India reported three deaths
and over 370 new cases on April 1 — the highest-ever single-day increase
in its COVID-19 tally.
An official of the Indian
Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said 47,951 tests had been conducted so
far, including 861 by private laboratories, and 126 ICMR laboratories were
involved in testing.
Concerns that Tablighi Jamaat
congregants might have exacerbated infections as over 200 have tested
positive for COVID-19 from among 4,000-odd who had gathered in Delhi’s
Markaz Nizamuddin, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat.
Days after the lockdown began
on March 24, several migrant workers, were out on the streets of Delhi and
other cities, trying to return home to Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Madhya
Pradesh and West Bengal.
the concerns being addressed?
A Home Ministry official
addressing Tablighi Jamaat concerns said 2,000 of them had been
quarantined in hospitals., and the meeting place was cleared.
The Health Ministry issued an
advisory for proper quarantine and “psycho-social measures” for migrants
on 31st March 2020. Under this, trained counsellors and/or community group
leaders of all religions would visit them in relief camps and provide
The measure followed a
directive from the Supreme Court to deal with the migrants in a “humane
The Railways are modifying
coaches to accommodate 80,000 isolation beds.
Twenty-four categories of
medical devices would be regulated as “drugs”, according to a decision by
the National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority. This would prevent
suppliers from hiking rates to more than 10% of their prices.