Confirming the report, Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “One person from Cachar dist has tested positive for #COVID19. Total #COVID19 patients in Assam now stands at 45.”

Assam reports one more coronavirus case, state tally mounts to 45 (PTI)

Assam on Wednesday has reported one more positive case for Covid-19, taking the state tally to 45. The new case has been reported from the Cachar district.

Confirming the report, Assam Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted, “One person from Cachar dist has tested positive for #COVID19. Total #COVID19 patients in Assam now stands at 45.”

On Tuesday, two Covid-19 positive cases were detected in Goalpara and Kokrajhar district.

Assam has registered 45 positive cases for Covid-19 so far, including nine cases from Golaghat district, six cases each from Morigaon and Goalpara districts, five cases each from Dhubri, Bongaigaon districts, four cases from Nalbari district, two cases each from Karimganj and Cachar district and one each from South Salmara, Kamrup (Metro), Kamrup, Lakhimpur, Hailakandi and Kokrajhar district.

One patient hailing from Hailakandi district died at the hospital on April 10 while 34 others were discharged from hospitals.

Assam has now 10 active Covid-19 cases.

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Over the last 24 hours, as many as 143 Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals across the state recovered from the infection.

Medics in Aligarh photographed on May 2

Medics in Aligarh photographed on May 2 (Photo Credits: PTI)

Authorities in Uttar Pradesh recorded 118 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus over the last 24 hours, said the state government’s Health department. The state now has 2,998 cases of infection, 1,808 of which are active while the remaining have been discharged from hospitals after recovery.

The state has recorded 60 coronavirus-related deaths to date. Agra accounts for 16 of these deaths, followed by Meerut with 8, Moradabad with 7, Kanpur Nagar with 5, Mathura with 4, Firozabad with 3, Ghaziabad and Aligarh with 2 each, and Prayagraj, Etah, Mainpuri, Jhansi, Bijnore, Kanpur Dehat, Amroha, Bareilly Basti, Bulandshahar, Lucknow, Varanasi and Shrawasti with 1 each.

Over the last 24 hours, as many as 143 Covid-19 patients undergoing treatment in hospitals across the state recovered from the infection. This takes the total number of recovered Covid-19 patients in the state to 1,130.

Agra accounts for 655 of the state’s confirmed cases followed by Kanpur with 292, Lucknow with 231, Saharanpur with 205, and Noida with 193.

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The total number of novel coronavirus positive cases in Tripura stands at 64, out of which two have been discharged.

22 people from BSF battalion test positive for coronavirus in Tripura, force accounts for 93% cases in state (Representative photo from PTI)

Wednesday witnessed the biggest spike in the cases of the novel coronavirus in Tripura after 22 people linked with the 138th battalion of BSF deputed at Ambassa tested positive for coronavirus.

The total number of BSF jawans who have reported positive for novel coronavirus from Ambassa has now reached 52 in the last 5 days while the unit has reported 60 cases which include five children, two women and a mess worker.

The total number of novel coronavirus positive cases in Tripura stands at 64, out of which two have been discharged.

Around 93 per cent of the positive cases in the state are from the BSF unit.

“No new cases among civilians have been reported from the adjoining areas,” said a government official. The increasing number of positive cases from the BSF unit in Tripura has raised concerns for the state government. Sources say that the Tripura government has briefed Home Minister Amit Shah about the developing situation in the state.

The BSF personnel, who have been found positive for Covid-19, are being treated at the GB hospital. Sources say that most of them were asymptomatic and now under proper medication. “Condition of all the patients are now stable and responding to the treatment,” added the government official.

On April 25, CM Biplab Deb had declared the state coronavirus free. But in the last five days, 60 new cases have been reported in the state.

Contact tracing and sample collection have also been initiated to identify and minimise the spread of the highly contagious virus.

The first positive case in Tripura was reported on April 6 after a woman who travelled from Guwahati to the state’s Gomati district tested positive for the virus. She was cured and discharged on April 16. The second case was reported on April 16 when a Tripura State Rifles jawan tested positive for at Damcherra in North Tripura. He was cured and discharged on April 25.

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Starting May 9 till May 15, seven flights will be taking close to 2,000 Indians back to Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru from the UK.

There are two flights to Mumbai and one each to the other cities. Details of the flights are available on the High Commission of India website.

There is one flat fare for all the flights: £539 for economy class (Rs 50,661) and £1493 (Rs 1,40,328) for business class inclusive of all taxes.

These are selective flights and those who have registered their intention of going back on the HCI website will be considered according to their urgency.

The Vulnerable category is defined as those who are sick and elderly or have suffered death in the family and also pregnant women are included.

Each flight with a maximum capacity of 303 passengers will carry around 250 people in order to maintain social distancing.

The seven flights in all will only be able to carry, even if the number is stretched, 2,000 people while those who have registered their intention to go back are over 10,000 in number.

This is clearly causing immense distress and anxiety, especially amongst students who have been raising their voice on the issue for a long time.

Rabinoor Khurana, who is a student at the University of Dundee says, “I appreciate that finally, the government has a plan to take us back, but I would have appreciated more if we were given a bit more notice. I don’t think most of us students will be able to get back on any of these seven flights as we are not counted in the vulnerable category and we have no clue when the second phase of flights will be scheduled. Also, we find the fares to be very high as we have already lost money on tickets bought earlier.”

Another point that has put off many people is the mandatory charged quarantine on reaching India which is not included in the cost of the flight.

Abhishek Sharma came to the UK on a business visa but thanks to coronavirus his business is on a backfoot and he has a family to support in India.

In this situation for him to pay the money for the flight and quarantine is a real difficulty considering he has not earned anything for the past few months.

“I am not sure what can be done for people like me – what is the government even thinking, just to make money out of a tragedy like this? I am really out of words right now,” said Abhishek to India Today TV.

As per the Government of India circular, “On reaching the destination, everyone would have to register on the Arogya Setu App. Everyone would be medically screened.

After scrutiny, they will be quarantined for 14 days, either in the hospital or in an institutional quarantine on payment-basis by the concerned state government. The Covid-19 test will be done after 14 days and further action would be taken according to health protocols.”

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