COVID-19: PM Modi to Address Nation at 8 PM on 19 March
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on 19 March 2020 at 8 PM, during which he will talk about issues relating to COVID-19 and the efforts to combat it.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development has directed the CBSE and all educational institutions in the country to postpone exams till 31 March in view of the coronavirus outbreak.
Two tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Pune and Ratnagiri on Wednesday,18 March, reported ANI. The two patients who travel histories to Philippines and Dubai. The latest cases raise the state total to 45.
On Wednesday, the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India reached 151, according to the Health Ministry data.
The novel coronavirus shows no signs of stopping as the number of confirmed cases worldwide surpassed 200,000 on Wednesday. Of those, 8,000 have died, 82,032 have recovered, and 112,203 are still open, according to the John Hopkins Resource Center.
- Total cases in India stand at 151
- MEA advises Indians abroad to stay put and reduce all non-essential travel
- The National Restaurant Association of India (NRAI) advises its member restaurants to shut operations till 31 March
- China gives go-ahead to begin human trials for an experimental coronavirus vaccine
- The global death toll from COVID-19 has crossed 8,000
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PM Modi to Address Nation on 19 March
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation on Thursday evening on the situation arising out of coronavirus outbreak and the efforts to combat it, the Prime Minister's Office said on Wednesday.
In another tweet, the PMO said Modi chaired a high-level meeting to review the ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19.
ICSE Has Not Postponed Class 10, 12 Board Exams: Official
The ICSE board exams for classes 10 and 12 have not been postponed in view of coronavirus outbreak, an official said on Wednesday, reported PTI
"The exams have not been postponed and will be held as per schedule as of now," board chief executive and secretary Gerry Arathoon told PTI.
Kashmir Records Its First Case of COVID-19: Officials
The Kashmir Valley on Wednesday recorded its first positive case for novel coronavirus in Srinagar, mayor of Srinagar Municipal Corporation Junaid Azim Mattu said.
He said it was portent that all residents of Srinagar stay at their homes from Thursday morning and do not venture out unnecessarily.
Trump Invokes Defence Production Act to Fight Novel Coronavirus Outbreak
Describing himself as a "wartime president", Donald Trump on Wednesday announced that his administration will invoke the Defence Production Act, a move which will gear up the US armed forces to manufacture testing kits and other equipment, including masks and gloves, on a war footing to combat the coronavirus outbreak, reported QAP.
The Defence Production Act (DPA) allows the authorities to expedite and expand the supply of resources from the US industrial base to support military, energy, space and homeland security programmes.
The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the US surged past 6,500, with 115 deaths.
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