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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First COVID-19 patient in Kashmir recovers, discharged from hospital: Officials
Over 500 requests from foreign tourists, seeking info for returning home or extending visas, received: Tourism Ministry
Trade unions seek labour minister's intervention to stop retrenchment of workers, salary cuts
Ten central trade unions have jointly written to labour minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar seeking his intervention at the ground level to stop retrenchment of workers and rampant salary cuts.
“Advisory by the government, both the labour ministry and home ministry, is not at all working at ground level to prevent loss of employment and earnings and also eviction from local residence in the process of lockdown,” the unions said in a joint statement.
According to the statement, workers across the country are complaining of forced unpaid leave, including from the National Capital Region. despite repeated advisories from the government.
Delhi cops identify and quarantine 275 foreign nationals who attended Tablighi Jamaat congregation
The Delhi Police Special Branch has identified and quarantined 275 foreign nationals, who have been staying in various mosques after attending a Tablighi Jamaat congregation in the Nizamuddin area, officials said on Thursday.
Among 275 foreign nationals, 172 are from Indonesia, 36 from Kyrgyzstan, 21 from Bangladesh, 12 from Malaysia, seven from Algeria, two each from Afghanistan and the US and one each from France, Tunisia, Belgium and Italy.
Community kitchen to feed the poor and needy
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Out of about 2,000 Tablighi Jamaat members in Delhi, 1,804 have been quarantined, 334 admitted to hospitals: MHA official
Migrant workers to get proper psycho-social help: Health min
328 new cases, 151 recoveries, 12 deaths in India in last 24 hours: Health ministry
At least 151 people have been recovered from coronavirus so far: Health Ministry
Misappropriation of money or material in disaster-like situation invites 2 years of jail with fine: Home Secy to states
Health Ministry briefs media on COVID 19 situation
Air India CMD: Entered into contract with Germany, France, Ireland, and Canada to repatriate their citizens on commercial charter flights
Maharashtra govt to use blood samples for faster tests of coronavirus suspects instead of swab samples: Health minister Tope
Violators of lockdown should be punished under IPC: Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla to states
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu puts on hold oath-taking of 37 newly elected members till lockdown is over
Around 3.25 lakh migrant labourers in state-run shelters across Maharashtra: Health Minister Rajesh Tope
Centre has allowed Maharashtra to conduct rapid COVID-19 tests to expedite detection: Health Minister Rajesh Tope
Health Ministry to brief media shortly
More than 500,000 confirmed #coronavirus cases in Europe: AFP tally
An Aircraft from Hindon Air Force Station has carried vegetables and essential commodities items to Leh, Ladakh: Aviation Ministry official
Another batch of 324 people released from quarantine facilities in Srinagar
Authorities here on Thursday released another batch of 324 people from various quarantine facilities in the city, taking the total number of those who successfully completed the isolation period to 638, officials said.
"About 324 more persons who had returned from overseas countries being discharged after completing their two-week quarantine in Srinagar. Total number of persons discharged so far is now 638," the Srinagar District Administration tweeted.
This was the third group of people to be released from quarantine facilities in the city in as many days.
Awareness about COVID-19 higher in Tier-1 cities, compared to Tier-2 and Tier-3 cities, finds IIT Hyderabad- IIT Bombay study
Two govt doctors booked for being absent from COVID-19 duty in UP
Two government doctors, deputed for COVID-19 duty, have been booked under the Epidemic Diseases Act for allegedly not reporting to work in neighbouring Shamli district, officials said on Thursday.
The doctors, Praveen Sharma and Vineet Saini, were booked on Wednesday, they said.
No new overnight coronavirus cases in Karnataka: Govt
China reports 35 new imported coronavirus cases, six deaths
China reported 35 new imported cases of the novel coronavirus while the death toll from the COVID1-9 infections increased to 3,318 after six more fatalities were confirmed on Wednesday from the virus hit Hubei province, health officials said on Thursday.
China's National Health Commission (NHC) in its daily report also said 37 new asymptomatic cases of the coronavirus were reported on Wednesday from the Hubei province.
It said 35 new imported cases were reported on the same day bringing the total number of cases with the infection from abroad to 841. While no locally transmitted cases of the virus were reported from the COVID-19 epicentre Hubei Province and its capital Wuhan.
PM accepted Uddhav Thackeray's suggestion that religious leaders should be asked to refrain from holding large gatherings: Maha CMO
11 more test positive in Rajasthan, reports ANI
Eleven more people have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of cases to 131 in Rajasthan including two Italian & 14 attendees of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi: State Health department
Over 1400 people from Maharashtra attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi. Out of which, around 1300 have been traced
- Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope
We are taking responsibility of all migrants workers in the state. We will provide them all facilities
- Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope
South-West Railway Zone converting 312 train coaches into isolation wards
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Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.
The World Health Organization and partners decided that for the next six months, all polio activities including national vaccination campaigns and house-to-house surveillance "should be suspended to avoid placing communities and frontline workers at unnecessary risk."
The announcement came after a meeting last week of the Polio Oversight Board, an expert body coordinated by WHO and partners.
The experts noted that while halting efforts to stop polio is necessary given the speed at which COVID-19 is infecting people globally, it will undoubtedly result in the increased spread of the paralytic disease and the numbers of children paralyzed by the virus.
Spain's coronavirus death toll surpasses 10,000 after another record daily toll
Iran's death toll from coronavirus rises to 3,160
COVID-19 effect: Air India suspends contract of around 200 pilots
Air India on Thursday temporarily suspended the contracts of around 200 pilots, who were re-employed after retirement, as all domestic and international commercial passenger flights have been suspended in the country till April 14 to curb the COVID-19 pandemic, a senior official said.
"Since almost all the planes have been grounded and the carrier's revenues have taken a significant fall during the last few weeks, the airline has decided to temporarily suspend the contract of around 200 pilots who were re-employed after their retirement," said the official.
COVID-19 cases rise to 33 in Haryana, with active cases standing at 20: State Health Department
Domino s Pizza-ITC Foods to make home delivery of essentials
Dominos Pizza, in partnership with ITC Foods, on Thursday announced the launch of Dominos Essentials to deliver essential items at home in view of the lockdown imposed owing to the spread of coronavirus.
The delivery infrastructure of Dominos would be leveraged to help customers order everyday grocery essentials," a joint statement said.
A combo pack of Aashirvaad Atta and spices including chilli, coriander and turmeric powder would be available on Dominos app starting today (Thursday), it said.
Belgium virus death toll tops 1,000, reports AFP
UPSRTC employees donate one day's salary to CM relief fund
Employees of the Uttar Pradesh Road Transport Corporation (UPSRTC) on Thursday contributed one day's salary to the COVID-19 relief fund under the chief minister's office.
A demand draft of Rs 2.47 crore was presented to UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by Principal Secretary, Transport, Rajesh Kumar Singh and MD of UPSRTC Raj Shekhar, according to an official release.
Health Ministry identifies 20 existing, 22 potential coronavirus hotspots in India
The Union Health Ministry on Thursday said it has identified 20 existing and 22 potential hotspots of COVID-19 in the country and asserted that although there is no evidence of widespread community transmission, containment measures will require large human resource.
The ministry said this in an advisory on human resource management of COVID-19 to provide guidance to the states on manpower that can be mobilized for the management of the disease along with possible role assignments and their training requirements.
"Although there is no evidence to widespread community transmission, 20 existing and 22 potential hotspots have been identified. The containment measures to break the cycle of transmission and clinical management of those affected would require a large human resource," it said in the document.
What all PM Modi said in meeting with Chief Ministers
It is truly praiseworthy how all the States have worked together as a team to check the spread of the virus: PM
The States and Centre must formulate a common exit strategy to ensure staggered re-emergence of the population once Lockdown ends: PM
Our goal is to ensure minimum loss of life: PM
CMs give feedback, praise leadership of PM in the time of crisis; brief about steps taken to contain the spread of cases arising from Nizamuddin Markaz
PM asks CMs to reach out to Community Leaders and social welfare organizations, adopt community-approach in the battle against the pandemic
2 people in Ahmednagar who came from Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi test positive for coronavirus
Mumbai police constable in Worli tests positive for coronavirus
He is admitted in KEM hospital.
Lucknow: A family put up a notice outside their home in Hazratganj area, appealing their relatives not to visit
Delhi Commission for Women takes suo-moto cognizance of the 'inhuman conditions existing in the brothels situated at GB Road'
Donald Trump casts doubt on Chinese coronavirus figures
President Donald Trump cast doubt on the accuracy of official Chinese figures on its coronavirus outbreak after US lawmakers, citing an intelligence report, accused Beijing of a cover up.
"How do we know" if they are accurate, Trump asked at a press conference. "Their numbers seem to be a little bit on the light side."
Trump insisted that "the relationship with China's a good one" and that he remained close to President Xi Jinping.
However, controversy around Beijing's transparency has strained ties, adding to bad feelings triggered by a conspiracy theory in China that the US military was to blame for the virus.
Exams for 7th, 8th standard cancelled in Karnataka amid COVID-19 lockdown
Examinations for classes 7th and 8th in schools affiliated to Karnataka State Board have been cancelled and children will be promoted to the next standard without exams, said Suresh Kumar, Karnataka Primary and Secondary Education Minister.
Several schools across the country have been closed in the backdrop of COVID-19 lockdown.
US nearly runs out of emergency stockpiles of medical supplies: Reports
The US has nearly run out of its emergency stockpiles of medical supplies like masks, gowns and gloves in its fight against the coronavirus pandemic that has claimed over 5,000 lives in the country and infected 210,000 people, according to reports.
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has delivered more than 11.6 million N-95 masks, 5.2 million face shields, 22 million gloves and 7,140 ventilators, exhausting the emergency stockpile, an official was quoted as saying by The New York Times on Wednesday.
Kargil man tests positive for coronavirus, reports PTI
AIIMS Delhi doctor tests positive for coronavirus, reports ANI quoting sources
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