Covid-19 latest updates :48 more test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, tally rises to 738

Covid-19 latest updates :48 more test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, tally rises to 738

06:12 Pm IST

48 more test positive for COVID-19 in Tamil Nadu, tally rises to 738

"48 more people have tested positive for Covid-19 in the state, total number of cases are 738, says Beela Rajesh, Tamil Nadu Health Secretary.

06:00 Pm IST

Additional Chief Secretary on Covid-19 hotspots in UP:

"There are 22 hotspots in Agra, 13 in Ghaziabad, 12 in Gautam Budh Nagar, 12 in Kanpur, 4 in Varanasi, 3 in Shamli, 7 in Meerut, 1 in Bareilly, 3 in Bulandshahr, 3 in Basti, 3 in Firozabad, 4 in Saharanpur,4 in Maharajganj, 1 in Sitapur and 8 big and 4 small in Lucknow," says Additional Chief Secretary.

05:45 Pm IST

Final decision on lockdown extension to be taken after meeting with CMs: Azad

"More than 80% political parties have suggested extension of lockdown. PM has said that he is getting information from people that they want to extend lockdown but final decision will be taken after meeting with CMs&others," says Congress leader GN Azad after MPs video conference with PM.

05:20 Pm IST

26 out of 27 samples from Saho area tested negative: Himachal Pradesh CMO

"26 out of 27 Covid-19 samples from the Saho area have tested negative. 1 sample needs retesting. 35 samples of close family contacts of 4 positive cases of Tissa shall be sent to Tanda today. 4 asymptomatic positive cases kept at Ner Chowk are healthy," says Himachal Pradesh CMO.

05:10 Pm IST

Take responsibility of 1 poor family till corona crisis lasts: PM Modi

"It has been brought to my attention that some people are running a campaign that to to honour Modi stand for 5 minutes. At first glance, it seems like a mischief to drag Modi into controversies," PM Modi said in a tweet.

He added, "Maybe someone is doing out of goodwill, yet I insist that if you really have so much love and want to honour Modi, then take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the coronavirus crisis exists. There can be no greater honour for me than this."

04:45 Pm IST

Another Covid-19 case reported in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, tally at 11

One more positive case has been reported, total number of cases in the union territory so far are 11, says Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

04:35 Pm IST

Centre tells states to continue building hospitals, contact tracing

Centre has told states to continue its focus on building hospitals and on surveillance and contact tracing, an official said.

Congress calls for a special financial package for most affected states

Congress calls for a special financial package for states most affected by COVID-19 that have fewer resources, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.

Congress also suggests setting up of a multi-party working group to help government during COVID-19 crisis, Ghulam Nabi Azad adds.

04:30 Pm IST

PM Modi to video conference with all CMs on April 11

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a video conference meeting with all the chief ministers on April 11.

04:25 Pm IST

80% political parties favour extention of nationwide lockdown

80 per cent of the political parties favoured extention of lockdown. PM Modi said that he is getting similar demands from states and he will take a decision in consultation with stakeholders in due course of time.

04:15 Pm IST

Govt's priority to save each and every life: PM Modi

The government's priority is to save each and every life, PM Narendra Modi tells political leaders during interaction on COVID-19 outbreak.

04:00 Pm IST

5,194 COVID-19 cases, 149 deaths reported in India so far: Health Ministry

"Till date total 402 people have been discharged, a total 5,194 positive confirmed case has been reported. In last one day 773 positive cases were reported. Total 149 deaths have been reported and around 32 people have died yesterday," says Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry.

03:25 Pm IST

UP govt to seal affected areas in 15 districts completely till April 13

Uttar Pradesh government has issued stricter lockdown orders to contain the novel coronavirus from spreading further in the most-affected coronavirus hotspots in the state. The stricter lockdown will continue from midnight till April 13 when another review will be conducted to assess the situation. Afftected areas in 15 districts will see further restrictions on movement and essential services will be delivered during the situation.

02:25 Pm IST

PM hints at lockdown extension, to hold talks with state CMs on April 11

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who spoke to floor leaders in a video conference on Wednesday hinted it may not be possible to lift the nationwide lockdown on April 14. The prime minister is likely to hold another video conference with chief ministers to discuss the situation in detail.

01:25 Pm IST

EU ministers fail to agree on virus economic rescue in all-night talks

European Union finance ministers failed to agree in all-night talks on more support for their coronavirus-hit economies and their chairman said today morning he was suspending the discussions until tomorrow.

Diplomatic sources and officials said a feud between Italy and the Netherlands over what conditions should be attached to euro zone credit for governments fighting the pandemic was blocking progress on half a trillion Euros worth of aid.

01:15 Pm IST

Anxious stock markets give up gains as D-Street awaits word on lockdown

Domestic markets on Wednesday gave up gains after benchmarks surged firmly in morning trade. Both Sensex and Nifty gave up gains as anxious investors wait for government's instruction on the lockdown situation after April 14.

01:05 Pm IST

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holds crucial video conference with all MPs

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held a key video conference with all MPs in Delhi to discuss the current Covid-19 situation in the national capital. Cases have surged in Delhi with 576 confirmed cases as of Wednesday, as per the health ministry's website. Nine people have also died in Delhi after testing positive for Covid-19.

12:55 Pm IST

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal holds meet with MPs

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday held a meeting via video-conferencing with all Delhi MPs over coronavirus.

12:50 Pm IST

PM Modi holds virtual all-party meet

Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad, TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut attended a meeting called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

12:40 Pm IST

SC asks govt to ensure free testing for COVID-19 by reimbursing private labs

The Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to ensure free testing for patients with COVID-19 symptoms by creating a mechanism to reimburse private labs. "This will ensure that people do not have to pay," the top court said.

12:10 Pm IST

51 fresh cases of COVID-19 identified in Delhi today

Delhi health ministry said it has identified 51 new COVID-19 positive cases on Wednesday, including 35 with foreign travel history and four linked to the Nizamuddin Markaz event. The number of positive cases in Delhi now stands at 576.

11:50 Am IST

Markaz Cheif Maulana Saad likely under self-quarantine in Delhi's Zakir Nagar area: Sources

 Muhammad Saad Kandhalvi, the chief of the Delhi-based Tablighi Jamaat Markaz, is under self-quarantine in Delhi's Zakir Nagar area. Delhi Police said it will question Maulana Saad only after his self-isolation is over. The police have also asked for a few documents from Saad.

11:40 Am IST

COVID-19: PM Modi holds crucial video conference with opposition leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a key video conference meeting with opposition leaders, where they are likely to ask the government to implement more measures to help the poor during the ongoing lockdown. Several senior leaders from opposition parties will take part in the meeting.

11:35 Am IST

Aligarh chief mufti appeals to not visit graveyards, mosques on Shab-e-Barat

Aligarh chief mufti asks Muslims not to visit graveyards and mosques on Shab-e-Barat in the wake of the lockdown restrictions in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in India.

11:25 Am IST

COVID-19: PM Modi holds crucial video conference with opposition leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is holding a key video conference meeting with opposition leaders, where they are likely to ask the government to implement more measures to help the poor during the ongoing lockdown. Several senior leaders from opposition parties will take part in the meeting.

11:15 Am IST

576 positive cases in Delhi, 35 in ICU: Delhi Health Minister

Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said a total of 576 positive cases in the national capital and 35 of them are in ICU. He added that eight COVID-19 positive patients are currently on ventilator support.

11:05 Am IST

Govt asks social media companies to remove 'rogue content' on COVID-19

The government has asked social media companies to remove fake and rogue content on COVID-19 from their platforms and also make not of individuals who post such content. The government and local police authorities have said several times that people found sharing fake news and hate speech on social media will be punished.

10:45 Am IST

India's COVID-19 tally rises to 5,194

The total number of coronavirus positive cases has climbed to 5,194. These include 4,643 active cases, 401 cured/discharged and 149 deaths.

India's total number of #Coronavirus positive cases rise to 5194 (including 4643 active cases, 401 cured/discharged people and 149 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

10:25 Am IST

Arvind Kejriwal to hold a video conference with all MPs

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is likely to hold a video conference meeting with party MPs at 12 pm to discuss the Covid-19 situation in the national capital.

10:15 Am IST

Another Covid-19 patient dies in Pune

Another patient admitted to Sassoon General Hospital in Pune has passed away. Total number of deaths due to novel coronavirus has climbed to 10.

10:05 Am IST

Delhi LG appeals to stay at home ahead of Shab-e-Barat

Delhi LG Anil Baijal on Wednesday requested people to not step out of their houses and instead pray at home for their family's safety.

"Everyone should desist from any behaviour that compromises with the safety guidelines for battling Covid-19," Baijal said.

9:55 Am IST

Twitter’s Jack Dorsey sets up $1B fund

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said he is setting aside $1 billion in stock to establish a philanthropic venture focused initially on global relief efforts for the Covid-19 pandemic.

9:45 Am IST

KMC issues strict guideline ahead of Shab-e-Barat

The Kolkata Municipal Corporate has issued a directed ahead of the Shab-e-Barat, which is scheduled to be held on April 8 and 9. The KMC has asked people to stay at home and not visit Muslim burial grounds. "Mourners are requested not to crowd burial ground and added that it will remain closed for all purposes except burials. Not just in Kolkata, but several state governments have issued such a direction in their respective states in view of the lockdown situation

9:35 Am IST

Delhi traffic cop tests Covid-19 positive, shifted to AIIMS

A Delhi Traffic Police assistant sub-inspector has tested positive for Covid-19. He was tested last week after he complained of fever and his reports came yesterday. He was subsequently admitted to AIIMS and his family has been asked to be on home quarantine, reported news agency ANI. The colony where the cop lived is also under strict lockdown. Authorities are also trying to establish his contracts and how he got infected with the deadly virus.

9:25 Am IST

13 high-risk areas in Haryana's Faridabad declared as containment zones

A total of 13 areas in Faridabad have been declared as containment zones, where stricter measures will be in place to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Apart from door-to-door scanning, there are stricter restrictions on movements in these 13 areas. The Faridabad district administration said sufficient teams have been deployed for conducting door-to-door screening/thermal scanning people living in these 13 areas.

9:15 Am IST

India’s cash-strapped small businesses struggle to pay wages amid lockdown

Several cash-strapped businesses in India are struggling to pay wages to workers due to the lockdown. They have either deferred paying wages or cut salary for the month. Many industrialists and Union leaders who spoke to news agency Reuters said many have not received a salary as small manufacturers are completely out of businesses due to the 21-day nationwide lockdown. Millions of migrant workers, most of whom are engaged in labour work, are also out of jobs due to the lockdown. Their worries could multiply as some officials hinted that lockdown could be extended.