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)
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.
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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Noida administration orders closure of all cinema halls, gyms till March 31 (READ FULL STORY HERE)
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)
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.
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.
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.
Kerala IT parks to follow strict protocols to combat COVID 19 threat
- 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.
- The Park campuses are being sanitised on a daily basis. The campuses will be fumigated and disinfected on a regular basis.
- Work from home may be encouraged to the maximum extent possible.
- Visitor entry to the campuses will be restricted. Only highly essential visits will be permitted to the campus.
- All conferences and meetings of large gatherings may please be postponed
- Large gatherings may please be avoided in the buildings / campuses
- Crowd at food courts may be avoided by using appropriate time slots for floors/ companies
- 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.
- Employees who have returned from Corona affected areas may also be quarantined, if required, as per the Government guidelines
- All non-essential travel of the employees may please be avoided
- Please make use of the Technopark/ Infopark medical facility wherever required.
- Employees who have fever, cold, cough, soar throat etc may avoid attending office
- Employees may keep social distancing - keep at a suitable distance from others in gatherings, public transport etc
- In case any employee develops any symptoms, please make use of the Park ambulance to go to hospital.
- Gyms inside the parks will be closed until further orders
- All games/ matches within the IT parks have been postponed
- All companies are requested to prepare Business Continuity plans, in case of any disruptions in the working, even though unlikely as of now
Cinema halls, schools, gyms to remain closed in Haryana till March 31
Kerala government imposes restrictions on large gatherings in Guruvayur and Kodungallur temples in Thrissur district. People will be allowed only in limited numbers.
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)
Gauhati HC to hear only urgent matters; adjourns all other cases indefinitely amid coronavirus threat: Sources
Noida admin launches helpline for queries related to coronavirus
Noida administration launches dedicated email id email@example.com and 24x7 phone line 0120 2569901 for queries related to coronavirus.
Telangana COVID-19 positive tally rises to 3
Telangana Health Minister's Office: Total tally of positive cases of #Coronavirus in the state rises to 3. The third person who has been tested positive for #Coronavirus today has travel history to Netherlands. He is in the isolation ward in a state-run hospital in Hyderabad.— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2020
Uttarakhand reports its first positive case of coronavirus
Trainee IFS officer with travel history to Spain tests positive in Uttarakhand
University of Hyderabad suspends academic activities
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
Kerala confirms two more COVID cases; total cases in India rises to 108
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.
LISTEN | This man narrates his ordeal as a traveller who had to self-quarantine in wake of coronavirus
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)
No nation can afford to be unresponsive in wake of coronavirus: Pakistan PM's special assistant
Calcutta HC, subordinate courts to hear only urgent matters from March 17
Thankful to PM Modi for bringing and hosting our people back from Wuhan: Bangladesh CM Sheikh Hasina
We must all prepare together, act together and succeed together: PM Modi concludes SAARC video conference speech
Essential to share perspectives as we are in an unknown situation: PM Modi tells SAARC member countries
We fully recognize that we're still in an unknown situation. We cannot predict with certainty how the situation will unfold despite best efforts. You must be facing similar concerns. This is why it will be most valuable for us to share our perspectives: PM #SAARCfightsCorona pic.twitter.com/KJvPPODHx6— BJP (@BJP4India) March 15, 2020
Prepare but don't panic: PM Modi sets India's mantra to tackle coronavirus
We started screening entry of foreign nationals into India from January itself: PM Modi on efforts to curb spread of COVID-19
Have made special efforts to reach out to vulnerable groups: PM Modi at SAARC video conference on coronavirus
We have responded to call of our people abroad, evacuated nearly 1,400 Indians from different countries: PM Modi
So far our region has recorded less than 150 cases, says PM Modi at SAARC member countries' video conference
WATCH | PM Modi addresses coronavirus crisis over video conference of SAARC member countries
BJP issues notice to state party units to postpone all kinds of major programmes in view of coronavirus
BJP President Jagat Prakash Nadda has issued an order for all BJP state units to postpone all kinds of major programmes of the party, in view of #Coronavirus. He has also asked the party members to hold 'Jan Jagran' to spread awareness about #COVID19 among people. pic.twitter.com/TKgVj1c80v— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2020
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)
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.
No new cases of coronavirus, people cooperating: Karnataka CM
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa: We have taken a lot of precautions to prevent #Coronavirus spread. For the first time shutdown has been declared for a week. People are also cooperating with us, we will take further decision after one week. pic.twitter.com/FO970kGQ1D— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2020
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.
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)
A sandbrick worker wearing mask in Tirupati. (Photo | Madhav K, EPS)
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.
Outbreak affects Kerala tourism
Kerala: Tourism industry badly affected due to #coronavirus spread. Azeez, president of Kochi chapter of Kerala Hotel&Restaurants Association says, "Number of tourists has fallen sharply. We are forced to shut restaurants by 9 pm. Earlier, they used to remain open till 11:30 pm". pic.twitter.com/baX33Q4wmL— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2020
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)
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.
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.
Operations normal at Kochi Airport
WATCH | Bus conductor distributes face masks in Karnataka
Assam government shuts schools, theatres
Barring board examinations, all exams scheduled till March 29 now stand cancelled. (READ MORE)
Cleaning missions intensified
Railway contract employees during a cleaning drive at Tirupati Railway Station. (Photo Madhav K, EPS)
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)
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)
Kerala tourism badly hit as coronavirus fear looms across state
Kerala: Tourism industry badly affected due to #coronavirus spread. Azeez, president of Kochi chapter of Kerala Hotel&Restaurants Association says, "Number of tourists has fallen sharply. We are forced to shut restaurants by 9 pm. Earlier, they used to remain open till 11:30 pm". pic.twitter.com/baX33Q4wmL— ANI (@ANI) March 15, 2020
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)
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)
JUST IN: Positive coronavirus cases rise to 107 in India
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)
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)
Karnataka Health Minister visits GIMS in Kalaburgi for inspection
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)
Amitabh Bachchan cancels Sunday meet with fans outside his residence amid coronavirus
T 3470 - To all Ef and well wishers an earnest request !PLEASE DO NOT COME TO JALSA GATE TODAY .. SUNDAY MEET am not going to come !— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) March 15, 2020
Take PRECAUTIONS .. be safe
Sunday का दर्शन Jalsa पे cancel है , कृपया कोई वहाँ जमा ना हों आज श्याम को ।
सुरक्षित रहें pic.twitter.com/USm4kZBEYo
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)
Western Railways has decided to withdraw curtains from trains to prevent spread of coronavirus
Kindly note that it has been decided to withdraw curtains & blankets from AC coaches of trains as they are not washed every trip, for prevention of #coronavirus. Passengers may please bring their own blankets if need be. Inconvenience is regretted. @RailMinIndia @PiyushGoyalOffc— Western Railway (@WesternRly) March 14, 2020
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
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
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
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'.
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
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.
A surgical shop in Kochi sold around 5000 masks at Rs 2 each in two days
Kerala: Cochin Surgicals, a surgical shop in Kochi sold around 5000 masks at Rs 2 each in two days. Nadheem, co-owner says,"We decided to sell masks at reasonable price especially to the common people like hospital staff & students ." (14.03) #Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/vKzjTTc2Kk— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2020
Pune Police arrests three for selling substandard sanitisers
Jammu Municipal Corporation initiate drive
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.
Coronavirus fake news
Odisha:A person has been arrested on charges of posting fake news on social media on outbreak of #coronavirus,in Rayagada.Police says,"the accused had posted on Facebook that a person infected with #CoronaVirus was admitted to district hospital which turned out to be fake" (14.3) pic.twitter.com/uW8EHpvjnJ— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2020
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.
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)
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)
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)
Karnataka Education Ministry postpones school exams till March 31
#COVIDー19 As a precautionary measure, Edn min S Sureshkumar has instructed to postpone the examinations of 7th, 8th and 9th until 31st March 2020. Revised dates will be scheduled after taking stock of the situation.@XpressBengaluru @santwana99 @NammaBengaluroo @nimmasuresh— Chetana Belagere (@chetanabelagere) March 15, 2020
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)
Indians from Milan to be shifted to Indo-Tibetan Border Police's Chhawla camp
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)
States in Lockdown Mood
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)
Health Minister shares the science behind hand washing to kill coronavirus
Wash hands many times a day— Dr Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) March 14, 2020
To keep Corona virus at bay!
Do you know the science behind washing hands with soap & water to kill #coronavirus ?
The virus is a self-assembled nanoparticle with weakest link being the lipid bilayer
Soap dissolves the fat membrane, turns it inactive pic.twitter.com/Ynl3ZbBKzf
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)
WATCH | 236 Indians evacuated from Iran will be in medical supervision for 15 days
#CoronaVirusUpdates :236 Indian citizens (100 males &136 females) evacuated frm Iran hv reached newly created #IndianArmy Quarantine facility established at Jaisalmer,Rajasthan.They wl be under professional medical supervision for a period of 15 days.@NewIndianXpress @adgpi pic.twitter.com/WdhU8QlXjp— Mayank Singh (@scribesoldier) March 15, 2020
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)
236 Indians evacuated from Iran reach newly created Army quarantine facility in Jaisalmer
#CoronaVirusUpdates 236 Indian citizens (100 males &136 females) evacuated from Iran hv reached newly created Indian #Army Quarantine facility established at Jaisalmer,Rajasthan quarantine for a period of 15 days under professional medical supervision.@NewIndianXpress @adgpi pic.twitter.com/uMQnTE9hEP— Mayank Singh (@scribesoldier) March 15, 2020
OPINION | Viral fears and view of the next economy
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)
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)
Five people test positive for coronavirus near Pune; positive cases in Maharashtra touches 31
OPINION | Virus, virus, go away, l’le Johnny
'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)
WATCH| First batch of Keralites stranded in Rome arrive at Kochi airport
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)
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)
236 Indians who were evacuated from Iran brought to Jaisalmer
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.
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.
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.
Malls, multiplexes and restaurants stare at losses of up to Rs 20 crores per week
Mysore Palace to remain closed till March 22
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.
Kerala takes the prison route to solve mask crisis
#COVID19 | Solving The Mask Problem— Pinarayi Vijayan (@vijayanpinarayi) March 14, 2020
In light of the shortage, directions were given to engage the prisons in the State in manufacturing masks. It has commenced on a war footing basis. Today, the Prison officials of Thiruvananthapuram Jail have handed over the first batch. pic.twitter.com/QKgHWqYNOg
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.
India suspends all land border crossings
MHA: All passenger movements through all immigration land check posts at India-Bangladesh, India-Nepal, India-Bhutan, India-Myanmar borders will be suspended from 12 AM, March 15 & at India-Pakistan border from 12 AM, March 16 till further orders except the below mentioned posts- pic.twitter.com/d7edn573g7— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2020
Preventive measures are important, even US President agrees
SOCIAL DISTANCING!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 14, 2020
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.
Modi to lead SAARC nations to chalk roadmap on virus tomorrow
Timely action for a healthier planet.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 14, 2020
Tomorrow at 5 PM, leaders of SAARC nations will discuss, via conferencing, a roadmap to fight the challenge of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus.
I am confident that our coming together will lead to effective outcomes and benefit our citizens.
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.
People in Kerala on alert as COVID-19 cases increase
(Photo| TP Sooraj)
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.
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.
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).
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.
Saffron-clad swami hosts 'gaumutra party' in Delhi to 'beat' coronavirus
Padma Awards ceremony postponed
The Ministry said the new date and time of the ceremony will be announced later. (READ HERE)
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)
Maharashtra govt closes educational institutions till March 31
In the scare of #CoronaOutbreak , Maharashtra government issued the notifications closing down all primary , secondary schools and colleges across the state still end of this month. However, exams will happen as per given schedule. @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/CpAE0u18iT— Sudhir Suryawanshi (@ss_suryawanshi) March 14, 2020
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.
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)
Visitors cleaning their hands using hand sanitiser at the ticket counter of Coimbatore Corporation Zoo. (Photo | U Rakesh Kumar, EPS)
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)
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)
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)
Odisha Anganwadis to deliver food at children's doorsteps
Even as all Anganwadi centres in #Odisha are closed till March 31 on account of novel #Coronavirus, Govt asks Collectors to ensure that morning snacks & hot cook meals are provided to children & mothers & there is no disruption in SNP feeding. #CoronaVirusUpdates @NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/Pb2cLKLXDa— Hemant Kumar Rout (@TheHemantRout) March 14, 2020
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)
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)
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.
Two more suspected cases in Telangana
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.
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.
'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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
Devotees being screened for fever at Sri Ranganathar temple Srirangam, Tiruchy (Photo | M K Ashok Kumar, EPS)
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.
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)
Ministry of Health makes guidelines for home quarantine available online
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.
Special medical help desk setup at Hubballi railway
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.
WATCH | Measures taken by Railways to check coronavirus
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)
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)
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)
As blood banks reports shortage, Kerala leaders donate blood
In the wake of acute shortage of blood due to reluctance on the part of people to donate owing to #COVID19, @KeralaDyfi leaders donate blood at Government Medical College, #Thiruvananthapuram where three COVID-19 patients are admitted. @CPIMKerala@xpresskerala@NewIndianXpress pic.twitter.com/wIKikxEFgA— Sovi Vidyadharan (@vidyadharansovi) March 14, 2020
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)
Coronavirus awareness programme in Chennai
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)
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
Goa CM Pramod Sawant holds high-level review meeting
WATCH | Blankets of trains being disinfected at plant in Muzaffarpur
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".
Malls in Bengaluru have been closed amid COVID-19 pandemic
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.
Some pharmacies have stopped selling N95 masks
Delhi: Some pharmacies have stopped selling N95 masks due to increase in prices amid #COVID19 pandemic.A pharmacist in Connaught Place says,"We've stopped selling N95 masks as wholesellers are selling it to us at high prices&if we ask customers for more money they fight with us". pic.twitter.com/XLJs3tyUZk— ANI (@ANI) March 14, 2020
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
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
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
WATCH | Vendors packing up their items at chitrakala parishath
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)
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)
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.
Italian citizen travel details
Travel details of the Italian citizen at Varkala resort, tested positive for coronavirus, yet to be released.
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.
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)
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)
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
335 passengers with history of travel to COVID-19 affected countries are untraceable
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
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.
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."
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
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)
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.
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)
Sourav Ganguly arrives at BCCI headquarters
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)
Embassy of India in USA issues advisory for Indian students
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
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)
A look at global coronavirus hotspots and impact on Indians
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)
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)
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)
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)
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
68-year-old woman patient dies in Delhi
Bachchan recites poem, asks people to wash hands
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.
People take precautionary measures against virus
(Photo| EPS/ Pandarinath B)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
N95 masks, 2-ply and 3-ply surgical masks, sanitizers declared essential commodities temporarily: Consumer Affairs Ministry
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)
Jammu & Kashmir coronavirus positive cases now 2
Malls, theatres to remain open in Maharashtra
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
Remaining two India vs SA ODI matches called off
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
Delhi L-G issues COVID-19 regulations to take action against those refusing treatment
Madhya Pradesh govt orders closure of schools; exams to take place as per schedule
Govt releases the route map of the places travelled by the Kannur resident
IIMC suspends classes till March 31
One more person tests positive for coronavirus in Pune, total 84 cases in India
Remaining I-League matches to be conducted behind closed doors
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)
UP education institutes to remain shut till March 22, exams postponed
Karnataka cancels leaves of all government doctors and health officials.
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.
Man who returned from Italy tests positive in Army's Manesar facility
#CoronaVirusUpdate— Mayank Singh (@scribesoldier) March 13, 2020
Positive coronavirus case found in Army's Manesar facility.A person of the 83 those returned from Italy on March 11 tested positive today,has been shifted to Safdarjung hospital. He was working in a restaurant in Italy for last 14 years.@NewIndianXpress
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.
Two fresh coronavirus cases reported from Nagpur, total cases in India reaches 83
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)
Nellore orders closures of cinema halls after coranavirus case reported in town.
WATCH | Karnataka CM bans weddings, large gatherings for a week
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)
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.
Indians evacuated from coronavirus-hit Iran shifted to Navy's quarantine facility in Mumbai
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".
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)
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)
Public libraries, gyms, swimming pools, water parks in urban areas and anganwadis to remain closed till March 31 in Chhattisgarh.
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.
Indices record biggest intra-day recovery: BSE Sensex up 4.35 per cent, while NSE recorded 4.4 per cent in mid-day trading
Nitish Kumar chairs meeting on coronavirus in Bihar
Central Railway shuts down museum in Mumbai's CSMT
Kerala, Odisha supend Assemblies
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.
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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)
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.
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
MP CM Kamal Nath chairs meeting on COVID-19
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)
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)
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.
South Asia should leave no stone unturned: PM Modi
Our planet is battling the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. At various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 13, 2020
South Asia, which is home to a significant number of the global population should leave no stone unturned to ensure our people are healthy.
Union Minister Harsimrat Kaur calls for curtailing of Budget Session
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.
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.
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Coronavirus not a matter of joke: Hema Malini
#WATCH BJP MP Hema Malini on #CoronaVirus: Everybody should be careful & secure themselves and not travel overseas. It is good that visas have been cancelled. I have seen people joking about it on WhatsApp, like 'corona, marona', it should not be taken lightly. pic.twitter.com/cbVtqVrBPW— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2020
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.
Odisha shuts down educational institutions, Cinema halls, swimming pools, and gyms
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in state assembly: All educational institutions shall remain closed till 31st March except for holding examinations. Cinema halls, swimming pools, and gyms are also to be closed till 31st March. #CoronavirusPandemic pic.twitter.com/BSW8eo6OFS— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2020