COVID-19 LIVE | Over 2.5 million confirmed cases worldwide; Delhi-Noida border sealed

The death toll due to the coronavirus pandemic in India rose to 603 Tuesday while the total number of confirmed cases is nearing 19000 mark.

Published: 20th April 2020 12:54 AM  |   Last Updated: 22nd April 2020 12:47 AM   |  A+A-


A person wearing a face mask walks past a mural by french photographer JR . (Photo| AFP)

By Online Desk

Over 2.5 million people have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus worldwide, with 80 per cent of cases in Europe and the United States. While in India, cases breached the 1800-mark, according to the figures released by the health ministry on Tuesday evening. 

There are 15,122 active COVID-19 cases in the country, 603 people have died of the disease while 3,259 have recovered. Following complaints by the Rajasthan government over faulty rapid antibody test kits showing inaccurate results, the ICMR on Tuesday advised the states to not use the test kits for the next two days. 

Meanwhile, the Maharashtra govt has cancelled the lockdown relaxation given earlier from April 20. Up north, the Noida border with Delhi has been completely sealed a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19, the DM of Gautam Budh Nagar announced.  

As a silver lining amidst the tumultuous times, Oxford University will begin a human trial of a potential COVID-19 candidate vaccine from Thursday. The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) also pitched for the Oxford vaccine, saying 'ChAdOX1' is the frontrunner in the race to take on the deadly COVID-19 virus.

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12:16 Apr 22

WATCH | This Kerala robot will serve food to coronavirus patients in isolation wards

12:04 Apr 22

Over 2.5 million confirmed coronavirus cases worldwide

Over 2.5 million people have been confirmed to have contracted the coronavirus worldwide, with 80 percent of cases in Europe and the United States, according to an AFP tally Tuesday based on official figures.

11:50 Apr 21

Foot massages for the hard working souls

11:39 Apr 21

Oxford University to start COVID-19 vaccine human trials from April 23

Scientists at the University of Oxford last week promised a super-fast vaccine during a virtual press conference, saying the vaccine will be available by September. According to lead researcher Professor Sarah Gilbert, their 'ChAdOx1' vaccine can work against the coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:24 Apr 21

Govt to conduct telephonic survey for feedback on distribution of COVID-19 symptoms

The citizens will be called from the number 1921, the Health Ministry said, while cautioning against pranksters calling from any other number on the pretext of a similar survey. The survey will be conducted by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), Government of India.(READ MORE HERE)

11:10 Apr 21

Tablighi Jamaat Chief appeals to cured members to donate plasma

11:00 Apr 21

Delhi-Noida border completely shut, DM issues orders

The Ghaziabad and Noida borders with Delhi have been closed as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19, the DM of Gautam Budh Nagar announced. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:39 Apr 21

WATCH | India's death rate just 0.41%, but estimated cases above 1 lakh

09:53 Apr 21

Explained: Why did crude oil prices plunge below zero for the first time since 1983?

A negative price suggested that sellers were ready to pay buyers to take deliveries in a bid to avoid incurring storage costs, as oil demand crashed globally amid the coronavirus pandemic. Here's all you need to know about this unprecedented event. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:52 Apr 21

Oil price turmoil grips traders once again

Oil-price turmoil gripped traders once more Tuesday, a day after US crude futures crashed below zero for the first time as the coronavirus crisis crippled global energy demand and worsened a supply glut. WTI had Monday collapsed to an unprecedented intra-day low of -$40.32.

09:51 Apr 21

Raghuram Rajan cautions against giving communal colour to COVID-19

Rajan's comments come in the wake allegations that Tabligh-e-Jamat members violated social distancing guidelines and ignored all instructions by organising a massive gathering last month at their centre in Nizamuddin area of Delhi. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:34 Apr 21

Humanitarian crisis continues! Over 2000 migrant workers from Bengal stuck in Hyderabad


(Photo| EPS/ S Senbagapandiyan)

09:06 Apr 21

Maharashtra govt cancels lockdown relaxation as COVID-19 cases surge

The state of Maharashtra so far has recorded 5218 COVId-19 positive cases and 251 deaths. Out of it, the Mumbai metropolitan region that includes Thane, Navi Mumbai, Vasai Virar, Panvel, Kalyan, Dombivli etc has been worst affected with 4077 cases and 169 deaths. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:49 Apr 21

Railways' quiz programme to beat lockdown blues a hit on Twitter

The South Western Railway (SWR) in a bid to keep minds busy during the lockdown has started a quiz competition based on the photos of the important iconic structures in the state and country which has been quite a hit on social media. (HERE'S HOW TO TAKE PART)

08:08 Apr 21

75 fresh cases reported in Delhi

07:50 Apr 21

WATCH| Man makes ambulance his home amid lockdown, takes people to hospital for free

07:49 Apr 21

Mumbai Police shares 'Gully Boy' poster urging people to stay at home

07:45 Apr 21

Greater Chennai Police ask cops above 55 to be at home

In a humane decision, Greater Chennai Police on Tuesday have decided to ask policemen aged 55 and above to be at home as a precaution against coronavirus infection. (READ MORE HERE)

07:37 Apr 21
07:36 Apr 21

Bihar cop made to do sit-ups for stopping agriculture officer's vehicle during lockdown

A policeman was forced to do 50 sit-ups here by a senior agriculture officer after he stopped the bureaucrat's vehicle and asked him to show the mandatory pass for moving during the coronavirus lockdown, in yet another instance of front-line workers facing harassment.


07:35 Apr 21

Read a book and kill boredom during the COVID-19 pandemic the Mizo way

The NGO, Young Mizo Association, is reaching out to people at their doorsteps distributing three categories of books – English fiction, biography and autobiography. 


07:34 Apr 21

About 13000 coronavirus patients in India do not have any symptoms, suggests ICMR

India's top health research agency on Tuesday revealed for the first time that of the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country 69 per cent patients have been found to be asymptomatic. In effect, this means that nearly 7 out of 10 coronavirus patients could end up becoming silent spreaders of the infection if they are not quarantined in a facility.


07:09 Apr 21

WATCH | Flower growers lose Rs 100 crore in a month

07:08 Apr 21

Keep cool to get cured, says COVID-19 survivor as 20 patients discharged in Vellore

The patients were given a rousing welcome by Ranipet district collector S Divyadharshini and SP A Mayilvahanan at Melvisharam while Tirupathur collector MP Sivanarul and SP P Vijayakumar received the survivors at Ambur. Of the 15 patients belonging to Ranipet district, five are from Melvisharam, four from Wallajah, three from Kalmelkuppam and one each from Arcot, Banavaram and Ammur, officials said.


06:43 Apr 21

76 new cases in Tamil Nadu

06:41 Apr 21

Telangana government directs private schools not to increase fees during 2020-21 academic year

A Government Order (GO) said the state cabinet, keeping in view the hardship caused by lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, passed a resolution that schools shall not increase any kind of fees during 2020-21 academic year. The order was issued in exercise of the powers conferred under Rule 21 of Telangana Educational Institutions (Establishment, Recognition, Administration & Control of Schools under Private Managements) Rules, 1993. 


06:40 Apr 21

Unable to get migrant worker's body home, family conducts dummy funeral in UP

Crippled by poverty and the coronavirus lockdown, Sunil's family in Dumrikhurd village in Chauri Chaura police station area was forced to conduct a dummy funeral for him, setting an effigy on fire. The family did not have the money to get the body of the 38-year-old transported from Delhi and the lockdown against coronavirus made it almost impossible for them to travel to conduct the last rites there.


06:19 Apr 21

Maharashtra govt served notice to PCI notice over newspaper delivery

Press Council of India issues notice to Maharashtra govt over prohibition of door-to-door delivery of newspapers, magazines in the state.  

06:17 Apr 21

19 new cases in Kerala

06:10 Apr 21

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal's presser

  • 83 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in Delhi related co-morbid conditions.
  • Delhi govt to provide ration to 30 lakh people who don't have ration cards.
  • Delhi govt to procure 60 new ambulances in wake of coronavirus outbreak.
  • Delhi govt sets up centre for COVID-19 testing for mediapersons from Wednesday.
  • Delhi govt to give 2,000 food coupons each to every MLA, MP for distribution among the needy.
  • There are 1,603 active cases of COVID-19 in Delhi; 47 people have died of coronavirus. 
06:07 Apr 21
06:03 Apr 21

1329 new cases and 44 deaths reported in last 24 hours: Health Ministry

Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 18985 in India (including 15122 active cases, 3260 cured/discharged/migrated people and 603 deaths). 1329 new cases and 44 deaths reported in last 24 hours: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

06:02 Apr 21
05:43 Apr 21

385 containment zones identified in TN

Tamil Nadu totally has 385 COVID-19 containment zones as of April 21. In this, Chennai Corporation has 112 containment zones and the other Corporations, Municipalities and Panchayats have 273 containment zones, reports TNIE correspondent Omjasvin MD. 

05:39 Apr 21

Allahabad Univ professor, 16 foreigners held for hiding links to Tablighi Jamaat event

Professor Mohammad Shahid, who had allegedly attended the Tablighi Jamaat event, is accused of not intimating the district administration of the presence of the jamaatis who had attended the event. Of the 16 foreign nationals arrested, nine are from Thailand while six from Indonesia. Besides, one jamaati each
from Kerala and West Bengal were also arrested.


05:37 Apr 21

Keep red zones under lockdown even after May 3, suggests COVID-19 task force

Districts identified as red zones or hotspots with a high number of coronavirus cases, big clusters or fast doubling of cases should continue to be under complete lockdown even after May 3, the national task force on COVID-19 management has suggested to the government.


04:58 Apr 21

UP to engage lakhs of jobless migrant workers in massive river rejuvenation projects

 The state government is contemplating to use this immense workforce in the rejuvenation of 16 rivers flowing through 39 districts of Uttar Pradesh. The state government is preparing a road map for the project by engraining the migrant labourers under Mahatama Gandhi Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme.


04:45 Apr 21

WATCH | Coronavirus fear seals Delhi-Ghaziabad border, causes heavy traffic

04:39 Apr 21

Income tax department sends e-mails to 1.72 lakh assessees over outstanding tax dues

The CBDT in a statement said its e-mail seeking clarification from all those who are entitled to get tax refund but also have outstanding tax to pay cannot be misconstrued as harassment.


04:36 Apr 21

Rajasthan stops use of COVID-19 rapid test kits as accuracy rate found to be just 5 per cent

When doctors tested COVID-19 patients with the kits at the Sawai Mansingh (SMS) hospital in Jaipur, the results were negative in 95 percent of the cases. A committee of experts from the Micro Biology and Medicine Department of SMS College, Jaipur, tested the kits on 100 confirmed COVID-19 patients but were shocked to find that only five of them were found positive while the other 95 were declared negative.


04:34 Apr 21
04:24 Apr 21

Health Ministry on coronavirus crisis in India

  • Total 18601 coronavirus cases in India
  • Four more districts have not reported any new cases in the last 14 days
  • India's recovery rate stands at 17.48%
04:17 Apr 21

ICMR on status of sample testing

  • 4,49,000 tests conducted so far
  • Rapid test kits distributed to all states
  • ICMR suggests all states to not conduct rapid test kits for the next 2 days
04:16 Apr 21

MHA on COVID-19 crisis

  • Working on lockdown exit plan
  • Central team being sent to four states, says Home Ministry in response to Mamata government face-off
04:11 Apr 21

Govt briefing on Coronavirus crisis in India

  • Govt sets up master database of corona warriors. 1.24 crore warriors are part of this database. NCC, ex-servicemen part of the database.
  • Website with training modules and webinars launched for COVID warriors
03:36 Apr 21

Goondas Act to be slapped against those who oppose burial of COVID-19 deceased

Greater Chennai City police commissioner has said that if anyone opposes burial of COVID-19 deceased, that person will be booked under Goondas Act.

03:21 Apr 21
03:20 Apr 21

Rush to ease coronavirus restrictions could cause resurgence, warns WHO

“This is not the time to be lax. Instead, we need to ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. Takeshi Kasai, the WHO regional director for the Western Pacific. He said governments must remain vigilant to stop the spread of the virus and the lifting of lockdowns and other social distancing measures must be done gradually and strike the right balance between keeping people healthy and allowing economies to function. 

03:18 Apr 21

Bihar-born etymologist coins new word during COVID-19 lockdown

While some are utilising this time for igniting literary as well as creative interests, Dr Birbal Jha has availed this opportunity to coin a new English word, 'Healthsake'. Thanks to Dr Jha, "Healthsake" has now featured in the Collins English Dictionary online edition besides Urban Dictionary under crowdsourcing as the world is reeling under the pandemic COVID-19. 

03:13 Apr 21

Rahul Gandhi slams central government for allowing use of rice to make sanitiser


03:10 Apr 21

Private schools cannot demand fees during lockdown, insists Tamil Nadu government

The state Revenue and Disaster Management Department, in an order on Tuesday, said that the government has been receiving complaints from parents that private schools have demanded various fees during the lockdown period. 

02:52 Apr 21

Sprinklr row: CPM backs government, says decision should be analysed after normalcy returns

The CPM state leadership has offered its full support to the government and Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan over the Sprinklr row. Calling opposition allegations over the deal politically motivated, the CPM secretariat said, "Once normalcy is regained, all actions taken during this period should be analysed in detail to take lessons for the future." The opposition has charged that the government has compromised the personal details of coronavirus affected patients to US company Sprinklr Inc.


02:46 Apr 21

BJP govt in Goa hurrying about zero COVID-19 cases in state: Congress

Goa Govt is playing with zero specially after all seven positive cases of COVID19 tested negative. But govt is ignoring the dangerous aspects of Goa by testing just 0.04% of total 16 lakh population till date. Goa CM is boasting of covering 5 lakhs houses in just 3 days with 7000 surveyors. Central Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also tweeted declaring Goa as COVID19 free. This hurry of BJP govt is a sign ofworry for Goans: Girish Chodankar, President of Goa Congress 

02:44 Apr 21
02:40 Apr 21

Delhi governor conducts surprise inspection at shelter home for migrants

Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal conducts surprise inspection at a shelter home for stranded migrant labourers at Ludlow Castle School to examine the facilities available there and compliance of social distancing norms.

01:35 Apr 21

Seven people die of coronavirus in Mumbai

01:24 Apr 21

Big news from Odisha

01:23 Apr 21

Update from the Supreme Court

01:13 Apr 21

TNIE Imapct

01:11 Apr 21

Housekeeper employed with Lok Sabha Secretariat tests COVID-19 positive; hospitalised

  • A housekeeper working with the Lok Sabha secretariat has been found positive for COVID-19 and admitted to hospital, sources said. The infected man has not attended office for the last few days.
  • He had symptoms of fever, cough and breathing problems and was found to be COVID-19 positive, sources said. They said he has been admitted to the special ward at the Safdarjung hospital here.
  • Eleven members of his family have also been tested for the virus and the results are awaited. Local civic authorities have quaratined his house in central Delhi, the sources said.
12:47 Apr 21

Delhi government will conduct COVID-19 test on mediapersons in national capital: Kejriwal

Responding to a tweet in which a person requested the CM to arrange mass COVID-19 test for mediapersons in Delhi on the lines of the one carried out in Mumbai, Kejriwal said, "Sure. We will do that." (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:47 Apr 21

Two more gas tragedy victims die of COVID-19 in Bhopal; toll reaches seven

A 70-year-old gas mishap survivor died on April 17 while another 60-year-old tragedy victim died on April 14, Rachna Dhingra, of the NGO Bhopal Group for Information and Action which is working for the gas mishap victims, informed the media. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:45 Apr 21

Six more deaths take Gujarat toll to 77, positive cases cross 2000

Five of these deaths were reported from Ahmedabad, and one from Bhavnagar, principal secretary (health) Jayanti Ravi said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:44 Apr 21

WHO warns rush to ease coronavirus rules could cause resurgence

“This is not the time to be lax. Instead, we need to ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable future,” said Dr. Takeshi Kasai, the WHO regional director for the Western Pacific. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:44 Apr 21

Heavy traffic at the Delhi-Ghaziabad border

12:43 Apr 21

Jharkhand registers third coronavirus fatality as wife of second victim dies at Ranchi

Notably, the deceased has been identified as the second coronavirus positive woman at Hindpiri in Ranchi who had come in direct contact with the Malaysian woman who had been tested positive for the first time in Jharkhand. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:33 Apr 21

Trinamool lashes out at Modi government over Centre sending teams at Bengal

12:19 Apr 21

Curfew passes see misuse in Punjab as man tests positive for COVID-19 after illegally selling liquor

More than 3.25 lakh curfew passes issued by the Punjab government till date since the curfew was imposed in the state about a month back due to the coronavirus pandemic. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:18 Apr 21

27 colleagues of Chennai journalist test positive for coronavirus

Since the journalist tested positive, the city corporation drew 94 samples from his workplace in Royapuram. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:12 Apr 21

One more COVID-19 death in Karnataka

12:03 Apr 21

Update from Andhra

12:02 Apr 21

Ramzan festivities to be at home affair this time around

11:36 Apr 21

Madhya Pradesh latest coronavirus numbers

  • Total positive cases till Tuesday: 1503.
  • Active Cases: 1288.
  • Deaths: 77.
  • Negative: 138.
11:35 Apr 21

Six more dead in Gujarat due to coronavirus

Six more deaths in Gujarat due to COVID-19, death toll rises to 77. 127 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in the state taking the total of positive cases to 2066 including 131 recoveries/discharges and 77 deaths: Health Department, Gujarat

11:22 Apr 21

Rapid testing starts at Delhi's Nabi Karim where three cops got infected

Rapid testing started in Nabi Karim area yesterday, 74 people were tested. All of them tested negative: Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister.

11:13 Apr 21

Visuals of lockdown violators facing heat, this time from Indore

11:12 Apr 21

Delhi government on coronavirus situation in the national capital

11:10 Apr 21

Sit-up for lockdown violators in Pune

10:59 Apr 21

Rapid testing underway in Kolkata

10:59 Apr 21

More on the Chhattisgarh girl's death in Telangana

They'd gone to Telangana to work in chilli fields. Since there's no mode of transportation they walked from Telangana. Her body was preserved&samples were sent for testing as a precautionary measure. It came negative so further action is being taken after postmortem: CMHO Bijapur.

10:48 Apr 21
10:35 Apr 21

Latest visuals from Kolkata

10:34 Apr 21

Delhi cops face the coronavirus heat

Three Delhi police personnel in Nabi Karim area have tested positive for COVID-19. Their test results came yesterday. Nabi Karim area is one of the 84 containment zones in the national capital.

10:33 Apr 21

Hospital staff test positive in Pune

25 hospital staff including 19 nurses tested positive for COVID-19 in Ruby Hall Clinic: Bomi Bhote, Chief Executive Officer, Ruby Hall Clinic in Pune.

10:19 Apr 21

Bengal starts rapid testing

10:02 Apr 21

Arunachal maintains the 'coronavirus-free state' status

09:51 Apr 21

Rajasthan coronavirus numbers

  • Total cumulative positive cases till Tuesday:1628.
  • Recovered: 205.
  • Deaths: 25.
09:50 Apr 21

Update from Nagpur and Lucknow

  • Seven new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Nagpur district today, taking the total number of positive cases here to 88: District Information Office, Nagpur.
  • Out of the 754 samples tested yesterday for COVID-19, results of eight are positive: King George's Medical University, Lucknow.
09:49 Apr 21

Good news from Kerala

08:59 Apr 21

Latest coronavirus figures as per government of India

08:53 Apr 21

Five more positive cases in Punjab

08:44 Apr 21
08:14 Apr 21

Thane morning walkers receive hilarious welcome from the cops

08:02 Apr 21

Strict checking at Delhi-Ghaziabad border

08:01 Apr 21

Trump to cancel immigration in US

In light of the attack from the Invisible Enemy, as well as the need to protect the jobs of our GREAT American Citizens, I will be signing an Executive Order to temporarily suspend immigration into the United States!: US President Donald Trump.

08:00 Apr 21
08:00 Apr 21

People participate in collective prayer in Punjab amid lockdown

07:59 Apr 21

Gujarat hospital splits ventilator to accomodate more patients

07:58 Apr 21

US death toll continues to swell up

United States records 1,433 coronavirus deaths in past 24 hours: AFP news agency quoting Johns Hopkins

07:57 Apr 21

FIR against Kannada TV anchor

An FIR has been filed against a Kannada TV anchor allegedly for preparations to organise a guest packed wedding at his resort near Bengaluru, Karnataka.

07:56 Apr 21

One positive case found in Rashtrapati Bhavan

One COVID-19 positive case found in Rashtrapati Bhavan, 125 families advised to remain in self-isolation as mandated by the Health Ministry’s guidelines as a precautionary measure: Sources

07:56 Apr 21

Traffic outside Delhi vegetable market on Tuesday early morning

07:55 Apr 21

Wine shops may open in Maharashtra if social distancing followed

07:12 Apr 21

Over 25,000 COVID-19 related grievances addressed through Portal: Centre

Minister of State for PMO Jitendra Singh on Monday informed that over 25,000 COVID-19 related grievances have been redressed through portal in the last 20 days. It is pertinent to mention that on the National Monitoring Dashboard in the grievance portal, an exclusive window was introduced for COVID-19 related grievances.

05:34 Apr 21

25 families of staffers asked to self isolate in Rashtrapati Bhavan

The family members of at least 25 houses in the Rashtrapati Bhavan premises have been asked to isolate themselves after a staffer's relative tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) that has claimed over 550 lives in India so far.

01:03 Apr 21

Complaints received from West Bengal on quality of RT-PCR kits: ICMR

The ICMR has received complaints related to repeat testing of patients in West Bengal as the RT-PCR kits were not working properly, it said on Monday. Temporary arrangements have been made so as to enable the state to handle the crisis, it added. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

12:30 Apr 21

Mamata revises order, sweet, flower shops to remain open in Bengal till noon


Continuing its flip flop on keeping open sweetmeat shops, the West Bengal government on Monday permitted the outlets to do business for four hours till noon, the fresh diktat coming only four days after it allowed them to cater to customers for eight hours daily. Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha said the sweet hops will now be open from 8 a.m. to 12 noon.

12:18 Apr 21

Ayushman Bharat office sealed after employee tests COVID-19 positive; 25 quarantined

The office of Ayushman Bharat that comes under the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has been sealed and 25 employees have been quarantined after an employee who is PS to the Additional Chief Executive Officer, tested positive for COVID-19.

12:14 Apr 21

Bears baying for blood? For the first time in history, US crude oil price falls bellow $0

For the first time in history WTI oil price tanked more than 100 per cent to a negative value on Monday amid a supply gut and the drop in demand owing to the coronavirus pandemic.

Lowest crude prices in history

$2.92 in 1967

$0.62 in 1931

$0.40 in 1915

11:42 Apr 20

COVID impact: Oil collapses to 34-year-low at USD 10 as world awash with crude

US oil prices dived to 34-year lows at $10 Monday after crashing more than 45 percent in a market flooded with crude as demand evaporates in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. (READ MORE HERE)

11:31 Apr 20

Cases in Delhi rise to 1603

11:12 Apr 20

WATCH| Citizens literally take to streets as India partially opens up after 26 days of lockdown

11:09 Apr 20

No lockdown relaxation for Tamil Nadu, curfew to continue till May 3

The Tamil Nadu government on Monday said that all curfews and other restrictions currently in force will continue in the state till May 3 under the Disaster Management Act 2005. The exceptions provided by the state for essential services will continue, the government said.

10:40 Apr 20

Hydroxychloroquine to be distributed in pockets of Mumbai

10:28 Apr 20

Rate at which coronavirus cases doubling in India improves to 7.5 days

The Union Health Ministry on Monday said the rate at which the number of COVID-19 cases in the country was doubling in the last one week improved to 7.5 days, as against 3.4 days before the nationwide lockdown was imposed. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:41 Apr 20

Doggos' day out! As children stay home, dogs take over city parks


(Photo| EPS/ Ravindra Babu)

09:15 Apr 20

Life in home quarantine not so easy say these Madurai residents

Life during lockdown may be dreary, filled with fear, uncertainty and boredom. But for those who were under home quarantine, it has been an entirely different battle. (READ THEIR STORIES HERE)

09:08 Apr 20

Madras HC takes suo-motu cognizance of violence at doctor's burial

The bench of Justices M Sathyanarayanan and M Nirmal Kumar, which took cognizance of the incident, suo-motu issued notices to the State Chief Secretary, secretaries of Home and Health departments, the DGP and the Commissioners of Greater Chennai Police and Corporation, returnable by April 28. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:52 Apr 20

Odisha records spike in COVID-19 cases as 13 more test positive

What is alarming is that 10 persons of Bhadrak and Jajpur districts with recent travel history to West Bengal have tested positive for COVID-19 during the last 24 hours. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:46 Apr 20

COVID-19 spread in 10 districts concerning; Kerala and Odisha showing the way

The Centre on Monday said that the coronavirus doubling rate in India, which was 3.4 days before the nationwide lockdown was imposed in the last week of March, has improved to 7.5 days, but expressed concern over deteriorating scenario in at least 10 districts across four states. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:38 Apr 20

No ease of lockdown in Tamil Nadu?

08:19 Apr 20

Delhi patient shows positive result from plasma therapy

08:17 Apr 20

COVID-19 mortality rate in India just 0.41%, estimates study

India may have over 1.32 lakh coronavirus patients as on Monday -- nearly seven times the official figure of less than 18,000 cases. This is as per a calculation based on age-specific infection fatality rates and deaths reported in the country so far. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:13 Apr 20

WATCH| Bloom to bust: Flower growers lose Rs 100 crore in a month due to lockdown

08:12 Apr 20

Terrace gardens beat lockdown boredom, meet vegetable needs for Tiruchy residents

Muthu Nagappan grows brinjal, tomato, chilli, ladies finger and all types of greens in her rooftop garden and this cater to the need of her family members. She has been maintaining rooftop garden in about 500 sq.ft. for nearly a year. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:13 Apr 20
07:12 Apr 20

Tamil Nadu government prepares list of donors for plasma therapy as tally touches 1,520

The Tamil Nadu health department is preparing a list of donors for the convalescent plasma therapy to treat COVID-19 patients, even as the government is awaiting the final nod from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to commence the trials as total confirmed cases have gone up to 1520. The health authorities have already identified five people who have expressed their willingness to donate and the process of 'motivating' others is on, officials said. 

07:09 Apr 20

Goldsmith creates miniatures in yellow metal to honour selfless COVID-19 warriors

To honour the selfless service of those fighting on the COVID-19 frontline like doctors, police and conservancy workers, a goldsmith in Ambur has created tiny models in the yellow metal. CS Devan toiled for six hours to complete his labour of love. He used gold weighing just 1.9 grams to give shape to a stethoscope, police cap, lathi, broom and mask, besides a model of the coronavirus. 

06:59 Apr 20
06:57 Apr 20

MHA teams to assess ground situation in West Bengal

A wake-up call by the MHA was given to West Bengal 10 days back when West Bengal was asked to follow the lockdown guidelines after the State government allegedly allowed a religious congregation, endangering the lives of people amid COVID-19 scare.


06:54 Apr 20
06:49 Apr 20

Seven-months-pregnant police officer in no mood to take leave amid COVID-19 battle

Finishing her routine office work, Amrita Sori Dhruv, a 2007-batch state police service officer makes the rounds of key points across the city daily to interact with police personnel on the job and monitor whether people are adhering to the lockdown guidelines. The mom-to-be is in no mood to take leave. “I am okay now and will seek leave when there is a dire need. There is no extra workload or pressure from my seniors,” she said. 

06:48 Apr 20

Official rubbishes reports of elephants contracting COVID-19 in Rajaji Tiger Reserve 

Range officer of Rajaji Tiger Reserve on Monday said reports of elephants in Chilla range contracting COVID-19 are false and baseless. All animals and staff at the Rajaji Tiger Reserve are coronavirus free, Ranger Anil Kumar Panauli told ANI. 

06:47 Apr 20
06:46 Apr 20

Karnataka launches free online course for CET, NEET during lockdown

Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa launched "GetCETGo" in the presence of Deputy Chief Minister and Minister for Higher Education C N Ashwath Narayan, an official release said. It said, in view of the current situation across the nation due to COVID-19 lockdown, the Department of Higher Education, taking cognisance of the situation has decided to reach out to the student community eyeing on successfully cracking competitive exams for career progress through this online crash course programme.

06:45 Apr 20

Rajya Sabha secretariat resumes normal functioning on day 27 of nationwide lockdown

The Rajya Sabha secretariat on Monday partially resumed its functioning on the 27th day of the nationwide lockdown amid safeguards against COVID-19. As partial relaxations came into effect, Rajya Sabha Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma firmed up plans of work agenda. The Rajya Sabha secretariat was shut in the last week of March due to the COVID-19 outbreak. 

06:39 Apr 20
06:38 Apr 20

Reconsider relaxation of lockdown, Puducherry health department urges CM

Puducherry Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao on Monday said the health department has urged the Chief Minister V Narayanasamy to reconsider the lockdown relaxation which came into effect on Monday. Over 15,000 industrial workers will resume work which is a large figure in the tiny Union territory, said Rao. As per the MHA guidelines, all the workers engaged by industries should be proved with accommodation close to their places of work and they are not allowed to come in their own vehicles like two wheelers.  


06:37 Apr 20

Global coronavirus death toll tops 165,000 as countries stick on to testing only serious cases

More than 2,403,410 declared cases have been registered in 193 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China in December. Of these cases, at least 537,700 are now considered recovered. The tallies, using data collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization, probably reflect only a fraction of the actual number of infections. 


06:35 Apr 20

PIL in SC seeks refund of full amount of cancelled air tickets during lockdown to contain COVID-19

The plea, filed by 'Pravasi Legal Cell' through its secretary Bins Sebastian, urged the top court to declare the action of the airlines of not refunding the entire value of cancelled air tickets as illegal and violative of the Civil Aviation Requirement issued by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).


06:28 Apr 20

WATCH | Is COVID-19 turning Asia's largest slum Dharavi into a ticking time bomb?

06:26 Apr 20

Tamil Nadu records 43 confirmed cases taking state tally to 1520


06:22 Apr 20
06:12 Apr 20

Coronavirus positive cases in India rises to 17656

India's total number of Coronavirus positive cases rises to 17656. The cases include 14255 active cases, 2842 cured/discharged/migrated and 559 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

06:01 Apr 20

53 journalists test positive for coronavirus in Mumbai: BMC

53 journalists in Mumbai have tested positive for COVID-19. All are under isolation. Samples of 171 journalists reporting from field, including photographers, video Journalists and reporters, were collected. Most of the positive journalists were asymptomatic, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation said.



05:16 Apr 20

WATCH | Salman Khan releases special song for Coronavirus pandemic

05:03 Apr 20

After backlash, Malayali businessman in UAE apologises for 'Islamophobic' poem

 Sohan Roy, founder chairman of Sharjah-based Aries Group, in a Facebook live video on Saturday, apologised for his "Islamophobic" post, The Gulf News reported. In his native Malayalam language, Roy said religion had made people blind as they were ignoring coronavirus restrictions in the name of God.


05:01 Apr 20

Expand list of essentials to include laptops, routers to facilitate work from home: Nasscom to government

Nasscom had suggested IT companies that they bring back employees on work premises in a phased manner, starting with 15-20 per cent of workforce, even as the guidelines issued by the Home Ministry had allowed IT and IT-enabled services to operate with up to 50 per cent strength. 


04:29 Apr 20

ICMR on COVID-19 crisis

  • Rapid test kits in India are satisfactory
  • RT-PCR kits used by India are approved by US
  • Additional RT-PCR kits are being provided to West Bengal
  • 80 per cent cases are showing less symtoms
  • Disparity between RT-PCR and antibody test is natural 
04:26 Apr 20
04:25 Apr 20

Health Ministry on coronavirus

  • Since yesterday there have been 1553 additional confirmed COVID19 cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 17265. 36 more deaths also reported in the last 24 hours.
  • So far, 2,546 people have been cured and recovery rate is 14.75 per cent  
  • Duration of doubling rate for coronavirus which was 3.4 days before lockdown is now 7.5 days
  • COVID-19 growth has declined in Odisha and Kerala
04:14 Apr 20

MHA on coronavirus crisis in India

  • Strict action being taken against lockdown violators across India 
  • Govt monitoring situation across the country
  • All states must follow lockdown guidelines  


04:13 Apr 20

Agri Ministry on COVID-19

  • Farming operations have been exempted from lockdown, but social distancing measures have to be maintained
  • Overcoming lockdown restrictions, sown area of summer crops has increased significantly, registering an increase of 36% over the previous year, pushed up mainly by rice cultivation  
    • Masks, sanitisers brought under essential commodities act 
04:06 Apr 20

Airlines to open bookings when Centre in confident: Civil Aviation Minister

Restrictions on domestic, international flights will be lifted when government is confident that spread of coronavirus has been controlled, and poses no danger to Indians, says Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, amidst reports of some airlines doing open bookings.

04:02 Apr 20

Five more cops test positive for coronavirus in Delhi

Five more personnel from Chandni Mahal police station have tested positive for COVID19. Till now, eight personnel from the police station have tested positive for the virus: Delhi Police 

03:57 Apr 20
03:42 Apr 20

Assam man makes epic 2,800 km journey to reach home from Gujarat, survives by begging

From the sea coast of Gujarat in the west to Nagaon in Assam, Jadav Gogoi hitchhiked and walked for 25 days. Fortunately, the migrant worker lived to tell the tale. With Rs 4,000 in his pocket, the 45-year-old had set out on the epic 2,800 km march on March 27 from the industrial town of Vapi in Gujarat close to the Union Territory of Daman. 

03:25 Apr 20

Army personnel to rejoin duties in phased manner

Indian Army has planned broad Modalities/Guidelines for rejoining have been planned in a phased manner considering the numbers of individuals rejoining from Leave/Temporary Duty/Courses and the requirement for smooth reporting, quarantine and onward dispersal to units. All personnel in the Indian Army will be classified as Green (who have completed 14 days Quarantine period), Yellow (who need to undergo 14 days Quarantine period) and Red (Symptomatic requiring isolation and further treatment in COVID19 hospital). 

03:20 Apr 20

Lockdown violators will be dealt with strictly: Maharashtra CM

No one should think that lockdown has been lifted. We have just tried to revolve the wheel of economy a bit. I've heard that some people are treating relaxations as lifting of lockdown.If they continue to behave like this we'll take strict measures. Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray 

03:18 Apr 20

TN to stay under lockdown till May 3


03:14 Apr 20

MHA raps Maharashtra government over lovkdown violations in Pune and Mumbai

MHA writes to Maharashtra government over violations of COVID19 lockdown measures in Mumbai and Pune. Inter-Ministerial Central Teams (IMCT) to visit Mumbai & Pune to make on-spot assessment of situation, issue necessary directions to the State 

03:05 Apr 20

UP doctor involved in survey of Tablighi Jamat members succumbs to COVID-19

Dr Nizamuddin had tested positive for the virus on April 10. His death has taken the tally of COVID-19 deaths in Uttar Pradesh to 18. The deceased doctor was posted at Tajpur primary health centre (PHC). After testing positive for the deadly virus, he was admitted to the isolation ward of Tirthankar Medical University (TMU) in the city. The condition of Dr Nizamuddin continued to deteriorate soon after he got the virus. He was shifted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) on April 11 and subsequently put on a life support system.


03:02 Apr 20
01:47 Apr 20

Kerala to seek more relaxations after Centre toughens its stance on COVID-19 lockdown

The state has decided to approach the Centre in the wake of the letter by the seeking explanation from the state after it allowed the opening of activities, prohibited under Consolidated Revised Guidelines on Lockdown measures, issued by Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on 15 April. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:37 Apr 20

Karnataka extends lockdown

Karnataka Cabinet decides to extend COVID-19 lockdown in the state till May 3: Law Minister J C Madhuswamy.

01:28 Apr 20

Latest Andhra coronavirus stats

01:13 Apr 20

News from Nagpur

A 25-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 has given birth to a healthy baby boy at the hospital. The woman was admitted to the hospital on April 16. The baby is not infected with COVID-19 and is kept in a separate ward: Sasoon hospital officials, Pune.

01:03 Apr 20

MP govt in talks with Rajasthan to bring back over 1,100 students stuck in Kota during lockdown

Following the instructions of the Madhya Pradesh government, the Collectors of all districts of the state have prepared a list of students and have also arranged for 71 vehicles. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:02 Apr 20

Modi speaks with Maldivian President

12:59 Apr 20

Maharashtra latest coronavirus cases

Total number of positive cases till Monday stands at 4483. Today, 183 patients were identified.

12:58 Apr 20

Important update from Delhi

All 16 high-risk contacts of the pizza delivery boy who had tested positive for COVID-19, have tested negative: District Magistrate South Delhi.

12:57 Apr 20

Kerala government on lockdown relaxation in state

Kerala has received a letter from the Centre (regarding dilution of lockdown guidelines). We are discussing what can be done. If needed, necessary modifications will be made: Kerala Chief Secretary Tom Jose

12:43 Apr 20

Newborn tests positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan's Nagaur

  • "The baby born on Saturday is coronavirus positive. Her mother, father and other family members too are COVID-19 patients," Nagaur chief medical and health officer Dr Sukumar Kashyap said.
  • Dr Shadab Ali, in-charge of Basni primary health centre where the pregnant woman was admitted, informed the family that the newborn was coronavirus positive.
  • The test report of the baby came on Sunday. In Nagaur, 59 people have tested positive so far. A 62-year-old man from the district, who was admitted at SMS hospital in Jaipur, died on Sunday night.
12:38 Apr 20
12:28 Apr 20

COVID-19 hospitals launched in Odisha

12:15 Apr 20

Aviation Minister tweets on sector shutdown

12:13 Apr 20

Latest Karnataka coronavirus stats

395 positive cases reported till Monday. While 111 got discharged, 16 died so far in the southern state.

12:02 Apr 20
11:56 Apr 20

COVID-19 Lockdown: 30 students brought from Kota reach home in UP's Muzaffarnagar

  • Thirty students, who were brought to Uttar Pradesh from Kota in buses sent by the state government, have reached their homes here, amid the nationwide lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • They reached Muzaffarnagar on Sunday evening and were sent into home quarantine, District Magistrate Amit Singh said. The students underwent checkups for COVID-19 after reaching the state, he said.
  • The Uttar Pradesh government had sent 250 buses to Kota in Rajasthan on Friday to bring students from the state, who were in that city to prepare for engineering and medical competitive exams.
11:48 Apr 20

Coronavirus reproductive factor lowest in India, says new study amid swelling tally

The study also said that the extensive lockdown measures may not have been effective in the containment of the infection in Maharashtra but have been helpful in some states such as Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:27 Apr 20

Rajya Sabha staff practice social distancing

11:15 Apr 20

60 to 70 per cent of India's COVID-19 protocol is developed in Thrissur: Collector

Though the district currently has no positive cases, the review meeting -- from 5 pm to 6 pm -- is a routine with at least one of the three ministers from the district or MLAs in attendance. District Collector S Shanavas spoke to TNIE on heading the prevention activities and bringing everyone under one umbrella in the fight against coronavirus. (READ THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE)

11:09 Apr 20

Agricultural activities resume in Punjab

11:08 Apr 20

Gujarat cases continue swelling up

108 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Gujarat today. Now the total positive cases in the state stand at 1851, including 106 discharged and 67 deaths: Health and Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat.

11:07 Apr 20

Officials being screened at the Shastri Bhawan in Delhi

11:06 Apr 20

News from Kanpur

There were 49 active cases here. Now, as per Microbiology dept's report this morning, 17 more positive cases have been found: Dr Ashok Shukla, Kanpur Chief medical officer

11:05 Apr 20

Latest scenes from Bihar

11:04 Apr 20

Delhi cases cross 2000

There are 2003 COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi including 110 positive cases from yesterday. Death toll is 45. 38 patients who died suffered from serious ailments; Rapid tests are most likely to start from today: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain

11:03 Apr 20

Maharashtra Home Minister on rising POSCO cases in state amid lockdown

11:01 Apr 20

Latest Madhya Pradesh coronavirus figures

While 1430 positive cases have been registered till Monday, 73 deaths were reported, while 139 tested negative.

10:47 Apr 20

One more recovers in Kerala

10:39 Apr 20

Delhi apartment declared 'containment zone'

10:36 Apr 20

News from Bengaluru

10:36 Apr 20

Now, Manipur becomes coronavirus free

I am glad to share that Manipur is now Corona free. Both patients have fully recovered and have tested negative. There are no fresh cases of the virus in the state: Manipur CM N Biren Singh

10:33 Apr 20

Home Ministry issues statement on lockdown situation in India

  • COVID-19 situation serious in Indore, Mumbai, Pune, Jaipur, Kolkata and few other places in West Bengal.
  • There has been violence against healthcare workers, violation of social distancing norms, movement of vehicles in urban areas.
  • Government sets up siix inter-ministerial central teams to make on-spot assessment of COVID-19 situation, issue necessary directions to states.
  • Inter-ministerial teams to focus on compliance, implementation of lockdown; supply of essentials, safety of health workers.
10:25 Apr 20

Sad news from UP

A COVID-19 positive doctor, who was undergoing treatment at Teerthanker Mahaveer University (TMU) medical college, died last night: Moradabad Chief medical officer (CMO) Dr MC Garg

10:25 Apr 20

Coronavirus cases spike up in Chennai

10:05 Apr 20

Centre asks states not to dilute lockdown guidelines

09:58 Apr 20
09:57 Apr 20

Latest coronavirus figures from Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh

  • In Rajasthan, the total number of confirmed cases stands at 1495 till Monday. While 205 have recovered, 24 succumbed to the deadly virus so far.
  • In Uttar Pradesh, 1100 people have been tested positive, out of which 781 have Tablighi Jamat links. the numbers of recovered patients and those who died stands at 127 and 17 respectively.
09:54 Apr 20

Update on Sunday's ruckus in Bengaluru

"I met the CM and briefed him. He told us to act strictly. I've told the same to my officials. Won't tolerate such acts. We've arrested 59 people. Five FIRs registered. I'm going to Padarayanapura. Will make sure others are quarantined," Karnataka Home Minister on ruckus in Padarayanapura

09:53 Apr 20

Latest scene from the 'coronavirus-free Goa'

09:53 Apr 20

News from Madhya Pradesh

A COVID-19 positive patient who had escaped from isolation ward of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Medical College in Jabalpur, has been caught near Madanpur check post, Narsinghpur. He was earlier arrested under National Security Act and sent to Jabalpur central jail.

09:50 Apr 20

Kerala Minister on row over lockdown relaxation in state

We've given relaxations abiding by directions issued by Centre. Centre may have asked for an explanation, due to some misunderstanding. Once we give an explanation, I hope the issue will be solved. We followed all norms set by the Centre: Kerala Minister Kadakampally Surendran.

09:09 Apr 20

Latest coronavirus stats from the Health Ministry

1553 new cases and 36 deaths reported in last 24 hours. India's total number of Coronavirus positive cases rises to 17265 (including 14175 active cases, 2546 cured/discharged/migrated and 543 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

08:51 Apr 20

Koyambedu Market in Chennai operating normally

08:48 Apr 20

Row over Meerut cancer hospital's advertisement

08:47 Apr 20

Centre asks Kerala not to dilute lockdown norms

"Government of Kerala has circulated revised guidelines for lockdown measures. In its order,Kerala Govt has allowed opening of activities which are prohibited in the 15th April MHA order. Such additional activities allowed by Kerala Govt, includes opening of local workshops; Barber shops; restaurants; book stores; MSMEs in municipal limits; bus travel in the cities/ towns for shorter distance etc. his amounts to dilution of guidelines issued by MHA and violation of MHA order dated 15th April issued under the Disaster Management Act 2005," Union Home Ministry told the Pinarayi Vijayan governmeent, as per sources.

08:40 Apr 20

Update from Odisha

08:22 Apr 20

Blamegame over testing delays in Bengal

08:07 Apr 20

Toll tax collection resumes in Maharashtra

08:06 Apr 20

Delhi Police issues guidelines on vehicle movement in national capital

07:56 Apr 20

Visuals from Tamil Nadu

07:56 Apr 20

Highway authorities resume toll collection

07:54 Apr 20

Union Health Minister's address after attending G20 meet

"Attended video conference of the Health Ministers of G20 countries, an international forum for the governments of 19 countries and the European Union, to discuss COVID-19 containment: Dr Harsh Vardhan, Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare. Global health crisis being witnessed globally, today, has created an opportunity to dive deep into the nature of what connects us all,while simultaneously providing us collective strength and wisdom to accomplish the unthinkable," Harsh Vardhan said.

07:52 Apr 20

Update from Bengaluru

01:13 Apr 20

Samples of baby elephant suspected of COVID-19 infection sent for test


 The baby elephant has been separated and staff have been deployed to look after the sick child. (READ MORE HERE)

01:11 Apr 20

This group of friends in Kolkata has fed over 1000 families amid lockdown

In Kolkata, a group of six friends have come together to feed villagers in the state. The group has so far raised more than Rs 4,000,00 through donations from their friends and colleagues and fed 1200 families in West Bengal. (READ MORE HERE)

01:09 Apr 20

Sanitation workers in Tiruchy toiling on empty stomach

Thousands of sanitation workers toil in the scorching heat and the inconveniences caused by the lockdown to ensure the city stays clean. A few of them accused the city Corporation of not taking enough care of them. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:01 Apr 20

Coronavirus deaths in US cross 40,000

The data showed the number of fatalities countrywide at 40,585, with almost half of them in New York.

01:00 Apr 20

DGCA directs airlines to stop taking bookings for May 4

Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had advised airlines on Saturday night to open bookings only after the government takes a decision on resumption of passenger flights.


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