FM Sitharaman: These announcements are effective immediately

FM Sitharaman: Request state govt to utilised the funds under District Mineral Fund for medical screening and testing activities etc. so providing of health attention will not suffer

FM Sitharaman: There is a welfare fund of building and other construction workers welfare. It has about Rs 31,000 crore with 3.5 crore registered workers. We intent to give directions to the state govt to utilise this fund to protect these workers against any economic disruption caused due to this particular lockdown

FM Sitharaman: Provident scheme regulations will be amendment to allow non-refundable advance of 75% or three months’ wages, whichever is lower. This will benefit 4.8 crore workers who are registered with the EPF

FM Sitharaman: Govt of India to contribute the 12%+12% of EPF for the next months for those establishment which have upto 100 employees, of which 90% draw less than Rs 15,000 per month

FM Sitharaman: 63 lakh SHGs which benefit 7 crore household. Under the Deen Dayal Yojana National Rural Livelihood Mission they get Rs 10 lakh collateral-free loans right now. We are doubling that to Rs 20 lakh

FM Sitharaman: Those under Ujjwala Scheme will get free cylinders for 3 months. This is expected to benefit 8.3 crore BPL families

FM Sitharaman: Rs 500 will be transfered for 3 months to Women Jan Dhan account holders. Around 20.5 crore will benefit from this

FM Sitharaman: Wage increased in MNREGA from Rs 182 to Rs 202. Will given additional income of around Rs 2,000 to each worker

FM Sitharaman: Farmers will receive Rs 6,000 per annum through the PM-KISAN scheme. We will now be giving the first instalment upfront. Around 8.69 crore farmer will get immediate benefit out of this.

FM Sitharaman: Under ‘Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Anna Scheme’ free 5 kg of rice or wheat per month will be given for the next 3 months in addition to the 5 kg they already get. 80 crore people will benefit from this

FM Sitharaman announces Rs 50 medical insuarance for medical and health professionals for the next 3 months

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman announces ‘Prime Minister Gareeb Kalyan Scheme’ of Rs 1.7 lakh crore for the poor and needy

Assam: Vendors selling vegetables at GMC market by maintaining social

Manipur: Empty streets of Senapati district headquarters

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal undergoing screening on arrival at Tezpur Airport

Assam update: Total tests done so far is 210

Arunachal update: Altogether six samples were tested and all have been reported to be negative on March 25, 2020

Tripura update: The samples of 10 persons, who had travelled with the coronavirus-positive Manipuri girl, have been tested “negative” on Match 26. As of now, there is no report of any positive case in Tripura.

In Tripura (as on March 25): Over 948 persons, who had recent travel history to affected countries or showed preliminary symptoms, are under home quarantine.

In Mizoram: Number of tests done till date is 24; One positive; Number of passengers screened on March 25 is 7; Number of home surveillance till date is 486; Number of passengers completed observation period is 312

The total number of people screened for Covid-19 in all entry points of Meghalaya till March 26 is 20,486

Altogether 13 people were screened at NEIGRIHMS, Meghalaya, none of the tests were tested positive. At Civil Hospital, out of 153 people screened, four persons have been quarantined since they had history of travel and the tests of these four persons will be sent to NEIGRIHMS

Superintendent of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Ramen Talukdar, is taking stock of arrangements at the hospital on Thursday

GMCH superintendent Ramen Talukdar inspecting the hospital premises on Thursday

A 65-year-old person dies in Navi Mumbai due to coronavirus. Death toll in India reaches 14

Assam minister of state for health and family welfare, Pijush Hazarika, along with a high-level team of experts are likely to visit some of the leading market places in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday

Confirmed cases in India crosses 600 mark….

State-wise coronavirus cases in India till March 26, 2020

Circles being made for customers to stand at least one-metre apart outside grocery shops in Guwahati, Assam

Customers maintaining required distances in front of grocery shops in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday

Except the essential services, all commercial establishments are closed at Ganeshguri area in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday

Scene at Ganeshguri market

Otherwise busy, the Zoo Road in Guwahati, Assam wears a deserted look during the nation-lockdown on Thursday

Zoo Road in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday

Normally, this branch of a leading bank in Guwahati works with 11 staff members. Now, they are working with 2-3 people on day basis

Inside a Guwahati-based bank

Deserted look of NH-37 in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday

Deserted look of NH-37 in Guwahati, Assam on Thursday

Police stopping vehicles at Bashishtha, Guwahati on Thursday

Police stopping vehicles at Bashishtha, Guwahati on Thursday
Police stopping vehicle at Bashishtha, Guwahati on Thursday

Assam Health Min: Govt in talks with L&T to set up 4 hospitals for Corona. These would be later converted to normal hospitals. L&T approval awaited

Assam Health Min: Accommodation for 200 doctors also being prepared

Assam Health Min: These hospitals will later be converted into normal hospital; DCs, SPs have been asked to take strict action against lockdown violators; Social media rumour spreaders to be arrested; Minister requests everyone to refrain from spreading rumours

Assam Health Min: Sarosajai facility will be ready in next 7 days; Himanta Biswa Sarma to visit Silchar today to review situation in Barak Valley; L& T hospitals likely to come up in districts which does not have medical college & hospital.

Assam Health Min: 210 tests done, no confirmed cases yet in Assam, samples from other states coming in to Silchar for testing

Assam Health Min: Nursing students also to be trained. Many doctors, nurses from outside Assam too has volunteered to help

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma briefing media on state’s plans to combat COVID-19

700 MBBS final students would b trained from today, tomorrow to handle corona cases

These people will be sheltered in these quarantine facilities

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

700 people stranded in Sreerampur, Bakshirhat border areas

Home quarantine facility being created in Guwahati

Total number of coronavirus cases in India so far: 657

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.

Reports: Prince Charles tests positive for Coronavirus

Madhya Pradesh: Journalist tests positive for Coronavirus. He was present during the recent floor test at state assembly & the press meet of ex-CM Kamal Nath, during which he announced resignation

Union minister Prakash Javedkar: It is absolutely wrong that journalists and doctors are asked by societies to vacate their accommodations. They are playing an important role in making people aware about the current COVID-19 situation

Nagaland: Local organisations block NH29 connecting Nagaland with Manipur alleging negligence by state government

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.

Assam DGP: Request workers in the essential services space, media personnel to carry their ID cards at all times

Assam DGP: Rumour mongers, misuse of social media platforms would be strictly dealt with. Punishment as per IT Act would be meted out

Assam DGP: Police personnel are forced to be stern during the lockdown to ensure that National Disaster Management Act is implemented properly

Assam Chief Secretary, Sanjay Krishna, Assam DGP, Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta briefs media

  • Strong action will be taken against lockdown violators
  • Govt reviewing food stock situation
  • Rice stock: 3.9 Lakh tonne available
  • NAFED to dispatch additional stock of dal
  • Food & civil supplies dept have been alerted to ensure steady flow of vegetables etc
  • Dy commissioners have been instructed to take care & quarantine all people trying to enter the state in the border areas/districts. Govt will bear the food & shelter cost
  • Strict action will be taken against all those societies, people who are criticising or not allowing healthcare workers to enter their homes etc

Bihar govt announces Rs 1000 to each family that holds ration card

Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) initiates spraying of disinfectants across strategic locations in Kohima on Wednesday

Puducherry cancels annual examination for students of Class 1-9, declares students as “all pass”

1st coronavirus case reported in Mizoram; 2nd in Northeast so far

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

59-year-old man dies in Tamil Nadu

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.

PM Modi: Lockdown for 21 days

BREAKING: Prime Minister Narendra Modi announces country-wide lockdown from midnight today

Curfew imposed in East Khasi Hills from 9pm today (March 24) till 6 am of March 28

Assam: Dibrugarh district police releases list of important contact numbers for assistance

COVID-19: ATM withdrawals free; FM announces relief measures

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

Himachal Pradesh government on Tuesday announced to impose statewide curfew from 5 pm today till further orders

The heart of Kohima town wears a deserted look. Police personnel ensuring orders being followed

Calcutta HC ordered to constitute 3-member committee to examine how many prisoners can be released on bail and how many can get parole. Committee to file report before the Court on March 31

Tamil Nadu govt announces one month’s extra salary to Health Department workers like doctors, nurses and all those who attend to Coronavirus patients

Assam health minister to answer queries from public on COVID-19 through Facebook

Kohima police shares their social message

India’s death toll rises to 10

65-year-old COVID-19 patient with travel history to UAE dies at Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital

Rajya Sabha election scheduled for Thursday has been deferred. Election Commission will review the situation after March 31

Delhi: No new cases of COVID-19 in last 24 hours. 5 people have been discharged after treatment says chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

Know more about lockdown in Arunachal Pradesh (courtesy Arunachal DIPR)

PM Narendra Modi to address nation today at 8 pm

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.

Stay tuned.

Northeast’s 1st COVID-19 case? Girl tests positive in Manipur

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

The test report of the girl from Manipur who tested positive for coronavirus on Tuesday

Karnataka under lockdown from 00:00 hours of March 23 to April 1

India’s death toll rises to 9, total COVID-19 cases at 467

Tripura CM: Public transport to remain totally suspended

Tripura CM: Essential services like health care, police, law and order, vegetable market, meat markets, bank, ATM to remain open

Tripura CM: Have asked Assam Government to allow Tripura bound transport trucks to ply through Assam

Tripura CM: Mid-day meal supplies to be provided at door steps

Tripura CM: 5.86 lakh people will get free ration for 15 days

Tripura CM: Starting Tuesday (March 24) 2 pm till March 31 Tripura to remain lock down

Tripura CM Biplab Kumar Deb addresses media on COVID-19

Nepal govt announces nationwide lockdown from 6 am on March 24 to March 31

MHA has written to all states to ensure sensitization of law enforcement agencies to take action against harassment of people of Northeast by linking them to coronavirus in India

Puducherry administration imposes curfew from 9 pm today till Mar 31

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan announces total lockdown across the state till March 31, except for essential commodities

57-year-old male patient who tested positive for COVID-19 in West Bengal succumbed to the disease on Monday, March 23. The partient was the fourth patient who tested positive in the state

Assam health minister: Personal protection gears, N95 masks procurement is on. Over 2000 protection gears available. 500 gears coming each day

Assam health minister: Assam has 150 ICU, ventilators, 100 more ventilators coming in next 10 days. Received 50 today

Assam health minister: Assam Govt’s Meeting with pvt healthcare providers on Mar 25

Assam health minister: Dial 104 to inform govt about any person with any symptom of COVID-19, govt will be at the doorstep with help

Assam health minister: Every health dept employees to be present at the headquarters. Lodging arrangement for those coming from outside has been done

Assam health minister: Hotels, hostels will be converted to hospitals if needed

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

Assam health minister: Barpeta, Tezpur medical college and hospital to get Coronavirus testing facilities this week

Assam health minister: Assam govt will come out with an economic plan in next couple of days

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.

Assam health minister: Religious gatherings to stop in all places of worship

Every religious activity/place of worship not to have more than 3 people

Assam health minister: Assam Borders will be sealed. All inter-state transport to be stopped

Assam health minister: Rail services to be shut. Pvt transport except ambulances, cargo, commercial vehicles will not ply

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma addressing a press conference at Janata Bhavan on Monday

Assam health minister: Domestic flights to be restricted

Assam health minister: Only pharmacies (chemist shops), petrol pumps, grocery shops to be open

BREAKING | Assam govt decides lockdown from 6pm of Mar 24 – Mar 31

Assam health minister: 169 tests done till 4pm today. 148 negative, 21 results awaited

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma briefs media on COVID-19

All domestic flights to cease operations from midnight on March 24

  • The operations of domestic schedule commercial airlines shall cease operations with effect from the midnight that is 23.59 hours IST on 24/3/2020
  • Airlines have to plan operations so as to land at their destination before 23.59 hours on 24/3/2020
  • The restrictions shall not apply to solely cargo-carrying flights

Manipur to be under total lockdown from tomorrow

19 states and union territories announce complete lockdown. 6 states and UTs under partial lockdown

COVID-19: Lok Sabha Adjourned Sine Die Amid Virus Outbreak

Assam DIPR informs that Assam Govt. has not declared any lock down

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal calls out fake news about lock down. Says, “We will let everyone know if the Govt takes any such decisions. Request everyone not to panic in our fight against COVID-19 outbreak”

Assam CM Sarbananda Sonowal to conduct a video conference with DCs, SPs and Joint Directors of Health Services of all districts at 3 PM today

Nagaland BJP president Temjen Imna Along condemns racial attacks on people from Northeast

Puducherry CM imposes curfew from 9 PM today

Chhattisgarh government decided to impose the lockdown in urban areas of state till March 31

DGCA issues guidelines on social distancing to airlines and airport operators

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.

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, India now has 415 reported cases

Stock market update: Sensex plunges 3,600 points, Nifty nears 7,700; IndusInd Bank plummets 22%

Flights cancelled from Guwahati Airport amid coronavirus threat:

Coronavirus: Supreme Court orders sealing lawyers’ chambers; apex court says it is working out system for lawyers to argue cases from home.

New confirmed cases of coronavirus have been reported from several states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu & Bihar. With this, the total number of cases has crossed 400 in India.

India’s death toll rises to 7 as Gujarat reports first COVID-19 related death

People in Assam take part in the clapping initiative

Section 144 imposed all over Delhi. No social, political, cultural gatherings allowed till 31st March

Meghalaya govt imposes restrictions on entry to state

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

FACT-CHECK: No, clapping doesn’t kill coronavirus!

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

Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal appeals to make Janata Curfew 100% successful

Tripura: Public places in Agartala remained empty in response to Janata Curfew

JUST IN | All passenger train services cancelled till March 31

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.

Govt to private labs: Coronavirus test should not cost more than Rs 4500

The 263 students are being taken to ITBP Chhawla Quarantine Facility, Delhi after thermal screening and immigration at the airport

The special Air India flight carrying 263 Indian students that took off from Rome landed at Delhi airport this morning

Shopping malls in Dibrugarh ordered to shut down

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

COVID-19: Two arrested by Delhi Police for operating gym despite closure directive

Shillong Municipal Board sets up wash basins in parts of Shillong

Janata curfew underway in Jorethang Bazar, South Sikkim

6th Coronavirus related death reported from Bihar

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

IN PICS: Fancy Bazar, busiest market place of Guwahati wears a deserted look during Janata Curfew

Empty markets and streets of Dimapur in Nagaland during Janta Curfew today (Sunday)

Number of coronavirus cases in India rises to 324: Union ministry of health and family welfare

Seen outside an SBI ATM in Guwahati on Sunday

Streets of Guwahati wear a deserted look during Janta Curfew today

‘Janta Curfew’ gets underway

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.

Traditional procession ‘Arattu’ organised at Malayinkeezhu Sree Krishna Swami Temple in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala yesterday. Hundreds participated in the procession violating guidelines, issued to avoid large gatherings. Police probing the matter

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.

Criminal complaint filed against singer Kanika Kapoor who tested positive for Coronavirus in Bihar court for neglecting and disobeying order issued by a public servant to the virus. Matter to come up for hearing on March 31

Supreme Court to hear petitions on Monday seeking removal of anti-CAA protesters from Shaheen Bagh in the wake of Coronavirus outbreak

‘Near-total’ lockdown in 5 districts, 8 towns of Odisha for a week starting tomorrow over coronavirus pandemic

Tripura traders worship ‘gau mata’ to fight coronavirus

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

Stern action against unruly Meghalaya traders mooted

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

How a stranded Italian got a feel of Assamese hospitality

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

Nagaland govt clarifies on ‘Janata Curfew’, says it is not imposed

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

Manipur: All shops, except grocery and chemist, closed down in Ukhrul district headquarters till March 25

Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution regulates the price of masks

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.

Indigo cancels its flight 6E 119 from Agartala to Chennai via Guwahati flight stands cancelled from March 22 – March 28

Guwahati Municipal Corporation requests president/secretary of GMC market committees and lessees to keep market closed and observe Janata Curfew on Sunday

Air India special flight for Rome to bring back stranded Indians got delayed for one and half hours due to technical issues

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.

Full fledged control room setup in Itanagar for preventive and surveillance measures against Coronavirus

DoNER minister Dr Jitendra Singh announces Rs 1 crore from MP fund to the health department of Jammu & Kashmir for COVID-19 prevention and care

ndian Railways relaxes refund Rules for PRS counter generated tickets

Ministry of Railways asks to avoid travelling by train as it has found some cases of Coronavirus infected passengers in trains, making train travel risky

Mary Kom breaks quarantine protocol. According to reports, she visited Rashtrapati Bhawan for presidential breakfast on March 18

JUST IN : 298 cases of Coronavirus in India, including 4 dead and 22 recovered

Massive clashes in Dum Dum jail of Kolkata due to Coronavirus

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.

Supreme Court Bar Association urges SC to declare vacation from March 23 due to COVID-19

Private tutions banned in Mon dist of Nagaland. Dy commissioner issues order

Nagaland Chief Secy convenes COVID-19 review meeting on March 23

GoAir to protect all PNRs dated March 22 for a year

Only 60% of domestic flights of Indigo to fly on March 22

All GoAir operations suspended on Mar 22

About 2400 trains cancelled on March 22. Total 3700 trains cancelled

Meghalaya CM Conrad Sangma goes live on Facebook on Coronavirus Awareness Day

March 21 observed as Coronavirus Awareness Day in Meghalaya

Assam: Only 50% of city buses, commercial vehicles to ply from Monday onwards

Assam: All commercial vehicles including city buses, intra & inter-state buses to be off the road tomorrow due to Janata curfew

AIIMS, New Delhi temporarily closes down routine walk-in OPD’s patients’ registrations including Specialty Clinics at AIIMS Hospital & all Centres from March 23

Manipur shuts down iconic all-women Ima Market in Imphal

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

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma visited Assam Medical College to discuss preventive measures against Coronavirus with doctors & professors

JUST IN: Major London hospital declares “critical incident” as it runs out of beds

Traders have asked FM Nirmala Sitharaman to provide ‘Corona Cash Loans’ to keep supply chain effective

Nearly 40 crore shop employees to stay home during Janta Curfew

2 passengers marked with mandatory quarantine were found travelling on Rajdhani train between Bengaluru & Delhi today. They were immediately deboarded and the entire coach was sanitised

7 crore traders across the country will participate in ‘Janta Curfew’ tomorrow

All major wholesale & retail markets in Delhi closed for next three days

– Nearly 15 lakh small & big shops closed in Delhi

– Business of about Rs 500 crore estimated to get affected due to Trade Bandh

Coronavirus cases in Maharashtra rises to 63, with 11 more cases reported since Friday evening, state Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Saturday

Shillong District Administration sanitising market areas like Motphran, this will also be carried out at government offices like the state secretariat

UP CM Yogi Adityanath announces Rs 1000 each to 15 lakh daily wage workers & 20.37 lakh construction workers to help them meet their daily needs

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma monitoring screening process at Dibrugarh Airport

Former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia appeals to all to self-impose curfew on March 22

Special Air India flight to evacuate Indians stranded in Italy

JUST IN: Total number of confirmed Coronavirus case in India rises to 271

All 121 Indians stranded in Uzbekistan on the way back to India

US Defense Secretary praises India’s SAARC COVID-19 initiative

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.

Assam governor Jagdish Mukhi’s ‘appeal’

Sikkim govt notice — Urgent Attention: All SDMs

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.

Sikkim: 25 patients in home quarantined and 1 patient in isolation

Five UK tourists who had tried to flee from India test positive for coronavirus

Manipur CM N Biren Singh visited Paona and Thangal markets in Manipur to sensitized shopkeepers about preventive measures for COVID-19

Nagaland: State Disaster Management Authority issues advisory for preventing the spread of Coronavirus

Nagaland closes Civil Secretariat for visitors amid Coronavirus scare

MP Kiren Rijiju launches 5 ambulances for 2 remote districts of Arunachal Pradesh

Meghalaya: BJP state president Ernest Mawrie has taken stock of the racism faced by people amid COVID-19 outbreak. He has written a letter to the union Home minister Amit Shah

2 youths from Udalguri who recently returned to Assam sent to isolation ward

SpiceJet to suspend ops from Dibrugarh Airport in Assam

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

Delhi Markets to shut down for three days from tomorrow due to Corona

Delhi Metro to be closed on March 22 in the wake of ‘Janta Curfew’

Himanta: There will be no shortage in supply of essential commodities

Himanta: Finance & treasury employees to work normally. 50% staff in office rule won’t apply

Himanta: 2000 dollars to all those people from Assam who left India in the past 30 days

– 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

Himanta: Request all commercial establishments, shops, private establishments to keep hand sanitiser or soap and water facility

Himanta: GMC to ascertain regarding permissible number of people in malls

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.

Himanta: Fancy bazar, Hatigaon being assessed as crowded places may be shut

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.

Himanta: No passenger to stand in buses etc. Any bus found violating this will be confiscated

Himanta: All health dept employee to work round-the-clock

Himanta: No leaves for any Health dept officials, employee including the health minister

Himanta: Stamping to start from Mar 22 for all incoming passengers – airports, railway stations etc

Himanta: State govt to issue notification on work provision on preventive measure

-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

Himanta: Coaching classes, salons, parlours to be shut

Himanta: All exams postponed till Mar 31

Himanta: Election commission to make announcement either today evening or tomorrow

Himanta: Assam govt has requested state election commission to postpone BTC elections & put campaigning on hold

Himanta: Maintain strict social distancing till at least April 5 in Assam

Himanta: Critical phase for Assam from March 22 till April 4

Himanta: Maximum people from Assam living outside the state have returned home

Himanta: Assam still in Stage -I

Himanta: No confirmed COVID-19 case in Assam

Himanta: Total 39 people tested at GMCH – 13 from outside Assam & 26 people of Assam tested

Himanta: Diphu, Barpeta and Tezpur likely to get ICMR accreditation for testing soon

Himanta: Silchar hospital lab now accredited testing lab

Himanta: Now Assam has 4 ICMR accredited testing sites

Himanta: Out of the 1,003, 164 now out of home quarantine after being quarantined for 28 days

Himanta: 41 people with some sign of fever in isolation at hospitals

Himanta: 1,003 under home quarantine

Himanta: Parents should ensure Home quarantine of their kids who have returned from outside Assam

Himanta: 62,000 screened at railway stations, their homes etc

Himanta: 16,508 passengers screened at airports so far

Himanta: Awareness campaign reaching far flung areas of Assam

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma’s press conference on COVID-19 starts

Meghalaya govt launches information pamphlet on Coronavirus in Khasi

Sikkim suspends all non-essential work in govt offices to avoid movement of people

2 Kerala MLAs in quarantine after coming in contact with COVID-19 patient, reports The News Minute

Ramnavami celebrations called off in Ayodhya, UP

Man with recent travel history to UK has tested positive for new coronavirus in Kolkata, second case in West Bengal

National 24X7 tollfree number ‘1075’ launched for Coronavirus

Tripura Legislative Assembly budget session begins amid Coronavirus spread

Public information displays on awareness related to #coronavirus in various parts of Hailakandi district

Delhi govt issues advisory for private sector employers to allow employees to work from home till March 31

2 people from Ahmedabad and 1 from Vadodara test positive for Coronavirus

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma to hold press conference on issues related to COVID-19

World death toll reaches 10,032

JUST IN: Coronavirus related death toll rises to 5 in India

Government launches MyGov Corona Helpdesk on WhatsApp for alerting citizens & disseminating information

PM Modi chaired a high-level meeting today to review ongoing efforts to contain COVID-19

Reports of national lockdown incorrect, Shashi Shekhar, CEO Prasar Bharati

From March 22, no international flights will be allowed to land in India for a week

BREAKING: India reports 4th Coronavirus related death

Assam: Shops closed down in Fancy Bazar, the commercial hub of Guwahati as precaution for Coronavirus

Nagaland: Weekly bazaars & evening markets at various locations within Kohima district banned

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

JUST IN: SpiceJet suspends international flights from March 21 to April 30

JUST IN | Indian Railways suspends all concessions for now, except concessions to students, patients & divyangs, to discourage inessential travel

The Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulation 2020 comes to force

UGC directs Universities to postpone all exams till March 31

The University Grants Commission has instructed universities to postpone all exams and suspend evaluation work till March 31

Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai to remain closed till further orders

Dabbawalas in Mumbai to suspend their services from March 20 to 31 in wake of Coronavirus

Self care program for elderly conducted in Nagaland

Efforts on to install virology lab for COVID-19 testing in Mizoram

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

15 held for spreading fake news about COVID-19 in Mizoram

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 health dept suggests to defer ensuing panchayat polls

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

Nagaland: So far prepared 89 isolation beds across the state; quarantine facilities identified in all districts of the state

Mizoram: All public interviews of CM Zoramthanga cancelled. But, unavoidable meetings to be held via video-conferencing

Mizoram: All tourist lodges, highway restaurants, Golf course lodge closed down till April 15

Tourists spots closed till March 31 in Meghalaya

Updates FAQs on Visa restrictions in context of Coronavirus

Manipur: Isolation wards readied at two medical colleges. RIMS has 8 beds which can be expanded to 20 beds and JNIMS has 6 beds with ventilator

Meghalaya govt to punish those found hoarding, black marketing or selling masks & sanitisers above MRP

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.

Tripura: Courts restricts hearing to urgent cases only

Tripura: Marriage registration, biometric attendance suspended in the state

Manipur: Governor orderes immediate closure of private classes, coaching centers, hostels (both private & govt-run) accomodating students till March 31

Tripura: Section 144 imposed across state to deter mass gathering

Tripura: Markets hit by Coronavirus, demand for broiler chicken, pork, fish, eggs falls

Sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik honours medics working during Coronavirus

All persons who have entered Nagaland since March 1 or will be entering, to come forward for screening

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: 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.

Nagaland govt recommends postponement of weddings or limiting of guest list amid COVID-19 pandemic

Nagaland: Emergency meeting convened by Home Commissioner with faith based organisations

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.

Assam: All museums, libraries, coaching centres, beauty parlours & barber shops to remain closed till March 31

Man suspected to be infected with COVID-19 allegedly jumped off the 7th floor of a hospital in Delhi on Wednesday

Thermal screening underway at inter-state check points in Nagaland

WHO recommends to not have ibuprofen for COVID-19 symptoms

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

PM Modi to adress nation at 8 pm today on COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation at 8 pm today on issues relating to Coronavirus and the efforts to combat it.

Total confirmed case of Coronavirus rises to 151

Assam government shuts down bars and pubs till March 31

IN PHOTOS: Extensive cleaning of Dibrugarh Airport

People with ‘A’ blood group more prone to COVID-19, while those with ‘O’ blood group at lower risk, claims study

Indian Army: Troops returning from leave to be screened & quarantined on arrival in unit

Indian Army to grant leaves only on essential and compassionate grounds

Indian Army postpones all wargames and conferences

Darjeeling and Kalimpong to shut for tourists: Reports

4 passengers of the same family de-boarded from Delhi-bound train in Maharashtra after they were found with ‘quarantine seal’

CBSE asks exam centres to ensure 1 metre distance between students

Himanta Biswa Sarma inspects preparations at Guwahati Airport

Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma takes stock of preparations at Guwahati Airport on Wednesday

Coronavirus threat: Mizoram churches suspend religious activities

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

Northeast Frontier Railway starts thermal scanning for all staff

Screening of all arriving passengers carried out at Silchar Airport, Assam

Coronavirus confirmed in all 50 US states

IN PICS | Kamkhya railway station and coaches being cleaned

COVID-19: Meghalaya CM holds video conference with dist officials

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

WATCH: Entry restriction imposed at Assam Secretariat

JUST IN: 276 Indians infected with coronavirus abroad

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.

COVID-19: NRAI advises restaurants to shut down ops till March 31

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

Assam State Museum in Guwahati temporarily shut down

All UP govt school students of classes 1-8 to get promoted without exams

Delhi HC experimenting with video conferencing facilities to conduct proceedings

Indian Army postpones all SSB batches commencing from March 20 onwards

Indian Army has postponed all Services Selection Board (SSB) batches commencing from 20th March onwards till further orders

First case of Coronavirus in Indian Army

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.

JUST IN: Entry restrictions imposed at Assam Secretariat due to Coronavirus

Assam: Drive by teaching & other staff to generate awareness & on preventive against COVID-19

Screening and monitoring for Coronavirus in Baksa district, Assam along India-Bhutan border

New hand-sanitiser developed as per WHO guidelines

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.

Entrepreneurs write to PM asking for strict lockdown & section 144 for 2 weeks

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.

2 suspected case of Coronavirus in Assam, test results to come today evening

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.

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