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Coronavirus outbreak: India likely to blacklist 300 foreigners

2 days ago  
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India is likely to blacklist about 300 foreigners who came from 16 countries on tourist visas but attended an Islamic congregation at Nizamuddin here that has become a key source for the spread of Coronavirus in the country, officials said on Tuesday. These foreigners were among around 8,000 people who attended the Tabligh-e-Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz facility in March, many of whom have shown symptoms of COVID-19, a Union Home Ministry official said. About 30 of those who attended the Nizamuddin event in mid-March tested positive and at least three have succumbed to the infection in the last few days. "Those who came on tourist visa but attended the Nizamuddin event stands being in our blacklist as they have violated the visa conditions. Tourist visa holders can't attend religious functions," a Union Home ministry official said. People pack food to distribute among needy people during a nationwide lockdown, imposed to curb the spread of Coronavirus, in Amritsar, on Tuesday. Pic/PTI I..

Seal state, district borders to block movement, says Centre

4 days ago  
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The Centre on Sunday asked state governments and Union Territory administrations to effectively seal state and district borders to stop movement of migrant workers during the nationwide lockdown and warned that those violating the curb will be sent to 14-day quarantine. During a video conference with chief secretaries and DGPs, Cabinet Secretary, Rajiv Gauba and Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla asked them to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways as the lockdown continues. "There has been movement of migrant workers in some parts of the country. Directions were issued that district and state borders should be effectively sealed," an official statement said. States were directed to ensure that there is no movement of people across cities or on highways and there should be strict implementation of the lockdown. Only the movement of goods should be allowed. Those who have violated the lockdown and travelled during the period of lockdown will be subject to ..

India's total COVID-19 tally hits 933

5 days ago  
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At a time when the country is looking for updates on new corona patients and India’s total tally, the health ministry could provide only one update through Friday. However, the latest tally as of Saturday by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare says that India’s total coronavirus-affected patient count has hit 933. Besides active cases, the country has reported 19 casualties so far, while 78 persons have recovered or been discharged from hospital. The disease has so far spread to 27 states and UTs. A total of 103 districts have been affected by the virus. Surat Municipal Corporation members pack food to distribute among the poor in the area on Saturday morning. Pic/PTI ‘Evacuate Sikhs’Punjab chief minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Saturday urged foreign affairs minister S Jaishankar to bring stranded Sikh families back from war-ravaged Afghanistan to India. The chief minister tweeted: “Dear @DrSJaishankar, there are a large number of Sikh families who ..

Coronavirus scare: Indian Navy Aircraft collects 60,000 face masks for Goa Health Workers

6 days ago  
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A shipment of 60,000 face masks ordered by Indian Medical Association, Goa to offset the shortfall in Goa was stuck at Delhi as trucks could not proceed further in the current situation of lockdown. A request for facilitating transportation of the masks to Goa was made by the President, Indian Medical Association to the Indian Navy at Goa. The aircraft arrived in Goa with 60,000 face mask for health workers Accordingly, an Ilyushin 38SD (IL-38), a Long Range Maritime Reconnaisence Aircraft of the Indian Navy, was promptly readied to depart INS Hansa for Palam Airport, New Delhi on 27 Mar 2020. The collection of the items at Delhi was coordinated by Air Force Station Palam and the aircraft returned to Goa with the masks on the same day. Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..

Let's break the Coronavirus chain; nation under lockdown for next 21 days, says PM

9 days ago  
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who on Tuesday announced a lock down across the entire country for 21 days to combat the spread of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), said that the disease took only four days to infect another one lakh people across the world. In a special address to the nation, Modi said, "Covid-19 took 67 days to spread to one lakh people. To reach two lakh people, it took 11 days. But it took only four days to reach another lakh taking the total spread to three lakh," Modi said pointing out the study by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally. Trains are seen parked at Guwahati railway station yard after the government enforced a lockdown in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, on Tuesday. Pic/PTI The Prime Minister said that when the Coronavirus starts spreading, then it is "very tough" to stop it. "This is the reason why China, US, France, Spain, Germany, Italy, Iran and other countries where the Covid-19 spread, the situat..

Coronavirus scare: PM Narendra Modi announces nationwide lockdown till April 14 to fight coronavirus

9 days ago  
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Amid the coronavirus scare, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on television and appealed the countrymen to stay indoors to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus. "In the view of the current situation, the nationwide complete lock-down will be in place for 21 days - 3 weeks," PM Modi said in his address to the nation. In the view of the current situation, the nationwide complete lockdown will be in place for 21 days - 3 weeks: PM Narendra Modi #Coronavirus https://t.co/7q5eQetgOl pic.twitter.com/pwyQ3m3PmA — ANI (@ANI) March 24, 2020 In a series of announcements, PM Modi said that the world is going through a difficult time and it is necessary to take precautions and follow orders amidst the lock-down. Talking about the Janata Curfew, which took place on Sunday, PM Modi said that the 14-hour curfew showed showed how Indians come together and fight against coronavirus. You have to remember that a Coronavirus infected person initially appears to be normal and..

Total Coronavirus cases jump to 321 in India

12 days ago  
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The Ministry of Health has said that the total number of novel coronavirus cases, on Saturday, rose to 321 in India at the time of going to press. So far, five deaths, one each in Punjab, Maharashtra, Delhi, Rajasthan and Karnataka, have also been reported. As of Saturday at 9 am, data shared by the Union Health Ministry, out of the total cases, 22 were discharged and cured of the virus across India. Of the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases, one is a migrated COVID-19 patient, said the ministry. Himachal Pradesh made it into the statistics of health ministry by confirming its first coronavirus case. Maharashtra remained worst hit state with 63 confirmed cases and one casualty, followed by Kerala which has 40 active cases. A deserted view of NH 32 in the wake of coronavirus pandemic in Dhanbad SOS to govtA day before Indian airspace deploys complete lock-down on all international landings amid the ongoing crisis, 100 Indian nationals, returning from the US, urged the government o..

Coronavirus outbreak: Here's how Mimi Chakraborty is spending her quarantine time at home

10 days ago  
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Trinamool Congress MP Mimi Chakraborty, who has been quarantined at home is spending her time by playing games and working out. The Jadavpur MP also distributed masks and hand sanitisers in her constituency. A few days ago, when Mimi returned to India from London, she was quarantined at home for 14 days. On Monday, Mimi took to Instagram and shared a few pictures as her Instagram story. From the pictures its evident that Mimi is spending her quarantined time at home with family and friends. The new age political leader shared a picture where she is seen playing ludo on her mobile phone. A screengrab of Mimi Chakraborty's Instagram story The actress played the game with two of her friends and guess what, the TMC MP won both the games. While sharing the pictures as her Instagram story, Mimi captioned it: Yet again!       View this post on Instagram Off to london work commitments. Taking all precautions i can rest is unpredictable. A post shared by Mimi (@mimichakrabor..

Coronavirus outbreak: Italian tourist declared free of COVID-19, loses life to heart attack

13 days ago  
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In a shocking incident, an Italian tourist who was declared free of coronavirus after he tested negative for the virus twice, passed away on Friday morning at a private hospital in Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to the doctor, the 69-year-old man, a resident of Italy died due to heart attack. Health minister Raghu Sharam said the Italian tourist did not die of coronavirus. He stated, "He had become corona negative after treatment at SMS hospital. However, he had other complications. He was a heavy smoker. The Italian embassy had contacted us and said they wanted to shift him to Fortis hospital for treatment. He died there of a heart attack. The cause of death is not coronavirus," reports Hindustan Times." According to sources, the Italian tourist and his wife were admitted to SMS hospital on February 29 and tested positive for coronavirus on March 2. While both were tested positive, his wife was cured from the virus after the treatment. Illustration: Atul Jain The couple were a part of t..