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Coronavirus Lockdown Highlights: India records 1,076 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, death toll rises to 377

New Lockdown in India live update, Covid-19 guidelines:  In the last 24 hours, 1,076 new cases have been reported, while 377 people have died because of the COVID-2019 infection

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Coronavirus Lockdown Highlights: India records 1,076 COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, death toll rises to 377
Coronavirus in India updates 15 Apr, lockdown 2.0: Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 2,687 confirmed cases with 178 deaths

Coronavirus India Lockdown News update: The number of COVID-19 positive cases stands at 11,439 as on date, while 1,306 people have recovered. A total of 377 people in the country have died because of the COVID-2019 infection; In the last 24 hours, 1,076 new cases have been reported. Thus, based on the available data as on date, 11.41% patients have recovered and this figure is on the rise. This was informed by the Joint Secretary, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Shri Luv Aggarwal, at the daily media briefing on Wednesday. He also informed that the government has identified 170 districts as hotspots of COVID-19 and 207 districts as non-hotspots while the rest have been categorised as green zones, says health ministry on Wednesday. Addressing his daily presser, Lav Agrawal, Joint Secretary Ministry of Health told media that all districts of the country have been classified into these three categories. Hotspot districts are those where the number of cases is high, while non-hotspots are those region that have reported cases of Covid-19 but the figure is limited. The green zone refers to regions where there are no cases of novel coronavirus. The Joint Secretary informed that besides the hot spots identified by the Centre, states who are fighting the battle at field level may declare additional districts as hot spot districts and take required action accordingly. Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 2,687 confirmed cases with 178 deaths. Delhi has pipped Tamil Nadu to become second-worst affected state with 1,561 confirmed COVID-19 cases and death toll at 30. Whereas, Tamil Nadu's tally is at 1,204 and death toll at 12, according the Health Ministry.

The Home Ministry in its guidelines issued on Wednesday following the announcement of lockdown 2.0 by PM Modi said that all public services such inter-state, inter-district movement of people, bus, metro services continue to remain barred till May 3. Domestic, international air travel, train services, educational institutions, coaching centres will continue to be shut. The ministry added that public places such as cinema halls, malls, bars, shopping complexes, swimming pools, gyms, sports complexes will also be closed till May 3. All social, religious, sports, political functions, religious places and places of worship will be shut for public till May 3, the ministry said.

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"On orders of Delhi CM, all of these workers have been taken to the night shelters set up across Delhi. They'll be kept there now and food will be provided to all of them. If any worker anywhere in Delhi faces any problem, our government will take care of them," said Manish Sisodia.

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Delhi: Migrant workers evacuated from Kudesiya Ghat near Kashmere Gate, given fruits & shifted to shelter homes set up at govt schools in different parts of Delhi amid #CoronavirusLockdown. pic.twitter.com/SNmasH92ZP

— ANI (@ANI) April 15, 2020

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4.48 pm: Lockdown news India: No community transmission in the country so far: Health Ministry

Health Ministry confirmed on Wednesday that there is no community transmission in India so far, however, there have been some local virus outbreaks.

4.35 pm: India lockdown news: 1,076 new novel coronavirus cases in 24 hours

The Health Ministry in its daily press briefing said on Wednesday that India reported 1,076 new COVID-19 cases in past 24 hours. The ministry added that the total number of positive cases in the country stand at 11,439 including 9,756 active cases, 377 deaths, 1,305 cured/discharged and 1 migrated.

4.28 pm: India lockdown: Coronavirus spread due to mutations

Addressing a daily presser on Wednesday, Health Ministry said that novel coronavirus has been spread due to mutations and finally spread to humans. Chinese studies suggest that the virus also spreads through pangolin.

4.23 pm: Coronavirus found in two Indian bat species; not harmful to humans

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4.18 pm: Lockdown live updates: Districts asked to make a crisis plan: Health Ministry

The Health Ministry in its daily briefing on Wednesday said that every district has been asked to make a crisis plan to make sure that the areas which do not have novel coronavirus cases remain corona-free and the one that have the virus don't report any new cases.

4.16 pm: Nationwide lockdown

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Focus on extensive contact racing of the infected people: Health Ministry

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Exit and exit strategy are being mapped out, says Health Ministry

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Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry said on Wednesday that the ministry has identified hotspots and green zones and has issued guidelines for hotbeds across India.

4.00 pm: Coronavirus in India: Vistara announces compulsory leave without pay for senior employees

Vistara chief Leslie Thng announced on Wednesday that the senior employees will be sent on mandatory leave without pay for up to 3 days between April 15 and 30 as a step to conserve the airline's cash flow in the wake of lockdown to fight COVID-19 outbreak.

3.45pm: Coronavirus lockdown India: COVID-19 positive cases past 11,000-mark; Maharashtra, Delhi worst-affected

India's total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases stand at 11,439 as of date, according to Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The confirmed cases comprise 9,756 active cases, 377 deaths, 1,305 cured/discharged and 1 migrated. Meanwhile, Maharashtra remains the worst affected state with 2,687 confirmed cases with 178 deaths. Delhi has pipped Tamil Nadu to become second-worst affected state with 1,561 confirmed COVID-19 cases and death toll at 30. Whereas, Tamil Nadu's tally is at 1,204 and death toll at 12, according the Health Ministry.

3.30: Lockdown in Maharashtra: 117 fresh COVID-19 cases reported

Over 117 fresh novel coronavirus cases have been reported from Maharashtra on Wednesday, taking the total tally in the state to 2,801. Out of these, 66 cases are from Mumbai and 44 from Pune.

3.15 PM: Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan holds a high-level meeting through video conferencing with the World Health Organisation officials on measures to combat COVID-19.

3.10 PM: While situation remains fluid, we are planning to resume flights in phased manner whenever authorities allow us to do so, says Vistara CEO.

3.05 PM: The Centre asks all deputy secretaries and above level officers to join offices, three weeks after they began working from home due to lockdown imposed to check spread of coronavirus. - PTI

3.00 PM: Recognising the need to conserve financial resources at national level, Chairman & Members of UPSC have decided to voluntarily forego 30 per cent of basic pay received by them from the commission for 1 year, with effect from April 2020. - ANI

2.50 PM: To provide protection to healthcare professionals in the fight against COVID-19, Indian Railways plans to produce over 30,000 coveralls (Personal Protective Equipment) in April 2020. Railways plans to manufacture 1,00,000 of the same in May.

2.45 PM: Delhi High Court has ordered that the functioning of Courts subordinate to Delhi High Court shall continue to remain suspended till 3rd May.

2.35 PM: 117 new cases recorded today in the state, of which 66 are from Mumbai and 44 from Pune. The total number of positive cases in the state stands at 2801 now.

2.28 pm: Coronavirus impact: Share market falls amid negative global cues

BSE Sensex fell 350 points, and Nifty dipped by 37 points erasing their early gains and turning bearish in the afternoon trade session on Wednesday.

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2.23 pm: Maharashtra coronavirus news: Ola partners with BMC to provide essential medical trips

Cab-aggregator Ola has partnered with Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) to provide essential medical trips in Mumbai. BMC has been facilitated dedicated cars for every ward in the city to ferry health workers and paramedical staff across wards and their houses, Ola said in a statement as cited by ANI.

2.14 pm: Lockdown in Madhya Pradesh: Stranded migrant workers to get Rs, 1000: CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan

Madhya Pradesh Shivraj Singh Chouhan said announced on Wednesday that the government has talked to other states to make sure that their migrant labourers get food and shelter. The MP CM also said that the state government will transfer Rs, 1000 in the accounts of such stranded labourers.

2.00 pm: Lockdown guidelines India: Govt bans liquor sale

The Home Ministry in its guidelines for lockdown issued on Wednesday imposed an outright ban on the sale of tobacco, gutka and liquor during the curfew duration. The ministry has also made spitting a punishable offence and has asked the state governments and union territories to strictly follow the guidelines.

1.49 pm: Karnataka coronavirus news

Karnataka recorded 17 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, taking the state's tally to 277. Out of these 17 cases, at least 9 are linked to the workers of a pharma company in Mysuru, the state government confirmed.

1.38 pm: Guidelines for lockdown: Home Ministry issues guidelines for containment zones and hotspots

The Home Ministry has announced a set of guidelines to be followed during the lockdown 2.0 for containment zones and hotspots across India. PM Modi in his address to the nation on Wednesday had said that the curbs will be eased for certain areas after April 20. The ministry however, said that there will be no relaxation of any guideline in the containment zones. 

Read more here: Coronavirus in India: Home Ministry releases guidelines for containment zones and hotspots

1.26 pm: Gujarat CM corona test: Chief Minister Vijay Rupani goes into self-quarantine

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani has gone self-isolation after he underwent testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday. The test results however are normal but CM Rupani has gone into self-quarantine as a precautionary measure. The chief minister underwent the COVID-19 test after he met Congress MLA Imran Khedawala who tested positive for the virus. Khedawala along with other Congress MLAs had gone to meet CM Rupani and other government members to discuss the issue of spike in novel coronavirus cases in certain parts of Ahmedabad.

1.16 pm: Lockdown guidelines: CII on PM Modi's lockdown extension announcement

Welcoming the Prime Minister's announcement of extension of lockdown till 3 May 2020, Mr Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General, CII, said, "The Covid-19 curve trajectory as of now required a fitting containment response and Prime Minister's decision for continuation of the lockdown is necessary to avert a larger humanitarian crisis. His attention to ensuring that harvesting of the rabi crop continues and to taking care of distressed persons is very appropriate." He further added, "Prime Minister has also provided a guidance on exit from the lockdown after 20 April which helps industry plan better. The extension gives the Government adequate preparation time to organise an orderly and safe restart of the economy as and when health conditions permit. Industry too can devise its strategies for commencing operations accordingly during this extension period".

1.06 pm: Bengaluru coronavirus news

A 69-year-old man from Chikkaballapura in Bengaluru died after testing positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday, PTI reported. With this, the total number of coronavirus deaths has risen to 110 in Karnataka.

12.58 pm: Meghalaya coronavirus news

Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma said on Wednesday that out of the 68 tests conducted so far, 6 have come out as positive. All those who are tested COVID-19 positive are family members and helpers of the first virus case.

12.47 pm: Guidelines for lockdown: Commerce ministry issues guidelines for industrial workers

Following the lockdown 2.0 guidelines issued by Home Ministry on Wednesday, the Commerce Ministry issued detailed standard operating procedures (SOP) for industrial workers. The small factories and industrial units under the SOP are allowed to operate in single shifts with single entry point for workers ensuring strict social distancing and avoid crowding. The ministry has also directed the employers to arrange separate stay or transport arrangement for workers while they go back home from the factories.

12.35 pm: Lockdown guidelines

Home Ministry allows industries operating in rural areas to run from April 30 but with strict social distancing rules.

12.25 pm: Lockdown guidelines India: Banks to stay open till direct benefit cash transfers conclude

The Ministry of Home Affairs in its new guidelines for COVID-19 lockdown issued on Wednesday said that bank branches well be permitted to function, as per the normal working hours till the direct benefit cash transfers are complete. The ministry added that banks, ATMs, IT vendors and cash management agencies would be permitted to function according to the list of select allowed activities from April 20. The guideline document further stated that the local administration would provide adequate security at bank branches and banking correspondents (BCs), law and order, maintain social distancing as well staggering of bank customers.

12.12 pm: Lockdown in Delhi: Gautam Gambhir sends 1,000 PPE kits to RML hospital

BJP MP from East Delhi, Gautam Gambhir said on Wednesday that he sent 1,000 PPE kits to RML hospital after hearing about 2 doctors testing positive for novel coronavirus. Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal said, "Heard about 2 doctors testing +ve at RML. I have sent 1000 PPE Kits there today! Delhi Health Min stated 1.40 Lakh kits have been ordered. I request @ArvindKejriwal to expedite their delivery. Our Corona warriors need us! Situation demands being proactive not reactive."

12.02 pm: Lockdown in Delhi: Police books Markaz chief for culpable homicide not amounting to murder

Delhi Police on Wednesday booked Markaz Chief Maulana Saad and 17 others under culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The police has also issued look out circular (LOC) against 1,900 jamaat participants for flouting visa norms. Saad and 17 others have been issued notices to join the police investigation, with 11 of them not coming onboard for being in quarantine.

11.56 am: Lockdown in Maharashtra: Kamal Hassan on Mumbai protests

Actor Kamal Hassan took to Twitter on Wednesday to say that "All the balcony people take a long and hard look at the ground. First it was Delhi, now Mumbai. The migrant crisis is a time bomb that must be defused before it becomes a crisis bigger than Corona. Balcony government must keep their eyes on what's happening on the ground too."

11.53 am: India lockdown news: Max Healthcare to check its entire 18000 workforce for COVID-19

Max Healthcare said on Wednesday that it will test its entire workforce of 18,000 people for novel coronavirus infection and admit patients at its facilities. "Max Healthcare intends to proactively test its entire Healthcare workforce of 18000 people and admitted patients at its facilities.  In addition, going forward, Max healthcare intends to test all patients at admission itself.  This process has now been made possible since relaxation of testing norms by ICMR to cover such individuals," the hospital said in a press release.

11.42 am: Coronavirus live updates: South Korea holds elections amid COVID-19 pandemic

South Korea's parliamentary election began on Friday. Voters wearing masks and gloves came out to vote. Separate polling stations were arranged for coronavirus patients, reports Reuters.

11.37 am: Lockdown in Mumbai: Migrant crisis! Bandra police registers 3 FIRs

The first FIR registered by the police is against 800-1000 people who gathered at Bandra. Second FIR was against Vinay Dubey who allegedly incited migrant workers to start walking towards their native places. The third FIR was registered against ABP Mazha Correspondent for running fake news that trains would be up and running. He was arrested from Osmanabad, and is being brought to Mumbai.

11.26 am: Lockdown guidelines India: Govt allows MGNREGA works from April 20

The Home Ministry in its guidelines for lockdown issued on Wednesday said that although MGNREGA works will be permitted from April 20, but only under the condition that there is a strict enforcement of social distancing and people wear face masks.

11.17 am: Home Ministry guidelines: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asks govt to bring back Indian workers stranded in Middle East

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi asked the government to facilitate flights to bring back Indian workers stranded in the Middle East. Taking to Twitter, Gandhi said, "The Covid19 crisis and shutting of businesses in the Middle East have left thousands of Indian workers in deep distress and desperate to return home."

11.06 am: MHA guidelines: All public activities prohibited

The Home Ministry in its guidelines issued on Wednesday following the announcement of lockdown 2.0 by PM Modi said that all public services such inter-state, inter-district movement of people, bus, metro services continue to remain barred till May 3. Domestic, international air travel, train services, educational institutions, coaching centres will continue to be shut. The ministry added that public places such as cinema halls, malls, bars, shopping complexes, swimming pools, gyms, sports complexes will also be closed till May 3. All social, religious, sports, political functions, religious places and places of worship will be shut for public till May 3, the ministry said.

10.57 am: Lockdown guidelines: People facing emergency permitted to move: MHA

The Ministry of Home Affairs in its guidelines for lockdown issued on Wednesday said that those facing emergency will be permitted to step out of their homes. The emergency situation can be medical, veterinary care and for buying essential items.

10.49 am: Lockdown guidelines India: What's open

  • Essential goods supply
  • courier services
  • IT and IT-enabled services
  • Print and electronic media
  • E-commerce companies
  • construction activities
  • Government offices
  • Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics
  • Pharmacies, dispenseries, medicine shops
  • Veterinary hospitals, pathology labs, sale and supply of vaccine, medicine
  • Manufacturing units of drugs, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, medical oxygen
  • Agricultural and related activities
  • Fisheries
  • plantations
  • Animal husbandry
  • financial sector including bank branches and ATMs
  • Social sector
  • MNREGA activities
  • Movement of goods/cargo- inter and intra state

10.35 am: Guidelines for lockdown: What's shut

  1. Agricultural activities
  2. Health services
  3. Domestic air and rail travel
  4. Public transport
  5. Metro rail services
  6. Taxis and serives of cab agregators
  7. Interstate, inter-district travel by individuals
  8. Educaitonand training institutes
  9. Hospitality services
  10. Cinena hall, malls gym nshopping complesex
  11. Religious places
  12. not more than 20 people allowed for funerals

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10.14 am: Lockdown in Mumbai: 5 fresh coronavirus cases in Dharavi

5 more people tested positive for COVID-19 infection in Dharavi on Wednesday, taking the total number of virus cases in Mumbai's slum to 60. The new cases include 3 males and 2 females all from the Mukund locality of Dharavi. Meanwhile, the contract tracing of high-risk contacts of these news patients is underway, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation official said.

10.00 am: Rajasthan coronavirus news

Around 29 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan on Wednesday including 15 in Jaipur, 7 in Jodhpur and 7 in Kota.

9.47 am: India lockdown: Home Ministry released guidelines for lockdown 2.0

The Home Ministry on Wednesday issued guidelines for lockdown 2.0 allowing certain sectors to function from April 20 in order to ease public hardship in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak. While, the air, rail and inter-state travel remains suspended, the government has allowed agricultural activties, health services and industries operating in rural area are also permitted. Meanwhile, limited consutrction actigtives are allowed. lomited activites sot be opened from April 20. The ministry added that the states shall not dilute Centre's guidelines.

9.39 am: Lockdown 2.0 in Mumbai: Police registers FIR against 1,000 workers for violating lockdown rules

Mumbai Police has registered FIR against around 1,000 migrant labourers who gathered near Bandra railway station on Tuesday defying the coronavirus lockdown rules and causing public health scare.

Read more here: Mumbai migrant crisis: Police register FIR against 1,000 workers over lockdown violation

9.28 am: Coronavirus global news: China reports decline in new confirmed COVID-19 cases

China recorded fewer novel coronavirus cases on Tuesday with 46 fresh COVID-19 positive cases as against 89 a day earlier. Out of these new virus cases, 36 include travellers arriving in China from abroad, as compared to 86 a day earlier. Meanwhile, the 10 remaining new cases are locally contracted infections.

9.15 am: Lockdown 2.0 in Maharashtra: 10 staffers at a Mumbai hospital test COVID-19 positive

10 staffers at a Mumbai hospital tested positive for novel coronavirus on Tuesday and were all quarantined after 3 patients admitted to the hospital were confirmed for the infection. Total 35 staff members of the hospital have tested positive for COVID-19 till now.

9.09 am: Madhya Pradesh coronavirus news

121 fresh COVID-19 cases surfaced in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday, taking the total tally in the city to 548.

9.00 am: Coronavirus updates: US reports over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours

The United States reported a record 2,228 deaths on Tuesday, a single-day record, to jump to the total toll of 28,200, according to a Reuters tally. The country also touched a second-milestone on Tuesday with around 6,00,000 reported COVID-19 cases. This is 3 times more than any other nation. The previous single-day record in the US was last set on Friday at 2,069.

8.45 am: Coronavirus cases in India: Confirmed COVID-19 cases past 11,000-mark: Health Ministry

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India stand at 11,439 including active COVID-19 cases at 9,756, and death toll climbing to 377, according to latest data by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

8.30 am: Lockdown in Maharashtra: Migrant-crisis hits India; chaos in Bandra, Surat

Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi's announcement on Tuesday to extend the lockdown by 19 days till May 3, a large number of migrant workers poured out on roads across states hoping to get back home. Thousands of migrant labourers came out in scores to bus stops and train stations wanting to get back to their hometowns and villages. Huge crowds gathered in Mumbai's Bandra, Thane's Mumbra, Hyderabad in Telangana and Gujarat's Surat and Ahmedabad as daily wager tried to leave for their homes. As per the sources, a social media rumour misled the migrant workers in Mumbai that trains were available to cress state borders. Meanwhile, others in Ahmedabad and Hyderabad had poured out, wanting to walk back home even if it meant covering a distance of around 1,500 kilometres on foot.

8.15 am: Coronavirus news: Donald Trump halts WHO funding

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday night that he is stopping funding of the World Health organisation (WHO) criticising its response to coronavirus pandemic. He said that the organisation failed to do enough to stem the virus from spreading when it first surfaced in China. "With the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have deep concerns whether America's generosity has been put to the best use possible," he said at the briefing adding that the "WHO failed in its basic duty and must be held accountable". He further said that he US would assess the WHO's actions to stop the coronavirus spread before taking any decision on resuming aid to it.

8.00 am: India lockdown: Check BusinessToday.In COVID-19 tracker for state-wise numbers

INDIA CORONAVIRUS TRACKER: BusinessToday.In brings you a daily tracker as coronavirus cases continue to spread. Here is the state-wise data on total cases, fatalities and recoveries in one comprehensive graphic

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