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Updated: April 19, 2020 3:53:13 pm

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Coronavirus India Updates: The COVID-19 tally in India crossed the 15,000-mark on Sunday to stand at 15,712 after 920 fresh cases were reported, the Ministry of Health announced. The figure includes 507 deaths and 2,230 recoveries. Maharashtra continued to be the worst-affected state in the country.

Meanwhile, the government banned the operation of all e-commerce companies, providing non-essential items, during the ongoing lockdown, four days after allowing such firms to sell mobile phones, refrigerators, and ready-made garments.

Two doctors, six nurses at Delhi hospital test positive for COVID-19

At least two doctors and six nurses at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in the national capital tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported on Sunday. All the medical professionals were deployed at the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit of the hospital.

The hospital has begun tracing of the primary contacts of the medical professionals. According to a doctor, a 10-month-old baby who was recently brought to the emergency department with respiratory problems had tested positive for coronavirus. Now, the entire Pediatric ICU is being sanitized, the doctor said.

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Railway trackman tests positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand

A railway trackman was infected with coronavirus in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad district, taking the total count in the state to 34, an official told PTI on Sunday. The total number of confirmed cases in the state includes two deaths, one each in Ranchi and Bokaro districts, he added.

The sample of the man, who is working with the East Central Railways, tested positive on Saturday, Dhanbad Deputy Commissioner Amit Kumar said.

Ranchi has registered the highest number of cases (18) in the state, followed by nine in Bokaro district, two each in Hazaribagh and Dhanbad and one each in Simdega, Koderma and Giridih districts.

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MP cop, woman die of COVID-19 in Indore; district toll 49

A 41-year-old police inspector and a 70-year-old woman died due to the novel coronavirus in Indore, taking the death toll in the Madhya Pradesh district to 49, PTI reported. This is the first case of a police officer dying of COVID-19 in the state, officials said.

“The police officer died at a private hospital late Saturday night. He was struggling with the disease since hospitalization about 20 days back,” Superintendent of Police Mahesh Chandra Jain told the news agency.

The district, one of the worst affected in the country, has so far reported 890 cases, according to official figures.

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Recovered COVID-19 patient tests positive again in Himachal

A man who had recovered from the novel coronavirus was again found to be suffering from the infection in Himachal Pradesh, officials said. The man, who is a Tablighi Jamaat member, tested positive for the infection on Saturday within a week of his two reports coming out negative, officials added.

Residents of different places in Mandi district, the man along with two other Tablighi Jamaat members had been staying at a mosque in Nakroh village in Una’a Amb tehsil and all of them tested positive on April 2. They were admitted to Tanda’s Dr. Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Kangra district on April 3.

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According to officials, the trio had tested negative for the first time on April 10 and was declared as cured as per protocol after they tested negative for the second time on April 12. Subsequently, they were been discharged from the RPGMC and were kept in institutional quarantine. However, with the man testing positive again, the total number of active cases in the hill state has increased to 23 out of the total 40 positive cases.

Tamil Nadu hopes to flatten the COVID-19 curve

Tamil Nadu has registered a dip in the number of fresh cases last week and is now optimistic about flattening the curve in the coming days.

According to PTI, the recent daily figures have shown a decline or marginal increase of the virus that has claimed 15 lives in the state so far. “The last three days saw a decline in the number of COVID-19 positive cases, indicating our efforts in monitoring and effective monitoring at that, appropriate prevention measures and containment plans are beginning to pay results,” Health Minister C Vijaya Baskar said on Saturday.