Just Facts – Coronavirus in India

502. 11:55 PM, March 24, 2020

Union cabinet would meet tomorrow at 10:30 AM at PM’s residence. (ANI)

Number of cases reported by Gujarat stands at 35 – Chief Secretary

No confirmation on use of Malaria Drug as preventive medicine (The Hindu)

501. 10:45 PM, March 24, 2020

The state of Gujarat tested 110 Samples, 95 tested negative, 2 Positive and 13 results are awaited – Chief Secretary.

Total number of positive cases are 536 – ICMR

Supreme Court stands adjourned. No matters would be taken up for tomorrow.

500. 09:45 PM, March 24, 2020

State of Uttar Pradesh would use Police Vehicles for the door to door supply – Chief Minister

Several Chief Ministers have issued appeals to their citizens to trust their government and to not panic. The Chief Ministers issued statements stating that essential supplies won’t be hindered.

Consul General of India in Dubai made an appeal to the Indian diaspora to stay at home and do not panic.

499. 08:43 PM, March 24, 2020

Prime Minister Modi’s appeal to 1.3 Bn countrymen:

~ forget what it’s like ‘going out’, stay inside your homes.

~ the nation will be on lockdown from mid-night till another 21 days

~ Prime Minister assures this is the only way to fight coronavirus

~ Prime Minister explains it took about 67 days for the world population to reach 1 lac confirmed cases, but it took just 11 days to reach 2 lac confirmed cases.

~ Modi emphasises that citizens need to follow all government protocol to save lives

~ Modi says to spend the time in isolation to pray for those affected by the pandemic and for who is on the frontline such as the doctors, nurses, ward boys, paramedical staff, police, media personnel, etc.

~ Modi pleads to stay home, to take preventive measures and participate wholly in the lockdown.

~ He says central and state governments are boosting health infrastructure with Rs 15,000 Cr benefits and he has asked all states to keep healthcare as a priority.

~ PM warns if the country doesn’t take care of preventing coronavirus in 21 days, the country might go back 21 years behind in terms of prosperity.

498. 07:10 PM, March 24, 2020

Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021.

497. 06:27 PM, March 24, 2020

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s wife Anupama Venugopal Nadella donates Rs 2 crore to Telangana govt to help the poor with the supply of essential commodities during the #CoronavirusLockdown in the state. Her father KR Venugopal handed over the check to the Chief Minister: State Govt (Source: ANI)

496. 06:11 PM, March 24, 2020

As India goes under lockdown, country’s top medical body, ICMR, says it will take 20 days for community spread patterns to be visible. (Source: WION)

495. 06:10 PM, March 24, 2020

COVID-19 cases in India rise to 519; active cases stand at 470: Health ministry.

494. 06:05 PM, March 24, 2020

Social distancing can reduce India’s cases by up to 62%, says ICMR study.

493. 06:02 PM, March 24, 2020

No case of coronavirus reported in the last 40 hours in Delhi: CM Kejriwal.

492. 05:57 PM, March 24, 2020

According to a report by ET, the Delhi Police has a total of 77 people arrested and has registered FIRs against them, over 674 people have been detained and 66 vehicles have been seized for violating lockdown in West Delhi. Over 400 detained for violations, says DGP in Gujarat lockdown.

492. 05:44 PM, March 24, 2020

Of the over 94,000 NRIs and foreign returned persons who had entered Punjab in recent days, most had been tracked and around 30,000 have been placed under isolation: Punjab CM Amarinder Singh. (Source: TOI)

492. 05:44 PM, March 24, 2020

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly on Tuesday said he “doesn’t have an answer” on the fate of this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) amid a nationwide lockdown to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. (Source: ET)

491. 04:57 PM, March 24, 2020

Here is a figure of the people quarantined in Gujarat as per the state government:

~ A total of 11,108 people are under quarantine for 14 days in Gujarat.

~ Of these many people, 224 are in government facilities.

~ Of these, over 10,850 are home quarantined and 34 are being treated in private hospitals.

490. 04:36 PM, March 24, 2020

Piyush Goyal has tweeted to announce that, “United to Combat Coronavirus: In the wake of #COVID19, Railways has decided to utilise its Production Units & Zonal Railway Workshops to manufacture essential medical items which can be utilised for the treatment of those affected in the pandemic”.

489. 04:26 PM, March 24, 2020

UP’s basic education minister Satish Chandra Dwivedi to give Rs 25 lakh from his MLALAD fund and his one month salary with allowances to the CM Relief Fund to help buy medical equipment to combat Covid -19, and also to ensure daily wage labourers get their share.

488. 04:22 PM, March 24, 2020

Maharashtra’s Health Minister has said that the total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has risen to 106. (Source: Business Line)

487. 04:15 PM, March 24, 2020

Pune-based firm Mylabs Discovery Solutions develops a testing kit for faster confirmation of Covid-19 cases. (Source: TOI)

486. 04:06 PM, March 24, 2020

84th Senior National Badminton Championships put on hold due to Covid-19: BAI (Source: Business Standard)

485. 04:00 PM, March 24, 2020

A 47-year-old woman with no recent history of foreign travel tests positive for Covid-19 in Noida: Officials (Source: Business Standard)

484. 03:56 PM, March 24, 2020

Full lockdown announced in UP till March 27.

483. 03:53 PM, March 24, 2020

As per a press release shared by the PIB, the central government has stated, “Deploy fiscal resources for additional medical facilities, Center instructs State Governments. Facilities to be well equipped with ventilators, personal protective equipment, masks and drugs”.

482. 03:45 PM, March 24, 2020

Sensex ends 692.79 points higher at 26,674.03; Nifty rises 190.80 points to 7,801.05

481. 03:37 PM, March 24, 2020

Entire West Bengal to be put under lockdown from 5 pm today till 31st March: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in Nabanna

480. 03:29 PM, March 24, 2020

Union Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting over Covid-19 to be held tomorrow at Nirman Bhawan in Delhi.  (Source: TOI)

479. 03:23 PM, March 24, 2020

Logix Blossom residential society in sector-137 of Noida has been seized till 10 AM on March 26 for sanitisation after a resident of the society tested positive for #coronavirus: Gautam Budh Nagar DM BN Singh. (Source: ANI)

478. 03:16 PM, March 24, 2020

Debit cardholders to withdraw cash from any other bank ATM without any charge for the next 3 months: Sitharaman

We may consider suspending Section 7, 9 and 10 of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), at a later stage, if the present circumstances prevail beyond six months, says the FM. (TOI)

477. 03:13 PM, March 24, 2020

Health officials have confirmed two more people test positive for coronavirus in Srinagar, taking total cases in Jammu and Kashmir to six.

476. 03:00 PM, March 24, 2020

Curfew should be immediately imposed in populated areas of Himachal Pradesh to ensure social distancing to avoid the spread of coronavirus, Congress Mukesh Agnihotri said on Tuesday.(Source: Firstpost)

475. 02:47 PM, March 24, 2020

Maharashtra government issues division-wise and district-wise helpline numbers in wake of COVID19 virus.

474. 02:41 PM, March 24, 2020

The relief being provided by Finance Minister as announced during the press conference:

– Compliance related to Income tax related matter

– FY 2018-19 – the last date for tax return extended to June 30, 2020. Interest @ 9%.

– Various notice, compliance, etc – extended to June 30, 2020

– Aadhar PAN linking – extended to June 30, 2020

– Vivad se Vishwas scheme – extended to June 30, 2020. No 10% additional charge till June 30, 2020

– The due date for issuance of notice/intimation/filing of appeal/furnishing of return/return statement/report/any other document/compliance  including investment under Income-tax Act – extended to June 30, 2020

Also, the FM added:

– GST: The last date for filing March, April, May 2020 returns and composition returns extended till June 30

– For companies with less than Rs. 5 crore turnover, no interest, late fee or penalty will be charged

– For the bigger companies, interest would be 9%: FM

– Aadhaar-Pan linking date extended to June 30, says FM

473. 02:39 PM, March 24, 2020

Coronavirus update: Vivaad se Vishwas scheme extended to June 30, so no additional 10% payment required. (Business Standard)

474. 02:36 PM, March 24, 2020

The Map Team of MapsofIndia has prepared this map of India highlighting states and Union Territories under lockdown as of March 23, 2020, due to COVID-19.

Map of India Showing Lockdown States and Union Territories as of March 23, 2020 Due to COVID-19
Map of India depicting States and Union Territories which are lockdown as of March 23, 2020, due to coronavirus

473. 02:30 PM, March 24, 2020

Very close to coming out with an economic package to deal with coronavirus crisis, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman in a press conference.

472. 02:26 PM, March 24, 2020

No salary or leave deduction during domestic flights suspension period: IndiGo CEO tells staff. ( Source ET)

471. 02:10 PM, March 24, 2020

The number of Coronavirus patients in Tamil Nadu go up to 15.

470. 01:59 PM, March 24, 2020

Chandigarh Administration: Punjab Jail Manual, Cricket Stadium in Sector-16 & Sports Complex in Manimajra are hereby declared as temporary jail till prohibitory orders remain in operation keeping in view the urgencies arisen due to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Manipur declares statewide indefinite curfew after woman tests positive for COVID-19.

(Source: ET)

469. 01:52 PM, March 24, 2020

Chandigarh Administration: Punjab Jail Manual, Cricket Stadium in Sector-16 & Sports Complex in Manimajra are hereby declared as temporary jail till prohibitory orders remain in operation keeping in view the urgencies arisen due to the outbreak of #COVID19. (Source: ET)

468. 01:49 PM, March 24, 2020

Mukesh Ambani’s RIL has mega plans to fight coronavirus. While Reliance Industries Ltd. will make a donation of Rs 5 crore to Maharashtra government’s relief fund, it has also announced that it will gear up production of face masks and safety suits for the workers of the country. “RIL has deployed the combined strengths of Reliance Foundation, Reliance Retail, Jio, Reliance Life Sciences, Reliance Industries, and all the 6,00,000 members of the Reliance family on this action plan against COVID-19,” the company said in a statement. (Source: Financial Express)

467. 01:42 PM, March 24, 2020

Health Department workers like doctors, nurses and all those who attend to Coronavirus patients will be given one month’s extra salary: Tamil Nadu CM Edappadi K Palaniswami in the state assembly. (Source: ANI)

466. 01:04 PM, March 24, 2020

West Bengal: Bengal Imams Association has urged all mosques to prohibit the entry of people in mosques. Only 4-5 with Imam will perform azan. People should offer prayers inside their houses. All mosques in the state should follow the order till 9 April in wake of COVID19. (Source: ANI)

465. 01:02 PM, March 24, 2020

Delhi: Special Task Force constituted by CM Arvind Kejriwal will hold a meeting today at 3:30 pm at CM’s residence, to discuss the steps taken till now to control the spread of #COVID19. Top officials of the concerned departments will be also present in the meeting. (Source: ANI)

464. 12:52 PM, March 24, 2020

Govt includes Covid-19 treatment in Ayushmann Bharat scheme: The central government has decided to extend the benefits of the Ayushmann Bharat Yojana for the treatment of novel coronavirus. The government said that all beneficiaries of the Ayushmann Bharat yojana will be eligible to seek treatment for Covid-19 under this scheme.

463. 12:34 PM, March 24, 2020

Eleven Italian tourists, among the first patients of Covid-19 to be admitted in Indian hospitals, have made a full recovery. Medanta, the super-speciality private hospital where they were being treated, said on Monday all 11 had been discharged and handed over to the Italian embassy.

Overall, 36 coronavirus patients have fully recovered in India.

462. 12:13 PM, March 24, 2020

Arvind Kejriwal said that five people infected with COVID-19 have been discharged from hospitals after getting treatment.

461. 12:09 PM, March 24, 2020

IIT Roorkee Startup Develops Herbal Hand Sanitiser To Tackle COVID-19: In an endeavour to minimise the transmission risk of COVID-19 and promote basic hygiene, two students of IIT Roorkee have led the development of preparing more than 150 litres ( 1500 bottles) of the herbal hand sanitiser. The Heal-agnostics Innovations Pvt. Ltd. Is a start-up incubated at TIDES, IIT Roorkee under the aegis of Dr Indranil Lahiri and Dr Debrupa Lahiri, with support of the administration.

460. 11:50 AM, March 24, 2020

CM Arvind Kejriwal says no new coronavirus case in Delhi in last 24 hours, the biggest challenge now is to not let the situation go out of control.

459. 11:42 AM, March 24, 2020

Case registered against Coca Cola plant in Himachal Pradesh, operated by a separate entity, for running factory in violation of lockdown order to check the spread of coronavirus.

458. 11:32 AM, March 24, 2020

Election Commission postpones elections to 18 Rajya Sabha seats scheduled on March 26 in view of COVID2019 outbreak: Indian Express

457. 11:30 AM, March 24, 2020

West Bengal: Kolkata Police arrests 255 persons from different parts of the city for violating norms during ongoing lockdown imposed in the wake of #Coronavirus threats in the state. (Source: All India Radio News)

456. 11:18 AM, March 24, 2020

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi on COVID-19. The letter states, “I request you to consider advising the State Building & Other Construction Worker’s Welfare Boards to roll out emergency welfare measures, particularity wage support to construction workers.” (Source: ANI)

455. 11:10 AM, March 24, 2020

Four more COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra; total reaches 101: Health official (Source: PTI)

454. 11:08 AM, March 24, 2020

Will address the nation at 8 PM today, on vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19: Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

453. 11:05 AM, March 24, 2020

SAARC health professionals meet proposed for March 26. (Source: ANI)

452. 11:00 AM, March 24, 2020

Former India cricketer and now MLA, Gautam Gambhir has come forward to help the Coronavirus patients. Gautam Gambhir has announced to donate a hefty amount of ₹50 lakh from his Members of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLAD) fund for the equipment needed for the treatment of the people suffering from coronavirus.

451. 10:50 AM, March 24, 2020

According to a medical journal published by the Indian Journal of Medical Research and shared by the ICMR, India ranks 17th among the countries at the highest risk of importation of COVID-19 through air travel.

450. 10:39 AM, March 24, 2020

As per a press release circulated by the ICMR, “A total of 20,707 samples from 23rd March 2020 8:00 PM IST. A total of 471 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases.”

Late at night, the Centre said states have now imposed complete lockdown covering 548 districts.

India reported two more deaths on Monday — one each from West Bengal and Himachal Pradesh.

449. 10:35 AM, March 24, 2020

Piyush Goyal confirms, “Over 111 Govt. labs across India are functional for #COVID19 testing.”

448. 09:50 AM, March 24, 2020

Benchmark indices opened in positive territory on 24 March with Sensex added more than 1000 points. At 09:17 hrs IST, the Sensex is up 1,212.60 points or 4.67 per cent at 27193.84, and the Nifty up 353.85 points or 4.65 per cent at 7964.10.

447. 09:40 AM, March 24, 2020

Manipur has reported the first case of COVID-19 in Northeast India, say reports. Northeast Now reports that a 23-year-old from Imphal (west) has been identified as the first confirmed case in the state.

446. 07:40 AM, March 24, 2020

Tamil Nadu: Out of the 113 passengers who were brought back on board Air Asia flight that landed in Chennai last night, 9 symptomatic passengers were referred to hospital, while the remaining 104 were taken to Air Force quarantine facility in Tambaram yesterday. (Source: ANI)

445. 07:30 AM, March 24, 2020

Complete Lockdown in Kerala – Number of cases 95.

Assam to be under lockdown from 6:00 PM today till 31st of March

96 FIRs were registered in Delhi’s suburb of NOIDA for violating lockdown orders and 1995 vehicles were challaned. (ANI)

444. 06:55 AM, March 24, 2020

The Uttrakhand Government has directed all private medical colleges and hospitals with a capacity of 100 beds or more to reserve 25% of their beds for COVID19 infected or “possibly infected cases”. Government/ ANI.
Gujarat Government announced statewide lock-down. DGP Shivanand Shah said it would be strictly implemented. 

443. 05:55 AM, March 24, 2020

Bombay High Court to hear only urgent cases.

Tamilnadu reported 3 more cases overnight.

30 States and Union Territories are under complete lockdown. India has a total of 36 States and Union Territories (28+8) / 548 districts under lockdown.

All domestic and international airlines to suspend operations from midnight, today.