Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates: Global Death Tally Nears 90,000 As 1.5 Million Battle COVID-19 Infection (Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter)
Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates: In an unprecedented development, major Indian cities began sealing the corona hotspots in a bid to curb the spread of the deadly virus. The sealing drive that began from Thursday saw localities in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh being completely locked down with zero movements. This is in addition to the ongoing national 21-day lockdown. Some states and cities have also made it compulsory for people to wear a mask in public places. In all likelihood, there are very high chances of the national lockdown to be extended after April 14. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had hinted towards an extension when he told the floor leaders during an all-party meeting that lifting the lockdown is not possible at the moment. Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had also said that almost 80 per cent of the political leadership was of the view that the extension of the lockdown is in the national interest. On the global level, the coronavirus pandemic has claimed 88,444 lives so far. According to Johns Hopkins University's live tracker, nearly 1.5 million people across the world are battling the COVID-19 infection. Here are the latest updates on coronavirus pandemic from India and around the globe:
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hails microbiologist who travelled 1,500 km from Hyderabad to Lucknow to help out in sample testing amid COVID-19 outbreak.
DHFL promoter Kapil Wadhawan, 22 others detained at Mahabaleshwar in Maharashtra for violating prohibitory orders on account of COVID-19: Official
3 cancer patients admitted at government run Delhi State Cancer Institute test positive for COVID-19: Official
Police in Amritsar prepared food for the needy and distributed among them amid lockdown, in wake of coronavirus outbreak.
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On PM Modi’s clarion call to fight the menace of COVID19, staff of the Intelligence Bureau have donated their one day salary (totalling Rs 3.5 crores) to PM-CARES Fund. Director IB handed over the cheque to Union Home Minister, Amit Shah earlier today: Home Ministry Office
With a view to further mitigate the hardships to taxpayers, CBDT provides clarification on orders u/s 119 of the Income - Tax Act, 1961 issued recently, relating to issue of certificates for lower deduction/collection of TDS/TCS: Income Tax India
Centre has granted exemption from Basic Customs Duty & Health cess, on the import of the following goods, with immediate effect - ventilators, Face masks, surgical masks, PPEs, COVID19 test kits,inputs for their manufacture. Exemption available upto 30th Sept 2020: Govt of India
A team of Chhatarpur Police and Chhattarpur Nagar Palika have been creating awareness among the people, regarding Coronavirus Lockdown, through patriotic songs.
#WATCH Madhya Pradesh: A team of Chhatarpur Police and Chhattarpur Nagar Palika have been creating awareness among the people, regarding #CoronavirusLockdown, through patriotic songs. Police personnel & local artists have been carrying out the drive together in the city. pic.twitter.com/vaymCaDOz2
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Uttarakhand government has announced a compensation of Rs 10 Lakhs each to the next of the kin of the govt officials, govt employees and all Corona warriors who may lose their lives while carrying out their duties during Coronavirus Pandemic: Uttarakhand Chief Minister's Office
80 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Rajasthan today. Total positive cases in the state stands at 463: Rajasthan Health Department
Coronavirus cases in national capital rise to 720; death toll mounts to 12
229 persons tested positive for coronavirus in Maharashtra on Thursday, tally jumps to 1,364: health official
Number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rises to 1,346 on Thursday, showing rise of 211 cases over previous day: health minister Rajesh Tope
Minister of Petroleum & Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan will join the summit of G20 Energy Ministers on 10th April through video conferencing.
A person from Dhubri, who was in contact with a positive patient (with Markaz linkage) from the same district, has been confirmed as COVID-19 positive. The total number of COVID-19 patients in Assam now stands at 29: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
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Madhya Pradesh government issues the list of COVID19 hotspots in 15 districts that will be sealed as a measure to contain the spread of COVID-19.
I think 68 people, including Markaz returnees, will be discharged after a final test if they test negative tomorrow: Telangana State Health Minister Eatala Rajendra
Cleaning community toilets in densely populated areas in Mumbai is a challenge as around 200 people use a toilet seat throughout the day. So, we are deploying fire brigade to sanitize such community toilets every hour with speed jet pumps: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh urges Central government to give tax sops, Rs one-lakh crore relief package to MSMEs
Sangrur: District Administration has set up a disinfectant tunnel along with hand-wash stations which have foot operated mechanism for hand washing and sensor based hand dryer outside their office complex, in wake of #coronavirus outbreak.
3 new COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Dharavi of Mumbai today. The total number of positive cases here rises to 17 (including 3 deaths): Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
14 out of total 25 COVID-19 positive patients in Sangli have recovered completely and have been discharged. Remaining 11 patients are stable and recovering: Maharashtra govt
Total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Himachal Pradesh stands at 28 (including 21 active cases, 2 cured people, 4 migrated people and 1 deaths): Department of Health & Family Welfare, Himachal Pradesh
Kerala Police launches sanitation bus to disinfect police personnel who are on duty during nationwide lockdown: Official
79 more COVID-19 positive cases reported in Mumbai today, taking the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the city to 775: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)
The return flight, LX147 from Delhi to Zurich, will depart 1.5 hours later at 1:35 AM local time the same day (April 10), carrying Swiss and other European nationals home.
Two coronavirus positive patients detected in Noida, one in Greater Noida; total cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar rise to 63: official
Top official, health worker at state-run hospital test positive in West Bengal
Delhi CM speaks on the incident where 2 female doctors of Safdarjung Hospital were allegedly assaulted by their neighbour in Gautam Nagar. Says, "I'd like to warn people who misbehave with doctors/nurses that it won't be tolerated. They'll be given strictest punishment."
Three more deaths have been reported in Pune today, taking the death toll in the city to 21: Health officials.
There are 134 active cases of COVID-19 in Haryana out of which 106 patients are linked to Tablighi Jamaat: Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij
Pastry shop owner in Delhi's Bengali Market booked after 35 workers found living in "unhygienic conditions" and not adhering to social distancing norms: Police
16 more COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, including 10 cases with close contact to other patients & three with travel history to Delhi. Total number of coronavirus cases in the state stands at 197: Karnataka Health Department
16 more #COVID19 cases reported in Karnataka in the last 24 hours, including 10 cases with close contact to other patients & three with travel history to Delhi. Total number of coronavirus cases in the state stands at 197: Karnataka Health Department pic.twitter.com/TQr6u0BZBb
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We are making all provisions to provide necessary items like milk, vegetables at the door steps of people living in the sealed areas. Entry & exit of vehicles & people have also been stopped in those areas. Police patrolling has been increased in those areas: UP DGP HC Awasthi
Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan wrote to PM Narendra Modi to draw his attention to the plight of Indian migrants in UAE. CM Pinarayi Vijayan requested the Prime Minister that this matter may be taken up with the UAE Government.
24 new COVID-19 cases detected in Jammu and Kashmir; total no. of cases in UT 184: Government spokesperson
Cellular Operators Association of India in a letter to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India says,"Expectation that the benefit (to customers in view of COVID-19) will be extended further, including to all the prepaid customers, who have the means to recharge, is not appropriate"
76-year-old man dies due to coronavirus in Jodhpur, 47 test positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan on Thursday: Official
62-year-old doctor dies due to COVID-19; Indore death toll 22: Official
Maharashtra Cabinet has approved a proposal for 30% salary cut for all state legislators for a year starting from this month (April).
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to hold a meeting with Medical Directors & Medical Superintendents of COVID-19 dedicated govt & private hospitals, via video-conferencing today. Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain, Chief Secretary Vijay Dev & Health Secretary will also attend.
Kerala DGP Loknath Behera today inaugurated a disinfectant bus in Trivandrum amid coronavirus outbreak. He says, "this vehicle will be useful for Police personnel, doctors, nurses & attendees of patients. We will launch this in other districts also."
Bangladesh has imposed a "complete lockdown" in Cox's Bazar district -- home to over a million Rohingya refugees from neighbouring Myanmar -- to halt the spread of coronavirus, officials said Thursday. Experts have warned that the disease could spread quickly through the cramped, sewage-soaked alleys where the persecuted Muslim minority are housed in canvas and bamboo shacks. No cases have been confirmed in the camps but one infection has been recorded nearby.
With 21 COVID-19 cases, Jawaharpur village of Dera Bassi in Punjab's Mohali district has become a new coronavirus hotspot, officials said on Thursday. Of the 36 COVID-19 casehali district, 21 have been reported from Jawaharpur village, they said. Health authorities in Mohali district have been conducting extensive tests of the contacts of COVID-19 patients. The district administration has completely sealed the entry points to the Jawaharpur village -- located near Delhi-Ambala national highway -- and deployed police personnel to stop the movement of people in and out of the village to contain the spread of the deadly disease, the officials said.
With the Ahmedabad civic body making public details of coronavirus patients "in larger interest" of citizens, an IT professional has developed an app using the Google Maps feature to provide the exact location of the patients so that people can stay away from such areas. With over 130 coronavirus cases reported from Ahmedabad so far, people here are using the new app to assess locations of such patients.
The Centre may soon announce another fiscal package which should be almost similar to the Rs 1.75 lakh crore stimulus announced last month, a report said on Thursday. The new package should focus on interest rate subventions to medium businesses, sops for the troubled realty sector and also state run banks' recapitalisation, Bank of America Securities said.
A three-man crew is set to travel to the International Space Station on Thursday, leaving behind a planet overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic. Anatoly Ivanishin and Ivan Vagner of Russia's Roscosmos space agency and NASA's Chris Cassidy will blast off at 08:05 GMT from Russia's Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, where COVID-19 has caused changes to pre-launch protocol.
A group of youths in Haryana's Panchkula district misbehaved with women health workers on Thursday when they were conducting a survey to find COVID-19 suspects in a residential colony, police said. An attempt was made to woman constable inside a house by an accused as the youths misbehaved with her too, leaving her injured, police said.
Two more COVID-19 cases were reported in Odisha on Thursday, taking the total number of people afflicted with the dreaded virus to 44 in the state so far, health department official said. A 51-year-old woman from Dhenkanal town tested positive for COVID-19 while an elderly man from West Bengal's Medinipur district was also diagnosed with the infection in Bhubaneswar, a senior official said.
The COVID-19 lockdown may have inflated the price of vegetables for the average Mumbaikar, but without access to large markets, vegetable farmers in neighbouring Thane district are forced to sell their produce at throwaway prices to agents and middlemen.
As the battle against the COVID-19 outbreak rages on, a woman in Uttarakhand donated all her personal savings of Rs 10 lakh to the PM CARES Fund to help the needy. Devki Bhandari, 60, handed a cheque to the authorities here on Wednesday. Touched by the gesture, Chief Minister Trivevdra Singh Rawat said she reminded him of mythological characters like Danveer Karna and Raja Bali, who were epitomes of generosity.
Pakistan on Thursday saw a jump of 248 new coronavirus cases, taking the tally to 4,322, as the authorities grappled to contain the fast-spreading disease despite over a two-week partial lockdown in the country. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 63 people have died due to the infection, including 5 in one day. A total of 572 people have recovered. Thirty one people are in critical condition.
A 48-year-old man died of coronavirus in Ahmedabad, taking the death toll due to the disease in Gujarat to 17, an official said on Thursday. The man was also suffering from co-morbid conditions, including high blood pressure, principal secretary, (health) Jayanti Ravi said. He died in the morning at SVP Hospital in Ahmedabad.
Authorities in Kashmir have intensified ground surveillance to track travellers, who hid their recent travel history, to contain the spread of coronavirus, even as restrictions on the movement of people across the valley remained in force for the 22nd consecutive day on Thursday, officials said. The tracking of those persons who have travel history but are absconding is being taken up on a war-footing basis, the officials said.
162 new COVID19 positive cases reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1297: Maharashtra Health Department
An 80-year-old woman, who was diagnosed with coronavirus after developing severe respiratory problems died of cardiac arrest in Gadag district early on Thursday, taking the toll in Karnataka to six, district officials said. According to a senior official in that district, the patient was admitted to a designated hospital a few days ago with severe respiratory problems.
The National Stock Exchange (NSE) has relaxed compliance requirements for brokers to submit reports pertaining to client funding and net worth certificates in the wake of prevailing coronavirus pandemic. However, the due date for submitting the quarterly report on incidence of cyber-attacks and threats will remain unchanged 15 days after the end of the quarter, NSE said in a circular.
US President Donald Trump has fired a fresh salvo at the World Health Organization, accusing its chief of siding with China and "politicising" the coronavirus pandemic while repeating his threat to freeze the UN agency's funding.
A 72-year-old man died of coronavirus in Bokaro district, the first COVID-19 death reported in Jharkhand, a health official said on Thursday. The patient died on Wednesday night, Bokaro District Chief Medical Officer Ashok Kumar Pathak said. The man was kept in the isolation ward of a hospital after he showed symptoms of the virus on April 5. He was later tested positive for COVID-19, he said.
From "GoCoronaGo" to "Sampark-o-Meter", the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore and four Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs) have developed several mobile applications to aid the fight against coronavirus in the country.
The number of Americans getting on airplanes has sunk to a level not seen in more than 60 years as people shelter in their homes to avoid catching or spreading the new coronavirus. The Transportation Security Administration screened fewer than 100,000 people on Tuesday, a drop of 95% from a year ago. The official tally of 97,130 people who passed through TSA checkpoints exaggerates the number of travellers if that is possible because it includes some airline crew members and people still working at shops inside airport security perimeters.
China has reported 63 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 61 imported ones, rasing concern of a second wave of infections as the country on Wednesday lifted more-than two-month lockdown of Wuhan, the origin point and epicentre for the COVID-19 pandemic, health officials said on Thursday. The Chinese health authority said on Thursday that two deaths were also reported taking the total death toll in the country to 3,335. The overall coronavirus cases have reached 81,865 in the country.
Taiwan's foreign ministry on Thursday strongly protested accusations from the head of the World Health Organization that it condoned racist personal attacks on him that he alleged were coming from the self-governing island democracy. The ministry expressed strong dissatisfaction and a high degree of regret, and raised the most solemn protest. Taiwan is a "mature, highly sophisticated nation and could never instigate personal attacks on the director-general of the WHO, much less express racist sentiments," the statement said.
Brazil's health minister said Wednesday that authorities should hold talks with drug gangs and militia groups in impoverished favela neighborhoods on how to contain the new coronavirus. Brazil, the country hardest hit by the pandemic in Latin America, is bracing for potential devastation if big outbreaks erupt in its favelas, crowded neighborhoods that often lack basic sanitation and health care infrastructure.
Long maligned as job-stealers and aspiring overlords, robots are being increasingly relied on as fast, efficient, contagion-proof champions in the war against the deadly coronavirus.
The Goa tourism industry can resume only after the lockdown is lifted and the coronavirus situation is completely under control in the country, state Ports Minister Michael Lobo has said. Mass gatherings should be discouraged in the state for next few months to contain the spread of the deadly viral infection, he told PTI on Wednesday.
France is to further extend its lockdown ordered to slow the spread of the coronavirus, with President Emmanuel Macron to again address the nation next week, the French presidency said Wednesday. The confinement order "will be extended" beyond its current limit of April 15, a presidential official told AFP, adding that Macron will address the nation on Monday evening to present the new decisions on the fight against the virus.
Some 16,500 Air Canada employees who were laid off because of the coronavirus pandemic will be rehired under a government relief package for businesses, the airline said Wednesday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced during his daily news conference that the program would now be open to companies that suffered a drop of more than 15 percent in their revenues in March, against 30 percent previously.
The virus-stricken Australian cruise ship Greg Mortimer will be allowed to dock in Montevideo and the passengers will be flown home, Uruguay's foreign ministry said Wednesday. The ship, with more than 100 infected people on board, is anchored some 24 kilometers (15 miles) offshore and will be allowed to dock on Friday. Passengers will be taken in buses to the city's international airport, officials told AFP.
Lockdown measures in China must be lifted gradually in order to prevent a "second wave" of COVID-19 infections, scientists warned Thursday as thousands in the outbreak city of Wuhan were finally allowed to travel. The strict social distancing measures, including a near 1l-week travel ban, appear to have paid off, and life is slowly getting back to normal in the megacity, even as the virus devastates Europe and the United States.
Hundreds of people in Miami who are out of work due to the coronavirus pandemic spent hours Wednesday waiting in line to fill out unemployment forms after the website they were posted on crashed. The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), which processes unemployment benefit applications, could not handle the surge on its website as panicked Floridians flocked to it amid the coronavirus-induced economic downturn.
The US authorised pharmacies on Wednesday to carry out tests for the coronavirus, including newly developed antibody tests that detect whether a person who has recovered from illness had COVID-19. Health secretary Alex Azar, announced that all tests approved by regulators could be carried out by pharmacies as the country seeks to ramp up its testing efforts.
The United States recorded nearly 2,000 novel coronavirus deaths for a second day in a row, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University as of 8:30 pm Wednesday (0030 GMT Thursday). The record-breaking figure of 1,973 deaths (slightly higher than the previous day's toll of 1,939) brings the total number of US fatalities to 14,695. The US death toll now exceeds that of Spain, which has suffered 14,555 deaths, but has not surpassed Italy, whose toll stands at 17,669.
Oil prices extended gains Thursday after Russia signalled it was ready to cut output before a key producers' meeting aimed at boosting energy markets as the coronavirus pandemic strangles demand. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate rose 4.6 per cent to USD 26.26 a barrel, while Brent crude, the international benchmark, jumped 2.7 per cent to USD 33.73.
Latest bulletin by the Union Health Ministry says that there has been an increase of 540 new COVID19 cases and 17 deaths in last 24 hours. As of now, India's total number of coronavirus positive cases rise to 5734 that includes 5095 active cases, 473 cured/discharged. 166 people have died due to COVID-19 infection in India as of Thursday morning.
According to Johns Hopkins University's live tracker, nearly 1.5 million people across the world are battling the COVID-19 infection.