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Coronavirus live updates: PM Modi speaks to Trump, says India-US to jointly fight Covid-19

The number of cases of the novel coronavirus across the globe crossed the 1.1 million mark as the global death toll topped 60,000. India has reported 3082 Covid-19 cases with 84 deaths, according to the Union health ministry.

07:35 PM

India’s death toll rises to 75, cases climb to 3,072

07:28 PM

52 new cases and four deaths in Mumbai today

07:23 PM

Global death toll crosses 60,000

07:10 PM

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Had an extensive telephone conversation with President @realDonaldTrump. We had a good discussion, and agreed to deploy the full strength of the India-US partnership to fight COVID-19.39.6KTwitter Ads info and privacy8,731 people are talking about this07:08 PM

Andhra Pradesh reports 26 more cases, state tally at 190

06:59 PM

Britain death toll rises to 4,313

06:58 PM

Free COVID-19 testing, treatment for Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries

Testing and treatment to be free of cost for Ayushman Bharat beneficiaries at private labs and empanelled hospitals06:51 PM

Low-cost indigenous swab for testing developed

A team of researchers has developed a low-cost indigenous prototype of polymer swab which can be used for collection of samples for coronavirus testing.06:30 PM

Delhi’s LNJP hospital to function as a dedicated COVID-19 facility

06:27 PM

74 new cases in Tamil Nadu, state total now 485

06:24 PM

Punjab’s plans


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I appeal to all elders to stay safe and stay indoors since they are at risk

– CM Kejriwal on coronavirus cases in Delhi05:55 PM

Eleven coronavirus patients in ICU in Delhi, five on ventilator

– Arvind Kejriwal05:53 PM

6 more test positive in Uttarakhand; total case count 22

In Uttarakhand, six more COVID19 cases have been reported today, taking total number of cases to 22: State Health Department05:45 PM

UP’s coronavirus count rises to 227 with 94 linked to Tablighi Jamaat

  • The number of coronavirus cases in Uttar Pradesh rose to 227 on Saturday with 94 cases linked to the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi.
  • Of these, 21 have fully recovered while others are undergoing treatment at hospitals, Principal Secretary (Medical and Health) Amit Mohan Prasad said.
  • The state’s count on Friday was 174 and two people — one each in Basti and Meerut — have died.
  • There has been a steep rise in the cases in the past two days, primarily because of a number of those linked to the Jamaat testing positive, Prasad said, adding that the number of districts affected by the virus has also gone up to 27.

05:44 PM

Six patients have died till now, out of these five were above 60

– CM Kejriwal on COVID-19 cases in Delhi05:42 PM

16 new cases reported in Karnataka, total cases rise to 144

  • COVID-19 cases reach 144 in Karnataka including four deaths & 11 discharged/cured people.
  • 16 new cases have been reported in the state today: Karnataka Health Department

05:39 PM

18 more test positive in Haryana today, total active cases 48

  • 18 more COVID19 cases reported in Haryana today (13 in Palwal, 1 in Kaithal and 2 each in Gurugram & Bhiwani), taking the total number of active cases in the state to 48.
  • 14 people have been cured/discharged from hospitals: Haryana Health Department

05:33 PM

One more tests positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, total count 31

  • A 37-year-old man from Gaya district, whose wife had recently tested positive for COVID- 19, was also found to have contracted the disease, taking the total number of cases in Bihar to 31, officials said on Saturday.
  • The test reports of the man, who along with his wife was placed under quarantine at a hospital in the central Bihar town, arrived on Friday night, according to Gaya District Magistrate Abhishek Singh.
  • Samples of other members of the man’s family were also sent for examination, and results of these turned out to be negative.
  • Of the 31 cases reported from the state so far, one person has died and three have recovered.

05:31 PM

Since March, 75,000 masks stitched by Tihar, Mandoli jail inmates

Prisoners at Tihar and Mandoli jails have stitched 75,000 face masks since March for traffic police, prisons’ inmates and for organisations that placed orders in wake of coronavirus outbreak: Officials05:28 PM

Telangana official tests positive for COVID-19, booked for cover-up

  • A COVID-19 positive state government official has been booked for not disclosing his attendance at the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month, police said on Saturday.
  • The official is currently undergoing treatment in the state-run Gandhi Hospital, Jangoan police inspector D Mallesh said, adding, the case was booked on Friday.
  • The man, working in the District Rural Development Agency (DRDA) of Jangoan, participated in the religious congregation in Delhi on March 15 without permission or leave and returned three days later.

05:24 PM

Swiss coronavirus death toll rises to 540, confirmed cases top 20,00

05:22 PM

Since March, 75,000 masks stitched by Tihar, Mandoli jail inmates

  • Prisoners at the Tihar and Mandoli jails here have stitched 75,000 face masks since March for the traffic police, the prisons’ inmates and for organisations that placed orders in the wake of novel coronavirus pandemic, prison department officials said.
  • The department has also produced 750 litres of sanitiser, they said.
  • “The masks are being prepared at the Tihar and Mandoli jails. These masks are also being supplied to the Rohini jail. We are preparing masks majorly for our own use and are also supplying them to different organisations as per their requirement,” Director General for Prisons Sandeep Goel said.
  • “The Delhi Traffic Police approached us and we gave them 3,000 masks last week,” he said.

05:20 PM

PM Modi to interact with floor leaders of political parties (who have more than 5 MPs in Parliament) through video conferencing on 8th April at 11 am

– Union Minister Pralhad Joshi05:19 PM

Two more, who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi, test positive in Bharatpur

21 people have tested positive in Rajasthan today out of which 10 are linked to Tablighi Jamaat. Total cases stand at 200: State Health Department05:17 PM

From 23rd March to 3rd April 2020, Railways has transported more than 2.5 lakh wagons of coal and 17,742 wagons of petroleum products

– Ministry of Railways05:16 PM

US Tennis Association says best to not play now

  • The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In a posting on its website, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis.
  • The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there have not been specific studies about tennis and the COVID-19 illness.
  • But there is “the possibility” that germs could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.

05:14 PM

MP: Tablighi Jamaat event attendee, student test positive

  • Two people, one of whom attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in New Delhi’s Nizamuddin area last month, tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday in Khargone in Madhya Pradesh, health officials said.
  • The number of COVID-19 patients in the district now stands at three, one of whom, a 65-year-old, had died in Indore last week, they said.
  • “A 49-year-old man from here who had gone to South Africa and then flown to Delhi to attend the Tablighi Jamaat event has tested positive on Saturday. He is a resident of Sahkar Nagar here and had returned to Khargone on March 19,” said Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO) Rajni Dabar.

05:06 PM

8 hospitals earmarked in 4 Konkan districts

  • Eight hospitals with 745 beds in four districts of Maharashtra’s Konkan division have been earmarked as facilities to treat COVID-19 patient, officials said here on Saturday.
  • These hospitals are in Thane, Raigad, Ratnagiri, and Sindhudurg, they said.
  • “These comprise four hospitals with 420 beds in total in Thane, one hospital with 100 beds in Raigad, one hospital with 75 beds in Sindhudurg and two hospitals with 150 beds in Ratnagiri,” an official said.

05:01 PM

Indonesia covers up to protect orangutans from virus threat

  • Poaching and habitat loss have decimated Indonesia’s orangutan population, but now coronavirus has emerged as another potential deadly threat to the critically endangered species.
  • While there have been no confirmed cases of transmission from humans to the fuzzy-haired apes, they share 97 percent of our DNA.
  • And staff at a rehabilitation centre in jungle-covered Borneo are not taking any chances.
  • The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation has closed its doors to visitors and told staff to step up precautions to avoid passing on infection, including by wearing masks and protective gloves.

04:57 PM

8 more COVID-19 cases detected in UP’s Gautam Buddha Nagar district, total rises to 55: Officials

Reports PTI04:56 PM

K’taka CM requests employers not to cut salaries of servants, drivers

  • Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has appealed to employers not to cut salaries of their maids, servants and drivers who are unable to attend work due to lockdown that has been enforced to check the spread of COVID-19.
  • He said the compassionate gesture of employers will support the poor and needy.
  • In a tweet, the Chief Minister said, “I request all the employers not to cut salaries of their maids, servants, drivers etc., who are not able to work due to social distancing.

04:53 PM

In govt hospitals, we have 1500 ventilators & arranging for further 2000 for other hospitals which are under Mahatma Jyotiba Phule

– Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope04:52 PM

Confirmed coronavirus deaths in Netherlands rise by 164 to 1,651

04:51 PM

We have stock of 25,000 Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), 25 lakh N95 masks & 25 lakh Triple-layer masks

– Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope04:49 PM

We’ve received 2000 rapid test kits & will start rapid tests from tomorrow. If a person tests positive in rapid test, we need to confirm it with PCR test

– State Health Minister KK Shailaja04:48 PM

9 labs are conducting polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests in Kerala

– State Health Minister KK Shailaja04:43 PM

Sale and use of chewing/bubble gum and similar products prohibited till 30th June in Himachal Pradesh

04:37 PM

Sourav Ganguly helps ISKCON feed 10,000 more people daily during lockdown period

  • BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Saturday extended a helping hand to ISKCON’s Kolkata centre, enabling them to feed 20,000 people, affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, every day.
  • The Kolkata ISKCON was feeding 10,000 people daily, before.
  • Wearing all protective gears such as mask and gloves, the former India captain visited the ISKCON city centre and promised support.

04:34 PM

A sanitising chamber for disinfecting people


Maharashtra: Pune Municipal Corporation has set up a sanitising chamber for disinfecting people at the entrance of Naidu Hospital, a dedicated hospital for viral diseases in Pune. #COVID19

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We are increasing our COVID-19 testing capacity progressively

– Health ministry official04:26 PM

Rigorous contact tracing is going on in 17 states that reported COVID-19 cases related to Tablighi Jamaat

– Health ministry official04:22 PM

Through a massive effort around 22,000 Tableeghi Jamaat workers and their contacts have been quarantined

– Punya Salila Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs04:18 PM

Condition of 58 COVID-19 patients is critical and they are in Kerala, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi

– Health ministry04:17 PM

Till now we have found cases related to Tableeghi Jamaat from 17 states, 1023 COVID-19 positive cases have been found to be linked to this event

– Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal04:17 PM

Out of the total cases in the country, around 30% are linked to one particular place

– Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry04:13 PM

Total 2902 confirmed cases of coronavirus in country out of which 601 have been reported in last 24 hours

– Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal04:12 PM

601 positive cases have been reported since yesterday

04:08 PM

Bengaluru airport’s gesture to needy during lockdown

  • The Bengaluru International Airport Limited, which managing the operations of Kempegowda International Airport, said on Saturday that it has launched called Namma Chethana, an initiative, to provide 3,500 meals along with a host of other corporates located on the airport premises.
  • “As a responsible corporate citizen, BIAL, working together with other corporates located on the BLR Airport campus HMS Host, Satis Dining, Taj Bangalore and TFS has launched a joint initiative to provide 3,500 meals each day for affected people amid the lockdown following the COVID-19 outbreak,” the BIAL said in a statement.

04:06 PM

Authorities take over 21 hotels to set up isolation wards in Muzaffarnagar

  • The authorities here have taken over 21 hotels for setting up isolation wards which can be used in an emergency situation due to COVID-19 pandemic, officials said on Saturday.
  • The hotels will be used as isolation wards and doctors, along with para-medical staff, will be deputed in the facilities, said Additional District Magistrate Amit Singh. He said food and other necessary items will be provided to those who are kept in isolation in these hotels.

03:57 PM

Environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal tests negative for coronavirus

  • Environmentalist Baba Balbir Singh Seechewal, who had gone into self-isolation after meeting Padma Shri Awardee Bhai Nirmal Singh Khalsa before he died of COVID-19, tested negative for coronavirus on Saturday, a senior Punjab government official said.
  • Khalsa, a former Hazoori Raagi, died on April 2, a day after he tested positive for the virus.
  • Special Chief Secretary KBS Sidhu informed in a tweet about the “Big Relief in Doaba Region”, saying Baba Seechewal and 16 others have tested negative.
  • Thanking the almighty and his followers, Baba Seechewal said in a video message he came into contact with Khalsa on March 13, after which he went into self-isolation.

03:56 PM

Odisha’s Transport Department launches online quiz competition on road safety to keep people engaged amid lockdown

03:55 PM

BMC denies reports that some of its employees are infected


Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) denies reports that some of its employees at Shatabdi Hospital, Kandivali have been infected with #COVID19. All the employees have tested negative and are on duty: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation #Maharashtra

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Delhi: 9th and 11th class students will be promoted on the basis of exams appeared and internal assessments

9th and 11th class students had an exam remaining which was cancelled due to lockdown. They will be promoted according to the results of the exams that had appeared in and their internal assessments.03:44 PM

Ministry of Power clarifies on apprehensions regarding instability in grid&voltage fluctuation

PM has appealed to voluntarily switch off lights between 9:00 p.m to 9:09 pm on April 5. Some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in grid&voltage fluctuation which may harm electrical appliances. These apprehensions are misplaced: Ministry of Power03:34 PM

About 30 held for violating distancing rule at mosques

  • At least three cases were registered across Kerala and nearly 30 people were arrested for violating lockdown protocol and crowding at various mosques in the state on Friday, police said.
  • Cases were registered at Kozhikode, Chavakkad in Thrissur district and Peringamala in Thiruvananthapuram for violating the lockdown.
  • “We have registered a case against 14 people for violating lockdown protocol and crowding at a masjid here for taking part in the prayers,” a senior police official told PTI.

03:27 PM

Spain says coronavirus deaths down for second straight day at 809

03:25 PM

BMC launches dedicated COVID-19 clinics in Mumbai

  • In a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in Mumbai, the local civic body has started ten COVID-19 clinics in the containment zones and densely- populated areas which are at the risk of rapid transmission, an official said on Saturday.
  • Screening for symptoms will be conducted in these clinics between 10 am and 1 pm every day, he said.

03:23 PM

Local industrialists in Gujarat have got successful in making ventilators in 10 days

– Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani COVID-1903:16 PM

PM directs officials to ensure sufficient availability of essential medical equipment

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday chaired a meeting of 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.
  • In a series of tweets, the Prime Minister’s Office said Modi reviewed the countrywide preparedness regarding the availability of hospitals, proper isolation, and quarantine facilities as well as disease surveillance, testing, and critical care training.

03:14 PM

Drones help cops nab over 40 violating social distancing rule

  • At least 41 people, who ventured out for a morning walk in a posh area here early Saturday morning, were caught on night vision cameras of a drone deployed by the city police to enforce social distancing to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus.
  • The violators were 39 men and two women, police said.
  • They were held for allegedly violating Section 144 of CrPC clamped in the district prohibiting assembly of more than four people, police said.

03:08 PM

This COVID19 virus sees no religion

– Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray03:07 PM

We didn’t let what happened in Delhi happen in Maharashtra. It(Tableeghi Jamaat event) was permitted earlier, but later looking at the situation we denied permission.

– Maha CM03:07 PM

Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai to ten COVID-19 screening clinics

Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai to start from today ten COVID-19 screening clinics in all containment zones and densely populated areas where the focal outbreak of COVID19 has been observed.02:53 PM

Hockey India donates Rs 75 lakhs more to PM-CARES Fund, golfer Anirban Lahiri pledges Rs 7 lakhs

02:52 PM

Another COVID-19 case reported in Bengal, count rises to 58

  • A person working at the Haldia Dock Complex of the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) has tested positive for novel coronavirus after returning from the Tablighi Jamaat gathering in Delhi, the KoPT said in a statement on Saturday.
  • The latest case has taken the total count of COVID-19 cases in West Bengal to 58.
  • “A person who is an employee of one of our contractors has tested positive for coronavirus in Haldia on April 2. He had returned from Nizamuddin on March 24. He might have visited the docks.

02:50 PM

Haryana Tourism Corporation provides boarding and lodging facilities to doctors

Haryana Tourism Corporation to provide boarding and lodging facilities at its resorts in the state to the doctors and paramedics working to fight COVID19. (ANI)02:49 PM

A coronavirus positive woman has given birth to a baby at the AIIMS in Delhi

The baby is “healthy and doing well as of now,” say doctors. (PTI)02:45 PM

We have 3000 ventilators available in the State. We have placed an order for more than 2000 ventilators

– Tamil Nadu Health Minister C Vijayabhaskar on COVID-19 situation02:43 PM

PM chaired a joint meeting of the Empowered Groups constituted for planning and ensuring the implementation of COVID-19 response activities

02:42 PM

It is to clarify that no plan regarding the resumption of passenger services has been issued: Railways

02:38 PM

Domestic cargo flights strengthen India’s fight against COVID-19

  • Railways on Saturday said no final decision has been taken yet on the restoration of train services and that a call on it would be taken in a few days.
  • The statement comes amidst railway zones preparing action plans to resume services from April 15 after passenger trains remained suspended for 21 days during the lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • “Train services will have to be resumed only on specific approval of each train from Railway Board. Suggestions for phase-wise planning should be given to Railway Board,” an official said Saturday.
  • This decision was taken in a video conference meeting of Railway Minister Piyush Goyal with the Chairman, Railway Board on Friday, officials said.

02:36 PM

No final decision on resumption of services yet: Rlys as zones prepare restoration plans

  • Railways on Saturday said no final decision has been taken yet on restoration of train services and that a call on it would be taken in a few days.
  • The statement comes amidst railway zones preparing action plans to resume services from April 15 after passenger trains remained suspended for 21 days during the lockdown in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • “Train services will have to be resumed only on specific approval of each train from Railway Board. Suggestions for phase wise planning should be given to Railway Board,” an official said Saturday.

02:35 PM

Musician Christopher Cross tests coronavirus positive

  • Five-time Grammy winner musician Christopher Cross has tested positive of the novel coronavirus.
  • The singer-songwriter shared the news in a lengthy Facebook post.
  • “I’m sorry to report that I am among the growing number of Americans who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Although I am fortunate enough to be cared for at home, this is possibly the worst illness I’ve ever had,” he wrote.
  • Cross urged his fans to take the global pandemic seriously.

02:34 PM

Lifting of lockdown after April 14 depends on people: Maha CM

02:33 PM

Lifting of lockdown after April 14 depends on people: Maha CM

02:25 PM

Stay Home, Save Life: Messages on road

02:20 PM

95 police officers, 46 medical staff died in fight against coronavirus in China: Media

  • Ninety-five Chinese police officers and 46 medical workers died in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, State-run media reported on Saturday, revealing for the first time the casualties of the frontline officials fighting the battle against the global health crisis.
  • The revelation of the casualties came as China on Saturday held a national memorial for the martyrs and victims of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • China has reported 81,639 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 3,326 deaths, majority of them from epicentre Hubei province and its capital Wuhan, where the deadly virus originated late last year.
  • As of Thursday, a total of 60 frontline police officers and 35 auxiliary police officers had sacrificed their lives at the frontline of the battle, official media here quoted the Chinese Ministry of Public Security.
  • As of March 15, at least 46 medical workers have sacrificed their lives during the battle by risking infection, over-work or accidents state-run Global Times reported.

02:15 PM

No COVID-19 patient in Karnataka is on the ventilator: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa

No COVID-19 patient in Karnataka is on the ventilator. There are enough Personal Protective Equipment kits in the State. We have placed an order for 9 lakhs PPE kits out of which 1 lakh have already been delivered: Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa (ANI)02:13 PM

Use soap to wash your hands and not alcohol-based sanitizers prior to lighting: Army

On 5th April, let us be careful while lighting diyas or candles. Use soap to wash your hands and not alcohol-based sanitizers prior to lighting: Indian Army (ANI)02:12 PM

On the lines of PM CARES, UP has set up a UP Covid Care Fund to deal with the Covid-19 crisis

  • UP CM Yogi Adityanath has appealed to all MLAs and MLCs to donate Rs 1 crore each along with a month’s salary to the fund.
  • The money collected will be directed towards creating more testing labs in medical colleges, isolation and quarantine wards, as well as towards the production of N95 masks and PPE.

02:09 PM

Central Warehousing Corp contributes Rs 5.65 cr to PM-CARES Fund

  • State-owned Central Warehousing Corporation (CWC) has contributed Rs 5.65 crore to the PM-CARES Fund for tackling the coronavirus outbreak.
  • CWC, a public sector unit (PSU) under the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution, has “contributed Rs 565.42 lakh (Rs 500 lakhs from CSR fund and employees’ voluntarily contribution of one day salary, Rs.65.42 lakhs) to the PM CARES Fund”, it said in a statement.
  • CWC has also deferred the storage tariff revision by three months till June to provide economic relief to its depositors, who are suffering from the financial stress caused by Covid-19.

02:06 PM

A 51-year-old COVID-19 positive patient, who attended the Tablighi Jamaat event, passed away in Tamil Nadu

here are 411 Coronavirus positive cases in the state, out of which 364 are Tablighi Jamaat attendees: State Health Department (ANI)02:04 PM

16 people (out of 56) have tested positive for Coronavirus in the district. All these people are related to Markaz Nizamuddin

– Dr Brahmdeep Singh, CMO, Palwal, Haryana02:03 PM

National power grid terms the 9 PM light-off event unprecedented, estimates 12.9 GW dip in demand

  • Reduction in power demand as a result of switching off lights at 9 pm for 9 minutes on Sunday will suddenly reduce power demand by 12,879 MW at a go, Power System Operation Corporation Ltd (POSOCO), the national power grid operator, has estimated in an advisory sent to regional grid control units.
  • In the advisory POSOCO said that unlike normal operation, this reduction in load of the order of 12-13 GW would happen in 2-4 minutes and recover nine minutes later within 2-4 minutes.
  • POSOCO has termed this event ‘unprecedented’ and said it will have to be handled through reduction in generation of hydro and gas resources.
  • According to the advisory, north will witness a 3,436 MW reduction demand, west will witness 3,686 MW reduction demand, south will see a 2,660 MW reduction demand.
  • Eastern region is expected to see a 2,511 mw fall, while north east will witness a 567 mw reduction in demand load.

01:58 PM

Helping Bihar’s migrant workers

01:54 PM

Hyundai commits support to central, state govts to fight Covid-19

  • Hyundai Motor India Foundation (HMIF), the CSR arm of Hyundai Motor India, on Saturday said it will contribute relief funds to the central and state governments to fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
  • The foundation said it is also preparing to provide the Indian medical fraternity with much needed protective and patient care equipment.
  • “In these challenging times, our global vision – ‘Progress for Humanity’, holds us firmly rooted to core values of community service,” Hyundai Motor India Ltd (HMIL) MD and CEO SS Kim said in a statement.
  • The company is committed to support India in this fight against the Covid-19 crisis and it is advancing its CSR initiatives that are aimed at enhancing support and care of society and communities, he added.

01:52 PM

CBDT issues notification easing process of issue of certificates for lower rate/nil deduction/collection of TDS or TCS with respect to FY 2019-20

01:49 PM

6 more test positive in MP; case count rises to 164

6 more persons have tested positive for Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh’s Bhopal, taking the total number of cases to 164 in the state: State Health Department01:46 PM

A 42-year-old man dies due to COVID-19 in Indore; state death toll reaches 10: Official

Reports PTI01:46 PM

State power utilities gear up for blackout on Sunday

  • State load dispatch centres and transmission utilities are gearing up to deal with the possibility of any adverse impact on the electricity grid on Sunday following the Prime Minister’s blackout appeal.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday urged people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday to display the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat the coronavirus.
  • There have been concerns that the blackout may impact the electricity grid due sudden drop in peak power demand, which was already down 25 per cent at 125.81 GW on April 2 compared to a year ago.

01:44 PM

3 more test coronavirus positive in Jammu and Kashmir, cases rise to 78

Reports PTI01:40 PM

WHO, IMF say saving lives ‘prerequisite’ to save jobs

  • The WHO and IMF chiefs insisted Friday that saving lives was a “prerequisite” to saving livelihoods in the coronavirus pandemic — a crisis they called “one of humanity’s darkest hours”.
  • World Health Organization director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and International Monetary Fund managing director Kristalina Georgieva said getting the COVID-19 virus under control first was necessary to revive economic activity — though they admitted it was difficult to strike the right balance.
  • The world economy has been pummelled by the virus and the associated lockdowns, with more than half the population of the planet under some kind of stay-at-home order to stem the spread of the pandemic. COVID-19 has killed more than 50,000 people, while more than a million have tested positive for the virus.

01:39 PM

Sikh community in Australia works tirelessly to deliver free meals to needy people

  • The Sikh community in Australia is working tirelessly to deliver free meals and groceries to people struggling with self-isolation and financial hardship amid the coronavirus crisis.
  • In a recent facebook advertisement, the Sikh Volunteers Australia (SVA) has called upon families in Victoria to reach out to the group for free meal deliveries.
  • From soup and pasta to rice and curries on the menu, the group, which has over a dozen of delivery vans and only 20 volunteers, deliver more than 800 meals a day.

01:36 PM

The list of Mumbai’s isolation facilities

01:33 PM

Andhra govt provides Rs 1000 each of financial assistance to Below Poverty Line(BPL) families

The government of Andhra Pradesh is providing Rs 1000 each of financial assistance to Below Poverty Line(BPL) families as a relief. This one-time relief of Rs 1000 is being given to 1.3 crore poor or needy and underprivileged families: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister’s Office. (ANI)01:30 PM

If you stay indoors right now, you are fighting the battle for your country: Cheteshwar Pujara

  • Batting long comes naturally to Cheteshwar Pujara and now he wants his fellow Indians to do the same by staying at home as “the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic can only be won by being indoors”.
  • Pujara was one of the elite Indian sportspersons who attended the video call held by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss ways to fight the coronavirus. The country is in the middle of a 21-day lockdown.
  • “The Prime Minister wanted us to pass on the fighting spirit of a sportsperson to the general public. Sportspersons do inspire to fight,” Pujara told PTI over phone from Rajkot, his hometown.

01:28 PM

Bihar police garlands lockdown violators

01:19 PM

First cases in 5 Rajasthan districts linked to Markaz

  • Rajasthan is grappling with the coronavirus challenge posed by the return of Tablighi Jamaat members from their congregation in Delhi with cases reported from new areas being linked to them, officials said on Saturday.
  • In at least five districts, the first cases can be traced either to Tablighi Jamaat members or their contacts, they said, adding positive cases related to the congregation are rising, and over 703 people are being monitored.
  • As many as 41 people who returned to the state after attending the Tablighi Jamaat’s Nizamuddin Markaz, or their contacts, have tested positive for the virus since Wednesday.
  • The state has so far reported a total of 198 coronavirus positive cases, according to officials.

01:16 PM

Maha HM Anil Deshmukh distributes personal protective equipment, masks and sanitizers to Mumbai police

01:13 PM

Priyanka Gandhi calls for large scale testing, says govt must act

  • Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Saturday said it is imperative for India to immediately ramp up its rate of testing for coronavirus and that the government must act now for the lockdown to yield results.
  • The Congress general secretary asserted that extremely valuable information about the severity of the disease, disease clusters and focal points is gained from testing.
  • “It is imperative that India immediately ramps up its rate of testing. Extremely valuable information about the severity of the disease, disease clusters and focal points is gained from testing,” she said in a tweet.

01:12 PM

Shah Rukh and Gauri Khan offer personal office space in Mumbai for quarantine amidst Coronavirus outbreak

01:09 PM

Bangladesh reports 2 more deaths, 9 more cases

01:08 PM

3 test positive in Nepal, 2 have travel history to India

3 fresh coronavirus cases reported in Nepal; Two people have travel history to India and one person is a relative of an earlier positive patient: Nepal Health Ministry01:03 PM

Use of masks will help in protecting community at large from COVID-19, says govt in advisory asking people to wear ‘homemade face covers’

01:03 PM

An employee of one of our contractors tested COVID19 positive day before yesterday in Haldia. He had returned from Nizamuddin on 24th Mar

– Kolkata Port Trust12:56 PM

16-year-old Tablighi Jamaat attendee test positive in Chhattisgarh

A 16-year-old Tablighi Jamaat (Delhi) attendee has tested positive for Coronavirus, in Chhattisgarh. He is one of the 16 attendees who had came to Korba from Maharashtra and were sent to quarantine by the district administration: Korba District Administration (ANI)12:55 PM

Government issues advisory asking people to wear ‘homemade face covers’ especially when they step out of their houses

Reports PTI12:54 PM

At the govt quarantine facility, there are 23 patients. We have a sufficient supply of PPE kits, sanitizers, and masks. We have a total of 115 ventilators

– Dr PN Biradar, Health officer, Hubli, Karnataka12:51 PM

Children, elderly contribute to relief efforts

  • Even as the country is ramping up its efforts to curb the spread of coronavirus, heartwarming stories of children and senior citizens wanting to do their bit have emerged in Madhya Pradesh.
  • While a 14-year-old boy in Bhind district donated Rs 2,280 from his piggy bank to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, a 63-year-old woman from Khilchipur town in Rajgarh, contributed her earnings to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund.
  • “Harsh, a resident of Halwai police station area of Bhind, donated Rs 2,280 from his piggy bank to the CM Relief Fund to help people affected by the COVID-19 lockdown,” Bhind’s district collector Chhotay Singh said in a tweet on Friday.
  • Senior citizens have also stepped in to help out in this time of crisis.

12:47 PM

Medics at Egypt’s main cancer center test positive for virus

  • At least 15 medics in Egypt’s main cancer hospital have been quarantined after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Saturday, raising fears the pandemic could prey on health facilities in the Arab world’s most populous country.
  • Egypt has reported around 1,000 confirmed cases and 66 fatalities from the global pandemic. Authorities have closed schools and mosques, banned public gatherings and imposed a nighttime curfew to prevent the virus from spreading among the population of 100 million, a fifth of whom live in the densely-populated capital, Cairo.
  • Dr. Hatem Abu el-Kassem, the director of the National Cancer Institute, said three doctors and 12 nurses tested positive for the virus. He said all other health workers at the facility, which treats hundreds of cancer patients every day, would be tested.
  • The institute will be partly closed for three days to be sterilized, with only the emergency ward remaining open.

12:44 PM

Pakistan records 2,700 coronavirus cases; Punjab crosses 1,000-mark

  • Pakistan’s coronavirus cases rose to 2,708 on Saturday with the number of patients in the Punjab province, which accounts for more than half of the country’s total population, crossing the 1,000-mark.
  • According to the National Health Services, COVID-19 has so far claimed 40 lives, while 130 patients have recovered.
  • Punjab — the hotspot of the viral infection in Pakistan — reported a total of 1,072 cases, followed by Sindh at 839, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 343, Balochistan 175, Gilgit-Baltistan 193, Islamabad 75 and 11 cases in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

12:37 PM

All you need to know about COVID-19 crisis

  • Nine of the 14 patients who had tested positive for coronavirus in Ladakh have been cured over the past 12 days, official says.
  • Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says it’s imperative for India to ramp up testing for coronavirus, and that the government must act now for the lockdown to yield results.
  • The New York State reports its highest number of 562 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, with a person dying almost every two-and-a-half minutes, as Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed redistribution of ventilators and protective gear to hospitals with greater need.
  • Six persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in UP’s Maharajganj.
  • UP’s Banda reports first coronavirus case as Jamaat returnee tests positive.
  • Railways says it has begun preparing to resume all its services from April 15 after a 21-day suspension of its passenger trains in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.
  • Expressing confidence that the US general election in November won’t be delayed by the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump vehemently opposes the idea of mail-in voting.
  • A 60-year-old coronavirus positive woman having no travel history died at a hospital in Rajasthan’s Bikaner on Saturday as the state reported 17 fresh positive cases, taking the tally to 196.
  • All the COVID-19 patients admitted to the Chest Diseases hospital here were responding well to the treatment, the hospital says.
  • Disney movies ‘Black Widow’ and ‘Mulan’ get new release dates.
  • The country’s COVID-19 death toll rises to 68 as the number of cases rises to 2,902.
  • Three Jamaat members, including two from Bangladesh, test corona positive in UP’s Shamli.
  • A 75-year-old man has succumbed to coronavirus in Karnataka’s Bagalkote, taking the death toll in the state to four.

12:31 PM

Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan and GB Pant hospitals to be converted into COVID-19 management center

The Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan and GB Pant hospitals will be converted into COVID19 management centers with a facility for 2000 patients at the same time: Dr JC Passi, Medical Director, Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan & GB Pant hospitals12:29 PM

Naidu urges Maha CM to help 60 AP fishermen stuck in Mumbai

  • Leader of Opposition in Andhra Pradesh Assembly, N Chandrababu Naidu, has urged Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray to provide relief to 60 fishermen from his state, who are stranded in Mumbai due to the lockdown.
  • Responding to his plea, Thackeray said the fishermen have been located and food supplies are being given to them.
  • Naidu had on Friday tweeted a copy of his letter to Thackeray, in which he informed the latter that 60 fishermen from Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh were stranded on Mumbai’s Madh Island.

12:25 PM

Govt puts curbs on export of diagnostic kits with immediate effect: Commerce ministry notification

12:22 PM

9 of 14 coronavirus patients cured in Ladakh

Reports PTI12:16 PM

Switching off lights could lead to grid collapse: Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut

  • Maharashtra Energy Minister Nitin Raut has expressed fear that switching off the lights simultaneously for nine minutes could lead to a multi-state grid collapse and result in the blackout in the entire country.
  • In his statement issued on Friday night, Raut has appealed to the people to keep the necessary lights on at home while igniting lamps and candles on Sunday, as asked by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to avoid this situation.
  • His statement came on the day Modi urged the people to switch off the lights at their homes and light up lamps, candles or mobile phone torches for nine minutes at 9 pm on Sunday to display the country’s “collective resolve” to defeat coronavirus.

12:13 PM

Police to issue passes for inter-district travel

  • In a major relief during the COVID-19 lockdown, the Maharashtra police will now issue passes for inter-district travel to people in need.
  • In an order issued on Friday, special Inspector General of Police (Spl IGP) Milind Bharambe directed all police units to issue inter-district travel passes to citizens who are in need.
  • The order also directed officials not to intercept vehicles transporting commodities and ensuring their smooth movement.

12:11 PM

Under Lifeline Udaan initiative, 107 flights operated till April 3 for transporting medical cargo of total 138.81 tonnes across the country

Reports ANI12:10 PM

16 coronavirus cases in AP, tally jumps to 180

12:01 PM

Maharashtra case count crosses 500-mark, reports 47 new cases

47 fresh Coronovirus positive cases reported in Maharashtra today- 28 in Mumbai, 15 in Thane district, 1 in Amravati, 2 in Pune and 1 in Pimpri Chinchwad; The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 537: Maharashtra Health Department (ANI)11:59 AM

Pakistan opens up construction sector

11:57 AM

One more test positive in North Lakhimpur District; Total cases in Assam 25

  • One more Covid_19 positive case from North Lakhimpur District has been confirmed, taking the total number in Assam to 25.
  • This patient is also related to the Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi: Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

11:55 AM

New York State records highest number of deaths in single day from COVID-19

  • The New York State reported its highest number of 562 COVID-19 deaths in a single day, with a person dying almost every two-and-a-half minutes, as Governor Andrew Cuomo allowed redistribution of ventilators and protective gear to hospitals with greater need.
  • Coronavirus cases in the state, the epicenter of the pandemic in the US, crossed 100,000 and it recorded the highest increase in the number of deaths from the virus in a single day between April 2 and 3, Cuomo said.
  • The death toll in the state now stands at 2,935, an increase of 562 deaths in just one day, Cuomo said.

11:53 AM

Railways carried 80 containers carrying wheat from Vallarpadam, Cochin Port in Kerala to Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu

11:47 AM

Andhra Pradesh records 16 new cases in 12 hrs

  • In the last 12 hours (till 1030hrs today), Andhra Pradesh has recorded 16 new COVID-19 cases-
  • 4-in Krishna
  • 4-Kadapa
  • 3-Guntur
  • 3-Kurnool
  • 1-Chittor
  • 1-Parakasam districts
  • The total positive cases in the state now stand at 180: Andhra Pradesh Health Department

11:45 AM

6 Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive in Maharajganj, UP

6 Tablighi Jamaat attendees (Delhi) have tested positive for Coronavirus in Maharajganj district. We received test reports of 17 out of 21 attendees who are placed under quarantine: Maharajganj District Magistrate, Ujjawal Kumar (ANI)11:41 AM

In the last two days, 600 people (related to Markaz Nizamuddin) in Delhi have been quarantined. We are trying to trace all contacts

– Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain11:35 AM

Delhi cases rise to 386; PPE kits in stock only for 2-3 days

Till now, there are 386 Coronavirus positive patients incl 259 from Markaz Nizamuddin; We have only 7000-8000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits left in our stock which will last 2-3 days. We’ve demanded 50,000 PPE kits on urgent basis: Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain (ANI)11:28 AM

Nestle announces Rs 15 crore grant

  • FMCG major Nestle India on Saturday announced an initial grant of Rs 15 crore for providing food and essential groceries to the needy amid the coronavirus lockdown.
  • It will also support the purchase of medical equipment for hospitals to fight against the Covid-19 outbreak, Nestle India said in a statement.
  • The company has already started with a contribution of Rs 1 crore to the Narayana Hrudayalaya Foundation for the purchase of ventilators for Delhi/NCR.

11:24 AM

108 members of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital staff quarantined

  • 108 members of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital staff including doctors and nurses have been quarantined after they came in contact with two patients who in their second test report were found positive for COVID19.
  • Of the 108; 85 are in-home quarantine and 23 in the hospital

11:20 AM

Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan meets officials at Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan hospital

11:18 AM

Netflix donates Rs 7.5 crore to help daily wage workers in India

  • Streaming platform Netflix on Saturday announced that it will contribute Rs 7.5 crore to Producers Guild of India (PGI) Relief Fund to help daily wage earners in the entertainment industry in the country.
  • This fund, which was set up last month by PGI, will provide emergency short term relief to thousands of daily wage earners in the Indian creative community, who have been directly impacted by the closure of film, TV and web productions in the country due to the coronavirus pandemic.

11:14 AM

AIIMS employees to donate one day’s salary to PM CARES Fund

Employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to donate one day’s salary to Prime Minister’s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) to fight COVID19. (ANI)11:12 AM

To fight fake news: Safdarjung hospital authorities to give details of all admins of WhatsApp groups to police

Delhi: To avoid the spread of fake news or rumors, Safdarjung hospital authorities to give names, mobile numbers, email ids of all admins of WhatsApp groups of the hospital to police.11:10 AM

Global companies pledge not to lay off staff

  • A number of global companies – most with a large presence in India have assured employees that there will be no or insignificant layoffs while the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown continue. Some have taken a 90-day no-layoff pledge.
  • Others have put a stop to all layoffs for this year. A few are protecting jobs by reducing fresh hiring. Among them are SAP, Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Palo Alto Networks, PayPal, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Bank of America and Booz Allen Hamilton.
  • A JP Morgan India spokesperson said the firm recognises its people are critical to its success. “That is why we are consciously making decisions designed to prevent any new layoffs as a result of Covid-19, including significantly reducing hiring — in many cases stopping it completely — and working with local governments and officials,” the spokesperson said.

11:08 AM

Gujarat reports 10 new cases, total case count 105, death toll at 10

With 10 new positive cases, the total number of cases goes up to 105 in Gujarat. Total death stands at 10 and 14 patients discharged so far. As of now, no patient is on the ventilator.11:06 AM

Amid outbreak, Health Ministry recommends homemade face masks

  • Amid rising cases of deadly coronavirus infections in India, the Union Health Ministry has recommended homemade face masks for the public at large. According to an advisory issued by health ministry people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover.
  • “Certain countries have claimed benefits of homemade face cover for the general public. Such a homemade face cover is a good method for maintaining personal hygiene. Such usage certainly will help in maintaining overall hygienic health conditions. Therefore, it is suggested that such people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover, particularly when they step out of their house. This will help in protecting the community at large,” it said.

11:02 AM

One more woman dies of COVID-19 in Ahmedabad; state death toll rises to 10: Official

Reports PTI11:02 AM

Yogi Adityanath orders manufacture of 66 crore triple layer special khadi masks

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued orders for the manufacture of 66 crore triple layer special masks made of ‘khadi’. These masks will be washable&reusable. The poor will get it free of cost and for others it will be sold at a nominal price: Uttar Pradesh Govt10:51 AM

Police to deliver FIRs at doorsteps of lockdown violators

  • In a drive against those who violate the nationwide lockdown in the district, police here will register cases against them and deliver copies of the FIRs at their homes, a senior official said on Saturday.
  • SSP Abhishek Yadav told reporters here that the violators will not be arrested during the first instance but police will arrest those found to be violating the lockdown for the second time.

10:45 AM

3 Jamaat members test corona positive in UP’s Shamli, 2 are from Bangladesh

  • Three Tablighi Jamaat members, including two Bangladeshis, have tested positive for novel coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli where they had gone after attending the Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi in mid-March, officials said on Saturday.
  • District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur said the three – the third is from Assam – were shifted to the isolation ward of a government hospital at Jhinjhana, Shamli, Friday evening after their test results returned positive.
  • The DM said that 13 Tablighi Jamaat members — 12 Bangladeshis and one Assamese — had arrived at Bhesani village, under Bhawan Police Station limits in Shamli, on March 17 for religious activities after attending Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz, which came to limelight after several coronavirus-related deaths and cases were traced there.

10:44 AM

Delhi govt to give Covid-19 info via chatbot

  • Delhi government on Friday launched a Covid-19 chatbot to provide information about the virus to the general public.
  • “WhatsApp number 8800007722 will provide you all information related to novel coronavirus. When you send a “Hi” on this number, a nine-point menu will appear. Information on signs and symptoms, measures taken by Delhi government to deal with the pandemic, among others, will be provided,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal.
  • The other information on the number includes how to keep the infection away, screening and testing facilities, helpline numbers, hunger relief, e-pass and frequently asked questions, besides an option to donate to CM Relief Fund.

10:40 AM

5 more test positive Rajasthan; total case count 196

5 more persons have tested positive for COVID19 in Rajasthan’s Jodhpur, taking the total number of cases to 196 in the state including 41 Tablighi Jamaat (Delhi) attendees: State Health Department (ANI)10:33 AM

China pauses in memory of virus victims and ‘martyrs’

  • China came to a standstill on Saturday to mourn patients and medical staff killed by the coronavirus, as the world’s most populous country observed a nationwide three-minute silence.
  • At 10 am (0200 GMT), citizens paused, cars, trains and ships sounded their horns, and air-raid sirens rang out in memory of the more than 3,000 lives claimed by the virus in China.
  • In Wuhan — the city where the virus first emerged late last year — sirens and horns sounded as people fell silent in the streets.
  • Staff at the Tongji Hospital stood outside with heads bowed towards the main building, some in the protective hazmat suits that have become a symbol of the crisis worldwide.

10:31 AM

Coronavirus cases in India: There has been a spike of 355 cases in the country in the last 12 hours

10:26 AM

12 Tablighi members from Bangladesh booked for Foreigners Act violation

  • An FIR has been registered against 12 Bangladesh citizens who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month and are now in administrative quarantine in UP’s Shamli district, police said on Saturday.
  • Two persons tested positive for COVID-19 Friday evening out of the dozen Bangladeshi nationals who have been quarantined in a college in Thana Bhawan town in Shamli district, they said.
  • They have all been booked for violation of the Foreigners Act, 1946 by the Thana Bhawan police station in the district, officials said.

10:25 AM

Figures in India as on 4 April, 9 AM

  • Active cases: 2,650
  • Cured/Discharged: 183
  • Migrated: 1
  • Deaths: 68

10:23 AM

One more tests coronavirus positive in Goa, tally now seven

  • With one more person testing coronavirus positive in Goa, the number of such patients in the state has climbed to seven in the state, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said here on Saturday.
  • The man from St Estevam village, 20 kms from Panaji, had recently returned from abroad, he said.
  • “After he showed symptoms of COVID-19, he approached the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and a test was conducted on him. His reports, which came late Friday night, confirmed that he is coronavirus positive,” Rane said.

10:21 AM

South Africa rolls out mobile testing in virus lockdown

  • South African public healthcare workers dispersed into the buzzing streets of Johannesburg’s Yeoville neighbourhood on Friday as Africa’s worst virus-hit country rolled out mass door-to-door testing for COVID-19.
  • Armed with screening questionnaires and testing kits, medics and volunteers set up their testing station on the front porch of a block of flats in the gritty business neighbourhood.
  • Nurse Xola Dlomo told AFP they were asking one resident to mobilise fellow flat dwellers to come for screening and tests.

10:19 AM

36-year-old COVID19 patient is latest casualty in Madhya Pradesh; case count 155

Madhya Pradesh: A 36-year-old COVID19 patient passes away in Chhindwara; Total number of positive cases in the state is 155, 9 deaths (ANI)10:17 AM

Death toll due to COVID-19 rises to 68 in India, number of cases increases to 2,902: Health Ministry

10:05 AM

Odisha trains 500 MBBS students to treat COVID-19 patients

  • Apart from setting up of three special COVID hospitals, the Odisha government has also kept 500 MBBS students trained to deal with the coronavirus pandemic.
  • As many as 500 MBBS students have been given COVID-19 online training as approved by Government of India, said Odisha governments COVID spokesperson Subroto Bagchi on Friday.
  • This apart, the state government has also kept in reserve some paramedics students like nurses to deal with the impending crisis due to sudden spike in COVID-19 cases.

10:02 AM

Americans told to wear masks over virus breathing spread fears

  • The US government has begun advising people to wear masks if they go outside, pointing to research that shows the coronavirus could be spread just by breathing.
  • The advice came as America logged another huge rise in its death toll — almost 1,500 in one day — and as new infections continued unabated.
  • It also came as China — the origin of the outbreak — held a national day of mourning for its citizens killed by the disease.

10:02 AM

Mizoram launches COVID-19 app, farmers helpline

  • To facilitate speedy dissemination of authenticated information related to the novel coronavirus, the Mizoram government has launched a comprehensive mobile app containing various information and updates on COVID-19.
  • State Information and Communication Technology (ICT) minister Robert Romawia Royte launched the mCOVID-19 mobile application on Friday.
  • Launching the new mobile app, Royte lauded the software engineers of the ICT department for developing such an innovative app within a short time.

09:59 AM

Falkland Islands confirm first coronavirus case

  • The Falklands Islands government has confirmed the territory’s first case of the new coronavirus.
  • A patient tested positive after being admitted to hospital with symptoms on March 31, according to a statement released on Friday that said they were in isolation and in “stable condition”.
  • Located in the southern Atlantic Ocean, the British overseas territory had been among a dwindling number of remote places that have reported no COVID-19 cases during the pandemic.

09:58 AM

112 French nationals airlifted by a special Air India flight to Paris,today morning

09:53 AM

A woman who was first to test coronavirus positive in Bhopal and her journalist father now test negative; discharged from hospital.

09:47 AM

U-17 Women’s Football World Cup to be held in India in November postponed, says FIFA

09:35 AM

25 more Coronavirus positive cases confirmed in Agra, taking the total number of cases to 45 in the district: Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh

09:34 AM

12 new cases in Rajasthan, total rises to 191

09:21 AM

Govt reserves jobs in J&K for domiciles; amends Apr 1 order after angry reax

  • The Central government has amended its two-day-old order 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 only.
  • However, following angry reactions from local political parties, an amended gazette notification — titled the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Adaptation of State Laws) Order-2020 — was put out on Friday night, reserving jobs for the domiciles of the UT, which was formed in October last year after the Centre withdrew the special status of the erstwhile state and announced its bifurcation.

09:19 AM

COVID-19: 70 train coaches to serve as isolation wards in Gujarat

  • Seventy coaches of trains are being converted into isolation wards for suspected COVID-19 patients in Ahmedabad Railway Division, an official said.
  • First such coach with all the necessary medical equipment has been readied and parked at Maninagar railway depot.Ahmedabad has been identified as one of the hotspots in terms of the spread of COVID-19.

08:59 AM

Dedicated COVID-19 facilities being prepared in 51 Armed Forces hospitals across country

  • Dedicated COVID-19 facilities including High Dependency Units and ICUs are being prepared in approximately 51 Armed Forces hospitals across the country, according to an official statement by the Indian Army on Friday.
  • Six quarantine facilities in Mumbai, Jaisalmer, Jodhpur, Hindon, Manesar and Chennai are being run by Armed Forces amid coronavirus outbreak.

08:58 AM

60-year-old coronavirus positive woman with no travel history dies in Bikaner hospital: Officials

08:52 AM

One more COVID-19 case in Goa, count reaches 7: Goa Health Minister

A person from Goa’s St. Estevam with a foreign travel history has tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of positive cases in Goa has climbed to seven, informed Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane on Saturday.07:41 AM

IIT Roorkee developed low-cost face shields for first line healthcare professionals

07:39 AM

4 new COVID-19 cases in Assam, state tally at 24: Himanta Biswa Sarma

07:39 AM

Woman in Hyderabad dies after showing symptoms of COVID-19: Hyberabad Police

  • A woman in Hyderabad died on March 1 after displaying the symptoms of the novel coronavirus confirmed Cyberabad Police CP Sajjanar.He told ANI, “Manikyam Aka Bharatamma expired on 1st March with COVID-19 symptoms.
  • I along with the medical department and revenue department visited this village. We are trying to track down the villagers who went to her shop. We have kept her family members in government quarantine”

07:07 AM

75-year old man in Karnataka succumbs to coronavirus; state death toll reaches four

  • A 75-year-old man has succumbed to coronavirus in Karnataka’s Bagalkote, taking the death toll in the state to four, officials said.
  • The victim, who was a trader and did not have any travel history, died on Friday.

06:44 AM

46 new COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan, state tally at 179

With 46 new coronavirus positive cases reported on Friday, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Rajasthan rose to 179, the state Health Department said.06:44 AM

Four more test positive for coronavirus in Visakhapatnam, state tally at 164

  • Four more cases of COVID-19 were reported from Visakhapatnam on Friday taking the state tally to 164.
  • The district administration said that many of the Visakhapatnam persons attended the Nizamuddin Markaz meeting in New Delhi. These four persons who tested positive also attended the Markaz meeting.

06:39 AM

East Coast Railway is converting 261 coaches into isolation wards

06:29 AM

Vistara continues to take bookings after April 15 until a new directive from Aviation Ministry

Vistara Airlines announced that they are taking flight bookings from April 15 onwards as of now, until a new directive from the Ministry of Civil Aviation is issued.06:29 AM

Trump promotes voluntary use of cloth masks against coronavirus

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Friday that the U.S. government is now recommending Americans wear cloth face coverings on a voluntary basis to stem the spread of the deadly coronavirus.06:29 AM

One COVID-19 positive case reported from Siwan, Bihar tally at 30

06:28 AM

Man who returned from Dubai infects 11 others with COVID-19 in MP

A man who had returned from Dubai on March 17 in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena to perform final rites of his deceased mother, has infected 11 persons with COVID-19. The man invited neighbours and his family members for the last rites ceremony of his deceased mother. He and his wife, both of whom later found to be positive for coronavirus.06:28 AM

Over 37,000 Americans stranded overseas repatriated till now: US official

The US has so far repatriated around 37,000 Americans stranded overseas due to the coronavirus pandemic and is planning to bring another 22,000 of its citizens, many of whom are in South Asia, especially India, a senior official has said.06:28 AM

Mainland China reports 19 new confirmed coronavirus cases

Mainland China reported on Saturday 19 new confirmed cases of coronavirus, down from 31 a day earlier, including one new infection in central Hubei province, the epicentre of the outbreak in the country.

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