COVID -19 Live Updates :4 kg of wheat, 1 kg of rice for those without ration card from tomorrow: Arvind Kejriwal

COVID -19 Live Updates :4 kg of wheat, 1 kg of rice for those without ration card from tomorrow: Arvind Kejriwal

06:01 Pm IST

Chidambaram donates Rs 1 crore to Covid-19-dedicated hospital in Mumbai

Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has donated Rs 1 crore from his MP fund to Mumbai's St. George Hospital. St George hospital in South Mumbai has been designated as one of the hospitals for the treatment of Covid-19 patients.

05:55 Pm IST

523 COVID-19 cases in Delhi so far: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the national capital has now reached 523. "As of now, there are 523 cases in Delhi, out of which 330 are related to the Nizamuddin Markaz incident. One person died of the infection in the last 24 hours," he said.

05:45 Pm IST

4 kg of wheat, 1 kg of rice for those without ration card from tomorrow: Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal said: "From Tuesday, ration will be distributed at 421 government schools to the poor who don't have ration card in Delhi. Each person will get 4 kg of wheat and 1 kg of rice. We aim to give ration to 10 lakh such people and will take more food grains from the Centre if need arises."

05:25 Pm IST

US: Female tiger tests positive for coronavirus in zoo

A 4-year-old female Malayan tiger at a zoo in New York, tested positive for the novel coronavirus after developing a dry cough, in what is believed to be the first known case of an animal infected with Covid-19 in the US. This has raised questions about human-to-animal transmission of the virus.

05:15 Pm IST

Three new COVID 19 cases in J&K, UT's tally rises to 109

Three new positive cases of COVID-19 were reported tested in Kashmir on Monday, taking the Union Territory's total case tally to 109. Out of the 109 cases, 85 are in Kashmir, while, 18 are in Jammu. 103 out of the 109 Covid-19 cases in Jammu and Kashmir are currently active.

04:15 Pm IST

Empowered committee meeting at 6 pm, exit plan for lockdown to be discussed

Empowered committee meeting is to held at 6 pm on Monday in North Block to discuss the exit plan for 21-day lockdown. The nationwide lockdown period will end on April 14. Officials from Niti Ayog, Ministry of civil aviation, Ministry of pharmaceutical, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of industry and trade, Railway board, Department of Health & research, Secretary of I&B, Ministry of HRD and Representatives from FICCI and CII, are taking part in the meeting today.

04:00 Pm IST

693 positive cases over 24 hours, 4,067 total cases, 1,445 cases related to Tablighi Jamaat: Health ministry

The health ministry said that 693 positive cases were reported since Sunday, while there are 4,067 total cases as of now in the country. 1,445 cases are related to Tablighi Jamaat, the ministry said.

03:15 Pm IST

Rahul Gandhi says Covid-19 an opportunity for India to unite as one

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi says, "The coronavirus is an opportunity for India to unite as one people, putting aside differences of religion, caste & class; to forge one common purpose: the defeat of this deadly virus. Compassion, empathy and self sacrifice are central to this idea. Together we will win this battle."

02:55 Pm IST

Japanese PM Abe to declare emergency tomorrow

While addressing media outlets today, Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said that he has decided to impose a nationwide state of emergency in light of the novel coronavirus outbreak. At present, Japan has reported as many as 4,563 confirmed cases of Covid-19. This number includes about 700 passengers from the Diamond Princess Cruise Ship.

02:30 Pm IST

2500 train coaches converted into isolation wards

Railways has converted 2,500 coaches into isolation wards, achieving half of its target of delivering 5000 such coaches in the first phase as part of its efforts to supplement the government's measures to fight coronavirus. With the conversion of around 2,500 coaches, 40,000 isolation beds are now ready for use, railways said in a statement.

01:55 Pm IST

Sharad Pawar asks who gave permission for Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday asked who gave permission for the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in New Delhi, which has emerged as one of the major coronavirus hotspots in the country. The Maharashtra government earlier denied permission for a similar gathering here, Pawar pointed out in a live interaction with people on Facebook.

01:35 Pm IST

Union Cabinet meeting starts via video conferencing

The Union Cabinet meeting chaired by PM Modi has started via video conferencing.

01:05 Pm IST

People showed unprecedented maturity during lockdown, says PM Modi

India's efforts have set an example before the world in tackling coronavisus pandemic. India is one of the countries which understood seriousness of this disease and waged a timely war against it. India took several decisions and tried its best to implement them on ground. The maturity shown by the people during lockdown, in a large country like India, is unprecedented. No one could have imagined that the people will abide by this with such obedience and sense of service, says PM Modi.

12:55 Pm IST

This is a long war, don't get tired, says PM Modi

I state it with full responsibility that this is a long war against coronavirus pandemic. But we do not have to get tired or take a rest in this war. We have to emerge victorious. Today, the country has only one goal and one resolve - to win this war, says PM Modi.

12:40 Pm IST

Aarogya Setu app to give info on COVID-19 cases near you says, PM Modi

The government has developed an app called Aarogya Setu. I request all of you to tell people about it, everyone should make sure that at least 40 others install it. They will get information through it about possibly infected cases around them. In these tough times, we have to ensure this, says PM Modi.

12:35 Pm IST

PM Modi appeals to BJP workers to donate in PM CARES fund

Our mothers and sisters gave their jewellery during wars in the past. The current situation is in no means less than a war. It is a war to save humanity. I appeal to every BJP worker to contribute to PM-CARES Fund and motivate 40 others to do the same, says PM Modi.

12:30 Pm IST

India worked fast, approach appreciated by Indians and WHO: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing BJP workers on the 40th foundation day of the party. He said, "This foundation day of BJP has come at a time when not only the country but also the world is going through a difficult time. Humanity is facing a crisis, our devotion to service of the country creates our path during this challenging time. India has worked rapidly with a holistic approach that is being appreciated by not only Indians but also WHO. All countries should come together and fight this, so India had active participation in the meeting of the SAARC countries and the G20 meeting."

12:21 Pm IST

Two Hospitals in South Mumbai Wockhardt Hospital and Jaslok Hospital have been declared as containment zones as several staff members have tested positive for Covid19 staff. Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Central has 26 nurses and 3 doctors who have tested positive. Jaslok Hospital too has 10 Covid-19 positive staffers, including six nurses.

12:18 Pm IST

PM Modi said, We started our fight against Covid-19 much earlier with the help of all state governments. We will continue our fight with the help of experts and have taken stringent decisions in the process. India has taken proactive decisions.

11:30 Am IST

21 fresh deaths in Maharashtra

According to the ministry's data updated at 9 am, 21 fresh deaths were reported from Maharashtra, two each from Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu and one from Punjab.

11:25 Am IST

AIIMS Director says India between Stage 2 and Stage 3

Dr Randeep Guleria, Director of AIIMS says there has been localized community spread in certain pockets. He said, We are somewhere between stage 2 and stage 3.

11:10 Am IST

Bhubaneshwar: Civic body runs mobile vans to sell groceries

The Bhubaneshwar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is operating as many as 120 mobile vans to sell groceries and vegetables. Authorities are working to increase this number to 200 vans. "Find out the telephone number of the Van of your area & order if you can’t walk," said Bhubaneshwar Commissioner of Police Dr Sudhanshu Sarangi.

10:21 Am IST

Kanika Kapoor discharged from hospital

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor has been discharged from hospital after a second consecutive coronavirus test result showed she is negative. Kanika Kapoor has been advised to stay in the home quarantine for 14 days.

10:15 Am IST

ICMR to get 7 lakh testing kits by April 8

ICMR to get about 7 lakh rapid antibody testing kits by April 8. These new kits will help in conducting Covid-19 tests in hotspot areas where large number of cases are being seen. ICMR will get delivery in a phased manner. It's expected that they will get 5 lakh kits in first phase. Orders have been placed.


9:55 Am IST

Total number of cases in India crosses 4000-mark

The Health Ministry has said there has been an increase of 490 coronavirus cases in the last 12 hours, taking India's total number of positive cases past 4000-mark. There are 4067 total cases in India, including 3666 active cases, 292 cured/discharged/migrated people. 109 people have died, said the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

9:45 Am IST

Coronavirus cases rise to 2,899 in Pakistan

The number of coronavirus cases in Pakistan rose to 2,899 on Sunday as the disease continued to spread steadily across the country. According to the Ministry of National Health Services, 45 people have died so far due to the viral infection in the country and 130 have recovered.


9:35 Am IST

Death toll in India crosses 100-mark

The coronavirus death toll in India has crossed 100. A total of 109 people have died so far of the virus in India.

9:05 Am IST

Union Cabinet to meet at 1 pm today

Union Cabinet to meet at 1 pm today via video conferencing to discuss the coronavirus situation and nationwide lockdown.

8:35 Am IST

Oil prices fall as doubts grow over output cut deal

Oil prices fell sharply Monday after a meeting to discuss output cuts between OPEC and its allies was delayed, dimming hopes of swift action to support coronavirus-ravaged energy markets. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate plunged eight per cent at the open in Asia but clawed back some ground and was trading 5.7 percent lower, at USD 26.72 a barrel. International benchmark Brent crude was down 4.3 per cent to trade at USD 32.64 per barrel. Oil prices have tumbled to levels not seen for years due to the coronavirus pandemic and a price war between Russia and Saudi Arabia, the kingpin of exporting group OPEC

8:20 Am IST

Delhi records 58 new cases, total at 503

The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi went up to 503 on Sunday with 58 fresh cases and one death said Delhi government authorities. The total cases in Delhi include 320 people who took part in the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation in the Nizamuddin area earlier in March.

8:10 Am IST

Global COVID-19 death toll nears 70,000: Johns Hopkins
The global death toll is inching close to the grim milestone of 70,000 according to the Johns Hopkins coronavirus resource centre. While the deaths in Italy and Spain, the two worst-affected countries in Europe, have slowed down to some extent, the United States faces mounting challenges. US death toll is now nearing the 10,000-mark, according to the Johns Hopkins tally. Around 9600 people have died already with US breaking global records of daily death toll. New York alone has recorded over 2200 deaths. Italy has recorded 525 coronavirus deaths in 24 hours, which is its lowest in 2 weeks. The country has seen a dip in the number of critical care patients. The total death toll in Italy has crossed 15000. With 674 people dead in 24 hours, Spain has seen its third consecutive daily decline in deaths. France has reported 357 coronavirus deaths in the past 24 hours, the lowest daily increase in a week, bringing the country's toll to 8,078. Meanwhile, doctors in the US, who are fighting the battle against coronavirus, has warned Americans of the worst week ahead and likened it to the grim realities of 9/11 terror attacks and the Pearl Harbour attack. An American scientist has said US citizens should prepare for a bad week.