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Coronavirus Outbreak March 26 Highlights: Death Count Rises To 16 In India, Positive Cases Soar To 694: Health Ministry

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Total Number Of Confirmed Cases In India Rise To 649

News Nation Bureau | Edited By : Surabhi Pandey | Updated on: 27 Mar 2020, 12:06:13 AM
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Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Total Number Of Confirmed Cases In India Rise To 649 (Photo Credit: IANS Photo)

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Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates: On Day 2 of the full lockdown, India recorded 649 cases of COVID-19 infections on Thursday. Both Central and state authorities have been trying to convince people about the supply of essential items, the ground reality quite different. There may have been fewer cases of people venturing out of their homes on the national level. The informal sector is the worst-hit in the current scenario. Several reports are coming from Rajasthan and Delhi-NCR, where jobless workers are travelling to their hometowns on foot. Around the world, the US has seen a massive rise in a number of confirmed cases. The death tally breached the 1,000-mark on Thursday. Spain has overtaken China in terms of COVID-19 deaths. Amid severe backlash,  China has been asking world leaders not to term the novel coronavirus as 'Chinese virus'. Catch up all latest, verified updated on coronavirus with News Nation's LIVE blog:

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One more COVID-19 positive case in Andhra Pradesh, taking total number of cases in state to 11. The latest person to have tested positive has history of travel to Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently admitted at Govt General Hospital in Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Health Department

35 private laboratories across the country have been given the green signal from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct COVID-19 tests.

COVID-19: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari donates 1 month's salary to PM Relief Fund

Local markets which earlier remained open from 7 am to 10 am, will now remain open till 1 pm in order to avoid rush for buying essential commodities: Uttarakhand Chief Minister's Office

5 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today in Rajasthan, taking the total positive cases in the state to 43: Rajasthan Health Department

Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 16 in India; cases soar to 694: Health ministry

Shops providing essential commodities will be allowed to stay open 24X7 in Maharashtra: CM Uddhav

Authorities in Punjab, Chandigarh say they have received curfew-pass requests from people for taking dog for walk, calling barber home.

33,000 people have volunteered to help govt in fight against coronavirus in Haryana: CM Manohar Lal Khattar.

Kerala govt's community kitchens become operational to deliver free food to migrant workers, elderly & those in home quarantine.

IIT-Guwahati found to be carrying out full-fledged construction work on campus defying the lockdown, prompting police to intervene & stop the activities: Officials

453 people arrested between 5 pm on 25th March and 5 pm today for deliberately violating coronavirus lockdown: Kolkata Police 

It has been decided that scheduled international commercial passenger services shall remain closed till 18:30 hrs (GMT) of April 14, 2020. This will not apply to approved international all-cargo operations & flights: Directorate General of Civil Aviation

The total number of cases in Punjab rise to 33, after 2 more people test positive for Coronavirus. Of the two, one person is from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and is a contact of another positive patient and the second case is from Jalandhar and the patient has a travel history. 

Two minors test positive for COVID-19 in Jammu and Kashmir, number of cases rise to 13

Haryana: Preparations for a wedding ceremony were stalled by the police in Fatehabad for violating Coronavirus Lockdown. "We have registered a report on this matter and are verifying facts", says Subhash Chandra, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Fatehabad.

Indian Air Force (IAF) has created 9 quarantine facilities of 200-300 personnel capacity each, at nodal IAF bases across the country. Command Hospital Air Force Bangalore (CHAFB) has been designated as the 1st laboratory in the IAF to undertake COVID19 testing: Indian Air Force

Government of India allows doorstep delivery of medicines/drugs to people in view of the COVID19 pandemic. Notification to be published soon in the Gazette of India.

Government of India allows doorstep delivery of medicines/drugs to people in view of the COVID19 pandemic. Notification to be published soon in the Gazette of India.

Odisha to set up the largest COVID19 hospital in the country. Will be a 1000 bed hospital and will be functional in a fortnight. 

Total number of Coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra rises to 125

A 42-year-old man in Nagpur tests positive for Coronavirus: Dr VD Paturkar, Civil Surgeon, Nagpur, Maharashtra

Karnataka: Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute in Bengaluru to be made COVID19 hospital. All OPDs, Casualty in the hospital to be closed down, and no patients except COVID19 to be admitted

Total number of positive cases of Coronavirus in the state now stands at 18 (2 cases in Faridabad, 10-Gurugram, 1-Palwal, 3-Panipat, 1-Panchkula and 1-Sonepat): Department of Health, Haryana Government

Rajasthan:Two more people test positive in the state, a 45-year-old man in Jaipur and a 35-year-old man from Jhunjhunu. Both have a foreign travel history. Contact tracing underway. The total number of cases in the state rises to 40.

Kerala State Civil Supplies Corporation (Supplyco) will start delivering essential food products online in Kochi from March 27 within 8 kms of Gandhi Nagar area. A contract has been signed with Zomato for the delivery: Ernakulam District Collector S Suhas

Three more persons have been tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of cases to 43 in Telangana. One person has been cured/discharged: State Health Department

This decision is going to benefit 4.8 crore workers: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

District Mineral Fund: Central Govt to request State Govts to use this fund to augment medical testing and screening and providing health attention, announces FM Sitharaman

Welfare for building and construction workers, registered 3.5 crore workers to be benefited, Central Govt has given orders to State Govts to use fund (Rs31,000 crore) to provide relief, announces FM Sitharaman

Govt ready to amend the regulation of EPF due to this pandemic so that workers can draw upto 75% non-refundable advance from credit in PF account or 3 months salary, whichever is lower: FM Sitharaman

Govt of India will pay the Employees' Provident Fund(EPF) contribution, both of employer and employee, put together it will be 24%, this will be for next 3 months.This is for those establishments which have upto 100 employees and 90% of them earn less that 15,000: FM Sitharaman

Madhya Pradesh Congress leader Kamal Nath writes to Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, urging him to immediately provide farmers with Rs 7500 each for two months as relief to them in wake of coronavirus lockdown

20 crore Jan Dhan Women account holders covered- Ex gratia amount of Rs 500 per month for the next three months, announces FM Sitharaman

Ujjawala scheme near 8.3 crore BPL families covered in this, so that no running short of cooking medium, for 3 months free cylinders, announces Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Self Help women groups (7 crore houses holds covered), collateral-free loans doubled to 20 Lakh, to increase money in hand, announces Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

Pradhan Mantri Gareeb Kalyan Ann Yojna(for next 3 months):80 cr poor ppl covered(2/3rd of India’s population), in addition to already allotted 5Kg of rice/wheat per person,an additional 5kg will be free. Additional 1kg pulse (acc to regional preference) will be given,announces FM 

DBT Cash transfers:1)Farmers,MGNREGA, Poor widows, Pensioners&divyangs covered 2) Jan Dhan Yojna accounts,Ujjwala scheme,Self help group women dealing with DDU livelihood missions,EPFO organised workers covered 3)Construction workers&district mineral workers covered,announces FM

Andhra Pradesh: Various employees associations announce to donate one day salary of their members to Chief Minister's Relief Fund in fight against COVID2019. The donations amount to Rs 100 crore.

Old age, Divyang, pensioners: 3 crore people covered, one-time amount of additional Rs 1000 in two installments through DBT (hence no middlemen) over 3 months to be given,announces FM Sitharaman

Wage increase in MGNREGA- 5 crore families benefited, an increase of Rs 2000 per worker on average as additional income, announces FM Sitharaman

8.69 crore farmers to be immediately benefited through Direct cash transfers. Installment of Rs 2000 in the first week of April will be transferred: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

A man has been tested positive for COVID19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He flew back from Chennai on March 24. Follow up action is being taken as per protocol: Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands

Tamil Nadu Police register 1434 cases against 8136 people for violating prohibitory orders under section 144 of CrPC. Eight people have been arrested & 12 cases lodged for spreading misinformation. Another six cases registered for violating home quarantine.

There will be Rs 50 lakh insurance per health care worker as a medical insurance cover for them for three months. Hopefully, we would be able to contain the virus in this period: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

A package is ready for the poor who need immediate help like migrant workers and urban and rural poor. No one will go hungry. The package is worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman 

A man has been tested positive for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He flew back from Chennai on March 24. Follow up action is being as per protocol, Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary of Andaman and Nicobar Islands was quoted as saying by news agency ANI. 

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar announces Rs 100-crore relief package for the poor in wake of coronavirus lockdown.

Appolo hospitals gets ICMR approvals to start COVID- 19 tests. To open isolation rooms from Saturday in five cities for COVID-19 cases.

MCX, ICEX to curtail trading hours for commodities to 5 pm from March 30-April 14. 

AIIMS has constituted a task force to develop management protocols for the coronavirus pandemic.

Palghar Police arrests a man for making a false claim of discovering corona medicine. 

Karnataka reports second Covid-19 death. The 75-year-old from Chikbalapur District had diabetes, hip fracture and heart pain.

No Friday prayers to be held in Kashmir tomorrow, announces Grand Mufti Nasir-ul-Islaam

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler is hoping for at least a curtailed IPL this season, aware that it would be difficult to conduct the "massive tournament" in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. The league was originally scheduled to start on March 29 in Mumbai but it was postponed to April 15 to contain the spread of the coronavirus, which has claimed more than 21,000 lives across the globe.

A ruling Congress legislator in Puducherry has been booked for allegedly violating lockdown rules and distributing dole to people at a village, Lt Governor Kiran Bedi said on Thursday.

Delhi Police issues directions to all Deputy Commissioners of Police, asking them to ensure hassle free movement of personnel and vehicles of e-retailers delivering essential services and goods.

Out of total 649 corona cases,  593 are active cases, 42  have been cured and 1 migrated to India. 13 deaths have been registered so far, the government data said. 

Board of Control for Cricket in India President Sourav Ganguly to donate Rs 50 lakh worth rice to the underprivileged amid lockdown. 

Vehicles transporting essential goods need no pass and they shall not be stopped from going to their destinations, says Gautam Budh Nagar District Magistrate BN Singh's order. 

Jana Sena chief Pawan Kalyan announces to donate Rs 1 crore to Prime Minister's National Relief Fund and Rs 50 lakh each to Andhra Pradesh and Telangana Chief Minister's Relief Fund in fight against coronavirus pandemic. 

People defy official instructions on social distancing at a Rythu Bazaar in Nandigama town of Krishna district as 21-day long nationwide lockdown enters Day 2. 

COVID-19 cases rise to six in Chhattisgarh, says Raipur AIIMS Director NM Nagarkar.

Delhi Police suspend a constable posted at Ranjit Nagar Police Station, Rajbir, for allegedly vandalizing vegetable shops during coronavirus lockdown.

A 65-year-old woman from Mumbai who tested positive for Coronavirus, passes away, cause of death yet to be ascertained, says Maharashtra Health Department.

The Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) has set up a control room to monitor in real-time the status of transportation and delivery of essential commodities amid the coronavirus lockdown in the country. It will also monitor difficulties being faced by various stakeholders during the lockdown period from March 25 to April 14.

With people across the country confined to their homes due to the 21-day lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus, the National Book Trust (NBT) is providing its select and best-selling titles for free download to encourage reading during the period.

Seeking immediate support from the government, Council of Leather Exports (CLE) on Thursday said shipment orders worth USD 1 billion (around Rs 7,600 crore) was cancelled in the last one week on account of coronavirus spread.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has gone up to 124 as two more persons tested coronavirus positive on Thursday, health officials said.

Researchers in the UK have designed a portable smartphone-based coronavirus testing kit which they say can provide results for COVD-19 in just 50 minutes after taking a throat swab.

India and the US are working together on combating the deadly coronavirus and collaboration is underway in the areas of diagnostics and therapeutics of the disease, which so far has taken the lives of more than 20,000 people globally, according to the Indian envoy.

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First Published : 26 Mar 2020, 10:52:33 AM

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