COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | India records highest single-day jump as cases cross 950

A 69-year-old patient who was undergoing treatment at Kalamassery medical college in Kochi died on Saturday morning and became India's 20th victim.

Published: 26th March 2020 07:50 AM  |   Last Updated: 29th March 2020 12:31 AM   |  A+A-

The total number of COVID-19 affected people in India have crossed 950. (Photo | PTI)

By Online Desk

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.


05:13 Mar 28

PM Modi sets up public assistance fund. Here's how you can donate


12:22 Mar 29

Delhi opens food delivery system

12:20 Mar 29

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.

11:22 Mar 28

Ambala reports first case

10:38 Mar 28

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.

10:21 Mar 28

Cases in Andhra rises to 19

10:17 Mar 28

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.

10:14 Mar 28

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.

09:55 Mar 28

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.

09:50 Mar 28

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.

09:41 Mar 28

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.

09:02 Mar 28

WATCH | Hundreds of migrant labourers walk back home from Delhi NRC

07:50 Mar 28

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.

07:34 Mar 28

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)

07:27 Mar 28

WATCH| Stranded in Chennai, migrant worker from Jharkhand seeks help

07:23 Mar 28

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)

07:02 Mar 28

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)

06:55 Mar 28

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)

06:43 Mar 28

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)

06:11 Mar 28

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.

05:35 Mar 28

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)

05:27 Mar 28

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)

05:09 Mar 28

Tata trusts pledges Rs 500 crore to fight against COVID-19

03:46 Mar 28

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)

03:40 Mar 28

WATCH | Youngest case in India: Infant of seven months from Kashmir

03:35 Mar 28

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)

03:08 Mar 28

MHA directs States/UTs to provide accommodation, food, medical care to homeless

03:03 Mar 28

Number of coronavirus cases worldwide crosses 600,000-mark


(Photo| AP)

02:52 Mar 28

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)

02:48 Mar 28

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)

02:35 Mar 28

Karnataka records 10 new coronavirus cases

10 fresh cases of coronavirus were detected on Saturday, taking Karnataka's tally to 74.

02:24 Mar 28

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)

02:21 Mar 28

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)

01:19 Mar 28

Stones pelted at cops in Assam

12:49 Mar 28

Another tale of migrant labourers' plights across nation

12:48 Mar 28

Uttar Pradesh CM visits hospital dedicated for COVID-19 patients

12:40 Mar 28

Here is what AAP government has to say about massive exodus of migrant workers from Delhi

"We have also provided some DTC buses to transport them. I urge people to stay put where they are. We have started converting schools here (Ghazipur) into nigh shelters to accommodate these people. I request people to not leave their homes or shanties. Homeless people can stay at night shelters. We have the capacity to feed the people of entire Delhi," said Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia after visiting Ghazipur near Delhi-UP where people have gathered in huge number to board special buses for their homes in Uttar Pradesh.
12:38 Mar 28

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)

12:37 Mar 28

Some more lockdown updates from Punjab

12:36 Mar 28

PM interacts with AYUSH professionals

12:35 Mar 28

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)

12:09 Mar 28

Kerala registers first COVID-19 death

69-year-old patient who was undergoing treatment at Kalamassery medical college in Kochi passed away on Saturday.
12:08 Mar 28

Ola to come up with ‘Drive the Driver’ fund

"Millions of drivers and their families find themselves without an income today. To support them, we're launching the ‘Drive the Driver’ fund. I'm contributing my next year salary and Ola along with employees will contribute Rs 20 crore to the fund," said Bhavish Aggarwal, co-founder and CEO, Ola.
11:54 Mar 28
11:39 Mar 28

Chennai Corporation puts quarantine sticker in Kamal Hasan’s residence

11:38 Mar 28

Two more positive cases in Tamil Nadu

11:36 Mar 28

Curfew relaxed in Chandigarh

11:36 Mar 28

UP government takes steps to take migrant workers to their respective natives

Arrangement of 1000 buses have been done to take the migrant workers to their respective hometowns amid Coronavirus lockdown. Transportation Officers, bus drivers and conductors were called by the CM last night to make all the arrangements: Government of Uttar Pradesh
11:34 Mar 28

Religious leaders in Kerala issue statement

Religious leaders, including that of the Christian community, issue a joint press statement stating "to curb the spread of the virus, we enforced certain restrictions on entry to pilgrim centers. We're fighting this menace, by highlighting the concern for the others. As everybody knows, a lockdown has been clamped all over the country. All are requested to co-operate with such restrictions and to make use of the situation in a highly creative way."
11:33 Mar 28

Isolation coaches prepared by the Railways

10:54 Mar 28

Kerala CM writes to PM Modi

10:53 Mar 28

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)

10:52 Mar 28

WATCH | Huge gathering near Delhi-UP Border

10:51 Mar 28

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)

10:48 Mar 28

Visuals from J&K amid lockdown

10:48 Mar 28

Rajasthan tally reaches 52

Two coronavirus positive cases found in the state today, a 23-year-old man in Ajmer, who travelled to Punjab and a 21-year-old woman in Bhilwara. Total number of positive cases in the state now rises to 52: Rajasthan Health Department
10:47 Mar 28

Curfew relaxed in Punjab

10:46 Mar 28

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.
10:10 Mar 28

Will respond to Industry’s inputs to tackle the situation: Nirmala Sitharaman

Secretary, Corporate Affairs has held discussions with Confederation of Indian Industry, FICCI, ASSOCHAM, and PHD Chamber to hear & address their concerns. Ministry of Finance will continuously remain & respond to Industry’s inputs: Finance Minister
10:02 Mar 28

Gujarat tally crosses 50

Six more people have been tested COVID-19 positive, taking total number of cases to 53 in Gujarat: Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary, Health and family welfare Department.
09:53 Mar 28

WATCH | People flouting lockdown norms at Karnataka

09:52 Mar 28

National tally reaches 873: Government

09:44 Mar 28

Group of people helping the migrant labourers walking back to their native places in UP

09:43 Mar 28

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.
09:42 Mar 28

What Punjab vegetable traders have to say about lockdown in state

09:37 Mar 28

Government's latest directive on coronavirus treatment

09:31 Mar 28

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)

09:31 Mar 28

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)

09:26 Mar 28

Woman arrested in Kolkata for spreading misinformation

A 29-year-old woman has been booked and arrested for allegedly spreading misinformation on social media about a doctor being infected with COVID-19 in Beleghata area of Kolkata.
09:25 Mar 28

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)

09:24 Mar 28

Septuagenarian from Tamil Nadu extends his helping hand

09:23 Mar 28

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)

09:18 Mar 28

‘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)

09:07 Mar 28

Delhi Police turns back migrant workers going back to their states

09:05 Mar 28

More surge in Maharashtra cases

Six new Coronavirus positive cases found in the state today. Five in Mumbai and one in Nagpur. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 159: Maharashtra Health Ministry
09:04 Mar 28

Roads being sanitised in Kolkata

09:03 Mar 28

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)

09:02 Mar 28

Navy swings into action

09:01 Mar 28

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)

08:59 Mar 28

Karnataka villagers block road to to restrict entry of the outsiders

08:58 Mar 28

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)

08:16 Mar 28

Delhi residents practice social distancing

08:09 Mar 28

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.
08:07 Mar 28

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.
08:03 Mar 28

Latest scenes from Ghaziabad

08:03 Mar 28

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.
08:01 Mar 28

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.
08:00 Mar 28

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.

07:58 Mar 28

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.
07:56 Mar 28

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.
07:55 Mar 28

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.
07:54 Mar 28

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.
07:53 Mar 28

Municipality officials distribute food material in Kerala

07:52 Mar 28

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.
07:42 Mar 28

Latest statistics from government

Death toll due to COVID-19 touches 19; number of cases rises to 834: Union Health Ministry.
07:13 Mar 28

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.


07:12 Mar 28

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.


07:11 Mar 28

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.


12:46 Mar 28

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.

12:13 Mar 28

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.

11:48 Mar 27

WATCH | The 'Kerala Model' of social distancing!

11:17 Mar 27

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.

10:54 Mar 27

WATCH | Northeast villages seal borders, isolate from outside world

10:00 Mar 27

Three more test positive in TN

09:55 Mar 27

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.

09:43 Mar 27

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.

09:26 Mar 27

NEET postponed

"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.


09:22 Mar 27

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.

09:21 Mar 27

Andhra reports 13th case

08:26 Mar 27

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.

07:18 Mar 27

PM Modi prays for his British counterpart's health

06:57 Mar 27

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)

06:56 Mar 27

British health minister tests positive

British health minister Matt Hancock tests positive for coronavirus.

06:46 Mar 27

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)

06:22 Mar 27

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.

06:16 Mar 27

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.

06:12 Mar 27

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)

06:02 Mar 27

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

05:59 Mar 27

8-year-old boy dies in Andhra after failing to get timely medical aid amid lockdown

05:01 Mar 27

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)

04:53 Mar 27

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:

04:35 Mar 27

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.

04:30 Mar 27

Here is how you can help the Telangana govt fight COVID-19

04:27 Mar 27

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)

04:25 Mar 27

WATCH| Lathis for some, sit-ups for others: Lockdown violators feel the heat!

04:24 Mar 27

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.

04:12 Mar 27

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)

04:04 Mar 27

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.


03:51 Mar 27

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)

03:42 Mar 27

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. 


03:34 Mar 27

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.


03:32 Mar 27

Yogi Adityanath reviews preparations at a community kitchen

03:23 Mar 27

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.


03:20 Mar 27

Limited people gathered for the Friday prayers at Mecca Masjid in Hyderabad


(Photo| EPS/ Vinay Madapu)

03:17 Mar 27

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.

03:14 Mar 27

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.


03:11 Mar 27

WATCH| Irate passengers attack police on Andhra Pradesh-Telangana border

02:55 Mar 27

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.


02:50 Mar 27

Tamil Nadu coronavirus stats

02:41 Mar 27

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.


02:34 Mar 27

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.


02:30 Mar 27

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.

02:20 Mar 27

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.


02:16 Mar 27

As the lockdown enters day 3, practice of social distancing continues at vegetable markets


(Photo| EPS)

02:08 Mar 27

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)

02:06 Mar 27

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)

12:16 Mar 27

Karnataka reports its 3rd COVID-19 death, 19th in the country

12:02 Mar 27
12:00 Mar 27

24 hour control room in UP

11:46 Mar 27

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)

11:22 Mar 27

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)

10:52 Mar 27

Coronavirus positive cases in India 724: Health Ministry

09:16 Mar 27

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

08:58 Mar 27

Centre issues norms for usage of Hydroxychloroquine

08:41 Mar 27
08:13 Mar 27

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)

07:49 Mar 27

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

07:45 Mar 27

RBI Governor to address media at 10 AM

06:52 Mar 27

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.


05:14 Mar 27

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


01:35 Mar 27

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.

12:49 Mar 27

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.

12:21 Mar 27

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.

12:17 Mar 27

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.

12:15 Mar 27

Disinfection drive in Assam

12:12 Mar 27

WATCH | Lathis for some, sit-ups for others: Lockdown violators feel the heat!

11:39 Mar 26

All Kangra samples return nehgative

10:50 Mar 26

35 private laboratories get ICMR nod to conduct COVID-19 tests

10:22 Mar 26

Jammu reports fresh case

10:15 Mar 26

Andhra Pradesh reports one more case

09:57 Mar 26

Maharashtra reports fifth death

A 65-year-old woman from Navi Mumbai passed away at a Vashi hospital.
09:32 Mar 26

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.


08:53 Mar 26

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.

08:47 Mar 26

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.

07:58 Mar 26

WATCH | This Good Samaritan delivers food for the cops on duty

07:34 Mar 26

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.


07:18 Mar 26

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.


07:17 Mar 26

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 

07:12 Mar 26
07:03 Mar 26

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
(zone 1-5)
RDC--Central---P N Sridhar--9445190150
(zone 6 to 10)
RDC--South--- Alby John---9445190100
(zone 11-15)
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

06:59 Mar 26

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 

06:58 Mar 26

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.


06:43 Mar 26

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.


06:32 Mar 26

P Chidambaram welcomes Finmin's relief package with a few concerns


06:29 Mar 26

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.

06:28 Mar 26

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.


06:25 Mar 26

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 

06:22 Mar 26

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. 

06:14 Mar 26
06:10 Mar 26

‘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.


06:00 Mar 26

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.  


05:58 Mar 26

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.


05:13 Mar 26

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.


05:08 Mar 26


05:05 Mar 26

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. 


05:04 Mar 26

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.

05:00 Mar 26

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.


04:46 Mar 26
04:45 Mar 26

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.


04:44 Mar 26

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.


04:43 Mar 26

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.


04:40 Mar 26
04:33 Mar 26

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
04:23 Mar 26
04:13 Mar 26

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.  

04:07 Mar 26

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. 

04:05 Mar 26

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. 

03:46 Mar 26

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.


03:44 Mar 26

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.


03:43 Mar 26

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. 

03:34 Mar 26

WATCH | Lockdown is good but now we must prepare our health system, says Dr.Oommen John

03:34 Mar 26

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. 

03:13 Mar 26

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.


03:08 Mar 26

WATCH | Evicted hostellers in Hyderabad ask,

02:59 Mar 26

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.  


02:50 Mar 26

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.


02:40 Mar 26

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 

02:17 Mar 26

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.


02:11 Mar 26

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.

02:04 Mar 26

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. 


02:02 Mar 26

Delhi Metro to remain closed till April 14, 2020

01:51 Mar 26

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.
01:27 Mar 26

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)

01:14 Mar 26

AIIMS creates task force on coronavirus

All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) has constituted a task force to develop management protocols for the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
01:08 Mar 26

Audio clip on Nagpur coronavirus tally fake: Government

An audio clip is circulating on social media claiming that Nagpur has tested 59 positive coronavirus cases including 3 doctors. The assertion made in the audio is fake: Press Information Bureau
01:08 Mar 26

Social distancing at Andhra's Tirupati

01:06 Mar 26

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.
01:04 Mar 26

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

12:51 Mar 26

A chhole-bhature seller in Delhi narrates his plight

12:50 Mar 26

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)

12:48 Mar 26

WATCH | Mumbai's Juhu beach wears deserted look

12:45 Mar 26

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)

12:41 Mar 26

WATCH | Kejriwal, Delhi L-G address media

12:41 Mar 26

Was distributing vegetables to the poor: Puducherry MLA who faces police action

12:24 Mar 26

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.
12:23 Mar 26

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

12:13 Mar 26

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)

12:09 Mar 26

WATCH | Sanitation drive at South Delhi

12:08 Mar 26

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)

12:07 Mar 26
12:07 Mar 26

Christian Michel approaches Delhi HC for interim bail, cites coronavirus fear as a reason

Alleged middleman Christian Michel in AgustaWestland case has approached Delhi HC for interim bail due to the spread of coronavirus. He has cited the grounds of his ageand health condition especially with the risk of contracting COVID-19. He is currently lodged in Tihar jail.
12:06 Mar 26

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)

11:57 Mar 26

Apartment, hotel sealed in Noida

Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate BN Singh has sealed Ace Golfshire apartments in Sector 150 and Hotel Sandal Suit Sector in Sector 135 till 10am 28th March after tracing of earlier reported Coronavirus positive cases in the area.
11:56 Mar 26

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)

11:55 Mar 26

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)

11:53 Mar 26

WATCH | AIMIM MLA's supporters abuse Maharashtra doctor

11:52 Mar 26

Government to address media at Thursday afternoon

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to brief the media at 1 pm today.
11:50 Mar 26

Another death in Gujarat

70-year-old man COVID-19 patient dies in Gujarat: State government
11:42 Mar 26

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi again, this time on doctors' protection

11:38 Mar 26

Second coronavirus death in Karnataka

75-year-old woman from Chikkaballapur died on Thursday.
11:37 Mar 26

Rajnath Singh chairs meeting on Defence Ministry's preparedness to tackle coronavirus

11:35 Mar 26

Advisories issued for Indian students in Pakistan amid coronavirus epidemic

Indian students currently in Pakistan should observe precautions against COVID-19 and stay safe. They may contact High Commission at 03028514549: High Commission of India, Islamabad.
11:32 Mar 26

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.

11:25 Mar 26

Ensure hassle free movement of personnel & vehicles of e-retailers: Delhi police to its personnel

11:24 Mar 26

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)

11:23 Mar 26

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)

11:16 Mar 26

43 positive cases in Gujarat

Till now, 43 positive cases of Coronavirus have been detected in the state: Gujarat Principal Secretary, Health and Family Welfare Jayanti Ravi
11:16 Mar 26

Another coronavirus death in Maharashtra?

A 65-year-old woman from Mumbai who tested positive for Coronavirus, passes away; cause of death yet to be ascertained: Maharashtra Health Department
11:14 Mar 26

WATCH | Queue at mutton stall near Mysuru road

11:13 Mar 26
11:09 Mar 26

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.

10:55 Mar 26

Latest statistics from government

Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 649 in India (including 593 active cases, 42 cured/discharged people and 13 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
10:54 Mar 26

Cases surge in Chhattisgarh

COVID-19 cases rise to six in Chhattisgarh: Raipur AIIMS Director NM Nagarkar.
10:54 Mar 26

Social distancing at the UP government meeting

10:53 Mar 26

Act strictly against landlords trying to evict medical staff from their premises: BSY government to Karnataka police

All Dy Commissioners of District/ Commissioner, BBMP, Commissioners, Municipal Corporations and Distrcit Deputy Commissioners of Police are directed to take strict action against landlords/house owners who force doctors/paramedic/healthcare staff to vacate rented residences: Government of Karnataka.
10:52 Mar 26

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.

10:50 Mar 26

People defy lockdown instructions at Andhra

10:50 Mar 26

WATCH | Forced to attend lectures despite lockdown: Medical students from Rohtak

10:49 Mar 26

DTC driver on transport situation in Delhi

10:48 Mar 26

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.

10:46 Mar 26

Social distancing at Meghalaya market

10:46 Mar 26

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

10:00 Mar 26

People practice social distancing in Shimla

09:57 Mar 26

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)

09:56 Mar 26

Sans transportation, Delhi wage workers walk near Delhi-Ghazipur border

09:43 Mar 26

Coronavirus positive patient dies in Srinagar

A 65-year-old man from Hyderpora, Srinagar passes away due to Coronavirus; Four of his contacts also tested positive yesterday: J&K Principal Secretary (Planning Commission) Rohit Kansal.
09:41 Mar 26

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

09:36 Mar 26

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)

09:30 Mar 26

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)