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Economic Times | 03 Apr, 2020 | 05.24PM IST

Coronavirus highlights: Global death toll tops 50,000; total tally nears 10 lakh

Total number of COVID-19 positive cases have risen to 9,81,428 with 50,230 deaths so far.

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07:25 PM

Total positive cases in Haryana is 35; Out of 35 cases,10 in Gurugram, 6-Faridabad,4-Palwal,3-Sirsa,3-Ambala,2-Panchkula&1 each in Hisar,Sonipat& Rohtak. Out of which,9 patients of Gurugram,2 patients from Panipat,1 patient each from Faridabad&Palwal are discharged: Haryana Govt

07:24 PM

As COVID-19 cases surge, walled city of Jaipur sealed; volunteers deliver essentials to doorsteps

  • With the number of coronavirus positive cases in Ramganj area rising to 33 on Thursday, the densely populated area in Jaipur's walled city now accounts for nearly one fourth of all COVID-19 patients in Rajasthan.
  • The entire walled city, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has been sealed by authorities with essential items being delivered to homes by a network of volunteers including beat constables and NGO workers.
07:17 PM

IAF airlifted critical medical supplies to Male under 'Op Sanjeevani'

07:15 PM

In the case of Tablighi Jamaat,Nizamuddin, 960 foreigners have been blacklisted and their tourist visas cancelled after they were found involved in activities related to Tablighi Jamat: Office of the Home Minister

07:13 PM

1,172 Tablighi Jamaat meet attendees identified in UP, 884 quarantined

  • Uttar Pradesh has identified a total of 1,172 people of the state who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat meet at Nizamuddin in New Delhi last month and has traced and quarantined 884 of them.
  • The mid-March Islamic religious discourse was attended by thousands of Jamaat members, along with hundreds of foreigners -- many of them suspected coronavirus-positive -- and has triggered a nationwide scare of community spread of the virus.
07:11 PM

Shriram Group to contribute Rs 10 cr to PM-CARES Fund

Diversified financial services player Shriram Group on Thursday said it is contributing Rs 10 crore towards the PM-CARES Fund set up to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
07:11 PM

First COVID-19 patient discharged from Kashmir region

The first novel coronavirus patient from Kashmir region has fully recovered and is discharged from the hospital, Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning) of the Union Territory administration said on Thursday.
07:10 PM

Another coronavirus death in Rajasthan, 13 fresh cases; total tally 133

07:05 PM

Air India cabin crew member tests positive for coronavirus; admitted to Mumbai hospital

06:56 PM

Delhi Govt launches COVID-19 helpline on WhatsApp

  • Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi government on Thursday launched a dedicated helpline number on WhatsApp to ensure that citizens have an easy access to credible information around the COVID-19 crisis.
  • "...the Health and Family Welfare Department of Government of NCT of Delhi has launched a dedicated WhatsApp helpline number - +91 88000 07722. This service is free-to-use and will act as a central source for accurate, trustworthy and up-to-date information on the ongoing pandemic," WhatsApp said in a statement.
06:52 PM

A 59-year-old woman and her 10-month-old granddaughter have tested positive for COVID19 in Chandigarh. They are primary family contacts of NRI couple (Positive for COVID-19). Total cases in the Union Territory is 18, so far: Chandigarh Health Department

06:50 PM

400 COVID-19 cases with linkage to Tablighi Jamaat found: Health Ministry

  • As many as 400 coronavirus patients have been found whose epidemiological linkage can be traced to the Tablighi Jamaat cluster at Nizamuddin, the Centre said on Thursday.
  • "Through contact tracing in different states, we have found 400 coronavirus cases, whose epidemiological linkage can be traced to the Tablighi Jamaat cluster," Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, told media here.
06:48 PM

Ford first-quarter U.S. auto sales tumble 12.5% on coronavirus hit

Ford Motor Corp on Thursday posted a 12.5% fall in U.S. auto sales for the first quarter, as production halts and social distancing in the face of the coronavirus pandemic stalled demand across the auto industry.
06:47 PM

Around 50 medical professionals infected by coronavirus, says Health Ministry official

  • Around 50 members of medical staff, including doctors, nurses and paramedics, have tested positive for coronavirus across the country, a Health Ministry official said on Thursday.
  • There were reports of a shortage of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), following which Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday said that PPE kits and N95 masks are available in adequate quantities in the market.
06:46 PM

46 Tabligh Jamaat (Delhi) attendees identified and quarantined in Goa are from other states

06:45 PM

UK coronavirus death toll rises to 2,921, up 24% in a day

06:44 PM

Centre asks states, UTs to take all steps for smooth disbursement of Rs 27,500 cr under PM-GKY

The Centre on Thursday asked the states and union territories to take all necessary steps for the smooth disbursement of Rs 27,500 crore to beneficiaries of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PM-GKY) through banks from Friday, amid the ongoing lockdown to combat the coronavirus threat.
06:42 PM

Google boosts support for checking coronavirus facts

Google on Thursday said it is pumping $6.5 million into fact-checkers and nonprofits as it ramps up its the battle against coronavirus misinformation. Fact-checking organizations, which often operate on relatively small budgets, are seeing a surge in demand for their work as mistaken or maliciously false information about the pandemic spreads, according to Alexios Mantzarlis of the Google News Lab.
06:41 PM

Online reservation for journeys after April 14 was never stopped, says Indian Railways

  • Western Railways on Thursday said that online reservations for journeys after April 14 were never stopped during the lockdown period.
  • "Certain media reports have claimed that Railways has started reservation for post lockdown period, but it is not correct. It has been clarified by Shri Ravinder Bhakar - Chief Public Relations Officer of Western Railway, that online reservation for journeys post 14th April, 2020 was never stopped and it is not related to any new announcement," an official release form Western Railways said.
06:38 PM

24 new coronavirus positive cases repored in AP; tally rises to 135

06:35 PM

COVID-19: 5 districts in Karnataka to be declared 'red zones'

  • The five districts, including Bengaluru Urban, will be noticed as 'red zones' that house a large number of COVID-19 positive cases and has a higher number of people in home quarantine, according to Dr Sudhakar, Medical Education Minister.
  • Besides Bengaluru Urban, Chikaballapura, which is also the district of Medical Education Minister, Mysuru, Uttara Kannada and Mangalore (Dakshina Kannada) will be identified as 'red zones' that may have more restrictions in future.
06:34 PM

US, French, Italians among 1,300 Tablighi foreign members identified in India

Over 1,300 foreign Tablighi Jamaat activists, including those from the US, France and Italy, who took part at a congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, have been identified in different parts of the country and most of them have been put in quarantine, officials said on Thursday.
06:34 PM

COVID-19: Over 1,300 people booked for curfew violations

  • The Mumbai Police has registered709 offences against as many as 1,364 people for violating prohibitory orders during the coronavirus lockdown in the last 13 days, an official said on Thursday.
  • The Maharashtra government has invoked section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) and the state is under lockdown in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
06:32 PM

84 Nizamuddin event attendees traced in Guj so far: Police

06:31 PM

Form Task Force for reviving economy hit by coronavirus: CWC

Asking the Central government to immediately form an economic task force consisting of world-renowned economists to suggest plans to protect and revive the economy, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on Thursday said that Rs 5-6 lakh crore will be needed for immediate measures to deal with the impact of coronavirus and the resources can be largely found in the Central and the State Budgets for 2020-21.
06:30 PM

A pregnant woman from Kollam district is also among the 21 new COVID19 positive cases in Kerala: Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan

06:22 PM

Boeing to offer voluntary layoffs to employees to tide over coronavirus fallout

Boeing Co Chief Executive Officer Dave Calhoun outlined a plan of voluntary layoffs for employees on Thursday, while warning that the coronavirus pandemic would have a lasting impact on the global aerospace industry.
06:21 PM

Out of the 81 fresh COVID-19 cases, 57 reported in Mumbai, 6-Pune, 3-Pimpri Chinchwad, 9-Ahmednagar, 5-Thane and 1-Buldhana: Maharashtra Health Department

06:21 PM

75 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu of which 74 are those who participated in the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi

06:19 PM

81 fresh COVID-19 positive cases reported in Maharashtra; Total number positive cases in the state rises to 416, 19 deaths: Maharashtra Health Department

06:17 PM

Devotees assemble in temples on Ram Navami in Bengal defying lockdown

  • Amid chant of 'Jai Sri Ram', hundreds of devotees assembled in temples in various parts of West Bengal on the occasion of Ram Navami on Thursday, giving a thumbs down to social distancing norms prescribed by the government during the ongoing nationwide lockdown period.
  • Long queues of devotees were seen outside temples across the state, while the annual Ram Navami rallies were not held this year as the VHP and other saffron groups have called off the programmes due to the coronavirus pandemic.
06:16 PM

Haryana CM announces to launch telemedicine services, bats for more COVID-19 testing facilities

Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Thursday announced to roll out telemedicine services besides stressing the need to augment testing facilities during a videoconference over the coronavirus outbreak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
06:15 PM

Global virus cases near a million as Spain sees record deaths

  • Confirmed coronavirus cases approached one million around the world on Thursday as Europe reeled from the pandemic and the US prepared for what President Donald Trump warned would be "horrific" days ahead.
  • The virus claimed thousands more lives in its relentless march across the globe, including nearly 1,000 new deaths in Spain, despite more than half of the planet subjected to some form of lockdown.
06:14 PM

Gujarat cops identify 12 more who attended Nizamuddin event

06:14 PM

Govt launches app to assess, alert people about coronavirus patient

The government on Thursday launched a mobile app to help people assess themselves the risk of catching coronavirus infection and alert authorities if they have come in close contact with a person infected with the deadly virus. According to a ministry official, the app will detect only fresh cases and will send out alerts to only those who have been nearby the infected person.
06:12 PM

21 new cases in Kerala. Total cases in the state are 286 of which 256 are active cases

06:04 PM

Darul Uloom Firangi Mahal Lucknow issued a 'Fatwa' that getting tested and treated for Coronavirus is important for all

06:03 PM

Strict action will be taken against violators of the Lockdown: JNU Registrar

06:01 PM

927 Nizamuddin event attendees traced in Haryana, five test COVID-19 positive: Vij

  • Haryana's Home Minister Anil Vij on Thursday said that 927 attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin area have been traced in the state, with five of them testing COVID-19 positive so far.
  • Of the 927 people traced till now, 107 are foreigners.
  • The minister, who a day ago said 503 people, including 72 foreigners, who attended the Nizamuddin event have been traced in Haryana, indicated on Thursday that the number may go up further.
06:00 PM

UN: 95% of Europe's virus dead over 60 but young not immune

More than 95% of those who have died of coronavirus in Europe have been over 60 but young people should not be complacent, the head of the World Health Organization's office in Europe said Thursday. Dr Hans Kluge said age is not the only risk factor for getting a severe case of the virus that has put billions under lockdown and upended the world economy.
05:58 PM

Thailand imposes 6-hour nightly curfew to combat virus

Thailand's prime minister announced a nationwide 10 p.m.-to-4 a.m curfew starting Friday to combat the spread of the coronavirus. The measure announced Thursday evening by Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha is the latest in a slow tightening of restrictions since the country's cases began rising sharply in mid-March. Thailand announced 104 new confirmed cases of the disease on Thursday, bringing its total to 1,875.
05:57 PM

9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members, primary contacts quarantined in country: MHA

  • About 9,000 Tablighi Jamaat members and their primary contacts have been quarantined till now in the country after the government undertook "massive efforts" as part of steps to check the spread of the novel coronavirus, a senior home ministry official said on Thursday.
  • Punya Salila Srivastava, a joint secretary in the Union Home Ministry, also told reporters during a daily briefing that out of about 2,000 such Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been shifted to quarantine centres while 334 symptomatic persons admitted to hospitals.
  • She said among the ones in Delhi, 250 are foreigners.
05:55 PM

Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina

  • Saudi Arabia imposed a 24-hour curfew in Mecca and Medina on Thursday, the interior ministry said, extending measures taken to combat the spread of the coronavirus, which has infected more than 1,700 people and killed 16.
  • The interior ministry said in a statement there were some exceptions, including for essential workers and in order for residents to buy food and access medical care. The curfew had previously been from 1500 to 0600.
05:53 PM

Aerospace suppliers face bailout dilemma over job cuts

  • Aerospace suppliers are drawing up plans to lay off workers as coronavirus quarantines cripple their cash balances - but bailout conditions and fears of losing critical skilled labor are forcing managements to juggle survival and future growth.
  • The coronavirus epidemic, which has surpassed 878,000 known cases globally, has battered aviation as airlines ground planes everywhere, sending ripples through a global supply chain.
05:52 PM

Air India to operate 18 flights for citizens of Germany,Canada, France,Ireland stranded in India,on request of concerned embassies

05:50 PM

Till now, 287 foreign nationals have been found to be residing in Uttar Pradesh and passports of 211 of them have been seized: Additional Chief Secretary Awanish Awasthi

05:48 PM

Focus on testing, tracing, quarantine; formulate 'staggered' exit strategy from lockdown: PM to CMs

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday told chief ministers to focus on COVID-19 containment measures -- testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine -- in the next few weeks with a common goal to ensure minimum loss of life, and pitched for formulating a “staggered” exit strategy from the ongoing lockdown.
  • As the country witnessed a spike in coronavirus infections and deaths in the past few days, the prime minister held a meeting with chief ministers via video-conferencing, and said it was imperative to work on war footing, identify hotspots, encircle them and ensure that coronavirus does not spread out.
  • According to an official statement, Modi also pitched for formulating a common exit strategy to ensure "staggered re-emergence of the population" once the 21-day nationwide lockdown ends on April 14.
05:37 PM

30 govt hospitals of Maharashtra designated as COVID-19 hospitals

ANI
05:36 PM

J&K Police opens special helplines for old, sick & needy people

05:34 PM

Prime Minister has allowed harvesting of the crops on condition that social distancing is practiced by the farmworkers

- Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Tomar

05:29 PM

We are ensuring the availability of food and other essential commodities throughout the country

- Union Agriculture Minister, Narendra Tomar

05:24 PM

130 crore Indians are united to defeat COVID-19: HM Amit Shah

05:22 PM

PM Modi will share a video message at 9 am tomorrow

05:19 PM

Delhi govt to give Rs 5,000 to autorickshaw, gramin-sewa, e-rickshaw drivers in wake of COVID-19 lockdown

- Delhi CM

05:18 PM

A total of 2,943 people including 1,810 from Nizammuddin Markaz quarantined by government

- Delhi CM

05:14 PM

219 coronavirus cases in Delhi, 51 foreign nationals, 108 linked to mosque event. 4 have died

- Arvind Kejriwal

05:13 PM

Number of COVID-19 cases may shoot up in Delhi in coming days

- Arvind Kejriwal

05:07 PM

Around 1,000 linked to Tablighi Jamaat screened in Karnataka, 11 test positive for COVID-19: Official

05:05 PM

There is no need to panic but the lockdown should be strictly followed: Dharavi MLA, Varsha Gaikwad

05:03 PM

2 held for hiding travel history in J-K's Samba

  • A man from UP who did not share his travel history with the authorities and a 'moulvi' who gave him shelter in a mosque have been apprehended in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, officials said on Thursday
  • Acting on a tip-off, police raided the Chak Doulat mosque and held the two men on Wednesday night, they said.
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