Coronavirus cases cross 235 in India; offices shut in Mumbai, strict restrictions in Delhi

Coronavirus Cases In India: Several fresh positive cases of Coronavirus were reported today taking the total number to over 235. The Maharashtra government has ordered closure of offices, shops in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur till March 31.

Coronavirus cases cross 235 in India; offices shut in Mumbai, strict restrictions in Delhi

Coronavirus News:  With several new cases of Coronavirus being reported from across the country, several cities have announced virtual lockdown to stop the spread of the deadly infection. Metro services in Delhi, Metro, Bengaluru will not be available on Sunday, March 22 – the day PM Modi has called for Janata Curfew. Jaipur Metro has stopped services till Sunday with immediate effect. The Maharashtra government on Thursday announced closure of offices and shops in Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur till March 31. Shops selling essential commodities will only remain open in these cities. Train services across the country would remain curtailed on Sunday. A number of passenger trains have been cancelled.   The number of Coronavirus case continues to jump in India as the government has stepped up preventive measures to prevent the virus from creating more damage to the Indian economy and society. As of today, there are as many as 236 cases reported in the country out of which 32 are foreign nationals while the rest of them are Indians. Indian health officials and doctors have been able to cure 19 people who were infected with the COVID-19 but could not save the lives of 4 people.

Prime Minister Modi on Thursday addressed the nation in a bid to bring calmness to the people of India amid the increasing rage from the Coronavirus. He urged the countrymen to go for a self-imposed curfew- Janata Curfew to bring about isolation in our society, which is very much essential part of containment against the Coronavirus.

The government has also announced that no commercial international flights will be allowed to land in India from Sunday, March 22 for a week as cases of Coronavirus continue to rise in the country.

In developments today, the University Grants Council (UGC) asked universities to postpone exams till March 31. Also, CBSE, ICSE board class 10,12 exams have been postponed till March 31. In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Sebi has given a 45-day extension to companies for filing Q4 results  — this is a month-long grace for filing FY20 results due to coronavirus pandemic.

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23:37 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Singer Kanika Kapoor booked for negligence by Lucknow Police

Bollywood singer Kanika Kapoor, who has been tested positive for coronavirus, was booked for negligence by the Lucknow Police. Kapoor had attended a party in Lucknow earlier this week after returning from foreign. The party was also attended by several top politicians including former Rajasthan CM Vasudhara Raje, who has now gone into self-quarantine. Reports say Kanika Kapoor hid her travel details from the authorities.

22:58 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: IndiGo trims operations

IndiGo says it will operate only 60 per cent of its domestic flights on Sunday when ‘Janta curfew’ is in force. The airline said that due to reduction in demand, it is trimming its domestic flights by 25 per cent for now.

22:53 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: GoAir suspends all flights for Sunday

GoAir has said that it is voluntarily suspending all flights on March 22 when ‘Janta curfew’ will be in force. “GoAir will voluntarily suspend all flights on Sunday, March 22, in support of the Janta Curfew proposed by the Honorable Prime Minister,” the airline said in a statement.

22:50 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Death toll crosses 4,000 in Italy

With 627 new deaths, the toll has now crossed 4,000 in Italy, reports news agency AFP. The country is now the worst affected from the endemic. China, where the infection first surfaced in December last year, has reported over 3,000 deaths.

22:48 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Cases rise to 20 in Delhi

Total number of Coronavirus positive cases in Delhi touched 20 on Friday, health officials said. The Delhi government has closed several popular markets and other shopping areas apart from closing all schools and other educational institutions to control the spread of Coronavirus. Delhi Metro services will not be available on Sunday, March 22.

22:38 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Cases rise to 236 in India

Number of positive Coronavirus cases in India has reached 236, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on Friday evening. In Maharashtra, cities such as Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune have been put under a virtual curfew with offices, shops being asked to remain close. In Delhi, Metro services will not be available on Sunday, March 22 – the day when PM Modi has asked people to follow ‘janata curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm.

22:32 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Italy mulls further crackdown as cases continue to rise

With Coronavirus cases showing no signs for slowing down, Italy is likely to impose more restrictions on people who are already facing complete lockdown since last several days. “In the next 24 to 48 hours, new restrictions are possible,” AFP quoted Italy’s minister of regional affairs Francesco Boccia, as saying. Death toll in the country has 3,405 which is more that China, the country where Coronavirus first surfaced.

22:21 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Jamia Milia Islamia shuts all hostels

Delhi’s Jamia Millia Islamia has asked students to vacate hostels by Monday morning. The university administration said in a notification that the order will remain enforced till March 31, however, it may be extended till April. All teachers have been asked to work from home and provide study materials to students.

22:10 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Round-the-clock curfew in Jordan

Jordan will impose a round-the-clock curfew from Saturday morning until further notice to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country, the government announced, news agency AFP reported. The kingdom has reported 69 cases of the COVID-19 disease. There has been no deaths so far.

22:03 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Kashi Vishwanath Temple to remain close till March 24

Varanasi’s Kashi Vishwanath Temple will remain closed for devotes from Saturday till March 24, in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak. Routine prayers by priests would continue, Kaushal Raj Sharma, Varanasi District Magistrate said.

21:50 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Maharashtra count touches 52

The number of Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra climbed to 52 after four more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Friday, Of the fresh cases, two are from Mumbai, while Pune and its neighbouring Pimpri Chinchwad account for one each, news agency PTI quoted state health department officials, as saying.

21:18 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Madhya Pradesh sees first cases, 4 test positive

Madhya Pradesh sees first Covid-19 cases. Four people have been tested positive for novel coronavirus in Jabalpur, reports news agency PTI.

21:09 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: PM Modi interacts with CMs, tells them next 3-4 weeks crucial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday interacted with CMs of all states via video conferencing to discuss measures to control the spread of Coronavirus. Underlining that the next 3-4 weeks were crucial in the fight against the infection, PM said the most important measure for containment is ‘social distancing’. PM said that threat of the pandemic is common for all states and underscored the need for Centre and all States to work together.

21:02 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: IAF cancels all SSB interviews

The Indian Air Force (IAF) has cancelled all Services Selection Board (SSB) interviews for selecting officers planned from March 23 onwards at Air Force Selection Boards till further orders. Fresh dates would be intimated in due course of time, the IAF said.

20:44 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: ‘Insurmountable’ dip in revenues, allowances of few employees cut, announces Air India

Underlining that there is ‘insurmountable’ dip in revenues, Air India announced on Friday evening that it has cut allowances of all employees, except cabin crew, by 10 per cent for 3 months starting March, news agency PTI reported. | READ MORE HERE

20:39 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: No on-board catering on trains till further notice, announces IRCTC

On-board catering services in mail or express trains to be closed until further advice. Food plazas, refreshment rooms, Jan aahars, and cell kitchens will also be closed Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation Limited (IRCTC) announced on Friday evening.

20:25 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates:Indian Railways cancels several trains on March 22

No passenger trains will run from midnight Sunday, March 22 till 10:00 PM on the same day, Indian Railways has announced. PM Modi has called for Janata Curfew on March 22 with an aim to break the chain of Coronavirus infection. | READ MORE HERE

20:16 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh speaks to US Secretary of Defence

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to the US Secretary of Defence, Dr. Mark T. Esper on Friday evening. “We exchanged views on the grave situation arising out of COVID19 pandemic and expressed confidence that through open communication and mutual support, world can overcome the pandemic,” news agency ANI quoted Rajnath, as saying.

20:13 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 2 cases reported in Kangra, Himachal

Two COVID19 positive cases have been confirmed from Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said.

20:05 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: CBSE to start helpline for students

With an aim to create awareness over Coronavirus,the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has decided to start a helpline for students. The facility is available on 1800 11 8004 from 8 AM to 8 PM, initially up to March 31.

19:47 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: No Noida Metro, city bus services on Sunday

Noida metro and city bus services to be suspended on March 22, Sunday, says Ritu Maheshwari, Noida Authority CEO. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed people to observe Janata Curfew on Sunday to fight Coronavirus.

19:43 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Lucknow’s Taj Hotel closed till further notice

Lucknow’s Taj Hotel will remain closed till further orders: city District Magistrate said on Friday evening. Singer Kanika Kapoor who has tested positive for COVID-19 had attended a party in the hotel. The party was also attended by former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and several other top politicians.

19:17 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 12 more cases in Kerala, total now 40

Twelve more persons have tested positive for COVID19 in Kerala – 5 in Ernakulam, 6 in Kasaragod and 1 in Palakkad. There are total 40 Coronavirus positive cases in the state, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

19:16 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Bengaluru Metro shut on March 22

 In wake of the ‘Janata Curfew’ on March 22, Bengaluru Metro has decided to keep its services closed on Sunday. Delhi Metro services will also not be available on the say, whikle Jaipur Metro has stopped its services till March 22 with immediate effect. 

19:12 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Paytm employee discharged from hospital

Paytm employee at Gurgaon office, who was diagnosed with Coronavirus, has recovered and discharged from hospital. He has been prescribed self-quarantine for next 14 days, the company said in a tweet. 

19:04 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: Jaipur Metro services shut till March 22

Hours after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation announced that there will be no services in the city on Sunday, March 22, the Jaipur Metro also suspended its services till March 22 to control the spread of Coronavirus. 

18:54 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: CII writes to PM Modi seeking fiscal stimulus

Stressing that the economy is facing a tough time in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak, the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has written to PM Narendra Modi seeking a fiscal stimulus of Rs 2 lakh crore besides a slew of tax cuts and reduction in interest rates to combat effects. Business is going to see a huge amount of disruption, CII Director General Chandrajit Banerjee said | READ MORE HERE

18:40 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Updates: 5 UK nationals test positive in Kerala

Five United Kingdom nationals who were in isolation ward at a hospital in Kochi have tested positive for Coronavirus, says Kerala Minister V S Sunil Kumar

18:24 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: 5 tested positive for COVID19 in Chandigarh

Till now, 5 individuals have been tested positive for COVID19 in Chandigarh. First case is of a young female (who had returned from England), who was found positive yesterday. Further, three individuals (including her mother, brother & cook) who came in contact with the patient have also been tested positive. A new case of a woman who was earlier admitted in PGI (returned from UK) has also been tested positive: Manoj Parida, Adviser to Administrator Department of Public Relations, Chandigarh. (ANI)

18:17 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Lucknow, Noida and Kanpur to be sanitized

Uttar Pradesh Government has decided to sanitize Lucknow, Noida and Kanpur as precautionary measure against Coronavirus (ANI)

18:16 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: UP CMO’s statement

Chief Minister’s Office: CM Yogi Adityanath has appealed to postpone all religious, spiritual, social, cultural, and auspicious programmes till 2nd April in the state. (ANI)

18:14 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: UP Minister in self-isolation

Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Jai Pratap Singh self-isolates himself; he was in the party that was also attended by singer Kanika Kapoor who has tested positive for Coronavirus. (ANI)

18:09 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: UPSC defers tests

In view of COVID19, Union Public Service Commission has deferred the Personality Tests (Interviews) of the candidates of Civil Services (Main) Exam 2019 scheduled from 23 March to 3rd April, 2020 until further orders. New dates will be informed to the candidates in due course. (ANI)

18:07 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Kerala Chief Minister to NABARD

Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has written to National Bank for Agriculture & Rural Development (NABARD) Chairman saying, “I request that urgent proactive steps be taken by NABARD to help the states, including Kerala by means of special revival package in view of COVID19”. (ANI)

18:03 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Manipur Government statement

Manipur Government: In view of Coronavirus, Ema markets and temporary markets at Imphal city will remain closed from 21st March till 25th March. Main Ema markets in Imphal East, Imphal West, Thoubal, Bishnupur, Kakching and Jiribam will also remain closed during this period. (ANI)

18:02 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Positive case confirmed in Hyderabad

One more COVID19 positive case confirmed in Hyderabad, total number of positive cases reach 17 in the state. The person has travel history to London: Telangana Health Ministry (ANI)

18:01 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: TMC MP Derek O’Brien in self-quarantine

TMC MP Derek O’Brien in self-quarantine, sources say he was sitting beside BJP MP Dushyant Singh who attended singer Kanika’s Kapoor’s party. (PTI)

17:58 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: IndiGo grounds 30 planes amid restriction to fight coronavirus outbreak

IndiGo has been forced to ground 30 planes in its fleet of 258 aircraft following the government’s decision to bar international flights for a week as part of measures to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, a source said on Friday. IndiGo operates to 24 international destinations across airports in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, South Asia, China and Turkey. After the temporary suspension of all international operations for a week from March 22 announced by the government, IndiGo has grounded as many as 30 aircraft in its fleet. Most of these planes were deployed on overseas routes,” the airline source told PTI.

17:57 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest updates: Statewise active cases


17:35 (IST)20 Mar 2020
Coronavirus Latest Updates: Total cases in India at 223

The total number of positive cases of COVID19 in India now stands at 223 (including 32 foreigners), 4 deaths (1 each) in Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (ANI)

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