*** Environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal tests negative for coronavirus
- Environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who had gone into self-isolation after meeting Padma Shri Awardee Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa before he died of COVID-19, tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday, a senior Punjab government official said.
- Khalsa, a former Hazoori Raagi, died on April 2, a day after he tested positive for the virus.
- Special Chief Secretary KBS Sidhu informed in a tweet about the “Big Relief in Doaba Region”, saying Baba Seechewal and 16 others have tested negative.
- Thanking the almighty and his followers, Baba Seechewal said in a video message he came into contact with Khalsa on March 13, after which he went into self-isolation
*** Another COVID-19 case reported in Bengal, count rises to 58
- A person working at the Haldia Dock Complex of the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has tested positive for novel coronavirus after returning from the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi, the KoPT said in a statement on Saturday.
- The latest case has taken the total count of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal to 58.
- “A person who is an employee of one of our contractors has tested positive for coronavirus in Haldia on April 2. He had returned from Nizamuddin on March 24. He might have visited the docks.
*** A 57-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata, West Bengal. The patient is from North 24 Parganas and has no travel history: Zenith Super speciality Hospital
** Sierra Leone records first corona virus case
- Sierra Leone has recorded its first case of the new coronavirus, the government said on Tuesday, making it the latest African country to register an infection.
- In a televised press conference, President Julius Maada Bio said that a 37-year-old man who arrived in the country from France on March 16 had tested positive.
- The man had been quarantined on arrival in the West African state, Bio said.
- “It was not a matter of whether, but when. Ladies and gentlemen, the when is here,” the president said.
- Sierra Leone had been one of the few countries in Africa to have reported zero cases, despite neighbouring Guinea and Liberia having detected infections.
*** 2100 foreigners visited India for Tablighi activities this year: MHA
The government on Tuesday said 2,100 foreigners visited India for Tablighi activities since January 1 and all of them first reported at Tablighi Jammat’s headquarters at Nizamuddin, which has apparently become a coronavirus hotspot.
** The Prime Minister’s Office has directed Union ministers to file a daily report on various measures being taken to contain the spread of COVID-19 such as quarantine and healthcare facilities, as also steps taken to tackle the impact of the lockdown, including availability of essential items.
** Sweden cuts gatherings from 500 to 50
Sweden, which has stayed open for business with a softer approach to curbing the COVID-19 spread than most of Europe, on Friday limited gatherings to 50 people, down from 500.
“An extraordinary cabinet meeting decided today to limit gatherings to 50 people, acting upon a recommendation this morning from the Public Health Agency,” Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven told reporters.
The ban goes into effect on Sunday. Those who organise events violating the ban will face fines or a prison sentence of up to six months.
** Boris Johnson may have contracted COVID-19 by shaking hands with positive patients
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was on Friday tested positive for the novel coronavirus, however, he might have contracted the virus at least a couple of weeks back when he shook hands with coronavirus positive patients at a hospital.
Johnson, in a press brief, on March 3 revealed that he was shaking hands with the coronavirus positive patients at London hospitals.
He said, “I can tell you I am shaking hands continuously. I was at a hospital last night, where there were few coronavirus patients and I shook hands with almost everybody.”
** 50-year-old man tests positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram; second case in Northeast
- A 50-year-old pastor, who recently returned from Amsterdam, tested positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram, making it the second case of the disease in the Northeast, Health Minister R Lalthangliana said on Wednesday.
- The test report of the man, a resident of Aizawl, arrived on Tuesday night from the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), he said.
- “We received the test result late last night. It is an imported case and the patient is fine,” Lalthangliana told reporters.
- The health minister urged people not to panic after the state reported its first case.
- Eric Zomawia, the mission director of National Health Mission (NHM) here, said the patient was in the Netherlands for higher studies
Coronavirus Updates Live News: India’s case count reaches 476+ !!
** One female, 65 years, died in Vadodara hospital but her test report for COVID is awaited. She was also having comorbid conditions: Health & Family Welfare Dept, Gujarat
** 1st Death in Gujarat (Surat) due to coronavirus confirmed. A 67 year old male, was in hospital for last 4 days
** Iran’s death toll from the corona virus reaches 1,685
Iran’s death toll has reached 1,685 with 129 deaths in the past 24 hours, the health ministry’s spokesman told state TV on Sunday, adding that the total number of infected people in Iran had reached 21,638.
** Seven more test positive in Punjab, total corona-virus cases now 21 in state
** 15 passengers stamped ‘home quarantine’ in Mumbai on arrival from Dubai flee from airport; traced by police Later on !!
With 47 new cases since Friday, nationwide count rose to 283. To counter the growing threat, govt has decided to change testing criteria for COVID-19 to include all pneumonia cases, regardless of travel or contact history.