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Nepal extends nationwide lockdown till May 18

The nationwide lockdown first came into effect on March 24 when the second coronavirus case was reported in Kathmandu.

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Kathmandu, May 7 : The Nepal government has decided to extend the ongoing nationwide lockdown imposed due to the coronavirus pandemic, until May 18, while the suspension of domestic and international flights will continue till May 31.

Addressing the media on Wednesday, Minister of Communications and Information Technology Yubaraj Khatiwada said that the government also decided to keep all border entry points shut till May 31 to stem the threat of COVID-19 pandemic, reports The Himalayan Times.

As per the government’s decision, transportation of essential goods, including food items and medicines, will remain unaffected.

Basic banking services and industries will also remain open.

The government has however, warned that if anybody violated the lockdown, crossed into Nepal or gave shelter to foreigners, then they would be punished.

Also on Wednesday, Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security Rameshwar Ray Yadav told The Himalayan Times that Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli decided to extend the lockdown, saying the risk of infection in Nepal had not diminished, as COVID-19 cases continued to rise in some Tarai districts bordering India.

The nationwide lockdown first came into effect on March 24 when the second coronavirus case was reported in Kathmandu.

Since then the government has extended the lockdown several times to prevent the spread of COVID-19 pandemic which has so far infected 99 people in Nepal with no fatalities.

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Union Minister who endorsed ‘papad’ to boost immunity against Covid-19 tests positive

A video of the minister endorsing ‘Bhabhiji papad’, which he called a health supplement, had gone viral on social media.

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New Delhi, Aug 8 : Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal, who had recently endorsed an indigenous “papad” brand claiming that eating the “papad” will help fight the deadly coronavirus, on Saturday tested positive for Covid-19.

“Meghwal was admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) at around 10 a.m. after he complained of difficulty in breathing,” a doctor told IANS.

However, his condition is said to be stable now. He is receiving treatment under Neeraj Nishchal, who is a professor at the department of Medicine at AIIMS, as per sources.

Meghwal, who is the Junior Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, recently made headlines after he claimed that a particular brand of the ubiquitous Indian snack, ‘papad’, had a role in boosting the immunity and antibodies that could help cure COVID-19.

A video of the minister endorsing ‘Bhabhiji papad’, which he called a health supplement, had gone viral on social media.

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Maharashtra sees new daily Covid high, tally crosses half mn mark

Of the eight divisions, only Latur and Akola remain in the sub-10,000 cases bracket, though the numbers of new infectees continue to mount steadily.

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Mumbai, Aug 8 : With a new high of 12,822 cases, Maharashtra’s Covid-19 tally on Saturday shot past the half-million mark, while the state saw 275 more deaths, health officials said.

Saturday’s tally surpasses the previous peak of 11,514 cases on Thursday.

The total number of cases now stands at 503,084, and the death toll at 17,367 – both highest in the country. The Health Department said that of the total cases, 147,048 are active.

According to Saturday’s figures, there was one death roughly every 5 minutes and a staggering 534 new cases every hour.

However, the state recovery rate rose to 67.26 per cent, while the current mortality rate stood at 3.45 per cent.

On Saturday, 11,081 recovered patients returned home, taking the total number of discharged patients to 338,262.

Of Saturday’s fatalities, Pune again notched the highest deaths, at 67, followed by Mumbai’s 58, and Thane’s 48 deaths.

Mumbai’s deaths — again in the 50-plus range — took its toll to 6,751, while the number of cases increased by 1,304 to 122,316.

There were also 17 deaths in Raigad, 14 in Palghar, nine in Kolhapur, eight each in Nashik, Dhule, and Sangli, seven in Solapur, six each in Jalna and Nagpur, four in Ratnagiri, three in Beed, two each in Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Aurangabad, and Yavatmal, and one each in Satara, Latur, Osmanabad, and Akola.

The MMR (Thane division) saw its toll shooting up sharply by 137 to 10,629, while 3,744 new cases took its tally to 263,619.

Pune district’s total cases have now reached 109,988, with the death toll increasing to 2,633, while Thane district had 103,642 cases with 2,961 fatalities, as on Saturday.

With 75 more fatalities, the Pune division’s death toll has reached 3,367 and the case tally zoomed up with 3,409 new cases to 126,715.

Nashik division has recorded 1,400 fatalities and 47,076 cases, followed by Aurangabad division with 668 deaths and 20,077 cases, Kolhapur division with 405 fatalities and 15,297 cases, Latur division with 327 fatalities and 9,822 cases, Akola division with 312 fatalities and 9,734 cases, and Nagpur division with 205 deaths and 10,243 cases.

Of the eight divisions, only Latur and Akola remain in the sub-10,000 cases bracket, though the numbers of new infectees continue to mount steadily.

Meanwhile, the number of people sent to home quarantine now stands at 989,612, while those in institutional quarantine total 35,625.

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Covid-19 tally nears 21 lakh, with over 42,000 deaths

Coronavirus (Covid-19) India Latest News Live Updates: With 933 deaths being reported on Friday, the death toll touched 42,518.

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India reported 61,537 coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking its total caseload to 20,88,612, including 6,19,088 active cases and 14,27,006 recoveries, data from the Union Health Ministry showed. With 933 deaths being reported on Friday, the death toll touched 42,518.

Saturday marks the tenth day in a row that Covid-19 cases have risen by over 50,000.

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that a cumulative total of 2,33,87,171 samples have been tested so far, with 5,98,778 samples being tested on Friday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Friday held a meeting with his counterparts from the US, Australia, Israel, Brazil and South Korea and discussed challenges related to the coronavirus.

Jaishankar said in a tweet that he had a “useful meeting” with Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne, South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha, Brazilian Foreign Minister Ernesto Araujo, Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Over 19.3 million cases of coronavirus and 7.19 lakh deaths have been reported across the world.

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