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Published: 03rd May 2020 01:43 AM  |   Last Updated: 06th May 2020 08:51 AM   |  A+A-

Maigrants worker on their way to home duirng the nationwide lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus pandemic. (Photo | Anil Shakya, EPS)

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With 2573 new cases and 83 more deaths from coronavirus infection reported in the last 24 hours, the tally in India has climbed to 42,836 on a day when the country entered the second extension of the COVID-19 lockdown with relaxations in orange and green zones. This includes 29,685 active cases and 11,762 discharges. The death toll stands at 1,389. 

While Tamil Nadu registered the biggest-ever spike with 527 cases, its neighbouring state Kerala reported no cases for the second day in a row. 'Well, the curve has flattened. No new cases. 61 recoveries. Active cases down at 34...,' chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan stated on Twitter.

In Chennai, the spillover of cases from Koyambedu market, the COVID-19 hotspot, is getting bigger.

Meanwhile, the Centre has announced that it will facilitate the return of Indians stranded abroad. On Monday evening, the Ministry of External Affairs said that the process of repatriation will start from May 7 in a phase manner. 

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08:30 May 4

WATCH | Tamil Nadu sees biggest one-day spike, records 527 new cases

12:36 May 5

Rahul gandhi meets Abhijit Banerjee!

12:22 May 5

First batch of 2000 Bihar students from Kota

One of the trains pulled up in Barauni town of Begusarai district with 1,200 students, while another 994 came by the train that reached Gaya, officials said.

12:12 May 5

Uttar Pradesh update

  • Total cases: 2766
  • Deaths: 50
  • Recovered/discharged: 802
  • Active Cases : 1914
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 121
12:10 May 5

More BSF jawans test positive in Tripura

Thirteen more people, including 11 BSF jawans, tested positive for novel coronavirus in Tripura on Monday, taking the number of cases in the state to 29, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said.

12:04 May 5

PWD construction works resume

11:04 May 4

40 special trains from Telangana

11:03 May 4

349 fresh cases in Delhi

10:56 May 4

WATCH | Italy eases long lockdown after almost 2 months

10:54 May 4

12 cops from Mumbai police station test positive

An official said eight out of the 12 are asymptomatic, adding 40 people who had come in contact with them have been quarantined as a precautionary measure.

10:52 May 4

Cases in Delhi near 4900-mark

The number of novel coronavirus cases in Delhi mounted to 4,898 on Monday with 349 new infections being reported in a day, according to the government authorities. However, no death was reported for the second successive day, the Delhi government said.

10:51 May 4

BMC to give jobs to kin of staffers dying on COVID-19 duty

Jobs will be given on compassionate grounds and depending upon educational qualifications of the next of the kin of civic employees who die while fighting COVID-19, the BMC said in a circular issued in the night.

10:37 May 4
10:31 May 4

WATCH | Huge queue before wine shops

09:44 May 4

Himachal reports first case after 10 days

A 30-year-old man who returned from Delhi last week tested positive for novel coronavirus in Mandi district on Monday, the first case in Himachal Pradesh in the past 11 days, officials said.

09:06 May 4

Punjab tally crosses 1200 with 132 new cases

Punjab on Monday reported 132 fresh coronavirus cases, all but eight of them Nanded-returned pilgrims, taking the total number to 1,232 in the state, officials said.

09:02 May 4

Mumbai update

08:59 May 4

29 more die in Gujarat

The state on Monday reported 376 new COVID-19 cases and 29 deaths, which is the highest single-day toll so far, a Health department official said.

08:46 May 4

Bihar update

  • Total cases: 528
  • Deaths: 4
  • Recovered/discharged: 129
  • Active Cases : 395
08:43 May 4

Madhya Pradesh update

  • Total cases: 2942
  • Deaths: 165
  • Recovered/discharged: 856
  • Active Cases : 1921
08:38 May 4

Crowds throng shops as Puducherry relaxes lockdown

People flocked to shops and other business establishments opening on Monday morning after a 43-day gap following the relaxation of the lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19.

08:32 May 4

Jammu & Kashmir update

  • Total cases: 726
  • Deaths: 8
  • Recovered/discharged: 303
  • Active Cases : 415
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 25
08:28 May 4

West Bengal update

  • Total cases: 1259
  • Deaths: 61
  • Recovered/discharged: 218
  • Active Cases : 908
08:25 May 4

India reports biggest single-day recoveries till date

As many as 1,074 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day, the health ministry said on Monday.

08:18 May 4

Centre to facilitate return of NRIs from May 7

In a statement, the Home Ministry said only asymptomatic people would be allowed to travel and it would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships, and the facility will be available on a payment basis.

07:09 May 4
06:48 May 4
06:24 May 4

Kerala flattens curve: CM Pinarayi Vijayan

06:09 May 4

2573 new cases and 83 deaths reported in last 24 hours

With 2573 new cases and 83 deaths reported in last 24 hours, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India has increased to 42836 including 29685 active cases, 11762 cured/discharged/ migrated and 1389 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare 

05:28 May 4
05:26 May 4

TN sees highest ever spike!

05:22 May 4

BSF driver for IMCT convoy in Kolkata tests positive

BSF driver who drove escort car for Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) convoy in Kolkata has tested COVID19 positive. The driver was immediately removed 30th April & quarantined. 50 jawans who came in contact with him have been quarantined. The BSF driver who tested positive for COVID19 was in a escort vehicle hence his chances of coming into contact with IMCT team are nil: BSF sources  

05:13 May 4
05:11 May 4

WATCH | Man takes to music to cheer COVID-19 patients in Mumbai hospital

05:05 May 4

Agra and Lucknow on Centre’s radar as COVID-19 cases surge, expert team to assess situation

To begin with, the team will visit the state capital Lucknow and Agra to assess the COVID-19 situation. Agra and Lucknow are the two districts topping the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state. Agra has breached the figure of 600 and has the highest number of deaths in the state, with 15.


05:02 May 4

Govt on COVID-19 crisis in India

  • In last 24 hours, 1,074 COVID-19 patients have recovered; highest number of recoveries in one day.
  • Recovery rate at 27.52 per cent with 11,706 COVID-19 patients cured till now.
  • In last 24 hours, 2,553 COVID-19 cases were reported, taking number of overall cases to 42,533. Total active cases are 29,453.
  • We advised that people must stay wherever they are during lockdown but in special cases allowed trains to function. We never talked about charging workers; 85 pc fare borne by Railways, while 15 pc by state govts: Govt on migrant labourers
  • COVID-19 curve relatively flat as of now; if we work collectively peak mayn't come, but if we fail we may see spike in cases 
04:44 May 4
04:40 May 4

Karnataka extends free bus service to migrants by two days

Karnataka government on Monday decided to extend its free bus travel by two more days more number of migrant workers have registered to go back to their native places. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that migrant workers will be allowed to travel free of cost on State transport corporation buses till Thursday.

04:39 May 4

IPS officer monitoring sales at Koyambedu market tests positive for COVID-19

According to a senior police officer who confirmed the news, the deputy commissioner has been actively involved in supervising sales at the Koyambedu market since the lockdown. Police said it's not clear from whom he had contracted the virus. His family members and immediate subordinates are being tested by health officials.


04:22 May 4

Centre's briefing on COVID-19

  • Till now, 11,706 people have been cured. In the last 24 hours, 1074 people have been cured.This is the highest number in terms of cured patients noted till date. Our recovery rate is now 27.52%. Total number of COVID19 cases is now 42533.
  • MHA has asked states to ensure that there are no issues in inter state cargo movement. MHA Control Room Number 1930 & NHAI helpline number 1033 may be used by drivers and transporters to lodge any complaint pertaining to lockdown.
04:04 May 4

UPSC defers prelims of civil service exams

04:04 May 4

Chennai hospitals shifting stable COVID-19 patients to quarantine centres as cases spiral

In the wake of the continuous explosion of COVID-19 cases in Chennai, hospitals here have begun shifting asymptomatic and stable patients to the corporation’s institutional quarantine facilities. Dr Narayana Babu, Director of Medical Education, who is in charge of bed facilities, said 73 stable COVID-19 patients from the Stanley Medical College Hospital were shifted to a quarantine facility in DG Vaishnav College on Sunday.


03:42 May 4

WATCH | People throng outside liquor shops flouting social distancing norms in lockdown

03:40 May 4

Naveen Patnaik asks migrant workers back in Odisha to follow norms, warns of strict action

In a series of tweets, the Chief Minister said that slight carelessness will put the entire society in danger and urged the returnees to follow the quarantine norms to save themselves and their families from the deadly coronavirus, further addinng that the sarpanches have been asked to apprise the government about violations of norms in any quarantine centre.  


03:38 May 4

Abbott's COVID-19 laboratory-based antibody tests to be available in India by May-end

Global healthcare major Abbott on Monday said it has received CE mark for its laboratory-based serology blood tests for COVID-19 and these tests will be available in India by the end of May. The company will begin shipping the tests to India during May and will scale up to meet the demands subsequently, Abbott said in a statement. 

03:37 May 4

Jharkhand government not to implement lockdown relaxations for now

At a meeting on Sunday, the Jharkhand government decided that the relaxation norms would not apply to the state to protect residents in the aftermath of the arrival of a large number of stranded people from states "severely" affected by COVID-19. 

03:34 May 4

High COVID-19 mortality in Bengal indicates low testing, weak surveillance: Central team tells chief secy

We are leaving West Bengal today after 15 days. We visited many locations&made report as per our observation. Report will be submitted to the Centre. Primary observation is that improvement is needed: Vineet Joshi, IMCT Team Leader for Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri and Kalimpong 

03:21 May 4
03:10 May 4

Haryana cadre woman IAS officer quits, cites personal safety on govt duty as reason

Rani Nagar, presently posted as Additional Director, Social Justice and Empowerment, and Additional Director, Archives, has sent her resignation to the Haryana Chief Secretary Keshani Anand Arora with a request to forward it to the competent authority in the Union Government for acceptance.

03:03 May 4

WATCH | For Lockdown 3.0, barbers only in orange and green zone, but liquor shops allowed everywhere

03:00 May 4
02:51 May 4

Bihar govt will bear all travel expenditure of migrants, students: Nitish Kumar

The CM's move came a day after Congress president Sonia Gandhi attacked the NDA government for charging the migrants for their train travel back home in the wake of lockdown and said her party will fund their tickets. 


02:49 May 4

Braving scorching sun, 3 TN workers on dizzying 1000 km journey home on foot from Telangana

 R Chellaiah, 41, A Sivalingam, 24, and K Alagappan, 26, hailing from Periakottai near Karaikudi, began trudging towards their homes on April 22 from Shamshabadi where they were hired for creating stone sculptures.


02:34 May 4

Gurugram salons open, allows one worker and one customer at a time

Salons open in Gurugram following revised lockdown guidelines issued by Ministry of Home Affairs that has been extended till May 17. A salon owner says,“Salon has been sanitised completely.1 worker is present at the salon & only 1 customer is allowed inside at a time.” 

01:48 May 4
01:07 May 4

Two floors of BSF headquarters sealed in Delhi after staff tests COVID-19 positive

The eight-storeyed BSF head office is located in the CGOs complex on Lodhi road that also houses the CRPF headquarters which was placed under similar sealing on Sunday after two staffers tested positive.

01:04 May 4

Single day spike: 114 COVID-19 positive cases from Koymabedu cluster in Cuddalore

As per official data from the Health Department, Cuddalore district recorded 107 Corona positive cases on Monday morning. While as many as 15 cases were reported on Sunday and seven cases were reported on Saturday.

12:51 May 4

People maintain social distancing while buying liquor

12:44 May 4

Just in | Supreme Court refused to entertain plea seeking a stay on burial of COVID-19 victims

Supreme Court of India on Monday refused to entertain a plea seeking a stay on burial of dead bodies of COVID-19 victims at three cemeteries in Mumbai’s Bandra West area and refered the matter back to the Bombay High Court.

12:36 May 4

Wine shops open to long queues in Andhra Pradesh

Liquor shops opened across the State, except in containment areas, with people queuing up in large numbers well before the scheduled opening time leading to chaotic situation at some places. (READ MORE)

12:29 May 4

Nearly 4,800 Indians are COVID-19 positive but with mild conditions in Singapore

The total number of coronavirus cases in Singapore are 18,205 with 18 deaths, according to the figures released by Singapore Health Ministry on Sunday. "Almost all of the infection among Indian workers is mild and their conditions are improving," Jawed Ashraf, Indian High Commissioner to Singapore said. (READ MORE)

12:23 May 4

Seven fresh cases in Karnataka takes state tally to 642

Cases in Karnataka mounted to 642 after seven more persons tested positive on Monday. As per the state government, 304 persons have been discharged. The state has also witnessed 26 COVID-19 related deaths.

12:16 May 4

CCMB to grow novel coronavirus in human lung epithelial cells

In order to grow the novel coronavirus in human cell lines thus enabling vitro testing of potential drugs and vaccines against the COVID-19, Hyderabad based Center for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) has tied up with a Bengaluru based company, Eyestem Research Private Limited. (READ MORE)

11:29 May 4

More than 11 lakh samples tested for COVID-19 so far, says ICMR

According to ICMR, there are 363 labs, including government and private, conducting Real-Time RT PCR test for COVID-19 in the country. While 42 laboratories are engaged in TrueNat Test and 21 for CBNAAT Test in India currently. (READ MORE)

11:20 May 4

BJP's Sambit Patra says Railways has subsidised 85% fare for migrant workers

11:16 May 4

Serpentine queues in Delhi as liquor shops open after a month


(Photo| EPS/ Anil Shakya)

11:13 May 4

'Railways only charging standard 15% of the fare for state governments'

Indian Railways is running Shramik special trains keeping berths empty in each coach to maintain social distancing. The trains are returning empty from destinations under lock and key. Free food and bottled water is being given to migrants by railways. Railways is charging only standard fare for this class from State Governments which is just 15 per cent of the total cost incurred by Railways. Railways is not selling any tickets to migrants and is only boarding passengers based on lists provided by States: Railway Ministry Sources

11:04 May 4

Children of Chhattisgarh spread hope, smile and positivity via 'Chakmak' campaign

The programme is aimed to display paintings and various expressive artworks of children in windows, balconies and walls of houses across the Chhattisgarh state. The programme shows solidarity by kids and also keeps themselves engaged creatively and joyfully at a time when schools are shut due to the lockdown.(READ MORE)

10:31 May 4

Vehicles return to roads as India enters lockdown 3.0

10:30 May 4

Adityanath again blames Tablighi Jamaat members for spread of COVID-19

The chief minister said action would be taken against them for the "crime". Speaking at a programme of a news channel on Saturday, Adityanath said, "The role of Tablighi Jamaat was most condemnable. To get a disease is not a crime but to hide a disease which is infectious is definitely a crime. And this crime has been done by those associated with the Tablighi Jamaat".

10:25 May 4

Poor access to PDS for tribals during lockdown: Experts report

Ensuring food security in tribal areas should be a priority area for the government, the report pointed out. The researchers will submit the assessment report to the Ministry of Tribal Affairs (MoTA) on Monday. (READ MORE)

10:10 May 4

Zone wise breakup of COVID-19 positive cases in Chennai


10:08 May 4

Delhi airport to resume flights from Terminal 3 post lockdown

The airport will keep all food, beverage and retail shops open to avoid overcrowding at one place and use "ultraviolet disinfection tunnels" for all incoming baggage, according to a plan prepared by the GMR group-led Delhi International Airport Ltd. (READ MORE)

10:00 May 4

WATCH | Hundreds gather in Bengaluru's Majestic bus terminus

09:50 May 4

After Congress' move, now Centre to pay for migrant workers 'ghar wapsi'?

09:47 May 4

Bihar govt braces to welcome home 8 to 9 lakh migrants

As per a rough official estimate, around 8 to 9 lakh migrant labourers, students and other people would return in addition to the 1.80 lakh migrants who returned soon after the lockdown was imposed. (READ MORE)

09:06 May 4

Labourer kills self after meat factory shuts down temporarily

Mohammad Haider (23) was found hanging on Saturday afternoon in Alambagh locality of Civil Lines area in Aligarh. (READ MORE)

09:05 May 4

Breaking! Coronavirus cases in India rise to 42,533

Total number of COVID19 positive cases in India rises to 42,533 including 29,453 active cases,11,707 cured/discharged/migrated and 1373 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

08:46 May 4

Congress to bear cost of rail travel for needy migrant workers

Indian National Congress has taken a decision that every Pradesh Congress Committee shall bear the cost for the rail travel of every needy worker & migrant labourer and shall take necessary steps in this regard, said interim president Sonia Gandhi on Monday.

06:49 May 4

People arrive at Delhi's Okhla Mandi amid lockdown

06:34 May 4

US deaths continue to sore

Novel coronavirus deaths in the US climb by 1,450 in the past 24 hours, a tally by Johns Hopkins University shows: AFP news agency.

06:34 May 4

Latest scene outside Delhi's Ghazipur market

06:03 May 4

Special train from Gujarat with migrant workers reaches Kanpur

05:27 May 4

Lockdown 3.0: Migrants’ wait gets longer as Bengal dithers Karnataka's request for special train

The government in that state has delayed its response to a request from Karnataka for a written consent to run a special train from Bengaluru to Howrah. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

05:04 May 4

Tent house owners in Bengaluru face lockdown heat

04:50 May 4

Lockdown: ‘Check your internet connection and try again’ is driving Tamil Nadu students mad

When the kids in the urban setup are glued to the screens, getting their daily dose of lessons and activities, students from rural towns and villages aspiring to crack competitive exams are finding it difficult to study online due to low bandwidth and fluctuating internet connections. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:35 May 4

Onion farmers in Nashik continue facing lockdown blues

04:20 May 4

Used masks could be infectious, say experts as Chennai producing five-tonne biomedical waste daily since lockdown

On April 11, the civic body issued a public advisory asking the residents of non-quarantined houses to disinfect their used masks and gloves with an ordinary bleach solution and wrap them separately before handing them over to sanitary workers. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:09 May 4

COVID-19 effect: Lifestyle overhaul to become order of the days to come

If medical experts are to be believed, our lifestyles are poised for a complete makeover for at least six to eight months even as Tamil Nadu enters the third phase of lockdown to arrest the viral infection. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

04:07 May 4

Bengal migrant labourers brought back from Rajasthan

03:52 May 4

Koyambedu weaves web wide across Tamil Nadu as Chennai grapples with COVID-19

Out the 24 cases in Chennai's Ashok Nagar, two are retail vendors who used to visit the market and the rest are their contacts, including customers. Search is on for others, said officials. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:32 May 4

Special train leaves from Kerala with migrant workers

03:24 May 4

Government offices to reopen in Chhattisgarh from Monday

Government offices, except those in containment zones, in Chhattisgarh will reopen from today: General Administration Department, Government of Chhattisgarh

03:16 May 4

Suicide leading cause for over 300 lockdown deaths in India: Study

The group, comprising public interest technologist Thejesh GN, activist Kanika Sharma and assistant professor of legal practice at Jindal Global School of Law Aman, said 338 deaths have occurred from March 19 till May 2 and they are related to lockdown. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:08 May 4

Lockdown 3.0: 25 labourers hire bus to reach Rajasthan from Mumbai; cops allow

The bus carrying these migrants, who work at Metal Market, Dawa Bazar and other commercial places in South Mumbai, left around 5.30 pm on Sunday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

03:08 May 4

WATCH | Coast Guard pays tribute to corona warriors

02:58 May 4

Lockdown 3.0: Eight trains carrying migrants to Odisha, UP leave Gujarat in two days

These ten trains will carry around 9,500 passengers to their destinations in Odisha and Uttar Pradesh, from where the state governments will make further arrangement for them. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:53 May 4

More on Chhattisgarh labourers' homecoming

02:52 May 4

Lockdown 3.0: Railway SOP for 'Shramik Special' trains asking states to collect fare draws flak

A provision in the SOP, which drew a good deal of flak, said the "local state government shall handover the tickets for these passengers cleared by them and collect the ticket fare and hand over the total amount to Railways." (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:52 May 4

Update from Jharkhand

02:51 May 4

Rajasthan to start plasma therapy on COVID-19 patients from Monday: Gehlot

He said the government will also start tele-medicines service from Monday so that people can get medical counselling and treatment sitting at home during the lockdown. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

02:30 May 4

NRIs depart from Punjab

01:51 May 4

More on the attack on Madhya Pradesh cops

01:50 May 4

Three cops injured in Madhya Pradesh

01:49 May 4

Shops selling non-essential goods to open fron Monday in Pune

  • Relaxations have been also been given to the industries in the rural areas of the district. "We are giving permission to the industries in rural parts of the district. Similarly, liquor outlets and shops selling non-essential commodities will also be allowed to open in the non-containment zones in the district and city limits," said Pune district collector Naval Kishore Ram.
  • Meanwhile, Pune police extended the prohibitory orders till May 17 by offering partial relaxations to shops. According to the police, five shops of non-essential goods on a particular road or lane will be allowed to function between 10 am and 6 pm.
  • "The construction sites have been given permission to resume their activities with a condition that they will arrange accommodation of the labourers at the site," said Joint Commissioner of Police Ravindra Shisave said in the order.
  • The order, however, said that in the containment zones, there will not be any relaxations as the shops selling essential commodities will remain open between 10 am and 2 pm.
01:48 May 4

Update from Karnataka

01:47 May 4

Tripura auto-mechanic's unique way to preach idea of 'Social Distancing'

01:46 May 4

Around 150 liquor shops likely to open in Delhi from Monday

  • According to an official, four government-run agencies, which are responsible for sale of liquor in Delhi, have submitted the list of the liquor shops which can be allowed to open following coronavirus guidelines.
  • "About 150 liquor shops are likely to open in Delhi from Monday," the official said, adding that these are likely remain open till 7 in evening.
  • On Saturday, the excise department directed these four agencies to identify liquor outlets which fulfil all conditions prescribed by the the Ministry of Home Affairs.
  • However, liquor shops will not be allowed to open in COVID-19 containment zones.
  • Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation, Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Limited and Delhi Consumer's Cooperative Wholesale Store have been given the permission to open liquor shops in public places, except malls and market complexes.
  • The agencies will also have to give an undertaking stating that liquor shops being allowed to open will fulfil all conditions prescribed by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), according to the excise department.
01:45 May 4

14 migrant workers who came back to Chhattisgarh test positive

Out of all the migrant workers who have returned from different states, 14 have tested positive - 6 from Kabirdham district, 8 from Durg district: TS Singh Deo, Chhattisgarh Health Minister.

01:44 May 4

Russia latest coronavirus numbers

Russia on Sunday recorded its highest daily rise in confirmed COVID-19 cases with 10633 new cases, bringing total to 134,687, with over half of cases and deaths in Moscow. But mortality rate has slowed in recent days and remains much lower,in relative terms,than many other nations: Reuters

01:42 May 4

Kota returnee girl student quarantined in Dhanbad

  • A girl, who was among the 956 students to reach Dhanbad from Kota in Rajastthan by a special train on Sunday, was sent to a quarantine centre here as she had a fever, an official said.
  • During thermal scanning at the Dhanbad railway station, the girl was found to have a high fever. She has been quarantined at the Divisional Railway Hospital of the Dhanbad Rail Division, he said.
  • "As doctors found the girl running a high fever they brought her to PMCH, Dhanbad. After taking swab samples she was sent to the Divisional Railway Hospital quarantine centre," said Dr Shailendra Kumar, the Principal of PMCH.
  • Along with other students of different districts, the girl reached Dhanbad Railway Station in the afternoon from Rajasthans Kota by a special train.
  • As per the protocol, people arriving from other states have to go through medical screening in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.
12:30 May 4

Puducherry 's liquor shops to remain shut

Considering the situation in the adjoining districts, the government has taken no final decision on permitting the sale of liquor. It will be taken later after observing the situation in Puducherry and adjoining districts.

12:11 May 4

Uttar Pradesh update

  • Total cases: 2645
  • Deaths: 43
  • Recovered/discharged: 698
  • Active Cases : 1848
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 139
12:10 May 4

NorthEast update

  • Assam: 42
  • Tripura: 16
  • Meghalaya: 12
  • Mizoram: 1
  • Arunachal Prdesh: 1
  • Ngaland: 1
12:07 May 4

Saloons and parlors to remain shut in Assam

12:06 May 4

Mumbai among 20 districts that 'deeply concern' Centre

8 of these 20 districts have case doubling rate faster than 10 days and 7 districts have case fatality rate more than the national average of 3.2 per cent.

12:06 May 4

Nearly 1,200 stranded students leave for home from Noida

Fifty-one buses were arranged by the Gautam Buddh Nagar administration to send the stranded students back to their homes as per directions from the Uttar Pradesh government, the officials said.

11:48 May 3

Community toilets spreading virus in Mumbai: BMC

Sources in BMC said that the IIT engineer had done the study of these area and sewerage line where they found the large quantum of COVID-19 virus particles in fickle materials.

11:36 May 3

The five-storeyed building in the national capital was sealed on Sunday after the personal staff of a senior officer and a bus driver tested positive for coronavirus, officials said.

11:36 May 3

CRPF headquarters sealed

The five-storeyed building in the national capital was sealed on Sunday after the personal staff of a senior officer and a bus driver tested positive for coronavirus, officials said.

11:30 May 3

BSF jawans test positive in Tripura

So far, the Northeast recorded 75 cases. While two persons died, one each in Assam and Meghalaya, 48 patients recovered.

11:22 May 3

Dharavi slum reports 94 new cases

With this, the overall number of the cases from the densely-populated slum colony rose to 590 and the death toll to 20.

11:20 May 3

WATCH | Indian Navy personnel formed a human chain

11:19 May 3

Pass not required in Bengaluru from tomorrow

11:19 May 3

First death in Chandigarh

According to a medical bulletin, an 82-year-old woman, who was a resident of Sector 18 in the city and undergoing treatment at a hospital in Haryana's Panchkula, died on Sunday.

11:13 May 3

Over 1,300 people brought back to Himachal Pradesh from Chandigarh

Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur stated it during video conferencing from Shimla with deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and chief medical officers.

10:18 May 3

Andhra not to entertain more than 5 customers at a time

10:17 May 3

Delhi update

10:16 May 3

Coimbatore man succumbs in Chennai hospital

A 44-year-old man with blood cancer, hailing from Kavundampalayam in Coimbatore, died on Sunday at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital. FULL REPORT HERE

10:04 May 3

Gujarat reports 28 deaths in single day

Gujarat on Sunday reported 374 new COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths, which is the highest single-day tally so far, a Health department official said.

10:03 May 3

West Bengal update

  • Deaths: 50
  • Recovered/discharged: 184
  • Active Cases : 700
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 41
09:48 May 3

From Indian Navy, with respect!

09:47 May 3

No special trains from Mumbai

09:46 May 3

Madhya Pradesh update

  • Total cases: 2837
  • Deaths: 157
  • Recovered/discharged: 798
  • Active Cases : 1882
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 49
09:44 May 3

WATCH | Lockdown 3.0 Explained

09:42 May 3

Haryana to send migrants in buses, trains

During a video conference with labour unions affiliated to various political parties, CM Khattar said the government is committed to ensure all migrant labourers stranded in the state due to lockdown reach their homes at the earliest.

09:41 May 3

Karnataka's Davangere becomes hotspot

The number of COVID-19 patients suddenly took a giant leap in Devangere with the reporting of 21 fresh cases. This took the total number of patients in the district to 31 from 10.

09:23 May 3

Recovered patients outnumber new cases for second day in Indore

On Saturday, as many as 121 coronavirus patients were discharged from various hospitals in the city, after two of their last test reports were found negative for the infection.

09:07 May 3

WATCH | Chennai residents feed pigeons at Elliots Beach

08:42 May 3

Mumbai update

08:41 May 3

Jammu & Kashmir update

  • Total cases: 701
  • Deaths: 8
  • Recovered/discharged: 287
  • Active Cases : 406
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 35
08:39 May 3

Chhattisgarh Update

  • Total cases: 57
  • Recovered/discharged: 36
  • Active Cases : 21
  • Cases reported in last 24 hours: 17
08:37 May 3

No space for social distancing in this Delhi hotspot

In southwest Delhi's Kapashera, 41 migrant laborers had tested positive for coronavirus in mid-April.

08:34 May 3

WATCH | Naval warships fire flares in support of COVID warriors

08:27 May 3

Quarantined AIIMS staff voice displeasure

The meals are provided in polythene packets without plates and there is no maintenance system arranged to ensure basic hygiene in the facility, the staff pointed out.

08:26 May 3

Special train from Kota carrying students reaches Dhanbad

The 956 students were stranded in Kota due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

07:36 May 3
07:01 May 3
07:01 May 3

Time has come to re-open Delhi, will have to be ready to live with coronavirus: Arvind Kejriwal

Speaking to the media, Kejirwal said the Centre has announced extension of lockdown for two weeks from Monday. "Entire Delhi is a red zone. The Central government has given some relaxations to the red zones and we will be allowing all that," Kejriwal said. 


06:42 May 3
06:41 May 3

Maharashtra allows standalone liquor shops to open from Monday

The Maharashtra government on Sunday announced that shops selling non-essential commodities, including liquor, will be allowed to open from Monday in the COVID-19 non-containment zones across the state. A similar decision had already been announced for the COVID-19 green and orange zones, and such shops in these two zones were scheduled to open from Monday. However, the state government on Sunday extended the easing of restrictions for shops in the red zones as well.


06:39 May 3
06:39 May 3

Cuddalore MP home quarantined

TRVS Ramesh, MP of Cuddalore constituency had been home quarantined on Sunday after officials traced he is one of the secondary contacts of a recently tested COVID positive patient in Panruti. 

06:36 May 3

India tally crosses 40,000

With 2487 new COVID-19 positive cases and 83 deaths reported in the last 24 hours, total number of positive cases in India rises to 40,263. This includes 28,070 active cases, 10887 cured/discharged/migrated and 1306 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare


06:19 May 3
06:16 May 3
06:16 May 3

25 fresh cases reported in BSF in Old Delhi

25 fresh cases reported in BSF. The personnel found positive for the infection are from the 126 Batallion deployed in Old Delhi. Results of 80 personnel came out today, and five are awaited. On Saturday, seven from the same unit were found infected. Total 42 active cases in BSF.  

05:56 May 3
05:21 May 3
05:21 May 3

What's allowed, what's restricted in TN

05:19 May 3

HRD ministry to announce new dates for JEE, NEET on May 5

HRD Minister to announce new dates for JEE and NEET on May 5. These entrance exams for admission to medical and engineering courses were deferred due to COVID-19 lockdown.


05:17 May 3

Kerala records 0 cases of COVID-19 today

05:13 May 3

Migrant workers in Chennai may soon return to work, says Corporation Commissioner

On Saturday, hundreds of migrant workers involved in construction activities staged massive demonstrations in Velachery, Pallavaram and Guindy. Many had also thronged to Ripon Buildings, the headquarters of Chennai Corporation. Prakash said that tourists and stranded students would be permitted to leave the city first and reinstated that life for migrant workers would return to normal in the city soon. 


03:26 May 3

70 succumb to coronavirus in Rajashthan

Officials say COVID-19 death toll in Rajasthan rises to 70 with 2 more fatalities in Jaipur. Total cases climb to 2,803 after 31 people, including 9 in Jodhpur, 8 in Jaipur and 5 in Udaipur, test positive. 

03:23 May 3

Here are the activities permitted and prohibited in Lockdown 3.0


03:09 May 3

Delhi HC staff tests postive for coronavirus

Delhi High Court registry official tests positive for COVID-19, admitted to LNJP Hospital: HC sources  


03:05 May 3

1150 migrants arrive in Odisha from Kerala

Special train carrying 1,150 migrant workers who were stranded in Kerala due to lockdown arrives in Odisha's Ganjam district: Officials 

03:04 May 3

COVID-19 cases in AP rise to 1583

Coronavirus cases in Andhra Pradesh rise to 1,583 after 58 people, including 30 in Kurnool, 11 in Guntur, 8 in Krishna and 7 in Ananthapuramu districts, test positive; active cases 1,062: Health Department 

03:03 May 3
02:55 May 3

CRPF headquarters to remain closed till May 5

After a staff of one of the top officers of CRPF tested COVID-19 positive, the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Directorate General (DG) has ordered that the CRPF Headquarters in Delhi will remain closed till Tuesday (5th May) morning. 

02:54 May 3

Haryana COVID-19 cases rise to 421

Number of COVID-19 cases reaches 421 in Haryana including 242 discharges & five deaths. Number of active cases stands at 174: State Health Department 

02:25 May 3

Mamata govt announces insurance coverage for journalists among other frontline workers

02:21 May 3

Include cops and other frontline workers in PM's insurance scheme: Chhattisgarh CM

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel has written a letter to PM Modi requesting inclusion of policemen, local bodies & officers and employees of district administration in insurance scheme under PM's Poor Welfare Package, on the lines of health workers.  

02:19 May 3

Plan to resume national camps shut due to COVID-19 from May end: Rijiju

Rijiju said the coronavirus-forced nationwide lockdown, which has been extended till May 17, forced his ministry to delay the resumption of the training camps at Sports Authority of India centres. 

02:05 May 3
01:54 May 3

Jammu and Kashmir chalks out plan for phase-wise return of stranded people

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has chalked out a plan for the phase-wise return of the residents of the union territory including students and migrant labourers stranded in different parts of the country due to the COVID-19 lockdown, an official said on Sunday. (READ MORE)

01:45 May 3

Today more than 10,000 COVID-19 patients have been discharged: Union Health Minister

Today more than 10,000 COVID19 patients have been discharged. Those still admitted at hospitals are on the road to recovery. If in last 14 days doubling rate was 10.5 days, then today it's around 12 days.Our mortality rate of 3.2% is the lowest in the world: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan

01:21 May 3

CRPF headquarters in Delhi sealed after staff found COVID-19 positive

After a staff of one of the top officers of CRPF tested COVID-19 positive, CRPF Headquarters in Delhi will be sealed for sanitisation till further orders. No one will be allowed to enter the building: Central Reserve Police Force

12:59 May 3

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Haryana stands at 421

12:58 May 3

A 34-year-old man tests positive for COVID-19 in Balasore

A 34-year-old man tests positive for COVID-19 in Balasore. The total number of positive cases in Odisha is now 161: Odisha Health Department

12:58 May 3

58 new COVID-19 cases reported in Andhra in last 24 hours

58 new COVID-19 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours; the total number of positive cases in the state is now 1583

12:57 May 3

A comparative chart of countries after crossing 1 million tests and the total number of cases

12:56 May 3

WATCH | Indian Army band playing at the COVID-19 quarantine centre in Delhi

12:47 May 3

500 students stranded in Kota reach Delhi in 40 buses

Nearly 500 Delhi students stranded at coaching hub Kota in Rajasthan during the lockdown reached Kashmere Gate ISBT here in 40 buses early Sunday morning. Delhi's Transport minister Kailash Gahlot said the students would be sent to their homes from Kashmere Gate ISBT after medical tests. (READ MORE

12:46 May 3

IAF conducts fly-past over Delhi saluting 'corona warriors'

A fleet of military jets on Sunday carried out a spectacular fly-past over the national capital as part of a nationwide exercise to express gratitude to lakhs of doctors, paramedics, sanitation staff and other front-line workers engaged in fighting the coronavirus pandemic. (READ MORE)

12:19 May 3

Five new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Karnataka

11:51 May 3

18 new positive cases reported in Chuchot Yokma

18 new positive cases reported in Chuchot Yokma: Rigzin Samphel, Commissioner/Secretary, Health and Medical Education, Union Territory of Ladakh

11:50 May 3

IAF showers flower petals on the medical fraternity to pay respects for their services

11:32 May 3

Guidelines to operate ‘Shramik Trains’

11:30 May 3

Migrant workers in the lurch as officials lack clarity on travel permits in Telangana

The migrant labourers, students, tourists and other people who are stranded in Hyderabad and the surrounding areas due to lockdown restrictions are facing a tough time in their attempt to travel back to their native places, even though the Ministry of Home Affairs has granted an exemption for the interstate movement of such persons. (READ MORE)

11:29 May 3

WATCH | Navy chopper showers flower petals on Goa Medical College in Panaji

11:29 May 3

2644 new COVID-19 positive cases in last 24 hours

2644 new COVID19 positive cases, 83 deaths in the last 24 hours: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

11:28 May 3

31 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan

11:27 May 3

3.7 lakh Telangana natives in the Gulf await return

Around 7.5 lakh people from the Telugu States, including 3.7 lakh from Telangana, are awaiting their return to India from the Gulf countries — namely, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar, Bahrain, Kuwait and Iraq. Activists estimate that after the lockdown is lifted, around 2,000 migrants would arrive at the RGI Airport every day for the next two to three months. (READ MORE)

11:25 May 3

Ray of hope as Guntur reports fewer cases

In a good news of sorts, no person has tested positive for coronavirus in nine of the 12 cluster containment zones in Guntur city over the past five days. However, two cases were reported from Srinivasarao Thota on April 29 and May 1; and one each from Anandapet, Gunturvarithota and Old Guntur on April 28, April 30 and May 2, respectively. (READ MORE)

11:23 May 3

Challenge is to revive economy, contain virus: Karnataka Deputy CM

As the state prepares for the extended lockdown till May 17, the challenge now will be to revive the economy even as the containment measures are put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. In an interview, Deputy Chief Minister Dr C N Ashwath Narayan tells The New Sunday Express that people have accepted the reality and responded to it in a responsible manner. (READ MORE)

11:20 May 3

BBMP maps out wards into red, orange, green

A day after the Centre listed Bengaluru as a red zone, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) listed out four wards and two clusters to be marked as red zones, and 22 wards which have containment zones. BBMP Commissioner B H Anil Kumar told TNSE that the list of red zone wards has been sent to the central government, seeking permission to ease restrictions in the remaining 154 wards where no cases have been reported. If new cases are reported, it will be listed as a red zone, and containment zone for 21 days. (READ MORE)

11:19 May 3

Karnataka wants Centre to review zones, keen to hit restart button

A day after the Union Government issued guidelines to be followed during the extended lockdown and classified three districts in the state as ‘Red Zones’, the Karnataka Government has decided to appeal to the Centre to revise the zoning. At the same time, it has directed the district Deputy Commissioners to allow economic activities to restart outside containment areas. (READ MORE)

11:18 May 3

A 82-year-old woman from Chandigarh passed away due to COVID-19

A 82-year-old woman from Chandigarh passed away at a private hospital in Panchkula due to COVID-19: Dr Jasjeet Kaur, Civil Surgeon, Panchkula in Haryana.

11:16 May 3

WATCH | Two IAF C-130J Super Hercules special operations transport aircraft fly over Sukhna Lake

11:15 May 3

Employment, salaries top complaints in lockdown

Salary and employment related issues topped the list of various public complaints received in the Centre’s public grievance cell during the last one month of lockdown. Total number of grievances received during last month was nearly 72,000, out of which PMO received nearly 20,000 complaints. (READ MORE)

11:14 May 3

First Train from Kerala arrived at Jagannath Pur Station in Ganjam

11:13 May 3

The C-130 aircraft airborne from Srinagar as planned for COVID-19 relief mission

The C-130 aircraft are airborne from Srinagar, J&K as planned for #COVID19 relief mission. The aircraft will fly over Delhi area approximately at 1015 hours depending on the rain/weather conditions: Indian Air Force

11:12 May 3

One more COVID-19 positive case has been reported in Odisha

One more COVID-19 positive case has been reported in Odisha; taking the total positive cases to 160: Health Department, Odisha

11:12 May 3

IAF's flypast over Srinagar's Dal Lake to pay tribute to medical professionals

11:11 May 3

Ministry of Railways 'clarification' on special trains

Ministry of Railways 'clarified' that few special trains which are being run for migrants workers and other persons stranded at different places, are being operated on request of state governments only.

11:10 May 3

CCB Bengaluru raided a hookah bar located in Banashankari area

10:37 May 3

Koyambedu: Pandora’s box opened

The viral explosion that began at the Koyambedu market is sending ripples across districts. District administrations of Ariyalur, Perambalur, Cuddalore, and Villupuram have intensified contact tracing, after it emerged that several positive cases in their respective areas had visited the market in Chennai. Meanwhile, officials in the city have already stopped all retail operations at Koyambedu, besides shifting out some sections to other locations. (READ MORE)

10:36 May 3

Perumbakkam tenements to be sealed off fully?

Officials are fearing a domino effect in Perumbakkam, one of the largest slum ‘rehabilitation’ projects in the world. After a 26-year-old Corporation sanitary worker living there tested positive for COVID-19, the district administration of Chengalpattu has sealed the block of the TNSCB tenements in which he stayed. (READ MORE)

10:35 May 3

No virus can threaten our heroes in khaki

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic starting to infect the men and women in uniform — who are in the forefront of the fight against the outbreak — the personnel are standing their ground. Over the last 10 days, more than 10 police personnel have tested positive for the virus in the city alone. (READ MORE)

09:55 May 3

Death toll rises to 1,301 in India; cases climb to 39,980

Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 1,301 in India; cases climb to 39,980: Union Health Ministry

09:07 May 3

Delhi students who were stranded in Rajasthan's Kota arrived at Kashmiri Gate

02:05 May 3

Sukhoi-30MKI, MiG-29, Jaguar & C-130 transport aircraft will be flying to thank Corona warriors

02:04 May 3

Check out the overall plan for Sunday's aerial salute for corona warriors

02:03 May 3

Centre's lockdown relaxations has little impact on Maharashtra

Since 40 per cent of Maharashtra’s area which include industrial and manufacturing units fall in the red zone, there is a little breather for the state from the lockdown. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:02 May 3

It is a part of body's immune reponse, says Dr Ballal as autopsy reports suggest Thrombosis caused many COVID-19 deaths 

02:01 May 3

Apprehensive of having contracted coronavirus, Military Engineer Services personnel commits suicide in Madhya Pradesh

A suicide note found from the spot of the suicide suggested that he was under acute depression as he feared having contracted the deadly COVID-19 infection, but still the health department hadn’t tested him for the deadly virus.(READ FULL REPORT HERE)

02:00 May 3

Major updates on Saturday

  • India records highest single-day jump as COVID-19 count crosses 37,000; death toll reaches 1,218
  • All 11 districts in Delhi to stay in 'red zone' till May 17, says Delhi Minister Satyendar Jain
  • Migrant worker enroute home from Delhi to Bihar on bicycle dies in UP's Shahjahanpur
  • 122 men from single CRPF battalion in Delhi test positive
  • Jharkhand cop dies when van escorting Telangana returnee migrants' bus overturns
  • 18 helpless migrants found travelling in the mixer tank of a concrete mixer truck
  • Jamia Millia Islamia asks hostellers to vacate their rooms, return home
  • Tamil Nadu government eases restrictions in non-containment areas
  • Shops in Green, Orange zones to remain open from 9 AM to 1 PM in Punjab
  • Lokpal member Ajay K Tripathi dies nearly a month after testing positive for COVID-19
  • Delhi reports highest 1 day spike with 384 new cases


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