COVID-19 HIGHLIGHTS | 2 SpiceJet passengers travelling to Guwahati from Ahmedabad test positive

Health Ministry however has said the recovery rate for COVID-19 cases in the country has seen an upwards trend and is better than many other countries, while the fatality has fallen further.

Published: 26th May 2020 08:15 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th May 2020 08:41 AM   |  A+A-


For representational purposes (Photo | Martin Louis, EPS)

By Online Desk

The number of coronavirus cases in the country crossed the 1.5 lakh mark on Thursday with 6387 persons testing positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours

According to the Health Ministry data, a total of 1,51,767 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 till date. 83,004 of these are active cases while 64,426 persons have recovered from the infection.

170 deaths have been recorded in the last 24 hours taking the total death toll to 4337.

Some experts have flagged an urgent need for more intense surveillance and monitoring in areas where migrants have returned to contain the outbreak and warned that their tallies may go up due to resumption of domestic flights on top of the special trains and flights.

The Union Health Ministry, however, said the recovery rate for COVID-19 cases in the country has seen an upwards trend and is better than many other countries, while the fatality has fallen further.

04:46 May 27

Toddler tries to wake up dead mother at Bihar railway station

In a heart-wrenching twist in the ongoing tragedy of migrants, a video of a toddler frantically trying to wake up his dead mother at Muzaffarpur railway station has gone viral on social media. The woman had died soon after the train arrived at Muzaffarpur railway station. In the video, the toddler is seen pulling the shroud covering his mother to wake her up. The heartbreaking visual has evoked a massive reaction and empathy for the toddler. (READ HERE)

01:20 May 28

107 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Telangana

01:09 May 28

Telangana government allows further relaxations to lockdown norms

Announcing further relaxations in lockdown norms, the Telangana government on Wednesday permitted all types of shops, except malls, to open in Hyderabad and lifted the night ban on plying state Road Transport Corporation buses. It, however, decided not to allow buses to run in Hyderabad for some more days in view of the COVID-19 case load, an official release said.

12:38 May 28

Five more localities declared as containment zones in Delhi

Five more localities in Delhi were declared as coronavirus containment zones on Wednesday, taking the total number of such zones to 96 in the national capital. Fresh COVID-19 positive cases were reported from three pockets in east Delhi and two in south Delhi following which they were declared as containment zones by authorities, a senior Delhi government official said.

12:11 May 28

Odisha's COVID-19 recovery rate crosses 50 per cent mark

Seventy-six people tested positive for COVID-19 in Odisha on Wednesday, taking the number of cases to 1,593, a Health Department official said. Of the fresh cases, 74 people returned to Odisha from other states like Gujarat, West Bengal, Maharastra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand, and were lodged at different quarantine centres.

11:55 May 27

Delhi CM thanks COVID-19 warriors, shares their stories on social media

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday thanked all those who are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 and shared their stories on Twitter. He said doctors, nurses, police, civil defense volunteers, and many others are working day and night without caring for their lives. Kejriwal called them the real heroes of Delhi.

11:41 May 27

Hyderabad to reopen all shops except malls

11:23 May 27

2 SpiceJet passengers test positive for coronavirus

2 passengers who had travelled with SpiceJet from Ahmedabad to Guwahati on May 25 have tested positive for #COVID19. Passengers had travelled on SG-8194 (Ahmedabad-Delhi) & SG-8152 (Delhi-Guwahati): SpiceJet Spokesperson

11:12 May 27

Telangana exempts curfew restrictions on road transport corporation buses

Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao has declared that the Road Transport Corporation (RTC) buses are getting exempted from curfew restrictions from tomorrow: Telangana CM's Office

10:35 May 27

Delhi police distribute paper kits to spread awareness

10:12 May 27

Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp issues revised testing guidelines for COVID-19

10:01 May 27

Seven deaths reported on-board migrant trains today

At least seven deaths on-board migrant special trains were reported on Wednesday, officials said, putting the Railways in the dock over its handling of these non-AC trains. The national transporter said most of the deceased had pre-existing health conditions.

09:35 May 27

Delhi BJP claims lack of beds for COVID-19 patients in city hospitals

The Delhi BJP on Wednesday said there was lack of beds for coronavirus patients in city hospitals as it shared a video of a COVID-19 patient lying on the ground outside a health facility, prompting an assurance from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that he will get the matter "enquired and rectified".

09:09 May 27

Maharashtra's current count of COVID19 cases is 56,948

The current count of #COVID19 patients in Maharashtra is 56948. Today, 2190 patients have been identified as positive, also 964 patients have been cured. Total 17918 patients are cured&discharged. Total Active patients are 37125: Maharashtra Health Minister, Rajesh Tope

08:56 May 27

Rajasthan takes action against 1300 for violating quarantine norms

Authorities in Rajasthan have taken action against more than 1,300 people for violating mandatory quarantine protocols, slapping fines or even filing FIRs against them, a senior official said on Wednesday. (READ MORE)

08:21 May 27

Tickets booked at counters can be cancelled up to September 22: Southern Railway

With train services having been stopped till June 30 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Southern Railway has said passengers holding paper tickets can cancel them any time up to September 22 and a full refund will be provided.

08:07 May 27

PPE goggles confirming to BIS specification can be reused

The Union Health Ministry on Wednesday issued an advisory stating that goggles, which are a crucial component of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, confirming to prescribed Bureau of Indian Standards specifications can be reused after proper disinfection.

07:56 May 27

Places of worship will remain closed in Kerala: CM Vijayan

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Wednesday said that even though requests have come from a few quarters to allow places of worship to open, this cannot be done. (READ MORE)

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan (Photo | Albin Mathew, EPS)

07:31 May 27

WATCH | One-month-old baby discharged from Mumbai Hospital after recovering from COVID-19

07:11 May 27

After France, Belgium now advises against use of hydroxychloroquine

In an update of the clinical guidance for adults diagnosed with the coronavirus, Sciensano said several studies did not find any benefit to the drug and even indicated a possible harmful effect. (READ MORE)

07:05 May 27

Woman delivers baby inside Shramik train in MP's Ratlam


A 28-year-old woman gave birth to a baby boy inside a Shramik special train at Ratlam railway station on Wednesday while she was travelling to her native place in Uttar Pradesh from Gujarat, an official said.

06:58 May 27

Civic building in Thane shut as doctor tests COVID-19 positive

The Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation's administrative building in Thane district was closed on Wednesday, after a 40-year-old doctor from the health department tested positive for COVID-19, an official said.

06:53 May 27

West Bengal schools to remain shut till June 30

The rescheduled dates for Class 12 state boards exams remain unchanged and they will be held on June 29, July 2 and July 6 as announced last week, Chatterjee said addressing a press conference in Bikash Bhavan here.(READ MORE)

06:41 May 27

Future of dining out in the post-coronavirus world


(Photo| AP)

06:31 May 27

Coronavirus cases cross 18000-mark in Tamil Nadu

06:22 May 27

Passenger on Alliance Air's Delhi-Ludhiana flight tests positive for coronavirus

The flight was operated on May 25, when domestic flight services resumed after remaining grounded for two months due to the nationwide lockdown to prevent spreading of coronavirus infections. Alliance Air, which operates regional flights, is part of Air India. (READ MORE)

06:18 May 27

Students who returned home to write exams from their native in July

06:06 May 27

India's recovery rate at 42.4 per cent: Centre

As of today, 930 dedicated COVID hospitals with 158747 isolation beds, 20355 ICU beds and 69076 Oxygen supported beds are available, government of India said on Wednesday.  "A total of 1,51,767 cases have been reported from the country in which 64,426 persons have been cured and the recovery rate is pegged at 42.4 per cent. The fatality rate is 2.86 per cent whereas the world average is 6.36 per cent, the health ministry added.

05:56 May 27

UP's Muzaffarnagar reports first COVID-19 death, 10 migrants test +

An 83-year-old woman died of coronavirus here while 10 migrant workers tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, an official said. Chief Medical Officer Praveen Chopra told PTI here that the octagenarian patient had tested positive on May 24 and passed away at a COVID-19 designated hospital on Wednesday.

05:43 May 27

40 fresh cases in Kerala, 18 new hotspots in state

Forty people, mostly returnees, test positive for coronavirus in Kerala on Wednesday. Of the 40 positive cases, 16 people had come from Maharashtra,5 from Tamil Nadu, one from Telangana, three from Delhi, one each from Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and UP. Nine people had come from abroad. 

The Kerala govt has notified 13 new places as hotspots taking the total no of hotspots in state to 81.

05:39 May 27

Bengal migrant who sold his goat for tickets will finally fly home

Sona Mollah, Raheema Khatun and Farid Mollah, all natives of Bengal’s Murshidabad district, raised Rs 30,600 to buy air tickets. While Raheema sold his finger ring, Farid borrowed and used his savings, and Sona’s wife sold three goats for Rs 9,600 and deposited in her husband’s bank account. The three broke down upon knowing that the flight to Kolkata was cancelled and there would not be any refunds. (READ MORE)

04:57 May 27

Shramik trains will lead to spike in cases, says Mamata Banerjee

Bengal is facing a major disaster (post Amphan) and railways is sending Shramik trains every day which will lead to spike in COVID-19 cases, said West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday. she added, "Railways running special trains for migrant workers according to its whims and conditions".

04:42 May 27

30,000 weddings cancelled in Gujarat amid COVID-19 pandemic

At least 30,000 weddings planned across the state have been called off or postponed in the last two months in light of the ongoing health crisis, said spokesperson of Hotel and Restaurant Association (Gujarat) Abhijit Deshmukh. (READ MORE)

04:37 May 27

Maharashtra HM rebuts claims of Army deployment in Mumbai

04:23 May 27

Rs 500 fine for spitting on roads, not wearing mask in Haryana

The people in Haryana will be fined Rs 500 for spitting on roads and not wearing masks in public, media reports said.

04:12 May 27

Pochampally weavers from Hyderabad face harsh times

04:03 May 27

New guidelines issued for govt offices in Kerala, 50 per cent staff to attend work

To ensure attendance, the district administration has been entrusted with arranging KSRTC buses for the transportation of employees stuck in other districts. The fuel expense of the transportation will be met from the State Disaster Response Fund and a fixed fare will be collected from the passengers. (READ MORE)

04:02 May 27

Breaking! Liquor shops to reopen in Kerala from tomorrow

Liquor shops in Kerala will reopen from May 28. The shops will be allowed to function from 9 am to 5 pm, excise minister TP Ramakrishnan said. Online liquor sale in Kerala to start on May 28 as well. People can book liquor though the "Bevq App" from 7 am to 10 pm.

03:51 May 27

On Tuesday, 445 flights flew 62641 passengers: Puri

A total of 445 domestic flights carrying 62,641 passengers operated on Tuesday, said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri on Wednesday, asserting the airports functioned smoothly on the second day of the recommencement of domestic services in India.

03:46 May 27

Bagdogra Airport readies to reopen on May 28

03:38 May 27

France bans hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus treatment following WHO warning

The move came after two French advisory bodies and the World Health Organization warned this week that the drug -- a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis and lupus -- had been shown to be potentially dangerous in several studies.

03:14 May 27

No home quarantine option for those arriving in Goa

We maintain the need for a COVID negative certificate and a compulsory COVID test. The 14-day home quarantine option will be no longer available. Either you bring the negative certificate or have to take the test, said Goa CM Pramod Sawant.

03:11 May 27

Social distancing goes for a toss during union minister's Sheopur visit

02:54 May 27

SC asks Tamil Nadu govt to use four floors of Chennai private hospital for COVID patients

On June 3 last year, the top court had stayed the Madras High Court judgment ordering demolition of top five floors of the eight-storey block of Billroth Hospitals Ltd for alleged violation of the approved building plan. (READ MORE)

02:52 May 27

Northern railways headquarters shut after employee tests COVID-19 +

The northern railways headquarters in Delhi, Baroda house, was sealed on Wednesday after an employee tested positive for coronvirus.

02:43 May 27

Delhi records highest one-day spike in cases, toll at 303

This is the first time in Delhi that over 700 COVID-19 cases have been reported in a day. In a bulletin issued on Wednesday, the Delhi health department said, the death toll from coronavirus infection has risen to 303, and the total number of cases mounted to 15,257. (PTI)

02:41 May 27

The unending migrant workers' long march


(Photo| PTI)

02:34 May 27

COIVD-19 tally in Karnataka mounts to 2405

With 122 fresh cases in last 24 hours, the COVID-19 tally in Karnataka mounts to 2405. The state has so far recorded 45 deaths, the health department said.

02:32 May 27

Manipur tally at 41

Two more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur on Wednesday taking the state tally to 41.

01:58 May 27

Tiruchy Central Prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19 

In what could be a major threat, a 36-year-old life inmate has tested positive for coronavirus at the Tiruchy Central Prison. The inmate who recently went for a 42 day training in Puzal, returned back to the Tiruchy prison and has apparently contracted the virus. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

01:42 May 27

Karnataka keen on opening worship places from June 1, awaits nod from Centre

Chief minister B S Yediyurappa said they are keen on opening worship places from June 1 including temples, churches and masjids. However they are awaiting nod from the Union government. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

01:09 May 27

Law Minister hits back at Rahul Gandhi for comments on lockdown

12:22 May 27

WATCH | News updates from Tamil Nadu

11:47 May 27

Pregnancy care management, malnutrition management now stated as essential services: Health ministry


11:38 May 27

WATCH | Koyambedu Market sanitsation underway

11:36 May 27

68 new cases in Andhra Pradesh, state tally rises past 3000

11:20 May 27

WATCH | The great COVID-19 migrant crisis: What is fuelling the desperation?

11:12 May 27

With 109 fresh cases, Rajasthan's COVID-19 tally rises to 7,645; death toll at 172

Rajasthan on Wednesday recorded two COVID-19 deaths and 109 new cases of the virus, an official said. The number of cases in the state now stands at 7,645 and fatalities at 172. (READ FULL REPORT HERE)

10:35 May 27

Labourers take shelter in concrete pipes as rains lash Bengaluru on Tuesday

10:33 May 27

76 new cases in Odisha take state tally to 1593

10:31 May 27

North Bengal State Transport Corporation resumes inter district bus services

10:30 May 27

WATCH | Delhi Police appeals to morning walkers to maintain social distancing

09:42 May 27

Family cardholders in TN to get essential commodities free of cost for June

09:16 May 27

6387 new cases in last 24 hours, India tally crosses 1.5 lakhs

01:20 May 27

Till 25 May, more than 30,000 people have returned to India: Aviation Minister Puri

Till 25 May, more than 30,000 people have returned to India on 158 flights from different countries and more than 10,000 people have flown out of India on 164 flights. Another 49,000 people will be able to fly till mid June 2020: Hardeep Singh Puri, Union Civil Aviation Minister

12:56 May 27

Not able to sell onions at fair price: Nashik farmers

Farmers in Nashik say they're not able to sell onions at fair price. A farmer says, "We're getting less than half of the price at which we used to sell.Our earnings are not even supporting expense of fuel to carry them to market.Situation is such we'll die of hunger"

12:47 May 27
12:27 May 27

Schools, colleges still not allowed to open: MHA

No decision has been taken on opening of schools and colleges and all education institutions across the country are still prohibited to open, the Union Home Ministry said Tuesday night. The statement by the home ministry spokesperson came after a section of media reported that the ministry has given permission to all states to open schools.

12:10 May 27

Lockdown removal to be 'very very gradual': Maharashtra

The lockdown removal will happen in a "very very gradual" and calibrated manner, Maharashtra Chief Secretary Ajoy Mehta said on Tuesday even as he cautioned of a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases and that steps will be taken up accordingly.

11:55 May 26

India to expand Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate more Indians from abroad

India is planning to bring back home its one lakh stranded nationals from 60 countries under the second phase of the Vande Bharat mission, officials said on Tuesday. The second phase of the mission was to end on May 22. However, the government extended it till June 13. (READ MORE)

11:40 May 26

Air India's passenger in Delhi-Ludhiana flight test positive

One passenger on today's AI9I837 Delhi-Ludhiana flight has been found COVID19 positive. The passenger who works in the security department of Alliance Air was traveling on a paid ticket. All the passengers of this flight are now under state quarantine: Air India

11:06 May 26

Fitch projects Indian economy to contract 5 per cent in current fiscal

10:52 May 26

Jewellery shops reopen in Lucknow

10:47 May 26

Air India security staff test positive for COVID-19 in Delhi

A 50-year-old man who is a member of security staff in Air India and is a permanent resident of Delhi has tested positive for Coronavirus. He came back from Delhi on 25th May on board a domestic flight: District Public Relations Office, Ludhiana

10:36 May 26

Ola resumes services at Delhi airport

Specially trained staff will be deployed at the aiport to perform car fumigation, temperature checks for driver partners and car audit before every pick up, the company said in a statement. 

10:32 May 26

Air India security staff member tests positive for COVID-19

10:02 May 26

No new positive case of COVID-19 reported in Goa

09:28 May 26

Passenger who flew from Chennai to Coimbatore tests positive for coronavirus

We received confirmation from the Coimbatore airport doctor that a passenger who travelled on 6E 381 from Chennai to Coimbatore on 25th May evening, has tested positive for COVID19: IndiGo statement

09:16 May 26

ICMR to continue recommending HCQ for COVID-19 prevention but may drop it from treatment plan

The Indian Council for Medical Research has maintained that anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine 'may be working' in preventing Covid 19 and there are not many safety concerns related to the medicine, indicating that its recommendation of the drug for coronavirus prophylaxis will continue.

09:03 May 26

16-year-old migrant worker delivers baby in Kalaburagi quarantine center

The minor migrant labourer had returned to Kalaburagi district from Somanahalli village of Kolhapur district of Maharashtra few days back and was kept in Institutional Quarantine Centre where she delivered a baby. (READ MORE)

08:51 May 26

Gujarat: 361 new COVID -19 positive cases

In the last 24 hours, 361 new COVID -19 positive cases have been reported in Gujarat; taking the total number cases to 14,829. Death toll rises to 915 after 27 deaths were reported in last 24 hours: Gujarat Health Department

08:33 May 26

WATCH | Scenes from Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, Delhi

08:31 May 26

Jammu and Kashmir records 91 positive cases

91 COVID19 postive cases have been reported in Jammu and Kahsmir on Tuesday; 54 from Jammu division and 37 from Kashmir division. Total active cases stand at 902: Government of Jammu and Kashmir

08:11 May 26

Sports Authority of India resumes sports activities

Sports Authority of India (SAI) has resumed sports activities at Delhi's Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium. SAI has decided that a maximum of only 50 per cent of sports facilities in various stadia will be made operational to ensure social distancing.

07:55 May 26
07:34 May 26

Karnataka to open government has decided to open temples from June 1

Karnataka government has decided to open temples from June 1. Standard Operating Protocol (SOP) to be followed, which will be issued. We'll make necessary arrangements till May 31. Online seva booking will start from tomorrow in 52 temples: Kota Srinivas Poojari,State Minister for Muzrai department.
06:30 May 26
06:28 May 26
06:17 May 26
06:01 May 26

SC takes suo moto cognizance of the problems and miseries of stranded migrant labourers

  • SC on its own takes cognizance of problems and miseries of migrant labourers, who had been stranded in different parts of the country.
  • The apex court issued notice to Centre, states and UTs, seeking replies on steps taken to redeem the miseries of migrant labourers
  • The matter has been listed for May 28. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta has been asked to assist SC on the issue of migrant labourers  
05:44 May 26
05:43 May 26

Doctors protest against harassment of healthcare professionals by police in Kashmir

The doctors were holding posters that read "they may stop us, beat us, strip us, arrest us but we will always be there for you". A video of Chief Medical Officer, Bandipora, Dr Tajamul Hussain being stopped by police has gone viral on social media. The medical officer was on way to inspect a quarantine centre and sample collection centre in the north Kashmir district.


05:26 May 26
05:21 May 26

40 hurt as people demanding lifting of containment order turn violent in Odisha

The locals protested after Rourkela Municipal Corporation (RMC) Commissioner on Monday night issued an order withdrawing restrictions from the buffer zone and also squeezed the size of the containment zone to half. Sources said the protesters hit the streets at about 2 am in the intervening night of Monday-Tuesday, but they were pacified as the police sought time till Tuesday morning to address their grievances.


05:18 May 26

UP migrants to get low-cost shops, homes with bank loans to start business: Govt

At his routine review meeting with his Team 11 on Tuesday, Adityanath issued directives to expedite the process of setting up of Migration Commission and provide jobs to migrant workers. The commission will be set up in the next few days in accordance with the existing provisions of law, said a senior government official here on Tuesday.


05:16 May 26
05:10 May 26

67 fresh cases of COVID-19 reported in Kerala; state tally reaches 963

04:09 May 26

Union Health Ministry briefs the media over COVID19

  • Union Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal informs that a total of 60,490 patients have recovered so far from COVID-19. Recovery rate continues to improve and presently it is 41.61%. The fatality rate is one among the lowest in the world, it is 2.87% now. 
  • The testings have gone up in the last few months. 1.1 lakh samples are tested daily: ICMR
  • 4.4 deaths per lakh population have been reported for the world, while India has reported about 0.3 deaths per lakh population, which is amongst the lowest in the world. This has been due to lockdown, timely identification and management of COVID19 cases.
03:54 May 26

Pangolin rescued from quarantine centre in Odisha to undergo COVID-19 test

The five-year-old was rescued by a team of Athagarh Forest division from the quarantine facility at Mahulia UGME school in the Baramba range. How the scaly ant-eater ended up at the quarantine facility is yet to be ascertained. Divisional Forest Officer Sasmita Lenka said, acting on the information from the local sarpanch, her team reached the quarantine centre and rescued the pangolin.


03:49 May 26

United Nurses Association write to Maharashtra CM over govt bringing healthcare workers from Kerala

States such as Kerala and Tamil Nadu have shown that it is possible to recruit health personnel for permanent employment rapidly. We urge state government to also opt for this long term approach.

03:46 May 26

44 lakh migrants ferried to their native states: Railways

3274 Shramik special trains have been run till May 25 carrying 44 lakh passengers to their home states. On May 25, 223 Shramik specials were ferrying 2.8 lakh passengers: Indian Railways 

03:45 May 26
03:45 May 26
03:26 May 26

Next 15-30 days of COVID-19 battle will be more challenging, warns Naveen Patnaik

Stating that the vulnerable population including the elderly and people with comorbid conditions need extra care, Odisha CM said that a fortnight of serious awareness creation in all these aspects should be planned. There are many learning points -- scientific, social and administrative -- in the two months of lockdown, he said and added that the response should be tweaked based on this. 

03:21 May 26
03:13 May 26

20 CISF men test positive for COVID-19

20 more CISF personnel test positive for coronavirus. 18 of these are were posted in the unit that guards the Delhi airport.

02:51 May 26
02:51 May 26

Railways prepared 145 trains from Maharashtra for ferrying migrants

For May 25, Railways had offered 125 trains for evacuation of migrants from Maharashtra but State govt was only able to give info for 41 trains till 2 am on May 25. Out of these, only 39 trains could run as passengers couldn't be brought by local authorities. After meticulous planning & sustained effort, Railways mobilised its resources at a very short notice and prepared 145 Shramik trains to depart from Maharashtra on May 26. These trains have already been notified for today from Maharashtra: Central Railways  

02:33 May 26

176 new cases in Rajasthan take state tally to 7476

02:32 May 26
02:32 May 26

COVID-19 lockdown: Zoomcar resumes operations in 35 cities

The company has also launched a special 'Zoom to Atmanirbharta' sale to help customers avail personal mobility options that are safe, convenient, and affordable, the car rental firm said on Tuesday. The operations have restarted in the South and East Zones, including cities such as Bangalore, Mangalore, Hyderabad, Vizag, Chennai, Coimbatore, Kochi, Calicut, Guwahati, Siliguri, and Bhubaneswar, among others, following the MHA guidelines easing the restrictions for lockdown 4.0.


02:30 May 26

Why you want to hold university exams under prevailing situation: Raj Thackeray to Maharashtra Governor

The MNS chief detailed how the coronavirus pandemic has led to an unprecedented national upheaval followed by the lockdown, and given the present turbulent scenario, it was impossible to ascertain how long the shutdown will continue, especially in Mumbai and Pune. "If, even the lockdown is eased, does that mean we are free from the coronavirus? Of course not! You too are aware of this," Thackeray said, seeking the reasons why the Governor wanted to hold the varsity exams.


02:23 May 26
02:22 May 26

Tour operators get a breather

Tourism ministry extends validity period of Approval/Classifications of hotels and other accommodation units till June 30, 2020.The Ministry has decided to allow 6 months’ relaxation or extension to all categories of tour operators, travel agents and tourist transport operators. 

02:20 May 26

412 new cases in New Delhi

01:27 May 26

Mamata government makes mandatory for domestic passengers to fill self-declaration forms at airport

The passengers also need to undergo health screening after their arrival at the airport, the advisory by the Health Department said on Monday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:26 May 26

COVID-19 caused economic loss of Rs 30.3 lakh crore; Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu worst-hit: Report

This is important to note that so far there had been no official estimate of loss caused by lockdown imposed over two month due to coronavirus. The report also pointed out that states with largest number of cases have contributed maximum to the GDP loss with Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat leading the pack respectively. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

01:18 May 26

No confirmation yet on resumption of Delhi Metro: Transport Minister

There is no confirmation yet on resumption of Delhi Metro rail services. Whenever such a direction comes, DMRC will require a minimum of two days for preparations. Delhi government wants that metro train services should be started again soon: Delhi Minister Kailash Gahlot.

01:17 May 26

Update from Tamil Nadu

01:02 May 26

WATCH | Traffic snarls at Delhi-Ghaziabad border as roads resealed amid COVID-19 crisis

12:55 May 26

Public transport back at Rajasthan roads

12:44 May 26

Clashes in Odisha

12:40 May 26

WATCH | Rahul Gandhi briefs media

12:30 May 26

Rahul lashes out at Modi government, here is what he said so far

  • India only country in world which is removing lockdown when the virus is exponentially rising.
  • It is pretty clear that the aim and purpose of lockdowns has failed in India.
  • Four stages of lockdown have not given the result that the Prime Minister expected.
  • What is the government's strategy as far as opening up of India is concerned; how does it intend to help migrants, states?
  • What is the central government planning to do going forward as disease is growing.
12:28 May 26

News from Punjab

12:28 May 26

Latest Himachal tally

Total COVID-19 cases in Himachal Pradesh now stand at 223, including 151 active cases, 63 recovered patients and five deaths: State Health Department.

12:27 May 26

Another COVID-19 fatality in Kashmir

  • A 90-year-old man from Kulgam district, who had tested positive for coronavirus, died on Tuesday, taking the COVID-related death toll in Jammu and Kashmir to 24, an official said.  
  • The man was also suffering from hypertension,  pneumonia, fever and breathlessness, the official said.
  • An official of the SKIMS hospital here said, "A 90-year-old male patient, who was referred from GMC Anantnag on Monday, died early this morning. He had tested positive for COVID last (Monday) night."
  • The official said the Kulgam district administration has been informed about the man's death for initiating contact tracing.
12:26 May 26

Now, a guideline on heat wave amid COVID-19 times

12:19 May 26

Latest guidelines for passengers arriving in Bengal via flights

12:18 May 26

Rahul lashes out at Modi government over lockdown relaxations

12:17 May 26

Another road accident involving migrants, this time in Andhra

12:16 May 26

Assam tally nears 600

The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 595: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

12:15 May 26

Manipur tally reaches 39

Manipur detected three new positive cases of COVID-19 today. Total number of positive cases rise to 39 in the state, including 35 active cases: Government of Manipur.

11:55 May 26

Railway Ministry sources on status of 'Shramik Special' trains along Maharashtra-Bengal route

  • Government of Maharashtra has demanded 41 'shramik special' trains for West Bengal which Railways is planning to run today.
  • However, Government of West Bengal has raised issues over receiving these trains due to the after effects of Amphon cyclone.
  • Railways has requested the Government of Maharashtra to sort out the issue with Government of West Bengal.
11:53 May 26

Air India evacuates 115 stranded Indians including students, pregnant women from Israel

The flight took off at 1 AM IST and also carried a Nepalese national Prabha Baskota, married to an Indian, and five Israeli diplomats posted in Delhi. Out of the 121 passengers aboard flight AI 140, some 85 of them would take a connecting flight to Kochi on Tuesday from Delhi. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:51 May 26

Vande Bharat Mission: Over 300 Indians fly home on board Air India flight from New York

The Air India flight from J F K International Airport to Bengaluru flew on May 25 and had 329 passengers, including two infants, according to officials. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:49 May 26

Kerala school public examination begins amid rise in COVID-19 cases, opposition roar

The VHSE examinations began at 10 am on Tuesday. The SSLC examination is scheduled in the afternoon session and it will begin at 2 pm and the HSE examination will begin on Wednesday. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

11:29 May 26

COVID-19 tally among Maharashtra cops nears 2000

11:20 May 26

Traffic jam at Delhi-UP border

11:20 May 26

COVID-19 cases' break-up in Chennai

11:12 May 26

News from Maharashtra

145 trains being run from Maharashtra today: Railway Ministry sources.

11:04 May 26

WATCH | Brief bulletin from TNIE Tamil Nadu bureau

11:03 May 26

48 new positive cases in Andhra in last 24 hours

10:48 May 26
10:48 May 26

District-wise break-up of COVID-19 cases in Odisha

10:32 May 26

Assam tally two short of 550

Nine new cases of COVID-19 reported from Barpeta today; the total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 548: Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

10:31 May 26

Latest Odisha coronavirus numbers

10:31 May 26

Now RPF staff members test positive in Punjab

Seven RPF personnel posted at Ludhiana railway station have tested positive for COVID-19 and around 100 personnel quarantined: Director General (DG), Railway Protection Force.

10:10 May 26

WATCH | Passengers from Bengaluru arrive at Vijayawada

10:08 May 26

Boat owners in Madhya Pradesh face lockdown blues

10:08 May 26

Nagpur sees better recovery rate

The total number of COVID-19 patients in Nagpur is 406.Out of 406, 313 patients have recovered. This means our recovery rate is between 75%-80%. One of the major reasons for this is early identification, tracing, isolation testing and treatment: Municipal Commissioner, Nagpur, Maharashtra.

10:06 May 26

Lockdown norms flouted at Madhya Pradesh

10:06 May 26

Latest Rajasthan numbers

10:05 May 26

21 tested positive in Lucknow

Out of the 1219 samples tested yesterday for COVID-19, results of 21 are positive: King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow.

09:11 May 26

New normal at Kerala schools

09:11 May 26

Another road accident involving migrants

09:10 May 26

India maintains its higher COVID-19 case count

Spike of 6,535 new COVID19 cases and 146 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the country now at 1,45,380 including 80,722 active cases, 60,490 cured/discharged and 4167 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

09:09 May 26

WATCH | Passenger from domestic flight which landed in Vijayawada shares his expeirence

08:41 May 26

WATCH | India takes to the skies again after 2 months as flights resume

08:40 May 26

COVID-19 stigma forces Odisha man into quarantining in car

The youth, Madhaba Patra, has been subjected to this cruel fate despite having already spent 14 days in quarantine in Berhampur and testing negative for Covid-19. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:39 May 26

WATCH | This Afghan cyclist rides to remote village to spread awareness about COVID-19 pandemic

08:30 May 26

Latest Images from the Delhi-Ghaziabad Border

08:30 May 26

More lockdown relaxations announced in Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan Government permits taxis and autorickshaws (including aggregators like Ola and Uber) to travel to and from railway station, airport and hospitals, in red zones, except containment zones.
  • Two passengers along with driver in taxis and one passenger along with driver in autorickshaws allowed.
  • The state has also allowed the sale of 'paan, gutkha & tobacco' for take away. Prohibition on consumption in public and spitting to remain in force.
08:28 May 26

Assam tally nears 550

13 new COVID-19 cases reported taking the total number of cases in Assam to 539, including 470 active cases and four deaths: Himanta Biswa Sarma, State Health Minister.

08:27 May 26

Karnataka's latest SOP for inter-state travels

08:26 May 26

Union Minister Sadananda Gowda requests MEA to arrange flights to Karnataka from Gulf countries

08:25 May 26

Ladakh shopkeepers suffer lockdown blues

08:24 May 26

Migrants from Nepal return to their country

08:24 May 26

News from Chandigarh

08:23 May 26

Bengal tribals' livelihood affected due to lockdown

08:23 May 26

Leh Airport reopens too

08:22 May 26

Early morning views from the Delhi Airport

08:22 May 26

Latest visuals from Rajpath area amid lockdown

08:21 May 26

Non-scheduled domestic flights also allowed now

08:20 May 26

Chaos, confusion at airports as domestic services begin, loads of flights cancelled

The resumption of domestic flight operations on Monday after a two-month gap got off to a turbulent start with 630 flights being cancelled and passengers kept in the dark about the decision. As a result, thousands of fliers across many cities were left in the lurch when they reached the airport, only to find out that their flights were not taking to the skies. (READ FULL STORY HERE)

08:20 May 26

Chandigarh tally now stands at 269

Three new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Bapu Dham Colony. The total number of cases in the union territory now stands at 269: Health Department, Chandigarh.

08:19 May 26

IN PICS | First domestic flight arrives in Vijayawada after two months


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