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MAR 26, #Coronavirus Lockdown Day 2 Updates from #India :

As India spent the first day of the 21-day curfew to fight the novel coronavirus that has claimed 12 lives in the country so far, the World Health Organisation said that lockdown is not enough to fight the virus. Director-General of WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said the countries which are opting for this lockdown period must think of how to attack the virus. “To slow the spread of Covid-19, many countries introduced “lockdown” measures. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the novel coronavirus. You have created a second window of opportunity,” he said.

“Asking people to stay at home and shutting down population movement is buying time and reducing the pressure on health systems. But on their own, these measures will not extinguish epidemics,” he added.

While reinforcing the measures of testing and treating, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: “Aggressive measures to find, isolate, test, treat and trace is not only the best and fastest way out of extreme social and economic restrictions, but they’re also the best way to prevent them.”

The number of people infected with the novel coronavirus worldwide has exceeded 4,14,179 over 18,440 have died, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily coronavirus disease (Covid-19) situation report.

11:24 PM IST
One more COVID-19 positive case in Andhra Pradesh, taking total number of cases in state to 11. The latest person to have tested positive has history of travel to Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently admitted at Govt General Hospital in Vijayawada: Andhra Pradesh Health Department

11:03 PM IST
5 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra today (3 from Sangli and 1 each from Kolhapur & Pune), taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 130: Maharashtra Health Department

11:01 PM IST
Prime Minister’s Office: PM Modi thanked Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani for his personal attention to the welfare of Indians living and working in Qatar, particularly in the present situation. The Amir assured PM about the safety and welfare of all Indian expatriates in Qatar.

— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020

10:56 PM IST
35 private laboratories across the country have been given the green signal from Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to conduct #COVID19 tests

— ANI (@ANI) March 26, 2020


10:54 PM IST
5 more people tested positive for COVID-19 today in Rajasthan, taking the total positive cases in the state to 43: Rajasthan Health Department

10:53 PM IST
I have decided to donate my one month salary to Prime Minister Relief Fund for COVID-19: Union Minister Nitin Gadkari

10:07 PM IST
Local markets which earlier remained open from 7 am to 10 am, will now remain open till 1 pm in order to avoid rush for buying essential commodities: Uttarakhand Chief Minister’s Office 

10:06 PM IST

All 27 samples taken from Kangra Medical College have tested negative for COVID-19 today: Kangra Deputy Commissioner Rakesh Prajapati

10:05 PM IST
Another COVID-19 positive case reported just now; a patient from Rajouri district in Jammu. History of close contact with a (now deceased) positive case: Rohit Kansal, J&K Principal Secretary

9:18 PM IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said COVID-19 has offered an opportunity to look at a new concept of globalization. One that also focuses on humanity, climate change, and terrorism other than economic & financial aspects: Sources

S. No.Name of State / UTTotal Confirmed cases (Indian National)Total Confirmed cases ( Foreign National )Cured/

1 Andhra Pradesh 9 0 1 0
2 Bihar 4 0 0 1
3 Chhattisgarh 1 0 0 0
4 Delhi 30 1 6 1
5 Gujarat 37 1 0 1
6 Haryana 14 14 11 0
7 Himachal Pradesh 3 0 0 1
8 Karnataka 41 0 3 1
9 Kerala 101 8 4 0
10 Madhya Pradesh 14 0 0 0
11 Maharashtra 125 3 1 3
12 Manipur 1 0 0 0
13 Mizoram 1 0 0 0
14 Odisha 2 0 0 0
15 Puducherry 1 0 0 0
16 Punjab 29 0 0 1
17 Rajasthan 34 2 3 0
18 Tamil Nadu 16 2 1 0
19 Telengana 25 10 1 0
20 Chandigarh 7 0 0 0
21 Jammu and Kashmir 7 0 1 0
22 Ladakh 13 0 0 0
23 Uttar Pradesh 36 1 11 0
24 Uttarakhand 3 1 0 0
25 West Bengal 9 0 0 1

Total number of confirmed cases in India 563 43 43 10

MAR 26, Coronavirus update :: Let’s focus on humans, not economic targets, says PM at G20 meet

Coronavirus cases in India crossed 600 as the Indian government today unveiled a Rs 1.7 lakh crore stimulus to help those hit by the 21-day lockdown in the country. The number of deaths around the world from the novel coronavirus cases has crossed 21,000. Stay with TOI for the latest developments

21:37 (IST), MAR 26
PM Modi made a point that the forum has become a platform to address financial & economic issues. The PM said at many levels , globalization has failed us, whether it is in combating terrorism or climate change: Sources

21:36 (IST), MAR 26
PM addressing the G20 virtual summit on coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed other G20 leaders during the #G20VirtualSummit on coordinated global r… https://t.co/WGgWZPgsCG

— ANI (@ANI) 1585237887000
21:35 (IST), MAR 26
There was appreciation among the G20 leaders that India not only played a role at the regional level but also at the global level to fight the pandemic: Sources

21:34 (IST), MAR 26
Prime Minister Modi told the G20 leaders that even after 3 months of the Covid-19 crisis, it has taken time and we are still finding a coordinated approach to tackle the crisis of this magnitude. He also said the world is looking at our actions: Sources

21:32 (IST), MAR 26
At G20 summit, PM Modi spoke for rest of the world; not just member nations of grouping, reports PTI quoting government sources

21:31 (IST), MAR 26
Empowering of WHO necessary for development of effective vaccines to deal with global pandemics: PM at G20 video conference on coronavirus

21:31 (IST), MAR 26
G20 should work together to reduce economic hardships arising out of COVID-19 pandemic: PM

21:30 (IST), MAR 26
PM Modi pitches for developing new crisis management protocol and procedures for interconnected world

21:30 (IST), MAR 26
At G20, PM Narendra Modi calls for sharing freely and openly medical research for development of humankind

21:18 (IST), MAR 26
Let’s put human beings rather than economic targets at centre of our vision for global prosperity, cooperation: PM at G20 meet on coronavirus

21:00 (IST), MAR 26
Relatively stable trend in rate at which coronavirus infection is increasing: Health ministry

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary in the ministry of health, told a press conference that while the “numbers of Covid-19 cases are increasing, there appears to be relatively a stable trend or even little bit reduction in the rate at which they are increasing”. Read more

20:42 (IST), MAR 26
Coronavirus: Centre asks states to arrange food, shelter for migrant workers

“We have asked the state governments to arrange food and shelter for the migrant workers. We are sensitizing everyone that wherever they are, they should remain there. Students should continue to remain in hostels,” Joint Secretary in the Ministry of Home Affairs, Punya Salila Srivastava said at a press conference in New Delhi.

20:37 (IST), MAR 26
Read: Job of police is to facilitate functioning of journalists, says Editors Guild

The Editors Guild of India has expressed concern over arbitrary police action in some states that have obstructed many journalists from reporting on the coronavirus outbreak.

20:25 (IST), MAR 26
Death toll due to Covid-19 rises to 16 in India; cases soar to 694: Health ministry

20:22 (IST), MAR 26
G20 nations to inject $5 trillion into global economy: Statement

20:13 (IST), MAR 26
Covid-19 lockdown: Rights groups demand immediate social security measures for women

Women’s rights groups on Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to provide an immediate cover of social security measures, including cash transfers, for sections of urban and rural women in view of the nationwide lockdown to combat coronavirus.

20:04 (IST), MAR 26
Financial package will go a long way in ensuring food, livelihood security of poor: PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said the financial package announced by his government to deal with the impact of the coronavirus lockdown will go a long way in ensuring food and livelihood security of the poor. “It is our firm resolve that the poor and vulnerable get all possible help to cope with the testing times,” Modi tweeted.

20:02 (IST), MAR 26
China’s Xi calls for tariff cuts at G20 virus talks, reports AFP

19:53 (IST), MAR 26
US coronavirus death toll tops 1,000 as unemployment widens, reports Reuters

The US coronavirus death toll topped the 1,000 milestone as the pandemic’s mounting economic burden was illustrated by government data on Thursday showing a record number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits and hospitals struggled to treat a surge of infected patients.

19:35 (IST), MAR 26
Editors Guild of India asks law enforcement authorities to not impede journalists working during the 21-day lockdown


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