Just Facts – Coronavirus in India

629. 8:30 PM, March 26, 2020

Total confirmed cases: 681

Recovered – 43

Deaths -13

628. 7:30 PM, March 26, 2020

Famed chef Floyd Cardoz, co-owner of 3 restaurants in Mumbai, dies due to Covid-19.

627. 7:09 PM, March 26, 2020

G20 Virtual Summit is underway.

‘This human crisis requires a global response. The world counts on us to come together and cooperate in order to face this challenge’: King Salman at the G20 Virtual Summit.

626. 6:51 PM, March 26, 2020

All Scheduled International Passengers Commercial Services shall be closed till April 14, 2020. Restrictions shall not apply to international Cargo operations: DGCA

625. 6:42 PM, March 26, 2020

J&K: 5482 travellers and persons in contact with suspected cases have been put under surveillance while 2 more cases have tested positive with Jammu and Kashmir Union Territory reporting one Coronavirus death. (Source: ANI)

624. 6:38 PM, March 26, 2020

The total number of cases in Punjab rise to 33, after 2 more people test positive for #Coronavirus. Of the two, one person is from Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and is a contact of another positive patient and the second case is from Jalandhar and the patient has a travel history. (Source: ANI)

623. 6:31 PM, March 26, 2020

Shahi Imam of Jama Masjid in Delhi Syed Ahmed Bukhari appeals to Muslims to offer all prayers including Friday Prayer from their homes. (Source: All India Radio News)

622. 6:27 PM, March 26, 2020

Chhattisgarh State assembly passes the Budget for the next fiscal. The budget of more than Rs. 1 lakh crores was passed through a guillotine.

621. 6:14 PM, March 26, 2020

World leaders at the Extraordinary G-20 Summit to discuss a coordinated response to the COVID19 pandemic and its human and economic implications.

620. 5:42 PM, March 26, 2020

Ravi Shankar Prasad tweeted, “I have decided to donate ₹1 Crore from my MPLAD funds, which shall be used for provisions and assistance in the fight against COVID19. Patna District administration can spend it as per requirements. I will also monitor its spending.”

619. 5:36 PM, March 26, 2020

Rupee settles 78 paise higher at 75.16 (provisional) per US dollar after govt announces welfare measures to fight COVID-19.

618. 5:30 PM, March 26, 2020

Sensex surged by another 1,411 points after FM NirmalaSitharaman announced a stimulus package.

Nifty ends at 8,641.

617. 5:24 PM, March 26, 2020

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath: The step taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi of a Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan package is a step that should be welcomed by all. India is the first country to announce any such relief package.

616. 5:16 PM, March 26, 2020

Mamata Banerjee writes to 18 CMs, seeks relief for WB people stuck in other states.

615. 5:12 PM, March 26, 2020

Centre caps MRP of 3 ply meltblown face masks at Rs 16/piece till June 30.

Telangana-Andhra Pradesh border is clear as people who were stranded there were either sent back or those willing to undergo quarantine allowed into the neighbouring state: Officials.

(Source: PTI)

614. 4:23 PM, March 26, 2020

Telangana: Three more Coronavirus positive cases reported taking the total number of positive cases to 44. (Source: Air India Radio News)

613. 4:12 PM, March 26, 2020

42 fresh coronavirus cases and four deaths related to COVID19 have been reported in the last 24 hours. Total number of cases stands at 649: Lav Aggrawal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry (Source: ANI)

612. 3:51 PM, March 26, 2020

Rahul Gandhi took to Twitter to show his support for the FM’s relief package today. He wrote, “The Govt announcement today of a financial assistance package is the first step in the right direction. India owes a debt to its farmers, daily wage earners, labourers, women & the elderly who are bearing the brunt of the ongoing lockdown.”

611. 3:35 PM, March 26, 2020

Odisha to set up the largest COVID19 hospital in the country. It will be a 1000 bed hospital and will be functional in a fortnight.

610. 3:18 PM, March 26, 2020

Total number of positive cases of Coronavirus in the state now stands at 18 (2 cases in Faridabad, 10-Gurugram, 1-Palwal, 3-Panipat, 1-Panchkula, and 1-Sonepat): Department of  Health, Haryana Government

609. 3:16 PM, March 26, 2020

Three persons including a doctor couple test positive for coronavirus in Telangana, total cases rise to 44 in the state: Govt. (Source: PTI)

608. 3:13 PM, March 26, 2020

Karnataka: Bowring and Lady Curzon Medical College and Research Institute in Bengaluru to be made COVID19 hospital. All OPDs, Casualty in the hospital to be closed down, and no patients except COVID19 to be admitted. (Source: PIB)

607. 3:04 PM, March 26, 2020

Nagaland govt announces that petrol pumps across state will remain open on alternate days, groceries will function for 4 hours daily. (Source: PTI)

606. 3:00 PM, March 26, 2020

Uttarakhand Government has started helpline call and message numbers for people of Uttarakhand who are stranded in other states – Landline number- 0135 2722100,

Whatsapp number- 9997954800.

605. 2:58 PM, March 26, 2020

Israel’s Ambassador to India Ron Malka: Today, we’are evacuating 317 Israelis today. In another flight tomorrow,200 more Israelis to be evacuated. Indian govt has helped us a lot, I want to thank them; Israel took drastic measures to fight Coronavirus, the situation there is under control. (Source: ANI)

604. 2:47 PM, March 26, 2020

Banks and bank branches, ATMs, Bank Mitr, RuPay cards are all categorized as essential services, provisions made so that bank branches can operate.

Any card of any bank can be used in any ATM without additional charge.

– FM, replying to a media query

603. 2:11 PM, March 26, 2020

Nitish Kumar grants 100 crores in Coronavirus relief fund for shelter & food of the poor.

602. 1:28 PM, March 26, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman addressed the media with the following points:

~ Economic stimulus finalised to deal with impact of corona lockdown.

~ A package under Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana is ready for the poor who need immediate help like migrant workers and urban and rural poor. No one will go hungry. The package is worth Rs 1.7 lakh crore.

~ We are providing an insurance cover of 50 lakh rupees per person to frontline Corona Warriors – ASHA workers, paramedics, doctors, nurses, sanitary workers – who are putting their lives at risk and treating Coronavirus patients.

~ 80 cr poor people will to get 5 kg/person wheat or rice and 1 kg/family of preferred pulses for free every month for the next three months.

~ Under the cash transfer 8 specific announcements to be made: 



    Poor widows, pensioners and Divyang

    Jan Dhan Yojana

    Women receive benefits under Ujjwala scheme

    SHG groups

    Organised sector workers

    Construction worker

~ For farmers: Rs 2,000 for each farmer to be frontloaded—right here and now; 8.70 crore kissans to get it before April first week.

~ MGNREGA wages to be increased, benefitting 5 crore families. Rs 2,000 per worker will be the additional income. MNREGA workers wage increased from Rs.182 to 202 rupees per day.

~ 20 cr women Jan Dhan Account holders to get Rs 500 per month for next three months to help them run their households.

~ Ujjawala scheme near 8.3 crore BPL families covered in this, so that no running short of cooking medium, for 3 months free cylinders.

~ Collateral-free loans for Self Help Groups can now be obtained up to 20 lakh rupees, this will benefit 63 lakh SHGs and have an impact on 7 crore households.

~ Govt of India will pay the Employees’ Provident Fund (EPF) contribution, both of employer and employee, put together it will be 24%, this will be for next 3 months. This is for those establishments which have upto 100 employees and 90% of them earn less than 15,000. EPFO regulations will be amended to allow workers under EPFO to draw up to 75% of their non-refundable advance or 3 months of wages, whichever is lower.

~ For the benefit of construction workers State governments to be directed to utilise an existing Rs 31,000 crore welfare fund for the benefit for 3.5 crore construction workers.

~ District Mineral Fund: Central Govt to request State Govts to use this fund to augment medical testing and screening and providing health attention.

601. 1:23 PM, March 26, 2020

Mohalla clinics in Delhi will continue to operate, says Kejriwal after a doctor at one of the clinics tested positive for COVID-19.

600. 12:26 PM, March 26, 2020

In India, 16 new cases and 1 death so far today by this hour.

599. 12:21 PM, March 26, 2020

South Delhi Municipal Corporation has conducted sanitisation in Lajpat Nagar, in wake of Coronavirus spread.

598. 12:18 PM, March 26, 2020

Third death due to Covid 19 reported in Gujarat. A 70-year-old male patient died in Bhavnagar today.

Karnataka govt has sent a stern warning to landlords over reports of forcing docs, healthcare personnel to vacate rented premises.

597. 12:13 PM, March 26, 2020

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will be addressing the media at 1 pm. Talks of her announcing a stimulus package amid lockdown over coronavirus are rife.

596. 12:10 PM, March 26, 2020

India is under lockdown for 21 days. A majority despite the occasional chunk of violators are home. So, how many are still at risk of being infected by a coronavirus. According to the Census of 2011, India has more than 1.7 million homeless residents, of which 938,384 are located in urban areas. Here is a huge need to extend the ‘Stay at home’ relief measures to the homeless too.

595. 11:40 AM, March 26, 2020

Tollywood actor Pawan Kalyan donates Rs 2 cr to PM and CM relief funds for the fight against COVID-19.

594. 11:37 AM, March 26, 2020

Jammu And Kashmir Police has registered 218 FIRs against those defying the orders of the lockdown across the Union Territory.

593. 11:29 AM, March 26, 2020

The district administration of Tamil Nadu has started feeding over 20,000 destitute in Tiruvannamalai district as curfew is in force.

592. 11:12 AM, March 26, 2020

According to a report on Reuters, the Centre is likely to agree to an economic stimulus package of more than Rs 1.5 trillion to fight a downturn in the country that is currently locked down to stem the spread of novel coronavirus. For this matter, discussions are ongoing between Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s office, the finance ministry, and Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

One of the sources, a senior government official who spoke with Reuters, said the stimulus plan could be as large as Rs 2.3 trillion.

The package, likely to be announced by the end of the week, will be used to put money directly into the accounts of more than 100 million poor and to support businesses hit by the lockdown.

591. 11:06 AM, March 26, 2020

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry has started a helpline number to help manufacturers, transporters, distributors, wholesalers or e-commerce companies facing ground-level difficulties in transportation and distribution of essential commodities.

Here is the number: + 91 11 23062487

590. 10:55 AM, March 26, 2020

According to a report shared by ANI, Karnataka’s Hubbali Gandhi market continues to remain busy even in the middle of a nationwide lockdown. Police have registered FIRs against many people who are still trying to violate the lockdown.

589. 10:47 AM, March 26, 2020

Siddhivinayak Temple is opening its door to distribute food and water bottle among police.

588. 10:43 AM, March 26, 2020

COVID-19 cases in Delhi have risen to 36. A mohalla clinic doctor and 4 others have been tested positive after they met an infected woman who returned from Saudi Arabia. The doctor’s wife & daughter have also tested positive: Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain. (Source: ANI)

587. 10:18 AM, March 26, 2020

Flipkart resumes operations, Amazon says in talks with govt | After suspending operations, Walmart-owned Flipkart will resume its delivery of grocery and essentials services after assurances of safe passage of its supply chain and delivery executives by local law enforcement authorities. Amazon has also announced that it is working out with authorities to enable it to deliver essential items.

586. 9:56 AM, March 26, 2020

In separate incidents across the country, daily wage workers are now seen walking to their home states since all public transportation has come to a halt. Daily wage workers are seen walking to cross Gujarat border to reach Rajasthan, walk across Delhi-Ghazipur border to reach their homes in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. A woman says, “We have no money left as we don’t get any work here. What shall we eat? If we would not leave the city, we would die of hunger”. Their journey is going to take 2 to 3 days and that too, after convincing cops to let them pass.

585. 9:47 AM, March 26, 2020

Day 1 of coronavirus lockdown: India registers 101 new cases, 3 deaths; Govt says working to deliver essential services.

584. 9:43 AM, March 26, 2020

The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has pledged to support people affected by the 21-day lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic. He has announced to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh for the underprivileged.

583. 9:30 AM, March 26, 2020

Total Cases in India: 657

Recovered: 43

Deaths – 12

582. 7:30 AM, March 26, 2020

The first phase of Census India 2021 scheduled to start from April1, 2020 stands postponed. Source: The Office of the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, Government of India & AIR News.

As per Niti Aayog website, Government of India is looking for Doctors to volunteer for COVID-19 work.  The Central Government issued this appeal to retired Government, Armed Forces, PSUs and Private Doctors.

581. 7:00 AM, March 26, 2020

Total Cases in India: 596

Cured/Discharged: 43

Active: 553

Deaths: 10

Source: MyGov.in/covid-19

580. 6:45 AM, March 26, 2020

State of Andhra Pradesh had two fresh cases yesterday, the statewide number stands at 10.

No need to go to Police Station to lodge a complaint or grievance: Mumbai Police

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) shuts down till April 14, 2020, all matches canceled. MCA Website

The Prime Minister of India has suggested that all those who can afford can consider providing food to nine families each during Navratri – The Hindu.

Here is a credible source for COVID-19 related information: COVID-19 In India

579. 5:45 AM, March 26, 2020

Indian Railways has extended the cancellation of passenger train services till April 14, 2020. Ministry of Railways.

The total number of cases in Tamil Nadi is 26. 8 more cases were reported yesterday.

Maharashtra readies itself with 55,000 beds for COVID-19 patients. Source: Minister for PWD – Ashok Chavan

All “ration shops” in Maharashtra to remain open. Minister for Food & Civil Supplies, Maharashtra.