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3,780 Covid Deaths, Highest In India In 24 hours, 3.82 Lakh Fresh Cases

Coronavirus India: India is the second worst-hit country in the world after the US.

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3,780 people died of Covid in India the last 24 hours, the highest in a day so far, pushing the total fatalities to 2,26,188. India’s Covid caseload hit 2.06 crore with over 3.82 lakh new cases as the crisis continues to crush the healthcare system.

Here are the top 10 updates on coronavirus in India:

  1. Even as many quarters demanded a country-wide lockdown to reign in the pandemic, large parts of India are under strict curbs for varying periods.

  2. In Maharashtra – which has been the worst-hit state since last year – 51,880 new cases took the total caseload to over 48.22 lakh. 891 people died of COVID-19 in the state.

  3. In terms of the total caseload, Maharashtra is followed by Kerala, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Delhi.

  4. Karnataka capital Bengaluru now has more than three lakh active Covid cases. The surge gas led to an increased demand for hospital beds and oxygen in the city. Karnataka saw 44,631 new cases added in the latest data, taking the state’s overall caseload to over 16.9 lakh.

  5. In neighbouring Kerala, 37,190 tested positive for the virus on Tuesday and 57 Covid patients died. The state is under severe lockdown-like restrictions since Tuesday till May 9.

  6. Assam on Tuesday saw its highest ever umber of Covid deaths with he death of 41 patients. 4,475 people tested positive on the same day.

  7. India is second only to the United States in the total number of cases reported since the beginning of the pandemic.

  8. The government on Tuesday made chages to the rules for testing for Covid to cut pressure on labs. An RT-PCR test must not be repeated in a person who has tested positive once either by RAT or RT-PCR and that testing isn’t needed for recovered patients at the time of hospital discharge as well as for “healthy” inter-state travellers, according to the new rules. 

  9. The Allahabad High Court Tuesday observed that the death of Covid patients over non-supply of oxygen to hospitals is a criminal act, “not less than a genocide” by authorities entrusted the task to ensure the oxygen supply chain is maintained. The court made the remarks after reports of death of coronavirus patients due to lack of oxygen in Uttar Pradesh capital Lucknow and Meerut.

  10. In an unprecedented move, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been suspended indefinitely and the players have been sent home after multiple Covid cases inside the bio-bubble.



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Foxconn iPhone India Output Drops 50% Amid COVID Surge: Report

The Foxconn facility inTamil Nadu produces iPhones specifically for India.

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Production of the Apple iPhone 12 at a Foxconn factory in India has slumped by more than 50% because workers infected with COVID-19 have had to leave their posts, two sources told Reuters.

The Foxconn facility in Tamil Nadu produces iPhones specifically for India, the world’s No.2 smartphone market.

Tamil Nadu is one of the worst hit states in the second coronavirus wave engulfing India. Officials imposed a full lockdown in the state from Monday, closing public transport and shuttering shops, to try slow surging infections.

More than 100 Foxconn employees in the state have tested positive for COVID-19 and the company has enforced a no-entry ban at its factory in Chennai until late May, one of the sources said.

“Employees are only allowed to leave but not to enter the facility since yesterday,” the person said. “Only a small part of output is being kept.”

More than 50% of the plant’s capacity had been cut, both sources said, declining to be named as they were not authorised to speak to the media.

They did not specify the plant’s capacity and it was unclear how many workers were at the facility, which provides dormitory accommodation for employees.

Taipei-based Foxconn, the world’s largest contract electronics maker and a major supplier to Apple, said a small number of employees at one of its facilities in India tested positive for COVID-19 and the company was providing them with support, including medical assistance.

“Foxconn places the health and safety of our employees as our highest priority and that is why we have been working closely with local government and public health authorities in India to address the challenges that we and all companies are facing in dealing with the COVID-19 crisis,” it said in a statement to Reuters. 

Foxconn declined to comment on factory output or specific staffing levels. Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

India has benefited from Apple’s move to shift some areas of production from China to other markets as it navigates a trade war between Washington and Beijing, with Apple announcing in March it had started the assembly of the iPhone 12 in India.

While Apple’s share of the budget phone-dominated India market is small, CEO Tim Cook said in January that India business doubled in the December quarter compared to the previous year, helped by an online store launch.

Foxconn similarly said strong smartphone sales contributed to a stronger-than-expected performance in the fourth quarter amid the work-from-home trend.

Market research firm Canalys said that growth in India extended through the first quarter, with Apple shipping more than a million iPhones. Demand for the iPhone 12 was supported by local assembly and attractive finance offers, Canalys said.

Covid-19 Crisis

However, the outlook has been dimmed by the coronavirus crisis engulfing India, where COVID-19 cases and deaths have surged at a record pace in recent weeks. The country has recorded around 22.66 million infections and more than 246,000 deaths, with experts saying the true figures could be far higher.

Foxconn is not the only producer affected. Nokia and Chinese smartphone maker OPPO last year suspended production at factories in India after workers tested positive for COVID-19.

Taipei-based tech research firm TrendForce on Monday trimmed its global smartphone production growth forecast to 8.5% from 9.4%, citing the coronavirus impact in India on major vendors including Samsung and Apple.

“Smartphone brands are therefore expected to closely monitor their inventories of whole devices and adjust their subsequent production plans accordingly,” TrendForce said in a report, adding it could revise the forecast lower still if the outbreak continues to hit local production and sales in the second quarter.



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The woman said her husband and she had come to Bihar for a family get-together

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A woman trying to get her husband treated for COVID-19 at a private hospital in Bihar’s Bhagalpur has accused a staff member of sexual harassment and doctors at the city’s Glocal Hospital and two others – in Mayaganj and Patna – of negligence leading to his death.

In a heart-breaking 12-minute video appeal, the woman alleged doctors and staff at all three hospitals refused to attend to her husband, even to change dirty and soiled sheets on his bed.

She also accused staff at the Bhagalpur hospital of wasting half a vial of Remdesivir – the hugely expensive and difficult-to-procure antiviral drug used in the treatment of COVID-19.

“My husband and I stay in Noida. We came to Bihar for Holi… it was a family get-together. On April 9 he fell ill… had high fever. We tested for coronavirus twice, but it was negative. While we were waiting for RT-PCR test results a Noida doctor told us to get a chest CT,” she said.

The scan, she said, showed 60 per cent infection of the lungs. The following day he, and her mother, were admitted to Bhagalpur’s Glocal Hospital.

“We admitted them – my mother was also unwell – to the ICU… but there was so much negligence! Doctors used to come and go in minutes… attendants were missing and refused to give the medicines. My mother was in better condition but after a point my husband couldn’t speak. He’d signal for water, but nobody gave him any,” she said.

“There was one man – Jyoti Kumar. He was an attendant at Glocal Hospital. I requested him to help… to give my husband clean bedsheets. He said he would help but when I was talking to my husband, my dupatta was yanked from behind. I turned around… he was smiling with his hand on my waist. I snatched the dupatta back… but couldn’t say anything because I was afraid. ‘My husband is here, my mother is here,’ I thought, ‘If I say anything they will do something to them’.”

Following the visit of local government officials to inquire into these allegations, Glocal Hospital has now suspended the accused employee.

The woman, who appeared barely able to contain her tears and anger, then spoke of more shocking experiences in Mayaganj and Patna, where her husband was referred to for further treatment.

In Mayaganj, at the Bhagalpur Government Hospital, she claimed doctors on night shift refused to attend to her husband or even give him oxygen despite desperate appeals from herself and her sister.

In Patna (at the city’s Rajeshwar Hospital), she accused staff of negligence even as his oxygen levels dropped alarmingly low. And after that stabilised, she said, they cut his supply and she was forced to buy cylinders from the black market.

Bihar is one of the states most affected by the second Covid wave; officially over 11,000 cases and 67 deaths were reported in the previous 24 hours. The active caseload in the state is well over one lakh.



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Social-distancing rules will remain in place for shops, pubs, restaurants and offices.

People in England will be able to hug close family and friends and meet indoors at pubs, restaurants and cinemas from next week, in the next phase of relaxing pandemic lockdown rules.

Hugging will be a matter of personal choice when people are allowed to meet indoors as a group of six or as two households from May 17. But social-distancing rules will remain in place for shops, pubs, restaurants and offices — as will government guidance on working from home if possible.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is pressing ahead with his “road map” for lifting lockdown, after a dramatic fall in Covid-19 cases across the U.K. in recent months as vaccines were rolled out. Infection rates are the lowest since September, according to his office, and deaths and hospitalizations are at their lowest level since July.

“Today we are announcing the single biggest step on our road map and it will allow us to do many of the things we’ve yearned to do for a long time,” Johnson said at a televised press conference in London on Monday. “So let’s protect these gains by continuing to exercise caution and common sense.”

Hours earlier, the four U.K. chief medical officers downgraded the Covid-19 alert level from four to three, meaning that the epidemic is in “general circulation” but transmission is no longer high or rising exponentially.

‘Cautious, Irreversible’

Johnson has said the country is on course for the government to fully end the lockdown on June 21, with all legal limits on social contact removed. He has vowed to take a “cautious but irreversible” approach.

He said on Monday “it looks to me” from the data that “we may be able to dispense with the one meter plus rule” but this had not yet been decided. The government will say more later this month on what role there could be for Covid certification and social distancing, he said.

Next week’s changes mean that indoor entertainment such as theaters, museums and children’s play areas can reopen, and larger events at sports stadiums and conference centers can go ahead. Domestic overnight stays will be allowed, with all hotels able to reopen.

More than two thirds of all adults in the U.K. have received a vaccination, and more than 17 million have had a second dose. But ministers say that while vaccines reduce the risk, they don’t eliminate it entirely, and some people are more vulnerable to severe illness than others.

Government scientists remain concerned over the potential threat of a new variant of the virus emerging to knock the U.K.’s vaccine program off course.

Public Health England said Friday that a virus mutation first detected in India has been reclassified as a “variant of concern,” with surge testing being carried out in London and parts of northwest England. Latest data shows there are 520 cases in the U.K, up by 318 in a week.

At Monday’s briefing, England’s chief medical officer Chris Whitty said the India variant was “slightly concerning” because it appeared to be increasing “but from very low levels”. He said it could be more transmissible than the Kent variant. And he warned the risk from mutations of the virus would remain. “Things can come out of a blue sky,” Whitty said.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)



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