COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | 7 foreigners test positive in Telangana, total cases rise to 169

Section 144 prohibiting assembly of more than 4 people in an area has been imposed in Rajasthan after 3 test positive for coronavirus in Jhunjhunu.

Published: 16th March 2020 12:36 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th March 2020 12:29 AM   |  A+A-

India’s total number of cases is nearing  150-mark after fresh cases were reported from several states.

India’s total number of cases crosses 150-mark after fresh cases were reported from several states. (Photo | Manu R Mavelil, EPS)

By Online Desk

A total of 169 positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in India till March 18.

The government informed the Lok Sabha that as many as 276 Indians abroad have tested positive for coronavirus. The list includes 255 pilgrims in Iran.

Earlier in the day, a 34-year-old soldier was tested positive for novel coronavirus in Leh, Army sources said. This is the first COVID-19 case in the armed forces. The soldier, a resident of Chuhot village in Leh, came in contact with his father who had already contracted the infection.

As the world shuts down borders and limits travel, the total number of Indians affected by the coronavirus now stands at 445, including the 276 Indians abroad. In India, the total number of cases is 169, with 32 of them being foreigners.


12:00 Mar 19

7 Indonesian nationals test positive in Telangana, total cases rise to 169


11:22 Mar 18

PM Modi to address nation on COVID-19 at 8 pm on Thursday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday 8 p.m. and will talk about issues relating to the pandemic diseases and the efforts to combat it, the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) announced on Wednesday. ( READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:56 Mar 18

Suspected COVID-19 patient commits suicide in Delhi

10:48 Mar 18

CBSE, JEE mains exams postponed

  • Ongoing CBSE class 10th &12 exams to be rescheduled after March 31
  • All ongoing examinations including University exams to be rescheduled after March 31
  • JEE mains examination to be rescheduled & new date will be announced on March 31 after re-assessment of the situation since the examination may require travel by examinees to different towns & the dates may clash with rescheduled CBSE, other board exams
10:25 Mar 18

3 people have tested positive for Coronavirus in Rajasthan's Jhunjhunu today.

10:23 Mar 18

Passengers coming through UAE, Kuwait to be quarantined upon arrival: Health ministry

  • Passengers coming/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman & Kuwait after March 18 (port of departure) to be quarantined upon arrival for 14 days.
  • Those who have visited China, South Korea, Iran, Italy, Spain, France & Germany on/after Feb 15 to be quarantined.
  • Indians coming from South Korea are required to produce negative #COVID19 certificate to come to the country.
10:16 Mar 18

Maharashtra govt suggests operating 50% passenger capacity of public transport system

10:12 Mar 18

Section 144 imposed in Rajasthan

Section 144 (prohibiting assembly of more than 4 people in an area) has been imposed across the state, to avoid gathering of people in view of Coronavirus Pandemic.

09:34 Mar 18

50-year-old tests positive in Maharashtra, total case in India reaches 159

08:50 Mar 18

One more tests positive in Pune

08:20 Mar 18

Kerala cop removed from service for running away from coronavirus isolation ward

The cop, who hails from Amburi in Thiruvananthapuram, was kept in the isolation ward after it came to the Health Department's notice that he had been to Ranni very recently. Ranni was badly affected as a slew of COVID-19 cases were reported from there. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:15 Mar 18

Now robots to take on deadly virus in Kerala

08:06 Mar 18

Don't behave irresponsibly if you have coronavirus-like symptoms: West Bengal CM Mamata

Banerjee also instructed police to take stern action against those who spread fake news on the coronavirus outbreak. "We don't support if somebody tries to hide his/her symptoms and doesn't take precautionary measures. If people show any symptom of Covid-19 (coronavirus disease), they should immediately go for tests and medical examination," the chief minister said.

07:52 Mar 18
07:50 Mar 18

Passengers stranded as 16 trains from, via Chennai cancelled due to COVID-19

Sixteen trains have been cancelled due to the fear of coronavirus pandemic, according to a release from the Southern Railways. 


07:47 Mar 18

Devotees banned from taking part in Varanasi's famous Ganga Arti

While all the major religious congregations being cancelled due to the rising number of coronavirus cases in the country, the Varanasi district administration has also decided to ban the entry of devotees in famous Ganga Arti. The Aarti has also been downgraded where instead of seven, only one person would perform it.


07:24 Mar 18

Third batch of evacuees reach Army wellness facility at Jaisalmer

Close to 195 Indians from Iran were brought to Jaisalmer by a special plane on Wednesday evening. The passengers were screened at the Airport and shifted to the Army Wellness Facility at Jaisalmer Military Station. With the arrival of this batch of evacuees, the total number of quarantined people housed at the Army Wellness Facility in Jaisalmer Military Station has increased to 484. Army authorities have confirmed that all the quarantined persons are stable. 

06:41 Mar 18

WATCH | How this doctor cured COVID-19 using anti-HIV drugs

06:38 Mar 18

Delhi doctor using anti-HIV drug combo for high-risk COVID-19 patients

As the number of coronavirus patients in India is surging, those developing serious complications are being given a combination of anti-HIV and anti-malaria medicines along with Tamiflu — an antiviral drug used in the treatment, However, most patients are being treated with antipyretics.

06:34 Mar 18

Woman tests positive for COVD-19 in Delhi's Dilshad Garden, total case in capital at 9

 The number of Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases reached nine in the national capital after a resident of L Block, Dilshad Garden tested positive on Wednesday. "A woman (38) who has returned from Saudi Arabia has been tested positive. Her two daughters (25) (26) who have shown symptoms have been put in isolation at the Dr Ram Manohar Lohia hospital while the patient has also been shifted to the same hospital. Her son has been asked to self-quarantine at his home as he is asymptomatic for now," Pankaj Bhatnagar, SDM Seemapuri said.


06:04 Mar 18

Chennai reports 2nd positive case for Covid-19

06:03 Mar 18

Indian carriers may ground 150 planes; stare at quarterly loss on coronavirus impact

 All Indian airlines will report significant losses in the first quarter of this year and may initially ground around 150 planes as the shock from the coronavirus pandemic will be "far deeper and much longer", according to a report.

Aviation advisory firm CAPA India on Wednesday said even before COVID-19 (coronavirus) appeared on the scene, most Indian carriers already had very strained balance sheets and almost no liquidity.


06:03 Mar 18

Close all Delhi government offices for seven days, employees tell Kejriwal

A Delhi government employee association on Wednesday met Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and demanded the closure of all government offices for a week in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Umesh Batra, general secretary of the Delhi government Welfare Association, said around 2.5 lakh people are employed with the Delhi government and most of them are engaged in public dealings.


05:21 Mar 18

Planet asking human race to be more responsible: Ashwin appeals for social distancing to tackle COVID-19


05:12 Mar 18

'Break the Chain' campaign at Ernakulam junction rail station

05:10 Mar 18

Action sought against 'Healer' Baskar for terming COVID-19 'Illuminati conspiracy'

In an audio clip, Baskar claimed the coronavirus outbreak is reportedly a depopulation measure across the globe as per directions given by ‘Illuminati’. Commenting on the state government’s order to close down educational institutions malls and theatres, Baskar claimed the people isolated would be eliminated later on.


05:09 Mar 18

Bengal officials to stay at home after coming in contact with officer whose son tested positive

A few senior West Bengal government officials, including Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, were asked to stay at home after they came in contact with an officer whose son tested positive for coronavirus, sources said on Wednesday.

The officials came in contact on Monday with the woman officer of the home department whose son tested positive for coronavirus after returning from the UK.


04:45 Mar 18

Karnataka reports fresh case

04:45 Mar 18

Provide information on masks, hand sanitisers, NPPA asks manufacturers

The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) has asked manufacturers and importers of surgical and protective masks, gloves and hand sanitisers to furnish information regarding these items by the end of the day, failing which it will have to take coercive action.


04:39 Mar 18

'Quick aggressive action'

04:38 Mar 18

Indian cricketers spread awareness

The cricketing world has come to a standstill due to the coronavirus outbreak which means that the members of the Indian cricket team have got a break from their unrelenting schedule. The second and third match of the ODI series against South Africa were called off due to the outbreak of the viral pandemic and away from the cricket field, the players have been posting messages and updates on social media.


04:35 Mar 18

BJP activist arrested in Kolkata for hosting cow urine consumption event to fight COVID-19

 According to police officials, 40-year-old Narayan Chatterjee, a local party worker of Jorasakho area in North Kolkata, had on Monday organised a cow-worship programme at a cowshed and distributed cow urine.


04:29 Mar 18

Suresh Prabhu goes into self-quarantine as precautionary measure after coming from Saudi

Former Union minister and BJP MP Suresh Prabhu has self quarantined himself at his residence for the next 14 days, as a precautionary measure following his return from Saudi Arabia to attend a meeting on March 10.


04:27 Mar 18

UK asks nationals in India with coronavirus symptoms to self-isolate for seven days


04:25 Mar 18

Seven major daily markets in Bhubaneswar to be closed after 6 pm

Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) on Wednesday announced the closure of seven major daily markets in the city after 6 pm to prevent unnecessary gathering. The order will come into effect from Thursday. As per BMC’s order the daily markets of Unit I, Unit II, Saheed Nagar, Old Town, Damana along with Ruchika market and Indradhanu market will now function for 12 hours, from 6am to 6pm, every day till March-end.


04:21 Mar 18

Odisha CM register sister's details in govt portal for persons coming from abroad

04:16 Mar 18

NCPCR seeks report on Shaheen Bagh protest

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights on Wednesday wrote to the District Magistrate of South East Delhi to submit a report regarding the assembly of people in Shaheen Bagh protest site amidst the coronavirus outbreak.


04:09 Mar 18

Roche Diagnostics India first private firm to get COVID-19 test approval

Swiss firm Roche Diagnostics India received the license for conducting coronavirus tests after approval from drug regulator DCGI, making it the first private firm to get such permission after the government decided to allow accredited private labs to test for COVID-19. 


04:07 Mar 18

Medical student, octogenarian with travel history quarantined in Vellore

Two persons, including a medical student, with symptoms of cold, fever and sore throat in Vellore city, have been admitted at the isolation ward in Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH), sources said.

The medical student, pursuing the third year at the Govt Vellore Medical College, has been staying at the college hostel, the sources stated, adding that she was admitted at the isolation ward in the GVMCH on Wednesday following cold, fever and sore throat.


04:06 Mar 18

Hundreds in Bihar perform herbal havan to 'ward off' coronavirus

Dozens of women assembled on Wednesday morning in Patna's Kankar bagh with the Hindu priests and started putting organic disinfectants in the alter of fire called "Havan". This was initiated by the women associated with the Middle Income Welfare Association in Kankarbagh.


04:03 Mar 18

Telangana reports fresh case, total number of cases in state rise to 6

03:44 Mar 18

CBSE issues guidelines for ongoing board examinations

CBSE issues guidelines for the rest of the board examinations, says each center superintendent should ensure that candidates are seated at a distance of one meter from each other and masks are provided to candidates who cough/sneeze.  

03:28 Mar 18

Vaishno Devi yatra closed in J&K

03:27 Mar 18

South African cricketers told to self-isolate on return from aborted India tour

The South African cricket team has been asked to self-quarantine for the next 14 days after returning midway from an ODI tour of India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Cricket South Africa's chief medical officer, Dr Shuaib Manjra, was quoted as saying that the players have been told to isolate themselves and will be tested for the deadly virus in case any symptoms show up.


03:25 Mar 18

Plea in Bihar court against Harsh Vardhan for failing to prevent 'black marketing' of masks, sanitizers

 A petition was filed on Wednesday before a court here accusing Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan of failing to put a check on "black marketing" of face masks and hand sanitizers, the demand for which has spiked in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Social activist Tamanna Hashmi filed the petition before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Mukesh Kumar where it has been posted for hearing on March 30.


03:20 Mar 18
03:17 Mar 18

Lack of access to clean water for India’s poor spawns virus concerns

For India’s homeless and urban poor who live in thousands of slums across major cities and towns, maintaining good hygiene can be nearly impossible.


03:12 Mar 18

When hand hygiene practice in rural Chhattisgarh caught WHO attention

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, a campaign by Mitanin (rural health workers) in the rural areas across Ambikapur district in north Chhattisgarh, where women were educated on washing hands has gained global praise. 

The World Health Organisation (WHO) director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, much impressed with the steps taken on ‘SafeHands’ by the village community promoting hygiene practice in rural Ambikapur, had tweeted about it.


03:02 Mar 18

255 Indians in Iran infected with coronavirus, confirms MEA in Lok Sabha

02:31 Mar 18

Bengaluru ISKCON temples closed

ISKCON Temples (International Society for Krishna Consciousness) at Rajajinagar and Kanakpura Road in Bengaluru are closed for public from today, till further notice.
02:30 Mar 18
02:30 Mar 18
02:29 Mar 18

Two more COVID-19 cases have been registered in Bengaluru today, taking the total infected cases to 13. 56-year-old male, resident of Bengaluru returned from USA on 6th March. Another, 25-year-old female, who has returned from Spain.

02:28 Mar 18

A person, with a travel history to Indonesia, has tested positive for coronavirus

A person, with a travel history to Indonesia, has tested positive for coronavirus. This is the fourth positive case of Coronavirus in Gautam Buddh Nagar: Chief Medical Officer, Gautam Buddh Nagar

02:27 Mar 18

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra closed from today

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra has been closed from today. Operations of all inter state buses, both incoming and outgoing from J&K, are banned from today: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu & Kashmir

02:26 Mar 18

Indian Army has postponed all Services Selection Board batches commencing from 20th March onwards till further orders in view of COVID-19 outbreak.

01:32 Mar 18

All health department employees in Kerala instructed to join back immediately

Health Minister KK Shailaja has instructed all health department employees including doctors on leave to join back immediately in the wake of COVID-19 scare. "In view of the special situation in the state, all those who do not have a clear reason should immediately return to work. The state as a whole is waging a vigorous defense against COVID 19. All health workers should work together at this time," she said.The primary health centers (PHCs) have also been instructed to operate until 6 pm. More doctors will be hired on a temporary basis.

01:07 Mar 18

Two more coronavirus cases in Ladakh, tally rises to eight

Two more people on Wednesday were tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh, taking the cases of the deadly virus in the Union Territory to eight. Both the COVID-19 positive patients are the relatives of people who were previously tested positive for the disease. (READ MORE)

01:04 Mar 18
01:03 Mar 18

No positive case in Goa, health minister retracts earlier statement

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Wednesday said a Norway national in the state has tested positive for novel coronavirus but shortly afterwards retracted the remarks. Rane said the earlier information was based on a 'hoax call' to the concerned nodal officer. (READ MORE)

01:01 Mar 18

Coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days or in air for several hours

The novel coronavirus can survive on some surfaces for days or in the air for several hours, according to a US-government funded study published Tuesday. Scientists found that the virus that causes the COVID-19 disease had similar levels of viability outside the body to its predecessor that caused SARS. (ALSO READ)

12:33 Mar 18
12:32 Mar 18
12:31 Mar 18
12:30 Mar 18

A senior advocate should only come with one advocate: Justice MR Shah

Justice MR Shah of Supreme Court to senior advocate Aryman Sundaram, 'You all come with 5-6 advocates. This is a request to the Bar also, a senior advocate should only come with one advocate. This is ultimately for our sake.'
12:29 Mar 18

Indian Army has quarantined all the soldiers: Sources

Indian Army has quarantined all the soldiers and colleagues of the Ladakh Scouts jawan who has tested positive for #COVID-19 in Ladakh. The jawan was attached to the Ladakh Scouts Regimental Centre in Leh: Army sources

12:28 Mar 18

Delhi High Court says that it will consider the petition seeking court's direction to issue a direction for practice, stipulating that video conferencing be allowed for advocates and also allow courts to function in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

12:28 Mar 18

Junior doctor in Lucknow has tested positive for coronavirus

A junior doctor in Lucknow has tested positive for coronavirus. The doctor was treating coronavirus patients. The doctor is stable and there is nothing to worry about: Incharge of the KGMU isolation ward Dr Sudhir Singh

12:26 Mar 18

WATCH | BJP has issued a circular among its state units, says JP Nadda

12:21 Mar 18

Bank staff wear masks as a precautionary measure against coronavirus in Bengaluru

12:16 Mar 18
12:15 Mar 18

Next one month the party won't participate in any agitation, demonstration: BJP president JP Nadda

PM Narendra Modi, yesterday in the Parliamentary party meeting, had desired that because of corona we should avoid any type of agitation, dharna, demonstration. Keeping that in view, BJP has decided that for next one month party won't participate in any agitation, demonstration. If it has to give any memorandum, 4-5 party office bearers will give the memorandum to the concerned officers or the political leader but avoid any type of conglomeration of people. All state units have been told about it, and a circular has been issued on this issue: BJP president JP Nadda

12:13 Mar 18

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa calls for emergency cabinet meet as cases in state rise to 11

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Wednesday called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and indicated the lockdown in the state will continue. (READ MORE)

12:11 Mar 18

Uttar Pradesh man booked for black marketing, selling sub-standard masks

The FIR was registered against Vivek Kumar on Tuesday after a district administration team found him selling sub-standard masks and also black marketing them, in Babrala locality of Gunnaur area, Superintendent of Police Yamuna Prasad said. (READ MORE)

12:10 Mar 18

Amitabh Bachchan gets 'Home Quarantined' stamp on hand, spreads awareness on COVID-19

Amid rising concern over coronavirus situation, Amitabh Bachchan took to Twitter to share a picture of his hand with a 'Home Quarantined' stamp on it. Late Tuesday night, the actor tweeted a picture of his hand with a 'Home Quarantined' stamp on it. (READ MORE)

12:06 Mar 18

Three arrested in Tamil Nadu for fake news on virus

Police on Tuesday arrested three men from Gudiyattam for spreading fake news about the novel coronavirus through WhatsApp. The Gudiyattam town police arrested M Vijayan (19) of Nellorepet, M Sugumar (19) of Gandhi nagar, T Sivakumar (22) of Sethukarai, following a complaint lodged by a doctor from the Government Hospital in Gudiyattam. (READ MORE)

12:05 Mar 18

In-house 'solution' to fight the alien

Tackling the scarcity of hand sanitisers, the Government Rajaji Hospital prepares an in-house hand sanitiser, taking help of the College of Pharmacy located at Madurai Medical College. (READ MORE)

12:03 Mar 18

Amid coronavirus outbreak, Telangana policemen reveal they have no masks, sanitisers

The Telangana police department is at the forefront of spreading awareness on COVID-19 through social media campaigns, sending out advisories on precautions and effects of spreading fake news. However, when it comes to protecting their own field staff, who are constantly interacting with the public, the police department has been lackadaisical. (READ MORE)

12:02 Mar 18

Coronavirus outbreak aside, liquor sales increase in Telangana

Even as vegetable and poultry sales are plummeting due to the COVID-19 scare, liquor sale, despite the price hike, has remained constant in Telangana during the last 16 days. There has, in fact, been a marginal increase in liquor sales. (READ MORE)

12:02 Mar 18

In home quarantine for coronavirus? You are being watched

The civic body will monitor the movements of the 1,000 people under home quarantine who had arrived in the city from China, Iran, Italy, Korea, France, Germany, Spain and other countries. This comes in the wake of reports of people escaping quarantine in Kerala, Maharashtra, Karnataka, and other states. (READ MORE)

12:00 Mar 18

Telangana records fifth coronavirus case, Centre claims six

While the Telangana state government states that it has recorded the fifth positive case of Coronavirus, the Union Ministry has claimed that there are six positive cases in Telangana, including two foreign nationals. (READ MORE)

11:44 Mar 18

Mad rush for blood tests in Koraput MCH, DHH

Coronavirus fear has fuelled a mad rush for blood tests in Koraput district. People suffering from common cold are rushing to district headquarters hospital and Saheed Laxman Nayak Medical College and Hospital and demanding blood tests. (READ MORE)

11:43 Mar 18

Odisha districts set up 24-hour control rooms in wake of coronavirus outbreak

The control room will remain operational till March 31. People suffering from fever, cough and difficulty in breathing can call the toll free number for any information on the virus. A vehicle has been provided to the control room to bring suspected cases to the hospital. Isolation wards have already been opened in the DHH. (READ MORE)

11:42 Mar 18

Odisha Police stops breath analyser test in wake of COVID-19 outbreak

In what may come as music to those driving under intoxication, Odisha Police has decided to suspend breath analyser test temporarily to check coronavirus outbreak in Odisha. (READ MORE)

11:41 Mar 18

More than one lakh tickets under East Coast Railway cancelled in six days

Praveen Kumar Singh and his family had planned a vacation to Mumbai after the examinations. A resident of the city, Singh has cancelled the group ticket after virus scare. Hundreds like Singh, who had planned their trips to Maharashtra cities like Pune, Mumbai and Nashik, and South India States where COVID-19 positive cases are on the rise, have started cancelling their tickets leading to a major drop in the number of passengers in long-distance trains. (READ MORE)

11:40 Mar 18

Aahar centre time extended to prevent congestion, minimise contact as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

As per the order issued by the Housing and Urban Development department, the Rs 5 meal at these centres will be served from 10 am to 4 pm. People have been asked to maintain 1.5 metre distance from one another while standing in the queue. (READ MORE)

11:38 Mar 18

Experts to give fight new vigour in Kerala

Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said that an expert committee would be constituted to assist the state government in preventing the spread of Covid-19. The government is in talks with doctors and scientists to join the initiative, Pinarayi told reporters after chairing a high-level meeting here on Tuesday. (READ MORE)

11:37 Mar 18

Disease mapping to stem community transmission

The all-out battle against Covid-19 will be further strengthened as the state health department will make use of the e-service ration card management system for its prevention and control activities. The details that will be made available through the system will be used by the department for preparing disease mapping. (READ MORE)

11:37 Mar 18

Now, robots to take on deadly virus

In a first in the country, two robots in Kerala will take up the fight against the deadly coronavirus epidemic. If all goes well, the machines can soon be found analysing people’s body temperatures and advising those with high temperature to consult the Health department. The robots from the Saya Bot series, developed by Kochi-based startup firm Asimov Robotics, are currently deployed at the entrance of the integrated startup complex in Kalamassery. (READ MORE)

11:36 Mar 18

Old-age homes take preventive steps to shield vulnerable inmates

75-year-old C Thaygarajan is perhaps more aware of the latest updates on Covid-19 than an average man on the street. An inmate of the government-run Care Home for the elderly at Pulayanarkotta in the capital, the septuagenarian reads newspapers and watches the news on the TV regularly to keep himself abreast of Covid-19. (READ MORE)

11:34 Mar 18

Colleges shut in states; Keralite students scramble for train tickets

Keralites studying in universities across the country are a worried lot after they have been asked to vacate the campuses in 48 hours as part of Covid-19 vigil by the central government. (READ MORE)

11:33 Mar 18

Kerala to take steps to repatriate stranded foreigners

Stung by the suffering of foreigners in the state in the backdrop of Coronavirus outbreak, Kerala has decided to take immediate steps to repatriate stranded foreign tourists. It is estimated around 5,600 foreign tourists are stuck in the state and they are facing a trust deficit with the local populace. (READ MORE)

11:24 Mar 18

Visas over, flight cancelled. Yet these Polish nationals stay afloat with local support

Parol Zbignle’s first visit to India 35 years ago had an awkward start. The Polish national almost passed out seeing the huge crowd in New Delhi who had assembled to witness the Republic Day parade. A resident of Lublin, which is a part of Eastern Poland, Parol had never witnessed such a big crowd and that shock lingered for sometime till he found refuge on the silent beaches of Kovalam, away from the hurry burry of Thiruvananthapuram. (ALSO READ)

11:21 Mar 18

Shortage of sensors, Chief Justice Abhay draws state’s attention

On a day that screening facilities were set up at major government offices and courts, Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka asked the Advocate-General to draw the attention of the state government to the shortage of thermal sensors, surgical gloves, sanitizers and face masks in the market. (ALSO READ)

11:20 Mar 18

Guntur getting ready to tackle coronavirus

As many as 386 people reportedly came to Guntur from foreign countries on or before February 10, according to officials. Further, grama/ward volunteers were engaged in locating more persons who came to their native in the district from abroad. (READ MORE)

11:19 Mar 18

Corona fear sends Andhra Police into tizzy, relief after cop’s son tests negative

Panic gripped the Kurnool district police department as the constable, whose son is a research scholar in Germany, and had been put under observation at the Government General Hospital (GGH) with coronavirus symptoms, visited the district police headquarters. (ALSO READ)

11:17 Mar 18

Andhra Pradesh government steps up efforts to ward off coronavirus threat

In the wake of COVID-19 threat, the State government has initiated several measures to prevent the spread of the pandemic. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy is monitoring the situation, and based on his directions, the Chief Secretary has been holding meetings with heads of various departments. (ALSO READ)

11:15 Mar 18

Cipla, CSIR, IICT to develop up a drug to fight the coronavirus?

IICT has taken up the task to develop active pharma ingredients (APIs) for the drug. When they are developed, it would be handed-over to Cipla, who would then manufacture the drugs. (ALSO READ)

11:13 Mar 18


11:11 Mar 18

States raise COVID concerns with MHA

States bordering Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh and Myanmar on Tuesday raised various issues with the Union Home Ministry concerning the coronavirus outbreak, including shortage of screening apparatus and lack of medical professionals to assist them. (READ MORE)

11:06 Mar 18

IIT Bombay shuts down campus, closes all activities till March 31

In view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, IIT Bombay has announced a virtual shutdown of its campus at Powai here till March 31. In the Tuesday night decision, the IIT-B decided to ask students to vacate hostels by March 20 evening. (READ MORE)

11:05 Mar 18

Rajasthan bans gathering of over 50 people in public places till March 31

The Rajasthan government on Tuesday banned all gatherings at public places exceeding 50 people till March 31 to fight the coronavirus outbreak, said an official statement. (READ MORE)

10:46 Mar 18

Senior citizens are advised to avoid visit: Srikalahasti temple authorities

Srikalahasti temple authorities in Chittoor have appealed to devotees to restrict their tours in view of coronavirus. Children below 12 years and senior citizens are advised to avoid visit. All paid services are cancelled. 'Laghu darsanam'(brief darsan) is allowed.

10:45 Mar 18

Sanitization measures at Ludhiana Railway Station

10:44 Mar 18
10:40 Mar 18

MoS Finance Anurag Thakur, on if Ministry is keeping watch on coronavirus' impact on Indian economy

  • As is true for the world at large, India's near-term macroeconomic outlook also vulnerable to disruption of trade with China and 2nd-round effects arising from an expected slowdown in global growth
  • However, the latest available data on trade&indicators of domestic output don't suggest any adverse impact on the economy. Additionally, a positive impact on India's economy may arise from a decline in global oil prices triggered by the outbreak of COVID-19

  • In order to address the possibility of trade-induced adverse impact on economy, the government's constantly engaging with Expert Promotion Councils&trade bodies, particularly in pharmaceutical, electronics and automobile sectors where supply chains are sourcing imports from China

  • These agencies put in touch with Indian Missions abroad to secure and transport inventories available with existing suppliers. Indian Missions abroad have been asked to explore alternate sources of supply of raw material for supporting India's domestic production

  • With regards to domestic availability of fertilisers, the impact of COVID19 seems to be negligible at juncture&situation of forthcoming fertiliser imports at various ports being observed closely

10:32 Mar 18
10:14 Mar 18

One more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Pune: Naval Kishore Ram

One more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Pune. The person has travel history to France and Netherlands. Total number of positive cases reaches 18 in Pune and 42 in Maharashtra: Naval Kishore Ram, District Magistrate of Pune, Maharashtra

10:12 Mar 18

In touch with shipping company and US authorities: TS Sandhu

In touch with shipping company & US authorities regarding welfare of Indian crew on Grand Princess, they're required to undergo mandatory quarantine. We're extending necessary assistance&will facilitate their return on completion of quarantine: TS Sandhu, India's Ambassador to US

10:11 Mar 18
10:11 Mar 18

Police requested us to halt operations: President of Pune Restaurants & Hoteliers Association

Hotels in Pune to remain closed till 20 March. G Shetty, President of Pune Restaurants & Hoteliers Association says, "Police requested us to halt operations, it's also our moral duty. There are 850 hotels in the city, in which around 25,000 people work".

10:08 Mar 18

66 premises sealed for violating state government order: Mayor of Greater Hyderabad

66 premises, including coaching centers, schools, gyms, & bars sealed for violating state government order of closure till 31st March. Bonthu Rammohan, Mayor of Greater Hyderabad says, "18 special teams have been constituted for daily inspections".

10:07 Mar 18
10:06 Mar 18

Section 144 CrPC imposed in many parts of Odisha

Odisha: Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure imposed in Gajapati, Jagatsinghpur, Kandhamal, Bhadrak, and Mayurbhanj districts in view of COVID-19.

09:42 Mar 18

Army postpones all training courses starting from March 23 as jawan tests positive for COVID-19 in Ladakh

As a precautionary measure to curb the spread of coronavirus, the Army has postponed all training courses for its personnel which were scheduled to begin from March 23 onwards, officials said on Tuesday.

05:22 Mar 18

US coronavirus death toll approaches 100: Johns Hopkins Center

Almost 100 people have so far died from the coronavirus in the United States, Johns Hopkins University's real-time tracking map revealed.

The US death toll has reached 97 and there are a total of 5,894 cases recorded, according to the updated data on Tuesday.

05:17 Mar 18

Volkswagen brand to suspend production in Europe from Thursday

Automobile major Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand will gradually suspend production at its European plants from Thursday for two weeks due to the outbreak of coronavirus.

According to the auto major, the move will impact plants operated by Volkswagen Passenger Cars brand for two weeks.

05:16 Mar 18

Iran produces drug to heal lung lesion of COVID-19 patients

Iranian researchers have discovered a drug combination to heal the lesions in the lungs of COVID-19 patients, IRNA news agency quoted an Iranian health official as saying.

Mostafa Qanei, head of the scientific committee to combat COVID-19, said the "complex" is the combination of three medicines which could reduce the period of hospitalisation of the patients, Xinhua reported.

01:13 Mar 18

Govt approves AirAsia flights for Delhi, Vizag to help Indians stranded at Kuala Lumpur airport

"Appreciate the difficult situation of Indian students and other passengers waiting in transit at Kuala Lumpur airport. We have now approved Air Asia flights for you to Delhi and Vizag," Jaishankar tweeted. "These are tough times and you should understand the precautions. Please contact the airline," he said.

12:52 Mar 18

40 European students quarantined in Himachal

A group of 40 European students have been quarantined on the campus of the International Sahaja Public School in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, officials said on Tuesday.

12:43 Mar 18
12:36 Mar 18

First Indian Army jawan tests positive for Covid-19 in Ladakh

An Indian Army jawan from Ladakh, whose father had travelled to Iran for pilgrimage, has become the first positive case of Covid-19 in the 1.3 million-strong force. Senior Army sources confirmed that the Indian Army Lance Naik from Ladakh Scouts tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday. (ALSO READ)

12:30 Mar 18

24 under hospital isolation in TN

12:04 Mar 18

Maintain 1 metre distance in queue: Kerala's liquor distribution outlet Bevco issues guidelines

11:06 Mar 17

All tourist spots in Meghalaya, including parks and recreational areas, to remain closed till March 31.

10:42 Mar 17

Kashmir bans entry of all foreign tourists

10:19 Mar 17

West Bengal confirms its first positive coronavirus case


09:24 Mar 17

90 Dubai-Mangaluru flyers home-quarantined after co-passenger tests positive

The authorities and people of Mangaluru were left anxious after the news spread that the person who had travelled from Mangaluru Airport to Kasargod had tested positive. Soon, the Dakshina Kannada district authorities got in touch with their counterparts in Kasargod to find out his route map and people the patient had come across in the airport and other places before he reached Kasargod. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

09:19 Mar 17

CrPC Section 144 imposed in Dakshina Kannada district

Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sindhu B Rupesh has clamped CrPC Section 144(3) in the whole of the district to restrict the gathering of people at worship places.

09:01 Mar 17

More trains cancelled

09:00 Mar 17

Centre deputes Joint Secretary-rank officers to assist state government in COVID-19 management

08:57 Mar 17

10 trains cancelled due to low occupancy

08:00 Mar 17

Total coronavirus patients in Maharashtra: 41

Pimpri Chinchwad- 10
Pune- 7
Mumbai- 7
Nagpur- 4
Yawatmal- 3
Navi Mumbai- 3
Kalyan- 3
Raigad- 1
Thane- 1
Ahmednagar- 1
Aurangabad- 1 


07:58 Mar 17

MEA says cannot confirm if 250 Indians tested positive for COVID-19 in Iran

 MEA says news of 250 Indians testing positive in Iran is unconfirmed.

"The Indians who are in Iran are being very well looked after by our mission. The ambassador is giving a lot of attention to them. Every care is being taken, in coordination and there is cooperation from the government of Iran. But I cannot at the moment confirm that over 250 Indians in Iran have tested positive for coronavirus," MEA Additional Secretary Dammu Ravi said.
07:58 Mar 17

Uncertainty looms over elections to Bodo council

There is an uncertainty on the April 4 elections to autonomous Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in view of the outbreak of coronavirus.

As of now, there is no official word on whether the polls will be postponed. The state’s election commission said if any decision were to be taken on the deferment of the polls, it would be taken by the authority of the Sixth Schedule of the Constitution.


07:53 Mar 17

No impact on Indian economy due to COVID-19, says Mos Finance Anurag Thakur

While the world economy has taken some beating after the outbreak of coronavirus or COVID-19, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Singh Thakur on Tuesday pointed out that the latest data "do not suggest any adverse impact on the economy" after the outbreak of COVID-19.


07:32 Mar 17

One more tested positive in Karnataka, total cases in state rise to 11

07:30 Mar 17

DGCA asks airlines to disinfect planes every 24 hrs, place hand sanitizers in lavatories

Aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday asked airlines to disinfect and deep-clean each plane at least once in 24 hours and place hand sanitizers in lavatories and galleys of each aircraft in view of coronavirus pandemic, reported PTI.

Moreover, the regulator said in its circular that all planes should have one or more universal precaution kit.

"Such kit should be used to protect crew members who are assisting potentially infectious cases of suspected Covid-19 and in cleaning up and correctly discarding any potentially infectious contents," the DGCA added. 

07:21 Mar 17

Yogi govt to transfer fixed amount to labourers' accounts to sustain during COVID-19

 Amidst the rising case of coronavirus infection in Uttar Pradesh, the state government on Tuesday has decided to transfer a fixed amount directly into the account of daily wagers through RTGS to help the proletarian sustain during the tough times.

The decision to this effect was taken at the cabinet meeting presided by CM Yogi Adtiyanath as the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has now risen to 14. 


07:11 Mar 17

To regulate crowds, railway zones hike price of platform tickets from Rs 10 to Rs 50

In a bid to discourage gathering of large crowds in view of the coronavirus, six divisions of the Western railway zone -- Mumbai, Vadodra, Ahmedabad, Ratlam, Rajkot, Bhavnagar -- that covers around 250 railway stations have hiked the platform ticket charges from Rs 10 to Rs 50.


07:05 Mar 17

GoAir suspends international services, offers leave without pay for employees

Budget carrier GoAir on Tuesday announced suspending international operations and offering leave without pay programme for its staff on a rotational basis, amid a sharp decline in air travel due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a statement, the airline said the sharp decline in air travel that it was experiencing was "unprecedented".


07:03 Mar 17

23 long-distance trains including Rajdhani, Duronto cancelled

In a significant decision to help contain the spread of coronavirus, the Central Railway on Tuesday announced cancellations of 23 long-distance trains including the Mumbai-Delhi Rajdhani Express and most trains on the Pune sector, for varying periods, an official said.


07:02 Mar 17

WATCH | Why is Bollywood so oblivious to coronavirus outbreak?

06:56 Mar 17

Russian Deputy PM's visit to India in March cancelled due to coronavirus outbreak

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev's visit to India scheduled for later this month has been cancelled in view of the coronavirus outbreak, Russian diplomatic sources said.

The Russian deputy prime minister was expected to visit New Delhi with a large delegation around the end of this month to take forward discussions on India's participation in developing the resource-rich Far East and Arctic regions.


06:54 Mar 17

Private NABL-accredited labs will soon be operationalised for coronavirus tests: ICMR

There are 72 functional Indian Council of Medical Research laboratories conducting tests for coronavirus and private NABL-accredited labs will soon be operationalised across the country, ICMR Director General Balram Bhargava on Tuesday said.

He also appealed to all private laboratories to offer COVID-19 diagnosis free of cost.


06:44 Mar 17

KVs in Delhi to announce annual exam results through email, WhatsApp

Kendriya Vidyalayas in the national capital will be announcing annual examination results through email and WhatsApp this year in view of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said on Tuesday.


05:49 Mar 17

Elective surgeries postponed to tackle COVID spread

 The Telangana government has directed to postpone all elective surgeries from March 18 till March 25, in teaching and speciality hospitals under the control of the Director of Medical Education, to prevent spread of Coronavirus through medical and health workers who are at high-risk of contracting the virus.

The GO stated, "In view of the preparedness for COVID-19, the following decision was taken in the review meeting chaired by Chief Secretary and Special Chief Secretary, Health, Medical & Family Welfare, Govermment of Telangana on 16-03-2020."

However, all regular Out Patients Services, Emergency Surgeries and Emergency Services will continue as usual, as reported by TNIE correspondent in Hyderabad. 

05:43 Mar 17

Total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 40 in Maharashtra.

Deepak Mhaisekar, Divisional Commissioner of Pune informs ANI that one person has been tested positive for COVID-19 in Pimpri-Chinchwad today; he has travel history to USA. With this, total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 40 in Maharashtra.  

05:42 Mar 17
05:29 Mar 17

British doctor beats coronavirus with paracetamol, chicken soup, lemonade

 A veteran British general practitioner, who had tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said that she beat the deadly disease by "dosing" herself with paracetamol, chicken soup and lemonade, the media reported on Tuesday.

Clare Gerada, 60, former head of the London-based Royal College of General Practitioners, was bedridden for days after returning from a New York conference with the virus, reports The Sun newspaper.


05:27 Mar 17

COVID-19 international updates

04:40 Mar 17
04:37 Mar 17

Iskon Radha Krishna Temple to remain shut

04:35 Mar 17

Cricket Association of Bengal office to remain closed till 21st March

The office of the Cricket Association of Bengal will remain closed from 17th March to 21st March as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus. Managers/functional heads can take a decision to get employees to report to office as per work exigency/priorities. 

04:34 Mar 17
04:30 Mar 17

WATCH | 43 doctors of Kerala hospital quarantined

04:27 Mar 17

Dalai Lama Temple in Dharamshala closed for public due to coronavirus

The main Tibetan temple in Dharamshala (Dalai Lama temple) has been closed for public in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Tsuglhakhang temple, which is situated in Dharamshala's Mecleodganj area, is popular among tourists and Buddhists across the world. 

04:27 Mar 17

Medical council notice to Mumbai doc who claimed coronavirus won't survive in Indian summer

Cracking the whip on misinformation being spread about novel coronavirus infection, the Maharashtra Medical Council (MMC) has issued a notice to a Mumbai-based doctor who had termed the virus as a "Chinese fad" which will not survive in the Indian summer. The MMC has sought an explanation from Dr Anil Patil from Dadar in central Mumbai whether he has any study to substantiate his claims.


04:22 Mar 17

Health Ministry recommends anti-HIV drug combination on case-to-case basis

The Union Health Ministry has recommended the use of anti-HIV drug combinations Lopinavir and Ritonavir on a case-to-case basis depending upon the severity of the condition of a patient having coronavirus infection.


04:21 Mar 17

Qutub Minar, Red Fort other ASI monuments shut till March 31

With the number of positive COVID-19 cases climbing in India, public monuments including Qutub Minar and Red Fort in the national capital are being shut till the end of this month as a precautionary measure.


04:19 Mar 17

Pune restaurants and bars to remain shut till March 20

 Pune Restaurant and Hoteliers Association has decided that all restaurants and bars will be voluntarily closed for next three days till 20 March to avoid spread of Coronavirus.

04:00 Mar 17

Bengal man arrested for selling cow urine, dung as COVID-19 drug

A milk trader was arrested on Tuesday for selling cow dung and urine in a makeshift roadside shop in Hooghly district's Dankuni, about 20 km from the West Bengal capital. Mabud Ali was arrested by the Hooghly district police for "cheating and hurting religious sentiments".


03:48 Mar 17

Pondicherry reports its first COVID-19 positive case


03:38 Mar 17

Here's why Amazon will hire 1 lakh people across US amidst coronavirus outbreak

 Amazon said Monday that it needs to hire 1,00,000 people across the US to keep up with surging orders as the coronavirus spreads and keeps more people at home, shopping online. The online retailer said it will also temporarily raise pay by $2 an hour through the end of April for hourly employees.


03:34 Mar 17

Anganwadi workers in Tamil Nadu reach out to children directly

03:32 Mar 17

Coronavirus India updates

  • Staff and visitors at the Ministry of Home Affairs are being given hand sanitisers to clean their hands before entering the Ministry, as a precautionary measure.
  • The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has issued a circular restricting functioning in both of its Jammu and Srinagar wings to urgent matters only, till March 31.
  • UP CM has directed educational institutions, including schools, to remain closed till Apr 2, says Minister Shrikant Sharma
  • CIC issues order

    restricting hearings to urgent matters only through audio and video conference till March 31. Personal appearance of parties or their representatives dispensed.  
03:29 Mar 17

KSRTC sanitises govt buses

Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation's premium buses being sanitised, by the state govt, after their arrival to the bus depot and before their departure for the next journey, as a precautionary measure against coronavirus outbreak. 

03:23 Mar 17

Coronavirus precautions stepped up in Kalaburagi

Kalaburagi City Corporation in Karnataka has ordered that street vendors, film theaters, bakeries and restaurants in the district to remain closed for next one week as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.

It must be recalled that India's first coronavirus death was recorded in Kalaburagi on March 10, 2020.

03:15 Mar 17

Ford asks 10,000 employees in India to work from home

US auto major Ford has asked 10,000 employees in India, except those in business-critical roles, to work from home, a step which has also been taken up by Swedish luxury carmaker Volvo. A Ford India spokesperson said, in recent days, the company has concluded that the issue of coronavirus has taken on a different dimension.


03:12 Mar 17

Virus impacts Seetha Rama Kalyanam at Bhadrachalam Temple

The grand Sri Seetha Rama Kalyanam, the celestial wedding of Lord Rama and Sita, will be performed sans the devotees on April 2 at Bhadrachalam temple in Telangana, announced transport Minister Puvvada Ajay Kumar in Khammam on Tuesday.

The Minister said that all precautionary measures to combat Coronavirus were in place at Bhadrachalam temple, further adding that the celestial wedding would be conducted in the temple premises this year.

Despite there being a discussion on how to conduct the celestial wedding at the recent State Cabinet meeting discussed, no decision was arrived at The annual Ugadi festival, reading the almanac, at Pragathi Bhavan, the official residence of the Chief Minister, will also be scaled down and held on March 25. 

02:54 Mar 17

Maharashtra government mulling suspension of public transport services

Maharashtra government may suspend public transport services like local train, metro and buses to prevent the virus from spreading, hinted health minister Rajesh Tope after Tuesday's cabinet meeting. 

02:51 Mar 17

Kasargod coronavirus patient route map


02:44 Mar 17

Uttarakhand declares coronavirus as an epidemic

Uttarakhand govt has declared Coronavirus as an epidemic. Medical stores advised not to sell medicines to person suffering from cold and cough without medical prescription. Masks and hand sanitizers should be sold at MRP only. 

02:43 Mar 17

Compulsory quarantine extended to pax arriving from UAE, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait

Expanding compulsory quarantine for a minimum period of 14 days for passengers coming from/transiting through UAE, Qatar, Oman & Kuwait. This will come into effect from 1200 GMT on 18th March at the port of first departure. This will be in force till 31st March: Health Ministry 

02:42 Mar 17

Uttarakhand admin shuts zoos and sanctuaries

Tiger reserves, sanctuaries, national parks and zoos in Uttarakhand to remain closed till 31st March 2020, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. 

02:37 Mar 17

More temples in Maharashtra close down

While Shani Shingnapur temple of Ahmednagar district closed till further notice, devotees gathered in huge numbers at Shirdi Saibaba Temple to participate in the last 'aarti' as the temple will shut from 3pm today, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.  

02:35 Mar 17

Karnataka health minister visits Mangaluru hospital

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu visited the Wenlock District Hospital in Mangaluru to check the preparedness for coronavirus.  

02:33 Mar 17

Indian Army organises awareness camps on coronavirus in J&K

02:31 Mar 17

Delhi police gears up to tackle coronavirus

Staff and visitors at DCP Central Office, Central District are being given masks and hand sanitisers. Their temperature is being checked with the help of thermometer gun as a precautionary measure against Coronavirus. Speaking to ANI, DCP Central Sanjay Bhatia said, "Temperature of all staff and visitors is being checked with temperature gun, they are also being given hand sanitiser and masks. All field officers, beat staff, patrolling staff are being asked to use mask, and they indeed are using them." 

02:30 Mar 17

Rajghat closed down in Delhi

In Delhi, Rajghat has been closed till 31st March due to Coronavirus. Total 8 positive cases have been reported in the capital.  

01:48 Mar 17

DMK president MK Stalin disinfecting his hands while entering assembly session on Tuesday, following Noval Corona Virus threat, in Chennai. (Photo | P Jawahar, EPS)


01:45 Mar 17

WATCH | Chennai's iconic Sathyam Cinemas shuts down

01:35 Mar 17

Red Fort closed temporarily

Red Fort has been temporarily closed due to coronavirus. Total 8 positive cases have been reported in the capital.

01:33 Mar 17

WATCH | Blood samples are being tested at viral research and diagnostic lab in Tirunelveli

01:32 Mar 17
01:30 Mar 17

Statistics of foreigners arriving in India are not maintained community-wise

Statistics of foreigners arriving in India are not maintained community-wise. However 25,782 persons belonging to minority communities in Bangladesh, Afghanistan & Pakistan granted Long Term Visa from 1 Jan 2015 to Dec 2019: MoS Home Nityanand Rai in Parliament

01:29 Mar 17

63-year-old patient had hid some details from us: Maharashtra Health Minister

Minister of Public Health & Family Welfare, Maharashtra on the death of 63-year-old male patient in Mumbai today: He was admitted at Kasturba Hospital on 5th March & he had hid some details from us, including that he had come from Dubai. But we grew suspicious on 13th March. We sent his samples for test which turned out to be positive. He died at 7 AM today.

01:27 Mar 17

Volvo Car India asks all employees to work from home

Volvo Car India on Tuesday announced work from home as a safety measure for its employees with immediate effect, considering the number of Coronavirus cases have risen to over 100 in the past few days across the country. (READ MORE)

01:24 Mar 17

People from the corporate sector have ensured all cooperation: Rajesh Tope

People from the corporate sector had come to this important meeting and they have ensured all cooperation. They are ready for our decision of 'Work from home': Rajesh Tope, Minister of Public Health and Family Welfare Maharashtra

01:22 Mar 17

Death of 63-year-old male patient admitted at Kasturba Hospital is confirmed. He had high blood pressure, pneumonia & inflammation of heart muscles and increased heart rate leading to death. He tested positive for COVID19: Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai

01:20 Mar 17

FORDA writes to the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) writes to the Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan to provide health insurance cover for doctors and for adequate provisions of masks and other personal protective equipment in the view of COVID-19 pandemic.

01:19 Mar 17

Qutub Minar has been closed till 31st March

01:17 Mar 17

We're trying best to deliver the best possible treatment: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

We've heard about some research being done on Chloroquine in US right now. Approvals are given after detailed scientific scrutiny, not by Ministry but by scientists working at ICMR. We're trying best to deliver the best possible treatment to the patients: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

01:15 Mar 17

Three in Kasaragod shifted to isolation wards

Three persons in Kasaragod who travelled with COVID-infected person shifted to isolation wards; father quarantined at home.

01:14 Mar 17

I thank all the doctors and paramedics of the country, on behalf of all of you: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan

The doctors, paramedical staff, pilots, airlines' staff and especially those Indians who braved this critical situation & brought back Indians from other parts of the world, despite social distancing being the best way to safeguard oneself, doctors across the country have been working honestly while taking all risks - I think there are not enough words to appreciate them. I thank all the doctors and paramedics of the country, on behalf of all of you: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan, in Rajya Sabha

01:13 Mar 17

Three positive cases in Ladakh

Three more people test positive for COVID-19 in Union Territory of Ladakh. 2 cases from Leh, 1 from Kargil district; Total positive cases in Ladakh is now 6: Ladakh Commissioner Secretary Rigzin Sampheal

12:46 Mar 17

All shops in Pune have been shut down

12:44 Mar 17

India should be preparing itself not just for coronavirus but for economic devastation: Rahul Gandhi

12:42 Mar 17

SAI decided that academic training in National Centre of Excellence shall be suspended till further order

Due to Covid-19, Sports Authority of India has decided that academic training in National Centre of Excellence & STCs shall be suspended till further order: Office of MoS Youth Affairs & Sports, Kiren Rijiju

12:39 Mar 17

Initial talks are on for involving private labs to conduct COVID-19 tests : Indian Council of Medical Research officials

12:39 Mar 17

Maharashtra Health Minister holds urgent meeting

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope holds an urgent meeting on coronavirus. He is meeting leaders from the corporate and health sector.

12:38 Mar 17

V Muraleedharan in self quarantine

Union Minister V Muraleedharan is in self quarantine after he attended a meeting in a medical institute in Trivandrum on March 14. A doctor there who returned from Spain, tested positive for COVID 19 on March 15.

12:38 Mar 17

CJI Bobde took a stock of the situation inside the premise, in view of coronavirus

CJI SA Bobde and three other judges visited the Supreme Court corridors and inspected the area and take a stock of the situation inside the premise, in view of coronavirus. He also interacted with the Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Mukul Rohatgi.

12:36 Mar 17
12:35 Mar 17

PM Modi asks MPs to visit their constituencies to make people aware about coronavirus

PM Narendra Modi in BJP Parliamentary party meeting today said that the Parliament will run till 3rd April. He asked the MPs to visit their constituencies to make people aware about Coronavirus.

12:35 Mar 17

Mumbai Police conducted a raid on a shop last night

Officials of the Food and Drug Administration along with Mumbai police conducted a raid on a shop last night and arrested one person for advertising one of its products as an effective measure to cure coronavirus.

12:34 Mar 17

For the next two weeks no visitor allowed to meet prisoners across Tamil Nadu

As a precautionary measure against the spread of Coronavirus, for the next two weeks no visitor or family members will be allowed to meet prisoners in the prisons across Tamil Nadu. Monitoring rooms have been set up inside the prisons to screen all new prisoners to the jail.

12:33 Mar 17
12:17 Mar 17

India prohibits travel of passengers

Government of India prohibits travel of passengers from Afghanistan, Philippines, Malaysia to India till 31st March, with immediate effect.

12:16 Mar 17

Two persons test positive in UP

Two persons test positive for Coronavirus; one in Sector 78 and another in Sector 100 with travel history to France. Both are admitted in designated isolation hospital: Gautam Budh Nagar CMO Anurag Bhargav

12:13 Mar 17

Kalaburagi doctor who treated Coronavirus-infected man tests positive

A doctor who had treated a Coronovirus-infected man who died in Kalaburagi last week has tested positive for COVID-19, officials said here on Tuesday. The 63-year-old doctor has been placed under quarantine at his home along with his family members and is being shifted to an isolation ward, Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner Sharat B said. (READ MORE)

11:10 Mar 17

India reports third coronavirus death as as 63-year-old Mumbai man dies at Kasturba Hospital

A 63-year-old man, who was tested positive for coronavirus, died in Mumbai's Kasthurbha Gandhi hospital on Tuesday morning taking the number of deaths due to COVID-19 in India to three. This was the first coronavirus death reported in Maharashtra. (READ MORE)

10:55 Mar 17

Maharashtra to stamp people in home quarantine

In an unprecedented move, the Maharashtra government on Monday decided to 'stamp' all those people who have been sent to 100 per cent 'home quarantine' in view of the coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, the left hand of all persons shunted to 100 per cent home quarantine will be stamped to identify them easily if they mingle with the general public. (READ MORE)

10:32 Mar 17

Wedding venue in Odisha's Sambalpur has dedicated COVID-19 kiosk

In the midst of corona chaos, a family in Sambalpur set up an exclusive kiosk at a wedding reception to sensitise guests about precautionary measures for coronavirus on Sunday. After the state government issued advisory to prevent possible outbreak of the disease on Friday, the Sambalpur administration geared up to take measures to sensitise people. (READ MORE)

10:31 Mar 17

Odisha's Jagannath temple goes on control mode to brace for coronavirus

The preventive measures to check the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID19) were enforced in Sri Jagannath Temple here on Monday. As decided in the Chhatisha Nijog meeting of the temple held on Sunday, Pujapanda servitors wore masks and performed rituals of Lord Jagannath and his siblings Balabhadra and Subhadra. (ALSO READ)

10:29 Mar 17

Odisha makes it mandatory for foreign travellers arriving in state to register themselves

With the first case of confirmed coronavirus case detected in Odisha, the Government on Monday made it mandatory for those coming to the State from abroad to register themselves. While an incentive of Rs 15,000 will be given for registration and home isolation, those not complying with the directive will be punished under the provisions of IPC and CrPC, according to a release from the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO). Registrations can be done by the passenger, relatives or friends. (READ MORE)

10:27 Mar 17
09:49 Mar 17

Equity market in red, Sensex falls 400 points

The key Indian equity indices traded in the red on Tuesday morning, with the BSE Sensex losing over 400 points to trade below the 31,000 mark.The Nifty50 on the National Exchange was trading below 9,100. At 9.26 a.m., the Sensex was trading at 30,907.12, lower by 482.95, or 1.54 per cent from the previous close of 31,390.07 points.It had opened at 31,611.57 and has so far touched an intra-day high of 31,831.63 and a low of 30,745.19.

09:27 Mar 17

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued guidelines on use of masks by public


09:25 Mar 17
09:23 Mar 17

2.46 lakh travelers screened at Mumbai Airport as of 16th March: BMC health department

2.46 lakh travelers have been screened at the Mumbai Airport as of 16th March. 14 people have been tested positive, out of which 6 are from Mumbai & 8 from outside: Daksha Shah, Deputy Director of BMC's health department

09:22 Mar 17

All non-essential service providing offices to function at only 50% staff capacity: BMC

All non-essential service providing offices to function at only 50% staff capacity. Failure to obey the order shall be penalized under section 188 of the Indian Penal Code: Praveen Pardeshi, BMC Commissioner

09:21 Mar 17

Quarantine facilities have been set up in Hyderabad, Kolkata, Chennai and other cities

Quarantine facilities have been set up in Jaisalmer, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Gorakhpur, Chennai, Surat, Jhansi, Jodhpur and other places with the help of Navy & Air Force: Director General Medical Services (Army) Lieutenant General RS Grewal

09:20 Mar 17
09:18 Mar 17

All arrivals from COVID-hit nations to face quarantine in Telangana

In an attempt to prevent local transmission of Coronavirus in the State, the Telangana State Health department has decided to quarantine all passengers including Indians arriving at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, from China, Iran, Italy, Republic of Korea, France, Germany and Spain either through direct flights or via hubs like Dubai, Abu Dhabi, or having a travel history to these seven countries, after March 15. (READ MORE)

09:17 Mar 17

Education department sends notice to 12 Hyderabad schools for remaining open

The Education Department served notices to 12 schools in the city for remaining open despite government orders to all educational institutions in the state to remain shut as part of preventive measures to contain spread of COVID-19. (READ MORE)

09:15 Mar 17

Residents lock up couple in apartment due to virus scare

In an incident that exposed the kind of panic people are going through in the present situation, an aged couple was locked up inside their apartment at Mundupalam in Thrissur on Monday as the residents there were afraid of the spread of coronavirus. (READ MORE)

09:14 Mar 17

Denied hotel room in Wagamon, Italian spends night at Wagamon cemetery

With the district on high alert after the first positive case of coronavirus was confirmed in a UK tourist who stayed at a Munnar resort, an Italian national who arrived at Wagamon on Saturday was forced to sleep in the cemetery of a church located on the Wagamon-Pullikkanam route as he failed to get a room in any of the resorts or hotels. (READ MORE)

09:12 Mar 17

Foreigners face ostracism in Kerala

Two tourists, Selin from France and Moura from Italy, literally broke down as they met the police in Payyannur on Sunday. The young foreigners who arrived in Kerala to enjoy the lush greenery and fiery ritualistic dances of  God’s Own Country were shocked by the attitude of the people who shooed them away shouting ‘keep away corona.’

09:06 Mar 17

Plan C: Isolation in vacant and unused facilities

Keeping in mind the huge number of Keralites based abroad, the state is chalking out an extensive Plan C which will see, in addition to the existing facilities, vacant buildings and unused facilities in all districts being converted into mass isolation wards to tackle the COVID-19 menace. (READ MORE)

09:05 Mar 17

Healthcare community under infection scare

The medical community in the state has come under the shadow of coronavirus infection. For the first time since COVID-19 threat, some medical personnel at Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Government Medical College Hospitals in Thiruvananthapuram and Ernakulam have been sent to isolation wards, triggering concern among health workers. (READ MORE)

09:04 Mar 17

Warriors in white combat to keep coronavirus at bay

Life has not been the same for Dr Roy Kurian (name changed) since COVID-19 struck Kerala. While the rest of the world beat a hasty retreat to the safety of their homes, this 40-year-old medic and others of his ilk have kitted up to bravely combat the virus. Having been chosen for the onerous task of treating patients who have tested positive for the virus, Dr Kurian exudes quiet pride and complete confidence as he goes about his daily work. (READ MORE)

09:03 Mar 17

65 lakh vulnerable in Kerala, says IMA

Assuming that around 65 lakh people in Kerala can contract coronavirus given the pandemic nature of the virus, the Indian Medical Association (IMA), Cochin Branch, has warned that Kerala would need at least 2.35 lakh ICU beds to fight the fast-spreading virus. In a letter sent to Chief Justice of Kerala High Court, IMA has requested his immediate intervention to stop public gatherings and enforce social distancing to prevent the virus outbreak. (READ MORE)

08:47 Mar 17

More testing facilities to come up in Tamil Nadu

Chennai will have its second Coronavirus testing facility at Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. Speaking to mediapersons on Monday after a review meeting, Health Minister C Vijayabaskar said the new facility will become operational in a couple of days. He added that two more testing centres — at Tiruvarur and Tirunelveli medical colleges — have become operational. (READ MORE)

08:46 Mar 17

Plightful wait of 783 stranded fishers in Iran continues

Ignored, helpless and starving, the 783 Indian fishermen, including 450 from Tamil Nadu, are sharing limited supplies in the hopes that they will be rescued from Iran soon. With the Indian embassy allegedly turning a blind eye, the fishermen can only request to be rescued from Kish and Chiruyeh Islands. Joseph Johnson, a fisherman who hails from Kanniyakumari district told Express from Chiruyeh Island that the Indian embassy in Tehran had directed the fishermen to contact Consulate of India in Bandar Abbas. (READ MORE)

08:46 Mar 17

Tale of dues and cancelled orders for textile units

The impact novel Coronavirus has had on the textile sector has been devastating, say industrialists. Explaining the impact of COVID-19, Tiruppur Exporters’ Association (TEA) President Raja M Shanmugham on Monday said that garment exporters are yet to receive Rs 1,200 crore from European countries due to the spread of the virus. (READ MORE)

08:45 Mar 17

Here are the lists of places closed in Tamil Nadu until March 31 and further advisories

  • Tourist resorts must be closed and no advance bookings must be made before March 31.
  • All Anganwadi centres will be closed

  • Theatres, malls, clubs, TASMAC bars, amusement parks, swimming pools, museums, zoos, and gymnasiums among other places will be closed.

  • People must refrain from large gatherings in places of religious worship, markets, wedding halls, social gatherings, cultural events and beaches.

  • All railway passengers must be strictly thermal screened during arrival to the State

  • Passengers crossing Toll Plazas must strictly be thermal screened

  • Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly will be closed for visitors

  • Coordinators must ensure delivery of dry ration worth 15 days of meal to all houses

  • Parents must ensure their children don’t venture out during holidays

  • People showing symptoms of cough, cold and sneezing must get immediate health check up

  • For any emergency, contact 24/7 helpline at 104, 044-29510400, 044-29510500, 9444340496 and 8754448477.

08:35 Mar 17

Karnataka Coronavirus Update


08:31 Mar 17

Monuments, museums including Taj Mahal closed for visitors over coronavirus fears

The iconic Taj Mahal will be closed for visitors from Tuesday as part of measures to try and combat the coronavirus pandemic, the tourism ministry said on Monday. Most schools and entertainment facilities, including cinemas, have already been closed across the country. (READ MORE)

08:30 Mar 17

Can cash spread coronavirus? Go digital, say experts

Forget avarice, your hard-earned money is sufficient to make you ill. If that is not enough, the money you handle has the potential of spreading diseases quicker than you can spend it. This was the gist of a study published in the Future Microbiology, which reported that public health risk associated with the simultaneous handling of food and currency may spread viral infections. (READ MORE)

08:03 Mar 17

Two new cases of coronavirus confirmed in Karnataka, total count rises to 10

07:24 Mar 17

Battling coronavirus in Italy

07:23 Mar 17

Pakistan: Tally of COVID-19 positive cases balloons to 186

A sharp rise of 131 cases in 24 hours was reported in Pakistan on Monday night increasing the cases to 186: Pakistani Media

07:04 Mar 17

2 more coronavirus cases confirmed in Karnataka

Two more cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in the state, Karnataka government said. With this, a total of eight coronavirus positive cases have been reported in the state so far.

05:27 Mar 17

EU borders, Schengen zone to be closed for 30 days: French President

The borders of the European Union (EU) and the Schengen area will be closed for a period of 30 days starting from March 17 due to the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday (local time).

"From tomorrow afternoon, the borders of the EU and the Schengen zone will be closed for 30 days," Macron said in a second televised address to the nation in the last four days.

01:28 Mar 17

All shops and market places (excluding daily essentials and medicines shops) to be closed in Pune for 3 days (17,18 and 19 March) in the wake of Coronavirus.

01:25 Mar 17
12:40 Mar 17

Seeking divine intervention: Srisailam temple authorities perform holy rituals desiring healthy India

12:30 Mar 17

Bengal civic polls deferred over coronavirus

The elections to the West Bengal civic bodies, including the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC), have been postponed for the time being amid the novel coronavirus pandemic.
12:28 Mar 17

Section-144 of CrPC imposed in Nagpur till March 31 to avoid gathering of people in a place, in the wake of #coronavirus outbreak.

12:26 Mar 17
12:11 Mar 17

WATCH | TNIE explains why a lockdown might be necessary amidst the coronavirus outbreak

11:25 Mar 16

Wipro asks employees to work from home amid COVID-19 outbreak

Given the evolving situation, beginning Monday, March 16, we have advised our employees to work from home wherever feasible and if their role allows them to do so. Wipro offices will remain open. Our global environment, health and safety (EHS) and crisis management teams will continue to assess the situation, review these measures after a week and decide the future course of action, Wipro said in a statement. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

11:03 Mar 16

Lockdowns, stocks down as virus fight shifts away from China

The global battle to contain the new coronavirus breached a new level of urgency Monday, as governments locked down borders, millions of workers, students and worshipers were ordered to stay home, and pleas went out to funnel masks and ventilators to places struggling with soaring caseloads. The shifting fronts in the battle were made clear by figures showing that cases outside China — where the virus originated — surpassed those inside its borders for the first time. On Wall Street, financial markets plunged by more than 8 percent, surpassing drops in Asia and Europe, as worried investors struggled to estimate the outbreak's rippling economic fallout.(READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:54 Mar 16

Devotees at Vaishno Devi shrine checked with thermometer guns

10:44 Mar 16

Government prohibits entry of passengers from European Union, Turkey, UK from March 18

Travel of passengers from member countries of the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and United Kingdom to India is prohibited with effect from 18th March 2020," said Lav Aggarwal, the Joint Secretary in the ministry. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

10:38 Mar 16
09:25 Mar 16

Maharashtra govt to provide television, internet access at COVID-19 isolation centres

CM Uddhav Thackeray said that television, food, internet access, carrom boards and other facilities will be provided at the isolation centres. "People should not worry but come together to fight against spreading coronavirus," he added. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

09:14 Mar 16

Tripura govt shuts down education institutions, cinema halls till March 31

Schools, colleges, universities, cinemas, swimming pools, gymnasiums are shut down with immediate effect till March 31. Board exams, however, will be held as per schedule.

08:49 Mar 16

India set to be locked down? Government proposes extensive social distancing measures

  • As the number of confirmed coronavirus cases crossed 120 in India, the Centre on Monday proposed detailed social distancing measures that included urging states to close down all schools, universities, theatres, swimming pools, gyms and museums till March 31 while exploring the possibility of postponing all examinations

  • The government also said that ongoing examinations should be conducted after ensuring distance of one meter amongst students

  • Students should be advised to stay at home and online education should be promoted

  • Social distancing is a non-pharmaceutical infection prevention and control intervention implemented to avoid or decrease contact between those who are infected with a disease-causing pathogen and those who are not, so as to stop or slow down the rate and extent of disease transmission in a community: Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare advisory


08:42 Mar 16

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar orders removal of Section 144 amid coronavirus scare

Kumar strongly asked officials not to create unecessary hype on the outbreak of COVID-19 in the state by resorting to enforcement like the section 144. He said that imposition of section 144 of CrPC would inculcate a sense of fear and panic among the people in masses. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

08:35 Mar 16

Telangana reports another positive case, total cases in India 121

08:32 Mar 16

Bars, sports arenas closed in Tamil Nadu till March 31

Tamil Nadu govt: Sports arenas, bars, clubs and other recreational facilities to remain closed till 31st March. Resorts shouldn't take booking till 31st March. People are advised to avoid travelling to other states for 15 days.

08:30 Mar 16

All national monuments, museums under ASI closed till March 31


08:25 Mar 16

Odisha CM appeals for people coming from abroad to register themselves through toll free number

08:20 Mar 16

WATCH | Bangalore airport feels the pinch

08:01 Mar 16

Shaheen Bagh protests to continue, say volunteers

The volunteers at Shaheen Bagh where anti-CAA protests have been going on since 15 December last year have said that they would wait for the Supreme Court orders rather than obey the Delhi government.


07:47 Mar 16

PM Modi invites submissions on tech-driven solutions for coronavirus

07:45 Mar 16

BCCI employees given option to work from home

All BCCI employees in Mumbai Headquarters have been given the option to work from home from tomorrow onwards. Those who want to come to the office can come. 

07:18 Mar 16

Karnataka reports one more COVID-19 positive case

07:17 Mar 16

Union health ministry presser on coronavirus

  • Fourth batch of 53 evacuates from Iran have arrived today & are being quarantined at the Army facility in Jaisalmer. All are reported to be asymptomatic as present and are in quarantine as per protocol.
  • Important measures including closing of schools, swimming pools, malls, allow employees to work from home,less use of public transport, 1 meter distance between people should be maintained till 31st March.
  • Travellers from the European Union, Turkey and the United Kingdom are prohibited from March 18 2020. This will be reviewed again.
  • Compulsory quarantine of 14 days has been put in place for passengers coming from UAE, Qatar, Oman, and Kuwait.
  • Contact tracing activity of these positive cases has led to the identification of more than 5,200 contacts, who are kept under surveillance. 
  • Prime Minister undertook extraordinary initiative with SAARC leaders and they responded positively. The 24x7 MEA #Covid19 control room has now become operational: MEA


07:15 Mar 16

Tamil Nadu govt orders closure of all schools, colleges, malls, theatres till March 31

Making the announcement after chairing a review meeting with cabinet colleagues at the Secretariat, Chief Minister K Palaniswami also said amusement parks, museums, swimming pools and gymnasiums would also remain shut.


06:55 Mar 16
06:49 Mar 16

Bombay HC, its benches to function for 2 hours

From 17 March, Bombay HC and its benches in Nagpur, Aurangabad and Goa to function for only two hours in a day until further orders in view of coronavirus outbreak.  

06:46 Mar 16

WATCH: List of sports events in India affected by coronavirus

06:31 Mar 16

Eight cases test negative for coronavirus in Coimbatore, two reports awaited

No coronavirus cases were reported in the district and eight out of the 10 people screened tested negative, District Collector K Rajamani said on Monday. Results of samples of a man who returned from Thailand and a woman from Qatar have been send for testing to Chennai and expected soon.


06:25 Mar 16

'It's me and my books for 14 days', says home-quarantined Kannada poet after testing negative post-Paris visit

Amidst COVID-19 scare, Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy, the 66-year-old Kannada poet who is synonymous with his poem 'naanondu maravagiddare... (if I were a tree...) took the risk of attending a poetry reading and reciting event in Paris. He left for Paris on March 10 and landed at Kempegowda International Airport in the city on Monday. Later, he went through five hours of procedures and health check-ups. He was tested negative for the virus and advised by the doctors to be home quarantine for the 14 days.


05:50 Mar 16

Baz Luhrmann, who famously directed Amitabh Bachchan, goes into self-isolation

Baz Luhrmann, who has previously directed Amitabh Bachchan in the Great Gatsby, had gone into self-isolation after coming into contact with actor Tom Hanks on the set of their new untitled Elvis Presley film.

The Australian filmmaker, along with his family, are in voluntary quarantine after Hanks and his actor-wife Rita Wilson were tested positive for COVID-19 disease last week.

The 57-year-old Lurhamann on Sunday tweeted "I'm in isolation for the next 10 days, but the family and I are healthy and well," he said.

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