Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates: India Under 21-Day COVID-19 Lockdown, Confirmed Cases Climb Up To 560 (Photo Credit: PIB/Twitter)
Coronavirus Live Updates: The lockdown imposed by the Narendra Modi government has come into force. The 21-day 'tough' curfew has made the 1.3 billion Indians practice social distancing. As the number of cases continues to rise, the government is looking to curb the viral spread with the help of the lockdown. For the first time in the history of independent India, services such as railways, airlines and road transport have come to a screeching halt. Except for essential services, no commercial activity is allowed across India. Visuals from various cities showed grocery stores implementing social distancing with the help of boxes made on the ground with chalk powder. Authorities have told the local law enforcers to make sure that no citizen ventures out without a valid reason. Despite the directions by the home ministry, several e-commerce websites have either curtailed or suspended their services. The government has repeatedly assured the people that there is no shortage of essential items and no one should indulge in panic buying. As the nation stays home to fight coronavirus, here are latest and verified updates related to COVID-19 disease and other developments:
BJP meeting chaired by its chief J P Nadda decides that one crore party workers will provide meals to five poor persons each during lockdown.
British national given HIV antiretroviral drugs to treat his coronavirus infection now tests negative: docs at Ernakulam hospital
3 new positive cases of COVID19 in Tamil Nadu; an 18-yr-old male(a contact of 2nd patient at Rajiv Gandhi Govt Hospital), a 63-yr-old male with travel history to Dubai at Walajah Hospital & a 66-yr-old male (a contact of Thai nationals at IRTT, Perundurai): State Health Minister
In view of COVID19, it has been ordered to temporarily suspend the collection of toll at all toll plaza across India. This will not only reduce inconvenience to the supply of emergency services but also save critical time: Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways
Second death in Gujarat due to coronavirus. 85-year-old woman died in Ahmedabad. She had travelled abroad and after developing symptoms of COVID, she was admitted at Civil hospital on 22/03/20. She was suffering from many complications
Spain’s Deputy Prime Minister Carmen Calvo has tested positive for coronavirus, the Spanish government said on Wednesday: Reuters
Jammu & Kashmir: Lieutenant Governor, Girish Chandra Murmu today directed Labour and Employment Dept to release Rs 1000 to each of 3.50 lakh workers registered with Building & Other Construction Workers Welfare Board for purchase of ration during the 21 days lockdown period.
Maharashtra: Repeat samples of three people, admitted at Pune's Naidu Hospital, have tested negative for COVID-19. They will be discharged from the hospital following due process.
The entry of journalists in media gallery of Chhattisgarh state Assembly has been prohibited to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The information of the proceedings of the House will be given to them through a press release.
We are getting about 500 calls per day from French nationals stuck here. Around 11,500 French nationals are currently in India. Mission staff is working in full force through work from home, while the core team is operating out of the Embassy: French diplomatic sources
We are planning to send about 2,000 French tourists back to France who are currently stuck in India. We are also in talks with the Indian government to have special flights operated by Air France. We are working out the necessary approvals for the same: French diplomatic sources
First 2 COVID-19 cases in the state discharged from hospital after their full recovery from the disease, as confirmed by 2 successive negative samples during follow-up period. 2 people from Mumbai-Aurangabad were also discharged upon their recovery: Public Health Dept, Maharashtra
As per the Indian Council of Medical Research, more than 22 thousand six hundred samples from 21 thousand 804 individuals have been tested for COVID-19.
Total number of active #COVID19 cases so far in the country is 553. 43 cured/discharged/migrated cases & 10 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
Delhi High Court has decided to suspend the functioning of Delhi's all district courts till April 15, 2020 in wake of the government's decision whereby a nationwide lockdown has been declared for a period of 21 days.
126 people left from Dabolim, Goa today for Moscow (Russia) onboard a charter flight arranged by a large Russian tour operator to bring back its clients, due to the lockdown situation in India.
There have been 9 new COVID19 positive cases in Kerala today; 4 of them returned from Dubai, 1 from UK and 1 from France. The total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 118 in the state: Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.
People who buy from their local grocery shops - located in their neighborhood or colonies, don't need Curfew Passes. People don't need any Pass for walking up to their local grocery shops. You can buy vegetables, medicines, milk&other things from your local grocery shops: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal
In the last 24 hours, there have been 5 new COVID19 cases in Delhi. One of them has foreign travel history. Now, the total number of cases rises to 35 in Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal
51 FIRs registered and 335 persons have been arrested today, over charges of violation of the countrywide lockdown: Media Cell of Uttarakhand Police
Several families and parents have shared such videos of their children on social media, and I have watched some of them. I will try and share some of them with all of you, in a day or two: PM Modi
In this battle against COVID19, I noticed that our army of children are playing a major role. They are making their parents understand what to do and what not to do, how to wash hands and how not to follow wrong practices: PM Modi
Scientists in India and across the world are working on it, work is going on rapidly. If someone recommends you a medicine then kindly talk to your doctor first. Take a medicine only after consulting a doctor: PM Narendra Modi
You might have seen in news that how lives have been threatened in some countries of the world after people took medicines on their own. We should steer clear of all kinds of superstitions and rumours: PM Narendra Modi
You should not attempt to treat Coronavirus infection on your own. Stay at your home, do things only after consulting a doctor. Call them up, ask them, tell them your ailments. We will have to note that no vaccine has been developed for it so far, anywhere in the world: PM Modi
Healthcare professionals working in white uniforms in hospitals are like God for us today, they are saving us from the disease. They are saving us by risking their own lives: PM Modi
Whoever has the capability, take the pledge to take care of 9 families for 21 days, it will be a true 'Navratri'. Due to the lockdown, animals are also facing trouble. I appeal to people to take care of the animals around them: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
These days, people in hospitals are working for around 18 hours per day; people in healthcare sector are not getting more than 2-3 hours of sleep. Civil society ppl are working day in, day out to help poor. We should salute such people who are serving society in this critical hour: PM Modi
This country's common man believes in taking the right step at the right time. On 22 March, it was clearly seen how all the citizens supported Janata Curfew and then at 5 PM, expressed gratitude for the professionals fulfilling their duties in essential services: PM Modi
I have told Home Ministry & DGPs to take strict action against those who are not supporting or not co-operating with doctors, nurses and other professionals who are serving us in this critical time: PM Modi
I appeal to all the citizens, if you notice any incident where professionals, such as doctors and nurses, are ill-treated then you should take an initiative to make such people (those who are ill-treating healthcare professionals) understand that they are wrong: PM Narendra Modi
Mahabharat war was won in 18 days, this war the whole country is fighting against corona will take 21 days. Our aim is to win this war in 21 days: Prime Minister Narendra Modi
If you write 'Namaste' on this WhatsApp number, either in English or in Hindi, then you will get an immediate response: PM Narendra Modi
Govt has formed a help desk, in collaboration with WhatsApp, to seek correct information about Coronavirus. If you have access to WhatsApp you can use the number 9013151515 for the purpose: PM Narendra Modi.
PM Modi: At times, people don't pay attention to things which are important. The same is happening in India. I request people to understand facts¬ believe in rumours. COVID-19 doesn't discriminate between rich and poor. It will not spare anyone just because they perform yoga or exercise daily.
PM Modi: Today is the first day of Navratri, you all must be busy in performing rituals & offering prayers, but still you took out time for this interaction, I'm grateful to all of you. I pray to Goddess Shailputri to give us the strength to fight country's battle against Coronavirus
As the MP of Varanasi, I should have been among you in times like these. But you know the things which are going on in Delhi. Despite being busy here, I've been taking regular updates about Varanasi from my colleagues: PM Modi
I am saddened by the terror attack at the Gurudwara in Kabul. I express my condolences to the families of all the deceased: PM Narendra Modi in interaction with citizens of Varanasi.
Madhya Pradesh: The journalist's daughter who had returned from London on March 17, has also tested positive for the virus. Journalist's wife, son and domestic helpers have tested negative for the virus.
Madhya Pradesh: A journalist has been tested positive for Coronavirus in Bhopal, he was present during the recent floor test at state assembly & the press conference by former CM Kamal Nath, during which Nath announced his resignation.
Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik sanctions 4 month advance salary payment to health care personnel.
Production, distribution and sale of pan masala banned in the entire state until further orders: Government of Uttar Pradesh
In view of COVID19 outbreak, the first phase of Census 2021 and the updation of National Population Register (NPR) postponed until further orders: Ministry of Home Affairs
Next in line to the throne, Prince Charles has tested positive for COVID19: UK media
5 news cases of COVID-19 positive cases in Tamil Nadu.
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar briefs media on cabinet decisions.
A pastor with a travel history to Amsterdam in Netherlands has been tested positive for COVID19. He has been shifted to Zoram Medical College. This is the first case in Mizoram: R Lalthangliana, state Health Minister
Delhi govt orders strict action against landlords forcing healthcare professionals to vacate.
All government offices except those providing essential services closed till April 14: Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning), Jammu & Kashmir
Current count of COVID19 patients in Maharashtra is 116. In Sangli 5 people from one family are identified as positive due to contacts & 4 people from Mumbai are identified as positive due to travel history or contacts: Rajesh Tope, Maharashtra Heath Minister.
Indian Army Sources: Army Headquarters are closed today in view of the lockdown announcement by the Government. From tomorrow onwards, only 5-10 percent of essential staff to work for meeting the operational requirements.
Health officials, Police personnel, mediapersons, doctors, and medical staff (of Govt hospitals) to be given insurance, Chief Minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announces in assembly.
Armed forces to work beyond mandate to support nation in battling COVID-19: Gen Bipin Rawat
Indian Army Headquarters are closed today in view of the lockdown announcement by the Government. From tomorrow onwards, only 5-10 percent of essential staff to work for meeting the operational requirements, reports ANI
In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and the 21-day nationwide lockdown, thousands of migrant workers from Rajasthan working in different parts of Gujarat have started walking back to their native places in the absence of any transport facility. Gujarat Police have been trying to convince them to abide by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's appeal to avoid travelling.
Global death count reaches 18,923, the situation in Italy worsens, says Johns Hopkins tracker.
Armed forces to work beyond mandate to support nation, says Gen Bipin Rawat.
All those who are providing essential services and do not have IDs will be given e-passes. Helpline number to be issued by the evening, says Kejriwal
Police Commissioner has introduced a helpline number at his office, if you face any difficulty you can call at this number. The number is: 23469536, announces Kejriwal
We will ensure strict implementation of lockdown in Delhi, says LG Anil Baijal
All efforts being made to ensure that nobody sleeps hungry during Delhi lockdown. There will be difficulties, but we will fight it together, says Kejriwal.
'There is no need to panic. After PM Modi's speech yesterday people started lining up at shops for essential services. I again appeal to people to not do panic buying, I assure everyone that there will be no shortage of essential services, says Kejriwal
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and LG Anil Baijal hold digital press conference over corona lockdown.
The Centre has asked all states and Union Territories (UTs) not to obstruct or close food processing units, and maintain uninterrupted supply amid lockdown in the country due to coronavirus outbreak.
The world governing body of chess, FIDE, has postponed the Olympiad, scheduled for August 5-17 in Moscow, to 2021 owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
His much-awaited Olympic debut has been delayed by a year but star Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra is unfazed as he feels humanity needs to focus on the COVID-19 pandemic more than anything else right now.
US Senate, White House agree on a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue plan, reports AFP news agency
Citing the 21-day national lockdown announced by India and tough measures by other countries, a top American daily has called for similar steps in the US to combat the coronavirus pandemic as authorities expressed alarm over the sharply-growing number of confirmed cases that has crossed the 50,000-mark.
With various political parties, community clubs and NGOs having to stop organising blood donation camps due to the lockdown imposed in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, blood banks in West Bengal are facing an acute shortage of supply, officials said on Wednesday.
The latest samples of two coronavirus patients, taken after 14 days in isolation at a hospital Noida, were negative for COVID-19 and they could be discharged if the same result is seen in the final test to be done in two days, officials said on Wednesday. Gautam Buddh Nagar in Uttar Pradesh has so far recorded 11 positive cases of coronavirus, of which one person has already been discharged after treatment, district health officials said.
The curfew clamped in Punjab to check the spread of coronavirus was relaxed on Wednesday to let people buy essential commodities, officials said. In many parts of the state, the curfew was relaxed from 6 am to 9 am for buying milk, vegetables and fruits and then from 8 am to 11 am for purchasing groceries and medicines, they said.
Stock brokers and other personnel related to capital markets continued to face difficulties in commuting to their workplaces on Wednesday amid a 21-day nationwide lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus outbreak. This comes despite Sebi's last evening notification that stock brokers and other capitals, debt market related entities will be exempted from such closures.
277 evacuees from Iran arrived at Jodhpur Airport (from Delhi) today. A preliminary screening was conducted at the airport upon arrival and thereafter the evacuees were shifted to the Army Wellness Facility established in Jodhpur Military Station.
Three persons arrested for opening their shops near Cochin International Airport, reports ANI.
Three new coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Gujarat. 38 positive cases reported till date.
Delhi government has directed district administrations and police to take strict action against such landlords/house owners who are forcing doctors/paramedical staff/ health care personnel to vacate their rented residences.
Total number of positive cases in Maharashtra rise to 112.