Just Facts – Coronavirus in India

380. 11:30 PM, March 22, 2020

Amidst COVID-19 impact resultant lockdown, Supreme Court of India would function only on two days this week, tomorrow and on Wednesday.

The UT of Jammu and Kashmir has restricted gathering to a max of 3 at all public places.

Andhra Pradesh reports 6th case. The person infected was in close contact with one of the 5 existing COVID-19 positive cases. All the 5 had international travel history.

379. 11:08 PM, March 22, 2020

In view of the recent complaints that some groups of people have been discriminating against the employees of Air India due to their recent exposure to hotspots of coronavirus for the evacuation operations, the Air India official Twitter handle has tweeted:

“#FlyAI: We would like to appeal to all, particularly the law enforcement agencies, to ensure that AirIndia crew are treated with respect and freedom that every citizen deserves, especially those who have been discharging their duties in a selfless manner for return of fellow Indians”

378. 10:42 PM, March 22, 2020

Jammu & Kashmir Govt: Employers shall not terminate their employees, particularly casual or contractual workers from the job or reduce their wages. If any worker takes leave, they shall be deemed to be on duty without any consequential deduction in wages.

377. 10:38 PM, March 22, 2020

Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel announces lockdown in urban areas till March 31 over novel #coronavirus pandemic. (Source: PTI)

375. 10:31 PM, March 22, 2020

Total number of #Coronavirus positive cases rises to 396 in India (including foreign nationals): Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)

Three persons have been tested positive for #Coronavirus today. Total 28 positive cases have been reported in the state till now: Rohit Singh, Additional Chief Secretary of Rajasthan Health Department

[Source: ANI]

374. 07:55 PM, March 22, 2020

Pune goes under compulsory curfew from 9:00 PM March 22/2020 to 5:00 AM tomorrow. It will be enforced. Joint Police Commissioner Pune.

The State of Telangana has also declared lockout till March 31, 2020. There are 87 lakh people in Telangana under White Ration Card Scheme, they will be provided with 12 KG rice free of cost and Rs 1,500 each.

Three more cases have been reported in Kolkata, West Bengal, with these three added, total number of COVID19 Positive cases in West Bengal is 7.

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has stated the following nationwide numbers:

  • Number of cases: 360
  • Deaths 7

Section 144 has been imposed in all cities of Maharashtra. Chief Minister

373. 07:55 PM, March 22, 2020

There is a clarification by Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) – Delhi Airport is not being shutdown – Domestic flights would keep on operating between Delhi and other cities, both departures and arrivals.

Health Department, Government of Karnataka has reported that till date 26 cases have been identified as COVID-19 positive. It also reported one death.
The State of Goa has extended Janata Curfew by three more days.
Indian Airforce is reducing the number of officers on duty by 25% to 30% and total staff on duty by 45% to 50%.
The State Government of Andhra Pradesh announced free ration to poor and a sum of Rs 1,000 per family.

372. 06:55 PM, March 22, 2020

People shouldn’t come out of houses in States which have announced Lockdown: Prime Minister of India.

All Government Departments to run with skeletal staff to provide essential services – Department of Personnel and Training

First death reported in Gujarat today, a 69-year-old male in Surat – Department of Health, Gujarat.

371. 05:55 PM, March 22, 2020

Delhi is under lockdown. Following Districts have been listed:

  • Central
  • East Delhi
  • North Delhi
  • North West Delhi
  • North East Delhi
  • South Delhi
  • West Delhi

370. 05:47 PM, March 22, 2020

Areas in Maharashtra under lockdown:







Navi Mumbai







369. 05:45 PM, March 22, 2020






Madhya Pradesh









368. 05:42 PM, March 22, 2020

Five districts of Gujarat under lockdown:






367. 05:39 PM, March 22, 2020

Odisha government has ordered lockdown for five districts:






It has also ordered the lockdown of eight towns:






Jajpur Road

Jajpur Town


366. 05:37 PM, March 22, 2020

Seven districts under lockdown in Kerala are:








365. 05:24 PM, March 22, 2020

India has responded to PM Modi’s clarion call. Citizens across India acknowledged the stellar efforts of the women and men standing on the forefront of the fight against COVID-19 in India. The bells, conch shells, claps, etc. started 5 mins prior and kept going. India stands together in gratitude for its warriors today!

364. 04:51 PM, March 22, 2020

In a Press Briefing on COVID-19 in India Prof Bhargava, Director-General, ICMR DELHI expressed that ‘Lockdown is the most essential thing to battle the coronavirus… If we succeed, we will find out soon’.

363. 04:44 PM, March 22, 2020

Indian Council of Medical Research director-general confirms that over 60 private labs have registered so far to conduct COVID-19 tests.

362. 04:41 PM, March 22, 2020

Here is a break up of the coronavirus cases in India.






361. 04:34 PM, March 22, 2020

Gujarat reports first death due to coronavirus infection as a 67-year-old patient dies in Surat. (Source: PTI)

360. 04:34 PM, March 22, 2020

Prohibitory orders imposed in Delhi till Mar 31 due to coronavirus; Protests and other gatherings banned: Delhi Police. (Source: Press Trust of India)

359. 03:55 PM, March 22, 2020

As per the Ministry of Health & Family, Welfare total number of COVID-19 cases have gone up to 341.

Maharashtra to keep Banks & Sharemarkets open.

Uttrakhand lockdown till 31st March 2020.

Tamilnadu extends Janta Curfew till 5:00 AM tomorrow.

As per Central Government, there is no evidence of Community Transmission of COVID-19 in India. (The Hindu).

358. 02:55 PM, March 22, 2020

As per Director General of Press Information Bureau, only essential services would be allowed in 75 districts which have had positive cases of COVID-19, this was decided in a meeting chaired by the Cabinet Secretary.

All metro rail services in India suspended till 31st March.  Source – All India Radio News

357. 01:55 PM, March 22, 2020

This is a real big one, Indian Railways has cancelled all passenger trains till March 31. Source: Indian Railway, Second Source ANI. This is a big disruption and leads India closest to “Shelter in Place”.

Kolkata Metro will also shut down at midnight tonight. Mumbai and other suburban trains too would shutdown.

Punjab confirms 14 positive cases.

356. 12:55 PM, March 22, 2020

Bihar has confirmed two cases, one has passed away, he had a history of travel to Qatar and the second person is a lady who is admitted at AIIMS Patna.

The UT of Jammu & Kashmir has declared March 24th as a Government Holiday, March 23rd and 25th are already holidays in the UT.

355. 11:55 AM, March 22, 2020

Bihar reports its first death. The patient had travelled from Kolkata to AIIMS Patna two days back and was COVID-19 Positive.

ICMR reports that 341 people have so far tested Coronavirus positive in India, so far.

As per the Health Department, Government of Maharashtra total number in the state stands at 74. 6 from Mumbai and 4 from Pune have increased the number by 10.

354. 10:55 AM, March 22, 2020

Punjab Government orders complete lockdown in the state.

Maharashtra reports another death.

353. 9:55 AM, March 22, 2020

There is an overwhelming response to Janta Curfew nationwide.

Care is being taken to clear passengers who have arrived during Janta Curfew from Italy on a special Air India flight. The flight landed a few minutes back. All passengers would be taken to ITBP’s quarantine facility in Chhawla, Delhi.

352. 8:55 AM, March 22, 2020

Largely India is observing voluntary curfew.

Delhi Police is giving flowers to those on-road and requesting them to go home.

Maharashtra has exempted all essential services from voluntary curfew/ Janta Curfew.

351. 7:55 AM, March 22, 2020

News from all parts of India is that the voluntary Janta Curfew is being observed in totality.

Embassy of India in Italy has confirmed that 263 Indians, students and individuals on compassionate ground have left for India on a special Air India flight.

The number of reported cases in India is 332 with 305 cases live and rest declared COVID-19 free.

350. 6:55 AM, March 22, 2020

India gets ready to stay indoors.

Bihar shuts down bus service, restaurants and banquet halls till March 31.

Jharkhand writes to Chairman of Railway Board to stop trains from entering the state from March 22 – March 31.

349. 05:55 AM, March 22, 2020

Don’t pay more. Government fixes the price of single-ply and two-ply face mask between Rs 8 – Rs 10 and of alcohol-based hand sanitizer at Rs 100/- for 200 Ml bottle.

348. 04:55 AM, March 22, 2020

Delhi moved a notch higher:

  • Food to be served in night-shelters
  • Rs 4,000-Rs 5,000 pension to be paid to 8,00,000 beneficiaries by April 7.
  • Free rations with 50% more quantity than normal entitlement to 72 lakh beneficiaries.

Source: Delhi Government/ AIR