Coronavirus news highlights: India's tally stands at 16,870; death toll at 549

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  • 03:14

    COVID-19 crisis: Chemists asked to keep record of people seeking medicines for fever, cough

    In the wake of risingcoronaviruscases, authorities in several states have asked medical shops and pharmacists to keep a record of phone number and address of customers who buy medicines for fever, cough and cold -symptoms similar to COVID-19.

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  • 03:13

    DGCA directs airlines to stop taking bookings amid coronavirus lockdown

    Civil aviation regulator DGCA on Sunday directed airlines to stop taking bookings from May 4, when the COVID-19 lockdown would end.

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  • 03:12

    COVID-19 outbreak: Joblessness rate triples to over 20%

    The average monthly unemployment rate in the country has almost tripledin the past 25 days of the lockdown to battle the deadly coronavirus pandemic, breaching the unprecedented 20% mark.

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  • 03:10

    Politics goes full throttle even in the time of coronavirus pandemic

    Congress MLA Rajendra Bhiduri in Rajasthan stoked controversy when a video of him went viral on social media in which he was seendiscriminating while distributing ration by asking the people who were better PM Modi or CM Ashok Gehlot.

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  • 03:07

    One-and-a-half-month-old baby dies of COVID-19 infection at Delhi hospital

    A one-and-a-half-month-old baby has died of coronavirus infection at a hospital in Delhi, making him the country's youngest victim of the deadly disease.

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  • 20:59

    Lockdown in Telangana to continue till May 7

    Lockdown in Telangana will continue till May 7. Cabinet will decide further course of action on May 5. Swiggy Zomato won't be allowed from April 20: Telangana CM

  • 20:53

    Maharashtra reports 12 deaths on Sunday

    Maharashtra COVID-19 tally jumps to 4200; 552 new cases, 12 deaths on Sunday: Health official.

  • 20:28

    Gujarat reports five more deaths due to COVID-19; toll 63: Health official. (PTI)

  • 18:49
    Two COVID-19 related fatalities reported in Karnataka, death toll in state increases to 16: Health Department (PTI)
  • 18:42
    1,334 fresh COVID-19 cases reported since Saturday, 27 deaths in last 24 hours: Health Ministry (PTI)
  • 18:06

  • 18:02

    Goa becomes COVID-19-free state

    I am delighted to announce that currently there is not a single COVID-19 positive patient...I appeal to the people of Goa to extend their cooperation to us till 3rd May, just like they have done till date: Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant (ANI)

  • 16:43

    No relaxation from April 20 for containment zones in hotspots. Cinema halls, shopping complexes, malls, religious places to remain closed till May 3: Health Ministry (PTI)

  • 16:36

    New guidelines barring delivery of non-essentials by e-commerce will disappoint consumers, small businesses, manufacturers: Amazon India

  • 15:52

    PM Modi not in two minds about the way forward and knows what needed to be done and when, Union minister Javadekar (PTI)

  • 13:42

    Tomorrow onwards we're starting some financial activities. As we don't run our economy now, we'll be in financial crisis after we come out of coronavirus crisis. We're starting some business activities in a limited way. Fortunately, several of our districts have zero positive case, said Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray

  • 13:36

    Over 66800 coronavirustests conducted in Maharashtra, says Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray

  • 13:09

    Many rumours are afloat that the Government is contemplating a reduction/stoppage of pension which has become a source of worry for the pensioners.

    There is no such proposal for reduction of pension and no action is contemplated by the Government in this respect.


    Says Ministry of Personnel, Public Grievances and Pension

  • 13:03

    Delhi paid the price of markaz incident and inflow of travellers from other countries: CM Arvind Kejriwal

    "Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in #Delhi but it’s still under control. No need to panic," says Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal.

    "I had word with one of COVID-19 positive person, he told me that he was volunteering at a govt food distribution center&was helping in food distribution. I have ordered to hold rapid testing of people who came to that food centre, along with others working at our centres," he said.

    "Coronavirus has started spreading in Delhi hence containment zones increasing, but situation under control," the AAP chief said.

    "We have decided to not relax lockdown restrictions in Delhi 'as of now'; will assess the situation again after one week," Delhi CM informed.

    "Coronavirus cases increasing due to Tablighi Markaz incident; 12 per cent of cases detected across country in Delhi," he said.

    "Delhi paid the price of markaz incident and inflow of travellers from other countries," he said.

  • 12:53

    Four new cases were reported in Karnataka

    Four new cases were reported in the mid-day COVID-19 bulletin on Sunday afternoon in Karnataka. Two of the cases (Patients 385 and 386) had a history of travel to Delhi, but the other two patients, including a 23-year-old woman are affiliated with the Nanjangud Pharma cluster.

    This raises the total number of positive cases in the state to 388 to date. However, this number contradicts a total number of 410 positive cases as disclosed by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday morning.

  • 12:19

    228 new COVID-19 cases in Gujarat

    228 new COVID-19 cases in Gujarat today; state tally goes up to 1,604. Five more COVID-19 deaths in Gujarat; state toll climbs to 58: Health official (PTI)

  • 12:09

    9 people test positive for coronavirus in Nagpur

    Maharashtra: 9 people test positive for coronavirus in Nagpur district today; the total number of positive cases is 72: District Information Office, Nagpur (ANI)

  • 12:06

    44 new COVID19 positive cases in Andhra Pradesh

    44 new coronavirus positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours; the total number of positive cases in the State is 647: Arja Srikanth, Nodal Officer(ANI)

  • 11:59

    Supply of non-essential goods by e-Commerce companies to remain prohibited during lockdown: Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA)

  • 11:15

    Pandemic Podcast: Mental health crisis under the coronavirus lockdown

    Deccan Herald’s Pandemic Podcast focuses on the COVID-19 situation. In this episode, Dr Pratima Murthy, head of psychiatry at NIMHANS talks on the psychological effects of the lockdown. Deccan Herald's editor Sitaraman Shankar talks on The Power of Good. A conversation with musicians Aravind Murali, Jaishankar Iyer, Shankar Sundaram and Palakkad Sriram to fill music into your quarantine.

  • 10:51

    Only a heartless govt will do nothing: P Chidambaram asks Centre 2 questions over poor's status amid coronavirus lockdown

    Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday urged the government to transfer cash and distribute free foodgrains to the poor, saying only a heartless government will not do anything.

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  • 10:24

    One more tests positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli; total number of cases rises to 17

    One more person tested positive for coronavirus in Shamli in Uttar Pradesh, raising the tally in the district to 17, officials said on Sunday.

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  • 10:07

    Youth cycles 850 km for wedding amid lockdown; lands into quarantine

    When Sonu Kumar Chauhan set out homewards on his bicycle from Ludhiana in Punjab, it was to somehow reach in time for his wedding slated for April 15 in a UP district bordering Nepal.

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  • 09:45

    44 new coronavirus positive cases in Rajasthan

    44 new coronavirus positive cases, 1 death reported in the State today; the total number of cases is 1395: Rajasthan Health Department (ANI)

  • 09:42

    1,334 new cases, 27 deaths in 24 hours: MoHFW

    1,334 new cases, 27 deaths reported in the last 24 hours: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

  • 09:07

    Horrors revealed at coronavirus-hit Canada nursing home

    Elderly residents left soiled and unfed after their caregivers fled the premises, 31 deaths in the space of a few weeks: a nursing home in Montreal has become the symbol of the terrible tollcoronavirusis taking in Canada's long-term care homes.

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  • 08:46

    Coronavirus: The word ‘social distancing’ was poorly chosen, says Dr Vikram Patel

    Though it gets barely any attention there is no denial of the fact that Covid-19 pandemic has triggered a series of psychological problems among people, who struggle to cope with isolated living and the fear of uncertainties and unknown. DH'sKalyan Rayspoke toDr Vikram Patel,one of the world’s foremost experts on mental health and the Pershing Square Professor of Global Health at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine, Harvard Medical School, on the issues. Excerpts:

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  • 08:21

    In see-saw coronavirus battle, no new cases in 47 districts

    Is the COVID-19 tide turning in some places? The Health Ministry on Saturday said a positive trend had emerged in 47 districts across 23 states as not even a single case of Covid-19 was reported in the past 14 days.

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  • 07:59

    Haryana records one more COVID-19 death

    A 50-year-old person who had tested positive for coronavirus & passed away at around 12 am: Gurugram District Administration in Haryana (ANI)

  • 07:43

    45 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Agra

    45 new positive cases of COVID-19 reported in Agra, taking the total number of positive cases to 241: Agra DM Prabhu N Singh (ANI)

  • 03:10

    Coronavirus lockdown: List of services that will resume in India after April 20

    As India has entered its 25th day of the nationwide lockdown to fight against coronavirus, the government, on Saturday, released a list of services that will remain open all over India after April 20.

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  • 03:09

    COVID-19 lockdown effect: J&K sees rise in domestic violence against women

    Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Saturday ordered the courts to treat cases of domestic abuse as urgent and proceed with the matters in accordance with the circulars issued regarding the procedure to be followed to ensure social distancing.

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  • 03:08

    In see-saw coronavirus battle, no new cases in 47 districts

    Is the Covid-19 tide turning in some places? The Health Ministry on Saturday said a positive trend had emerged in 47 districts across 23 states as not even a single case of Covid-19 was reported in the past 14 days.

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  • 03:06

    COVID-19 mortality rate in India around 3.3%: Health ministry

    The Union Health Ministry on Saturday said the mortality rate for COVID-19 cases in India is around 3.3 per cent, while over 13 percent patients have recovered so far.

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  • 02:26

    Europe coronavirus death toll tops 100,000: AFP tally

    The coronavirus has killed more than 100,000 people in Europe, nearly two thirds of the overall global death toll, according to an AFP tally Saturday at 1800 GMT.

    With a total 100,501 deaths out of 1,136,672 infections, Europe is the hardest-hit continent by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 157,163 worldwide.

    The tallies are collated using date collected by AFP from national authorities and information from the World Health Organization (WHO).

  • 20:34

    With new deaths in Gujarat and West Bengal, the total number of casualties reaches 498.

  • 17:51

    Increase of 957 COVID-19 cases and 36 deaths in the last 24 hours. Total number of COVID-19 positive cases rise to 14792 in India (including 12289 active cases, 2015 cured/discharged/migrated people and 488 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (ANI)

  • 17:47

    Karnataka: 384 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, it includes 14 deaths and 104 discharges. One more death has been reported today. New cases confirmed today are 25.

  • 17:43

    Delhi govt announces compensation of Rs 1 crore to families of all employees who die during duty while dealing with COVID-19 operations. Earlier, it was only for doctors and healthcare professionals involved in treating COVID-19 patients. This has now been extended to all, including police and civil defence officers, says Arvind Kejriwal.

  • 16:28

    Of 14,378 positive COVID-19 cases, 4,291 linked to Tablighi Jamaat congregation: Health Ministry (PTI)

  • 16:22

    1992 people across the country have recovered, overall recovery percentage is something around 13.85%.: Lav Aggarwal,Health Ministry (ANI)

  • 16:17

    Mortality rate in our country is around 3.3%. An age-wise analysis will tell you that 14.4% death has been reported in age group of 0-45 yrs. Between 45-60 yrs it is 10.3%, between 60-75 yrs it is 33.1% & for 75 yrs and above it is 42.2%: Lav Aggarwal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry (ANI)

  • 15:52

    One more tests positive in Assam

    One more COVID-19 patient - Sajibur Rahman is discharged from Silchar Medical College & Hospital after 3 successive tests reported as negative. He is being sent for home quarantine. Total cured patients - 12: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

  • 15:04

    Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to chair a Cabinet meeting at 4 pm over the COVID-19 situation in Delhi

  • 14:38

    One Naxal killed in encounter with District Reserve Guards (DRG) in Chitalnar-Mundwal jungle of Puspal, Sukma district, Chattisgarh

  • 14:36

    The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Haryana is 227 including 137 active patients, 88 recovered, 2 deaths: Haryana Health Department - ANI

  • 13:52

    Tricolour on top of Swiss mountain

  • 13:46

    The total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the state rises to 1355, death toll 69: Madhya Pradesh Health Department

  • 13:42

    Joint Commissioner of Police Pune City Dr Ravindra Shisve has confirmed that a 42-year-old police constable and his wife have tested positive for COVID-19, in Pune - ANI

  • 13:39

    World economy bound to suffer 'severe recession', says IMF chief

    The world economy, already "sluggish" before the coronavirus outbreak, is now bound to suffer a "severe recession" in 2020, IMF chief Kristalina Georgieva has warned and said the current crisis posed "daunting challenges" for policymakers in many emerging markets and developing economies.

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  • 13:36

    "We have received 42,000 rapid kits, they will be used in containment zones starting from tomorrow": Satyendar Jain, Delhi Health Minister - ANI

  • 13:31

    Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi constitutes a consultative group of 11 party members, chaired by former Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh, to formulate views of the party on various issues. Rahul Gandhi and P Chidambaram, also among members.

  • 12:30

    Union Min Pratap Sarangi writes to Odisha CM requesting him to direct Shri Jagannath Temple administration to hold extensive consultations with Shankaracharya of Puri Govardhan Peeth, Gajapati Maharaj,temple servitors&others before taking any decision on 'Rath Yatra'.

  • 12:29

    Delhi tally at 1767

    There are 1767 COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi, out of which 67 were reported yesterday. There have been 42 deaths in the national capital, 911 patients are admitted at hospitals, of which 27