April 01: COVID-19 Updates
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April 01: COVID-19 Updates

This is a live blog of the latest verified information from south India

Karnataka: Contacted and screened 800 persons who had participated in the Nizamuddin Markaz. Swab samples of 143 have been taken and reports should be coming in tomorrow. Karnataka got three lists from central government. It has a list of 1500 persons. Not all may have gone to Nizamuddin but they could have also been people who could have interacted with those who have returned. We are collecting their travel history. Those who have come in the last 14 days will be put under governmental home quarantine. They are coming voluntarily. We have also contacted them. They are spread across all districts: Jawaid Akhtar, Additional Chief Secretary-Health, Karnataka

Tamil Nadu: 190 persons who attended Nizamuddin Markaz tested positive in Tamil Nadu. 1103 persons came forward after our appeal yesterday and are in isolation, says Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. 

Tamil Nadu: 110 fresh positive cases in one day. Total tally at 234, says Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. 

Tamil Nadu: Mettupalayam and Anamalai living areas completely cordoned off. Total 82 attendees of Nizamuddin in Coimbatore district, Of this 11 still in Delhi. So far 35 positive cases from Mettupalayam & Anamalai alone. 250 households in quarantine.

Andhra Pradesh: State govt identifies 1085 members who had visited Nizamuddin event. Samples collected from 543 persons. Positives so far are 63 which is almost 12%. Close contacts reached are 269 of which 6 tested positive.

Latest COVID-19 figures: Andhra Pradesh: 87; Telangana: 77, Tamil Nadu: 124; Karnataka: 101 and Kerala: 215

Andhra Pradesh: Alarming rise in positive cases overnight by 43 pushing the total up to 87. Here is the table district wise. The rise took place between 9 pm last night and 9 am today.

Source: AP state government
Source: AP state government

Kerala: Distribution of free ration has started from today through the 14,250 retail outlets. Grain distribution for Antyodaya Anna Yojana and Priority Household card holders would take place till noon and others in the afternoon. Only 5 persons would be allowed at a time in a retail ration outlet in keeping with social distancing norms. Ward members of local bodies and volunteers in each locale would help in preventing crowds. Each dealer could introduce a token system to avoid card-holders from gathering in huge numbers. The collection date for cardholders with numbers ending in 2 and 3 is on Thursday, 4 and 5 on Friday, 6 and 7 on Saturday and 8 and 9 on Sunday (April 5).

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Vattiyurkavu PDS counterPhoto credit: Rejimon Kuttappan

Andhra Pradesh: With 14 samples testing positive, the tally jumped to 58 in the state.

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