COVID-19 LIVE | Mortality rate 3.1% in India while globally it is 7%: Harsh Vardhan

The Union Health Minister asserted that the coronavirus situation in the country is improving as many hotspot districts are moving towards becoming non-hotspots.

Published: 24th April 2020 08:25 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th April 2020 10:44 PM   |  A+A-


A resident of Big Bazaar street collecting milk from vendor from behind the barricade erected to prevent unwanted travel during the lockdown in effect in Coimbatore. (Photo | EPS/A Raja Chidambaram)

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The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 826 and the number of cases climbed to 26,917 in India on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 20,177 while 5,913 people were cured and discharged, and one patient has migrated, the ministry said.

The total number of cases includes 111 foreign nationals.

In the wake of public protests against the burial of two doctors who died of COVID-19 in Chennai recently, Tamil Nadu govt has made blocking cremation of coronavirus victims a punishable offence and can attract up to 3-year jail term.

12:05 Apr 27

29 healthcare workers off Baba Saheb Ambedar Hospital in Delhi test positive

11:51 Apr 26

Jharkhand: 15 new COVID-19 cases, including four nurses identified on Sunday, total count reaches to 82

In a sudden surge in COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand, 15 more people were tested positive on Sunday making a total of 82 positive cases in the State. Unfortunately, the 15 new cases tested positive also include four nurses out of whom one had assisted in delivering the child of a positive woman from Hindpiri, a coronavirus hotspot, few days back at Sadar Hospital. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:37 Apr 26

UK minister Robert Buckland hails Karnataka's efforts to contain coronavirus pandemic

The effective implementation of lockdown to check the spread of COVID-19, supply of essential commodities to people and various other measures of the Karnataka government has won accolades of a British Minister. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:10 Apr 26

COVID-19 situation improving in India, mortality rate 3.1% while globally it's 7%: Harsh Vardhan

The mortality rate of COVID-19 patients in India is 3.1 per cent as compared to 7 per cent globally, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday while asserting that the coronavirus situation in the country is improving as many hotspot districts are moving towards becoming non-hotspots.

10:54 Apr 26

COVID-19 tally in Gujarat crosses 3300-mark with 230 new cases; death toll reaches 151

The tally of COVID-19 patients in Gujarat grew to 3,301 after 230 new cases were reported on Sunday, while the count of dead due to the infection reached 151 with the addition of 18 victims, a health official said.


10:38 Apr 26

Delhi registers 293 cases on Sunday, active cases in state 1,987

10:19 Apr 26

Tamil Nadu govt issues G.O. for deferring payment of local taxes

10:16 Apr 26

6 family members of Kurnool MP tests positive

10:16 Apr 26

Kerala CM holds video conferencing with Non-Resident Keralites

10:14 Apr 26

As a mark of their gratitude to host state, migrant labourers in Chhattisgarh lend their services

Many among the hundreds of workers, trapped far away from their homes, are routinely easing out their stress by contributing their bit in useful activities, either through their skills or supporting in whatever ways their capabilities allow. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:03 Apr 26

Andhra Raj Bhavan staffer tests positive for coronavirus

A nursing staff at Andhra Pradesh Raj Bhavan has tested positive for COVID-19: Official sources

09:56 Apr 26

Covid patient administered plasma therapy in Delhi discharged

09:49 Apr 26

Delhi now has 97 containment zones

09:40 Apr 26

WATCH | A resident of New York explains how it is to under USA's COVID-19 lockdown

09:37 Apr 26

Telangana breaches 1,000 mark with 11 new cases, active patients at 660

According to a bulletin issued by the state Health department, with 11 new cases, the number of COVID-19 positive cases rose to 1001 while the active patients stood at 660 after nine patients were discharged after recovery on Sunday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:45 Apr 26

COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh cross 2,000-mark; death toll reaches 103

With as many as 145 people testing coronavirus positive in Madhya Pradesh in the last 24 hours, 91 of them in Indore, the number of such patients in the state climbed to 2,090, health officials said on Sunday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:40 Apr 26

34 new cases in Dharavi on Sunday

08:32 Apr 26

Uttarakhand forest dept seeks permission to 'temporarily use' Rajaji National Park for Mahakumbh 2021

Uttarakhand state forest department has sought permission from Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change to use 778 hectares of forest land temporarily for non-forest activities in upcoming Mahakumbh 2021 from September 1, 2020, to May 31, 2021. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:03 Apr 26

Kerala reports 11 new cases

Kerala on Sunday reported 11 new Covid-19 positive cases. The cases were from Idukki (six ) and Kottayam (five). Of the total cases reported, three were healthcare workers including a doctor. At the same time, four persons were recovered from the illness on the day.

07:56 Apr 26

150 students from Rajasthan's Kota, 2700 Punjabis in relief camps to be brought back to Punjab

07:46 Apr 26

Maharashtra reports 440 new patients as state tally rises to 8068


07:44 Apr 26

WATCH | Wall raised across Tamil Nadu-Andhra border

06:44 Apr 26
06:43 Apr 26

There was no party hosted by me: Kanika Kapoor opens up about COVID-19 diagnosis

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor on Sunday took to Instagram to open up about her coronavirus diagnosis and also said that her health was normal when she attended a lunch and a dinner hosted by a friend. Here's what she had to say.

06:42 Apr 26

CRPF may ask for more vehicles, accommodation from Delhi as it sees spike in COVID-19 cases

According to official communication, the CRPF has said that all companies should ensure placing sanitiser machines in each and every duty vehicle for sanitising jawan during the duty apart from demanding more vehicles from the concerned authorities in Delhi.


06:40 Apr 26

3-year jail term for blocking burial or cremation of COVID-19 victims in Tamil Nadu

The state government has come with the ordinance following the incidents a section of public raised objections against the burial of two doctors who succumbed to the deadly Coronavirus in the recent past. 


06:33 Apr 26

Make COVID-19 test kits available at lowest cost possible: Delhi High Court

The court was hearing a petition filed by Rare Metabolics and Aark Pharmaceuticals, seeking the release of 7.24 lakh COVID-19 test kits from respondent Matrix, importer of kits, which was seeking full payment upfront before delivering them. The two companies have entered into an agreement with Matrix, over the distribution of the test kits in the country.
06:29 Apr 26

06:01 Apr 26
06:01 Apr 26

1975 new COVID19 cases and 47 deaths reported in the last 24 hours

1975 new COVID19 cases and 47 deaths reported in the last 24 hours has taken the total number of positive cases in India to 26,917. This includes 5914 recovered and 826 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

05:42 Apr 26
05:40 Apr 26

PM Modi to interact with CMs on Monday to discuss way out of lockdown

This will be the third video conference of the prime minister with the chief ministers after the spread of the COVID-19 in the country. Sources in the government indicated that besides discussing the way forward in dealing with the pandemic, the discussion could also focus on a "graded" exit from the lockdown which is in place till May 3.


05:39 Apr 26

Walls raised on Tamil Nadu-Andhra border roads to regular vehicle movement amid lockdown

In a move aimed at regulating vehicular movement amid COVID-19 lockdown, walls have been raised across Tamil Nadu-Andhra Pradesh border roads at two key entry and exit points in Vellore district. The construction work for the walls at Sainagunta and Ponnai (Maathandakuppam) check posts began on Sunday morning, a day after district collector A Shanmuga Sundram issued orders for the same.


05:38 Apr 26

This Ramzan, girls in Jammu and Kashmir stitch-free masks for distribution as 'sadqa'

The initiative by the girls, who are voluntarily stitching the masks to handover to the district administration for free distribution, has been acknowledged by the local Army unit which came forward to help the group by providing them material.


04:46 Apr 26
04:40 Apr 26

Maharashtra government 'suppressing' enormity of COVID-19 pandemic: Devendra Fadnavis

The people of the state are paying a heavy price because of the poor response to the crisis by the Shiv Sena-Congress-NCP alliance government in the state, the Leader of Opposition in the Assembly alleged.

04:03 Apr 26

WATCH | Swiss citizens airlifted from Kochi to Zurich

03:42 Apr 26
03:41 Apr 26

'Kammattipadam' actor Manikandan Achari ties knot in a simple ceremony; donates to CMDRF

The actor avoided the marriage ceremony and handed over the amount that he set aside for the function to the Chief Minister's Distress Relief Fund (CMDRF) to support the state's efforts to fight the COVID-19. The amount was handed over to M Swaraj, the MLA of Tripunithura assembly constituency soon after the wedding. 


02:50 Apr 26

Indore man made to do sit-ups by cops for cruising in his Porsche despite COVID-19 lockdown

The man who was cruising through the streets of the city, during coronavirus lockdown, in his Porsche two-seater was flagged down at the Bapat intersection by a member of the Municipal Security Committee. The man is then made to do sit-ups by a council member after getting out of the car. A video of the entire incident shot on a mobile phone has surfaced on social media, in which the man is seen holding his ears and doing sit-ups while a member of the security council, dressed in black and donning a mask looks on.


02:46 Apr 26
02:43 Apr 26

14 BSF personnel quarantined in Chhattisgarh after they returned from Agra

The troops had reached Bhilai town in the central Indian state on Saturday from Delhi via Agra onboard a truck of the force. All the 14 personnel were tested upon arrival and subsequently, two sent to an isolation facility in neighbouring Durg district, while the rest quarantined at a centre of the Bhilai Steel Plant.


02:42 Apr 26

Aggressive testing key to fight battle against COVID-19: Manmohan Singh

Testing and tracing are the key to fighting the menace, he said in a video released by the Congress. "There are problems with regard to the inadequacy of testing facilities and without more aggressive facilities of testing, we are not going to conquer this menace," Manmohan Singh said.


02:35 Apr 26
02:12 Apr 26

Karnataka registers 19th coronavirus death, 45-year-old pregnant Bengaluru woman succumbs

The woman, patient no. 465, was admitted in a designated hospital on April 24th and was in the ICU since April 25. The death was confirmed by District Health Officer Dr Srinivas. "She visited Moodalapalya Maternity Hospital with complaints of bleeding, and also had severe breathlessness. The hospital was closed after she tested positive for coronavirus," said BBMP Commissioner for health, Ravikumar Surpur. 

02:10 Apr 26
02:10 Apr 26

CM Uddhav on COVID-19 crisis in Maharashtra

  • I assure the migrant labourers that I am talking to the centre and whatever is possible will be done soon. One thing is sure that trains are not starting because we don't want a crowd, otherwise, lockdown will be needed to be further extended.
  • We have 80% patients who are asymptomatic and 20% are there who have mild, serious or critical symptoms. We have to see how these people are also saved. Those who are hiding it and not getting tested, if you have symptoms please go and get tested.
  • It is painful that 2 of our policemen have sacrificed their lives. I pay homage to them. Their families will be supported as per the government policy. 
01:48 Apr 26

Maharashtra CM addresses state

Today is Akshaya Tritiya but there's no celebration, I'm thankful for that. I want to appeal that it's Ramzan but don't go out to pray. Everyone's asking where's God. God is in everyone who's serving us in these hard times -Police, Doctors, cleanliness workers & others: Maharashtra CM 

01:44 Apr 26

Thrissur Puram celebration sees subdued begining

01:43 Apr 26

Latest coronavirus stats from Uttar Pradesh

  • Total number of positive cases till Sunday: 1793.
  • Recovered patients: 261.
  • Deaths: 27.
01:09 Apr 26

One more tests positive in Uttarakhand

One more COVID-19 positive case reported in Uttarakhand today. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 50: Uttarakhand State Control Room

01:05 Apr 26

52-year-old head constable becomes Maharashtra's second cop to die in 48 hours

The victim had been fighting coronavirus for the past few days, the Mumbai Police said in a tweet. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:04 Apr 26

Shops closed in Karnataka's Hubli

01:04 Apr 26

Chennai Corporation ramps up testing vendors at Koyambedu market after COVID-19 cases reported

Corporation Commissioner G Prakash said the civic body has started testing all the loadmen in Koyambedu market and based on the symptoms detected, they would be put to test and protocol will be followed. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:38 Apr 26

Update from Uttarakhand

A nursing staff at the hospital has tested positive for coronavirus: All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Rishikesh PRO Harish Thapliyal.

12:38 Apr 26

Another important news from Tamil Nadu

Two police stations were temporarily closed yesterday after 6 personnel tested positive for COVID-19. Following this, swab samples of other 105 police staff were sent for testing, of which all have come negative today: Sumit Saran, Coimbatore Commissioner of Police.

12:37 Apr 26

No further lockdown relaxation till May 3

"We are implementing Centre's guidelines on opening of neighbourhood and standalone shops during lockdown. Delhi government will not allow any further relaxation in lockdown till May 3, except those permitted by Union Home Ministry. We are going through difficult times, will have to continue our efforts to reduce number of COVID-19 infections in Delhi," CM Kejriwal.

12:09 Apr 26

Latest Karnataka coronavirus numbers as of Sunday

  • Total number of COVID-19 patients: 501.
  • People discharged: 177.
  • Death toll: 18.
12:07 Apr 26

Latest coronavirus numbers from Bihar

Total confirmed positive cases in Bihar: 251 (As on April 26 at 12pm) Deaths: 2. Recovered: 45. Active: 204. Affected districts: 21 out of 38.

12:01 Apr 26

WATCH | Medical supplies arruve at Kolkata

12:01 Apr 26

Sikh pilgrims return to Punjab from Maharashtra

12:00 Apr 26

41 persons quarantined in Kerala's Ernakulam

41 persons including a police officer, who came in direct contact with a lorry driver who had tested positive for COVID-19, have been placed under home quarantine in Vazhakulam in Ernakulam: S Suhas, Ernakulam District Collector

11:51 Apr 26

What PM Modi said in his 'Mann ki Baat' address

  • Fight against coronavirus is people-driven. People are rising to occasion to help each other; we are all in this together. Be it businesses, office culture, education, medical sector, everyone is adapting to changes in post-coronavirus world.
  • PM Modi hails contribution of state govts in fight against COVID-19 pandemic, says they have played a very active role. India's decision to supply medicines to countries which needed them amid COVID-19 pandemic was guided by its ethos.
  • I feel very proud when world leaders thank India and its people for assistance amid coronavirus pandemic.
  • Wearing mask has to become a habit; it does not mean a person wearing it is unwell, it is just wise precautio.
  • PM Modi exhorts people to stop spitting in public places, says it will increase basic hygiene and strengthen fight against COVID-19.
  • PM Modi warns people against complacency in fight against COVID-19, says we have to continue being careful and taking right precautions.
11:47 Apr 26
11:46 Apr 26

Important update from Chennai

11:07 Apr 26

91 new COVID-19 cases in Indore; district tally 1,176

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Indore rose to 1,176 after 91 more people tested positive for the disease in the Madhya Pradesh district during the last 24 hours, an official said on Sunday.
  • So far, 57 coronavirus patients have died in Indore, which has emerged as one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country, district chief medical and health officer Praveen Jadia said.
  • Till now, 107 people have been discharged after recovering from the viral infection, he said.
  • According to data analysis, the COVID-19 death rate in the district stood at 4. 85 per cent till Sunday morning, which is higher than the national average.
  • Curfew is in force in urban limits of Indore since March 25, after the first coronavirus case was found in the district.
10:49 Apr 26

Swiss nationals airlifted from Kerala

10:48 Apr 26

Coronavirus cases break-up in Chennai

10:39 Apr 26

Surprise rains in Vellore after a sultry week

10:23 Apr 26

Latest visuals from Ahmedabad

10:22 Apr 26

UP CM hold meeting with experts

10:07 Apr 26
10:00 Apr 26

Good news from Jharkhand

13 COVID-19 patients have recovered in Jharkhand till now- 6 from Ranchi, 4 from Bokaro, 2 from Hazaribagh and 1 from Simdega. Recovery ratio in this week was 18%: Jharkhand Health Department

10:00 Apr 26

Resident doctors write to Amit Shah again

09:39 Apr 26

Maharashtra government issues preventive guidelines for essential service staff

  • The Maharashtra government has issued a circular stressing on the importance of social distancing, hygiene and wearing of protection gear, after some of its employees tested positive for coronavirus.
  • The circular issued by the public health department on Saturday said some government staff involved in the maintenance of essential services in the state have tested positive for the disease.
  • Employees should wear masks, hand gloves and if necessary, aprons, and ensure that soap, water and hand sanitisers (with at least 60 per cent alcohol) are available at workplaces, it said.
  • "Wash your hands applying soap and with water for at least 20 seconds before beginning your daily work. Use hand gloves then. Do not touch (your) face, eyes, nose and mouth. Avoid putting hand gloves in pockets," the circular said.
  • The objects which are touched often, like door handles and taps, should be disinfected every two-three hours with a liquid containing one per cent sodium hypochlorite, it said.
  • There should be a distance of at least one metre between two employees at the workplace, the circular said. "Use speaker mode while using mobile phone. Avoid contact of mobile phone with face whenever possible," it said.
  • "Take bath using soap and water immediately after reaching home if there is no facility to take bath at office or place of duty," the circular said.
  • Sanitation, health and police department officials and staff should use personal protection equipment, it said. "All officials and staff should not use or handle each other's mobile phones, handkerchiefs, water bottles, glasses, etc," the circular said.
  • "All department heads should ensure supply of the personal protection kit, hand gloves, apron, jacket, masks, soap and sanitisers as per requirement," it added.
09:23 Apr 26

Update from Rajasthan

09:20 Apr 26
09:20 Apr 26

After Tamil Nadu and Delhi, Rain in Bihar too

09:19 Apr 26

India sees its massive spike in terms of fresh daily COVID-19 positive cases

India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rises to 26,496 (including 19868 active cases, 5804 cured/discharged/migrated and 824 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. There has been a spike of 1990 new COVID-19 positive cases and 49 deaths in the last 24 hours.

09:07 Apr 26

CDS Bipin Rawat addresses media on COVID-19. Here are some parts of his speech

  • As armed forces, we understand our responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. We've to make sure that we remain safe because if our soldiers, sailors and airmen get affected by this virus, how're we going to support our people.
  • This is a time when certain directions have been issued which we have to adhere if we want to fight the menace of COVID-19.
  • Patience and discipline will help us overcome this problem of COVID-19. COVID-19 has affected the three services in a very limited number.
  • I would say that this is the discipline and patience which has helped us in preventing the spread of the menace.
  • I am very happy to inform you that all our people have downloaded the Aarogya Setu application and should anyone get affected, we would be able to pick that up very soon.
  • We would be able to ensure that the spread does not happen. The scientists & other agencies involved in medical research have come up with innovative ideas to produce medical equipment in the country which we were so far importing to help us tide over COVID19. This has been amazing.
  • COVID-19 has taught us a lesson that the time has now come to be self-reliant.
  • Whatever budget has been given to us, we must spend it pragmatically avoiding any wasteful expenditure. We don’t see any major drop in our operational preparedness as far as the three services are concerned.
  • We're capable of undertaking any operational task assigned to us.
08:57 Apr 26

Now, Maharashtra seeks safe return to its students stuck in Rajasthan's Kota

08:54 Apr 26

Update from Madhya Pradesh

We've decided that shops in Indore, Bhopal ,Ujjain, Jabalpur, Dhar and Khargone will continue to remain shut. Also, there is no question of opening shops in containment/hotspot areas: Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan on MHA's order exempting certain shops and establishment from lockdown.

08:51 Apr 26

Coronavirus death toll crosses 2,00,000 globally; countries begin easing lockdown restrictions

The states of Georgia, Oklahoma and Alaska in United States started loosening restrictions on businesses despite warnings from experts that such steps might be premature. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:46 Apr 26

Police stopped around 198 people in Indore who were travelling

"150 ppl were going to Lalitpur, UP on foot. We've also seized Two vehicles carrying 48 people who came from Surat.We've arranged for their stay", Umakant Choudhary, DSP said.

08:44 Apr 26

Government not giving anyone Rs 1000 under 'Corona Sahayata Yojana'

08:42 Apr 26

Social distancing norms flouted in Delhi

08:41 Apr 26

News from Uttarakhand

Stand alone shops in colonies will be allowed to remain open from 7 AM to 6 PM in 9 districts (out of 13) that are declared green zones in Uttarakhand. Liquor & barber shops will remain closed: State Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat

08:41 Apr 26

PM to address nation via radio

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation through his radio programme 'MannKiBaat', at 11 AM today.

08:40 Apr 26

Not only Chennai, rain lashes Delhi too

08:39 Apr 26

More visuals from Locked-down Chennai

08:38 Apr 26

Railway coaches coverted in Isolation wards

08:36 Apr 26

Kanpur locality declared 'Red Zone'

08:35 Apr 26

Deserted Varanasi Ghat on 'Akshay Tritiya' day

08:27 Apr 26

Heavy rains in Chennai amid four-day lockdown

12:23 Apr 26

36-year-old dies in Tamil Nadu, youngest to have died of COVID-19 in state

The man was a resident of Kundrathur and had been admitted to the hospital with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI), State Health officials said. The state tests all patients with SARI and Influenza-like Illness (ILI) for COVID-19. (READ MORE)

11:52 Apr 25

The Thomas Isaac Interview | 'We're faced with a calamity and yet the FM hasn't met us'

11:44 Apr 25

'Bihar to launch Health Emergency Operating Center in collaboration with ISRO'

The Health Emergency Operating Centre would be responsible for gathering specific data and analysing them to get a clear idea for making quick and appropriate decisions in case of the emergency of any kind. Bihar's health minister Mangal Pandey on Saturday said that the construction of this portal has been made by taking the village of the affected area (epicentre) as the base. (READ MORE)

11:39 Apr 25

Lockdown may need to be extended till mid-May in Delhi: COVID-19 panel chief

The Delhi government had announced a lockdown in Delhi on March 23 followed by a nation-wide lockdown by the Centre from midnight of March 24 till April 14. The lockdown was further extended to May 3 by the Centre. "India is still on the ascending limb of the epidemic curve and so, to ease the restrictions will mean the cases will multiply uncontrollably. And, Delhi has a large number of containment zones, so it will be wise to extend it," Dr S K Sarin, chairman of Delhi government's committee on combating COVID-19, said on Saturday.

10:55 Apr 25

57-year-old constable succumbs to COVID-19 in Mumbai

Chandrakant Ganapat Pendurkar, Head Constable from Vakola Police Station in Mumbai, was battling the virus for the past few days, Mumbai Police tweeted.  (READ MORE)

10:11 Apr 25

Remember '1 rupee Idli Paati'? Donations pour as prices go sky high

The 80-year-old woman, who has devoted herself to sell one idli at 1 rupee for the labourers in the vicinity was left in the lurch after the shopkeepers started to increase the price of urad dal, Bengal gram, and red chilies. (READ MORE)

09:55 Apr 25

Delhi records fresh 111 cases

09:55 Apr 25

'Open court hearing should be restored earliest'

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) today resolved that once the current lockdown is lifted, and the health situation permits it, open court hearings should be restored at the earliest: SCBA.

09:46 Apr 25

With four new positive patients, COVID-19 case count in Jharkhand reaches 63

Officials said that out of the 74 samples examined, 70 were found to be negative while four tested positive. All the four new cases have been found in Ranchi, with three being from the Hindpiri area while one is from Kantalotoli.

09:40 Apr 25

GHMC workers allot numbers for the homeless people to maintain social distance


(Photo| EPS)

09:14 Apr 25

Hold exams in July, begin academic sessions in universities from September: UGC

The nationwide lockdown amid the coronavirus scare has pushed back the start of academic sessions in universities across the country, which will now begin in September 2020. The UGC will now plan the academic calendar and issue necessary guidelines for the coming session on the basis of the panel's recommendations. (READ MORE HERE)

08:38 Apr 25

UP starts bringing back migrant workers, first batch of 2,224 from Haryana reach home

UP CM Yogi Adityanath had, on Friday, asked DMs to prepare a list of labourers so that they could be brought back in a phased manner. The decision had come after that state government brought back around 10,800 students stuck up in Kota, Rajasthan, around a week back. The state government conceived the plan to bring the labourers back in response to the demand made from several quarters and also reports that the migrants had started swimming across the Yamuna from Haryana to reach UP. (READ MORE)

08:33 Apr 25

Maharashtra COVID-19 mortality rate falling, says government

Earlier, the rate was around seven per cent but it has now come down to 4.4 per cent. According to data released by the state's public health department, this rate is in comparison to a world average of 6.93 per cent and an India average of 3.16 per cent. (READ MORE)

08:11 Apr 25

Gujarat's coronavirus cases cross 3000-mark

Gujarat's coronavirus cases cross 3000-mark as 256 people test positive in one day. The state tally stands at 3061 whereas death toll reaches 133.

08:08 Apr 25

Mumbai records 281 cases in one day

07:42 Apr 25

No vegetable or fruit shops allowed to open for 4 day in Chennai

Chennai Corporation makes a volte face: No shops allowed to open, even for vegetables and fruits in Chennai during intensified lockdown between Sunday to Wednesday. Only push carts and mobile vehicles allowed for selling fruits and vegetables

07:30 Apr 25

Madurai's #Kallazhagar festival cancelled

07:21 Apr 25

Nagaland govt allows opening of shops with immediate effect

An order issued by Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy on Saturday said in pursuance to Ministry of Home Affairs order dated April 15 and 24, all shops including shops in residential complexes and market complexes, except shops in multi-brand and single brand malls outside the limits of municipalities and town councils will be permitted to carry on activities with immediate effect.

07:20 Apr 25

10 fresh cases in Punjab

07:19 Apr 25

Uttarakhand to treat COVID-19 cases in designated hospitals

The hospitals where only COVID-19 cases will be treated now are Mela Hospital (Haridwar), Doon Hospital (Dehradun), Medical College (Rudrapur) and Sushila Tiwari Government Hospital (Haldwani), Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said.

07:07 Apr 25

Tamil Nadu update

07:05 Apr 25

15 new cases in Maharashtra's Yavatmal

Yavatmal Collector MD Singh said, "15 new persons have tested positive for coronavirus. With this the total number of cases in Yavatmal reached 30". The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has climbed to 6,817, including 301 deaths, according to the State public health department on Saturday.

07:04 Apr 25

UP has 1,778 COVID-19 positive cases: Principal Health Secretary

"A total of 1,778 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the State so far out of which 1,504 are active cases. As many as 248 people have been cured/discharged and 26 deaths have been reported out of which most deaths were due to comorbidity or old age," said Amit Mohan Prasad here during a press conference.

07:03 Apr 25

Plasma therapy trials begin in Karnataka

Karnataka Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar, along with Health and Family Welfare Minister B Sriramulu inaugurated clinical trials of the Therapy at Victoria hospital here. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:37 Apr 25

423 active cases in West Bengal: Health Department

06:35 Apr 25

Four new COVID-19 cases in Jharkhand

Four people tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand on Saturday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 63, officials said here. Of the fresh cases, three are from Ranchi's Hindpiri locality and one from the city's Kantatoli area, a health official said.

06:34 Apr 25

Police team quarantined in UP

The cops had taken a man to an islation facility in Bahraich has now been quarantined after he tested positive. Additional Superintendent of Police Ajay Pratap Singh said the man was quarantined on April 19 and has now been confirmed to have the coronavirus infection.

06:29 Apr 25

Rapid antibody tests shelved for now

The move to postpone the usage of the kits—that had been imported following due approval from the National Institute of Virology under the Indian Council of Medical Research—brings huge embarrassment to the country’s top health research body, which is the nodal agency for the fight against COVID-19. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:23 Apr 25

Karnataka tally reaches 500

06:22 Apr 25

Central team suggests stricter lockdown implementation in north Bengal

In a letter to Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha, the central team said that more field officers are required to monitor and provide feedback about the effectiveness of various measures undertaken by the government. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:13 Apr 25

43 fresh cases in Chennai

06:01 Apr 25

National tally alert

06:00 Apr 25

3 new cases reported in Gautam Budh Nagar

05:58 Apr 25

Three women test positive for COVID-19 in Aurangabad

Three women from a family tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Aurangabad district on Saturday, taking the tally of cases to 47 in the region, an official said.

05:56 Apr 25

Flight carrying COVID-19 medical supplies from Shanghai lands in Delhi

"The SpiceJet freighter SG7017 carrying coronavirus medical supplies from Shanghai landed in Delhi late last night. The aircraft carried approximately 18 tons of medical and emergency supplies," said an official statement issued by the SpiceJet. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

05:51 Apr 25

Kerala reports 7 fresh cases

05:50 Apr 25

WATCH | Panic buying spree in Chennai

05:22 Apr 25

Kerala update

05:22 Apr 25

India records lowest daily growth rate since crossing 100 cases

The average doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in the country is 9.1 days as of now and from Friday 8 am to Saturday 8 am, India recorded a six-per cent growth in new cases, which is the lowest daily growth rate recorded since the country crossed 100 cases, the government said on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

05:19 Apr 25

Six fresh cases in Madhya Pradesh

Panic has struck the Bargaon village in Madhya Pradesh’s Khargone district after six villagers, who went to a hair-cutting salon recently for hair-cuts and shaving, have tested positive for coronavirus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

05:17 Apr 25

Tamil Nadu recruits more health professionals

Appointment orders on contract basis will be given to retain the services of doctors, nurses and other medical personnel who are set to retire on April 30 for two more months, Palaniswami said in a statement here. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:48 Apr 25

Source identified

04:43 Apr 25

Two patients recover in Chhattisgarh

With 32 persons recovering from the deadly infection, the state only has five active cases as of now.

04:42 Apr 25

157 fresh coronavirus cases reported in Uttar Pradesh

With this, the number of active cases climbs to 1,504, Principal Secretary, Medical and Health, Amit Mohan Prasad added. "Till now, 248 COVID-19 patients have been discharged in the state, while 26 deaths have taken place," he said.

04:36 Apr 25

Bihar reports 10 more cases

04:33 Apr 25

COVID-19 patients wait for three hours on road outside UP hospital

A group of 70 COVID patients shifted from Agra had to wait for close to three hours outside a government hospital here, and they moved around on a road outside the campus before being allowed in, police said on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:17 Apr 25

States in dilemma over MHA's order on shops

With the Union government's order allowing standalone shops to open, it is the states who have to take a final call to implement the order. Many states are yet to decide. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:08 Apr 25

Of 20 cases, 16 have recovered, rest stable: Ladakh administration

The region has only four active cases and the condition of these COVID-19 patients is now stable, said an official statement from the Directorate of Health Services of the Union Territory of Ladakh.

03:59 Apr 25

17 patients discharged in Tamil Nadu

03:57 Apr 25

No more emergency travel passes in Chennai

03:56 Apr 25

Ganga Doli Yatra: Permission denied for devotees

In the morning today, the palanquin carrying the idol of goddess Ganga was sent from Mukhba in Mukhimath to Gangotri Dham in the presence of Deputy Magistrate Bhatwadi Devendra Singh Negi. No pilgrims but only a few priests were allowed to be a part of the Ganga idol procession this year.

03:46 Apr 25

Meghalaya asks for two more testing facilities

There is only one testing facility in the state, at the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS). One patient has died in Meghalaya while 11 others are afflicted with the disease so far.

03:44 Apr 25

Plasma therapy trials for corona patients begin in Karnataka

03:09 Apr 25

WATCH | MHA Joint Secretary explains relaxations

03:08 Apr 25

Tripura announces austerity measures to reduce expenditure

In view of the economic crisis due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Tripura government has announced a series of austerity measures to reduce its expenditure and focused on optimum utilisation of the central schemes to ease burden on the state exchequer.

03:00 Apr 25

Central teams assess situation in Ahmedabad, Surat

The visit comes a day after the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the coronavirus situation in Ahmedabad, Surat, Thane, Hyderabad and Chennai is "especially serious". (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:48 Apr 25

UP's Firozabad reports 7 new cases

All the fresh cases have been reported from hotspot in the Ramgarh police station area here, Chief Medical Officer SK Dixit said, adding that the area has been completely sealed off. Firozabad's tally now stands at 78.

02:46 Apr 25

Chennai residents go on panic buying

CM Edappadi K Palaniswami announced on Saturday morning that grocery and vegetable shops will be allowed to function until 3 pm on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:40 Apr 25

Scene from Chennai's Royapuram

02:38 Apr 25

Man dies in Uttar Pradesh's Moradabad

The deceased was a resident of Nawab Pura area and was undergoing treatment at Teerthanker Mahaveer College of Paramedical Sciences hospital.

02:36 Apr 25

Not possible to rebury Dr Simon: Chennai corporation

The mortal remains of Dr Simon Hercules cannot be exhumed and reburied in the Kilpauk cemetery due to safety reasons, the city corporation said in a statement on Saturday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:24 Apr 25

No e-passes in Vellore

02:13 Apr 25

Kerala allows shops to open in rural areas

Minister for Industries E P Jayarajan said that shops can function with 50 per cent staff. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:09 Apr 25

Doctor at AMU-affiliated hospital tests positive

Another junior doctor at the Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College hospital at the AMU here has tested positive for coronavirus, district health authorities said on Saturday. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Aligarh has now risen to eight, they said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:49 Apr 25

Stranded Kashmiri workers leave Himachal for home in buses

They left in six buses on Friday at 10.30 pm after Himachal Pradesh government gave them the permission amid the coronavirus curfew.

01:38 Apr 25

No public gathering allowed in Uttar Pradesh till June 30, confirms CM Yogi Adityanath

"Chief Minister has directed officers that no public gathering be allowed till 30th June. Further decision will be taken depending on the situation," Office of CM Yogi Adityanath tweeted. (READ THE FULL STORY HERE)

01:26 Apr 25

Shops open till 3 pm today in five TN cities as they prepare to go under four-day complete lockdown

With the risk of coronavirus spreading further in densely populated cities, Palaniswami on Friday ordered total lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Salem and Madurai. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:12 Apr 25

Stores in markets, shopping complex to remain closed, clarifies MHA

For rural areas, the government clarified, that the relaxation has been given to all shops except those in shopping malls. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:53 Apr 25

18-year-old son of COVID-19 patient tests positive in Puducherry

Director of Health services Dr. S Mohan Kumar told newspersons that the boy hailing from Moolakkulam was admitted to the Indira Gandhi Government Medical college, the COVID hospital here and is being treated. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:52 Apr 25

Journalist tests psotive in Karnataka

12:38 Apr 25

UP bans public gathering till June 30: CMO

Chief Minister has directed officers that no public gathering be allowed till 30th June. Further decision will be taken depending on the situation: Office of CM Yogi Adityanath.

12:35 Apr 25

61 new coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh, total tally crosses 1000

The total number of cases in the state now stands at 1016 and with two more casualties of coronavirus reported in Krishna and Kurnool districts, the toll increased to 31. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

12:29 Apr 25

394 new cases in Maharashtra

12:21 Apr 25

Jama Masjid remain closed in Delhi

12:14 Apr 25

Madhya Pradesh latest coronavirus numbers

  • Total positive cases till Saturday: 1902 (56 new cases and one death in Indore).
  • Active: 1599.
  • Deaths: 93.
  • Negative: 210.
12:07 Apr 25

15 new cases reported in Karnataka

12:06 Apr 25

Panic buying in Tamil Nadu ahead of four-day lockdown

11:59 Apr 25

Cabinet Secretary holds meeting with state officials

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba holds a meeting via conferencing with Chief Secretaries/DGPs of states and other officials over public health response to COVID-19, resumption of economic activities as per MHA guidelines, issues of migrant labourers, and of Indians stranded abroad.

11:56 Apr 25

Confirmed cases in Andhra cross 1000

A 72-year-old man from Tangmarg in north Kashmir, who was tested positive for the on April 13, died in hospital on Saturday. Of the six deaths in the state, five have taken place in Kashmir and one in Jammu. There are total of 454 Coronavirus cases in J&K.

11:55 Apr 25

Sixth COVID-19 death in J&K

A 72-year-old man from Tangmarg in north Kashmir, who was tested positive for the on April 13, died in hospital on Saturday. Of the six deaths in the state, five have taken place in Kashmir and one in Jammu. There are total of 454 Coronavirus cases in J&K.

11:54 Apr 25

Gujarat mulls opening shops in rural areas

We'll easily implement the decision to open shops in rural areas. But as far as implementation in urban areas is concerned, we'll do it as per conditions in centre's notification. A meeting, chaired by CM, will be held in afternoon and a decision to be taken after discussion: Gujarat Deputy CM.

11:40 Apr 25

Kejriwal government continues to back Plasma Therapy

We have administered plasma therapy to six patients in Delhi, so far. four patients were given the therapy four days back. Those who were administered four days back have almost recovered. All of them were critical patients and results are very encouraging: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.

11:39 Apr 25

Union Ministers meet again in Delhi

11:24 Apr 25

Delhi Health Minister on Lockdown extension in national capital

11:13 Apr 25

Delhi Health Minister's latest statement on coronavirus situation in national capital

Several people have tested positive in Jahangirpuri area. The hospital is located in this area and some positive cases have been found here too: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, on reports of some staff of Babu Jagjivan Ram Hospital testing positive for COVID-19, said Satyender Jain on Saturday.

11:03 Apr 25

Karnataka starts phase one of Plasma Therapy trials

11:02 Apr 25

WATCH | Aircraft parked at Delhi Airport runway

10:45 Apr 25

Despite no coronavirus cases, lockdown to continue in Assam

No relaxation in ongoing lockdown has been decided by the Government of Assam yet - like opening of shops, beauty parlours etc. A decision in this regard will be taken only on 27 April, 2020: Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna

10:44 Apr 25

Visuals from Varanasi

10:44 Apr 25

More than 100 coronavirus positive cases due to superspreaders in Bihar

For example, one person in each of the following districts spread the virus to many: One in Munger infected 29 others, 19 in Nalanda, 22 in Siwan, 14 in Rohtas and 17 in Patna respectively. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:40 Apr 25

Shops still closed in Noida

10:40 Apr 25

Seven more test positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, total cases rise to 29

  • All of them are residents of the Bambooflat area in the south Andaman district, an official said. "Of the new cases, six are from one family, and all of them came in contact with a COVID-19 patient detected earlier," the official said.
  • All the patients are undergoing treatment at the GB Pant Hospital here, a health department official said. Five cases were reported from the Bambooflat area on Thursday.
  • Last week, a 39-year-old police radio operator had tested positive for COVID-19 in the locality, which has now been declared a hotspot, and all the cases were either his family members or related to him. Of the total cases reported in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, home to several vulnerable tribes, 18 are active now.
  • Eleven persons -- 10 with links to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi and a student who travelled on a flight with some of them -- have recovered from the disease.
  • A total of 2,679 samples have so far been sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre here for tests, and of these, results of 2,433 have come while 246 are awaited, the health department official said. The department has so far received 3,800 rapid test kits from the Centre, he said.
  • The Andaman and Nicobar Islands administration has set up an isolation centre at the GB Pant Hospital with 50 beds, and a total of 961 people are now in quarantine centres, the official said. The Union Territory administration has adopted the "pool testing" method using less kits for more tests in the fight against novel coronavirus.
  • The local administration has urged people to stay at home and follow the lockdown order imposed to contain the outbreak of the dreaded virus.
10:39 Apr 25

Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad wears deserted look

10:38 Apr 25

Planes parked at Delhi

10:37 Apr 25

Now, Bihar mulls for Plasma Therapy

Bihar government is planning for plasma therapy at AIIMS, Patna: Bihar Principal Health Secretary Sanjay Kumar.
10:37 Apr 25

Rajasthan latest coronavirus numbers

Total of 2059 positive cases being reported till Saturday. While 493 got recovered, 32 have succumbed due to the deadly pandemic in the state.
10:35 Apr 25

Indore's death toll rises to 57; Madhya Pradesh confirmed cases jump to 1,085

  • The death toll due to coronavirus in Indore city of Madhya Pradesh, one of the COVID-19 hotspots in the country, has reached 57 with two more persons succumbing to the infection, an official said on Saturday.
  • Two men, aged 75 and 55, died due to COVID-19 in the last three days, Chief Medical and Health Officer Praveen Jadia said. One of them suffered from bronchitis, he said.
  • According to him, the number of coronavirus positive patients in the city has gone up to 1,085 after 56 more people tested positive in the last 24 hours.
  • Of them, 107 have recovered and returned home so far, Jadia added. As per the data, the city's COVID-19 mortality rate stood at 5. 25 per cent till Saturday morning, which is higher than the national average.
  • The city has a population of over 30 lakh. Curfew has been imposed in the city since March 25, after the first case of coronavirus infection came to light. Strict lockdown has been in place at other places in the district.
09:49 Apr 25

Hardware shops open in the national capital

09:48 Apr 25
09:26 Apr 25

Saturday morning visuals from Mumbai

09:20 Apr 25

Latest coronavirus numbers from Chhattisgarh

  • Total positive reported: 37.
  • Recovered/discharged: 32.
  • Active cases now: 5.
  • No deaths.
09:19 Apr 25

Chennai residents prepare for four-day lockdown in the Tamil Nadu capital

09:18 Apr 25

Eight new COVID-19 cases recorded in Maharashtra's Amravati

  • As many as eight persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra's Amravati city in 24 hours, taking the total number of active cases to 12 here, an official said on Saturday.
  • The city has recorded 16 coronavirus cases so far, of which four patients succumbed to the infection, while four others were discharged following recovery on Friday, the official said.
  • The active cases include two men aged 65 and 45 years, who had come in contact with two women from Kamela Ground and Hyderpura localities who had tested positive for the infection post their death, a release here stated.
  • As of now, there are 12 active cases in the city, which has 26 containment zones.
09:18 Apr 25

Breakdown of the latest coronavirus figures across the country

09:02 Apr 25

News from Delhi Aiport

09:01 Apr 25

Manmohan Singh's reaction on government freezing DA/DR hike

I sincerely believe it is not necessary at this stage to impose hardships on government servants and also on the armed forces people: Former PM Dr Manmohan Singh on Centre freezing Dearness Allowance and Dearness Relief hike till July 2021.
09:00 Apr 25

Latest coronavirus numbers as per government data

India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rise to 24,506 (including 18,668 active cases, 5063 cured/discharged/migrated and 775 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

08:43 Apr 25

Deserted streets in Jaipur

08:42 Apr 25

Anxiety and angst as Indians mark one month of COVID-19 lockdown

On the evening of March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that the entire country would go under lockdown from midnight to stem the spread of coronavirus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:27 Apr 25

AIIMS-Raipur staff member tests positive

One All India Institute Of Medical Sciences-Raipur nursing officer has tested positive for COVID-19. He was posted in COVID Ward and was in quarantine since 14th April: AIIMS-Raipur, Chhattisgarh

08:25 Apr 25

News from J&K

08:25 Apr 25

Early morning scenes from Mumbai

08:25 Apr 25

Nature takes over empty Kerala streets

08:24 Apr 25

IIT-Delhi develops COVID-19 test kit

08:23 Apr 25

Tripura government cracks down on alleged medical irregularities

Tripura Government has removed State Health Secreatry and Mission Director of National Health Mission from their posts for alleged irregularities in purchasing medical kits, protective gears, medicines for fighting COVID-19. An investigation has been ordered: Ratan Lal Nath,State Minister.

08:22 Apr 25

Delhi Muslims offer Namaz, perform 'Sahari' at homes

08:21 Apr 25

US death toll continues to swell up

The United States records 1,258 #Coronavirus deaths on Friday, the lowest daily toll in the country in nearly three weeks, according to a tracker maintained by Johns Hopkins University, bringing the overall US death toll to 51,017: AFP news agency

08:21 Apr 25

Visuals from Delhi's Daryaganj vegetable market

01:01 Apr 25

All stand-alone shops in municipality exempted from COVID-19 lockdown

The Centre on Friday night allowed opening of shops in market complexes outside municipality areas with 50 per cent workers and mandatory precautions like wearing of masks and social distancing norms during the ongoing lockdown against coronavirus. However, the exemption does not include those shops which are located in multi and single brand malls. (READ MORE)

12:39 Apr 25

Wearing face masks at public places compulsory in Goa

Any person violating the instructions shall be liable for a penalty of Rs 100.

11:15 Apr 24

Four COVID-19 positive policemen in Delhi share how they spend time in quarantine

Despite testing positive for coronavirus, the four policemen have found ways to keep their spirits high and motivate each other. A video of them exercising has gone viral on social media, providing inspiration to others who might need it. (READ MORE)

10:53 Apr 24

Maharashtra loses Rs 2000 crore excise revenue as lockdown paralyses economy

Deputy commissioner of state excise Pradeep Pawar said, “The state excise department was earning about Rs 40 to Rs 42 crore revenue per day (Rs 1200 crore per month). As there was the renewal of liquor licences at the beginning of this month, the government expected to earn about Rs 800 crore to 900 crores. According to our estimation, more than Rs 2000 crore revenue has been lost due to lockdown. However, the health of the people is our main priority at this moment, and therefore, the government, despite several requests, did not allow wine shops to do any business.” (READ MORE)

10:41 Apr 24

Nine CRPF personnel test positive

Nine CRPF personnel test positive for COVID-19 in Delhi: Officials

10:40 Apr 24

394 new coronavirus cases in Maharashtra takes total to 6,817; 18 deaths

Eighteen persons -- 11 of them in Mumbai -- succumbed to the pandemic during the day, taking the death toll in the state to 301, the state health department said in a statement. 117 patients recovered and were discharged from hospital during the day, taking the total number of recoveries to 957, it said. Besides 11 patients in Mumbai, five COVID-19 patients died in Pune and two at Malegaon in Nashik district. (READ MORE)

09:40 Apr 24

Breaking! US COVID-19 death toll passes 50,000

Barber shops, nail salons, gyms and a few other businesses reopened in Georgia on Friday as the Republican governor eased a month-long shutdown despite warnings from health experts of a potential new surge of coronavirus infections. As some customers ventured back to these venues, the confirmed number of coronavirus deaths in the United States passed 50,000, according to a tally compiled by John Hopkins University from government figures. (READ MORE)

09:36 Apr 24

Two employees of Tonk Circuit House where Sachin Pilot recently held meeting test COVID-19 positive

In the meeting that Sachin Pilot had presided on April 15 many senior officials of the district including the District Collector, SP, CMHO, PMO, City Council Commissioner and Chairman had participated. Now, everyone is worried and anxious after the reports of the Circuit House staff came positive. (READ MORE HERE)

09:16 Apr 24

Bihar reports 17 more corona cases, state tally touches 214

Principal secretary of health department Sanjay Kumar said that the contract details of all the positive cases are being ascertained for further follow-up actions and all the district administrations have been asked to seal 3km of radius area around the residences of persons tested positiv

09:04 Apr 24

Maharashtra government conducts highest number of testing

08:51 Apr 24

Your daily reminder that migrant labourers are still walking back home

08:45 Apr 24

With depression rampant among migrant labourers, Maharashta government ropes in cousellors

The Maharashtra government has now roped in the 30 counsellors, 28 psychiatrists and 36 psychiatric nurses. "The team of counsellors, psychiatrists, and psychiatric nurses are counselling these migrant workers. The district-level team is approaching these labourers are consulting them on various issues," said Maharashtra health minister Rajesh Tope. (READ MORE HERE)

08:31 Apr 24

Total lockdown in Chennai, Madurai, Coimbatore for four days. Here's all you need to know

08:24 Apr 24

Assam begins evacuation of stranded students from Rajasthan's Kota

08:21 Apr 24

17 new cases in Bihar, state tally rises to 214

07:57 Apr 24

New case reported in Uttarakhand, state tally 47

07:52 Apr 24

Woman under COVID-19 treatment for 48 days tests negative for first time in Kerala hospital

The patient, Shirley Abraham's samples had returned positive 20 times, while her last two consecutive results were negative. She would be in quarantine for 14 days, a government press release said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:49 Apr 24

Class XII students in Kottayam raise funds to help 800 families hit by lockdown

The students connected with good samaritans from across the country and raised around Rs 4 lakh. An NGO helped them collect the funds and connect with the deserving families. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

07:46 Apr 24

Delhi govt 'de-contains' red zone in Vasundhara Enclave

07:13 Apr 24

List of essential services to be exempted during intensive lockdown in Tamil Nadu's 5 cities

  1.  Hospitals, Medical Labs, pharmaceutical shops, Milk supply, Ambulance and Hearse Vehicle Services and allied Medical related activities.
  2. Departments involved in essential services viz., Secretariat, Health and Family Welfare , Police, Revenue and Disaster Management, Electricity, Aavin, Local Bodies, and Drinking Water Supply Departments with required staff only.
  3. Central Government Offices and Banks for the maintenance of essential services with attendance not exceeding the 33 per cent of total staff.
  4. Petrol and Diesel Bunks (8 AM to 12 Noon only), LPG, Gas agencies, Public Distribution System shops, connected Food Corporation of India and Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation Godowns and Its transportation.
  5. Amma Canteens, ATMs will function normally.
  6. Only Home delivery of Parcel Foods ordered through phones from hotels / restaurants is permitted.
  7. Homes for senior citizens / physically challenged/ orphans and caregivers of senior citizens residing In their homes are permitted.
  8. The Community kitchens run by District Administration, Social Welfare and other local bodies for providing food to the destitutes will continue to function.
  9. NGOs and Organisations helping the poor and needy would be permitted after obtaining prior permission from the concerned authorities.
  10. Vegetable markets like Koyambedu will be permitted to operate with certain restrictions. Similarly, mobile units for sale of vegetables and fruits is permitted. The shops which were permitted hitherto are not allowed to open in these days.
  11. Print and Electronic Media.
07:05 Apr 24

TN cop sings remakes of Tamil songs to spread awareness on coronavirus

06:57 Apr 24

Gujarat cleric found positive for COVID-19 in Tumakuru during random testing of visitors

The patient has been isolated at the quarantine centre at the district hospital while thirteen of his primary contacts have been traced. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:57 Apr 24

Dharavi total cases rise to 220 after 6 positive cases

06:52 Apr 24

'No good evidence': 1st Indian review warns against using hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

The study carried out by pharmacologists at the Lady Hardinge Medical College in New Delhi after reviewing 71 datasets from abroad -- including some meta analysis and randomized clinical trials -- concluded that while HCQ seems to be efficient in inhibiting SARSCoV-2, the pathogen behind COVID 19, in in-vitro cell lines, there is lack of strong evidence from human studies.

06:43 Apr 24

Nagaland man, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam, disowned by both states

Assam is not counting him as its case, ostensibly on the grounds that it was referred. Nagaland argues that he tested positive in Guwahati.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:42 Apr 24

'Doctors on leave, undertrained paramedics': Panel exposes lacunae in healthcare service in Agra

With Agra reporting 336 cases, the highest in UP, a review panel has attributed the unprecedented spike in cases to complacency of the district officials. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:35 Apr 24

Kerala issues order on six days salary cut for next five months for govt employees

The order made it clear that there will be no salary cut for those staff who earn less than Rs 20,000 per month. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:34 Apr 24

Total number of cases in the country rises to 23452; death toll 723

06:26 Apr 24

COVID-19 situation especially serious in Ahmedabad, Surat, Hyderabad, Chennai: MHA

In a statement, the Home Ministry said that violations of lockdown measures reported in some parts of the country pose a serious health hazard to public and may lead to the spread of COVID-19. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:17 Apr 24

3 new deaths reported from West Bengal, state toll rises to 18

Three COVID-19 patients die in West Bengal; death toll rises to 18 in state: Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha

06:12 Apr 24

2 deaths, 72 new cases in Tamil Nadu; state tally rises to 1755

72 more persons tested positive for Corona in TN today; till date, total number Corona positive persons in the State stands at 1755

06:02 Apr 24

WATCH | TN cops puts lockdown violators in ambulance with fake COVID-19 patient

NOTE: This is an enactment video; violators were also part of the skit
05:48 Apr 24

3 new cases in Kerala, state tally 450

05:39 Apr 24

WATCH | Behind the lens | TNIE's men capturing the biggest stories of our lifetime

05:38 Apr 24

Lockdown decision was timely and has been effective in slowing doubling rate: Chairman of Empowered Group 1

04:38 Apr 24

Doubling rate stands at 10 days

04:26 Apr 24

9 lakh people on surveillance system: National Centre for Disease Control

04:24 Apr 24

4 new Inter-Ministerial Central Teams constituted to monitor COVID-19 situation in three states

04:23 Apr 24

80 districts have reported no new cases in last 14 days: Health Ministry

In last 28 days, 15 districts have had no new case. Till date, there are 80 districts in the country that have reported no new cases in last 14 days: Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

04:21 Apr 24

6 cops, pregnant woman in Tamil Nadu's Coimbatore test positive for coronavirus

Six police personnel -- three men and three women -- and a 20-year-old pregnant woman from Sirumugai have tested positive for COVID-19 in Coimbatore. The six police personnel, who were earlier working in the containment zone in Podanur, recently joined duty after completing a seven-day quarantine period. Similarly, the pregnant woman was residing in the containment zone in Sirumugai.


04:20 Apr 24

Zone of comfort: Three Maharashtra districts keep coronavirus at bay

Dark clouds of the COVID-19 crisis have been hovering over hotspots like Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra, but then there are also azure skies covering its Wardha, Bhandara and Gadchiroli districts which have not reported a single positive case of the infection yet. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

04:19 Apr 24

GeM adds 146 categories of medical products, 8 services to help govt fight COVID-19

Government e-Marketplace (GeM) has set up a dedicated page on its platform, where it has created several categories for medical supplies such as COVID-19 sample collection kit, reusable vinyl/rubber gloves etc. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

04:17 Apr 24

COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra's Nagpur city touch 100-mark

With two persons testing coronavirus positive in Nagpur on Friday, the tally of such patients in the city reached 100, officials said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

03:48 Apr 24

Central team asks West Bengal if state task force's methodology to ascertain deaths in line with ICMR guidelines

03:41 Apr 24

Chennai: Person tests positive in Avadi

03:05 Apr 24

40 healthcare staff at Delhi AIIMS gastro dept in self-quarantine after 30-year-old nurse tests positive

Contact tracing was immediately initiated and samples of these 40 healthcare workers along with some patients from the ward where the nurse was posted were sent for testing. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:45 Apr 24

Central team asks West Bengal to increase testing in the state

02:11 Apr 24

Total lockdown in Chennai, Coimbatore, Madurai from April 26 to April 29


01:11 Apr 24

Health Minister's message to his state counterparts

12:56 Apr 24

Latest update from Andhra Pradesh

12:55 Apr 24

Three cops tested positive in Coimbatore

12:47 Apr 24

Kerala CM writes to Modi on bringing back bodies of NRIs who died of reasons other than corona

12:35 Apr 24

CISF staff member tests positive

A Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) constable posted at Delhi's IGI Airport has tested COVID-19 positive. He has been shifted to an isolation ward in Jhajjar, Haryana: CISF sources.

12:30 Apr 24

More from Delhi government's presser

  • "Central government had given us permission only for limited trials of plasma therapy on serious patients at LNJP hospital. In the next 2-3 days, we will conduct more trials and then we will seek permission next week, for all the serious patients," said Kejriwal.
  • "At this time, we need those people who have recovered from COVID-19 and are at their homes. We need them to show their patriotism and donate blood plasma," said Dr. SK Sarin, Director, Institute of Liver & Biliary Science.
12:27 Apr 24

Update from Karnataka

12:26 Apr 24

Complete shutdown in Tamil Nadu's Salem district for next two days

12:24 Apr 24

Bihar latest coronavirus numbers

177 persons have been tested positive till Friday. Two have succumbed to the deadly virus, while 44 recovered.

12:19 Apr 24

Harsh Vardhan holds meeting with state Health Ministers

12:19 Apr 24

Positive cases in Nagpur reach 100

Two new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Nagpur district; the total number of COVID-19 patients in the district rises to 100: Civil Surgeon, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

12:18 Apr 24
12:17 Apr 24

News from Uttarakhand

Uttarakhand government freezes payment of additional installments of dearness allowance/dearness relief to state government employees/pensioners till July 2021.

12:17 Apr 24

Kejriwal on plasma therapy treatment on Delhi coronavirus patients

12:10 Apr 24

What PM Modi said in his interaction with Panchayat heads amid COVID-19 crisis

  • Biggest lesson COVID-19 has taught us is to become self-reliant. It is now important that villages become self-reliant for their basic needs.
  • Coronavirus pandemic has thrown up new challenges which we never faced before, but it also made us learn new thing.
  • During COVID-19 crisis, people living in villages described social distancing in simple words -- 'Do Gaz Doori'.
  • It is because of efforts of people, entire world today is talking about how India has responded to COVID-19 crisis.
  • Despite limited resources amid coronavirus crisis, citizens are taking on this challenge instead of succumbing to difficulties.
  • There are hurdles, but with resolve we are moving forward, and the work for saving country is on.
12:06 Apr 24

Two more die in Pune

A 61-year-old and a 40-year-old with comorbid conditions who had tested positive for COVID19 passed away in Pune last night; the total death toll in Pune district rises to 63: Health Officials, Pune.

12:02 Apr 24

70-year-old woman dies of COVID-19, second victim in Madurai

The septuagenarian was a resident of West Masi Street and her son works as a priest (Bhattar) at Meenakshi Sundareswarar Temple in the district. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:59 Apr 24

Latest coronavirus numbers from Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh

  • In Rajasthan, 2000 people have been tested positive till Friday. While 473 have recovered, the state registered 29 deaths.
  • In Madhya Pradesh, till Friday, 1771 people have been tested positive for the deadly pandemic (Indore 1029, 84 new cases over last 24 hours in Indore). While 203 persons got cured, 85 have died so far.
11:52 Apr 24

Jama Masjid closed in Delhi

11:52 Apr 24

Nine RPF staff test COVID-19 positive in Odisha and Bengal after returning from New Delhi

The nine included a 32-year-old constable posted at Balasore in Odisha. He is undergoing treatment at Ashwini COVID Hospital at Cuttack. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:46 Apr 24

Update from Maharashtra

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