COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | Jaipur doctors cure 3 out of 4 coronavirus patients via combination of medicines

Three out of 4 COVID-19 patients have been cured with a novel combination of medicines given to Malaria, Swine Flu and HIV positive patients.

Published: 13th March 2020 09:01 AM  |   Last Updated: 16th March 2020 12:18 AM   |  A+A-

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By Online Desk

Even as the coronavirus cases are rising by the day with a total of 110 people testing positive in the country, a major piece of good news has surfaced in Jaipur. Three out of the four COVID-19 patients have been cured with a novel combination of medicines given to Malaria, Swine Flu and HIV positive patients at the state's biggest government hospital, the Sawai Mansingh Hospital in Jaipur.

Earlier, an FIR was lodged in Agra against the father of a coronavirus positive person for resisting health officials and concealing information.

The woman had gotten married to the Google employee in early February, sources said. They went to Italy for their honeymoon and visited Greece and France before returning to Mumbai on February 27.

The couple then flew down to Bengaluru. On March 7, the man started showing COVID-19 symptoms and later tested positive. Consequently, the couple was placed in isolation.

Earlier today, PM Narendra Modi along with leaders and representatives from SAARC nations participated in a video conference to chalk out a joint strategy to fight the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 5,000 people worldwide.

Meanwhile, ten persons have been admitted to the isolation ward of the Beliaghata ID and BG Hospital in Kolkata with coronavirus-like symptoms, a senior health department official said on Sunday.

All the 10 persons, who are from across West Bengal, have a history of travelling abroad or coming in contact with foreigners, he said.

Earlier 20 passengers of a Dubai-bound flight were offloaded at the Kochi airport on Sunday shortly before take-off after the UK national among them tested positive for novel coronavirus, taking the tally to 107 cases in India.

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Jaipur doctors cure three out of four coronavirus patients via combination of medicines

Amid the global scare over coronavirus, a major piece of good news has surfaced in Jaipur. Three out of the four COVID-19 patients have been cured with a novel combination of medicines given to Malaria, Swine Flu and HIV positive patients at the state's biggest government hospital, the Sawai Mansingh Hospital in Jaipur.(READ FULL STORY HERE) 

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Noida administration orders closure of all cinema halls, gyms till March 31 (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:35 Mar 15

Tata Motors asks staff in office-based roles to work from home amid COVID-19 outbreak

Tata Motors has asked its staff in office-based roles at headquarters and regional offices to work from home with effect from Monday in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to an internal memo by the company's Managing Director and CEO Guenter Butschek to its employees. With the outbreak spreading beyond China's border, the company has constituted a team to monitor and initiate actions to reduce risk to employees and has developed a three tier response plan based on incidence of infection in cities it operates it or has manufacturing sites. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:21 Mar 15

Events at BAPS Swaminarayan Shikharbaddh Mandirs, Hari Mandirs, and Satsang centres to be postponed

All Sunday, weekly&daily sabhas, events and festivals like Murti-Pratistha, Patotsav, Poonam, Ekadashi etc. for all age groups at all BAPS Swaminarayan Shikharbaddh Mandirs, Hari Mandirs, and Satsang centres across India to be postponed. Darshan and Abhishek (where applicable) at all BAPS Swaminarayan Mandirs in India will remain open as usual.

11:14 Mar 15

Shutdown in Lucknow till March 31

Lucknow administration has shut down all cinema halls, multiplexes, gyms, swimming pools and discotheques in the state capital till March 31. The decision has been taken in view of the coronavirus scare after two patients tested positive in Lucknow.

11:10 Mar 15

No film, TV, digital shoot from March 19 to 31

A notification unanimously issued by the Indian Motion Pictures Producers' Association, Federation of Western India Cine Employees and other similar bodies have ordered that shooting for films, TV shows, digital and other kinds of entertainment format will have to remain suspended between March 19 to 31.


11:00 Mar 15

Kerala IT parks to follow strict protocols to combat COVID 19 threat

  1. Thermal screening is being deployed in all the buildings from tomorrow onwards. Those who have higher than normal temperatures and other symptoms like cough, cold etc will be directed to the medical facility in the IT parks for further directions. Employees may be requested to cooperate with this.
  2. The Park campuses are being sanitised on a daily basis. The campuses will be fumigated and disinfected on a regular basis.
  3. Work from home may be encouraged to the maximum extent possible. 
  4. Visitor entry to the campuses will be restricted. Only highly essential visits will be permitted to the campus.
  5. All conferences and meetings of large gatherings may please be postponed 
  6. Large gatherings may please be avoided in the buildings / campuses
  7. Crowd at food courts may be avoided by using appropriate time slots for floors/ companies
  8. Foreign visitors will be permitted only if they have undergone health screening at the port of entry. They may also have to undergo quarantine, if required, as per the Government guidelines.
  9. Employees who have returned from Corona affected areas may also be quarantined, if required, as per the Government guidelines
  10. All non-essential travel of the employees may please be avoided
  11. Please make use of the Technopark/ Infopark medical facility wherever required.
  12. Employees who have fever, cold, cough, soar throat etc may avoid attending office
  13. Employees may keep social distancing - keep at a suitable distance from others in gatherings, public transport etc
  14. In case any employee develops any symptoms, please make use of the Park ambulance to go to hospital.
  15. Gyms inside the parks will be closed until further orders
  16. All games/ matches within the IT parks have been postponed
  17. All companies are requested to prepare Business Continuity plans, in case of any disruptions in the working, even though unlikely as of now
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10:18 Mar 15

Kerala government imposes restrictions on large gatherings in Guruvayur and Kodungallur temples in Thrissur district. People will be allowed only in limited numbers.

09:36 Mar 15

Kin of deceased victim tested positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka's Kalaburgi

He said that BMCRI (Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute) confirmed the development of this patient, who was a relative of the 76-year old man, who died due to COVID-19 on March 10, the country's first coronavirus death. When contacted to get further information, the Deputy Commissioner said that he would brief the press on Monday with more details.(READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:25 Mar 15

Gauhati HC to hear only urgent matters; adjourns all other cases indefinitely amid coronavirus threat: Sources

08:57 Mar 15

Noida admin launches helpline for queries related to coronavirus

Noida administration launches dedicated email id and 24x7 phone line 0120 2569901 for queries related to coronavirus.

08:48 Mar 15

Telangana COVID-19 positive tally rises to 3

08:31 Mar 15

Uttarakhand reports its first positive case of coronavirus

Trainee IFS officer with travel history to Spain tests positive in Uttarakhand


08:28 Mar 15

University of Hyderabad suspends academic activities

08:01 Mar 15
07:59 Mar 15

Institutions closed in view of coronavirus

  • Gopichand academy in Hyderabad closed till March 31
  • Science City in Kolkata will remain closed till March 31 or until further notice
  • J&K: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board issues advisory to NRIs/ foreigners & other visitors not to visit the Shrine for 28 days after landing in India
  • Domestic visitors having symptoms like cough, heavy fever and breathing problems are also advised to reschedule or postpone their visit to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine
  • West Bengal: Belur Math, the headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission, in Howrah to remain closed from today until further notice
07:53 Mar 15

Kerala confirms two more COVID cases; total cases in India rises to 108

Kerala tested two more positive cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 24 including three discharged cases earlier. The two positive cases include a UK citizen who was de-boarded from a Dubai-bound flight at the Cochin International Airport after he slipped away from a resort in Idukki. A doctor from Thiruvananthapuram who came from a foreign country after a course recently, also tested positive.


07:21 Mar 15

FIR lodged against father of coronavirus patient in Agra

An FIR was lodged in Agra against the father of a coronavirus positive woman for resisting information after his daughter fled quarantine in Bengaluru.


07:18 Mar 15

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06:48 Mar 15

ISIS travel advisory warns terrorists off coronavirus-hit Europe

The Middle East-based terror outfit, which has in the past encouraged operatives to plot attacks in Europe, also instructed those of its followers who may have become ill with coronavirus not to leave the region, in order to prevent the disease spreading. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

06:13 Mar 15

No nation can afford to be unresponsive in wake of coronavirus: Pakistan PM's special assistant

No nation can afford to be unresponsive to situation in wake of coronavirus outbreak, says Pakistan PM's Special Assistant on Health Zafar Mirza
06:05 Mar 15

Calcutta HC, subordinate courts to hear only urgent matters from March 17

'From Tuesday (March 17), the cause list will be published for only those matters which are urgent in nature and mentioned before the respective benches for listing,' the notification said.
05:52 Mar 15

Thankful to PM Modi for bringing and hosting our people back from Wuhan: Bangladesh CM Sheikh Hasina

05:49 Mar 15

We must all prepare together, act together and succeed together: PM Modi concludes SAARC video conference speech

"Our people-to-people ties are ancient and our societies are deeply interconnected. Therefore, we must all prepare together, act together and succeed together," said PM Modi concluding his speech and thanking his counterparts' for participating in this video-conference discussion to tackle COVID-19.
05:25 Mar 15

Essential to share perspectives as we are in an unknown situation: PM Modi tells SAARC member countries

05:22 Mar 15

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05:20 Mar 15

We started screening entry of foreign nationals into India from January itself: PM Modi on efforts to curb spread of COVID-19

We started screening entry into India from mid-January itself, while also gradually increasing restrictions on travel. ​The step-by-step approach has helped avoid panic: PM
05:17 Mar 15

Have made special efforts to reach out to vulnerable groups: PM Modi at SAARC video conference on coronavirus

We have made special efforts to reach out to vulnerable groups. ​We have worked to quickly ramp up capacity in our system including through training our medical staff across the country, said PM Modi.
05:13 Mar 15

We have responded to call of our people abroad, evacuated nearly 1,400 Indians from different countries: PM Modi

05:12 Mar 15

So far our region has recorded less than 150 cases, says PM Modi at SAARC member countries' video conference

I would like to thank you all for joining this special interaction at short notice. As we all know, COVID-19 has recently been classified by W.H.O. as a pandemic. ​So far, our region has listed fewer than 150 cases: PM Modi at SAARC video conferencing on coronavirus
05:05 Mar 15

WATCH | PM Modi addresses coronavirus crisis over video conference of SAARC member countries

05:03 Mar 15

BJP issues notice to state party units to postpone all kinds of major programmes in view of coronavirus

04:21 Mar 15

Al-Aqsa mosque, third holiest in Islam, closes indefinitely over coronavirus

Sheikh Omar Kiswani, the director of the mosque, said Sunday that prayers will continue to be held outdoors. The closure is to continue indefinitely. Iran is battling one of the worst outbreaks outside China, with nearly 13,000 confirmed cases and more than 600 fatalities. (READ MORE)

04:13 Mar 15

Bihar govt suspends bus service to Nepal

Briefing the decision of the government, Transport Secretary Sanjay Agarwal said here today that the bus services from Patna to Nepal would remain suspended till March 31st. The Bihar State Road Transport Corporation was plying two buses everyday on Gaya-Patna-Kathmandu Road whereas on Patna -Jakkanpur Road four buses where being run everyday.

04:10 Mar 15

No new cases of coronavirus, people cooperating: Karnataka CM

04:09 Mar 15

PM speaks to Maharashtra CM on mitigation efforts

The telephonic conversation, which took place at 11 am, was centred on the efforts by the state and the Centre to tackle the situation. Thackeray informed the PM about the measures taken by his government, sources said.

04:05 Mar 15

Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust appeals devotees to postpone visits

"As per the directives of the government, I request the devotees to postpone their visit to Shirdi for a few days," said Arun Dongre, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust, Shirdi. (READ HERE)

03:55 Mar 15

A sandbrick worker wearing mask in Tirupati. (Photo | Madhav K, EPS)

03:50 Mar 15

Telangana shuts pubs

The Telangana government has ordered the closure of bars, clubs and other public gathering places in the state till March 21 in the wake of an outbreak of coronavirus across the country. "In the circumstances stated in the reference cited and in exercise of the powers vested under Section 72 of Telangana Excise Act 1968, Government, hereby direct the Director, Prohibition and Excise, Hyderbabad to close all bars, club, tourism bars and permit rooms of A4 shops upto 21st March, 2020," the notification read.

03:49 Mar 15

Outbreak affects Kerala tourism

03:39 Mar 15

10 people with COVID-19 symptoms hospitalised in Kolkata

All the 10 persons, who are from across the state, have a history of travelling abroad or coming in contact with foreigners, he said. (READ HERE)

03:27 Mar 15

Delhi to disinfect buses daily

The Delhi government has ordered all mini buses to be disinfected daily in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the city where seven positive cases and one death have been reported so far. The government had recently also ordered the agencies concerned to disinfect all DTC and cluster buses in the wake of the outbreak of the virus.

03:18 Mar 15

Doon University suspends classes, postpones exams

Amid coronavirus outbreak concerns, all teaching activities at Doon University in Uttarakhand have been suspended till March 31. The University has also decided to shut down hostels for students from March 16 and has postponed the pre-schedule mid-term exams, which were scheduled to commence from March 23.

03:08 Mar 15

Operations normal at Kochi Airport

03:06 Mar 15

WATCH | Bus conductor distributes face masks in Karnataka

03:05 Mar 15

Assam government shuts schools, theatres

Barring board examinations, all exams scheduled till March 29 now stand cancelled. (READ MORE)

02:58 Mar 15

Cleaning missions intensified

Railway contract employees during a cleaning drive at Tirupati Railway Station. (Photo Madhav K, EPS)

02:53 Mar 15

Bengaluru drug dealers booked for hoarding masks, hand santisers

The police booked cases against many pharmacies for allegedly selling the essential medical items 2-3 times over the maximum retail price. (READ HERE)

02:51 Mar 15

Madhya Pradesh jail inmates to make masks for health department

The inmates of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Central Jail in Jabalpur started making the masks after a request from the state health department, DIG Gopal Tamrakar said. (READ HERE)

02:35 Mar 15

Kerala tourism badly hit as coronavirus fear looms across state

02:32 Mar 15

First person: Self-quarantine in the time of coronavirus

I restricted myself mainly to the Business Lounge and Transit hotel within the airport. I neither ventured out of the airport nor roamed too much inside the airport. I didn't see many people wearing masks, neither at Los Angeles nor Frankfurt airports. (READ MORE)

02:18 Mar 15

59-year-old woman tests positive for coronavirus in Aurangabad; total cases in Maharashtra rise to 32

"The woman has tested positive for coronavirus infection. She had travelled to Russia and Kazakhstan. She has been quarantined at Dhoot Hospital in Aurangabad," an official said. (READ MORE)

02:05 Mar 15

JUST IN: Positive coronavirus cases rise to 107 in India


02:02 Mar 15

Uttarakhand government declares coronavirus as epidemic

The officials from the state health department said that if anyone tests positive and the number of cases rise in the hill state, the department has chalked out a plan to build a temporary hospital of 100 beds like China to control the outbreak. (READ MORE)

01:50 Mar 15

20 passengers deboard at Kochi airport after UK national tests positive for coronavirus

  • 20 people were deboarded at Kochi Airport after a UK man tested positive for coronavirus on Sunday.
  • The flight took off with a total of 269 people on board after a delay of seven hours.
  • Authorities said the entire flight and the passengers were sanitized, before allowing the flight to take off.
  • The passenger belonged to a group of 19 holidaying in the hill resort town of Munnar and was under surveillance.
  • The UK national and his wife have been admitted to Kalamassery Medical College.
  •  The remaining travellers have been sent to Munnar for further measures.

(Inputs from ENS)

01:25 Mar 15

Karnataka Health Minister visits GIMS in Kalaburgi for inspection

01:06 Mar 15

40 lakh techies to work from home as govt relaxes norms

IT industry body Nasscom and various others have been urging the government to relax the norms under the existent OSP rulebook, under which the firms are required to set up Provider Provisioned Virtual Private Network connectivity, and share locations of their extended agents (employees) as well as deposit security for availing such services. (READ MORE)

12:48 Mar 15

Amitabh Bachchan cancels Sunday meet with fans outside his residence amid coronavirus

12:37 Mar 15

Coronavirus impact: Demand for hand sanitizers up 400 per cent

Most cities, including the national capital region, are running out of protective masks and hand sanitizers after the government has declared them as essential commodity, mainly due to hoarding by people as well as shopkeepers. (READ MORE)

12:30 Mar 15
12:27 Mar 15

Western Railways has decided to withdraw curtains from trains to prevent spread of coronavirus

12:06 Mar 15

Local body polls postponed: Andhra Election Commissioner

We have decided to postpone the local body polls for six weeks in the wake of coronavirus spread. New dates will be announced once the spread of the virus is contained: Andhra Pradesh Election Commissioner N Ramesh Kumar

11:56 Mar 15
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We began seeing negative impact of coronavirus in last week of January

We began seeing negative impact of coronavirus in last week of January when customers started cancelling flight bookings for China. In February, we saw about 35% fall in international bookings compared to Feb 2019: Madhav Oza, Director, Blue Star Air Travel Services in Mumbai

11:51 Mar 15

Soldiers have volunteered to provide care countrymen returning from overseas: Indian Army

Wellness Centre at Jaisalmer is fully equipped facility to help Indian citizens undertake mandatory quarantine period under the supervision of skilled medical authorities. Soldiers have volunteered to provide care and support to our countrymen returning from overseas: Indian Army

11:48 Mar 15

UT Administrator issues 'The Chandigarh Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020'

Chandigarh: Exercising power conferred under sections 2,3 & 4 of The Epidemic Disease Act, 1897, UT Administrator V P Singh Badnore issues 'The Chandigarh Epidemic Disease, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020'.

11:47 Mar 15

The govt has issued advisory asking civil hospitals & medical colleges to set up isolation wards. We are trying our best to contain spread of coronavirus which has spread to 12 states: Union Minister of State for Health Ashwini Choubey

11:46 Mar 15

We bought the masks at Rs 10 and are selling at Rs 2: Cochin Surgicals co-owner

Thasleem PK, co-owner of Cochin Surgicals: For the last 8 years we have been selling masks at Rs 2. But now, the rate has gone up everywhere. We bought the masks at Rs 8 or Rs 10 & are selling at Rs 2, while others are selling at Rs 25.

11:45 Mar 15

A surgical shop in Kochi sold around 5000 masks at Rs 2 each in two days

11:44 Mar 15

Pune Police arrests three for selling substandard sanitisers

11:43 Mar 15

Jammu Municipal Corporation initiate drive

11:41 Mar 15

TTD cancel waiting system for devotees in compartments

Andhra Pradesh: Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam, the administrative body of Lord Balaji temple at Tirumala, has decided to temporarily cancel the waiting system for devotees in compartments, in wake of #coronavirus. Devotees will be allotted tokens in different time-slots.

11:41 Mar 15

Coronavirus fake news

11:39 Mar 15

Mumbai Police issues order

As a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of the COVID-19 virus, Mumbai Police has issued an order prohibiting conduct of any kind of tour involving group of people traveling together to a foreign or domestic destination organised by private tour operators or otherwise using powers u/s 144 Cr. PC. The order shall remain in force from 00.01 hrs of 15/03/2020 to 24.00 hrs of 31/03/2020. However, should anyone, including private tour operators, need to travel under exceptional circumstances, they may do so after seeking permission from the office of the Commissioner of Police,Greater Mumbai.

11:24 Mar 15

Five more test positive for coronavirus in Pune suburbs, cases in Maharashtra rise to 31

There is no sign of reducing the corona virus-positive patients in Maharashtra. With the more five patients in Pimpri Chinchwad, the extended suburb of Pune, the total corona virus-positive patients are now 31 in Maharashtra along with one corona positive suspected death of 71-year-old in Buldhana. (READ MORE)

11:19 Mar 15

UK national tests positive for coronavirus; all 289 passengers offloaded at Kochi airport

At least 289 passengers of a Dubai-bound flight were offloaded at the airport here on Sunday shortly before takeoff after a UK national among them tested positive for novel coronavirus, (READ MORE)

11:18 Mar 15

JUST IN: 'The Batman' shuts down production for two weeks due to coronavirus

According to reports, the suspension comes as the film crew was planning location change to Liverpool. (ALSO READ)

11:05 Mar 15

Karnataka Education Ministry postpones school exams till March 31

11:04 Mar 15

Fresh advisory issued for travel and tourism sector in Kerala

The advisory lists the Dos and Don’ts to be followed by symptomatic and quarantined travellers isolated in hotels/resorts/homestays/lodges and other places. (READ MORE)

11:01 Mar 15

Indians from Milan to be shifted to Indo-Tibetan Border Police's Chhawla camp

11:00 Mar 15

Do not kiss holy cross, says Archbishop Goa over coronavirus threat

The advisory issued by Archbishop of Goa Daman and Diu, Filipe Neri Ferrao also urged people to not shake hands and offer a Namaste instead. (READ MORE)

10:31 Mar 15

States in Lockdown Mood


10:25 Mar 15

In view of coronavirus outbreak pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib suspended

On Saturday, Pakistan government had announced suspension of all types of passenger movement from 00:00 hours on March 15 through the Indo-Bangla, Indo-Nepal, Indo-Bhutan and Indo-Myanmar borders barring a few specified border checkposts. (READ MORE)

10:00 Mar 15

Health Minister shares the science behind hand washing to kill coronavirus

10:00 Mar 15

No waiting for darshan at Tirupati temple amid coronavirus threat

According to the TTD EO, pilgrims will be allowed for darshan by limiting the number in the allotted time-slots. (READ MORE)

09:56 Mar 15

WATCH | 236 Indians evacuated from Iran will be in medical supervision for 15 days

09:55 Mar 15

China reports 20 new coronavirus cases; jump in 'imported' infections says Health Commission

There have now been 111 imported infections, with regions outside of Hubei reporting no new indigenous cases for the third day in the row, prompting fears that China's measures to contain the virus domestically could be undone by reintroduced outbreaks. (READ MORE)

09:34 Mar 15

236 Indians evacuated from Iran reach newly created Army quarantine facility in Jaisalmer

09:02 Mar 15

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Every crisis also arrives with its own window for reflection. As William Gibson famously said, ‘the future is here’ and is waiting to be embraced. The instruments of mitigation afford a glimpse of the next economy and dare one say, even the next society. (READ MORE)

08:58 Mar 15

Diamond Princess cruise ship detainee returns home, recalls horror

Recalling his harrowing experience, Sibasish said the Japanese health officials segregated all the passengers in the ship and kept them in separate rooms. (READ MORE)

08:57 Mar 15

Five people test positive for coronavirus near Pune; positive cases in Maharashtra touches 31

08:51 Mar 15

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'Coronavirus forces Modiji to go down to the level of the unaffectionate Namaste. This is of course very Indian, traditional and non-touching, formally acknowledged as Anjali Mudra, meaning, I bow to the divine in you,' writes TJS George. (READ MORE)

08:48 Mar 15

WATCH| First batch of Keralites stranded in Rome arrive at Kochi airport

08:44 Mar 15

Special Air India flight with 211 Indian students takes off from Milan

The evacuation by India was carried out after the World Health Organisation declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic and said that Europe is the new epicentre of the lethal virus. (READ MORE)

08:43 Mar 15

Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez's wife tests positive for coronavirus

The condition of both the Prime Minister and his wife are assessed as "good". Both are now in their residence, following the health authorities' advice. (READ MORE)

08:42 Mar 15

236 Indians who were evacuated from Iran brought to Jaisalmer

06:55 Mar 15

Donald Trump tests negative for coronavirus

US President Donald Trump has been tested negative for coronavirus, said his personal physician Sean Conley on Saturday (local time).

"Last night, after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed. This evening, I received confirmation that the test is negative," Conley said in a statement released by the White House.


04:51 Mar 15

24-yr-old man tested positive for coronavirus in Rajasthan

A 24-year-old man has been tested positive for coronavirus in Jaipur, taking the total of cases in Rajasthan to four, the state health department confirmed on Saturday.

The man has recently returned from Spain.

04:50 Mar 15

Taking every measure to ensure compliance with best advice from medical authorities: IndiGo

In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, IndiGo Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Ronojoy Dutta said that the airline is taking all possible measures to ensure compliance with the best advice from medical authorities and the government.

12:52 Mar 15

Malls, multiplexes and restaurants stare at losses of up to Rs 20 crores per week

The two-week closure is set to affect not just the retail industry, but also related industries like film and food and beverage outlets. Fear of contracting the virus had already slowed down social activities with the entire industry staring at massive losses. (CLICK HERE TO READ MORE)

11:53 Mar 14

Mysore Palace to remain closed till March 22

11:19 Mar 14

Bihar jail inmates to not have visitors

The Bihar prison department banned visitors including prisoners' kins in 54 jails across the state on Saturday, as a precautionary measure against COVID-19.


11:07 Mar 14

Kerala takes the prison route to solve mask crisis

11:05 Mar 14

Number of coronavirus cases worldwide passes 150,000

The number of coronavirus cases worldwide passed 150,000 on Saturday driven by a spike in infections in Italy. 

Italy, the worst-hit country outside of China where the outbreak began in December, has now registered a total of 21,157 cases and 1,441 deaths.

10:56 Mar 14

India suspends all land border crossings

10:48 Mar 14

Preventive measures are important, even US President agrees

10:46 Mar 14

Trump takes COVID-19 test, results awaited

US President Donald Trump on Saturday finally took the coronavirus test as questions swirled about why he, his top aides and his family weren't doing more to protect themselves and others after repeated exposure to COVID-19.

09:58 Mar 14

Modi to lead SAARC nations to chalk roadmap on virus tomorrow

09:43 Mar 14

Punjab closes all cinema halls, gyms indefinitely

The Punjab government on Saturday announced the closure of all cinema halls, gyms and swimming pools till further orders. The order comes into effect from Saturday midnight. Punjab has reported one positive case of coronavirus (Covid-19) out of the 96 samples collected. The patient, who was diagnosed positive, had returned from Italy along with his family.


09:40 Mar 14

People in Kerala on alert as COVID-19 cases increase


(Photo| TP Sooraj)

09:26 Mar 14

24-year-old man tests positive for coronavirus in Jaipur upon return from Spain

"The 24-year-old male who returned from Spain on March 14 has tested positive today. He flew to Delhi from Madrid and then from Delhi to Jaipur in an Air India flight," said Additional Chief Secretary, Medical and Health, Rohit Kumar Singh.


09:22 Mar 14

UAE suspends visas to foreigners from March 17

The Federal Authority of Identity and Citizenship said in a statement released on Saturday that the "move comes as part of the precautionary measures taken by the UAE in response to the World Health Organisation's declaration of COVID-19 as a pandemic, a development which reflects the high risks" associated with travelling while the virus is spreading across borders at a fast pace.

09:04 Mar 14

Gujarat to ban public spitting to curb coronavirus spread

Though there has been no coronavirus case in Gujarat, the state government is taking stringent measures to curb its spread. "We are discussing ways to ban spitting in public places with the district collectors, municipal commissioners and municipality chief officers through video link. We are also discussing how to penalise spitting, which can be a cause of coronavirus spread," said Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary (health and family welfare department).

08:44 Mar 14

26 and counting: Maharashtra now has the most coronavirus cases in India

With nine more coronavirus cases confirmed in Maharashtra on Saturday, the state has overtaken Kerala to have the highest number of cases in the country with 26. Of these, ten have been quarantined in Pune, five in Mumbai, four in Nagpur, two in Yavatmal and one each in Navi Mumbai, Kalyan, Thane, Panvel and Ahmednagar.


08:12 Mar 14

Saffron-clad swami hosts 'gaumutra party' in Delhi to 'beat' coronavirus

 (Photo| AP)



07:11 Mar 14

Padma Awards ceremony postponed

The Ministry said the new date and time of the ceremony will be announced later. (READ HERE)

07:09 Mar 14

IPL 13 will be shortened: Ganguly

"It will happen, because if it is April 15, then, in any case 15 days are gone, it has to be truncated. How truncated, how many games, I can't say at the moment," the BCCI president said. (READ HERE)

07:06 Mar 14

Maharashtra govt closes educational institutions till March 31

06:59 Mar 14

Two arrested in Karnataka for spreading false news

According to police, the arrested men spread false information about a girl from Nanjangud being positive for coronavirus. Soon after the post, which had the girl's image morphed on a private television channel, was shared on social media platforms, the girl turned up at the Nanjangud town police station to clarify that she was healthy and the post was false.

06:56 Mar 14

335 persons with travel history to coronavirus-hit countries missing

CHANDIGARH: Punjab government on Saturday informed that as many as 335 passengers with travel history to the COVID-19 affected countries are untraceable. (READ HERE)

06:51 Mar 14

Visitors cleaning their hands using hand sanitiser at the ticket counter of Coimbatore Corporation Zoo. (Photo | U Rakesh Kumar, EPS)

05:54 Mar 14

Journalists who interviewed Karnataka COVID-19 victim's son quarantined

The victim's son, his wife, sister and his son have been under observation in an isolated ward at the state-run ESI Hospital in the city since Friday. (READ HERE)

05:34 Mar 14

Lucknow man shows coronavirus symptoms, hospitalised

The 22-year-old is a relative of the Indian-origin woman from Canada who tested positive for the contagious disease on March 11. (READ MORE)

05:03 Mar 14

Indian tests positive for coronavirus in Rwanda

An Indian citizen arrived who arrived Rwanda from Mumbai on March 8 has been tested positive for the coronavirus, becoming the first confirmed case in the east African country. (READ HERE)

04:58 Mar 14

Odisha Anganwadis to deliver food at children's doorsteps

04:53 Mar 14

India to treat coronavirus as 'notified disaster'

The move would enable the states to spend a larger chunk of funds from the State Disaster Response Fund (SDRF) to fight the pandemic. (READ HERE)

04:47 Mar 14

Google employee's wife faces jail for fleeing quarantine

The woman, after her return from Italy was put under quarantine after her husband showed symptoms of the COVID-19. But defying protocols, she escaped from Bengaluru on March 8 and flew to New Delhi and then took a train to Agra to be with her parents. (READ HERE)

04:43 Mar 14

Man coming from Bengaluru quarantined in Kerala

A man coming from Bengaluru was isolated in Thrissur after Motor Vehicles Department's inspection found him with with high temperature in aninter-state bus on Saturday. As per the sources in the health department, the person was returning home from Qatar and landed in flight in Bengaluru. He took a bus from Bengaluru to Thrissur, while the inspection was held at Mannuthy.

04:36 Mar 14

Two more suspected cases in Telangana

04:34 Mar 14

Centre announces Rs 4 lakh ex-gratia to kin of dead

The kin of those who succumb to the infection during relief operations or associated in response activities will also be given the aid.

04:32 Mar 14

BCCI puts domestic matches on hold

The BCCI on Saturday announced that all matches of the Paytm Irani Cup, Senior Women's One-Day Knockout, Vizzy Trophy, Senior Women's One-Day Challenger, Women's Under 19 One-Day knockout, Women’s Under 19 T20 League, Super League and knockout, Women's Under 19 T20 Challenger Trophy, Women's Under 23 knockout, Women’s Under 23 One-Day Challenger have been suspended until further notice.

04:29 Mar 14

'Norm on COVID-19 negative certificate not new'

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation's directive insisting on a negative test result for COVID-19 as a pre-requisite for evacuation is not a newly-introduced norm but part of a policy the Centre has been adopting for all evacuations since the viral outbreak first occurred in China, Minister of State For External Affairs V Muraleedharan told TNIE in an interview. (READ HERE)

04:23 Mar 14

Mask-themed pre-wedding photoshoot in Mysuru

Madhu Gupta and Titu posed for a mask-themed photoshoot to spread awareness on the use of wearing them amidst the COVID-19 scare. (Photo | EPS)

04:15 Mar 14

J&K medical officer suspended for refusing to monitor suspected COVID-19 cases

He allegedly refused surveillance duty to monitor suspected coronavirus cases placed under home quarantine in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district, officials said on Saturday. (READ HERE)

04:11 Mar 14

Keralites from Rome reaches Aluva hospital

First batch of 21 stranded passengers from Rome International Airport arrives at Aluva taluk hospital on Saturday. (Photo | A Sanesh, ENS)

04:08 Mar 14

Five labs for coronavirus testing in Uttar Pradesh

The labs have been set up in King George's Medical University Lucknow, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences Lucknow, Baba Raghav Das Medical College Gorakhpur, Banaras Hindu University, and in Aligarh said CM Yogi Adityanath. (READ HERE)

04:04 Mar 14

COVID-19 can survive on your phone surface for a few days

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends cleaning all “high-touch” surfaces daily, including phones, keyboards and tablet computers. Here is how you can clean them. (CLICK HERE)

03:58 Mar 14

Screenings intensified

Devotees being screened for fever at Sri Ranganathar temple Srirangam, Tiruchy (Photo | M K Ashok Kumar, EPS)

03:55 Mar 14

All India Football Federation suspends all activities till March 31

The Hero I-League now stands suspended from March 15 along with second division games, youth leagues, and all other national competitions.

03:28 Mar 14

Goa to shut schools, colleges, clubs till March 31

Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said malls, restaurants and hotels will remain ope and added that the directions for closure were only meant for places where people gather in closed premises. (READ HERE)

03:23 Mar 14

Ministry of Health makes guidelines for home quarantine available online

03:11 Mar 14

All schools, colleges in West Bengal to remain shut till March 31

Board examinations will continue as per schedule, officials said. Internal examinations will also remain suspended during this period, the officials said. There will be a review of the situation on March 30, following which further decision will be taken, they added.

03:02 Mar 14

Special medical help desk setup at Hubballi railway

02:51 Mar 14

Apple to close all stores outside China until March 27

"One of those lessons is that the most effective way to minimize risk of the virus's transmission is to reduce density and maximize social distance," CEO Tim Cook said in a statement.

01:58 Mar 14

WATCH | Measures taken by Railways to check coronavirus

01:49 Mar 14

Telangana reports second coronavirus positive case

Telangana confirmed a fresh coronavirus positive case on Saturday taking the total number of those infected to two. The patient with travel history to Italy has been quarantined at the state-run Gandhi hospital in Hyderabad, CM K Chandrasekhar Rao told the Assembly. (READ MORE)

01:30 Mar 14

Infosys evacuates Bengaluru office after employee comes in contact with suspected COVID-19 patient

The development comes after the Karnataka government advised IT and other professionals working in air-conditioned places to work from home for time being, for about a week, to prevent the spread of the virus. (READ MORE)

01:23 Mar 14

COVID 19: 81000 teachers to be trained online in Kerala

Necessity is the mother of invention goes the old saying and hence Kerala Infrastructure and Technology for Education (KITE) on Saturday decided to give specific IT training in an online mode for over 81,000 primary teachers in the state, through a focussed intervention in 11,274 schools. (READ MORE)

01:11 Mar 14

As blood banks reports shortage, Kerala leaders donate blood

01:09 Mar 14

West Bengal seals border with Bhutan in wake of outbreak

The Himalayan kingdom had earlier this month banned the entry of foreigners after an American tourist tested positive for the coronavirus. (READ MORE)

01:06 Mar 14

Coronavirus awareness programme in Chennai

01:04 Mar 14

All government, private colleges and schools to be closed till March 31: Himachal CM

All educational institutions and cinema halls have been closed in Himachal Pradesh till March 31 as a precautionary measure to check community transmission of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said in the state assembly on Saturday. (READ MORE)

01:03 Mar 14

Toilets on trains will be washed at major stations: East Coast Railway

East Coast Railway has directed to remove blankets in (AC) Tire I, II and III train coaches, in view of pandemic Coronavirus. Toilets on trains will be washed at major stations: JP Mishra, PRO, East Coast Railway

01:02 Mar 14

Goa CM Pramod Sawant holds high-level review meeting

01:02 Mar 14

WATCH | Blankets of trains being disinfected at plant in Muzaffarpur

01:01 Mar 14

Special isolation ward set up in railway hospital at Karbighiya end

Bihar: Special isolation ward has been set up in railway hospital at Karbighiya end of Patna junction as precautionary measure for coronavirus. Dr Shyamal Das says,"It is 10-bedded ward with all necessary medical equipment.A nodal officer has been appointed&a control room set up".

01:00 Mar 14

Malls in Bengaluru have been closed amid COVID-19 pandemic

12:59 Mar 14

Mumbai Cricket Association suspends all its cricket activities

Mumbai Cricket Association has suspended all its cricket activities & tournaments till 31st March in wake of state government's advisory about COVID-19.

12:58 Mar 14

Some pharmacies have stopped selling N95 masks

12:57 Mar 14

People with lung-related ailments need to take extra precautions: Dr Neeraj Jain

Coronavirus behaves similarly to influenza and H1N1 viruses. If one is infected, then, it's important to isolate oneself. People with lung-related ailments need to take extra precautions: Dr. Neeraj Jain, Chairperson, Dept of Chest Medicine, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital

12:56 Mar 14

Compulsorily use masks and hand sanitizers in public places: DIPR, Nagaland

The Home Department has directed all the Deputy Commissioners to issue notice for ensuring that people compulsorily use masks and hand sanitizers in all the public places: Department of Information & Public Relations (DIPR), Nagaland

12:55 Mar 14

Foreign tourist footfall will decrease: Prahlad Singh Patel

As tourist visas have been suspended, foreign tourist footfall will decrease. Our priority is to follow the instructions of the Health Ministry and take precautions against coronavirus: Union Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel

12:43 Mar 14

WATCH | Vendors packing up their items at chitrakala parishath

12:30 Mar 14

Will participate in SAARC video conference on coronavirus: Pakistan on PM Modi's proposal

PM Modi reached out to the eight-member regional grouping on Friday and pitched for a video conference among the leaders of the SAARC to chalk out a strong strategy to combat coronavirus outbreak. (READ MORE)

12:06 Mar 14

Virat Kohli asks people to 'stay strong, fight outbreak' as coronavirus cases rise in India

India captain Virat Kohli has urged his countrymen to take all necessary precautions in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed lives of over 4000 people across the globe. (READ MORE)

12:00 Mar 14

CIAL bans visitor's entry to Kochi Airport terminals

CIAL banned visitor's entry to the terminals of Kochi Airport with immediate effect. Visitors are not allowed to the terminal building areas, viewers gallery. CIAL requests all the passengers to limit the accompanying persons.

11:59 Mar 14

Italian citizen travel details

Travel details of the Italian citizen at Varkala resort, tested positive for coronavirus, yet to be released.

11:58 Mar 14

21 pax who were stranded in Italy arrived at COK

21 pax who were stranded in Italy arrived at COK via Dubai by Emirates. They are being shifted to Aluva Hospital for further investigation.

11:47 Mar 14

Odia couple from Canada quarantined in Balangir

The husband and wife had come to their native place Titlagarh on Wednesday to attend funeral of the man’s father who died earlier this week. (READ MORE)

11:46 Mar 14

Hotels in Odisha asked to collect travel history of guests

The Odisha Government has asked owners of hotels and other accommodation providers to collect guests’ detailed travel history of last three weeks. (READ MORE)

11:36 Mar 14

Isolation ward has been set up at Tihar Jail: Official

An isolation ward has been set up at the jail. All inmates have been checked & not displayed symptoms, new inmates are being screened & will be kept in different wards for 3 days. Around 17,500 inmates are lodged at the jail currently: Tihar Jail official

11:35 Mar 14

335 passengers with history of travel to COVID-19 affected countries are untraceable

11:34 Mar 14

We have decided to evacuate one of our satellite buildings in Bengaluru: Infosys

We have taken a decision to evacuate one of our satellite buildings in Bengaluru as a precautionary measure, as one of our employees had been in contact with an individual with suspected COVID-19: Infosys

11:32 Mar 14

Every devotee provided with hand sanitizer while entering the temple premises

Aadesh Bandekar, Chairman, Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust, Mumbai on preventive measures against Coronavirus: Every devotee is being provided with hand sanitizer while entering the temple premises. The temple floors and hand railings are being cleaned and sanitized frequently.

11:30 Mar 14

COVID-19 suspects will be brought back to hospital

Nagpur: 5 COVID-19 suspects escaped from isolation ward of Mayo Hospital. S Suryavanshi, Sub-Inspector Nagpur police station says, "One of them had tested negative, reports of other 4 were awaited. We have traced them & they will be brought back to hospital by the administration."

11:29 Mar 14

Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rises to 19

Two more positive cases of COVID-19 reported yesterday, one each from Ahmednagar & Mumbai. Total positive coronavirus cases in the state rises to 19: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope

11:27 Mar 14

RSS cancels crucial meet in Bengaluru due to coronavirus

Suresh Joshi appealed to all RSS workers to cooperate with administration to create awareness among public and to face this challenge successfully. (READ MORE)

11:27 Mar 14

Theaters, gyms and public gardens in Nagpur closed

All movie theaters, gyms, swimming pools and public gardens in Nagpur are closed till 30th March, as a preventive measure against coronavirus.

11:25 Mar 14

Crisis-hit Venezuela reports first coronavirus case

The announcement prompted President Iván Duque of neighboring Colombia to order his nation's border with Venezuela closed as a coronavirus containment measure. (READ MORE)

11:25 Mar 14

Sourav Ganguly arrives at BCCI headquarters

11:24 Mar 14

Odisha declares coronavirus as 'disaster', orders closure of schools, cinemas

The Odisha Government on Friday declared COVID-19 as a 'disaster' under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to adequately empower public officials to combat the spread of coronavirus. An amount of Rs 200 crore has been earmarked to deal with the outbreak, while educational institutions and cinemas have been ordered to remain closed till March 31. (READ MORE)

09:21 Mar 14

Embassy of India in USA issues advisory for Indian students

09:19 Mar 14

Andhra Pradesh to implement Epidemic Diseases Act to contain coronavirus

The Andhra Pradesh government on Friday decided to implement the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, as a precautionary measure to curb the possible spread of the novel coronavirus. (READ MORE)

09:18 Mar 14

Nellore cinema halls shut down after first positive case of coronavirus in Andhra

Cinema theatres in Nellore city, where the first positive case of COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh was reported, were shut down on Friday as a precautionary measure to prevent mass gatherings. All the eight theatres in the city will remain closed till Saturday. (READ MORE)

09:16 Mar 14

Nipah lessons come in handy for Kerala to tackle COVID-19 outbreak

The ongoing battle with COVID-19 has brought back memories of the state’s valiant and successful fight against the Nipah virus outbreak in Kozhikode in 2018. The valuable lessons learnt in tackling Nipah has come in handy to a great extent for health authorities in taking on COVID-19. (READ MORE)

09:15 Mar 14

General Hospital authorities in Kerala send COVID positive man home in major goof-up

In a shocking lapse on the part of the health department, the third person, who flew in here from the UK and who had tested positive for COVID -19, was on Friday allowed to go home by the authorities at the Government General Hospital. (READ  MORE)

09:14 Mar 14

Despite COVID-19 scare, foreign tourists continue to visit Kerala

The COVID-19 scare has not deterred foreign tourists from coming to Kerala so far. In the last 17 days (between February 25 and March 12), 8,993 foreigners reached the state through Cochin International Airport Ltd (CIAL) while 16,066 have flown out of the country from CIAL. (READ MORE)

09:13 Mar 14

Move to track foreigners as Italian man tests positive for coronavirus

The Italian tourist, who tested positive for COVID-19 in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday, had visited Paripally, find authorities. (READ MORE)

09:11 Mar 14

US couple evades quarantine at Alappuzha Medical College

A US couple, who was referred to the isolation ward of Alappuzha Medical College Hospital, evaded quarantine and went missing on Friday. (READ MORE)

09:09 Mar 14

Labs will be set up in every district: Karnataka CM Yediyurappa

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said on Friday that measures will be taken immediately to set up laboratories in every district to test suspected new coronavirus samples. The government will also set aside 10 beds in every government hospital for suspected COVID-19 cases, he said. (READ MORE)

09:08 Mar 14

Firewalls go up across Karnataka

A day after the country’s first COVID-19 death was confirmed from Kalaburagi, the State Government on Friday ordered the closure of all universities, malls, cinema halls, pubs, night clubs and places of entertainment across the state, which witness huge gatherings, for the next one week beginning Saturday, to contain the spread of the virus. (READ MORE)

09:06 Mar 14

COVID-19: Consulates in Bengaluru apprised of visa restrictions

Additional Chief Secretary, health and family welfare, Jawaid Akhtar on Friday held a meeting on COVID-19 with consulate-generals having their offices in Bengaluru, and updated them on advisories from the ministry of health and family welfare. (READ MORE)

08:00 Mar 14

Chennai plays as coronavirus disrupts calendar elsewhere

At a time when the Delhi government has cancelled all sporting activities due to coronavirus and the BCCI has postponed the South Africa ODIs along with the IPL, sports in Chennai seem to be running sm­o­othly. (READ MORE)

07:52 Mar 14

A look at global coronavirus hotspots and impact on Indians


07:51 Mar 14

Coronavirus hits export industries hard

The disruption in supply of cheaper raw material from China due to coronavirus outbreak has severely impacted many industries in the state. Finished goods despatched to China, Italy, Germany and France too have taken a major hit, say leading industry representatives. (READ MORE)

07:50 Mar 14

OPINION | Coronavirus and the rise of Namaste

In addition to yoga, another aspect of traditional Indian lifestyle—greeting others with a namaste or namaskar—is storming the globe. This is since the world has not been left with many options in the time of the deadly and contagious coronavirus epidemic. Physicians and world leaders are advising the people to minimise social contact. And Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Donald Trump, while advising people to avoid handshakes, even demonstrated how Indians greet each other with a namaste. (READ MORE)

07:49 Mar 14

Coronavirus: Indians stranded at Italy’s airports battle odds

Sleepless hours. Frustration. Hunger. Stranded Indian passengers at Italian airports have been going through a lot in the past 72 hours. Ever since the airport officials prevented them from boarding their aircraft, the passengers have been on a fight against the injustice meted out to them. Most of them, who are still stuck there, are yet to come out of the shock. (READ MORE)

07:47 Mar 14

Coronavirus infected man in Thrissur visited mall, cinema, attended betrothal

Throwing caution to the wind, the 21-year-old man who tested positive for COVID-19 in Thrissur district visited a shopping mall, watched a movie and even participated in an engagement ceremony. (READ MORE)

04:51 Mar 14

Might get tested for coronavirus: Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump on Friday (local time) said he may get tested for coronavirus but clarified that he is not taking the test because he has recently been in contact with people who have contracted the virus.

Trump, during a press conference on coronavirus, said that he would "most likely" get tested but not because of who he has come into contact with.

12:47 Mar 14

Donald Trump to declare COVID-19 a national emergency

President of United States Donald Trump is expected to declare coronavirus a national emergency. The move will allow him to used USD 40 billion allocated for disaster relief to tackle the crisis. Trump has been largely criticised for his handling of the virus pandemic.

Earlier, despite having met with an aide to Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro who was found afterwards to test positive, the White House said that Trump will not undergo a test.

12:33 Mar 14

All badminton tournaments suspended until April 12

All Badminton World Federation (BWF) sanctioned tournaments around the world have been suspended until April 12, the badminton world body said in a statement on Friday. "Tournaments affected include the YONEX Swiss Open 2020, YONEX-SUNRISE India Open 2020, Orleans Masters 2020, CELCOM Axiata Malaysia Open 2020, and Singapore Open 2020, as well as a number of international Grade three tournaments," said the BWF.

11:46 Mar 13

WHO says Europe now 'epicentre' of COVID-19 pandemic

The World Health Organization said Friday that Europe was now the "epicentre" for the global coronavirus pandemic, and warned it was impossible to know when the outbreak would peak. "Europe has now become the epicentre of the pandemic," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a virtual press conference. He said the continent had now "more reported cases and deaths than the rest of the world combined, apart from China."

11:31 Mar 13

Telangana's lone coronavirus patient discharged from hospital

Doctors said the 24-year-old was allowed to go home as he had fully recovered. However, he has been advised strict home isolation for two weeks. The techie, the lone COVID-19 positive case from Telangana, was discharged after his samples were twice tested negative. He returned to his home in Secunderabad here.


11:07 Mar 13

RSS defies diktat, to go ahead with annual meeting in Bengaluru

The annual meeting of the Rashtriya Swamyamsevak Sangh (RSS) would be held from Sunday as scheduled in the city despite a week-long lockdown in Karnataka from Monday due to coronavirus scare, an official said on Friday. "As our 3-day meeting from March 15 is internal and not for public, it will be held as scheduled in the city's southern outskirts with all precautions and safety measures in place," RSS spokesman Rajesh Padmar said.

10:41 Mar 13

68-year-old woman patient dies in Delhi

A 68-year-old woman who tested positive for coronavirus infection has died in Delhi, the Health Ministry confirmed on Friday. The West Delhi resident's death was confirmed due to comorbidity issues (diabetes and hypertension). Her son who tested positive for the virus had travel history to Switzerland and Italy between February 5th to 22nd February, 2020.  He had returned to India asymptomatic, but after day one, developed fever and cough, after which he reported to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital on March 7, 2020. 
09:53 Mar 13

Bachchan recites poem, asks people to wash hands

09:50 Mar 13

WhatsApp admin gets cops' warning for 'false' coronavirus post

A woman admin of a WhatsApp group and its members were given a stern warning by the police at Sangamner in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district on Friday over a "false" message posted in the group about a suspected coronavirus patient, an official said.

The police warning came after a medical officer of First Referral Unit (FRU) and Rural Hospital in Sangamner lodged a complaint against the admin of the WhatsApp group and its another woman member for "spreading rumours" about coronavirus, the official said.


09:49 Mar 13

People take precautionary measures against virus


(Photo| EPS/ Pandarinath B)

09:34 Mar 13

Good news| Anganwadi centres in Kerala deliver mid-day meals to beneficiaries at their homes

The government has decided to provide meals at homes to ensure that the children get nutritious foods. About 3.75 lakh Anganwadi children across 33,115 Anganwadi centres across the state are being benefitted from this project. In addition, around 3 lakh pregnant and lactating mothers, 2 lakh adolescents and 4.75 lakh children under the age of 3 have already been provided with nutritional services.


09:17 Mar 13

Masks, hand santizers declared 'essential commodities'

The government on Friday declared masks, including N95, and hand sanitizers as 'essential commodities' in the wake of the coronavirus scare leading to shortages and black marketing of these items. These items will remain under essential commodities segment till June-end, a move aimed at ensuring availability at reasonable prices and cracking down on hoarders/black marketeers.


09:16 Mar 13

Nursery schools to shut down in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu government has asked nursery schools to remain shut till March 31. Primary schools in districts bordering Kerala would remain shut as well.

08:39 Mar 13

Three more test positive for virus in Kerala

Three more persons have tested positive for coronavirus, the chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan confirmed on Friday. He added that one is an Italian, another is an Indian who returned from the UK and the third patient has a travel history to Italy and Germany.

08:18 Mar 13

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro tested positive for coronavirus

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has been tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, according to local media. He had undergone a test for the new coronavirus after a top aide contracted the disease following a trip on which both met with Donald Trump, his son said Thursday.


07:52 Mar 13

N95 masks, 2-ply and 3-ply surgical masks, sanitizers declared essential commodities temporarily: Consumer Affairs Ministry


07:44 Mar 13

Punjab closes all schools till March 31 

Punjab Education Minister Vijay Inder Singla on Friday announced the closing of all schools in the state till March 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. He, however, said exams would be continued to be conducted according to schedule. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

07:43 Mar 13

Jammu & Kashmir coronavirus positive cases now 2

07:33 Mar 13

Malls, theatres to remain open in Maharashtra

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope clarifies that malls and theaters will remain open.
07:28 Mar 13

IIT-Delhi students asked to leave hostels by Sunday

The Indian Institute of Technology-Delhi campus has directed students to leave hostels by Sunday in view of coronavirus threat. Foreign students, PhD scholars whose research is at crucial stage however may stay in hostels.

07:10 Mar 13

SC to hear only urgent matters from Monday

In view of coronavirus the functioning of the Supreme Court from Monday (16th March) shall be restricted to urgent matters with such number of benches as may be found appropriate.

07:07 Mar 13

Uttarakhand government cancels celebrations on completing three years

Uttarakhand government on Friday cancelled celebrations titled 'Batien Kam Kaam Zyada' scheduled on March 18 to highlight the government's achievements on the occasion of completing three years. Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat said, "Keeping in view the safety of the people, we have decided to do away with celebrations, gatherings and rallies scheduled on March 18." (READ FULL STORY HERE)

06:59 Mar 13

MHA, MEA, Civil Aviation ministry brief on coronavirus measures

Dammu Ravi, MEA: Around 220 students are in and around Milan, Italy, our priority is to bring them back. If any other students are left behind they can contact our missions, and we wil lsee what next we can do.

Rubina Ali, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Civil Aviation: Air India would be taking flight to Milan (Italy) to bring back Indians stranded there. The flight would take off tomorrow afternoon and would be landing on Sunday morning at Delhi Airport. 

Anil Malik, MHA: Indo-Bangladesh passenger buses/trains to remain suspended till 15th April. Along Indo-Nepal border 4 check posts will remain operational. For Bhutan and Nepal nationals visa-free entry to continue.

06:57 Mar 13

Health Ministry briefing on Coronavirus

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary of Health Ministry has briefed on the current state and efforts of the government to combat the coronavirus fears.

  • Till now, there are 81 confirmed cases in India, out of which 64 are Indians, 16 Italians and 1 Canadian national.
  • More than 4000 put under surveillaince for contact with the confirmed cases. 42,296 passengers under community surveillance, out of which 2,559 were symptomatic and 522 hospitalized including 17 foreign nationals.
  • 124 evacuees from Japan and 112 evacuees from China are being discharged after having tested negative for coronavirus in second round of tests.
  • If masks are sold at exorbitant prices then States can take action as per law.
  • Coronavirus not a health emergency but Centre trying to support initiative taken by states in terms of managing the situation by invoking epidemic act.
06:39 Mar 13

10 COVID-19 suspects go missing in Ludhiana

A total of 480 people returned from various countries in Ludhiana district but whereabouts of 10 of them are not known.

06:14 Mar 13

Remaining two India vs SA ODI matches called off

06:01 Mar 13

Maharashtra government declares coronavirus an epidemic in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur.

  • School in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad will be closed till further notice except for class 10, 12 exams.
  • Gyms, swimming pools in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, Pimpri-Chinchawad to be closed till March 30
06:00 Mar 13

Delhi L-G issues COVID-19 regulations to take action against those refusing treatment

05:52 Mar 13

Madhya Pradesh govt orders closure of schools; exams to take place as per schedule

05:32 Mar 13

Govt releases the route map of the places travelled by the Kannur resident


05:03 Mar 13

IIMC suspends classes till March 31

04:54 Mar 13

One more person tests positive for coronavirus in Pune, total 84 cases in India

04:51 Mar 13

Remaining I-League matches to be conducted behind closed doors

04:47 Mar 13

Kerala COVID-19 suspect back from Italy was earlier told to go home though he disclosed symptoms 

Exposing glaring lapses in COVID19 prevention measures, it has now come to light that health authorities here did not take proper precautions in the case of an air passenger from Italy who voluntarily informed them that he had a suspected viral infection. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:28 Mar 13

UP education institutes to remain shut till March 22, exams postponed


04:24 Mar 13

Karnataka cancels leaves of all government doctors and health officials.

04:19 Mar 13

Markets make record-breaking recovery after worst-ever crash over coronavirus fears

Indian stock markets staged a sharp, record-breaking recovery on Friday after an initial crash saw trade suspended for the first time in twelve years. The BSE Sensex regained the 34,000 point mark to close 4.04 per cent higher at 34,103.5, while the NSE Nifty closed just shy of the 10,000 mark at 9,955.20 (up 3.81%) after bargain seekers flooded the market in search of blue-chip stocks at throw-away prices and market regulator Sebi said it would “take any action” required to contain the carnage.

04:16 Mar 13

Man who returned from Italy tests positive in Army's Manesar facility


04:03 Mar 13

Bihar announces closures of cinema halls, education institutes till March 31

Following Karnataka, Bihar has also announced measures to prevent coronavirus spread

  • All cinema halls and public parks will remain closed till March 31
  • All schools, colleges, and coaching institutes will remain closed till March 31
  • Students of govt schools will get the money for mid-day meal in their bank accounts till their schools are closed
  • All govt programmes related to Bihar Diwas, which was to be observed on March 22, have been cancelled.


03:59 Mar 13

Two fresh coronavirus cases reported from Nagpur, total cases in India reaches 83

03:57 Mar 13

Couple quarantined in UP's Hamirpur after suspected coronavirus

A couple has been put under quarantine after they were suspected of having coronavirus, informed the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) on Friday. The couple has recently returned from the US. And their samples have been sent for further tests. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:55 Mar 13
03:54 Mar 13

Nellore orders closures of cinema halls after coranavirus case reported in town.

03:48 Mar 13

WATCH | Karnataka CM bans weddings, large gatherings for a week

03:44 Mar 13

Over 700 employees of Noida leather company under surveillance as owner tests positive 

More than 700 people working in a leather company in Greater Noida have been put under surveillance after a Delhi-based director of the firm tested positive for novel coronavirus, officials said on Friday. The 46-year-old man had recently travelled to Italy, Switzerland before returning to India, (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:38 Mar 13

Museum at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus in Mumbai to remain closed till March 31

The Heritage Museum at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus will remain closed for public for the month of March 2020, Central Ralways Chief PRO said.

03:36 Mar 13

Indians evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran shifted to Navy's quarantine facility in Mumbai

03:33 Mar 13

Coronavirus a bioweapon, act of terror, says Congress leader Manish Tewari

Congress MP Manish Tewari claimed that coronavirus is a "bioweapon". "Coronavirus is a bioweapon that went rogue or was made to go rogue. It is an act of terror," Tewari tweeted. "International investigation be conducted either under the auspices of the International Court of Justice or International Criminal Court," he added. This is, he said, "necessary to unearth the truth and bring focus back on eradicating biological weapons".

03:28 Mar 13

Karnataka closes malls, cinema halls; bans weddings for one week

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced that ll malls, cinema halls, pubs, wedding ceremonies and other large gatherings in the state have been banned for another one week. Earlier in the day, Chairperson of Infosys Foundation, Sudha Murty in a letter to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had suggested the same. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:22 Mar 13

Animals can't transmit coronavirus, do not create panic: Maneka Gandhi

BJP lawmaker and animal rights activist Maneka Gandhi on Friday said the coronavirus can neither affect animals nor be transmitted through them and advised concerned ministries to not bring out "fake ads" in this regard. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:18 Mar 13

Public libraries, gyms, swimming pools, water parks in urban areas and anganwadis to remain closed till March 31 in Chhattisgarh.

02:56 Mar 13

BCCI suspends IPL 2020 till April 15

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to suspend IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020, as a precautionary measure against the ongoing Novel Corona Virus (COVID-19) situation.


01:55 Mar 13

Indices record biggest intra-day recovery: BSE Sensex up 4.35 per cent, while NSE recorded 4.4 per cent in mid-day trading


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01:55 Mar 13

Nitish Kumar chairs meeting on coronavirus in Bihar

01:54 Mar 13

Central Railway shuts down museum in Mumbai's CSMT

Heritage Museum at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus will remain closed for public viewing for the month of March 2020.
01:53 Mar 13

Kerala, Odisha supend Assemblies

Kerala assembly adjourned sine die in the wake of the coronavirus. Assembly was scheduled to continue till April 8, 2020. Odisha Assembly too suspended till March 29th after Covid-19 declared a state disaster.
01:48 Mar 13

Jamia Millia suspends classes till March 31

The varsity has also decided to close all schools run by it till March 31 but the Board examinations will continue as per the schedule. Earlier in the day, the Jawaharlal Nehru University suspended all classes with immediate effect till March 31.

01:43 Mar 13

BREAKING: Sensex up over 1700 points! Following are the market movers leading the rally


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01:37 Mar 13

Iran Air plane carrying Indians lands in Mumbai

An official told PTI that the Iran Air flight landed at the Mumbai airport at around 12.08 pm. The passengers would be taken to Jaisalmer on an Air India aircraft, another official said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:35 Mar 13

SEBI, stock exchanges prepared to take any action as required amid steep volatility in markets

SEBI on Friday said the regulator and stock exchanges are prepared to "take any action" as required to deal with market volatility, hours after trading was halted for 45 minutes. 

01:30 Mar 13

Jamia University bans gatherings till 31st March

Face to face or group interaction or gathering of the students to be avoided till 31st March, 2020. Internal assessments to be given online and examinations to be conducted as per the schedule: Jamia Milia Islamia 

01:27 Mar 13

MP CM Kamal Nath chairs meeting on COVID-19

01:27 Mar 13

Road Safety World Series called off due to coronavirus

With the government issuing a notification that public gatherings should be avoided, the organisers had initially thought of continuing the remainder of the tournament behind closed doors at the DY Patil Sports Complex in Navi Mumbai. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:24 Mar 13

Delhi shutting doors on IPL means Lucknow gets to host tournament?

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Friday said that the national capital will not have any sporting events for a month to contain the spread of the deadly infection that has sent the world into turmoil with close to 5,000 deaths so far.The IPL is due to start on March 29 in Mumbai and Delhi's first game was to be on March 30. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:21 Mar 13

PM Modi calls on SAARC nations to fight coronavirus

"I would like to propose that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus. We could discuss, via video conferencing, ways to keep our citizens healthy. Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet," tweets PM Modi. 

01:20 Mar 13

South Asia should leave no stone unturned: PM Modi

01:12 Mar 13

Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur calls for curtailing of Budget Session

01:10 Mar 13

Naveen Patnaik addresses Odisha Assembly on coronavirus situation in state

  • The State Cabinet met this morning and declared COVID19 as a ‘disaster’ for the state under the provisions of Disaster Management Act, 2005 to adequately empower our public officials to combat the spread of COVID-19. Non-essential official gatherings such as seminars, workshops, conferences are to be cancelled.
  • Social gatherings & assemblies like religious functions, marriage receptions, parties etc. are to be regulated by local authorities. The COVID-19 Odisha Regulations, 2020 have been approved.
  • An amount of Rs 200 crores has been earmarked to augment the Public Health Response Fund to combat the threat of the pandemic and for making required expenditure.


12:47 Mar 13

Top losers in BSE as of 12:46 PM


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12:47 Mar 13

Top gainers in BSE as of 12:46 PM


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12:44 Mar 13

Uttarakhand follows Odisha way

"We have issued advisories to all hotels regarding safety measures to be taken while allowing foreign tourists in hotels. All schools have been closed until March 31. Do not fear as no case of coronavirus has been reported here," says CM Trivendra Singh Rawat.

12:43 Mar 13

Dalal Street bloodbath: What it means?

12:41 Mar 13

Coronavirus not a matter of joke: Hema Malini

12:40 Mar 13

Government to have press conferences everyday

Joint Secretaries of all five ministries, including Ministry of External Affairs, Health, Civil Aviation, Finance and Commerce will address a press conference every day on COVID-19.

12:24 Mar 13

Odisha shuts down educational institutions, Cinema halls, swimming pools, and gyms

12:23 Mar 13

Delhi government bans all sports activies in national capital

"We have decided to ban any sports acti