measures in place even after a partial lifting of the country’s lockdown.

As part of the planned measures anybody entering France, foreign or French, will have to remain confined for two weeks, Health Minister Olivier Veran told a news conference.



Mumbai records highest deaths in a day so far

Mumbai recorded 547 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday, taking the tally to 8,359. The city also recorded the highest number of deaths (27) in a single day, pushing the death toll to 322. The financial capital is a hotspot contributing nearly 68% cases and 62% deaths to the State tally. The fatality rate in the city currently stands at 3.8%.


2.00 am

Spaniards race out for 1st open-air exercise since mid-March

Thousands of Spaniards woke early and laced up their sports shoes Saturday after a prohibition on outdoor exercise during the COVID-19 pandemic ended after seven weeks.

In the morning, people dressed in athletic wear poured into the streets at 6 a.m. to run, bike, and speed walk, with many taking extra care to loosen up atrophied muscles so a twisted ankle or pulled hamstring wouldn’t spoil the rush of the release.


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