COVID-19: Himachal Reports 1st Death, Cases in India at 467

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Updated24 Mar 2020, 12:59 AM IST
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A 69-year-old Tibetan refugee, who died at a hospital in Tanda in Himachal Pradesh on Monday, 23 March, has been tested positive for COVID-19. He returned from the United States on 15 March, reported ANI, quoting RD Dhiman, State Additional Chief Secretary (Health).

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday reported that the total number of positive cases in India rose to 471. However, the Union Health Ministry has reported 467 cases.

The Supreme Court also passed an order stating that the limitation period - essentially the time limit within which cases or appeals can be filed - has been suspended indefinitely in light of the coronavirus crisis.

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday announced that domestic commercial airlines shall cease operations from 24 March midnight till 31 March.

The Government of India has asked states to strictly enforce lockdown, saying that legal action will be taken against violators.

The total number of coronavirus cases across the globe stands at at least 3,50,000 according to AFP.

Snapshot
  • 30 states and union territories in India have been locked down
  • The Punjab and Maharashtra governments on Monday imposed a curfew to stop the spread of coronavirus
  • The Supreme Court on Monday said that it will not hold hearings in person till further orders
  • PM Modi said the ‘Janata Curfew’ was just the beginning of a long battle, even as he lauded the people for their overwhelming response
  • Cases in India stand at 467, death toll at 9

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1:04 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

More Than 100 Coronavirus Deaths in the US in 24 Hours

More than 100 coronavirus deaths in the United States in 24 hours, reports AFP news agency quoting Johns Hopkins tracker.

1:04 AM, 23 Mar

US Senate Fails to Advance Trillion-Dollar Rescue Package

A trillion-dollar Senate proposal to rescue the reeling US economy crashed to defeat on Sunday, 22 March, after receiving zero support from Democrats, who said the Republican proposal failed to sufficiently help millions of Americans devastated by the coronavirus crisis, AFP reported.

The bill, which proposed up to $2 trillion in funding for American families, thousands of shuttered or suffering businesses and the nation's critically under-equipped hospitals, failed by a 47-47 vote when it needed 60 to pass, despite intense negotiations between Republicans, Democrats and President Donald Trump's administration.

1:06 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

France Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps 112 to 674: Official

The number of people killed in France by the coronavirus outbreak has increased by another 112 to a total of 674, the top French health official said on Sunday, according to AFP.

The rise in the death toll was identical to that of the previous day. "The virus kills and it is continuing to kill," said top French health official Jerome Salomon as he announced the new numbers at a daily briefing.

2:09 AM, 23 Mar

Gatherings of More Than 2 to be Banned in Germany

Gatherings of more than two people are to be banned in Germany in a bid to stop the spread of COVID-19. Some exceptions will be allowed, including for families living under the same roof, AFP reports.

2:27 AM, 23 Mar

Canada Will Not Send Athletes to Tokyo Olympics

Canada won't be sending teams to the Olympics this year.

"While we recognise the inherent complexities around a postponement, nothing is more important than the health and safety of our athletes and the world community," the committee said in a statement.

2:28 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Postponing Olympics a Possibility, Says Abe

Speaking to lawmakers on Monday, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics is a possibility.

This is the first time Abe has changed his staunch public position that the Olympics will start 24 July as scheduled, CNN reported.

2:44 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Harvey Weinstein Tests Positive for Coronavirus in Prison: Union Official

Former movie producer Harvey Weinstein, who is serving a prison sentence for sexual assault and rape, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the head of the state corrections officers union, Reuters reports.

Weinstein has been placed in isolation at Wende Correctional Facility, said Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association.

3:02 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Emirates Reverses Decision to Suspend All Passenger Flights

Dubai carrier Emirates reversed on Sunday its decision to suspend all passenger flights, shortly after it said it would halt operations from 25 March amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, AFP reported.

The airline said it "received requests from governments and customers to support the repatriation of travellers" and will continue to operate passenger flights to 13 destinations, down from its usual 159.

3:08 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Tamil Nadu Reports Two More Cases

Two fresh positive cases have been reported in Tamil Nadu. A 64-year-old woman who traveled from California is under isolation at Stanley Medical College, while a 43-year-old man, who returned from Dubai, is under isolation at Tirunelveli Medical College.

Both the patients are stable.

3:21 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

IAS Officers of Punjab Cadre to Contribute One Day's Salary to CM's Relief Fund

The government of Punjab has announced that to help those whose livelihoods have been affected as a result of lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, all IAS officers of Punjab cadre shall contribute a day's salary to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, ANI reported on Monday, 23 March.

3:41 AM, 23 Mar

Arvind Kejriwal Tweets on Delhi Lockdown

As Delhi entered a lockdown on Monday, CM Arvind Kejriwal took to Twitter to provide encouragement to citizens.

3:44 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Total Number of Positive Cases in Maharashtra at 89

The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra rose to 89 with 15 more coronavirus positive cases reported in the last 24 hours, officials said on Monday.

Of the new cases, 14 are in Mumbai and one in Pune, they said.

4:08 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Total Number of Positive Cases in India at 390: Health Ministry

The health ministry on Monday said that the number of COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 390, with 359 out of these being active cases.

4:17 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Uber, Ola to Suspend Services in Delhi From 23 March Till 31 March

Services of Ola and Uber will not be available in Delhi till 31 March amid the lockdown announced by the state government to contain the spread of coronavirus.

4:23 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Philippines Citizen Who Initially Tested Positive, but Became Negative, Passes Away

A 68-year-old Philippines citizen, who initially tested positive for COVID-19 but recovered, passed away on in Mumbai on Sunday, according to ANI. He was reportedly shifted from Kasturba hospital to a private hospital and had developed acute renal failure and respiratory distress, the Public Health Department said, according to ANI.

4:24 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Shiv Sena MPs to Abstain From Parliament Over COVID-19

Shiv Sena MPs will not take part in proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, due to coronavirus, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut has said, according to ANI.

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu has called a meeting of various party leaders later today for stock-taking of the situation and duration of the House session.

4:26 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Case Against Delhi Man Who Called Manipur Woman 'Corona', Spat on Her

Delhi Police has registered a case under section 509 of the Indian Penal Code against a man who allegedly spat on a woman belonging to Manipur and called her "Corona" in Vijay Nagar area of north Delhi on Sunday night, ANI reports.

4:31 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Anti-CAA Protest in Lucknow Suspended Amid Coronavirus Scare

Women protestors staging a round-the-clock sit-in at the historic clock tower in Lucknow against the CAA and the NRC have suspended their dharna in view of the coronavirus scare.

The woman protestors have submitted a letter to the police commissioner, saying they were suspending their 66-day-long protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the proposed nationwide National Register of Citizens (NRC) and the National Population Register (NPR) temporarily in view of the outbreak, PTI reported.

They added that they would be back after the lockdown enforced by the government ends.

4:34 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Delhi Budget to be Presented in Assembly Today

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that despite the lockdown in Delhi, the Delhi Budget would be presented in the Assembly today as it is necessary to do so because without passing the budget, the government will not be able to spend money from 1 April.

4:44 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Please Follow Instructions, Save Yourself and Family: PM Modi

PM Modi took to Twitter on Monday to remind people to follow instructions and take the lockdown seriously.

5:01 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Indian Markets Tank on Coronavirus Scare

Sensex on Monday, 23 March, tanked 10 percent to the hit the lower circuit limit, halting trading for 45 minutes, as markets crashed once again amid concerns over the coronavirus outbreak. Nifty, meanwhile, was down by 842 points at 7,903.

At the opening on Monday, Sensex had nosedived 2,718 points to 27,197, while Nifty tanked 720 points to 8,024, as large parts of India were placed under lockdown to curb the spread of the highly contagious virus, which has infected at least 396 people across the country.

All the constituents of the Nifty and Sensex had opened with losses, as did all the sectoral indices.

5:08 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

27 Positive Cases in Karnataka

Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramalu on Monday said that there are 27 positive coronavirus cases in the state. He added that one hospital in every district is dedicated to COVID-19 treatment and that the state has placed an order for 1000 ventilators. The minister also said that the government has already taken measures to purchase 10 lakh masks and five lakhs of Personal Protective Equipment.

5:13 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

29 Positive Cases in Gujarat

Eleven new coronavirus cases have been reported in Gujarat, taking the total number of those infected by the deadly virus in the state to 29, the state health department said on Monday, according to PTI.

Among the new patients, five are males and six females. Of these, five cases are of local transmission and six patients have history of recent visits to countries like Saudi Arabia, France, Sri Lanka and the UK, it said.

5:27 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

30 Cases in Delhi, Situation Under Control: Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that there are 30 cases in Delhi, adding that the situation was currently under control in the national capital.

5:28 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Centre Asks States to Strictly Enforce Lockdown

The Government of India asks states to strictly enforce lockdown, says legal action will be taken against violators.

5:35 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Total Number of Positive Cases at 415: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research on Monday pegged the total number of positive coronavirus cases in the country at 415. The medical body said that the number of positive cases has increased by 19 since yesterday, according to ANI.

5:53 AM, 23 Mar

DMK, Allies Announce Boycott of TN Assembly Session

Tamil Nadu's main opposition DMK and its allies Congress and Indian Union Muslim League on Monday said that they will boycott the ongoing Assembly session considering people's safety and to facilitate the stay of MLAs in their respective constituencies, according to PTI.

Leader of Opposition and DMK president M K Stalin in a letter to Speaker P Dhanapal said the session was being held contravening the government's campaign of social distancing to combat the spread of coronavirus.

DMK whip R Sakkarapani, Congress legislature party leader K R Ramasamy and IUML MLA K A M Muhammed Abbubacker told reporters at the Secretariat that their parties will boycott the session scheduled till 31 March.

6:00 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

No Community Transmission in India: Rajesh Tope

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Monday said that there was no community transmission in India.

“I want to make it very clear that we have not entered the community spread phase,” he said, according to ANI.

6:01 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Delhi HC Suspends Breath Analyser Test of Air Traffic Controllers

Delhi High Court suspends the current Breath Analyzer Test of Air Traffic controllers till 27 March, in view of COVID-19, ANI reports.

6:03 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Adityanath Appeals to People to Remain at Home

6:20 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Total Number of Positive Cases in Chandigarh at 7

Total number of positive cases of coronavirus in Chandigarh now stands at seven, the UT’s administration has said. All seven patients are in stable condition, it added, according to ANI.

6:27 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

No More In-Person Hearings in SC Till Further Orders

Supreme Court will not hold hearings in person till further orders. Urgent matters will be taken up by the apex court via video conferencing and lawyers may appear from their own offices. Lawyers chambers in the SC will be sealed at 5PM on Tuesday, Bar & Bench reports.

6:43 AM, 23 Mar

Will Grant Special Parole to Convicts to Decongest Prisons, Delhi Govt Tells HC

The AAP government told the Delhi High Court on Monday that it had decided to decongest its prisons to check the spread of coronavirus by providing convicts with the options of special parole and furlough, PTI reported.

The Delhi government told a bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad that it was going to amend its prison rules to provide the options of special parole and furlough.

6:45 AM, 23 Mar

Home Quarantine-Stamped People to Be Arrested If Found in Public Places in Bengaluru

Amid rising coronavirus cases, Bengaluru city Police Commissioner Bhaskar Rao said on Monday those subjected to home quarantine stamping would be arrested if they were found to visit public places.

6:55 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Arunachal Pradesh Orders Lockdown From Monday Evening Till 31 March

The Arunachal Pradesh government has announced a lockdown in the state from Monday evening till 31 March in view of the coronavirus outbreak, officials said, according to PTI.

All essential services will be allowed during the period, according to a notification issued by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on Sunday night.

7:03 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Himachal Pradesh to Enter Lockdown From Today

Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jairam Thakur on Monday announced that there will be complete lockdown in the state with effect from today till further orders, in wake of coronavirus.

7:11 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Odisha HC Suspends Hearings Till 31 March

Odisha HC suspends hearings till 31 March starting today. Only urgent matters can be mentioned before the Deputy Registrar through WhatsApp message or video call.

7:25 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

DGCA Issues Social Distancing Measures for Airlines, Airport Operators

7:27 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Goa Govt Extends 'Janata Curfew'; Industry Delegation Meets CM

Goa witnessed a total shut down for the second consecutive day on Monday as the state government extended the 'Janata Curfew' to contain the spread of coronavirus.

A delegation of various industrial bodies in Goa met Chief Minister Pramod Sawant at his residence on Monday, urging him to allow the industry work with 20 percent workforce, PTI reported.

Sawant on Sunday announced that the 'Janata curfew' will remain in force till the intervening night of 25-26 March.

7:33 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

SC on Overcrowding in Prisons

The SC on Monday asked each state to constitute a High Power Committee headed by chairman of state legal service authority to determine which class of prisoners can be released on parole or on interim bail for such period as may be thought appropriate.

7:45 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

PM Modi Interacts With Media Heads

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is interacting with media representatives through video conferencing, over COVID19.

7:52 AM, 23 Mar

Hong Kong Bans All Non-Resident Arrivals

Hong Kong will ban all non-residents from entering the financial hub from Wednesday, its leader said Monday, as it tries to halt a recent spike in virus infections from people returning from abroad.

"From midnight of March 25, all non-Hong Kong residents flying in from overseas will not be allowed into the city," Chief Executive Carrie Lam said, adding the order would be in place for at least two weeks, according to AFP.

7:54 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Kerala HC to Remain Closed Till 8 April

Kerala High Court will remain closed till 8 April in the wake of coronavirus. Sittings will be held on Tuesdays and Fridays to consider emergency cases. Cases which affect individual freedom, habeas corpus petitions and bail pleas will be considered only on these days, ANI reports.

7:54 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Lawyers Chambers in Delhi HC to be Closed Till 31 March

All lawyer chambers in Delhi High Court to be closed from today evening till 31 March, in view of coronavirus, ANI reports.

7:57 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Curfew Imposed in Ludhiana Till 31 March

Curfew to be imposed in Ludhiana from 2pm today till 31 March, medical emergency cases exempted, Ludhiana Police said on Monday, according to ANI.

8:07 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Punjab CM Announces Full Curfew in State

Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh announces full curfew in the state with no relaxations, essential service exempted.

8:07 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Mamata Writes to Modi, Appeals for All Flights to be Stopped From Landing in WB

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealing to him to stop all flights from landing in West Bengal with immediate effect.

COVID-19: Himachal Reports 1st Death, Cases in India at 467
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8:17 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Railways Extends Duration of Stay in Retiring Room Till Normal Services Resume

Railways extends duration of stay in retiring room till normal services resume; station masters to fix time limit, officials said on Monday, according to PTI.

8:17 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

OPD Services in All AIIMS to Remain Closed Till Further Orders

All OPD services in All India Institute of Medical Sciences and all centres to remain closed till further orders, ANI reports.

8:19 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

FIR Against 40 People in Ahmedabad for Gathering on 22 March

An FIR has been filed against 40 people from Ahmedabad’s Khadia area who had gathered outside their house on 22 March as Section 144 of CrPC is imposed in Ahmedabad, Ashish Bhatia, Commissioner of Police, Ahmedabad told ANI on Monday.

8:21 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

IGL Shuts Nearly Two-Third of CNG Stations in NCT of Delhi

Indraprastha Gas Limited shuts nearly two-third of CNG stations in national capital territory as vehicles go off-road due to coronavirus lockdown, PTI reports.

8:22 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Pondicherry to Enter Lockdown

Pondicherry will go under lockdown from 9pm today till 31 March.

8:39 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Parliament to be Adjourned Sine Die on Monday: Report

Both Houses of Parliament will be adjourned sine die on Monday after passage of Finance Bill, PTI reports, quoting sources.

8:50 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

First Doctor Dies From Coronavirus in Pak

A 26-year-old Pakistani doctor has become the country's first medic to die after contracting the novel coronavirus while treating the COVID-19 patients in Gilgit region of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, officials said on Monday, according to PTI.

Usma Riaz was treating the patients who recently returned from Iraq and Iran.

8:56 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

PM Modi Thanks Nations for Contributions to SAARC COVID-19 Emergency Fund

Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks the leaders of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for their contribution towards SAARC COVID19 Emergency Fund.

9:07 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Delhi HC Suspends Functioning of Itself, District Courts Till 4 April

Delhi High Court suspends its functioning as well as of district courts till 4 April in view of coronavirus. In case of any fresh matter of extreme urgency, the Registrar/Joint Registrar can be contacted telephonically and hearing of such matters would be through video conferencing, the High Court said.

9:32 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Lok Sabha Adjourned Amid COVID-19 Fears

Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die on Monday, earlier than scheduled, amid the COVID-19 outbreak. It was originally supposed to continue till 3 April.

9:36 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Section 144 to be Imposed in TN From 6PM Tomorrow Till 31 March

Section 144 will be imposed in Tamil Nadu from 6PM on Tuesday till 31 March, it was announced in the Assembly today. Shops selling milk, vegetables, provisions, mutton, chicken and fish will continue to function. However, commercial complexes won't be open. Government offices that are deemed necessary and essential will function.

All private establishments have been instructed to let their employees work from home.

9:53 AM, 23 Mar

Raj Govt Restricts Assembly of Five or More People

Rajasthan Health Minister Raghu Sharma on Monday said the government has imposed prohibitory orders restricting assembly of five or more people to prevent the spread of coronavirus, reported PTI.

He said that people can be booked under Indian Penal Code section 188 (disobedience of order) if they are found violating the order.

10:06 AM, 23 Mar

Labour Ministry Issues Advisory to Private/Public Enterprises

The Ministry of Labour & Employment issued an advisory on Monday to all the employers of Public/Private establishments to not cut salaries or resort to employee layoffs amid the coronavirus outbreak in the country, reported PTI

10:35 AM, 23 Mar

Rahul Targets Modi Govt Over 'Delay' in Banning Export of Ventilators, Masks

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Monday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the "delay" in the government's decision to ban the export of essentials life-saving equipment like ventilators and surgical masks amid coronavirus outbreak.

"Respected Prime Minister, WHO's advice 1. Ventilator 2. Surgical Mask, why did the Indian government allow the export of all these things till March 19, instead of keeping sufficient stock? Which kind of forces have encouraged these games? Isn't this a criminal conspiracy?" asked Gandhi.

10:35 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Iran Death Toll Rises to 1,812

Iran on Monday reported 127 new COVID-19 deaths, bringing its death toll to 1,812 amid 23,049 confirmed cases, reported AFP.

10:35 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Telangana Reports 3 New COVID-19 Cases

Three new positive coronavirus case were reported in Telangana taking the total of those infected to 30, the government said on Monday, reported PTI.

The three include one with travel history to France and another to London, according to a media bulletin on coronavirus.

The third person is a resident of Karimnagar who came in contact with the 10-member group of Indonesians which tested positive for the virus.

10:44 AM, 23 Mar

Arunachal Pradesh Invokes Epidemic Act

The Arunachal Pradesh state government on Monday invoked the Epidemic Act and announced a ‘complete safety restriction’ of the state from 5 pm, 23 March till midnight of 31 March. All essential services shall be exempted, reported ANI, quoting Pema Khandu, Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.

10:56 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Nigeria Reports First COVID-19 Death

Nigeria on Monday reported its first death from coronavirus as confirmed cases of infections in Africa's most populous nation climbed further, reported AFP.

"The 1st COVID-19 death in Nigeria has been recorded," the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control wrote on Twitter.

He had underlying medical conditions -- multiple myeloma & diabetes & was undergoing chemotherapy."

11:02 AM, 23 Mar

Bhima Koregaon Commission Postpones Its Proceeding Till Further Notice

The Bhima Koregaon Commission was supposed to submit its 7th status report, but in a letter written to the Chief Secretary the commission has shown inability to submit the report in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic.

The commission says that if an extension of 6 months is given, it intends to examine 40-50 more witnesses including police, and other state witnesses, prominent politicians.

11:14 AM, 23 Mar

Those With Quarantine Stamps Found Outside Will Be Arrested: Bengaluru Top Cop

The Bengaluru police commissioner on Monday said that those subjected to home-quarantine stamping will be arrested if they are found in public places, reported PTI.

11:34 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Global COVID-19 Death Toll Crosses 15,000

Deaths from the novel coronavirus pandemic have crossed 15,000 across the globe, according to an AFP tally on Monday from official figures.

A total of 15,189 deaths have been recorded, the majority in Europe with 9,197 fatalities.

Italy is the hardest-hit country with 5,476 deaths, followed by China where the virus first emerged last year with 3,270, and Spain with 2,182.

11:46 AM, 23 Mar

Haryana Extends Lockdown to Entire State in the Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

A day after putting seven districts of the state under lockdown, the Haryana government on Monday decided to extend the anti-coronavirus preventive measure to the remaining 15 districts of the state, reported PTI.

The lockdown for the new districts would be effective from 24 March midnight i.e. night intervening Monday and Tuesday.

11:53 AM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Govt Suspends Domestic Air Travel From 25 March

No domestic commercial passenger flight would be allowed to operate in the country from 25 March onward, the Union Civil Aviation Ministry said in a statement on Monday in order to restrict travel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease with effect from the midnight that is 23.59 hours IST (Indian Standard Time) on 24 March 2020," a ministry spokesperson said.

"Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destinations before 23.59 hours on 24 March 2020," the spokesperson added.

However, the spokesperson clarified that the restrictions would not apply to cargo flights.

12:01 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Spain Death Toll Crosses 2,000

The novel coronavirus death toll in Spain surged to 2,182 after 462 people died within 24 hours, the health ministry said on Monday, reported AFP.

12:06 PM, 23 Mar

Reliance Sets up India's 1st Dedicated COVID-19 Hospital

Reliance Industries on Monday said it will pay contract and temporary workers wages even in case of no work due to coronavirus outbreak, set up India's first dedicated Covid-19 hospital in Mumbai, ramp up face-mask production capacity and provide free meals and fuel to deal with the crisis, reported PTI.

12:11 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

People Were Not Listening: Maha CM Imposes Statewide Curfew

Uddhav Thackeray, Chief Minister of Maharashtra on Monday announced a statewide curfew, stating that district borders will be sealed, no inter-district transportation will be allowed. All essential services to function and their transportation also allowed but with restrictions, reported ANI.

12:16 PM, 23 Mar

Assam to Be Under Lockdown From 6 PM on 24 March Till 31 March

Assam will be under lockdown from 6 pm on 24 March till 31 March in the wake of the novel coronavirus pandemic, reported PTI, quoting Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

12:24 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

One Mores Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Dehradun

One more person, who is under observation at Dehradun's Doon Hospital, tested positive for COVID-19. Three trainee officers of Indian Forest Services were earlier tested positive, reported PTI, quoting, Pankaj Pandey, Secy Medical, Health and Medical Education Dept, Uttarakhand, reported ANI.

12:29 PM, 23 Mar

India Yamaha Motor Shuts Shop in Wake of Coronavirus

Two-wheeler major India Yamaha motor, a subsidiary of Japan-headquartered Yamaha, on Monday said it was suspending operations at its facilities in the country in view of coronavirus outbreak, reported PTI.

The company said it has taken preventive counter- measure of suspending its manufacturing operations at its facilities in Chennai, Surajpur (Uttar Pradesh) and Faridabad (Haryana) till 31 March 2020.

12:35 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

One More Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Gujarat

One more person in Gujarat tests positive for COVID-19, raising the total number of positive cases in the state rises to 30, reported PTI, quoting Health & Family Welfare Department, Government of Gujarat.

12:43 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

West Bengal Reports First COVID-19 Death

A 57-year-old male patient who tested positive for COVID-19 in West Bengal succumbed to the disease on Monday, 23 March. The partient was the fourth patient who tested positive in the state.

12:57 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Punjab CM Imposes Statewide Curfew

Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Monday announced a full curfew in the state with no relaxations, stating that essential service will be exempted and strict action will be taken against any violation of the curfew, reported ANI.

1:09 PM, 23 Mar

Kerala CM Imposes Lockdown

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced on Monday a complete lockdown in the state. All borders in the state to remain closed, operations of all public transport to cease. All places of worship to also remain closed.

1:25 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Chandigarh Imposes Curfew in the Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

Chandigarh Administrator V P Singh Badnore on Monday announced that a curfew will remain in place in Chandigarh from 23 March midnight till further orders. People engaged in essential services will only be allowed curfew passes.

1:33 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

28 More Test Positive for COVID-19 in Kerala

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan announced twenty eight positive cases in the state on Monday, taking the number of those undergoing treatment to 91, the highest in the country, reported PTI.

1:38 PM, 23 Mar

Gambhir Offers Rs 50 Lakh for Delhi Govt Hospitals Treating COVID-19 Patients

BJP MP Gautam Gambhir on Monday offered to release Rs 50 lakh from his MPLADS fund for equipment to treat coronavirus patients in Delhi government hospitals, reported PTI.

1:45 PM, 23 Mar

HC Asks Delhi Govt to Set up Health Facility at Eidgah Camp

The Delhi High Court on Monday directed the AAP government to set up a health facility at the riot victim relief camp at Eidgah in the northeast district of the national capital to prevent spread of coronavirus there, reported PTI.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad ordered the Delhi government to ensure that a team of doctors and public health officials visit the camp within 48 hours with sufficient medicines and equipment.

The court also directed that adequate number of sanitation workers with equipment be deputed at the camp for maintaining hygiene in the area and to avoid spread of any infection or contagious disease.

1:49 PM, 23 Mar

Ride Sharing Services, Rickshaw to Stop in K'taka From 24 March

The Karnataka Government on Monday announced all public and private passenger transport services including Ola, Uber, taxi and autorickshaws shall be stopped from 24 March in Bangalore Urban, Bangalore Rural, Kalaburagi, Chikkaballapur, Mysuru, Madikeri, Dharwad, Mangaluru and Belagavi where restrictions are in place, reported ANI.

1:53 PM, 23 Mar
KEY EVENT

Pakistan's Coronavirus Cases Rise to 803; Sindh Minister Tests Positive

Pakistan said on Monday that the total number of coronavirus cases in the country rose to 803, even as the Army scrambled to put together all resources to tackle the infection which has claimed more than 15,000 lives worldwide, reported PTI.

Sindh Education Minister Saeed Ghani in a video message on Monday confirmed that he had tested positive for coronavirus and was now in isolation at his home.

2:05 PM, 23 Mar

Singapore Reports Highest Single Day Increase, Total Cases Cross 500

Singapore on Monday reported 54 new cases of the novel coronavirus, the highest single day increase, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to 509, reported AFP, quoting health officials.

Out of the 54 new cases, 48 people have travel history to Europe, North America and ASEAN.

2:29 PM, 23 Mar

Cases in Maharashtra Rise to 89

Maharashtra continued to report highest single-day cases with 15 people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in the state in the last 24 hours, taking the total to 89.

Of these 11 are from Mumbai, three from Thane, Vasai- Virar and Navi Mumbai, all part of the commercial capital's metropolitan region, and one from Pune, according to an official statement.

2:29 PM, 23 Mar

Suspected COVID-19 Patient Dies in HP's Kangra

A 24-year-old woman who recently travelled from the USA and showed possible symptoms of coronavirus died at a private hospital in Himachal Pradesh's Kangra, a senior state health official said on Monday.

Her samples were sent for testing to Tanda's Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College but she died before the arrival of the report, the official said.

2:31 PM, 23 Mar

No Domestic Flights till 31 March

The Civil Aviation Ministry on Monday, 23 March announced that domestic commercial airlines shall cease operations from 24 March midnight till 31 March.

2:39 PM, 23 Mar

Corona Impact: AIIMS Shuts Down OPD Services First Time Ever

For the first time in its history, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here has decided to indefinitely shut down OPD services, including speciality and all new and follow-up registration.

The order will come in to effect from 24 March.

2:41 PM, 23 Mar

PM to Interact with People in Varanasi on Coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will interact with the people of his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi on Wednesday in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

"I will interact with the people of my constituency of Varanasi on the situation arising out of coronavirus. You can join this conversation through video conferencing at 5 pm on March 25. If you have any suggestion or question, can share it by going to the comment section of the NaMo app," he tweeted.

2:48 PM, 23 Mar

Kamal Haasan Asks PM to Help Out Workers in Unorganised Sector

Makkal Needhi Maiam (MNM) chief Kamal Haasan on Monday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to ensure the welfare of workers in the informal sector amidst the coronavirus outbreak, suggesting the government can consider direct cash transfer for them.

Haasan wrote an "open letter" to the Prime Minister, in which he said, "More than 90 percent of our workforce is in the informal sector."

"...they are our construction workers, agriculture and manual labourers, fishermen, MSME workers and so on," he said in the letter uploaded on his official Twitter handle.

2:54 PM, 23 Mar

Total Cases in Maharashtra at 97

The total number of positive cases in Maharashtra rise up to 97.

2:54 PM, 23 Mar

9 More Districts in Odisha to be Placed Under Lockdown

The Odisha government intensified its drive against the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic on Monday as it put around 3 crore of the state's 4.5-crore population under a lockdown by extending the restrictions from five to 14 districts.

3:04 PM, 23 Mar

Tripura CM Announces Lockdown in the Wake of COVID-19 Outbreak

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb on Monday announced a complete lockdown in the state from 2 PM on 24 March till 31 March in the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported ANI.

3:21 PM, 23 Mar

Andhra Govt Starts Door-To-Door Campaign to Trace Foreign Returnees

The Andhra Pradesh government on Monday said it has traced over 10,000 foreign returnees through an innovative door-to-door campaign, out of which 140 of them have shown symptoms of coronavirus, while the rest remain asymptomatic, reported PTI.

To contain the spread of COVID-19, the state government deployed over 2.5 lakh volunteers with the responsibility of screening 50 households each.

3:24 PM, 23 Mar

Two-Year-Old Among Two Fresh Coronavirus Cases in Punjab

Two more people, including a two-year-old child, were tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 23 in Punjab, reported PTI, quoting an official.

“The child is the grandson of the Germany-returned Nawanshahr man who died of cardiac arrest last Wednesday,” Civil Surgeon Rajinder Prasad Bhatia told PTI.

3:39 PM, 23 Mar

ICMR Grants Fast Track Approval for COVID-19 Testing Kits for Commercial Use

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has established a fast-track mechanism for validation of non-US FDA EUA/CE IVD approved kits at ICMR National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune.

ICMR NIV Pune has completed evaluation of 9 non-US FDA EUA/CE IVD kits. Only test kits with 100% concordance among true positive and true negative samples have been recommended for commercial use in India.

4:04 PM, 23 Mar

Strict Action Against Lockdown Violators, Warns Gujarat CM

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani on MOndaypromised strict action against people violating lockdown rules in force to combat the novel coronavirus outbreak, reported PTI

The state has declared partial lockdown in Ahmedabad, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, Kutch, Devbhoomi Dwarka and Rajkot districts.

4:04 PM, 23 Mar

Tihar Jail Will Release 3,000 in the View of COVID-19 Outbreak

Tihar Jail will release around 3,000 inmates in the next 3-4 days. Of these, 1500 convicts will be released on parole and other 1,500 undertrial prisoners to be released on interim bail, reported ANI.

4:13 PM, 23 Mar

Movement of Private Vehicles in State to Be Banned: Raj CM

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Monday said that movement of all private vehicles on roads will be banned rom 24 March. Only vehicles related to essential services and those in exempted services would be allowed. State highway tolls will also be closed from 24 March midnight.

4:15 PM, 23 Mar

One More Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Bihar

The number of COVID-19 cases in Bihar rose to three on Monday, after a 24-year-old man, with a travel history to the UK, tested positive for the disease at a hospital in Patna, reported PTI, quoting a Health Department official..

4:21 PM, 23 Mar

SC Suspends Time Limits for Filing Cases

The Supreme Court also passed an order stating that the limitation period - essentially the time limit within which cases or appeals can be filed - has been suspended indefinitely in light of the coronavirus crisis.

This will mean that when calculating whether a case/appeal/petition has been filed too late in a court or tribunal, the court will not consider the time period from 15 March till whenever the coronavirus crisis is deemed to be over.

4:24 PM, 23 Mar

Merkel Negative in 1st Virus Test; More to Be Done

Chancellor Angela Merkel's spokesman said Monday that the German leader has tested negative for the new coronavirus, reported AFP.

Spokesman Steffen Seibert told news agency dpa “the result of today's test is negative” but that “further tests will be conducted in the coming days.”

Merkel went into quarantine at home on Sunday evening after being informed that a doctor who had administered a vaccination to her had tested positive for the new coronavirus.

4:58 PM, 23 Mar
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COVID-19 Pandemic 'Accelerating': WHO Chief

The new coronavirus pandemic is clearly "accelerating", the World Health Organisation warned on Monday, but said it was still possible to "change the trajectory" of the outbreak, reporte

"The pandemic is accelerating," WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists in a virtual news briefing, saying "it took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100,000 cases, 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and just four days for the third 100,000 cases." But he said that "we are not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic."

4:58 PM, 23 Mar

Telangana DSP's Tests Positive for COVID-19

Telangana Police on Monday registered a case against a Deputy Superintendent of Police and his son who had returned from UK, for not following quarantine protocol. The DSP's son has been tested positive for COVID-19, reported ANI.

5:03 PM, 23 Mar

There More Tests Positive for COVID-19 in TN

Dr C Vijayabaskar, Tamil Nadu Health Minister on Monday announced three new positive cases of COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu — 25 year-old who had returned from London, 48-year-old had returned from London and 54-year-old resident of Anna Nagar. All three are in isolation and treatment.

5:20 PM, 23 Mar
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IMF Warns Coronavirus Recession Could Be Worse Than 2009

The world economy is facing "severe" economic damage from the coronavirus pandemic that could be even more costly than in 2009 and will require an unprecedented response, reported AFP, quoting IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva.

In comments to finance ministers from the Group of 20 nations, Georgieva called on advanced economies to provide more support to low income countries, and the IMF stands "ready to deploy all our $1 trillion lending capacity." As much of the world faces mass shutdowns, Georgieva warned the outlook for global growth in 2020 "is negative -- a recession at least as bad as during the global financial crisis or worse."

5:20 PM, 23 Mar

4,329 People Under Observation in J&K Jammu

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday said 4,329 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under observation and four people have tested positive for coronavirus so far in the Union Territory, reported PTI.

5:47 PM, 23 Mar

Govt to Stop Incoming Passengers on All 107 Immigration Posts: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued a letter to stop all incoming passengers on all 107 immigration check posts, including airports, seaports and land ports in view of the coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported.

5:59 PM, 23 Mar

Nasscom Asks Member Companies to Prepare for Complete Lockdown

Nasscom asked its member companies to prepare for a complete lockdown and move assets to enable work from home, wherever possible, PTI reported.

6:01 PM, 23 Mar

Emirates to Temporarily Suspend All Passenger Services From 25 March

As per the UAE government’s directive, Emirates will temporarily suspend all passenger services from 25 March in view of the coronavirus outbreak, ANI reported.

6:05 PM, 23 Mar

South Africa to Impose 21-Day Lockdown to Curb Coronavirus

South Africa will impose a 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus, AFP reported quoting the president.

6:19 PM, 23 Mar
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Special Air Asia Flight With 113 Persons from Malaysia Lands in Chennai

A special Air Asia flight landed at the Chennai Airport on Monday, 23 March, after evacuating 113 persons, including one woman, from Malaysia, ANI reported.

All the passengers are being shifted to the Indian Air Force facility at Tambaram Air Force Station near Chennai for quarantine.

6:25 PM, 23 Mar

France Coronavirus Death Toll Jumps 186 to 860

France coronavirus death toll jumps 186 to 860, reports AFP news agency quoting minister.

7:01 PM, 23 Mar

255 Persons Arrested in Kolkata for Violating Restriction Order

255 persons have been arrested in Kolkata for violating restriction order and have been prosecuted under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, ANI reported

“I appeal to all citizens to stay home and cooperate with the administration.”
Anuj Sharma, Kolkata Police Commissioner
8:40 PM, 23 Mar

UK Govt Orders Three-Week Lockdown to Tackle COVID-19

The UK government has ordered a three-week lockdown to tackle coronavirus, AFP reported.

9:33 PM, 23 Mar

Italy Sees Second Successive Drop in Virus Deaths

Italy on Monday reported a second successive drop in daily deaths and infections from coronavirus that has nevertheless claimed more than 6,000 lives in a month, AFP reported.

The Mediterranean country has now seen its daily fatalities come down from a world record 793 on Saturday to 651 on Sunday and 601 on Monday.

The number of new declared infections fell from 6,557 on Saturday to 4,789 on Monday.

Published: 23 Mar 2020, 01:32 AM IST

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