Coronavirus Updates-Globally (16/04/2020)

News Updates

08:32 PM

India’s COVID-19 testing ratio not low: ICMR

  • The Health Ministry said the testing ratio is not low and in a country with such a huge population “not all people belong to vulnerable groups”.
  • For each positive case India is testing 24 people.

08:29 PM

List of ‘containment zones’ in Delhi raised to 60 areas:

08:27 PM

India is supplying Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to 55 countries

This includes United States of America, United Kingdom, France, Russia, Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, Seychelles, Oman, United Arab Emirates, South Africa, Nigeria, Dominican Republic, Uganda, Egypt, Armenia, Senegal, Algeria, Jamaica, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Netherlands, Slovenia, Uruguay, Ecuador, and others.

08:24 PM

Cases rise to 805 in Uttar Pradesh. 74 recovered so far

08:20 PM

Rate of doubling of number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra has come down.

– Health Minister Rajesh Tope

08:18 PM

Maharashtra has sought permission from Centre for plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients: Rajesh Tope

08:04 PM

US coronavirus death toll tops 30,000: Tracker

07:56 PM

IT units/ startups operating from 60 STPI Centers across India have been granted waiver from paying rental for period between 01.03.2020 and 30.06.2020: Ravishankar Prasad

07:52 PM

62 pregnant women from Shikrapur put under institutional quarantine after they came in contact with a sonographer who has tested positive for COVID19. These women came in contact with him b/w 6-8 Apr. None of the women have any COVID19 symptoms: A Prasad, Zila Parishad CEO, Pune

07:50 PM

IIT-Kanpur, Lucknow institute develop alternative to N95 masks

  • Known as the positive pressure respirator system (PPRS), will be used to address an acute scarcity of N95 masks.
  • It is a critical component of personal protective equipment (PPE) kits, IIT’s mechanical engineering Prof Nachiketa Tiwari said.
  • He claimed that the PPRS was a safer alternative to their counterpart.

07:45 PM

Record 22 million have sought US jobless aid since virus

  • Roughly 22 million have now sought jobless benefits in the past month.
  • This is easily the worst stretch of U.S. job losses on record.
  • It means that roughly one in seven workers have lost their jobs in that time.

07:40 PM

Latest from West Bengal

07:39 PM

Gujarat Biotechnology Research Centre has done the work of sequencing the whole genome of the coronavirus that led to COVID19. This will be helpful in tracking origin, drug targets, vaccine & association with virulence: Jayanti Ravi, Principal Secretary- Health, Gujarat

07:36 PM

As Punjab stares at Rs. 22000 crore revenue losses in Financial Year 2020, all state Ministers decide voluntarily to donate 3 months salary to CM COVID19 Relief Fund. Chief Secretary appeals govt employees to take voluntary cuts in wages: Chief Minister’s Office, Punjab

07:16 PM

List of 27 districts with no new cases in the last 14 days:

07:15 PM

Uttar Pradesh becomes first state to start pool testing for COVID-19 in the state

Pool testing for COVID19 has started in our state, Uttar Pradesh has become the first state in the country to do so. Under this, 30 pools of 5 samples each were tested in Agra, all came negative: Amit Mohan Prasad, State Principal Secretary

07:11 PM

Mumbai case count crosses 2000-mark

  • 107 new persons tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, raising the tally to 2,043.
  • During the same period, three more patients died due to the pandemic in the city, taking the toll to 116.
  • The number of cured cases now stood at 202 in the city.
  • 299 people admitted in hospitals due to possible COVID-19 infection.

07:08 PM

Latest from Madhya Pradesh:

  • 142 new positive COVID19 cases including 110 in Indore, 12 in Bhopal, 17 in Khandwa reported in the State today
  • Total number of Coronavirus positive patients in Madhya Pradesh rises to 1120
  • This includes 53 deaths and 70 discharged/cured.

07:07 PM

Tamil Nadu reports one more COVID-19 death; CM describes virus as “disease of the rich”

  • A fresh COVID-19 death was reported taking the virus toll in the state to 15.
  • Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K Palaniswami described coronavirus as a “disease of the rich” and a “big challenge”.
  • A committee under Finance Secretary S Krishnan has been formed to devise the exit strategy post May 3.

07:03 PM

Swiss coronavirus death toll tops 1,000 as government eases curbs

  • The number of people showing positive tests for the disease increased to 26,732 from 26,336.
  • The government said measures to curb spread of the pandemic were working and announced its timetable for easing restrictions from April 27.

07:02 PM

Odisha State Commission for Women issues a WhatsApp helpline number 8763543013 to address the issues related to violence against women during the lockdown period.

07:02 PM

Two people from Assam’s Morigaon test positive for COVID-19

Two persons from Morigaon have tested positive for COVID-19. Both are secondary contacts of Nizamuddin Markaz attendees, said Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.

07:00 PM

Uttar Pradesh: NSA to be slapped against those attacking police, health workers

  • CM Yogi Adityanath told officials that people indulging in violence should also be made to pay for the damage to property.
  • Strict action under the Disaster Management Act and the Indian Penal Code should also be initiated against them, he said.

06:57 PM

No new positive COVID19 reported in Goa; the total number of positive cases in the state is 7 including 6 cured/dischargedGoa Health Department

06:53 PM

A 55 years old COVID19 patient passes away in Pune. The patient had comorbid conditions; the total death toll in Pune now stands to 47: Pune Health Officials

06:47 PM

Coronavirus cases in Mumbai cross 2,000-mark as 107 more test positive

06:43 PM

Till now, Maharashtra CM COVID19 Relief Fund has received contributions of Rs 245 Crores: Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Office

06:43 PM

KSRTC, BMTC employees to get salaries amid lockdown: Karnataka Minister

06:42 PM

World Bank gives Malawi $37 million to help fight

“The COVID-19 pandemic is challenging both Malawi’s economy and its fragile health system,” Greg Toulmin, World Bank country manager for Malawi, said in a statement.

06:41 PM

Mexico says could ease coronavirus restrictions in some parts of country if there is little or no transmissions by May 17

06:40 PM

Mask-wearing, social distancing should be enforced strictly: MHA on lockdown

06:39 PM

Facebook to warn users who “liked” coronavirus hoaxes

  • The social media company says it is now going to let users know if they liked, reacted or commented on posts with harmful information about the virus that moderators later removed.
  • Facebook says it will also direct people who engaged with those posts to information about virus myths debunked by the World Health Organization.

06:32 PM

Coronavirus cases in Mumbai cross 2,000-mark as 107 more test positive: Civic body

06:27 PM

PIL against media employers’ arbitrary action

Delhi Union of Journalists has today filed a PIL in the Supreme Court asking the Union Government, the Indian Newspaper Society and the News Broadcasters Association to ensure that media employers do not misuse the lockdown for such arbitrary action against employees. The PIL has been jointly filed by the National Alliance of Journalists, the Delhi Union of Journalists and the Brihan Mumbai Union of Journalists.

06:19 PM

Ministry of Home Affairs warns govt officials against holding meetings on Zoom.

06:12 PM

41 Pakistani nationals, who were stranded in India following closure of border points, leave for home via Wagah-Attari crossing.

06:06 PM

Number of coronavirus cases in Mumbai’s Dharavi slum area reaches 86, death toll 9: Civic official

05:57 PM

FIRs against 14 shopkeepers, industrial unit for defying prohibitory orders in J-K’s Samba district: Officials

Reports PTI

05:51 PM

India case count rises to 12759, death toll at 420

05:48 PM

Three more people die from COVID-19 in West Bengal fatalities rise to 10: Official

05:44 PM

Food & shelter have been given to the migrants who were living under the flyover near Yamuna

– Arvind Kejriwal

05:43 PM

Door-to-door survey is being conducted in all containment zones of Delhi

– Delhi CM05:41 PM

We have created 57 COVID-19 containment zones

– Delhi CM

05:41 PM

Sweet shops will be allowed to operate for 8 hours now, from 8 am to 4 pm everyday

– West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

05:39 PM

Sanitization drive is going on in full swing in Delhi especially in Delhi’s containment zones

– Delhi CM

05:39 PM

6 more COVID19 patients have been cured in Chhattisgarh and are being discharged

A total of 23 patients have now been cured & discharged in our state & 10 remainings are active COVID19 patients. In the last 2 days, 10 patients have been discharged: Chhattisgarh Health Minister

05:32 PM

Delhi is starting plasma transfusion trials for treating Corona patients: Delhi CM

05:30 PM

DRDO shifts PPE testing facility from DRDE Gwalior to INMAS Delhi

05:29 PM

3,336 Indians infected by coronavirus in 53 countries, reports PTI quoting govt sources

05:28 PM

Karnataka reports 2 more cases; state tally rises to 315

2 more COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka (36 in the last 24 hours). The total number of coronavirus positive cases in the state is now at 315, including 82 discharged & 13 deaths: Karnataka Government

05:23 PM

12 cases have been reported in the last 24 hours and the total number mounts to 92 in Noida, reports TIMES NOW

05:21 PM

India has also approved supply of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Reports ANI quoting sources

05:19 PM

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe extends a state of emergency due to Coronavirus

05:19 PM

ICMR on testing ratio

  • In Japan, 1 out of 11.7 tests turn out to be positive, which is among the highest in the world
  • In India, 1 out of 24 tests come out to be positive
  • Not all people belong to vulnerable groups
  • Hence, can’t say our testing ratio is low

05:16 PM

26 new COVID-19 cases reported from Dharavi today, taking the total number of positive cases in Dharavi to 86 (9 deaths).

Reports ANI

05:14 PM

IPL 2020 suspended till further notice

05:12 PM

India looking at procuring medical equipment from Germany, the US, the UK, Malaysia, Japan and France to fight COVID-19: Govt sources

Reports PTI05:10 PM

PM reviews impact of COVID-19 on economy; 2nd stimulus in consideration

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday reviewed the impact of COVID-19 on the Indian economy and a possible second stimulus to boost sectors hit hard by the pandemic.
  • PM Modi held discussions with Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as the pandemic hit sectors from small industries to the aviation sector hard with millions of jobs at stake.

05:09 PM

1,112 prisoners released on bail, parole from K’taka prisons due to COVID-19

  • Karnataka jail authorities till date have released 1,112 prisoners on interim bail and parole for decongesting prisons in view of COVID-19 outbreak.
  • “Till today we have released 1,112, out of which convicts are 405-who have got parole, and undertrials are 707- who have got bail,” Karnataka Director General of Police (prisons and correctional services) Alok Mohan told PTI.

05:07 PM

No case of COVID-19 in Bhilwara in last 5 to 7 days, reports ANI

05:06 PM

India has decided to supply anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine to 55 countries

Reports PTI quoting govt sources

05:05 PM

India to soon get COVID19 testing kits from South Korea, reports ANI quoting sources

04:56 PM

IMF warns Pakistan’s budget deficit may hit record high due to coronavirus crisis

  • The International Monetary Fund has warned that the cash-strapped Pakistan’s budget deficit is expected to rise to the record level to 9.2 per cent of the size of national economy or Rs 4 trillion (USD 23.7 billion) in current fiscal year due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • In the Middle East and Central Asia Regional Economic Outlook (REO) Update released on Wednesday, the global lender urged the Pakistan government to ramp up spending on the health sector that remained the lowest in the region.

04:54 PM

If antibody test of a person turns out to be positive, this does not mean necessarily that one will not get infected ever again. In other words, even if antibody is present, this does not mean that the antibody will necessarily be effectively able to fight the virus


04:53 PM

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh today reviewed the preventive measures undertaken by 62 Cantonment Boards

04:50 PM

The Little Mermaid animator Ann Sullivan dies of Covid19 complications at 91

04:41 PM

Working in one shift, more than 42,400 samples can be tested per day; if we work in two shifts, we will be able to test more than 78,200 COVID-19 samples per day

– ICMR04:39 PM

Over 10,500 isolation beds for COVID-19 patients made available by Indian Railways

– Govt04:37 PM

Over 16 lakh free meals distributed by Indian Railways till April 15: Govt

04:35 PM

Rapid COVID-19 test kits procured from China not for early diagnosis, only for epidemiology purpose: ICMR

04:34 PM

There are 27 other districts where no positive COVID-19 case has been reported in last 14 days: Health Ministry

04:34 PM

Mahe, Puducherry is one district where no case has been reported since last 28 days

04:32 PM

Russia, US should help each other during pandemic: Putin

04:31 PM

Coronavirus has killed more than 90,000 people in Europe, over 65 percent of the overall global death toll

Reports AFP

04:30 PM

Health Ministry Update on Covid-19

  • 1,489 persons have recovered
  • Total no. of cases – 12,380
  • Total no. of deaths reported – 414
  • In last 24 hours – 183 recoveries, 37 deaths, 941 new COVID-19 cases
  • 325 districts where no cases have been reported

04:28 PM

Invoke NSA against those attacking police, health and sanitation workers

– UP CM Yogi Adityanath

04:24 PM

2,90,401 COVID-19 tests conducted so far; 30,043 tests done on April 15: ICMR

04:20 PM

Two kinds of rapid test kits have arrived


04:17 PM

325 districts in India have no cases of COVID19

– Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health

04:15 PM

941 new COVID cases have been reported in India in the last 24 hours

– Health Min

04:15 PM

Industries asked to focus on ‘Make in India’ for medical supplies

– Health Ministry

04:14 PM

Total 12,380 positive cases so far in India

– Health Min

04:13 PM

Special attention to be given to the quality of drinking water supplied in containment areas

– Health Ministry

04:13 PM

12.02 pc people recovered: Health Ministry

04:08 PM

Air, rail, road travel, as well as services by cab aggregators, continue to be suspended till May 3

04:07 PM

Centre has written to states and UTs to implement lockdown effectively at ground level

– Home Ministry

04:07 PM

States have strengthened their efforts in implementing lockdown measures. Situation regarding essential commodities is satisfactory

04:04 PM

11 out of 11 positive cases recovered: Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands

04:03 PM

Nine members of family test positive for coronavirus in Panchkula

  • With nine members of a family from Panchkula testing positive for coronavirus, the total number of cases in Haryana rose to 213 on Thursday, officials said.
  • A 44-year-old woman, her husband and seven other members of their family, who reside in two houses in Panchkula’s Sector 15, have tested positive, officials said.

04:03 PM

4 officers among 89 MP health dept staff test +ve

  • Nearly 89 personnel of the Madhya Pradesh health department, including four IAS officers and a few doctors, who have been playing a vital role in the fight against COVID-19, have tested coronavirus positive in the state, an official said on Thursday.
  • Apart from them, around 40 policemen and their family members, have also been found infected by the deadly virus, the official said.

03:59 PM

We have to make sure no suspicious person enters the community kitchen

– U.P Health Department

03:59 PM

773 Corona positive cases from 48 districts: U.P Health Department

03:55 PM

Two more persons found positive for Coronavirus in Jalandhar : Dr TP Singh, Nodal Officer- COVID19, Jalandhar, Punjab

03:52 PM

Spain sees 551 new virus deaths as toll passes 19,000

03:49 PM

Bentley extends UK production shutdown by three weeks over coronavirus

03:47 PM

China may be hit by second wave of coronavirus in November: Chinese expert

  • China and other countries could be hit by a second wave of coronavirus in November, one of China’s top medical experts has warned as the world’s second-largest economy limped back to normalcy after a three-month-long grim battle against the pandemic.
  • Zhang Wenhong, who heads the Covid-19 clinical expert team in Shanghai and leads the infectious disease department at one of the eastern metropolitan city’s top hospitals, expects that in the long term, countries will have to take a flexible approach to recurring outbreaks.

03:46 PM

Home Ministry on COVID-19 strategy

  • Defining area of operation
  • Applying perimeter control
  • Delineating containment, buffer zones
  • Active search for cases, contact tracing, quarantine
  • Clinical management, awareness
  • Source ANI

03:43 PM

Maharashtra: Yashwantrao Chavan Open University has contributed Rs. 10 crores to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund

03:39 PM

Iran’s coronavirus death toll rises by 92 to 4,869

03:37 PM

Russia reports nearly 28,000 coronavirus cases after new record daily rise

03:37 PM

Delhi HC agrees to hear a petition on increase in domestic violence cases during the lockdown

The plea was filed by an NGO seeking direction to ensure the well-being of women and kids, reports ANI

03:28 PM3:28 PM

28 fresh cases of coronavirus in Rajasthan

  • Rajasthan on Thursday reported 28 fresh cases of coronavirus, taking the state’s virus tally to 1,104, officials said.
  • Of the new cases, 11 each are from Tonk and Jodhpur, 2 each from Jhunjhunu and Kota and one each from Bikaner and Ajmer.

03:26 PM

Curfew in parts of Surat from Thursday midnight to contain spread of COVID-19: Govt official

03:24 PM

Zoom is not a safe platform: Home Ministry

03:18 PM

Malaysia reports 110 new coronavirus cases with one new death

03:17 PM

Iran’s total number of infected cases with new coronavirus reaches 77,995: Health official

Reports Reuters

03:12 PM

Maharashtra: 12 Lakh workers to get Rs 5,000 amid Corona crisis, reports TIMES NOW

03:11 PM

Govt of Arunachal has also released Rs 1000 for each farmer who are registered under PM-KISAN scheme

– Arunachal Pradesh CM

03:10 PM

All operations of food preparation establishments, including home delivery, stopped in Ludhiana, in view of COVID-19 & risk of food contamination

– Ludhiana District Magistrate, Punjab

03:09 PM

It is assured that all possible assistance against COVID-19 will be provided to them

– Army Chief General MM Naravane

03:08 PM

The Indian Army stands by the Veterans amidst this unprecedented COVID-19 crisis

– Army Chief General MM Naravane

03:04 PM

Cargill India to provide 16 million meals to feed families, contributes to PM-CARES Fund

  • Cargill India, which is part of US food major Cargill, on Thursday said it has donated contributed to PM-CARES Fund to support the fight against coronavirus and, will provide 16 million meals to feed the most vulnerable sections of the society.
  • Cargill India has a presence in India since 1987 and sells wheat flour under the ‘Nature Fresh’ brand. It markets edible oils under various brands such as Nature Fresh, Gemini, Sweekar, Leonardo Olive Oil and Rath.

03:01 PM

Bihar reports two more cases; state tally now 74

Two more COVID-19 positive cases reported in the state today, taking the total tally of positive cases to 74 now: Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary (Health), Bihar

03:00 PM

I am very thankful to PM Modi for the generous donation of medical supplies

– Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth

02:58 PM

HAL hands over 300 aerosol boxes to various state govts

02:57 PM

Nine persons have been sent to police custody till 19th April, in connection with the gathering in Bandra on 14th April

Reports ANI

02:50 PM

Mobiles, TVs, refrigerators to be available on e-commerce platforms from April 20

  • Mobile phones, televisions, refrigerators, laptops, and stationary items will be allowed to be sold through e-commerce platforms like Amazon, Flipkart and Snapdeal from April 20 during the lockdown, officials said on Thursday.
  • The clarification from a senior home ministry official came a day after Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla issued revised guidelines for the extended lockdown period till May 3.
  • Electronic items like the mobile phones, TVs, laptops will be available on the e-commerce platforms from April 20, the official said.

02:48 PM

2 family members of an officer posted at Byculla Fire Station tested positive for COVID-19

  • They were immediately admitted to hospital.
  • Swab test of close contacts of the family & fire official have tested negative.
  • As a precaution,2 floors of the residential building of Byculla Fire Station have been quarantined.
  • All fire brigade staff engaged in sanitisation operation are being provided with PPEs & they are taking stringent precautions while working: Chief Fire Officer, Mumbai Fire Services
  • Reports ANI

02:42 PM

China sees drop in imported coronavirus cases but local infections rise

  • China reported fewer new coronavirus cases on Thursday that involved travellers arriving from abroad, but said locally transmitted infections rose, with Beijing seeing new local cases for the first time in more than three weeks.
  • To prevent a rebound of the epidemic as business activity resumes, an increasing number of Chinese provinces have begun offering coronavirus testing to the public.
  • At the same time, local authorities are offering coupons to residents in hopes they will spend money to revive an economy ravaged by the outbreak.

02:39 PM

Tamil Nadu reports 25 new cases; state tally climbs to 1267

25 new COVID19 cases reported in the state today, taking the total number of positive cases to 1267: Edappadi K. Palanisamy, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu

02:30 PM

Bengaluru civic agency designates 32 municipal wards as COVID-19 hotspots

  • With 71 positive coronavirus cases being reported in Bengaluru apart from three deaths, the city’s civic agency has declared 32 municipal wards as COVID- 19 hotspots, Municipal officials said. Bengaluru tops the list with 71 positive cases so far, followed by Mysuru where 58 cases have been reported.
  • Kalaburagi district is also among the hotspots with 17 positive cases including three deaths.
  • These 32 wards of Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) have been completely sealed and an extensive health check-up campaign has been taken up in these areas, Bengaluru Mayor M Gautham Kumar said on Thursday.

02:23 PM

Pune reports one more death; death toll rises to 44

  • One more death reported in Pune last night – a 65-year-old woman who had tested positive for COVID-19.
  • She also had been suffering from co-morbidity.
  • Death toll in Pune district now rises to 44: Health officials, Pune

02:19 PM

IEX contributes Rs 5 cr to PM-CARES Fund to fight against COVID-19

  • The Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) on Thursday said it has contributed Rs 5 crore to the PM-CARES Fund to support relief measures in the fight against COVID 19 pandemic.
  • As we face an unprecedented crisis, support and solidarity from citizens as well as corporates during these times will go a long way in supplementing the various efforts undertaken by the government, the IEX said in a statement.

02:16 PM

Chhattisgarh unit of Azim Premji Foundation donated 1050 PPE kits and 1000 N-95 masks

02:15 PM

No arrangements of Dawat-e-Sahri or Iftar shall be organized during Ramzan, in view of COVID-19 pandemic

– Karnataka Minority Welfare, Waqf & Hajj Department

02:14 PM

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02:13 PM

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02:07 PM

Rupee plummets 43 paise to settle at an all-time low of 76.87 (provisional) against US dollar

02:06 PM

India has to unite to fight Coronavirus, keeping religion, caste, communities aside

– Rahul Gandhi

02:02 PM

A complete lockdown in a slum is practically not possible. The migrant issue is a serious issue & we should act on it quickly

– Rahul Gandhi

02:01 PM

Haryana reports 9 more cases; state tally at 213

9 more COVID-19 cases reported in Haryana today (8 in Panchkula & 1 in Palwal). Total number of coronavirus positive cases in the state at 213, including 14 Italian nationals: State Health Department

Haryana reports 9 more cases; state tally at 213

01:59 PM

Fight against COVID-19 has only started, declaring victory now will be wrong

– Cong leader Rahul Gandhi

01:55 PM

I disagree with Narendra Modi with a lot of issues but now is not the time to fight. Unite and fight the virus

– Rahul Gandhi

01:51 PM

Would have liked more decentralisation of power to states and detailed conversation between the PM and CMs on lockdown

– Rahul Gandhi

01:50 PM

Virus going to start its work again once lockdown lifted

– Cong leader Rahul Gandhi

01:45 PM

There has to be a safety net for key areas of our economy

– Rahul Gandhi

01:42 PM

We cannot declare victory right now, it’s a long battle. We need to fight systematically

– Rahul Gandhi

01:41 PM

Give money to the poorest but it should be kept in mind that there will be a serious economic crisis: Rahul Gandhi

01:35 PM

There needs to be a strategic opening, testing needs to be used to identify the hotspot, clampdown on the hotspot and create zones

– Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi

01:32 PM

There is going to be massive financial backlash in the country due to Corona crisis: Rahul Gandhi

01:31 PM

Covid cannot be controlled it needs to be managed, says Rahul Gandhi

01:29 PM

India’s testing rate very low at 199 per million so far; need to ramp up testing

01:28 PM

Govt should effectively utilise resources to fight COVID-19, hand them over to states

– Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

01:28 PM

Dharavi reports 11 more cases; total number of coronavirus positive cases in the area to 71

11 more COVID19 cases reported in Dharavi, Mumbai, taking the total number of coronavirus positive cases in the area to 71: Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC)

01:25 PM

Success has been achieved in Wayanad, Kerala because of the effective machinery at the district level

– Congress leader Rahul Gandhi

01:25 PM

There will be an uptake after lockdown ends

– Rahul Gandhi

01:24 PM

SMEs should be given protective package: Rahul Gandhi

01:24 PM

SMEs should be given protective package: Rahul Gandhi

01:23 PM

Create food net, implement NYAY scheme to provide financial help to poor: Rahul Gandhi

01:22 PM

It is important that we have a strategy to come out of the lockdown: Rahul Gandhi

01:21 PM

Don’t use blunt instruments, work strategically, resources should be given to state: Rahul Gandhi

01:20 PM

A bottom-up approach is needed: Rahul Gandhi

01:18 PM

Currently, COVID Testing is limited in India

– Rahul Gandhi

01:17 PM

I propose to increase the testing stratigically

– Rahul Gandhi

01:15 PM

The biggest weapon is testing

– Rahul Gandhi

01:14 PM

A lockdown in a pause button, not a solution

– Rahul Gandhi

01:12 PM

We are in a serious situation and we have to fight it together

– Rahul Gandhi on Covid-19

01:10 PM

Rihanna, Jack Dorsey and Jay-Z donating $6.2 million to COVID-19 relief funds

  • Popstar Rihanna, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and rapper Jay-Z have announced that they will be donating USD 6.2 million towards coronavirus relief efforts, both in the US and abroad.
  • The grant from Rihanna’s Clara Lionel Foundation, Dorsey and Jay-Z’s Shawn Carter Foundation (SCF) will be distributed among 11 organisations.

01:08 PM

34 test positive for Covid-19 in Karnataka; state tally at 313

Coronavirus Updates-Globally (16/04/2020) MGNREGA work started in Odisha

01:02 PM

Govt orders action against 2 scribes for ‘false’ news report

  • Maharashtra Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has said action has been ordered against a reporter and an anchor of a news channel for allegedly running a “false” story that state minister Jitendra Awhad’a daughter tested coronavirus positive at the time of return from Spain.
  • Deshmukh did not name the news channel concerned.

01:00 PM

HC finds no urgency in PIL seeking direction to schools to waive off fees during lockdown

  • Delhi High Court has refused to grant urgent hearing to a plea seeking direction to private schools in the national capital to waive off fees for the period they are not fully operational due to coronavirus.
  • The plea sought direction to schools not to pressure its students to pay fees or charges and also direction to the Delhi government to provide sufficient funds to schools to bear their liabilities like salary of staff and other expenses.

12:55 PM

Private hospital network plans to have its total workforce, patients tested for COVID-19

  • Thousands of healthcare workers and patients at country-wide facilities of a leading private hospital network will be tested for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure, the hospital group said.
  • Healthcare workers from hospitals under Max Healthcare (18,000 workers), BLK Hospital (3,000) and Nanavati Hospital, Mumbai (3,000) will be tested over the next few weeks, officials said on Wednesday.

12:51 PM

Govt sets foodgrain production target at record 298.3 million tons for 2020-21 crop year

12:44 PM

Toyota Kirloskar comes up with manual for resumption of industry operations post lockdown (Coronavirus Updates-Globally (16/04/2020)

  • Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) on Thursday said it has come up with a manual of standard operating procedures (SOPs) for industries to follow post the withdrawal of nationwide lockdown in the country.
  • The maker of Innova and Fortuner said that with the possibility of manufacturing operations commencing from April 20, it has devised a comprehensive ‘restart manual’ as a guide for industries to follow post the withdrawal of the nationwide lockdown.

12:41 PM

SC directs government to ‘ensure labourer movement for Rabi crop’

12:39 PM

In Delhi: 3 blocks of Police Colony in Model Town identified as a small containment zone

A Police Sub Inspector, his wife & their child residing there, tested positive for COVID-19
Wife of Sub Inspector is a nurse at a hospital in Delhi.
Random sampling to be done: DCP

12:38 PM

Government is forming guidelines to facilitate air travellers with their booking issues and refund discrepancies

Government to come out with these guidelines soon.

12:36 PM

Maharashtra first state to cross 3000; reports 165 new cases

165 more COVID-19 cases (including 107 in Mumbai) reported in Maharashtra today, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to 3081: State Health Department

Maharashtra first state to cross 3000; reports 165 new cases

12:22 PM

Wipro is deferring annual increments and promotions scheduled for June for most of its employees as the company grapples with the uncertainty due to coronavirus

Reports TOI

12:13 PM

Japan PM to declare nationwide state of emergency: News Agencies

12:06 PM

Mumbai: Juhu police station cop tests coronavirus positive

  • A constable attached to Juhu police station in Mumbai has tested positive for coronavirus, an official said on Thursday.
  • Other police personnel who came in contact with the constable will also be tested, he said.
  • The constable, a resident of Kandivali area here, was on leave as he had not been keeping well since the last few days. After he started showing symptoms of coronavirus, his test was conducted which came out positive on Wednesday, the official said.

11:53 AM

Wuhan’s ‘wet markets’ struggle after virus lockdown

  • At a large food market in the Chinese city of Wuhan, signs forbid the selling of wild animals and live fowl, while announcements calling for “victory” over COVID-19 play on a loop from speakers.
  • China’s “wet markets” have been slammed internationally as the coronavirus roils the world, with the disease having seemingly emerged from stalls selling live game in Wuhan late last year.
  • The government has since banned the sale of wildlife for food, but the reopening of markets has drawn criticism from around the world as the death toll from the pandemic continues to mount.

11:49 AM

Karnataka Chief Minister inaugurates a mobile Covid-19 testing booth in Bengaluru

11:44 AM

Government issues notification allowing Health and Motor (Third Party) insurance policyholders to make premium payments till May 15th

Source: PIB

Government issues notification allowing Health and Motor (Third Party) insurance policyholders to make premium payments till May 15th

11:42 AM

Poland likely to reopen parks and forests on Monday: Poland’s state assets minister

11:40 AM

IMF boss says UK should seek longer Brexit transition

  • Britain should ask for an extension to its post-Brexit transition period to ease uncertainty at a time when the world economy is being hammered by the coronavirus pandemic, the head of the International Monetary Fund said.
  • “It is tough as it is. Let’s not make it any tougher,” Kristalina Georgieva, the IMF’s managing director, told BBC radio in comments broadcast on Thursday.

11:39 AM

6,394 people arrested for defying COVID-19 lockdown in Uttarakhand, reports ANI

11:33 AM

Goldman Sachs downgrades India to marketweight

11:29 AM

Number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rises to 130,450 (+2,866), number of deaths to 3,569 (+315)


11:26 AM

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi to address a press conference via video-conferencing today

11:26 AM

6.5 lakh rapid testing kits

11:25 AM

PM Modi meets Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to discuss the economic situation in the country: Media reports

11:23 AM

New York Gov orders residents to wear masks in public

  • People in New York will now be required to wear masks or face coverings in public and in situations where social distancing cannot be maintained, such as on public transportation, to stop the spread of coronavirus as the state sees a flattening of the infection curve, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has said.
  • New York, the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the US, has reported 11,571 additional cases of novel coronavirus on Wednesday, bringing the statewide total to 213,779 confirmed cases.

11:19 AM

A pizza boy has been detected with COVID-19. 17 other delivery boys linked with him have been placed under institutional quarantine and 72 people have been placed under home quarantine

– Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain

11:15 AM

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres: Africa could see virus spread

  • United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is urging stepped up efforts to prepare Africa for the expected spread of the coronavirus pandemic, warning that the continent “could end up suffering the greatest impacts.”
  • The U.N. chief told a video conference with African ambassadors to the United Nations in New York on Wednesday that COVID-19 “is in no way of Africa’s making.” But like the climate crisis, he said, Africa could be hurt most.

11:12 AM

Three more COVID-19 patients die in Gujarat; state toll reaches 36: Govt official

Reports PTI

11:08 AM

Gujarat reports 105 new cases; state tally rises to 871

105 new cases, 3 deaths in the state, total cases 871 total deaths 36 5 on ventilator 766 stable 64 discharged Most of the cases from cluster quarantined areas. Total tests conducted so far 20204, 2971 tests in the last 24 hours.

10:58 AM

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation announces an extra $150 million of funding

  • Announcing an extra $150 million of funding from The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to the WHO Melinda Gates said the UN agency was ‘exactly the organization that can deal with this pandemic’.
  • Reports Reuters

10:54 AM

India needs to step up coronavirus testing: Experts

  • India needs to “significantly ramp up” the number of tests done across the country to trace COVID-19 infection if the virus is to be contained in time, experts said.
  • The death toll due to coronavirus rose to 414 and the number of cases to 12,380 in the country on Thursday, according to the Union Health Ministry.
  • While the number of active COVID-19 cases is 10,477, as many as 1,488 people have been cured and discharged and one had migrated, it said.

10:52 AM

Mexico registers 448 new cases of coronavirus and new 43 deaths: Health ministry(Coronavirus Updates-Globally (16/04/2020)

Reports Reuters

10:48 AM

A pizza delivery boy tests positive for Covid-19 in Delhi, reports ANI

A pizza delivery boy has tested positive for Coronavirus. The administration has asked people living in around 72 houses to stay in quarantine: District Magistrate South Delhi

10:47 AM

Pandemic to drag Asia’s growth to zero for 1st time in 60 years

  • Asia’s economic growth this year will grind to a halt for the first time in 60 years, as the coronavirus crisis takes an “unprecedented” toll on the region’s service sector and major export destinations, the International Monetary Fund said on Thursday.
  • Policymakers must offer targeted support to households and firms hardest-hit by travel bans, social distancing policies and other measures aimed at containing the pandemic, said Changyong Rhee, director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department.

10:44 AM

US weekly jobless claims seen underscoring deepening economic slump

  • Millions more Americans likely sought unemployment benefits last week, lifting total filings for claims over the past month above an astounding 20 million, which would underscore the deepening economic slump caused by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
  • Thursday’s weekly jobless claims report from the Labor Department will follow dismal data on Wednesday showing a record drop in retail sales in March and the biggest decline in factory output since 1946.

10:41 AM

China dispatches 650,000 medical kits to India to fight COVID-19: Indian envoy

  • China on Thursday dispatched 650,000 coronavirus medical kits to India to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian Ambassador to Beijing Vikram Misri said.
  • Over two million test kits being procured from China will be sent to India in the next 15 days, he told PTI.

10:39 AM

Andhra Pradesh reports 9 new cases; case count rises to 534

  • 9 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh from 7 PM yesterday to 9 AM today – 3 each in Krishna, Kurnool and West Godavari districts.
  • Total number of positive cases in the state rises to 534, including 20 discharged and 14 deaths: Arja Srikanth, State Nodal Officer
  • Reports ANI

10:36 AM

UK urged to ease visa norms for overseas doctors in COVID-19 crisis

  • The UK Home Office has been urged to consider visa concessions for qualified overseas doctors, including many from India, to help them support the country’s stretched National Health Service (NHS) in battling the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The British Medical Association (BMA), the key professional union for doctors in the UK, has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to take urgent measures, including easier switch between different categories of visas and automatic indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or permanent residency for international medical professionals.

10:33 AM

Switzerland to announce three-phase exit from coronavirus restrictions

  • Switzerland’s government is due to unveil on Thursday how it plans to relax the country’s shutdown put in place to halt the spread of the new coronavirus epidemic, Swiss media reported.
  • Health Minister Alain Berset will outline a three-stage plan to start a gradual opening of businesses and schools which have been shuttered for a month.
  • Under Berset’s plan, companies which provide personal services like hairdressers and physiotherapists will be allowed to return to work from April 27, Tages-Anzeiger and Neue Zuercher Zeitung reported.

10:31 AM

India and Innovation: A disinfection chamber out of an old fridge

10:26 AM

Rajasthan reports 25 fresh COVID-19 cases; state’s tally rises to 1,101: Officials

10:19 AM

Rapid Antibody Testing Kits and RNA Extraction Kits all custom cleared have left this morning for India, reports ANI

Rapid Antibody Testing Kits (first lot of 3 lakh from Guangzhou Wondfo and 2.5 lakh from Zhuhai Livzon) and RNA Extraction Kits (1 lakh from MGI Shenzhen), all custom cleared yesterday late night have left this morning for India: Government Sources

10:13 AM

Maharashtra saw a 34% dip and Mumbai a 35% dip in new cases recorded yesterday: Priyanka Chaturvedi

10:10 AM

Telangana prepared to treat any number of COVID-19 patients

– CM K Chandrashekar Rao

10:09 AM

Rupee slips 34 paise to all-time low of 76.78 against US dollar in early trade

10:07 AM

Thailand reports 29 new coronavirus cases, 3 new deaths

10:03 AM

Google to slow hiring for rest

  • Google will slow hiring for the rest of the year, Chief Executive Officer Sundar Pichai told the company’s staff in a memo on Wednesday.
  • “We’ll be slowing down the pace of hiring, while maintaining momentum in a small number of strategic areas, and onboarding the many people who’ve been hired but haven’t started yet”, a Google spokesperson said.

10:02 AM

A remote-controlled robot ‘Co-Bot’ to provide food & medicine to patients

10:00 AM

Trump to ease lockdown, saying virus cases have ‘passed peak’

  • President Donald Trump vowed to unveil plans Thursday to reopen the world’s top economy, following cautious moves in Europe, claiming the US had “passed the peak” of new coronavirus cases, even as the country logged a record number of deaths from the disease.
  • Since emerging in China late last year, the coronavirus pandemic has turned the world upside down, forcing half of humanity indoors and catapulting the global economy towards a second Great Depression.

09:56 AM

NBA star Towns’ mother dies of Covid-19

  • Jacqueline Towns, the mother of Minnesota Timberwolves all-star Karl-Anthony Towns, died of COVID-19 after a weeks-long battle with the disease which has led to a worldwide pandemic.
  • The Towns’ family made the announcement on Wednesday in a statement: “The Towns family is heartbroken by the untimely passing of Jacqueline Towns due to complications as a result of COVID-19.

09:55 AM

A 66-year old man infected by coronavirus dies in Bengaluru, death toll in Karnataka rises to 13: Health Department

Reports PTI

09:53 AM

Maharashtra records 2,916 cases; death toll at 187

09:50 AM

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo says his wife Cristina has been diagnosed with the coronavirus, reports AP

09:49 AM

Sports can come back but without fans: Fauci

  • The top US health and infectious disease specialist says the key to reopening professional sports leagues in America is to have the athletes play games in front of empty stadiums.
  • Anthony Fauci, who is helping coordinate the US response to the global coronavirus pandemic, said reliable antibody testing and fast results are also crucial to the return of sports.

09:46 AM

Sensex falls 326.25 pts to 30,053.56 in opening session; Nifty slips 39.75 pts to 8,885.55

09:28 AM

Out of the 929 samples which were tested yesterday, 21 have tested positive for Coronavirus : King George’s Medical University, Lucknow

09:18 AM

UK urged to ease visa norms for overseas doctors in COVID-19 crisis

  • The UK Home Office has been urged to consider visa concessions for qualified overseas doctors, including many from India, to help them support the country’s stretched National Health Service (NHS) in battling the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The British Medical Association (BMA), the key professional union for doctors in the UK, has written to Home Secretary Priti Patel to take urgent measures, including easier switch between different categories of visas and automatic indefinite leave to remain (ILR) or permanent residency for international medical professionals.

09:16 AM

25 new cases in Rajasthan, total number climbs to 1,101

09:15 AM

Two more test positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, number rises to 72

  • Two more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bihar, raising the total number of cases in the state to 72, a top official said on Thursday.
  • The fresh cases were reported from Patna and Vaishali districts, he said.
  • Reports of a 60-year-old man from Patna and 35-year-old man from Vaishali, which came in late Wednesday night, were positive, according to Principal Secretary, Health, Sanjay Kumar.

09:08 AM

A total of 650,000 kits, including Rapid Antibody Tests and RNA Extraction Kits have been despatched early today from Guangzhou Airport to India: Vikram Misri, Ambassador of India to China

08:55 AM

China strengthens medical facilities at Russian border to prevent COVID-19 flare-up

China has reported 46 new coronavirus cases, including 34 imported ones, as the authorities strengthened medical facilities in the country’s northeast bordering Russia to stem a sudden flare-up of infections among Chinese nationals arriving from across the border.

08:54 AM

42 new COVID-19 cases in Indore; MP tally rises to 980

  • The total number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 980 with 42 more people testing positive for the disease in Indore, health officials said on Thursday.
  • Two more deaths were also reported from Indore late Wednesday night, taking the toll in the state to 55.

08:51 AM

According to ICMR, a total of 2,74,599 samples from 2,58,730 individuals have been tested as of 9 pm, April 15

08:44 AM

Total cases in India rise to 12,380

As per Ministry of Health and Family Welfare:-

  • Active cases : 10,477
  • Cured/Discharged : 1,488
  • Deaths: 414
  • Migrated : 1

08:30 AM

19 more Coronavirus positive cases have been reported in Agra. The total number of positive cases in the district rises to 167: Agra District Magistrate Prabhu N Singh

08:29 AM

Haiti to reopen textile factories despite coronavirus fears

08:29 AM

Indian mission in UK hosts COVID-19 virtual roundtable for Indian businesses

Around 40 Indian business representatives logged on to a first-of-its-kind virtual roundtable organised by the Indian High Commission in London to address concerns around the economic impact of the coronavirus lockdown in the UK.

08:21 AM

South Korea reports 22 new virus cases

08:10 AM

IMF proposes to deploy full USD 1 tn lending capacity to support countries battling COVID-19

  • Describing the COVID-19 pandemic as a crisis like no other, International Monetary Fund head Kristalina Georgieva on Wednesday said the international body is proposing to use all its USD1 trillion lending capacity to support countries battling the outbreak.
  • “It is a crisis like no other. In scope, we are now in the worst recession since the Great Depression. We are experiencing a 3 percent contraction of global GDP, and 170 countries are going to see income per capita falling versus what we expected three months ago for 160—for them to go up,” Georgieva told reporters at the start of the annual spring meeting of IMF and the World Bank here.
  • In view of coronavirus crisis, the spring meeting is being held virtually– the first one in the history of IMF and the World Bank.

07:57 AM

WHO chief hails India’s step to engage in polio surveillance network to fight COVID-19

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Wednesday appreciated India’s collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) in the systematic engagement of polio surveillance network across the country to fight against coronavirus.

07:56 AM

Trump urged to seek compensation from China on coronavirus

  • Alleging that coronavirus was genetically-engineered in a Wuhan lab, an Indian-American survivor of the deadly virus has urged President Donald Trump to seek compensation from China, running into trillions of dollars, for the thousands of deaths and harming the American economy.
  • “The unleashing of global death and suffering with the coronavirus, a plague upon all of us, is worse than Pearl Harbor, and given its deception, and later, cover-up, lack any semblance of Honor,” Indian-American attorney Ravi Batra said in a letter to the president.

07:28 AM

Australia cautions March jobs data covers pre-virus lockdown period

  • The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Thursday cautioned that data on March employment covered just the first two weeks of the month before measures were taken to contain the spread of COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.
  • The data showed employment actually rose by 5,900 in March, when analysts had expected a drop of 40,000, while the jobless rate ticked up only slightly to 5.2%.

07:15 AM

China reports 46 new virus cases, but no deaths

  • China reported 46 new virus cases on Thursday, 34 of them brought from outside the country, but no new deaths from the outbreak.
  • China has now reported a total of 3,342 deaths from the virus among 82,341 cases.

07:13 AM

Close relatives of Tablighi Jamaat chief Maulana Saad test positive for COVID-19 in Saharanpur

  • Two close relatives of Tablighi Jamaat head Maulana Saad have tested positive for COVID-19, according to District Magistrate (DM) Saharanpur, Akhilesh Singh.
  • “Two close relatives of Maulana Saad have tested positive for COVID-19. We have shifted them to a level-1 hospital in Fatehpur. The area (Mohalla Mufti) from which they belonged has been identified as a hotspot and exercises of containment are being carried out there,” Singh told reporters here.

06:51 AM

Nearly 2,600 US coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Tally

06:49 AM

Jeff Bezos added $24 billion to his fortune in 2020

As the world’s wealthiest people get wealthier during the pandemic—even as 17 million Americans lost their jobs in the span of three weeks. (Bloomberg)

06:47 AM

France’s COVID-19 deaths rose by 1,438, the most on Wednesday to a total of 17,167 fatalities, while the number of intensive-care patients dropped for a seventh day. Infections rose by 4,560 to 147,863 cases

06:45 AM

Doctor tests positive for COVID-19 in New Delhi

  • A doctor tested positive for COVID-19 in the national capital on Friday.
  • The doctor, who is an anaesthetist, worked at the Intensive Care Unit of the Maulana Azad Medical College.

06:43 AM

The coronavirus has infected more than 636,000 people in the US, leaving more than 28,000 dead (Source: Bloomberg)

06:28 AM

2G services extended in Jammu and Kashmir till April 27 on postpaid and verified prepaid sims only: Jammu and Kashmir Govt

06:28 AM

159 new cases in Indore, total cases in the district rise to 597

06:26 AM

Trump says US investigating whether virus came from Wuhan lab

  • U.S. President Donald Trump said on Wednesday his government is trying to determine whether the coronavirus emanated from a lab in Wuhan, China, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Beijing “needs to come clean” on what they know.
  • The source of the virus remains a mystery. General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on Tuesday that U.S. intelligence indicates that the coronavirus likely occurred naturally, as opposed to being created in a laboratory in China, but there is no certainty either way.

06:25 AM

IMF backs India’s ‘proactive’ COVID-19 response

  • The International Monetary Fund Wednesday said that it supports India’s proactive decision of a imposing a nationwide lockdown in its fight against coronavirus.
  • A day earlier, the IMF in its World Economic Outlook had forecast India’s growth rate to be 1.9 per cent in 2020.
  • “India entered the pandemic turmoil in the midst of a credit crunch-induced slowdown and its recovery prospect becomes more uncertain,” Chang Yong Rhee, the Director of the IMF’s Asia and Pacific Department, told reporters during a news conference here.

06:25 AM

Mexico registers 448 new cases of coronavirus and new 43 deaths: Health Min

06:25 AM

Australia’s Crown Resorts stands down 95% of workforce amid virus restrictions

Australia’s Crown Resorts Ltd said on Thursday it has stood down about 95% of its employees due to the suspension of gaming and other non-essential services at its Melbourne and Perth resorts because of coronavirus restrictions. The company has stood down more than 11,500 of its employees on a full or partial basis.

06:24 AM

Trump looks to ease distancing in places; CEOs urge caution(Coronavirus Updates)

  • President Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s prepared to announce new guidelines allowing some states to quickly ease up on social distancing even as business leaders told him they need more coronavirus testing and personal protective equipment before people can safely go back to work.
  • The new guidelines, expected to be announced Thursday, are aimed at clearing the way for an easing of restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus, while keeping them in place in harder-hit places. The ultimate decisions will remain with governors.

06:24 AM

Mumbai airport facilitates evacuation of 3,700 passengers in 21 days

  • The Mumbai airport on Wednesday said it has helped in the evacuation of over 3700 foreign nationals with 20 repatriation flights during the first phase of nationwide lockdown to stem coronavirus spread.
  • Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in a statement said it has facilitated the operation of flights carrying stranded passengers from Mumbai to London, Atlanta, Frankfurt, Singapore, Paris and Tokyo among other international destinations.

06:24 AM

268 British nationals stranded in Kerala airlifted to London

  • As many as 268 British citizens stranded in Kerala due to the nationwide lockdown were airlifted by British Airways on Wednesday from Thiruvananthapuram and Cochin International Airports.
  • The flight took off from Thiruvananthapuram to London’s Heathrow Airport with 110 passengers at 7.30 pm. Later, 158 more passengers boarded the flight from Cochin airport at 10.07 pm.

06:23 AM

Trump says US likely ‘passed the peak’ on coronavirus cases(Coronavirus Updates)

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the United States is past the worst of the coronavirus pandemic and that he will announce guidelines for reopening the economy on Thursday.06:22 AM

US Coronavirus deaths set single-day record increase of 2,371, totaling 30,817 – Reuters tally

06:22 AM

Germany lifting some restrictions, global death toll tops 131,000

  • Germany on Wednesday unveiled plans to lift some restrictions imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic, becoming the first major European nation to take on the delicate task of reopening without triggering a new wave of infections.
  • The number of COVID-19 cases around the globe soared past two million, meanwhile, according to an AFP tally, and the death toll topped 131,000.

06:22 AM

Bangladesh rescues nearly 400 Rohingya after weeks at sea (Coronavirus Updates)

Bangladesh’s coast guard said it rescued Wednesday at least 382 “starving” Rohingya refugees floating in a large boat in the country’s territorial waters after nearly two months at sea.

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