Nationwide lockdown enters 2nd day; nearly 90 more COVID-19 cases reported across India taking total to 606. Stay with EastMojo for latest updates, particularly from Northeast
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Assam govt to bring these stranded people by special buses and brought to these quarantine facilities. Assam govt to take care of their food etc. MPs across parties have come forward to help with money etc
The nationwide lockdown announced by PM Narendra Modi to contain COVID-19 pandemic entered the second day on Thursday. So far, 657 people have tested positive for the deadly virus, say reports, including 12 deaths.
Southern Angami Public Organization (SAPO) and Southern Angami Youth Organization (SAYO) block NH 29 at Khuzama village. NH29 is the connecting route between Nagaland and Manipur. Alleging the negligence of the state government in manning the inter-state border, the tribal bodies has initiated the temporary road blockade. This is in regard to COVID-19 scare, since a positive case is reported in the neighbouring state of Manipur.
A 50-year-old man from Aizawl with recent travel history to Holland has tested positive for coronavirus aka COVID-19, making it the first confirmed case in Mizoram and the second in Northeast India so far. READ MORE
A 59-year-old coronavirus patient died at a hospital in Tamil Nadu in the wee hours of Wednesday, taking the death toll due to the deadly virus in India to 11. Tamil Nadu health minister C Vijayabaskar took to Twitter to announce the death.
Aimed at giving some relief to businesses, industry and the common as states go into total lockdown to fight COVID-19, union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday announced a slew of measures including waiving off charges on ATM withdrawals from any bank ATM for three months. The minimum balance required for maintaining savings account has also been done away with. The waiver is for three months. READ MORE
65-year-old COVID-19 patient with travel history to UAE dies at Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital
PM Narendra Modi will address the nation at 8 PM on Tuesday [March 24, 2020] on "vital aspects relating to the menace of COVID-19". He announced it on Twitter.
Manipur on Tuesday reported its first case of coronavirus aka COVID-19 after a 23-year-old girl tested positive, making it the first case of the deadly virus in Northeast India.
As per reports, the girl, who is a resident of Imphal West, had returned from London on March 19 to New Delhi by an Air India flight and reached Manipur on March 21. READ
Talking on COVID-19 Himanta Biswa Sarma said if needed hotels, hostels will be converted to hospitals. He added that District commissioners scouting for appropriate hotels, hostels to treat minor corona cases
Himanta Biswa Sarma during a press conference at Janata Bhavan on Monday said that Assam govt is aware of the economic impact for taking these steps and it will come out with an economic plan in the next couple of days.
Sarma said, Lockdown till Mar 31 could be economically manageable but anything beyond March 31 govt will look into.
“We are alive to the economic impact. We will come out with a mitigation plan,” added Sarma.
Every religious activity/place of worship not to have more than 3 people
1. Ensure adequate sparing at Check-in counters between passengers (minimum One
meter) and also between each individual counters.
2. Ensure availability of adequate staff for guiding the passengers at Check-in counters and during Security Checks.
3. Passengers to be advised to sit at an adequate distance in the waiting area, keeping one seat vacant.
4. Ensure that boarding is done in a manner to avoid bunching of passengers at any time and also ensure adequate spacing between passengers in boarding lines.
5. Provide sanitizers for staff and passengers at the entry of the aircraft.
6. Cabin Crew to maintain adequate distance while serving the passengers.
7. Seat allocation at the time of Check-in to be done in a manner to ensure that the seat between two passengers is kept empty.
8. Any other action as deemed appropriate to ensure social distancing is maintained.
The chief secretary has announced that in pursuance of the provisions of the Meghalaya Epidemic Diseases, COVID-19 Regulations, 2020, it has been decided that entry of people to Meghalaya should be restricted. READ MORE
A popular WhatsApp forward is doing the rounds claiming that clapping by 130 crore people at once on Sunday during the Janata Curfew at 5 pm will create a lot of vibration which will, in turn, destroy coronavirus infection This is totally fake and not supported by any scientific research. READ MORE
All passenger train services on Indian Railways and Konkan Railway shall be cancelled till 31 March. However, bare minimum level of suburban trains and Kolkata metro rail will run till midnight on 22 March.
Amid increasing cases of coronavirus in the country, the administration of Dibrugarh in Assam on Saturday ordered closure of all shopping malls in the entire district. READ MORE
A 38-year-old man with travel history to Qatar died of renal failure, taking the number of fatalities related to coronavirus aka COVID-19 to six in India. READ MORE
Self-imposed 'Janta Curfew' being observed from 7 am to 9 pm today amid rising cases of coronavirus in the country. As per Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), 315 positive COVID-19 cases have been reported in India so far.
A traditional procession called 'Arattu' was organised at Malayinkeezhu Sree Krishna Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, yesterday. Hundreds participated in the procession violating guidelines, issued to avoid large gatherings. Police probing the matter.
With the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus rising across India, the businessmen of Maharajganj Bazar, the oldest and largest market of Tripura, decided to turn to ‘gau mata’, (cow mother) to keep coronavirus at bay. READ MORE
Meghalaya minister for food, civil supplies and consumer affairs department took stock of traders overcharging customers for goods amid the spread of COVID -19 virus. READ MORE
Amid the coronavirus scare across the globe, the great Assamese hospitality has once again come to the fore. While foreign tourists landing in the country are facing some tough times as all hotels, lodges, etc, have been shut due to the global menace, a retired State Bank of India (SBI) officer, Deepak Sharma, in Guwahati offered his helping hand giving respite to a 23-year-old tourist from Italy, Giovanni Allegrini, who is on a visit to Assam. READ MORE
A day after the state government appealed the citizens to observe the ‘Janata Curfew’, it clarified that observing the curfew called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi is “voluntary and self-imposed”. An official update from the DIPR said that the Janata Curfew on March 22 is not being enforced by the state government. READ MORE
Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution: Retail prices of masks (3 ply surgical mask), shall not be more than the prices prevailing on the day a month prior to Mar 13 or not over Rs 10/piece whichever is lower. Price of mask (2 ply) shall not be over Rs 8/piece.
Air India Boeing, B-777 was scheduled to depart for Rome to bring back Indians today on 14:20 hours, now rescheduled as Commander of aircraft has detected glitches in power transfer in aircraft on last minute of take-off. Air India engineering team underway to replace the equipment at Delhi airport.
Massive clashes have erupted inside the Dum Dum Jail of Kolkata because of Coronavirus. Inmates have allegedly vandalised the jail premise, attacked jail officers and tried torching the property. Inmates are asking for masks and sanitizers.
Taking precautionary steps amid the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday ordered the closure of the main Ima Keithel aka Mother’s Market, among others, in state capital Imphal. READ MORE
- Nearly 15 lakh small & big shops closed in Delhi
- Business of about Rs 500 crore estimated to get affected due to Trade Bandh
US Defence Secretary Mark Esper on Friday held a telephonic conversation with Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and praised India's COVID-19 initiative for SAARC countries.
As per the appeal made by PM Narendra Modi for 'janata curfew' on March 22, 2020 (Sunday) and pursuance to the COVID-19 meeting chaired by the CS today (Saturday), it has been clearly instructed that there should be complete clampdown tomorrow (Sunday) from 7 am till 9 pm in the state. Therefore, all SDMs are directed to be in station and ensure this janata curfew is implemented in letter and spirit. You are to ensure that all shops are closed, no vehicle movement should take place and people should stay indoors under your jurisdiction. Please coordinate with your concerned thana SHOs to enforce the ban during the declared janata curfew period. Report of the day should be submitted by Monday morning.
Amid the ongoing coronavirus scare, budget airline SpiceJet has announced the suspension of its operations from Assam's Mohanbari Airport in Dibrugarh from March 24, snapping direct air connectivity between Guwahati and upper Assam. READ MORE
- Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Samra announced that 2000 dollars to be given to all those people from Assam who are outside India as Tourist and have left India in past 30 days, as they have not been able to return home.
- This is a gesture from Assam govt
- $2000 to be deposited in their account
- Assam govt will take up visa expiry cases of such stranded people with the concerned country
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said GMC making an assessment on the number of people who can gather in malls. Announcement to be made soon regarding the permissible number of people in malls.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma requested shopowners, business establishments to decongest all these areas. Decision on whether to shut these areas will be taken in the next 48 hours.
-Only 50% Govt employees of offices, schools, colleges to come to office at one point of time
-50% will come to office either the next day or after three days, head of office to decide the roster
-This will be effective from tomorrow till March 31 but preventive measures like these might continue till April 5
-Essential services like health officials, fire service etc to be outside the 50% rule
The Deputy Commissioner Kohima Gregory Thejawelie NCS has issued an order banning all weekly bazaars and evening markets at various locations within Kohima district with immediate effect until further notice
The University Grants Commission has instructed universities to postpone all exams and suspend evaluation work till March 31
Mizoram health minister Dr R Lalthangliana on Wednesday said that the state government is making massive efforts to install coronavirus testing laboratory (virology lab) at the newly established state’s Zoram Medical College. READ MORE
At least 15 people, a majority of them being women, were arrested for spreading fake news about coronavirus aka COVID-19 in Mizoram, a senior police officer said on Wednesday. READ MORE
Arunachal Pradesh health department has suggested the government to defer the ensuing municipal and panchayat elections in the state citing the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. READ MORE
Meghalaya government has issued a direction that any person found hoarding, black-marketing or selling at a price higher than the maximum retail price of masks (2 ply & 3 ply surgical masks, N95 masks) and hand sanitizers shall be punishable under Section 3 of the Prevention of Black Marketing and Maintenance of Supplies of Essential Commodities Act, 1980. This was informed by the Secretary to the Government of Meghalaya, Food Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department.
This is in pursuance to the order of the Government of India, Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution to regulate the production, quality, distribution, logistics of masks (2 ply & 3 ply surgical masks, N95 masks) and hand sanitizers (for COVID 19 management).
This notification shall remain in force for a period upto 30th June, 2020.
In the wake of the impending COVID-19 pandemic, Nagaland government has directed all persons including students who have entered Nagaland since March 1 or will be entering into the state to contact COVID-19 helpline no: 7005435243, 9856071745, 7005539653 and Toll-Free no: 1070 or Email: email@example.com of the Health & Family Welfare Department for guidance and getting himself/herself screened.
The civil societies, ward authorities of the town and villages council have been requested to monitor and urge such persons to adhere to this advisory in their respective jurisdictions and to keep in touch with the district administration and Health Department in this regard.
Emergency meeting underway by Home Commissioner Abhijit Sinha IAS, with religious organization in connection to COVID-19 pandemic at his secretariat at Nagaland Civil Secretariat Kohima.
All officials maintained one-metre distance during the meeting.
World Health Organization recommended that people suffering COVID-19 symptoms avoid taking ibuprofen, after French officials warned that anti-inflammatory drugs could worsen effects of the virus
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation at 8 pm today on issues relating to Coronavirus and the efforts to combat it.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma takes stock of preparations at Guwahati Airport on Wednesday
A section of Mizoram churches, including Mizoram Presbyterian Church and the Salvation Army, on Tuesday temporarily suspended important religious activities in the wake of novel coronavirus aka COVID-19 pandemic. READ MORE
Meghalaya chief minister Conrad K Sangma on Wednesday held a video conference with the deputy commissioners and medical officers of all the districts to take stock of their preparedness in containing the coronavirus aka COVID 19 pandemic. READ MORE
India confirmed in Parliament today that there are at present 276 Coronavirus infected Indians abroad. 255 in Iran, 12 in UAE, 5 in Italy, One each in Sri Lanka, Hong Kong SAR, Kuwait, and Rwanda.
The National Restaurant Association (NRAI) has advised its restaurant members to shut down dine-in operations from March 18 to March 31, in view of the coronavirus pandemic and health risk that it poses to employees and customers.
The call will impact operations of thousands of dine-in restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes across the country. READ MORE
Indian Army has postponed all Services Selection Board (SSB) batches commencing from 20th March onwards till further orders
A 34-year-old soldier from the Ladakh Scouts, an infantry regiment also known as "Snow Warriors", has become the first case of Coronavirus in Indian Army. He has been isolated, as have members of his family.
All the colleagues of the soldier have also been quarantined.
New hand sanitiser has been developed by the scientists of CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology (CSIR-IHBT) based in Palampur, Himachal Pradesh.
Natural flavours, active tea constituents and alcohol content in this hand-sanitizer have been used as per the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO).
One of the special things is that chemicals like parabens, triclosan, synthetic fragrance and phthalates have not been used in this product.
A group of venture capitals and startups have written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealing to impose a strict lockdown and section 144 for two weeks across the major metro city to avoid the spread of the novel virus.
Abhiraj Singh Bhal, co-founder of Urban Company, on Twitter shared a PPT titled 'COVID-19 Outbreak- Why should India act now?' endorsed by over 60, urging the PM to act immediately.
A suspected case of COVID-19 was admitted at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Assam on Tuesday. Identified as Nazrul Islam, 48, he is now under home isolation after his samples were collected for testing. Results will come on Wednesday evening, say sources.
Islam was travelling from Mumbai to Guwahati on a SpiceJet flight. Islam reported high fever on landing at the Lokpriya Gopinath International Airport in Guwahati.
Another case, a 15-year-old boy, Ansuman Sarma, too was transferred to the GMCH after he reported of fever and running nose. He has been released after initial testing. Sarma flew in from Delhi on Wednesday morning.