LIVE Updates: Corona Virus Updates WORLD WIDE !! – LOCK Down.

KOLKATA : 5th August Another Complete Lock down day for Bengal !!

** From June 1, Goa to get more trains, flights

Trains and flights are expected to arrive in Goa in large numbers from June 1 as the fifth phase of the coronavirus-induced lockdown brings with it a greater rolling back of restrictions, officials said on Sunday.

** CISCE allows class 10,12 students to change exam centre, appear for boards later

  • The Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) has allowed students to appear for the pending board exams from the city they are in at present and has also given an option to candidates to take up the exam later during compartmental tests, according to officials.
  • The exams, which were postponed in view of a nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the spread of COVID-19, have been scheduled from July 1 to 14.

** Hack-for-hire firms targeting financial services, healthcare amid COVID-19 pandemic: Google

  • Hack-for-hire firms, many of them based in India, are creating accounts spoofing the World Health Organization (WHO) and targeting business leaders in financial services, consulting, and healthcare corporations in the US, the UK and Bahrain among other countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report by Google.
  • The tech giant noted that numerous coronavirus-themed attacks have been discovered and confirmed by its teams as the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted people’s lives and businesses across the world.

** No new tax in UP to offset economic impact of COVID: Yogi

  • Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday said the state government does not intend to impose any new tax to deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus crisis.
  • Replying to a specific question during a virtual press conference, Adityanath said, “We have started our economic activities, and it is moving on rapidly. As compared to the previous month, this month’s revenue (collection) seems good.”

** Air India makes it mandatory for crew to check pre-flight COVID-19 test results are negative

  • Air India has made it mandatory for its pilots and cabin crew members to check and confirm that their pre-flight COVID-19 test results are negative before they operate an aircraft, according to an official communication issued hours after the Delhi-Moscow flight incident involving a pilot on Saturday.
  • An Air India flight from Delhi to Moscow with no passenger on-board was asked to return midway on Saturday after its ground staff realised that one of the pilots of the plane had tested positive for coronavirus but was assigned the duty following an oversight by a team checking pre-flight medical reports of the crew.

** Rajasthan Government issues guidelines for the 5th phase of lockdown for the period of June 1 to June 30

Shops, beauty parlours, community parks to be open following social distancing guidelines and other precautions; Govt offices to function with full strength.

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** 827 who landed in Mumbai kept under institutional quarantine

As many as 827 Indians who landed at the Mumbai international airport from abroad so far since Sunday have been kept under institutional quarantine as per the guidelines for COVID-19, a civic official said. However, none of them has been shifted to any isolation facility, he said.

Special trains to have only AC classes; fare structure shall be as applicable for regular time-tabled Rajdhani trains: Railways

** Oil falls on fears of corona-virus second wave

  • Possible signs of a second wave of infections worried investors as Wuhan, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak in China, on Monday reported its first cluster of infections since the city’s lockdown was lifted a month ago.
  • South Korea also warned of a second wave of the coronavirus on Sunday as countries across the globe begin to step up efforts to ease coronavirus-related restrictions.
  • Brent crude was down $1.11, or 3.6%, at $29.86 a barrel by 0916 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude fell 92 cents, or 3.7%, to $23.82.

** Beware of Covid bill shocks: TRAI

  • The telecom regulator on Monday asked public to exercise due caution while joining online conference platforms via audio calls by first checking applicable rates for dialling such numbers and their helplines.
  • Considering that a large number of people have been using online conferencing platforms due to continued COVID-19 lockdown, it is important to alert them to check applicable charges for dialling such numbers/helplines of such platform or app providers, it said.

** South Korea scrambles to contain nightclub coronavirus outbreak

  • South Korean officials are searching for thousands of people who may have been infected in a cluster of cases linked to nightclubs and bars in the capital Seoul.
  • Officials reported 35 new cases as of midnight on Sunday, the second consecutive day of new cases of that magnitude and the highest numbers in more than a month.

** No invasive techniques for autopsy of COVID-19 patients

  • Invasive techniques should not be adopted for forensic autopsy in COVID-19 death cases as doctors and other mortuary staff are exposed to potentially dangerous health risks due to organ fluids and secretions, the ICMR has said in a draft document.
  • According to the final draft, deaths in hospital and under medical care due to coronavirus infection is a non-MLC case and doesn’t require postmortem and the required certification of death is being done by treating doctors.

** Russia overtakes Italy and Britain

  • The official tally surged to 221,344, meaning Russia now has more registered cases than Italy or Britain and only trails Spain and the United States, as the number of new cases of the novel corona-virus jumped by 11,656 in the past 24 hours.
  • More than half of all cases and deaths are in Moscow, the epicenter of Russia’s outbreak.

** 11 new COVID-19 cases in Bihar, total 707

  • Five of the new COVID-19 cases are from Khagaria, four from Begusarai and two from Banka districts, officials said.
  • Of the 707 COVID-19 patients, 343 are still afflicted with the disease, while 358 have recovered. Six people have died of COVID-19 so far — one each from Patna, Rohtas, Munger, Vaishali, East Champaran and Sitamarhi districts.Barring Jamui, all the remaining 37 districts of Bihar are affected by COVID-19.Munger district has reported the highest number of cases (115), followed by Patna (61), Rohtas (59), Buxar (56), Nalanda (50), Siwan (33), Kaimur (32) and Begusarai (31), officials said.
  • A total of 36,053 samples have been tested so far at seven facilities in Patna, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur and Darbhanga, the officials added.

** Shramik Special with 1.2k people arrives in C’garh from Guj

  • The first Shramik Special trainwith over 1,200 migrant labourers stranded due to the novel coronavirus-induced lockdown reached Bilaspur in Chhattisgarh from Ahmedabad in Gujarat at 9:45am on Monday.
  • After medical screening at the railway station, they will be transported to their respective districts in 70 buses specially arranged by the administration, a state public relations department official told PTI.
  • In keeping with norms in place to fight the novel coronavirus outbreak, the passengers were given masks and hand sanitisers as soon as they alighted from the coaches, and an 80-member medical team was in place to screen them, he added.
  • They will have to stay in quarantine centres for the next 14 days in their respective towns and villages as a precautionary measure before being allowed to go home, the official informed.

** Triveni Turbine partially resumes operations at Bengaluru plants

  • Steam turbine maker Triveni Turbine Ltd (TTL) on Thursday announced the partial resumption of the operations of its plants in Bengaluru and stressed that all necessary precautions are being taken to ensure health and safety of its staff and other stakeholders.

** Srinagar admn draws up care package for 6,330 women expecting babies in four months

  • The Srinagar administration has reached out to more than 6,300 women expecting a baby in the next four months, allaying their fears about proper care during the coronavirus outbreak with a package that includes regular checkups and the availability of ambulances.
  • The plan was chalked out after a team went door to door around Srinagar city and its outskirts to identify women needing help during these difficult days, when all of India is under lockdown, officials said.

** Lockdown norms partially relaxed in Karnataka from today

  • The Karnataka government has partially relaxed COVID-19 lockdown norms in the state allowing IT and IT-enabled services to operate with essential minimum staff and also certain construction activities, manufacturing of packaging materials, courier services, among others from Thursday.
  • The activities will be permitted only outside the COVID-19 containment zones identified by the government.
  • There were reports of some large-scale traffic movement in some parts of the city this morning as lockdown curbs were relaxed.

** Few things are going to get relief from tomorrow onwards – CM Mamata Banerjee !!

** 39 Indian labourers in shelter camps in western Nepal

  • Around 39 Indian labourers are stuck in Nepal due to the closure of the India-Nepal border after the coronavirus outbreak and are living in shelter camps in western Nepal’s Jhapa district for the past two weeks.
  • The labourers had entered Nepal to earn livelihood after celebrating Holi festival in India.
  • However, they got stuck in the border area as both the countries closed their borders to check the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.

** COVID-19: IB office in Bhubaneswar sealed, employees put under home quarantine

The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) has sealed the office of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) here and put all its employees under home quarantine after it was found that one of the staff of the central agency had come in contact with a COVID-19 patient, an official said on Tuesday.

** Acko General Insurance offers one month free auto insurance amid COVID-19 lockdown

Acko General Insurance on Tuesday said it will offer one month’s vehicle insurance free of charge to its customers in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. As people are not using their vehicles at this time, their insurance for the month remains unutilised, Acko General Insurance said in a release.

*** Delhi: 9th and 11th class students will be promoted on the basis of exams appeared and internal assessments

9th and 11th class students had an exam remaining which was cancelled due to lockdown. They will be promoted according to the results of the exams that had appeared in and their internal assessments.

** Ministry of Power clarifies on apprehensions regarding instability in grid&voltage fluctuation

PM has appealed to voluntarily switch off lights between 9:00 p.m to 9:09 pm on April 5. Some apprehensions have been expressed that this may cause instability in grid&voltage fluctuation which may harm electrical appliances. These apprehensions are misplaced: Ministry of Power

** Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai to ten COVID-19 screening clinics

Municipal Corporation Greater Mumbai to start from today ten COVID-19 screening clinics in all containment zones and densely populated areas where the focal outbreak of COVID19 has been observed.

** It is to clarify that no plan regarding the resumption of passenger services has been issued: Railways

** Polio immunization suspended amid coronavirus pandemic

  • Health officials attempting to eradicate polio say they are being forced to suspend their mass immunization efforts amid the surging coronavirus pandemic.
  • The World Health Organization and partners decided that for the next six months, all polio activities including national vaccination campaigns and house-to-house surveillance “should be suspended to avoid placing communities and frontline workers at unnecessary risk.”
  • The announcement came after a meeting last week of the Polio Oversight Board, an expert body coordinated by WHO and partners.
  • The experts noted that while halting efforts to stop polio is necessary given the speed at which COVID-19 is infecting people globally, it will undoubtedly result in the increased spread of the paralytic disease and the numbers of children paralyzed by the virus.

*** IIT Guwahati students develop drone to sanitise large areas

A group of students at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Guwahati, has developed a drone with an automated sprayer to sanitise large areas including roads, parks and footpaths, to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The student group, which has a start-up called “Racerfly”, has approached the Assam and Uttarakhand governments offering to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with their sprayer system which they claim can accomplish the task in less than 15 minutes which would otherwise take a person 1.5 days of work.

The student group, which has a start-up called “Racerfly”, has approached the Assam and Uttarakhand governments offering to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic with their sprayer system which they claim can accomplish the task in less than 15 minutes which would otherwise take a person 1.5 days of work.

According to Anant Mittal, a Civil engineering student at IIT Guwahati, the sprayer system can be deployed and operated by just one operator sitting and monitoring at one spot, eliminating the need of many cleaners manually spraying disinfectants. Also, these drones can be used to record videos as as well.

KOLKATA : Sunday Morning South various part of South Kolkata found Empty and less crowded. Mostly every one Following the rules of Lock Down!!

** Delhi: A high-level meeting of Union Ministers on #COVID19, underway at the residence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh. Home Minister Amit Shah, I&B Minister Prakash Javadekar, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan & other senior ministers also at the meeting.

** Sanitisation drive being conducted in various parts of the city, to control the spread of #COVID19: Department of Public Relations, Chandigarh !!

** Delhi: Migrant workers in very large numbers at Delhi’s Anand Vihar bus terminal, to board buses to their respective home towns and villages. They have walked to the bus terminal on foot from different parts of the city.

** West Bengal: Villagers of Vangidi village in Balarampur area of Purulia, who have recently returned from Chennai, have quarantined themselves for 14 days on a tree since they do not have a separate room in their houses for isolation. #COVID19

** PM Modi calls up Pune nurse Chhaya Jagtap, thanks her for efforts

  • PM Modi called up a nurse from the civic-run Naidu Hospital, which has been treating COVID-19 patients, and applauded the work done by the hospital staff to fight the pandemic, a civic official said on Saturday.
  • Nurse Chhaya Jagtap received a call from the Prime Minister’s Office on Friday evening, the health official from the Pune Municipal Corporation said.
  • An audio recordingof their conversation went viral on social media.
  • Starting the conversation in Marathi, Modi enquired about her wellbeing and asked Jagtap how was she allaying her family’s fears for her safety, while serving COVID-19 patients with devotion.
  • “Yes, I am concerned about my family, but one has to work. We have to serve patients in this situation. I am managing,” she said.
  • The Prime Minister went on to ask her if patients who are admitted in the hospital got scared.
  • “We try and speak to them. We tell them not to get scared and assure them that nothing is going to happen to them and that their reports will come out negative, she said.
  • The staff tries to boost the morale of positive patients too, she is heard saying in the audio clip.

** Punjab: Medical store owners in Ludhiana say that their stock of medicines is almost exhausted as the wholesale market is closed. Punjab Chemists’ Assn General Secy (pic 3) says “Situation will turn very crucial in next 4-5 days as transportation is halted & there is no supply.”

** 3,000 migrant workers going on foot stuck at Maha-Guj border

  • Over 3,000 migrant workers from Gujarat and Rajasthan, currently working in the Mumbai metropolitan region, who started walking back to their native places, got stranded at a village in Maharashtra’s Palghar district as the border has been sealed by the states amid the lockdown, police said.
  • These people, who work in parts of Mumbai, Boisar, Virar, Vasai, Vashi and other adjoining places, got stranded in Acchad village in Talasari taluka of Palghar on Friday, police said.
  • After hours of efforts by the district and police authorities, they finally returned to their places in the Mumbai metropolitan region, they added.

** Power regulators have been asked to provide relief. No penalty or surcharge for late payments.

  • CPSU Generation/Transmission Companies will continue supply/transmission of electricity even to DISCOMs which have large outstanding dues to the Generation/Transmission companies. During the present emergency, there will be no curtailment of supply to any DISCOM
  • Till 31st May 2020, the payment security mechanism to be maintained by the Distribution Companies with the Generating Companies for dispatch of power shall be reduced by 50 percent
  • Directions issued to Central Electricity Regulatory Commission to provide moratorium of 3 months to DISCOMs to make payments to generating companies/transmission licensees & not to levy penal rates of a late payment surcharge
  • State governments have been requested to issue similar directions to State Electricity Regulatory Commissions

** Real estate demand to fall 10-15% in FY21 if lockdown last for 3 months

Real estate sector, which contributes nearly 6 per cent to the GDP, is likely to witness a 10-15 per cent fall in demand across top six cities next financial year if the coronavirus-led lockdowns last up to next two-three months, India Ratings said.

According to the rating agency, the overall residential demand across top six cities would fall by 7-10 per cent in 2019-20.

** Maha govt mulls insurance for staff treating COVID-19 patients

  • Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope on Friday said the state government is considering to provide insurance cover to the medical staff treating COVID-19 patients in the state.
  • In a Facebook live, Tope said apart from the insurance cover, the government also plans to give monetary incentive to the staff.
  • “These medical workers have risked their lives to treat the patients,” he said.
  • Tope appealed to the private doctors, who have stopped their medical practice due to the coronavirus scare, to remain operational for treatment of people. “OPD, emergency medical services have been stopped… This is not right. There are other illnesses apart from COVID-19. Where will people go for deliveries or if someone suffers a heart attack?” he asked.
  • Medicine is a noble profession and doctors should not stop their medical practice, he said.

** Farmers left stranded with fruit and veggies lying in the fields

  • Farmers across the country are in panic because ripening fruit and vegetables will rot because mandi operations have almost stopped, labour cannot reach farms and orchards and due to transport bottlenecks.
  • Farmgate prices are plunging.
  • Many private dairies have halved the price they pay farmers, while tomato growers in Maharashtra are not finding buyers for Rs 2/kg or less.
  • Farmer leaders said the situation is worse than demonetisation, which only delayed payments and did not damage the crop.
  • But now, they said, losses will mount because it is harvest time for grapes, watermelons, bananas, muskmelon, chana, cotton, chillies, turmeric, jeera, coriander, onion and potato.

** Indian students can return to India after travel ban is lifted: Embassy

Hundreds of Indian students, stranded in the Philippines, can fly back to India when the temporary travel ban is lifted, the Indian embassy here said on Thursday, assuring all possible help to the distressed citizens. On March 17, the Indian government banned the entry of passengers from Afghanistan, the Philippines and Malaysia to India with immediate effect amid stepped up efforts against the spread of COVID-19 pandemic.

** A tripartite agreement was signed between Odisha Govt, Corporates, and Medical colleges to set up a 1000 bed exclusive #COVID19 treatment hospital.

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** MTNL to provide 1-month free access to corporate servers for work from home

State-owned telecom firm MTNL on Thursday started offering free access to office server to its enterprise customers’ employees to support work from home during the lockdown. The employees of MTNL’s corporate customers using its broadband connection will be able to avail this service free for one month, MTNL Chairman and Managing Director Sunil Kumar told PTI.

** West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has written to 18 Chief Ministers in connection with the people from West Bengal that are stuck in various parts of the country, amid the lockdown. In the letter, she has appealed to the CMs to provide basic amenities to them.

** Coronavirus: Sugar mill in UP’s Shamli to sanitise 75 villages

A sugar mill in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district will be sanitising 75 nearby villages to prevent the spread of corona-virus, an official said on Thursday. The Doab sugar mill will also provide free food to its 750 employees who are engaged in crushing work, R B Khokhar, chief operating officer of the mill told the media.

** Over 500 Germans stranded in India flown back

  • Over 500 German citizens stranded in India amid the nationwide lockdown were flown back to their homeland on Wednesday night, German Ambassador to India Walter J Lindner informed on Thursday.
  • “Today’s update on our repatriation efforts. First evacuation flight (A380) with 500+ people left last night. Second one to be airborne tonight. Thanks also to the Indian authorities for the great cooperation!” Lindner tweeted.

** Leather exporters seek immediate support from govt: CLE

Seeking immediate support from the government, Council of Leather Exports (CLE) on Thursday said shipment orders worth USD 1 billion (around Rs 7,600 crore) was cancelled in the last one week on account of coronavirus spread.

** Vivo India donates over one lakh masks to healthcare workers in Maharashtra!!

  • Smartphone maker Vivo India on Wednesday donated over one lakh masks to healthcare workers in Maharashtra.
  • Maharashtra reported five new coronavirus cases since Tuesday evening, taking the number of cases in the state to 112, the highest in the country so far.
  • “In response to the current COVID-19 outbreak, Vivo, the global smartphone brand today donated one lakh medical masks to Government of Maharashtra. The company also donated 5,000 N-95 masks that are designed to filter airborne particles,” Vivo said in a statement.
  • The country has been facing a shortage of N-95 and other masks required for healthcare workers to prevent them from getting infected with the deadly coronavirus.
  • “I thank Vivo for contributing to this humanitarian cause and all other corporates should also follow suit,” said Rajesh Tope, Minister for Public Health and Family Welfare, Maharashtra.
  • The number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 562, while the death toll due to COVID-19 in the country is revised down to nine, according to Health Ministry data.
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  • LIVE Updates from BIG BAZZAR South Kolkata Lake Mall . Single Person Allowed at a time. Less Staff to serve hence normal customers facing problems. Outside, People are waiting by maintaining 1Mtr. Distance between each other.

** Noida: Yamuna Expressway has been closed & police barricading has been done on the route. Those passing through the barricading will be allowed only if they have a valid reason for their movement. It’ll also remain open for emergency services.

*** India’s Bajaj Auto To Close Down Ops At Plant Located At Akurdi From March 23

*** Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned sine die:

**** Gambhir offers Rs 50 lakh from MPLADS for Delhi govt hospitals treating COVID-19 patients.

*** A curfew will remain in place in Chandigarh from today midnight till further orders in view of corona-virus Pandemic. People engaged in essential services will only be allowed curfew passes

Fight against coronavirus: Tamil Nadu CM leads people in honouring public service personnel

  • At the stroke of 5 pm, Palaniswami joined by his Cabinet colleagues and top officials clapped hands
  • As directed by the state Director General of Police J K Tripathy, the Fire and Rescue Department officials blew siren and rang fire bells at 5 PM.

SAARC Disaster Management Centre launches website to share info on coronavirus

The website shows the number of coronavirus cases in the member states, updating the numbers regularly.

It shows that at least 960 coronavirus cases have been reported in the SAARC region with maximum from Pakistan (495), followed by India (324), Sri Lanka (77), Afghanistan (24), Bangladesh (24), Maldives (13), Bhutan (2) and Nepal (1). The website says that at least 5 people have lost their lives due to COVID-19 in India, three in Pakistan, while two died in Bangladesh.

Fight against coronavirus: Tamil Nadu CM leads people in honouring public service personnel

  • At the stroke of 5 pm, Palaniswami joined by his Cabinet colleagues and top officials clapped hands
  • As directed by the state Director General of Police J K Tripathy, the Fire and Rescue Department officials blew siren and rang fire bells at 5 PM.

*** Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal to make an important announcement shortly.

Delhi government has started free meals for the needy people at night shelters across the city !!

Section 144 imposed from 9 pm to 12 am (midnight) in Bangalore city

Section 144 imposed from 9 pm to 12 am (midnight) in commissionerate limits to ensure people do not come out of their home once the #JanataCurfew ends: Bhaskar Rao, Commissioner of police, Bangalore city.

Round up: latest updates on coronavirus crisis in India

  • The Centre and state governments decide to announce a lockdown in 75 districts across the country where coronavirus cases are reported.
  • With Chandigarh reporting six positive cases of COVID-19, the Union Territory Administration orders a lockdown imposing restrictions till March 31 including suspension of public transport to prevent spread of the infection.
  • Four new coronavirus cases are detected in Gujarat, taking the total number of those infected with it to 18 in the state.
  • All roads, streets and public places wear a deserted look in Himachal Pradesh as people observe ‘Janata curfew’ to check the spread of coronavirus.
  • In the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, the banking lobby Indian Banks’ Association (IBA) makes an appeal to people to wash their hands after touching or counting currency.
  • Digital payment platform Paytm commits Rs 5 crore for Indian innovators developing medical solutions related to coronavirus.
  • In an unprecedented move, the railways announces suspension of all its passenger services from March 22 midnight to March 31 midnight and says only goods trains will run during the said period.
  • A group of 19 Indian students seek refuge within the premises of the Indian High Commission in London overnight, demanding that they be put on a flight to India despite the travel restrictions in place following the outbreak of the novel coronavirus pandemic
  • The Sports Authority of India (SAI) centres, which is shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will be used as quarantine facilities for patients of the deadly disease.

Lockdown in 75 districts to be announced soon!!

  • The Centre and state govts have decided to announce a lockdown in 75 districts across the country where coronavirus cases have been reported, officials said on Sunday.
  • It has also decided to suspend inter-state bus services till March 31, they said.
  • The decisions have been taken at a high level meeting attended by chief secretaries of all States and the Cabinet Secretary and the Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister.
  • Coronavirus News Live Updates: Railway cancels all passenger trains, Inter-State transport buses also suspended till March 31!!

All railway operations will be suspended till March 31 in wake of the coronavirus outbreak in India. No passenger train will be allowed to operate till March 31, and trains finishing their journeys will be terminated at the point. Only goods trains will run from March 22 midnight till March 31 midnight, says the Indian Railways. “All passenger train services on Indian Railways including premium train services, mail/express trains, passenger trains, suburban trains,  Kolkata Metro, Konkan Raiways, etc, will be cancelled toll March 31,” the Railways said in a statement.

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