Coronavirus: SC further restricts its functioning, only five benches to function from Thursday
The Supreme Court on Wednesday decided to further restrict its functioning due to coronavirus pandemic and announced that only five benches will function from Thursday. According to court officials, only urgent cases which have been directed for listing will be taken up for hearing by the benches. Earlier in the day, the office bearers of the Supreme Court Advocates-on-Record Association interacted with secretary general of the apex court and urged him to issue a circular to ensure that only urgent matters are mentioned by lawyers. The bar body also urged the apex court official that the work of the registry should be curtailed accordingly to avoid the spread of virus.
Delhi govt orders six hospitals to start collecting samples for coronavirus test
The Delhi government on Wednesday ordered its six hospitals to start collecting samples for coronavirus test with immediate effect, officials said. The total number of coronavirus cases in Delhi has risen to 10, which includes one foreign national, the Health Ministry said on Wednesday. The six hospitals are -- Rajiv Gandhi Super specialty Hospital, Lok Nayak Hospital, Deendayal Upadhyay Hospital, Babasaheb Ambedkar Hospital, Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and Janakpuri Superspecialty Hospital. The order also said if needed a hospital may procure VTMs (viral transport media) at their own level.
New York to get hospital ship for coronavirus fight
New York is to get a 1,000-room hospital ship that will dock in the city's harbor to fight coronavirus, state Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday. Cuomo said US President Donald Trump was "making arrangements" to send the USNS Comfort to America's financial capital. "The President is going to dispatch the Comfort to us, it will be in New York City harbour," Cuomo told reporters.
Lone coronavirus positive patient in Odisha doing well: official
The lone coronavirus positive patient in Odisha is doing well and his condition is stable, a senior official of the state government said on Wednesday. The 33-year-old researcher, who had recently returned from Italy, is lodged at the state-run Capital Hospital. He is the first confirmed case of the deadly disease in the state after a test report on Monday last.
4 more arrested in Mizoram for spreading fake news on COVID-19
Four more persons have been arrested in Mizoram for allegedly spreading fake news on novel coronavirus, taking the total number of arrests in this regard to 15, police said on Wednesday. Inspector General of Police L H Shanliana told reporters that all the arrests were made between March 10 and 13.
Sub-Saharan Africa records first coronavirus death
Sub-Saharan Africa's weeks-long reprieve from the fatal impact of the coronavirus came to an end on Wednesday as Burkina Faso announced the death of a 62-year-old woman who had been suffering from diabetes. Africa has lagged behind the global curve for coronavirus infections and deaths but in the past few days has seen a significant rise in cases. Experts have repeatedly warned about the perils for the continent, given its weak health infrastructure, poverty, conflicts, poor sanitation and urban crowding.
29 quarantined in Madhya Pradesh test negative for COVID-19
At least 29 persons, who were quarantined for suspected exposure to the novel coronavirus (Covid-19), have tested negative for the infection in Madhya Pradesh, a senior official said on Wednesday. As many as 11,685 persons with travel history to coronavirus-affected countries have been screened in the state, additional director of the health department Dr Veena Sinha said.
Sabarmati Ashram closed for visitors till March 29
The historic Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmemdabad will remain closed for visitors from March 19 till March 29 in view of the coronavirus threat, the trust managing the
complex said on Wednesday. The ashram, a former home of Mahatma Gandhi, receives a large number of visitors everyday.
One more tests positive for coronavirus in Noida, police ban mass gatherings
A Noida resident who recently returned from Indonesia has tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of COVID-19 cases to four here, Gautam Buddh Nagar health officials said on Wednesday. As the administration and local authorities ramped up efforts to prevent the virus from spreading further, the Noida police invoked Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) to prohibit mass gatherings like social or political congregations, trade fairs and rallies etc till April 5. "The sample of this person, who lives in Sector 41 of Noida, was taken four days ago and he has tested positive for coronavirus.