Bus services Resume in Wuhan as India enters Day 1 of 21-day Lockdown
Coronavirus Live: As India enters Day 1 of the 21-day lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak, the tally of Coronavirus Positive cases in India rose to 562 with Death Toll rising to 11. Globally, the pandemic has claimed over 17000 lives with over 3.5 lakh people infected in over 120 countries. Yesterday evening PM Modi announced complete lockdown across India triggering panic buying frenzy at many places despite assurance of availability of essential services from Central and the State Governments. All public transport and non-essential transport has been suspended across the country.
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Live Update @ 12:30: Delhi Police Helpline Number for COVID-19
Delhi Police has started a dedicated helpline number to address queries and concerns of people involved in essential services. People who are involved in delivering essential services and goods in Delhi – NCR can contact 23469536 to obtain e-passes and to resolve any other query during the lock down period.
Live Update @ 12:00 PM: Pakistan suspends Domestic Flights
Pakistan decided to suspend domestic flight operations looking at the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country. As per a report in Express Tribune, Pakistan has reported over 1000 positive cases of Coronavirus infection; with 410 cases in Sindh; 110 in Balochistan; 296 in Punjab; 78 in K-P; 80 in Gilgit-Baltistan; 15 in Islamabad; and one in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir,
Live Update @ 11:30 AM: Delhi Guv, CM Address Press
Delhi Lt Governor Anil Baijal and Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal held a joint press conference today morning. Both the leaders unanimously assured the people of Delhi that all essential services and items of daily necessities will be available to the people during the 21-day Lockdown period. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also said that the government is opening a dedicated helpline to issue e-Passes to people who are involved in providing essential services including groceries, milks and others.
Live Update @ 11:00 AM: Haj 2020 may be suspended
With the threat of Coronavirus looming over the world, Saudi Arabia has asked other countries to not make any commitments in terms of bookings, hotels and airlines and others as the pilgrimage might be suspended for this year. India has a quota of 2 lakh Haj pilgrims. Saudi Arabia is also fighting Coronavirus and has suspended Umrah or the smaller pilgrimage.
Live Update @ 10:30 AM: Number of Cases in MP rise to 14
With 5 new cases reported from Indore, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Madhya Pradesh rose to 14 today. As per an update provided by Chief Medical and Health Officer Dr Anusuya Gawli, all the five patients from Indore, who have tested positive do not have any history of foreign travel. Earlier, MP had reported a total of 6 positive cases of Coronavirus infection; of which 6 were from Jabalpur while one each was reported from Bhopal, Gwalior and Shivpuri.
Live Update @ 10 AM: Bus Services Resumed in Wuhan, China
Wuhan China, which was termed as the origin of Coronavirus, which has led to the on-going global pandemic, will see resumption of bus services from today. China has not seen any new COVID-19 cases in the last three days and only reported 47 new cases that too among people who have foreign travel history. On Tuesday, China decided to lift the three month lockdown in Hubei province, which was restricted movement of over 56 million people.
Live Update @ 9:30 AM: Home Ministry asks States, UT to setup Helpline
With India entering day 1 of the 21-day lockdown, the Home Ministry has asked all the State Governments and Union Territory Administrations to setup dedicated helpline numbers to assist people involved in delivering essential services and goods. The MHA guidelines asked for setting up of 24*7 control rooms/offices with helplines to address the concerns faced by essential goods and services providers.
Live Update @ 9:00 AM: PM Modi to chair Cabinet Meet at 10:30
With the rising concerns around COVID-19 epidemic in India, PM Modi will hold a Cabinet meet at his residence at 10:30 AM today morning. During the meeting, all stakeholders will appraise the Cabinet about their plans and preparedness to contain the spread of Coronavirus in India. The meeting is also likely evaluate and take measure to meet any requirement of the people during the 21-day country-wide lockdown announced by PM Modi yesterday.
Live Update @ 8:30 AM: India Bans Export of Hydroxychloroquine
With ICMR running tests on effectiveness of drug Hydroxychloroquine to counter COVID-19 virus; the Central Government has decided to ban export of the medicine to foreign countries. Currently, there is no prescribed or approved treatment for Coronavirus infection, but Hydroxychloroquine, a malaria drug, is being tested by ICMR as a possible helpful drug that can be used to counter the virus.
Live Update @ 8:00 AM: Flipkart Suspends Operations, Amazon India to deliver only essential goods
Amid the COVID-19 epidemic, the e-commerce giant Flipkart has decided to suspend its services. The development was confirmed by the firm’s twitter handle through an official tweet as well as through a notice on its website. On similar lines, Amazon India has also stopped taking any orders for non-essential products but will continue to deliver daily necessities to their doorstep. The decision from Amazon has been to meet customers’ critical needs at a time of lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.