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Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra cases cross 50,000-mark; domestic air travel set to begin from May 25

Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra cases cross 50,000-mark; domestic air travel set to begin from May 25

Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra cases cross 50,000-mark; domestic air travel set to begin from May 25
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Coronavirus News Live: Till now, the toll due to COVID-19 rose to 3,867 and the number of positive cases climbed to 1,31,868 in India, with active cases at 73,560 and recoveries at 54,440. Meanwhile, India continues to be the 11th most-affected country right now, but its tally is fast approaching that of Iran, which is the tenth most affected in the world at present with nearly 1.33 lakh cases, PTI said. Amidst this, differences emerged among states and the aviation ministry over whether or not to quarantine fliers once domestic air travel resumes on 25 May. 

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With that it's a wrap to the LIVE coverage of the coronavirus pandemic from India and around the world. Do join us tomorrow for the top developments on the COVID-19 outbreak, until then stay safe, stay secure and good night.

May 24, 2020 9:33 PM

Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: 'Big jolt' with sudden spike in cases due to Markaz incident, says Harsh Vardhan

India felt a "big jolt" with the sudden spike in cases following the Nizamuddin Markaz incident, Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, asserting that the incident was a lesson for all communities that when a collective decision is taken by the country it must be followed with discipline. At the same time, he said there was no point talking about it now as strict contact tracing of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation participants was done and those who contracted coronavirus had been treated. In an interaction with BJP spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao, Vardhan said that the state governments, the IT department,  National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Home Minister Amit Shah played an important role following the Tablighi Jamaat incident. Asked by Rao if the incident was a take-off point, Vardhan said, "We feel bad raising the issue, but there is no doubt that around the second week of March when coronavirus was spreading rapidly across the globe and even after one and a half months had passed following the first case in India, the number of cases were very few, in a few states, when this unfortunate and irresponsible incident happened."

May 24, 2020 9:31 PM
May 24, 2020 9:05 PM

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir LIVE Updates: 52 more test positive, J&K COVID-19 tally rises to 1,621

Around 52 more tested positive on Sunday in J&K as the total number of COVID-19 patients rose to 1,621 in the union territory. A statement issued by the information and public relations department said 52 more tested positive in J&K out of whom 22 belong to Jammu division and 30 belong to Kashmir division. Out of all, 21 have died while 809 have recovered completely. The number of active cases in J&K is now 791 out of whom 607 are in the Kashmir division while 184 are in the Jammu division.

May 24, 2020 9:03 PM

Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates: Aatma Nirbhar Bharat - Delhi government to disallow global tenders up to Rs 200 cr

In a bid to promote domestic business, the Delhi government has asked all its departments to desist from issuing global tenders of contract value up to Rs 200 crore, an official said on Sunday. The Delhi government's move comes days after the Centre announced the 'Aatma Nirbhar Bharat Abhiyan' or 'Self-reliant India Mission' under which global tenders up to Rs 200 crore were recently disallowed. According to an official, the finance department of the Delhi government has asked all heads of departments, commissioners of municipal corporations and autonomous bodies to adopt the Centre's amended General Financial Rules (GFR). The move will benefit micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs).

May 24, 2020 8:55 PM

Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE Updates: State’s COVID-19 cases cross 50,000, toll rises to 1,635

Maharashtra saw its Covid-19 tally crossing the 50K mark with the highest single-day infections of 3,041 patients catapulting the number of cases to 50,231, besides 58 deaths, health officials said here on Sunday. This comes to roughly one death every 25 minutes, and a staggering average 127 new cases recorded every hour in the state. The state has been recording over 50 fatalities and over 2,000 new patients for the past one week now, with the previous highest figure standing at 2,940 cases on May 22.  With 58 fatalities -- down by 18 from highest 76 notched on May 19 -- the state death toll has touched 1,635. The Health Department said with the new cases, 33,988 were 'active cases'. Of the total 58 fatalities, 39 were recorded in Mumbai alone, taking the city deaths up from 949 to 988 now, while the number of Covid-19 positive patients here shot up by 1,725 cases to touch 30,542.

May 24, 2020 8:50 PM

Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates: Kolkata, Vizag, Vijaywada, Bagdogra won't resume flights on May 25

In some relief to passengers and airlines, Mumbai airport will resume operations from May 25 and it will allow 25 arrivals and 25 departures on a daily basis. However, all other airports of Maharashtra will resume one-third operations from May 25.  Kolkata airport will not resume operations from May 25. Kolkata will resume flights from May 28 in a graded manner by allowing only 10 departures and 10 arrivals on a daily basis. Vijayawada and Vizag airport will resume flights from May 26 but the two airports will only allow 20 percent operations to operate from May 26. As far as Bagdogra is concerned, flights will resume from May 28 and the airport will allow 10 flights to land and another 10 to depart on a daily basis.

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May 24, 2020 8:32 PM
Mumbai allows 50 flights from May 25; Kolkata, Vizag, Vijaywada, Bagdogra delay restart
In some relief to passengers and airlines, Mumbai airport will resume operations from May 25 and it will allow 25 arrivals and 25 departures on a daily basis.Get latest Aviation online at cnbctv18.com
Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra cases cross 50,000-mark; domestic air travel set to begin from May 25
May 24, 2020 8:29 PM

Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE Updates: Delhi residents abstain from shopping on Eid

Every year, Shama Khan would buy jewellery, clothes, lots of sweets and organise parties for relatives on the occasion of Eid, but not this time. "These are not normal times," the 30-year-old, who runs an NGO in Zakir Nagar in Southeast Delhi says. "In my home and extended family, no one purchased jewellery, clothes or sweets. Every year, the family would organise parties for relatives, but there is none this year. How can we celebrate when crores of people are sleeping on an empty stomach," she says. Like Khan, many Muslim residents in the national capital have abstained from buying new items and clothes on Eid-ul-Fitr. They are using the money to help the COVID-19 lockdown-hit needy and migrants instead. Not much activity was witnessed in areas such as Shaheen Bagh, Jamia Nagar, Zakir Nagar and Batla House, as only a few people stepped out of their homes to buy new items to celebrate Eid, which marks the end of the fasting month of Ramzan, on Monday. Markets are largely empty. Only those who want to buy dry fruits, condensed milk and sugar for "kheer" can be seen in the markets, Khan says.

May 24, 2020 7:37 PM
May 24, 2020 7:35 PM

Coronavirus in Pakistan LIVE Updates: Former Pak batsman Taufeeq Umar tests positive for COVID-19

Former Pakistan opener Taufeeq Umar tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. Umar featured in 44 Tests and 12 ODIs, amassing 2,963 and 504 runs respectively for Pakistan, IANS reported. He played his last international match in 2014, a Test against New Zealand in Dubai. "I got myself tested last night after feeling a little sick and the result came positive. My symptoms are not at all severe," Umar told Geo News. "I have isolated myself at home. I appeal to everyone to pray for my swift recovery," the southpaw added. So far, he is the fourth cricketer to be infected with the deadly virus which has brought the world to a standstill with Majid Haq (Scotland), Zafar Sarfraz (Pakistan) and Solo Nqweni (South Africa) also testing positive. The International Cricket Council (ICC) recently put forward protocols that will have to be followed when cricketing action resumes. All cricket is currently on hold due to the pandemic which has hit the entire world.

May 24, 2020 7:34 PM

Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates: Govt extends validity of vehicle documents till July 31

The government on Sunday said it has extended the validity of various motor vehicles related documents till July 31. No additional or late fee will be charged for delays in validation of documents pending from February 1, it said. "In order to facilitate citizens during COVID-19, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MORTH) has issued a statutory order prescribing that the fees paid on or after February 1, 2020 for the activity(s) including renewal (of documents) and in case such activity(s) is not completed due to conditions for prevention of COVID-19 pandemic, the fees paid shall continue to remain valid. "And If there is delay in paying the fees from 1st of Feb, 2020 till the period of lockdown there would not be any additional or late fee to be charged for such delays till 31st July 2020," an official statement said.

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May 24, 2020 7:27 PM
Over 90,000 passengers set to fly in May, 30% bookings for Kolkata, Mumbai
Over 90,000 passengers set to fly in May, 30% bookings for Kolkata, Mumbai. Get latest Aviation online at cnbctv18.com
Coronavirus News highlights: Maharashtra cases cross 50,000-mark; domestic air travel set to begin from May 25
May 24, 2020 7:07 PM

25 takeoffs and 25 landings permitted in Mumbai##25 takeoffs and 25 landings permitted in Mumbai



Maharashtra govt has agreed to allow 25 takeoffs and 25 landings every day for domestic flights from Mumbai. This number will be increased gradually. State govt will issue details and guidelines in this regard soon: Maharashtra Minister Nawab Malik.

May 24, 2020 6:50 PM

4 corona vaccines may soon enter clinical trial stage in India##4 corona vaccines may soon enter clinical trial stage in India



Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Sunday said that at least four of the 14 candidate vaccines for novel coronavirus in the country may enter the clinical trial stage very soon.
In a social media interaction with BJP leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao, the Minister said within five months, four of the vaccine candidates in the country may enter the clinical trial stage.
Rao asked the Health Minister about the status of the development of the vaccines in the country. The Minister said, "The whole world is trying to develop a vaccine for COVID-19. There are over 100 candidate vaccines which are at different levels of development. The World Health Organisation (WHO) is coordinating the efforts. India is also actively contributing in it. There are 14 candidates in India also which are at different levels..." Vardhan said.

May 24, 2020 6:31 PM

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