COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397

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Updated01 Apr 2020, 01:32 AM IST
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The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 35 in the country on Tuesday, 31 March, while the number of cases spiked to 1,397, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday.

The death toll due to coronavirus in the United States has exceeded the official China tally, AFP reported quoting John Hopkins on Tuesday.

23 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Delhi on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 120, Delhi Health Department said.

India is set to increase testing in ten identified “hotspots” where “unusual” transmission has been detected. It includes Dilshad Garden and Nizamuddin, both in Delhi, the others being Noida, Meerut, Mumbai, Pune, Bhilwara, Ahmedabad, Kasaragod and Pathanamthitta.

Snapshot
  • Jharkhand reported its first COVID-19 case after a Malaysian woman tested positive for the virus, a senior official said on Tuesday
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked Centre to set up a portal within 24 hours to counter the panic being spread through fake news
  • The Health Ministry on Monday stated that India is still in the local transmission stage
  • The Centre on Sunday asked all states and Union territories to allow transportation of all goods during the nationwide lockdown
  • Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has “appealed to the large number of people, who are returning from cities they work in, to stay wherever they are”

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1:15 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Six Dead Due to COVID-19 After Attending Religious Gathering

Six men from Telangana were the latest victims of the COVID-19 disease after they attending a religious congregation on Monday in Nizamuddin, Delhi, reported PTI, quoting the Telangana government.

1:15 AM, 31 Mar

Three Discharged After Being Treated for COVID-19 in Kerala

Three members of a family who returned from Italy and their two close relatives who had tested positive for COVID-19 were discharged from Pathanamthitta general hospital on 30 March, reported ANI.

1:14 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

One More Tests Positive in Chhattisgarh

A resident of Korba, Chhattisgarh tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, reported ANI, quoting NM Nagarkar, Director of Raipur AIIMS. The latest cases raise the total number of cases in the state to eight.

1:49 AM, 31 Mar

In First, UN Security Council Approves Resolutions Remotely

The UN Security Council has for the first time approved resolutions remotely after painstaking negotiations among diplomats who are teleworking due to the coronavirus pandemic, reported AFP.

The Security Council on Monday unanimously voted for four resolutions, including one that extended through April 2021, the expiring mandate of UN experts who are monitoring sanctions on North Korea, diplomats said.

1:51 AM, 31 Mar

US Coordinating With India to Bring Back Its Stranded Citizens: Official

The Trump administration is coordinating with the Indian government to evacuate stranded American citizens from India who have expressed interest to return to the US, a top official in Washington has said, amid the rapid spread of coronavirus pandemic that has upended life, disrupted travel and killed over 37,500 people, reported PTI.

1:56 AM, 31 Mar

12 Migrant Workers Self-Quarantine After testing Negative in Odisha

In Odisha, 12 migrant workers from Pipalguda in Kalahandi who had returned from Kerala have self-quarantined themselves outside the village. After returning they went to hospital for COVID-19 test and they tested negative. But they decided to stay outside as a precautionary measure, reported ANI.

2:06 AM, 31 Mar

H-1B Workers in US Ask Post-Unemployment Stay be Extended from 60 to 180 Days

Fearing massive layoffs in America due to the coronavirus crisis that is hitting businesses around the globe, foreign technology professionals on H-1B visas, most sought after among Indians, demand the Trump administration extend their permissible post-job loss limit to stay in the US from the existing 60 to 180 days, PTI reported.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows the US companies to employ foreign workers in speciality occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise. The technology companies depend on it to hire tens of thousands of employees each year from countries like India and China.

2:10 AM, 31 Mar

Washington Imposes Stay-Indoors Order in Light of COVID-19 Pandemic

Washington on Monday asked its citizens to stay indoors unless they need to leave for essential activities in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus, ANI reported.

The statement in this regard stated that any individual who willfully violates the stay-at-home order may be subjected to a fine not exceeding USD $5,000, imprisonment for not more than 90 days. The US capital has registered more than 400 confirmed cases of the virus and nine deaths.

2:13 AM, 31 Mar

People Boarding Buses in Nizamuddin Area to Be Taken to Hospitals for Checkup

In Delhi, people continue to board buses in the Nizamuddin area, to be taken to different hospitals for a checkup. A religious gathering was held in Markaz, that violated lockdown conditions and several positive cases have been found among those who attended the gathering.

2:25 AM, 31 Mar

Mumbai Police Checks IDs, Passes in Mahim to Regulate Movement of Vehicles

In Mumbai’s Mahim area, security tightened as police personnel check passes and identity cards of people amid the movement of vehicles during coronavirus lockdown. Movement of those providing or availing essential services is being allowed.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397
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2:43 AM, 31 Mar

World Bank Sees Outbreak Taking a Big Toll on Asia's Economy

The World Bank is estimating that the cornavirus outbreak will cause economic growth to slow significantly this year in China and other East Asian-Pacific countries, throwing millions into poverty.

Under a worse-case scenario, the region could suffer its sharpest downturn since a devastating currency crisis more than two decades ago, the bank said in an updated forecast released Monday, reported AP.

2:46 AM, 31 Mar

Van Gogh Painting Stolen From Dutch Museum Closed by Virus

A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said on Monday, reported AP.

The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said, ‘The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring 1884’ by the Dutch master was taken in the early hours of Monday. By early afternoon, all that could be seen from the outside of the museum was a large white panel covering a smashed door in the building's glass facade.

2:53 AM, 31 Mar

150 Members of Transgender Community Distribute Food Among Slum-Dwellers in Gujarat

In Gujarat, a group of around 150 members of the transgender community in Surat has been distributing food kits — consisting of rice, flour, oil, tea leaves, sugar etc — among the residents of slum areas of the city and other needy people amid coronavirus lockdown, reported ANI.

3:08 AM, 31 Mar

Andaman & Nicobar's Lab Tests 33 Suspected Cases, Only 1 Found Positive

“The designated laboratory for COVID-19 in Andaman and Nicobar, RMRC-ICMR, Dollygunj had tested 33 suspected cases on 29 March, out of which only one has been found positive. The total number of cases found positive is 10 out of 99 samples tested till date,” said the Andaman and Nicobar administration, reported ANI.

3:23 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

68-Yr-Old Passes Away in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram

“A 68-year-old man who had been tested positive for coronavirus passed away early morning today. He suffered kidney failure,” said Medical Superintendent, Government Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala, reported ANI.

This is the second death in the state, the government said.

3:34 AM, 31 Mar

'Please Come Help Us': New York Begs for Medical Workers

New York's governor urgently appealed for medical volunteers on Monday amid a “staggering” number of coronavirus deaths, as he and health officials warned that the crisis unfolding in New York City is just a preview of what other UScommunities could soon face.

“Please come help us in New York now,” Governor Andrew Cuomo said as the state's death toll climbed by more than 250 people in a day to a total of over 1,200, most of them in the city. He said an additional one million health care workers are needed to tackle the crisis, reported AP.

3:41 AM, 31 Mar

Bollywood Singer Kanika Kapoor Asymptomatic, Stable & Doing Well: Medical Offiicial

“Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor is asymptomatic (no symptoms), stable and doing well. She is eating normally. Information circulated in the media that she is very sick is false,” said Dr RK Dhiman, Director, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow, according to ANI.

3:43 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Man Lynched in Bihar After Informing Corona Help Center; 7 Arrested

In Bihar, a man was beaten to death by two people, who had returned from Maharashtra with their families yesterday in Sitamarhi's Madhaul village. The deceased had informed coronavirus help center about their return which had allegedly angered families of the two people. Seven people have been arrested, reported ANI.

3:49 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

5 Fresh Cases in Maharashtra; State's Tally at 225

“Five fresh coronavirus cases (1-Mumbai, 2-Pune, and 2-Buldhana) in Maharashtra have emerged. Total number of positive cases in the state rises to 225,” Maharashtra Health Department said in a statement, according to ANI.

3:57 AM, 31 Mar

Narendra Bhoosan Appointed Officer In-Charge of Gautam Buddh Nagar

Narendra Bhooshan, the CEO of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has been appointed the Officer In-charge for Gautam Buddh Nagar for the efforts with regard to COVID-19 pandemic, reported ANI.

4:01 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

'850 People Shifted From Markaz Building, Nizamuddin': Police Sources

“With the help of the Health Department around 860 people have been shifted from Markaz building, Nizamuddin to hospitals. Around 300 more people are yet to be evacuated,” Delhi Police sources said, reported ANI.

4:07 AM, 31 Mar

4 New Cases in Rajasthan; State's Tally at 76

“Four new Coronavirus cases reported — a 44-year-old man from Jhunjhunu with travel history to Dubai, a 17-year-old girl from Ajmer and a 65-year-old man from Dungarpur, both are contacts of an earlier positive case and a 60 year-old man from Jaipur. The total number of cases is 76,” said Rajasthan Health Department, reported ANI.

4:10 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Another COVID-19 Patient Dies in Bengal, Death Count at 3

A woman infected with the coronavirus died at a hospital in West Bengal's Howrah district, taking the total number of COVID-19 deaths to three in the state, a health department official said on Tuesday.

The woman in her 40’s had recently visited north Bengal but had no foreign travel history, he said.

Note: PTI had earlier reported the gender of the deceased to be a man, they have now issued a correction.

4:45 AM, 31 Mar

UK-Return Man Tests Positive; Chhattisgarh COVID-19 Tally at 8

A 22-year-old man with foreign travel history has tested positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh's Korba district, taking the number of COVID-19 infection cases in the state to eight, officials said on Tuesday.

The man, who studies in London, returned to Korba town via Mumbai on 18 March and was placed in home isolation, reported PTI.

4:51 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

7 People Evacuated From Iran Test Positive in Rajasthan; Tally at 83

“Seven people, who were evacuated from Iran, have tested positive for coronavirus. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 83,” said Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Sing, according to ANI.

5:03 AM, 31 Mar

UP Chief Secy to Hold Meeting Over Coronavirus in Lucknow Today

In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary to hold a meeting today over coronavirus, in the absence of chief minister Yogi Adityanath who is visiting Ghaziabad. He will also take report of the arrangements for the people staying at shelter homes.

Members of 11 committees and 12 Nodal Officers to attend the meeting, reported ANI.

5:07 AM, 31 Mar

35-Yr-Old With Travel Hist to Saudi Arabia Tests Positive in Bihar

“A 35-year-old man from district Gopalganj has tested positive for Coronavirus. He has travel history to Saudi Arabia,” said Abhishek Sen, Nodal Officer, Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences Nodal Officer, Bihar, according to ANI.

5:08 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

24 People Present at Markaz, Nizamuddin Test Positive: Health Min

Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister said, “24 people who were present at the Markaz building, Nizamuddin have tested positive for coronavirus, so far,” reported ANI.

“We are not certain of the number but it is estimated that 1,500-1,700 people had assembled at Markaz building. 1,033 people have been evacuated so far — 334 of them have been sent to hospital and 700 sent to quarantine center,” he added.

A team of South Municipal Corporation of Delhi has been called to sanitise the entire area.

5:18 AM, 31 Mar

PM Modi Shares Video of Yoga Asan, Says It Helps Relieve Stress

In a bid to encourage people to stay fit during lockdown, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday shared a video of a yoga asan which he practices.

“Whenever I get time, I practice Yoga Nidra once or twice a week,” he wrote on Twitter.

5:19 AM, 31 Mar

Sena Seeks Action Against BJP Leader Over Remarks on COVID-19

The Shiv Sena on Tuesday demanded action against Maharashtra BJP spokesman Avdhut Wagh who tried to link state minister Jayant Patil's criticism of Prime Minister Narendra Modi over lockdown announcement to 25 people contracting COVID-19 in his Assembly constituency in Sangli.

Such remarks not just malign Prime Minister Narendra Modi, but also hurt the legacy of progressive leaders and social reformers like Jyotiba Phule, Shahu Maharaj and Dr BR Ambedkar, an editorial in Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana' said.

5:27 AM, 31 Mar

Meeting Underway at Delhi CM's Residence Over Nizamuddin Event

A high-level meeting is underway at the residence of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal over the issues of coronavirus and Markaz building, Nizamuddin. Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other officials are present at the meeting, reported ANI.

5:35 AM, 31 Mar

Jindal Steel and Power Contributes Rs 25 Cr to PM-CARES Fund

Jindal Steel and Power is making an immediate contribution of Rs 25 crores to PM-CARES Fund, to fight coronavirus pandemic, reported ANI.

5:41 AM, 31 Mar

Those in Home Quarantine in K'taka Directed to Send Selfies Every Hour to Govt

The home quarantined coronavirus suspects and patients will have to send their selfies on the Quarantine Watch, a mobile application developed by Karnataka government's revenue department to keep a track of the isolated persons, reported PTI.

5:47 AM, 31 Mar

Group of Ministers Meet at Ministry of Health & Family Welfare

In Delhi, a Group of Ministers (GoM) meeting over COVID-19 is underway at Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397
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6:18 AM, 31 Mar

More Than 20,000 Homes Identified for Home Quarantine: Anil Baijal

“It has been decided to increase number of food distribution centres from present 500 to 2,500 so that social distancing is adhered to effectively. Home quarantine has to be strictly monitored. More than 20,000 homes have been identified for home quarantine,” said Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, reported ANI.

6:22 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

4 New Cases in Maharashtra; State's Tally at 230

“Four new coronavirus positive cases in Mumbai and one in Pune. The total number of positive cases in the state rises to 230,” said Maharashtra Health Department.

6:27 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

44 Cases in Indore; MP's Tally at 66

Seventeen more people tested positive for coronavirus in Indore on Tuesday, taking the total number of such cases in Madhya Pradesh to 66, reported PTI quoting ahealth official said,

So far, Indore has reported 44 COVID-19 cases, Jabalpur-8, Bhopal-5, Ujjain-5, and Shivpuri and Gwalior-2 each.

6:31 AM, 31 Mar

Several Areas Surrounding Location of Positive Cases Sealed in J&K: Principal Secy

“Aggressive contact tracing of positive cases key to control spread of coronavirus. Yesterday, several areas surrounding location of positive cases or untraced contact cases had to be sealed in Jammu, Srinagar, Pulwama, Shopian, Rajouri,” said Principal Secretary-Planning, Jammu and Kashmir.

6:39 AM, 31 Mar

Teachers of UP Madrasas to Contribute to CM Fund to Fight Coronavirus

Teachers and employees of Uttar Pradesh madrasas have decided to contribute one days's salary to the chief minister's relief fund to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.

“The country is struggling to tackle COVID-19 spread. Madrasa teachers and employees are with the government in this situation,” Teachers Association Madarise Arbia, UP General Secretary, Diwan Sahab Jaman said in a letter to the registrar of the UP madrasa board, PTI reported.

6:44 AM, 31 Mar

TVS Motor Company Contributes Rs 5 Cr to TN Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund

TVS Motor Company on Tuesday announced a contribution of Rs 5 crore towards Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Public Relief Fund to fight the battle against coronavirus pandemic, reported PTI.

The contribution has been made through Srinivasan Services Trust (SST) – the CSR arm of TVS Motor Company, the company said in a statement.

TVS Motor Company and group firms have already pledged Rs 25 crore to the PM-CARES fund to fight COVID-19.

6:54 AM, 31 Mar

Nearly 300 Foreigners Who Attended Nizamuddin Event May Be Blacklisted for Violating Visa Conditions

India is likely to blacklist about 300 foreigners who came from 16 countries, including Malaysia and Thailand, on tourist visas but attended an Islamic congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi that has become a key source for the spread of coronavirus in the country, officials said on Tuesday, reported PTI.

7:00 AM, 31 Mar

17 New Cases in Andhra Pradesh; State's Tally at 40

Seventeen more people tested positive for coronavirus in Indore on Tuesday, taking the total number of such cases in Madhya Pradesh to 66, reported PTI quoting a health official, who said, so far, Indore has reported 44 COVID-19 cases, Jabalpur-8, Bhopal-5, Ujjain-5, and Shivpuri and Gwalior-2 each.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397
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7:05 AM, 31 Mar

G-20 Trade Ministers Agree to Ensure Uninterrupted Flow of Vital Medical Supplies

Trade and investment ministers of the G-20 group have agreed to ensure fair trade and continued flow of vital medicines as well as other essential goods to tackle COVID-19 pandemic, reported PTI.

According to a joint statement issued after a video conference, the ministers agreed to support the availability and accessibility of essential medical supplies at affordable prices, on an equitable basis, where they are most needed and will guard against profiteering and unjustified price increases.

7:12 AM, 31 Mar

Singer Lata Mangeshkar Donates Rs 25 Lakh to CM Relief Fund

Legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar has donated Rs 25 lakh to Chief Minister's Relief Fund, Maharashtra for the fight against COVID-19, reported ANI.

7:24 AM, 31 Mar

Search for 157 People Who Attended Nizamuddin Event Underway: UP Police

“Search for 157 people of the state, who had participated in Tablighi Jamaat event at Markaz, Nizamuddin in Delhi is being done,” said Uttar Pradesh Police, reported ANI.

7:32 AM, 31 Mar

SC Hears Plea Seeking Directions to Provide Food, Shelter to Migrant Workers

The Supreme Court is hearing a petition filed by lawyer AA Srivastava seeking directions to provide food and shelter to migrant workers amid coronavirus lockdown. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta told the SC that there was complete prohibition on interstate migration.

Mehta said, “We are considering providing counseling to address the panic. Over 22 lakh and 88 thousand people are being provided with food. These are needy persons, migrants, and daily wagers. They have been kept in shelters,” reported ANI.

Supreme Court has asked Center to set up a committee of experts and portal for information on coronavirus within 24 hours.

7:57 AM, 31 Mar

Salaries of CM, MLAs to Be Deducted 60% in March: Maha Dy CM Ajit Pawar

Maharashtra Deputy chief minister and state Finance minister Ajit Pawar has issued orders that salaries of all elected representatives, including chief minister and all MLAs-MLCs, will be cut by 60 percent for the month of March.

Salaries of Grade ‘A’ and ‘B’ officers will be deducted by 50 percent and that of Grade ‘C’ employees, by 25 percent. No deduction in the salary of Grade ‘D’ employees,” stated Pawar.

8:04 AM, 31 Mar

Mizroam State Information & Public Relations Mini Distributes Sanitizers, Gloves to Journo's Association

Mizoram state information and public relations Minister Lalruatkima distributed hand sanitisers, a box of hand gloves and boxes of masks to Mizoram Journalists Association in Aizawl today.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397
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8:17 AM, 31 Mar

UP CM Cuts Short Visit to COVID-19 Affected Districts; To Hold Emergency Meeting on Nizamuddin Situation

Cutting short his visit to the districts with maximum number of COVID-19 patients, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday returned to the state capital to hold an urgent meeting with senior officials, in view of reports that people from the state attended a religious event in Delhi's Nizamuddin area which has emerged as one of the biggest hotspots of the disease.

8:26 AM, 31 Mar

National Testing Agency Extends Dates for Application Forms for Various Exams

National Testing Agency has extended/revised the dates of submission of online application forms for various examinations.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397
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8:31 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

10 New Cases in K'taka; State's Tally at 98

“Till date 98 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state. This includes three deaths and six discharges. Ten new cases were confirmed since 5 pm on 30 March, to 8 am on 31 March,” B Sriramulu, Karnataka Health Minister.

8:37 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

65-Yr-Old Patient Dies in Punjab; Toll at 4 in the State

“65-year-old coronavirus patient has died in Punjab. COVID-19 deaths in state rise to four,” PTI reported quoting an official.

8:44 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Another Doctor at Mohalla Clinic Tests Positive

In Delhi, another doctor of Mohalla Clinic in Babarpur has tested positive for coronavirus. A notice has been put up in the area asking patients who had visited the clinic between 12-20 March, should self-quarantine at home for the next 15 days, reported ANI.

9:00 AM, 31 Mar

Five New Positive Cases in UP's Bareilly

Five members of a family have tested positive in Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh, according to a medical report by King George’s Medical University, Lucknow.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 35, Cases Spike to 1,397
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9:08 AM, 31 Mar

Coronavirus: All 103 Samples Test Negative in Odisha

All 103 samples examined for coronavirus infection on Monday have tested negative in Odisha, officials said on Tuesday.

“Though it comes as a big relief, the authorities will not be complacent in their fight against COVID-19,” they said.

9:34 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Six New Cases of Coronavirus in Kashmir

Six new cases of coronavirus were detected in Kashmir on Monday, taking the total number of COVID-19 patients in the Union territory to 55, reported PTI.

One of the patients is a 10-year-old boy, who had come in close contact with a person who had tested positive earlier. “Six new positive cases confirmed in Kashmir Division. All contacts of previous positive cases. Meanwhile contact tracing continues in both Jammu and Kashmir Divisions. Please cooperate,” government spokesman Rohit Kansal said in a tweet.

9:49 AM, 31 Mar

10 More Evacuees from Iran Test Positive in Rajasthan

Ten more evacuees from Iran have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of cases in Rajasthan to 93, PTI reported quoting officials.

9:55 AM, 31 Mar

12-Year-Old Infected With COVID-19 Dies in Belgium

A 12-year-old girl confirmed infected with COVID-19 has died in Belgium, AFP news agency reported.

9:59 AM, 31 Mar

COVID-19: Indian Railways to Create 20,000 Isolation Wards on Train Coaches

Indian Railways is gearing up to to modify 20,000 coaches into isolation wards to augment the quarantine facilities being created in the country, ANI reported quoting Ministry of Railways on Tuesday, 31 March.

10:12 AM, 31 Mar

Tourism Ministry Launches ‘Stranded in India’ to Help Foreign Tourists

In order to extend support to foreign tourists who are stranded in India, the Ministry of Tourism has come up with a portal titled ‘Stranded in India’ to disseminate information regarding services that can be availed by foreign tourists who are stuck away from their homeland, ANI reported quoting tourism ministry.

10:21 AM, 31 Mar

Doctors, Nurse Retiring on 31 March Must Serve for Two More Months: TN Govt

The Tamil Nadu government on Tuesday, 31 March, said doctors and nurses, who are due to retire on 31 March, would have to serve for two more months on contract basis, ANI reported quoting Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami.

10:28 AM, 31 Mar

'Have to Come Forward Promptly to Help Migrants & Students': Kamal Nath

Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to help the migrant workers and students amid the coronavirus lockdown.

“Workers and students cannot be left in destitute. We have to come forward promptly to help them.”  
Kamal Nath, Former Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister 
10:54 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

'Working to Ensure Availability of Protective Gear for Medical Personnel': Health Ministry

Addressing the media amid the lockdown due to the coronavirus, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal on Tuesday, 31 March, said the Ministry of External Affairs has identified suppliers from South Korea, Turkey and Vietnam to increase the availability of logistics items in the country.

“DRDO is also working with local manufacturers to increase the supply of N95 masks.”
Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry

“With over 1,200 cases of COVID-19, number of hotspots in country has increased,” the Health Ministry official said, adding that over 21,000 relief camps are operational in various states, Union Territoriess where more than 6.6 lakh people are sheltered.

11:20 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

'Not the Time to Find Faults But to Take Action': Health Mininistry on COVID-19 Cases in Nizamuddin

After at least twenty-four people, who took part in a religious congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin tested positive for COVID-19, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Aggarwal on Tuesday, 31 March, said "this is not the time to find faults, but to take action."

“With respect to the Nizamuddin area, we all need to understand and appreciate that this is not the time to find faults. What is important for us is to take action as per our containment process in whatever areas we find cases.”
Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry
11:29 AM, 31 Mar

Foreigners Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Event in Nizamuddin Violated Visa Rules: Home Ministry

Home Ministry has found violation of visa rules by foreigners who attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizamuddin, ANI reported quoting government sources.

11:44 AM, 31 Mar

'Out of 97 Cases in Delhi, 24 Cases Are From Nizamuddin': Delhi CM Kejriwal

Addressing the media amid the coronavirus outbreak, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, 31 March, said "Out of the 97 cases in Delhi, 24 cases are from Markaz, Nizamuddin. 41 have travel history to foreign countries and 22 are family members of the foreign travelers. 10 cases yet to be ascertained. No local community transmission right now."

“Delhi government wrote to Lieutenant Governor for registration of FIR in this case. I have full hope he will give orders soon. If any negligence is found on part of any officers then action will be taken against them also.”
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister
11:47 AM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Malaysian National Tests Positive, First COVID-19 Case in Jharkhand

A Malaysian national has tested positive for coronavirus in Jharkhand on Tuesday, 31 March, ANI reported.

"She was sent to isolation at Khel Gaon from Hindpidi area, Ranchi," Jharkhand Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni said.

This is the first COVID-19 positive case in Jharkhand

12:25 PM, 31 Mar

57-Year-old Man With No Travel History Tests Positive in Kolkata

A 57-year-old man has tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata, West Bengal. The patient is from North 24 Parganas and has no travel history, ANI reported quoting Zenith Super speciality Hospital.

12:47 PM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

Kejriwal Says Over 1,500 Evacuated From Nizamuddin Markaz, Seeks Action Against Organisers

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, 31 March, said 1,548 people have been evacuated from Nizamudddin Markaz in Delhi of which 441 were hospitalised after they showed coronavirus symptoms, PTI reported.

In a digital press conference, the chief minister said 1,107 people, who attended religious congregation in Nizamudddin West, have been quarantined.

He said that out of 97 cases of coronavirus in the city, 24 were those who took part in the congregation earlier this month.

Kejriwal slammed the organisers of the religious gathering saying it was "highly irresponsible" on their part to hold such an event at a time when thousands have died in other countries due to the pandemic.

12:55 PM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

COVID-19 Patient Dies in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram

A COVID-19 positive patient passed away in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, 31 March, ANI reported quoting Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

‘Seven more persons have tested positive, two from Thiruvananthapuram, two from Kasaragod and one each from Thrissur, Kollam and Kannur. Total number of cases in state are 215, excluding those discharged.”
Pinarayi Vijayan, Kerala Chief Minister 
12:57 PM, 31 Mar

Five More Test Positive for Coronavirus in West Bengal

Five more COVID-19 cases were confirmed in West Bengal on Tuesday, 31 March, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 27.

Three people were also declared as 'cured', ANI reported quoting Health and Family Welfare Department of West Bengal.

1:00 PM, 31 Mar

Woman & Her Children Test Positive in Haryana's Sirsa

A woman and her two children have tested positive for COVID-19 in Haryana's Sirsa on Tuesday, 31 March, ANI reported quoting Deputy Chief Medical Officer of Sirsa Viresh Bhushan.

1:05 PM, 31 Mar
KEY EVENT

COVID-19 Cases in Maharashtra Spikes to 302

72 more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra on Tuesday, 31 March, taking the total number of cases in the state to 302.

59 from Mumbai, three from Nagar, two each from Pune, Thane, Kalyan-Dombivli, Navi Mumbai and Vashi Virar, ANI reported quoting State Health Department.

1:27 PM, 31 Mar

52-Year Old Tests Positive, First Case in Assam

A 52-year-old person has tested positive for coronavirus in Assam on Tuesday, 31 March. This is the first positive case in the state.

"He is undergoing treatment at Silchar Medical College. His condition is stable," ANI reported quoting Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

1:35 PM, 31 Mar

COVID-19: Six More Test Positive in Jammu

Six more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in the Kashmir division on Tuesday, 31 March, taking the total number of positive cases in the Union Territory to 55

12 cases are from Jammu, while 43 from Kashmir, ANI reported quoting Jammu & Kashmir government.

1:40 PM, 31 Mar
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Delhi Police Registers Case Against Tableeghi Jamaat for Alleged Violation of Govt Orders

A case has been registered against Maulana Saad and others of Tableeghi Jamaat under Epidemic Disease Act 1897 and other sections of IPC for alleged violation of government directions given to the management of Markaz of Basti Nizamuddin regarding restrictions on gatherings, ANI reported quoting Delhi Police Commissioner.

1:45 PM, 31 Mar

One More Person Tests Positive in West Bengal

One more person tested positive for COVID-19 in Kolkata on Tuesday, 31 March, taking the total to 27 in West Bengal.

1:47 PM, 31 Mar

200 Cases Registered, 3,763 Detained For Violating Lockdown: Delhi Police

More than 200 cases were registered and 3,763 people detained on Tuesday, 31 March, for violating government orders during lockdown due to coronavirus, PTI reported quoting Delhi Police.

1:50 PM, 31 Mar

Finance Minister Takes Stock of COVID-19 With G20 Finance Ministers

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday, 31 March, participated in the second virtual meeting of the G20 Finance Ministers to coordinate efforts to deal with COVID-19 pandemic, ANI reported.

1:54 PM, 31 Mar

Total COVID-19 Cases in Madhya Pradesh Rises to 66

The total number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 66, of which 44 positive cases have been reported in Indore. Five people have died due to the virus till now in the state, according to ANI.

2:07 PM, 31 Mar

Tamil Nadu Gets Approval for Two More Labs for COVID-19 Testing

Tamil Nadu has the approval from Ministry of Health and Family Welfare for two labs for COVID-19 testing, each at Stanley Medical College and Hospital in Coimbatore and YRG Care in Chennai, ANI reported quoting Tamil Nadu Health Minister Dr C Vijayabaskar.

"With this, the state has eleven government and six private labs for testing," Vijayabaskar added.

2:10 PM, 31 Mar

13 More Persons Test Positive for COVID-19 in Karnataka

13 more COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Karnataka, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 101, including three deaths and eight discharged/cured cases, ANI reported quoting Karnataka Health Department.

2:15 PM, 31 Mar

Four More Test Positive in Rajasthan, State Total Rises to 93

Four more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan, taking the total number of cases in the state to 93, including two Italians and 17 evacuees from Iran, ANI reported quoting Rajasthan Additional Chief Secretary (Health) Rohit Kumar Singh.

2:37 PM, 31 Mar

Worldwide COVID-19 Cases Above 8 Lakh

The number of COVID-19 cases worldwide rose above 8 lakh on Tuesday, 31 March, AFP reported.

2:39 PM, 31 Mar

Spain Sees Record 849 Deaths but Downward Trend on Track

Spain hit a new record with 849 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours on Tuesday, 31 March, although health chiefs said the rate of new infections was continuing its downward trend, AFP reported.

After Italy, Spain has suffered the world's second most deadly outbreak which has now claimed 8,189 lives there. The latest figures came a day after the death toll fell slightly, raising hopes the epidemic could be peaking.

2:48 PM, 31 Mar
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50 New COVID-19 Cases in Tamil Nadu, 45 Attended Tablighi Event

50 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, 31 March, out of which 45 had attended a religious gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi.

Total cases reported in Tamil Nadu rise to 124.

3:18 PM, 31 Mar

Five More Test Positive for Coronavirus in Bihar

Five more tested positive for coronavirus in Bihar, taking the number of cases to 21 in the state, PTI reported quoting officials.

3:23 PM, 31 Mar
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Govt Bans Tourist Visas to Tablighi Activists From Abroad

The government on Tuesday, 31 March, banned tourist visas to Tablighi activists from abroad, after several who had attended the religious gathering at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported.

"No foreigner coming on tourist visa will be allowed to conduct Tablighi activities," an official said.

3:36 PM, 31 Mar

65-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies in Mohali; Fourth Death in Punjab Today

65-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus passed away in Punjab's Mohali at PGI hospital.

This is the fourth death reported in Punjab on Tuesday.

3:39 PM, 31 Mar

Delhi Govt Names More COVID-19 Dedicated Hopitals

Delhi Government has declared Lok Nayak Hospital, GB Pant Hospital, Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital, Guru Tegh Bahadur Hospital, Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital and Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital as dedicated hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 cases, ANI reported.

3:51 PM, 31 Mar
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COVID-19 Death Toll at 35, Number of Cases Rises to 1,397

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 35, while the number of cases spiked to 1,397, the Health Ministry said on Tuesday, 31 March.

146 cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the ministry added.

3:57 PM, 31 Mar

CNN Anchor Christopher Cuomo Tests Positive

CNN Anchor Christopher Cuomo has tested positive for coronavirus, ANI reported.

4:09 PM, 31 Mar

Odisha Govt Defers Portion of Salary of CM, Ministers

Odisha government deferred portion of salary of chief minister, ministers and bureaucrats as part of austerity measures, PTI reported quoting official.

4:23 PM, 31 Mar

23 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Delhi Today

23 COVID-19 positive cases were reported in Delhi on Tuesday, 31 March, taking the total number of cases in the national capital to 120, ANI reported quoting Delhi Health Department.

4:38 PM, 31 Mar

One More Person Tests Positive for COVID-19 in Chhattisgarh

One more person has tested positive for coronavirus in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday, 31 March, ANI reported.

The person has travel history to United Kingdom. Two persons who had earlier tested positive have now recovered and have been discharged. There are seven active COVID-19 cases in the state.

4:43 PM, 31 Mar

PM Modi Holds Telphonic Conversation With French President Over COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 31 March, had a telephonic conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron over the coronavirus pandemic, ANI reported.

The leaders discussed domestic and international aspects of the crisis and underlined the importance of global collaboration and solidarity. They agreed that expert teams of both countries would actively share information on measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and research on treatment and vaccines, MEA said.

4:59 PM, 31 Mar

Post Offices in Bengal to Deliver Pension at Home for People Aged Above 80

Post offices in West Bengal to deliver pension at home during lockdown for people aged 80 or above, PTI reported quoting official.

5:02 PM, 31 Mar

US Death Toll Exceeds Official China Tally: Johns Hopkins

The death toll due to coronavirus in the United States has exceeded the official China tally, AFP reported quoting Johns Hopkins.

5:41 PM, 31 Mar
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West Bengal Reports Another COVID-19 Death

West Bengal on Tuesday reported one more death due to COVID-19, raising the death toll in the state to 4, reported PTI, quoting officials.

5:47 PM, 31 Mar
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Four More Test Positive in Andhra Pradesh

Four new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh on Tuesday, raising the state total to 44, reported PTI, quoting the Visakhapatnam Administration.

“The four patients had attended the Markaz gathering in Nizamuddin. We are trying to trace the others who attended the gathering, “ said the city administration.

5:56 PM, 31 Mar
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France Reports 499 COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours

French officials on Tuesday reported a record 499 COVID-19 deaths in 24 hours, reported AFP news agency.

7:11 PM, 31 Mar
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50-Year-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies in Palgarh

A 50-year-old COVID-19 positive patient passed away in Palghar, Maharashtra on Tuesday. The patient was admitted to a hospital since 28 March, reported PTI, quoting Palghar District Hospital.

The latest death raises the state toll to 10.

7:41 PM, 31 Mar
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One More tests Positive in Odisha

Odisha government on Tuesday reported another case of COVID-19 in the state, raising the total number of cases in the state to 4.

Published: 31 Mar 2020, 01:38 AM IST

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