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Novel Coronavirus outbreak: All Updates

Live Blog: Novel Coronavirus outbreak: All Updates

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 10 Mar 2020, 11:34 am

The deadly Novel Coronavirus cases have already spread to more than 100 countries. The epicentre of the disease was Wuhan, a city of China. Follow the blog for all updates. 

LIVE Updates

People not taking lockdown seriously: PM Modi

23 Mar 2020, 10:49 am

A day after the "Janata Curfew" and hours before the lockdown in 75 districts across the country, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said people were not taking lockdown seriously. 

Modi tweeted, "People are not taking lockdown seriously even now. Please save yourself, save your family and follow the instructions properly. I request the state government to make people follow the rules and laws,"


Indian stock market: Trading halted after Sensex, NIFTY crash

23 Mar 2020, 10:46 am

The trading in Dalal Street was halted after BSE Sensex and NIFTY crashed in the opening hour amid the scare over Novel Coronavirus which has kept the world on edge.

The Sensex took a plunge by 2,991.85 points while NIFTY plummeted by 842.45 points.

The trading will resume after 10:58 am.

Please take lockdown seriously: Narendra Modi urges people

23 Mar 2020, 10:17 am

Indian PM Narendra Modi on Monday urged people to take lockdown seriously. 

He said it should be taken seriously by people to protect themselves.


Indo fusion violinist and vocalist Sunita Bhuyan pays tribute to Corona fighters in Mumbai's Churchgate

23 Mar 2020, 12:22 am

Thanksgiving Balcony concert for the #Corona fighters in our country and outside. Mozart & Bilaval #IndiaforCorona. With Ronojit Bhuyan on the piano. 

Three more positive cases in Kolkata

22 Mar 2020, 08:15 pm

Don't start celebrating after 9 pm tonight, people in lockdown areas should remain in their homes: PM

22 Mar 2020, 07:14 pm


Haryana Government has issued lockdown orders for 7 districts

22 Mar 2020, 07:04 pm


Delhi announces lockdown from Monday to Mar 31

22 Mar 2020, 06:50 pm

In a bid to fight against Coronavirus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said the national capital will remain under lockdown from 6 AM on Monday till Mar 31. 

Kejriwal said essential services will be available during this period.

"Extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures. Delhi will be under lockdown from tomorrow 6 AM until 31st March. Certain exceptions have been made to ensure essential items are available for purchase and basic services continue to operate," Kejriwal tweeted.


Indian President Kovind pays tribute to essential service providers

22 Mar 2020, 06:28 pm


India PM Thanks people to responding to his 5pm appeal

22 Mar 2020, 06:27 pm


Delhi government on Sunday announced imposition of Section 144 in the national capital from 2100 hrs till March 31 in view of the increasing rise of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) cases.

22 Mar 2020, 05:53 pm

India comes together to fight Coronavirus responding to PM's appeal, people clapped, blew conch shells and beat drums and utensils at 5 pm to cheer health workers and other risking their lives to serve

22 Mar 2020, 05:11 pm


Large number of households across India could be heard clapping, clanging utensils and ringing bells to show respect to those providing essential services amid COVID 19 outbreak

22 Mar 2020, 05:04 pm

COVID19 BREAKINGNEWS: West Bengal announces lockdown from Mar 23 to 27

22 Mar 2020, 04:58 pm

Kolkata/IBNS: The West Bengal government on Sunday annouced to lock down the state from March 23 at 4 pm to March 27 till 12 pm midnight, according to an ordere by the state's health department to combat coronavirus spread.

The operative part of the government order reads as below:


COVID 19: Areas in West Bengal to be under lockdown

22 Mar 2020, 04:30 pm

Kolkata to be put under lockdown soon: Reports

22 Mar 2020, 03:14 pm

West Bengal to put Kolkata and other corporation/municipality areas on lockdown. Order to be issued soon.

Covid-19 outbreak: India suspends all passenger train services till March 31

22 Mar 2020, 02:47 pm

As a precautionary measure against the spread of novel coronavirus which has already claimed six lives in India, country's rail ministry on Sunday declared to suspend all passenger train services till Mar 31 midnight.

India observes Janata Curfew

22 Mar 2020, 02:34 pm


India Banks Association appeals for going digital

22 Mar 2020, 02:30 pm


BREAKINGNEWS: India reports 6th case from Bihar, victim had returned to Munger from Kolkata

22 Mar 2020, 12:14 pm

India reports 6th Covid-19 death as a 38-year-old man from Munger in Bihar passed away yesterday due to kidney failure. He tested positive for Covid-19. He died yesterday at AIIMS in Patna. He had returned from Kolkata two days ago. He had travel history to Qatar.

India observes 'Janata Curfew' today in fight against Coronavirus menace

22 Mar 2020, 11:33 am

Millions of people in India are staying indoors on Sunday to observe the 'Janata Curfew' called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to combat the spread of Novel Coronavirus, which has so far claimed four lives and infected 324 across the country.

Hours before, the Janata curfew started from 7 AM on Sunday, PM Modi made an appeal to citizens to stay indoors and be healthy.


Deserted #Kolkata road as nation observes #janatacurfew (people’s lockdown) to thwart spread of #coronavirus

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"In a few minutes from now, the #JantaCurfew commences. Let us all be a part of this curfew, which will add tremendous strength to the fight against COVID-19 menace. The steps we take now will help in the times to come. Stay indoors and stay healthy. #IndiaFightsCorona," his tweet read.

India records fifth Coronavirus-related death from Mumbai

22 Mar 2020, 11:29 am

India on Sunday morning reported another Covid-19 fatality as a 63-year-old patient, who earlier tested positive for novel Coronavirus, succumbed to his illness on Saturday late night, officials said.

Malaysia reports 4th death due to COVID-19, 153 new cases

21 Mar 2020, 11:04 pm

Malaysia on Saturday announced the fourth death due to COVID-19, besides 153 newly confirmed cases to bring the total in the country to 1,183, according to the Health Ministry.

The fourth fatality was a 50-year-old Malaysian man who had attended a large scale religious event held near the capital of Kuala Lumpur from late February to early March, Health Ministry Director-General Noor Hisham Abdullah told a press briefing.

Noor Hisham said of the new cases, at least 90 were traced to the same event.

Out of the total cases, 114 have been cured and discharged from hospital, while 37 are currently being held in intensive care and 23 of those are in need of assisted breathing.

Bangkok orders malls, markets closure as COVID-19 cases total 411

21 Mar 2020, 11:04 pm

Bangkok's governor Asawin Kwanmuang on Saturday announced a 22-day closure of shopping malls, markets and beauty salons in the capital from March 22 to April 12 amid the COVID-19 outbreak.

According to the governor, food zone and pharmacy in malls are excluded from the closure. Restaurants and food courts can only offer take-away with no diners allowed to be seated.

The City Hall has asked people not to stockpile food and consumer products in panic as restaurants and zones selling necessary consumer goods are still open.

"I'd like to ask for everyone's cooperation in every sector to keep a space of 1-to-2 meters to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading," the governor said in a live stream address on Saturday.

Israel reports 178 new coronavirus cases, 883 in total

21 Mar 2020, 10:56 pm

178 more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Israel, bringing the total number of the cases to 883 in the country on Saturday, according to the Ministry of Health.

On Friday night, the first coronavirus patient, an 88-year-old man from Jerusalem, died in Israel.

Israel Prison Service has announced the release of 500 prisoners as part of the measures against the spread of COVID-19.

These prisoners are not considered dangerous, and have already served most of their prison term.

Stay wherever you are: PM Modi appeals to people ahead of 'Janata Curfew'

21 Mar 2020, 10:31 pm

Ahead of the "Janata Curfew" which will be effective on Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged people to refrain from travelling.

In a couple of tweets, Modi said, "Lots of my brothers and sisters are leaving cities where they work and travelling to their villages out of Coronavirus scare. The chances of spreading of the virus enhances with travelling in a crowd. Your travel will be a threat to the people of the villages where you are travelling to. Your village and family will be in more trouble."

"I pray to you that you be in the city where you are now for few days. This will help us to stop the spread of the virus..... Please think about yourself and your family. Do not travel if there is no urgency," tweeted the Prime Minister.


West Bengal records fourth positive case

21 Mar 2020, 08:12 pm

West Bengal has recorded its fourth positive case. The infected person is a resident of Dum Dum, a locality in north Kolkata. The patient has no travel history to any foreign country. 

Total number of coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra has risen to 63 from earlier 52, State Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday.

21 Mar 2020, 07:39 pm

It is a "big rise" in the number of coronavirus positive patients with the addition of 11 such cases, Mr Tope said and appealed to the people to avoid using public transport to contain the spread.

Of the 11 corona positive people, eight have travel history abroad and three came in contact with the affected persons," he said, adding that 10 cases are in Mumbai, while one is in Pune.

He also disclosed that out of the total number of patients, 13 to 14 patients are those who came in contact with the positive patients.

We will overcome this: Sonia Gandhi on COVID 19

21 Mar 2020, 06:54 pm


Rajinikanth extends his support to Janata Curfew

21 Mar 2020, 06:04 pm


COVID 19 Scare: International, domestic flights cancelled in Assam

21 Mar 2020, 05:36 pm

All international flights to Guwahati airport as well as a number of domestic flights to Assam have been cancelled for the next week in view of the global Corona virus scare.

Druk Airways has cancelled its international flight from Paro and Singapore, via Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport at Guwahati, from today till March 29 next, an Airport Authority of India spokesperson informed here today.

These were the only international flights currently operational in the state.

On the domestic route, Spicejet has suspended all four of its flights to the state from March 24 to March 30 next.

Panchkula confirms first COVID19 case

21 Mar 2020, 05:29 pm

A 38-year-old woman was tested positive of the deadly Novel Coronavirus here on Saturday, taking the total number of infected patients to 10 in the tricity of Chandigarh, Panchkula and Mohali.

After 12 passengers test positive for COVID 19, Indian Railways asks people to avoid train travel

21 Mar 2020, 05:23 pm

The Indian Railways on Saturday urged people to avoid train travels as they may get infected by COVID 19 from their co-passengers.

The railways urged citizens to postpone all travels at present when the nation is witnessing surge in the number of Coronavirus cases over the past few days.

Railways said it noticed that some passengers, who traveled by train recently, tested positive for Coronavirus.

"Railways has found some cases of Coronavirus infected passengers in trains which makes train travel risky. Avoid train travel as you may also get infected if your co-passenger has Coronavirus. Postpone all journeys and keep yourself and your loved ones safe. #NoRailTravel," the Railways tweeted.

Twelve people, who recently trevelled in trains, tested positive for COVID 19, the Ministry of Railways said.

Railways said while eight passengers, who tested positive, had travelled from Delhi to Ramagundam on AP Sampark Kranti Express on Mar 13.

The other four passengers traveled on Godan Express from Mumbai to Jabalpur on Mar 16.

India reported four Coronavirus deaths so far.

In a much respite, the sample test of Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh was found negative of coronavirus here on Saturday.

21 Mar 2020, 05:07 pm

Kolkata: Two sweepers of Beliaghata ID hospital admitted to isolation ward with Covid-19 symptoms

21 Mar 2020, 05:00 pm

Two cleaning staff of Kolkata's Beliaghata ID hospital, where all three novel Coronavirus infected patients of West Bengal are undergoing treatments, have been admitted to the same hospital's isolation ward with Covid-19 symptoms, officials said on Saturday.

Sources in the hospital said that those middle-aged sweepers had been assigned to clean the isolation wards of Beliaghata ID hospital.

"Those cleaning staff, who were admitted on Saturday morning with Covid-19 symptoms including high body temperature and cough, are under surveillance in the isolation ward," a medical officer of Beliaghata ID hospital said.

"Their swab samples have been sent to NICED for Covid-19 test and the reports are expected tonight," the official added.

The Coronavirus, which is believed to have originated from China's Wuhan region, have now spread in different corners of the globe.

Four people have died due to Coronavirus in India so far.

Image: WIkimedia Commons

COVID-19: Three more people in Karnataka test positive

21 Mar 2020, 04:57 pm

With the three more persons tested positive for the dreaded COVID-19 virus, the total number of people infected for the coronavirus rose to 18 on Saturday.

In a tweeter message, the Health minister B Sreeramulu, who is also heading the task force against the menace of the spread of the COVID-19 disease, informed that three more persons, were tested positive on Saturday.

While no any details were given over the contracted persons, the minister however, stated that one person from Chikkaballapura town who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

Meanwhile, Chief minister B S Yediyurappa, had appealed the people of the state to remain indoor tomorrow, as part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Janata Curfew’ from Sunday morning.

Bangladesh on Saturday reported its second Coronavirus infected patient's death, media reports said.

21 Mar 2020, 04:51 pm

Government updates on COVID 19 situation in India

21 Mar 2020, 04:40 pm


Coronavirus impact : Assam government asks teachers to teach students through WhatsApp

21 Mar 2020, 04:16 pm

Janata Curfew: KolkataMetro will run 54 trains instead of 124 rakes between Kavi Subhas--Noapara

21 Mar 2020, 03:42 pm

Janata Curfew: KolkataMetro will run 54 trains instead of 124 rakes between Kavi Subhas--Noapara, and 34 rakes instead of 50 trains between Salt Lake Stadium--Sector V in the East-West section on Sunday, Mar 22. Trains will be operated at 30-minute interval in both the sections.

Chinese star footballer Wu Lei tests positive in Spain

21 Mar 2020, 03:18 pm

Chinese international footballer Wu Lei has tested positive for COVID-19 with mild symptom as he currently conducts self-isolation at home in Barcelona, Spain, a source confirmed to Xinhua on Saturday.

Wu, who plays for La Liga's Espanyol, is the only Chinese player from one of the top five major European football leagues, and he became the first Chinese professional footballer to be tested positive for COVID-19.

"Wu has mild symptom and now isolates himself at home in Spain," the source told Xinhua.

Espanyol have confirmed on Wednesday that six members of the club staff have tested positive for the coronavirus, but didn't reveal the names of the players who have been infected.

Ladakh: Three more people tested positive for Coronavirus, toll mounts to 13

21 Mar 2020, 03:17 pm

Three more people have been tested positive for coronavirus in the newly created Union Territory of Ladakh, taking the total number of cases to 13.

Curfew-like restrictions in Kashmir, markets shut

21 Mar 2020, 02:58 pm

Curfew-like restrictions remained imposed for the third successive day on Saturday to contain the spread of coronavirus in the summer capital, Srinagar, and many other areas of Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, shops and business establishments remained closed and traffic was off the roads in the valley, where three out of four Aligarh Muslim University PhD scholars, who had escaped from quarantine in Uttar Pradesh (UP) on March 18, were traced on Saturday. Many shops, hotels and a school have been booked for violating the government order in the valley.

West Bengal shuts down all restaurants, bars, hookah parlours

21 Mar 2020, 01:06 pm

West Bengal has shut down all restaurants, bars and hookah parlours. 

West Bengal suspends Higher Secondary Examinations till Apr 15

21 Mar 2020, 01:06 pm

West Bengal has suspended Higher Secondary Examinations till Apr 15. 

Total positive cases in India increase to 271

21 Mar 2020, 12:51 pm

The total number of positive cases in India increased to 271. 

India confirms 258 infected COVID 19 cases

21 Mar 2020, 10:15 am

Indian Coffee House in Kolkata to remain shut from Mar 21 till Mar 31 as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid19

20 Mar 2020, 06:01 pm

COVID19: Vasundhara Raje, who met Kanika Kapoor recently, self-quarantines as a necessary precaution

20 Mar 2020, 05:08 pm

Janata Curfew to fight COVID 19: Delhi Metro keep its service closed on Sunday

20 Mar 2020, 03:58 pm

The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) on Friday said it will keep its service closed on Sunday.

In the wake of the COVID19 outbreak in the country, Prime Minister Narendra Modi directed the nation to follow ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday.

DMRC tweeted: "In the wake of ‘Janta Curfew’ to be observed this Sunday i.e, on 22nd March 2020, DMRC has decided to keep its services closed. The move is aimed at encouraging public to stay indoors and maintain social distancing, which is essential in the fight against Covid-19. #JantaCurfew."

Amid the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, which claimed four lives so far and infected 186 people in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi  addressing the nation on Thursday urged all to adopt resolve and restraint to fight the menace of the virus and directed them to observe 'Janata curfew' coming Sunday by staying home, to help contain the infection spread. He also announced an economic task force to fight the economic challenge from the crisis.

Commencing his address, PM Modi said: "The present situation owing to Coronavirus is no better than World War I and II. India is fighting Coronavirus bravely. Everyone is doing his/her bit to combat the disease."

"At this hour of crisis, we need two tools: resolve and restraint to fight the menace," he said.

Singer Kanika Kapoor tests positive

20 Mar 2020, 03:56 pm

Singer Kanika Kapoor, who is popular for her songs Baby Doll and Chittiyaan Kalaiyaan, has tested positive for Coronavirus. She has a travel history to London. She has been admitted to a hospital in Lucknow. 

After returning to India, Kapoor had attended a party where former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her son Dushyant Singh were also spotted. 

Singh has been quarantined. 

Though she has been alleged to hide her travel history, Kapoor told a news channel that she was not asked at the airport to self-isolate.


All Delhi malls excepting grocery shops, vegetable stores and pharmacies to remain closed

20 Mar 2020, 02:23 pm

All work places to remain shut in Maharashtra till Mar 31

20 Mar 2020, 02:15 pm

The Maharashtra government has shut down all work places till Mar 31. 

Bengal reports second positive case, patient has travel history to London

20 Mar 2020, 11:07 am

The eastern state of West Bengal on Friday reported the second positive Novel Coronavirus case as a 22-year old man has been infected with the deadly virus, media reports said.

The 22-year old came to Mumbai, India from England on Mar 13.

He then took a flight from Mumbai to Kolkata.

The patient is a resident of south Kolkata's Ballygunge.

The family members of the patient have been quarantined.

No international flights to land in India from Mar 22; Centre asks states to enforce work from home

19 Mar 2020, 06:50 pm

The government said in an advisory, "No scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from March 22, 2020 for one week."

In a major announcement, the Centre on Thursday requested the states to enforce work from home for private employees except for emergency services.

The state governments have been asked to issue directions so that citizens above 65 years of age remain indoors except for medical assistance. However, public representatives, government servants, medical professionals are exempted.

The Centre has also advised children below 10 years of age to stay at home.

The railways and civil aviation have been ordered to cancel all concessional travel except for students, patients and divyang category.

In another advisory, the government said, "To reduce crowding all Group B and Group C central government employees will be asked to attend offices on alternative week and staggered timings for all employees."


Centre asks states to enforce work from home for private employees

19 Mar 2020, 06:13 pm

The Centre has asked the states to enforce work from home for private employees except for emergency services. 

No scheduled international commercial passenger aircraft shall be allowed to land in India from Mar 22, 2020 for one week

19 Mar 2020, 05:57 pm

India records 4th death in Punjab

19 Mar 2020, 05:02 pm

India has recorded its fourth death from Coronavirus in Punjab. 

Adequate steps taken to differentiate the positive and negative Indian patients in Iran, no mix up: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 05:00 pm

Adequate steps taken to differentiate the positive and negative Indian patients in Iran, no mix up: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:35 pm

Don't want to comment on US sanctions on Iran: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:32 pm

We have evacuated 590 Indians from Iran: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:31 pm

Situation in Iran very serious: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:31 pm

Pakistan misused the humanitarian platform of SAARC meeting by referring to Kashmir: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:25 pm

Swift progress in the announcements is underway: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:23 pm

Regional and global cooperation important this kind of pandemic disease: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:22 pm

India moving fast with most of the announcements made by PM Modi to SAARC leaders: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:19 pm

MEA Press Briefing: LIVE

19 Mar 2020, 04:18 pm

20-25 people in COVID-19 control rooms: MEA

19 Mar 2020, 04:17 pm

20-25 people are in COVID-19 control rooms. People are working in shifts: MEA

PM Modi to address nation at 8 pm

19 Mar 2020, 02:32 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Thursday over Coronavirus. 

Curfew-like restrictions imposed in Srinagar to combat COVID-19

19 Mar 2020, 02:21 pm

Curfew-like restrictions were imposed since early Thursday morning to contain the spread of coronavirus in the summer capital, Srinagar, which witnessed its first positive case on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, surveillance has been started within 300 meter radius of the area in which the woman, who tested positive for Coronavirus, lives in Khanayar in downtown Srinagar.

Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar, Shahid Iqbal Chaudhary said the restrictions on public gatherings, assembly and movement in many areas are aimed at avoiding spread of any likely cases.

Many roads in downtown, uptown and civil lines were sealed with barbed wires while security forces were directing people to remain indoors in these areas, asserting that curfew was imposed since early this morning.

First positive case reported in Chhattisgarh

19 Mar 2020, 02:16 pm

Chhattisgarh which has so far remained safe zone with regards to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) infection, reported first positive case of Coronavirus as a young woman who returned from London tested positive.

The young woman is currently admitted at isoltation ward in All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) Raipur. AIIMS officials said that the young woman recently returned from London along with her parents. The young woman’s parents too have been kept at AIIMS isolation ward.

According to information available, the young woman is a resident of Raipur. She was admitted at AIIMS Raipur late Wednesday night. Her sample was collected on March 17 following deterioration of her health condition. The report of her sample came on March 18. The entire family of the woman is being monitored by doctors at isolated ward of AIIMS.

Meanwhile according to daily media bulletin released yesterday by State Surveillance Unit under Health and Family Welfare Department of Chhattisgarh, total 114 samples were collected from suspected Coronavirus patients in Chattisgarh for Coronavirus testing.

Of them 102 have tested negative while reports of 5 other samples are yet to be received.

Remaining seven samples were rejected as they do not come under ICMR parameters for COVID-19 tests.

Kolkata airport's immigration officers who checked Covid-19 infected youth sent to home quarantine

19 Mar 2020, 01:24 pm

Two immigration officers posted at Kolkata international airport, who had reportedly checked West Bengal's first and so far only Covid-19 infected youth while he was returning home from London via Mumbai on the wee hours of Sunday (Mar 15), have been directed to stay in home quarantine for next 12 days, official said.

"As both of them were present in the immigration counter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport (NSCBI-CCU) during the clearance of the 18-year-old Covid-19 victim and came in close contact with him, they have been asked to stay in home quarantine for next 12 days as a precautionary measure," a senior immigration official said.

The Covid-19 infected youth is currently undergoing treatment in a stable condition in Beliaghata ID hospital, and his parents and two drivers have been kept in hospital isolation while they were found negative for novel coronavirus after the first test on Wednesday.

Total positive cases in India rise to 184

19 Mar 2020, 11:07 am

The total positive Coronavirus cases in India including the cured and deaths increased to 184. At present, the positive cases are 166. 

CBSE, ISCE examinations postponed

19 Mar 2020, 10:57 am

All board examinations of CBSE and ISCE have been postponed amid Coronavirus outbreak. 

PM Modi chairs high-level meeting on Coronavirus, to address nation tomorrow

18 Mar 2020, 11:02 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Coronavirus and the efforts to be undertaken to combat it on Thursday at 8 am.

In a tweet, PMO India wrote: "PM Shri @narendramodi will address the nation on 19th March 2020 at 8 PM, during which he will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 and the efforts to combat it."

"PM @narendramodi chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19. Ways to further strengthen India’s preparedness were discussed," PMO tweeted.

He urged individuals, local communities and organisations in chalking out mechanisms to fight the COVID-19 menace.

Liquor shops, beer bars, restaurants, paan kiosks closed in Nagpur till Mar 31

18 Mar 2020, 10:59 pm

In view of the Coronavirus outbreak and to prevent the spread of the virus, all beer bars, liquor shops, restaurants and even ‘paan’ stalls in the city would remain closed till March 31, a press release issued by district collector Ravindra Thakre said here on Wednesday.

According to the release, the order would come into effect from 1700 hours on Wednesday.

"All beer shops, wine shops, permit rooms, bars and restaurants, clubs, country liquor shops, all restaurants and even ‘paan’ kiosks will remain closed from March 18 to March 31 under the provisions of the Disaster Management Act, 2005," the order stated.

So far four positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported here. The first patient is undergoing treatment at IGGMC and three patients are being treated in GMC.

Kolkata: Covid-19 infected youth's parents, drivers test negative for novel coronavirus

18 Mar 2020, 10:57 pm

West Bengal's first and so far only Covid-19 infected youth's father, mother and two drivers, who came in contact with him, tested negative for novel coronavirus, officials confirmed on Wednesday late evening.

According to reports, swab samples of those four persons, who are kept in hospital isolation, were sent to the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (ICMR-NICED) and all were found negative for Covid-19 after the first test.

"Though these four persons have tested negative for novel coronavirus, they will be kept in quarantine for next 14 days and their samples will be tested again within this period," a senior official in the state health department said.

Earlier on Tuesday, an 18-year-old student of the Oxford University, who came back from the UK on Sunday, tested positive for Covid-19, making it the first case in Kolkata as well as West Bengal.
Later it was revealed that the youth ignored doctors' advice to visit Beliaghata ID hospital, and visited multiple locations, including a shopping mall, restaurant and club, across the city and met few people.

Assam government bans visitors entry in Janata Bhawan till March 31

18 Mar 2020, 10:55 pm

As a precautionary step to prevent the outbreak of deadly novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Assam government on Wednesday decided to ban the visitors' entry in the Janata Bhawan (Assam Secretariat) till March 31.

In an order issued by the Secretariat Administration (Nazarat) department on Wednesday, it has been stated that, in view of the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country, it is necessary to restrict gathering in public places as well as office premises.

“Considering all other aspects and as a preventive measure, it has been decided that no visitor passes including e-passes will be issued till March 31. The visitors are advised to consider their concerned officers of their respective departments over telephone/e-mails for any urgent communication,” said the order copy.

Earlier, the Assam government had ordered to shut down all educational institutions, gyms, swimming pools and cinema halls of the state till March 31 as a precautionary measure to check community transmission of the deadly novel Coronavirus (COVID-19).
The state government has also taken a decision to close all the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, zoological parks and protected areas in the state till March 29.

Enter battle mode, Centre tells Indian Army after soldier tests positive for COVID-19

18 Mar 2020, 10:54 pm

Hours after an Indian Army personnel tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Centre has instructed the forces to go into "battle mode."

An advisory has been issued by the government to the soldiers detailing their roles and responsibility in containing the spread of a virus further.

The Indian Army comprises of at least 10 lakh men and women, posted across the country including remote hilly terrains of Jammu and Kashmir and Naxal-hit areas.

"It is a big challenge to keep the force healthy, as most stay in barracks and move around in troops," a senior ministry official reportedly said.

Personnel have been directed not to travel and stay in assigned locations.

Wrong to say Kolkata recorded its first COVID 19 case: Mamata Banerjee

18 Mar 2020, 05:49 pm

276 Indians infected with Coronavirus abroad, most in Iran: Government

18 Mar 2020, 04:22 pm


The Centre on Wednesday informed that 276 Indians have been infected with the deadly Novel Coronavirus abroad with most of them staying in Iran followed by UAE and Italy, media reports said.

In a written reply to a question in Parliament's lower house Lok Sabha, Minister of State for External Affairs, V Muraleedharan, said out of 276 people, 255 are in Iran, 12 in UAE, five in Italy and one each in Hong Kong, Kuwait, Rwanda and Sri Lanka.

Will be stronger than ever: Donald Trump

18 Mar 2020, 04:20 pm

US President Donald Trump tweeted, "For the people that are now out of work because of the important and necessary containment policies, for instance the shutting down of hotels, bars and restaurants, money will soon be coming to you. The onslaught of the Chinese Virus is not your fault! Will be stronger than ever!"


Kolkata: Covid-19 infected youth's family members kept in isolation, swab samples sent for test

18 Mar 2020, 03:11 pm

Six persons, who came in contact with West Bengal's first and so far only Covid-19 positive patient, have been shifted to the isolation ward of Kolkata's Beliaghata ID hospital from a quarantine facility in Rajarhat on Wednesday morning, officials said.

According to senior officials of state health and family welfare department, the 18-year-old youth, who tested positive for novel coronavirus on Tuesday, is undergoing treatment in a modern isolation ward at Beliaghata ID hospital and his health condition is stable while these six persons, including his father, mother and two drivers, have been kept under surveillance in other isolation wards in the same hospital.

"Swab samples of the six persons have been sent to the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (ICMR-NICED) for Covid-19 test and we are waiting for its report which is expected tonight," a health official said.

Meanwhile, staffers of state secretariat, Nabanna, on Wednesday morning sterilized the entire building, including gates, lifts, floors and stairs, as the Covid-19 infected teenager's mother is a top government official working as a special secretary of a department and she came to her chamber at Nabanna's fifth floor on Monday after coming in contact with her son.

Five colleagues of the official, who came in contact with her at Nabanna on Monday, have reportedly been sent to home isolation while the officer's chamber has been sealed.

Earlier on Sunday wee hours, the youth, who is a student of Oxford University, arrived in Kolkata from London via Mumbai and medical officers reportedly detected nothing suspicious in his body during thermal imaging process at both the Indian airports.

Vaishno Devi Yatra suspended

18 Mar 2020, 02:06 pm

The Jammu and Kashmir government has suspended Vaishno Devi Yatra from Wednesday due to Coronavirus outbreak.

COVID-19: Vietnam registers 67th positive case, says report

18 Mar 2020, 01:28 pm

Vietnam's Health Ministry has registered another case of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), which makes the overall number 67, the state-run Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported on Wednesday.

The patient is a 36-year-old Vietnamese national who has recently come back from Malaysia.

Meanwhile, Vietnam has stopped issuing visas to foreign citizens for 30 days starting Wednesday.

All foreigners who are eligible for a visa-free entry are now obligated to provide a negative COVID-19 test result to the immigration authorities.

According to the consular section of the Russian Embassy in Hanoi, the local authorities in several provinces have ordered hotels to stop providing rooms to foreigners.

Total positive cases in India jump to 164

18 Mar 2020, 10:23 am

The total positive cases including the cured ones jumped to 164. 147 people are infected, 14 people have cured while three people have died. 

West Bengal reports first coronavirus case, Kolkata youth tests positive

18 Mar 2020, 12:23 am

Senior officials of West Bengal's Health and Family Welfare department on Tuesday night confirmed that an 18-year-old youth from south Kolkata, who recently returned from England, has tested positive for Covid-19, making it the first case in the state. According to reports, the youth returned from the UK on Sunday (Mar 15) and after falling sick, he was admitted to the isolation ward of Beliaghata ID hospital with Covid-19-like syndromes on Monday (Mar 16). 

"His droplet sample was sent to National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases (NICED-ICMR) in Kolkata where his sample was tested positive for novel coronavirus," a senior official of state's health department told IBNS.

The World Health Organsiation (WHO) on Tuesday lauded the efforts taken by the Indian government to combat the deadly novel coronavirus, which has claimed three lives in the country, a figure much less considering its population density and especially in

18 Mar 2020, 12:21 am

A clinical trial to evaluate a vaccine designed against the novel coronavirus started on Monday, a US health official confirmed.

17 Mar 2020, 05:07 pm

In a bid to contain the spread of Novel Coronavirus, the Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust shut the doors of Shirdi temple from Tuesday onwards.

17 Mar 2020, 04:16 pm

Third death reported in India

17 Mar 2020, 11:05 am

A 64-year old man died in COVID-19 at Mumbai's Kasturba Hospital taking the death toll in India to 3. The deceased had a travel history to Dubai. 

Nagaland bans entry of foreign-domestic tourists from tomorrow

17 Mar 2020, 11:03 am

As a precautionary step to prevent the outbreak of deadly novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nagaland government on Monday decided to bar the entry of any foreign or domestic tourist in the state from Mar 18.

The decision was taken by the Nagaland government during a high-level meeting in presence of Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio here.

In an office memorandum, the state Home department stated that, the entry of any foreign or domestic tourist shall remain barred in the state of Nagaland from Mar 18 until further orders.

“Issue of new/fresh Inner Line Permits for tourists (Domestic/Foreigners) and all other categories shall remain suspended with immediate effect until further orders,” the office memorandum stated.

On the other hand, the state government has also taken a decision to shut down all educational institutions and university in the state from Mar 7 to Apr 12.

Taj Mahal to be closed from today

17 Mar 2020, 10:49 am

In a bid to avoid spreading Coronavirus in India, which has already left 125 people infected in the country, authorities will close the iconic Taj Mahal for the general public from Tuesday.

Two people died due to Coronavirus infection in India so far.

Maharashtra govt to stamp those under home quarantine

17 Mar 2020, 10:48 am

In a step taken to fight the COVID19 outbreak in the state, Maharashtra government on Monday said those people who are undergoing home quarantine for suspected exposure to the novel Coronavirus will be stamped on the left hand, media reports said.

The decision was reportedly taken during a meeting attended by Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.

Maharashtra witnessed a major jump in the number of people being infected by the virus.

39 people have been infected by the deadly virus in the state. 

Total positive cases in India jump to 125

17 Mar 2020, 10:45 am

The total positive cases including 13 cured and 2 deaths have jumped to 125. Maharashtra records the maximum number of cases (39) followed by Kerala. 

All national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, zoo in Assam to remain closed till Mar 29

16 Mar 2020, 05:41 pm

As a precautionary measure to check the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Assam government has taken a decision to keep all the national parks, wildlife sanctuaries, tiger reserves, zoological parks and protected areas  closed till Mar 29.

In an order issued by the office of the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Wildlife & Chief Wildlife Warden on Sunday stated that, to prevent any accidental spread of COVID-19 virus in the zoological Parks and Protected areas of the state, it is notified that the Assam State Zoo-cum-Botanical Garden, Guwahati shall remain closed to visitors with immediate effect till Mar 29, 2020.

The order also stated that, all the Tiger Reserves, National Parks and Sanctuaries of the state shall remain closed to visitors with effect from Mar 17, 2020 till Mar 29, 2020.
“All the permissions granted under Section 28 of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 for Film shooting/Research etc shall also remain suspended till 29th March, 2020 with immediate effect,” the order copy stated.

All educational institutions in West Bengal to remain closed till Apr 15

16 Mar 2020, 04:46 pm

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said all educational institutions in the state will remain closed till Apr 15 over the Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

Addressing a press conference at state headquarters Nabanna here, Banerjee said, "The educational institutions were announced to be closed till Mar 31. Considering the jump in the positive cases in the country, we have decided to keep all schools, colleges and university to remain suspended till Apr 15."

The state government on Saturday had ordered the closure of all government, government-aided and private educational institutions till Mar 31.

Banerjee also said her government was urging all cinema halls to remain closed till Mar 31.

"There will be no harm in keeping cinema halls and all closed for now," the Chief Minister said.

VBSPU gears up to prevent Coronavirus

16 Mar 2020, 03:34 pm

Veer Bahadur Singh Purvanchal University here on Monday directed the colleges to keep soaps, tissue papers and alcohol-based sanitizers in the examination hall as part of the precautionary measure against the deadly coronavirus.

Registrar Sujit Kumar Jaiswal here said that all the colleges have been informed through a letter that pre-scheduled examinations will continue.

As a precautionary measure against the COVID-19, the tables and chairs kept in the examination hall be sanitised and apart from soaps and tissue papers, pedal-fitted dustbins should be used in the exam hall.

Iran screens over 10 million people for COVID-19 symptoms: Health Ministry

16 Mar 2020, 03:26 pm

Iran's Ministry of Health and Medical Education said that over 10 million Iranians have been screened for COVID-19 symptoms, Press TV reported on Monday.

Deputy Health Minister Alireza Raeisi said Sunday that the screening had been carried out over past four days.

Total number of positive cases in India rose to 110

16 Mar 2020, 02:13 pm

The total number of positive cases in India rose to 110 with Maharashtra recording the most of them followed by Kerala.

The first Coronavirus positive case was reported in Odisha on Monday.

PM Modi lauds India's response towards Coronavirus outbreak

16 Mar 2020, 01:54 pm

PM Modi tweeted, "It is a united and coordinated response from everyone. This shows the strong spirit of our nation in such situations. #IndiaFightsCorona"


Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial delayed amid COVID-19 crisis

15 Mar 2020, 07:44 pm

Indian PM Modi proposes creation of a COVID-19 Emergency Fund

15 Mar 2020, 06:06 pm


Bhutan PM highlights his thoughts on fighting COVID19

15 Mar 2020, 05:55 pm


SAARC Conference: PM Hasina of Bangladesh starts her speech, thanks Modi for the initiative

15 Mar 2020, 05:37 pm

Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) on Sunday said that older people are more vulnerable to develop severe illness and death from the novel coronavirus that has so far killed at least 5,839 people and infected 156,885 worldwide.

15 Mar 2020, 05:33 pm

We helped neighbours during evacuation from COVID19-hit countries: Modi

15 Mar 2020, 05:28 pm

"We started screening entry into India from mid-January itself, while also gradually increasing restrictions on travel. ​The step-by-step approach has helped avoid panic,"Modi said.


Coronavirus: PM Modi addresses SAARC leaders

15 Mar 2020, 05:09 pm

Afghanistan on Sunday recorded five more new Coronavirus cases, taking the number of infected people to 16 in the country, media reports said.

15 Mar 2020, 04:56 pm

The total number of people suffering from coronavirus infection in Pakistan has touched 34, media reports said on Sunday.

15 Mar 2020, 04:55 pm

Maharashtra reports highest 32 coronavirus cases

15 Mar 2020, 03:13 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Maharashtra Chief Minister Udhav Thackeray to discuss state's preparedness after it  reported 32 coronavirus cases, the highest among the states in the country.

Total number of coronavirus cases in India rises to 107

15 Mar 2020, 03:04 pm

COVID-19: All domestic matches put on hold by BCCI

14 Mar 2020, 05:54 pm

The BCCI on Saturday announced that all domestic matches, including Irani Cup have been put on hold till further notice due to impact of COVID-19 pandemic.

India treating Coronavirus outbreak as 'notified disaster'

14 Mar 2020, 05:38 pm


Pakistan ready for SAARC video conference to tackle COVID

14 Mar 2020, 03:42 pm

West Bengal shuts all educational institutions over Coronavirus outbreak

14 Mar 2020, 02:58 pm

West Bengal on Saturday ordered a closure of all government, government-aided and private educational institutions between Mar 16-31 amid the outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus.

The internal examinations of the educations institutions will also remain suspended.

However, the board examinations will be held as per schedule.

The government has issued a statement which reads, "In view of the evolving situation on the spread of Novel Corona virus (COVID-19), the advisories issued by WHO, UN and Central Government and as a matter of abundant precaution to check its spread in the State of West Bengal, it has been decided that all Government, Government-aided, private educational institutions - Schools, Colleges, Universities, Madrasahs, SSK/MSK will remain closed from 16 March, 2020 to 31 March, 2020 in public interest."

In an interaction with a Bengali news channel, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said, "There is nothing to panic but we have taken a precautionary measure. We will review the situation on Mar 30 and take further step."

"The teachers can work from home," the Chief Minister added.

Safety first: KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan

14 Mar 2020, 01:16 pm

After the conclusion of the meeting which was held by the BCCI with all IPL franchise owners, KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan tweeted, "Wonderful to meet all the Franchise owners ‘off the field’ so to say. The meeting by @Bcci and @ipl was to reiterate what all of us feel...safety first of the spectators, players management & cities we play in. All directives of the health agencies & govt to be followed.."

"Hope the spread of the virus subsides & the show can go on. BCCI & team owners in consultation with the govt will keep a close watch & decide the way fwd in the health interest of ever1. Lovely 2 meet every1 & then sanitise ourselves repeatedly.." Khan added. 


RSS suspends meeting of ABPS in Bengaluru

14 Mar 2020, 12:45 pm

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has suspended the meeting of Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha in Bengaluru. 


Meeting between BCCI and IPL franchises underway in Mumbai

14 Mar 2020, 12:36 pm

A meeting between the BCCI and all IPL franchises is presently underway at the cricket board's headquarters in Mumbai over the rescheduling of IPL matches amid the Coronavirus outbreak.

The meeting is chaired by BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. 

BCCI Secretary Jay Shah, IPL franshise owners including KKR co-owner Shah Rukh Khan are present in the meeting. 

The beginning of the IPL has already been postponed till Apr 15 from Mar 29. 

Rajasthan orders closure of schools, colleges, coaching centres, gyms, cinema halls

14 Mar 2020, 11:16 am

The Rajasthan government has ordered the closure of all schools, colleges, coaching centres, gymnasiums, cinema halls amid the outbreak of COVID-19. However, the schools and colleges where examinations are underway will not be impacted. 

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot tweeted, "As a precautionary measure against spread of #CoronaVirus, State govt has decided that all schools, colleges, coaching centres, gymnasium, movie theatres & theatre halls will remain closed till 30th March. The move will not impact ongoing examinations in schools and colleges."


Stay safe, be vigilant: Virat Kohli

14 Mar 2020, 10:55 am

Amid the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli asked his fans to "stay safe" and remain "vigilant".

Kohli tweeted, "Let's stay strong and fight the #COVID19 outbreak by taking all precautionary measures. Stay safe, be vigilant and most importantly remember, prevention is better than cure. Please take care everyone."


Australia-New Zealand series postponed

14 Mar 2020, 10:38 am

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has postponed the One Day International (ODI) series between Australia and New Zealand and Australia's upcoming away series in New Zealand amid the growing COVID-19 outbreak. 


US Embassy in India cancels all visa appointments from Mar 16 amid coronavirus outbreak

14 Mar 2020, 10:02 am

In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak in India,  the US Embassy and Consulates in the country on Saturday said it has cancelled all visa appointments from Mar 16.

The Official Twitter handle of the embassy said: " U.S. Mission India posts, in light of the global COVID-19 pandemic, are cancelling immigrant and nonimmigrant visa appointments from March 16, 2020, onward. "

India reports 2nd death from Coronavirus, 69-yr-old Delhi woman succumbs to infection

13 Mar 2020, 11:52 pm

A 69-year-old woman died of Coronavirus in Delhi on Friday, taking the coronavirus death toll to two in the country, government said in a statement. 

The woman was the sixth case of coronavirus to be reported from the national capital. She was suffering from other health conditions including high blood pressure and diabetes. According to reports, she had visited her son in Switzerland during Feb 5-22.


Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases increases to 81 in India, says Union Health Ministry

13 Mar 2020, 07:47 pm

The Union Ministry of Health on Friday said the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the country has risen to 81 after seven new cases were reported since Thursday night. This includes 17 Italian nationals who are currently undergoing treatment and three medical students from Kerala, who have now recovered. India also had its first coronavirus death with a 76-year-old man from Karnataka's Kalburgi succumbing to the disease last Tuesday. At least 11 states have so far reported confirmed novel coronavirus cases.

Amid spread of coronavirus in different corners of the globe, all elite football games in England, which draws a huge number of spectators in the grounds, has been suspended until at least Apr 3.

13 Mar 2020, 05:46 pm

Aurangabad: 2 suspected COVID 19 infected patients treated in isolation

13 Mar 2020, 05:02 pm

Aurangabad/Maharashtra/UNI: Two suspected persons of Corona virus are being treated in isolation ward at Government Medical College Hospital (GMCH) and the district civil hospital (DCH) here, as samples of swab have been sent to Virology lab.

Amid Coronavirus outbreak, BCCI postpones IPL 2020 to Apr 15

13 Mar 2020, 02:53 pm

Amid the outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has postponed the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) to Apr 15.

The tournament was earlier scheduled to begin on Mar 29.

The Coronavirus has already affected 74 people in India and claimed the life of a 76-year old man from Karnataka.

Issuing a statement, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said, "The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience.

The BCCI will work closely with the Government of India along with the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and all other relevant Central and State Government departments in this regard."

All schools in UP to remain shut till Mar 21

13 Mar 2020, 01:45 pm

All schools in Uttar Pradesh to remain closed till Mar 21. 


PM Modi proposes to all SAARC nations to chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus

13 Mar 2020, 01:27 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has proposed to all the South Asian Association or Regional Cooperation (SAARC) nations to chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus. 

He tweeted, "I would like to propose that the leadership of SAARC nations chalk out a strong strategy to fight Coronavirus. We could discuss, via video conferencing, ways to keep our citizens healthy. Together, we can set an example to the world, and contribute to a healthier planet."

He said, "Our planet is battling the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. At various levels, governments and people are trying their best to combat it. South Asia, which is home to a significant number of the global population should leave no stone unturned to ensure our people are healthy."


Indian Embassy Rome sets up hotline numbers

13 Mar 2020, 01:23 pm

Indian Embassy Rome has set up 2 hotline numbers +39 3316142085 and +39 3311928713 which are available 24x7 for COVID19 related queries.


Second batch of Indian pilgrims from Iran reach India

13 Mar 2020, 01:16 pm


The second batch of Indian pilgrims from Iran reached India on Friday.

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, "Second batch of 44 Indian pilgrims has arrived today from #Iran. Our efforts to bring back the others continue. @India_in_Iran and our medical team - keep up the good work. Appreciate the support of Iranian authorities and their airlines."


Delhi government says no to IPL matches

13 Mar 2020, 12:36 pm

Even though the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to take a decision on the 13th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) in the wake of the deadly Novel Coronavirus outbreak, the Delhi government on Friday cleared that no match of the mega tournament will be held in the national capital.

The decision has been announced by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia.

Sisodia has also said no sporting event and conference will be held in Delhi as a preventive measure.

He has urged people to avoid gatherings.

Amitabh Bachchan writes poem over Novel Coronavirus outbreak

13 Mar 2020, 12:10 pm

Acting legend Amitabh Bachchan has come up with a poem over the outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus which has infected over 70 people in India and also claimed a life.

Bachchan on Thursday late night tweeted a video to share the poem with his fans.

"Lot of discussions are taking place over Coronavirus. People are suffering huge losses and are also very worried. So I thought of saying something regarding Coronavirus outbreak this morning. I wrote a few lines and thought of sharing with you all," Bachchan said before saying the lines.


Coronavirus outbreak: Akshay Kumar announces postponement of Sooryavanshi's release

13 Mar 2020, 11:43 am

The release date of Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar starrer upcoming Hindi film Sooryavanshi has been postponed over the outbreak of the deadly Novel Coronavirus.

The decision was announced by Akshay himself on Thursday.

Akshay took to Twitter to say, "We have been excited as you are to present the film to you and your family, but due to the recent outburst of the COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we, the makers, have decided to postpone the release of your film Sooryavanshi, keeping in mind the health and safety of our beloved audience... And therefore, Sooryavanshi will be back for you just when the time is right..."

The film was earlier slated to release on Mar 24.

Sooryavanshi, which is director Rohit Shetty's fourth installment of his Police Universe, also stars actress Katrina Kaif in the lead role.

Stock market recovers after initial fall

13 Mar 2020, 10:59 am

The BSE Sensex and NIFTY recovered after the stock market, which continued to bleed even in the morning, reopened followed by a 45-minute trading halt on Friday morning.

In the morning, Sensex fell by over 3,000 points immediately after the opening bell amid the Novel Coronavirus scare.

Following the steep downfall, the trading was halted for 45 minutes.

Sensex is now up by over 500 points, NIFTY by over 100 points.


Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tests positive for coronavirus

13 Mar 2020, 09:07 am

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's wife Sophie tests positive for Coronavirus

13 Mar 2020, 08:51 am

After a man in Leh tested positive for COVID-19, the total number of positive cases in India rose to 74 on Thursday

12 Mar 2020, 11:00 pm

76-year-old Karnataka man who died on Tuesday had contracted Coronavirus

12 Mar 2020, 10:42 pm

The 76-year-old man from Karnataka's Kalburgi, who died on Tuesday, had been infected with the deadly novel Coronavirus, the state health minister said on Thursday, as India registered its first death from the deadly virus that has been declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu said: "The 76 year old man from Kalburgi who passed away and was a suspected COVID-19 patient has been confirmed for COVID-19. The necessary contact tracing,  isolation & other measures as per protocol are being carried out."

India to set up coronavirus test labs for Indian nationals in Italy

12 Mar 2020, 10:34 pm

In view of the difficulties in getting COVID-19- negative certificates in Italy, laboratories to test the stranded Indians will be set up in that country, the government said on Thursday. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that such laboratories are likely to be set up in Rome and Milan.


Assam monitoring borders, sets up isolation wards

12 Mar 2020, 10:29 pm

The Assam government said it is closely monitoring the international borders with Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal and has directed all districts' administration, health officials to keep alert to deal with any situation. The Assam government has separately set up isolation wards in six medical colleges with 48 beds and two beds in each district hospitals in the state.

No recommendation was sought or made by us regarding IPL or other sports event: MEA

12 Mar 2020, 06:08 pm

Regarding the hosting of IPL and other sporting events, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Our view is that this is a decision to be taken by the organisers. No specific recommendations have been sought or made by MEA regarding hosting IPL or any other sporting event in India."


Government is vigilant, don't panic: PM Modi

12 Mar 2020, 05:25 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, "The Government is fully vigilant about the situation due to COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. Across ministries & states, multiple steps have been proactively taken to ensure safety of all. These steps are wide-ranging, from suspension of Visas to augmenting healthcare capacities."

Modi added, "Say No to Panic, Say Yes to Precautions. No Minister of the Central Government will travel abroad in the upcoming days. I urge our countrymen to also avoid non-essential travel. We can break the chain of spread and ensure safety of all by avoiding large gatherings."


Coronavirus matter of concern: S Jaishankar

12 Mar 2020, 05:18 pm

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in Parliament on Thursday said the Coronavirus is a matter of concern. Jaishankar has recommended to stay away from travelling now.

All cinema halls, schools, colleges in Delhi to remain shut till Mar 31

12 Mar 2020, 05:16 pm

All cinema halls, schools, colleges in Delhi will remain shut till Mar 31, said Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. 


Delhi government declares Coronavirus epidemic

12 Mar 2020, 05:15 pm

The Delhi government has declared Novel Coronavirus epidemic. 

Total Coronavirus cases in India rise to 73

12 Mar 2020, 12:55 pm

The total number of Coronavirus cases in India increased to 73.

Worldwide death toll rises to 4292

12 Mar 2020, 12:54 pm

The death toll in Coronavirus across the world till Mar 11 is 4292.

US president Donald Trump announces travel suspension from Europe to America

12 Mar 2020, 11:45 am

With Coronavirus declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation, the United States has suspended travel from 26 European countries to America for next one month, beginning Friday at midnight. President Donald Trump made the announcement in a televised address from the Oval Office.

India cancels all visas till Apr 15

12 Mar 2020, 11:44 am

The Indian government on Wednesday suspended all visas till Apr 15. Only diplomatic, official, United Nations/International Organisations, employment and project visas are exempted.

Tom Hanks, wife test positive for coronvirus

12 Mar 2020, 09:56 am

One more tested positive in Jammu, cinema halls, schools shut in 5 districts

11 Mar 2020, 01:59 pm

In view of one more case was found positive of Coronavirus in Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir administration on Wednesday ordered closure of all primary schools in five districts and cinema halls in ten districts of Jammu Division.

Global death toll crosses 4,000

11 Mar 2020, 01:34 pm

The global death toll from the Coronavirus has crossed 4,000.

Air India flight from Milan reaches Delhi

11 Mar 2020, 01:34 pm

Air India flight carrying 80 passengers from Milan reached Delhi. 

71 Chinese workers who returned to Nepal quarantined at Pokhara Airport construction site

11 Mar 2020, 12:31 pm

71 workers from China, who returned to the Pokhara Airport construction site in Nepal, have been quarantined. The workers, who returned to Nepal between Mar 4-6, have been quarantined at the construction site only. They have been quarantined by the project officials and Gandaki Provincial Health Directorate after some Nepali workers expressed concerns over the outbreak of COVID-19.

Panama registers first COVID-19 Case - President

10 Mar 2020, 04:14 pm

MoscowSputnik/UNI: The first case of the coronavirus (COVID-19) has been registered in Panama, President Laurentino Cortizo said on Tuesday.

Mongolia confirms first coronavirus case

10 Mar 2020, 04:08 pm

Two cases of Coronavirus recorded from Pune

10 Mar 2020, 03:28 pm

A couple in Pune, who had travelled recently to Dubai, tested positive of Coronovirus, officials said here on Tuesday. Addressing press conference here, Pune Divisional Commissioner Deepak Mahisalkar said that both patients are quarantined at government-run Naidu hospital in Pune and stable.

Italy extends emergency measures to fight against Coronavirus

10 Mar 2020, 03:13 pm

In an attempt to fight against rising coronavirus deaths in the country, the Italian government has extended its  emergency measures which include travel restrictions and a ban on public gatherings in the country, media reports said. 

Country's Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on Monday directed people to stay home and seek permission for essential travel.

In a TV address, he said the measures were taken by the government to protect the most vulnerable.

Civil Protection Chief and Coronavirus Emergency Commissioner Angelo Borrelli told ANSA news agency that 463 people have died in Italy after contracting the virus, up 97 on Sunday.
He told the news agency 7,985 are ill with the coronavirus in Italy, up 1,598 on Sunday.

Total cases in India now 56

10 Mar 2020, 02:37 pm

With the nine new cases of Coronavirus reported in Kerala and Karnataka, the total number of cases in India have gone up to 56. 

Nine more cases in India

10 Mar 2020, 02:36 pm

Nine new cases have been reported in the Indian states of Kerala and Karnataka. 

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