Coronavirus has killed nearly 8,000 people globally and infected over 200,000 others. (Photo Credit: Pixabay)
The novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 169 on Thursday, according to the updates provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. On Thursday, 18 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country. The cases include 25 foreign nationals - 17 from Italy, 3 from the Philippines, two from the UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia and Singapore. The figure also includes three deaths reported from Delhi, Karnataka and Maharashtra so far.
"The total number of active COVID 2019 cases across India stands at 151 so far," a health ministry official said, adding that 15 others have been either cured, discharged or migrated while three have died.
On Wednesday, Indian army reported its first case as a 34-year-old soldier of Ladakh Scout regiment tested positive, prompting the force to strengthen its check and prevention mechanism and suspend war games and training activities. The total number of Indians infected by coronavirus abroad stands at 276 -- 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy, and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.
Meanwhile, Italy reported 475 new deaths from the novel coronavirus on Wednesday- the highest single-day official toll of any nation since the first case was detected in China late last year. The previous record high of 368 deaths was also recorded in Italy, on Sunday. Italy has now reported more than one-third of all the deaths officially attributed to Covid-19 across the world. China on Thursday reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus for the first time since it started recording them in January, but recorded a spike in infections imported from abroad. However, there were 34 cases that were brought in from abroad, the biggest daily increase in two weeks, according to the National Health Commission.
The novel coronavirus has killed nearly 8,000 people globally and infected over 200,000 others. (With agecny inputs)
Reasi District Administration, Jammu & Kashmir: No public transport shall be allowed to ply in Reasi except vehicles carrying patients to hospitals and goods career vehicles carrying essentials commodities. #Coronavirus
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2020
Man riding motorcycle beaten up in Maharashtra's Kolhapur city for allegedly sneezing in public without covering his face with handkerchief. COVID-19
Tamil Nadu: Madurai's Meenakshi Amman Temple to be closed till 31st March due to coronavirus.
Meghalaya govt makes health check-ups at major entry points to state mandatory. COVID-19
4 more persons test positive for coronavirus in UP, total number of COVID19 cases in state now 19: Officials
We have decided to close restaurants in Delhi till March 31. Eating at restaurants will be prohibited but take away of foods or delivery of food will continue: Arvind Kejriwal
Vistara to temporarily suspend international operations from 23rd March to 15th April.
All state buses, Inter State Bus Terminals and metro trains are being disinfected on a daily basis. Private transport vehicles will also be disinfected at every bus depots from 10 am to 6 pm daily free of cost: Arvind Kejriwal.
Prime Minister Modi expressed gratitude to all those at the forefront of combating COVID-19 including the various State Governments, medical fraternity, paramedical staff, armed and paramilitary forces, those associated with the aviation sector, municipal staff and others.
Govt of India: State governments shall issue appropriate directions so that all citizens above 65 (other than for medical assistance) except for public representatives /govt servants/medical professionals are advised to remain at home.
Govt of India: All children below 10 should be advised to stay at home and not to venture out. Railways and civil aviation shall suspend all concessional travel except for students, patients and divyang category.
Government of India: State governments are being requested to enforce work for home for private sector employees except those working in emergency/essential services.
Gautam Budh Nagar CMO Anurag Bhargav: So far only 4 out of 225 people have tested positive for COVID19 in the district. Many isolation wards have been created.
Coronavirus: Delhi Police not to conduct drunken driving test unless someone is visibly drunk and driving recklessly, say officials
Coronavirus death toll hits 767 in Spain, 30 percent jump in 24 hours: AFP
Pakistan closes Wagha border with India for two weeks amid coronavirus scare.
Father Robinson, Delhi Catholic Church: Mass held on weekdays and Sunday's have been suspended till 31 March in wake of the #CoronavirusPandemic. We will live stream Mass on social media. All are requested to stay at their home and pray. pic.twitter.com/6tgyLHLHmC
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2020
IndiGo: Our flight IndiGo 6E 55 (Chandigarh to Dubai) stands cancelled till March 30 and flight IndiGo 6E 56 (Chandigarh to Dubai) stands cancelled till March 29 due to coronavirus outbreak.
Tamil Nadu: Chennai Police files case against 4 office bearers of Tamil Nadu Thowheed Jamath (TNTJ) and 2500 unknown persons who held a protest against CAA & NRC yesterday without permission and gathered against coronavirus alert by the state government.
Haryana: All farmers//vegetable markets shall remain closed till March 31 to avoid large gatherings in view of coronavirus, says Haryana State Agricultural Marketing Board in its order
Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh urges the Government of India to allow private hospitals and labs to conduct tests.
Section 144 (3) of CrPC Act has been imposed in Kodagu district of Karnataka in the interest of public safety till March 31. All hotels, lodges, resorts, and home-stays in the district will remain closed: Kodagu Deputy Commissioner
Central Railway Suburban update: 16 AC suburban services running on Transharbour line i.e. Thane-Vashi/Nerul/Panvel are cancelled from 20th March to 31st March, in the wake of Covid-19
SpiceJet: We are forced to temporarily suspend majority of our international operations from March 21 till April 30. We will resume the suspended flights as soon as the situation normalises.
50 percent of Group B and C employees are required to attend office every day, and the remaining 50 percent of staff should be instructed to work from home. Working hours of the employees should be altered: Union Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
Chief Ministers of all the states as well as State Health Ministers will talk to Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow at 4 pm, through video conferencing, says Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope
Authorities have quarantined 78 people in Srinagar who arrived from Leh on suspicion of coronavirus infection. (PTI)
The sample of a 72-year-old man, who returned from Germany via Italy a fortnight ago and died at a hospital in Punjab's Nawanshahr district, has tested positive for novel coronavirus, senior officials say. (PTI)
Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram calls for an immediate lockdown of all towns and cities for 2-4 weeks to contain the spread of coronavirus. (PTI)
Chorus for high-speed internet grows in Jammu and Kashmir following detection of first case of coronavirus. (PTI)
India Ratings and Research (Ind-Ra) says the continued spread of Covid-19 would negatively impact the domestic auto industry in the near term since the Chinese city Wuhan -- the epicentre of the outbreak -- is a major manufacturing hub for automobile and auto parts. (PTI)
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) claims that all 128 COVID-19 tests it conducted on players, support staff, match officials, broadcasters and team owners in the PSL have come negative. (PTI)
The upscale Sunder Nagar market in South Delhi has been closed till March 31 in view of the coronavirus outbreak, the traders' body says. (PTI)
The Delhi government orders closure of all government and private schools in the national capital for teaching and non- teaching staff till March 31 in view of coronavirus. (PTI)
UGC tells universities to postpone exams, suspend evaluation work due to coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)
HCL Technologies statement: "One employee from our Noida office has tested positive for coronavirus while he was in self-isolation after his return from international travel. Our office is following all government and heath advisory protocols."
People should spend at least 15 minutes in the sun. The sunlight provides Vitamin D, improves immunity and also kills such coronavirus viruses, says Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey
#WATCH Union Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Ashwini Kumar Choubey: People should spend at least 15 minutes in the sun. The sunlight provides Vitamin D, improves immunity and also kills such (#Coronavirus) viruses. pic.twitter.com/F80PX6VOmy
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2020
Two more persons have tested positive for coronavirus in Lucknow, taking the total number of cases to 5. All the patients are stable: Sudhir Singh, COVID-19 isolation ward in-charge, King George's Medical University
Mumbai's 'Dabbawalas' have suspended their services from 20th March till 31st March
Maharashtra: Case registered against two doctors in Vasai and Nala Sopara for putting up hoardings outside their clinics, claiming to cure coronavirus. Further investigation underway. (ANI)
826 samples tested, none of them are positive so far: Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) tells ANI on random samples tested so far to rule out community transmission of COVID-19.
Karnataka: One person has been tested positive for COVID-19 in Kodagu today; he has travel history to Saudi Arabia. He is being treated in an isolated hospital, says Health Minister B Sriramulu.
RBI initiates 'Work From Home' for its central office staff In Mumbai from March 19 to March 31
ICSE board postpones class 10, 12 examinations due to coronavirus threat, reports PTI quoting officials
In view of the COVID-19 cases reported from Gautam Buddha Nagar, two new isolation wards will be set up at Asian Institute of Medical Science in Sector 40 and Mitra Hospital in Sector 35 in Noida: District Magistrate Gautam Buddha Nagar
Two women test positive for coronavirus in Mumbai on Thursday, total cases in Maharashtra now 47, reports PTI quoting officials.
Indian Railways cancel 84 more trains taking total number to 155. Trains to remain cancelled from March 20 to March 31 in view of coronavirus, reports PTI quoting officials
All India Trinamool Congress parliamentary party’s daily media briefings at the party office in the Parliament have been suspended from today, till 31st March.
According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rises to 166 - comprising 141 Indian nationals and 25 foreign nationals (as on 19.03.2020 at 09:00 AM). There has been 3 deaths in the country due to coronavirus so far.
Ministry of Health and Family Welfare: Total number of confirmed #COVID19 cases in India rises to 166 - comprising 141 Indian nationals and 25 foreign nationals. There has been 3 deaths in the country due to #Coronavirus so far. (as on 19.03.2020 at 09:00 AM) pic.twitter.com/wWhhZiq4kF
— ANI (@ANI) March 19, 2020
Tamil Nadu: 50 international flights and 34 domestic flights have been cancelled at Chennai Airport.
The Swiss firm Roche Diagnostics India received the license for conducting coronavirus tests after approval from drug regulator DCGI, making it the first private firm to get such permission after the government decided to allow accredited private labs to test for COVID-19, a senior health ministry official said. (PTI)
ICSE board exams have not been postponed, will be held as per schedule: Secretary Gerry Arathoon
CBSE has postponed class 10 and 12 board exams and said the examination will be rescheduled after March 31. The HRD Ministry's National Testing Agency (NTA) also postponed the Joint Entrance Exam (JEE-Main) for admission to IITs and engineering colleges.
Giving a state-wise break up of the confirmed COVID-19 cases, officials said Delhi has so far reported 10 cases which include one foreigner, while Uttar Pradesh has recorded 16 cases, including one foreigner.
Maharashtra has 42 cases, including three foreigners, while Kerala has recorded 27 cases which include two foreign nationals.
Karnataka has 11 coronavirus patients. The number of cases in Ladakh rose to eight and in Jammu and Kashmir three. Telangana has reported six cases which include two foreigners.
Rajasthan has also reported four cases, including that of two foreigners. Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha, Uttarakhand and Punjab have reported one case each.
In Haryana, there are 17 cases, which include fourteen foreigners. According to the ministry's data, 14 people have been discharged so far, including the three patients from Kerala who were discharged last month.
While there was no change in the health ministry data, Rajasthan and Jammu and Kashmir reported three cases and one case respectively late on Wednesday evening.
In India, the offcial tally of Covid-19 cases stood at 151 on Wednesday. These cases includes 25 foreign nationals -- 17 from Italy, 3 from Philippines, two from UK, one each belonging to Canada, Indonesia and Singapore -- and the three persons who died after getting the virus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation today at 8 pm, during which he will talk about issues relating to Covid-19 and the efforts to combat it.
Chandigarh has reported its first case of coronavirus. A 23-year-old woman has tested positive for Covid-19. She has travel history to the United Kingdom.
First Covid-19 related death recorded in Pakistan with a 50-year-old dying in Mardan district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said that there are total 2,382 COVID19 positive cases in the New York state, including 1,008 new cases.
China on Thursday reported no new domestic cases of the coronavirus for the first time since it started recording them in January, but recorded a spike in infections imported from abroad. There were 34 cases that were brought in from abroad, the biggest daily increase in two weeks, according to the National Health Commission.
According to AFP, total deaths in Italy have reached 2,978, more than half of all the cases recorded outside China, while the number of infections stood at 35,713. Two-thirds of the deaths - 1,959 in all - have been reported in the northern Lombardy region around Milan, the Italian financial and fashion capital. The neighbouring Emilia-Romagna region of Bologna has suffered a total of 458 fatalities, and Turin's Piedmont region has had 154 deaths. Rome's Lazio region has a toll of 32 deaths and 724 infections.