COVID-19: 27 Cases Reported in 24 Hours’; Total Cases Cross 1,250

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The death toll due to COVID-19 increased to 32, while the number of cases rose to 1,251, the Health Ministry said on Monday, 30 March.

With decline in revenue collections due to coronavirus, the Telangana government on Monday decided to cut the salaries of all government employees, ANI reported.

Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has sought an FIR in connection with Tabligh-e-Jamaat congregation in Nizamuddin, after at least 175 people who had gathered there were taken to various hospitals to test for coronavirus.

Earlier, the Health Ministry clarified that the country is still in the local transmission stage, adding that if it reaches the community transmission stage, the Health Ministry will admit it.

  • The Supreme Court will hear on Tuesday a petition seeking relief for migrant workers affected by the lockdown

  • 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”

  • ICMR on Monday said 38,442 tests have been conducted so far

  • PM Modi apologised for “taking harsh steps that caused inconvenience to common man” in his first ‘Mann Ki Baat’ under lockdown

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 latests cases raises the the total number of cases in the state to 8.

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.

Six Dead Due to COVID-19 Dead 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.

Centre Extends Validity of Driving Licenses, Permits & Registration Expired Since 1 Feb

The Centre on Monday, extended till 30 June, validity of driving licences, permits and registration that expired since 1 February, PTI reported.

COVID-19: 20 New Cases Reported in Rajasthan

20 new COVID-19 cases, including 10 in Jaipur, were reported in Rajasthan on Monday, taking the total number of cases to 79, PTI reported quoting officials.

COVID-19: Death Toll Rises to 32, Number of Cases at 1,251 in India

The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 32, while the number of cases increased to 1,251, the Health Ministry said on Monday, 30 March.

Telangana Announces Big Salary Cuts for Govt Employees

Amid the lockdown due to coronavirus, the Telangana government on Monday, 30 March, decided to cut the salaries of all government employees, ANI reported.

" “There will be a 75 percent cut on the salaries of the Chief Minister, state cabinet, MLCs, MLAs, State Corporation Chairpersons and local body representatives in view of the financial state of Telangana, due to COVID-19 pandemic.”" - Telangana Chief Minister’s Office (CMO)

Six More Test Positive for Coronavirus in Telangana

Six more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Telangana on Monday, 30 March, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 61. 13 people were also discharged on Monday, ANI reported.

Airtel Extends Prepaid Pack Validity for Over 80 Million Customers Till 17 April

In order to assist low-income group customers impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, Airtel has extended prepaid pack validity for over 80 million customers till 17 April. These customers will continue to get incoming calls on their Airtel numbers even after validity of plan is exhausted, ANI reported quoting Airtel.

COVID-19: Three More Test Positive in Karnataka

Three persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in one family in Karnataka's Bellari, ANI reported quoting Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu.

" “They are being treated at an isolated location. Total number of positive COVID-19 cases have increased to 91 in the state now.” " - B Sriramulu, Karnataka Health Minister 

Delhi Govt Seeks FIR Against Maulana of Nizamuddin Markaz

The Delhi government has soughtan FIR against Maulana of Markaz, Nizamuddin after around 300 to 400 people who had attended a religious gathering there are suspected to be infected with COVID-19, ANI reported.

174 Patients Possibly Infected With COVID-19 Admitted at Delhi's Lok Nayak Hospital

A total of 174 patients, possibly infected with COVID-19 have been admitted at Lok Nayak Hospital in Delhi, of which 163 patients are from Nizamuddin, ANI reported quoting a senior hospital official.

"“85 patients came yesterday, while 34 were admitted today. We have made all arrangements for them.”" - Senior Official, Lok Nayak Hospital, Delhi

'Essential Health Services Must Continue': WHO Director General

As the number of COVID-19 cases continues to mount worldwide, Director-General of World Health Organization TA Ghebreyesus on Monday, 30 March, said "Even though we're in midst of crisis, essential health services must continue. Babies are still being born, vaccines must still be delivered and people still need life-saving treatment for a range of other diseases."

"“To help countries manage the surge in COVID-19 cases while maintaining essential services, WHO has published a detailed, practical manual on how to set up and manage treatment centres for COVID-19.”" - TA Ghebreyesus, Director-General of World Health Organization 

COVID-19: 25 New Cases in New Delhi Today

25 new COVID-19 cases were reported in Delhi on Monday, 30 March, taking the total number of positive cases in the national capital to 97, ANI reported quoting Delhi Health Department.

'Extraordinary Times Require Extraordinary Solutions': PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 30 March, held a video conference with the Heads of all of India’s Embassies and High Commissions worldwide, ANI reported.

The conference, the first such event for Indian Missions worldwide, was convened to discuss responses to the global COVID-19 pandemic, MEA said.

Prime Minister Modi noted that "extraordinary times require extraordinary solutions, which was why even in this globalized era, most of the world had quarantined itself."

"This was an unavoidable step taken to fight this pandemic, but it was also hugely consequential," MEA added.

COVID-19: Three More Test Positive in Jammu and Kashmir

Three more persons have tested positive in Kashmir, taking the total cases to 48, ANI reported quoting Jammu & Kashmir Principal Secretary-Planning Rohit Kansal.

"“11,644 persons are currently under observation and 722 samples have been tested so far.”" - Rohit Kansal, Jammu & Kashmir Principal Secretary

Reliance Industries Announces Rs 500 Cr Contribution to PM CARES Fund

Reliance Industries on Monday, 30 March, announced Rs 500 crore contribution to the PM CARES Fund amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This is in addition to its multi-pronged on-the-ground fight against COVID-19, ANI reported quoting Reliance Industries.

COVID-19: Third Death in Punjab

A COVID-19 positive woman passed away at Patiala hospital in Ludhiana on Monday, 30 March. This is the third death related to COVID-19 in Punjab.

'All Bodies of COVID-19 Patients Should Be Cremated Irrespective of Religion': BMC Commissioner

All bodies of COVID-19 patients should be cremated irrespective of religion, ANI reported quoting Commissioner of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) Praveen Pardeshi.

"“Burial will not be allowed. The funeral should not involve more than five people.”" - Praveen Pardeshi, BMC Commissioner

47 More Test Positive in Mumbai Metropolitan Region: BMC

47 more people have tested positive for coronavirus in the Mumbai Metropolitan Region, taking the number of infected persons to 170, PTI reported quoting BMC.

CRPF Offers its Camps, Manpower to Help COVID-19 Patients

CRPF on Monday, 30 March, offered its camps across the country and manpower to help COVID-19 patients, PTI reported.

BJP President JP Nadda Appeals to Party Workers to Donate to PM CARES Fund

BJP President JP Nadda Monday, 30 March, appealed to party workers to donate at least Rs 100 each to PM CARES Fund, inspire ten others to contribute as well, PTI reported.

J&K Sanctions Rs 17.65 Cr for Registered Construction Workers

The Jammu and Kashmir administration on Monday, 30 March, sanctioned Rs 17.65 crore for registered construction workers amid the lockdown due to coronavirus, PTI reported.

Faculty Developing Small Molecule Inhibitors for Treatment of COVID-19: IIT-Guwahati

IIT-Guwahati on Monday, 30 March said its faculty members are in the process of developing small molecule inhibitors for treatment of COVID-19, according to PTI.

Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind Offers Premises Under Its Control as Quarantine Centres

Prominent Muslim body Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind has offered premises under its control in various parts of country to be used as isolation, quarantine centres, PTI reported.

Oil Firms Announce Rs 5 L Ex-Gratia for those Involved in LPG Distribution

Oil marketing companies Indian Oil, Bharat Petroleum, and Hindustan Petroleum on Monday, 30 March, announced Rs 5 lakh each ex-gratia, as a one-time special measure, in the case of death of personnel involved in LPG distribution due to the infection amid the coronavirus outbreak, ANI reported.

COVID-19: Vistara Asks Staff to Self-Quarantine After Passenger Tests Positive

Vistara on Monday, 30 March, asked its staff to self-quarantine after a passenger who took the Mumbai-Goa flight on 22 March tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported.

43 Prisoners Released on 8-Week Parole from Muzaffarnagar District Jail

43 prisoners have been released on eight-week parole from the Muzaffarnagar district jail amid the coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported quoting official.

'Anyone Ostracizing Healthcare Workers Will be Arrested': Mamata Banerjee

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday, 30 March, warned that anyone found ostracizing healthcare workers treating COVID-19 patients will be arrested, according to ANI.

UP CM Asks Health Dept to Constitute Special Teams for Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad & Meerut

Amid the coronavirus outbreak, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Monday, 30 March, asks the health department to constitute special teams for Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad and Meerut, ANI reported.

COVID-19: Five More Test Positive in Karnataka

Five more COVID-19 cases were reported in Karnataka on Monday, 30 March, taking the numner of positive cases in the state to 88, ANI reported.

"“Of the five, one is a close contact of an earlier confirmed patient and four others are workers of a pharmaceutical company in Mysuru, from where a person had tested positive.”" - Karnataka Health Department

32 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Kerala

32 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Kerala, out of which, 17 have foreign travel history, ANI reported quoting Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan.

With this, the total number of cases rose to 213 in the state.

COVID-19: PM Modi Interacts With Heads of Diplomatic Missions Via Video Conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday, 30 March, interacted via video conferencing with India's heads of diplomatic missions over the COVID-19 situation, ANI reported,

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla were also present.

80-Year-Old Dies in Mumbai; Death Toll at 10 in Maharashtra

An 80-year-old person who tested positive for coronavirus passed away at a private hospital in Mumbai on Monday, 30 March.

The total number of positive cases is 216 in Maharashtra, of which 39 people have been discharged and ten people have died in the state so far.

COVID-19: Five More Test Positive in Chandigarh

Five more COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in Chandigarh, taking the total positive cases in the Union Territory to 13, ANI reported.

Two of the five new cases, a couple, has history of travel to Canada. Another case is the mother of a person who had tested positive earlier, the Chandigarh Administration said.

Tokyo Olympics to Start on 23 July 2021

The rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will begin on 23 July next year, with the closing ceremony taking place on 8 August, PTI reported.

88 COVID-19 Cases Reported in Uttar Pradesh, Including 14 Cured

The number of coronavirus cases rose to 88, including 14 cured in Uttar Pradesh, ANI reported quoting UP Principal Health Secretary AM Prasad on Monday, 30 March.

"“Maximum 36 cases have been reported in Gautam Budh Nagar, followed by 13 in Meerut.”" - AM Prasad, UP Principal Health Secretary

COVID-19: Israel PM Netanyahu in Quarantine After Close Aide Tests Positive

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Monday, 30 March said he will go under quarantine after one of his aides tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported.

‘All Students Up to Class 8 Will Be Promoted’: Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia

Addressing the media amid the lockdown over the coronavirus, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday, 30 March, said "all students from nursery to class 8 in Delhi will be promoted to the next class under no detention policy."

Delhi Police Cordon Off Nizamuddin Area as People Showed COVID-19 Symptoms

The police have cordoned off the area in Delhi's Nizamuddin as people showed COVID-19 symptoms after a religious gathering, PTI reported.

JNU Extends Deadline for Entrance Exam

Jawaharlal Nehru University on Monday, 30 March, extended the deadline for the entrance exam amid the coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported.

Sonia Gandhi Sets Up Control Room at AICC for Assistance on COVID-19

Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Monday, 30 March, approved the setting up of a central control room at the All India Congress Committee in Delhi to coordinate, monitor and tackle the menace of coronavirus in the country, ANI reported.

West Bengal Govt Increases Insurance Coverage for those Helping With COVID-19 Crisis

The West Bengal government on Monday, 30 March, increased the insurance coverage from Rs 5 lakh to Rs 10 lakh for all those helping with the COVID-19 crisis, including staff at private, government and transportation centres, ANI reported.

Provide Protective Gear to All Personnel Dealing With Cargo Flights: DGCA

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Monday, 30 March, said all personnel dealing with cargo flight operations must be provided protective gear like masks and gloves, PTI reported.

COVID-19: 54-Year-Old Woman Dies in West Bengal

A 54-year-old woman from West Bengal's Kalimpong who tested positive for COVID-19 at North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri, passed away on Monday, 30 March, ANI reported.

'Ensure Food, Shelter & Full Wages for Stranded Workers': MHA

Home Secretary on Sunday, 29 March, directed States and Union Territories to direct District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police to ensure food and shelter for stranded workers, along with full wages by employers, according to ANI.

" “They were also directed to ensure that landlords don’t ask for rent from labourers.”" - PS Srivastava, MHA  

COVID-19 Testing Begins at AIIMS Rishikesh

Testing for the novel coronavirus has begun at AIIMS in Rishikesh, PTI reported quoting officials.

38,442 Tests Have Been Conducted Till Now: ICMR

R Gangakhedkar of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) on Monday, 30 March, said 38,442 tests have been conducted till now, out of which 3,501 were done on Sunday, ANI reported.

"“It means we are still at less than 30 percent of our testing capacity. In the last 3 days, 1,334 tests have been done in private labs.” " - R Gangakhedkar, ICMR

'There Has Been No Community Transmission So Far': Health Ministry

The Health Ministry on Monday, 30 March, clarified that the country is still in the local transmission stage, adding that if it reaches the community transmission stage, the Health Ministry will admit it.

Automobile Manufacturers Are Being Involved in Production of Ventilators: Health Ministry

Automobile manufacturers like Maruti, TATA, Mahindra & Mahindra, among others are being involved in the production of ventilators, ANI reported quoting Ministry of Health and Family Welfare officials.

"“They are in talks with the Health Ministry and have held meetings over the same.”" - Ministry of Health & Family Welfare Officials 

92 New Cases, Four Deaths in the Last 24 Hours: Health Ministry

92 new cases of coronavirus and four deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours, taking total cases to 1071 and number of deaths to 29 in India, the Union Health Ministry said on Monday, 30 March.

"“Ministry of Development of Northeastern Region has given its nod to run exclusive cargo flights to supply medical equipment and emergency goods in the Northeast region of the country.”" - Lav Aggrawal, Union Ministry of Health & Family Welfare 

COVID-19: Fourth Person Dies in Madhya Pradesh

One more COVID-19 patient has passed away in Madhya Pradesh, taking the toll to four in the state, PTI reported quoting official.

Maharashtra Govt Has Set Up 262 Relief Camps for Migrant Workers: Uddhav

Maharashtra government has set up 262 relief camps for migrant workers, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said on Monday, 30 March.

New India Assurance to Provide Rs 50 L Insurance Each to Healthcare Providers

New India Assurance will provide Rs 50 lakh insurance coverage each to healthcare providers, the government said, according to PTI.

COVID-19: Doctors, Nurses & Paramedical Staff to Be Lodged in Four 5-Star Hotels in Lucknow

Doctors, nurses and paramedical staff working with coronavirus patients to be lodged in four 5-star hotels of Lucknow, PTI quoted officials as saying.

Kam Air Flight With 35 Indians On Board Lands in Delhi

A Kam Air flight from Kabul, Afghanistan landed at the Delhi airport at around 2:40 pm on Monday, 30 March, with 35 Indians on board, ANI reported.

They will be kept in quarantine for 14 days at the Indo-Tibetan Border Police camp.

Mumbai University Urges Staff to Donate Salary for CM COVID-19 Relief Fund

Mumbai University has appealed to all its teaching and non-teaching staff, staff of all affiliated colleges to donate their one day salary for the Chief Minister's COVID-19 Relief Fund, ANI reported.

'Entire Nation is Displaying Immense Resilience in Facing COVID-19': PMO

"The entire nation is displaying immense resilience, grit and patience in facing COVID-19," the PMO was quoting as saying by ANI on Monday, 30 March.

" “Recalling that Mahatma Gandhi used to say that serving poor is the best way to serve nation, he (PM Modi) praised the dedication of organisations participating towards serving humanity.”" - PM’s Office

10 Persons Who Violated Home Quarantine Arrested in Bengaluru

Ten persons who were under home quarantine in Bengaluru and escaped to their native places, were arrested and a case has been registered against them at Gurmitkal Police Station, ANI reported quoting Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) Commissioner BH Anil Kumar.

COVID-19: 812 Deaths in 24 Hours in Spain; Death Toll Mounts to 7,340

812 deaths due to the novel coronavirus were reported in Spain in 24 hours, taking the toll to 7,340, according to AFP.

COVID-19: Three More Test Positive in Rajasthan

Three more persons have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Rajasthan on Monday, 30 March, ANI reported.

One case is in Bhilwara and the other two are in Jaipur. The two new cases in Jaipur are mother and son of a person who earlier tested positive. The patient in Bhilwara was being operated upon in Bangar hospital whose doctors tested positive for COVID-19.

62 cases have been reported in the state so far.

Dead Man's Sample Tests Coronavirus Positive; MP Toll Reaches 3

Samples of a 38-year-old man who died in Ujjain three days ago came out positive for coronavirus on Monday, an official said, reported PTI.

With this, the death toll due to coronavirus has gone up to three in Madhya Pradesh.

Earlier, a 65-year-old man from Indore and a woman from Ujjain died of coronavirus in Indore.

Kashmir Reports Four More Cases

“Four more cases detected positive in Kashmir. Two each from Shopian and Srinagar. All are contacts of previous positive cases. Contact tracing working on ground,” said Principal Secretary Rohit Kansal.

PM Interacts With Members of Social Welfare Organisations Over COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with members of various social welfare organisations, through video conferencing, over COVID-19, reports ANI.

Now 'Shaktimaan' Returns Amid Lockdown, Confirms Mukesh Khanna

Joining the list of reruns on Doordarshan is another cult classic from the golden era of Indian television, superhero show Shaktimaan, veteran actor Mukesh Khanna, who featured in the title role, has revealed.

Earlier, it was announced the cult hit mythological series Ramayana, Mahabharat, Shah Rukh Khan-starrer Circus and Byomkesh Bakshi, featuring Rajit Kapur, will be re-telecast on the national broadcaster and its sister channels during the 21-day lockdown to combat the spread of coronavirus, reported PTI.

UP CM Adityanath Holds Meeting With Gautam Buddh Nagar Officials

In Noida, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath holds a meeting with the officials of Gautam Buddh Nagar.

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Allocates Ventilators to Murshidabad Hospital

In West Bengal, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has allocated three ventilation machines (ventilators) to Murshidabad Medical College Hospital, reported ANI.

Shivraj Singh Chouhan Visits ITI, Bhopal to Review Preparedness

In Madhya Pradesh, chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan today visited the women's hostel at Industrial Training Institute (ITI), Bhopal to review preparedness for coronavirus.

UP Govt Issues Licences to 42 Companies to Make 40,000 Litres of Sanitisers Per Day

The Uttar Pradesh government has issued licences to 42 companies to make 40,000 litres of sanitisers every day in order to ensure adequate supply, officials said on Monday, reported PTI.

“There has been a spurt in the demand for sanitisers following the outbreak of coronavirus in the state and to deal with this, the government issued licences to 27 distilleries and 15 sanitiser-manufacturing companies,” Principal Secretary, Excise, Sanjay Bhoosreddy said.

DMK Foundation Donates Rs 1 Cr to CM's Relief Fund

DMK (Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam) Foundation has donated Rs 1 Crore to Tamil Nadu Chief Minister's Relief Fund, reported ANI.

Messages Regarding 'Declaration of Emergency Mid-April Are Fake,' Says Indian Army

“Fake and malicious messages are circulating on social media about likely declaration of emergency in mid-April and employment of Indian Army, veterans, National Cadet Corps and National Service Scheme to assist the civil administration. It's clarified that this is absolutely fake,” said the Indian Army, reported ANI.

52-Yr-Old Dies in Pune; State's Tally at 9

“52-year-old COVID-19 patient has died in Pune. Maharashtra toll reaches 9,” stated Health official, reported PTI.

MP CM Shivraj Chouhan Urges People to Follow 'Lakshman Rekha' As Suggested by PM Modi

Talking about the COVID-19 crisis, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said, “We will control situation in Indore soon.”

Chouhan has urged people to follow 'Lakshman Rekha', as suggested by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported PTI.

3.34 Lakh PPE Coveralls in Hospitals, DRDO to Manufacture N-99 Masks: Centre

“Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) will begin manufacturing 20,000 N-99 masks per day within the next week,” said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

The ministry further stated, “3.34 lakh PPE coveralls are available with hospitals in the country. Another 3 lakh donated coveralls being received from abroad by 4 April. Eleven domestic producers of PPE coveralls have qualified so far and orders for 21 lakh have been placed on them.”

“They are supplying 6-7,000 pieces per day and are expected to go up to 15,000 per day by mid-April. One more domestic manufacturer has qualified today and is being given orders for 5 lakh PPE coveralls,” said Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, reported ANI.

Anushka-Virat, Kartik Aaryan Pledge Donations to PM-CARES, CM Relief Funds

Actor Anushka Sharma, her cricketer-husband Virat Kohli, Kartik Aaryan among others on Monday pledged money to various relief funds aimed at combating the coronavirus pandemic in the country.

Taking to Twitter, the "Zero" star said the couple will donate to both, Maharashtra Chief Minister's relief fund and Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM-CARES).

60 COVID-19 Cases in Rajasthan: State Health Minister

“Sixty COVID-19 cases have been reported in Rajasthan, with Bhilwara reporting maximum 25 cases,” said Raghu Sharma, State Health Minister, reported ANI.

ICMR Certifies Lab at Goa for Virus Testing

The Goa government on Monday commissioned a virology lab at a state-run facility to test samples for coronavirus infection.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said they received a certification from the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to start the virology laboratory at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Cornavirus Cases in TN Now Stands at 67: CM Palaniswami

Tamil Nadu has 67 coronavirus positive cases in the State, up from 50, Chief Minister K Palaniswami said on Monday.

The fresh cases include 10 from Erode, Palaniswami told reporters at the Secretariat here adding additional personal protective equipment like N-95 masks for the health personnel have been ordered.

Automobile Manufacturers Asked to Manufacture Ventilators: Govt

Migrant Workers Quarantined in Local Primary Schools in Etawah

In Etawah, migrant workers who have returned to the various villages of the district from Delhi and other places, are being quarantined at the local primary schools and junior schools which have been turned into quarantine centres.

“People were returning in large numbers so it was difficult to determine who all have been tested. So we sought a list of all such people from all village heads. Then they were put under quarantine. They'll be sent home if they don't show any symptom,” said District Magistrate JB Singh.

AIIMS' Unity of Allied Healthcare Professionals to Donate 1-Day Salary to PM-CARES Fund

The team at Unity of Allied Healthcare Professionals, AIIMS has decided to donate their one-day salary to PM-CARES Fund.

Anil Baijal, Arvind Kejriwal Discuss Lockdown Measures Via Video Call

“Interacted with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and senior officers. Discussed further measures to enforce lockdown and maintain social distancing to contain the spread of coronavirus as per instructions of Government of India,” said Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal.

SC Seeks Status Report From Centre on Steps Taken to Prevent Migration of Workers

Supreme Court is hearing the petition, through video conferencing, filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, seeking food, water, shelter and urgent indulgence to the plight of migrant workers and their families, who are walking on foot to their villages, amid coronavirus lockdown.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, told the Supreme court that the Union of India and all state governments are taking all necessary steps to mitigate the situation. He submitted to the SC that he wanted to file an affidavit while replying to the petition filed by the lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava.

The bench headed by CJI, SA Bobde, told petitioner Advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, that “we'll deal with everything, but not with what the Centre is already doing.”CJI said, “first, we want to go through the government's affidavit, which it has to file.” Court to now hear the matter tomorrow.

Coronavirus: SC Staff to Donate up to 3 Days' Salary to PM-CARES Fund

The officials and staff of the Supreme Court registry have decided to donate up to three days' salary to the PM-CARES fund in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, reported PTI.

According to a circular issued by Registrar (cash and accounts) Rajesh Kumar Goel, all gazetted officers will donate three days' salary, non-gazetted employees will donate two days' salary and group "C" employees will donate one day's salary to the Prime Minister Citizens' Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation (PM CARES) fund.

Pawar Asks People to Brace for Coronavirus Impact on Economy

NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Monday said everyone needs to be ready for the impact of coronavirus outbreak on the country's economy as business activities have come to a standstill. He said the country's economic situation looks "grim" and according to experts, the GDP would come down to two percent, reported PTI.

Taking to Facebook for a live interaction with people of the state, the former Union minister asked citizens to stop unnecessary expenditures and stay at home to contain the spread of the deadly viral infection.

"We should be ready to brace the impact of looming economic crisis over the country as all types of business activities are suspended. People need to do away with their unnecessary spending habit for the next coming weeks as the country's economic situation looks grim," he said.

TVS Motor, Group Companies Pledge Rs 25 Crore to PM's Relief Fund

TVS Motor Company and its Group Companies TVS Credit Services Ltd., Sundaram-Clayton Ltd., and others on Monday announced their commitment to donate Rs 25 crore to the PM's Relief Fund (PM-CARES) to aid the battle against COVID-19, reported PTI.

"This is in line with the company's continuous endeavour to ensure prosperous and sustainable communities. It is in addition to the ongoing activities being already undertaken through Srinivasan Services Trust, the CSR arm of the group," it said in a statement.

Dangerous Situation as Exodus of Migrant Workers Continues: Sisodia

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Monday said there was a “dangerous situation” in the entire country as the exodus of migrant workers continued, despite the ongoing 21-day lockdown.

Reacting to a news report on Twitter in Hindi, Sisodia said, “Exodus of migrant workers continues even today from Punjab and Haryana...There is a dangerous situation in the entire country.”

MP Govt Says 'Releasing Prisoners on Parole for 60 Days'

Madhya Pradesh government has amended MP Prisoner's Leave Rules, 1989, to release prisoners on parole for a maximum of 60 days to decongest jails in wake of any natural disaster or epidemic, reported ANI.

“We are releasing about 5,000 convicts on Emergency parole of 60 days. Another 3,000 undertrials to be released on Interim Bail of 45 days, in the next 2 days,” said Government of Madhya Pradesh.

Puducherry to Credit Rs 2000 to All Ration Card Holders Tomorrow

Puducherry to credit Rs 2,000 relief to all ration card holders from tomorrow. Chief Minister V Narayanasamy seeks Rs 995 crore coronavirus assistance from the Centre, presents vote on account in Assembly.

DMK to contribute Rs 1 crore to TN CM Relief Fund for COVID-19 prevention and relief.

Popular Japanese Comedian Dies From the Coronavirus

Popular Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who drew inspiration from the American comedic icon Jerry Lewis, has died from the coronavirus, becoming Japan's first known celebrity victim of the disease. He was 70.

Shimura, who attracted fans of all generations with his slapstick comedy and funny faces, had been treated at a Tokyo hospital and died on Sunday, according to his agency, Izawa Office, reported AP.

Policeman Paints 'Corona Danger — Stay Away From Me' on Road in K'taka

In Karnataka, a policeman, Dayananda Shegunasi, paints 'Corona danger — stay away from me' on a road in Belgaum to spread awareness about coronavirus.

COVID-19 Lockdown: Journalist Booked in Himachal for Spreading Fake News

A journalist has been booked in Himachal Pradesh's Baddi police district for reportedly spreading fake news regarding plying of buses amid the lockdown to curb the spread of corornavirus on social media, police said on Monday.

The reporter said in a social media post that buses were plying from Baddi police station to various parts of the state for stranded people, Superintendent of Police Rohit Malpani said, reported PTI.

Focus on Taking Care of People, Not Trolling: Derek O'Brien on COVID-19 Crisis

TMC MP Derek O'Brien on Monday said the need of the hour is to focus on the needs of people instead of trolling and spreading fake news. In a statement, the Rajya Sabha leader and national spokesperson of the party said this was time when every institution of the country and its citizens must come together, reported PTI.

UP CM to Visit Noida at 12 PM to Access Situation of Migrant Workers

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath to visit Noida today at 12 pm to take cognisance of the plight of migrant workers returning from Delhi. He will also inspect the Control Room located in Delhi. He will stay in Delhi tonight and visit Ghaziabad and Meerut tomorrow, reported ANI.

First Suspected COVID-19 Patient in Kashmir Tests Negative

“A woman from Srinagar who was the first coronavirus patient in Kashmir has been tested negative yesterday,” said Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, reported ANI.

Manu Bhaker Donates Rs 1 Lakh for Fight Against COVID-19

Teen shooting sensation Manu Bhaker on Monday donated Rs 1 lakh to the Haryana goverment to help the state combat the rapidly-spreading COVID-19 pandemic.

The 18-year-old, who is a Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics champion, belongs to Jhajjar district in the state.

“This is the time when only lives of people matter to the country and to save them we need to do whatever we can. I am donating Rs 1 lakh to the Haryana Corona Cases fund from my savings,” Bhaker tweeted in Hindi.

45-Yr-Old Dies in Gujarat; State's Tally at 6

“A 45-year-old COVID-19 patient has died in Gujarat. The state’s death toll reaches 6,” said an official, reported PTI.

Bar Council of Delhi Urges Govt to Ensure No Lawyer Thrown out for Non-Payment of Rent

The Bar Council of Delhi on Monday approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the Centre, AAP government and police to ensure no advocate is shunted out of rented accommodation due to failure to pay monthly rent amid the lockdown due to coronavirus, reported PTI.

Congested Dwelling Hastened COVID-19 Spread in Sangli Family

The 25 coronavirus patients reported from one family at Sangli in Maharashtra were found to be living in a congested set up, which might have led the infection to spread fast among them, officials said, reported PTI.

Initially, four family members who returned from Saudi Arabia tested positive for coronavirus on 23 March. Within a week of it, 21 more family members, including a two-year-old boy, were found to have contracted the infection.

COVID-19: 1,071 Cases in India, Says Health Ministry

As per Health Ministry data, there are a total of 1,071 cases across the country, with the death toll at 29.

There are 942 active cases, while 99 have been cured/discharged.

AIIMS to Convert Trauma Centre Into COVID-19 Hospital

Joining the fight against the coronavirus, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) here has decided to convert its sprawling Trauma Centre building into a COVID-19 hospital, reported PTI.

Preparations are underway to convert the facility, which provides treatment mostly to victims of road accidents, into a dedicated COVID-19 hospital, official sources said, adding that initially, it will have around 260 beds.

UP CM Transfers Rs 611 Cr to Accounts of Workers, Conducts Vid Conference With Them

In Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today transferred Rs 611 Crore directly to the bank account of 27.5 Lakh workers of the state, under MNREGA scheme, in the light of coronavirus lockdown. The CM also talked to them through video-conference informing them of the scheme, reported ANI.

Singapore Airlines Cut Flights by 96%, Indian Aviation Sector to Incur $3.6 Billion Loss

The COVID-19 outbreak has acutely impacted the travel industry, especially airlines witnessing the most notable casualties, reported ANI.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), airlines could lose a quarter of a trillion dollars in revenue this year as commercial flights come to a grinding halt.

1 Coronavirus Case Reported in Jodhpur; Total Cases Rise to 60

One coronavirus positive case reported in Jodhpur today. A 41-year-old resident of Ladakh, evacuated from Iran, came to Jodhpur on 25 March and is admitted at MDH Hospital here. Total positive cases in the state rise to 60,” said Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Medical Health and Family Welfare, Rajasthan.

Rumours, Reports That 21-Day Lockdown Will Be Extended Are Baseless: Centre

The government asserted on Monday that “rumours and media reports” claiming that the 21-day lockdown to check the spread of coronavirus or COVID-19 would be extended are “baseless.”

"There are rumours and media reports, claiming that the Government will extend the #Lockdown21 when it expires. The Cabinet Secretary has denied these reports, and stated that they are baseless," said the Press Information Bureau, the government's media body.

Maha: US Returnee Booked for Violating Home Quarantine Order

A 35-year-old man who arrived in Maharashtra's Palghar district from the US last week has been booked for violating the home quarantine order issued to check the spread of coronavirus, police said on Monday.

The man arrived in Vasai area here from USA on 23 March and after his medical examination, he was asked to remain in home quarantine, reported PTI.

Shelter Home Set up in Chandigarh for Migrant Workers

In Chandigarh, a shelter home has been set up at a community centre in Maloya for migrant labourers in the city.

Kerala CM Directs Excise Dept to Provide Liqour to Those With Prescription

In Kerala, with suicide cases being reported from various parts of the state after liquor sales were stopped following coronavirus lockdown, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has directed the Excise Department to provide liquor to those with a prescription from doctors.

Kerala government also has asked Excise Department to provide free treatment to and admit people with withdrawal symptoms to de-addiction centers. CM had said that the government is also considering option of online sale of liquor as the sudden unavailability of alcohol may lead to social problems, reported ANI.

One More Dies in WB; Death Toll at 2 in the State

“Another coronavirus patient has died in West Bengal; COVID-19 deaths in state go up to two,” said officials, reported PTI.

12 New Cases in Maharashtra; Tally at 215

“Twelve new coronavirus positive cases in Maharashtra — 5-Pune, 3-Mumbai, 2-Nagpur, 1-Kolhapur, 1-Nashik. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state rises to 215,” said Maharashtra Health Department, ANI reported.

Lucknow Admin Acquires 4 Hotels Temporarily to Provide Quarantine to Medical Staff

Lucknow district administration has acquired four hotels on temporary basis, for the purpose of providing quarantine to doctors and paramedical staff who are treating coronavirus positive people at the hospitals in Lucknow.

Hyatt Regency and Fairdeal Hotel have been acquired for the doctors/medical staff of Dr Ram Manohar Lohia Institute of Medical Sciences. The Piccadily hotel and Lemon Tree Hotel have been acquired for the doctors/staff of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, reported ANI.

Nepalese Migrant Workers Stranded at Indo-Nepal Border

In Uttarakhand, Nepalese migrant workers are stranded at Indo-Nepal border town of Dharchula, following to lockdown due to coronavirus threat.

8 New Cases Reported in MP

“Eight new coronavirus positive cases — 7 in Indore and 1 in Ujjain have been reported. Total number of positive cases in Indore is 32,” said Dean, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College, Indore, Madhya Pradesh, ANI reported.

Village in Punjab Sealed, Sanitised After Resident Tests Positive

In Punjab, Ramnagar Sainian village of Patiala district sealed by the local administration as a precautionary measure after a 21-year-old resident of the village, who returned from Nepal, tested positive for COVID-19 and his 14-member family tested negative. Residents have been asked to stay at home.

The village has been sanitised with the spraying of disinfectants and police and medical team has been deployed there, reported ANI.

Trump Says Peak US Death Rate Likely in 2 Weeks, Extends Social Distance Guidelines Until 30 April

President Donald Trump said on Sunday the peak death rate in the US from the novel coronavirus is likely to hit in two weeks as he extended the coronavirus guidelines, including social distancing, until 30 April.

Assuring his countrymen that he expects the United States to be on its way to recovery by 1 June, Trump told reporters at a televised White House news conference that he had to extend the social distancing measures till 30 April, based on the advice from his two top public health advisors and members of the White House Task Force on Coronavirus: Dr Deborah Bix and Dr Anthony Fauci.

Delhi Transport Corp Issues Directions to Regional & Depot Managers

Regional Managers and Depot Managers are directed to comply with following order - “They should ensure that the buses should have stickers pasted on the front left wind screen ‘For Staff of essential services only and on govt duty’,” said Delhi Transport Corporation, Government of NCT of Delhi.

Coronavirus: China Reports 4 Deaths, 31 New Cases

China has reported 31 new cases of coronavirus including 30 imported ones while the death toll reached 3,304 with four more fatalities, health officials said on Monday.

The country's National Health Commission (NHC) in its daily report said 31 new confirmed COVID-19 cases on the Chinese mainland were reported on Sunday, of which 30 were imported, taking their total number to 723, PTI reported.

New York State Surpasses 1,000 Coronavirus Deaths

New York state's death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed on Sunday above 1,000, less than a month after the first known infection in the state.

Most of those deaths have come in just the past few days.

New York City reported in the evening that its toll had risen to 776. The total number of statewide deaths isn't expected to be released until Monday, but with at least 250 additional deaths recorded outside the city as of Sunday morning, the state's total fatalities was at least 1,026, reported AP.

Telangana Will Be Coronavirus-Free By 7 April: KCR

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao on Sunday said there are 70 coronavirus cases in the state while 11 have been cured and tested negative and they shall be discharged on Monday.

Speaking at a press conference, he said, “All the necessary diagnosis is done and the patients are being discharged after the formalities. Fifty-eight people are under treatment.”

He added, “After 7 April, there will be no coronavirus patients if no new cases are reported from now. Self-control is very important in this lockdown period,” reported ANI.

Twitter Removes Two Bolsonaro Tweets Questioning Virus Quarantine

Two tweets by Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in which he questioned quarantine measures aimed at containing the novel coronavirus were removed on Sunday, on the grounds that they violated the social network's rules, reported AFP.

The far-right leader had posted several videos in which he flouted his government's social distancing guidelines by mixing with supporters on the streets of Brasilia and urging them to keep the economy going.

Mexico Confirms 145 New Coronavirus Cases

Mexico confirmed 145 new coronavirus cases, four new deaths, according to Reuters.

US Reports 518 New COVID-19 Deaths in 24 Hours

The US recorded 518 new novel coronavirus-linked deaths in the span of 24 hours, according to data published Sunday by Johns Hopkins University.

The record toll, higher than the previous day's increase of 453, brings the country's total number of deaths since the start of the pandemic to 2,409.

The number of cases shot up 21,333 in one day, the data showed.

Case Registered Against 2 COVID-19 Patients in MP

A case has been registered against two COVID-19 positive patients who had escaped from MRTB Hospital in Indore on 28 March, reported ANI.

The two patients were traced and brought back to the hospital on 29 March.

RML Staff Sent to Quarantine After Being Exposed to COVID-19 Patient

Around six doctors and four nurses from RML Hospital Delhi have been sent to quarantine after they were exposed to a COVID-19 positive patient, reported ANI.

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