As the COVID-19 cases crossed 900-mark, the state of Telangana reported it’s first death after a 74-year-old Khairatabad resident passed away on Saturday.
Sixty days after Kerala reported the first COVID-19 case when a Thrissur native was diagnosed with the deadly disease, Kerala reported the first casualty of the outbreak on Saturday morning. The 69-year-old patient, a native of Chullikkal in Ernakulam district had returned from Dubai on March 16.
However, he did not show any symptoms when he arrived. He was admitted to the isolation ward of Ernakulam Medical College at Kalamassery on March 22 with symptoms of acute pneumonia.
Meanwhile, the health disaster has led to a humanitarian crisis as thousands of migrant labourers try to return to their villages on foot due to lack of public transport amid the lockdown.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday set up a public assistance fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. Similarly, the Tatas have pledged Rs 1,500 crore to fight the health crisis.
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Delhi opens food delivery system
Delhi: Food delivery network established in the city with assistance from Delhi Police.DCP Licensing AM Ali says,"Due to #coronalockdown, many people were finding it difficult to get essential items.There was a need to help them through our network which is touch with RWAs etc." pic.twitter.com/wMvebAA0n9— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
Paytm looks to contribute Rs 500 cr to PM CARES Fund
For every contribution or any other payment made on Paytm using the wallet, UPI and Paytm Bank debit card, the company will contribute an extra up to Rs 10, Paytm said in a statement.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Ambala reports first case
Total cases in Karnataka now 81 as five test positive in Karnataka
Four residents of Nanjangud town and one resident of Yaraganahalli in Mysuru city, who was employed at a Pharmaceutical industry in Nanjangud tested positive on Saturday.
Cases in Andhra rises to 19
Chhattisgarh asks PM to help students stuck in Kyrgyzstan
In a letter to the PM, Food and Culture Minister Amarjeet Bhagat asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to help bring back 500 medical students from the state stranded in the Central Asian country.
BCCI donates Rs 51 crore to PM's Relief Fund
"The outbreak of the Coronavirus is first and foremost a public health emergency and the BCCI has a firm resolve that the nation gets all possible help to cope with the testing times," a release by the sport body stated.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Kerala's first COVID-19 victim buried as per protocol
The body of a 69-year-old man who died due to novel coronavirus infection was buried here on Saturday in a simple ceremony attended by only five relatives and monitored by officials after it was brought wrapped in leak-proof bag as per the Union Health Ministry guidelines.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
India gets its first indigenous test kit for coronavirus
Virologist Meenal Dhakale Bhosale of Pune-based Mylab Discovery Solution has developed a cost-effective Indian made COVID-19 testing kit. The kit will soon be available for commercial use.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Kerala opens helpline for dental patients
The state unit of Indian Dental Association has started a helpline facility for the public. The facility is to help people who suffer from dental ailments and are unable to visit hospitals in the wake of the Covid-19 spread. "The helpline will give advise to the public. People who need urgent care will be referred to a centre which is open. The treatment will be as per the advisories issued," said IDA state secretary Deebu Mathew.
WATCH | Hundreds of migrant labourers walk back home from Delhi NRC
Telangana reports first COVID-19 death
As the COVID-19 cases crossed 900-mark, the state of Telangana reported it’s first death after a 74-year-old Khairatabad resident passed away on Saturday.
Vellore priest back from the UK tests positive for COVID-19, collector says he's cured
A 49-year-old priest who had recently visited the UK has tested positive for COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment at the CMC hospital in Vellore. His wife who accompanied him on the trip, however, tested negative. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH| Stranded in Chennai, migrant worker from Jharkhand seeks help
This is the plight of Nitish Kumar Gupta, a migrant worker from Jharkhand's Ranchi, who is stranded in Chennai due to the #21daylockdown throughout the nation.#CoronavirusLockdown #COVID2019@PrabhuChawla @gsvasu_TNIE @xpresstn @shibasahu2012 pic.twitter.com/musqTxGnz5— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) March 28, 2020
Uttar Pradesh to release 11,000 prisoners lodged in 71 jails
The decision comes after the Supreme Court earlier this week directed all states and union territories to constitute high-level committees to consider releasing on parole or interim bail prisoners and undertrials for offences entailing up to 7-year jail term to decongest prisons in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
In other news, Rishi Kapoor says govt should open liquor stores in evenings
Veteran actor Rishi Kapoor on Saturday said the state and central governments should let the licensed liquor shops operate in the evening during the 21-day lockdown period. In a Twitter post, the actor said liquor is a major source of revenue for the government and is already being sold illegally everywhere in the country. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
TikTok fever gets hospital staff suspended in Tamil Nadu
Three sanitation workers at the Ariyalur Government Hospital were suspended on Saturday for helping a coromavirus patient shoot a TikTok video. The three have been quarantined as they held the woman’s cellphone. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
PM Modi should resign for failing to handle COVID-19 pandemic: Chandrashekhar Azad
Azad Samaj Party chief Chandrashekhar Azad on Saturday alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pushed crores of people working in the unorganised sector into destitution and demanded that he resign immediately. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
No house rent from migrant labourers for 1 month, Noida admin issues order
The Noida administration passed an order, asking landlords to collect rent from their worker-tenants only after a month, amid scores of migrants undertaking the journey to reach their native places on foot during the 21-day nationwide lockdown.
BIZARRE! 32-year-old man home-quarantined in Tamil Nadu bites, kills woman
In a bizarre case in Theni district in Tamil Nadu, a 32-year-old Sri Lanka-returned youth who was home quarantined killed an old woman two street away by biting her on Friday, police said. According to police, the woman who was admitted to a hospital on Friday died on Saturday. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
India's 'super spreader' home-quarantines 26,000 people in 24 Punjab villages
The reason: out of the total of 38 positive cases so far in Punjab, 28 are directly linked to one super spreader - 70-year-old Baldev Singh, the only patient to die of COVID-19 in the state. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Tata trusts pledges Rs 500 crore to fight against COVID-19
The COVID 19 crisis is one of the toughest challenges we will face as a race. The Tata Trusts and the Tata group companies have in the past risen to the needs of the nation. At this moment, the need of the hour is greater than any other time. pic.twitter.com/y6jzHxUafM— Ratan N. Tata (@RNTata2000) March 28, 2020
UP govt deploys 1000 UPSRTC buses to ferry migrants to respective districts
With a huge trail of migrants walking along Delhi-Noida highway to reach their native districts across Uttar pradesh, Yogi Adityanath government has deployed 1000 buses of UP Surface Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) to ferry the labourers and other migrants to ferry to their destinations. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH | Youngest case in India: Infant of seven months from Kashmir
Seven more people test positive for COVID-19 in Kashmir
Of the total 27 cases, 21 have been reported in the Kashmir Valley, while six in Jammu region. (READ FULLREPORT HERE)
MHA directs States/UTs to provide accommodation, food, medical care to homeless
#IndiaFightsCorona— Spokesperson, Ministry of Home Affairs (@PIBHomeAffairs) March 28, 2020
MHA directs States/UTs to include 'Provisions for temporary accommodation, food, clothing, medical care etc. for homeless people, inc. migrant labourers, stranded due to #lockdown21 & sheltered in relief camps' under SDRF fund allocations in wake of #Covid_19. pic.twitter.com/0eHdVHnHpH
Number of coronavirus cases worldwide crosses 600,000-mark
Hyderabad tippler kills self upset at not getting liquor during lockdown
Police quoted family members as saying that he had been behaving oddly ever since the lockdown began and could not get alcohol, They said the withdrawal symptoms of liquor might have driven him to take the extreme step. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Netizens tear into Javadekar for watching 'Ramayan' as migrant labourers continue their journey on foot
Netizens on Twitter were not amused by Javadekar's tweet for ignoring migrant labourer's plight who have been walking hundreds of kilometres on foot to reach their villages. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Karnataka records 10 new coronavirus cases
10 fresh cases of coronavirus were detected on Saturday, taking Karnataka's tally to 74.
Masks trafficking to online fraud:'Corona criminals' prey on Europe's COVID-19 fears
From trafficking dodgy surgical masks to peddling counterfeit medicines and running internet scams, criminals are finding ways to profit from the coronavirus crisis, European police warn. With billions of people under lockdown in their homes and borders shut, police chiefs say criminals are finding it hard to make money out of "traditional" activities like burglary and drug smuggling. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Corona helmets: Chennai cops' unique way to dissuade lockdown defiers
In a bid to spread awareness about the severity of the coronavirus pandemic, a local artist in collaboration with a police official here has made a unique 'Corona' helmet to dissuade commuters from coming out on the streets during the nationwide lockdown. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Stones pelted at cops in Assam
Assam: Stones pelted at police personnel at Bhawlaguri Bodi Bazaar under New Bangai police station area in Bongaigaon amid #CoronavirusLockdown. SP RS Milli says, "When policemen asked shopkeepers to shut the market, some locals attacked them. Four arrested & case registered". pic.twitter.com/nziHDVyXMs— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
Another tale of migrant labourers' plights across nation
I am coming from Ahmedabad in Gujarat & have to go to Agra in Uttar Pradesh. I did not want to leave the city but my employer refused to give money & ration. I have not eaten properly for the past 3 days: A labourer in Jaipur, Rajasthan. #CoronavirusLockdown https://t.co/yZw9BS5GQy— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
Uttar Pradesh CM visits hospital dedicated for COVID-19 patients
Here is what AAP government has to say about massive exodus of migrant workers from Delhi
Good News SRKians!!!!!! 1989 TV show 'Circus' to be aired on Doordarshan again from March 28
The public broadcaster announced that the show will start airing on DD National from 8 pm. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Some more lockdown updates from Punjab
Ludhiana admn told us that wholesalers won't open their shops but supply medicines door to door. Within 3-4 days passes will be issued to all. Then we'll home deliver medicines to customers&wholesalers will supply to retailers: Punjab Chemists' Assn general secretary GS Chawla https://t.co/D0jYLzHycv pic.twitter.com/eZuh3OKQ4W— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
PM interacts with AYUSH professionals
Dubai is top source of imported COVID-19 cases in India: Study
India now has 873 confirmed cases and the trend analysis is based on nearly 720 patients who have tested positive for novel coronavirus. Of these nearly 100 came from Dubai—from where a large number of migrant Indians come home. It is also a major transit point for Indian or NRI travellers from Europe and US headed to the country. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Kerala registers first COVID-19 death
Ola to come up with ‘Drive the Driver’ fund
Chennai Corporation puts quarantine sticker in Kamal Hasan’s residence
Two more positive cases in Tamil Nadu
#UPDATE: TN has 2 new +ve cases. 42 Y M, Kumbakonam,return from West Indies at #TMCH Thanjavur.49 Y M, from Katpadi, return from UK at #Vellore Pvt Hosp. Both traveled from abroad transit via Middle East. Pts are in isolation & stable.@MoHFW_INDIA @CMOTamilNadu #TNHealth #CVB— Dr C Vijayabaskar (@Vijayabaskarofl) March 28, 2020
Curfew relaxed in Chandigarh
UP government takes steps to take migrant workers to their respective natives
Religious leaders in Kerala issue statement
Isolation coaches prepared by the Railways
Kerala CM writes to PM Modi
Kerala CM writes to the PM about 'the action of Karnataka Police which has resulted in blocking of Thalassery-Coorg State Highways-30'. The CM, in letter,has requested PM to intervene in the matter to ensure smooth flow of essential commodities to Kerala amid #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/vZ238lf0PE— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
To stay afloat, game-less Indian tennis players fall back on savings
Sidharth Rawat is itching to get back to a tennis court. He has been confined to shadow-practising at home. Considering the increasing spread of COVID-19, Rawat knows that it will be a while before he can get back on Tour. But considering that he’s already dipped into his savings account, the World No 438 hopes that the situation clears sooner than later. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
WATCH | Huge gathering near Delhi-UP Border
Lack of training may cause health problems, says Sports Authority of India
For highly-trained athletes used to training two times per day, these times are more frustrating for them than it is for the common man. In a chat with this daily, Athletics Federation of India’s (AFI) high performance director Volker Herrmann speaks on their fitness, mental health and how the pandemic is impacting athletes in the country at the moment. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Visuals from J&K amid lockdown
Rajasthan tally reaches 52
Curfew relaxed in Punjab
Foreign returnees asked to share travel history in Maharashtra
- Those who returned from foreign countries will have to share the details of their travel to the district collectorate or the local civic body, the directive issued recently said.
- "A resident in Marathwada, who has been to a foreign country and has returned to the region on or after March 1 should come forward and inform the district collector office or municipal corporation about their travel details," a statement issued by the divisional commissioner's office said.
- Marathwada region comprises eight districts- Aurangabad, Jalna, Beed, Parbhani, Nanded, Hingoli, Osmanabad and Latur. So far only person from Aurangabad has tested positive for coronavirus in this region, officials said.
Will respond to Industry’s inputs to tackle the situation: Nirmala Sitharaman
Gujarat tally crosses 50
WATCH | People flouting lockdown norms at Karnataka
National tally reaches 873: Government
Group of people helping the migrant labourers walking back to their native places in UP
More than 2,500 people placed under home quarantine in Nagaland
- Out of the 17 samples that were sent for testing, results for 13 were negative and the remaining reports are awaited, government spokesperson and minister for planning & coordination Neiba Kronu said.
- A total of 2,719 people, including students, who recently came back to the state, reported to the respective district surveillance teams and were subsequently placed under home quarantine for the stipulated period, he said on Friday evening.
- Kronu said all efforts are being made to expedite delivery of essential medical equipment and accessories amid the ongoing nationwide lockdown, and that there is enough stock of essential commodities across the state.
- He also said a round-the-clock COVID-19 control room is monitoring the situation in Nagaland.
What Punjab vegetable traders have to say about lockdown in state
Amritsar Sabzi Mandi Association members: If the markets open for 5 hours, then there will be less crowd at the market as everyone will not come at the same time to make purchases. It will also help curb the menace of black marketing of vegetables. #CoronavirusLockdown https://t.co/VhDndHRtOi— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
Government's latest directive on coronavirus treatment
Medicines may be issued/indented for 3 months at a time (in chronic diseases) through an authorised representative in the following special circumstances without requirement of the beneficiary himself/herself visiting wellness centre: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pic.twitter.com/pu0GDzb65n— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
Paris men's fashion week, haute couture cancelled in face of pandemic
"Strong decisions are required to ensure the safety and health of (fashion) houses, their employees and everyone working in our industry," the Federation de la Haute Couture et de la Mode (FHCM) said in a statement. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
N-99 masks, bodysuit: DRDO's plan to combat coronavirus in India
The Defence Research & Development Organisation (DRDO) has been tracking the spread of COVID-19 since the world media started reporting its devastating impact in China's Wuhan, officials said. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Woman arrested in Kolkata for spreading misinformation
Air India plans nine flights to Frankfurt to ferry expats from Mumbai
While five flights may be operated on March 31, two services are planned for April 2. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Septuagenarian from Tamil Nadu extends his helping hand
Tamil Nadu: Sitaram Das Baba,a septuagenarian resident of Rameswaram town,is providing food to the needy coming to his ashram, amid #CoronavirusLockdown. He says "Everything is closed but our services continue. We've also distributed our contact number for home delivery services" pic.twitter.com/Qaekn0S5Te— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
Masks scarce, cover faces with 'gamchha': Tripura CM's 'advice' to people
"There is enough stock of masks for people working in hospitals but at the same time it is not possible for the government to distribute the same to the state's forty lakh people. So, I would request everyone to use 'Jal Gamchha' as masks as a precautionary measure," Deb said in a video message. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
‘Quarantined’ by society, migrant workers in Tamil Nadu find timely help
One such group of 30 people, who arrived at Tiruchuli around five months back, are stranded in the no man’s land. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Delhi Police turns back migrant workers going back to their states
Paanchu Mandal: I was going to West Bengal. Police have turned us back, they say we'll be sent on a bus. We're 2 drivers, we would've taken turns to pull the rickshaw & reach WB. It would've taken us 7 days to reach. We are not getting any work here, don't get passengers anymore. https://t.co/LCC1BEOLPD pic.twitter.com/bABasqHk2n— ANI (@ANI) March 28, 2020
More surge in Maharashtra cases
Roads being sanitised in Kolkata
Infosys terminates services of employee making inappropriate coronavirus post on social media
Infosys, in a tweet from its official handle, said the social media post by the employee is against its code of conduct and its commitment to responsible social sharing. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Navy swings into action
Upto 900 per cent surge in hate speech against Chinese people on Twitter
"People are spending more and more time on social networks, communication apps, chat rooms and gaming services, and the problems endemic to these platforms -- hate, abuse, toxicity and bullying -- have become accentuated," the Israel-based company L1ght said in its report. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Karnataka villagers block road to to restrict entry of the outsiders
Trump signs $2 trillion rescue plan for coronavirus-hit US economy as cases cross 1,00,000
"I want to thank Democrats and Republicans for coming together and putting America first," the president said shortly before signing the historic bill in the Oval Office. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Delhi residents practice social distancing
Defence Ministry grants emergency financial powers to Army commanders to set up medical facilities
- The general officer commanding in chief (GOC-in-C) has been given full financial powers while corps and division commanders have been allowed to spend Rs 50 lakhs and Rs 20 lakhs, respectively, according to a Defence ministry order.
- The ministry in the order said it is according "emergency powers. . . to Army commanders, corps/area commanders and division commanders for expediting the procurement/repairs to meet the requirement of establishing and running quarantine facilities/isolation facilities and augmenting these facilities with items, materials, equipment, stores, rations, hygiene chemicals, assets and provision of other services as part of measures for efficient handling of COVID-19 of break out of Defence Budget."
- The emergency powers have been delegated to commanders under Schedule 23 of the Army Schedule of Powers (ASP), the order stated.
Nine arrested in Noida for defying lockdown curbs
- Five FIRs were registered under IPC Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) against those who defied the curbs imposed under CrPC section 144, which bars assembly of four or more persons, during the day, the police said. "Nine people were arrested. Challans were issued to 122 vehicles across 112 checking points in the district, while five vehicles were seized," the police said in a statement.
- Over 80 vehicles with emergency cases were allowed passage, it added. Officials said people can dial 807662361, 6396776904 (Health Department) and 0120-2569901 (Noida administration) round the clock to get their queries related to COVID-19 answered.
- While appealing to the public to stay indoors and take all cautions against coronavirus, the police said people can dial 112 in case of medical supply needs or to go to a hospital, or for any other emergency.
Latest scenes from Ghaziabad
BJP MLA in home isolation after COVID-19-like symptoms
- Sitaram Adivasi, BJP MLA from Vijaypur in Madhya Pradesh, isolated himself at home on Friday after having coronavirus-like symptoms, a health official said. "The MLA complained of cough, cold, fever and breathing problem. He was travelling for quite a long time. His samples were collected and will be sent on Saturday morning to Gwalior for testing," said Dr R B Goyal, Sheopur district civil surgeon.
- Adivasi was asked to stay in the district hospital's isolation ward, but he insisted on returning home and assured that he would isolate himself and would not leave house or meet anyone, the doctor said.
- The MLA was in Gurgaon, Sehore and Bhopal in the last few days with other party MLAs as the political crisis leading to the fall of the Congress government unfolded.
Meghalaya sets up four quarantine centres
- The state government has set up two quarantine centres in Shillong with a capacity of 200 beds and another two at Tura in Garo Hills with another 200 beds. Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma inspected the two quarantine centres in Shillong on Friday.
- "The isolation centres are in compliance with the protocols. All necessary preparedness has been put in place," he said. The chief minister will visit the quarantine centres in Tura on Saturday.
Total coronavirus cases in national capital rise to 40: Delhi Health Department
Out of these cases, 30 are travel-related and 10 contracted the disease through contact, it said. Out of the total 40 cases, five have been discharged, one had died earlier and one has migrated out of the country. Thirty-one are admitted at various hospitals in Delhi and one at Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon and another at AIIMS Jhajjar, the department said in a statement.
Three create fake COVID-19 audio clip in Nagpur to scare kin, held
- An official identified the accused as Jai alias Monu Omprakash Gupta (37), Amit Shivpal Pardhi (38) and Divyanshu Ramvilas Mishra (33). "The audio clip created by the accused went viral on several WhatsApp groups here," said Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Kadam.
- "Gupta and Pardhi created the audio clip and forwarded it to Mishra on March 23. Mishra sent it to his wife to frighten her so that she stays indoors. However, Mishra's wife passed it on and it soon became viral. A case was registered on March 24 and we zeroed in on the three after checking over 400 mobile phone numbers," a Sadar police station official said.
Would start conducting COVID-19 tests soon, says Kolkata private hospital after getting ICMR nod
- So far, samples from across West Bengal were being tested for the COVID-19 at the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED) and the Institute of Post- Graduate Medical Education and Research (IPGMER), both state- run facilities. "After getting permission from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct the tests, we have ordered the kits from Mylabs Science. Once we get the kits, we will start conducting the tests," said Shyamasis Bandyopadhyay, the director of medical services at Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals.
- Five other private hospitals from the city had also applied to ICMR for approval for conducting such tests.
No COVID-19 case in Sikkim so far, 3,269 quarantined
- Three persons suspected to be infected with coronavirus have tested negative to the disease, an official said.
- All the 3,269 people had returned to the Himalayan state from various parts of the country, the official added.
COVID-19 patient recovers in Himachal Pradesh
- The 32-year-old man from Harchakkian tehsil in Kangra district's Shahpur subdivision has recovered from the disease, said Additional Chief Secretary (Health) RD Dhiman in a statement. His latest report was negative for COVID-19, he added. Three people had tested positive for the virus in Himachal Pradesh and all were residents of Kangra district, officials had said.
- One of the patients has recovered, whereas another is being treated at Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) in Tanda. The third patient, a 69-year-old man who recently travelled from the USA, had died on March 23.
- The man who has recovered and a 64-year-old woman from Dohabe village in Shahpur subdivision were tested positive for the virus on March 20.
Municipality officials distribute food material in Kerala
Cyber criminals sending emails about COVID-19 to dupe people: Delhi Police
- According to police, cyber criminals have set up fake social media accounts offering home delivery of medicines and other products. The are also sending fake emails in the name of health authorities and asking people to visit a specific webpage on which email address and its password are required for logging in.
- The cyber criminals are then using this information to steal money, police said. The police asked people to avoid opening the suspicious e-mails and clicking on unverified coronavirus related links on social media. It also advised people to use strong passwords and multi-level authentication for their social media and bank accounts.
- In some cases of fraud, criminals are also calling people on phone and requesting for monetary help to treat people infected with coronavirus, a senior official said. Police should be informed regarding such cases immediately, he said.
Latest statistics from government
Indian mission working closely to help stranded countrymen amid virus outbreak
The Indian mission here said it is "working closely" with organisations and community support groups to help the stranded Indian nationals who are in need of accommodation and food amid coronavirus crisis.
Coronavirus cases in US cross 100,000 mark
The number of coronavirus cases within the United States has now crossed the 100,000 mark, the Johns Hopkins University real-time tracker revealed.
Nearly 1 lakh new corona cases in 24 hours globally, US lead
The new coronavirus cases surged by nearly one lakh in a single day to reach almost six lakh COVID-19 positive patients globally on Thursday, with the US on the top of the list with nearly one lakh cases alone.
Centre slams States for failing to monitor foreign returnees
A letter by the Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba dated March 26 to all Chief Secretaries of the states said that around 15 lakh incoming international passengers, who arrived in the country from January 18, 2020, should be monitored.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
We have entered recession, will be worse than 2009: IMF
The coronavirus pandemic has driven the global economy into a downturn that will require massive funding to help developing nations, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva said Friday.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH | The 'Kerala Model' of social distancing!
Cases in Andaman and Nicobar Islands rise to 6
All of them went to Delhi to attend a religious programme and returned to Port Blair via Kolkata on March 24, they said.
WATCH | Northeast villages seal borders, isolate from outside world
Three more test positive in TN
#coronaupdate: #TN has 3 new +ve cases.73 Y F from Chennai at #RGGH.61 Y M contact of Indonesian Nationals, at #Salem Med Colg,39 Y M from Anna Nagar,Chennai at #KMCH. Patients in isolation & are stable. #TN_Together_AgainstCorona@MoHFW_INDIA @CMOTamilNadu @Vijayabaskarofl— National Health Mission - Tamil Nadu (@NHM_TN) March 27, 2020
Community infection suspected in Rajasthan's Bhilwara
Three new cases of Coronavirus have been reported in Rajasthan, two of which are from Bhilwara. The district has now become the epicenter of COVID-19 as it alone has 21 cases out of 46 in the state.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Food delivery apps, grocery stalls in TN allowed to work, but...
Delivery services like Swiggy, Zomato and Uber Eats may deliver breakfast from 7 am to 9:30 am, lunch from 12 noon to 2:30 pm and dinner from 7 pm to 9 pm. Identity cards must be obtained for the delivery executives from the police through the concerned organisations.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
"In view of hardships faced by both parents and students in view of the covid-19 epidemic, the NEET exam scheduled on May 3 has been postponed," NTA Director General Vineet Joshi said.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Home delivery of provisions begins in Puducherry
Retail shops particularly in the rural areas have stock to last three to four days, M Shivashankar, President of PTF, told The New Indian Express. The items are not reaching the rural areas from the wholesale dealers in the town due to the lockdown regulations imposed by the government. The retail shops in the town areas have a stock to last a week.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Andhra reports 13th case
#BREAKING Two more test positive for #coronavirus in #AndhraPradesh taking total cases to 13. Patient 12 from #Vizag is primary contact of Patient 7 who returned from the UK. Patient 13 from #Guntur is primary contact of Patient 10. @NewIndianXpress #CoronaUpdate #COVID pic.twitter.com/CGTNggfz8G— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) March 27, 2020
Odisha announces Rs 2200 crore package for poor
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Friday announced a Rs 2,200 crore package to assist the weaker sections of the society who have been hit hard due to the unprecedented lockdown for three weeks in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
READ FULL REPORT HERE
PM Modi prays for his British counterpart's health
Over 2,000 Indians stranded in Sri Lanka
Over 2,000 Indian nationals are among the 16,900 foreign tourists stranded in Sri Lanka due to the lockdown imposed by the government after the coronavirus outbreak. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
British health minister tests positive
British health minister Matt Hancock tests positive for coronavirus.
Defying social distancing norms, people assemble to buy essentials in Assam
At a time the government is insisting on social distancing vis-à-vis COVID-19 pandemic, large groups of people in many parts of Assam ventured out of their homes on Friday to buy essential items. In doing so, the guidelines on social distancing were hit for a six. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Spain death toll hits 4,858 as 769 die in 24 hours
The death toll in Spain soared over 4,800 Friday after 769 people died in 24 hours, in what was a record one-day figure for fatalities in the country, the government said. Spain has the world's second-highest death toll after Italy, and has so far suffered 4,858 deaths, while the number of cases jumped to 64,059.
India to soon participate in WHO 'solidarity trial' for developing potential COVID-19 drugs
At a press briefing on coronavirus at 4 pm, Joint Secretary (Health Department) Lav Agarwal said that 75 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours. "We are soon likely to participate in the WHO solidarity trial for developing potential drugs for COVID-19. Earlier we did not do it because our numbers were small and our contribution would have looked minuscule," Raman R Gangakhedkar, Head of Epidemiology and Communicable diseases at ICMR, said.
200 migrant workers in Chennai try to hitch ride home, sent back from Andhra border
With rail and bus connectivity being cut during the ongoing lockdown, migrant workers working in construction sites have been left in the lurch and are left with no alternative but to hitch rides in trucks to reach their hometowns. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
24x7 helpline number launched for persons with disabilities in TN
The 24x7 WhatsApp and video call helpline for persons with speech and hearing impairments has been launched by the State Commissionerate in Tamil Nadu.
Corona-related assistance may be received at the number 970079993
8-year-old boy dies in Andhra after failing to get timely medical aid amid lockdown
300 Iranians dead after drinking industrial alcohol to cure coronavirus
Iranian media report nearly 300 people have been killed and more than 1,000 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic, where drinking alcohol is banned and where those who do rely on bootleggers. An Iranian doctor helping the country's Health Ministry told The Associated Press on Friday the problem was even greater, giving a death toll of around 480 with 2,850 people sickened. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
British PM Boris Johnson tests positive
First, it was Prince Charles. Now, British PM Boris Johnson has tweeted that he too has tested positive for coronavirus. "I have mild symptoms and am self-isolating," he said in a video released on twitter. It has been clarified that the Queen last saw the 55-year-old British PM on March 11. But among those who might have to self-isolate after coming in contact recently with Johnson are the British Chancellor Rishi Sunak, Infosys founder Narayana Murthy's son-in-law.
This was Johnson's tweet:
Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus.— Boris Johnson #StayHomeSaveLives (@BorisJohnson) March 27, 2020
I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus.
Together we will beat this. #StayHomeSaveLives pic.twitter.com/9Te6aFP0Ri
12 fresh cases in Maharashtra
Twelve persons were confirmed to have contracted coronavirus in western Maharashtra's Sangli district on Friday, taking the number of COVID-19 patients in state to 147.
Here is how you can help the Telangana govt fight COVID-19
Saibaba Sansthan Trust donates Rs 51 crore to combat COVID-19
The Central and state governments are fully prepared to fight the coronavirus which has caused havoc all over the world. The ad hoc committee of the Trust has decided to pay Rs. 51 crore to the Chief Minister's Relief Fund," Arun Dongre, Chief Executive Officer of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust said. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
WATCH| Lathis for some, sit-ups for others: Lockdown violators feel the heat!
Five coronavirus patients discharged in Pune, Pimpri-Chinchwad
Five COVID-19 patients - two from Pune and three from neighbouring Pimpri-Chinchwad - have been discharged from the civic-run hospitals following their recovery, officials said on Friday. Two patients admitted to Naidu Hospital in Pune were discharged late Thursday night after their repeat samples tested negative for the infection, Dr Ramchandra Hankare, chief health officer of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC) said.
Amitabh Bachchan on a fake news spreading spree. Now claims coronavirus spreads through flies
Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan tweeted a video where he talks of Chinese experts discovering that the common housefly, which sits on excreta, can transmit the coronavirus. However, the health ministry disagrees. The video was retweeted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Rumours of branch closure false: Financial Services Secretary
The Department of Financial Services requested people not to believe rumours of the closure of customer service bank branches. "Customer service bank branches are operational & will continue to provide services. Sufficient cash across branches & ATMs! Don't trust rumours of branch closures! Customers requested to stagger arrival at Branches etc," Panda said in a tweet.
UAE to help stranded passengers including 22 Indians at Dubai airport
Dubai Airports issued a statement informing that airlines and embassies are now working to send the stranded passengers, some of them since March 18, to their home countries. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
8-year-old boy, 7-month infant test positive in J&K
Two siblings, an eight-year-old boy and seven-month baby, have tested positive for Covid-19 in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday. The siblings are grandchildren of an elderly person from Natipora area of Srinagar, who had returned from Saudi Arabia on March 16.
Garbage collection slumps 17 % in Chennai during lockdown
Usually, the city's average waste collection hovers around 5100 MT of which 600 MT of wet waste and 280 MT of dry waste is processed. Since Section 144 was imposed, most restaurants in the city have closed down due to people staying indoors leading to very few takeaway orders. In addition, malls, commercial complexes and most industries have been asked to shut down as part of the lockdown.
Yogi Adityanath reviews preparations at a community kitchen
In a first, Delhi's IGI Airport goes for extensive sanitation
Some COVID-19 heroes are engaged in extensive sanitization of the entire terminal buildings such as check-in area and counters, chairs, baggage belt, immigration counters, custom area, trolley, wash-rooms to maintain the hygiene label within the terminal.
Limited people gathered for the Friday prayers at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad
(Photo| EPS/ Vinay Madapu)
Gurdwaras in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi offer food to needy
In order to feed the needy, poor, paying guests (PGs) and other as to the nation –wide shut down now langar (community food) is being prepared in many gurdwaras across Punjab, Haryana and Delhi. Gurdwaras across Punjab, Haryana and Delhi is preparing langar to feed the homeless during the nationwide lockdown to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Rooms for isolation wards and quarantine facilities for the treatment of COVID-19 positive patients will be set up in 'Serai' (Inn) of the Gurudwaras.
Two women in Noida, one man in Greater Noida test positive
Health department officials suspected that all three cases could be related to the same UK-based carrier who may have already infected five others working for a fire safety firm in Sector 135. The district administration has temporarily sealed their residential society and the sector concerned for a period of 48 hours to carry out sanitization work there.
WATCH| Irate passengers attack police on Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border
Prabhas donates Rs 4 crore for fight against coronavirus pandemic
"Baahubali" actor Prabhas became the latest Telugu star to donate for the cause of combating against the coronavirus pandemic. The actor on Thursday donated Rs 4 crore for the cause. Of this, Rs 3 crore is being given to the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund, while Rs 50 lakh each go to the Chief Minister Relief Funds of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Tamil Nadu coronavirus stats
#COVID19 TN Stats 27.3.20 :— Dr C Vijayabaskar (@Vijayabaskarofl) March 27, 2020
Screened Passengers- 209284
Beds in Isolation Wards- 12955
Ventilators : 3018
Current Admissions- 274
Samples Tested - 1143 (Negative-1067, Positive -35 (1 discharged), Under Process- 41)
#TN_Together_AgainstCorona #Vijayabaskar @MoHFW_INDIA
Kochi startup launches app for schools to keep classes running
A startup in Kochi has come up with an app that enables students and teachers to continue with their studies that have gone off-track following early closure of schools during the COVID-19 outbreak. Linways Technologies, associated with the Kerala Startup Mission (KSUM), has devised the software which enables learning amid the social distancing norms that are essential to contain the pandemic.
Cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar now donates Rs 50 lakh
Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar has come forward and decided to donate Rs 50 lakh to join hands with the Indian government in helping fight the battle against the coronavirus outbreak that has seen the world come to a standstill.
10-month-old tests positive in Karnataka, 62 positive cases in state now
Karnataka recorded seven new cases on Friday taking the tally to 62. A 10-month-old male child, from Dakshina Kannada with no travel history has tested positive for COVID-19.
Kejriwal assures Delhi, says govt ready to tackle situation
The chief minister informed that a five-member panel of doctors, headed by Dr SK Sareen, had submitted its report, prescribing the standard operating procedure for dealing with the situation involving 100, 500 and up to 1,000 new coronavirus patients per day.
As the lockdown enters day 3, practice of social distancing continues at vegetable markets
Facing flak, BJP-ruled Haryana, Himachal Pradesh shut liquor shops from Friday
After public criticism and the media flak, the Chief Ministers of Haryana and Himachal pradesh decided to shut the liquor vends from Friday. The media had highlighted how liquor shops across Haryana and Himachal Pradesh were operational more in numbers than milk vending shops during the lockdown of 21 days. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Cognizant to give two-thirds of employees 25% more in base salary for working during lockdown
IT firm Cognizant on Friday said it will give employees who are at associate level and below in India and the Philippines, an additional payment of 25 per cent of base pay for April, in recognition of their extraordinary continuity-of-service efforts amid the COVID-19 outbreak. The move is expected to benefit over 1,30,000 Cognizant employees in India. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Karnataka reports its 3rd COVID-19 death, 19th in the country
Police appealing to the public to wear a mask while coming out of the house and only under emergency circumstances in Vijayawada.— The New Indian Express (@NewIndianXpress) March 27, 2020
Express video | Prasant Madugula.#CoronavirusLockdown #CoronavirusOutbreak @xpressandhra pic.twitter.com/ZvgEYk6MlB
24 hour control room in UP
COVID-19: Indian students stranded in Philippines can return after travel ban is lifted, says Embassy
"Embassy is in regular contact with students in Perpetual Help. Shops & essential stores in area open. Indian restaurants are ready to deliver. 16,000 Indian students in Philippines are advised- can travel to India when temporary ban is lifted. Emergency no. 09477836524," the embassy said in a tweet. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
5 new confirmed cases in Maharashtra, India tally crosses 730
5 more people have tested positive for coronavirus - 4 from Nagpur & 1 from Gondia: Divisional Commissioner Nagpur (Maharashtra)
Coronavirus positive cases in India 724: Health Ministry
Telangana reports new case, total 45 confirmed cases in the state
A 45-year-old male, having a travel history to Delhi, has tested positive for coronavirus. Patient is stable and under isolation: Telangana Health department
Centre issues norms for usage of Hydroxychloroquine
The Central govt hereby directs that sale by retail of any preparation containing the drug Hydroxychloroquine shall be in accordance with the conditions for sale of drugs specified in Schedule H1 to the Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare pic.twitter.com/1YWElo7T4d— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2020
Free dry ration will be distributed among poor in district, starting with municipalities today. All chemist shops to open from today. Supply of milk to be allowed only between 8-11 am&4 Groceries shall open on Mar 27 only,between 10 am-4 pm: DC Reasi (Jammu&Kashmir) #COVID19— ANI (@ANI) March 27, 2020
SHGs in Berhampur sell vegetables at residents' doorsteps to ensure people stay indoors
21 SHG members have been engaged to take the commodities to the neighbourhoods so that people procure them in their own locality. The women have been provided with protective gear like masks and gloves. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Andamans reports 2nd positive case
Second positive case of COVID19 in Andamans. He had traveled with the first positive case. Both in hospital and protocols being followed: Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands
RBI Governor to address media at 10 AM
US overtakes China with over 82,000 coronavirus cases
United States has now surpassed China in the number of COVID-19 cases around the world, with at least 82,404 people are known to have been infected with the deadly coronavirus, the Johns Hopkins University real-time COVID-19 tracker said on Thursday.
Man suspected to be coronavirus case dies in Madhya Pradesh
A 47-year-old man admitted to a hospital in Madhya Pradesh's Indore after being suspected of coronavirus has died, an official said, adding the man has no travel history and his test reports are awaited
Odisha man who travelled to New Delhi, Haryana tests positive
The 60-year-old man from the city who had recently returned from New Delhi in a flight has been admitted to the isolation ward in Capital Hospital, Bhubaneswar.
(READ FULL REPORT HERE)
Andhra government cancels exams for class VI-IX
"It has been decided to cancel the summative assessment II for these classes and declare the students as 'all pass'," Commissioner of School Education Vadrevu China Veerabhadrudu said in a memo to Regional Joint Directors and District Educational Officers.
Passengers attack police on AP-Telangana border: Andhra DGP
A group of irate passengers stranded on the Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border due to the coronavirus lockdown allegedly hurled stones at the police near the Vadapalli checkpoint late on Thursday night, causing head injury to a constable, police said.
Elderly patient in critical condition in Kolkata hospital
The 66-year-old from Nayabad in Kolkata, with no history of travelling abroad or outside the state, started experiencing severe breathing problems despite oxygen support, he said."He is in very critical condition...and has been put on ventilator.Our doctors are monitoring him round the clock," the official said.
Disinfection drive in Assam
WATCH | Lathis for some, sit-ups for others: Lockdown violators feel the heat!
All Kangra samples return nehgative
35 private laboratories get ICMR nod to conduct COVID-19 tests
Jammu reports fresh case
Andhra Pradesh reports one more case
#BREAKING One more positive case confirmed in #Vijayawada taking total number of cases in #AndhraPradesh to 11. Patient arrived from #Stockholm to #Delhi on March 18, flew to #Vijayawada same day. @NewIndianXpress #ChineseVirus19 #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/hC868VU3jd— TNIE Andhra Pradesh (@xpressandhra) March 26, 2020
Maharashtra reports fifth death
Threat of community transmission looms over Indore, Ujjain
Four persons, including two COVID-19 positive patients and two suspected coronavirus patients have died in hospitals of Indore and Ujjain over the last 24 hours.
READ FULL REPORT HERE
E-commerce sites can resume operations in TN from Friday
CHENNAI: After much confusion, e-commerce companies delivering essentials can reasme their operations from Friday as the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Edappadi K Palaniswamy and top police officials clarified that they are allowed to work. However, many of the delivery staff are very hesitant to join work for various reasons.
READ FULL REPORT HERE
Odisha to set up two special COVID-19 hospitals with 950 beds
The new COVID-19 hospitals are likely to come up by April 15, an official said adding that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has directed to provide state-of-the-art facilities for treatment of COVID-19 patients.
READ FULL REPORT HERE
WATCH | This Good Samaritan delivers food for the cops on duty
Breathing easy and dealing with the coronavirus lockdown induced anxiety
If you are in the grip of anxiety pangs in the midst of all this social and economic devastation, here are a few tips that might help you tide over your worries, or at least help you handle your concerns better.
Chennai cops harass, beat up residents stepping out to buy groceries
Many incidents of highhandedness by the men in khaki in the last three days in Chennai have caused much trauma to the common man stepping out to buy groceries or workers engaged in delivering essential services.
Centre suspends international flight operations till April 14
It has been decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 18:30 hrs (GMT) of April 14, 2020. This will not apply to approved international all-cargo operations & flights: Directorate General of Civil Aviation
Need essentials in Chennai, here are the officers to contact
Residents can contact these zonal officers and regional deputy commissioners if they find difficulty in getting essentials
Zone----Zone name---Official name---Number
RDC--North-- P Akash--9445025800
RDC--Central---P N Sridhar--9445190150
(zone 6 to 10)
RDC--South--- Alby John---9445190100
zone 1---Thiruvatriyur---Paul Thangadurai---9445190001
zone 2---Manali-- D Rajasekar--- 9445190002
zone 3---Madhavaram-- S Devendiran-- 9445190003
zone 4--Tondiarpet--M Kamaraj--- 9445190004
zone 5---Royapuram--R Manoharan--- 9445190005
zone 6---Thiru Vi Ka Nagar---P Narayanan--- 9445190006
zone 7--Ambattur---G Tamilselvan-- 9445190007
zone 8---Anna Nagar---K Sundarajan--- 9445190008
zone 9---Teynampet---J Ravikumar--- 9445190009
zone 10---Kodambakkam-- M Paranthaman-- 9445190010
zone 11---Valasaravakkam-- S sasikala--- 9445190011
zone 12--Alandur---H Murugan--- 9445190012
zone 13---Adyar---N Thirumurugan-- 9445190013
zone 14---Perungudi--S Baskaran-- 9445190014
zone 15---Shollinganallur---T Sugumar---- 9445190015
Punjab cases of COVID-19 rise to 33
The total number of cases in Punjab rise to 33, after 2 more people test positive for Coronavirus. Of the two, one person is from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and is a contact of another positive patient and the second case is from Jalandhar and the patient has a travel history
UP govt asks officials to open community kitchens for poor, migrant labourers
The CM has directed DMs of district bordering other states to make arrangements of food and lodging for labourers and other migrants coming from others states due to 21-day lockdown. He said orders regarding use of legislators local area development fund for purchasing equipments, masks etc amid the coronavirus outbreak has been issued.
Assam government transforms Sarusajai Stadium into coronavirus isolation facility
In a move to combat coronavirus outbreak, the state government has decided to convert the stadium into make-shift hospitals to treat patients suffering from the contagious infection. At least 1,000 people at a time can be quarantined at the facility. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited the site on Thursday and took stock of the work progress.
P Chidambaram welcomes Finmin's relief package with a few concerns
I am glad that the government has announced a Financial Action Plan today that reflects some elements of the 10-point plan that I had put forward yesterday. I offer a cautious welcome.— P. Chidambaram (@PChidambaram_IN) March 26, 2020
It is a modest plan. In due course, government will realize that it must do more.
IAF readies nine quarantine facilities at its nodal bases across India
The Indian Air Force (IAF) on Wednesday said it has created nine quarantine facilities of 200-300 personnel capacity each at its nodal bases across the country to combat the outbreak of novel coronavirus. "To monitor the prevailing situation and provide immediate response and assistance as required, a 24x7 crisis management cell has been set up at the IAF Headquarters and various Command Headquarters," stated an IAF press release.
Elderly man with no history of travel tests positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata
The 66-year-old from Nayabad in Kolkata had no history of travelling abroad or outside the state, he said. He is undergoing treatment at a private hospital's intensive coronary care unit, especially set up for novel coronavirus patients, the official said. His family members have been placed under home quarantine, he said, adding that police have been posted outside their residence.
DRDO helps in manufacturing equipment to tackle coronavirus spread
DRDO scientists are working on the development of many products to tackle COVID19. Sanitizers developed by us have been distributed to many people. We have also developed N-99 and 3 layered masks, we have produced more than 20,000 masks and supplied to various agencies, including Delhi Police. Some time back DRDO developed a ventilator along with Society for Biomedical Technology (SBMT), its technology has been transferred to the industry. An industry in Mysore is producing the secondary version of that ventilator now: DRDO Chairman, Dr G Satheesh Reddy
Haryana cops cancel wedding
In Haryana, preparations for a wedding ceremony were stalled by the police in Fatehabad for violating Coronavirus Lockdown. "We have registered a report on this matter and are verifying facts", says Subhash Chandra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fatehabad.
‘Village republics’ back in vogue in Northeast thanks to COVID-19 panic
Village after village in the region has resorted to the age-old mechanism of putting up barricades to fence themselves from novel coronavirus carriers from outside. In the process, people are staying at home and protecting themselves and others.
Mysuru man with no travel history or contact with COVID-19 patients tests positive
The patient worked in the quality assurance section of a noted pharmaceutical company in Nanjangud and is said to have been in contact with many health care professionals. Health officials have traced seven primary contacts of the patient who are currently under house quarantine.
Helplines open up in Chennai to lend mental and physical relief
Ever since the city has gone into lockdown, helplines catering to various needs of the city -- physical and mental -- have opened up.
Shaira Munjal, a city-based psychologist, has set up a helpline for those who may need mental health care during these times. She accepts calls or WhatsApp messages on the number +91 9884720759.
IIT Madras spreads students across three hostels after backlash
In a fresh email communication on Thursday, accessed by The New Indian Express, the Dean Students said Bhadra, Cauvery and Brahmaputra have been identified as men's hostels and Sabarmati for women. "We have made sure the number of residents would be far less than half the capacity of the hostels," the Dean said.
The Govt announcement today of a financial assistance package, is the first step in the right direction. India owes a debt to its farmers, daily wage earners, labourers, women & the elderly who are bearing the brunt of the ongoing lockdown.#Corona— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) March 26, 2020
Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor deletes coronavirus post from Instagram
It is believed that Kapoor deleted the post after facing severe online backlash in the wake of the announcement. Ever since her diagnosis, the singer received flak, mostly because of the perceived lack of caution she took after returning from the UK.
Don't compel us to deploy Army: Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar
Taking a stern view of many people still sauntering out on the roads despite a state and nationwide lockdown, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Thursday hinted that he would not hesitate to deploy the Army to control the crowding menace.
73-year-old COVID-19 positive man dies in Rajasthan's Bhilwara
A 73-year-old man, who had tested positive for coronavirus and was in coma due to kidney failure in Rajasthan's Bhilwara district, died on Thursday while two more persons tested positive for the COVID-19 infection in the state, an official said.
Airtel gives free access to e-book platform amid lockdown
Airtel acquired a strategic stake in Juggernaut in 2017. Juggernaut is also organising an innovative online literary festival as part of its efforts to promote reading.
Koyambedu veggie traders roll back demand to close market for two days
Traders were in a dilemma as vegetable stocks continue to arrive but there are no takers as the regular supply to hotels, hostels, canteens and retail vegetable markets has been hit owing to the COVID-19 lockdown.
1434 cases registered by TN cops for violations of Section 144
According to a senior police officer, 12 cases have been registered against people for spreading fake news and rumours and eight people have been arrested in this regard.
Health Ministry press brief
Social distancing can be effective intervention in breaking chain of coronavirus transmission
COVID-19 does not spread through mosquitoes
17 states have started work on earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients
Govt is taking steps to ensure that production, supply or distribution of essential goods & services do not get affected during Coronavirus Lockdown. States are working to provide food & shelter to migrant workers
According to the initial trends, while the numbers of COVID19 cases are increasing, the rate at which they are increasing appears to be relatively stabilizing.
- There is still no hard evidence to say there has been community transmission of coronavirus in India
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to 18 Chief Ministers in connection with the people from West Bengal that are stuck in various parts of the country, amid the lockdown. In the letter, she has appealed to the CMs to provide basic amenities to them. pic.twitter.com/lZMfAP5VuH— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Odisha inks agreement to buld 1000-bed COVID-19 hospital
Odisha to set up the largest COVID-19 hospital in the country. Will be a 1000 bed hospital and will be functional in a fortnight. A tripartite agreement was signed between Odisha Govt, corporates and and Medical colleges.
Centre allows home delivery of medicines
Government of India allows doorstep delivery of medicines/drugs to people in view of the COVID19 pandemic. Notification to be published soon in the Gazette of India.
Jharkhand government to provide essentials at people's doorsteps
With people facing problems in availability of items of daily needs on the first day of the nationwide lockdown, the Jharkhand government on Thursday decided to provide daily essentials to people on their doorsteps. CM Hemant Soren has shared on his Twitter handle a list of shops and megastores along with their phone numbers that are making home delivery of food items and other essential items.
Urdu daily owner booked over fake news on coronavirus in J&K
A case has been registered against an owner and reporter of an Urdu newspaper for publishing a fake news in his daily that six persons have tested positive for the COVID-19 in Poonch, creating fear and confusion among the local populace.
COVID-19 patient who died in Bengaluru was turned away from RGICD due to lack of beds
Minister of Medical Education K Sudhakar said the second patient who succumbed to COVID-19 in Karnataka was turned away from the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Diseases due to the lack of beds. "She was a senior citizen who travelled from Andhra to Gauribidanur and then came to Bengaluru. She had a travel history of going to the Middle East. As the beds were full at RGICD, she was shifted to Bowring at 12 pm in the night and passed away at 1 am in Bowring," Sudhakar said.
India allows plane to fly out German citizens home
Indian authorities has allowed a special flight of Lufthansa airlines to fly to Delhi and later evacuate German citizens stuck in the wake of countrywide lockdown. Under special circumstances, a Lufthansa A380 aircraft from Frankfurt landed in Delhi around midnight. The return flight departed from Delhi at 130 am. The number of foreigners evacuated could not be immediately known.
WATCH | Lockdown is good but now we must prepare our health system, says Dr.Oommen John
Bengal man who stepped out to buy milk died after being thrashed by cops: Report
A 32-year-old man in West Bengal's Howrah who ventured out to buy milk succumbed to his injuries after reportedly being thrashed by police. The deceased identified as Lal Swami, a resident of Howrah, had stepped out to buy milk (an essential) on Wednesday, ABP Ananda reported. His wife reportedly claimed that Swami was lathi-charged when the police were clearing a gathering on the street.
Bihar govt releases Rs 100 crore for migrants back in state, stuck elsewhere
The Bihar government on Thursday released Rs 100 crore from the Chief Minister's Relief Fund to assist Bihari migrants who have returned to the state or are stuck in other states amid the Covid-19 lockdown. Migrants who returned to Bihar from other states will be provided food with the money sanctioned by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
WATCH | Evicted hostellers in Hyderabad ask,
Milk to be sold only between 3.30 am to 9 am across Tamil Nadu
The decision said to be taken by Tamil Nadu Milk Dealers Welfare Association on Thursday, on the second day of statewide lockdown after the police allegedly asked them to restrict the sale of milk owing to the increasing gathering of people at retail shops.
Kerala cops stop using breath analyzers to prevent spread of COVID-19
The person subjected to the test has to blow air on the device to gauge the alcohol content in his body. The decision to suspend its use for the time being was taken as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the virus.
Man tests positive for COVID19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands
A man has been tested positive for COVID19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He flew back from Chennai on March 24. Follow up action is being taken as per protocol: Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra-Telangana border witnesses surge of people amid COVID-19 lockdown
What prompted the sudden rush of people to their villages was the Telangana police giving No Objection Certificates (NOCs) to some students staying in Hyderabad to travel to their native places in AP as the private hostels there started to shut down as they could not provide food and other facilities to the inmates.
Testing and screening activities
For The Organised Sector Under PM Gareeb Kalyan Yojana
*The government of India will pay the EPF contribution - 12 per cent - of both employer and employee for the next three months. This is for those establishments which have over 100 employees, 90 percent of which earn below Rs 15,000 per month.
* EPFO scheme regulations to be amended to allow non-refundable advance of 75 per cent from their contingency fund, or three months wages, whichever is lower. This will benefit 4.8 crore workers registered with EPF.
For testing and screening activities
*State government has been directed to utilise mineral fund for supplementing all types of medical screening activities necessary to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Shops selling essential commodities in Delhi can stay open 24 hours: L-G Anil Baijal
Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal on Thursday said that all shops selling essential commodities in Delhi will be allowed to remain open round the clock to prevent crowding and rush by the people. He further added that the police department has been asked to allow e-commerce companies to function in the state.
Delhi Metro to remain closed till April 14, 2020
Public Service Announcement— Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (@OfficialDMRC) March 26, 2020
We have received a few queries regarding the tenure of the closure of the Metro services. It is hereby informed that, in light of the lockdown issued by the government, Metro services will remain closed till 14 April 2020.
Government announces 1.7 lakh crore relief package for poor
Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyaan Ann Yojana
*Nearly two thirds of the population, 80 crore poor people, will get 5 kg of rice or wheat per month, in addition to the 5 kg announced by the Centre, for free.
*1 kg of pulse, according to regional preferences, to each household will be given for the next three months. This can be availed of in two installments.
Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyaan Ann Yojana
* Nearly two thirds of the population, 80 crore poor people, will get 5 kg of rice or wheat per month, in addition to the 5 kg announced by the Centre, for free.
*1 kg of pulse, according to regional preferences, to each household will be given for the next three months. This can be availed of in two installments.
Direct Benefit Transfer Announcements
* Cash transfer to cover farmers, MNREGA workers, poor widows and pensioners and divyang * Women under DBT and those under Ujjwala, self help group women, construction workers
* Farmers who currently receive Rs 6,000 annually, will be given the first installment of the next financial year immediately. 8.7 crore farmers will benefit from it.Women under the Ujjwala scheme to get free cylinders *Women under the Ujjwala scheme will be given free cylinders for three months. It is expected to benefit 8.3 crore families below the poverty line. *Through 63 lakh women self help groups, 7 crore households will get Rs 20 lakh in collateral-free loans. They get upto Rs 10 lakh collateral-free loans currently.
Bihar records two new cases of coronavirus, number of people under observation reaches 1456
In the last few days, the total number of passengers enrolled for medical surveillance on Thursday rose to 1456 from 909 on Tuesday and 1228 on Wednesday. In the last 12 hours, 228 new passengers were added in total count for placing them under observation. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
AIIMS creates task force on coronavirus
Audio clip on Nagpur coronavirus tally fake: Government
Social distancing at Andhra's Tirupati
More about the latest order
- The Delhi Police on Thursday directed all its personnel to allow persons and vehicles engaged in essential services to remain operational in the national capital while also listing out names of retailers and online delivery services that shall be allowed to function here, officials said. All traffic, picket and beat staff have been briefed to allow the following retailers, operators and online delivery services to operate in Delhi.
- This comes a day after the Delhi Police held a meeting with representatives of e-commerce websites and assured them help in ensuring smooth movement of essential services. Zomato, Flipkart, Amazon, 24 Seven, Blue Dart, DTDC, Wow Express, Swiggy, Grofers, BigBasket, MilkBaasket, Dunzo, Big Bazaar, Snapdeal, Licious, Medlife, Pharmeasy, UrbanClap, Ninjacart, Honsa Conumer Pvt. Limited, Healthians Diagnostics, Delhivery Pvt Limited, Nutrimoo Milk Dairy, More Retail Limited, Easyday, Jabong, Myntra, Spencer's, Reliance Fresh, Jubilant Food Works, Foodpanda, Faaso's, Pizza Hut, Uber Eats, Needs Supermart Pvt Limited, 1MG, Dr. Lal Path Labs, Max-Path, Satvacart, Iifco and any other e-commerce retailers and operators have been allowed to function in the national capital, according to police.
- Police have also set up a platform for e-commerce websites where they can share the problems faced by them so that the police can help in solving the issues. Delivery agents of e-commerce websites are also being given movement passes, police said.
Good news Delhi folks! AAP government allows food home delivery services
Food home delivery services have been allowed, the delivery persons can show their ID cards that will be sufficient. Mohalla clinics will continue to function but with all precautions: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
A chhole-bhature seller in Delhi narrates his plight
Shanti Pal, 16-year-old, at Delhi's Anand Vihar: I sell chhole-bhature in Andrews Ganj area from where I started walking on foot towards my home in Badaun (Uttar Pradesh). I hope to reach there by tomorrow. I have not eaten anything since yesterday. #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/6OEGGzVmgd— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Lying face down may improve breathing in severe COVID-19 cases: Study
The research, published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, assessed the treatment of 12 patients in Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, China, with severe COVID-19 infection-related acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) who were assisted by mechanical ventilation. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
WATCH | Mumbai's Juhu beach wears deserted look
Coronavirus may not spread through tears, says new research
While researchers are certain that coronavirus spreads through mucus and droplets expelled by coughing or sneezing, it is unclear if the virus is spread through other bodily fluids, such as tears, said the study published in the journal Ophthalmology. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
WATCH | Kejriwal, Delhi L-G address media
Was distributing vegetables to the poor: Puducherry MLA who faces police action
Puducherry Congress MLA John Kumar: I distributed vegetables to the poor because prices of essential items have increased after the lockdown. Now, FIR has been registered against me for helping the poor. Why are not cases being registered against officers holding meetings? https://t.co/n9duXk8nU0 pic.twitter.com/fzkeKVepSB— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Sitharaman to announce another financial relief package
- Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is likely to announce later in the day a comprehensive economic package to deal with the impact of coronavirus outbreak. The announcement is expected to take place at 1 pm on Thursday, an official said without giving any specific details. Earlier this week, the Finance Minister had said a package is under works and will be announced.
- With the coronavirus lockdown hitting the Indian industry hard and causing job losses, Sitharaman had said an economic package to help tide over the crisis will be announced very soon.
- Sitharaman told reporters an announcement on the package would be made sooner than later. Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week had constituted a task force headed by the Finance Minister to work out package for economy hit by coronavirus.
More about the Gujarat Death
"The 70-year-old man died at a government hospital in Bhavnagar," state principal secretary (health) Jayanti Ravi said. Earlier, one patient each from Ahmedabad and Surat had succumbed to the viral infection, she said
Sensex surges over 1,300 points ahead of Finance Minister Sitharaman's press meet
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to brief media at 1 PM. On Tuesday, Sitharaman had announced a slew of measures to reduce the stress on coronavirus-hit India Inc and India. (READ MORE)
WATCH | Sanitation drive at South Delhi
China poses threat to Americans' health, says Mike Pompeo as US cases cross 68,000
Pompeo, a known critic of China, said China's delay in sharing information about the virus had created risks to people worldwide. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Maharashtra: A man, Darshan Ghosh, distributes food & sanitizers to sanitation workers in Pune. Ghosh says, "We are trying to take care of people who are taking care of the country and ensuring that we stay home comfortably". #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/jSBfCoL2gE— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Christian Michel approaches Delhi HC for interim bail, cites coronavirus fear as a reason
New portable COVID-19 test can give results in 50 minutes: UK researchers
Most current tests take 24-48 hours to provide results because they need to be sent to labs, noted the researchers from the University of East Anglia (UEA) in the UK, who created the test to be rolled out to test National Health Service (NHS) staff in two weeks. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Apartment, hotel sealed in Noida
Kuwait returnee, hospitalised with coronavirus symptoms, dies in Kanyakumari
On Wednesday evening, a 26-year-old male Qatar returnee and the 40-year-old Kuwait returnee had been admitted to the isolation ward of Kanyakumari government medical college hospital in Nagercoil after they devloped symptoms for coronavirus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Mobile maker Lava pays 20 per cent advance salary to factory workers
The company has around 3,500 workers in the factory. "The move is a part of the several measures that the company has taken to ease the trouble of its employees and ensure their safety and well-being. Lava paid around 20 per cent of the salary in advance yesterday (Wednesday), almost 12 days ahead of the scheduled date," the company said in a statement. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
WATCH | AIMIM MLA's supporters abuse Maharashtra doctor
#WATCH Maharashtra: Supporters of AIMIM MLA Mufti Mohammad Ismail abused a doctor at Malegaon General Hospital in Nashik. The MLA alleged that the doctor was delaying the discharge of two patients from the hospital. The MLA has been arrested. (Note-Abusive language) (25.03.2020) pic.twitter.com/DszaVCqmEi— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Government to address media at Thursday afternoon
Another death in Gujarat
Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi again, this time on doctors' protection
Second coronavirus death in Karnataka
Rajnath Singh chairs meeting on Defence Ministry's preparedness to tackle coronavirus
Advisories issued for Indian students in Pakistan amid coronavirus epidemic
Coronavirus suspect with no travel history dies in Indore
A 47-year-old man, admitted at the government hospital here as a coronavirus suspect, died on Thursday, health officials said. His test reports are awaited, the officials said. The man was earlier treated at the Ujjain civil hospital and was admitted to the Indore hospital on Wednesday with symptoms of breathlessness, the official said. The patient did not have a travel history, he added.
Ensure hassle free movement of personnel & vehicles of e-retailers: Delhi police to its personnel
Vellore region put on high alert following first positive case of coronavirus
Officials said that the house of the 26-year-old man, returning from Dubai, located at Kilvisharam, near Arcot in Ranipet district, was cordoned off restricting movement of the inmates. The entire village is being sanitized by health workers and civic body employees. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Lockdown not enough to eradicate coronavirus, use this time to 'find, isolate, test, 'trace, treat': WHO
"To slow the spread of #COVID19, many countries introduced "lockdown" measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the #coronavirus. You have created a 2nd window of opportunity," Director-General of WHO said in a daily briefing. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
43 positive cases in Gujarat
Another coronavirus death in Maharashtra?
WATCH | Queue at mutton stall near Mysuru road
Follow @XpressBengaluru to get #TNIEupdatesOnCovid19— TNIE Karnataka (@XpressBengaluru) March 26, 2020
Queue at papanna mutton stall near Mysuru road to buy mutton for the Varshad thodaku (tradition to cook non veg meals on the next day of Ugadi . Today's rate is Rs 750/kg
Video by @shrirambn@NewIndianXpress @santwana99 pic.twitter.com/HhYcpgZGcO
Madhya Pradesh COVID-19 tally 20; Five more test positive
The number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 20 with five more patients in Indore hospitals testing coronavirus positive, health officials said on Thursday. The tally includes a Ujjain-based woman, who died on Wednesday in Indore, the officials said. Among the five new cases in Indore, two are women, a government medical college spokesman said.No positive case was found in Chhatarpur but the patient found in Gwalior had travel history of Khajuraho in Chhatarpur.
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Cases surge in Chhattisgarh
Social distancing at the UP government meeting
Act strictly against landlords trying to evict medical staff from their premises: BSY government to Karnataka police
Coronavirus cases reach 36 in Delhi
"COVID-19 cases in Delhi have risen to 36. A mohalla clinic doctor and four others have been tested positive after they came in contact with an infected woman who returned from Saudi Arabia. The doctor's wife and daughter have also tested positive. A total of 800 people who came in contact with the mohalla clinic doctor have been quarantined for 14 days," says Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
People defy lockdown instructions at Andhra
WATCH | Forced to attend lectures despite lockdown: Medical students from Rohtak
#WATCH Video received from one of the students at Pt. BD Sharma PG Institute of Medical Sciences at Rohtak who was forced to attend lectures despite lockdown due to Coronavirus-"College authorities are not agreeing to grant us leave; we are being exposed to lot of infections." pic.twitter.com/7TfMum28L5— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
DTC driver on transport situation in Delhi
Pawan Kalyan to donate Rs 1 crore to PM's fund
The Jana Sena chief announces to donate Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund & Rs 50 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister's Relief Fund in fight against Coronavirus Pandemic.
Social distancing at Meghalaya market
UP registers four more positive cases
A 21-year-old woman (whose parents tested positive), a 32-year-old man with travel history to Dubai, a 33 year-old woman and a 39 year-old man have been tested positive for Coronavirus: Dr Sudhir Singh, Incharge, Isolation Ward, King George's Medical University
People practice social distancing in Shimla
Stock markets open in green for third consecutive session; Sensex gains over 500 points
Extending gains for the third consecutive session, Domestic stock markets started Thursday's session on a bullish note tracking gains in Asian peers. The S&P BSE Sensex index opened 537.93 points higher at 29,073.71, and the NSE kick started the at 8,451.00, up 133.15 points from the previous close. (READ MORE)
Sans transportation, Delhi wage workers walk near Delhi-Ghazipur border
Delhi: Daily wage workers walk near Delhi-Ghazipur border for their homes in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. A woman says, "We have no money left as we don't get any work here. What shall we eat? If we would not leave the city, we would die of hunger". #CoronavirusLockdown pic.twitter.com/WcZHY4jt9X— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020
Coronavirus positive patient dies in Srinagar
Two new cases in Mumbai and Thane
Two new positive cases of Coronavirus in Mumbai and Thane; Till now, the total number of positive cases in the state is 124: Health Department, Maharashtra
SC Bar Association mulls BCI plea to help financially-troubled lawyers in wake of COVID-19
The contributions thus collected are proposed to be diverted towards the beneficiaries. This could be done without revealing the beneficiary’s identity so as to not hurt anyone’s dignity, Arora said in the message he put out for the SCBA members. (READ FULL STORY HERE)
Coronavirus global death toll crosses 20,000, over three billion people under lockdown
As the number of confirmed cases worldwide soared past 450,000, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres warned that only a concerted global effort could stop the spread of the virus. (READ FULL STORY HERE)