The first positive coronavirus case of the army was a 34-year-old soldier in Leh. The Colonel and the Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) tested positive for the virus on Sunday, officials on the condition of anonymity said. The other two defence forces-- air force and navy-- don’t have any positive cases.
The Central government has initiated disciplinary proceedings against the four officers of Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) for dereliction of duty regarding containment of the spread of COVID-19, the spokesperson said.
"A large number of people are returning from cities they work in to their villages due to the coronavirus lockdown. I appeal to them, please stay wherever you are,". "We have seen what has happened in some of the developed countries like the US and Italy. Thankfully, India is not in that stage yet. But going into a crowd will invite risks of infection," Kejriwal said.
New Delhi, Mar 29 () Billionaire Gautam Adani on Sunday announced a Rs 100 crore contribution by his group's philanthropy arm to the Prime Minister's Fund to fight coronavirus outbreak.
The national capital alone reported 23 fresh positive cases, taking its count to 72, while more people tested positive in adjoining Noida as also in Maharashtra and Bihar, among other states.
A national lockdown in place, the finance ministry found itself wrestling with an unusual problem: The government printing press would not publish the amended finance bill passed by Parliament without getting written orders in physical form in hand.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday appealed to migrant workers leaving the national capital to stay back, even as he said that his government has arranged for buses to transport them.
"We are under a lockdown and behavioural issues are very important under such situations. It is a new process. If there are any behavioural issues, lack of understanding for that we at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bangalore in collaboration with all other institutes has been trying to provide guidance.
HLL Lifecare is the nodal agency for acquiring PPE for those tackling the coronavirus outbreak. Healthcare workers weren’t too impressed at the speed with which it has been moving. The last date for receipt of bids is April 15, by which time the current lockdown is scheduled to end.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on March 28 informed that his government has made preparations to feed almost 4 lakh marginalized people in the Union territory. “We have built the capacity to feed at least 4 lakh people from today onwards. We are also distributing food in over 500 schools and 238 night shelters.” He said that 568 schools have been converted into community kitchens to prepare food for the needy. Night shelters are also providing food and shelter to the poor people and flying squad also distributing food to hungry people by roaming around Delhi.Coronavirus lockdown: Delhi govt ready to feed 4 lakh poor people, informs CM Kejriwal
Lockdowns have become a norm world over and have led the FPIs to adopt a cautious stance.
The decision comes within days of industry body COAI writing to TRAI for granting additional time to companies to file such reports, citing massive efforts being undertaken by telecom companies to overcome "numerous operational challenges" in order to keep vital networks up and running amid the 21-day nationwide lockdown.
The district administration has deployed 1,500 buses to take the migrant workers who had returned from Delhi and Bihar due to the coronavirus lockdown to their native districts where they will be checked for COVID-19 symptoms.
Number of coronavirus cases in India is nearing 1,000, evoking fears of community transmission.
The initiative is being viewed as pro-active step by the government to deal with multiple challenges, which the outbreak of pandemic COVID-19 has posed and made the country to deal with emergency situation, they said, adding these groups will also work on strategy for restoring normalcy in their respective sectors.
Retired medical officers have been "alerted" and modalities are being worked on to hire doctors on contractual service to man the chain of the forces' country-wide hospitals and quarantine centres that have a combined strength of more than 7,200 beds, ITBP Director General (DG) Surjeet Singh Deswal told .
Referring to the Spicejet pilot's case, a letter by Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) stated that "continuing BA Tests in these circumstances is extremely dangerous" as the machine for the test remains the same and droplets or aerosols of infected pilots may infect the healthy.
The Union Health Ministry said the standard operating procedure (SOP) is meant to guide and train ambulance drivers and technicians in transporting COVID-19 patients. It warned against use of the '102 ambulances' for coronavirus patients and said they should only be used to transport pregnant women and sick infants.
The first Covid-19 casualty in the Kashmir Valley, a 65-year-old man from Srinagar, had travelled with the group to different states including Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, attending religious gatherings. Several others who attended the group’s events have also tested positive for the infection.
In India, deep-seated cultural prejudices about dining with “others” are likely to become exacerbated.
Thousands of migrant workers from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Jharkhand have started walking back to their homes due to the lockdown.
Due to delays in evacuation of cargo, some cargo owners have either suspended their operations or are finding it difficult to transport goods or complete the paper work. The government has imposed a complete lockdown in the country for a period of 21 days till April 14 in the wake of outbreak of deadly coronavirus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday announced a three-week lockdown in the country as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus that has claimed over 26,000 lives globally.
The meeting between the Finance Ministry and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) will be held through video conferencing for the first time as there is lockdown across the country. As per the Budget, the government plans to borrow Rs 5.36 lakh crore from the market in 2020-21, higher than the Rs 4.99 lakh crore estimated for the current financial year.
Even though the Health Ministry and Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) have been insisting that there is "no solid evidence" of community transmission so far, the government has started scaling up health infrastructure to deal with any situation.
"These include bus stops, railway platforms, parks, roads. Cleaning and disinfection efforts should be targeted to frequently touched/contaminated surfaces. Sanitary workers must use separate set of cleaning equipment for toilets (mops, nylon scrubber) and separate set for sink and commode.
Sanjiv Singh, who has been overseeing refinery operations and distribution chain since the time states declared restrictions to check spread of coronavirus in mid-March, lost his 89-year-old father on March 24. Within 24-hours he was back in action, converting his parental home at Lucknow into a war room, monitoring operations and supplies to see no part of the country went dry at anytime.
In a press conference on March 27, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal confirms total number of 39 coronavirus positive cases in Delhi on March 27. He further added that 29 of the total confirmed cases had come from outside and were kept in quarantine, while 10 of them are cases of local transmission.Coronavirus in Delhi: CM Kejriwal confirms 39 COVID-19 positive cases
"We have started distributing food in schools so that we can provide food to those people who are facing problem. The Chief Minister's message is that nobody should stay hungry. Currently, food is being distributed at 325 such centres and tomorrow it will increase to 560," Sisodia told media.
In a four-page internal document dated March 27, the Invest India agency detailed efforts to find companies that can supply critical supplies. Invest India said it had contacted 730 companies for ventilators, ICU monitors, protective equipment, masks and testing kits, of which 319 firms had responded so far. PM Modi ordered everyone on Tuesday to stay at home for three weeks.
While groceries were among the list of essential goods we scrambled to get in the run-up to the portentous Sunday curfew, I forgot, like the government, to add Whisper to that.
Experts believe healthcare and telecom sectors are expected to perform well in this prevailing situation.
National carrier Air India and its regional arm Alliance Air are operating a host of cargo charter flights mostly with medical equipment and medicines on several routes on Saturday, an Air India spokesperson said.
Tech companies are helping institutions smoothen their sudden transition to an online-only teaching format.
The Delhi High Court Wednesday directed the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to ensure welfare and safety of Indian students stranded at Almaty Airport in Kazakhstan for the past 2-3 days without food and medical aid due to Coronavirus pandemic.
SpiceJet said on Sunday that one of its pilots who did not fly any international flight in March has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Sensex and Nifty have tumbled nearly 30% till date from their all-time highs hit in January.
Independent market expert Sandip Sabharwal says the worst could be over for global markets.
Many companies were hopeful that Monday would be much better as various authorities were actively trying to smoothen the flow of essential items, but some industry executives bluntly said time was running out.
In its updated figures at 9.30 am, the ministry mentioned two fresh deaths -- one each in Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
“The government has allowed airlines to carry cargo in their passenger aircraft, which are grounded at various airport, and approvals from the aviation regulator - Directorate General of Civil Aviation - is in process,” said a source, who did not want to be identified.
The Preventive Wear Manufacturers’ Association of India (PWMAI) and the Association of Indian Medical Device Industry (AiMeD) have asked the government to allow them to self-attest products in the view of the shortage of coveralls for healthcare providers.
Sources said secretaries pointed out that it was essential to push medical equipment, including testing kits to state laboratories and N-95 masks and personal protective equipment to state health departments. The government decided to assign each state a quota for medical essentials.
The chief minister said so far, 39 COVID-19 cases were reported in the national capital. He said food was being provided to nearly two lakh poor people in the city and the number will be doubled to four lakh from Saturday.
Starting this week, Dalmia Bharat Group is organising morning Bhagavad Gita discourses through a Zoom call, where its employees working from home can tune in before they get to their work online. “Once the lockdown stops after 21 days, this may just become a way of life (in the company),” said Menon.
At a time when India is in lockdown, a massive evacuation operation to take thousands of people home began in the early hours of Saturday at Delhi's borders with Ghaziabad and Noida and continues as you read this report.
Hours before delivering her baby, Minal Dakhave Bhosale had submitted the COVID-19 kits for evaluation.
The Gujarat government on Friday said 18 of the 44 COVID-19 patients in the state got infected through local transmission while the rest 26 have travel history.
The tech company has collaborated with Health Ministry and MyGov to raise awareness.
In a separate circular, the regulator said it has eased operational procedure for takeover.
Commissioner of Police S N Shrivastava on Friday issued an order complying with the guidelines given by the Ministry of Home Affairs. Several e-commerce firms and food delivering companies have been complaining that police was not allowing them to ply on roads since Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a 21-day nationwide lockdown on Tuesday.
The DRDO has produced a range of products, including multi-layered advanced masks and bodysuit to deal effectively with the outbreak of coronavirus.
The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) here has developed an "infection-proof fabric" to be used at hospitals to prevent hospital-acquired infections (HAIs).
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Friday called for a "more nuanced and compassionate approach" to deal with the coronavirus crisis, saying the lockdown will devastate the county's poor and weak.
Apollo Hospitals Group and Max Healthcare told ET that they have offered to convert at least one of their facilities in large metros into Covid-only hospitals to prevent “cohorting” of Covid-19 patients and other patients.
During an interaction with the government, industry members were told that workers who have returned home shouldn’t be called back, to reduce the probability of disease transmission, but that consumers shouldn’t suffer because of backend labour shortage.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal informed that there have been 5 fresh cases of coronavirus in Delhi in past 24 hours. He said, "In the last 24 hours, there have been 5 new COVID-19 cases in Delhi. One of them has foreign travel history. Now, the total number of cases rises to 35 in Delhi." CM Kejriwal also supported the decision of nationwide lockdown to curb the rising numbers of cases in country. Indian is under 21-day nationwide lockdown till April 14.5 new coronavirus cases in Delhi, total rises to 35: CM Kejriwal
"A shipment of 60,000 face masks ordered by the IMA in Goa to offset the shortfall in Goa was stuck at Delhi as trucks could not proceed further in the current situation of lockdown," an official said. The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 17 in the country on Friday and the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 724, according to the Health Ministry.
RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das predicted a big global recession and said India will not be immune. It all depends how India responds to the situation, he said. Global slowdown could make things difficult for India too, despite some help from falling crude prices, Das said, adding food prices may soften even further on record crop production.
At an India-initiated video conference of SAARC leaders on March 15, Modi suggested that health professionals of the member nations could come together to jointly fight against the coronavirus pandemic.
WUD is using technology enabled AI, Supervision Technologies and Video Conference and other tools to enable virtual learning.
IndiGo and GoAir have also offered their aircraft and crew and staff members to the government for any mission required to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 17 in the country on Friday and the number of coronavirus cases climbed to 724, according to the Health Ministry.
If food requirements of migrant workers are not met, then 'food riot' may be a real possibility.
"The first flight on Friday morning has already delivered 1.4 tonnes of ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) kits from Delhi to Aizawl, Kolkata and Hyderabad while another such movement of ICMR kits is in progress from Mumbai to Pune, Bengaluru & Thiruvananthapuram," Puri wrote on Twitter.
The nationwide lockdown has rendered them unemployed and subsequently, they are desperate to return to their native places despite being informed about the danger the country faces due to the outbreak of coronavirus.
The report said the impact has been most drastic in Mumbai and Delhi, while the situation in Bengaluru is slightly better.
Nifty needs to breach the 8,900-9,000 range, before instilling confidence among investors.
The DMRC in a tweet on Wednesday said, "We have received a few queries regarding the tenure of the closure of the Metro services. It is hereby informed that, in light of the lockdown issued by the government, Metro services will remain closed till 14 April 2020."
Prime Minister Narendra Modi described British premier Boris Johnson as a "fighter"and said he prays for his good health and extends best wishes in ensuring a healthy UK.
Addressing governors and LGs through a video conference, President Ram Nath Kovind expressed hope that the Indian society's inherent strength of "sharing and caring" and the government's measures would mitigate the sufferings of the most vulnerable sections of the society, particularly the workers of the unorganised sectors and the destitute.
According to officials, surveillance will be mounted at three levels — hospital, field and labs testing coronavirus samples. For hospital surveillance, the control rooms need to observe the condition of the symptomatic patients admitted at isolation wards.
He also asked all Army personnel to take prescribed precautions against the virus and assured soldiers and officers deployed along borders with Pakistan and China that special care is being taken of their families in the wake of the pandemic. "I would request everyone to take care of themselves and their families. Your safety is my first responsibility," the Army Chief said.
A bench of Justices D Y Chandrachud and Surya Kant, which heard the matter through video-conferencing, issued notice to the Centre on the plea which has sought a direction to the government to provide adequate medical support to these Indian citizens who are stranded in Iran till their evacuation.
In an advisory to all states and Union territories, the home ministry said they should also make arrangements for uninterrupted supply of essential commodities to hotels, working women hostels so that they continue to live in existing facilities.
DGCA has also extended the validity of medical assessment certificates, aircraft rating certificates, skill test certificates, etc, for a period of 90 days.
According to a senior industry executive, who did not wish to be named, e-commerce companies are finding it difficult to procure passes for their logistics and delivery staff separately for each state. The person said the process is time-consuming and instead the government can look at alternate mechanisms like digital identity checks.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday appealed to migrant workers to not leave the national capital in the wake of the 21-day lockdown as the Delhi government has made sufficient arrangements for them.
The Delhi government will allow shops selling essential items to operate round the clock so that there is no rush of people in the wake of the 21-day lockdown, Lt Governor Anil Baijal said on Thursday.
Minal Dakhave Bhosale developed India's first Covid kit in just six weeks.
Infosys on Thursday said it is deeply concerned with an "inappropriate post" on social media related to the coronavirus outbreak being attributed to a company employee, and vowed to take necessary action based on its investigation.
Master Blaster's donation is so far the biggest contribution among India's leading sports personalities.
The novel coronavirus has forced Indians to re-plan or cancel their weddings.
Indus Commissioners of India and Pakistan are supposed to hold meeting by March 31 every year, according to the Indus Waters Treaty signed between the South Asian neighbours. Under the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty, "the Commission shall meet regularly at least once a year, alternately in India and Pakistan".
India got its first glimpse of the covid-19 virus under a microscope. It's round like other coronaviruses, about 70 to 80 nanometre (a human hair is about 80,000 nanometre) and has a cobbled surface structure.
Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs Punya Salila Srivastava said the central government has also asked the states and UTs to set up camps for migrant workers fleeing cities and carry out their health check-ups. The states and UTs were also told to communicate about the availability of free food and accommodation to migrant workers.
All traffic, picket and beat staff have been briefed to allow the following retailers, operators and online delivery services to operate in Delhi. This comes a day after the Delhi Police held a meeting with representatives of e-commerce websites and assured them help in ensuring smooth movement of essential services.
The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 562 on Wednesday while the death toll due to COVID-19 in the country was revised down to nine, according to Health Ministry data.
Maharashtra reported three deaths, Gujarat two, while Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Karnataka, Punjab, Delhi, West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh reported one death each.
According to Dun & Bradstreet's latest Economy Forecast, the probability of countries entering into recession and companies going bankrupt has increased and India is not likely to "remain decoupled" from the global meltdown. India's GDP growth is expected to moderate further from our earlier estimate of 5 per cent for FY20, it said.
Imagine sitting in your room, wearing a virtual reality (VR) headset and getting the feel of walking into a conference, or an expo, or watching a product demo. This isn’t science fiction as the Covid-19 outbreak grounds millions of people worldwide.
"Interacted with 400 officers of my 3 ministries - @moefcc @MIB_India & @heindustry - together through Audio Bridge.Told them to 'stay positive' 'stay home' 'stay engaged' and 'stay happy'. To that end I suggested many activities also. #21DaysChallenge #IndiaFightsCorona," he tweeted.
"For all our optimism, the bitter truth is India's covid response needs to get better than just banking on a botched-up lockdown, less than 10 covid test per million & non-existent COVID treatment & care facilities for people needing such services. India deserves better," the former JD(U) leader said.
The spread of the virus has not been uniform throughout the country. Some states have been more susceptible to the spread, while some have managed to remain corona-free. Then there have been states like Gujarat which remained infection-free for some time and then suddenly saw a spike.
India's response to COVID-19 has been "pre-emptive, pro-active and graded", the govt said.
Gross Domestic Product growth is likely to be impacted in FY21 due to zero economic activity right at the beginning of the fiscal, Niti Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar has said.
With 422,829 infections, worldwide and 18,907 deaths and still counting, Nehruvian vision of science and his efforts in creating a scientific society gains immense importance and relevance. Science, according to Jawahar Lal Nehru, was the major triumph of the human mind which could liberate humankind from illness, want and misery.
The ministry said in a statement that 40 beds have been earmarked in hospitals at Vehicle Factory at Jabalpur, thirty beds each at Metal and Steel Factory in Ishapore, Gun and Shell Factory in Cossipore, Ammunition Factory in Khadki, Ordnance Factory in Kanpur, Ordnance Factory in Khamaria and Ordnance Factory in Ambajhari.
Details with ET from meetings held with states by the Centre over the last three days show that states such as Assam, Tamil Nadu and Kerala delayed lockdowns till the Centre pushed them, while some others like Punjab went beyond lockdown to impose a day’s curfew, citing thousands of NRIs and locals with foreign travel history.
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