Coronavirus LIVE: Nepal government announces a nationwide lockdown from March 24 till 31st March

One more positive case was reported in the country today, taking the total number of positive cases here to 2, Nepal government announces a nationwide lock-down

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23 Mar 2020, 7:35 PM

Nepal government announces a nationwide lockdown from March 24

Nepal government announces a nationwide lockdown from 6 AM (local time) on 24th March till 31st March in the wake of Coronavirus. One more positive case was reported in the country today, taking the total number of positive cases here to 2.

23 Mar 2020, 7:41 PM

Till date 33 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state which includes one death: Health Department, Govt of Karnataka

23 Mar 2020, 6:43 PM

CBSE announces new tele helpline numbers on Coronavirus safeguards for students


23 Mar 2020, 6:35 PM

MHA: There have been cases where people of Northeast including athletes have been harassed by linking them to COVID-19. This is racially discriminatory.

MHA: There have been cases where people of Northeast including athletes have been harassed by linking them to COVID-19. This is racially discriminatory. It's requested that all law enforcing agencies in states & UT may sensitise to take appropriate action in these cases.

23 Mar 2020, 6:34 PM

Punjab CM warned of strict action against any violation of the curfew

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder has warned of strict action against any violation of the curfew, imposed in the larger interest of the state in view of Coronavirus Pandemic: State Public Relation Department


23 Mar 2020, 6:32 PM

Kerala government announces complete lockdown in the state

Kerala government announces complete lockdown in the state. All borders in the state to remain closed, operations of all public transport to cease. All places of worship to also remain closed.

23 Mar 2020, 6:30 PM

Pakistan govt authroises deployment of troops of Pakistan Army in Islamabad Capital Territory

Pakistan govt authroises deployment of troops of Pakistan Army in Islamabad Capital Territory, Punjab province, Sindh province, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Balochistan province, Gilgit Baltistan province, PoK in connection with the situation related to spread of Coronavirus.


23 Mar 2020, 6:08 PM

One more person in Gujarat tests positive

One more person in Gujarat tests positive for Coronavirus, the total number of positive cases in the state rises to 30: Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat.

23 Mar 2020, 6:07 PM

One more person tests positive in Dehradun

One more person, who is under observation at Dehradun's Doon Hospital, tests positive for Coronavirus. 3 trainee officers of Indian Forest Services were earlier tested positive: Pankaj Pandey, Secy Medical, Health & Medical Education Dept, Uttarakhand


23 Mar 2020, 6:05 PM

Section 144 imposed in Delhi, says SN Srivastava, CP Delhi

SN Srivastava, CP Delhi: In wake of Coronavirus outbreak, section 144 of CrPC has been imposed in Delhi. We expect that everyone will stay at home other than people related to essential services. Strict action will be taken against those who will not follow the restrictions.

23 Mar 2020, 6:03 PM

Families having ration cards will get free ration for 1 month, says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar

Families having ration cards will get free ration for 1 month&pensioners will get 3 months' pension in advance. Every family having ration cards in lockdown areas will get Rs 1000. Students of Class 1 to Class 12 will get scholarships till March 31: Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.


23 Mar 2020, 6:01 PM

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor writes to the Centre, seeking relaxation in rules to make 'certain critical purchases from MPLAD funds towards improving testing

Kerala: Congress MP Shashi Tharoor writes to the Centre, seeking relaxation in rules to make 'certain critical purchases from MPLAD funds towards improving testing & screening facilities against COVID-19 in his constituency Thiruvananthapuram.

23 Mar 2020, 5:54 PM

Priyanka Gandhi appeals to business community to join effort to fight COVID 19 outbreak

At this time of crisis for our nation and the world, I appeal to leaders of India’s business community to join in the effort to fight the outbreak of COVID 19, tweeted Priyanka Gandhi.


23 Mar 2020, 5:46 PM

Govt amends law to get enabling powers to raise excise duty on petrol, diesel by Rs 8 per litre each in future: Finance Bill 2020

Govt amends law to get enabling powers to raise excise duty on petrol, diesel by Rs 8 per litre each in future: Finance Bill 2020

23 Mar 2020, 5:32 PM

From Tomorrow, 50 per cent of DTC fleet will remain operational, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

I have been informed that many employees of hospitals, Delhi Jal Board, Electricity Board&other essential services department faced difficulty in reaching offices due to less number of DTC buses. From Tomorrow, 50 per cent of DTC fleet will remain operational: CM Arvind Kejriwal


23 Mar 2020, 5:16 PM

Today I am compelled to announce a statewide curfew. People were not listening and we are compelled: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

23 Mar 2020, 5:15 PM

Essentials like groceries, milk, bakery, medical etc will remain open. People need not panic, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

Essentials like groceries, milk, bakery, medical etc will remain open. People need not panic. All religious places will remain closed. Only the priests and clerics alone will be inside and pray: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray


23 Mar 2020, 5:11 PM

Indian authority permits Iranian airline to evacuate around 600 Indians

Indian authority permits Mahan Airways (Iranian airline) to evacuate around 600 Indians from Iran on 24th and 28th March. All these Indian nationals have tested negative for Coronavirus.

23 Mar 2020, 5:00 PM

Operations of domestic flights on hold from midnight on March 24

Operations of domestic scheduled commercial airlines shall cease with effect from midnight on March 24. The restrictions shall not apply to cargo flights.


23 Mar 2020, 4:52 PM

If anyone is caught moving around without valid reason they will be sent to jail under non-bailable offence, says SP, Mysore

If anyone is caught moving around without valid reason they will be sent to jail under non-bailable offence. Case will be registered under Section 270 of Indian Penal Code: CB Rishyanth, Superintendent of Police, Mysore (Karnataka)

23 Mar 2020, 4:37 PM

Reliance Foundation to provide free meals across various cities: Statemen

Reliance Foundation to provide free meals across various cities: Statemen , reported News18


23 Mar 2020, 4:29 PM

Reliance enhances production of masks to fight Coronavirus

Reliance is enhancing its production capacities to produce 100,000 face-masks per day & a large number of personal protective equipments for the nation’s health workers to equip them further to fight Coronavirus: Reliance statement

23 Mar 2020, 4:27 PM

12 laboratory chains have been registered and they have started functioning, says ICMR Director-General

12 laboratory chains have been registered and they have started functioning. These 12 have 15,000 collection centres across the country: ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava


23 Mar 2020, 4:26 PM

415 confirmed cases reported so far, 23 patients discharged, 7 deaths reported, says Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

415 confirmed cases reported so far, 23 patients discharged, 7 deaths reported - some of them also had co-morbid conditions: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

23 Mar 2020, 4:17 PM

First death in Bengal due to Coronavirus

A 57-year-old male patient, who was admitted to the Salt Lake unit expired at around 3:35 pm, today. He was detected COVID-19 positive after samples were sent to NICED and SSKM Hospital on March 20 and 21: AMRI Hospital, Kolkata


23 Mar 2020, 4:14 PM

Arunachal Pradesh govt invokes Epidemic Act and announces ‘complete safety restrictions’ of state

Arunachal Pradesh state government invokes Epidemic Act and announces ‘complete safety restrictions’ of state from 5pm, March 23 till midnight of March 31. All essential services shall be exempted: Pema Khandu, Arunachal Pradesh

23 Mar 2020, 3:59 PM

Iran reports 127 new coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 1,812

Iran reports 127 new Coronavirus deaths, raising toll to 1,812: AFP news agency


23 Mar 2020, 3:38 PM

There are 33 positive Coronavirus cases in the state till now: Telangana Health Minister Eatala Rajendra

23 Mar 2020, 3:38 PM

Section 144 to be imposed in Tamil Nadu from 6 pm tomorrow till March 31, says CM Edappadi Palanisamy

Restrictions under section 144 of CrPC will be imposed in Tamil Nadu from 6 PM tomorrow till March 31. Shops of milk, vegetable, grocery, mutton, chicken & fish will continue to function in this period. State borders will be sealed: CM Edappadi Palanisamy in the Assembly


23 Mar 2020, 3:36 PM

Advisory issued by the Ministry of Labour and Employment to all Public/Private establishments to not cut salaries of their employees: Ministry of Labour and Employment

Seeing the Coronavirus pandemic, an advisory has been issued by the Ministry of Labour & Employment to all the employers of Public/Private establishments to not cut salaries or resort to layoffs of their employees: Ministry of Labour & Employment

23 Mar 2020, 3:34 PM

ICMR recommends the use of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID19 for high-risk cases

The National Task Force for COVID19 constituted by Indian Council of Medical Research recommends the use of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID19 for high-risk cases.


23 Mar 2020, 3:14 PM

Pakistan COVID-19 cases surpass 800

With the emergence of four new coronavirus cases in the capital Islamabad on Monday, the overall number of infections in Pakistan has increased to 803, while the death toll stood at six.

The National Institute of Health said the four new cases took Islamabad's total number of cases to 15, reports Dawn news.

Sindh is the worst-hit province with 352 cases of the total 803 infections in the country.

The province is currently on a 15-day lockdown

23 Mar 2020, 3:12 PM

FIR registered against 2 students in J&K for concealing their travel history to Pakistan and Bangladesh

Jammu & Kashmir Police: FIR has been registered against two students for concealing their travel history to Pakistan and Bangladesh, in Awantipora area of Pulwama district in the union territory.


23 Mar 2020, 2:54 PM

Parliament adjourned sine die post passage of Finance Bill

Parliament was adjourned sine die on Monday, nearly two weeks ahead of schedule in view of the coronavirus outbreak

Minutes before Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House sine die, it passed the Finance Bill 2020 without any discussion.

Two Bills were also introduced in Lok Sabha.

The Budget Session was scheduled to end on April 3.

23 Mar 2020, 2:52 PM

movement of private vehicles are allowed as people are coming to their homes in Uttarakhand but we will completely seal the state borders very soon, says Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat

As of now, movement of private vehicles are allowed as people are coming to their homes in Uttarakhand but we will completely seal the state borders very soon. I appeal to people to stay put wherever they are: Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat on Coronavirus Lock-down


23 Mar 2020, 2:52 PM

Delhi High Court to suspend its functioning as well as the functioning of all the district courts till April 4

23 Mar 2020, 2:39 PM

National Green Tribunal adjourns all matters till March 31

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, National Green Tribunal adjourns all matters till March 31.


23 Mar 2020, 2:39 PM

Mumbai's local trains suspended

Mumbai's local trains, lifeline for thousands, suspended over Coronavirus spread , reported NDTV

23 Mar 2020, 2:11 PM

Priest of Nithya Sahaya Matha Church in Kerala arrested for conducting holy mass

Kerala: Priest of Nithya Sahaya Matha Church in Chalakudi arrested for conducting holy mass, as it violates a restriction on large gatherings due to view of Coronavirus


23 Mar 2020, 1:59 PM

55 CNG stations to be operational in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and Gurugram

55 CNG stations to be operational in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and Gurugram during the period of lockdown from March 23 till 31st March: Indraprastha Gas Limited

23 Mar 2020, 1:57 PM

Supreme Court hears important matters through video conferencing for the first time


23 Mar 2020, 1:49 PM

Budget to be presented in Delhi legislative assembly, despite lockdown: Arvind Kejriwal

Budget to be presented in Delhi legislative assembly, despite lockdown: Arvind Kejriwal, reported NDTV

23 Mar 2020, 1:48 PM

All officers/officials of Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) will be contributing their one day salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund: Public Relations, Punjab


23 Mar 2020, 1:47 PM

Total number of positive Coronavirus cases in Telangana is 30: Government of Telangana

23 Mar 2020, 1:39 PM

Delhi High Court suspends breath analyser test on-ground air traffic staff, reported NDTV


23 Mar 2020, 1:38 PM

Home quarantine stamped-people to be arrested if found outside in Bengaluru, reported NDTV

23 Mar 2020, 1:38 PM

Mamata Banerjee writes to PM appealing to stop all flights landing in WB

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealing to him to stop all flights from landing in West Bengal with immediate effect.


23 Mar 2020, 1:34 PM

AAP MP Sanjay Singh writes to M Venkaiah Naidu demanding to adjourn the House 'sine die'

Aam Aadmi Party MP Sanjay Singh has written a letter to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, demanding to adjourn the House 'sine die' in wake of Coronavirus lock-down

23 Mar 2020, 1:32 PM

Reduced number of Delhi Transport Corporation buses running amid lockdown in the city


23 Mar 2020, 1:32 PM

A total lockdown announced across the district Ranchi

A total lockdown has been announced across the district Ranchi. Cyberteam of Ranchi Police is keeping an eye on social media. Anyone caught spreading misinformation will be brought under the law: DC Ranchi, Jharkhand.

23 Mar 2020, 1:23 PM

Curfew to be imposed in Ludhiana from 2 pm today till 31st March

In view of Coronavirus, curfew to be imposed in Ludhiana from 2pm today till 31st March; medical emergency cases exempted: Ludhiana Police


23 Mar 2020, 1:22 PM

Kerala High Court will remain closed till 8th April

Kerala High Court will remain closed till 8th April in the wake of Coronavirus. Sittings will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays to consider emergency cases. Cases which affect individual freedom, Habeas corpus petitions&bail pleas will be considered only on these days.

23 Mar 2020, 1:21 PM

Crowds at a vegetable market in Kalaburagi, Karnataka amid lockdown in the district

Karnataka: Crowds at a vegetable market in Kalaburagi amid lockdown in the district due to rising cases of Coronavirus in the country


23 Mar 2020, 1:20 PM

Rameswaram Railway Station in Tamil Nadu closed till March 31

Rameswaram Railway Station closed, as Indian Railways has cancelled all passengers trains till March 31, amid rising Coronavirus cases in the country.

23 Mar 2020, 1:13 PM

Rajasthan coronavirus cases rise to 28

Three new persons were tested positive of coronavirus in Rajasthan which included one each from Bhilwara, Jhunjhunu and Jodhpur thereby taking the total positive cases in the state to 28 (with three people cured), said additional chief secretary Rohit Kumar Singh.

Total 50 samples were tested from Jhunjhunu out of which four tested positive, and out of 69 samples tested from Bhilwara, 13 have tested positive so far.

Overall, the state summary says that a total of 1027 samples were tested out of which 28 tested positive while 936 tested negative.


23 Mar 2020, 1:08 PM

FIR against 40 people for gathering outside in Ahmedabad

FIR has been filed against 40 people from Khadia area who had gathered outside their house on 22 March as Section 144 of CrPC is imposed in Ahmedabad: Ashish Bhatia, Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad

23 Mar 2020, 1:06 PM

AIIMS closes OPD services

All OPD services in All India Institute of Medical Sciences and all centres to remain closed till further orders


23 Mar 2020, 12:55 PM

SC directs state government over overcrowding in jails

Supreme Court on overcrowding in jails: We direct each state govt to constitute a high power committee comprising of Law Secretary and Chairman of State Legal Service Authority to determine which class of convicts or undertrials can be released on parole or interim bail

23 Mar 2020, 12:51 PM

Chaos in Patna due to lock-down and suspended trains

Patna: People in large numbers travelling atop buses due to cancellation of passenger trains by Indian Railways and lockdown announced by the Bihar government


23 Mar 2020, 12:49 PM

DRDO manufactures hand sanitizers and disinfectants to clean floor

DRDO has manufactured hand sanitizers&disinfectants to clean floor. They've been given to govt. agencies, including Defence Ministry, Army, Air Force&Navy, for critical use. Efforts are on to manufacture them on large scale: Defence Research and Development Organisation official.

23 Mar 2020, 12:49 PM

Bars across Kerala closed, till further orders, restrictions will be imposed on beverage shops too, says CM Pinarayi Vijayan

Kerala: In a high-level meeting chaired by CM Pinarayi Vijayan today, it has been decided that all bars across Kerala will remain closed, till further orders. Restrictions will be imposed on beverage shops too. It is to avoid the flow of illicit liquor.


23 Mar 2020, 12:47 PM

Aviation regulator issues guidelines on social distancing amid Coronavirus spread

Provide sanitisers, ensure seat between 2 passengers kept empty: Aviation regulator issues guidelines on social distancing amid Coronavirus

23 Mar 2020, 12:43 PM

Mumbai-Pune Expressway has been closed amid the Coronavirus lock-down, reported NDTV


23 Mar 2020, 12:37 PM

Provide sanitisers, ensure seat between 2 passengers kept empty: Aviation regulator issues guidelines on social distancing amid Coronavirus, repported NDTV

23 Mar 2020, 12:37 PM

There will be complete lockdown in the state with effect from today till further orders, says Hiamachal Pradesh CM

There will be complete lockdown in the state with effect from today till further orders, in wake of Coronavirus: Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur


23 Mar 2020, 12:27 PM

Congress leader B Manickam Tagore gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the incident where a man allegedly spat on a Manipur woman and called her "Corona" in Delhi yesterday.

23 Mar 2020, 12:12 PM

Entry to Sealdah railway station in West Bengal closed

West Bengal: Entry to Sealdah railway station closed as Indian Railways has cancelled all passengers trains till March 31, amid rising Coronavirus cases in the country


23 Mar 2020, 12:10 PM

India Lock-down: 6 months jail or ₹1000 fine for flouting lock-down rules

6 months jail or ₹1000 fine for flouting rules. Under Section 188 of IPC, 6 months jail or ₹1000 fine, reported News18

23 Mar 2020, 12:08 PM

we'll be taking an extended period of rest and social distancing. We hope you do too, says DMRC

Looks like we'll be taking an extended period of rest and social distancing. We hope you do too. Stay home and stay safe: Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC).


23 Mar 2020, 12:05 PM

SC makes preparations for hearing of matters through video conferencing for the first time

23 Mar 2020, 11:59 AM

The situation in Delhi is under control, says CM Arvind Kejriwal

In Delhi, there are 30 cases-23 people who returned from abroad, 7-the family members of the positive cases. Currently, the situation in Delhi is under control. Urge all to follow the lockdown so that the situation is not out of control: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.


23 Mar 2020, 11:58 AM

there are no restrictions imposed on domestic or foreign air operators for carrying out cargo operations at any airport in India, says DGCA

Currently, there are no restrictions imposed on domestic or foreign air operators for carrying out cargo operations at any airport in India: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

23 Mar 2020, 11:57 AM

Total number of positive cases of Coronavirus in Chandigarh now stands at 7. All 7 patients are in stable condition: Chandigarh administration


23 Mar 2020, 11:57 AM

Lawyer chambers inside the Court premises to be closed

Supreme Court says lawyers chambers inside the Court premises to be closed down due to COVID-19. SC also says that there will be no more in-person hearings till further orders. The Court will conduct videoconferencing to hear urgent matters.

23 Mar 2020, 11:55 AM

Punjab CM directs provision of free food,shelter and medicines

Punjab CM directs provision of free food,shelter&medicines to those in need. He further sanctioned Rs 20 crores from CM Relief Fund for this purpose. Dy Commissioners/Sub-Divisional Magistrates have been asked to extend all help: Additional Director, Public Relations.


23 Mar 2020, 11:01 AM

Government of India asks states to strictly enforce lockdown, legal action will be taken against violators

23 Mar 2020, 10:49 AM

Total number of positive Coronavirus cases in the state is 29, 1 death, says Gujarat government


23 Mar 2020, 10:46 AM

Act boldly, act now to check spread of coronavirus, says Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday called for bold and immediate actions to check the spread of novel coronavirus as he favoured a complete lockdown in the country.

"Learn the lessons from Italy. Piecemeal measures will lag behind the spread of the disease. Act boldly, act now," he said on Twitter.

"For nearly a week, I have pleaded for a lockdown throughout the country for 2-4 weeks. My plea was met with silence and, in some cases, by derisive trolls," he said.

The former finance minister said there will be massive economic pain. "But it is possible to handle the economic consequences than the loss of numerous live," he said.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 390 on Monday after 30 fresh cases were reported.

The figure includes 41 foreign nationals and the seven deaths reported so far.

Italy has been among the worst affected countries.

23 Mar 2020, 9:31 AM

Harvey Weinstein tests positive for coronavirus

Disgraced Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, US media has reported.

Weinstein, 68, is in prison in northern New York state after being sentenced to 23 years in jail for rape and sexual assault.

The fallen film producer's diagnosis was first reported on Sunday evening by local paper the Niagara Gazette.

Weinstein's spokespeople have declined to comment to US media on the subject.

The New York state Department of Corrections did not respond when contacted by AFP for confirmation of the reports.

Weinstein was transferred Wednesday to a prison near Buffalo, 350 miles (560 kilometers) northwest of New York City.

Prior to his transfer, he stayed at Rikers Island prison and a Manhattan hospital, where he was treated for chest pains.

Crowded US prisons have the potential to become hotbeds for coronavirus infections. Last week, guards at Rikers and New York's Sing Sing prison tested positive for the virus, local media reported.


23 Mar 2020, 9:12 AM

The total number of positive Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rises to 89

The total number of Covid-19 patients in Maharashtra rose to 89 with 15 more coronavirus positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, officials said on Monday.

23 Mar 2020, 9:11 AM

Canada will not send athletes to Tokyo 2020

Canada has decided that they will not send their athletes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, the Canadian Olympic Committee announced on Sunday night it will not send teams to Tokyo unless the Games, which are scheduled to be held from July 24 to August 9, are postponed by a year.


23 Mar 2020, 8:43 AM

Imran rules out nationwide lockdown, appeals for self-quarantine

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan appealed to all the citizens of the country to self-quarantine, saying this was the best precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus since the government could not impose a nationwide lockdown keeping in view multiple problems the move would create, the media reported on Monday.

In an address to the nation on Sunday, Khan said: "Lock down yourself because if I lock down the entire country it will create a lot of problems."

"Keep yourself in self-quarantine in your homes and I hope you will not disappoint me," he said, adding that panic was a bigger threat than coronavirus, Dawn news reported.

23 Mar 2020, 8:43 AM

Ireland reports 4th death as COVID-19 cases top 900

A fourth person infected with COVID-19 died while another 121 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in Ireland on Sunday, bringing to 906 the total number of such cases in the country, said Ireland's Department of Health.


23 Mar 2020, 8:11 AM

Two more test positive for Covid-19 in MP, cases rise to 6

With another man from Jabalpur testing positive on Sunday, the number of coronavirus cases increased to six in Madhya Pradesh.

Till Friday, four persons - three who returned from Dubai and one from Germany - had tested positive in Jabalpur.

The sixth victim, is a man in his early 40s who works at a shop of in Dubai. He was hospitalised for the Covid-19 in Jabalpur, health officials said.

Hours before him, a 26-year-old woman studying law, who returned from London on March 17 and reached Bhopal the next day, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday, an official said. She is the first COVID-19 case in the state capital.

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