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Economic Times | 08 Apr, 2020 | 12.15AM IST

Coronavirus India LIVE Updates: 14-month-old from Jamnagar could be India's youngest casualty

India's positive cases rise to 4,789 (including 4312 active cases, 353 cured/discharged/migrated people and 124 deaths): Ministry of Health and Family Welfare

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12:15 AM

Russia ready to start testing coronavirus vaccines on humans in June

  • The head of a top Russian research centre told President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday that his lab was ready to start human trials of experimental coronavirus vaccines in June.
  • Rinat Maksyutov, head of the Vektor State Virology and Biotechnology Centre, said his facility proposed first-phase clinical trials of three vaccines from June 29, on 180 volunteers.
  • Maksyutov was speaking during a video-link meeting between Putin and the heads of top research centres.
12:08 AM

Canadian Grand Prix postponed from June

  • The Canadian Grand Prix, scheduled for Montreal June 12-14, has been postponed, the latest Formula One casualty of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Organizers of the event said in a statement on Tuesday that they "would have been honored to host the first race on the 2020 Formula 1 calendar" and they were "saddened" to have to postpone the race.
12:08 AM

US to ask for additional $250 bn for small business loans to help weather the coronavirus crisis: Mnuchin

12:05 AM

EU to debate strategy to exit virus lockdown

  • The European Commission will on Wednesday consider how to craft a plan to ease the bloc out of a virus lockdown that has dealt a body blow to the economies of EU members.
  • Commission president Ursula von der Leyen will hold an "orientation debate" with commissioners by videoconference after some EU countries announced they were already planning to relax measures.
  • Both Austria and Denmark have said they will start phasing out restrictions from next week, while still keeping social-distancing rules and frequent hand washing instructions in place.
12:02 AM

Paramedic attached to isolation ward in Bihar hospital assaulted by neighbours

  • A paramedic working at an isolation ward of a hospital on Tuesday alleged that she was beaten up by her neighbours who said they would be infected with coronavirus if she enters her house using a gate adjacent to theirs, police said.
  • The complainant, Neelu Kumari, is married to Amulya Singh a resident of Meerganj locality under Town police station area of the district and she works at the Begusarai Sadar Hospital as an auxiliary nurse midwife.
11:56 PM

Military promises Pakistani doctors gear to fight virus

  • Pakistan's military promised Tuesday that dozens of doctors who were briefly jailed for protesting a lack of protective equipment needed to treat the growing number of coronavirus cases will get the equipment they need.
  • The 47 doctors protested in Quetta, the capital of southwestern Baluchistan province, on Monday, when they were detained. They were released later the same day, according to provincial spokesman Liaquat Shahwani.
11:52 PM

Formula One shutdown period extended to five weeks

  • Formula One's mandatory shutdown period will be extended by a further two weeks following the delay to the season caused by the coronavirus pandemic, world motorsport's governing body confirmed Tuesday.
  • The decision to prolong the break during which no staff members related to car performance are allowed to work will be extended from 21 to 35 days.
  • The traditional summer shutdown was brought forward from August last month and increased from two to three weeks.
11:49 PM

Health ministry frames norms to avoid cohorting of Covid-19 patients

  • To avoid cohorting of Covid-19 patients with other patients, the Centre has devised a meticulous plan to separate the healthcare facilities to treat patients who show mild, moderate and severe symptoms and treat them at designated centres.
  • The health ministry has framed detailed guidelines to manage suspected and confirmed Covid-19 cases in separate graded facilities. The Centre has decided to grade facilities and designate them as Covid Care Centre (CCC), Dedicated Covid Health Centre (DCHC) and Dedicated Covid Hospital (DCH).
11:47 PM

No new cases found in Noida Sector 8: Gautam Budh Nagar DM

11:43 PM

Three private hospitals in Delhi dedicate facilities for COVID-19 patients

  • Three major private hospitals in Delhi have made dedicated facilities for attending to patients affected by COVID-19, authorities said on Tuesday.
  • The government has earmarked around 400 beds in private hospitals for COVID-19 patients, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said during an online briefing.
11:39 PM

Thane COVID-19 count now 114 as 8 more test positive

Reports PTI
11:34 PM

Rs 3.30 crore donated towards CM Relief Fund in Mizoram so far to fight coronavirus: Official

Reports PTI
11:30 PM

France fourth country to pass the 10,000 coronavirus death toll

11:29 PM

Centre directs states to assign 'unique identifier' to contracted or suspected individuals

  • The Centre has directed states to assign a “unique identifier” to each person who has contracted or is suspected of having contracted Covid-19, as part of efforts to contain the spread of the disease.
  • Under the standard operating procedure (SOP) issued by the Centre, states have been asked to allot unique COV-COUN-ST-DIS-YR-Case numbers, where the first three characters signify the disease, the next three are for country code, followed by two for state code, three for district code, two for year of disease onset and the last four are the serial number of the case in that year in the same district.
11:23 PM

Cases in Rajasthan rise to 343 after 42 new infections were reported: Official

Reports PTI
11:22 PM

ECB takes action to keep banks lending during virus crisis

  • The European Central Bank took more emergency action Tuesday to keep credit flowing to companies in the 19 countries that use the euro by easing its rules for lending to banks that serve those businesses.
  • The action comes amid widespread efforts by central banks such as the ECB and the U.S. Federal Reserve to support the economy during what is expected to be a deep recession caused by the virus outbreak.
11:11 PM

All seven COVID-19 patients in Goa stable: Official

11:07 PM

11 Indians among 106 new COVID-19 cases in Singapore

  • Eleven Indians are among the 106 new coronavirus cases reported in Singapore on Tuesday, taking the total number of COVID-19 patients in the country to 1,481, the Health Ministry said.
  • All the Indian nationals -- nine males and two females -- were infected locally, though one had a travel history to India, it said.
  • The patients are aged between 28 and 44.
11:06 PM

France coronavirus deaths now exceed 10,000: Official

10:58 PM

Corporates appeal to unite CSR efforts to protect vulnerable from COVID

  • A section of India Inc on Tuesday appealed all corporate social responsibility initiatives to unite and focus efforts towards protecting the vulnerable sections of the society from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • IT services major Wipro's chairman Rishad Premji, Edelweiss Foundation's -- the CSR arm of financial services major -- Vidya Shah and Rohini Nilekani of Arghyam have come together and joined hands with global non-profit Oxfam in making the appeal.
10:56 PM

Manipur govt to provide financial assistance of Rs 2,000 each to residents stranded in other states, reports PTI quoting sources

10:52 PM

With 57 new patients, number of coronavirus cases in Madhya Pradesh reaches 313: Health officials

Reports PTI
10:51 PM

Ashok Leyland uses kitchens at its units for virus warriors

  • Hinduja Group flagship Ashok Leyland has been utilising the kitchens located at its five manufacturing facilities to serve the doctors, paramedical staff and sanitary workers engaged in fighting against COVID19.
  • The city-based commercial vehicle major in a statement on Tuesday said it was providing food through kitchens in all its plants to civic and sanitary workers, health department officials.
10:42 PM

108 people who came in contact with Tripura's first COVID-19 case quarantined

  • A day after the first COVID-19 positive patient was detected in Tripura, a total of 108 people including her family members, relatives, and neighbours who came in contact with her were placed under quarantine, a minister said on Tuesday.
  • Doctors and nurses who attended to her earlier and an ambulance driver who brought her to a hospital were also quarantined, Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath who is also the cabinet spokesperson said.
10:32 PM

Trump targets WHO for ‘faulty’ recommendation over Covid-19

10:25 PM

Breaking: The entire walled city of Ahmedabad has been declared as buffer zone to contain coronavirus, implying everyone entering or exiting the area will face restrictions and screening

10:23 PM

23-day-old baby found positive for COVID-19 in Telangana

  • A 23-day-old baby is among three COVID-19 cases reported at Mahabubnagar in Telangana on Tuesday, all of whom have been infected from the Tablighi Jamaat event returnees.
  • With this the total number of people in the district who have been infected has reached 10, officials said.
  • All the three cases are found to have been infected by those who returned after attending the religious congregation in Delhi, an official press release said.
  • Reports PTI
10:19 PM

India asks TikTok, Facebook to remove users spreading coronavirus misinformation

  • India has reported 4,421 coronavirus cases, 115 deaths
  • Outbreak accompanied by online misinformation globally
  • Indian government cautions people against misinformation
10:17 PM

Ordinance to reduce salaries of MPs by 30% for one year to fund fight against COVID-19 pandemic promulgated

Reports PTI
10:12 PM

14-month-old COVID victim dies in Jamnagar

10:10 PM

COVID-19 crisis can push around 40-crore informal sector workers in India deeper into poverty: ILO report

10:07 PM

Don't lock down humanity: Odisha govt tells landlords after 2 nurses were evicted from rented houses in Bhubaneswar

10:05 PM

Case against 6 Malaysians for not disclosing Delhi visit

  • A case has been registered against a group of six Malaysians on the charge of violating visa norms and not disclosing to the authorities about their attendance at the religious meeting in Delhi last month and staying in the city, police said on Tuesday.
  • The six Malaysians had come to Hyderabad on tourist visas last month and later went to New Delhi and attended the Tablighi Jamaat religious meeting there, and travelled back to the city but did not inform the local authorities about their stay.
10:00 PM

Punjab to reduce fixed charges for electricity consumers

  • Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh on Tuesday announced a reduction in fixed charges for electricity consumers, along with deferment of the deadline for payment of bills.
  • He also instructed the power department to provide uninterrupted supply to all health care institutions, a government release said.
09:58 PM

Sanitization tunnel

09:56 PM

A total of 1,14,015 samples have been tested as on 07 April 2020, 9 PM: ICMR

09:55 PM

4616 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases in India: ICMR

09:54 PM

Israel makes masks in public compulsory

09:43 PM

Farmers given inter-state curfew passes to hire outside technicians for harvesting

- Sushil Modi

09:42 PM

Most people on Antarctica cruise ship have the coronavirus

  • Nearly 60 percent of 217 people _ many from Australia, Europe and the United States _ on board a cruise ship off the coast of Uruguay have tested positive for the new coronavirus, the ship's operator said Tuesday.
  • "There are currently no fevers on board and all are asymptomatic,'' said Aurora Expeditions, the Australian operator of the Greg Mortimer ship that is working to disembark the crew and passengers and arrange flights to their home countries.
09:39 PM

Delhi reports 25 new cases; total case count stands at 550

Delhi reports 25 new cases; total case count stands at 550
09:37 PM

Crowds flock to Wuhan trains as outbound travel ban ends: AFP reporters

09:33 PM

Testing of samples begins in Mizoram

  • Mizoram began testing samples of persons suspected to be infected with novel coronavirus at a state-run hospital on Tuesday, Health Minister Dr R Lalthangliana said.
  • He said that a COVID-19 testing laboratory was set up at the Zoram Medical College in just eight days.
  • Nasopharyngeal swab samples of 14 doctors, nurses and health workers treating the lone COVID-19 patient in the state and the sample of another person suspected to be infected with the disease were tested in the laboratory, he said.
09:31 PM

Delhi govt likely to tie up with online learning platform to help students during lockdown

  • The Delhi government is in talks with an online learning platform to explore a programme for students that expands the accessibility of educational resources, particularly in Maths and Science subjects, during the ongoing lockdown.
  • The government is looking to design ways to help students continue with their learning during the nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 situation, according to government officials.
  • More than 9,000 students have already signed up for online classes which started on Monday.
09:28 PM

Health ministry announces insurance cover for medical workers fighting COVID-19

  • The Union Health Ministry on Tuesday said medical professionals losing lives due to coronavirus or while treating such patients will be covered under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Package Insurance scheme.
  • Under the scheme, 22.12 lakh public health care providers and community health workers will get an insurance cover of Rs 50 lakh.
09:27 PM

A DRDO made disinfectant chamber deployed at AIIMS, Delhi

09:25 PM

Ten more COVID-19 cases reported in Gujarat; count climbs to 175: Official

Reports PTI
09:24 PM

Diabetics shouldn't be worried as long as their sugar levels are under control

- 51-year-old coronavirus survivor, who has history of diabetes & hypertension

09:21 PM

Telangana reports 40 new cases; state case count rises to 404

  • Telangana has reported 40 new Covid-19 positive cases on Tuesday, taking the total to 404.
  • So far 11 people have died in the state while 45 were cured and discharged.
09:20 PM

Maha: Inquest can be waived if suspected COVID-19 patient dies

  • The Maharashtra government said on Tuesday that the police can decide not to conduct inquest after the death of a suspected coronavirus patient at hospital.
  • As the doctors and paramedical staff, as well as police personnel, can contract coronavirus infection during the inquest procedure, this waiver was being granted, said a Government Resolution (GR) issued by the Home Department.
  • The number of coronavirus cases in the state crossed 1,000 on Tuesday, while 64 persons have died.
09:15 PM

UP man claims to have found COVID-19 cure; arrested

  • A man was arrested in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia for allegedly claiming to have found a cure for COVID-19, police said on Tuesday.
  • Chitbaragaon police station SHO Hari Ram Maurya said Rakesh Kumar Singh, a resident of Teekaa Deori village, was claiming before villagers that he had made medicine to cure COVID-19 and he can treat anyone.
09:14 PM

NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

  • New York City's death toll from the coronavirus officially eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11, health officials said Tuesday. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care with the virus,
  • At least 3,202 people have died in New York from COVID-19, according to the count released by the city. The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001.
09:12 PM

UK registers daily record of 786 coronavirus deaths

09:11 PM

Prashant Kishor's team provides daily meals for the poor

  • Election strategist Prashant Kishor's I-PAC has launched an initiative 'sabki rasoi' across more than 20 cities in the country to serve freshly cooked meals to the most economically backward sections hit by the lockdown.
  • A release from I-PAC said it aims to provide at least 1.5 lakh meals per day up to April 14 as part of its first stage.
  • Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, and Chennai are among the cities where it's implemented.
09:08 PM

Number of coronavirus cases in Haryana rises to 129 after 33 people test positive: Health department

Reports PTI
09:07 PM

One more tests positive for coronavirus in Assam; total case count rises to 28

A person from Hailakandi district, with a travel history to Saudi Arabia, has been confirmed as COVID19 positive. The total number of Covid patients in Assam now stands at 28- health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma
09:05 PM

1 lakh random rapid COVID-19 tests to be conducted in Delhi's hotspot areas: Kejriwal

09:01 PM

Madhya Pradesh: Case registered against seven doctors and three nurses in Narsinghpur

Gurkaran Singh, SP Narsinghpur says, "it has been found that these doctors and nurses have been absent during duty hours without any permission or sanctioned leave."
09:00 PM

303 Tablighi Jamaat members, Nizamuddin attendees under quarantine in Bengal

  • As many as 303 Tablighi Jamaat members, as well as attendees of the congregation organized by it in Delhi's Nizamuddin last month, have been placed under quarantine at a facility near here, officials said on Tuesday.
  • These 303 quarantined people included 108 foreigners.
08:59 PM

Centre should reconsider suspension of MPLAD fund: Kerala CM

  • Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan welcomed the decision of the Centre to reduce salaries of ministers and MPs but slammed the freeze on MPLAD funds for two years.
  • "This would badly affect the local area development activities being carried out by MPs in their constituencies. As far as Kerala is concerned, the financial assistance declared by the Central Government is meager and grossly inadequate. It is in this context that the funds from MPLADS become essential for funding activities to prevent spread of COVID-19, " CM Vijayan said.
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