COVID -19 Live Updates : 540 new cases in 24 hours in India and 17 deaths in last 24 hours

COVID -19 Live Updates : 540 new cases in 24 hours in India and 17 deaths in last 24 hours

06:15 Pm IST

106 out of 136 active cases in Haryana linked to Tablighi Jamaat

There are 134 active cases of Covid-19 in Haryana out of which 106 patients are linked to Tablighi Jamaat, says Haryana Health Minister Anil Vij.

05:35 Pm IST

Complete lockdown in Bihar localities where Covid-19 cases have surfaced

"Some cases have been reported from Siwan, Nawada and Begusarai. We are imposing complete lockdown and curfew like situation in the localities, areas & villages from where cases have been reported. No one can leave their houses in those areas," says Gupteshwar Pandey, DGP Bihar.

04:35 Pm IST

2,500 railway doctors, 35,000 paramedics staff aiding in Covid-19 fight

The Indian Railways has deployed more than 2,500 doctors and 35,000 paramedic staff to support frontline medical workers in the battle against Covid-19. Joint Secretary of Health Lav Agarwal said all of these medical staff will aid medical facilities around the country to treat Covid-19 patients.

The Indian Railways is also converting 5,000 coaches into isolation units and 3,250 of them have been converted already. All these coaches will accommodate 80,000 isolation wards, Agarwal added.

04:15 Pm IST

1.3 lakh samples tested so far: ICMR

The Indian Council of Medical Research said 1,30,000 samples have been tested so far in India. Out of these, 5,734 have tested positive and added that the "positivity rate" ranges between 3-5 per cent over the last 1-1.5 months. ICMR also said that 13,143 samples were tested yesterday.

03:35 Pm IST

UNSC to hold first meeting on Covid-19

The UN Security Council will hold a closed video-teleconferencing session on Thursday to discuss the COVID19 situation, the first time the world body's top organ is holding a meeting on the raging coronavirus pandemic that has killed more than 88,500 people globally and infected over 1.5 million others.

01:35 Pm IST

Global coronavirus cases top 1.5 million

More than 1.5 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been registered worldwide, according to a tally compiled by AFP at 0530 GMT Thursday from official sources. Of the 1,502,478 infections, 87,320 people have died across 192 countries and territories since the epidemic first emerged in China late last year

12:15 Pm IST

Karnataka govt to discuss the sale of alcohol in a cabinet meeting today

Karnataka excise minister Nagesh has said, "We will discuss the sale of alcohol in today's cabinet meeting. But people will have to tolerate the ban as we are fighting a pandemic. We are losing Rs 1800 crore per month for not selling alcohol."

11:45 Am IST

Americans should never shake hands again: Top US expert

US' top infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci has said that Americans should never shake hands again, underlining that the practise would not only prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus but also decrease instances of influenza dramatically in the country.

11:25 Am IST

669 Covid-19 cases in Delhi

As many as 669 positive cases of novel coronavirus have been reported in Delhi till Thursday. Of these 669, 426 cases are from the Markaz meet.

11:15 Am IST

10 Covid-19 drugs under clinical trial in US, says Donald Trump

US President Donald Trump has said that 10 drugs are under clinical trial in America. The US president added that "unprecedented" efforts are being made to find a therapeutic solution to the coronavirus pandemic.

11:05 Am IST

143 new cases in Mumbai

Maharashtra has reported 162 new coronavirus cases while 143 of them are in Mumbai alone. Total cases in Maharashtra now at 1297.

10:45 Am IST

India-US partnership stronger than ever: PM Modi tweets after Trump says thank you

The India-US partnership is stronger than ever, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said after Donald Trump thanked India for allowing the export of the anti-malarial drug to the US. Times like these bring friends closer. The India-US partnership is stronger than ever, the Prime Minister tweeted.

10:35 Am IST

Global toll crosses 88,000

Global death toll in the coronavirus pandemic has crossed 88,000 with the maximum fatalities being recorded in Italy. So far over 17,000 people have died in Italy, followed by the US and Spain, according to the Johns Hopkins University tally.

10:10 Am IST

With 63 new cases, China worries of the second wave of infections

China has been worried of a second wave of infections in the country for the past several days. On Wednesday the country reported 63 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, including 61 imported ones. China has lifted the over two-month lockdown of Wuhan, from where the outbreak originated. The Chinese health authority said on Thursday that two deaths were also reported taking the total death toll in the country to 3,335. The overall coronavirus cases have reached 81,865 in the country.

10:00 Am IST

540 new cases in 24 hours in India and 17 deaths

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has said India has recorded 540 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours. 17 people have died in the same period. With this the total number of coronavirus cases in India stands at 5734 while 166 people have died. The ministry has said there are 5095 active cases, 473 cured/discharged and 166 deaths.

09:15 Am IST

Brazil President Bolsonaro thanks PM Modi for hydroxychloroquine

Brazil President Bolsonaro in his address to the nation thanked PM Modi for helping Brazil with hydroxychloroquine. He said, "As an outcome of my direct conversation with Indian PM, we'll receive, raw materials to continue our production of hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19"