Month: March 2020

Nizamuddin centre COVID-19 cases spark a controversy

Nizamuddin centre COVID-19 cases spark a controversy

The centre is run by the Tablighi Jamaat, a global Islamic organisation. A controversy erupted on Tuesday, a day after it emerged that a religious centre in Nizamuddin West in Delhi had hosted several thousand people earlier this month notwithstanding the novel coronavirus pandemic.Several prominent leaders expressed contrasting views about the situation around the centre…

Mass migration defeats Corona preventive measures, MHA tells SC

Mass migration defeats Corona preventive measures, MHA tells SC

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the 21-day national lockdown was “inevitable” in the face of an “unprecedented global crisis” like COVID-19. It blamed “fake and misleading” messages on social media on COVID-19 for widespread panic, leading to mass “barefoot” journey of migrant workers from cities to their…

Air India pilots say safety protocols during COVID ops inadequate

Air India pilots say safety protocols during COVID ops inadequate

German and European nationals arrive to board a special aircraft to Frankfurt at NSCBI Airport during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Kolkata, on March 31, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI The pilots have also raised questions about the lack of medical facilities. Air India pilots have expressed concern…

Ensure food, medicines for migrant workers in shelters, SC tells govt

Ensure food, medicines for migrant workers in shelters, SC tells govt

A team of police officials distribute food pockets migrant labourers at Ambattur Estate in Chennai on Tuesday.   | Photo Credit: M.Vedhan Court orders a dedicated portal to disseminate authentic information on Coronavirus and stop spread of fake news The Supreme Court on Tuesday directed the Union government to ensure that the migrant workers who…

Maharashtra govt announces pay cut

Maharashtra govt announces pay cut

As Maharashtra stares at a major economic crisis as a result of lockdown due to COVID-19, the State government has begun taking steps to cut down on the expenditure. In its first step, the government will be releasing salaries of March in two instalments.To defer salariesThe Maharashtra government on Tuesday announced to defer the salaries…

Preventing stigma related to COVID-19 requires full-throated campaign, says expert Gita Sen

Preventing stigma related to COVID-19 requires full-throated campaign, says expert Gita Sen

Gita Sen, director and distinguished professor, Ramalingaswami Centre on Equity & Social Determinants of Health (RCESDH), Public Health Foundation of India, spoke to The Hindu about how the stigma attached to COVID-19 is much like what was seen with HIV/AIDS and how it is a result of poor knowledge.In this time of stress associated with…

Coronavirus | 1,000 evacuated from Nizamuddin centre; sent to hospitals, quarantine facilities

Coronavirus | 1,000 evacuated from Nizamuddin centre; sent to hospitals, quarantine facilities

With at least 24 of its occupants testing positive for the novel coronavirus, an Islamic centre in the national capital has turned out to be the latest hotspot of COVID-19. More than 400 people with symptoms were admitted to different hospitals and over 1,100 shifted to government-run quarantine facilities in Delhi alone over March 30…

Coronavirus India lockdown day 7 live updates | Positive cases cross 1200, death toll at 43

Coronavirus India lockdown day 7 live updates | Positive cases cross 1200, death toll at 43

As India is under lockdown for a week now, the government has said the 21-day period will not be extended. The country is seeing a spurt in the number of coronavirus cases, with Gujarat, Punjab, Telangana and West Bengal reporting deaths.Also read | No plans to extend lockdown: says Cabinet SecretaryCOVID-19 has claimed 47 lives…

Short end of the stick: on assistance to migrant workers

Short end of the stick: on assistance to migrant workers

Migrant workers, who simply cannot fend for themselves, need urgent state assistance It has been nearly a week since the Centre’s lockdown measures to slow down the spread of SARS-CoV-2 came into force. But what was done as a means to address a public health challenge has now transformed itself into a humanitarian crisis for…

Unusually inept: On US surpassing China in coronavirus cases

Unusually inept: On US surpassing China in coronavirus cases

The U.S. can still pull itself out of the virus crisis, but not without tougher steps The  U.S. has surpassed mainland China as the country with the most number of novel coronavirus cases. On March 27, it recorded 85,486 infections; On March 30, it had nearly 75% (1,43,527) more cases than China (82,198). Even as…

Covid-19 hotspots in country have increased due to ‘lack of people’s support’: Health ministry

Covid-19 hotspots in country have increased due to ‘lack of people’s support’: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: With over 1,200 Covid-19 cases reported in the country so far, the number of hotspots of the disease have increased, the Health Ministry said on Monday while underlining that it is implementing rigorous contact tracing and cluster containment strategies. Addressing the daily press conference to provide updates on the Covid-19 situation in the…

Public sector banks extend EMI moratorium to customers

Public sector banks extend EMI moratorium to customers

NEW DELHI: In a relief to customers, some public sector banks on Tuesday announced deferment of EMI (equated monthly instalment) payments on loans for three months following directions by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which asked all lending institutions to allow three month moratorium on loan payments as the economy grapples with Covid-19 challenges.…

Covid-19: Over 21k camps operational in India housing over 6.6 L people

Covid-19: Over 21k camps operational in India housing over 6.6 L people

Pavement dwellers rest at a make-shift government shelter during the coronavirus lockdown in Kolkata (PTI phot…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Over 21,000 Covid-19 relief camps have been made operational in the country where more than 6.6 lakh stranded and destitute people are sheltered as of now, the Union home ministry said on Tuesday. Punya Salila Srivastava, a…

SC asks Centre to curb fake news on coronavirus, set up portal within 24 hours for real-time info

SC asks Centre to curb fake news on coronavirus, set up portal within 24 hours for real-time info

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked the Centre to set up a portal within 24 hours for dissemination of real time information on the coronavirus pandemic to counter the panic being spread through fake news. The top court, which observed that panic will destroy more lives than the virus, asked the Centre to get…

3 out of 10 moving from cities to villages may carry coronavirus, Centre tells SC

3 out of 10 moving from cities to villages may carry coronavirus, Centre tells SC

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Tuesday informed the Supreme Court that there is a possibility that 3 out of 10 persons moving from cities to rural areas are carrying the coronavirus. Solicitor general Tushar Mehta told a bench of CJI S A Bobde and Justice L Nageswar Rao that so far 28 lakh persons have…

Road transport ministry extends validity of all vehicle papers till June 30

Road transport ministry extends validity of all vehicle papers till June 30

BENGALURU: In a major relief to about 23 crore individual vehicle owners and 1.2 crore trucks, plying in India carrying essential goods, the Road Transport Ministry has extended the validity of all required documents for vehicles from March 31 to June 30. “It has come to the notice of the government that citizens are facing…

Coronavirus latest updates: 11 more people succumb to virus in India, death toll 43

Coronavirus latest updates: 11 more people succumb to virus in India, death toll 43

NEW DELHI: As many as 227 new coronavirus cases and three deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, the the Union health ministry said on Tuesday. A total of 1,251 cases, including 32 deaths have been reported in the country, so far. The government said the three new deaths have been reported from…

US coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day

US coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day

NEW YORK: The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic climbed past 3,000 on Monday, the deadliest day yet in the country’s mounting crisis, while New York cheered the arrival of a gleaming 1,000-bed US Navy hospital ship as a sign of hope in the city’s desperate fight. In a grim new milestones marking the…

US coordinating with India to bring back its stranded citizens: Official

US coordinating with India to bring back its stranded citizens: Official

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration is coordinating with the Indian government to evacuate stranded American citizens from India who have expressed interest to return to the US, a top official here has said, amid the rapid spread of coronavirus pandemic that has upended life, disrupted travel and killed over 37,500 people. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of…

Banks yet to act on EMI relief, spark confusion

Banks yet to act on EMI relief, spark confusion

Representational photo. MUMBAI: With just two days left for the next EMI cycle to begin, most big lenders are unprepared to follow the Reserve Bank of India’s blanket order allowing borrowers to hold back from paying instalments for the month. Top lenders such as State Bank of India, HDFC Bank, ICICI Bank, Kotak Bank and…

Coronavirus live updates: Total number of cases in India rise to 1251, death toll touches 32

Coronavirus live updates: Total number of cases in India rise to 1251, death toll touches 32

Trump says US to send medical supplies to Italy, France, Spain”We’re going to be sending approximately $100 million worth of, of things, of surgical and medical and hospital things to Italy,” he said, adding that Italy’s prime minister, Giuseppe Conte, was “very, very happy I will tell you that.”

‘India still in local transmission stage’

‘India still in local transmission stage’

NEW DELHI: Covid-19 outbreak in India remains in ‘local transmission’ stage and any evidence of ‘community transmission’ will be shared with the public so that the level of alertness can be increased, the government said seeking to put at rest speculations about a wider spread of the virus. More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown:…

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

NEW DELHI: India has witnessed a slower rate of progression in Covid-19 cases as compared to several other countries, even developed nations, indicating that the national lockdown and other measures are having a positive effect even though there is no scope for any laxity in enforcing social distancing, the government said on Monday. “Our analysis…

Covid-19 fight: Govt has Rs 60k crore war chest in disaster funds

Covid-19 fight: Govt has Rs 60k crore war chest in disaster funds

NEW DELHI: The Centre has a war chest of more than Rs 60,000 crore to fight the Covid-19 pandemic — Rs 30,000 crore is already available in state disaster relief funds (SDRF) while allocation of a similar amount has been made for the 2020-21 financial year towards disaster relief and mitigation. This is in addition…

Indian refiners hit by lockdowns, oil price war, and a faltering global petro-order

Indian refiners hit by lockdowns, oil price war, and a faltering global petro-order

The steep fall in domestic energy demand driven by the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted India’s oil refining sector amid an oil price war and a severely stressed global petro-order.Reuters had earlier reported that Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), the refining heavyweight, and Mangalore Refineries and Petrochemicals Ltd. (MRPL), have served force majeure notices to their Middle…

Data | Which States recorded the most coronavirus cases, deaths, and the best testing rates?

A doctor uses a thermal-screening device on a police officer in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.   | Photo Credit: K. K. Mustafah A look at the case progression, deaths and tests performed across States even as the number of confirmed cases country-wide breaches the 1,200 mark On Monday, the number of COVID-19 cases…

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

Govt: Lockdown working, but need to be on our toes

NEW DELHI: India has witnessed a slower rate of progression in Covid-19 cases as compared to several other countries, even developed nations, indicating that the national lockdown and other measures are having a positive effect even though there is no scope for any laxity in enforcing social distancing, the government said on Monday. “Our analysis…

PM Modi puts all Indian envoys on Mission Covid

PM Modi puts all Indian envoys on Mission Covid

NEW DELHI: In a first of its kind event, Prime Minister Narendra Modi talked to almost all of India’s ambassadors serving in different parts of the world to appreciate a mammoth effort by Indian diplomats during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as to see how they could leverage bilateral relationships to source equipment, technology as…

Coronavirus -19 In Telangana

Coronavirus -19 In Telangana

Coronavirus: People from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Kyrgyzstan attended the event.New Delhi/Hyderabad: Six people who attended a congregation at a mosque in Delhi’s Nizamuddin have died in Telangana after testing positive for coronavirus. A cleric at the event had died in Srinagar last week.More than 2,000 delegates, including from Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and…

Why Use a Colossal Tragedy to Enhance Personality: Historian Guha Calls PM-CARES ‘Self-Aggrandising’

Why Use a Colossal Tragedy to Enhance Personality: Historian Guha Calls PM-CARES ‘Self-Aggrandising’

Retweeting a thread of tweets of Advocate Manoj, Guha questioned the need for a new fund when a Prime Ministers National Relief Fund already exists. PTIUpdated:March 30, 2020, 11:10 PM IST File image of Historian Ramchandra Guha. Bengaluru: Terming the PM-CARES fund raising initiative as ‘self-aggrandising’, historian Ramachandra Guha has sought to know why a…

CM Yogi’s cutting remarks at Covid-19 meet has Noida DM going on leave; new officer appointed

CM Yogi’s cutting remarks at Covid-19 meet has Noida DM going on leave; new officer appointed

Home / Cities / CM Yogi’s cutting remarks at Covid-19 meet has Noida DM going on leave; new officer appointed After Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday expressed his displeasure with the Gautam Budh Nagar district administration over its inability to contain the surge in Covid-19 cases in Noida, district magistrate BN Singh…

Confirmed coronavirus cases in India go past 1,250, death toll at 32. State-wise tally here

Confirmed coronavirus cases in India go past 1,250, death toll at 32. State-wise tally here

A migrant worker’s family draped in blanket rests along a road as they return to their village, during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) (Reuters) 2 min read . Updated: 30 Mar 2020, 10:55 PM IST Written By Aparna Banerjea Kerala now has 202 positive cases with one death,…

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Telangana cuts salaries to overcome financial crisis

Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Telangana cuts salaries to overcome financial crisis

Home / India News / Amid Covid-19 pandemic, Telangana cuts salaries to overcome financial crisis The Telangana government on Monday announced drastic pay cuts for all its employees, bureaucrats and public representatives in the wake of a crippling financial position of the state on account of coronavirus that has affected 77 people so far.The pay…

Health reporters have 10 questions for the govt as India’s coronavirus crisis deepens

Health reporters have 10 questions for the govt as India’s coronavirus crisis deepens

Basic information remains shrouded in secrecy.With more than 1,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus infection in India, the health ministry accepted on Sunday that the country had entered the stage of “limited transmission” of the virus. However, this admission was not made in a press briefing – it was slipped into a document innocuously. This is…

Dangerous Situation in Entire Country, Warns Manish Sisodia as Exodus of Migrant Workers Continues

Dangerous Situation in Entire Country, Warns Manish Sisodia as Exodus of Migrant Workers Continues

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has also appealed to migrant workers not to go to their native places in the country’s interest as they are also at the risk of being infected with the coronavirus in large gatherings. PTIUpdated:March 30, 2020, 1:49 PM IST File photo of Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia. New Delhi: Delhi…

Vistara asks staff to self-quarantine as Goan passenger on March 22 flight tests Covid-19 positive

Vistara asks staff to self-quarantine as Goan passenger on March 22 flight tests Covid-19 positive

NEW DELHI: Vistara on Monday asked crew members of its Mumbai-Goa flight on March 22 to self-quarantine after a passenger flying with it was tested positive for coronavirus. The airline issued the direction soon after the Goa government announced that one person, who tested positive in the state on Sunday, had travel history from New…

Row over spray of chemicals on migrants in UP’s Bareilly; BJP tweets similar video from Kerala

Row over spray of chemicals on migrants in UP’s Bareilly; BJP tweets similar video from Kerala

NEW DELHI: A row erupted on Monday after a video showed some officials in UP’s Bareilly district spraying chemicals on migrants who were returning to their villages from Delhi and Noida. Reacting to the video, the district magistrate of Bareilly, Nitish Kumar, assured action against erring “over-eager” officials who were told to sanitize the buses.…

Lockdown: States seal borders to stop migrants; non-availability of labour hits supplies

Lockdown: States seal borders to stop migrants; non-availability of labour hits supplies

NEW DELHI: Seeking to contain mass spread of the deadly coronavirus, several states on Monday effectively sealed their borders to stop movement of migrant workers rendered jobless due to a nationwide lockdown, but FMCG firms flagged non-availability of trucks and labour as a major challenge in ensuring supply of essential goods. The Supreme Court also…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 30, 2020, 20:20 ISTNEW DELHI: Reiterating that COVID-19 is still in the local transmission stage in India, the health ministry on Monday said it took 12 days for cases of infection to rise from 100 to 1,000 in the country and that the rate of increase has been slower than some…

Gautam Buddh Nagar DM transferred after CM Yogi’s visit to coronavirus hotspot

Gautam Buddh Nagar DM transferred after CM Yogi’s visit to coronavirus hotspot

NOIDA: The Uttar Pradesh government on Monday transferred Gautam Buddh Nagar District Magistrate B N Singh for failing to control the spread of coronavirus, after Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited the hotspot of the deadly infection in the state. Announcing Singh’s transfer, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary R K Tiwari told reporters here that a departmental…

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

Postponed Tokyo Olympics to open July 23 next year

TOKYO: The Tokyo Olympics will begin on July 23 next year, organisers said on Monday, after the coronavirus forced the historic decision to postpone the Games until 2021. “The Olympics will be held from July 23 to August 8, 2021. The Paralympics will be held from August 24 to September 5,” Tokyo 2020 chief Yoshiro…

Delhi: Police cordon off area in Nizamuddin as people show Covid-19 symptoms after religious gathering

Delhi: Police cordon off area in Nizamuddin as people show Covid-19 symptoms after religious gathering

NEW DELHI: The Delhi Police on Monday cordoned off a major area in Nizamuddin where several people showed symptoms of coronavirus after taking part in a religious gathering a few days ago, an official said. The gathering of around 200 people was organised without permission from authorities, police said. “After we learnt that such an…

Coronavirus lockdown: SC seeks status report from govt. on movement of migrant workers

Coronavirus lockdown: SC seeks status report from govt. on movement of migrant workers

Scrambling home: Migrant workers boarding a truck to Palwal, Haryana, on the Kondli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway. Ashok Kumar   CJI S.A. Bobde makes it clear that the court does not want to create a state of confusion by passing any direction at this point of time while the government is on the job The Supreme Court on…

Automobile makers asked to manufacture ventilators: Health Ministry

Automobile makers asked to manufacture ventilators: Health Ministry

Order given to Bharat Electronics Ltd. to manufacture 30,000 ventilators in the next two months Automobile manufacturers have been asked to manufacture ventilators and they are working towards this end, confirmed the Union Health Ministry on Monday, the various efforts being put in place to counter the anticipated surge in COVID-19 cases.This is besides the…

Disaffiliation if schools harass parents to pay fee: Karnataka Minister

Disaffiliation if schools harass parents to pay fee: Karnataka Minister

File photo of Minister for Primary and Secondary Education S. Suresh Kumar with schoolchildren.   | Photo Credit: SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT The State Primary and Secondary Education Minister S. Suresh Kumar threatened to disaffiliate private schools which are harassing parents to pay the fee for next academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic. The minister said that…

Coronavirus | 200 people from Nizamuddin develop symptoms; area cordoned off

Coronavirus | 200 people from Nizamuddin develop symptoms; area cordoned off

A view of the Nizammudin area, where around 200 persons with coronavirus symptoms were found and taken to different hospitals, in New Delhi on Monday.   | Photo Credit: R.V Moorthy Cases have surfaced, in several States, of people who attended a religious conference at the ‘markaz’ Around 200 people were taken from Nizamuddin area…

Coronavirus: Migrants returning to Bareilly forced to take bath in the open with sanitiser

Coronavirus: Migrants returning to Bareilly forced to take bath in the open with sanitiser

A screen grab of healthcare workers bathing migrants before entering the town of Bareilly on Monday.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement It’s more important to save them…getting wet does not mean much, says nodal officer in-charge of COVID-19 in Bareilly Migrant labourers returning to their homes from cities were forced by the administration in…

No plan to extend 21-day lockdown: Government

No plan to extend 21-day lockdown: Government

Rajiv Gauba in this file photo.   | Photo Credit: PTI “There are rumours & media reports, claiming that the Government will extend the #Lockdown21 when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless,” it said. The government on Monday said there was no plan to extend the…

Delhi Court grants bail to three Shaheen Bagh protesters

Delhi Court grants bail to three Shaheen Bagh protesters

Scene at the Shaheen Bagh area in New Delhi on March 24, 2020   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement They allegedly disobeyed the direction of the government and police over restrictions imposed to curb the spread of COVID-19 A Delhi Court has granted bail to three men who were arrested from Shaheen Bagh protest site…

India coronavirus lockdown day 6 | ICMR denies community transmission

India coronavirus lockdown day 6 | ICMR denies community transmission

As India is under lockdown for nearly a week now, the government has said the 21-day period will not be extended. The country is seeing a spurt in the number of coronavirus cases, with Gujarat, Punjab and West Bengal reporting deaths.The Hindu has brought out a multi-language e-book on essential COVID-19 information, in addition to covering the developments related…

Everyone counts: On Census-NPR postponement

Everyone counts: On Census-NPR postponement

The Centre must use the opportunity of the pause in NPR to redraft questions The Centre’s decision to postpone the first phase of the 2021 Census, earlier planned to start on April 1, was expected in view of the COVID-19 outbreak that has brought life to a standstill in India and across the world. The…

Political pardon: On Sri Lankan soldier’s release

Political pardon: On Sri Lankan soldier’s release

Freeing a soldier convicted for massacre dashes hopes for accountability in Sri Lanka The grant of presidential pardon, on Thursday, to a Sri Lankan soldier on death row for murdering eight Tamil villagers has sparked justified outrage among those who have been demanding justice from the state for past crimes. Far from helping the cause…

PM Modi shares 3D animated videos of him practising yoga

PM Modi shares 3D animated videos of him practising yoga

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday shared 3D animated videos of him performing yoga on Twitter to show how he remains fit. “During yesterday’s #MannKiBaat, someone asked me about my fitness routine during this time. Hence, thought of sharing these Yoga videos,” he tweeted. During yesterday’s #MannKiBaat, someone asked me about my fitness…

New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths

New York state surpasses 1,000 coronavirus deaths

NEW YORK: New York state’s death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed Sunday above 1,000, less than a month after the first known infection in the state. Most of those deaths have come in just the past few days. New York City reported in the evening that its toll had risen to 776. The total…

US reaches H-1B cap of 65,000 for 2021

US reaches H-1B cap of 65,000 for 2021

WASHINGTON: The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it has reached the congressionally-mandated 65,000 H-1B cap for the fiscal year 2021 as it received enough requests from corporations and businesses. The USCIS, the federal agency which screens and allocates H-1B applications, said it reached the cap and “randomly selected among the registrations properly selected.”…

In worst-case scenario, 200,000 Americans could die from Covid-19: Anthony Fauci

In worst-case scenario, 200,000 Americans could die from Covid-19: Anthony Fauci

NEW YORK: The coronavirus outbreak could kill 100,000 to 200,000 Americans, the US government’s top infectious-disease expert warned on Sunday as family members described wrenching farewells through hospital windows with dying loved ones. Faced with that grim projection and the possibility even more could die in the US without measures to keep people away from…

Coronavirus: Onus put on DMs, SPs to check influx

Coronavirus: Onus put on DMs, SPs to check influx

PTI photo.NEW DELHI: In a move to curb the movement of migrant workers on roads and highways, the Centre on Sunday used the Disaster Management Act to fix responsibility on district magistrates and senior superintendents of police to seal district and state borders while making arrangements for those on the roads to be housed in…

Coronavirus: How Dubai, Saudi returnees slipped under radar, leading to spike in cases

Coronavirus: How Dubai, Saudi returnees slipped under radar, leading to spike in cases

CHENNAI: When Dubai’s health authorities began door-to-door screening on Saturday for Covid-19 cases in Naif, one of the city’s most populous localities, public health officials in Kerala felt a stab of anxiety. Nearly 70% of those who have returned to the Kerala’s Kasargod district in the past few days lived in this crowded commercial-cum-residential area…

Peak US Death Rate Due To Coronavirus Likely To Hit In Two Weeks: Donald Trump

Peak US Death Rate Due To Coronavirus Likely To Hit In Two Weeks: Donald Trump

Donald Trump said he expects US will be well on way to recovery by June 1. (File)Washington: US President Donald Trump said Sunday that the peak death rate in the United States from the coronavirus pandemic was likely to hit in two weeks.Trump, during a briefing at the White House, also said that he was…

PM Modi’s 21-day lockdown is model for COVID-19 affected countries

PM Modi’s 21-day lockdown is model for COVID-19 affected countries

WASHINGTON: At a time when the world is fighting COVID-19 pandemic and several countries are grappling with the rising cases of coronavirus, the initiatives taken by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi for containing the menace are being lauded by many activists and analysts worldwide. Speaking to ANI, an activist from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) Dr…

Modi seeks ‘forgiveness’ from India’s poor over COVID-19 lockdown

Modi seeks ‘forgiveness’ from India’s poor over COVID-19 lockdown

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked the nation’s poor for forgiveness, as the economic and human toll from his 21-day nationwide lockdown deepens and criticism mounts over a lack of adequate planning ahead of the decision. “I apologise for taking these harsh steps that have caused difficulties in your lives, especially the poor people,”…

India’s confirmed coronavirus cases breach 1,000-mark, death toll at 27. State-wise tally

India’s confirmed coronavirus cases breach 1,000-mark, death toll at 27. State-wise tally

Migrant workers board a truck to return to their villages during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Ahmedabad (Reuters) 2 min read . Updated: 29 Mar 2020, 08:08 PM IST Written By Aparna Banerjea Maharashtra is the worst-hit state and has reported 186 coronavirus positive cases, followed by…

Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts 100K-200K US deaths; Spain, Italy demand help

Dr. Anthony Fauci predicts 100K-200K US deaths; Spain, Italy demand help

Millions of Americans will be infected by the coronavirus and 100,000 to 200,000 will die, the U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert warned Sunday, as people in and around the country’s outbreak epicenter of New York were urged to limit their travel to contain the scourge. The dire prediction came from Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of…

PM Modi on ‘Mann ki Baat’: Apologise for harsh steps, but they were needed

PM Modi on ‘Mann ki Baat’: Apologise for harsh steps, but they were needed

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: March 29, 2020 6:35:51 pm Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the prevailing situation due to coronavirus in his monthly ‘Mann ki Baat’ program. (File PTI Photo)Seeking “forgiveness” for the inconvenience caused to people by an unprecedented 21-day nationwide lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Sunday said…

Indian students stranded in United Kingdom due to coronavirus travel ban urge PM Modi for rescue flight

Indian students stranded in United Kingdom due to coronavirus travel ban urge PM Modi for rescue flight

LONDON: Hundreds of Indian students stranded in the UK have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to organise a rescue flight amid the ongoing travel ban enforced by India to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. A group of at least 380 students from India has started a data chain with their passport details…

Coronavirus: Indian students stranded in UK urge Modi for rescue flight

Coronavirus: Indian students stranded in UK urge Modi for rescue flight

LONDON : Hundreds of Indian students stranded in the UK have appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to organise a rescue flight amid the ongoing travel ban enforced by India to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. A group of at least 380 students from India has started a data chain with their passport…

Coronavirus: Pune Nurse Gets Call From PM Modi Thanking Her For Her Service To The Nation

Coronavirus: Pune Nurse Gets Call From PM Modi Thanking Her For Her Service To The Nation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Chhaya Jagtap, a nurse in Pune, to thank her for her effortsPune: Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up a nurse from the civic-run Naidu Hospital in Pune, which has been treating COVID-19 patients, and applauded the work done by the hospital staff to fight the pandemic, a civic official said.Nurse…

Coronavirus | Cases surge; ICMR denies community transmission

Coronavirus | Cases surge; ICMR denies community transmission

India on Sunday reported more than 100 new cases of COVID-19, bringing the overall case load to 979.“There have been six deaths in the past 24 hours,” said Joint Secretary in the Union Health Ministry Lav Agrawal at a briefing.Coronavirus | Helpline numbers | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India“We have identified certain…

Coronavirus lockdown | Air quality improves in over 90 cities

Coronavirus lockdown | Air quality improves in over 90 cities

With a nationwide lockdown in place, over 90 cities, including Delhi, recorded minimal air pollution in the last few days.Welcoming the reduction in pollution, environmentalists urged the government to treat it as a “wake-up call” and stop its “obsession” with “development” at the cost of the environment.India is currently under the biggest lockdown with around…

JSW Group commits ₹100 crore to fight COVID-19

JSW Group commits ₹100 crore to fight COVID-19

Sajjan Jindal, Chairman, JSW Group. File   | Photo Credit: SHASHI ASHIWAL Each employee of the JSW Group has committed a minimum of a single day’s salary as a donation to the PM – CARES Fund. Many employees are voluntarily offering more than this as a contribution. JSW Group has committed ₹100 crore to the…

Coronavirus | Discrete groups of Central officials and Ministers lead the fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus | Discrete groups of Central officials and Ministers lead the fight against COVID-19

More than 5000 persons had sought for emergency passes to travel in Chennai and Tamil Nadu for various reasons. A scene at Chennai City Police Commissioner Office while they maintain social distancing as a preventive measure against coronvirus pandemic, on March 29, 2020.   | Photo Credit: B. Jothi Ramalingam Prime Minister has a direct…

Coronavirus | Centre warns lockdown violators of 14-day quarantine

Coronavirus | Centre warns lockdown violators of 14-day quarantine

Terming the movement of migrant workers to reach their home towns a violation of the lockdown measures on maintaining social distance, the Union Home Ministry on Sunday directed State and Union Territory (UT) governments to provide temporary shelters, food and other essentials to the stranded poor and needy.The migrant workers who have moved out of…

Coronavirus | In letter to PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi offers suggestions to deal with exodus of migrant workers

Coronavirus | In letter to PM Modi, Rahul Gandhi offers suggestions to deal with exodus of migrant workers

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to adopt a more “nuanced approach” to the fight against COVID-19 as a complete lockdown could result in a “catastrophic” loss of life.In a letter to the PM, he said the rush of youth back to villages would endanger the lives of the elderly…

Coronavirus lockdown | As inter-State buses dwindle, migrants are stuck on Yamuna Expressway with nowhere to go

Coronavirus lockdown | As inter-State buses dwindle, migrants are stuck on Yamuna Expressway with nowhere to go

Hundreds of people remained suspended between hope and despair at Zero Point on the Yamuna Expressway on Sunday as desperate migrant workers — forced by a sudden and indefinite loss of employment due to the nationwide lockdown — tried to return home to villages in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Haryana.Zero Point is an unofficially-designated location…

‘Shithole’ America in mortal combat against Covid-19 as death toll doubles in two days

‘Shithole’ America in mortal combat against Covid-19 as death toll doubles in two days

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump on Saturday backed down from threats of imposing quarantine on New York after its Democratic governor said such an act would be tantamount to a “federal declaration of war” against states. Confrontation between the federal government and some states, and even between some states, is taking place as the US…

COVID-19 | SpiceJet pilot tests positive, staff sent on home quarantine

COVID-19 | SpiceJet pilot tests positive, staff sent on home quarantine

According to the airline, the pilot did not operate any international flight in March./ File photo   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan The airline said that the last flight undertaken by the pilot was from Chennai to Delhi on March 21, following which he was under self-quarantine. After a SpiceJet pilot tested positive for COVID-19,…

US could see 100,000-200,000 deaths from Covid-19: Top health expert

US could see 100,000-200,000 deaths from Covid-19: Top health expert

NEW YORK: In a frightening warning, the US will see 100,000 to 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus, the Trump administration’s topmost infection disease expert forecast on Sunday as the pandemic infected nearly 125,000 people in the country. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Anthony Fauci said in an interview on CNN that the…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 29, 2020, 21:23 ISTNEW DELHI: The Centre on Sunday asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop the movement of migrant workers, who will be put in 14-days quarantine at destinations for violating the lockdown. The Centre also directed the officials to make…

PMO sets up high-level panels to deal with situation post lockdown, restore normalcy

PMO sets up high-level panels to deal with situation post lockdown, restore normalcy

NEW DELHI: The government on Sunday constituted 11 empowered groups to suggest measures to ramp up healthcare, put the economy back on track and reduce misery of people as quickly as possible post 21-day lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. These groups constituted for ensuring a comprehensive and integrated response to COVID-19 and work…

Covid-19 outbreak: DGCA suspends breath analyser tests for aviation personnel

Covid-19 outbreak: DGCA suspends breath analyser tests for aviation personnel

NEW DELHI: Aviation personnel, including pilots and cabin crew, have been temporarily exempted from breath analyser (BA) tests in wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Sunday said this test is temporarily suspended at all airports till further notice. The regulatory move comes after a SpiceJet pilot tested positive…

Centre asks states to provide shelter to migrants, seal borders as exodus continues

Centre asks states to provide shelter to migrants, seal borders as exodus continues

NEW DELHI: Stating that movement of large number of migrants in some parts of the country to reach their hometowns was a violation of the lockdown measures on maintaining social distance, the home ministry on Sunday directed that all such migrants on the move be accommodated in the nearest shelter by the respective states and…

PM Modi apologises to people for hardships due to lockdown, says there was no other option to fight coronavirus

PM Modi apologises to people for hardships due to lockdown, says there was no other option to fight coronavirus

NEW DELHI: Underlining that the fight against Coronavirus is one between life and death, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday apologised for inconvenience and hardship caused to people due to lockdown and said there was no other option to fight a war against COVID-19 in a country of over 130 crore people. Assuring people during…

PSU charging govt hospitals high margins on protective gear

PSU charging govt hospitals high margins on protective gear

NEW DELHI: HLL Lifecare, the public sector company that acts as the government’s central procurement agency for personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers is charging mark-ups of up to 50% on components of the protective gear it is providing to government hospitals. With HLL having floated tenders for 10 lakh coveralls and 40 lakh…

PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ address: ‘Together, India will defeat Covid-19’

PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ address: ‘Together, India will defeat Covid-19’

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 29, 2020, 11:44 ISTNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday addressed the 63rd edition of ‘Mann ki Baat’ and addressed the prevaling condition in the country due to the outbreak of novel coronavirus (Covid-19). The Prime Minister started his speech asserting the neccesity of imposing the 21-day lockdown of the…

VVS Laxman’s 281 among Ian Chappell’s all-time great knocks against spin

VVS Laxman’s 281 among Ian Chappell’s all-time great knocks against spin

MELBOURNE: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell has picked his two all-time favourite innings against high-quality spin bowling and one of those is VVS Laxman’s iconic 281 at the Eden Gardens in 2001. Thanks to Laxman and Rahul Dravid (180), India went on to win the game against Australia after following-on. “The absence of any cricket…

No fuel crisis in India; enough stock of petrol, diesel, LPG available to last lockdown: IOC

No fuel crisis in India; enough stock of petrol, diesel, LPG available to last lockdown: IOC

NEW DELHI: India, the world’s third largest energy consumer, has enough petrol, diesel and cooking gas (LPG) in stocks to last way beyond the three-week nationwide lockdown as all plants and supply locations are fully operational, Indian Oil Corp (IOC) Chairman Sanjiv Singh said. Singh, who continued to oversee the mammoth operations of ensuring that…

Coronavirus: Massive evacuation operation on as huge mass of migrants heads out of Delhi

Coronavirus: Massive evacuation operation on as huge mass of migrants heads out of Delhi

Migrants sits on top of a bus to their native villages during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of c…Read MoreNEW DELHI/GHAZIABAD/LUCKNOW: At a time when India is in lockdown, a massive evacuation operation to take lakhs of people home began in the early hours of Saturday at Delhi’s borders with Ghaziabad and Noida…

Coronavirus latest updates: Nearly 10% of Covid-19 patients recover in India

Coronavirus latest updates: Nearly 10% of Covid-19 patients recover in India

NEW DELHI: With fresh deaths in six states, the death toll from COVID-19 climbed to 25 and the total number of cases to 979 on Sunday, according to the Union health ministry. The ministry reported one death each from Delhi, Gurjarat, Karnataka, Kerala, Maharashtra and Telengana. In its updated data at 10 am,the ministry said…

Migrant worker, 39, collapses after walking 200km from Delhi to Agra, dies

Migrant worker, 39, collapses after walking 200km from Delhi to Agra, dies

AGRA: A 39-year-old migrant worker died after walking 200 km from Delhi to Agra on Saturday. The victim, who worked at home delivery service for a private restaurant in the national capital and was a father of three, was on way to Morena district of Madhya Pradesh, another 85 km from Agra. Identified as Ranveer…

India coronavirus lockdown, day 5 live updates | Over 980 test positive as death toll touches 24

India coronavirus lockdown, day 5 live updates | Over 980 test positive as death toll touches 24

In India, COVID-19 has claimed 24 lives and infected as many as 987 people, according to data from the Health Ministry and State governments. Of this, over 880 cases are active. The coronavirus has claimed over 26,000 lives and infected at least 5,75,000 people across 201 countries, according to the WHO. The outbreak has been…

Coronavirus | Deaths in U.S. surge past 2,000

Coronavirus | Deaths in U.S. surge past 2,000

A woman wearing a facemask crosses the street in the rain on March 28, 2020 in New York City.   | Photo Credit: AFP New York is the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak, with more than 50,000 — or about half — of the country’s total cases. Deaths from new coronavirus in the United States…

Coronavirus | Sri Lanka terms Chennai COVID-19 ‘high-risk zone’

Coronavirus | Sri Lanka terms Chennai COVID-19 ‘high-risk zone’

Wearing a coronavirus-themed helmet, Police Inspector Rajesh Babu speaks to a family at a checkpoint in Chennai on March 28, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AFP Alert as 4 test positive after city visit. Sri Lanka on Saturday reported its first COVID-19 death, of a 65-year-old patient, who had diabetes and renal health complications, Health…

Coronavirus | Despite U.P. CM’s appeal, migrant workers throng Lucknow’s bus stands

Coronavirus | Despite U.P. CM’s appeal, migrant workers throng Lucknow’s bus stands

“Do din ho gaye khana nahi mila abhi (it’s two days since we have got proper food),” said Neeraj Yadav as he trudged along a deserted street, hefting his meagre belongings.With a small group of friends, Mr. Yadav is heading towards the Qaiserbagh bus station in the heart of Lucknow, hoping for transport back home.…

Coronavirus | Italy’s toll tops 10,000, becomes highest in world

Coronavirus | Italy’s toll tops 10,000, becomes highest in world

Italy’s death toll from COVID-19 shot past 10,000 on Saturday with 889 new deaths, the country’s Civil Protection Service said. The new fatalities reported in the world’s worst-hit nation came a day after it registered 969 deaths on Friday ⁠— the highest single toll since the COVID-19 virus emerged late last year.Italy now looks certain…

Coronavirus | At ‘Zero Point’ on Yamuna Expressway, flight from hunger beats fight against virus

Coronavirus | At ‘Zero Point’ on Yamuna Expressway, flight from hunger beats fight against virus

The “Zero Point” on the Yamuna Expressway on Saturday transformed into a surging sea of migrant workers left with no option but to return home. But while they have a pressing need to do so as COVID-19 has deprived them of a livelihood in the national capital, the main casualty of the exodus is the…

The strange and startling similarities between the Great Plague and COVID-19

The strange and startling similarities between the Great Plague and COVID-19

A true story: 12 ships dock in the Italian port of Messina in 1347. The sailors on board are all either dead or very gravely ill, covered in the oozing, pus-filled black boils that gave the greatest pandemic of the Middle Ages its lasting moniker: the Black Death. This was the bubonic plague which was…

A little panic is useful if it saves lives

A little panic is useful if it saves lives

Authorities the world over tell us not to panic. But sometimes a little panic can be useful if it saves lives. It may be necessary to frighten adults with the bogeyman, the way children are scared into eating their vegetables, if all of us are to survive. The insouciance with which many continue to go…

The language of grief

The language of grief

COVID-19 has affected every sphere. At the Readers’ Editor Office, we had to stop readers from attending our editorial meetings and also cancel the Open House that we had planned to celebrate 50 years of this newspaper in Bengaluru. Apart from a perceptible decline in letters and calls, there is also pronounced anxiety everywhere. People…

Tatas pledge Rs 1,500 crore to help fight coronavirus

Tatas pledge Rs 1,500 crore to help fight coronavirus

Tata Trusts chairman Ratan Tata. (File photo)MUMBAI: The House of Tata has pledged Rs 1,500 crore to combat the coronavirus crisis that has sent India into a lockdown. This is the largest commitment made by a business group in the country towards the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Tata Sons and its controlling shareholder, Tata…

5 more deaths, Covid-19 cases in country reach 974

5 more deaths, Covid-19 cases in country reach 974

NEW DELHI: The death toll due to Covid-19 in the country touched 27 on Saturday with Delhi, Kerala, Telangana, Gujarat and Maharashtra confirming one death each. Maharashtra also reported 33 new cases, the highest number of cases in a single day, taking the state’s total Covid-19 cases to 186 – the highest in the country.…

Coronavirus: Dire warning by health experts led to lockdown

Coronavirus: Dire warning by health experts led to lockdown

TNN | Mar 29, 2020, 01:46 ISTNEW DELHI: The assessment conveyed by experts to the government was urgent: The number of Covid-19 patients would increase as people returning to India carrying the infection would come into contact with others and this required an immediate response. Senior officials dealing with public health were unanimous in their…

Coronavirus in India: Amid exodus, govt identifies districts, villages for surveillance

Coronavirus in India: Amid exodus, govt identifies districts, villages for surveillance

Migrants from Delhi reach their native area during a nationwide lockdown, imposed in the wake of coronavirus p…Read MoreNEW DELHI: The Centre has rapidly expanded Covid-19 surveillance to track thousands of migrant labourers going out of cities, particularly large ones like Delhi and Mumbai, to keep an eye on incidence of the disease in villages…

Delhi Police to enable newspaper distribution, fix time

Delhi Police to enable newspaper distribution, fix time

NEW DELHI: Delhi Police will allow newspaper vendors to distribute papers from 4 am to 9am daily and help them if they face any problem. In an order issued on Saturday, the police asked all their field functionaries to ensure that delivery of newspapers was not blocked. The order has been sent to all deputy…

Coronavirus live updates: Worldwide Covid-19 toll passes 30,000

Coronavirus live updates: Worldwide Covid-19 toll passes 30,000

Two Indians among 70 new COVID-19 cases reported in SingaporeTwo Indians were among the 70 new confirmed novel coronavirus cases reported in Singapore on Saturday, taking the total number of infections in the country to 802, according to the Ministry of Health. Out of the fresh cases, 41 are imported with travel history to Europe,…

India registers 179 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in single day; PM announces special fund

India registers 179 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in single day; PM announces special fund

India reported 179 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in a single day, taking the tally to 918, and the death toll …Read MoreNEW DELHI: India reported 179 fresh Covid-19 cases, highest in a single day, taking the tally to 918, and the death toll climbed to 19 on Saturday, as the government shored up efforts to…

Thousands At Delhi Bus Station Amid COVID-19 Risk, Wait For Ride Home

Thousands At Delhi Bus Station Amid COVID-19 Risk, Wait For Ride Home

Thousands of migrant workers are waiting at Delhi’s Anand Vihar Bus Terminal to be ferried homeNew Delhi: Amid the chaos, fear and uncertainty spreading across the country because of the COVID-19 outbreak, a distressing narrative emerged from Delhi on Saturday, when thousands of migrant workers, left without jobs, shelter or money after Prime Minister Narendra…

Coronavirus | With over 180 fresh cases in 24 hours, India shifts focus to hotspots

Coronavirus | With over 180 fresh cases in 24 hours, India shifts focus to hotspots

With 185 new cases and two deaths due to COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry on March 28 announced a change in strategy with increased focus on high-disease burden hotspots across India. Working with the State governments, there will be intensified efforts to strengthen community surveillance, contact tracking and containment…

Yogi Adityanath Orders Quarantine For 1 Lakh Migrants Who Returned Amid Lockdown

Yogi Adityanath Orders Quarantine For 1 Lakh Migrants Who Returned Amid Lockdown

Yogi Adityanath chaired a review meeting at his residence over the lockdown situation (File)Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday issued directions to officials to quarantine approximately one lakh people who have arrived in the state from other parts of the country in the last three days.According to a statement issued by the…

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre, states take steps to stop exodus of migrant workers stranded due to lockdown

Coronavirus Outbreak: Centre, states take steps to stop exodus of migrant workers stranded due to lockdown

Unsure of finding work, food or shelter, hundreds of migrant workers across the country began their journey home on foot after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown to halt the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Following heavy criticism for not having factored in this vulnerable section of the population, while announcing the…

There is Nothing Big or Little, Modi Tells Man Who Gave Rs 501 to PM Fund

There is Nothing Big or Little, Modi Tells Man Who Gave Rs 501 to PM Fund

The prime minister also thanked a student for his Rs 1,000 contribution, saying the future of the nation is ensuring the nation’s future. PTIUpdated:March 28, 2020, 9:45 PM IST File photo of PM Narendra Modi. Actor Akshay Kumar was perhaps the first one to announce his contribution to the fund created by Prime Minister Narendra…

Hyderabad Man Dies Days After Returning From Delhi, Test Turns Out Positive for Coronavirus

Hyderabad Man Dies Days After Returning From Delhi, Test Turns Out Positive for Coronavirus

Hospital staff is seen outside the Special Isolation Ward. (Image courtesy: PTI) Hyderabad: Telangana recorded its first Covid-19 death on Sunday, a 74-year-old from Hyderabad who had travelled travelled to Delhi recently but had no foreign travel history, the state’s health minister Eatela Rajender said on Saturday. Minister Eatala Rajender said the man fell sick…

India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown

India defiant as millions struggle under lockdown

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionMillions of people in India are struggling for food during the country’s coronavirus lockdownThe Indian government has defended its handling of the coronavirus outbreak after a strict lockdown – introduced with little warning – left millions stranded and without food. The country’s response had been “pre-emptive, pro-active…

Govt Has Committed All Support to Migrant Workers During COVID-19 Lockdown, Says Amit Shah

Govt Has Committed All Support to Migrant Workers During COVID-19 Lockdown, Says Amit Shah

The home ministry has also asked states and union territories to immediately set up relief camps for migrant workers, pilgrims etc., who are returning to their domicile states or trying to do so during this lockdown period. PTIUpdated:March 28, 2020, 6:30 PM IST Thousands of daily wager migrant workers to take to the streets on…

Watch: PM Tweets Video Of Young Girl’s Message To Father On Coronavirus

Watch: PM Tweets Video Of Young Girl’s Message To Father On Coronavirus

The awareness video tweeted by PM Modi urges people to be “Corona Warriors”.New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has shared a video of a young girl asking her father to stay back where he is at a time the country is on a 21-day lockdown to fight coronavirus.The government’s awareness video that urges people to…

Coronavirus | Similar stories, very personal tragedies

Coronavirus | Similar stories, very personal tragedies

Their stories are similar, their tragedies their own. Hundreds of workers, some accompanied by children, are on the move in both directions on National Highway-8, which links New Delhi with Jaipur. They are headed home — to Sawai Madhopur, to Ayodhya, to Kannauj — and they are walking.The busy national highway has been taken over…

Coronavirus lockdown | UP govt. arranges 1,000 buses for stranded migrant workers

Coronavirus lockdown | UP govt. arranges 1,000 buses for stranded migrant workers

Migrants gather at Charbagh bus station, the main bus station in Lucknow, on Saturday.   | Photo Credit: Omar Rashid On Saturday morning, senior police officers reached the Charbagh bus station in Lucknow to ensure that those arriving there were provided with food and water. The Uttar Pradesh government has arranged for 1,000 buses to…

Infecting healthy people with coronavirus can speed up vaccine trials

Infecting healthy people with coronavirus can speed up vaccine trials

Even if everything goes to plan, it will take at least 12-18 months for a novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) vaccine to be tested if conventional clinical trial procedures are adopted. Meanwhile, thousands are getting infected and hundreds are dying every few days. As a result, the healthcare system is getting stretched and strained, and doctors are…

Delhi records lowest PM10 levels in 6 months, temp falls due to rains

Delhi records lowest PM10 levels in 6 months, temp falls due to rains

Early morning sky and deserted road during curfew imposed till March 31, 2020 as a preventive measure against spread of coronavirus, in New Delhi on March 24.   | Photo Credit: Sandeep Saxena At 10 a.m., PM10 levels in Delhi-NCR stood at 32.5 microgram per cubic metre, the lowest since 15.9 µg/m3 recorded on August…

Coronavirus | Kerala registers first COVID-19 death

Coronavirus | Kerala registers first COVID-19 death

A woman with a child walks past a notice board outside the Special Isolation Ward set up to provide treatment to novel coronavirus patients outside Government Medical College in Ernakulam.   | Photo Credit: PTI The 69-year-old man had a history of heart disease, says authorities. A 69-year-old man who was admitted to the COVID-19…

Journalist who tested positive for COVID-19 booked for negligence

Journalist who tested positive for COVID-19 booked for negligence

Police cops keeping vigil at Board Office Square during curfew in Bhopal on Tuesday, 24 Mar 2020   | Photo Credit: A.M. Faruqui “Despite knowing his daughter was infected, the man went around Bhopal,” say police The Bhopal police have registered a case against a journalist who attended former Chief Minister Kamal Nath’s press conference…

There was no leniency in screening for foreign travellers, ‘prosperous Indians’, says Centre

There was no leniency in screening for foreign travellers, ‘prosperous Indians’, says Centre

An advisory desk, ‘Novel Coronavirus Help Desk’, put up at an airport in Visakhapatnam. (Representational image)   Centre refutes allegations that it was lenient towards foreign-return travellers. India has been “proactive and preemptive, and graded” in its response to the COVID-19 crisis, the government said on Saturday.Amid criticism that the three-week lockdown announced on March…

Home Ministry asks states to set up relief camps for migrant workers, use SDRF funds

Home Ministry asks states to set up relief camps for migrant workers, use SDRF funds

ANI | Updated: Mar 28, 2020, 17:17 ISTNEW DELHI: With thousands of migrant workers seeki ng to return to their native places in the wake of lockdown enforced to check the spread of coronavirus, Union home secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla has again written to states and union territories to immediately set up relief camps for…

India coronavirus lockdown, day 4 live updates | 871 positive cases, 21 deaths in India

India coronavirus lockdown, day 4 live updates | 871 positive cases, 21 deaths in India

COVID-19 has claimed 22 lives in India as of March 28, according to data from the Health Ministry and State governments. As many as 918 people have tested positive for the coronavirus.The outbreak has infected some 5,80,000 people and killed over 26,000 around the world after emerging in China in December 2019. IMF chief said…

States, UTs intensify vigil on travelers who arrived from abroad

States, UTs intensify vigil on travelers who arrived from abroad

NEW DELHI: In a bid to check the spread of coronavirus, many state and Union Territories have intensified monitoring of international passengers who arrived in their jurisdictions over the past two months, officials said on Saturday. The state and UT administrations have geared up their machinery after Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba, in a letter Friday,…

Coronavirus: How India is preparing for tougher challenges ahead

Coronavirus: How India is preparing for tougher challenges ahead

NEW DELHI: Amid looming fears of coronavirus infection entering the community transmission stage, India is boosting its overall health infrastructure by initiating measures like designating dedicated hospitals for affected patients in states, ramping up procurement of ventilators and mobilising resources of Railways and armed forces to deal with any eventuality. As of now, the country…

Virat Kohli is not a guy to mess around: Ravi Shastri

Virat Kohli is not a guy to mess around: Ravi Shastri

NEW DELHI: Head coach Ravi Shastri has called Virat Kohli the “boss” of Indian cricket and said the support staff is there to “take the burden off” the skipper. Batting maestro Kohli has been at the heart of India’s world-record 12 Test victories in a row on home soil. “The captain is the boss, I…

Will speak to banks to facilitate cash flow, ensure timely access: Finance minister

Will speak to banks to facilitate cash flow, ensure timely access: Finance minister

NEW DELHI: Lauding efforts of bankers in this difficult time, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Saturday said that she will speak to all banks to facilitate cash flow and enable timely access to all. She also assured that she will talk to states and ensure that there are no restrictions in the movement of cash,…

Violence erupts in China as people try to leave COVID-19-hit Hubei after lockdown relaxed

Violence erupts in China as people try to leave COVID-19-hit Hubei after lockdown relaxed

BEIJING: Incidents of violent clashes erupting in the Chinese mainland have been reported as people in huge crowds, jamming buses and trains, are trying the leave the central province of Hubei — centre of the coronavirus outbreak — days after Beijing relaxed the two-month lockdown. Canadian media outlet, The Globe and Mail, citing several videos…

Coronavirus latest updates: More than 595,000 people infected across the globe

Coronavirus latest updates: More than 595,000 people infected across the globe

NEW DELHI: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 873 on Saturday, according to the Union ministry of health and the death toll stood at 19. While Maharashtra with 180 cases has the most number of COVID-19 patients, Kerala comes second in the list with 173 cases. Here is a look at…

RBI cuts rate by 75 bps, steepest in over 10 years; you can defer EMIs by 3 months

RBI cuts rate by 75 bps, steepest in over 10 years; you can defer EMIs by 3 months

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das. (PTI)MUMBAI: The Reserve Bank of India on Friday cut interest rates by 75 basis points (bps)—the sharpest in over a decade. It also made available Rs 3.74 lakh crore of additional liquidity to banks and allowed almost all borrowers to defer loan repayments by three months. The measures are aimed at…

At 124, biggest 1-day surge in new cases; 39 in Kerala alone

At 124, biggest 1-day surge in new cases; 39 in Kerala alone

PTI photo.NEW DELHI: Led by a rush of cases in Kerala, the daily count of new Covid-19 infections in the country zoomed past 100 for the first time on Friday. As many as 120 fresh cases were reported from states, 39 from Kerala alone, taking the total number to 850 so far. The previous highest…

Citizens, NGOs reach out to the needy with food, rations & cash

Citizens, NGOs reach out to the needy with food, rations & cash

Two women serve food to the homeless people during lockdown in Vijayawada. NEW DELHI: From Delhi to Bengaluru, Mumbai to Hyderabad, starvation is as much a threat as Covid-19 for daily wagers, many of them migrants. Concerned over their plight, a group of activists, NGOs and citizens are raising funds and distributing cooked food, utility…

Coronavirus: Cops enforce lockdown with blows & insults

Coronavirus: Cops enforce lockdown with blows & insults

An inquiry was ordered into the death of a 49-year-old ambulance driver on Friday after he was allegedly hit by police in Pune on suspicion that he was ferrying passengers illegally in his vehicle during the lockdown. Pimpri Chinchwad’s additional commissioner of police Ramnath Pokale confirmed that an investigation has been initiated. The case came…

Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus after swift congressional votes

Trump signs $2.2 trillion stimulus after swift congressional votes

President Donald Trump finishes signing the coronavirus stimulus relief package in the Oval Office at the Whit…Read MoreWASHINGTON: President Donald Trump signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law Friday, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families during the…

Give shelter to stranded migrants, make them stay put: Centre to states

Give shelter to stranded migrants, make them stay put: Centre to states

A group of migrant workers walk to their native places amid the nationwide complete lockdown, on the NH24 near…Read MoreNEW DELHI: With reports of thousands of migrant labourers on the highways and stranded at various places, the Centre has sent an urgent advisory to states asking them to provide food and shelter to unorganised sector…

15 lakh who flew back to India between Jan 18-Mar 23 under lens

15 lakh who flew back to India between Jan 18-Mar 23 under lens

NEW DELHI: Some 15 lakh people who returned to India between January 18 and March 23, when the complete ban on international arrivals kicked in, are at the centre of an intense scrutiny to ensure they do not become Covid-19 transmitters with the cabinet secretary writing to states and asking them to track individuals who…

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

IMF chief: ‘Clear we have entered recession’

WASHINGTON: 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 on Friday. “It is clear that we have entered a recession” that will be worse than in 2009 following the global financial crisis, she said in an online press…

Coronavirus: Exodus of migrant workers chokes Delhi-UP border

Coronavirus: Exodus of migrant workers chokes Delhi-UP border

A group of migrant workers walk to their villages amid the nationwide complete lockdown in wake of coronavirus…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Thousands of migrant workers and daily wage workers crossed over to Uttar Pradesh on Friday and many others waited to do so, desperate to return to their distant villages even if it meant walking the…

Coronavirus lockdown day three roundup in key points

Coronavirus lockdown day three roundup in key points

Delhi’s coronavirus death toll climbed to two on Friday after a Yemen national, admitted to a private hospital in the city, succumbed to Covid-19.The man tested positive for the infection at the lab of the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences on Thursday. His samples were further sent to All India Institute of Medical Sciences.…

President Asks Governors To Engage Religious Bodies To Fight Coronavirus

President Asks Governors To Engage Religious Bodies To Fight Coronavirus

President held video conference with Governors and LGs of all States and UTs.New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind Friday asked governors and lieutenant governors (LGs) of states and union territories to rope in volunteers from the Red Cross and other religious organisations to contain the spread of coronavirus “at the earliest”, an official spokesman said.Addressing…

“You’re A Fighter”: PM’s Get-Well-Soon Tweet To COVID+ Boris Johnson

“You’re A Fighter”: PM’s Get-Well-Soon Tweet To COVID+ Boris Johnson

Coronavirus: PM Narendra Modi wished fast recovery to his British counterpart Boris JohnsonNew Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today tweeted a get-well-soon to his British counterpart Boris Johnson after he was diagnosed with the highly infectious COVID-19. Mr Johnson in a video message today announced that he is self-isolating, and thanked workers in Britain’s state-run…

Bengaluru oncologist claims to be close to an effective treatment for Covid-19: Report

Bengaluru oncologist claims to be close to an effective treatment for Covid-19: Report

Home / India News / Bengaluru oncologist claims to be close to an effective treatment for Covid-19: Report A Bengaluru based doctor claims to have developed an effective treatment for coronavirus which could be ready for trials by this weekend, a news agency reported.The treatment involves retriggering of the immune system which gets compromised after…

‘We need to defeat corona’: PM Modi shares video of young girl’s message to father

‘We need to defeat corona’: PM Modi shares video of young girl’s message to father

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 1 min read . Updated: 27 Mar 2020, 05:02 PM IST Written By Sangeeta Ojha Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to share a video of a young girl urging her father not to come home’Dear papa, I am not missing you, neither is mother. Don’t rush back home,’says a…

Coronavirus pandemic | 400 million Indians to be infected by July, report suggests start of community transmission

Coronavirus pandemic | 400 million Indians to be infected by July, report suggests start of community transmission

In the next months, as many as 100 million people in India are likely to contract the coronavirus infection, a report by Johns Hopkins University and Center for Diseases Dynamics, Economic and Policy (CDDEP) suggests. These numbers are expected to soar to around 300 million to 400 million by July, without interventions.On March 26, Joint…

Mamata Banerjee explains how to maintain social distance

Mamata Banerjee explains how to maintain social distance

27 Mar 2020, 03:04 PM ISTChief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited several markets in Kolkata amid the national lockdown and interacted with the people, as she picked up a brick and marked circles on the road, demonstrating how to maintain social distance while buying vegetables.Banerjee visited Posta Market, Janbazar and Taltala Bazar in central Kolkata, besides…

Kerala man was among Kabul gurdwara attackers

Kerala man was among Kabul gurdwara attackers

Mohsin left for UAE two years ago A man from Kasaragod in Kerala is said to be one of the three terrorists who stormed a gurdwara in Kabul on March 25 and killed around 25 Sikh worshippers, a senior government official told The Hindu.The official said at least three terrorists of the Islamic State in…

Named, shamed, and living in fear: On Lucknow anti-CAA protests and the accused

Named, shamed, and living in fear: On Lucknow anti-CAA protests and the accused

On March 16, the Lucknow administration served a ‘demand notice’ against 20-year-old Osama Siddiqui and 12 others stipulating that they deposit ₹21.76 lakh, plus a 10% collection charge, within a week. If they did not, they faced confiscation of their property or even arrest under the U.P. Revenue Code of 2006. As the family wasn’t…

Coronavirus | Indian seafarers stranded in Iran due to global shutdown

Coronavirus | Indian seafarers stranded in Iran due to global shutdown

Among the over 250 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Iran are fishermen and seafarers. Many of these seafarers are trainee ratings, who have been marooned in boats abandoned by the owners in ports such as Khorramshahr, Bandar Mahshahr and Bushehr. The Iranian crew in the boats have left for their homes. The abandoned vessels are practically…

Coronavirus | Kollam sub-collector jumps quarantine

Coronavirus | Kollam sub-collector jumps quarantine

Kerala government suspends him for violation. Kollam sub-collector Anupam Mishra, a 2016-batch IAS officer, has been suspended by the Kerala government for violating the COVID-19 quarantine norms. Mr. Mishra had recently visited Singapore and was asked to remain in home isolation for 14 days on his return on March 19. Coronavirus | Interactive map of…

RBI’s guns boom: On lockdown relief

RBI’s guns boom: On lockdown relief

India’s financial system will need more support as the virus crisis evolves The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) finally rolled out its big guns on Friday to fight the effects of the coronavirus on the financial system. Businesses were clamouring for relief and Governor Shaktikanta Das’s measures address the crucial factor of sustaining system liquidity…

Trial and turmoil: On Israel government formation

Trial and turmoil: On Israel government formation

Netanyahu has earned another reprieve, but it might not last long Thursday’s election of Benny Gantz, leader of the opposition Blue and White party, as Speaker of the Knesset, signals the path to a unity government in Israel after three inconclusive general elections in 12 months. In a U-turn, the former military general who was…

Coronavirus | India to add 40,000 ventilators by June to battle virus

Coronavirus | India to add 40,000 ventilators by June to battle virus

As the ICMR on Friday confirmed 75 fresh cases and 17 deaths in the COVID-19 outbreak, the Union Health Ministry announced that it was scaling up measures to combat the virus by bringing in 40,000 more ventilators in the next three months. According to data released by the Ministry, a total of 724 individuals have…

India coronavirus lockdown | Finance Ministry pulls up banks on shut branches

India coronavirus lockdown | Finance Ministry pulls up banks on shut branches

Bank unions cite problems the staff faced in reaching branches. The Union Finance Ministry has asked banks to explain why several branches are closed.“In view of the novel coronavirus lockdown, the government is monitoring the functioning of bank branches across the country. Accordingly, the daily data on the number of bank branches (of all scheduled…

Coronavirus | India to join WHO’s COVID-19 trials

Coronavirus | India to join WHO’s COVID-19 trials

World Health Organisation   The Solidarity Trial will test four different drugs or combinations India is all set to join World Health Organisation’s “Solidarity trial” aimed at rapid global search for drugs to treat COVID-19. The country has stayed away so far from this multi-country trial “due to its small sample size and because our…

Coronavirus | Monitor 15 lakh international air passengers of past over two months, States told

Coronavirus | Monitor 15 lakh international air passengers of past over two months, States told

Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked the States to effectively monitor 15 lakh international air passengers who came from January 18 to March 23 as there appeared to be a “gap” between the actual monitoring that “may seriously jeopardise the efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.”Mr. Gauba wrote a letter to Chief Secretaries that…

‘This is not an ordinary war’: Virat Kohli urges citizens to strictly follow lockdown

‘This is not an ordinary war’: Virat Kohli urges citizens to strictly follow lockdown

(Photo credit: Screengrab from video posted by @imVkohli on Twitter)NEW DELHI: Not impressed with the way people are taking the lockdown instructions by the government, India cricketer Virat Kohli on Friday reiterated that citizens should follow the directives laid down by the government religiously to curb the spread of coronavirus in the country. In a…

Covid-19: Cabinet secretary says ‘gap’ in actual monitoring, asks states to strengthen surveillance urgently

Covid-19: Cabinet secretary says ‘gap’ in actual monitoring, asks states to strengthen surveillance urgently

NEW DELHI: Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba has asked states to urgently strengthen the surveillance of international travellers who entered the country before the lockdown as there appeared to be a “gap” between the actual monitoring for Covid-19 and the total arrivals. In a letter to chief secretaries of all States and Union Territories, Gauba said…

Domestic, international flight ban extended; to restart from April 14-15 midnight: DGCA

Domestic, international flight ban extended; to restart from April 14-15 midnight: DGCA

NEW DELHI: Schedule domestic passenger flights, like international ones, will restart from the midnight of April 14-15, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said on Friday. Earlier this week, the DGCA had ordered the suspension of domestic flights up to the month-end. However, the government announced a 21-day lockdown — ending April 14 –…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday he had tested positive for coronavirus and was self-isolating at Downing Street but would still lead the government’s response to the accelerating outbreak. Johnson, 55, experienced mild symptoms on Thursday – a day after he answered at the prime minister’s weekly question-and-answer session in parliament’s House…

Day 3 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground reports from cities

Day 3 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground reports from cities

NEW DELHI: The country continued to reel as the number of positive cases of novel coronavirus surged to 727 on Friday. Various state governments and city administrations have declared a series of measures to stall the spread of the outbreak. Here are the latest updates on the outbreak of virus from various cities and states…

Services exempted from lockdown and ID proof

Services exempted from lockdown and ID proof

Amidst the lockdown announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there are a few services (mentioned below) that have been exempted from lockdown to ensure that the citizens gets essential supplies for stay at their homes. *All government, civic body and panchayat services *Vehicles carrying milk, fruits, grocery *Edible items, food items, medicine, pest control, production…

RBI reduces repo rate by 75 basis points to 4.4%: Key points

RBI reduces repo rate by 75 basis points to 4.4%: Key points

NEW DELHI: RBI governor Shaktikanta Das on Friday announced a series of steps to boost liquidity in a stimulus worth 3.2% of GDP to counter the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak. Here are key points from Das’s announcements:*All lending institutions can allow three-month moratorium on EMI payments. *Deferment on loan and interest repayments will…

Business Live: RBI cuts policy rate, allows banks to offer 3-month moratorium on all term loans

Business Live: RBI cuts policy rate, allows banks to offer 3-month moratorium on all term loans

Various estimates regarding the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the world economy are starting to pour in, with many terming the current crisis as worse than the 2008 global financial crisis.Stocks are off to a strong start today with gains of over 3%. The Sensex has gained close to a thousand points while the…

India to set up electronic platform for SAARC to fight COVID-19

India to set up electronic platform for SAARC to fight COVID-19

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference with South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) leaders on chalking out a plan to combat the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus, in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: – It will help in the exchange of information, knowledge and expertise, says MEA India will set up…

Hydroxychloroquine now a schedule H1 drug

Hydroxychloroquine now a schedule H1 drug

File photo of Nivaquine, tablets containing chloroquine, a commonly used malaria drug that has shown signs of effectiveness against coronavirus.   | Photo Credit: AFP The drug has been deemed essential to meet emergency requirements due to COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine is now a schedule H1 drug, and can be sold on prescription only.According to a gazette…

Satish Gujral passes away at 94

Satish Gujral passes away at 94

“His zest for life despite his handicap was incomparable,” says his nephew Acclaimed artist, architect, sculptor and writer Satish Gujral passed away on Thursday at the age of 94. Born in Jhelum in pre-partition Punjab, Gujral was the brother of the late Prime Minister I.K. Gujral and was awarded India’s second-highest civilian honour, the Padma…

India coronavirus lockdown, day 3 live updates | 716 confirmed cases; death toll touches 18

India coronavirus lockdown, day 3 live updates | 716 confirmed cases; death toll touches 18

COVID-19 has claimed 18 lives in India as of March 27, according to data from the Health Ministry and State governments. As many as 716 people have been tested positive for the coronavirus.The United States overtook China and Italy to occupy the grim title of the country with the most coronavirus infections. China, meanwhile, reported its first…

Standing with the needy: On coronavirus lockdown package

Standing with the needy: On coronavirus lockdown package

The relief package is a good start, but more might need to be done sooner than later The ₹1,70,000-crore relief package announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on March 26 — Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) — is a good first step towards alleviating the distress caused to vulnerable sections of the population by…

Terror unlimited: On Kabul gurdwara attack

Terror unlimited: On Kabul gurdwara attack

The IS attack is another reminder that there is no end to the Afghan violence in sight The attack on a gurdwara in Kabul on March 25 that killed at least 25 people, mostly members of Afghanistan’s persecuted Sikh minority, is a barefaced attempt by the Islamic State (IS) to revive its fortunes in the…

Coronavirus | Lockdown forces migrant workers to walk from Manesar to home in Uttar Pradesh

Coronavirus | Lockdown forces migrant workers to walk from Manesar to home in Uttar Pradesh

It is around 3 p.m. Carrying luggage on their backs and wearing black masks, seven men, visibly fatigued, are signalled to stop by a policeman who hurriedly jumps out of his vehicle at Rajiv Chowk on the Delhi-Gurugram highway. The officer makes a few inquiries before letting them off, asking them to walk in twos…

Ensure smooth transfer of funds to Jan Dhan accounts, banks told

Ensure smooth transfer of funds to Jan Dhan accounts, banks told

Replenish ATMs regularly to meet requirement: FinMin The Finance Ministry has asked all the banks to ensure smooth transfer of ₹500 per month to Jan Dhan accounts of all women account holders, announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday to support families due to the nation-wide lockdown to halt the spread of COVID-19.“You are…

New Parliament design to take a few more weeks due to lockdown

New Parliament design to take a few more weeks due to lockdown

The design for the new Parliament building that the Centre is hoping to complete by August 2022 could be delayed by a few weeks as the country remains in lock-down, according to sources.The Union Housing and Urban Affairs Ministry’s construction agency, the Central Public Works Department, was expecting to prepare the detailed project report for…

Coronavirus India latest updates: Centre asks states to arrange food, shelter for migrant workers

Coronavirus India latest updates: Centre asks states to arrange food, shelter for migrant workers

NEW DELHI: Seven deaths from Covid-19 infections were reported from across the country on Thursday, the highest single-day count so far, taking the toll from the disease to 20, even as states registered 71 new cases, including four in Delhi. The total number of coronavirus cases thus far in India crossed the 700 mark, ending…

Postponement of Olympics gives Neeraj Chopra time to plan and train

Postponement of Olympics gives Neeraj Chopra time to plan and train

NEW DELHI: When javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra returned to action at the ACNE League meeting in Potchefstroom, South Africa, earlier this year, he immediately made the cut for the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 87.86m. The Olympic qualification mark was 85m. It was his first tournament after nearly a year. The 22-year-old had missed…

US has most coronavirus cases in world, next wave aimed at Louisiana

US has most coronavirus cases in world, next wave aimed at Louisiana

NEW YORK: The number of US coronavirus infections climbed above 82,000 on Thursday, surpassing the national tallies of China and Italy, as New York, New Orleans and other hot spots faced a surge in hospitalizations and looming shortages of supplies, staff and sick beds. With medical facilities running low on ventilators and protective masks and…

How South Korea won the battle sans lockdown

How South Korea won the battle sans lockdown

NEW DELHI: No cities have been locked down, no transport closed and international entry is still open. Well, that’s South Korea which has not only managed to flatten the curve of rising coronavirus cases in the country but has done a remarkable job of fully curing 41% of its 9,137 infected citizens, keeping the death…

Coronavirus: 7 more deaths take toll to 20; cases cross 700 in India

Coronavirus: 7 more deaths take toll to 20; cases cross 700 in India

NEW DELHI: Seven deaths from Covid-19 infections were reported from across the country on Thursday, the highest single-day count so far, taking the toll from the disease to 20, even as states registered 71 new cases, including four in Delhi. The total number of coronavirus cases thus far in India crossed the 700 mark, ending…

Cash transfers, free foodgrains for poor in Rs 1.7 lakh crore corona package

Cash transfers, free foodgrains for poor in Rs 1.7 lakh crore corona package

NEW DELHI: The government on Thursday announced a Rs 1.7 lakh crore package focused on emergency cash transfers into bank accounts of the poor, along with providing free foodgrains, pulses and cooking gas for three months in a bid to cushion them from the impact of the coronavirus lockdown and economic disruption caused by the…

G20 Pledges $5 Trillion To Revive Global Economy, PM Calls For WHO Reform

G20 Pledges $5 Trillion To Revive Global Economy, PM Calls For WHO Reform

Coronavirus pandemic: PM Modi called for free exchange of medical research.HighlightsG20 nations pledge “united front” in fight against coronavirus G20 to inject $5 trillion into global economy to counter impact of crisis PM Modi said WHO based on last-century model, needs reformNew Delhi: The G20 group of nations on Thursday pledged a “united front” in…

8-Month-Old Grandchild Of Kashmir Coronavirus Victim Tests Positive

8-Month-Old Grandchild Of Kashmir Coronavirus Victim Tests Positive

This is the first coronavirus death in Kashmir.Srinagar: Two young siblings, grandchildren of a man contracted coronavirus after travelling to Saudi Arabia, have tested positive for the virus, an official said on Thursday.The two include an eight-month-old who could be the country’s youngest coronavirus victim. The other child is seven.”Two more positive cases in Srinagar.…

Suppliers of essential goods, including restaurants supplying home delivery of cooked food items exempted

Suppliers of essential goods, including restaurants supplying home delivery of cooked food items exempted

Constituents of supply- chain be allowed to operate as availability of essential goods takes place through small local retail shops, large organised retail stores and e-commerce companies, read the notification.Last Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 10.23 PM ISTThe centre and the state governments have been unequivocal in their appeal for smooth availability of all essential services.For…

Delhi Cop Tips Over Vegetable Carts Amid Lockdown In Video, Suspended

Delhi Cop Tips Over Vegetable Carts Amid Lockdown In Video, Suspended

The constable goes from cart to cart, tipping them over, leaving vegetables scattered on the roadNew Delhi: Armed with a stick, a man is seen tipping over “thelas”, or vegetable carts, in a video taken in Delhi amid a lockdown over coronavirus. The man caught on camera turned out to be a police constable in…

Bhilwara’s Tale of Negligence: Infected Doctors, Latest COVID-19 Case Hint at Possible Community Spread

Bhilwara’s Tale of Negligence: Infected Doctors, Latest COVID-19 Case Hint at Possible Community Spread

Representative image. (Reuters) An investigation has revealed that a person from Bhilwara, which has turned into the coronavirus capital of Rajasthan and from where the state’s first Covid-19 death has been reported, was admitted to five different hospitals in an increasingly deteriorating condition before finally being tested positive for the virus on Wednesday. The patient,…

DGCA extends suspension of international flights until April 14

DGCA extends suspension of international flights until April 14

This restriction will not apply to international all-cargo operations and flights specifically approved by DGCA. Aviation regulator DGCA on March 26 said it has extended the suspension of scheduled international passenger services until April 14 midnight.International flights into India were earlier barred till March 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19.Track this blog for latest updates…

Govt proposes to relax EPF withdrawal rules

Govt proposes to relax EPF withdrawal rules

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in her press briefing today made two major announcements with regards to members of the Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO). As per the announcements, made in an attempt to tackle the pandemic situation, the government will relax the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) withdrawal rules to enable easier access to the money…

Covid-19: PM Modi directs ministries to scale production of medical equipment

Covid-19: PM Modi directs ministries to scale production of medical equipment

Home / India News / Covid-19: PM Modi directs ministries to scale production of medical equipment Prime Minister Narendra Modii has asked government ministries to find innovative ways of using their resources to set up manufacturing of medical equipment like ventilators and scaling up their production.The cabinet meeting chaired by the PM on Wednesday discussed…

Coronavirus: One more tests positive in West Bengal, total count surges to 10

Coronavirus: One more tests positive in West Bengal, total count surges to 10

The number of coronavirus cases in West Bengal increased to ten after a 66-year-old man in Nayabad had tested positive for COVID-19 infection. The patient was admitted to the Peerless Hospital, reported ANI. Two people with a history of foreign travel diagnosed with coronavirus on Tuesday. While one had returned from London recently, the other…

PM Modi pitches for new crisis management protocol at G20 video conference on coronavirus

PM Modi pitches for new crisis management protocol at G20 video conference on coronavirus

NEW DELHI: As the world grapples with the Covid-19 threat, PM Narendra Modi Thursday called for measures to strengthen WHO to allow it to adapt to new challenges in a special G20 summit video conference. G20 countries committed to injecting over $ 5 trillion into the global economy to counter the social and economic impact…

Relatively stable trend in rate at which coronavirus infection is increasing: Health ministry

Relatively stable trend in rate at which coronavirus infection is increasing: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: There has been no solid evidence of community transmission of Covid-19 in India as yet and the infection appears to be relatively stabilising considering the rate at which it is increasing, the health ministry said on Thursday. At the same, it said the latest figures do not establish a clear trend and in…

Yes Bank board approves Rs 5,000 crore fund raise plan; Prashant Kumar new MD and CEO

Yes Bank board approves Rs 5,000 crore fund raise plan; Prashant Kumar new MD and CEO

NEW DELHI: Cash-starved private sector lender Yes Bank on Thursday approved a proposal to raise Rs 5,000 crore by way of share-sale, including qualified institutions and rights issue. The board meeting held on Thursday cleared this proposal. With this the new board also came to the force with Prashant Kumar formally becoming the MD and…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 20:51 ISTNEW DELHI: As the number of coronavirus cases mounted to 694 in India, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a relief package for the poor and migrant workers amid a 21-day countrywide lockdown to mitigate the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s King Salman urged…

Centre permits doorstep delivery of medicines during Covid-19 lockdown

Centre permits doorstep delivery of medicines during Covid-19 lockdown

ANI | Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 17:16 ISTNEW DELHI: The Central government on Thursday allowed doorstep delivery of medicines to people during the 21-day nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus. “The Central Government is satisfied that retail sale of drugs to the doorstep of consumers is essential to meet the requirements of emergency…

Day 2 of lockdown in India: Ground report from various cities

Day 2 of lockdown in India: Ground report from various cities

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 18:22 ISTNEW DELHI: As the 21-day lockdown entered its second day in India in an attempt to slow down the spread of coronavirus, some people complained of facing inconvenience in getting the essentials saying there was not enough supply of food and vegetables at the local shops while others…

Coronavirus: All you need to know about government’s Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus package

Coronavirus: All you need to know about government’s Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus package

NEW DELHI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Thursday announced a comprehensive Rs 1.7 lakh crore package to deal with the impact of deadly coronavirus outbreak. The benefits of the economic package will be released through direct cash transfers and food security measures aimed at giving relief to millions of poor hit by the nationwide…

Army medical teams, 2 Navy ships ready to help friendly nations

Army medical teams, 2 Navy ships ready to help friendly nations

Army medical teams and two Indian Navy ships were on standby to provide required assistance to friendly countries in the neighbourhood, the Defence Ministry said on Thursday. The Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) had manufactured and supplied masks and sanitizers to various organisations, including the Delhi Police, it noted.Also read: COVID-19 | IAF creates…

17 states earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients: Health Ministry

17 states earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients: Health Ministry

A doctor walks past coronavirus awareness posters displayed at a government-run hospital in New Delhi on March 13, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP Death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 13. The Health Ministry on Thursday said that 17 states have started work on earmarking hospitals for dedicated treatment of COVID-19 patients.Briefing the press…

₹1.7 lakh cr. package with doubled food rations, cash transfers for poor

₹1.7 lakh cr. package with doubled food rations, cash transfers for poor

The Union government on Thursday announced a ₹1.7 lakh crore package, providing free food and cash transfers to support the poorest citizens who are most vulnerable during the COVID-19 pandemic and the resultant countrywide lockdown. The foodgrain ration for 80 crore poor people will be doubled for the next three months, supplemented by a kg…

U.S. to consider favourably teleworking for H1-B workers

U.S. to consider favourably teleworking for H1-B workers

A view of the Department of Homeland Security building in Tukwila, Washington. File   | Photo Credit: AFP U.S. companies across many States have moved to teleworking in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The United States administration has said that H-1B visa (skilled temporary) workers can expect to be treated with “very reasonable consideration,” for…

Coronavirus | 70-year-old man dies in Bhavnagar

Coronavirus | 70-year-old man dies in Bhavnagar

Mahesh Langa AHMEDABAD:, March 26, 2020 12:10 IST Updated: March 26, 2020 12:23 IST An Ahmedabad Fire and Emergency Service worker spraying disinfectant on major cross roads in Ahmedabad on March 24.   | Photo Credit: Vijay Soneji Mahesh Langa AHMEDABAD:, March 26, 2020 12:10 IST Updated: March 26, 2020 12:23 IST Gujarat records third…

SpiceJet’s special flight from Delhi to take 142 Iran-returned Indians to quarantine facility in Jodhpur

SpiceJet’s special flight from Delhi to take 142 Iran-returned Indians to quarantine facility in Jodhpur

A file photo of a Spicejet aircraft taking off from Indira Gandhi International airport in New Delhi.   | Photo Credit: V.V. Krishnan The aircraft used, will be thoroughly cleaned and fumigated upon its return to Delhi, and the airline said it will follow all the protocols for its crew members SpiceJet on Thursday said…

India coronavirus lockdown day 2 | Aim is to win the war against COVID-19 in 21 days, say PM Modi

India coronavirus lockdown day 2 | Aim is to win the war against COVID-19 in 21 days, say PM Modi

India has 683 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which as many as 617 are active, according to data from the Health Ministry and State governments. The death toll stands at 17, with Tamil Nadu and Madhya Pradesh recording their first COVID-19 deaths. Gujarat has reported its second death.COVID-19 | Interactive map of confirmed cases in…

A long road: On India’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown

A long road: On India’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown

The unprecedented lockdown can work only if governments help people stay homebound India’s unprecedented 21-day national lockdown is an unparalleled effort at stopping the march of a fast-spreading scourge that has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of several nations. Although the Centre seems to have thought of such a move in advance in a bid to…

Coronavirus | Why 21-day lockdown period?

Coronavirus | Why 21-day lockdown period?

Is there any public health/epidemiological significance to the 21-day lockdown period announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi?It seems that rich scientific data has fed this decision to announce a 21-day lockdown period. In fact, 21-day quarantines have been discussed elaborately in the context of Ebola and the calculations are based on the estimated incubation period…

TOI clears doubts of its readers on the lockdown

TOI clears doubts of its readers on the lockdown

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 26, 2020, 10:56 ISTPolice stop vehicles during lockdown in Delhi NEW DELHI: Lockdown doubts? Write to us. We begin today by clearing doubts of our readers. With various queries and rumours circulating regarding the coronavirus lockdown, to make your life easy, TOI invites its readers to send their queries at lockdownfaqs@timesgroup.com.…

Documents you will need if out on road during lockdown

Documents you will need if out on road during lockdown

NEW DELHI: As curbs under CrPC section 144, which bars assembly of four or more people, remained in place amid a nationwide lockdown, here is a list of documents you need to have in order to be out on road. Government personnel in the exempted category require identity card issued by the government Those who…

Vegetables, fruits take a hit across India, trucks stranded, huge labour shortage

Vegetables, fruits take a hit across India, trucks stranded, huge labour shortage

BENGALURU: On day one of lockdown, supply of fruits and vegetables took a hit, despite the government having marked it out as an “essential service.” Wholesale suppliers from Gaffar Khan Market Association, New Delhi, to Koyambedu Vegetables, Fruits and Flowers Merchant Association, Chennai, say there are multiple logistics issues. The biggest issue is the closure…

New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

New York struggles with coronavirus, US deaths top 1,000

City of Las Vegas operations and maintenance staff worker disinfects handrails at Centennial Hills Park as par…Read MoreNEW YORK: New York authorities mobilized to head off a potential public health disaster in the city Wednesday, with its emergence as the nation’s biggest coronavirus hot spot a warning flare — and perhaps a cautionary tale —for…

Coronavirus latest updates: Total cases in India stood at 656; At least 60 daily cases in past five days

Coronavirus latest updates: Total cases in India stood at 656; At least 60 daily cases in past five days

A municipal worker sprays disinfectants. (Credits: AP)NEW DELHI: Indian authorities are hopeful that the 21-lockdown measure will halt the spread of coronavirus contagion saving the country from a drastic community transmission. The unprecedented impact of the outbreak has overwhelmed authorities around the globe with India and the world continuing efforts to contain the pandemic. Here…

Coronavirus: 19 states/UTs report fresh cases, virus confirmed in northeast

Coronavirus: 19 states/UTs report fresh cases, virus confirmed in northeast

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 contagion spread to Goa (three cases reported) and northeast India, where Manipur and Mizoram confirmed one case each, even as 20 states and UTs on Wednesday reported 94 fresh infections — the second highest for a single day after 99 cases on Monday. Two more deaths, one of an 85-year-old woman…

Coronavirus: On day of disruptions, Centre, state govts seek to ensure stable supplies

Coronavirus: On day of disruptions, Centre, state govts seek to ensure stable supplies

NEW DELHI: As India went into a 21-day lockdown from Wednesday, the Centre, states and local administrations scrambled to resolve disruptions in essential services, especially delivery of food, groceries and medicines, with reports streaming in from different parts of the country of police obstructing, and even beating up, distribution executives – prompting e-grocers BigBasket and…

India coronavirus lockdown | Delivery issues add to woes for homebound

India coronavirus lockdown | Delivery issues add to woes for homebound

Many e-commerce firms were forced to suspend deliveries to their customers in major cities across the country on Wednesday with local authorities unable to ensure the safety of delivery persons on the first day of the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic. Angry customers vented their anger on social media even as…

A long road: On India’s 21-day coronavirus lockdown

The unprecedented lockdown can work only if governments help people stay homebound India’s unprecedented 21-day national lockdown is an unparalleled effort at stopping the march of a fast-spreading scourge that has overwhelmed the health infrastructure of several nations. Although the Centre seems to have thought of such a move in advance in a bid to…

‘We are collapsing’: Coronavirus pummels medics in Spain and Italy

‘We are collapsing’: Coronavirus pummels medics in Spain and Italy

MADRID: By the time Patricia Núñez’s cough started, she was already familiar with the dreaded dry hacking sound tormenting patients who had for weeks been filling the Madrid emergency ward where she works.“We were fed up of hearing it at the hospital, so it was just a matter of time before I would contract it,”…

PM warns of tough action against those misbehaving with frontline staff, asks people to cooperate with administration

PM warns of tough action against those misbehaving with frontline staff, asks people to cooperate with administration

PM Modi interacts with citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing. (Credits: ANI)NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday warned of tough action against those misbehaving with people on the frontline of the fight against coronavirus like doctors and airline crew, and sought the cooperation of citizens with the administration to deal with the crisis.…

Coronavirus lockdown: MHA issues fresh guidelines on exemptions

Coronavirus lockdown: MHA issues fresh guidelines on exemptions

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 25, 2020 9:30:21 pm A nation-wide lockdown was enforced from Tuesday midnight to contain the spread of novel coronavirus. (Express photo: Prem Nath Pandey)The Ministry of Home Affairs Wednesday issued several additional guidelines for essential service providers after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day…

Delhi Police Detain Over 5,000 People For Violating Coronavirus Lockdown

Delhi Police Detain Over 5,000 People For Violating Coronavirus Lockdown

Coronavirus: Total 5,103 people have been detained for violating lockdown orders. (Representational)New Delhi: More than 180 cases were registered and 5,103 people detained on Wednesday for violating government orders during the coronavirus lockdown, police said.According to the data shared by Delhi police, 183 cases were registered till 5 pm under Indian Penal Code section which…

Madhya Pradesh’s 1st coronavirus death: Ujjain woman dies in Indore hospital after testing positive

Madhya Pradesh’s 1st coronavirus death: Ujjain woman dies in Indore hospital after testing positive

INDORE: Madhya Pradesh recorded first death of coronavirus patient on Wednesday when a 65-year-old woman, who was admitted to a hospital in Ujjain and referred to Indore, died hours after she was tested positive. “The woman was under treatment and was tested positive for COVID-19. Her oxygen saturation level was low and her condition was…

Confirmed coronavirus cases in India cross 600-mark; Maharashtra worst-hit state

New Delhi: The confirmed coronavirus cases in India rose to 606 on Wednesday, of whom 43 are foreign nationals, said the Union Health Ministry. There have been ten deaths so far in the country. Incidentally, Wednesday happens to be the first day of the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by PM Modi on Tuesday evening. The…

Govt looks for volunteer doctors to fight Covid-19 outbreak

Govt looks for volunteer doctors to fight Covid-19 outbreak

NEW DELHI: The government is looking for volunteer doctors to fight the Covid-19 outbreak which has infected over 600 people in the country and has taken more than 16,000 lives across the globe. In a statement posted on Niti Aayog’s website on Wednesday, the government appealed to retired government, Armed Forces Medical Services, public sector…

Pak-backed Haqqani-LeT behind Kabul gurdwara attack, thinks Indian security establishment

Pak-backed Haqqani-LeT behind Kabul gurdwara attack, thinks Indian security establishment

Afghan security personnel inspect inside a gurudwara complex after an attack in Kabul, (Reuters)NEW DELHI: While the ISIS-Khorasan claimed responsibility for the devastating terror attack on a gurdwara in Kabul on Wednesday, India’s security establishment believes the actual perpetrators of the attack are the Haqqani group in cahoots with the ISI of Pakistan. The attack,…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Mar 25, 2020, 22:03 ISTThe number of novel coronavirus cases rose to 606 on Wednesday with 10 deaths being recorded across the country, a health ministry official said. The number of active cases is 553. The Centre asked the states to take all possible steps to ensure that people do not suffer…

White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

White House, Congress agree on $2 trillion virus rescue bill

WASHINGTON: The White House and Senate leaders of both parties announced agreement early Wednesday on an unprecedented $2 trillion emergency bill to rush sweeping aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic.The urgently needed measure is the largest economic rescue bill in history. It is intended as a weekslong…

Mahabharata battle won in 18 days, war against coronavirus will take 21 days: PM Modi

Mahabharata battle won in 18 days, war against coronavirus will take 21 days: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Mahabharata battle was won in 18 days while the war against coronavirus will take 21 days. He was interacting with the citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing on Wednesday.”Mahabharata war was won in 18 days. The was that the whole country is now fighting against corona will…

Govt likely to unveil $20 billion-plus stimulus package to tackle coronavirus downturn: Report

Govt likely to unveil $20 billion-plus stimulus package to tackle coronavirus downturn: Report

Labourers at a wholesale market in Delhi. (Photo: Reuters)NEW DELHI: India is likely to agree an economic stimulus package of more than Rs 1.5 lakh crore ($19.6 billion) to fight a downturn in the country that is currently locked down to stem the spread of coronavirus, two sources familiar with the matter told Reuters. The…

COVID-19: Virat Kohli & boys given customised workout routines during lockdown

COVID-19: Virat Kohli & boys given customised workout routines during lockdown

NEW DELHI: With the government calling for a lockdown to fight the coronavirus outbreak, the Indian cricketers are all home and spending time with their families. But strength and conditioning coach Nick Webb, in consultation with physio Nitin Patel, has customised routines for Virat Kohli and boys to ensure they stay in top shape despite…

Coronavirus India latest updates: ‘Armed forces to work beyond mandate to support nation’

Coronavirus India latest updates: ‘Armed forces to work beyond mandate to support nation’

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown across the country for 21 days from Tuesday midnight, asserting that this is necessary for a decisive battle against the coronavirus outbreak. In his second address to the nation on the pandemic raging across much of the world, Modi said the decision will…

US Congress, negotiators reach deal on $2-trillion coronavirus aid package

US Congress, negotiators reach deal on $2-trillion coronavirus aid package

WASHINGTON: US senators and Trump administration officials have reached an agreement on a massive economic stimulus bill to alleviate the economic impact of the coronavirus outbreak, White House official Eric Ueland said early on Wednesday. “We have a deal,” Ueland told reporters after days of negotiations on the package, expected to be worth $2 trillion.…

11 killed in Kabul Gurdwara attack, IS claims responsibility

11 killed in Kabul Gurdwara attack, IS claims responsibility

Afghan personnel arrive at the site of an attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, on, March 25, 2020. (AP photo)AMRITSAR: Militants stormed the Gurdwara Har Rai Sahib in Kabul, Afghanistan ,on Wednesday morning spreading the reign of terror among the minuscule Sikh community of Afghanistan. As per the latest report, 11 people were killed in the attack.…

Coronavirus: Return of 64,000 from abroad forced lockdown

Coronavirus: Return of 64,000 from abroad forced lockdown

NEW DELHI: The return of as many as 64,000 persons, mainly Indians, just ahead of India closing international travel on Sunday prompted the government to implement a stringent lockdown, including putting some areas under curfew, in a bid to prevent the returnees from triggering a community spread. The increase in the number of Covid- positive…

Coronavirus: All of India under lockdown for 3 weeks

Coronavirus: All of India under lockdown for 3 weeks

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday ramped up the fight against coronavirus by announcing that the entire country was being placed under lockdown — he called it as good as curfew — for 21 days starting midnight in order to break the chain of Covid-19 transmission and save India from a massive outbreak…

What is hantavirus, its symptoms, is it as dangerous as coronavirus and all you need to know

What is hantavirus, its symptoms, is it as dangerous as coronavirus and all you need to know

While the world is still grappling with the havoc wreaked by the highly infectious novel coronavirus, another virus seems to be rearing its ugly head in China. Yes, a man in the Yunnan province in Southwest China was tested positive for hantavirus on Monday. According to a tweet by China’s Global Times, the man died…

Coronavirus lockdown day 1 live updates | Delhi death not due to COVID-19, says Health Minister

Coronavirus lockdown day 1 live updates | Delhi death not due to COVID-19, says Health Minister

Based on a combination of numbers reported by the central Health Ministry, and updates from the States, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country on March 24 exceeds 580. As many as 11 people have died due to COVID-19. COVID-19 | Interactive map of confirmed cases in IndiaAmong India’s immediate neighbours, China…

Data | How prepared are India’s States in health infrastructure to tackle COVID-19

Data | How prepared are India’s States in health infrastructure to tackle COVID-19

With just one sample testing centre for 12 crore people, the lowest doctor-patient ratio and the least number of hospital beds per patient among States, Bihar is poorly equipped to deal with the COVID-19 crisis. Many other big States also have low beds-patient and hospital-patient ratios.State of testing centresThe chart plots the number of COVID-19…

The reign of Shivraj: On Chouhan’s fourth term as CM

The reign of Shivraj: On Chouhan’s fourth term as CM

The BJP government will have to manage the changed political dynamics in M.P. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Shivraj Singh Chouhan, who was sworn in as the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh on Monday night, proved his majority in the Assembly on Tuesday. This is his fourth term as Chief Minister. After three consecutive…

Death by fireworks: on violation of rules in hazardous industries

Death by fireworks: on violation of rules in hazardous industries

Violations of rules in hazardous industries can be tolerated only at the cost of human lives Unsafe working conditions and improper handling of inflammable raw materials continue to endanger lives in the fireworks industry. Last week, 11 workers were charred at a fireworks unit in Tamil Nadu’s Virudhunagar district. Police data show that in the…

Coronavirus | Italy’s virus toll shoots back up, but medics see hope

Coronavirus | Italy’s virus toll shoots back up, but medics see hope

Italy’s daily COVID-19 death toll shot back up on Tuesday, but more evidence emerged that the coronavirus infection rate is slowing thanks to a painful national lockdown.Also read: Coronavirus | Italy’s death toll tops 4,000 after new one-day recordHealth officials across the ravaged Mediterranean country are poring over every new piece of data to see…

Coronavirus | Ensure tight surveillance, States told

Coronavirus | Ensure tight surveillance, States told

Police personnel punish offenders flouting lockdown guidelines, imposed in wake of coronavirus pandemic, at Chakeri area of Kanpur, on March 24, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI Enforcing stringent curbs, cases were booked against several people for violating prohibitory orders. The Centre warned of an “increasing trend” in COVID-19 cases — 519 active ones by…

PM announces 21-day lockdown as COVID-19 toll touches 10

PM announces 21-day lockdown as COVID-19 toll touches 10

As the death toll from COVID-19 rose to 12, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a 21-day lockdown for the entire country, stating that it was the only way to break the chain of infection. The lockdown will be in effect till April 14.COVID-19 has claimed 12 lives in the country with authorities reporting…

Coronavirus | Amid lockdown, foreign embassies worry about stranded tourists

Coronavirus | Amid lockdown, foreign embassies worry about stranded tourists

Germany is hoping to fly out the first batch of an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 tourists who have been stuck in India since the government banned commercial flights a week ago to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. The special flights, starting on Wednesday and expected to operate all week, are being coordinated by…

Coronavirus | How safe are newspapers, WHO clarifies

Coronavirus | How safe are newspapers, WHO clarifies

Representational image only.   Likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods low, it says How safe is the newspaper that you get at your doorstep every day? As per the World Health Organisation (WHO), the likelihood of an infected person contaminating commercial goods is low and the risk of catching the virus that causes…

Coronavirus: Second death in Delhi, 3rd in Mumbai; slight dip in new cases

Coronavirus: Second death in Delhi, 3rd in Mumbai; slight dip in new cases

NEW DELHI: The Covid-19 outbreak claimed two more victims, a 65-year-old Mumbai resident and another one in Delhi, even though the rush of new infections slowed a bit to 64 on Tuesday, from 99 the previous day. The total number of Covid-19 cases reported from the states so far is 562. Apart from the lower…

Coronavirus: People scramble for essentials after speech, PM says don’t panic

Coronavirus: People scramble for essentials after speech, PM says don’t panic

NEW DELHI: As the 21-day lockdown sent people rushing late Tuesday to groceries and convenience stories and triggered panic buying, the PM tweeted, “My fellow citizens, THERE IS ABSOLUTELY NO NEED TO PANIC.” In another tweet, he said, “By converging around shops, you are risking the spread of Covid-19. No panic buying please. Please stay…

IPL cancellation on the cards after three-week lockdown and Olympic postponement

IPL cancellation on the cards after three-week lockdown and Olympic postponement

NEW DELHI: The BCCI will be under tremendous pressure as cancellation of Indian Premier League looks inevitable after Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day lockdown to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic. When the BCCI had postponed the IPL to April 15 earlier this month, it had said hosting the tournament would only come into the…

Covid-19: Suspension of railway services to be extended till April 14

Covid-19: Suspension of railway services to be extended till April 14

NEW DELHI: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement of a 21 day lockdown across the country, the Indian Railways on Wednesday announced that its suspension of all passenger services will continue till April 14 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. However, freight movement will continue to carry essential commodities across the country, officials said. DownloadThe…

India under lockdown: Here’s what will remain open and what won’t

India under lockdown: Here’s what will remain open and what won’t

NEW DELHI: After PM Narendra Modi announced a 21-day lockdown in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, the ministry of home affairs on Tuesday issued guidelines for essential services that will continue to function. The MHA provided a list of the services that will be exempted from the lockdown:* Hospitals and other related medical…

PM Modi announces 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus

PM Modi announces 21-day nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a complete lockdown of the entire country for 21 days in an unprecedented drastic measure to try halt the spread of the pandemic. Shortly after the announcement, the Centre said all road, rail and air services will remain suspended during this period. COVID-19 has claimed 11…

Coronavirus in India live: PM Modi announces 21-day complete lockdown from midnight tonight

Coronavirus in India live: PM Modi announces 21-day complete lockdown from midnight tonight

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Mar 24, 2020, 23:41:59 ISTPrime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a 21-day complete lockdown across India to control the spread of coronavirus, which has killed over 17,000 across the globe and ten people in India. Stay with TOI for the latest developmentsTrump eyes loosening virus restrictions, says he…

PM Narendra Modi announces a national lockdown for 21 days starting midnight of 24-25 March

PM Narendra Modi announces a national lockdown for 21 days starting midnight of 24-25 March

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the country at 8 pm on Tuesday, 24 March. In a major announcement, he declared a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks. “Every state, union territory, village and district will be a part of this lockdown,” he added. The lockdown will start at midnight on 24th March.  The PM said that…

Yogi Adityanath Promises Home Delivery Of Essentials During Lockdown

Yogi Adityanath Promises Home Delivery Of Essentials During Lockdown

Yogi Adityanath said essentials would reach the people and they should not step out.Lucknow: There is a plan to deliver essential commodities at people’s doorstep and there is no need to panic or go out, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said this evening, minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day “curfew-like” lockdown…

Covid-19: Health minister says ‘deeply anguished’ at reports of doctors facing eviction from landlords

Covid-19: Health minister says ‘deeply anguished’ at reports of doctors facing eviction from landlords

NEW DELHI: The resident doctors of India’s premier hospital AIIMS on Tuesday sought the government’s intervention saying their colleagues were facing eviction from their homes by their landlords, who fear the medical professionals at the forefront of the fight against the novel coronavirus could be infected. In a letter to home minister Amit Shah, the…

Centre waives ATM withdrawal charges for three months

Centre waives ATM withdrawal charges for three months

NEW DELHI: Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday waived minimum balance charges for savings bank accounts to help citizens deal with the lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis. Also, debit card holders can now withdraw cash from ATMs of all banks free of charge for the next three months, she stated. Sitharaman further extended…

What will be available and what will be closed during the 21-day lockdown

What will be available and what will be closed during the 21-day lockdown

Police personnel punish offenders flouring lockdown imposed in wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Ahmedabad on March 24, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI Narendra Modi has announced a 21-day lockdown starting from midnight tonight as a major step in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. During the “containment” period of 21 days from March 25, 2020, the…

Coronavirus Fatality Rate 2% Here, Says Scientist From Top Medical Body

Coronavirus Fatality Rate 2% Here, Says Scientist From Top Medical Body

Coronavirus; Home quarantine can hugely reduce the number of cases says ICMR scientist.New Delhi: A government projection has been made of of how coronavirus cases in the country can grow rapidly. The report, by the journal of Indian Council of Medical Research or ICMR, says it “may be possible to interrupt the transmission of COVID-19…

Coronavirus Latest News Live Updates: India under 21-day lockdown beginning tonight, PM Modi says

Coronavirus Latest News Live Updates: India under 21-day lockdown beginning tonight, PM Modi says

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the country will go under lockdown starting midnight for 21 days. (Illustration)Coronavirus Latest Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday announced a full country-wide lockdown, starting from midnight, till 21 days. “If we are not able to manage the upcoming 21 days, we will be pushed back 21 years,” the PM…

Confirmed coronavirus cases in India rise to 519: Complete state-wise tally

Confirmed coronavirus cases in India rise to 519: Complete state-wise tally

(Photo: Pradeep Gaur/Mint) 2 min read . Updated: 24 Mar 2020, 06:09 PM IST Edited By J. Jagannath The active cases stand at 470; 1,87,904 people are under surveillance, and around 35,073 have completed 28-day observation periodMeanwhile, Delhi CM said his gov has set up a five-member doctor team to suggest the plan to deal…

‘Challenge is…’: CM Kejriwal after no new Covid-19 case in Delhi in 24 hrs

‘Challenge is…’: CM Kejriwal after no new Covid-19 case in Delhi in 24 hrs

Home / Delhi News / ‘Challenge is…’: CM Kejriwal after no new Covid-19 case in Delhi in 24 hrs Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Tuesday that no new coronavirus case has been reported in the national capital in last 24 hours. The biggest challenge, he said on Twitter, is not to let the…

PM Modi to Address the Nation Again Tonight on ‘Vital Aspects’ of Covid-19 Outbreak

PM Modi to Address the Nation Again Tonight on ‘Vital Aspects’ of Covid-19 Outbreak

PM Narendra Modi had earlier addressed the nation on efforts to combat the coronavirus virus on March 19, asking people to adhere to a ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday. File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday on the…

Olympics postponed; to be held latest by 2021 summer, says Japanese PM

Olympics postponed; to be held latest by 2021 summer, says Japanese PM

A general view of Olympic rings following an outbreak of the coronavirus in front of the Japan Olympics Museum in Tokyo on March 24, 2020.   | Photo Credit: Reuters Abe made the comment in a briefing with reporters following a call with International Olympic Committee (IOC) head Thomas Bach. Japan will hold the Summer…

Coronavirus | Labour Minister asks CMs to release construction worker welfare funds

Coronavirus | Labour Minister asks CMs to release construction worker welfare funds

Under Section 60 of the Building and Other Construction Workers (BOCW) Act, 1996, all states/UTs have been advised to transfer funds in the account of construction workers through direct benefit transfer mode. | Representational image   | Photo Credit: B. Velankanni Raj Directly release funds into their accounts to mitigate financial crisis, says Gangwar Union…

Government extends tax deadlines in view of lockdown due to coronavirus

Government extends tax deadlines in view of lockdown due to coronavirus

Deadlines for filing income tax and GST returns have been extended to June 30, as part of a slew of relaxations of financial year-end compliance announced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday. The changes had been prompted by the shutdown of large parts of the country in a bid to control the spread of…

Coronavirus | Congress president Sonia Gandhi bats for construction industry workers in letter to PM Modi

Coronavirus | Congress president Sonia Gandhi bats for construction industry workers in letter to PM Modi

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to roll out emergency welfare measures for construction industry workers because of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown, the party said on Tuesday.In her letter, dated March 23, Ms. Gandhi pointed out to the Prime Minister that the construction industry employed over 44 million people, and the…

Coronavirus live updates | 4 new cases take Gujarat’s tally to 33

Coronavirus live updates | 4 new cases take Gujarat’s tally to 33

Based on a combination of numbers reported by the central Health Ministry, and updates from the States, the total number of confirmed cases in the country on March 24 stands at 560.On Monday, the government announced a slew of measures, including the suspension of all domestic flight operations until the end of March, to slow…