Coronavirus Live Updates: SC to reopen court premises from next week; India's total cases-70,756, deaths-2,293
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Latest updates on coronavirus lockdown in India: The Supreme Court (SC) will reopen its court premises and resume work from the courtrooms from next week. However, the lawyers will argue cases from their chamber, said sources. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 5th nationwide address on Tuesday may announce a graded lockdown exit with both the lives and livelihoods in focus. He will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday after his marathon meetings with state CMs on Monday. PM Modi's address comes at a time when India is grappling with the increasing number of coronavirus cases. The total count of confirmed COVID-19 cases jumped to 70,756 on Tuesday, according to latest update by the Union Health Ministry. The total count includes, 46,008 active cases, 22,454 recoveries, and 2,293 deaths.
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9.16 pm: Uttar Pradesh coronavirus cases
Gautam Buddh Nagar district reported 6 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, taking the total count of coronavirus positive cases to 230, including 3 deaths.
9.05 pm: Himachal Pradesh coronavirus cases
Police station sealed in Kangra after a cop tested COVID-19 positive on Tuesday. The total count of novel coronavirus cases in Himachal Pradesh rose to 66 with 64 fresh cases in Kangra and 2 in Hamirpur.
9.00 pm: Coronavirus updates worldwide: COVID-19 may never be found, cautions UK PM
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has cautioned that the mass vaccine for coronavirus may be over a year away, or may never be found. He said in his foreward to the government's new 50-page guidance on a step-by-step relaxation of lockdown rules to curb the spread of coronavirus.
8.54 pm: Delhi coronavirus cases: 5 more test COVID-19 positive
5 more field workers tested positive for novel coronavirus infection in North Delhi's MCD area on Tuesday. The total count of infected staff members in North Delhi MCD stands at 39, out of which 31 are hospital employees and 8 are field staff.
8.49 pm: Maharashtra lockdown latest updates
A special train left from Mumbai Central railway station for Delhi earlier today. Railways has resumed services of 15 pairs of special air-conditioned trains from Tuesday.
8.39 pm: Meghalaya lockdown latest updates
Meghalaya Police said on Tuesday that restaurants, cafe, food outlets, and tea shops are allowed to operate, but only for home delivery and take away services.
8.33 pm: Gujarat coronavirus cases: 362 more people tested positive in 24 hours
Gujarat recorded 362 fresh COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours. The total number of coronavirus cases in the state now stand at 8,904, including 3,246 cured/discharged and 537 deaths, said the state health department.
8.23 pm: Andhra Pradesh coronavirus cases: Increasing count of COVID-19 cases in Chittoor, districts linked to Koyambedu market in Chennai
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy instructed the officials to be on high alert following fresh COVID-19 cases reported from Chittoor, Nellore, and East Godavari district. All these cases were linked to the Koyambedu market of Chennai.
8.14 pm: Tamil Nadu coronavirus cases
716 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported from Tamil Nadu on Tuesday, out which 510 were registered in Chennai. With 8 new deaths on Tuesday, the death toll in the state stands at 61 now. Here the details: -
8.06 pm: Ghaziabad coronavirus lockdown updates
Ghaziabad DM in Uttar Pradesh said on Tuesday that some relaxations in the COVID-19 lockdown will be given in the district.
8.00 pm: Maharashtra coronavirus latest updates
A special train left from Mumbai Central railway station for Delhi earlier on Tuesday. Railways has resumed services of 15 pairs of special air-conditioned trains from Tuesday.
7.56 pm: Coronaviru live updates
The Supreme Court (SC) will reopen its court premises and resume work from the courtrooms from next week. However, the lawyers will argue cases from their chamber, said sources.
7.46 pm: West Bengal coronavirus cases: 110 fresh cases reported on Tuesday
With 110 new COVID-19 cases, the total count of coronavirus cases in West Bengal has climbed to 2,173, including 1,363 active cases and 126 deaths. Meanwhile, 72 deaths also occurred due to co-morbidity, said the state health department.
7.39 pm: India coronavirus news
An Assistant Sub-Inspector from Delhi's Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) tested COVID-19 positive on Tuesday.
7.33 pm: Jammu and Kashmir coronavirus cases
J&K reported 55 fresh COVID-19 cases on Tuesday, out which 13 cases are from Jammu division and 42 from Kashmir division. The total count of COVI-19 cases in the union territory stands at 934 now, comprising 469 active cases, 455 recovered and 10 deaths, said the J&K government.
7.23 pm: Coronavirus India live updates: Civil Aviation Ministry issues guidelines for airlines and airport operators before flights resume
Ministry of Civil Aviation on Tuesday issued draft SOP to all aviation stakeholders including airlines and airport operators before flight resumption. Passengers and staff showing any symptom, Aarogya Setu app not showing "green" are not to be allowed to enter the airport terminal building. People above 80 years of age to be restricted from travel in phase I of flight resumption. No cabin baggage in initial phase, checked-in baggage to be only one piece.
7:15 PM: India can do 1 lakh tests daily, says Health Minister
India can now do one lakh COVID-19 tests per day, said Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Tuesday. He also said that the country's COVID-19 mortality rate is one of the lowest in the world with 3.2 per cent.
7:10 PM Modi approves ex gratia of Rs 2 Lakh for kin of migrants run over by train
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved ex gratia of Rs 2 lakh each to the next of kin of 16 migrants who were run over by a goods train near Aurangabad in Maharashtra.
7:05 PM: NHRC issues notices over alleged negligence in Delhi Police constable's treatment
The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) has issued notices to the Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi and Union Home Secretary after taking suo motu cognizance of a complaint accompanied by a media report alleging negligence in the treatment of Delhi Police constable Amit Kumar who died due to COVID-19. They have been asked to submit a report within four weeks.
7:00 PM: Andhra CM YS Jagan's against blanket lockdown extension
Ahead of PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation, Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy has suggested progressive and pragmatic outlook towards the future of the state and the country post May 17 when lockdown ends.
6:55 PM: 6 new positive cases of COVID19 reported in Himachal Pradesh
As many as have been 6 new positive cases of coronavirus reported in the state today. Total number of positive cases rise to 65 including 24 active, 35 recovered and 2 deaths: Himachal Pradesh Health Department.
6.11 pm: Coronavirus India live updates: Recovery rate getting better every day, says Harsh Vardhan
Union Health Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan said on Tuesday that India's COVID-19 mortality is among the lowest in the world at nearly 3.2%. He added that the country's recovery rate is getting better every day and is currently at 31.7%.
5.58 pm: West Bengal coronavirus cases
The state recorded 110 fresh novel coronavirus cases and 8 deaths on Tuesday. Total active positive cases have jumped to 1,363 in the state now, said West Bengal Home Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. (ANI reports)
5.47 pm: West Bengal lockdown news
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Tuesday that lockdown will continue in the state. She added that the red zones will be further broken into 3 categories- A, B, C which will be figured out by the police. She further said that there will be no change in containment areas.
5.40 pm: Kerala coronavirus cases
5 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in the state on Tuesday, including 3 from Malappuram, and 1 each from Pathanmthitta and Kottayam.
5.35 pm: Karnataka coronavirus cases
925 cases confirmed in the state, including 31 deaths and 433 recoveries.
5.27 pm: Karnataka coronavirus cases
Karnataka recorded 925 COVID-19 cases as of 5 pm on May 12 including 31 deaths and 433 discharges, and 1 death due to coronavirus infection, said the state health department. (ANI reports)
5.17 pm: Maharashtra lockdown latest updates
Maharashtra government has decided to do the home deliver of liquor to avoid over crowding at alcohol shops in thes state. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state in India with total count of confirmed COVID-18 cases at 23,401 along with 868 deaths, as per the Union Home Ministry.
5.07 pm: Coronavirus vaccine: What's happening in India
4.59 pm: Punjab coronavirus latest updates
The Sixth Special train carrying 1201 migrant workers left for Chhapra in Bihar from the SAS Nagar Mohali railway station on Tuesday.
4.49 pm: India coronavirus live updates
The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Tuesday that as of date, 17,59,579 samples have been tested in India.
4.38 pm: Lockdown extension live updates: What after May 17?
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his 5th nationwide address on Tuesday may announce a graded lockdown exit with both the lives and livelihoods in focus. In his meeting with state CMs on Monday, he asked the states to send the Centre their reports by May 15 leaving the onus of deciding on easing the norms on them. While the economic revival in the country will be the focus of the Modi government, lockdown is likely to stay but with more relaxations.
4.29 pm: Coronavirus in India latest updates
The second phase of Vande Bharat Mission will be launched from 16-22 May. It will bring back Indians from 31 countries. 149 flights including feeder flights will be deployed, according to sources.
4.19 pm: Tamil Nadu coronavirus news
Nurses at Government Medical College Omandurar, Chennai paid tribute to Florence Nightingale on International Nurses Day on Tuesday. Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar also visited the hospital & expressed his gratitude to the nurses and nursing staff there.
4.14 pm: Delhi coronavirus cases
Delhi records 2 fresh COVID-19 cases.
4.07 pm: Uttar Pradesh coronavirus latest updates: 2.81 lakh migrant workers brough back to the state
UP's Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Awanish Awasthi said on Tuesday that 233 trains have brought 2,81,408 migrant workers to UP so far. He added, "Today 13 trains have arrived till now and more will come in the coming days. All the passengers will be screened and medical check-ups will be conducted."
3.59 pm: Coronavirus in India latest updates: FIFA to be held in the country between Feb 17 to March 7, 2021
The new dates for the FIFA, which will be held in India, will be held between February 17 to March 7, 2021, tweeted Minister of State for Youth Affairs & Sports (Independent Charge), Kiren Rijiju.
3.52 pm: Coronavirus latest updates
Indians queue at Muscat International Airport in Oman to board the 2nd repatriation flight from Muscat to Chennai, scheduled for today, under Vande Bharat Mission.
3.41 pm: Coronavirus cases in armed forces
9 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Border Security Force (BSF) in the last 24 hours. 6 are from Delhi, 1 from Kolkata, and 2 from Tripura. All of them are under treatment at designated health care hospitals, said the Border Security Force. (ANI reports)
3.37 pm: Coronavirus map live updates: Check BusinessToday.In tracker to get state-wise tally of COVID-19 cases
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 graph.
3.29 pm: Coronavirus latest updates: 2 more ITBP jawans test positive in one day
Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) said on Tuesday that 2 more jawans of ITBP have tested COVID-19 positive in the last 24 hours adding that there are a total of 159 positive cases and 1 recovery in the state. (ANI reports)
3.23 pm: India coronavirus live updates
Indians at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia to board special Air India repatriation flight to Mumbai under the Vande Bharat Mission.
3.17 pm: Coronavirus India live updates: Over 6,000 Indians brought back by Air India, says Aviation Ministry
As many as 6,037 Indians have been flown back to India by 31 flights operated by Air India and Air India Express as a part of the central government's Vande Bharat Mission in the last 5 days, ANI reported quoting the Civil Aviation Ministry.
3.09 pm: PM Modi address today at 8 pm
Prime Minister Modi's last 4 speeches lowdown
1. March 19- In his first nationwide address PM Modi asked the citizens to self-impose of Janata Curfew (people's curfes) on March 22 from 7 am to 9 pm.
2. March 24- In his address on this day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the countrywide lockdown to extend for 21 days (three weeks) beginning March 25.
3. April 3- PM Modi appealed to citizens to switch off all lights and light diyas and candles at 9 pm on April 5 to mark coronavirus fight.
4. April 14: PM Modi announced the lockdown extension till May 3.
3.00 pm: Rajasthan coronavirus cases
21 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in Rajasthan on Tuesday till 2 pm taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 4,056. Active cases stand at 1563 with deaths at 115, said Rajasthan Health Department. (Inputs from ANI)
2.55 pm: Chandigarh corona latest updates
Vegetable and Fruit market of Sector 26, near the Bapu Dham Colony, has been shifted temporarily to the Inter-State Bus Terminus (ISBT) in Sector 17. Total 150 active cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Bapu Dham Colony till now.
2.49 pm: Gujarat corona latest updates: COVID-19 cases past 6,000 in Ahmedabad, state count- 8,541
The total count of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad climbed to 6,086 on Monday, with the death toll in the city inching towards the 400-mark. Gujarat's tally has jumped to 8,541 with death toll at 513 as it is the second worst-hit state in India.
2.44 pm: Delhi coronavirus latest updates
Watch: Passengers onboard special train that will leave for Bilaspur, Chhattisgarh shortly from New Delhi Railway Station, as train services resume on Tuesday.
2.39 pm: Coronavirus India live updates: German national leaves Delhi airport transit after being stranded for 55 days
A German citizen, who was stranded at Delhi airport transit area for the last 55 days due to coronavirus induced lockdown, left early morning on Tuesday for Amsterdam. He was permitted to board the flight after he tested COVID-19 negative. The German man, named Edgar Zeibat had landed in Delhi on March 18 from Thailand. He was supposed to leave for Istanbul on the day when the flights got suspended. He had been living in Delhi airport's transit area since then. He was also not permitted to go out the Delhi airport as he did not have an Indian visa.
2.29 pm: Uttarakhand coronavirus cases
No new COVID-19 cases has been reported in Uttarakhand on Tuesday. Total number of positive cases stands at 68 including 21 active cases and 46 recovered, said the state health department.
2.22 pm: Delhi corona latest updates: Doubling rate has gone up to 11 days, says Satyendar Jain
Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain said on Tuesday that the doubling rate of coronavirus cases in the national capital has risen to 11 days after climbing to an alarming rate 3.4 days earlier. He added that if the doubling rate reached 18, 20 or 25, "then we will be more comfortable.
2.16: PM Modi live at 8 pm today
2.10 pm: Lockdown Extension in Telangana Latest Updates
Telangana government has already extended the lockdown till May 29. State Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao made the announcement on May 6 urging the citizens to cooperate with the decision of the government. The state government has also decided to continue night curfew in all 33 districts.
2.05 pm: Maharashtra coronavirus news
A Maharashtra government panel has taken the decision to release nearly 50% prisoners lodged in jails across the state to decongest prisons, in the wake of coronavirus spread fear: officials cited by PTI as saying.
2.00 pm: Lockdown Extension in Mumbai Latest Updates
The lockdown is likely to be extended in hotspots such as Mumbai and Pune in the state of Maharashtra which is the worst-hit state in India. Both Mumbai and Pune are the worst-hit cities in the state with coronavirus cases in both these zones inching past 15,000. In view of this Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray convened an all-party meeting with state leaders on Thursday to assess the ongoing situation. (ANI report)
1.55 pm: Lockdown Extension in West Bengal Latest Updates
There is no clarity on whether the West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee will extend the lockdown or not. Amid her ongoing fight with the central government, she demanded during state CMs meeting with PM Modi on Monday that the respective Chief Ministers be consulted before the Centre takes the decision to extend lockdown beyond May 17. Central government has in the past alleged that she failed miserably in containing coronavirus.
1.50 pm: Delhi coronavirus cases
13 deaths and 406 new positive cases were reported in Delhi in 24 hours till midnight yesterday, taking the total number of cases to 7639 and deaths to 86, said Delhi Health Department.
1.45 pm: Lockdown Extension in Punjab Latest Updates
Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday urged PM Modi to extend the lockdown beyond May 17, but with carefully constructed plan supported by economic and fiscal empowerment of states in order to save lives as well as secure livelihood.
1.35 pm: Lockdown Extension in Maharashtra Latest Updates
Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray in his meeting with PM Modi on Monday asked the Prime Minister to show a precise direction on the lockdown, adding that it should be extended beyond May 17. Maharashtra is the worst-hit state with the highest number of coronavirus cases at 23,401 along with 868 deaths, according to the Union Health Ministry.
1.29 pm: PM Modi address at 8 pm today: When and where to watch live streaming
1.20 pm: Coronavirus India live updates
Watch: Indian Naval Ship Kesari docks at Male port in Maldives, the first destination under Mission Sagar. It will discharge 580 tonnes of essential food items here.
1.15 pm: Modi on coronavirus
PM Modi in his 5th address to the nation on Tuesday could give an idea of how the lockdown restrictions will be eased as coronavirus cases continue to rise steeply across the nation over the past few weeks. In his meeting with the state CMs, PM Modi spoke of a "balanced strategy" to reopen states, but in a staggered manner as the pressure on economy continues to rise.
1.10 pm: Modi on lockdown
PM Modi's address on Tuesday is crucial as it comes at a time when the country is grappling with a double whammy- to extend lockdown 3.0 in the wake of increasing coronavirus cases or to focus on economy. The Prime Minister is likely to speak on how state may go ahead with lockdown easing strategies post May 17.
1.05 pm: Coronavirus India live updates
Former PM Dr. Manmohan Singh discharged from AIIMS, Delhi on medical advice, said an AIIMS official.
1.00 pm: PM Modi live at 8 pm today
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 pm on Tuesday after his marathon meetings with state CMs on Monday. The central government has asked states to send it suggestions on their respective lockdown exit strategies. He also hinted that the government could ease lockdown restrictions significantly post May 17.
12.56 pm: Kejriwal on lockdown extension in Delhi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday invited suggestions from citizens on how much the lockdown 3.0 should be eased post May 17. He has asked people to send him suggestions on WhatsApp, email or on call. He added that all state CMs have been asked by the central government to send it a report on their lockdown exit plans. CM Kejriwal tweeted, "Should the lockdown in Delhi be relaxed after May 17? How much should be relaxed? Please WhatsApp me on your suggestion 8800007722 by 5 pm tomorrow, or call 1031 to record your suggestion." He also asked the citizens to email their suggestions at email@example.com during his video address on Tuesday.
12.52 pm: Himachal Pradesh coronavirus latest updates
Three new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh taking the total number of cases in state to 62 including 21 active cases. Of 3 new cases one is police head constable and one has travel history to Jalandhar, Punjab, said Nipun Jindal, State Special Secretary (Health). (ANI reports)
12.49 pm: Lockdown extension live updates in Jammu and Kashmir
A 'Shramik Special Train' carrying around 1000 migrants, that departed from Chikkabanavara railway station in Bengaluru, Karnataka on 10th May reached Udhampur on Monday.
12.45 pm: PM at 8 pm: Inside track of PM Modi's 5th address
12.39 pm: PM Modi address at 8 pm
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address the migrant worker crisis, may speak on state governments' suggestions on lockdown situation and the economic crisis in the wake of coronavirus induced lockdown.
12.29 pm: Andhra Pradesh coronavirus news
33 new COVID-19 cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours; the total number of positive cases in the state is now 2051, said the state health department. (ANI reports)
12.16 PM: PM Modi to address nation at 8 PM this evening
11.10 PM: 406 new COVID-19 cases in Delhi
A total of 13 deaths and 406 new positive cases have been reported in Delhi in 24 hours, which has taken the total number of cases to 7,639 and deaths to 86. A total of 383 people have been cured or discharged in 24 hours, totalling to 2,512. The doubling COVID-19 rate in Delhi now stands at 11 days. "The doubling rate had once reached 3 or 4 days. If the doubling rate reaches 18, 20 or 25, then we will be more comfortable," Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain.
11.56 AM: Infection in kids may not start with cough: Study
Children suffering from non-respiratory disease symptoms like diarrhoea and fever, or those with a history of exposure to the novel coronavirus, should be suspected of having COVID-19, a new study says. According to the research, published in the journal Frontiers in Pediatrics, gastrointestinal symptoms first suffered by some children hints at potential infection with SARS-CoV-2 through the digestive tract. - PTI
11.50 AM: Air India headquarters in Delhi has been sealed for two days from today morning after a peon tested positive. The Air India HQ is being sanitised and will be further sealed for two days. The 54-year-old staffer was working in Air India Office, Mahadeo Road, on the Parliament Street. He has been quarantined.
11.40 AM: Mamata transfers health secy
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has transferred state Health Secretary Vivek Kumar and has appointed Narayan Swaroop Nigam, former transport secretary, as the new Secretary of the Department of Health and Family Welfare. -ANI
11.37 AM: Passenger train services starts from Delhi
Passengers begin to arrive at Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna railway station to board a special train to New Delhi from here today evening.
11.30 AM: Coronavirus cases in Odisha
The state has reported 23 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, taking the overall state tally to 437.
11.25 AM: Mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app
Indian Railways is going to start few passenger trains services. It is mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app in their mobile phones, before commencing their journey: Indian Railways
11.23 AM: Glenmark initiates Phase 3 clinical trials on antiviral Favipiravir
Glenmark Pharmaceuticals, a research-led, integrated global pharmaceutical company has initiated Phase 3 clinical trials in India on Antiviral tablet Favipiravir, for which it received approval from India's drug regulator DCGI in late April. Glenmark is the first company in India to initiate Phase 3 clinical trials on Favipiravir for COVID-19 patients in India.
11.10 AM: Over 45,533 tickets worth Rs 16.15 crore booked for special trains for next seven days; 82,317 passengers booked tickets: Railways
11.00 AM: A migrant labourer has been killed on the Ambala-Jagadhri highway, Ambala. He, along with other migrants, was also going to his native place in Purnia, Bihar, from Ludhiana on foot.
10.45 AM: INS Jalashwa to evacuate 700 Indians from Male
NS Jalashwa will be evacuating approx 700 Indian nationals from Male to Kochi on 15 May, during her second repatriation sortie. It has already repatriated 698 citizens to India on 10 May during her first sortie.
10.40 AM: Staff deployed to clean stations at Metros
As lockdown relaxations are gradually being eased, Delhi Metro might also resume its services soon. In a tweet, Delhi Metro stated that it is deploying special staff to clean areas of mass movement at stations. These housekeeping teams will clean lifts, escalators as well as AFC gates.
10.35 AM: Maruti Suzuki India resumes ops
The country's largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India resumes production at Manesar plant. The company had earlier said it will re-start production of vehicles at its Manesar plant from May 12. All activities will be carried out strictly in accordance with the government regulations and guidelines and observing the company's own concern for the highest standards of safety, the company informed.
10.30 AM: Mission Sagar Update
Indian Naval Ship Kesari reaches Male port in Maldives, the first destination under Mission Sagar. It will discharge 580 tonnes of essential food items as a gift from people of India to the people of Maldives.
10.25 AM: 8,544 medical professionals infected in Mexico
As many as 111 medical personnel in Maxico have died due to novel coronavirus in Mexico. There are around 8,544 confirmed COVID-19 cases among health professionals in Mexico, while another 6,747 are awaiting result. In total, the country has reported 36,327 cases and 3,573 deaths.
10.19 AM: Hyatt Hotels to lay off 1,300 people
Hyatt Hotels Corp to lay off 1,300 people globally as it tries to cope with the coronavirus crisis, which has virtually halted global travel by keeping people indoors. Hyatt said it had also cut pay for senior management, board members and all employees as part of a restructuring, adding that the staff who were being laid off would be eligible for receive severance pay. - Reuters
10.14 AM: Vande Bharat Mission update
As many as 169 Indian students to return to Jammu and Kashmir's Srinagar from Bangladesh's Dhaka today on an Air India special flight.
10.07 AM: Gyms, hair salons essential services in Brazil
In Brazil, exercising at gym and getting a haircut have been considered essential activities. The Jair Bolsonaro government in Brazil has included gyms and hair salons on a list of 'essential' businesses. Meanwhile, Brazil registered 5,632 new coronavirus cases on Monday and 396 deaths from the disease, according to the Health Ministry. The country has now registered a total of 168,331 confirmed cases of the virus and 11,519 deaths. Reporting of coronavirus cases from state health authorities to the ministry tends to slow over the weekend. -Agencies
10.03 AM: Russia surpasses Italy in number of COVID-19 cases
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday announced a gradual easing of coronavirus lockdown measures despite a new surge in infections which took Russia's tally past Italy's, making it the fourth highest in the world. Putin, in a televised nationwide address, said that from Tuesday he would start lifting restrictions that had forced many people to work from home and businesses to temporarily close. Putin was speaking after the number of new cases of the novel coronavirus rose by a record daily amount to 11,656, making the official tally 221,344. Only Britain, Spain and the United States have recorded more cases. - Reuters
10.00 AM: US reports 23,792 new coronavirus cases
9.50 AM: Authorise aconomic activity: Haryana to Centre
Authorise states to take decisions to resume economic activities, Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar urges Centre during video conference with PM Narendra Modi.
9.45 AM: UP CM transfers Rs 225.39 crore for MNREGA workers
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath transfers Rs 225.39 crore to Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) beneficiaries through direct bank transfer.
9.40 AM: Guidelines for processing of data collected through Aarogya Setu app
Data of a non-infected person is deleted from Aarogya Setu app in 30 days, 45 days in case of tests and 60 days if a person has undergone treatment.
9.35 AM: Railway services to resume today
The Railways Ministry has also issued a set of guidelines for passengers who would board the trains. In a statement, the ministry said, "It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train."
9.25 AM: Rajasthan coronavirus latest updates
The state has reported 47 new COVID-19 positive cases and two deaths in the past 24 hours. The total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 4,035.
9.20 AM: Vande Bharat Mission Updates for today: 12 flights carrying Indian nationals to arrive today
9.15 AM: 'Coronavirus highly lethal'
Describing the coronavirus as exceptionally infective and highly lethal, an eminent Indian-American cardiologist has urged West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee not to take anything for granted and take all necessary steps to prevent large-scale illness and fatalities in the state.
9.10 AM: Share ways to lift lockdown: PM to CMs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacted with all state Chief Ministers on Monday to discuss the road ahead in India's fight against coronavirus. He commended the states for playing an active part in curbing the spread of the virus. Modi said the entire world is of the view that India has been able to successfully protect itself from the pandemic.
9.00 AM: Spike of 3,604 new cases in 24 hours
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare update: Spike of 3604 COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours; total positive cases in the country is now at 70,756, including 46,008 active cases, 22,454 cured/discharged/migrated cases and 2,293 deaths.
8.55 AM: Railways to run 100 special trains daily
The Home Ministry on Monday asked the Railways to start running at least 100 special trains per day for the next few weeks to ensure the return of migrant workers to their native places, an official said. Addressing a press conference, Home Ministry Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said the ministry held a meeting with the nodal officers of Railways and State Governments on Monday.
8.50 AM: DMRC hints at restarting ops
The Delhi Metro Rail Corporation says specially trained housekeeping staffs are deployed in stations to clean passenger movement areas and associated equipment such as AFC gates, lifts and escalators to begin safe operations.
8.45 AM: 53 cops quarantined in Mansa, Punjab
8.40 AM: Aarogya Setu is mandatory for train travel
The railways has made it mandatory for passengers to download Aarogya Setu app. There will be screening of passengers at the time of boarding the train and once they reach their destinations. States are yet to decide on institutional or home quarantine of passengers.
8.30 AM: Shramik Special Train updates
8.15 AM: 700 tourists from West Bengal stranded in Haridwar
"We are not facing any problem here, but we want to return to our homes. We request Mamata didi to make arrangements for us to return home," says stranded tourists.
8.00 AM: Jaishankar talks to US, Australian counterparts
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar holds "productive discussion" on coronavirus with his counterparts from the US, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Israel and South Korea.