According to the latest updates provided by the Union health ministry, there are 11,906 active cases with 480 deaths so far in the country

Nagaland launches dedicated COVID-19 dashboard created by state’s COVID-19 war room headed by Chief Secretary Temjen Toy

No new cases of COVID-19 reported in northeast India

Total number of COVID-19 cases in India reach 15, 712 with 507 deaths reported and 2231 people cured

Air India opens bookings for select domestic flights 4 May onwards & international flights 1 June onwards

1 more COVID-19 patient discharged in Assam, total 12 cured

Till date, 8171 people staying outside Manipur have received Rs 2000 as financial aid from the state government through DBT. Remaining 8,000 will be provided the same within April 19: CM N Biren Singh

2 more patients recover in Assam, total 11 cured of 34 COVID-19 cases

NCW takes suo motu cognizance in the scuffle that broke out between a hawker and Mumbai police yesterday

Regarding a video where a scuffle broke out between a female hawker and Mumbai police yesterday, NCW chairperson, Rekha Sarma took to Twitter and said, “I am taking Suo motu..totally uncivilized behaviour of @MumbaiPolice. We must implement guidelines in a civilized way. Remember these are challenging times, more so for daily wagers and small sellers and you need to tackle things with sensitivity.”

Worldwide COVID-19 death crosses 150,000 marks: Reports

Odisha: Amid lockdown, Puri & Sundargarh start book distribution for students

Amid lockdown, Puri and Sundargarh administrations have started doorstep delivery of textbooks for the students of classes I to VIII with a target of completing it by 25 April.

“The measure will ensure no child is away from education in these trying times,” tweeted CMO Odisha.

Madhya Pradesh: Total number of COVID-19 positive patients in the state rises to 1355, death toll at 69

Meghalaya: 2 more COVID-19 cases detected, state total at 11

Two more positive COVID-19 cases have been detected in Meghalaya, taking the state’s total to 11, including one death. READ MORE

We will take decision at appropriate time: ICC

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is not in a hurry to take a decision whether the T20 World Cup should be postponed in the wake of COVID-19 or staged as scheduled, saying it is “exploring all options” as part of its comprehensive contingency planning for all its events.

US Open fate to be decided in June, say organisers

Sikkim youth develops cost-effective device to disinfect vehicles

Amid the ongoing battle against the novel coronavirus outbreak across the country, a 22-year-old youth, Bissu Hang Limboo, has developed a device that can be effectively used to disinfect vehicles. Limboo hails from Sumbok, Bermiok Berthang, under the Gyalshing Bermiok constituency of West Sikkim.

The demonstration of the device was witnessed by the Minister of Land Revenue and Disaster Management KN Lepcha, Minister of Energy and Power MN Sherpa, Minister of Public Health Engineering Bhim Hang Limboo, MP Indra Hang Subba, MLA Namcheybong Em Prasad Sharma, Political Secretary to the Chief Minister Jacob Khaling, Secretary of Land Revenue and Disaster Management PN Sherpa, Additional Director General of Police Akshay Sachdeva, Director of SSDMA GC Khanal, designated officers from the Food Safety and Standard Cell and the Sanitation Cell of the State Health and Family Welfare Department, and media persons.

AIR Guwahati reaching out to masses through its fact-check prog

The special daily fact-check programme Pratirodh hosted by the Regional News Unit, AIR Guwahati, has emerged as a popular forum among the masses, especially those living in the rural areas, for keeping themselves updated on the various developments concerning the spread of COVID-19, besides cross-checking facts vis-à-vis the surge in misinformation across social media.

“This has turned out to be a very popular programme, judging by the response from the masses. We get lots of queries on the various aspects of COVID-19 as well as the dos and don’ts,” Manas Pratim Sarma, News Editor, said.

The programme has also come in handy for many in distress during the pandemic.

“Once we were doing a live phone-in programme when a listener from Darrang district sought help and the next day a team of Assam Police did the needful for him,” he said.

Centre allows movement of troops to Eastern, Northern sectors

Sonowal calls several eminent persons

China denies coronavirus cover-up

China on Friday denied covering up the extent of its coronavirus outbreak and accused the US of attempting to divert the public attention by insinuating that the virus originated from a virology laboratory in Wuhan.

Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian’s comments came as China’s coronavirus death toll mounted to 4,632 after it revised the fatality figures by 50 per cent in Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak.

“I want to emphasise that the revision of the data regarding infectious disease is an internationally accepted practice,” Zhao told a media briefing, defending the sharply upward revision of figures amid allegations of under-reporting of casualties of coronavirus cases and casualties by China in Wuhan.

He said in the early stage of the outbreak there were some late reports, omissions, and inaccurate information.

Govt may allow one-time inter-district movement

Asserting that Assam’s COVID-19 containment strategy is on track, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said the State government is contemplating on allowing a one-time inter-district movement of people after April 20.

“People are stranded in different districts and unable to either return to their homes or workplaces. The government is contemplating on allowing these people to move on a particular day after April 20 if the situation remains same,” Sarma said.

However, the commuters will not be allowed to return.

Sarma said names of around 4 lakh people stranded outside the State have been registered with the government.

APDCL sees shortfall of over Rs 230 cr in revenue

New Delhi alerts States over Rohingya

Total COVID-19 cases soar to 14,378 in India

The total number of coronavirus cases in India reached 14,378 on Saturday (April 18), as of 8 am, with the death toll standing at 480.

According to the latest updates provided by the Union health ministry, there are 11,906 active cases with 480 deaths so far in the country. As many as 1,991 patients have been cured or discharged and one has migrated.

Northeast break-up of COVID-19 cases so far:

Assam: 34 (1 dead)
Nagaland: 1
Meghalaya: 9 (1 dead)
Mizoram: 1
Arunachal: 1
Manipur: 2
Tripura: 2

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