In a major spike in COVID-19 cases, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) reported that a total of 16,365 individuals have now been confirmed positive in the country. On Saturday till 9 p.m., 2,154 persons (the highest in a single day) were found positive for SARS-CoV-2.
- Chief Secretary Vijay Dev directed the divisional commissioner and the health secretary to ensure that non COVID-19 patients receive seamless treatment and are not ignored by healthcare service providers, an official said. He also instructed them to evacuate all non-COVID-19 patients from COVID-19 dedicated hospitals by April 19.
- Assam had directly imported 50,000 PPE kits from Guangzhou in China but will be keeping them in reserve after healthcare workers raised apprehensions about their quality.
- Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said data indicates that of the people who died due the infection 14.4 per cent were between 0-45 years, 10.3 per cent between 45-60 years, 33.1 per cent between 60-75 years and 42.2 per cent were aged 75 and above.
- The UP government had sent 250 buses to Kota on Friday, estimating the total number of students to be around 7,500, but more students gathered at the three boarding points in the city after learning about the travel arrangement.
- The AIIMS-Delhi has decided to provide tele-consultancy to all patients undergoing treatment at the hospital in an effort to reduce the need for them to visit the facility during the lockdown.
- Three Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers were killed and as many suffered injuries in a militant attack in the Sopore area of north Kashmir’s Baramulla district on Saturday.
- The Navy’s warships, submarines and aircraft continue to be deployed in operations, and it’s ready to help India’s neighbours if needed, said Vice-Admiral MS Pawar, the Deputy Chief of the Naval Staff.
- The meeting reviewed various measures that are being initiated by concerned ministries to allow partial economic activity in “non-hotspot zones” from April 20.