With just 2 reported deaths through the day, India reports total for 111 deaths; no. of cases reach 4,281. Stay with EastMojo for latest updates, particularly from Northeast India
The Japanese government is considering a period of six months for the state of emergency that it is preparing to call in response to the coronavirus pandemic, local media has reported. The move would cover Tokyo and three neighbouring prefectures as well as Osaka, reports suggest.
The government is preparing to announce a state of emergency as early as tomorrow. (Input from Reuters)
Spain has overtaken Italy for the first time for the number of confirmed cases. But the overnight death toll fell from the previous day.
> French high-school students have had their graduation exam, the "baccalaureat", cancelled for first time since it was instituted two centuries ago under Napoleon.
> Number of funerals in Jakarta rose sharply in March, a development the Governor of Indonesia's capital city said suggested that deaths from the COVID-19 may be higher than officially reported.
> COVID-19 has infected over 3,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa and killed about 100, prompting some of the world's poorest countries to shut land and sea borders. (Inputs from Reuters)
Trump, who made the remarks during the White House Coronavirus Task Force news briefing on Sunday, said that by Tuesday, 3,000 military and public health workers will be deployed across the nation to cope with the pandemic.
Trump broke down into specific numbers a total of 1,700 ventilators the government has distributed to some states through the Federal Emergency Management Agency -- 500 to New Jersey, 200 to Louisiana, 600 to Illinois, 100 to Massachusetts, and 300 to Michigan.
He said the federal government on Monday will send some 600,000 N95 respirators to New York State, the national epicentre of the pandemic where the fatality rate has, however, dropped.
The former RBI governor said economically, India is probably facing its greatest emergency since Independence.
"The global financial crisis in 2008-09 was a massive demand shock, but our workers could still go to work, our firms were coming off years of strong growth, our financial system was largely sound, and our government finances were healthy.
"None of this is true today as we fight the coronavirus pandemic," Rajan, who completed his three-year term at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) in 2016, noted.
South Korea is extending its social distancing campaign for two more weeks until April 19.
On Monday, the country reported 47 new cases, the first time since February 18 that the number has dropped below 50, according to the South Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
French Ligue 1 club Reims were in mourning for long-serving club doctor Bernard Gonzalez who committed suicide after being diagnosed with coronavirus, sources confirmed.
"Devastated, Reims cries for Bernard Gonzalez," said a statement released by the Ligue 1 club.
The English Premier League players rejected a move on Saturday by clubs to cut their wages by 30 per cent during the coronavirus pandemic, escalating a bitter public row as their union claimed the government would lose out on more than 200 million pounds (around $245 million) in tax.
POWERGRID has contributed Rs 200 crore to the Prime Minister’s Relief Fund to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
Indian football icon Bhaichung Bhutia has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to look into getting COVID-19 testing machines to North East and North Bengal on an urgent basis.
The Centre will take a decision on reopening of schools and colleges on April 14 after reviewing the coronavirus situation in the country, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ said on Sunday.
Astounding as it may sound, Guwahati’s pollution level continued to be high despite the lockdown during which industrial activity has been nil and vehicular movement negligible. Blame it on particulate matter.
In fact, Bulandshahr and Guwahati were the only two cities out of 103 in the country that recorded poor air quality during the lockdown period, according to the data from the Central Pollution Control Board.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has warned that if the Tablighi Jamaat members who attended the congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz do not reveal themselves by Sunday night, criminal cases will be lodged against them.
The number of COVID-19 positive cases across the world crossed the 1-million mark as death tll topped 50,000. In India, total number of cases reached 4,067 with death toll at 109, as per latest health ministry figures.
From April 6, 2020 onwards, only shops and business establishments dealing with pharmacies, petrol pumps, media house, essential commodities and vegetables will be opened for public from 9 am to 2 pm. Wholesale markets will remain open from 3 am to 8 am only. Details below:
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In view of situation arising out of Nizamuddin Markaz event, Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Saturday met leaders of Guwahati Lakhtokia Masjid, where the headquarters of Tablighi Jamaat is situated, to request them to share a list of all who those visited the religious congregation in Delhi last month.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in India rose to 3,374 as of 9 am on Sunday, April 5, as per data released by the Union ministry of health and family welfare.
The death toll in the country now stands at 77.
Of these, 3,030 are active cases, 266 have been cured or discharged and one is a migrated patient.
We have only 7000-8000 PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) kits left in our stock which will last 2-3 days. We've demanded 50,000 PPE kits on urgent basis: Delhi health minister
112 French nationals, who were stranded in Kerala due to lockdown, were airlifted by a special Air India flight to Paris,today morning.Their baggage was disinfected & they were screened at the Cochin Intl airport's health desk before departure.
An FIR has been registered against 12 Bangladesh citizens who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi last month and are now in administrative quarantine in UP's Shamli district, police said on Saturday.
Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has issued orders for the manufacture of 66 crore triple layer special masks made of ‘khadi’. These masks will be washable&reusable. The poor will get it free of cost and for others it will be sold at a nominal price: Uttar Pradesh Govt
Amid rising cases of deadly coronavirus infections in India, the Union Health Ministry has recommended homemade face masks for the public at large. According to an advisory issued by health ministry people who are not suffering from medical conditions or having breathing difficulties may use the handmade reusable face cover.
A number of global companies - most with a large presence in India have assured employees that there will be no or insignificant layoffs while the Covid-19 outbreak and lockdown continue. Some have taken a 90-day no-layoff pledge.
Others have put a stop to all layoffs for this year. A few are protecting jobs by reducing fresh hiring. Among them are SAP, Morgan Stanley, Salesforce, Palo Alto Networks, PayPal, Citigroup, JP Morgan, Bank of America and Booz Allen Hamilton.
A JP Morgan India spokesperson said the firm recognises its people are critical to its success. “That is why we are consciously making decisions designed to prevent any new layoffs as a result of Covid-19, including significantly reducing hiring — in many cases stopping it completely — and working with local governments and officials,” the spokesperson said
Employees of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) to donate one day's salary to Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) to fight COVID19.
The Warwickshire County Cricket Club on Friday announced that it is handing over the Edgbaston stadium to the government to create a drive-through COVID-19 testing station for the National Health Services (NHS) staff battling the pandemic.
The stadium’s main on-site car park will be used to regularly test the medical staff who are working in Birmingham and the wider West Midlands region, the club’s website said.
The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients.
Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games.
FIFA boss Gianni Infantino admitted that “nobody knows” when football can resume around the world, and that when it returned it was “going to be different”. He said that because of the deadly coronavirus pandemic, for once football “is not the most important thing”.
Wimbledon chief Richard Lewis admitted that he feared the remainder of the 2020 tennis season could be wiped out. Tennis has been in lockdown since early last month and is not scheduled to return until July 13 at the earliest following the cancellation of Wimbledon for the first time since World War II on Wednesday.
It has been confirmed that no one from Mizoram attended the religious congregation at Nizamuddin in New Delhi, which has emerged as an epicentre for spread of COVID-19 in the country. Earlier, it was suspected that a Muslim man from Saiphai village in north Mizoram close to the Assam border had attended the event.
In a major import substitution development, the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) has developed a bio suit to keep the medical, paramedical and other personnel engaged in combating COVID-19 safe from the deadly virus
A total of 13 cases of lockdown violation were reported across the State on Friday, including seven non-FIR cases. In connection with these cases, police made five arrests and seized altogether 26 vehicles, including 23 two-wheelers and three four-wheelers. Police also realised a total of Rs 25,500 on Friday as penalty from the violators.
Maligaon-headquartered Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) has managed to run more than 200 rakes of freight trains loaded with essential commodities for unloading at various locations since imposition of the nationwide lockdown.
The Centre on Friday said that the lockdown in the northeastern States is being effectively enforced and that the region’s long international border (approx 5,500 km) has been effectively sealed. Minister of state for development of north eastern region (DoNER), Dr Jitendra Singh held a detailed review meeting by video conference with the officers of the ministry and North Eastern Council (NEC) and NEDFI in the light of the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic and measures being taken to fight the same in the region.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma indicated that the government will not be extending the lockdown beyond April 14 and that alternative measures are being explored. Speaking to media-persons, after visiting Jorhat Medical College and Hospital here, Sarma said that government is not thinking of extending the lockdown period, but is thinking of taking certain alternative measures to prevent large gathering of people.