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AICTE, Mumbai University announce online workshop from 13 May to 17 May on 'Universal Human Values in Education'

The University of Mumbai in collaboration with AICTE (Western Region) will be organising an online workshop on 'Universal Human Values in Education' for institutions offering technical education.The workshop will commence on 13 May and end on 17 May. According to University of Mumbai, the workshop is of paramount significance to continue learning process amid COVID-19 pandemic and the lockdown.The workshop will be conducted in Hindi and English. The morning session will be from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm and the evening session will be from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.File image of Mumbai University. Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons “To understand the basics of value education an online workshop is being organized exclusively for the Vice Chancellors of Technical Universities and University Coordinators appointed for coordinating the activities related to FDPs on Student Induction Programme,” the circular said.The workshop is specifically designed for sharing All India Council for Technical Edu…

Coronavirus Outbreak LIVE Updates: India records biggest single-day spike in cases with 4,213 new patients; toll rises to 2,206

10:16 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

MHA issues revised guidelines for home isolation

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued revised guidelines for home isolation of very mild/pre-symptomatic COVID-19 cases.

10:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Rajasthan Latest Update

Rajasthan reports 84 new cases, takes total to 3,898

84 new cases of COVID-19 has been reported in Rajasthan on Monday, taking the total number of cases and deaths to 3,898 and 108, respectively. The number of active cases stands at 1537, according to Rajasthan Health Department, reports ANI.

10:06 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Japan Latest Update

Japan may end state of emergency this week for regions with stable cases

The Japanese government will consider lifting the state of emergency on many of the 34 prefectures that are not among the hardest-hit by the coronavirus epidemic before the nationwide deadline of 31 May, Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura said.

Tokyo, Osaka and 11 other prefectures are not among the regions that could see an earlier easing of restrictions.

10:01 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Fresh COVID-19 case in UP's Shamli district's takes case count to 23

One more person tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Shamli on Monday, pushing the district's tally to 23, a senior officer said.

Shamli had become coronavirus-free and was declared an orange zone a week ago after all 18 patients in the district recovered. Later, fresh cases were reported in the district.

A trader who used to go to Delhi everyday to buy vegetables tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, Shamli District Magistrate Jasjit Kaur said.

09:45 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in US Latest Update

New York to require virus testing for nursing home staffers

New York nursing homes must start twice-weekly coronavirus testing for all staffers and will no longer be sent COVID-19 patients leaving hospitals, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Sunday after facing criticism over the handling of nursing facility outbreaks.

New York City is responding to complaints about racial disparities in enforcement of social distancing by ramping up a corps of city workers to try to keep people in line without involving police.

09:39 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Update

Letting migrants walk home on humanitarian ground despite lockdown, says home Minister Anil Deskhmukh

With thousands of migrant workers desperate to return home even by marching on foot, the Maharashtra government has decided not to be harsh with them and let them go on humanitarian ground despite violation of lockdown norms, state Home Minister Anil Deshmukh has said.

Talking to PTI, Deshmukh said had the train services commenced earlier, as the state government was demanding, the sufferings of labourers would have been much less.

"It is true that migrant labourers who are walking back to their home towns hundreds of kilometres away are in a way violating lockdown norms, but we are letting them go on humanitarian ground, Deshmukh said.

09:32 (IST)

Markets open on positive note, Sensex above 32,000, Nifty reclaims 9,350-mark

Markets on Monday stared on a positive note for the Indian indices with the Nifty above the 9,300 level.

At 9.16 am IST, the Sensex was up 406.96 points or 1.29 percent at 32,049.66. The Nifty was up 113.85 points or 1.23 percent at 9,365.35. About 653 shares had advanced, 137 declined and 40 were unchanged.

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09:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Odisha Latest Update

Odisha reports 14 new cases, takes total to 391

Fourteen new coronavirus positive cases were reported in Odisha, taking the total number of cases in the state to 391 including 306 active cases, 68 cured/discharged cases and 3 deaths, according to the Odisha Health Department, reports ANI.

09:19 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Maharashtra Latest Update

Maharashtra continues to remain worst affected state

With 22,171 confirmed novel coronavirus cases, Maharashtra remains the worst-affected state in the country, followed by Gujarat (8,194) and Tamil Nadu (7,204)

09:13 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

India's COVID-19 case count now stands at 67,152 with 2,206 deaths

Total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 67,152, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry. The toll in India has risen to 2,206 with 44,029 active cases. 

 As many as 20,917 COVID-19 patients have been cured and discharged so far, the bulletin said. 

09:10 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in China Latest Update

Shanghai Disneyland reopens; China reports 17 cases

The Shanghai Disneyland, China's most prominent theme park, reopened on Monday with anti-virus controls even as the country reported 17 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including seven imported infections, authorities said on Monday.

The Shanghai Disneyland theme park in the eastern metropolis reopened to visitors with controlled capacity on Monday, as China began opening up entertainment centres after a declining trend was noticed in the coronavirus cases, official media reported.

Meanwhile, China continued to report coronavirus cases, including asymptomatic ones. According to China's National Health Commission, 17 new confirmed coronavirus cases, including seven imported ones, were reported on Sunday.

09:07 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

No COVID-19 case reported in 10 states, UTs in last 24 hours: Harsh Vardhan

No COVID-19 cases were reported in 10 states and Union Territories in the 24 hours and the recovery rate has increased to over 30 percent, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said on Sunday, asserting that India was moving fast on the path of success in the fight against the pandemic.

According to data from the Union Health Ministry, 1,511 COVID-19 patients recovered in the last 24 hours — the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.

08:53 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Jharkhand Latest Update

3 test positive in Giridh district, taking Jharkhand's tally to 160

Three more people have tested positive of coronavirus, said Nitin Madan Kulkarni, Jharkhand Health Secretary. "Three more from Giridih have tested COVID-19 positive late night. All had returned from Surat recently," Kulkarni told ANI.

With this, the total positive cases in the state have mounted to 160.

08:41 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Narendra Modi praises innovators fighting coronavirus

Prime Minister Narendra Modi praised all those at the forefront of research and innovation on ways to defeat coronavirus pandemic. 

08:38 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in US Latest Update

Mike Pence not in quarantine, to be at White House even after aide tests positive

Vice President Mike Pence is not in quarantine and plans to be at the White House on Monday, a spokesman said on Sunday, despite media reports that Pence was self-isolating after a staffer tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

“Vice President Pence will continue to follow the advice of the White House Medical Unit and is not in quarantine,” spokesman Devin O’Malley said in a statement.

“Additionally, Vice President Pence has tested negative every single day and plans to be at the White House tomorrow,” the statement added.

08:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Special train with 1200 people departs from Gujarat for Uttarakhand

A special train carrying 1200 passengers departed from Surat for Kathgodam in Uttarakhand at 4 am on Monday, informed chief minister's office (CMO) Uttarakhand. The train is expected to reach Kathgodam by tomorrow. Special trains are being run as the Ministry of Home Affairs allows people stranded in other regions to reach their native states.

08:25 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Nirmala Sitharaman to meet public sector banks chiefs today; to review credit flow

 Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) on Monday to discuss various issues, including credit offtake, as part of efforts to prop up the economy hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

The meeting, to be held via video-conferencing, will also take stock of interest rate transmission to borrowers by banks and progress on moratorium on loan repayments, sources told PTI.

08:18 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Haryana Latest Update

Haryana Roadways buses with 267 migrant labourers head towards UP from Ambala

08:11 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Bihar Latest Update

Sushil Modi writes to Nirmala Sitharaman, seeks grants for Bihar


In view of declining state revenue amid the coronavirus outbreak, Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kuamr Modi has written to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, requesting her to release Rs 7,434 crore grants, recommended by the 15th Finance Commission, within this quarter of the current fiscal.

He requested her to release Rs 5, 018 crore for Panchayati raj institutions and Rs 2,416 crore for urban local bodies for the financial year 2020-21, as per the recommendation of the Finance Commission.

If the amount is released in the first quarter of the fiscal, it will be helpful for the government to implement the piped drinking water project and drainage scheme, the state finance minister said in his letter.​

08:04 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak Latest Update

Global COVID-19 number of deaths exceeds 2,80,000

The number of deaths globally from COVID-19 has surpassed 280,000, according to the database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

There are currently 280,507 fatalities worldwide. The United States, the United Kingdom, and Italy have the highest numbers of deaths among countries, 78,932, 31,930, and 30,560, respectively.

The total number of cases is currently over 4,067,112, while the number of recoveries is at 1,392,359. 

07:57 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

National Security Guard staff member tests positive for coronavirus

One of the members of the National Security Guard (NSG) has tested positive of coronavirus, reports ANI.

"We've one COVID-19 positive case. The individual is a non-combatant support staff in our Composite Hospital. He is stable with mild symptoms," said AK Singh, Director General of NSG.

Singh further said that the report of their member getting infected with coronavirus hasn't impacted the preparedness and availability of any of their combat formations.

07:48 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

First AI flight with 225 stranded Indians from US lands in Mumbai

First Air India special flight, which took off from San Francisco with 225 Indians on board, landed in Mumbai on Monday. The passengers departed from San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (local time) under the Government of India's Vande Bharat mission on Sunday.

Air India is operating in San Francisco sector after 50 days as India had imposed restrictions due to COVID-19 spread.

Amidst the coronavirus pandemic, India is conducting 'Vande Bharat' Mission — its biggest ever repatriation exercise since independence — to bring back stranded Indians from abroad, including from the US, the UAE, and the UK.

07:41 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in Delhi Latest Update

Saket court employee tests positive for COVID-19

A Saket district court employee has tested positive for coronavirus infection, District Judge Neena Bansal Krishna said on Sunday.

According to a circular issued by the district judge, the wife of a junior judicial assistant of the court informed telephonically that her husband was found infected with coronavirus on Saturday evening.

The court staff had last visited the office on May 4 due to some official work and come in contact with a court's stenographer, the circular said.

Therefore the stenographer has been asked to remain in self-quarantine for 14 days from 4 May to 17 May and take necessary precautions, it said.

07:36 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in West Bengal Latest Update

14 more die of COVID-19 in Bengal, toll crosses 100-mark

The toll from COVID-19 climbed to 113 in West Bengal on Sunday with 14 more people succumbing to the infection in the last 24 hours, a state government bulletin said.

The state also reported 153 fresh COVID-19 cases, the highest in a day so far. Of the 14 deaths, Kolkata alone accounted for 10 while two each were from North 24 Parganas and Howrah districts. There have been 72 deaths due to comorbidities where COVID-19 was incidental, the bulletin said.

07:31 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

Railways to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12 May; online ticket booking will begin at 4 pm today

The Indian Railways will gradually restart passenger train operations from 12 May, initially with 15 pairs of trains, the national transporter said Sunday.

These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad and Jammu Tawi.

Booking for reservation in these trains will start at 4 pm on 11 May and will be available only on the IRCTC website (https://bit.ly/2yIseuB). Ticket booking counters at railway stations will remain closed and no counter tickets (including platform tickets) will be issued, it said.

07:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

India has reported total of 62,939 cases, says health ministry

India has reported a total of 62,939 COVID-19 cases till Sunday, with Maharashtra alone reporting 20,228 of these infections, a report by the Union health ministry has stated.

However, the report said that India's mortality rate is 3.35 percent, as compared to the global average of 6.9 percent.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 41,472, while 19,357 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. The recovery rate stands at about 30.75 percent.

07:26 (IST)

Coronavirus Outbreak in India Latest Update

India has reported total of 62,939 cases, says health ministry

India has reported a total of 62,939 COVID-19 cases till Sunday, with Maharashtra alone reporting 20,228 of these infections, a report by the Union health ministry has stated.

However, the report said that India's mortality rate is 3.35 percent, as compared to the global average of 6.9 percent.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 41,472, while 19,357 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. The recovery rate stands at about 30.75 percent.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST Updates: The total confirmed COVID-19 cases in India have risen to 67,152, according to the latest update from the Union Health Ministry. The toll in India has risen to 2,206 with 44,029 active cases.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will hold a review meeting with CEOs of public sector banks (PSBs) on Monday to discuss various issues, including credit offtake, as part of efforts to prop up the economy hit by the COVID-19 crisis.

A Saket district court employee has tested positive for coronavirus infection, District Judge Neena Bansal Krishna said on Sunday. Meanwhile, the number of deaths globally from COVID-19 has surpassed 280,000, according to the database compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

First Air India special flight, which took off from San Francisco with 225 Indians on board, landed in Mumbai on Monday. The passengers departed from San Francisco International Airport on Saturday (local time) under the Government of India's Vande Bharat mission on Sunday.

India has reported a total of 62,939 COVID-19 cases till Sunday, with Maharashtra alone reporting 20,228 of these infections, a report by the Union health ministry has stated.

However, the report said that India's mortality rate is 3.35 percent, as compared to the global average of 6.9 percent.

The number of active COVID-19 cases stood at 41,472, while 19,357 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, the ministry said. The recovery rate stands at about 30.75 percent.

Meanwhile, in what can be seen as a step towards easing the nationwide lockdown, an official release said that the Railways plans to gradually restart passenger trains from 12 May.

State-wise cases and deaths

A total 128 deaths were reported in the country since Saturday morning — 48 in Maharashtra, 23 in Gujarat, 15 in Madhya Pradesh, 11 in West Bengal, eight in Uttar Pradesh, five each in Rajasthan and Delhi, four in Tamil Nadu, three in Andhra Pradesh, two in Punjab and one each in Telangana, Haryana, Chandigarh and Assam.

Representational image. AP

Of the 2,109 fatalities, Maharashtra tops the tally with 779 deaths. Gujarat comes second with 472 deaths, followed by Madhya Pradesh at 215, West Bengal at 171, Rajasthan at 106, Uttar Pradesh at 74, Delhi at 73, and Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu at 44.

The death toll is 31 in Punjab, 30 each in Karnataka and Telangana. Jammu and Kashmir and Haryana each have registered nine COVID-19 deaths, Bihar five and Kerala four.

Jharkhand has recorded three COVID-19 fatalities. Odisha, Chandigarh, Assam and Himachal Pradesh have reported two deaths each.

Meghalaya and Uttarakhand have reported one fatality each.

According to the health ministry data updated in the morning, the highest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country are from Maharashtra at 20,228,followed by Gujarat at 7,796, Delhi at 6,542, Tamil Nadu at 6,535, Rajasthan at 3,708, Madhya Pradesh at 3,614 and Uttar Pradesh at 3,373.

The number of coronavirus cases has gone up to 1,930 in Andhra Pradesh, 1,786 in West Bengal and 1,762 in Punjab.

They have risen to 1,163 in Telangana, 836 in Jammu and Kashmir, 794 in Karnataka, 675 in Haryana and 591 in Bihar.

Kerala has reported 505 coronavirus cases so far, while Odisha has 294 cases. A total of 169 people have been infected with the virus in Chandigarh and 156 in Jharkhand.

Tripura has reported 134 cases, Uttarakhand has 67 cases, Assam 63 and Chhattisgarh 59. Himachal Pradesh has 50 and Ladakh has registered 42 cases so far.

Thirty-three COVID-19 cases have been reported from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Meghalaya has registered 13 cases, Puducherry has nine, while Goa has seven COVID-19 cases. Manipur has two cases. Mizoram, Arunachal Pradesh and Dadar and Nagar Haveli have reported a case each.

West Bengal reports highest mortality rate, says Union health ministry

According to the health ministry, the highest mortality rate was recorded in West Bengal at 9.57 percent, where 1,786 cases and 171 deaths have been reported. On 5 May, the Inter-Ministerial Central Team (IMCT) sent to the state had said that the mortality rate in West Bengal was 12.8 percent. This figure stood lower in Maharashtra, where the mortality rate was 3.85 percent, higher than the national average. Of the 128 new COVID-19 deaths in India, 48 were recorded in India's financial capital.

With 7,796 infections, Gujarat reported a mortality rate of 6.05 percent. The figure in Delhi, which has the third highest number of cases in the country, stood at 1.12 percent.

India carried out 86,000 tests for COVID-19 on Saturday and India''s testing capacity now stands at 95,000 samples per day, Union health minister Harsh Vardhan told reporters after inspecting a COVID-19 care centre in the Mandoli area in the national capital.

India had started from one laboratory and now there are 472 laboratories testing for COVID-19, he said.

There are 4362 corona care centres across the country where 3,46,856 patients with mild or very mild symptoms can be kept, he said.

"We are moving fast on path of success in the fight against COVID-19. The doubling rate for the last three days is 12 (days). The recovery rate has crossed 30 per cent. Out of around 60,000 COVID-19 patients, about 20,000 have recovered and gone home," Vardhan said.

"Our mortality rate is still at 3.3 percent.... In the last 24 hours, there has been no case in 10 states and Union territories. There are four states or Union territories where there has not been a single case till now," Vardhan said.

Three migrant workers die near Maharashtra-MP border

Three migrant workers who were on their way to Uttar Pradesh from Maharashtra, mostly walking, died in Barwani district of Madhya Pradesh on Saturday, officials said.

The trio were among thousands of migrant workers who have set out on foot for their home states from Maharashtra in the last few weeks amid lockdown on account for coronavirus.

While autopsy reports were yet to be available, doctors said the possible cause of deaths was fatigue and dehydration in peak summer heat.

The deceased, who were traveling separately, were identified as Lalluram (55), resident of village Chhudiya in Prayagraj district, Prem Bahadur (50), resident of Siddharth Nagar and Anees Ahmed (42) of Hardas Girja village of Fatehpur.

Railways to partially resume passenger train operations from 12 May

The Indian Railways will resume passenger train operations from 12 May nearly after two months when services were stopped due to the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown.

Initially, the Railways will run 15 pairs of trains and the booking for reservation for these trains will start at 4 pm on 11 May.
An official press release on Sunday said: "Indian Railways plans to gradually restart passenger train operations from 12 May, initially with 15 pairs of trains (30 return journeys)."

"These trains will be run as special trains from New Delhi station connecting Dibrugarh, Agartala, Howrah, Patna, Bilaspur, Ranchi, Bhubaneswar, Secunderabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram, Madgaon, Mumbai Central, Ahmedabad, and Jammu Tawi," added the release.

"Thereafter, Indian Railways shall start more special services on new routes, based on the available coaches after reserving 20,000 coaches for COVID-19 care centres and an adequate number of coaches being reserved to enable operation of up to 300 trains every day as 'Shramik Special' for stranded migrants," said the release.

Only online bookings are allowed and ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed.

As per the release, the booking for reservation for these trains will start at 4 pm on 11th May and will be available only on the IRCTC website (https://bit.ly/2yIseuB). Ticket booking counters at the railway stations shall remain closed and no counter tickets including platform tickets shall be issued.

Only the passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations.

"Only passengers with valid confirmed tickets will be allowed to enter the railway stations. It will be mandatory for the passengers to wear face cover and undergo screening at departure and only asymptomatic passengers will be allowed to board the train. Further details including train schedule will be issued separately in due course," added the press release issued by the PIB.

With inputs from agencies



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