COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Death toll rises to 83, total positive cases cross 3,500 mark

Addressing the media, the government has stated that COVID-19 cases are doubling in 4.1 days presently and had the Tablighi Jamaat incident not happened it would have taken 7.4 days.

Published: 04th April 2020 07:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th April 2020 07:51 AM   |  A+A-

A laboratory set up for the diagnosis of coronavirus. (Photo|EPS/ Madhav K)

A laboratory set up for the diagnosis of coronavirus. (Photo|EPS/ Madhav K)

By Online Desk

Dia, candles, crackers and flashlights were seen lit-up in houses across states of India at 9 pm for 9 minutes on Sunday night. Millions of Indians participated in the 'lights-off' exercise as per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to show the country’s 'collective' display in the fight against coronavirus.

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 3577, including 83 deaths according to the Health Ministry. 

Clearing doubts on COVID-19 being airborne, the Indian Council of Medical Research said that there has been no evidence for it to be an air-borne infection.

Tamil Nadu confirmed two coronavirus deaths on Sunday morning taking the death toll in the state to 5.

The government assured there was no need to panic as the rate of spread was less than in many other countries and just "one place" accounted for 30 per cent of detected cases.

Follow The New Indian Express channel on WhatsApp

06:47 Apr 6

Donald Trump 'hopeful and sure' British PM Johnson will recover from coronavirus

"He is a friend of mine, he is a great gentleman, a great leader. He was brought to the hospital today but I am hopeful and sure that he is going to be fine," Donald Trump said at his White House briefing.


03:05 Apr 6

Tiger at Bronx Zoo in New York City tests positive for coronavirus

A tiger at the Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the new coronavirus, in what is believed to be the first known infection in an animal in the U.S. or a tiger anywhere, federal officials and the zoo said Sunday.


01:55 Apr 6

British PM Boris Johnson admitted to hospital over coronavirus symptoms

The British PM has gone to a hospital for tests on the advice of his doctor. Johnson had announced on March 27 that he had tested positive for coronavirus. He had said then that he would continue leading his country's fight from his home where he had self-isolated himself.
01:18 Apr 6

PM Modi calls up Sonia Gandhi, other party heads to put up united fight against coronavirus

While officials termed the outreach to Sonia as a first of its kind under such circumstances, sources said Modi is keen that all political parties make a bipartisan effort to deal with the situation. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:44 Apr 5

LISTEN IN | Indian student on life in coronavirus-hit Italy

11:09 Apr 5

Coronavirus outbreak: Thane sees first COVID-19 death

Meanwhile Thane district collector Rajesh Narvekar has ordered that no vehicles should move in the limits of Kalwa, Mumbra and Diva wards till further orders. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:52 Apr 5

Telangana: 66 fresh cases of coronavirus were reported on Sunday

10:51 Apr 5

BJP MLA Dadarao Keche defies coronavirus lockdown, invites people for his birthday

The MLA has denied the incident and said it was a "political conspiracy" against him by his opponents. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:39 Apr 5

WATCH | Negligence is key factor for rapid spread of coronavirus, says survivor

10:16 Apr 5

9 baje, 9 minute: Mother and her child in Tiruchy light up a torch

10:14 Apr 5

Millions of Indians respond to PM Modi's appeal; light candles, diyas, turn on mobile phone torches

Modi had on Friday urged people to turn off lights at their homes for nine minutes at 9 pm to display the country's collective resolve and solidarity to defeat the virus. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:43 Apr 5

WATCH | Doctors, nurse light candles together in fight against coronavirus

09:25 Apr 5

'Dia jalao': India lights lamps, candles to show support to coronavirus warriors

09:21 Apr 5

Nation takes part in PM Modi's nine-minute 'lights-off' exercise

09:10 Apr 5

WATCH | In Karnataka's Belagavi kids light the lamp in fight against coronavirus

09:08 Apr 5

India switches-off light at 9 pm to fight COVID-19

08:53 Apr 5

Andhra Pradesh: Death toll in state due to COVID-19 rises to three

08:48 Apr 5

'Will face murder charge if anyone dies of COVID-19': Uttarakhand Police warns Tablighi Jamaat

Director-general of police Uttarakhand Anil Raturi requested Tablighi Jamaat followers to come forward by Monday if they had any travel history to Delhi or attended any congregation during the period of coronavirus outbreak. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:30 Apr 5

Is COVID-19 killing more patients in some states, lesser in others in India?

At 16.6, the percentage of people who have lost their life due to deadly coronavirus is highest in Himachal Pradesh followed by Gujarat which has seen nearly 9.5 per cent of all who got infected, dying. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:53 Apr 5

JUST IN: Coronavirus positive cases in India rises to 3577

07:51 Apr 5

Four test COVID-19 positive in Uttarakhand taking total cases to 26; all have links to Tablighi Jamaat

The three people who tested positive from Dehradun are Tablighi Jamaat followers while one from Nainital district came in contact with these followers who tested positive on Saturday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:47 Apr 5

Andhra Pradesh: Total cases in state jump to 252

07:47 Apr 5

Centre likely to allow flight operations in staggered manner post COVID-19 lockdown

While Air India is taking bookings for dates post April 30 only, Air Deccan is not taking any bookings and it is not clear when it would restart operations. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:32 Apr 5

WATCH | Bangalore Gurudwara packs langar for needy, humanity triumphs over coronavirus

07:10 Apr 5
06:59 Apr 5

Rajasthan records 47 new cases

47 new Coronavirus positive cases reported in Rajasthan today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 253. Out of the 47 cases found to be positive today, 39 were found in Jaipur: Rajasthan state health department

06:56 Apr 5

Seven new cases in Karnataka

As of 5 PM of 5th April 2020, 151 COVID19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state which includes 4 deaths and 12 discharges. Seven new cases have been confirmed in the state from 4th April 5 PM to 5th April 5 PM: Department of Health & Family Welfare Services, Karnataka 

06:34 Apr 5

103 positive cases reported in Mumbai

103 new Coronavirus positive cases reported in Mumbai on Sunday, total positive patients here is 433. Eight deaths reported today in Mumbai taking the total death toll here to 30. Twenty people were discharged today after recovering, total 54 so far: Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai 

06:21 Apr 5

86 new cases in Tamil Nadu

06:20 Apr 5

Eight Tablighi Jammat members from Malaysia intercepted at Delhi airport

Immigration wing at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport on Sunday intercepted eight members of the Tablighi Jamaat from Malayasia as they tried to board Malindo Air relief flight bound for their country. Sources in the immigration department told ANI that the eight members will be handed over to the police.


06:19 Apr 5

Army opens command hospital to assist Jammu & Kashmir administration in fight against coronavirus

The command hospital is fully equipped to deal with patients infected with the disease and many wards have been converted into corona-specific intensive care units, commandant of the hospital Maj General SC Gupta told reporters here. 

06:18 Apr 5

Pope celebrates without public in St. Peter's amid COVID-19 pandemic

Normally, tens of thousands of Romans, tourists and pilgrims, clutching olive tree branches or palm fronds would have flocked to an outdoor Mass led by the pontiff. Instead, Francis was leading the ceremony inside St. Peter’s Basilica, which seemed even more cavernous than usual because it was so empty. Besides his aides, a few invited prelates, nuns and laypeople were present, sitting solo in the first pews and staggered meters (yards) apart to reduce the risks of contagion. 

06:17 Apr 5

Early data shows death rates from coronavirus differ across Indian states

The infection is not killing people uniformly across the country and there is a dramatic difference in the rate at which states are losing people to the disease.


05:52 Apr 5
05:51 Apr 5

Current social distancing guidelines not effective in checking coronavirus spread: Study

The study was conducted by MIT associate professor Lydia Bourouiba, who has researched the dynamics of coughs and sneezes for years. Bourouiba warned that the current social distancing guidelines to stay six feet from others are based on outdated models from the 1930s.


05:51 Apr 5

Authorities go tough to implement COVID-19 lockdown as meat outlets in Chennai sealed for violations

Greater Chennai Corporation authorities said they have today sealed a string of shops here for selling meat without the 'Corporation slaughter house seal' and some for non- maintenance of social distancing norms. The civic officials said they were maintaining a close watch over meat stalls to see if meat sold was butchered in slaughter houses as per rules to ensure hygiene. "The sealed shops
will not be allowed to open for three months," the civic body said.


05:49 Apr 5

Centre likely to allow flight operations in staggered manner post COVID-19 lockdown

The government is likely to allow domestic and international flight operations in India in a staggered manner after the 21-day lockdown is lifted on April 14 midnight, officials said on Sunday. The aviation sector has been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, Air Deccan became the latest casualty of the crisis as it announced indefinite suspension of flight operations and asked all employees to go on sabbatical without pay.


05:47 Apr 5

Ban Tabhleeghi Jamaat, seal Markaz's bank account, demands Vishva Hindu Parishad

It alleged that "after being indoctrinated from its Nizamuddin headquarters, hundreds of thousands of Tableeghis are spreading obscurantism, wickedness and terrorism all over the world. Most of the founders of the world's terrorist organizations have also been associated with the Tableeghi Jamaat."


05:30 Apr 5

Kerala reports 8 new coronavirus positive cases

04:34 Apr 5
04:22 Apr 5

ICMR on coronavirus

No evidence of COVID19 being airborne yet: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) 

04:21 Apr 5

Doubling rate of coronavirus cases high due to Tablighi event: Govt

Our doubling rate (in how many days the number of COVID19 cases gets double) at present is 4.1 days. But if additional cases reported due to the Tablighi Jamaat event, had not taken place, then the doubling rate would have been 7.4 days: Health Ministry 

04:19 Apr 5

MHA on coronavirus lockdown

State governments are following the guidelines under lockdown. The situation of essential goods and services is satisfactory. More than 75 Lakh people are being provided food: Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secy, Home Ministry 

04:16 Apr 5

Focus on containment areas in coronavirus hotspots, says Health Ministry

  • Lockdown of containment zones in coronavirus zones
  • Virus unlikely to uniformly affect all parts
  • Containment areas and buffer zones idenntified in hotspots
  • Containment areas schools and colleges to be closed
  • Crisis plan in all 399 districts in 24 states of the country
  • Cases have risen due to tablighi event
  • Social distancing is the key, adhere to curbs 
  • Rapid anti-body testing at clusters and containment zones
  • 472 new COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths reported since Saturday; total number of deaths 79
  • 267 people have recovered from COVID-19
  • Covid testing will be covered under Ayushman Bharat
04:05 Apr 5

WATCH | Fishsellers in Chennai in a spot over lockdown rules

04:02 Apr 5

2 more positive cases in Bhubaneswar

Two more COVID19 positive cases in Bhubaneswar. A 70-yr-old man of Kapila Prasad Housing Board Colony Phase II who had returned from Australia on 22.3.2020 (home quarantine case) and a 29-yr-old male from Bomikhal found during active surveillance: Dept of Health and Family Welfare, Odisha 

03:59 Apr 5

Medicines a phone call away

Citizens requiring any particular medicine available in other parts of state or even outside the state could register requirement for the medicine on helpline numbers 0177-2626076 & 0177-2626077 or toll-free no. 1070: Himachal Pradesh CMO 

03:58 Apr 5

14 new cases in Jammu and Kashmir

14 new cases in Kashmir Division. Total number of positive cases in Jammu & Kashmir now 106. Active cases in Kashmir - 82 and Jammu -18, says Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning), J&K. 

03:54 Apr 5
03:52 Apr 5

'We are proud of you': Pakistan air traffic controller praises Air India relief flight

Air India was operating special flights from India to Frankfurt with relief materials and evacuated European nationals, who were stranded in India as coronavirus swept across continents, perishing millions and crippling the system of passenger planes crisscrossing the world.


03:49 Apr 5

Under Operation Sagar Rani, food safety dept destroys 2865 kg of toxic fish across Kerala

The Food Safety Department destroyed 2865 kilograms of fishes which are not fit for consumption from various markets in the state on Sunday. As many as 165 inspections, under Operation Sagar Rani, were held in all districts except Kasaragod where a complete lockdown is still in force.


03:48 Apr 5

Offcials in Bagalkot clueless over coronavirus

Health authorities have been grappling with the question as to how the septuagenarian of the town who succumbed to COVID-19 on Friday had contracted the novel coronavirus. The mystery has deepened as the man had no travel history in the recent past and both his son and daughter had tested negative for the virus.


03:47 Apr 5

UP confirms 3rd COVID-19 related death as man who died on April 3 tests positive for virus

The coronavirus test result of a 55-year-old man who has passed away recently came positive for COVID-19, said Varanasi District Magistrate (DM). The man returned from Kolkata on March 15 and died on April 3. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

03:47 Apr 5

55 new cases recorded in Maharashtra

03:02 Apr 5

Third coronavirus case reported in Jharkhand as Bangladesh returnee tests positive

A woman, who recently returned from Bangladesh, tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand's Bokaro district on Sunday, taking the count in the state to three, an official said. He said that a 22-year-old Malaysian woman and man from Hazaribagh had tested positive for coronavirus on March 31 and April 2 respectively.


03:00 Apr 5

9 more positive cases in MP, 50-year-old man dies of COVID-19

The total number of positive cases in Indore (Madhya Pradesh) till now is 122 after 9 more positive cases were found today. Death toll rises to 8 after a 50-year-old man died here. 

02:58 Apr 5
02:43 Apr 5

26,000 quarantined after 10 feast attendees contract coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh

Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM) RS Bakna said that the man, who worked as a waiter at a hotel in Dubai, returned to Morena from Dubai on March 17 after getting information about his mother's death. He organised a customary feast on March 20 to mark the 13th day of mourning after his mothers death.


02:42 Apr 5

Punjab man tests positive in Mohali district

42-yr-old man tests positive in Dera Bassi Tehsil of Mohali dist. He was shifted to hospital y'day&tested positive today. He does not have any travel history. He has a bakery. 2 of his labourers had met some Nizammudin returnees in March: Punjab Special Chief Secy KBS Sidhu 

02:40 Apr 5

Shutdown of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Bhadrak towns lifted, lockdown to continue

Odisha Government on Sunday announced lifting of the shutdown of Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Bhadrak towns. The state government had imposed restrictions on these three urban centres in view rising cases of Covid-19 positive cases in the state from 8pm on Friday to 8pm on Sunday. However, lockdown across the state will continue till April 14 as per the previous order of the government.


02:36 Apr 5

Himachal man, who tested negative, ends life after villagers blame him for spreading coronavirus

Dilshad Muhamud of Bangarh village in Una district of the state had reportedly met two attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation held in Delhi's Markaz. Police sources said that Muhamud, who belonged to the Gujjar community hung himself in his house after villagers had stopped buying milk from him.


02:35 Apr 5

PM holds discussion with Opposition leaders, former PMs on COVID-19 related issues

  •  PM Modi today called former Presidents Pranab Mukherjee & Pratibha Patil and had a discussion on COVID-19 related issues
  • He also spoke with former Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh & HD Deve Gowda
  • The PM also called up leaders of various political parties like Sonia Gandhi, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Akhilesh Yadav, Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik, K Chandrashekar Rao, MK Stalin and Parkash Singh Badal.
02:34 Apr 5

COVID-19 lockdown to be lifted on April 15, need mechanism to avoid crowding: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday the lockdown imposed to arrest the spread of novel coronavirus will be lifted on April 15 and asserted that a mechanism should be evolved to ensure crowding doesn't take place, else all efforts will go in vain. 

02:32 Apr 5

Another coronavirus positive case reported from Mumbai's Dharavi

02:06 Apr 5

2 more cases confirmed in Bengaluru, Karnataka tally rises to 146

01:51 Apr 5

Medical staff clap as a woman & her son leave the hospital after being cured in Gujarat


12:30 Apr 5

4 more positive cases reported in Haryana's Mewat

 4 Tablighi Jamaat returnees found positive for COVID19; the total number of positive cases in Mewat is 7: CMO, Mewat

12:25 Apr 5

Six pockets in Kanpur visited by COVID-19 positive Tablighi Jamaat members declared 'red zones'

Six pockets in Kanpur district have been declared 'red zones' after six Tablighi Jamaat members, including two foreign nationals, who attended a congregation in Delhi and visited a number of places here, tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Sunday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

12:19 Apr 5

Drone cameras to monitor public movement in Dehradun

11:47 Apr 5

Maharashtra reports 661 positive cases

The state has reported 661 confirmed cases of coronavirus. This includes 52 people who have been discharged after recovering and 32 deaths.


11:39 Apr 5

Punjab government announces Rs 50 lakh insurance cover for policemen, sanitation workers

The Punjab government on Saturday announced a special health insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh each for policemen and sanitation workers who are in the frontline of the battle against the coronavirus threat. As an emergency measure to combat the deadly virus, the Punjab Cabinet led by Chief Minister Amarinder Singh also authorised the Procurement Committee headed by Additional Chief Secretary Vini Mahajan to do quick price discovery for all purchases related to COVID-19 management and containment, and make purchases on urgent basis, a statement issued said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:38 Apr 5

Passengers onboard 2 Delhi-Chennai flights on March 24 asked to home quarantine

Passengers on the Indigo flight (6E-2403) which departed from New Delhi at 3:15 am and reached Chennai at 6 am on March 24 and the Air Asia (I5-765) flight that departed from New Delhi at 6:25 pm and reached Chennai at 9:10 pm on the same day have been asked to isolate themselves for 28 days from the date of travel. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:24 Apr 5

Jharkhand confirms third coronavirus case

11:23 Apr 5

60-yr-old woman brought dead to Pune hospital found coronavirus positive

11:03 Apr 5

Andhra cases rise to 226

11:03 Apr 5

Suspected COVID-19 patient attempts suicide at AIIMS, Delhi

Delhi: A possibly infected COVID19 patient jumped from the 3rd floor of AIIMS Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Center today and suffered a fracture in his leg. His condition is stable. His COVID19 test result is awaited.

11:01 Apr 5

14 new COVID-19 cases in Gujarat; tally jumps to 122: Official (PTI)

10:53 Apr 5

Trump requests PM Modi to release Hydroxychloroquine ordered by US 

Trump said that he spoke to Prime Minister Modi on Saturday morning and made a request to release Hydroxycholoroquine for the US. "I called Prime Minister Modi of India this morning. They make large amounts of Hydroxychloroquine. India is giving it a serious consideration," Trump said at his daily news conference at the White House on Saturday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:50 Apr 5

100-year-old man dies in quarantine in J-K's Udhampur, COVID-19 test report turns out negative

The man and his brother were shifted to a quarantine facility a few days ago as a precautionary measure after it came to light that they had come in contact with a person in Magheni village who had tested positive for coronavirus. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:34 Apr 5

TN reports another death as death toll rises to 5

A 71-year-old man from Ramanathapuram district died on Thursday. He was later tested positive for COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:19 Apr 5

Rajasthan reports 6 new cases

09:58 Apr 5

Total no of confirmed cases rises to 3374: Health ministry

08:53 Apr 5

Chennai man dies of coronavirus, TN death toll rises to 4

A 61-year-old man from Chennai who tested positive on April 1 died at the Government Stanley Medical College Hospital in Chennai becoming Tamil Nadu's 4th coronavirus victim.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:39 Apr 5

Sex workers suffering from lockdown ask help from government

08:35 Apr 5

Gujarat woman who tested positive for coronavirus dies

A 61-year-old woman who had tested positive for COVID-19 passed away in Surat.

08:24 Apr 5

Two top women officials of the state health department test positive for Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh

03:06 Apr 5

PM Modi dials Brazilian President Bolsonaro, discuss COVID-19, bilateral cooperation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro held a telephonic conversation on Saturday and discussed bilateral cooperation, multilateral institutional framework and the situation arising due to the coronavirus pandemic.

01:14 Apr 5

Here are some of the major world updates

Hunt for medical supplies creates marketplace of desperation in US.

France reports 441 new coronavirus deaths, total now 7,560.

New York state virus toll spikes as officials plea for medical volunteers.

Italy's coronavirus cases under intensive care drop for first time.

Five-year-old youngest victim in UK as country records 708 deaths in single day.

Spain to extend lockdown until April 25 as total coronavirus cases near 125,000.

12:47 Apr 5

INTERVIEW | COVID-19 pandemic closest to influenza outbreak in 1918: Doctors

In an interview with Sumi Sukanya Dutta, dr Gangandeep Kang, executive director, translational health science and technology institute, and Dr Shahid Jameel, CEO, Wellcome trust DBT India alliance, share their insight on COVID-19 and its implications. (READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE)

12:46 Apr 5

601 positive cases in 24 hours: India witnesses its highest COVID-19 one day spike

As a precautionary measure, the Centre has quarantined nearly 22,000 Tablighis and some of their contacts. Officials said efforts were on to trace all their contacts. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:25 Apr 5

Police crackdown continues in Maharashtra amid lockdown

Palghar Police have registered 503 FIRs against owners of shops, hotels, restaurants, pubs, wine shops, pan shops as well as religious places for allegedly violating the provisions of Disaster Management Act 2005: Public Relation Officer, Palghar Police
12:16 Apr 5
12:16 Apr 5

Health ministry issues guidelines for states on oxygen supply to facilities handling COVID-19 cases

  • In a letter to the additional chief secretaries, health secretaries and mission directors of the National Health Mission of all states and Union territories, the ministry said the COVID-19 pandemic is throwing up unique challenges for our health systems and also leading to challenges of not only ensuring an adequate oxygen supply but also regarding the protocols related to handling the major sources of supplies.
  • "Keeping the above facts in mind, guidelines have been prepared by incorporating the major sources of oxygen supply, oxygen system component, normative requirement of the quantity of oxygen and precautions required for handling oxygen cylinders, including disinfecting the cylinders right from the filling point to transportation, loading, unloading, use, exchange, carriage in the hospitals and in critical care facilities.
  • "All concerned hospitals and staff must be informed to ensure timely requisitions and payments so that there is no disruption in oxygen supplies," the ministry said.
  • It has enclosed with the guidelines the control room emergency contact numbers of the All India Industrial I Gases Manufacturers' Association for the states and Union territories in case they face any difficulty or need clarifications.
12:01 Apr 5

CRPF Officer tested positive

A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer has tested positive for COVID-19. All personnel in contact with the officer have been quarantined. Director General CRPF had indirect contact with the officer. As per protocol, DG is observing quarantine: CRPF

11:53 Apr 4

Update from ITBP facility in Haryana

11:31 Apr 4

Update from Arunachal

11:19 Apr 4
10:43 Apr 4

Madhya Pradesh latest Coronavirus cases figures

  • Total positive cases: 179
  • Active: 165
  • Negative: 3
  • Deaths: 11
  • Indore's latest count is 128 positive cases.
10:42 Apr 4

Latest figures from Andhra Pradesh

10:40 Apr 4

Latest coronavirus tally from ICMR

10:39 Apr 4

JNU student booked after threatening to cough up, spread coronavirus when stopped from going out of campus

Pranav Menon came to the north gate of the varsity around 8 pm on Wednesday and wanted to step out. Security officials told him no one can go outside and he sat near the gate, according to the FIR. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:32 Apr 4

Delhi government to issue transit passes for foreigners stranded in city

Chief Secretary Vijay Dev, who is also the chairperson of the state executive committee of Delhi, on Friday issued a making a provision for transit arrangements for foreign nationals and release of quarantined persons. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:25 Apr 4

COVID-19 outbreak: DRDO develops disinfection chamber, face mask

The Vehicle Research and Development Establishment, a DRDO laboratory at Ahmednagar in Maharashtra, has developed a `Personnel Sanitization Enclosure', an official release said here. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:23 Apr 4

WATCH | Ramji Srinivasan, former Indian Cricket team trainer shows how to maintain fitness during lockdown

10:22 Apr 4

FIR against Tripura CM for spreading 'fake information' on COVID-19

An FIR was lodged against Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb in Agartala on Saturday for spreading "fake information" on the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:21 Apr 4

WATCH | Fit Bits: Jeevan Manakumar, conditioning specialist shows how to maintain fitness during lockdown

10:20 Apr 4

Clashes in Bihar

10:20 Apr 4

More updates on precautionary isolation of the IAF staff

10:19 Apr 4

PM now interacts with his Spanish counterpart

10:11 Apr 4

CRPF DG goes into self-quarantine after indirect contact with COVID-19 positive doctor

"A CRPF officer had tested positive for COVID-19. All personnel in contact with the officer have been quarantined. The DG CRPF had an indirect contact with the officer and as per protocol, he is observing quarantine," CRPF spokesperson DIG Moses Dhinakaran said.
10:05 Apr 4

Dont' consume or spit tobacco products: ICMR amid coronavirus outbreak

The apex health research body said chewing smokeless tobacco products (gutka, pan masala with tobacco, pan and other chewing tobacco products) and areca nut (supari) increases the production of saliva, followed by a very strong urge to spit. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:49 Apr 4

Maharashtra tally reaches 635

09:48 Apr 4

Cyber frauds trying to dupe people with fake 'PM CARES' links

Fraudsters are using fake links to dupe people in the name of online coronavirus donations to the Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, also known as PM CARES Fund, Maharashtra Cyber police officials said on Saturday. They said several such links have been traced and disabled. Officials asked people to use the authentic link which is pmcares@sbi to donate funds to fight the virus outbreak.

09:48 Apr 4

10 Indonesians linked to Tablighi Jamaat taken into custody, kept in isolation in Ghaziabad

  • The foreign nationals, including five women, were staying in a house, a madrassa and a mosque in Block D of the Shaheed Nagar colony, the police said. They had come to Delhi to attend the Tablighi Jamaat, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Kalanidhi Naithani told PTI, adding that an FIR was lodged against the Indonesians and five locals, including the house owner and managers of the madrassa and mosque.
  • They were booked under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease danger­ous to life) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) as also section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 and section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, he said. Besides, sections 7 and 14B of the Foreigners Act were also invoked against the Indonesians, the officer added.
  • The Shaheed Nagar area would be seized in case the foreign nationals test positive for COVID-19 and till their test results come, the five locals would be home quarantined, the SSP said.
09:31 Apr 4

287 released in Srinagar after two-week quarantine

The 287 persons, most of who are students and had returned from Bangladesh were discharged from various quarantine facilities, they said. They said this was the fourth group to be released from quarantine in four days. On March 31, seventy-eight persons were discharged, while 236 were allowed to return to their homes on April 1. The next day, 324 were released and on April 3, another 488 were discharged after completing their two-week quarantine periods. The officials said 70 students were released from a quarantine centre in Pahalgam, the picturesque resort in south Kashmir's Anantnag district on Saturday. Similarly, they said 33 students, 23 in Sopore and 10 in Baramulla, in north Kashmir's Baramulla district were discharged after their 14-day quarantine period was over.

09:26 Apr 4

IAF staff put under precautionary quarantine

An Indian Air Force personnel who was in the Nizamuddin Area during the Tablighi Markaz congregation has been put under precautionary quarantine by the service. The airman is posted in Delhi: Sources
09:18 Apr 4

ICMR issues another advisory

09:14 Apr 4

People violate social distancing norms at Patna Market

09:13 Apr 4

Latest Rajasthan stats

Total (over all commulative): 200 Positive cases on Saturday: 21 ( including 10 Tabligi ) Deaths : 4 Recovered: 21

09:12 Apr 4

Pollution level in Ganga reduces due to lockdown

09:12 Apr 4

After Macron, Merkel and Trump, now Modi calls on Brzail President, discusses coronavirus situation

08:53 Apr 4

Flower farmers in Uttarakhand suffer losses

08:52 Apr 4

More information from Tamil Nadu

08:52 Apr 4

Update from Kerala

08:47 Apr 4

Latest stats from J&K

COVID-19 cases reach 27 in Srinagar district of Jammu & Kashmir. Over 300 contacts of the infected people have been placed under quarantine. Some areas being isolated for extensive screening: District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary.
08:47 Apr 4

Hotel industry suffers in Chandigarh

08:37 Apr 4

Coronavirus tally from Bihar, Delhi and Northeast

  • In Bihar, one more fresh COVID-19 positive case on Saturday took the state's total count to 32. There is only one death so far and three have recovered in total. The fresh Saturday positive case has a travel history to UK on 18/3/2020.
  • In Delhi, 42 new cases from Markaz were identified on Saturday, taking the tally to 301 in the national capital. While new 17 cases have been Delhi-based, five got discharged. No death was recorded on Saturday. As of now, 123 active COVID-19 cases in the national capital, total 423 including from Markaz.
  • Northeast case count till Saturday: 29
  • Assam: 25
  • Manipur: 2
  • Mizoram: 1
  • Arunachal: 1
08:29 Apr 4

Himachal Pradesh government bans sale of chewing gum to check spread of coronavirus

COVID-19 is transmitted through droplets and there is a possibility of transmission by spitting chewing gums, said Food Safety commissioner and additional chief secretary (Health) R D Dhiman. The sale and use of chewing gum, bubble gum and similar products would remain prohibited till June 30 in public interest, Dhiman added.

08:26 Apr 4

Kerala numbers continue to rise

08:25 Apr 4

First COVID-19 patient in Andhra released

08:23 Apr 4

Two more MP health officials test positive

Two senior officials of the Madhya Pradesh Health Department have tested positive in Bhopal for COVID-19.
08:21 Apr 4

Tamil Nadu government releases details of people who attended Markaz

08:19 Apr 4

BJP MP finds 'corona Jihadi plan' in virus outbreak in India

08:02 Apr 4

Delhi police sets up isolation centre for its personnel

At the isolation centre, police personnel will be provided a basic hygiene kit. The 10 beds are placed at a safe distance from each other, the officer said. A number of police personnel stay in barracks and they have no permanent residence in Delhi.

08:01 Apr 4

17 more test positive for COVID-19 in J-K, cases rise to 92

Of these, 14 fresh cases were reported from Kashmir, authorities said. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the Union territory includes four patients who have recovered and two deaths, both in Kashmir. "Fourteen fresh cases were detected in Kashmir today (Saturday)," the officials said. "Three more positive cases reported today from Narsoo, Udhampur. All contacts of a positive patient from Udhampur with travel history abroad," Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning and Information), had tweeted earlier in the day.

07:59 Apr 4

257 Nizamuddin congregation attendees traced in Himachal so far; all of them quarantined

They were identified and quarantined in seven police districts, SP (Law and Order) Khushal Sharma said. The number stood at 204 on Friday. On Saturday, 30 attendees were traced in Kangra district and 23 in Sirmaur, Mardi said. The highest number of people were quarantined in Baddi (73), followed by Sirmaur (58), Una (39), Shimla (23), Chamba (20), Kangra (40) and Mandi (4), he added.

07:58 Apr 4

Delhi: Two patients test positive for COVID-19 at Ganga Ram hospital; 108 staff quarantined

  • The Sir Ganga Ram Hospital (SGRH), in a statement, said the staff, which include doctors and nurses, have been quarantined as per the WHO guidelines. About a week ago, the hospital received two patients, suffering from critical illness, but they did not show coronavirus symptoms, it said.
  • "During the period of admission, these patients showed respiratory symptoms and were checked for COVID-19 as per the ICMR protocol. They were found positive," the statement said, adding that these patients were shifted to designated facilities.
  • In all, 108 staffers, including doctors, nurses and ward boys, who were incidentally exposed to these patients have been quarantined, it said.
  • Out of these, 23 staff members have been quarantined at hospital and other attached facility, while rest 85 have been quarantined at home.
  • At present, none of the quarantined staff has shown any symptom suggestive of coronavirus infection, the statement said.
07:56 Apr 4

Punjab CM orders expenditure cuts for all departments to meet COVID-19 funds

Amarinder Singh has asked all departments to submit detailed proposals on expenditure cuts by April 8. "We have to save people, that should be our priority," the chief minister said at a meeting of the council of ministers. Singh said resources have to be made available to health, police and other departments directly involved in the current battle, which threatens to be a long one. With no additional revenues coming in, the only way out is to cut expenditure, he stressed, adding that every department will need to make cuts in order to generate revenue for the critical care services.

07:54 Apr 4

Instead of thrashing, Karnataka cops take fitness route to tackle violators

07:52 Apr 4

Delhi Police on providing food, ration to the needy in national caiptal

07:51 Apr 4

Delhi Police speaks to religious leaders to prevent gatherings

07:50 Apr 4

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor test negative for the first time

07:49 Apr 4

One more tested positive in Goa

A 32-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 in Goa today. He has a history of travel to the USA and is currently admitted at ESI Hospital in Margao. Total number coronavirus positive cases in the state stand at seven: Goa Health Department.

07:48 Apr 4

Cops suspended in Gujarat

A Police Inspector & a Police Sub-Inspector have been suspended for offering prayers at a mosque in Dang district amid coronavirus lockdown, says Superintendent of Police Shweta Shrimal.
07:48 Apr 4

Government releases latest COVID-19 numbers

Increase of 525 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours, the largest spike in a day. Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 3072 in India (including 2784 active cases, 213 cured/discharged/migrated people and 75 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
07:46 Apr 4

Air India is scheduled to operate 18 charter flights to fly back foreign national stranded in India

Air India is scheduled to operate 18 charter flights to fly back German, French, Irish and Canadian nationals stranded in India during the lockdown as requested by the embassies.
07:26 Apr 4

The long march: Migrants leave Hyderabad on foot

06:47 Apr 4

445 COVID-19 cases in Delhi with 40 cases of local transmission

There were 40 cases of local transmission while a majority of other patients either had foreign travel history or they were recently evacuated from Nizamuddin Markaz, the chief minister said.

06:27 Apr 4

Since March, 75,000 masks stitched by Tihar, Mandoli jail inmates

Prisoners at the Tihar and Mandoli jails here have stitched 75,000 face masks since March for the traffic police, the prisons' inmates and for organisations that placed orders in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, prison department officials said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:09 Apr 4

74 new positive cases in Tamil Nadu

Tamil Nadu records 74 new positive cases in Tamil Nadu taking the tally in the state to 485.

05:59 Apr 4

LISTEN | Coronavirus pandemic may hit peak by April end or early May: Dr. Devi Shetty

05:58 Apr 4

'Lighting candles won't solve COVID-19 crisis': Rahul Gandhi

In a tweet, Gandhi, a MP from Kerala's Wayanad, said, "India is simply not testing enough to fight Covid-19. Making people clap and shining torches in the sky aren't going to solve the problem."

05:49 Apr 4

Telangana official tests positive, booked for cover-up of attendance at Tablighi Jamaat

The man, working in the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) of Jangoan, participated in the religious congregation in Delhi on March 15 without permission or leave and returned three days later.

05:40 Apr 4

Heart-warming! Medical staff & patients clap as the Kasargod's first patient

05:34 Apr 4

China’s COVID-19 cure recipe threatens Northeast’s bears, rhinos

According to a report published in the National Geographic, China has recommended using “Tan Re Qing” to treat critical COVID-19 cases. Tan Re Qing is an injection that contains bear bile.(CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)

05:30 Apr 4

112 tourists flown back to France from Kerala, Russians stranded in state capital

According to Kerala Tourism officials, 105 of the tourists were French nationals and seven were from other European countries. Even though, a list of 136 tourists was submitted to Kerala Tourism, 24 preferred to stay back in Kerala. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

05:22 Apr 4

Madhya Pradesh records two more deaths

An 80-year-old woman and a 42-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19, passed away in Indore. With this Indore has so far reported 7 deaths so far.

04:29 Apr 4

In other news, two TN men die after drinking aftershave mixed with soda

As TASMAC shops were shut for the past 11 days due to the ongoing lockdown, they had a craving for liquor or a substitute for it. They came to know from somewhere that aftershave lotion could be a substitute for alcohol. Hence, they mixed it with soda and drank it. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

04:24 Apr 4

601 cases reported since Friday, highest one day jump

Till now there are 2,902 COVID-19 positive cases in India. 601 positive cases have been reported since yesterday, 12 deaths also reported yesterday taking total deaths to 68. 183 people have recovered/discharged: Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

04:21 Apr 4

1023 COVID-19 positive cases linked to Tablighi Jamaat in India

Till now we have found cases related to Tableeghi Jamaat from 17 states, 1023 COVID-19 positive cases have been found to be linked to this event. Out of the total cases in the country, around 30% are linked to one particular place: Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

04:18 Apr 4

Age wise percentage of those affected in India

  • 9% cases - 0-20 years
  • 42% - 21-40 years
  • 33% - 41-60 years
  • 17% - above 60 years
03:53 Apr 4

EPS comes to rescue of people from Assam, Bihar stranded in Chennai

Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami who has been very active on Twitter to help those in need during the lockdown period, on Saturday, came to the rescue of people from Assam and Bihar following a request made by Congress MP from Assam Gaurav Gogoi. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

03:43 Apr 4

Unruly Tablighi Jamaat members should be killed with bullets, suggests Raj Thackeray

"The meeting (of Tablighis had taken place) at Markaz in Delhi. Such people be killed by firing bullets at them. Why give them treatment? A separate section be created and their treatment be stopped," Thackeray said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

03:36 Apr 4

Red Dot on the Palm: Here's how you can report domestic violence

The restricted movement due to the lockdown has specially hit the victims of domestic violence who suddenly found themselves trapped in their homes with their abusers.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

03:32 Apr 4

Rice bags been unloaded from goods train at Tambaram yard to serve the ration shop


.(Photo| EPS/Ashwin prasath)
03:14 Apr 4

Shah Rukh Khan gives four-storied office space for BMC quarantine facility

The superstar's decision to donate his office comes just a couple of days after he made huge contributions to the government to aid the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:59 Apr 4

Want to withdraw your EPF money? Here's how you can do it online

Under the new pandemic rules, all the withdrawal requests of the pension funds will be honoured within three days, said the labour ministry. However, you can avail the online withdrawal claim option only if you have linked your Aadhaar to your Universal Account Number (UAN). UAN is essential for you to access your PF records. (READ MORE)

02:56 Apr 4

Railways gear up to resume services from April 15

The Indian Railways, which had announced closure of all passenger, mail and express train services from March 24 to April 14 in a bid to stop the chain of transmission of novel coronavirus (Covid-19), has started preparation to resume all its services from April 15, sources said on Saturday. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)

02:38 Apr 4

State power utilities gear up for blackout on April 5 as fear of grid failure looms

There have been concerns that the blackout may impact the electricity grid due sudden drop in peak power demand, which was already down 25 per cent at 125.81 GW on April 2 compared to a year ago.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:32 Apr 4

Stay at home Chennites or lose your bike!

02:28 Apr 4

13 Jamaat attendees in Haryana, three in Punjab test positive

Thirteen people tested positive for COVID-19 from Palwal in Haryana with three more cases recorded from Punjab's Mansa district with all of them have attended a religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in Delhi. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:06 Apr 4

Diya jalaon: Modi shares Vajpayee's poem to remind people

01:29 Apr 4

Government issues advisory asking people to wear 'homemade face covers'

In the 'Advisory on the use of Homemade Protective Cover for Face and Mouth', the government said the use of such masks will help in protecting the community at large and that certain countries have claimed benefits of homemade face masks for the general public. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

01:27 Apr 4

JUST IN | Three more test COVID-19 positive in Jammu and Kashmir, cases rise to 78


01:23 Apr 4

Chhattisgarh: 16-year-old Tablighi Jamaat attendee tests positive

01:21 Apr 4

Pakistan records 2,700 coronavirus cases; Punjab province crosses 1,000-mark

Asserting that no one was sure how long the COVID-19 pandemic would last, Pakistan Prime minister Imran Khan on Friday announced a massive package to the construction sector to restart economy. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

01:06 Apr 4

WATCH | Chennai corporation staff risks their lives to keep you safe

01:01 Apr 4

Government puts curbs on exports of diagnostic kits with immediate effect

The move would help in dealing with the Covid-19 crisis as these kits are required for testing of patients. Earlier, exports of these products were allowed without any restrictions. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

12:56 Apr 4

Tamil Nadu reports second coronavirus death

12:36 Apr 4
JUST IN: Government puts curbs on export of diagnostic kits with immediate effect: Commerce Ministry notification
12:31 Apr 4

Chennai: People forget social distancing while collecting COVID-19 relief money

12:29 Apr 4

Andhra Pradesh records 16 fresh coronavirus cases as state tally goes to 180

Four each positive cases were recorded from Krishna and Kadapa districts while Guntur and Kurnool districts accounted for three each cases and one each from Chittoor and Prakasam districts. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

12:22 Apr 4

Bengaluru: Actor Sharmila Mandare steps out during lockdown, meets with an accident

12:18 Apr 4

Priyanka Gandhi calls for large scale testing, says government must act

The Congress general secretary asserted that extremely valuable information about the severity of the disease, disease clusters and focal points is gained from testing. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

12:12 Apr 4

Maharahtra reports 537 coronavirus cases, highest in India


(Photo | Meghana Sastry, EPS)
12:06 Apr 4

Coronavirus updates from Northeast

Total coronavirus poisitive cases in Northeast- 29

  • Assam – 25
  • Manipur – 2
  • Mizoram – 1
  • Arunachal Pradesh – 1

(Inputs from ENS)

12:01 Apr 4

PM Modi's call to turn off lights can affect emergency services, power grid: Maharashtra Energy Minister

In a video message on Friday, the Prime Minister asked citizens to turn all lights off in their houses at 9 pm on Sunday (April 5) and to stand at their doors or windows with a candle, diya and torch for nine minutes in a battle against the COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:46 Apr 4

WATCH | Auto rickshaw drivers flout social distancing rules in Bengaluru

11:44 Apr 4

Centre changes tack, lifts job cap for Jammu & Kashmir domiciles

The domicile rules had triggered a lot of adverse reactions among people and politicians of the region. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:40 Apr 4

Sunil Gavaskar shares precautionary measures one should take during COVID-19 lockdown

11:29 Apr 4

Andhra Pradesh: 16 more COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh; total cases rise to 180

11:19 Apr 4

Impressed with Kerala’s steps, Nepali trio donates from their small savings

After the hotel closed following the lockdown, they had been quite apprehensive about losing their jobs besides now knowing how to find money to meet their daily expenses. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:17 Apr 4

Asha worker assaulted in Adilabad during COVID-19 survey to identify Markaz-Nizamuddin returnees

According to sources, Asha workers, during a survey, entered the residence of one Altaf Hussain to collect the details, but the latter took a strong exception to that and manhandled one of the workers. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:16 Apr 4

Gujarat: Another woman dies of COVID-19 in Gujarat, state toll 10

11:11 Apr 4

Madhya Pradesh: 36-year-old man dies of coronavirus; death toll now nine

A 36-year old man died of coronavirus in Indore. He was under treatment in district hospital in Chhindwara. His father too has tested positive and is under treatment at the same hospital. The total number of death dues to coronavirus in the state is now nine and positive cases tally has reached 149. (Inputs from ENS)

(Photo | Parveen Negi, EPS)

10:54 Apr 4

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik appeals Tablighi Jamat attendees to come forward, get tested

10:52 Apr 4

Bhopal based journalist who attended former CM Kamal Nath's presser on March 20 and his UK return daughter turn COVID-19 negative after treatment. They have been discharged from the hospital. (Inputs from ENS)

10:47 Apr 4

UP CM Yogi Adityanath holds high-level meeting to check COVID-19 preparedness

10:43 Apr 4

Tamil Nadu prisoners make masks for police amid coronavirus outbreak

Meanwhile, the prisons department has earmarked 37 sub-jails - one in each district - to house new prisoners as a measure to prevent the spread of Coronavirus in jails. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:35 Apr 4

Uttar Pradesh coronavirus updates

  • 27 fresh coronavirus positive cases reported since last night 
  • All 27 were members of Tablighi Jamat 
  • While 26 have tested positive in Agra, 1 positive cases has surfaced in Banda 
  • Now total 25 of 75 UP districts in grip of deadly coronavirus
  • Two deaths have been reported in the state so far with 19 recoveries

(Photo | EPS)

10:20 Apr 4

JUST IN | Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 68 in India

The total number of positive coronavirus cases increased to 2,902 today according to the Union Health Ministry. A total of 68 deaths have been reported as of now.
10:02 Apr 4

FIFA postpones U-17 Women's World Cup in India due to COVID-19

The decision was taken by the FIFA-Confederations working group which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ FULL REPORT HERE) 

09:38 Apr 4

60-year-old coronavirus positive woman with no travel history dies in Bikaner hospital

A 60-year-old coronavirus positive woman having no travel history died at a hospital in Rajasthan's Bikaner on Saturday as the state reported 12 fresh positive cases, taking the tally to 191, an official said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:25 Apr 4

Chennai: A deserted Kosapet Dhobi ghat on day 10 of nationwide lockdown

09:21 Apr 4

30 per cent of India's coronavirus case load linked to Tablighi Jamaat

Meanwhile, more reports of Tablighis in quarantine refusing to follow social distancing and creating nuisance came in from hospitals in Delhi. Doctors treating them sought enhanced security outside and within the hospitals. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:11 Apr 4

Flouting COVID-19 lockdown: Man files FIR against father in Delhi

“Even after explaining to him over a thousand times about the deadly pandemic, he did not listen to us and frequently went out for walks. He not only was exposing himself to the risk of contracting the virus but was also putting all of our lives back home at risk as well,” said Singh. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:00 Apr 4

East Coast Railway is converting 261 coaches into isolation wards to fight COVID-19

08:45 Apr 4

Coronavirus news recap across Southern states

  • Tablighi Jamaat alone accounts for 30 per cent of coronavirus load in India
  • Tamil Nadu: With 411 positive cases, the state became second on India's COVID-19 chart
  • Kerala: 14 people recovered from COVID-19 and the number of new cases on Friday came down to nine
  • Karnataka: State reported fourth death and number of positive cases rose to 128
  • Andhra Pradesh: State reported first cornavirus death on Friday with total number of cases rising to 164
  • Telangana: With 75 new positive cases, taking the total cases to 229, the state saw steepest rise on Friday


08:30 Apr 4

'Tough battle, but can be won', says Maharashtra coronavirus survivor

Symptoms started appearing soon after Awati returned from Dubai. "I was having headaches, fever, and a sore throat. So I went to a local doctor. He gave me five medicines. But they did not help. The doctor then suggested that I go and have myself tested for COVID-19 at the Naidu Hospital," he said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:27 Apr 4

Goa: Total number of positive cases in state rises to seven

07:52 Apr 4

GRAPHIC | A look at the number of people who participated in Tablighi Jamaat event


07:48 Apr 4

US sets new global record with 1,480 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours; toll now at 7,141

The United States recorded nearly 1,500 deaths from COVID-19 between Thursday and Friday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, the worst 24-hour death toll globally since the pandemic began. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

(Photo | AP)

07:44 Apr 4

EDITORIAL | Ramp up testing to combat COVID-19 efficiently

Within India, Maharashtra and Kerala are the two states that have started to ramp up their testing level, albeit for the reason that both showed the initial spurt in cases and now account for a major chunk of patients Experts are calling for an urgent increase in the number of tests and the reason is twofold. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:38 Apr 4

OPINION | Is our country flattening the corona curve?

India had performed around 47,951 tests as of April 1, out of which around 1,637 were declared positive. This gives us a positivity rate of around 3.41%. The deaths reported till then were around 40, which gives us a death rate of around 2.44%. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp