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30 Mar, 2020 | 06:16 PM IST

Eye on hotspots & that sinking feeling on D-St

After a govt note hinted that Covid-19 is still in local transmission stage in India with limited community transmission, health ministry spokesperson Lav Agarwal, at a late-afternoon press meet, cautioned against using the term "community transmission" loosely.

Earlier in the day, the govt stressed that there was no plan to extend the lockdown beyond 21 days. India has reported 1,071 positive cases, with 29 casualties.

In a lockdown breather, all banks have become operational from today, dropping the previous cluster approach.

On the sixth day of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, one of the more significant announcements was that the govt will enforce cluster isolation for corona 'hotspots'.

These apart, here are the other major developments...

    3 test positive in Bengal; Cases in state rise to 21
    4 people test positive in Gautam Buddh Nagar; total cases now 36
    7 Iran evacuees, 3 others test positive in Rajasthan; tally rises to 69
    12 new cases in Maharashtra; Total number of cases now 215
    8 new cases in MP; Total climbs to 47
    2 more test positive in Andhra Pradesh, taking the total to 23
    17 new cases in Tamil Nadu; Total now 67
    1 new case in Andaman and Nicobar Islands takes total to 10
    4 fresh cases reported in Kashmir; J-K now has 45 cases
    85 possible cases admitted to Delhi hospital
    1 casualty in West Bengal; Deaths in state go up to 2
    45-yr-old dies in Gujarat; State toll reaches 6

World India Global Death Toll
734,063 1071 34,822

    Delhi's AIIMS to convert Trauma Centre building into COVID-19 hospital
    5-star hotels in Lucknow to be used as quarantine centres-- Hyatt Regency, Fairfield, Piccadily, Lemon Tree
    Ministry of Health to organise an online training in ventilator management to manage covid patients
    Automobile manufacturers have been asked to make ventilators
    38,442 tests have been conducted till now in the country
    West Bengal ups insurance coverage for frontline workers, from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh
    Johnson & Johnson to begin testing vaccine by September
    28 defence hospitals earmarked to treat covid-19 patients

    Govt to enforce cluster isolation for corona 'hotspots'
    JNU extends deadline for entrance exam
    Kerala HC orders release of all prisoners serving imprisonment up to 7 years in the state
    Maha releases 601 inmates from 37 jails in 3 days
    Trai to telcos: Extend prepaid validity so users get uninterrupted services during lockdown
    District administration in UP's Gautam Buddh Nagar fixes maximum price of food items to stop black marketing
    CRPF to set up nationwide 24x7 helplines, quick response teams for families of troops

    Sensex crashes 1,375 points to close at 28,440; Nifty ends below 8,300
    Ind-Ra cuts economic growth forecast for India to 3.6%
    S&P further slashes India's growth forecast to 3.5% from 5.2% for FY21
    Godfrey Phillips India suspends operations at factories, plants

    3 Indians among 42 new cases in Singapore
    Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23-August 8, 2021
    New York state surpasses 1,000 deaths; Trump extends US 'social distancing' guidelines to April 30
    China sees drop in new cases; none in Hubei for 6th day
    S.Korea reports 78 new cases, total 9,661
    Spain has 85,000 cases, becomes 3rd nation to surpass China in infections
    Bhutan increases its quarantine period to 21 days starting tomorrow
    Number of cases in Germany rises to 57,298
    British airline EasyJet grounds 'entire fleet'
    100-year-old TB vaccine is being tested as a possible cure in Melbourne