With 905 new positive COVID-19 cases and 51 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, India's total number of cases rises to 9352 and death toll stands at 324.
Tamil Nadu, Arunachal Pradesh and Puducherry became the latest states to extend the lockdown till April 30.
PM Narendra Modi will be addressing the nation at 10.00 am tomorrow which is also the last day of the 21-day-nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. The Prime Minister is expected to make an official announcement on the lockdown.
Meanwhile, Global toll rises to 114,539 with the United States, now the epicentre of the pandemic as the death toll stands at 22,109 with 557,590 infections.
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France to extend lockdown till May 11
France President Emmanuel Macron (Photo | AP)
Maharashtra logs 352 new cases; tally rises to 2,334; death toll at 160
As many as 352 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra, taking the tally to 2,334 on Monday, while the death toll in the state increased to 160, said a state health official. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Goa: Chief Minister Pramod Sawant launched an SBI Mobile ATM today in Panaji. He says, "People are facing a lot of trouble in travelling. Now the Mobile ATM has been brought here. People can use the ATM by practising social distancing. People need not travel much now." pic.twitter.com/ZF1gE0SnYD— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2020
Bihar CM orders release of additional Rs 50 cr for helping stranded migrants
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday ordered release of an additional Rs 50 crore from the Chief Ministers Relief Fund for providing assistance to natives stranded in other states due to the nationwide lockdown prompted by coronavirus.
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar (Photo |PTI)
Here's a sneak peek into Andhra's COVID-19 war room
Jharkhand develops state-of-the art automated robotic device for COVID patients
To minimize interaction with COVID-19 patients, an automated robotic device has been developed by the West Singhbum Deputy Development Officer Aditya Ranjan, an engineering graduate from BIT Mesra in Ranchi. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Meghalaya becomes third northeastern state to extend lockdown
The Meghalaya government on Monday decided to extend the ongoing lockdown till April 30, as part of its measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. The decision was taken by the state cabinet at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma.
Coronavirus pandemic is 10 times more deadly than swine flu: WHO
The novel coronavirus is 10 times more deadly than swine flu, also called H1N1, which caused a global pandemic in 2009, the World Health Organization said Monday, calling for control measures to be lifted "slowly". (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Emerging evidence suggests transmission of coronavirus from mother to baby before birth or during delivery is possible: Indian Council of Medical Research
Over 74 lakh bank accounts to be created in Telangana on Tuesday
Here's some good news!
⚡️ Amid the #COVID19 chaos, here's some good news. India is in final stages for clinical trial of #PlasmaTherapy, which can help to treat #corona patients. All you need to know!@ICMRDELHI @MoHFW_INDIA @WHO @kiranshaw@gsvasu_TNIE https://t.co/03XpSLcJgG— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) April 13, 2020
Only persons covered under 'Ayushman Bharat' can be tested for free in private labs: SC
The Supreme Court Monday modified its April 8 order which asked private labs to conduct free COVID-19 tests and said the benefit will be available only to "economically weaker sections" who are covered under government schemes such as the Ayushman Bharat. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
New York state virus death toll passes 10,000: governor
The death toll from the new coronavirus in New York state has passed 10,000, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday. Cuomo said 671 people had died in the last 24 hours, bringing the total number of fatalities in the state to 10,056.
Germany to lift restrictions as coronavirus deaths drop
Germany is moving towards a progressive lifting of restrictions linked to the coronavirus outbreak as new infections fall and the number of deaths remains far below its European neighbours.
Over 200 cases registered, 3,358 detained in Delhi for violating lockdown
According to data shared by the police, 201 cases were registered till 5 pm. A total of 3,358 people have been detained and 322 vehicles impounded, the Delhi police said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
BREAKING: Wearing face masks made compulsorily in Chennai
It is mandatory to wear masks if you step out of your homes. If found without masks, the violator's movement passes will be canceled and vehicles will be impounded for three months, says Corporation Commissioner G Prakash.
Selective medicines will be delivered at your door step: TN health minister
On account of extension of #lockdown, #TNHealth has facilitated delivery of selective medicines those with a prescription at doorsteps, supported by TNCDA,effective 14.04.20 as directed by Hon’ble CM. Call toll free 18001212172 to avail d services across the state. @MoHFW_INDIA pic.twitter.com/MdPYAYYYbv— Dr C Vijayabaskar (@Vijayabaskarofl) April 13, 2020
After Arunachal Pradesh, now Mizoram to extend lockdown till April 30
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga on Monday announced his government was extending the lockdown in the state till April 30 "with new guidelines" to consolidate the gains made over the past three weeks in the fight against coronavirus.
Maharashtra permits manufacturers to operate during lockdown
The one-size-fit-all lockdown has brought untold misery & suffering to millions of farmers, migrant labourers, daily wagers & business owners.— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) April 13, 2020
It needs a “smart” upgrade, using mass testing to isolate virus hotspots & allowing businesses in other areas to gradually reopen.
22 per cent of coronavirus patients in Rajasthan have recovered so far: State Health Minister
The coronavirus outbreak may have spread to 25 districts of Rajasthan but 22 per cent of the total infected patients have been cured so far, state Health Minister Raghu Sharma said here on Monday.
For representational purpose. (Photo | A Sanesh, EPS)
MP police personnel infected with COVID-19 sent to isolation centres for 14 days
Madhya Pradesh police personnel who have come in contact with jail inmates infected with the novel coronavirus have been sent to isolation centres for 14 days, a senior official said on Monday.
Plea for nationalisation of healthcare sector during COVID-19 'misconceived': SC
The Supreme Court Monday termed as "misconceived" a plea seeking direction to the Centre, states and Union Territories to nationalise all healthcare facilities and related entities till COVID-19 pandemic is contained in the country. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
For representational purpose. (Photo | EPS)
Arunachal Pradesh government extends lockdown
Arunachal Pradesh government extended the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of novel coronavirus from April 14 to April 30, a senior official said. Only state-run buses will be allowed to ply on the roads.
Lockdown has significantly lowered growth of COVID-19 cases in India
A statistical analysis of active cases of COVID-19 has revealed a significant decline in reproductive numbers of SARS CoV 2 -- the virus behind the COVID 19 epidemic -- in India, possibly due to the nationwide lockdown and social distancing measures. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Puducherry extends lockdown till April 30
Image used for represenatational purpose. (Photo | G Sathyanarayana/EPS)
Police arrest 188 morning walkers in Chandigarh for violating lockdown
After a dressing down from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for not acting against morning walkers, the Chandigarh cops swung into action on Monday. They arrested 188 morning walkers and registered 56 cases against them for disobeying curfew orders.
Body of doctor who died of COVID-19 removed from Chennai crematorium after locals protest
According to sources, the 56-year-old ortho surgeon from Andhra Pradesh tested positive in Nellore. He was later shifted to Chennai for treatment. “He contracted the infection from a patient he was treating there. He was undergoing treatment at Apollo Hospital, Vanagaram. However, he died without responding to treatment,” a hospital source said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Sonia Gandhi welcomes PM Modi’s move to give free rations to food security act beneficiaries
After Corona, Covid and Lockdown, baby in Uttar Pradesh named 'Sanitizer'
His father Omvir Singh, resident of Vijay Vihar, said he had named his son 'Sanitizer' because it had the capacity to fight against the Coronavirus. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
It's official: COVID-19 lockdown extended till April 30 in Tamil Nadu
Palaniswami said since the lockdown has been extended, rice card holders would get essential commodities for the month of May free of cost through the ration shops - rice, one kg sugar, one kg toor dal and one kg edible oil. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Coronavirus updates from Kerala
Kerala-- 104 days of #COVID— Raam Das (@PRamdas_TNIE) April 13, 2020
3 new cases in Kerala
112183 under observation
One of the fresh cases is a foreigner, 2 infected via contacts@NewIndianXpress @xpresskerala
Clerics issue advisory appealing to Muslims to pray at home this Ramzan
Taking the lead, the prominent Sunni cleric of Lucknow Idgah and Chairman of Islamic Centre of India, Maulana Khalid Rasheed Farangi Mahali, has issued an advisory saying with the commencement of the holy month of Ramzan on April 24 with the sighting of moon and first Roza to be observed on April 25, all devotees should perform Taraweeh, the additional prayers during the holy month right after the evening Isha Namaz, at their homes. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
World's biggest lockdown may have cost Rs 7-8 lakh crore to Indian economy, feel analysts
With the intent to contain the spread of COVID-19, Prime Minister Narendra Modi with effect from March 25 announced a nationwide complete lockdown that brought as much as 70 per cent of economic activity, investment, exports and discretionary consumption to a standstill. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
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Visa, e-visa of foreigners stranded due to COVID-19 extended till April 30: MHA
In a statement, the ministry said all those foreigners whose regular visa, e-visa or stay stipulation expired or would be expiring during February 1 (midnight) to April 30 (midnight), would be "extended till April 30 (midnight) on gratis basis, after making an online application by the foreigners". (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
While Tamil Nadu extends lockdown, more positive cases get reported in state
Global toll rises to 114,539 as coronavirus continues to ravage US, Europe
More than 1,853,300 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 395,000 are now considered recovered. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH | BBMP marshals help the elderly in Bengaluru
BBMP Marshals with the help of the defence move homeless people to shelters. They teach them how to sanitise, make a note of all their details before getting them to board the bus to take them to government hostels @XpressBengaluru @santwana99 @NewIndianXpress @WeAreBangalore pic.twitter.com/ncqAdYNvpI— Meghana Sastry (@MeghanaSastry) April 13, 2020
Case registered against 11 Tablighi Jamaat members for flouting COVID-19 lockdown rules in Hyderabad
Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao said that with an increase of 28 new COVID-19 cases on April 12, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Telangana has reached 531. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Youth who walked 1600 km from Mumbai barred from entering home by mother
Ashok, hailing from Gola Dinanath locality of Varanasi, had gone to Mumbai in search of work four months ago. He got a job as a waiter at a restaurant in Nagpada in Central Mumbai. But after the coronavirus lockdown was announced, the hotel was shut, and Ashok, having tried his luck at other places, was forced to head home till normalcy returned. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
796 confirmed cases, 35 new deaths have been reported in last 24 hours
COVID-19 lockdown: Stranded Bhutanese students, Britons flown back home from Punjab
A special flight evacuated 134 Bhutanese students while 271 British nationals were also flown back to the UK. Meanwhile, a Punjab Police officer has tested positive for the virus and villagers are demanding that the entry of migrants be stopped to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Doctor succumbs to COVID-19 in Chennai
#Covid_19 alert: Another #Doctor in #India falls to the infection. This time it is Dr Laxminarayan Reddy,— Sumi Dutta (@SumiSukanya) April 13, 2020
Orthopedic Surgeon from #Nellore, #AP who had just opened a new hospital earlier this month. (Pic by @IMAIndiaOrg ) n/1#CoronaUpdate pic.twitter.com/YxPmszNiTK
Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 survivor forced to sell house amid 'negativity from neighbours'
His father alleged that the neighbours got abusive at times and even chased away the vendors who came to sell vegetables and milk at the residence. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Updates from ICMR briefing on COVID-19
- Over 2 lakh COVID-19 tests done till April 12
- ICMR says test kits well-stocked for next 6 weeks
- 146 hotspots have been identified in 15 districts
- Till yesterday, 2,06,212 tests have been conducted in India
- The first consignment of COVID-19 kits from China will arrive in India on 15th April
(Inputs from ANI)
Tamil Nadu extends lockdown, CM asks people to cooperate and follow social distancing
(Photo | P Jawahar, EPS)
Here are a few updates on lockdown extension in Tamil Nadu
- Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K. Palaniswami announced extension of lockdown till April 30 in state
- Rice cardholders will get rice, sugar, dal and cooking oil free of cost through ration shops: EPS
- All unorganised sector workers will get Rs 1,000 per family; migrant workers will get 15 kg of rice, one kg dal, one kg of cooking oil
- Bakeries will be allowed to be open between 6.00 am and 1.00 pm in Chennai
- Tele Medicine Society of India's doctors will clarify the doubts of the people about coronavirus
- The CM appealed to people to maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and asked people to cooperate with the goverment
(Inputs from ENS)
COVID-19 lockdown extended in Tamil Nadu till April 30
Three kids among four new COVID-19 cases in Hubballi, all relatives of first patient
The development came after Justice Gulzar had expressed displeasure over the federal government's measures to curb the coronavirus spread. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
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COVID-19 lockdown confines Assamese to homes but fails to dampen their Bihu spirit
People are celebrating Rongali Bihu – the spring festival – at home. Some of the revellers streamed the celebrations live on Facebook. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Odd-even rules to be implemented in wholesale markets in Delhi, traders will sell vegetables on alternate days
Vegetables to be sold from 6.00 am to 11.00 am, fruits 2.00 pm to 6.00 pm in all wholesale markets in Delhi: Development Minister Gopal Rai announces.
(Inputs from PTI, Photo by Shekhar Yadav, EPS)
Domestic passenger vehicle sales plunge 51 per cent in March hit by coronavirus pandemic: SIAM
Similarly, commercial vehicles sales last month saw a massive dip of 88.95 per cent at 13,027 units as against 1,09,022 units in March 2019. Two-wheeler sales saw a decline of 39.83 per cent at 8,66,849 units in March compared to 14,40,593 units in March 2019.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Swiggy expands delivery of essential services to over 125 cities amid COVID-19 lockdown
The company has partnered with several national brands and retailers such as HUL, P&G, Godrej, Dabur, Marico, Vishal Mega Mart, Cipla and many other city specific stores to supply branded essential products and food items to the customers' doorstep, Swiggy said in a statement. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Maharashtra Chief Secy issues order to extend lockdown till April 30
Lockdown: 93 Goan seafarers onboard ship seek CM Sawant's help
The Goa government last week decided not to allow the seafarers to enter the state in view of the coronavirus threat, after they requested for disembarkment from the ship. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
As the #lockdown has shut many business and industries, it forced people to choose a different livelihood. Muhammad Shafi, 39, a watch mechanic by profession, sells mask, which he made himself at his home, in Chennai#coronavirus #covid_19 #victimsoflockdown @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/EhgLXw4kkz— Debadatta Mallick (@ddmallick) April 13, 2020
Eight-months pregnant doctor travels 30 kms daily to attend to patients amid coronavirus in Andhra
Apart from deliveries, people suffering from BP, diabetes and other ailments come to the hospital regularly for treatment. But it is the foreign-returnees and patients with coronavirus symptoms who pose a challenge. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
19 Indians stuck at Dubai airport for three weeks due to coronavirus lockdown
Meanwhile, Indian Ambassador to the UAE Pavan Kapoor told the Gulf News on Saturday that the Indian missions in the UAE were awaiting instructions from their government on when the travel restrictions can be lifted. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
IN PIC | Delhi Police helps people in need during COVID-19 lockdown
Delhi police women personnel cook food to distribute among the needy during nationwide coronavirus lockdown, which is in place till April 14. (Photo | Shekhar Yadav, EPS)
Lockdown blues? It is perfectly okay to seek help, say mental health experts
Speculations about the extension of lockdown have escalated the nervousness of many. Mental fatigue, anxiety and stress could see further spike in the upcoming days, say psychiatrists. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Roads to border areas reopened with onset of summer amid staff crunch at BRO
There is a total shortage of 8091 personnel, 635 officers and 7456 other staff. The committee's report was placed before Parliament in the Budget Session. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Tomorrow at 10 AM: PM Modi's address to the nation
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Hyderabad expat in UAE sacked for Islamophobic post on coronavirus
Earlier, Abu Dhabi resident Mitesh Udeshi was sacked for posting a cartoon mocking Islam on his Facebook page while a police complaint was filed against Sameer Bhandari of Future Vision Events & Weddings' in Dubai after he asked a Muslim job seeker from India to go back to Pakistan. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
There is no address to the nation by the Prime Minister today: Govt Sources— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2020
Back to working in North Block office with home-made mask, tweets FM Nirmala Sitharaman
"Back to working in North Block office with a home-made mask this morning," Sitharaman tweeted. She also tweeted a photo in which she was seen wearing the mask. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Medical staff tested positive in Delhi
A doctor, a nurse and one staff in support duty have tested positive. However, the doctor has in all probability acquired the infection from outside the hospital (Max Hospital, Saket, Delhi): Max Hospital spokesperson.
Important announcement from government sources
"Ministry of External Affairs has been regularly issuing advisories for Embassies & its personnel to strictly follow lockdown guidelines. We've issued a very limited number of curfew passes for essential work. We will continue to advise the diplomatic community to adhere to the lockdown guidelines as it is in their interest and well being of each and everyone," government sources.
Latest coronavirus stats from Uttar Pradesh
- Total count of positive cases till Monday : 538.
- Agra tops list with 138.
- Recovered : 45.
- Deaths : 05.
CCTV cameras capture Rajasthan women spitting in plastic bags and throwing them in houses
Rajasthan: CCTV cameras capture some women spitting in plastic bags &throwing them in some houses in Vallabhvadi area of Kota despite ban on spitting in public in view of #COVID19. "Area has been sanitised&search is on for accused," says Gumanpura Circle Inspector Manoj Sikarwar. pic.twitter.com/iCAvNCa0kk— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2020
DMK moves Madras HC against Tamil Nadu government's latest order
Bihu celebrations in Assam amid coronavirus lockdown
Latest numbers from Karnataka, Rajasthan and Bengal:
- In Karnataka, there are 247 positive cases till Monday. While 59 have been discharged, six died so far.
- Rajasthan has 815 positive cases. While 121 have been discharged, eleven have succumbed so far.
- In Bengal, 95 positive cases till Monday, while seven have died and 19 got discharged.
Andhra tally of confirmed coronavirus cases reaches 432
Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh is witnessing a surge of COVID-19 positive cases with eight more samples from the district testing positive on Monday and the total number of cases reaching 90. Two COVID-19 positive tested patients from the district have died till now. (READ FULL STORY NOW)
After Delhi and Telangana, now Punjab cop tests positive
52-year-old Gazetted Officer of Punjab Police, posted in Ludhiana, tests positive. He had been unwell for the past week and has been put on a ventilator. SOP is being followed: KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Punjab Disaster Management.
More about the latest Maharashtra coronavirus numbers
- At least 82 people tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra on Monday, taking the state tally to 2,064, a state health official said.
- Among the new cases, 59 were reported from Mumbai city and 12 from Malegaon tehsil in Nashik district.
- Besides, five cases were reported from Thane, three from Pune, twofrom Palghar, and one Vasai-Virar (township in Palghar district), the official said.
Total number of positive cases cross 2000 in Maharashtra
82 new COVID-19 cases including 59 cases in Mumbai reported in the state today; the total number of positive cases in the state is now 2064: Maharashtra Health Department.
People being screened at Bengaluru
BJP member among 43 booked for violating lockdown norms in UP
Muzaffarnagar Senior Superintendent of Police Abhishek Yadav said the FIRs were lodged and copies of it were delivered to the residences, and also put up outside the houses of the people, which included BJP member Vipul Tyagi.
Kerala to take a call on relaxing lockdown restrictions Wednesday
- Kerala which was expected to take a decision on relaxing the lockdown restrictions in the state on Monday, will take a final call on this matter in the cabinet meeting to be held on Wednesday.
- The state cabinet meeting held on Monday decided to wait for Center’s decision on extending lockdown before taking a final decision on relaxing certain conditions in the state.
- The meeting also expressed satisfaction in the progress of COVID-19 situation in the state especially in Kasaragod which was severely hit by coronavirus cases in the state.
As 21-day lockdown comes to end, ministers, senior bureaucrats back at work
The move followed the instructions circulated two days ago so that a proper mechanism could be prepared before the 21-day nationwide lockdown end on April 14 midnight. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Prakash Javadekar holds meeting with I&B Ministry staff
Muzaffarnagar municipality chairperson put under home quarantine
A notice was put up outside Chairperson Anju Agarwal's residence on Sunday after a Tablighi Jamaat member tested positive at Kidwai Nagar locality where she had visited to oversee sanitising work. Agarwal, however, alleged that the move by the district authorities was political step as she had been watching the municipality work.
Scene outside liquor shop in Assam
Maharashtra minister asked to go into self-quarantine
Nirmala Sithraman gets checked at Finance Ministry entrance
Baisakhi celebration in Bihar amid lockdown
Delhi Health Minister's statement on coronavirus situation in the national capital
There are 43 containment zones in Delhi today. If there are three or more positive cases in an area then we are declaring it a hotspot. 180 random samples were collected from Dilshad Garden yesterday. Rapid testing kits are awaited: Satyendra Jain.
Punjab observes Baisakhi amid state lockdown
Gujarat figures continue to rise
22 more COVID-19 cases and two more deaths (Ahmedabad & Vadodara) related to the virus reported in Gujarat. Total coronavirus positive cases in the state at 538, including 26 deaths & 47 discharged: Gujarat Health Department.
More pics of sanitisation drives in Delhi
Deploy military in Nagpur: BJP MLA
COVID-19 cases have been found in Sataranjipura in large numbers. This area should be handed over to the military, I've discussed this with the Municipal Commissioner: Krishna Khopde, BJP MLA from Nagpur (East) Maharashtra.
Lockdown scenes from Bhopal
First COVID-19 case in Nagaland, man tests positive
The man with coronavirus-like symptoms was admitted to a hospital in Assam's Guwahati, where he tested positive for COVID-19, an official said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Latest visuals from another 'containment zone' in the national capital
More about the new cases in Dharavi
Three new coronavirus cases were reported from Madina Nagar, Janata Cooperative Housing Society and Gulmohar Chawl of Dharavi. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Tight police checking at Kerala
Latest numbers from Northeast
- Total positive cases in Northeast: 37
- Assam: 30
- Manipur: 2
- Tripura: 2
- Arunachal: 1
- Mizoram: 1
- Nagaland: 1
- Death: 1 (Assam)
- (Two new cases. One in Assam. Tablighi returnee. Another in Nagaland. This is Nagaland's first case)
Union Minister Kiren Rijuju resumes his duties
Delhi: Union Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju who is joining office from today arrives at the Sports Authority of India. He says,"Only senior officials&minimum required staff will be coming to the office today onwards. We'll follow all guidelines regarding COVID19". pic.twitter.com/QPwbKUgWaH— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2020
Bhutanese students allowed to leave from Punjab
134 Bhutanese students, who had been stranded in the hostels of Lovely Professional University, Phagwara–Jalandhar, were allowed them to leave for Bhutan through a special flight arranged by Bhutanese Government: KBS Sidhu, Special Chief Secretary, Punjab Disaster Management.
Update from J&K
44 Indian evacuees from Iran who were quarantined at the Indian Navy's facility at Ghatkopar, Mumbai have returned to their homes in J&K's Srinagar after completing 30 days at the facility and testing negative for COVID19. They were quarantined at the facility on March 13. pic.twitter.com/WQwqzWHxl8— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2020
Rajasthan tally reaches 815
Eleven new COVID-19 positive cases (10 from Bharatpur & 1 from Banswara) reported today; the total number of positive cases in the state rises to 815: Rajasthan Health Department.
Visuals from Andhra
Four new cases in Dharavi
Four new COVID-19 positive cases and one death reported in Dharavi today. Till now, the total number of positive cases in Dharavi is 47, five deaths.
Floral industry suffers loss amid lockdown
Moradabad: Growers of marigold & rose say their flowers are drying up in the field as markets are shut due to #CoronavirusLockdown. "Flowers are drying up in the field as we are unable to sell them, leading us to huge losses," a farmer says. pic.twitter.com/ANEBKeTgTQ— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) April 13, 2020
Ventilators could actually be killing coronavirus patients, feel experts
As health officials around the world push to get more ventilators to treat coronavirus patients, some doctors are moving away from using them whenever they can. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Cases continue to swell up in Agra
Number of COVID-19 cases rise to 134 in Agra, with 30 new cases being reported in the district. Number of active cases stands at 120: District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh.
Duty over maternal leave
Foreigners get unique punishment in Uttarakhand for breaking lockdown rules
Uttarakhand: 10 foreign nationals who were caught strolling along the bank of river Ganga in Rishikesh were made to write "I didn't follow lockdown rules, I am sorry', for 500 times as a punishment for violating #CoronavirusLockdown. (12-4-2020) pic.twitter.com/vd3BJeoHm0— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Good news from Odisha
One COVID-19 positive case of Kalahandi district, presently at Ashwini Covid hospital, Cuttack, has recovered and tested negative for COVID-19: Department of Health & Family Welfare, Government of Odisha.
Visuals from Karnataka's Hubli
Latest coronavirus figures released by government
Total number of deaths rise to 308, 35 deaths in last 24 hours; India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rises to 9152 (including 7987 active cases, 856 cured/discharged/migrated and 308 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
Lockdown scenes in Delhi
Delhi: Bengali Market/ Babar Road adjoining area of Todarmal Road, have been declared COVID19 'containment zones' by Delhi Government; Police says, "doctors, NDMC sanitation workers, persons delivering essential commodities are allowed in the area". pic.twitter.com/gMbral7Ilc— ANI (@ANI) April 13, 2020
15 non-essential industries could get green light amid COVID-19 lockdown extension
In a clear indication of the government considering rolling the economic wheel again even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to extend the lockdown, the Union commerce ministry has urged the Union home ministry to reopen at least 15 industries and allow movement of “all transport vehicles”. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Latest visuals from Mumbai
Barricades in 'COVID-19' hotspot Nagpur
'Containment Zone' in Madurai
Coronavirus cases in US surpass 5,50,000
Kerala looks overseas as it runs out of medical supplies
With Kerala running out of stock of PCR kits, RNA extraction kits and personal protective equipment (PPE), it is looking at South Korea, Germany and Dubai to procure the same. The state is also wary of the fact that international procurement of the essentials is not as easy as it seems because there is an overwhelming global demand for the essentials. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
‘Salt satyagraha’ for Irula tribe in Tamil Nadu as no groceries in vicinity
Irula tribals living in various settlements near Palamalai, Kodiyur and Velliankadu are braving the current situation with little food they have.Though they were provided with rice, oil and dhal at fair price shops, due to them living in remote settlements, the tribals state that they do not have many essential items such as vegetables and salt. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Southern Railway staff now under scanner as many Tablighi Jamaat attendees took train
Many of those who attended the Delhi religious event travelled by trains between March 14 and 20. Most of the attendees travelled by 13 trains from Delhi to Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. Now that many of these attendees have tested positive for COVID-19, the Southern Railway has warned that ticket examiners and RPF personnel could also have been affected.
Only two test positive for COVID-19 in Kerala, 36 recover on ‘a day of much relief and hope’
In what could be another indication of the state flattening the curve of Coronavirus infection, only two people tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. Moreover, 36 patients recovered, taking the total number of Covid survivors to 179. Also, two districts, Kottayam and Idukki, have no active cases.
Kuwait Malayalis’ SOS to return home
With the increase in the number of Indians being affected by Covid-19 in Kuwait, the expats, including Malayalis, stranded in the West Asian country are pleading for help from the Central and state governments to bring them home. Of the total 1,234 Covid-19 cases reported in Kuwait till Sunday, more than 600 people are Indians. (READ THE FULL REPORT HERE)
Will PM Narendra Modi extend the lockdown?
With only a day left for the 21-day nationwide lockdown to end, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to make an announcement extending it any time now. During his video-conference meeting with chief ministers on Saturday, most states had demanded that the restrictions continue till the end of the month to stifle the pandemic. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Trucks carrying essential items being detained by police in many states: Govt
The Union government on Sunday said that guidelines on exemptions during lockdown were not being followed properly in some parts of the country and vehicles carrying essential and non-essential items were being detained by police that could lead to potential shortage of commodities.
Two more deaths, 104 new cases reported in Rajasthan; total tally at 804
Rajasthan reported two more coronavirus-related deaths on Sunday, taking the number to 11, as over 100 new COVID-19 cases surfaced in the state, officials said here. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
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Your TV sets are safe: Information and Broadcasting ministry
The Information and Broadcasting ministry has asked television broadcasters, DTH and cable TV operators to ensure uninterrupted supply of their services in the interest of viewers in the "difficult times" of the COVID-19 pandemic. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
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All 159 samples tested today have come out negative: Himachal Pradesh
Italy reports lowest death toll in three weeks
Italy on Sunday reported its lowest coronavirus death toll in more than three weeks, confirming trends showing that the COVID-19 outbreak in Europe's worst-hit nation had peaked.The 431 new deaths reported by the civil protection service were the lowest since March 19.
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Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police test positive for COVID-19
A 56-year-old Assistant Sub-Inspector of Delhi Police tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. He last came on duty on 8th April. He is the third personnel of Delhi Police who has fallenprey to the virus, say Delhi Police.
Following Kerala, Tamil Nadu's lead, Goa to set up modern sample collection kiosks
Goa will set up state-of-the-art sample collection kiosks as per Indian Council for Medical Research guidelines to increase the number of people being tested for coronavirus, state health minister Vishwajit Rane said on Sunday.
Health workers take nasal swabs from a person through a Covid-19 sample collection kiosk in Chennai. (Photo | Debdatta Mallick, EPS)
Assam Government allows retail liquor outlets to be opened from April 13
The notification states that all liquor shops shall remain open from 10 am to 5:00 pm on the certain days. The government has also advised the buyers to follow social distancing.
A total of 1,95,748 samples from 1,81,028 individuals have been tested as on 12 April 2020, 9 PM: Indian Council of Medical Research
After Maharashtra, Delhi, now Bengal makes wearing mask compulsory in public places
The West Bengal government on Sunday made wearing masks mandatory for people visiting public places, a senior official said. An order to this effect was issued by Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha Sunday evening.
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Cases rise to 480 in Uttar Pradesh
Number of new cases reported: 221
Number of people dischared: 217
Number of deaths today: 22
Total number of positive cases: 1982
Total number of deaths:149
Scam-tainted Wadhawan brothers come clean on Khandala-Mahabaleshwar trip
Four days after a massive political furore, scam-accused businessmen Kapil Wadhawan and his brother Dheeraj Wadhawan on Sunday gave their side of the story about their Thursday (April 9) trip from Khandala to Mahabaleshwar allegedly flouting lockdown norms.
One more COVID-19 death reported in Andhra Pradesh; total positive cases rise to 420
The cornavirus toll increased to seven with the death of a 52-year old man while the total positive cases to 420 in Andhra Pradesh, the state government said on Sunday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Jim Corbett becomes India's first quarantine facility for animals
India's oldest National Park Jim Corbett, situated in Uttarakhand's Paurhi Garhwal region, has built isolation wards for animals. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
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Here’s how people in Bengaluru spend time during lockdown
Assam to extend support to Centre's decision on lockdown extension
The Assam government on Sunday decided to go with any decision to be taken by the Centre on extension of the 21-day lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
I am happy to share that a 7 1/2 hour long surgery has been successfully completed in PGI to repair the severed wrist of ASI Harjeet Singh. I thank the entire team of doctors and support staff for their painstaking effort. Wishing ASI Harjeet Singh a speedy recovery.— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) April 12, 2020
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Sri Lanka makes cremations compulsory for coronavirus deaths, angering Muslims
Of the seven deaths from the infectious disease so far in the island nation, three were Muslims. The bodies were cremated by authorities despite protests from relatives. "The corpse of a person who has died or is suspected to have died, of... COVID-19 shall be cremated," Health Minister Pavithra Wanniarachchi said Sunday.
UK PM Boris Johnson discharged from hospital: Downing Street
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was discharged from hospital on Sunday, a Downing Street spokesman said, a week after being admitted for treatment for coronavirus and spending three days in intensive care.
21 new cases in J&K reported today
21 new cases of COVID19 reported in J&K today. 17 from Kashmir Division and 4 from Jammu Division. Total number of positive cases now 245: Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary-Planning, Jammu and Kashmir
13 health workers test positive for coronavirus in TN
Two government doctors, two railway hospital doctors, four private hospital doctors and five nurses have tested positive for COVID19: Beela Rajesh, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary
Delhi CM informs about 'Operation Shield'
High-risk zones will be declared as orange zones. Containment zones have already been declared as red zones. We will start a massive sanitation drives in these zones from tomorrow. Wherever we are finding COVID19 cases in Delhi, we are declaring those areas as containment zones and conducting 'Operation Shield' there. Total 33-35 containment zones have been already identified till now. The number of containment zones will be increased in Delhi in next 2-3 days. Also, we are starting a sanitisation drive on a large-scale in the red zones or containment zones: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
MHA on COVID19 crisis
Situation regarding essential commodities is under control. In the MHA control room, officials of Ministries of Civil Aviation, Consumer Affairs and Railways have been working in coordination with states to resolve logistics problems: MHA
India's total number of Coronavirus positive cases rises to 8447
Increase of 918 new COVID19 cases and 31 deaths in last 24 hours; India's total number of Coronavirus positive cases rises to 8447 (including 7409 active cases, 765 cured/discharged/migrated and 273 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare
90 healthcare workers test positive for coronavirus across India
Till now, around 90 doctors, nurses and paramedics staff have tested positive for COVID19 across the country: Sources
1.86 lakh samples tested: ICMR
Currently there are 219 testing facilities in country; till 2:30 PM today 1.86 lakh samples have been tested of which 7,953 were found positive: ICMR
Health Ministry on COVID-19 crisis
- Over 15000 tests taking place every day. 4.3% of all cases tested positive
- 34 deaths in the last 24 hours
- Only 20% of cases need hospitalisation with critical care and oxygen support
- 1671 patients need beds, and the government is equipped with 1.05 lakh
- Orientation of health staff underway
- Additional ventilators being provided to states
- Multiple dedicated COVID-19 hospitals being set up
- Public sectors like HAL providing additional beds
- Enough supply of HCQ in the country
Tripura govt to test all those under quarantine within a week
Tripura government has decided to conduct tests for all 769 persons, who are now in quarantine, within a week. As of now, 337 samples have been tested including the two positive cases
Nine arrested in conneccion with attack on Punjab police
Nine persons have been arrested till now in connection with the attack in which a Punjab ASI's hand was chopped off in Patiala earlier on Sunday. Weapons including guns and petrol bombs have been recovered: Mandeep Singh, SSP Patiala
Madhya Pradesh extends lockdown till April 30
We also do not support the lifting of lockdown on April 14. It is true that the economy is affected, but the lives of people are more important: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Vijayapura now 19th district in Karnataka affected by coronavirus
With 60-year-old female testing positive for COVID-19, Vijayapura becomes the 19th district in Karnataka to be infected by the deadly virus. Karnataka on Sunday recorded 11 new cases of coronavirus taking the tally in the state to 226. Among them, one of the cases were reported in the Vijayapura city. The health bulletin revealed that a 60-year-old female has been suffering from Severe Acute Respiratory Infections.
Tamil Nadu reports 12th COVID-19 death as 45-year-old woman succumbs
A press statement from the TN Health Department said the patient was admitted to Government Medical College Hospital in Omandurar Estate on April 5. "She developed breathlessness on Saturday and died at 7.30 pm without responding to the treatment," the statement read.
Wear masks or face fine/three-year jail term: Ahmedabad civic body
The Ahmedabad civic body has made it compulsory for people to wear masks in public places from Monday, failing which offenders will be fined Rs 5,000 or sentenced to three-year imprisonment, an official said.
#WATCH Delhi AIIMS' Randeep Guleria explains how plasma therapy works in treatment of #COVID19 patients - Plasma from blood of a person who recovered from COVID-19 is taken & then plasma's anti-bodies are transfused into another patient's blood which boosts their immune system. pic.twitter.com/FMcuVxEvvB— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh reach 417, CM Jagan holds review meeting
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held a review meeting with Chief Secretary Neelam Sawhney, Director General of Police Gautam Sawang and other senior officials to take stock of the situation arising out of the spread of coronavirus in the state. The COVID-19 positive cases crossing the 400-mark on Saturday.
Azharuddin on COVID-19 impact
Former India captain-turned-administrator Mohammed Azharuddin feels that all cricket boards should come together to redraw the international calendar as the COVID-19 pandemic has ensured that the current schedule is irredeemable. Azharuddin feels that tweaking of the Futures Tours and Programmes (FTP) is also necessary to accommodate the Indian Premier League, which is important for both domestic and foreign players.
Kerala FM on COVID-19 crisis
Kerala govt closely monitoring situation; will have district-specific strategies to tackle coronavirus outbreak. Not just lockdown, intense testing and contact tracing are equally important to fight coronavirus. Allow states to directly borrow from the Reserve Bank: Kerala FM Thomas Isaac
11 fresh cases of coronavirus in Karnataka, state tally now at 226
The new cases are largely contacts of those who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi along with contacts of those who worked in the pharma company in Nanjangud, which has created cluster transmission in Mysuru.
Loco Pilot in Bengaluru digs deep into his pockets, feeds hungry amid lockdown
Loco pilot B Ravi and S Somashekhar have been cooking and distributing an average of 120 food packets to the needy for the last five days and plan to continue doing so as long as they can sustain it. Ravi, with 20 years of experience as an express driver, was choked with emotion when narrating his experience to The New Indian Express.
Boris Johnson owes life to NHS staff after beating COVID-19
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he owed his life to the country's National health service (NHS) for helping him beat the novel coronavirus. The Prime Minister, 55, issued a short statement on Saturday hailing the medics as he prepared to spend his seventh night at St Thomas' Hospital in central London, reports the Metro newspaper. "I can't thank them enough. I owe them my life," he said.
Kamal Nath blames Centre for delay in tacking COVID crisis in MP
Madhya Pradesh is the only State where there is no minister for home & health. Lockdown was imposed 40 days after Rahul Gandhi expressed concerns over COVID19. The Centre's engagement in toppling MP govt led to delay in taking steps to tackle COVID-19. Madhya Pradesh Cabinet is yet to be formed. On March 12, I ordered closing of malls and other places but no action has been taken after my resignation: Congress leader Kamal Nath
Uttarakhand MLAs take 30% pay cut
Salaries of Uttarakhand MLAs and their constituency & secretarial allowances reduced by 30%, after the state cabinet's decision, in view of COVID19 pandemic: State Assembly Secretary Jagdish Chand
Total number of positive cases in Indore district rises to 298
49 more Coronavirus positive cases had come yesterday so the total number of positive cases in Indore district rises to 298. The death toll has gone up to 32 after test results of 2 people, who had died earlier, came yesterday: Dr Praveen Jadiya, Chief Medical Health Officer Indore
Disinfection drive in full swing in Kolkata
West Bengal: Workers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation spray disinfectant in different areas of the city in view of #CoronavirusPandemic. 134 cases of #COVID19 including five deaths have been reported in the state, according to the Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare. pic.twitter.com/ZNdVm4ZoF6— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Two more deaths in Pune
Two more deaths reported in Pune today. Both of them had tested positive for COVID-19 and also had co-morbidity. A total of 31 deaths reported in Pune till now, including two residents of Thane and Ahmednagar who died here: : Health officials, Pune.
Karnataka coronavirus updates
226 positive cases identified so far in the state till Sunday. Six have died so far, while 47 discharged.
More than 100 new cases in Maharashtra on Sunday
134 new Coronavirus positive cases reported in Maharashtra today - Mumbai 113, Raigad, Amravati, Bhiwandi, Pimpri-Chinchwad 1 each, Pune 4, Mira Bhayandar 7 and Navi Mumbai, Thane & Vasai Virar 2 each. The total positive cases in the state rise to 1895: State Health Department.
Eight held in Delhi for gathering at gurdwara defying lockdown
- A police team on patrol duty found that a group of people was performing religious activities at Gurdwara Sisgang at around 2. 15 am, they said. After seeing police, the people there tried to flee but they were apprehended, a senior police official said.
- A case under sections 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease) and 270 (malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against them at Kotwali police station, he said.
- The eight apprehended were not wearing masks and had gathered at a religious place in violation of the lockdown orders, the officer said.
Latest Rajasthan numbers
Total coronavirus positive cases in the state till 9 am Sunday: 751. While 112 more found to be negative in subsequent tests, 52 have been discharged so far
COVID-19 control room set up in Kerala district
In our COVID control room, we use technology to reach out to large number of people to provide them medical advice & assistance. Even in the case of community transmission of #COVID19, this cell can operate from remote areas: Alappuzha District Collector M Anjana. https://t.co/qlmiD5gtpn pic.twitter.com/VTIBbOND90— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Delhi Health Minister on 'Markaz' category in Delhi medical bulletin
It's the same. Markaz operation wasn't only one but several others too. They have been clubbed together. It doesn't make a difference: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain on 'Markaz' category in Delhi medical bulletin changed to 'Under Special Operations' category #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/XjsVqMUb0s— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
More update on the attack on punjab cops
#UPDATE 7 fugitives, donning the robes of Nihangs, have been arrested from Gurdwara in village Balbera. One of these was injured in police firing & has been rushed to hospital. Operation was supervised by IG Patiala Zone,Jatinder Singh Aulakh: KBS Sidhu,Spl Chief Secretary,Punjab https://t.co/y2DGargb34 pic.twitter.com/Lg4uRn9U2K— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Madhya Pradesh latest coronavirus numbers
Across India, a massive agricultural crisis in the making due to coronavirus shutdown
The lockdown has severely disrupted India’s agricultural sector, starving it of buyers and migrant labourers as the restrictions halt people’s movements. With a sharp decline in takers for vegetables, fruits and flowers, farmers are looking to the government for help. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Delhi Health Minister on coronavirus situation in the national capital
Special attention is being paid to the 33 areas which are sealed. Most importantly every individual in all houses is being screened. If someone is even a little symptomatic, they're being tested to see that they don't spread the infection: Satyendar Jain.
Latest visuals from Karnataka's Hubli
Indian Hotels Company Ltd issues statement on its employees being tested positive in Mumbai
Taj Mahal Palace and Tower does not have any guests at the current time and only very minimal staff in areas like housekeeping, security, maintenance and staff dining are present to ensure the upkeep & maintenance of the hotel. Approx 500 of our employees in our Mumbai hotels have been tested to date. Those who tested positive mostly were asymptomatic. However, staff testing positive & symptomatic were hospitalized & those in contact with them were immediately quarantined.
More information on the latest Gujarat death
The man succumbed to the disease at LG Hospital in Ahmedabad late Saturday night, state principal secretary (health) Jayanti Ravi said. He was also suffering from hypertension, she said. With this, there have been 11 deaths of coronavirus patients in Ahmedabad.
News from Delhi
A woman from Uruguay was stopped by Police yesterday at Paschimi Marg in Vasant Vihar as she was cycling without wearing a pair of gloves or mask. She started arguing with Police and noted down the name of Police officer who asked her to wear gloves and mask. During this incident, officials of Resident Welfare Association (RWA) also reached the spot and informed us that they are also trying to convince the foreign nationals of Vasant Vihar, but they are not listening to them: Delhi Police
Migrant labourer protest in Madurai
25 more positive cases in Gujarat
25 more COVID-19 cases reported in Gujarat (23 in Ahmedabad & 2 in Anand), taking the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state to 493. One more COVID-19 related death also reported in Ahmedabad: Gujarat Health Department.
Lockdown visuals from Assam
Experts flag safety, scientific basis of Disinfection tunnel
Human error can lead to adverse health issues, including itching, irritation in eye and breathing difficulty. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Empty churches at Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore
Tamil Nadu: Rev Charles led the prayers at All Souls' Church in Coimbatore, on #Easter today, without the presence of any devotee here. Mass gatherings have been suspended at the Church in view of #Coronavirus. Prayers were live-streamed live on Facebook for members of the church pic.twitter.com/Ha0Un9VcUm— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Coronavirus through the eyes? Wear glasses, say ophthalmologists
Don’t touch your eyes. For, the coronavirus can spread through eyes too. While facial masks and sanitisers are mandatory as a preventive measure, ophthalmologists in the city point out the need for wearing glasses to reduce the risk of the virus entering into the eyes. Dr Bhujang Shetty, Chairman, Narayana Nethralaya, told The New Sunday Express. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
35,000 cases of prohibitory orders, quarantine violation in Maharashtra
- Maharashtra Police have registered over 35,000 offences across the state against those violating prohibitory orders and quarantine guidelines during the lockdown imposed since last month, a senior official said. In an effort to contain the spread of coronavirus and strictly enforce the lockdown, the police started taking stern action since March 22 by registering cases against offenders under Indian Penal Code Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), he said.
- So far, the police have arrested at least 2,525 people across the state under IPC Section 188. Besides, there been 70 cases of assault on police personnel for which 161 people have been arrested, he said. Also, nearly 475 people have been found violating the quarantine orders, the official said.
- Police have so far handled more than 61,000 calls at their various control rooms in connection with coronavirus and related issues, he said.
- Till Saturday, police registered 803 offences for illegal transportation, he said, adding that 19,675 vehicles were seized and Rs 1. 23 crore fine was collected from their owners.
- So far, three police personnel on duty have tested positive for coronavirus in the state, he said.
People throng at Tripura market
On Easter Sunday, this Assam church had pictorial attendance of believers
As religious places have been kept out of bounds from people in the COVID-19 lockdown, the Sacred Heart Cathedral Church, Bishop’s House in Dibrugarh had put up pictures of its members on the pews to mark their symbolic attendance. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
People flout social distancing norms in Karnataka market
COVID-19 to hit South Asia very hard, likely to wipe out gains made in poverty alleviation: World Bank
In its twice-a-year regional update, the bank said that South Asian governments must ramp up action to curb the health emergency, protect their people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, and set the stage for fast economic recovery. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Cops attacked in Punjab
Lockdown scenes in J&K
KSRTC cancels bus bookings as Karnataka eextends lockdown
All bookings stopped with immediate effect for an indefinite period. All tickets have been cancelled and refund process has been initiated. Till further orders, we have cancelled further bookings: Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) PRO Latha TS.
More positive cases emerge from Dharavi
15 new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Dharavi area of Mumbai. A total of 43 cases and four deaths have been reported here so far.
Latest visuals from Andhra
Big news from Nepal
Three Indian nationals, who were placed under quarantine in Birgunj of Nepal’s Parsa district, have tested positive for COVID-19. Total number of positive cases in Nepal rises to 12: Nepal Health Ministry official
Update from Bihar
A 72-year-old woman, possibly infected with coronavirus, has managed to escape from Patna Medical College & Hospital (PMCH). PMCH admn has given written info to Police & investigation has begun. Test results of the woman, a resident of Siwan, is awaited: PMCH official.
Updates from Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh
- In Chhattisgarh, seven new positive cases were reported on Sunday. While the total case count in the state stands at 25, 10 have been recovered so far.
- In UP, 464 positive cases got identified so far. Agra registered 12 fresh cases at Saturday night. While 45 have recovered so far, the state witnessed five deaths.
Spike in positive coronavirus cases not consistent with rise in tests
While at first, nearly 25,000 samples were tested leading to 581 confirmed cases till March 25, an additional same number of samples resulted into sharp jump of 1,637 cases till April 1. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Hydroxychloroquine consignment from India arrives in US
Earlier this week, India at the request of President Donald Trump cleared the export of 35.82 lakh tablets of hydroxychloroquine to the US along with nine metric tons of active pharmaceutical ingredient or API required in the manufacturing of the drug. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Labour crunch, low demand crippling farm sector during coronavirus lockdown
When rainfall in Maharashtra continued till January this year, Shivdas Patil, a chilli farmer in state’s Jalgaon district, thought that by the end of May when harvesting would end, he would laugh all the way to the bank. In normal years rainfall rarely crosses December and the yield of chilli is 15-20 quintals per acre. This year with bountiful rain he expects a bumper crop, with more than 25 quintals of yield per acre. Yet, Patil does not know whether to laugh or cry. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
News from Agra
Out of the 582 samples tested yesterday, 12 tested positive. Three of them are admitted at District Hospital Agra and the other nine at Sarojini Naidu Medical College, Agra: In-charge of isolation ward, King George's Medical University (KGMU) Dr Sudhir Singh.
Latest stats from Odisha
Number of COVID-19 cases climbs to 54 in Odisha including 12 cured and one death. 3862 samples have been tested so far: State Health Department.
Latest images from Mumbai's Dharavi
May this Easter give us added strength to successfully overcome COVID-19: PM
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday extended Easter greetings and prayed that the day gives added strength to successfully overcome COVID-19. "Best wishes to everyone on the special occasion of Easter. We remember the noble thoughts of Lord Christ, especially his unwavering commitment to empowering the poor and needy," the prime minister wrote on Twitter "May this Easter give us added strength to successfully overcome COVID-19 and create a healthier planet," he said.
India coronavirus cases cross 8000, death toll nears 300
34 deaths and 909 new cases reported in last 24 hours; India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rises to 8356 (including 7367 active cases, 716 cured/discharged/migrated and 273 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Lockdown scenes from Jharkhand
Jharkhand: Police barricading done at Hindpiri, Ranchi & Police personnel deployed here after it was sealed & declared a containment zone as 8 #Coronavirus positive cases found here so far (including the 1st positive case of state). Total 17 positive cases in the state till date. pic.twitter.com/xmewDYehsq— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Rope in ENT specialists, resident doctors to fight COVID-19: Health Ministry to states
In a letter addressed to all chief secretaries and principal secretaries (health), the ministry underlined that the country is in the midst of an unprecedented outbreak of COVID-19 and one of the key components of the government's strategy to combat it is contact tracing and collection of throat and swab samples of potentially infected persons. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
US death toll swells up
United States records 1,920 deaths related to the coronavirus over the past 24 hours, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University: AFP news agency.
Latest scene from Mumbai
Lockdown scenes from Delhi
Delhi: People make purchases at Azadpur Mandi. Dist Magistrate North yesterday directed DCP North West &Secretary APMC to take all necessary measures to ensure social distancing protocol is followed here&take strict action against those violating social distancing norms. #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/MHuwMubgfC— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Incident of violence against medical workers reported from J&K
Police say, "A person was to be taken for screening but his family refused&kept the medical team hostage inside their house. Police party rushed to the village to rescue them but they were attacked with stones. But medical team was rescued safely by the police." #JammuAndKashmir https://t.co/lP1WajFEmc— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Tamil Nadu government acts after reports of alcohol theft
Tamil Nadu: In view of reports of liquor theft, alcoholic beverages are being shifted from Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) outlets to Government godown. Liquor from shops in Madurai's Periyar area were loaded in a truck, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/SxUyPecXeX— ANI (@ANI) April 11, 2020
Update from Haryana
"It takes about 1-2 min to collect nasal/throat swab;reports will be given online. It is compulsory for those who want to be tested for #COVID19 to obtain a prescription from a registered medical practitioner",Gurugram Municipal Corporation Commissioner,Vinay Pratap Singh (11.04) https://t.co/EggT5SoWlr— ANI (@ANI) April 12, 2020
Madhya Pradesh coronavirus tally nears 300
49 new COVID-19 cases reported in Madhya Pradesh's Indore (test results of 39 persons came on late Friday night and those of 10 others came on Saturday). Number of cases in the district stands at 298, including 30 deaths and 28 discharged/cured:Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore.
Here are the list of the states that have extended the lockdown till April 30
According to the decisions taken by the respective state governments, Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bengal and Telangana have extended the coronavirus lockdown till 30th April.