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Covid-19: Global death toll surges past 80,000

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New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) The novel coronavirus death toll across the world crossed 80,000 on Wednesday, according to the data released Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Centre.

A total of 82,145 people have died so far, with 1,431,375 infections recorded globally. Besides, 301,385 people diagnosed with the virus around the world have recovered so far.

Italy, Spain, UK and France continue to be the countries facing the most fatalities, while the US has the largest number of positive cases with more than 383,000. Spain, Italy and France follow the US in the number of cases, with over 140,000, 135,000 and 110,00, respectively.

Death toll in Italy is 17,127, in Spain 13,897, in the US 12,021, and 10,343 in France. Many countries have restricted travel from the most affected areas and implemented lockdowns as the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the outbreak a global pandemic with Europe being its new epicentre.

With India in the third week of its 21-day lockdown, the total number of confirmed cases of novel coronavirus surged to 5,194, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare said on Wednesday.

Of these, 4,643 are active cases of COVID-19, 401 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 149 people succumbed to the disease.

Amongst the total affected people, 70 are foreign nationals.

Maharashtra remained the worst hit state with a total number of positive cases rising to 1,018, followed by Tamil Nadu which has 690 cases, according to the Health Ministry data.


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Tourists should not travel to Goa; hotels still non functional: Official

The airport has resumed facilitating routine domestic flights after two months, when regular flights were restricted on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Panaji, May 25 : Goa Health Secretary Nila Mohanan on Monday advised tourists not to travel to the coastal state, on a day when 10 out of the 13 flights, which were scheduled to land at Goa’s Dabolim airport, were cancelled.

Mohanan also said that only 66 passengers had arrived in the state via two flights from Bengaluru and Delhi, while one flight is expected to land late on Monday.

“We are telling tourists that if you do not have a house in Goa, do not come,” Mohanan said.

She also said that no hotel was allowed to function routinely and cater to guests in the state and only those hospitality facilities which function as quarantine centres were allowed to operate in the current circumstances.

“According to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs, no permission has been given to start regular hospitality services. Only hotels as quarantine centres can function,” she said.

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant had on Sunday said that the state administration expected nearly 2,000 persons to arrive in Goa by domestic flights on Monday alone.

“Thirteen flights were scheduled to arrive in Goa on Monday, out of which 10 got cancelled. Thirty passengers arrived in Goa from Bengaluru, while 33 passengers arrived from Delhi,” Mohanan said.

The airport has resumed facilitating routine domestic flights after two months, when regular flights were restricted on account of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Out of the 63 passengers who arrived in Goa on Monday, 40 (including three minors) opted for home quarantine, while the rest opted to undergo paid Covid-19 tests, results of which would be available soon, she said.

Mohanan also said that the state’s tally of active Covid-19 persons stood at 48.

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Andhra Pradesh Govt puts plans to sell Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam properties on hold

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Amaravati, 25 May : The government of Andhra Pradesh on Monday stepped in to put on hold the proposed sale of unviable assets belonging to the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD). The state government stepped in to control the damage following the rising resentment in several quarters over the recent move by the Board of Trustees of the TTD.

In an order issued by Praveen Prakash, Principal Secretary (Political), on Monday, the state government, keeping in view devotees’ sentiments, directed the TTD to re-examine the issue in consultation with the different stakeholders such as religious elders, opinion makers, section of devotees etc., to ascertain whether these properties can be used by TTD for construction of temples, dharma pracharam and other religious activities.

The state government headed by Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy has been at the receiving end of opposition parties over the move to dispose of 50 TTD properties located in Tamil Nadu and other places outside Andhra Pradesh. The state government has pointed out that the controversial decision was in fact taken during the previous regime headed by the Telugu Desam Party.

“It has been brought to the notice of the government that the Board of Trustees of Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), which was constituted by the previous government, approved the disposal of 50 properties of TTD through its resolution No. 253 dated 30.01.2016,” the order pointed out.

The richest religious body in the country, the TTD has been in the news of late with reports of a cash crunch following the Covid-19 induced lockdown and the resultant freeze on contributions from the devotees. The TTD is headed by Y.V. Subba Reddy, who is also Jagan Mohan Reddy’s maternal uncle.

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Domestic passengers landing at Kerala don’t seem to need Aarogya Setu

After landing at the airport here, all were asked to pass through a thermal scanner.

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Thiruvananthapuram, May 25 : With the commercial domestic aviation services restarting in the country on Monday, it appears the Aarogya Setu app is not a requirement at the Thiruvananthapuram airport.

A passenger who arrived from Delhi on the first flight that landed here on Monday told IANS that no one asked him about Aarogya Setu app inside or outside the airport here.

“When I entered the Delhi airport, I was asked if I have Aarogya Setu app and I said yes. Then I was allowed to enter the airport. In the aircraft what I could see was social distancing was maintained. There was no in-flight service of any sort during the flight,” said the passenger who did not wished to be identified.

After landing at the airport here, all were asked to pass through a thermal scanner.

“After that there is a health desk with a doctor and a few others. They asked me a few questions and I was let off as I had no symptoms. Then I had to fill a few forms and then went to a counter where I showed the pass that I had received when I first registered online two days back, before I booked my air ticket. The person manning the counter asked me all my details of where I will be staying and such things. After the registration was over, I got another pass and was allowed to go out of the airport,” said the passenger and added no one asked him about the app.

“Outside I could see buses of the state-owned Transport Department and I took a car and reached my home, where I have been asked to be in quarantine for 14 days. Now I will be staying indoors till my quarantine period is over,” added the passenger who works in Delhi.

According to rules here, anyone arriving in Kerala on flights, can go into state run quarantine centres, if they so wish or if they have a separate attached bathroom at their home can remain in it for two weeks, when the quarantine period will end.

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