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Coronavirus updates: Death toll in India rises to 7; lockdown in Delhi, 75 districts

Coronavirus updates: Death toll in India rises to 7; lockdown in Delhi, 75 districts

Coronavirus updates: Death toll in India rises to 7; lockdown in Delhi, 75 districts
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Coronavirus updates: India observed Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a "janta curfew" on Sunday with people remaining indoors from 7 am until 9 pm in a bid to stave off the coronavirus pandemic. The number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 370 on Sunday and three reports of deaths took the casualty tally in the country to seven. Several state and union territories have imposed lockdown, permitting only essential travel. Delhi will remain under lockdown until March 31 as will 75 districts across the country.

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Domestic flights to remain operational from Delhi airport despite lockdown##Domestic flights to remain operational from Delhi airport despite lockdown

The aviation ministry has clarified that the Delhi international airport will remain functional and all domestic flights will continue to operate from the airport as scheduled.

"Domestic flights to and from IGIA Delhi shall continue to operate and the airport shall remain functional," the aviation ministry spokesperson told CNBC-TV18. More here

Mar 22, 2020 9:12 PM

These 75 districts will be in complete lockdown from Monday##These 75 districts will be in complete lockdown from Monday

In an attempt to limit the fast-spreading coronavirus pandemic in the country, the central government on Sunday announced complete shutdown of 75 districts across the country. 

The state governments have issued orders allowing only essential services to operate in these 75 districts with confirmed COVID-19 cases. More here

Mar 22, 2020 8:30 PM

BSE, NSE to operate as usual on March 23##BSE, NSE to operate as usual on March 23

India's leading stock exchanges, BSE and the National Stock Exchange (NSE), will remain open and work as usual on March 23, Monday. Major parts of the country have been put under lockdown in a bit to combat the fast-spreading coronavirus outbreak, but the exchanges will not be impacted.


"All segments at BSE will operate as usual on Monday, 23 March 2020," a BSE spokesperson said. More here

Mar 22, 2020 8:08 PM

Be ready for COVID-19 patients, government tells all hospitals##Be ready for COVID-19 patients, government tells all hospitals

The Indian government has asked all hospitals in the country to be ready for COVID-19 patients as the number of positive coronavirus cases are expected to rise in the immediate future.

Senior government officials have repeatedly held discussions with private and government hospitals in the matter, officials told CNBC-TV18. All Hospitals have been advised that they should prepare themselves in such a manner that they can dedicate most of their capacity for COVID-19 cases, officials added. More here

Mar 22, 2020 7:54 PM

China embarks on clinical trial for coronavirus vaccine##China embarks on clinical trial for coronavirus vaccine

China has started the first phase of a clinical trial for a novel coronavirus vaccine, records show, as the world's scientists race to find a way to combat the deadly pathogen. It comes after US health officials said last week they had started a trial to evaluate a possible vaccine in Seattle.

The Chinese effort began on March 16 -- the same day as the US announcement -- and is expected to continue until the end of the year, according to a filing in the country's Clinical Trial Registry, dated March 17.

"Volunteers of the COVID-19 phase one trial have already started receiving the vaccine," a staff member involved in the government-funded project told AFP on Sunday. The 108 participants, aged between 18 and 60, will be tested in three groups and given different dosages. They are all residents of the central city of Wuhan -- where the new coronavirus first emerged late last year.

Mar 22, 2020 7:35 PM

Telangana under lockdown until March 31##Telangana under lockdown until March 31

Telangana will be under complete lockdown until March 31 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus, chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said on Sunday.

Rao made the announcement after chairing a high-level meeting to discuss the situation in the state where the total number of coronavirus positive cases has gone up to 26. We should show the same spirit as we did today (janta curfew) until March 31, we will be able to stop the spread of the disease. Telangana will be under lockdown till March 31," he said.

Mar 22, 2020 7:23 PM

Chandigarh administration orders lockdown until March 31##Chandigarh administration orders lockdown until March 31

The Chandigarh administration on Sunday put the union territory and joint capital of Punjab and Haryana under lockdown until March 31, suspending all non-essential services as well inter- and intra-city public transports from midnight to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The restrictions under the lockdown will come into effect from midnight tonight, said an order issued by the Chandigarh administration under the provisions of the Epidemic Diseases Act.

The lockdown in Chandigarh was ordered amid the Punjab government ordering it in the entire state and the Haryana government replicating the preventive and precautionary measure in seven districts of the state.

Mar 22, 2020 6:58 PM

Offices should function with skeletal staff: Central govt tells all its departments##Offices should function with skeletal staff: Central govt tells all its departments

All central government offices should work with skeletal staff as part of efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus, a personnel ministry order issued on Sunday said. The Centre has already allowed employees of all its departments to work from home, except those engaged in essential services.


"Officials who are working from home should be available on telephone and electronic means of communication at all times. They should attend office if called for, in case of any exigencies of work," the ministry said in the order issued to all central government departments. PTI

Mar 22, 2020 6:26 PM

Prohibitory orders issued in Delhi until March 31## Prohibitory orders issued in Delhi until March 31


The Delhi Police on Sunday issued prohibitory orders until March 31 midnight in view of the coronavirus outbreak and banned protests, demonstrations and other gatherings in the city. The order issued by Delhi Police Commissioner SN Shrivastava will come into effect from 9 pm on March 22 and will remain valid unil the end of this month.

According to the prohibitory orders, assembly of any kind for demonstrations, processions, protest is banned. Any gathering- social, cultural, political, religious, academic, sports, seminar or conference is also prohibited.

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FMCG makers reduce hand sanitizer prices as per govt directive##FMCG makers reduce hand sanitizer prices as per govt directive


 

FMCG companies have reduced the prices of hand sanitizers following the government directive and have also increased their production to meet the sudden spike in demand amidst the COVID-19 scare.

Hand sanitizer manufacturers like RB, HUL, ITC, Godrej Consumer, Himalaya and Dabur said they are not contemplating about the price cap and stand with the nation in the midst of a severe health crisis. The makers, are also ensuring that their range of hygiene products reach shops on time through their supply pipelines.

On Saturday, the government capped the maximum retail price of hand sanitizer at Rs 100 per 200ml bottle until June 30 this year amid a sharp rise in the prices of this product owing to the coronavirus outbreak.

"As a responsible company, in addition to our earlier announced price reduction, we will further reduce the prices of sanitizers and ensure we adhere to the new pricing as declared by the government, said a HUL spokesperson. HUL, sells hand sanitisers under Lifebouy brand. PTI

Mar 22, 2020 5:34 PM

Indian Railways ensures social distancing at ticket counters##Indian Railways ensures social distancing at ticket counters

Practicing social distancing, Indian Railways staff at the Vijayawada station advised people queuing for tickets to keep distance in a bid to stave off possible transmission of coronavirus, reports CNBC-TV18’s Niral Sharma from the Vijayawada station. The authorities had stuck special markers at a distance of 1 metre each in order to ensure adequate gap between ticket seekers.

Coronavirus updates: Death toll in India rises to 7; lockdown in Delhi, 75 districts
Mar 22, 2020 4:57 PM

Delhi Metro to completely shut service until March 31##Delhi Metro to completely shut service until March 31

Mar 22, 2020 4:48 PM

Coronavirus death toll in the country rises to 7##Coronavirus death toll in the country rises to 7

Death toll due to coronavirus in the country has risen to seven with three COVID-19 deaths reported on Sunday. One person each in Maharashtra, Gujarat and Bihar succumed to the conatgious virus on Sunday. The number of positive coronavirus cases in India has risen to 341.

Mar 22, 2020 4:30 PM

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