Coronavirus latest updates: doctors and nurses do their best to connect patients with families
NEW DELHI: Total Covid-19 cases in India have risen to 37,776, according to the latest update from the Union ministry of health. More than 1,200 people have died from the virus across the country, while the global number for Covid-19 is close to 3.50,000. The Covid-19 pandemic became more grim when new cases across the country crossed 2,500 for the first time on Saturday.
Here's a look at the latest updates on the coronavirus outbreak in India and around the world:
Doctors and nurses go out of their way to connect patients with families.
In these times of Covid's numbness, the stressed, work-laden medical fraternity and the fears and rigor involved in treating a highly contagious disease have not lost touch with their most caring side.
The Covid outbreak is forging unexpected connections between patient caregivers and their concerned families. What is otherwise a must (hospitals have to update families about ICU patients) is now done with a personal touch, often through video calls.
In some cases, we use a tablet to allow family members to see patients, especially the elderly or those connected to oxygen cylinders or ventilators, said Joy Chakraborthy, director of operations at Hinduja Hospital, Mahim.
Unfortunately, the staff of overburdened public hospitals serving the majority of Covid-19 patients have had little time to add a more personal touch.
15,000 swamp city police stations in Mumbai to place on migrant trains
The Shramik special train leaves with 847 on Saturday, two trains to transport 2,400 on Sunday. Thousands of people rushed to fill out the applications to return to their home states and districts a day after the first train of migrants left Maharashtra and police stations in the cities were authorized to accept the forms. Ninety-four police stations in Mumbai only received 15,000 requests on Saturday. The state disaster control room received 7,000 more from across the state by email and Nagpur district up to 13,000 as of Friday. However, many were not happy with the cumbersome application process and the fact that they would have to pay the bill to travel home despite barely earning any money since closing.
Reverse migration: exodus of workers causes chaos, tense states
The magnitude of reverse migration that was on a leash until a few days ago began to unravel on Saturday when the first Shramik Special trains carrying a few thousand lucky migrant workers reached their destinations, while millions of others, 40 lakh in Gujarat and Maharashtra alone: rushed to register for evacuation, attempted to sneak alone or en masse at the borders.
Lockdown blues? More people dating
Call it quarantine fatigue or just plain necessity, but far more people across the country are leaving their homes than in the previous month. Visits to supermarkets and medical stores, which decreased by 64% on average during March, only decreased by 47% during April, indicating that consumers were making regular visits to stock up.
At 3.3%, India's death rate is almost as low as that of South Korea
India's mortality rate of 3.3% of total confirmed coronavirus cases and death of 0.09 people per lakh population compares well with some other countries, including South Korea, which is considered an actor in high yield to contain the disease, and China that resorted to measures like massive quarantine to limit the pandemic.
Largest outbreak in Delhi (384), India (2,564); record 99 deaths
The Covid-19 pandemic grew grimmer in Delhi with 384 new cases reported on Saturday, the largest increase in the capital in a single day, even as new cases across the country crossed 2,500 for the first time. India also saw 99 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours, again the highest number reported so far. With the addition of 2,564 cases on Saturday, breaking Friday's record of 2,333 cases, the Covid-19 count in India was 211 less than 40,000. The death toll has risen to 1,320, including a 20-day-old baby who died in Jaipur. On the positive side, more than 10,000 patients have been declared cured.
India logs 75,000 Covid-19 tests per day, crosses 1 million mark
On Saturday, India crossed 1 million Covid-19 (RT-PCR) tests, a milestone, recording more than 75,000 tests per day with 419 laboratories working across the country.
Leading government sources said they would maintain their focus on increasing the testing, quarantine, and treatment of patients with Covid. There would be an aggressive follow-up of the contact and quarantine of those suspected of infections.