COVID-19 impact: 2 laughable reasons behind people burning telecom towers in UK

COVID-19 impact: 2 laughable reasons behind people burning telecom towers in UK

The top 4 mobile operators in the UK have issued a joint statement asking people to stop burning telecom towers. Some people in the UK targeted mobile towers recently as conspiracy theories linked them to the spread of coronavirus in the UK. Thanks to these 5G theories, some residents actually threatened mobile engineers. Though there’s…

Covid-19: Bhilwara model may become template for other badly-hit states

Covid-19: Bhilwara model may become template for other badly-hit states

JAIPUR: The “ruthless” Covid-19 containment model adopted by Rajasthan’s Bhilwara since detecting the first of its 27 positive cases on March 19 has been acknowledged by the Centre as a potential template for states battling a spurt in infections. At a video-conference with the chief secretaries of all states on Sunday, cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba…

Coronavirus recovered patients share stories of survival and hope

Coronavirus recovered patients share stories of survival and hope

NEW DELHI: As the worldwide number of positive coronavirus cases rises across the world, some people, who have recovered from the infection, are sharing their stories of survival with the world. From sharing tips on how not to lose hope to utilising their time in the hospital, lot of people who have recovered from COVID-19…

Would be surprised if India doesn’t allow export of Hydroxychloroquine to U.S.: Trump

Would be surprised if India doesn’t allow export of Hydroxychloroquine to U.S.: Trump

President Donald Trump has warned India that the US may retaliate if it did not export anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine despite his personal request, saying he would be surprised in case of a negative outcome as New Delhi has good relations with Washington.Hydroxychloroquine, an old and inexpensive drug used to treat malaria, is seen as a…

Coronavirus | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

Coronavirus | British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s health worsens, taken to intensive care

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was moved to an intensive care unit on Monday after his coronavirus symptoms worsened, but his Downing Street office said he was still conscious.Britain has no formal succession plan should the prime minister become incapacitated, but Johnson, 55, asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him.Also read: Coronavirus |…

Data | Japan’s limited testing strategy for coronavirus does not yield in the long run

Data | Japan’s limited testing strategy for coronavirus does not yield in the long run

Japan is among the few countries that went against the grain in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the number of cases was low, largely due to the identification of disease clusters and despite the absence of a lockdown or intensive testing. Lately a surge in cases has led to calls for a state…

Mind the gap: on India’s focus what needs to be done

Mind the gap: on India’s focus what needs to be done

India must focus on what needs to be done, not on whom to blame for the virus spread For millennia, people travelled for reasons of religion and trade, and in recent decades increasingly for pleasure too. The germs that these travellers carried globalised many contagions. In the history of humankind, no pestilence has spread as…

Do no harm: on safety of health care workers

Do no harm: on safety of health care workers

The safety of health-care workers on COVID-19 duty is paramount ‘Primum non nocere’ is the primary, guiding principle of bioethics. Every health-care worker is oriented on the principle of ‘First, do no harm’ during their training. All medical training is based on this idea, but very little in what they learn prepares them for the…

Class dimension to COVID-19 needs to be understood: Sujatha Rao

K. Sujatha Rao served as Union Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for the Indian government, until 2010, where she was involved in the process for a national policy for use of antibiotics, introducing vaccines in public health, and the first-ever national programme for non-communicable diseases. Her extensive experience in government puts her at…

Coronavirus latest updates: Maharashtra worst affected with 868 cases

Coronavirus latest updates: Maharashtra worst affected with 868 cases

NEW DELHI: As per latest data from the ministry of health and family welfar, the number of coronavirus cases recorded so far in India was 4,421 and 114 deaths. As of Monday, there were 3,981 active cases in the country and a total of 326 people have been cured. Maharashtra remains the worst affected state…

US coronavirus deaths pass bleak 10,000 milestone

US coronavirus deaths pass bleak 10,000 milestone

WASHINGTON: Americans were put on notice Monday not to let up in the fight against the coronavirus, as a grim milestone of 10,000 deaths cast a pall over the first signs of optimism about the outbreak’s trajectory. The United States has emerged as one of the world’s worst-hit nations, with a steadily mounting number of…

How a mask can help in fight against Covid-19

How a mask can help in fight against Covid-19

After months of insisting that masks aren’t necessary unless you’re unwell, health agencies across the globe are now encouraging mask-wearing for everyone. And the move appears to be backed by research that suggests masks, even homemade face covers, can be effective in protecting against Covid-19. But to understand why masks are critical, we must understand…

63% of Covid-19 deaths in India among 60-plus

63% of Covid-19 deaths in India among 60-plus

Elderly members of an old age home receive food packets distributed by journalists in Siliguri (AFP photo)NEW DELHI: Those above 60 years of age make up just 19% of coronavirus patients in India but account for 63% of the fatalities so far, with those having pre-existing health conditions being even more vulnerable, according to data…

UK PM Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care for coronavirus treatment

UK PM Boris Johnson admitted to intensive care for coronavirus treatment

LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was in hospital due to persistent coronavirus symptoms, has been taken into intensive care, Downing Street has said. UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab has taken charge as Johnson was moved to the ICU at St Thomas’ Hospital in London on Monday. A spokesperson for No 10 Downing Street…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Govt may lift ban on Hydroxychloroquine, Paracetamol, say reports; cases in India jump to 4,421 with 114 deaths

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: Govt may lift ban on Hydroxychloroquine, Paracetamol, say reports; cases in India jump to 4,421 with 114 deaths

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: Amid rising global pressure to allow exports of anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol which is being tested on patients infected with coronavirus, the government is likely to clear the move after calculating sufficient stocks for the country, say reports. US President Donald Trump on Tuesday hinted at a possible retaliation if India…

States warn Jamaat attendees ‘in hiding’

States warn Jamaat attendees ‘in hiding’

Several states have warned Tablighi Jamaat members to self-declare their attendance at last month’s Nizamuddin congregation or face legal action. Some states have already taken steps. Uttar Pradesh additional chief secretary Awanish Awasthi said, “Either they come forward voluntarily or the government will take action against them under the Epidemic Act.” Nearly 1,500 Tablighis from…

Coronavirus: States in no hurry to ease lockdown

Coronavirus: States in no hurry to ease lockdown

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: April 7, 2020 8:44:25 am Lockdown in Delhi. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)At least seven states, which together have reported 1,367 coronavirus cases — almost one-third of the 4,281 cases across the country so far — indicated Monday that they would continue to have some restrictions…

Coronavirus update: Donald Trump sends wishes to ‘very good friend’ Boris Johnson as his Covid-19 symptoms…

Coronavirus update: Donald Trump sends wishes to ‘very good friend’ Boris Johnson as his Covid-19 symptoms…

Home / World News / Coronavirus update: Donald Trump sends wishes to ‘very good friend’ Boris Johnson as his Covid-19 symptoms ‘worsen’ US president Donald Trump has said Americans are praying for the recovery UK’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson, a friend to the nation, who was moved to the intensive care unit after his Covid-19…

Govt keeps watch on onion prices after Lasalgaon shuts operations

Govt keeps watch on onion prices after Lasalgaon shuts operations

Home / India News / Govt keeps watch on onion prices after Lasalgaon shuts operations The consumer affairs ministry is monitoring prices of essential commodities, including that of onion, after a coronavirus positive case in Maharashtra’s Nashik led to a shutdown of Lasalgaon, Asia’s largest onion trading hub. A Covid-19 positive case came to light…

Muslim Body Files Plea Over Spread Of “Fake News” On Delhi Mosque Event

Muslim Body Files Plea Over Spread Of “Fake News” On Delhi Mosque Event

The plea says that “demonisation” of community has led to serious threat to life and liberty of Muslims.New Delhi: Alleging that a section of the media is spreading communal hatred over last month’s Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi, the Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has moved the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Centre to stop dissemination of…

Covid-19 claims 7 lives in Maharashtra on Monday, confirmed cases rise to 868

Covid-19 claims 7 lives in Maharashtra on Monday, confirmed cases rise to 868

A policeman wearing a protective mask walks inside a shelter set up for migrants during a 21-day nationwide lockdown to limit the spreading of coronavirus disease, in Mumbai (Photo: Reuters) 3 min read . Updated: 07 Apr 2020, 01:14 AM IST IANS Mumbai recorded four new Covid-19 deaths – all males – and the number…

Make Graded Plan To Open Departments In Non-Hotspot Areas: PM To Cabinet

Make Graded Plan To Open Departments In Non-Hotspot Areas: PM To Cabinet

PM Modi asked ministers to submit actionable suggestions on boosting manufacturing (File)New Delhi: With eight more days to the 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today asked ministries to prepare a graded plan to open departments in non-hotspot areas. Addressing a cabinet meet, the first via video link amid…

‘Technology is Here to Stay’: SC Issues Guidelines for Hearings Through Video Conferencing Across Courts

‘Technology is Here to Stay’: SC Issues Guidelines for Hearings Through Video Conferencing Across Courts

File photo of Supreme Court. New Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday passed a slew of directions for all courts across the country to extensively use video-conferencing for judicial proceedings saying congregation of lawyers and litigants must be suspended to maintain social distancing amid coronavirus pandemic. The top court, which has restricted its functioning and is…

Covid-19: Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital declared a containment zone

Covid-19: Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital declared a containment zone

Photo: Reuters 1 min read . Updated: 06 Apr 2020, 12:16 PM IST Ridhima Saxena As of 5 April, Maharashtra had 748 covid-19 cases, of which 458 patients were from Mumbai and 100 were from Pune519 teams are working in the Mumbai Municipal Corporation area to curb the spread of covid-19 MUMBAI: The Wockhardt Hospital…

Centre partially lifts ban on export of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol

Centre partially lifts ban on export of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol

NEW DELHI: India has partially opened up exports of hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol, which are crucial to the global fight against the coronavirus, responding to a global clamour, led by US President Donald Trump. The government on Monday decided to free up exports of all medicines, but kept hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol exports on a restricted list.…

Amid brief decline in death toll, Trump says there us light at the end of the tunnel

Amid brief decline in death toll, Trump says there us light at the end of the tunnel

WASHINGTON: The death toll in the US from coronavirus-related illness was poised to cross 10,000 on Monday but with 363 fewer fatalities on Sunday than the previous day’s 1400+ plus, US President Donald Trump declared “we are starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.” Trump’s advisors, including the US Surgeon General who…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 6, 2020, 20:37 ISTNEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday asked Union ministers to prepare plans to fight the economic impact of COVID-19 on war footing and asserted that this crisis is an opportunity to boost the ‘Make-in-India’ initiative and reduce dependence on other countries. Meanwhile, India recorded the highest…

India between Stage 2 and 3 of Covid-19 pandemic: Health ministry

India between Stage 2 and 3 of Covid-19 pandemic: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: India is between Stage 2 and 3 of coronavirus pandemic with large number of cases being found in particular areas, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday concurring with the AIIMS Director’s remarks that localised community transmission is being observed in some pockets of the country. AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, who is…

Prepare 10 priority areas once lockdown ends, work out business continuity plan: PM Modi to central ministers

Prepare 10 priority areas once lockdown ends, work out business continuity plan: PM Modi to central ministers

NEW DELHI: Asking Union Ministers to prepare a list of ten major decisions and ‘ten priority areas of focus’ once lockdown ends, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said it is essential to strategise for the emergent conditions and the government must work on war-footing to mitigate the impact of COVID-19. Prime Minister Modi, who…

Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives

Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ week of their lives

NEW YORK: Americans braced for what the nation’s top doctor warned Sunday would be “the hardest and saddest week” of their lives while Britain assumed the unwelcome mantle of deadliest coronavirus hot spot in Europe after a record 24-hour jump in deaths that surpassed even hard-hit Italy’s. Britain’s own prime minister, Boris Johnson, was hospitalized,…

Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital declared containment zone as 26 nurses and three doctors test positive

Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital declared containment zone as 26 nurses and three doctors test positive

Wockhardt HospitalMUMBAI: BMC has declared Wockhardt Hospital a containment zone after 26 nurses and three doctors tested positive for Covid-19 over a week. Nobody would be allowed to enter or leave the Mumbai Central hospital till everyone in it tests negative twice consecutively, a civic official said. Additional municipal commissioner Suresh Kakani said a team…

Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh violates social distancing norm, apologises

Telangana BJP MLA Raja Singh violates social distancing norm, apologises

Telangana BJP MLA T. Raja Singh and his supporters gather at his residence in Hyderabad holding torches following Narendra Modi’s ‘9pm 9 minute call’ on Sunday, April 5, 2020   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement On Sunday evening, Raja Singh along with 70-odd supporters gathered outside his residence in Goshamahal and referred Coronavirus as “China…

Ernakulam District makes sample collection kiosk

Ernakulam District makes sample collection kiosk

Demonstration of Walk-in Sample collection Kiosk (WISC) at the District Collectorate in Ernakulam.   | Photo Credit: H Vibhu Walk-in Sample Collection (WISC) kiosk, an innovative solution that would not require to wear a personal protective equipment to collect the sample of a person suspected of COVID-19, was launched in Ernakulam on Monday.The kiosk involves…

Cabinet approves ordinance to reduce salaries of PM, Ministers, MPs by 30% for a year

Cabinet approves ordinance to reduce salaries of PM, Ministers, MPs by 30% for a year

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar briefs media on measures implemented by the goverment in wake of coronavirus pandemic, in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 25, 2020.   | Photo Credit: PTI The savings will go into the consolidated fund of India. Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said on April 6 that the…

Karnataka CM ‘openly declared’ blockade on border will not be removed, Kerala tells SC

Karnataka CM ‘openly declared’ blockade on border will not be removed, Kerala tells SC

The State of Kerala on Monday informed the Supreme Court about how Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa has “openly declared” that the blockade imposed by his government on the inter-State border will not be removed in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.Kerala, in an affidavit, said the Chief Minister’s declaration came despite a Supreme Court…

Those above 80 who are not vaccinated against flu or pneumonia and living in old-age homes are at high risk: Prasun Chatterjee

Those above 80 who are not vaccinated against flu or pneumonia and living in old-age homes are at high risk: Prasun Chatterjee

One undiagnosed COVID-19 case can chain-infect up to 16,000 cases in 14 days if not quarantined and the elderly are most vulnerable, says Dr. Prasun Chatterjee, Associate Professor, Department of Geriatric Medicine, AIIMS, and Consultant WHO SEARO, in an interview with The Hindu.Q) As the number of COVID-19 cases are increasing in the country, the…

Govt. may have to present second Budget to deal with COVID-19 aftermath, says Jairam Ramesh

Govt. may have to present second Budget to deal with COVID-19 aftermath, says Jairam Ramesh

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to Opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said Mr. Modi should have taken the initiative earlier. In an exclusive interview with The Hindu, Mr. Ramesh also said that the government will now have to…

India’s efforts to combat COVID-19 has been lauded globally: PM Modi

India’s efforts to combat COVID-19 has been lauded globally: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed BJP workers through a video link on the party’s 40th foundation day. Addressing party workers on the 40th anniversary of the BJP’s foundation day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, likened the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to a war. He said India’s efforts to combat the virus has been…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 13 updates | Positive cases cross 4,000, death toll at 129

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 13 updates | Positive cases cross 4,000, death toll at 129

As the number of coronavirus cases crossed 4,000, millions of Indians across the country on April 5 switched off lights at their homes and lit candles and diyas or turned on mobile phone torches on Sunday night, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal to show the nation’s “collective resolve and solidarity” in its fight…

Enemy at the gates: On Kerala-Karnataka border row

Enemy at the gates: On Kerala-Karnataka border row

Enemy at the gates: On Kerala-Karnataka border row Kerala-Karnataka border issue poses questions on restrictions, relations during a pandemic Kerala’s grievance over Karnataka sealing its border to prevent the spread of COVID-19 has brought under focus the extent and the possible limits, of restrictions that may be imposed by the government to deal with a…

Mockery of justice: On Daniel Pearl murder case acquittals

Mockery of justice: On Daniel Pearl murder case acquittals

Pakistan’s commitment to punishing those involved in terror acts remains suspect Thursday’s ruling by the Sindh High Court that overturned the conviction of Omar Saeed Sheikh, and three others, of murdering American journalist Daniel Pearl, for lack of evidence is scandalous in its utter disregard for criminal jurisprudence. The court observed that no evidence had…

10 reasons to use or not to use Zoom app for video conferencing during lockdown | Gadgets Now

10 reasons to use or not to use Zoom app for video conferencing during lockdown | Gadgets Now

1 / 1110 reasons to use or not to use Zoom app for video conferencing during lockdownWith most people working from home due to the lockdown, video conferencing app Zoom has become immensely popular as employees look at a simple platform to collaborate with their team members. Zoom is one of the top apps under…

Make your own mask at home. It’s simple

Make your own mask at home. It’s simple

Everyone should to wear a mask when they step out of home as a protection against coronavirus. Whatever you do, please don’t go to a pharmacy to buy a mask. You don’t need a surgical mask, nor the N95. These masks are in short supply, and whatever little is there, leave them for health workers.…

Lockdown no bar: Mumbai boy ties knot with Delhi girl online

Lockdown no bar: Mumbai boy ties knot with Delhi girl online

Preet Singh and Neet Kaur met online a year ago and started dating soon after. MUMBAI: For 29-year-old Mumbai-based merchant navy officer, Preet Singh, and Delhi girl, Neet Kaur, April 4 was supposed to mark the end of a year-long, long-distance relationship and the start of an exciting new life together. Not allowing the lockdown…

Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Tiger at New York’s Bronx Zoo tests positive for coronavirus

Nadia, a 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at the Bronx Zoo, has tested positive for coronavirus disease (File p…Read MoreA tiger at the Bronx Zoo in New York City has tested positive for the respiratory disease caused by the novel coronavirus, in the first known case of a human infecting an animal and making it sick,…

Coronavirus live updates: 4,067 cases in India & 109 deaths, according to Health ministry data

Coronavirus live updates: 4,067 cases in India & 109 deaths, according to Health ministry data

Virus-hit Carnival cruise ship docks in Australia as country’s death toll hits 39The Ruby Princess cruise liner, the biggest single source of coronavirus infections in Australia, docked south of Sydney on Monday to get help for sick crew members requiring urgent medical treatment. The Ruby Princess, now the target of a criminal investigation led by…

How to restart the economy after the lockdown: Here’s how India can meet perhaps the greatest challenge of o

How to restart the economy after the lockdown: Here’s how India can meet perhaps the greatest challenge of o

Economically speaking, India is faced today with perhaps its greatest emergency since Independence. The global financial crisis in 2008-09 was a massive demand shock, but our workers could still go to work, our firms were coming off years of strong growth, our financial system was largely sound, and our government finances were healthy. None of…

Celebrities lead the way for #MaskIndia initiative

Celebrities lead the way for #MaskIndia initiative

Till a couple of weeks back, Indian and international health advisories were recommending that mask usage be limited to those with COVID-19 symptoms and healthcare workers. Now, that position has changed. In its latest advisory, the Health Ministry has said that “certain countries have claimed benefits of homemade face cover for the general public.” Advising…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: ICMR says rapid tests for COVID-19 in containment zones first; confirmed cases top 1.2 million globally

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: ICMR says rapid tests for COVID-19 in containment zones first; confirmed cases top 1.2 million globally

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said the rapid antibody based blood test for COVID-19 will be deployed by this Wednesday in clusters or containment zones and hot spots showing high incidence of confirmed cases. Raman R Gangakhedkar, head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division of the ICMR speaking to The Hindu said that over all…

PM holds talks with former Presidents, ex-PMs, party heads

PM holds talks with former Presidents, ex-PMs, party heads

NEW DELHI: Hours before people across the country came to their doorstep and balcony for the ‘light-a-diya’ event as a show of their resolve to unitedly fight the coronavirus, PM Narendra Modi on Sunday reached out to prominent politicians, including former Presidents, PMs and heads of some parties, to discuss the current situation arising out…

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Covid-19: What you need to know today

Let’s look at some numbers. The number of Covid-19 cases in the world was 1.25 million on Sunday night, and the number of deaths stood at 68,000. That works out to a fatality rate of around 5%. But, like all aggregates, this number is not representative. Covid-19 cases have now been identified in 181 countries.…

Corona testing shifts into top gear

Corona testing shifts into top gear

NEW DELHI: In a massive ramp up of testing for Covid-19, the government plans to double every three days the number of samples tested through RT-PCR process – considered mandatory for accurate results – by government laboratories. The scope of testing is going to be further widened by a number of other tests, including those…

Coronavirus | Nurses move SC, say health staff ill-equipped

Coronavirus | Nurses move SC, say health staff ill-equipped

Nursing staff helping colleagues don protective gear at the Rajiv Gandhi Government General Hospital in Chennai   | Photo Credit: R. Ragu Noting that the pandemic is seeing a “persisting and ever escalating spread” the United Nurses Association pointed out that nurses and health workers are exposed to infection. A Kerala-based 3.8 lakh-strong nurses’ association…

Many health workers in Delhi infected by Covid-19

Many health workers in Delhi infected by Covid-19

In just over a month since the first Covid-19 case was reported in Delhi, at least 24 healthcare workers—doctors, nurses, sanitation staff—have tested positive for the disease in the city. While a couple of them had a history of international travel, some of them—like the doctor couple who worked in two mohalla clinics in north-east…

Covid-19: India mulls Trump’s request to lift ban on hydroxychloroquine export

Covid-19: India mulls Trump’s request to lift ban on hydroxychloroquine export

NEW DELHI: US President Donald Trump said he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to supply hydroxychloroquine tablets that can be used to treat covid-19 patients in his country, which now has the highest number of cases in the world. According to people familiar with the development in New Delhi, the request is under consideration…

BJP tells leaders to use social media cautiously

BJP tells leaders to use social media cautiously

Bharatiya Janata Party president JP Nadda has told party office bearers to be cautious of their social media activity during the 21-day lockdown imposed to curb the spread of the coronavirus disease outbreak. In a first, many officials are working from home, along with a major chunk of the country’s workforce, as a preventive measure.The…

CRPF officer tests positive for COVID-19 in Delhi, 3 IAF personnel quarantined

CRPF officer tests positive for COVID-19 in Delhi, 3 IAF personnel quarantined

NEW DELHI : A Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officer has tested positive for COVID-19. “All personnel in contact with the officer have been quarantined. The Director-General of CRPF had indirect contact with the officer. As per protocol, DG is observing quarantine,” CRPF said in a release. CRPF chief A P Maheshwari has gone into…

Shooting the messenger

Shooting the messenger

While the economic cost of the pandemic has been discussed widely, not as much attention has been paid to the lurking danger of the shrinking of democratic spaces. The most explicit manifestation of this global malaise can be seen in Hungary now, where Prime Minister Viktor Orbán recently secured parliamentary approval for a set of…

Coronavirus | Rapid antibody testing for hotspots first, says ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said the rapid antibody based blood test for COVID-19 will be deployed by this Wednesday in clusters and hot spots showing high incidence of confirmed cases.Raman R Gangakhedkar, head of Epidemiology and Communicable Diseases Division of the ICMR explained that over all testing for COVID-19 using real-time reverse…

Trump itching to reopen economy as advisors warn of ‘Pearl Harbor moment’

Trump itching to reopen economy as advisors warn of ‘Pearl Harbor moment’

President Donald Trump speaks during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House, on April 4, 2020, i…Read MoreWASHINGTON: The United States on Sunday reached the grim milestone of recording the highest number of coronavirus-related deaths reported in any country in a day – nearly 1500 – with the national death count heading past…

#9pm9minutes: When India lit up during coronavirus lockdown

#9pm9minutes: When India lit up during coronavirus lockdown

NEW DELHI: Citizens across the country lit diyas, candles and flashed their mobile and torch lights on Sunday following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a 9-minute blackout to dispel the “darkness” spread by coronavirus. As the clock struck 9pm, lights went out in most houses and people gathered in balconies, flashing mobile lights while…

Next few days very important, formulate plan to avoid community transmission: Cabinet secretary to states

Next few days very important, formulate plan to avoid community transmission: Cabinet secretary to states

NEW DELHI/JAMMU: Union Cabinet Secretary Rajiv Gauba on Sunday asked all states and Union Territories to formulate a containment plan as part of their strategy to deal with the spread of coronavirus and its effective implementation on ground to avoid community transmission stage. The lockdown period provides the country a window of opportunities to act…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 5, 2020, 20:30 ISTNEW DELHI: The rate of doubling of COVID-19 cases in India is at present 4.1 days but if the cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation would not have happened, it would have been 7.4 days, the health ministry said on Sunday. Meanwhile, the death toll due to…

Trump phones Modi seeking anti-malaria drug for Covid-19 treatment

Trump phones Modi seeking anti-malaria drug for Covid-19 treatment

WASHINGTON: US President Donald Trump phoned India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday to request release of the anti-malaria drug hydrochloroquine that he claimed the US had ordered and which has been held up following New Delhi banning its export. Trump has been insistent that the drug could be effective against coronavirus although there is…

Rate of doubling of Covid-19 cases 4.1 days; without Jamaat incident it would have been 7.4: Centre

Rate of doubling of Covid-19 cases 4.1 days; without Jamaat incident it would have been 7.4: Centre

NEW DELHI: The rate of doubling of Covid-19 cases in India is 4.1 days presently but if the cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation would not have happened, it would have been 7.4 days, the health ministry said on Sunday. Joint secretary in the ministry Lav Agarwal said there had been 472 new Covid-19…

Coronavirus: Modi speaks to former presidents, PMs, Sonia & other leaders

Coronavirus: Modi speaks to former presidents, PMs, Sonia & other leaders

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday spoke to several leaders, including his predecessor Manmohan Singh, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and former president Pranab Mukherjee, on the situation arising out of the novel coronavirus pandemic. Sources said Modi also called up various leaders, including Mulayam Singh Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav of the Samajwadi Party,…

Have restricted my movement to break COVID-19 chain: CRPF DG after doc tests positive

Have restricted my movement to break COVID-19 chain: CRPF DG after doc tests positive

Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) A P Maheshwari (File photo)NEW DELHI: Director General of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) A P Maheshwari said on Sunday that he has gone into quarantine as part of his responsibility to break the coronavirus transmission chain after a doctor of his force tested positive…

Royal Challengers Bangalore burdened by title pressure: Virat Kohli

Royal Challengers Bangalore burdened by title pressure: Virat Kohli

NEW DELHI: Royal Challengers Bangalore need to rediscover the joy of cricket if they are to end their Indian Premier League (IPL) title drought, captain Virat Kohli has said. Star-studded RCB have reached three finals of the Twenty20 league but are one of only three existing franchises — along with Delhi Capitals and Kings XI…

Coronavirus latest updates: CRPF DG, senior officers under home quarantine

Coronavirus latest updates: CRPF DG, senior officers under home quarantine

Medical staff at a Chennai hospital. (Credits: Reuters)NEW DELHI: As per data released by the Union health ministry on Sunday morning, India reported 3,374 cases of Covid-19 with 77 deaths. The ministry reported two new fatalities -one each from Karnataka and Tamil Nadu on Sunday. Meanwhile, the United States of America with over three lakh…

PM tweets #9pm9minute to remind people to light up diyas tonight

PM tweets #9pm9minute to remind people to light up diyas tonight

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reminded people to light up lamps on Sunday night to show the country’s collective resolve to fight coronavirus. “#9pm9minute”, the prime minister tweeted to remind people of the exercise. Modi had on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles…

Here’s why Apple paid $75,000 to this ‘hacker’

Here’s why Apple paid $75,000 to this ‘hacker’

An ethical hacker discovered multiple security flaws that could have led to the iPhone camera being hacked. Apple has now fixed these flaws and in the process rewarded the hacker with $75,000 (approximately Rs 57.31 lakh). As per a report by Forbes, Ryan Pickren, who is an ethical hacker, discovered as many as seven vulnerabilities…

‘Toughest’ weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads: Trump

‘Toughest’ weeks ahead as coronavirus spreads: Trump

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump warned Saturday that the country could be headed into its “toughest” weeks yet as the coronavirus death toll mounts, but at the same time he expressed growing impatience with social distancing guidelines and said he’s eager to get the country reopened and its stalled economy back on track. “There will be…

Covid-19 spread similar to H1N1, may not hit all areas uniformly

Covid-19 spread similar to H1N1, may not hit all areas uniformly

NEW DELHI: The geographical distribution of Covid-19 has a strikingly similar pattern with the H1N1 influenza in 2009, suggesting that though the spread in population could be high, it is unlikely to uniformly affect all parts of the country, the government said in its containment plan for large outbreaks. The plan, released on Saturday, detailed…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 12 live updates | Death toll crosses 100, number of confirmed cases touch 3500

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 12 live updates | Death toll crosses 100, number of confirmed cases touch 3500

COVID-19 death toll in India exceeded 100 on Saturday, with the country reporting 104 deaths, including three in Tamil Nadu.Over 3,500 confirmed cases have been reported across India, according to Health Ministry and State government data. As per Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s speech on April 3, the nation is poised to observe a lights-off event…

Coronavirus | Why must COVID-19 clusters be identified?

Coronavirus | Why must COVID-19 clusters be identified?

The story so far: On March 30, the Delhi Police cordoned off the area around a masjid located around 100 metres from the Nizamuddin dargah. Around 9,000 people from across the country, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Saudi Arabia had attended a gathering at the Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid, the headquarters of the Tablighi Jamaat, in…

Coronavirus | 42% of patients in India between 21 and 40 years

Coronavirus | 42% of patients in India between 21 and 40 years

About 42% of those confirmed positive for COVID-19 in India are between the ages of 21-40 years old, the Union Health Ministry said on April 4, for the first time throwing light on the demography of the disease in India. Only 17% of those testing positive were over 60.By comparison, data from the U.S. Centres…

Coronavirus outbreak | Two more positive cases from Dharavi

Coronavirus outbreak | Two more positive cases from Dharavi

The number of COVID-19 positive cases from Dharavi rose to four on Saturday.Also read | On Sunday, light lamps, candles for 9 minutes from 9 pm: PMA 30-year-old woman, a resident of the same area as the first patient, along with a 48-year-old man from Dharavi’s Mukund Nagar, tested positive for the disease. This brings…

Coronavirus | Grounding of planes partially hits IMD’s weather data supply

Coronavirus | Grounding of planes partially hits IMD’s weather data supply

The inputs sent by aircraft are important as they determine the initial conditions. File   | Photo Credit: The Hindu Data relayed from aircraft on temperature and wind speed are used in dynamical models The grounding of the country’s civilian aircraft has strangled a key source of weather data that the India Meteorological Department (IMD)…

Update on India’s war against COVID-19

Update on India’s war against COVID-19

Since early March, our war against COVID-19 has been making steady progress in India. This has involved detection, protection, prevention, prescription and participation. Purposefully, private groups, industries, medical fraternity, scientists and technologists have joined hands together with the government in this war, both through financial contributions and participation by involving their R&D expertise. Government agencies…

Explained | Here’s how our power system will be managed during lights-out

Explained | Here’s how our power system will be managed during lights-out

The lights-off event planned for Sunday can lead to disruptions in power supply when everyone switches off their lights from 9pm and switches on after nine minutes. Electricity authorities have studied power consumption patterns across India and the share of lighting in it to come up with a plan to handle the expected dip and…

Isolation and mental health: the psychological impact of lockdown

Isolation and mental health: the psychological impact of lockdown

It is past noon and Mehtaj, 39, a teacher in Assam, is doing her “second round of disinfection”. Wiping her car keys with antiseptic, she says, “I can’t stop thinking about coronavirus and whether we’ve let it in by mistake. I am petrified.”The teacher and mother of one is not alone in her phobic reaction.…

The disasters that hit Bengal in the 1940s offer a warning for the present day

The disasters that hit Bengal in the 1940s offer a warning for the present day

It is rather interesting at this moment in time to look at a period in our history from about 70 to 80 years ago, specifically in the region of Bengal, in undivided India. At the beginning of World War II in September 1939, India was deep in the struggle for independence. The capital of the…

Coronavirus Outbreak updates: Confirmed cases in India at 3113, says ICMR; Rajasthan registers 25 new cases

Coronavirus Outbreak updates: Confirmed cases in India at 3113, says ICMR; Rajasthan registers 25 new cases

Auto Refresh Feeds Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST updates:  As per  the 9 pm update issued by the ICMR, a total of 11,182 samples were tested on Saturday. Of these, 324 tested positive taking the number of confirmed cases in the country to 3,113. Madhya Pradesh Principal Health Secretary and a deputy director, both women, were tested positive…

No threat to grid from PM’s lights-out campaign: Power Minister

No threat to grid from PM’s lights-out campaign: Power Minister

NEW DELHI: There is no threat to the stability of India’s electricity grid from Sunday’s 9-minute public blackout and “light-a-diya” call given by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show national solidarity in the fight against coronavirus pandemic, according to power minister R K Singh. “There is absolutely no threat. A robust protocol has been laid…

Trump requests PM Modi to release Hydroxychloroquine ordered by U.S.

Trump requests PM Modi to release Hydroxychloroquine ordered by U.S.

A pharmacist reaches for a bottle of Hydroxychloroquine at the Medicine Shoppe in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, U.S. on March 31, 2020.   | Photo Credit: AP India’s Directorate General of Foreign Trade on March 25 banned the export of the anti-malarial drug U.S. President Donald Trump has said that he has requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi…

Easing lockdown, how, when, where: Ministers explore steps post-April 14

Easing lockdown, how, when, where: Ministers explore steps post-April 14

Written by Ravish Tiwari | New Delhi | Updated: April 5, 2020 6:56:24 am Directions have already been issued relaxing movement of farm labour given the necessity of farm operations. (Express photo by Vishal Srivastav)An informal group of Union Ministers has been brainstorming on the issues arising out of the nationwide lockdown to counter the…

Covid-19: Govt to cut back containment ops only if no new case found for 4 weeks

Covid-19: Govt to cut back containment ops only if no new case found for 4 weeks

Photo: PTI 3 min read . Updated: 04 Apr 2020, 11:57 PM IST Leroy Leo Containment operations will be scaled down only if no new cases are reported for at least 4 weeks after the last confirmed test has been isolated and all the patient’s contacts have been followed up for 28 days NEW DELHI…

‘No locus standi’: India on Imran Khan’s comments on Kashmir domicile law

‘No locus standi’: India on Imran Khan’s comments on Kashmir domicile law

Home / India News / ‘No locus standi’: India on Imran Khan’s comments on Kashmir domicile law India on Saturday dismissed Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan’s remarks on New Delhi’s new domicile law for Jammu and Kashmir as an attempt to interfere in India’s internal affairs.“We have seen the intemperate remarks by Pakistan Prime Minister…

Top 10 coronavirus updates: India reports highest single-day spike in cases, toll climbs up to 75

Top 10 coronavirus updates: India reports highest single-day spike in cases, toll climbs up to 75

1. The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 3,072 on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health and Family welfare. Covid-19 has killed 75 people in the country. 2. The coronavirus has killed more than 60,000 people across the world and infected over 11 lakh people. Italy has recorded 14,681 deaths, the maximum…

Health Ministry Comes Out With Cluster Containment Strategy Amid COVID-19 Spread

Health Ministry Comes Out With Cluster Containment Strategy Amid COVID-19 Spread

The government has drawn out a containment plan as clusters posing high risk of further spread of COVID-19 cases have emerged in several states like Kerala, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Karnataka, Telangana as also Delhi and Ladakh. The cluster containment strategy would be to contain the disease within a defined geographic area by early…

India coronavirus, COVID-19, April 4: Asymptomatic 29-year-old man in Odisha tests positive for COVID-19 today

India coronavirus, COVID-19, April 4: Asymptomatic 29-year-old man in Odisha tests positive for COVID-19 today

News Live Updates The highest number of cases so far has been recorded in Maharashtra (335 cases, 16 deaths), followed by Tamil Nadu (309 cases, 1 death), Kerala (286 cases, 2 deaths), Delhi (219 cases, 4 deaths) and Uttar Pradesh (172 cases, 2 deaths). Last Updated: Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 23:57 In the last…

COVID-19 LIVE | Positive cases in India go past 3000, 75 dead so far…

COVID-19 LIVE | Positive cases in India go past 3000, 75 dead so far…

People being checked by thermal device at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in the wake of coronavirus pandemic in New Delhi on Saturday. (Photo | Anil Shakya/EPS) By Online Desk The number of COVID-19 deaths inched towards 100 on Saturday and the count of confirmed infections rose by a new single-day record of over 600 to…

A TOI initiative to help keep you and the nation safe

A TOI initiative to help keep you and the nation safe

You’ve been washing your hands diligently and regularly. You’ve embraced social distancing. Now, add another layer of protection – if you haven’t already. The Union health ministry on Saturday recommended that you wear a “handmade reusable face cover’’ when you step out of home. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the US…

Over 1,000 Tablighi Jamaat members infected, account for 30% of all India cases

Over 1,000 Tablighi Jamaat members infected, account for 30% of all India cases

NDMC workers use a fumigation machine in Delhi’s Connaught Place area (PTI photo)NEW DELHI: As many as 1,023 Covid-19 positive cases found in 17 states have been traced to the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi, accounting for 30% of all cases in India, the health ministry said. Referring to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation that was held…

Covid-19 lockdown: Cash reaches 40% of 20 cr women beneficiaries

Covid-19 lockdown: Cash reaches 40% of 20 cr women beneficiaries

NEW DELHI: The largest-ever cash transfer scheme launched on Friday to put Rs 30,000 crore in Jan Dhan accounts of women has validated the evangelical push for implementation of the Jan Dhan scheme which saw the government exhorting crores of people to open bank accounts. By Saturday, the accounts of around 40% of the 20-crore…

Coronavirus: ICMR gives nod for rapid antibody tests

Coronavirus: ICMR gives nod for rapid antibody tests

NEW DELHI: Expanding the testing strategy in line with its containment plans in high-risk areas and Covid-19 hotspots, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) issued an advisory on Saturday to start rapid antibody-based blood test for coronavirus. The strategy for using the test includes clusters (containment zone) and large migration gatherings or evacuees’ centres. “As…

Wear homemade masks to keep coronavirus at bay, says govt

Wear homemade masks to keep coronavirus at bay, says govt

TNN | Updated: Apr 5, 2020, 02:19 ISTRepresentative image (TOI photo)NEW DELHI: Amid rising scare about Covid-19, the health ministry on Saturday issued an advisory on the use of homemade protective cover for the face and mouth, asking people to wear such homemade masks particularly when they step out of their houses. “We are aware…

Covid-19: Centre fights virus on the one hand, polarisation on the other

Covid-19: Centre fights virus on the one hand, polarisation on the other

NEW DELHI: As it battles the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, the government is also having to contend with growing communal polarisation in the wake of Tablighi Jamaat’s link to rise in positive cases. Senior government sources said that feedback from across the country suggested that the disproportionately large number of positive cases and callous…

Coronavirus live updates: Death toll rises to 75; positive cases cross 3,000-mark

Coronavirus live updates: Death toll rises to 75; positive cases cross 3,000-mark

TIMES OF INDIATHE TIMES OF INDIA | Apr 05, 2020, 03:59:28 ISTThe number of cases of the novel coronavirus across the globe crossed the 1 million mark as the global death toll topped 50,000. India has reported 2,902 Covid-19 cases with 68 deaths, according to the Union health ministry. Stay with TOI for live updates1,000…

COVID-19: Modi directs officials to ensure sufficient availability of essential medical equipment

COVID-19: Modi directs officials to ensure sufficient availability of essential medical equipment

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting of the various empowered groups set up to respond to the coronavirus threat and directed officials to ensure sufficient availability of all essential medical equipment such as personal protective equipment, masks, gloves and ventilators.Also read: Centre’s relief measures on statutory, regulatory compliance mattersMr. Modi reviewed countrywide…

Explained | Here’s how our power system will be managed during lights-out

The lights-off event planned for Sunday can lead to disruptions in power supply when everyone switches off their lights from 9pm and switches on after nine minutes. Electricity authorities have studied power consumption patterns across India and the share of lighting in it to come up with a plan to handle the expected dip and…

PM Modi’s blackout appeal: No need to switch off appliances at home, clarifies Centre

PM Modi’s blackout appeal: No need to switch off appliances at home, clarifies Centre

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Saturday clarified that there is no need to be concerned about voltage fluctuation tomorrow when people switch off the lights at 9pm following PM Modi’s blackout appeal. In a video message on Friday, the Prime Minister had urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up…

Coronavirus: More than 1500 participated in feast thrown by family whose 11 members were tested positive in MP’s Morena district

Coronavirus: More than 1500 participated in feast thrown by family whose 11 members were tested positive in MP’s Morena district

Representative ImageBHOPAL: More than 1500 people have participated in the feast thrown by the family whose 11 members were tested positive for Corona virus in Morena district of Madhya Pradesh. Officials seized a diary from the patients house on Saturday where the names of all invitees has been written. The diary is being analysed and…

PM Narendra Modi holds meeting of Empowered Groups to formulate response against spread of coronavirus

PM Narendra Modi holds meeting of Empowered Groups to formulate response against spread of coronavirus

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday held a joint meeting of Empowered Groups constituted to formulate a response in wake of the spread of coronavirus in the country. In the meeting, the Prime Minister reviewed countrywide preparedness regarding availability of hospitals, proper isolation and quarantine facilities as well as disease surveillance, testing and…

Lifting of lockdown depends on compliance to norms: Maha CM

Lifting of lockdown depends on compliance to norms: Maha CM

PTI | Apr 4, 2020, 14:46 ISTMUMBAI: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray on Saturday said that lifting of lockdown in the state after April 14 will be dependent upon the compliance by people to the government directives. He also said that no permission will be granted to any religious or sporting events in the state…

Day 11 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities

Day 11 of coronavirus lockdown: Ground report from Indian cities

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 4, 2020, 14:01 ISTNEW DELHI: The number of coronavirus cases in the country neared the 3,000-mark on Saturday forcing state governments and various city administrations to enforce even stricter measures to enforce the lockdown. So far 68 people have died of the virus in the country. Here is a look at…

Coronavirus: Govt advises people to wear homemade face coverings in public places

Coronavirus: Govt advises people to wear homemade face coverings in public places

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 4, 2020, 13:24 ISTNEW DELHI: The government on Saturday issued an advisory urging people to use handmade protective covers for face and mouth to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus. In its advisory, the government stressed on the need to maintain social distancing and proper hygiene to ward off infection and…

Coronavirus has spread to 30% of India’s districts

Coronavirus has spread to 30% of India’s districts

Medics carry out screening as police cordoned off an area in Nizamuddin after some people showed coronavirus s…Read MoreBENGALURU: Managing Covid-19 will be more challenging for authorities as SARS-CoV-2, the virus causing it, has spread to 30% of the country’s districts. Union ministry of health data shows that the government has been able to ascertain…

Air India Stops Bookings Till April 30

Air India Stops Bookings Till April 30

Bookings have been stopped for both domestic and international routes.New Delhi: Air India on Friday said it has stopped bookings till April 30 and is awaiting a decision after April 14, when the nationwide lockdown is scheduled to end.Bookings have been stopped for both domestic and international routes.Domestic and international commercial flights in the country…

Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends April 1 order

Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends April 1 order

NEW DELHI: The government amended its two-day-old order on Friday night and reserved all jobs in Jammu and Kashmir for the domiciles of the Union territory – people who have stayed there for at least 15 years. On Wednesday, while laying down the rules for domiciles, the government had reserved jobs up to group 4…

2 more deaths in Delhi, one a Tablighi Jamaat man; 93 new Coronavirus cases reported

2 more deaths in Delhi, one a Tablighi Jamaat man; 93 new Coronavirus cases reported

NEW DELHI: The toll due to Covid-19 in Delhi touched six on Friday, with two more deaths being confirmed by the state health authorities. One of the deaths is linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation even as the authorities reported 25 more positive cases in the capital linked to the event. On Friday, Delhi government…

Coronavirus wrap April 3: Here are the top developments of the day

Coronavirus wrap April 3: Here are the top developments of the day

The number of COVID-19 cases across the globe is rising by the hour, inching closer to breach the 1 million mark. The pandemic, having made its way into about 207 countries or territories, has already claimed as many as 50,000 lives as of April 3, 2020.In India, as per the Health Ministry’s latest updates, the…

‘Public Interest Litigation shops should be shut down’: Centre to SC

‘Public Interest Litigation shops should be shut down’: Centre to SC

Home / India News / ‘Public Interest Litigation shops should be shut down’: Centre to SC The Centre Friday strongly opposed the petitions filed by activists for payment of wages to migrant workers who have been left without work due to the 21-day nationwide lockdown in view of coronavirus pandemic saying till the country comes…

Coronavirus -19 Spreads, Says Arvind Kejriwal As Delhi Cases Near 400

Coronavirus -19 Spreads, Says Arvind Kejriwal As Delhi Cases Near 400

Arvind Kejriwal also launched a coronavirus WhatsApp helpline.Highlights259 were evacuated from building of Islamic sect Soon after number of COVID-19 cases in Delhi rose to 384 “Community spread of virus not in Delhi yet”: Arvind KejriwalNew Delhi: There is still no community transmission of coronavirus in Delhi but the government is prepared to handle even…

55-Year-Old Man Who Was Infected By Son Is Andhra’s First COVID-19 Death

55-Year-Old Man Who Was Infected By Son Is Andhra’s First COVID-19 Death

Andhra Pradesh has reported its first death linked to the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19Hyderabad: A 55-year-old man who died at a government hospital in Vijayawada on March 30 has been confirmed as the first novel coronavirus-linked death in Andhra Pradesh. The man, who was diabetic and suffered from hypertension, died an hour of reaching the…

Test, test, test: Eight steps India must take to tackle the coronavirus epidemic

The lockdown implemented across India only buys the government time to prepare the health systems for the coming epidemic. As informal workers and poor people are paying an immense price in terms of suffering and even deaths, the urgency and moral obligation to prepare each state’s health system is even more. We, in people’s health…

Taj & other hotels of group play host to medical staff

Taj & other hotels of group play host to medical staff

Besides offering its hotels for free stay, IHCL is distributing packed meals to medical staff of three hospita…Read MoreMUMBAI: Barely months back, the iconic Taj Mahal Palace, the country’s first luxury hotel, was throbbing with guests who had flown in from all over the world. Now, its ornate interiors are hosting a series of call…

Mega cash transfer in battle Covid-19

Mega cash transfer in battle Covid-19

Women maintaing safe distance collect ration from a government depot during the coronavirus lockdown in Beawar…Read MoreNEW DELHI/MUMBAI: The government on Friday launched one of the largest-ever cash transfer schemes, including the deposit of over Rs 30,000 crore into the account of woman Jan Dhan account holders as well as Rs 5,000 crore into the…

2 more deaths in Delhi, one a Tablighi Jamaat man; 93 new Coronavirus cases reported

2 more deaths in Delhi, one a Tablighi Jamaat man; 93 new Coronavirus cases reported

NEW DELHI: The toll due to Covid-19 in Delhi touched six on Friday, with two more deaths being confirmed by the state health authorities. One of the deaths is linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation even as the authorities reported 25 more positive cases in the capital linked to the event. On Friday, Delhi government…

How we made the coronavirus pandemic

How we made the coronavirus pandemic

It may have started with a bat in a cave. But human activity set it loose The latest new virus that has captured the world’s horrified attention is known as “nCoV-2019.” The name, picked by the Chinese scientists who identified the virus, is short for “novel coronavirus of 2019”. It reflects the fact that the…

Covid-19 lockdown: Let identified vendors sell essentials, says Centre

Covid-19 lockdown: Let identified vendors sell essentials, says Centre

NEW DELHI: The urban affairs ministry has advised state governments to allow identified street vendors to sell essential items during the lockdown, a move which would not only save their livelihood and facilitate supplies virtually at doorstep, but also prevent crowding in markets and thus serve the dire need of social distancing to check Covid-19…

At 9pm Sunday, switch off lights, light diyas: PM Modi

At 9pm Sunday, switch off lights, light diyas: PM Modi

NEW DELHI: About halfway through the 21-day national lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for a nine-minute blackout at 9pm on Sunday and urged people to use candles, diyas and mobile torchlights to demonstrate solidarity and reiterate a collective resolve to beat back the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. The PM’s brief video message…

Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends April 1 order

Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends April 1 order

NEW DELHI: The government amended its two-day-old order on Friday night and reserved all jobs in Jammu and Kashmir for the domiciles of the Union territory – people who have stayed there for at least 15 years. On Wednesday, while laying down the rules for domiciles, the government had reserved jobs up to group 4…

Union Home Ministry modifies Jammu & Kashmir domicile order, offers protection to all government posts

Union Home Ministry modifies Jammu & Kashmir domicile order, offers protection to all government posts

The domicile status also applies to “children of such residents of J&K who reside outside J&K in connection with their employment or business or other professional or vocational reasons but their parents should fulfil any of the conditions provided.”   | Photo Credit: Nissar Ahmad A fresh order issued late on April 3, 2020, provides…

India coronavirus lockdown | Migrant workers and their long march to uncertainty

India coronavirus lockdown | Migrant workers and their long march to uncertainty

“In my 20 years in Mumbai, I have never seen such a sight,” said Gopal Das as he recounted his ordeal on March 21 at the Lokmanya Tilak Terminus. Gopal was among the sea of people who had attempted to board what would be the last few trains out of the city to their homes…

A million and counting: On global coronavirus spread

A million and counting: On global coronavirus spread

On April 2, the number of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) infections in 181 countries/regions crossed one million, and deaths passed 50,000. On April 3, the total number of cases and deaths stood at 10,39,166 and 55,092, respectively. With 2,45,646 cases, the U.S. accounts for 24% of the global total, while Italy, with 13,915 deaths, has over…

Coronavirus | Revised testing norms likely as number of cases continues to rise

Coronavirus | Revised testing norms likely as number of cases continues to rise

The number of COVID-19 cases continued to rise in the country with 336 new cases reported in the past 24 hours taking the total tally to 2,547, while 18 more deaths were reported, the Union Health Ministry said on April 3.India has registered 62 deaths due to COVID-19 so far, while 162 patients have been…

Coronavirus | Modi’s blackout call puts power grid managers on high alert

Coronavirus | Modi’s blackout call puts power grid managers on high alert

An official from the Power Grid Corporation said though there will be some pressure but the grid operators are well prepared to handle the sudden drop in power demand. Photo: File   | Photo Credit: B. Velankanni Raj However, the Power Ministry has maintained that there will be no impact on the operation of the…

Light and sound: On Narendra Modi’s 9-minute light ceremony

Light and sound: On Narendra Modi’s 9-minute light ceremony

Light and sound: On Narendra Modi’s 9-minute light ceremony Symbolism has its place, but it must be part of a sustainable action plan Full of sound and piety but signifying little, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third and latest address to the nation on the COVID-19 pandemic hardly calmed frayed nerves. Anxieties triggered by the pandemic…

Coronavirus | U.P. villages tense as many skip quarantine

Coronavirus | U.P. villages tense as many skip quarantine

Authorities in Uttar Pradesh are struggling to contain people within coronavirus (COVID-19) quarantine centres in rural areas.Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in India | State Helpline numbersIn many districts, migrants who returned home following the lockdown and consequent loss of jobs, and were kept inside these centres as per preventive protocol, have jumped quarantine…

COVID-19 | State-wise tracker for coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates

COVID-19 | State-wise tracker for coronavirus cases, deaths and testing rates

Health department workers in protective gear in Kochi   | Photo Credit: H. Vibhu The charts are updated based on a combination of numbers reported by the central Health Ministry, and updates from the State governments and Health departments The charts track the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and related deaths, and the testing…

6 Tablighi Jamaat-linked persons to be booked under NSA for misbehaving with nurses in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad

6 Tablighi Jamaat-linked persons to be booked under NSA for misbehaving with nurses in Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad

Google Maps image locates the MMG District Hospital in Ghaziabad.   “They don’t follow the law or the system, they are enemies of humanity,” U.P. Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said in an official WhatsApp group quoting Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The Uttar Pradesh government has said that six persons associated with the Tablighi…

PM-CARES | Centre sends conflicting signals on foreign donations

PM-CARES | Centre sends conflicting signals on foreign donations

The government has sent conflicting signals over the question of foreign donations to the new Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund, better known as PM-CARES.Initially, Indian ambassadors were directed to mobilise donations from abroad, with SWIFT code details made available in order to accept such contributions. However, the Centre has now…

US employment falls 701,000 in March amid coronavirus: Government

US employment falls 701,000 in March amid coronavirus: Government

WASHINGTON: The US economy shed 701,000 jobs in March amid the damage inflicted by the coronavirus shutdowns, while the unemployment rate surged to 4.4 per cent, the labor department reported on Friday. That was the worst job loss since March 2009 during the depths of the global financial crisis, and the biggest jump in the…

647 Covid-19 cases found in last 2 days linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation: Health ministry

647 Covid-19 cases found in last 2 days linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation: Health ministry

NEW DELHI: As many as 647 Covid-19 positive cases found in 14 states in the last two days are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, the Union health ministry said on Friday. Out of the 12 deaths reported in the last 24 hours some are related to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, Joint Secretary in the…

PM reaffirmed my belief that we can’t let our guard down after April 14: Sachin Tendulkar

PM reaffirmed my belief that we can’t let our guard down after April 14: Sachin Tendulkar

NEW DELHI: The iconic Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said managing the period after April 14 would be crucial to how India fares in its battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, a belief which was shared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a video conference with sportspersons. Tendulkar was among the 40-odd elite sportspersons with whom the…

Coronavirus latest update: Delhi reports 91 new COVID-19 positive cases in last 24 hours

Coronavirus latest update: Delhi reports 91 new COVID-19 positive cases in last 24 hours

NEW DELHI: The number of confirmed cases around the world crossed a million mark on Thursday. In India, more than 2,000 people were infected from the virus which claimed over 60 lives till Thursday evening. According to the latest update by the ministry of health and family welfare, the total number of coronavirus positive cases…

Glitch in H-1B registration system has resulted in wrongful denials

Glitch in H-1B registration system has resulted in wrongful denials

MUMBAI: It appears that a technical glitch in the new registration system for H-1B visas may have resulted in several erroneous denials by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) states that it has received reports from many of its attorney members, indicating that they/clients have received a denial notification…

Blocking newspaper delivery is a legal offence: Top lawyers

Blocking newspaper delivery is a legal offence: Top lawyers

NEW DELHI: The country’s top lawyers have expressed concern over the continued disruption in the distribution of newspapers even when they have been categorized an essential service and said that obstructing delivery not only impedes the availability of reliable information at a time of unprecedented public heath emergency but also constitutes an offence under the…

Karnataka moves SC against Kerala HC order to lift border curbs

Karnataka moves SC against Kerala HC order to lift border curbs

No entry:Karnataka said the restrictions were imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.   Kerala High Court had told the State to lift road blockade Karnataka on Thursday challenged in the Supreme Court a Kerala High Court order on April 1 to remove the road blockade at the inter-State border to facilitate flow of vehicles…

PM Modi urges people to light candles, mobile torches for nine minutes at 9 p.m. on April 5

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing the nation through a video on Friday, April 3, 2020.   In his address to the nation, Prime Minister calls for demonstration of collective will to fight coronavirus Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 3 asked Indians, entering the ninth day of a harsh lockdown, to demonstrate collective will to…

Coronavirus latest update: World Bank approves $1 billion emergency funds for India

Coronavirus latest update: World Bank approves $1 billion emergency funds for India

NEW DELHI: The number of confirmed cases around the world crossed amillion mark on Thursday. In India, more than 2,000 people were infected from the virus till which has so far claimed over 50 lives till Thursday evening. Here is a look at all the latest updates on the outbreak of coronavirus in India and…

US slams Pak court’s verdict in Daniel Pearl murder case, calls it ‘affront’ to victims of terrorism

US slams Pak court’s verdict in Daniel Pearl murder case, calls it ‘affront’ to victims of terrorism

Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the convict in Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl’s killing (AP file photo)WASHINGTON: The US on Friday criticised a Pakistani court for overturning the death sentence of British-born top al-Qaeda leader Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted in the abduction and murder of American journalist Daniel Pearl, terming the verdict…

PM Narendra Modi’s video message on Covid-19: Key points

PM Narendra Modi’s video message on Covid-19: Key points

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in a video message urged the people of the country to stand united in the fight against coronavirus epidemic. Here is a look at some of the key points from his video address — On April 5, I urge all of you to stand on your doorway…

Covid-19 in India: Nearly 65% of 544 new all-India cases linked to Tablighi Jamaat’s event in city

Covid-19 in India: Nearly 65% of 544 new all-India cases linked to Tablighi Jamaat’s event in city

Firefighters spray disinfectants on vehicles during a nationwide lockdown in the wake of coronavirus pandemic,…Read MoreNEW DELHI: The explosion of Covid-19 cases caused by the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ) event continued to unfold for the third consecutive day, when at least 295 delegates from across the country who had attended the religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin…

Covid-19 in India: Common, staggered lockdown exit plan needed, says PM Modi

Covid-19 in India: Common, staggered lockdown exit plan needed, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi holds a meeting with chief ministers on Thursday via video-conferencing to discuss the corona…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Indicating that there is need for a coordinated approach to lifting of restrictions after the national lockdown ends on April 14 to ensure that the gains of social distancing and isolation in the fight against Covid-19…

Covid-19 in India: Common, staggered lockdown exit plan needed, says PM Modi

Covid-19 in India: Common, staggered lockdown exit plan needed, says PM Modi

PM Narendra Modi holds a meeting with chief ministers on Thursday via video-conferencing to discuss the corona…Read MoreNEW DELHI: Indicating that there is need for a coordinated approach to lifting of restrictions after the national lockdown ends on April 14 to ensure that the gains of social distancing and isolation in the fight against Covid-19…

960 Foreigners Linked To Islamic Sect Blacklisted, Ministry Orders Action

960 Foreigners Linked To Islamic Sect Blacklisted, Ministry Orders Action

Amit Shah’s office tweeted, “The home ministry has blacklisted 960 foreigners”.New Delhi: The home ministry has blacklisted 960 foreigners currently in India on tourist visas for their involvement in the activities of the religious group Tablighi Jamaat, whose event in Delhi last month turned out to be a hotspot for coronavirus. Several people from COVID-19…

Coronavirus | Confirmed cases hit 1 million worldwide, deaths pass 50,000

Coronavirus | Confirmed cases hit 1 million worldwide, deaths pass 50,000

The number of coronavirus infections worldwide has hit 1 million, with more than 50,000 deaths, according to the tally kept by Johns Hopkins University.Coronavirus | Wuhan initially downplayed crisis, says China expert Dali YangThe figures were another bleak milestone in the epidemic that has forced the lockdown of entire countries and brought economies to a…

Covid-19: Health workers attacked in cities, 7 held in Indore for pelting stones

Covid-19: Health workers attacked in cities, 7 held in Indore for pelting stones

Home / India News / Covid-19: Health workers attacked in cities, 7 held in Indore for pelting stones The Madhya Pradesh police arrested seven people on Thursday for allegedly attacking health workers in Indore’s Tatt Patti Bakhal area on Wednesday, as several such incidents of attacks on health workers were reported from different parts of…

PM CARES vs CM Relief Funds: Why there is a debate on who should get donations

PM CARES vs CM Relief Funds: Why there is a debate on who should get donations

Kerala FM Thomas Isaac said that the Centre has not yet announced any state-wise relief package or plan.As the number of COVID-19 patients and those affected by the lockdown increase, Kerala Finance Minister Thomas Isaac has urged state residents to donate to the Chief Minister Relief Fund.In an exclusive conversation with TNM, Isaac said, “Kerala…

Coronavirus pandemic | Govt launches COVID-19 tracking app ‘Aarogya Setu’ for Android, iOS users

Coronavirus pandemic | Govt launches COVID-19 tracking app ‘Aarogya Setu’ for Android, iOS users

The app is aimed at augmenting efforts to proactively inform the citizens about the best practices and relevant advisories pertaining to the containment of COVID-19. The Indian government is stepping up its efforts to make credible information about the novel coronavirus accessible to the masses with the launch of a new tracking app, Aarogya Setu.The…

Coronavirus update: Positive cases in India rise to 2,069, death toll at 53. Here’s state-wise tally

Coronavirus update: Positive cases in India rise to 2,069, death toll at 53. Here’s state-wise tally

Homeless people take rest at a makeshift shelter, arranged inside a school, during a nationwide lockdown imposed in the wake of coronavirus, in Vijayawada (ANI) 3 min read . Updated: 02 Apr 2020, 08:05 PM IST Written By Aparna Banerjea Maharashtra is the most-affected state with 335 cases and 13 deathsCurrently, there are close to…

Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 after another record daily toll

Spain’s coronavirus death toll tops 10,000 after another record daily toll

The number of cases registered rose to by about 8 percent from Wednesday to 110,238, the ministry said. The proportional daily increases have been slowing down in the past few days. Spain’s death toll from coronavirus surpassed the 10,000 threshold after a record 950 people died overnight, the country’s Health Ministry said on Thursday.The number…

Virtual CWC Meet Mirrors Changing Times, Congress’ Catch-22 Situation on Covid-19 Stand

Virtual CWC Meet Mirrors Changing Times, Congress’ Catch-22 Situation on Covid-19 Stand

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi chairs the CWC meeting on Thursday. Given the circumstances, the Congress cannot be seen as opposing the Centre, neither can its top brass afford to remain quiet. CNN-News18 Last Updated: April 2, 2020, 3:28 PM IST Share this: New Delhi: The Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting called over the Covid-19 crisis…

US COVID-19 pandemic: New Jersey reports more than 18,000 cases

US COVID-19 pandemic: New Jersey reports more than 18,000 cases

As the COVID-19 death toll in the state of New York alone passed 1,500 on Tuesday night, with 300 deaths in 24 hours, adjacent state New Jersey is also being hit hard,Hundreds of thousands of commuters from New Jersey cross over into New York every day, which is why there has been a corresponding rise…

US opening doors to Indian medical graduates under Covid-19 pressure

US opening doors to Indian medical graduates under Covid-19 pressure

Registered nurses hold a demonstration on April 1, 2020 in El Paso, Texas. (AFP photo)WASHINGTON: New York and New Jersey have taken the lead in temporarily drafting foreign medical graduates — hundreds of Indians among them — in addition to enlisting retirees and medical school students, to join the battle against the coronavirus epidemic. Governors…

Test cricket has made me a better person: Virat Kohli

Test cricket has made me a better person: Virat Kohli

NEW DELHI: India captain Virat Kohli on Thursday said he became a better person by playing Test cricket, calling the format a representation of life where one doesn’t have the option of quitting when the going gets tough. Speaking to former England batsman and IPL teammate Kevin Pietersen during an Instagram live, Kohli touched upon…

US toll crosses 5000, 1000-a-day for first time

US toll crosses 5000, 1000-a-day for first time

Medical workers bring in patients at a special coronavirus intake tent at Maimonides Medical Center in Borough…Read MoreWASHINGTON: More than 1000 Americans died of coronavirus infection and related issues in the past 24 hours – the first time the toll has crossed the four-figure mark on single day – as the US death count from…

Disseminate info, book lockdown violators under IPC, DM Act, Home Secretary tells states

Disseminate info, book lockdown violators under IPC, DM Act, Home Secretary tells states

NEW DELHI: The home secretary on Thursday requested the states to widely circulate information on penal provisions laid down under the Disaster Management Act as well as IPC for violation of lockdown guidelines and asked the law enforcement agencies to take suitable action under these provisions. The latest communication from Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to…

PM Modi to share video message with people on Friday morning

PM Modi to share video message with people on Friday morning

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will share a video message with countrymen on Friday amid a nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak. “At 9 AM tomorrow morning, I’ll share a small video message with my fellow Indians,” the prime minister tweeted, without divulging the subject of his message. At 9 AM tomorrow morning,…

Covid-19: 44 Texas University students test positive after spring break trip

Covid-19: 44 Texas University students test positive after spring break trip

HOUSTON: Forty four students of the University of Texas in the US have tested positive for COVID-19 after they returned from a spring break trip to Mexico, avoiding social-distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus pandemic. The university, which is in Austin, had previously confirmed only 28 coronavirus cases. About 70 students flew on a chartered plane…

Explained | Who are the Tablighi Jamaat, the organisation at the epicentre of Coronavirus outbreak in India?

Explained | Who are the Tablighi Jamaat, the organisation at the epicentre of Coronavirus outbreak in India?

The Tablighi Jamaat, a little known Islamic organisation, has been at the centre of a controversy after dozens of people who attended a religious congregation the group held at its headquarters in Delhi in March tested positive for COVID-19. At least 2,000 people, both from across the country and foreign nations such as Indonesia and…

Coronavirus | Positive cases in Tamil Nadu rise to 309

Coronavirus | Positive cases in Tamil Nadu rise to 309

PTI Chennai:, April 02, 2020 19:10 IST Updated: April 02, 2020 19:26 IST Workers stitch masks for police personnel during the 21-day nationwide lockdown announced by the Central government as a preventive measure to contain the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, in Chennai.   | Photo Credit: PTI PTI Chennai:, April 02, 2020 19:10 IST…

COVID-19 | Maharashtra allowed to roll out rapid testing on mass scale: Tope

COVID-19 | Maharashtra allowed to roll out rapid testing on mass scale: Tope

The Centre has allowed Maharashtra to conduct rapid, mass-scale COVID-19 testing by using blood samples to expedite the detection of coronavirus cases, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Thursday.The State government will use blood samples instead of swabs in rapid tests through which it can be ascertained “in five minutes” whether the person has developed…

Watch | Air quality improves amid lockdown in India

Watch | Air quality improves amid lockdown in India

A video on the improvement in air quality across the country amid the nationwide lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic India is currently under the biggest lockdown with around 130 crore people asked to stay home in view of the COVID-19 outbreak.According to the Centre-run System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research (SAFAR), the…

COVID-19 | Air India suspends contract of around 200 pilots

COVID-19 | Air India suspends contract of around 200 pilots

Air India on Thursday temporarily suspended the contracts of around 200 pilots, who were re-employed after retirement, as all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended in the country till April 14 to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official said.Also read: SpiceJet to cut 10-30% salary of all employees in March 2020“Since…

‘Testing, tracing, isolating and quarantine should be our first priority,’ PM Modi tells CMs via video conference

‘Testing, tracing, isolating and quarantine should be our first priority,’ PM Modi tells CMs via video conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at his second vide oconference with Chief Ministers on Thursday told them that it was “important to formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once the lockdown ends.”Mr. Modi emphasised that the collective goal of all should be to “save every Indian”. He asked the States…

Congress asks Centre for a Common Minimum Relief Programme

Congress asks Centre for a Common Minimum Relief Programme

Sonia Gandhi   21-day lockdown was necessary but unplanned enforcement caused chaos and pain, says the Congress Working Committee The Congress Working Committee, party’s highest decision making body, on Thursday had its first ever virtual meeting on the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, in which party chief Sonia Gandhi asked the Centre to come…

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 9 live updates | Death toll touches 62; over 1,900 test positive

Coronavirus India lockdown Day 9 live updates | Death toll touches 62; over 1,900 test positive

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers on the ninth day of the lockdown. India has reported 2315 COVID-19 cases till date. Most of the cases reported on Thursday were linked to the Nizamuddin cluster.More than 9,00,000 people have been infected by the novel coronavirus and nearly 46,000 have died…

US Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

US Navy evacuates virus-struck aircraft carrier Roosevelt

WASHINGTON: The US Navy is evacuating thousands of sailors from the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt in Guam after its captain warned a coronavirus outbreak was threatening the lives of the crew. There have been 93 Covid-19 cases discovered among the 4,800-strong Roosevelt crew so far, according to the US Navy. Pentagon officials said…

Finance ministry extends motor, health insurance validity till April 21

Finance ministry extends motor, health insurance validity till April 21

BENGALURU: In a major relief for 23 crore individual vehicle owners and 40 crore citizens, who benefit from a private or state health insurance scheme, the ministry of finance has amended the law and extended validity of insurance papers till April 21, 2020. In a gazette notification, the ministry of finance amended section 64VB of…

US coronavirus deaths pass 5,000: Johns Hopkins

US coronavirus deaths pass 5,000: Johns Hopkins

WASHINGTON: The US death toll from the coronavirus pandemic topped 5,000 late Wednesday, according to a running tally from Johns Hopkins University. At about 0235 GMT Thursday, 5,116 people had died, the tally showed, on the same day the United States set a one-day record of 884 people killed in 24 hours. The US death…

TOI is back in Mumbai and Pune

TOI is back in Mumbai and Pune

Your favourite newspaper, The Times of India, is back in Mumbai and Pune after a short break caused by logistical difficulties in delivering the paper in the first week of the lockdown. The Prime Minister has repeatedly spoken of media as an essential service, and several Central government orders have been issued in the past…

Coronavirus in India: 389 linked to Tablighi meet test positive, number rising

Coronavirus in India: 389 linked to Tablighi meet test positive, number rising

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Wednesday blamed travellers who attended a gathering at a Delhi mosque for the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in the country. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the ministry, said 134 coronavirus cases were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), the Islamic group which organised the gathering in mid-March.…

Trace all Jamaat attendees on war footing: Centre to states

Trace all Jamaat attendees on war footing: Centre to states

NEW DELHI: Cabinet secretary Rajiv Gauba on Wednesday asked states to complete contact tracing of all Tablighi Jamaat members who attended events at the outfit’s Nizamuddin headquarters on a war footing and highlighted the risk it posed to efforts for containment of Covid-19. In a meeting held via conferencing with chief secretaries and police chiefs…

Coronavirus: Locals pelt stones on health department team in Indore

Coronavirus: Locals pelt stones on health department team in Indore

No injury to anyone or damage was reported in the incident that took place at around 02.30pmINDORE: Health department officials engaged in COVID-19 screening of people in Taat Patti Bakhal area on Wednesday had a narrow escape when a group of agitated locals of the area started pelting stones, prompting police to deploy in large…

Coronavirus: 389 linked to Tablighi meet test positive, number rising

Coronavirus: 389 linked to Tablighi meet test positive, number rising

NEW DELHI: The Union health ministry on Wednesday blamed travellers who attended a gathering at a Delhi mosque for the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in the country. Lav Agarwal, joint secretary in the ministry, said 134 coronavirus cases were linked to the Tablighi Jamaat (TJ), the Islamic group which organised the gathering in mid-March.…

View: The phasing of three categories of expenditures by govt is important to avoid Covid catastrophe

View: The phasing of three categories of expenditures by govt is important to avoid Covid catastrophe

By C RangarajanPolicymakers do face a dilemma while dealing with the economic impact of the coronavirus, even though they may not want to acknowledge it openly. The current chorus of opinions advocates that GoI should launch massive expenditure expansion programmes. There is no doubt that at a time like this, the government must attack and…

Family of man who died due to COVID-19 attack doctors at Hyderabad hospital

Family of man who died due to COVID-19 attack doctors at Hyderabad hospital

Three relatives of the man who died were also being treated for COVID-19 in the same ward.An incident of a doctor attacked by the relatives of a coronavirus-affected patient has come to light in Hyderabad’s Gandhi Hospital. According to doctors from the Junior Doctors Association (JUDA) at the hospital, a 49-year-old man had been admitted…

CBSE to Conduct Pending Board Exams for Only 29 Subjects; All Class 1-8 Students to Be Promoted

CBSE to Conduct Pending Board Exams for Only 29 Subjects; All Class 1-8 Students to Be Promoted

Image for representation. Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said he has advised the CBSE to conduct the Board examinations only for 29 main subjects required for promotion and crucial for admissions in higher educational institutions keeping in mind the ongoing coronavirus situation. News18.com Last Updated: April 1, 2020, 9:59 PM IST Share this: New Delhi:…

‘No exceptions to lockdown’: MHA order after Kerala’s ‘liquor on doc advice’ rule

‘No exceptions to lockdown’: MHA order after Kerala’s ‘liquor on doc advice’ rule

Home / India News / ‘No exceptions to lockdown’: MHA order after Kerala’s ‘liquor on doc advice’ rule Kerala government had allowed people to pick up their supply of liquor if they could get a doctor to prescribe it to them. india Updated: Apr 01, 2020 21:55 IST All state governments have been told to…

China concealed extent of coronavirus outbreak, US intelligence says

China concealed extent of coronavirus outbreak, US intelligence says

The report was received by the White House last week. (REUTERS) 3 min read . Updated: 01 Apr 2020, 09:05 PM IST Bloomberg The outbreak began in China’s Hubei province in late 2019, but the country has publicly reported only about 82,000 cases and 3,300 deaths, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins UniversityThe report…

PM Modi to discuss Covid-19 challenges with chief ministers tomorrow

PM Modi to discuss Covid-19 challenges with chief ministers tomorrow

Home / India News / PM Modi to discuss Covid-19 challenges with chief ministers tomorrow Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with all chief ministers on Wednesday to discuss India’s status in the battle against coronavirus disease and the way ahead, according to news agency ANI.PM Modi’s decision to hold the meeting via…

India coronavirus, COVID-19, April 1: Total COVID-19 cases in India touch 1834, 437 cases reported in 24 hours

India coronavirus, COVID-19, April 1: Total COVID-19 cases in India touch 1834, 437 cases reported in 24 hours

News Live Updates The total number of coronavirus COVID-19 positive cases in India rose to 1,637 with a death toll of 38 on Wednesday (April 1). According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, India witnessed a spike of 146 new cases in the last 24 hours. Also three deaths were reported from Gujarat,…

Data | United States bears the global brunt of new coronavirus cases

Data | United States bears the global brunt of new coronavirus cases

United States and Spain continue to bear the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic with consistent increases in the number of new cases recorded in the past week. Over 54% of the 48,757 new cases recorded on March 31 were from the U.S.The U.S. is also witnessing an exponential increase in the number of new deaths…

Coronavirus | Coimbatore Police intercept container trucks packed with migrants

Coronavirus | Coimbatore Police intercept container trucks packed with migrants

The Coimbatore Police have arrested five truck drivers for attempting to illegally take 250 migrant workers in container trucks to their native places in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, violating the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown. Three trucks bearing Haryana registration numbers and two with Delhi registration have been seized.Coronavirus | Interactive map of confirmed coronavirus cases in…

Uncritical endorsement: On exodus of migrant workers and the Supreme Court

Uncritical endorsement: On exodus of migrant workers and the Supreme Court

Supreme Court must ask more probing questions on the way the government is handling the pandemic. There are two aspects to the Supreme Court’s limited intervention in response to the humanitarian crisis set off by the exodus of migrant workers, following the announcement of a country-wide lockdown. In a brief order, the highlight of which…

Beyond the blame game: On the Tablighi Jamaat episode

Beyond the blame game: On the Tablighi Jamaat episode

India must use the lockdown for full contact tracing, especially after the Nizamuddin scare Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into a large cluster of novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) cases after a big religious congregation was held in mid-March by the Tablighi Jamaat at the Alami Markaz Banglewali Masjid. More than 400 people showing symptoms have been…

Coronavirus | India welcomes foreign contributions to PM-CARES

Coronavirus | India welcomes foreign contributions to PM-CARES

India welcomes foreign contributions to the PM-CARES fund to fight the threat posed by the novel coronavirus, a source said here on Wednesday. The official highlighted the shortage of ventilators and personal protective equipment for medical professionals, which needs to be addressed urgently.Coronavirus | Ramachandra Guha slams creation of PM CARES Fund “The pandemic is…

Coronavirus | India sees a sharp spike in infections

Coronavirus | India sees a sharp spike in infections

India reported three deaths and over 370 new cases on April 1 — the highest-ever single-day increase in its COVID-19 tally. This brought the total confirmed cases to 1,637 and took the death toll to 38. One hundred and thirty two persons have been cured/discharged from hospitals after recovery, the Union Health Ministry said at…

Coronavirus | Delhi Police to track phones of people under quarantine

Coronavirus | Delhi Police to track phones of people under quarantine

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday announced that the mobile phones of all those who have been asked to home quarantine themselves will be tracked by the Delhi Police to keep a check on their movement.Several other countries have used this technology to contain the spread of COVID-19, and that tracking mobile phones was one…

Coronavirus | Lockdown’s impact can be gauged only after two weeks, say experts

Coronavirus | Lockdown’s impact can be gauged only after two weeks, say experts

The impact of the lockdown could be gauged only after two weeks, government as well as independent experts suggest.On the evening of March 24, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide 21-day lockdown to arrest “community transmission” of the coronavirus. Between March 24 and April 1, the number of COVID-19 positive cases has more than…

Coronavirus | 110 new cases from Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat event in Tamil Nadu

Coronavirus | 110 new cases from Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat event in Tamil Nadu

Coimbatore Corporation workers check houses in the city’s Ukkadam area on April 1, 2020. Photo: Special Arrangement   No Stage-3 transmission, says the State Health Secretary Beela Rajesh. Tamil Nadu’s tally of confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases crossed the 200-mark on Wednesday. With 110 more persons who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference at Nizamuddin in…

Coronavirus | Tablighi Jamaat headquarters cleared

Coronavirus | Tablighi Jamaat headquarters cleared

All occupants of the Tablighi Jamaat headquarters, at the centre of an extensive net of the novel coronavirus transmission, were evacuated by early Wednesday, even as the authorities scrambled to identify and quarantine visitors who had returned home to various parts of the country.At least 29 more occupants tested positive on Wednesday, taking the total…

China ignores Pakistan’s call for urgent consideration of J&K situation at UNSC

China ignores Pakistan’s call for urgent consideration of J&K situation at UNSC

NEW DELHI: As president of the UN Security Council in March, and in a sharp departure from its position earlier, China ignored a plea by Pakistan for “urgent and appropriate” consideration of what the latter described as grave developments in Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The significance of China’s action, or inaction, while holding the UNSC…

It’s literally a war on virus (the new terror) in America

It’s literally a war on virus (the new terror) in America

A woman jogs through a mostly empty Meridian Hill Park on April 1, 2020 in Washington, DC (AFP)WASHINGTON: The United States is gearing up literally on a war-footing to take on the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump warned of a “very, very painful” two weeks ahead while conceding that up to 240,000 Americans could…

Coronavirus in Mumbai: 56-year-old from Dharavi tests positive for Covid-19

Coronavirus in Mumbai: 56-year-old from Dharavi tests positive for Covid-19

A civic worker sprays disinfectant in front of a building in Dharavi where a man was found to be suffering fro…Read MoreMUMBAI: A 56-year-old man from Dharavi, who was tested positive for coronavirus infection, died during treatment at Sion Hospital on Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the test reports of the patient had confirmed that…

Wimbledon cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

Wimbledon cancelled in 2020 due to coronavirus pandemic

LONDON: The Wimbledon championships were cancelled for the first time since World War II on Wednesday as the coronavirus pandemic struck another blue-riband sports event off the calendar and wiped out the entire tennis grass-court season. While the decision had looked inevitable for some time, since the virtual shutdown of world sport and the postponement…

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

Coronavirus roundup: Developments in India and rest of world

TIMESOFINDIA.COM | Updated: Apr 1, 2020, 21:16 ISTNEW DELHI: With as many as 376 new cases of COVID-19 reported in the last 24 hours, the Union health ministry on Wednesday said the spike was “not a national trend” and was primarily due to travel by those who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation. The health…

J&K parties slam Centre’s new domicile rules

J&K parties slam Centre’s new domicile rules

SRINAGAR: Political parties in the valley on Wednesday criticised the Centre’s new domicile rules for Jammu and Kashmir, saying it was adding insult to injury of the people as there were none of the promised protections. While the National Conference termed the new rules as hollow, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the rules will…

Sensex plunges 1,203 points to close at 28,265; Nifty ends below 8,300

Sensex plunges 1,203 points to close at 28,265; Nifty ends below 8,300

NEW DELHI: Equity indices witnessed a sharp decline with the benchmark BSE sensex falling over 1,200 points, dragged by IT and banking stocks, on the first trading day of the new financial year 2020-21 (FY21). The 30-share BSE index plunged 1,203 points or 4.08 per cent to close at 28,265 on Wednesday; while the broader…

Wipro, Azim Premji Foundation commit Rs 1,125 crore to tackle Covid-19

Wipro, Azim Premji Foundation commit Rs 1,125 crore to tackle Covid-19

BENGALURU: Wipro Ltd, Wipro Enterprises Ltd and Azim Premji Foundation on Wednesday said they have together committed Rs 1,125 crore towards tackling the “unprecedented health and humanitarian crisis” arising from the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak. These resources will help enable the dedicated medical and service fraternity in the frontline of the battle against the pandemic and…

NSA Ajit Doval intervened to get Delhi’s Markaz premises vacated: Govt sources

NSA Ajit Doval intervened to get Delhi’s Markaz premises vacated: Govt sources

NEW DELHI: National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval had been in touch with representatives of the Jamaat in Nizamuddin to convince them to vacate the Markaz premises and get tested for COVID-19, claimed government sources. More than 2,000 people attended the congregation there. Read our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates”The…

RBI announces more measures to deal with Covid-19 pandemic

RBI announces more measures to deal with Covid-19 pandemic

NEW DELHI: The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Wednesday announced more measures to counter the economic fallout of the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic. In a notification, the central bank mentioned that it has extended the realisation period of export proceeds, increased WMA (Way and Means Advances) limit and implemented countercyclical capital buffer. Here are the…

Coronavirus latest updates: India reports 626 new cases in last three days

Coronavirus latest updates: India reports 626 new cases in last three days

NEW DELHI: In a massive surge in fresh cases led by 82 in Maharashtra and 57 in Tamil Nadu, 315 new coronavirus infections were reported in the country on Tuesday — nearly double the previous day’s number — taking the total number of cases detected in India galloping to 1,618. The number of deaths among…

Coronavirus: Trump warns US headed for ‘very, very painful two weeks’

Coronavirus: Trump warns US headed for ‘very, very painful two weeks’

WASHINGTON: President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned of a “very painful” two weeks as the United States wrestles with a coronavirus surge that the White House warns could kill as many as 240,000 Americans. “This is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks,” Trump told a press conference at the…

Tablighi Jamaat meet: 250+ foreigners under watch as 20 test positive in past 10 days

Tablighi Jamaat meet: 250+ foreigners under watch as 20 test positive in past 10 days

Over 250 foreign nationals have been quarantined or admitted to isolation wards in various states in India following the revelation that they had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregations in Delhi. At least 20 of these foreigners tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 10 days, including a 68-year-old Filipino who died in a Mumbai hospital…

Govt. jobs to be reserved only for domiciles of J&K, says Centre

Govt. jobs to be reserved only for domiciles of J&K, says Centre

A view of the Secretariat building in Srinagar.   | Photo Credit: NISSAR AHMAD Anyone who has resided for a period of 15 years in the UT of J&K or has studied for a period of seven years and appeared in Class 10th /12th examination will be deemed to be domicile After revoking the special…

A.P. Government defers salary payments

A.P. Government defers salary payments

Challenging times: Chief Minister Y.S. Jagan Mohan Reddy reviewing the COVID-19 situation at Tadepalli on Tuesday.   It is 100% for the CM, ministers, MLAs, MLCs and other top brass, partial for others With it’s revenue streams drying up due to the lockdown imposed to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and it’s containment measures entailing…

Coronavirus India lockdown day 8 updates | Positive cases cross 1500, death toll at 49

Coronavirus India lockdown day 8 updates | Positive cases cross 1500, death toll at 49

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.COVID-19 has claimed 49 lives in India as of March 31, according to data from…

Coronavirus | Southern States launch operation to identify Markaz delegates

Coronavirus | Southern States launch operation to identify Markaz delegates

Authorities in the southern States scrambled on Tuesday to identify the large number of people who had attended a congregation at the Markaz Nizamuddin, international headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi, and their contacts throughout their journeys.Coronavirus | Nizamuddin centre COVID-19 cases spark a controversyTamil Nadu appeared to have the largest number of delegates to…

Coronavirus | Deadliest day for Europe hotspots, as U.S. toll tops 3,600

Coronavirus | Deadliest day for Europe hotspots, as U.S. toll tops 3,600

Deaths from the coronavirus spiked in Europe on Tuesday with Spain, France and Britain reporting their highest daily tolls to date, as field hospitals shot up across New York, the epicentre of the U.S. outbreak bracing for dark times ahead.Also read | 13-year-old boy from the United Kingdom diesWith more than 40,000 killed by the…

Data | The Nizamuddin cluster and the coronavirus spread

Data | The Nizamuddin cluster and the coronavirus spread

In many COVID-19-affected nations, the case count started rising exponentially after health workers discovered a group of people who got infected at one place and mostly at the same time. Such groups are termed “clusters”.In South Korea, close to 56% of the infections emerged from a church frequented by an infected woman. In Singapore, a…

Tamil Nadu CM writes on how the State is stopping the pandemic in its tracks

Tamil Nadu CM writes on how the State is stopping the pandemic in its tracks

The COVID-19 pandemic has spread around the world — 204 countries/regions/territories so far. In India, the first case was reported from Kerala on January 30, 2020. The first case in Tamil Nadu was reported on March 7 —a person in Kancheepuram who had travelled abroad.Realising the nature of this virus quite early on and even…

Step up: On citizens’ responsibility during a pandemic

Step up: On citizens’ responsibility during a pandemic

Citizens must not hide their travel or contact history as authorities deal with the pandemic With any big crisis comes great responsibility. In this time of a pandemic, while there is extensive, proven value in adopting recommended personal hygiene standards, maintaining physical distance, and demanding the States and Centre provide adequate facilities for testing and…

Weaker, later: On Olympics postponement

Weaker, later: On Olympics postponement

The postponement is better than cancellation, but Olympics is not on anyone’s mind now Sport at its best is a glorious indulgence that blends adrenaline rush, exultant joy and mind-numbing grief both for the athlete and the expectant fan. However, in its worst form, sport is war minus the shooting while the cause of nationhood…

Coronavirus in India: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu lead spurt, 315 cases on Tuesday as total crosses 1600

Coronavirus in India: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu lead spurt, 315 cases on Tuesday as total crosses 1600

Medical team examine people in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, during the nationwide Lockdown, in Jaipur. (P…Read MoreNEW DELHI: In a massive surge in fresh cases led by 82 in Maharashtra and 57 in Tamil Nadu, 315 new coronavirus infections were reported in the country on Tuesday — nearly double the previous day’s number —…

Office sealed in noida after 13 employees, kin test positive for coronavirus

Office sealed in noida after 13 employees, kin test positive for coronavirus

Home / India News / Office sealed in noida after 13 employees, kin test positive for coronavirus According to the health department, last week, the company ‘Ceasefire’ was sanitised and locked but not sealed. On Tuesday afternoon, the company was sealed. india Updated: Apr 01, 2020 04:48 IST On Monday, former DM BN Singh had…

View: India is forced to implement all three strategies of combating the virus all at once

View: India is forced to implement all three strategies of combating the virus all at once

Thomas Hobson owned a stable of about 40 horses for hire in 17th-century Cambridge, but a customer who approached him for a horse could take either the one next to the door or nothing — this way, all horses got to be used, and not just the best animals. Hence the phrase, Hobson’s choice: there…

Nine coronavirus hotspots under scanner as COVID-19 cases rise across India, say sources

As the number of coronavirus COVID-19 cases surge in India, the government has identified a total of nine hotspots across the country where higher transmission has been detected, according to sources on Tuesday. The hotspots in India identified are–Ladakh, Saheed Bhagat Singh Nagar (Punjab), Dilshad Garden (Delhi), Nizamuddin (Delhi), Bhilwara (Rajasthan), Pune (Maharashtra), Mumbai (Maharashtra),…

‘Don’t bank on summer, remain alert’

‘Don’t bank on summer, remain alert’

WHO special envoy for Covid-19 David Nabarro tells TOI testing is key to fighting coronavirus, but adds that India is doing the right thing by using the lockdown period to enhance its capacity to break the chain of transmission. Excerpts:Q: Do you think the onset of summer will slow the spread of novel coronavirus in…

NREGS wages go up, thanks to inflation

NREGS wages go up, thanks to inflation

Representational photo.NEW DELHI: Thanks to inflation, the Centre has managed to stub the controversy of zero increase in employment wages under the flagship rural job guarantee programme, a source of raging row for last few years. As new rates come into force from Wednesday, the national average wage stands at Rs 202 per day, which…

New test kits likely in 2 months: ICMR

New test kits likely in 2 months: ICMR

NEW DELHI: India is likely to start manufacturing new serological diagnostic testing kits within the next two months as many advances have been made after the virus was isolated by research agencies, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said. More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown: What will stay open and what won’tHow to…

Govts race to curb spread as hundreds from Tablighi meet show symptoms

Govts race to curb spread as hundreds from Tablighi meet show symptoms

Government authorities are tackling a logistical nightmare as they try to map the movements of thousands of people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation end-February and early March in New Delhi and then dispersed, many carrying the novel coronavirus to states across the length and breadth of India. More on Covid-19Coronavirus pandemic: Complete Coverage21-day lockdown:…

Coronavirus in India: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu lead spurt, 315 cases on Tuesday as total crosses 1600

Coronavirus in India: Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu lead spurt, 315 cases on Tuesday as total crosses 1600

Medical team examine people in wake of the coronavirus pandemic, during the nationwide Lockdown, in Jaipur. (P…Read MoreNEW DELHI: In a massive surge in fresh cases led by 82 in Maharashtra and 57 in Tamil Nadu, 315 new coronavirus infections were reported in the country on Tuesday — nearly double the previous day’s number —…

Down 12,700 pts (31%), sensex has worst quarter

Down 12,700 pts (31%), sensex has worst quarter

Representational photo.MUMBAI: As the fears about the impact of the spread of Coronavirus weighed on investor sentiment globally, Dalal Street ended its worst quarter ever on a brighter note. On Tuesday, a strong rally in sensex heavyweight Reliance Industries, along with across the board short covering and index management by large funds on the last…

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…