Just Facts – Coronavirus in India

442. 11:55 PM, March 23, 2020

Persons employed in private organisations engaged in essential services in Delhi will have to seek “curfew” passes from their DCP offices: Delhi Police/ AIR

441. 10:55 PM, March 23, 2020

All incoming traffic stopped in 107 immigration check posts.

Private laboratories can charge Rs 1,500 for testing and Rs 3,000 for confirmation of Coronavirus.

12 private lab businesses having 15,000 collection centres (collectively) start testing of COVID19

Assam under lock-down till 31st March

440. 09:55 PM, March 23, 2020

Maharashtra to impose a curfew from midnight, state-wide.

439. 08:55 PM, March 23, 2020

Number of cases in Maharashtra is 97

All essential goods shops would open in Uttrakhand from 7:00 AM to 10:00 AM

438. 07:58 PM, March 23, 2020

Tejashwi Yadav offers official bungalow for use as quarantine camp. (Source: Republic TV)

437. 07:56 PM, March 23, 2020

Tripura CM Biplab Deb announces a complete lockdown in the state from 2 PM tomorrow till 31st March in the wake of Coronavirus Pandemic. (Source: ANI)

436. 07:55 PM, March 23, 2020

We are going through a crisis, we must all cooperate as a family so that no one gets this disease. Police have been fully empowered to enforce the curfew & if anyone is caught violating it then they will be treated with legal mechanism: Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh.

435. 06:03 PM, March 23, 2020

Additional precautionary measures initiated by IndianArmy

  • Attendance further reduced in Headquarters. Work from Home enhanced.
  • Personnel engaged in Essential services only, including Medical Services to continue.

434. 06:00 PM, March 23, 2020

Families having ration cards will get free ration for one month and pensioners will get 3 months’ pension in advance. Every family having ration cards in lockdown areas will get Rs 1000. Students of Class 1 to Class 12 will get scholarships till March 31, announces Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. (Source: News 18)

433. 05:40 PM, March 23, 2020

Grant leave to domestic helpers till March 31, pay wages: Gujarat govt

In order to promote social distancing and check the spread of coronavirus, the Labour and Employment department of Gujarat government Monday asked citizens to grant voluntary leaves to domestic helpers and other domestic workers until March 31. (Source the Indian Express)

432. 05:24 PM, March 23, 2020

Manipur govt orders shut down of the State except for emergency and essential services till March 31 as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of Coronavirus. (Source: All India Radio News)

431. 05:17 PM, March 23, 2020

Yesterday we sealed the state borders and today we are sealing district borders. We will not allow it to spread to the districts which are unaffected as of now: Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray.

431. 05:08 PM, March 23, 2020

The Indian Army has tweeted, “#Quarantine facilities of #IndianArmy as on date are only functioning at #Manesar & #Jaisalmer.”

430. 04:49 PM, March 23, 2020

Bengaluru police commissioner says those subjected to home-quarantine stamping will be arrested if they are found in public places. (Source: TOI)

429. 04:40 PM, March 23, 2020

ICMR Director-General: Hydroxychloroquine is recommended only for a healthcare worker who is treating a COVID-19 patient. Secondly, it’s recommended only for persons staying & caring for a household positive patient. They can take that only for prophylaxis, only for prevention.

428. 04:35 PM, March 23, 2020

Complete lockdown in 19 states, UTs; some parts of 6 states, UTs have been kept under lockdown: Union Health Ministry joint secretary.

Jamia Millia Islamia forms 11-member committee to deal with medical emergencies due to coronavirus outbreak, say officials.

(Source: PTI)

427. 04:32 PM, March 23, 2020

One person died of CoronaVirus in Kolkata this afternoon. (Source: All India Radio News)

426. 04:17 PM, March 23, 2020

ICMR chief confirms over 12 more laboratory chains have come on board and are testing for the virus.

425. 04:17 PM, March 23, 2020

Arunachal Pradesh govt orders lockdown from 5 pm on Monday till March 31. (Source: TOI)

424. 04:00 PM, March 23, 2020

After Donald Trump prescription, ICMR, Delhi, prescribes Hydroxychloroquine for prophylaxis of COVID-19 for high risk population in India. (Source: The Indian Express)

423. 03:45 PM, March 23, 2020

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat asks officials to strictly enforce statewide lockdown to check #coronavirus spread, seeks public cooperation.

422. 03:18 PM, March 23, 2020

Tamil Nadu to impose Section 144 all over the state, starting tomorrow at 6 pm, till March 31.

Delhi High Court suspends functioning till April 4.

Sources say West Bengal CM has written to the PM to issue instructions to stop all flights coming into West Bengal with immediate effect.

Houses of 3,000 people advised home quarantine following screening for coronavirus in Chennai under watch; Houses to be stamped with stickers for alerting others: Civic body.

Telangana govt has invoked the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897. All hospitals are ordered not to perform any elective procedures/ surgeries to enhance the availability of healthcare facilities to Covid-19 patients.

(Source ET)

421. 03:06 PM, March 23, 2020

Lockdown announced in Tamil Nadu from 6 PM on Tuesday till Mar 31 to check the spread of coronavirus. District borders to be shut; barring outlets dealing with essentials, all other establishments to be closed: Govt

420. 03:03 PM, March 23, 2020

Jammu & Kashmir Police: FIR has been registered against two students for concealing their travel history to Pakistan and Bangladesh, in Awantipora area of Pulwama district in the union territory.

419. 03:01 PM, March 23, 2020

Delhi govt allocates Rs 724 crore for new hospitals, Rs 365 crore for more mohalla clinics, polyclinics.

418. 02:58 PM, March 23, 2020

Delhi govt to provide Rs 7,704 crore for the health sector in the next financial year: Dy CM Sisodia in the Budget speech. (Source: PTI)

417. 02:31 PM, March 23, 2020

SAARC Corona Emergency Fund

Sri Lanka – $ 5 million

Bangladesh – $1.5 million

Nepal – $1 million

India – $10 million

Maldives – $200,000

Bhutan – $100,000

Afghanistan – $ 1 Million

416. 02:04 PM, March 23, 2020

AIIMS to shut down OPD, including speciality services, all new and follow up patients’ registration from March 24 till further orders. (Source: PTI)

415. 01:59 PM, March 23, 2020

55 CNG stations to be operational in Delhi, Ghaziabad, Noida, Greater Noida and Gurugram during the period of lockdown from March 23 till 31st March: Indraprastha Gas Limited

414. 01:57 PM, March 23, 2020

All officers/officials of Punjab Vigilance Bureau (VB) will be contributing their one day salary to the Chief Minister Relief Fund: Public Relations, Punjab. (Source: ANI)

413. 01:31 PM, March 23, 2020

In the wake of the Coronavirus crisis in the country, Deputy Chief Minister of Haryana Dushyant Chautala on Monday donated one month of his salary to the Coronavirus Relief fund.

412. 01:26 PM, March 23, 2020

Curfew imposed in Punjab to combat coronavirus spread. (Source: PTI)

411. 01:09 PM, March 23, 2020

Karnataka govt to buy 1,000 ventilators, 5 lakh personal protective equipment, says state health minister.

410. 01:08 PM, March 23, 2020

Punjab CM to initiate legal action against violators: ‘Won’t let few threaten safety’.

409. 12:11 PM, March 23, 2020

Two-wheeler major TVS Motor Company on Monday said it is suspending production at all its plants for two days in order to safeguard its employees from the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: ET)

408. 12:08 PM, March 23, 2020

~ 15,17,327 – Passengers screened at the airports. (Source: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare)

407. 12:00 PM, March 23, 2020

The Health Ministry has released the complete list of cases district wise in India. Here is the list.

406. 11:54 AM, March 23, 2020

Canadian Olympic officials urge postponement of #TokyoGames, says that in view of the #CoronavirusPandemic they won’t send the team in summer of 2020. India is considering the options. (Source: All India Radio News)

405. 11:49 AM, March 23, 2020

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that the Delhi Budget would be tabled on Monday despite it being the first day of a lockdown in the national capital to prevent the possible community spread of the coronavirus. (Source: Hindu)

404. 11:39 AM, March 23, 2020

Here are the Indian corporates stepping up to fight against Coronavirus menace in India.

~ Tata Group will pay full wages to its temporary workers and daily-wage earners for March and April.

~ Vedanta chairman Anil Agarwal is committing ₹100 crores to fight Covid-19.

~ Paytm is earmarking ₹5 crores for innovators developing medical solutions. Founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma will forego 2 months’ salary.

~ Anand Mahindra offers converting resorts to isolation/quarantine facilities, to develop a fund to fight coronavirus and offers his salary to be contributed to it.

402. 10:56 AM, March 23, 2020

The total number of positive Coronavirus cases in the country is 415 and 7 deaths: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

401. 10:56 AM, March 23, 2020

Government of India asks states to strictly enforce lockdown, legal action will be taken against violators. (Source: PIB)

400. 10:50 AM, March 23, 2020

11 new coronavirus cases in Gujarat; the total number of patients rises to 29, 1 death: Source – PTI

399. 10:47 AM, March 23, 2020

Leading automakers such as Maruti Suzuki India and Mahindra & Mahindra have announced the suspension of manufacturing activities across plants. Two-wheeler maker Hero MotoCorp has also suspended production across all manufacturing plants. (Source: ET)

398. 10:44 AM, March 23, 2020

Police at Delhi-Gautam Budh Nagar border are stopping vehicles from Delhi entering Uttar Pradesh amid lockdowns. (Source ET)

397. 10:32 AM, March 23, 2020

Prime Minister sends a stern message to the public. He tweeted, “Many people are still not taking the lockdown seriously. Please save yourself by doing this, save your family, follow the instructions seriously. I request the state governments that they enforce the rules and laws strictly”.

397. 10:18 AM, March 23, 2020

Amid lockdown in the city due to COVID19, Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi opened this morning and continues the business as usual. A wholesale seller says, “Fruits and vegetables are in sufficient quantity.”

396. 10:10 AM, March 23, 2020

Shiv Sena MPs will not take part in proceedings of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, due to Coronavirus: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut.

Andhra Pradesh reports the sixth positive case.

395. 10:07 AM, March 23, 2020

Sensex tanks 10 pc to hit lower circuit limit, halts trading for 45 minutes. (Source: PTI)

394. 10:05 AM, March 23, 2020

CPM MP KK Ragesh has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha over “2000 people gathering at the Parliament including PM and MPs amid the spread of COVID19”

393. 09:59 AM, March 23, 2020

In view of the government imposed lockdown, services of Ola will not be available in Delhi till 31 March. This is to support the administration to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus infection.

392. 09:55 AM, March 23, 2020

Tamil Nadu: Two new Covid-19outbreak positive cases reported.

391. 09:50 AM, March 23, 2020

A 68-year-old Philippines citizen, initially tested positive for COVD19 but subsequently became negative, passed away yesterday. He was shifted from Kasturba hospital to a private hospital. He had developed acute renal failure and respiratory distress: Public Health Department, Mumbai.

390. 09:39 AM, March 23, 2020

“Uber is complying with all Central and State Government directives related to its services for containing the spread of Coronavirus.’’ – Uber Spokesperson

389. 09:34 AM, March 23, 2020

Maharashtra cases touch 89. India tally of coronavirus near 400 now.

388. 09:26 AM, March 23, 2020

Market hits a new low. 1 US dollar equals to Rs 76.04 and Sensex is down by 2,148 points, Nifty below 8,000.

387. 09:17 AM, March 23, 2020

The total number of positive Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rises to 89: Maharashtra Health Department. (Source: ANI)

386. 08:51 AM, March 23, 2020

Government of Punjab: To help those whose livelihood is affected as a result of lockdown to curb the spread of #CoronaVirus, all IAS Officers of Punjab Cadre shall contribute one day salary to Chief Minister Relief Fund. (Source: ANI)

385. 07:30 AM, March 23, 2020

17 out of 28 States and 5 out of 8 Union Territories have at least one district under lockdown. Total number of Districts under central Government lockdown is now 80.

Prime Minister of India has urged maximum use of Digital Means of Payment to control the spread of Coronavirus in India.

Team of researchers at IIT-Delhi have developed a cheap test to confirm Coronavirus. It has been sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune, which is doing clinical trials. Source – The Hindu.

384. 07:00 AM, March 23, 2020

Keep it handy, ICMR has released a list of operational laboratories for Coronavirus Testing in India. Here is the LIST

Budget Session of Parliament may end today – NDTV

Supreme Court to function without lawyers today, virtually.

383. 06:30 AM, March 23, 2020

Reported Cases: 384

Active Cases: 353

Recovered: 24

Deaths 7

Indian Embassy in the US has set up 24×7 helplines for Indians- This is the link

The Government of Maharashtra has issued an advisory to all private hospitals:

  •  Postpone non-emergency services
  • Prepare isolation wards

382. 06:00 AM, March 23, 2020

Delhi under lockdown from 6:00 AM till March 31st – Delhi Government.

Government of UT of Jammu and Kashmir is starting doorstep delivery of ration to the cardholders.

Do wash your hands after touching currency – Indian Banks Association (AIR News)

381. 05:30 AM, March 23, 2020

Pune has extended curfew till March 31/2020.

Lockdown has been extended in Uttar Pradesh’s Pilibhit district.

Delhi has three terminals, TI, T2 and T3 – DIAL, the agency operating Delhi Airport, has stated that all operations at T3 are suspended till 5:31 AM of March 29/2020.

Arunachal Pradesh has placed the state under restrictive mode as a precautionary measure under “Complete Safety Restrictions” notification till March 29/2020.