Just Facts – Coronavirus in India

578. 11:45 PM, March 25, 2020

Collection of Toll at all Toll Plazas/ Checkpoints across the country has been suspended to facilitate the smoother movement of Goods & Services: Shri Nitin Gadkari, Minister of Road Transport & Highways.

Kerala Police arrested 2,535 people over violation of the countrywide lockdown.
Migrant workers continue to be stranded in the Metropolitan Cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bangalore after trains were suspended nationwide.

577. 10:55 PM, March 25, 2020

Exemption list of people during lockdown has been expanded to include, RBI and its regulated Financial Markets, ZOO staff, forest offices, and petroleum product supply chain has been exempted. There are a few more exemptions. Home Ministry

Delhi Government has appointed two Nodal Officers two address grievances:

  • For Goods and Services: Shri Sanjeev Khirwar, IAS
  • For Delhi Police: Shri Muktesh Chander, IPS

576. 9:55 PM, March 25, 2020

Violating Government Guidelines framed for fighting Coronavirus may lead to action under Section 188 of IPC – Union Minister of Health & Family Welfare.

AIIMS, New Delhi would initiate Tele Consultation facility for chronic patients –  Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director (Source ANI)

Chandigarh Administration has released a list of Chemists/Pharmacy/Medical Halls permitted for home delivery of medicines – Chandigarh Administration Website.

575. 8:55 PM, March 25, 2020

Indian Railway has handed over sanitisation responsibilities of Ahmedabad Railway Station to a professional agency.

19 arrests were made today in Delhi for violating lockdown guidelines.

French Embassy in India has confirmed that there are over 11,500 French citizens in India and the French Government is making a plan to take them to France by chartering a few aircraft for this purpose. They are looking at sending around 2,000 French Nationals back immediately.

74. 7:53 PM, March 25, 2020

Total cases in India: 606

Deaths – 10

Recovered – 42

573. 7:43 PM, March 25, 2020

Ration to be delivered to homes of around 1.6 lakh families in Srinagar. (Source: ANI)

572. 7:41 PM, March 25, 2020

On March 24, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a nationwide curfew till April 15, 2020, in order to prevent the spread of COVID19. US citizens are required to comply with Indian law & obey directions from law enforcement officers: US Embassy in India

571. 7:32 PM, March 25, 2020

Over 29 private laboratories with over 16,000 sample collection centres have been registered so far for testing of COVID-19: Health Ministry

570. 7:28 PM, March 25, 2020

1 more tests positive for coronavirus in Uttarakhand; the total number of confirmed cases in the state now at five: Officials (Source: PTI)

569. 7:24 PM, March 25, 2020

Third Coronavirus case reported in Nepal.

568. 7:00 PM, March 25, 2020

A journalist from Bhopal was among the six new COVID19 patients reported in Madhya Pradesh, triggering panic among the media fraternity as he was present at a press conference of former CM Kamal Nath. (Source: Quint)

567. 6:58 PM, March 25, 2020

Union government’s food grain stock will last for the next two years and states will not face any shortage: Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Raosaheb Danve. (Source: PTI)

566. 6:52 PM, March 25, 2020

COVID-19 lockdown: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi demands financial support through direct cash transfers to poor & daily wagers, noting that delaying this will cause widespread devastation and chaos.

565. 6:49 PM, March 25, 2020

There have been 9 new COVID19 positive cases in Kerala today; 4 of them returned from Dubai, 1 from UK and 1 from France. The total number of COVID-19 cases rises to 118 in the state: Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala.

564. 6:43 PM, March 25, 2020

A 21-year-old nurse working for a private hospital in Gurgaon tests positive for COVID-19; the total number of infected persons in Haryana now at 17: Officials (Source: PTI)

563. 6:41 PM, March 25, 2020

Over 126 people left from Dabolim, Goa today for Moscow (Russia) onboard a charter flight arranged by a large Russian tour operator to bring back its clients, due to the lockdown situation in India. (Source: ANI)

562. 6:39 PM, March 25, 2020

COVID-19: IndiGo offers govt its aircraft and crew to transport medicine, equipment, relief material across the country.

561. 6:08 PM, March 25, 2020

In the last 24 hours, there have been 5 new COVID19 cases in Delhi. One of them has a foreign travel history. Now, the total number of cases rises to 35 in Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

560. 6:02 PM, March 25, 2020

51 FIRs registered and 335 persons have been arrested today, over charges of violation of the countrywide lockdown: Media Cell of Uttarakhand Police.

559. 5:59 PM, March 25, 2020

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee seeks Rs 1,500 crore package from Centre to support state government’s efforts to deal with coronavirus outbreak.

558. 5:57 PM, March 25, 2020

RSS begins distributing food kits to daily wage workers in Bengaluru to help them during the 21-day lockdown period imposed to contain the spread of coronavirus.

557. 5:45 PM, March 25, 2020

Tamil Nadu: Five new COVID19 cases reported.

556. 5:41 PM, March 25, 2020

PM Modi during his interaction with the people of his constituency, Varanasi, through video conferencing:

You should not attempt to treat Coronavirus infection on your own. Stay at your home, do things only after consulting a doctor. Call them up, ask them, tell them your ailments. We will have to note that no vaccine has been developed for it so far, anywhere in the world. Scientists in India and across the world are working on it, work is going on rapidly. If someone recommends you a medicine then kindly talk to your doctor first. Take medicine only after consulting a doctor.

We should encourage all the work done by those providing us with essential services.

Due to the lockdown, animals are also facing trouble. I appeal to people to take care of the animals around them.

Those who can pledge to help 9 families for the next 21 days; can’t be a bigger offering to gods during navratras.

I appeal to all the citizens, if you notice any incident where professionals, such as doctors & nurses, are ill-treated then you should take an initiative to make such people (those who are ill-treating healthcare professionals) understand that they are wrong.

No one is immune from this virus, it even affects people who maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Encourage people to treat COVID-19 heroes with respect. The Govt will take strict actions against people who ill-treat our heroes.

555. 5:34 PM, March 25, 2020

Minister of Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Steel, Government of India, announced that officials are taking stock of LPG operations to ensure uninterrupted supply of LPG.

554. 5:13 PM, March 25, 2020

Six new Coronavirus positive cases have been reported in the state today – 5 in Mumbai and 1 in Thane. The total number of positive cases in the state rise to 122: Maharashtra Health Department.

553. 5:07 PM, March 25, 2020

Uttar Pradesh government bans the manufacture, sale of pan masala to fight coronavirus spread. (Source: PTI)

552. 5:06 PM, March 25, 2020

The US Embassy in New Delhi is working on evacuation options for Americans in India. US citizens have been asked to comply with Indian law and obey directions from law enforcement officers. (Source: News 18)

551. 5:03 PM, March 25, 2020

It is absolutely wrong that journalists and doctors are asked by societies to vacate their accommodations. They are playing an important role in making people aware of the current COVID19 situation: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a press conference.

550. 5:00 PM, March 25, 2020

Maharashtra: A meeting was convened b/w Industry Minister Subhash Desai & newspaper hawkers/publishers today where it was decided that newspapers will be published & distributed from 1 April 2020 in Mumbai. Currently, the printing & distribution of newspapers is halted in the city. (Source: ANI)

549. 4:58 PM, March 25, 2020

Spot gold markets remain shut due to countrywide lockdown to contain coronavirus spread. (Source: PTI)

548. 4:43 PM, March 25, 2020

Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik sanctions a 4-month advance salary payment to health care personnel. (Source: ANI)

547. 4:40 PM, March 25, 2020

“The people below the poverty line will be given wheat at ₹2. Rice and wheat will be given at concessional rates for the next three months to 80 crore people. The contractual laborers will be given their salaries, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said in a press conference where he announced the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs approved ₹1,340-crore recapitalisation of regional rural banks to improve their capital to risk-weighted assets ratio.

546. 4:30 PM, March 25, 2020

Delhi govt permits all manufacturers of drugs and cosmetics to produce ethanol-based hand sanitisers up to June 30 without a separate license to deal with the shortage of such cleansers in markets post coronavirus outbreak. (Source: PTI)

545. 4:29 PM, March 25, 2020

All companies from the digital industry have decided upon temporarily defaulting HD & ultra-HD streaming to SD content or offering only SD content, at bitrates no higher than 480p on cellular networks until April 14: Prasar Bharati

544. 4:25 PM, March 25, 2020

UP: Licenced hawkers will be allowed to sell commodities in residential colonies. (Source: TOI)

543. 4:21 PM, March 25, 2020

Here is Chidambaram’s 10-point plan, as shared by him on Twitter:

  • Transfer Rs 12,000 under PM-KISAN  to the bank account of each beneficiary.
  • Include tenant farmers under PM-KISAN and pay same Rs 12,000 split in two installments
  • Transfer Rs 3000 into the bank account of each MGNREGA worker
  • Transfer a sum of Rs 6000 into the bank account of urban poor’s Jan Dhan accounts
  • Offer to every ration card holder, through the ration shops, 10 kg of rice or wheat absolutely free.
  • Ask all registered employers  (registered under any law) to maintain current levels of employment and wages
  • Register in every ward or block to track  persons who have not received payment under any of the categories listed above and transfer Rs 3000 after minimal verification
  • Extend the deadlines for payment of any kind of tax until 30 June 2020.
  • Instruct banks to extend the date for any kind of EMI payment until 30 June 2020.
  • Cut GST rates by 5 percent on all wage goods, essential goods, and services or the period 1 April to 30 June 2020.

542. 4:18 PM, March 25, 2020

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh says he has written to Home Minister Amit Shah and Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray to help evacuate devotees stranded at Gurdwara Hazur Sahib in Nanded.

541. 4:14 PM, March 25, 2020

No need to worry for essential foods, rice over 3 lakh tonnes are available, sufficient for 3 months, Assam Chief Secretary Kumar Sanjay Krishna. He assures, there would not be any dearth of essential items.

540. 4:12 PM, March 25, 2020

In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, the first phase of Census 2021 and the updation of National Population Register (NPR) postponed until further orders: Ministry of Home Affairs.  (Source: Business Standard)

539. 3:54 PM, March 25, 2020

16 Muslim pilgrims from Malaysia and Indonesia have been quarantined within the premises of a Durgha which they were visiting in Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu. (Source: All India Radio News)

538. 3:52 PM, March 25, 2020

Tamil Nadu chief minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami said he has ordered the School Education Department to promote all students of Class 1 to Class 9 in the state due to the nationwide lockdown over the coronavirus outbreak. (Source: TOI)

537. 3:47 PM, March 25, 2020

Workers will be given salaries, the government will help them: Prakash Javadekar during a press conference. (Source: Business Standard)

536. 3:44 PM, March 25, 2020

On day one of the 21-day national lockdown due to coronavirus, supplies of the essential commodity is the first concern. Regarding this, West Bengal CM, Mamata Banerjee has said, “We have to ensure that there is no scarcity of food. All Police stations will take responsibility to deliver food at doorsteps and it will be monitored by District Magistrates & Police Superintendents.”

535. 3:37 PM, March 25, 2020

Arunachal Pradesh: MLAs, women donate to assist Tirap district administration to prevent COVID19. (Source: All India Radio News)

534. 3:23 PM, March 25, 2020

Madhya Pradesh: Four persons in Indore and one person in Ujjain found infected with Coronavirus. Coronavirus total cases in MP rise to 14. (Source: All India Radio News)

533. 3:11 PM, March 25, 2020

Home delivery of public distribution system (PDS) ration to 1.60 lakh families in Srinagar will start from 28th March under strict safety-protocol: Shahid Choudhary, District Magistrate Srinagar. (Source: ANI)

532. 3:05 PM, March 25, 2020

TN reports five fresh COVID-19 cases, says the government. (Source: PTI)

532. 3:02 PM, March 25, 2020

First made-in-India Covid-19 test kit MyLab gets commercial approval.

531. 2:58 PM, March 25, 2020

Delhi govt orders strict action against landlords forcing healthcare professionals to vacate. (Source: ANI)

530. 2:07 PM, March 25, 2020

PM Modi to interact with citizens of Varanasi via video conferencing, today at 5 pm. (Source: ET)

529. 2:05 PM, March 25, 2020

Scientists Say India to See 13 Lakh Covid-19 Cases by Mid-May | While India seems to have done well in controlling the number of confirmed cases compared to other countries in the early phase of the pandemic, the country may see up to 13 lakh cases by mid-May if the numbers keep growing, according to researchers with the COV-IND-19 Study Group. (Source: News 18)

528. 2:02 PM, March 25, 2020

Save this number on your phones.

Call 23469536 in Delhi for help from cops, says Arvind Kejriwal

527. 1:41 PM, March 25, 2020

“Delhi is prepared to supply all essential commodities to all residents of the national capital,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal on 25 March, ensuring that there will be no dearth of essentials in the markets amid Coronavirus Lockdown.

526. 1:39 PM, March 25, 2020

Air India has issued a passenger advisory in which if customers are holding tickets for dates between March 30 – April 30, 2020, Air India will waive no show charges on the ticket i.e, the ticket will be protected at full value. The validity of this service will extend until September 30, 2020, so one can reschedule the travel without sector change or date change.

525. 1:26 PM, March 25, 2020

Union Min Ram Vilas Paswan donates Rs 1 crore from MP fund for Bihar’s Coronavirus fight. (Source: PTI)

524. 1:20 PM, March 25, 2020

Five more patients in Sangli District of Maharashtra #COVID19 positive, number of cases in Sangli District surge to nine.

Table of coronavirus cases in India
Day wise break down of coronavirus cases in India since the last 14 days

523. 12:13 PM, March 25, 2020

AAP MP Sanjay Singh donates Rs 1 Crore to CM relief Fund.

522. 12:12 PM, March 25, 2020

Will issue e-passes to vegetable-sellers, grocers among others to ensure essential supplies during the lockdown: Delhi CM Kejriwal

521. 12:05 PM, March 25, 2020

We will ensure strict implementation of lockdown in Delhi: LG Anil Baijal

520. 11:29 AM, March 25, 2020

Piyush Goyal tweeted, “Nearly 9,000 freight trains making the rounds, Indian Railways goes all out to ensure supply of essential goods across the country.”

519. 11:08 AM, March 25, 2020

Swiggy is still operational. They even have a “Leave order at door or gate”.

The food aggregator app has written, “Opt for no-contact delivery and our delivery partner will leave it at your door/gate (not applicable on COD orders)”.

518. 10:34 AM, March 25, 2020

Four of the coronavirus hit states have pulled out an economic stimulus that will astound any nation — Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka and Delhi — have announced a combined stimulus of about $8.5 billion (INR 6.4 Lakh Crore)

517. 10:15 AM, March 25, 2020

Why are Ecommerce companies stopping services despite coming under essential services?

~ Walmart-owned E-commerce platform Flipkart on Wednesday announced a temporary suspension of its services in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic and the 21-day lockdown. Without giving a date, the company has promised it will resume its services soon.

~ Myntra, which is a part of the Flipkart group has also announced that it is “temporarily not accepting any new orders.”

~ Amazon India has announced that it is temporarily halting the sales of all non-essential products in India in order to prioritise the customers’ needs at a time when the country was in a state of lockdown.

~ BigBasket has also halted its sales and limited supply to its existing customers.  It has announced this on its website saying, “We are currently experiencing unprecedented demand. In light of this, we are restricting access to our website to existing customers only. Please try again in a few hours.”

~ Grofers is also not taking further orders due to high demand. It has stopped services in many locations also. The company has left a contact form on its website where customers can leave their phone numbers and they will be notified when they resume services again.

516. 10:00 AM, March 25, 2020

Ministry of Home Affairs issues advisory to private security agencies stating, “this is the time for the private security industry to adopt a humane approach and protect its workers and staff members from lay-offs and consequent decrease in earnings.” (Source: ANI)

515. 09:40 AM, March 25, 2020

Sensex at 27,138.97; up by 464.94 points.

1 US Dollar = 76.28 Indian rupees

514. 09:24 AM, March 25, 2020

5 people in Indore test positive for coronavirus: MP health official. (Source: PTI)

513. 09:19 AM, March 25, 2020

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat appeals people of the state to support 21 days Lockdown, says essential goods, services to be available for people in the state. (Source: All India Radio News)

512. 08:54 AM, March 25, 2020

Bihar: Another person tested positive for Coronavirus in Patna’s Nalanda Medical College and Hospital; the total number of cases has reached 4 in the state. (Source: ANI)

511. 08:44 AM, March 25, 2020

What will be open during the 21-day lockdown?

As per the Ministry of Home Affairs,

~ Fair price shops and those dealing with food, groceries, fruits, vegetables, dairy, meat, fish, animal fodder to remain open.

~ Banks, ATMs, insurance offices, print and electronic media to remain open.

~Hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, to be open.

510. 08:34 AM, March 25, 2020

Govt directs all Centres/States to set-up a 24X7 control room with Helplines to address problems faced by the providers of Goods/Services during interstate movement.

It has also requested to provide state Helpline facility to ensure adequate protection to Essential service providers.

509. 08:28 AM, March 25, 2020

Total confirmed cases in India – 536

Total deaths in India – 10

Cured cases in India – 40

Total active cases in India – 486

508. 08:24 AM, March 25, 2020

Mahan Air flight carrying 277 Indian passengers landed at Delhi airport today early morning from Tehran, Iran. (Source: ANI)

507. 08:16 AM, March 25, 2020

In view of the prevailing coronavirus situation in India, the Gujarat government has announced that all the cabinet ministers will donate their one month’s salary to the CM relief fund for the fight against coronavirus. (Source: All India Radio News)

506. 08:00 AM, March 25, 2020

The first two positive cases in Maharashtra have both tested negative today. They’ll be discharged. (Source: ANI)

Manipur villages and towns are seeing volunteer-led isolation barriers at village/ town entry points to prevent outsiders from coming inside. AIR News

Flipkart temporarily shuts down its services. Source – Flipkart.com’s homepage

505. 07:40 AM, March 25, 2020

Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka told the State to stay prepared for 100,000 cases of COVID-19

Delhi’s famed Jhandewalan Mandir would stay closed during Navratri – Temple Authorities/ ANI

The number of cases in Chennai has gone up to 18, 6 cases were reported yesterday. AIR News

District Administration Ranchi, Jharkhand has partnered with Big Bazaar and two other Super Markets to provide doorstep delivery of essential products. DC – Ranchi.

Ministry of Home Affairs has directed all States & UTs to have a 24×7 COVID-19 Helpline.

504. 06:55 AM, March 25, 2020

As per the Ministry of Health & Family, Welfare:

  • The number of COVID 19 Positive Cases: 519
  • Indian Nationals: 476
  • Foreigners/ Foreign Nationals: 43
  • Recovered & Discharged: 40
  • Died: 10 NCT of Delhi reported one more death.

The State of Uttar Pradesh has enough essential supplies – CM (Door Darshan News)

The Government of India has banned the export of Malaria drug – Hydroxychloroquine (Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce).

503. 05:55 AM, March 25, 2020

It isn’t getting easy. Telangana CM has said “…If people don’t follow Coronavirus Lockdown, a situation may arise where we’ll have to impose 24-hour curfew & issue shoot-at-sight orders. I urge people not to let such a situation arise”.

In Madurai, Tamil Nadu a COVID-19 positive patient passed away. The patient had a history of Diabetes and COPD. Source State Health Minister (ANI)

State of Chattisgarh to provide free rice to poor under PDS for April and May.