Addressing the daily press briefing on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation in India, Union Health Ministry's Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal on Saturday, informed that India's tally has risen to 7447 cases of which 642 have recovered. Moreover, India has witnessed a rise of 1035 cases in the past 24 hours with a total death of 229 people. ICMR's Dr Raman R Gangakhedkar informed that India is still awaiting the arrival of the rapid anti-body tests in the next 1-2 days.
Ministry of Home Affairs in a letter today requested states/UTs to provide police security to doctors&other medical staff, as needed, in the hospitals and the quarantine facilities where they are working: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs pic.twitter.com/pFTo8mdVFO— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2020
On Saturday, PM Modi has interacted with all state CMs to decide if the nationwide lockdown needs to be extended. While the Centre is yet to make a formal announcement, confirming the lockdown extension, sources state that several state Chief Ministers like Udhhav Thackeray (Maharashtra), Kejriwal (Delhi) and Punjab have backed extending the lockdown. The Prime Minister has issued a 21-day countrywide lockdown starting from 23 March to April 15 and the Finance Minister has announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore package under the 'PM Gareeb Kalyan Scheme'.