Coronavirus India Live Updates: India has recorded the highest ever spike of 6,977 COVID-19 cases and 154 deaths in India in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases in the country now at 1,38,845, including 77,103 active cases, 57,720 cured/discharged and 4,021 deaths, says the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's latest data. Meanwhile, Indian skies opened up for domestic passenger services today after a gap of two months, with Delhi-Pune and Mumbai-Patna flights being among the first to take off. The operator of the Mumbai international airport said on Sunday it would resume commercial passenger services on domestic routes from May 25. A long queue of passengers could also be seen at the Delhi airport's Terminal-3 as the airport resumes flight operations from today.
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6.24 PM: Tamil Nadu coronavirus cases
Tamil Nadu reported 805 new coronavirus cases and 7 deaths reported today, informed State Health Minister C Vijayabaskar. Of the new cases, 549 cases are from Chennai. 407 patients have been discharged today. The total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 17,082.
6.18 PM: Karnataka COVID latest updates
Karnataka Health Department has reported 93 fresh coronavirus cases and two deaths today. This takes the total number of COVID-19 cases to 2,182, including 1,431 active cases and 44 deaths.
Karnataka reports 93 fresh cases & two deaths, taking total number of cases to 2182 and deaths to 44. Number of active cases stands at 1431: Karnataka Health Department pic.twitter.com/QDOEKpUBax— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
6.17 PM: Coronavirus latest updates: Unchecked visitors from India behind rising cases in Nepal, says PM Oli
People from India are coming in without proper checking which has contributed to the further spread of coronavirus in Nepal, said Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in his address to the nation. He further claimed that fatality due to COVID-19 in Nepal is less in comparison to other countries of South Asia.
6.06 PM: IN PICTURES: People queue outside liquor store in Puducherry
Buyers line outside a liquor store in Puducherry amid coronavirus lockdown
4.23 PM: Delhi-Ghaziabad border to be sealed like it was done during lockdN PCTURES:N own 2, till further orders: Ghaziabad Dist Admn
Delhi-Ghaziabad border to be sealed like it was done during lockdown 2, till further orders: Ghaziabad Dist Admn— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 25, 2020
Those providing essential services, including media personnel, don't need pass, IDs sufficient. Ambulances and vehicles for essential services will also be allowed. pic.twitter.com/caSGJVuyUk
4.12 PM: 40% travel, tourism firms may shut down in 3-6 months
Around 40 per cent companies operating in the travel and tourism sector are staring at the risk of complete shutdown over the next 3 to 6 months, says a report, even as the domestic flights resume operations after over 2-month suspension due to lockdown. Also, nearly 36 per cent of such companies are likely to witness a temporary shutdown, according to the report by BOTT Travel Sentiment Tracker in partnership with seven national associations like IATO, TAAI, ICPB, ADTOI, OTOAI, ATOAI and SITE.
4.05 PM: Indians soar in the skies: Puri
Indians soar in the skies again! A beautiful live capture from Flight Radar 24 shows how our skies look busy again as domestic civil aviation recommences in India from today.
Indians soar in the skies again!— Hardeep Singh Puri (@HardeepSPuri) May 25, 2020
A beautiful live capture from #flightradar24 shows how our skies look busy again as domestic civil aviation recommences in India from today.@MoCA_GoI@AAI_Official@DGCAIndia@flyspicejet@airindiain@IndiGo6E@email@example.com/LytA1H8xcH
3.55 PM: Domestic flights resume in Himachal
Domestic flight operations have resumed in Himachal Pradesh. Passengers who have arrived would require to undergo 14 days of institutional quarantine.
Himachal Pradesh: Passengers arrive at Kangra Airport to board their respective flights,as domestic air travel resumes from today; 45 passengers from Delhi arrived here. SDM says "They will be sent to institutional quarantine for at least 14 days, admn will further look into it." pic.twitter.com/oeY5yrkZSU
Himachal Pradesh: Passengers arrive at Kangra Airport to board their respective flights,as domestic air travel resumes from today; 45 passengers from Delhi arrived here. SDM says "They will be sent to institutional quarantine for at least 14 days, admn will further look into it." pic.twitter.com/oeY5yrkZSU— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
3.48 PM: Japan lifts emergency
After Japan saw a sharp decrease in the number of cases, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced that the emergency imposed nationally to combat coronavirus would be lifted.
3.40 PM: Delhi coronavirus cases
Delhi recorded 635 cases of coronavirus on Monday. The total tally now is 14,053 with 276 deaths. Delhi has 7,006 active cases. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the COVID-19 situation is under control earlier in the day.
3.31 PM: Coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand
A total 15 COVID-19 positive cases detected in Uttarakhand today. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 332, including 58 recovered and 4 deaths.
3.29 PM: Ghaziabad District Magistrate has ordered to seal the Delhi-Ghaziabad border as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the city. The authorities will allow entry to those with pass.
3.10 PM: Gujarat High Court, while delivering an order on poor conditions in Ahmedabad's Civil Hospital, quotes anonymous letter written by a resident doctor which claims that "mismanagement" and "irregularities" there could turn doctors like him into "super spreaders" of coronavirus.
3.00 PM: Coronavirus curfew extended in Himachal Pradesh's Hamirpur district till June 30: Official
2.55 PM: Authorities must consider the importance of maintaining social distancing in flights as shoulder to shoulder seating is dangerous: Supreme Court while hearing Centre's arguments in favour of keeping middle seats in aircraft occupied.
2.50 PM:Supreme Court allows Air India to keep the middle seats occupied while operating its non-scheduled flights to bring back Indians stranded abroad up to June 6.
2.45 PM: SpiceJet resumes passenger flight operations
SpiceJet, the country's favourite airline, resumed its domestic passenger flight operations on May 25 after a two month-long lockdown-imposed hiatus. SpiceJet's first flight took-off from Ahmedabad to Delhi at 6.05 am and arrived in the Capital at 7.10 am. Soon after, flights on other sectors took-off in a seamless manner. Some of the sectors that SpiceJet will be operating on the first day include Delhi-Bengaluru, Delhi-Pune, Delhi-Chennai, Delhi-Mumbai, Delhi-Guwahati, Ahmedabad-Delhi, Delhi-Patna, Mumbai-Bengaluru, Chennai-Bengaluru, Varanasi-Jaipur, Bengaluru-Pune, Delhi-Srinagar, Udaipur-Ahmedabad, Jammu-Srinagar, Chennai-Madurai, Hyderabad-Jharsuguda, Hyderabad-Surat among others.
2.41 PM: Schools to re-open in England from June
British Prime Minister Boris Johnsons has announced taking easing of the lockdown to second phase of opening schools. This too shall be done in a phased manner. "I can announce that it is our intention to go ahead with that as planned on June 1st, a week on Monday...this would begin with early years settings and reception, year 1 and year 6 in primary schools," says Johnsons. In case any of the child or staff member show any symptoms, they will have access to testing.
2.38 PM: Tata Group top rung to take 20% pay cut
Tata Group's top rung would take salary cuts for the first time in the history of Tata Group. CEOs and MDs of Tata Steel, Tata Motors, TCS, Tata Power, Trent, Tata International, Tata Capital and Voltas as well as Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran are some of the companies top officials to undertake an estimated 20 per cent cut in compensation. The leadership of the conglomerate aims to lead by example and motivate employees and their group organisations as well as ensure business viability.
2.34 PM: Shramik Special Train
As many as 760 passengers arrived at Jammu Railway Station today morning by Jammu-Delhi COVID-19 special AC train, says the Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu and Kashmir.
760 passengers arrived at Jammu Railway Station today morning by Jammu-Delhi #COVID19 special AC train: Department of Information and Public Relations, Government of Jammu & Kashmir pic.twitter.com/7mO1zOCTm1— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
2.25 PM: Coronavirus cases in Karnataka
As many as 69 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Karnataka between 5 pm yesterday and 12 noon today. Total number of cases now stands at 2,158, including 1,433 active cases and 43 deaths (two due to 'non-COVID' cause).
2.20 PM: Odisha sees biggest spike in cases
Odisha registers its biggest spike in COVID-19 cases on Monday with 103 more people testing positive for the disease, taking to 1,438 the total number of cases in the state: health department official.
2.15 PM: HRD minister on pending Class 10, 12 board exams
Pending Class 10, 12 board exams will be conducted at over 15,000 examination centres; earlier only 3,000 centres were planned. Number of exam centres increased to ensure social distancing, minimise travel.
2.00 PM: Jet Airways offers 2 aircraft to evacuation
Jet Airways, which suspended services more than a year ago due to cash crunch, has offered two of its Boeing planes for operations under the Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate Indians stranded in foreign countries, according to a communication. The once-storied full service carrier is undergoing insolvency process and its affairs are being managed by insolvency resolution professional Ashish Chhawchharia. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) is being implemented by the corporate affairs ministry.
1.50 PM: India ramps up production, over 3 lakh PPEs, N95 masks made daily
The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare stated on Monday that India has significantly ramped up production of personal protective equipment (PPE) coveralls and N95 masks. The ministry said that the country now produces over 3 lakh PPEs and N95 masks every day. "India has significantly ramped up its domestic production capacity of PPEs and N95 masks, and the requirements of the states/UTs are being sufficiently met. Today, the country is producing more than 3 lakh PPEs and N95 masks per day. States/UTs as well as central institutions have been provided with around 111.08 lakh N-95 masks and around 74.48 lakh Personal Protective Equipment," said the ministry in a statement.
1.40 PM: As many as 103 people, including 4 infants and pregnant women each, reach Kochi from San Francisco, United States in a special flight under Vande Bharat Mission.
1.30 PM: Home quarantine must for foreigners
Passengers coming from foreign countries will need to give a letter of consent to the effect that they will stay for 7 days at paid quarantine facilities and seven days in home isolation. In some exceptional situations, passengers will be allowed for home quarantine, says UP Home Department.
1.15 PM: Special flight arrives from Doha, Qatar
A special flight with 146 passengers onboard that took off from Doha, Qatar, landed at Gaya Airport, Bihar, today.
1.04 PM: Safety measures at airports
Acrylic sheets have been put up at counters for the safety of staff and passengers. Sanitisers have been installed at many locations at the airport. Till now, two flights from Delhi and Hyderabad have landed here, says Rakesh Sahay, Director, Raipur's Swami Vivekananda Airport.
As of now, we have the demand of 46 trains from Maharashtra Govt out of which 5 trains couldn't be run as they were to go to cyclone Amphan affected West Bengal & Odisha. Rest 41 trains have been notified today: Shivaji Sutar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway https://t.co/owl0GKZl1g— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
12.51 PM: Maharashtra receives 557 Shramik Special Trains
"On the Maharashtra government's request, Railways has run 557 Shramik Special trains carrying over 7.70 lakh people so far. Railways' nodal officer and nodal officer of Maharashtra government are in constant touch for planning the trains," says Shivaji Sutar, Chief Public Relations Officer, Central Railway.
Status of Corona in Delhi after one week of relaxing the Lockdown | LIVE https://t.co/70B9nXFKoc— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) May 25, 2020
12.18 PM: We are ready to deal with situation if there is spike in cases of novel coronavirus, says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
Tamil Nadu: Passengers from different parts of the country arrive at Chennai airport as domestic flight operations resume from today. A passenger at the airport says, “I had gone to Delhi for internship, but got stuck there for two months due to #CoronavirusLockdown” pic.twitter.com/2WcGiKdaEN— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
12.17 PM: Around 3,500 COVID-19 cases were reported since fourth-phase of lockdown began: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.
12.16 PM: As many as 3,314 COVID-19 patients are getting treatment at their house, 2,000 admitted at hospitals, says CM Arvind Kejriwal.
11.56 AM: Coronavirus cases in Andhra
Number of COVID-19 cases rises to 2,671 in Andhra Pradesh, with 44 fresh cases being recorded in the last 24 hours. Active cases and deaths stand at 767 and 56, respectively, says the Andhra Pradesh Health Department.
11.54 AM: Passengers from different parts of the country arrive at Chennai airport as domestic flight operations resume from today. A passenger at the airport says, "I had gone to Delhi for internship, but got stuck there for two months due to coronavirus lockdown."
Karnataka: Till 9am today, there have been 5 arrivals and 17 departures and 9 flights cancelled, at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International airport pic.twitter.com/wBgLrtcm7M— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
11.45 AM: Coronavirus cases in HP
Six more people test positive for coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh, taking the number of cases in the state to 210. Fatalities due to COVID-19 rise to 5 in the state with the death of a 72-year-old woman at a Shimla hospital.
11.34 AM: Assam to see 8 flights today
Eight flights are arriving at Guwahati airport today, with some of them landing with full passenger capacities. All passengers will be scanned for COVID-19 at the Airport. "People from Assam will be segregated and send to their respective district by buses," says Assam Minister HB Sarma. The number of flights will increase as Kolkata airport starts its operations from May 28 and trains will also start plying so next week will be challenging, says Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. - ANI
11.15 AM: DGCA free to alter travel norms: SC
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and Air India are free to alter any norms it may consider appropriate during the pendency of the matter, said the Chief Justice of India Sharad Arvind Bobde in Supreme Court today. "Air India shall be allowed to operate non-scheduled foreign flights with middle seats booking for next 10 days", says CJI in Supreme Court while hearing urgent petition filed by Centre and Air India against Bombay High Court order to keep middle seats vacant in int'l flights. "We are concerned about the health of the citizens. The Bombay High Court will hear the matter on 2nd June," justice Bobde said.
11.00 AM: Containment zones in Delhi
The total number of containment zones in Delhi is now 90 with 3 new zones added to the list; 41 zones de-contained.
10.46 AM: Bengaluru airport update
Till 9am today, there have been 5 arrivals and 17 departures and 9 flights cancelled, at Bengaluru's Kempegowda International airport. - ANI
10.44 AM: Domestic passenger flights resume in India after a gap of two months. The country will see around 600 flight services on Monday, say aviation officials.
10.30 AM: UP CM holds COVID-19 review meeting
10.15 AM:We're strictly following govt's guidelines to ensure safety against COVID19. Today has been a different experience as we're not used to wearing protective gear over our uniforms. All passengers followed the guidelines: A flight attendant on Vistara's Delhi-Bhubaneswar flight.
10.10 AM:Coronavirus cases in Chandigarh
9 new positive cases reported today, taking the total number of positive cases in the union territory to 265: Government of UT of Chandigarh
10.00 AM: US tally reaches 1.6 million
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Sunday reported 1,622,114 cases of the new coronavirus, an increase of 26,229 cases from its previous count, and said the number of deaths had risen by 1,047 to 97,049. The CDC reported its tally of cases of the respiratory illness known as COVID-19, caused by the new coronavirus, as of 4 p.m. ET on May 23, compared with its count a day earlier. The CDC figures do not necessarily reflect cases reported by individual states.
9.55 AM: Bihar records 180 new COVID-19 cases
Bihar has reported 180 new cases of COVID-19 from 15 districts, pushing the tally to 2,574 in the state, the health department said. Of the fresh cases, Nawada and East Champaran accounted for 11 each and the state capital Patna recorded four new infections, it said. The health department, in a tweet late on Sunday evening, said,"63 more COVID-19 +ve cases in Bihar taking the total to 2,574... We are ascertaining their trail of infection".
9.53 AM: India surpasses Iran
India on Monday entered to the top 10 worst-affected countries' list in terms of coronavirus cases after surpassing Iran. India's total coronavirus cases have jumped to 1,38,845, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. In the last 24 hours, the country reported 3,543 new active cases and 154 new deaths. Iran's coronavirus cases tally stands at 135,701, according to the US' John Hopkins University.
9.43 PM: Coronavirus cases in Rajasthan
The COVID-19 death toll in Rajasthan rises to 163 with 3 more fatalities. The total cases 7,028 after 286 more people test positive, including 3,017 active cases.
9.41 AM: Coronavirus cases in MP
The COVID-19 toll in Madhya Pradesh rises to 290 with 9 more deaths, including 3 each in Indore and Bhopal; the tally 6,665 with 294 new cases; active cases 2,967.
9.30 AM: India records 6,977 cases
India registers biggest single day spike of 6,977 cases, total tally rises to 1,38,845; death toll climbs to 4,021: Union health ministry
9.15 AM: Thermal screening at Bengaluru Airport
Thermal screening of passengers being done before their entry into airport terminal building at Kempegowda International airport as domestic flight operations resume today.
We're strictly following govt's guidelines to ensure safety against COVID19. Today has been a different experience as we're not used to wearing protective gear over our uniforms. All passengers followed the guidelines: A flight attendant on Vistara's Delhi-Bhubaneswar flight pic.twitter.com/2UzN6hJm7e— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
9.13 AM: The first flight from Delhi's IGI airport since resumption of domestic flight operations, lands at Pune. A passenger who has arrived in the city by the flight says,"I was nervous before the flight but all passengers were taking precautions. Very few people travelling right now".
Karnataka: Thermal screening of passengers being done before their entry into airport terminal building at Kempegowda International airport as domestic flight operations resume today pic.twitter.com/5qUV2B9g8B— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
9.12 AM: Visuals from Chennai airport
Passengers at Chennai international airport observe social distancing. The number of incoming passenger commercial flights to Chennai are restricted to 25 per day.
9.10 AM: Visuals from the Mumbai airport
Passengers arrive at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport as domestic flight operations resume. Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai.
The first flight from Delhi's IGI airport since resumption of domestic flight operations, lands at Pune. A passenger who has arrived in the city by the flight says,"I was nervous before the flight but all passengers were taking precautions. Very few people travelling right now". pic.twitter.com/NgBY9L6h4i— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
9.05 AM: Indore reports 56 more cases
56 more COVID-19 cases reported in Indore yesterday. Total number of cases in the district is now at 3,064, including 116 deaths, says the District Health Department.
9.01 AM: Bengaluru airport introduces contactless journey
The Bengaluru airport management is introducing a unique feature of parking-to-boarding contactless journey for the passengers as the domestic flight resumes from Monday. In order to contain coronavirus transmission among passengers and staff, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) introduced the new feature of contactless journey right from pre-entry check to security check and boarding.
8.50 AM: Lucknow Airport opens for flights
Passengers arrive at Lucknow Airport to board their respective flights, as domestic flight operations have resumed from today.
Tamil Nadu: Passengers at Chennai international airport observe social distancing.— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
The number of incoming passenger commercial flights to Chennai is restricted to 25 per day. pic.twitter.com/MK1dECbfS2
8.48 AM: Food & beverage shops have opened at IGI
Food & beverage (F&B) and retail outlets open at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Terminal-3 as domestic flight operations have resumed from today.
8.47 AM: Jama Masjid to remain closed for devotees today on Eid-Al-Fitr amid the 4th phase of coronavirus lockdown.
Passengers arrive at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport as domestic flight operations resume.— ANI (@ANI) May 25, 2020
Maharashtra government has allowed 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day from Mumbai. pic.twitter.com/ss38dwa8bz
8.46 AM: Flight attendants arrive at IGI
Flight attendants arrive at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, Terminal-3 as domestic flight operations have resumed from today. Amandeep Kaur, a flight attendant says, "We are a little worried but work comes first. We will get PPE kits from the airline".
Passengers arrive at Lucknow Airport to board their respective flights, as domestic flight operations have resumed from today. pic.twitter.com/41lKp4qOhi— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) May 25, 2020
8.45 AM: MoCA negotiations with states conclude
- Maharashtra wants to start with lesser flights. The MoCA wanted 33 departures and landings but the state agreed at 25 each.
- West Bengal's request granted. Domestic operations to begin on May 28 in Kolkata.
- Tamil Nadu will start with lesser flights like Maharashtra.
- Airlines in touch with passengers (after meeting with MoCA) and they will be refunded for cancellations or they can reschedule.