Coronavirus LIVE: Health Ministry on PPE-masks crisis says Govt knew situation since the time outbreak started
There had been disruption in import of certain components required for PPEs-masks. Govt has been aware of situation from the time cases started happening in other parts of world: Health Ministry
Total number of confirmed cases rises to 606, including 10 deaths and 43 recovered cases
Total number of positive cases rise to 606 in India (including 553 active cases, 42 cured/discharged people and 10 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
G20 will play important global role in COVID19 pandemic. I look forward to productive discussions tomorrow: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
G20 has an important global role to play in addressing the pandemic. I look forward to productive discussions tomorrow at the G20 Virtual Summit, being coordinated by the Saudi G20 Presidency: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
Around 11,500 French nationals are currently in India, French diplomatic sources
We are getting about 500 calls per day from French nationals stuck here. Around 11,500 French nationals are currently in India. Mission staff is working in full force through work from home, while the core team is operating out of the Embassy: French diplomatic sources
US Department of State & airline companies to arrange flights from India to US, for our citizens
We are in contact with the Indian government to emphasize the need for hotels to continue to lodge US citizens. US Mission to India continues to work with the US Department of State & airline companies to arrange flights from India to US, for our citizens: US Embassy in India
Health Ministry on PPE-masks crisis says Govt knew situation since the time outbreak started
There had been disruption in import of certain components required for PPEs-masks. Govt has been aware of situation from the time cases started happening in other parts of world: Health Ministry.
Pak suspends domestic flights as coronavirus cases rise to 1,000
Pakistan has suspended all domestic flight operations until April 2 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus after the country reported nearly 1,000 cases from the COVID-19 infection, authorities said on Wednesday.
The nationwide tally of the COVID-19 patients has soared to 990 with 410 cases in Sindh; 110 in Balochistan; 296 in Punjab; 78 in K-P; 80 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 15 in Islamabad; and one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, The Express Tribune reported.
The National Disaster Management Authority has said that so far 7 people have died due to the novel coronavirus and 18 recovered.
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the country has halted its domestic flights operations.
According to a statement shared on the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority's website, the government has "decided to suspend all types of domestic scheduled/non-scheduled, chartered and private aircraft passenger flight operations with effect from Thursday, March 26, at 6:00am up to April 02, 2020."
Meanwhile, there is complete lockdown in the country and people have been told to remain inside of their homes. They are only allowed to go out in case of emergency.
The government has pledged to increase testing capability and other facilities in hospitals as new medical supplies are expected to start pouring in from China by Friday, according to NDMA chief Lt-Gen Muhammad Afzal.
Total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 118 in Kerala
There have been 9 new #COVID19 positive cases in Kerala today; 4 of them returned from Dubai, 1 from UK and 1 from France. The total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 118 in the state: Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala. (File pic)
Chinese Embassy in India says no evidence that China is source of the virus
Research by scientists from US,Europe,China,Japan,WHO show there's no certain conclusion to origin of coronavirus. Although Wuhan first reported the outbreak,there's no evidence that China is source of the virus.Chinese ppl are also victims of the virus:Spox,Chinese Embassy in India
God forbid, if someone gets infected from your house then they, and no one else, will come to your rescue, says Delhi CM on threats to doctors by landlords
Delhi CM: Some landlords are threatening to evict doctors/nurses from their houses. They're saying they'll (medical perosnnel) spread COVID-19. It won't be tolerated. God forbid, if someone gets infected from your house then they, & no one else, will come to your rescue.."
Madhya Pradesh reports first coronavirus death
Madhya Pradesh reports first coronavirus death; woman succumbs to viral infection: Official
It is govt's responsibility that essential services are provided to all, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
It is govt's responsibility that essential services are provided to all. For people who are working during 21 days lockdown, and have govt IDs, they will be allowed to move in the city if they show their govt IDs. Pvt hospital and media IDs will also work: Delhi CM
People don't need any Pass for walking up to their local grocery shops, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
People who buy from their local grocery shops - located in their neighborhood or colonies, don't need Curfew Passes. People don't need any Pass for walking up to their local grocery shops. You can buy vegetables, medicines, milk&other things from your local grocery shops: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Finding alternative solutions to upcoming events planned in India: FIFA
FIFA is monitoring the situation regarding COVID-19 in India & working with Local Organising Committee to identify any potential impact on preparations for FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup India 2020, as well as finding alternative solutions to upcoming events planned in India: FIFA
5 new cases in last 24 hours in Delhi, says CM Arvind Kejriwal
In the last 24 hours, there have been 5 new COVID-19 cases in Delhi. One of them has foreign travel history. Now, the total number of cases rises to 35 in Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
Scientists in India and across the world are working on it, work is going on rapidly. If someone recommends you a medicine then kindly talk to your doctor first. Take a medicine only after consulting a doctor: PM Narendra Modi
You should not attempt to treat Coronavirus infection on your own, says PM Modi
You should not attempt to treat Coronavirus infection on your own. Stay at your home, do things only after consulting a doctor. Call them up, ask them, tell them your ailments. We will have to note that no vaccine has been developed for it so far, anywhere in the world: PM Modi
51 FIRs registered and 335 persons have been arrested today, over charges of violation of the countrywide lockdown: Media Cell of Uttarakhand Police
Hearing of pending cases in Delhi HC extended till April 15 due to coronavirus lockdown
Delhi High Court has taken suo moto cognizance&ordered that all matters pending before HC&Districts Courts where interim order is expiring during these days (21 days lockdown), will be automatically extended till 15.05.2020 or until further orders.
Railways extends the cancellation of passenger train services till April 14
Ministry of Railways has decided to extend the cancellation of passenger train services on Indian Railways, passenger trains, suburban trains and trains of Metro Railway, Kolkata till 2400 hours of 14th April 2020. Freight train operations to continue.
Country's common man believes in taking the right step at the right time. On 22 March, it was clearly seen how all the citizens supported Janata Curfew, says PM Modi
This country's common man believes in taking the right step at the right time. On 22 March, it was clearly seen how all the citizens supported Janta Curfew and then at 5 PM, expressed gratitude for the professionals fulfilling their duties in essential services: PM Modi.
I appeal to all the citizens, if you notice any incident where professionals, such as doctors&nurses, are ill-treated then you should take an initiative to make such people (those who are ill-treating healthcare professionals) understand that they are wrong: PM
Mahabharat war was won in 18 days, this war the whole country is fighting against corona will take 21 days. Our aim is to win this war in 21 days: PM Modi
Govt has formed helpdesk with whatsapp, says pm
Govt has formed a help desk, in collaboration with WhatsApp, to seek correct information about Coronavirus. If you have access to WhatsApp you can use the number 9013151515 for the purpose: PM Narendra Modi in interaction with citizens of Varanasi (via video conferencing)
Coronavirus does not discriminate: PM Modi
While interacting with citizens of Varanasi (via video conferencing), PM Modi says, At times, ppl don't pay attention to things which are important. The same is happening in India. I request people to understand facts and not believe in rumours. COVID-19 doesn't discriminate b/w rich&poor; it'll not spare anyone just because they perform yoga or exercise daily.
6 new positive cases in Maharashtra, total number rises to 122
6 new positive cases have been reported in the state today - 5 in Mumbai and 1 in Thane. Total number of positive cases in the state rise to 122: Maharashtra Health Department
Madhya Pradesh: The journalist's daughter who had returned from London on March 17, has also tested positive for the virus. Journalist's wife, son and domestic helpers have tested negative for the virus.
A journalist tested positive for Coronavirus in Bhopal
Madhya Pradesh: A journalist has been tested positive for Coronavirus in Bhopal, he was present during the recent floor test at state assembly & the press conference by former CM Kamal Nath, during which Nath announced his resignation.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik sanctions 4 month advance salary payment to health care personnel.
Prince Charles has tested positive
Next in line to the throne, Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID-19: UK media
Daily wagers need help immediately, says Rahul Gandhi
Our country is fighting a battle against coronavirus. The question before us is what we should do to minimise the loss of life. The govt has a major responsibility of keeping the situation under control. I believe that our strategy should be divided in two parts:
Battling corona infection with all our might
A. Isolation to contain infection and testing of patients on a large scale
B. Immediately establishing temporary large emergency hospital. Complete ICU facilities should be available in these medical facilities
Daily wagers need help immediately. Cash should be transferred directly to their accounts. Ration should be available free of cost. Any delay in this will prove to be disastrous
B. There should be relaxation in tax as business across the nation is halted. Financial help should be given so that people are not left jobless. Central Government should assure concrete help to small and big scale industries, tweeted Rahul Gandhi.
First phase of Census 2021 and the updation of NPR postponed until further orders: Ministry of Home Affairs
In view of COVID-19 outbreak, the first phase of Census 2021 and the updation of National Population Register (NPR) postponed until further orders: Ministry of Home Affairs
Rajasthan reports 4 new positive cases, total rises to 36
Four new coronavirus positive cases, including two healthcare personnel from Bhilwara, on Wednesday has taken the total number of cases in Rajasthan to 36, according to state health officials on Wednesday.
Additional Chief Secretary (medical & health) Rohit Kumar Singh confirmed that of the four coronavirus positive case, two were medical staff members in Bhilwara.
While third case was from Jodhpur, the fourth case was of the person who got infected by the doctor who himself tested Covid-19 positive in Bhilwara, a few days back, he said.
The Jodhpur lady had travelled in train with two Covid-19 patients from Mumbai.
Police stations will take responsibility to deliver food at doorsteps, says WB CM Mamata Banerjee
We have to ensure that there is no scarcity of food. All Police stations will take responsibility to deliver food at doorsteps and it will be monitored by District Magistrates & Police Superintendents: West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee
Five news cases of COVID19 positive in Tamil Nadu
Five news cases of COVID19 positive in Tamil Nadu. Four Indonesian nationals & their travel guide from Chennai tested positive at Salem Medical College. They are quarantined since March 22: Dr C Vijayabaskar, Tamil Nadu Health Minister
Permission granted to manufacturers of drugs, cosmetics to produce ethanol-based hand sanitisers till June 30: Delhi health minister
State govt has decided to give ₹1000 each to every family that holds a ration card: Bihar Chief Minister's Office
In wake of lockdown due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the state government has decided to give ₹1000 each to every family that holds a ration card: Bihar Chief Minister's Office
Delhi HC directs External Affairs Ministry to ensure welfare, safety of Indian students stranded at Almaty airport in Kazakhstan
Mumbai Police seized 4 lakh face masks worth around ₹1 crore
Maharashtra: Mumbai Police seized 4 lakh face masks worth around ₹1 crore from a godown near Mumbai Airport Cargo Terminal, today. Case registered. More details awaited.
Delivery agents will be helped by the police: Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa
I had a meeting with e-commerce website representatives, they shared the problems faced by them in the movement of essential goods. We have issued passes to them and assured that their delivery agents will be helped by the police: Delhi Police PRO MS Randhawa.
Women standing in queue outside a bank in Delhi refused to maintain social distancing, dispersed by police
Delhi: Women standing in a queue outside a bank in Paharganj refused to maintain social distancing and were dispersed by police personnel. They later reassembled keeping distance after Police assured them that banks and ATMs will remain open amid
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) designates 285 beds for isolation wards in handling Coronavirus cases
Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) designates 285 beds for isolation wards in handling Coronavirus cases. 40 beds in hospitals at Vehicle Factory Jabalpur, 30 each at Metal and Steel Factory Ishapore, Gun and Shell Factory Cossipore, Ammunition Factory Khadki: Defence Ministry
All government offices except those providing essential services closed till April 14: Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning), Jammu & Kashmir
All government offices except those providing essential services closed till April 14: Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning), Jammu & Kashmir
Number of positive cases in Maharashtra rise to 116; four more test positive
Total number of positive cases in Maharashtra rise to 116; four more test coronavirus positive.
Digital companies to temporarily default HD and ultra-HD streaming to standard definition (SD) content till April 14 due to surge in mobile internet consumption amid Coronavirus lock-down, reported NDTV
We have sufficient stock of essential commodities like vegetables, rice & other items of daily use, so there is no need to worry, says Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
We have sufficient stock of essential commodities like vegetables, rice & other items of daily use, so there is no need to worry. All shops selling essential goods are open too. We will celebrate Gudi Padva once we tackle this crisis: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray
Army Headquarters are closed today in view of the lockdown announcement , says Indian Army Sources
Indian Army Sources: Army Headquarters are closed today in view of the lockdown announcement by the Government. From tomorrow onwards, only 5-10 percent of essential staff to work for meeting the operational requirements.
After Netflix, Facebook, and YouTube, Amazon Prime Video is also cutting down its video quality in India to ease the Internet load, reported Gadgets 360
Police enforces complete lockdown in Delhi's Okhla
Accompanied by paramilitary forces, the Delhi Police marched in the bylanes of Delhi's Jamia Nagar in the morning enforcing a complete lockdown in the area.
The police officials were seen assuring the residents that there was no need to panic and stocking items as the supply was going to be regular.
A policeman asked some youths standing on the roadside to leave. He said, "This is for your safety so stay inside your homes."
A grocery shop owner, Mehmood, was heard telling customers that shop will remain open, and milk and other items will be available.
While supplies in the area remained as normal, the grocery shops were open and vegetable hawkers, wearing masks and gloves, were doing the rounds. The customers were being frequently told to maintain distance by the security people. They were told to enter the shop or stand near the vendor only after the earlier buyer had left so as to avoid crowding.
A pastor with travel history to the Netherlands tests positive for COVID-19 in Mizoram
Health officials, Police personnel, media persons, doctors and medical staff to be given insurance, says Uttrakhand Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat
Flipkart India suspends services on day 1 of lockdown, reported NDTV
Directorate of School Education, Puducherry declears the students as "All Pass"
As Puducherry is under lockdown and it is not feasible to conduct Annual Examination for the students of Class I to IX. Therefore, it is decided to cancel the examinations for the Class I to IX & declare the students as "All Pass": Directorate of School Education, Puducherry
4 new positive cases in Rajasthan, Total number of cases rise to 36
Rajasthan: Four new Coronavirus positive cases have been reported in the state today. Two of the four positive persons are members of the medical staff in Bhilwara. Total number of cases in the state rise to 36.
Kanika Kapoor tests positive 3rd time
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor has tested positive in her third COVID-19 test, reports of which came in on Tuesday night
In the second test conducted on Sunday, she had tested positive.
Kanika is undergoing treatment at the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) here.
SGPGIMS Director Prof R. K. Dhiman said that the singer continues to test positive for the coronavirus and her treatment will continue until unless at least two tests show her negative.
Meanwhile, Kanika's friend, Ojas Desai, who had stayed with her at the Hotel Taj for two days and had later gone underground, has now tested negative for the deadly virus.
Confirmed COVID-19 cases exceed 8,000 in UK
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Britain reached 8,077 as of Tuesday morning, according to the latest figure from the Department of Health and Social Care.
A total of 90,436 people have been tested across Britain, of which 8,077 were confirmed positive, while 422 patients who contracted the novel coronavirus have died, said the department, Xinhua reported.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced Monday evening a series of measures to restrict social contact in Britain, so as to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Starting from Monday midnight, those measures, dubbed as "lock down" by local media, allow people in the country to leave their homes only for "very limited purposes".
All GoAir employees to have pay cut in March as we are left with no choice due to travel restrictions over coronavirus: CEO Vinay Dube
Five more people tested positive in Madhya Pradesh
Five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Indore District, Madhya Pradesh, reported News18.
"All efforts being made to ensure that nobody sleeps hungry during Delhi lockdown. There will be difficulties, but we will fight it together": Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, reported NDTV
Dial 011-23469536 to reach the Police Commissioner's office for emergency: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
We will issues passes for those providing essential services, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: We will issues passes for those providing essential services, E-passes will be provided to those who need to open their shops and factories for these services
While we would ensure effective implementation of the lockdown, we also want minimum inconvenience to the public, says Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal
While we would ensure effective implementation of the lockdown, we also want minimum inconvenience to the public particularly to the lower strata of the society. During the lockdown we would assure that essential supplies are maintained: Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal
I assure everyone that there will be no shortage of essential services, do not panic, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal: There is no need to panic. After PM Modi's speech yesterday people started lining up at shops for essential services. I again appeal to people to not do panic buying, I assure everyone that there will be no shortage of essential services.
Man tests positive for coronavirus in Patna, fourth COVID 19 case in Bihar
UP Government announces an additional ₹50 crore for state health department in wake of COVID-19
Number of Coronavirus cases rise to 1000 in Pakistan including 7 deaths
The total number of coronavirus cases has risen to 1000 in Pakistan including 7 deaths: Pakistan Government
US Senate, White House agree on a $2 trillion Coronavirus rescue plan
US Senate, White House agree on a $2 trillion Coronavirus rescue plan: AFP news agency
Three persons arrested in Kerala for violating stae lockdown rules
Kerala: Three persons were arrested yesterday for opening their shops near Cochin International Airport as it is a violation of the state order to not open shops after 5 pm.
Total number of positive cases in Maharashtra rise to 112; five more test coronavirus positive
3 new cases reported in Telangana, total rises to 39 in the state
3 new positive cases reported in Gujarat
Three new Coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Gujarat. 38 positive cases reported till date. FIR has been registered against 147 people for breaking home quarantine: Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Gujarat Health and Family Welfare Department.
People flouting restrictions in Jammu amid lockdown, made to sit in circles drawn to maintain social distance
Jammu and Kashmir: People who were flouting restrictions that have been imposed amid lockdown, made to sit in circles drawn to maintain social distance, in Jammu.
District Administrations and Police are directed to take strict action against such landlords/house owners who are forcing doctors/paramedical staff/ health care personnel to vacate their rented residences: Govt of Delhi
PM Modi to interact with citizens of Varanasi today at 5 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to interact with citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing, today at 5 pm, reported News18
Home Ministry asks private security agencies not to lay off or cut salaries of guards during 21-day lockdown
277 evacuees from Iran arrived at Jodhpur Airport
277 evacuees from Iran arrived at Jodhpur Airport (from Delhi) today. A preliminary screening was conducted at the airport upon arrival and thereafter the evacuees were shifted to the Army Wellness Facility established in Jodhpur Military Station: PRO Defence Rajasthan
Aarti performed in empty temple in Mumbai
Mumbai: Aarti being performed at Mumbadevi temple by priests and temple trustees on the first day of chaitra navaratri The temple is closed for devotees.
Second death reported in Delhi (yesterday) is COVID-19 negative
The second death which was reported in Delhi(yesterday) is COVID-19 negative: Union Health Ministry.
Number of cases rises to 562; active cases stand at 512, says Health Ministry data
New Zealand declares state of emergency as 50 new COVID-19 cases confirmed
A state of emergency has been declared on Wednesday in New Zealand after 50 new COVID-19 cases were confirmed in the country.
The state of national emergency was declared by Minister of Civil Defence Peeni Henare under the Civil Defence Emergency Act 2002, Director of Civil Defence Emergency Management Sarah Stuart Black said, Xinhua reported.
"The state of national emergency has been declared because of the unprecedented nature of this global pandemic and to ensure the government has the powers it needs to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce its impact," she said.
New Zealand confirmed 50 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, which took the total number of cases in this country to 205, according to the Ministry of Health.
Another person test positive in Patna’s Nalanda
Another person test positive for coronavirus in Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital; total number of cases rise to 4 in the state