Just Facts – Coronavirus in India

347. 10:55 PM, March 21, 2020

The State of Chattisgarh has closed all Government offices except emergency services to be closed, it has also banned all semi-government and private businesses. Intercity and intracity state transport has been suspended., review on March 31/2020.

Pondicherry has shut down its famous beach for public till March 31/2020

346. 09:55 PM, March 21, 2020

After the frantic movement from cities to villages, the PM made an appeal to stay where you are or in other words Shelter in Place to contain the spread.

345. 08:55 PM, March 21, 2020

Kerala is infected and it is the Gulf which has exported it to Kerala. With 12 more cases reported, the number stands at 52.

Indian Railways has closed all its museums, heritage parks and galleries with immediate effect. No date of reopening has been announced.

344. 07:55 PM, March 21, 2020

Former CM of Rajasthan and BJP leader Vasundhra Raje tested negative for COVID-19.

India Railways to suspend all services from 00:00 hrs till 10:00 PM.

343. 06:55 PM, March 21, 2020

The number of COVID cases in India is 283.

Delhi Metro has reconfirmed that all services would be closed from 7:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

342. 05:55 PM, March 21, 2020

Lawyers’ bodies—SCBA, SCAORA—has decided to appeal to Chief Justice of India to prepone summer vacation in Supreme Court by declaring holidays for 2-4 weeks in wake of coronavirus pandemic. (Source: Press Trust of India)

341. 05:45 PM, March 21, 2020

Vasundhara Raje tested negative. She tweeted, “After conducting a #Covid19 test, I’m happy to inform you that the results came back negative. However, as a preventive measure, my son and I will continue to be in isolation for 15 days.”

340. 05:36 PM, March 21, 2020

No lockdown in Delhi for now, but will have to do it if the need arises: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal on Covid-19.

339. 05:33 PM, March 21, 2020

SBI opens an emergency credit line for borrowers | Amid businesses getting affected due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, the country’s largest lender State Bank of India has opened an emergency credit line to meet any liquidity mismatch for its borrowers. (Source: ET)

338. 05:24 PM, March 21, 2020

Amid fears of a lockdown in India, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry emphasised, “NO LOCKDOWN”.

The Joint Secretary said, “All our efforts are towards Prevention”.

337. 05:05 PM, March 21, 2020

Tata Group to fully compensate temporary staff amid COVID-19 outbreak

– N Chandrasekaran

336. 05:00 PM, March 21, 2020

No gathering with more than 5 people allowed.

– Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

335. 04:58 PM, March 21, 2020

India revises its testing strategy for coronavirus; all patients hospitalised with severe acute respiratory illness to be now tested for COVID19 infection. (Source: Wion)

334. 04:53 PM, March 21, 2020

People should not go for coronavirus test out of fashion or for confidence-building; it should be done as per protocol: Health ministry. (Press Trust of India)

333. 04:51 PM, March 21, 2020

India has come up with a chatbot to spread awareness about coronavirus.

An individual is required to text +919013151515 (or click on this link) to connect to the bot.

The bot was built by Mumbai-based firm Haptik Technologies, which local telecom giant Reliance Jio acquired last year, and the information is being provided by the nation’s Ministry of Health. (Source: Techcrunch)

332. 04:43 PM, March 21, 2020

Mock drill on Mar 22 for emergency response for handling coronavirus cases in govt hospitals: Health ministry (Source: Press Trust of India)

331. 04:37 PM, March 21, 2020

72 lakh people in Delhi get ration from fair price shops. Ration per person being increased by 50 pc, will be provided free: Arvind Kejriwal (Source: Press Trust of India)

330. 04:29 PM, March 21, 2020

The Prime Minister has tweeted about the current coronavirus situation in the country:

“Never forget – precautions not panic!

It’s not only important to be home but also remain in the town/ city where you are. Unnecessary travels will not help you or others.

In these times, every small effort on our part will leave a big impact. #IndiaFightsCorona”

329. 04:19 PM, March 21, 2020

Govt caps the maximum retail price of 200ml hand sanitizer at Rs 100 till June

The maximum retail price of hand sanitizer at Rs 100 per 200ml bottle till June 30 this year

Similarly, the price of a 2 ply (surgical) mask has been capped at Rs 8

That of 3 ply (surgical) mask at Rs 10 till June 30

Earlier this month, the government had declared sanitizers and masks “essential commodities”

On March 19, the government had placed price limits on alcohols used in making hand sanitizer. (Source ET)

328. 03:50 PM, March 21, 2020

Autos, taxis to remain off-road in Delhi during ‘Janta Curfew’.

327. 02:58 PM, March 21, 2020

Anupam Kher opts self-isolation after returning from New York: Veteran actor Anupam Kher who returned from New York to Mumbai after four months on Friday decided to keep himself in self-isolation as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Source: ET)

326. 02:56 PM, March 21, 2020

The Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Wakf Board on Saturday announced the suspension of regular prayers at its affiliated mosques and shrines as a preventive measure to contain the fast-spreading COVID-19. (Source Firstpost)

325. 02:52 PM, March 21, 2020

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced that all govt press conferences will be conducted digitally from now on. “All Delhi government press conferences will be conducted digitally now. It’s very important that all journalists, who are at the forefront of our battle against Corona, also protect themselves as they are in a high exposure environment,” he tweeted. (Source Firstpost)

324. 02:47 PM, March 21, 2020

#coronavirus: Potato prices jump at least 20 per cent in West Bengal amid panic-buying. (Source: Press Trust of India)

323. 02:43 PM, March 21, 2020

#coronavirus: Kerala’s Kasaragod district on lockdown, cases against 10 traders for opening shops despite the warning. (Source: Press Trust of India)

322. 02:25 PM, March 21, 2020

Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple to be closed for devotees from today till March 25.  (Source ET)

321. 01:19 PM, March 21, 2020

CBSE launches toll-free helpline for students, parents on coronavirus safeguards

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has launched a toll-free helpline on coronavirus safeguards for students, officials said on Saturday.

The facility is available on helpline number 1800 11 8004 from 8 am to 8 pm, initially up to March 31, they said.

320. 01:15 PM, March 21, 2020

Netflix is establishing a $100 million virus relief fund for the worldwide creative community.

319. 12:48 PM, March 21, 2020

The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport has barred all International flights for one week from March 22 onwards amid the coronavirus pandemic. (Source ET)

318. 12:32 PM, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: Strict restrictions on movement and assembly of people in Kashmir, markets shut.

315. 12:19 PM, March 21, 2020

A special Air India flight will be evacuating Indian nationals stranded in Italy, ANI reports.

314. 12:14 PM, March 21, 2020

Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane: We have launched a self-assessment interactive app on #Coronavirus. This is the first in the country. We’re taking all precautions and discouraging gathering of even 5 people. We don’t want tourists coming to Goa till the situation settles.

313. 12:08 PM, March 21, 2020

Asia’s richest man, Jack Ma, has pledged to deliver 1.8 million face masks and 210,000 coronavirus test kits to Asia. (Source: Bloomberg)

312. 11:47 AM, March 21, 2020

Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has come up with a measure to relieve financial burdens during the time of coronavirus in India. It is suggesting a direct cash transfer of Rs 5,000 cash transfer to 20 cr people.

CII suggests direct cash transfer of Rs 5,000 into the accounts of all adults with an annual income of less than Rs 5 lakh per annum.

It said that for more vulnerable persons above 60, the cash transfers could be raised to Rs 10,000. (Source: ET)

311. 11:37 AM, March 21, 2020

Pune woman with no travel history tests positive. (Source: Quint)

310. 11:34 AM, March 21, 2020

Noida administration has started its sanitisation work. It has stopped the entry and exit of a society in Noida Sec-74. The apartment is now being sanitised. (Source: ET)

309. 11:32 AM, March 21, 2020

One more person tests positive for coronavirus in Gujarat; total rises to eight: Officials

308. 11:26 AM, March 21, 2020

The total number of cases reach 274 in India. Maharashtra the worst-hit state.

307. 11:13 AM, March 21, 2020

Sources from the Rashtrapati Bhavan say Ram Nath Kovind has cancelled all his appointments. The president had come in contact with MP Dushyant Singh who is currently under self-isolation.

306. 11:05 AM, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus: 11 fresh cases reported in Maharashtra; total number jumps to 63 in the state. (Press Trust of India)

305. 10:54 AM, March 21, 2020

A 200 ml bottle of #HandSanitizer cannot be sold for more than Rs.100.  Bottles of other sizes to be priced proportionally. This is applicable throughout the country till 30th June 2020. (Source: PIB)

304. 10:51 AM, March 21, 2020

Maharashtra Government issues circular to restrict or lower the use of air-conditioners to a minimum in government offices, to curb the spread of #Coronavirus.

303. 10:46 AM, March 21, 2020

According to a government record, India has one doctor for every 1,457 citizens. This is the reason why India cannot allow a stage 3 transmission.

302. 10:39 AM, March 21, 2020

The UP police have booked singer Kanika Kapoor for negligence and committing acts that are likely to spread disease dangerous to life after she attended at least three gatherings in Lucknow, including a party where political leaders were present, and tested positive for the new coronavirus, an official said. (Source ET)

301. 10:27 AM, March 21, 2020

Air India to mount a 787-Dreamliner to Rome today to evacuate students, other travellers or any Indians stranded there. The flight will return to Delhi tomorrow morning.

300. 10:23 AM, March 21, 2020

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath: Rs 1000 each will be given to 15 lakh daily wage labourers and 20.37 lakh construction workers to help them meet their daily needs.

299. 10:05 AM, March 21, 2020

Janata curfew: No passenger trains will run on Sunday. The sources have said that mail and express trains will also stop services from 4 am on Sunday. All suburban train services to be reduced to a bare minimum as well.

298. 09:56 AM, March 21, 2020

Another new case of coronavirus has been reported in Gujarat after a 52-year-old man who returned from Sri Lanka tested positive in Vadodara. (Source: India Today)

297. 09:48 AM, March 21, 2020

Karnataka Deputy CM CN Ashwath Narayan: IT companies agreed to close their offices&allow employees, except for those discharging essential services, to work from home during a video conference with companies’ representatives yesterday. We’ll issue a circular to this effect soon. (Source: ANI)

296. 09:39 AM, March 21, 2020

The total number of positive cases of #COVID19 in India now stands at 258 (including 39 foreigners), 4 deaths (1 each) in Delhi, Karnataka, Punjab and Maharashtra: Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. (Source: ANI)

295. 09:27 AM, March 21, 2020

Coronavirus cases rise to 258 in India: Health Ministry (Source: Press Trust of India)

294. 09:15 AM, March 21, 2020

The State Government of Kerala is trying to stay ahead of the curve Coronavirus is making. Kerala has directed all its employees to work part-time for two weeks.

UPSC defers all remaining civil services interviews to April 3/ 2020.

293. 09:00 AM, March 21, 2020

Finally big news from RBI – Rs 30,000 Crores would be inducted through open market operations next week to maintain financial stability amidst Coronavirus pandemic across India.

292. 08:45 AM, March 21, 2020

Embassy of India in the US has issued an advisory to all those whose Visa is expiring and are still the US. They have told them to get in touch with USCIS for Visa extension assistance. This is in light of the blanket ban on take-off for India from overseas from 22nd of March, 2020.

As per All India Radio News 6 more cases have been reported from Rajasthan.

As per ANI, Varanasi’s Sankat Mochan Hanuman temple is being closed till March 25/ 2020.

291. 08:30 AM, March 21, 2020

Nagpur, Maharashtra – All private and corporate services barring essential services declared closed by District Administration Nagpur. They will remain closed till March 31. (AIR News)

290. 08:00 AM, March 21, 2020

It is getting serious by the hour now. Three family members and one other test positive for COVID19 in Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh.

289. 07:00 AM, March 21, 2020

The Hindu reports that there are 214 active cases and 234 total cases reported. It further reports that Tamil Nadu has gone for partial closure of its borders with neighbouring states.

Kanika Kapoor, the Bollywood singer who acted irresponsibly had stayed in The Taj Hotel Lucknow. As per Taj Group sources, the hotel has been temporarily closed.

288. 06:30 AM, March 21, 2020

Delhi now has 20 confirmed cases of Coronavirus reported. This figure doesn’t include those who have recovered.

The Indian state of Meghalaya becomes the first Indian State to observe complete shutdown. Meghalaya went for a shutdown at 00:00 hours this morning. It is for 24 hours, with Janta Curfew starting after that, the state would see 48 hours of negligible activity.

287. 06:00 AM, March 21, 2020

As per India in Iran, the official Twitter Handle of India’s Iran Embassy, 1006 Fishermen in Hormozgan have been provided with essential supplies. These fishermen are from Tamilnadu, Gujarat and Kerala.

286. 05:30 AM, March 21, 2020

Every passenger disembarking from the US, UK and Australia would be screened – Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

District of Kangra in Himachal Pradesh has had its first two cases, both direct “imports of virus” one from Singapore and one from Dubai. (Press Information Bureau)

285. 05:30 AM, March 21, 2020

Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh has been closed for devotees till March 31.

Meanwhile, on a lighter note, Kerala High Court rejected the plea to allow the sale of liquor online. The plea was, the online sale would ensure no crowding at liquor shops. (ANI)

284. 05:00 AM, March 21, 2020

Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat, Gujarat has 7 positive COVID-19 cases. The state is releasing one-month advance ratio to all ration card holders of Public Distribution System.

283. 04:30 AM, March 21, 2020

The number of positive cases reported from Telangana reached 19. Three fresh cases were reported.

282. 04:00 AM, March 21, 2020

In the border state of Arunachal Pradesh, Panchyat Elections have been put off.