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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 Updates: Confirmed cases in Bihar rise to 535 as 7 more test positive; Munger worst-affected district with 102 infections

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Coronavirus in Jharkhand Latest Updates

Eight of Jharkhand's 10 new cases reported in Ranchi

 
Ten people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jharkhand on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 125, according to a bulletin issued by the government.Two persons from Dumka tested positive, while the rest are from Ranchi which has been declared a red zone, health officials said. Of the total positive cases, 89 are active and 33 people have recovered and been discharged, the bulletin said. Of the 91 cases in Ranchi, 71 are active, it said. Two persons have died of the infection in the state so far, while one died due to comorbid conditions, it said. No new cases were reported in the past two days.
 
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23:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Bihar Latest Updates

Seven, including four minors, test positive in Bihar

Seven persons, including four minors, tested positive for COVID 19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in Bihar to 535, a top official said.Of the seven cases, five were male and two female. Five of them hail from Katihar district and one each from Kaimur and Siwan, Health Departments Principal Secretary Sanjay Kumar said. 
 
COVID-19 cases have been detected in the state's 32 of total 38 districts. Munger is the worst affected district with 102 cases. Four people have died of COVID-19 so far and there 400 active cases at present.
 
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23:43 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana to open liquor shops

 
2,200 liquor shops will be opened in Telangana except the ones  in Containment Zones, ANI quotes chief minister K Chandrashekar Rao as saying.There will be 16 percent hike in the price liquor and the price of cheap liquor will be hiked by 11 percent. People not maintaining social distancing will have to bear consequences. No Mask, no liquor. No Mask, no goods," he said.

23:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre hikes excise duty on petrol by Rs 10 per litre and on diesel by Rs 13 per litre

 
The Central Government has increased excise duties by Rs 10 per litre on petrol and Rs 13 per litre on diesel, reports ANI. Retail sale prices of petrol and diesel will, however, not change as the price hike will be absorbed by OMCs, according to CNBCTV18. These duty rate changes shall come into effect from 6th May, 2020.
 

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Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar climb to 193 as 13 more test positive

 
A policeman deployed on the emergency 112 helpline service in Uttar Pradesh's Gautam Buddh Nagar has tested positive for the coronavirus, PTI quotes officials as saying. The colleagues, family members and other people who came in contact with the sub-inspector have been quarantined and his health condition is being continuouly monitored, a police spokesperson said."It was still being assessed how the policeman got infected or if he came in contact with an infected person," the spokesperson said. 
 
Besides the policeman, 13 other people, including two healthcare workers, tested positive for the COVID-19 infection in Gautam Buddh Nagar on Tuesday, according to officials.The number of total cases in the district now stands at 193, even as 109 patients have been discharged from hospitals after their successful treatment for coronavirus, the officials added.

23:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tripura Latest Updates

13 more BSF personnel test positive in Tripura

 
Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that 13  personnel of BSF's 138th Battalion, including a mess worker, had tested positive for the coronavirus pushing the total number of cases in the state to 42. None of them are civillians, he said adding that two persons have been cured and discharged and the number of active cases stands at 40.

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Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Over 500 small industrial units given nod to operate in Ghaziabad

The Ghaziabad district administration has allowed over 500 small industrial units to operate during the third phase of the coronavirus lockdown, reports PTI. An official said 532 shops in rural areas were also allowed to operate while in city areas, 650 traders were given permission to do business. Commenting on it, DM Ajay Shankar Pandey said the administration had received 1,177 applications from the industrialists, of which 517 small-scale industrial units were allowed to operate. He said among the 532 shops in rural areas, 145 deal in fruit and vegetables, 13 in mobile phone repair and 12 in construction material.
The district has so far recorded 104 cases, two deaths.

23:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Confirmed cases in Assam rise to 44

One person from Assam's Kokrajhar district, with a travel history of Cooch Behar in West Bengal, has tested positive for the coronavirus infection, said Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. With this the total number of infections in the state rose to 44, including 32 discharged, one death and 11 active cases.

23:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in Punjab Latest Updates

Punjab hikes petrol, diesel prices by Rs 2 per litre

Punjab Government hikes Petrol and Diesel prices by Rs 2 per litre each, with effect from midnight, reports ANI.

22:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Only essential shops to open in red zones in Telangana

Addressing the media, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao said that non-essential shops in the state will remain shut in red zones, According to a report in The News Minute, the chief Minister said that people aged above 65 and young children have been asked to stay indoors until the lockdown period ended. Night time curfew will continue in all districts, he said.

22:51 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt issues SOP for movement of stranded persons

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Coronavirus in Chhattisgarh Latest Updates

Twenty-six year old tests positive in Bhilai

 
A 26-year-old female from Bhilai has tested positive for #COVID19. She will be admitted in AIIMS Raipur, ANI quotes the  All India Institute of Medical Science, Raipur as saying.

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Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana extends lockdown till 29 May

Telanangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that lockdown in the state has been extended till 29 May. He advised people to finish their purchases by 6 pm as there would be a curfew from 7 pm. The chief minister warned of strict action against those found outside their homes after 7 pm.

22:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

Rajasthan reports 97 fresh infections, 12 deaths

Confirmed cases in Rajasthan climbed to 3,158 including 89 deaths as 97 fresh infections and 12 fatalities were reported in the state today. 

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Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Case count in Telangana rises to 1,096

Till today, 1,096  positive cases have been reported  in Telangana of which 11 were detected today. 628 patients have been discharged and there are 439 active cases in the state now, ANI quotes Chief minister  K. Chandrashekar Rao as saying.

 

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Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Only shops selling essentials to remain open in Mumbai

Noting that the opening of shops in Mumbai  has led to the flouting of social distancing norms amid rising number  on COVID-19 cases, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi ordered that no permission be given to non-essential shops, including liquor stores, in Mumbai. Only essential item stores like grocery shops and medical stores chemist shops will be allowed to be open, he said in an order.

21:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in Chandigarh Latest Updates

No travel restrictions in Chandigarh except in containment zones

No restriction on travel to any place within Chandigarh except declared containment zones like Bapu Dham etc. "Wear a mask, maintain social distance and gathering of more than 5 in group not allowed," said Chandigarh advisor Manoj Parida. 

21:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana Latest Updates

Haryana to reopen govt offices with conditions

 
The Haryana government has decided to reopen its offices in the state and those located in its capital Chandigarh with certain conditions during the third phase of the COVID-19-induced lockdown.​ These offices, which were earlier closed after the lockdown was announced, can have full attendance of Group 'A' and 'B' officers and only 33 percent staff of Group C and D employees. The strength of Group C and D category employees is more and allowing full attendance at this stage can make it difficult to enforce social distancing norms, said a statement 
 
A letter in this regard has been written by the office of the Haryana chief secretary, to all the administrative secretaries of the state, heads of departments, divisional commissioners, deputy commissioners, managing directors of boards and corporations in Haryana, registrars of universities in Haryana and registrar of the Punjab and Haryana High Court to comply with the guidelines. However, the provision relating to 33 per cent staffing strength for Group C and D will not apply to departments including municipal bodies, boards, corporations, missions, societies, chief secretary's office, and revenue, health, Home, agriculture, public health, development, panchayats, power, irrigation, urban local bodies, and food and civil supplies departments, the statement said.  In case an employee's place of residence lies within a containment zone, such employees will not leave the zone until the 'zone declaration order' has been withdrawn by the appropriate authority, it said.
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21:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Over 30 COVID-19 vaccines being developed in India: PMO

 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a meeting of the task force on Coronavirus vaccine Development and took a detailed review of the current status of India’s efforts in vaccine development, drug discovery, diagnosis and testing, reports ANI. "Indian vaccine companies have come across as innovators in early stage vaccine development research.Similarly,Indian academia and start-ups have also pioneered in this area. Over 30 Indian vaccines are in different stages of vaccine development,with few going on to trial stages," the news agency quotes the Prime Minister's Ofiice as saying.

21:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Two civic bodies adjoining Mumbai to seal borders from 8 May

The Kalyan-Dombivli Municipal Corporation and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation have decided to seal their borders from 8 May in view of the rising number of cases in their respective areas, PTI quotes civic body officials as saying. 

According to letters issued by the municipal commissioners of Kalyan-Dombivli and Ulhasnagar, residents who have offices in BMC (Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation) areas will either have to shift to somewhere in Mumbai so that they can attend work or will have to stay home. There have been several COVID-19 cases in Kalyan Dombivli Municipal Corporation and Ulhasnagar Municipal Corporation, where the source of infection was traced back to Mumbai.

21:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Himachal Pradesh Latest Updates

21-year-old dies in Shimla, confirmatory report for COVID-19 awaited

A 21-year-old man, who tested positive for the novel coronavirus, died in in Shimla on Tuesday, the third fatality in Himachal Pradesh.The youth, who was stranded in Delhi during lockdown, had returned to his house in Sarkaghat area of Mandi district in April, Chief Medical Officer Jeevanand Chauhan told PTI."As per his preliminary report, he was suffering from novel coronavirus. Confirmatory report of his second test is being awaited," Chauhan added. The officer said the man had only one kidney since birth and was getting treatment from a Delhi hospital.He was shifted to the IGMC hospital on Monday when his health deteriorated and he died on Tuesday, Chauhan said.  

21:21 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

AIIMS Planning to Start OPD and Non-emergency Services Soon 

 

An AIIMS sub-committee has been asked to prepare a blueprint for smooth restoration of OPD and non-emergency operation services, with the administration planning to resume them in the next ten days, PTI quotes officials as saying. Also, non-COVID services, other than emergency, for a limited time is likely to be predominantly referral only where the hospital will cater to only those patients who will be referred from peripheral hospitals, they said. The premier hospital has also constituted a committee to devise strategy for restoring healthcare services in a phased manner.
 
"The plan is to re-open OPD services in a phased manner. If the number of coronavirus cases surge in the near future and, if need be, we will switch back to the previous roster," an official said.
 
Doctors at AIIMS are currently providing tele-consultancy to all patients undergoing treatment at the hospital in an effort to reduce the need for them to visit the facility during the lockdown. Its been over a month that the AIIMS has shut down its OPD services and curtailed all elective surgeries as part of its effort towards redirecting its resources to control the COVID-19 outbreak.
 

21:15 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Positive cases in Delhi cross 5,000 

 
The total number of coronavirus infections in Delhi rose to 5,104 as 206 news cases were reported today. The toll stands at 64 with no deaths being reported today. A total of 1,468 people have recovered from the virus infection and the number of active cases stands at 3,572 according to the daily update issued by the Delhi government.
 

21:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Confirmed cases in Mumbai up by 635 to 9,758

Mumbai reports 635 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths, pushing the total case count to 9,758 and fatalities to 387, PTI quotes the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation as saying.

20:59 (IST)

Coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh Latest Updates

Cases in Madhya Pradesh rise to 3,049

 
107 more persons have tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh taking the total number of cases in the state to 3,049 while the toll stands at 176, reports ANI quoting the state health department.

20:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

841 new COVID-19 cases, 34 deaths reported in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra health department said that 841 new coronavirus cases and 34 deaths were reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 15,525.

20:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Two zones removed from Delhi containment list

Two more zones in Delhi have been de-contained on Tuesday, taking the total number of containment zones in the National Capital to 88. No new addition in containment zones today.

20:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh Latest Updates

Uttar Pradesh reports 118 new COVID-19 cases today

The Uttar Pradesh government said that 118 new patients have been confirmed as coronavirus positive since Monday evening, taking the total number of cases to 2,880. Out of the total cases, 987 patients have been discharged while 56 others lost their lives.

20:25 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

350 COVID-19 patients recover in Maharashtra today

The Maharashtra health department said that 350 coronavirus patients have been recovered and discharged on Tuesday, of which 165 patients are from Mumbai. This is the highest discharge number in a single day in Maharashtra. Total number of discharged patients in the state is 2,465 so far.

20:18 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Updates

UK COVID-19 toll crosses 32,000

The coronavirus toll in the UK crossed 32,000 on Tuesday and surpassed Italy's toll to become the new epicentre of the pandemic, reports said. 

"This figure far exceeds the death toll of 29,029 in Italy – until now Europe’s worst-hit country. Italy’s total does not include suspected cases," The Guardian reported.

"Britain on Tuesday became the first country in Europe to confirm more than 30,000 coronavirus deaths and infections rose sharply again in Russia, even as other nations made great strides in taming the virus. China marked its third week with no new virus deaths and South Korea restarted its professional baseball season. In the US, some states began halting steps to lift the lockdown restrictions being blamed for throwing millions out of work and upending the global economy even as thousands of new U.S. infections and deaths were being reported daily," The Indian Express reported.

20:05 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

508 new COVID-19 cases reported in Tamil Nadu

The Tamil Nadu health department said that 508 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 4,058. Two deaths have been reported too, taking the toll to 33.

19:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

EPS says more COVID-19 cases in Chennai because of dense population

Tamil Nadu chief minister E Palaniswami on Tuesday said that coronavirus cases are more in Chennai "because it is densely populated".

"In all containment zones, sanitisation is being done three times a day. Tamil Nadu has set up 50 testing centers and the state has the highest testing rate in the country," he added.

19:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

Ahmedabad municipal commissioner self-quarantines for 14 days

Ahmedabad Municipal Commissioner Vijay Nehra has decided to get home quarantined for 14 days after he came in contact of positive patients. Now, for two weeks Mukesh Kumar, Vice Chairman and CEO of Gujarat Maritime Board, will be the in-charge Municipal Commissioner of AMC.

19:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana Latest Updates

Haryana reports 31 new COVID-19 cases today

The Haryana health department said that 31 new COVID-19 cases have been reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 548.

19:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Another person tests positive for COVID-19 in Assam

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that Oone person from Goalpara has tested positive for COVID-19. The total number of cases in the state now stands at 43, of which active cases are at 10.

19:22 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

15 new COVID-19 cases reported in J&K

The Jammu and Kashmir government said that 15 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the union territory on Tuesday. Of these, one is from the Jammu division and 14 from Kashmir division.

The total number of cases in the Union Territory stands at 741, including 413 active cases.

19:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA issues guidelines for Indians stranded abroad

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues standard operating procedures for movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country.

"Passengers found to be symptomatic shall be immediately taken to medical facility. Remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities to be arranged by respective states. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for 14 days.

"If they test negative after 14 days, they will be allowed to go home and will undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 more days as per protocol. The remaining people will be shifted to medical facility by states/UTs governments," the statement said.

19:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Total 69 BSF personnel test positive for COVID-19 

The Border Security Force (BSF) said that a total of 69 personnel have been found to be infected by coronavirus so far.

18:57 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

MHA says existing visas to foreigners to remain suspended

All existing visas granted to foreigners, except certain categories, to remain suspended till the prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted by GoI: MHA

18:54 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jharkhand Latest Updates

Jharkhand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases

Four new coronavirus cases were reported in Jharkhand on Tuesday. All the new cases were reported from Ranchi. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state now stands at 119.

18:50 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre shares evacuation plan of Indians stranded abroad

The PIB released the evacuation plan for Indians stranded in 12 countries abroad by 64 flights by Air India, starting 7 May.

18:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says no exam to be held for class 10 students nationwide

18:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Pinarayi Vijayan says stranded Indians will be quarantined for a week

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday also reportedly said that the returnees from abroad will to be in quarantine for at least seven days.

18:20 (IST)

Coronavirus in Israel Latest Updates

Israel says 'significant breakthrough' in developing COVID-19 treatment

Israel has isolated a key coronavirus antibody at its main biological research laboratory, the Israeli defence minister said on Monday, calling the step a “significant breakthrough” toward a possible treatment for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The “monoclonal neutralising antibody” developed at the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR) “can neutralise it (the disease-causing coronavirus) inside carriers’ bodies,” Defence Minister Naftali Bennett said in a statement.

The statement added that Bennett visited the IIBR on Monday where he was briefed “on a significant breakthrough in finding an antidote for the coronavirus”.

(Reuters)

18:15 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Kerala govt tells Modi 'dangerous' to bring back Indians without COVID-19 testing

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said that "it would be dangerous to fly back stranded Indians from abroad without proper coronavirus testing."

"Centre has informed that they are bringing back Indians from other countries without conducting COVID-19 test. This will increase threat of COVID-19 spread. Testing has to be conducted and I have taken this matter up with the Centre," he said.

"From 7 May, 2,250 people from abroad will be returning back to Kerala initially. The Centre is learned to have approved to bring back 80,000 expatriates but there are 1.69 lakh people in Kerala's priority list. This has been taken up with Centre," he added.

18:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh Latest Updates

Women protest against opening of liquor shops in Visakhapatnam

Women in Visakhapatnam on Tuesday held a protest against the liquor shops being opening in the district by the state government amid the COVID-19 lockdown. A protester was quoted by ANI as saying, "Vegetable markets stay open for only 3 hours but liquor shops are allowed to remain open for 7 hours".

17:58 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Maharashtra govt issues clarification on revised lockdown guidelines

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday issued 'clarification to revised guidelines on the lockdown measures for containment of COVID-19 in the state'.

17:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Total COVID-19 cases in India rise to 46,711

In its 5 pm update, the Union health ministry said that the total number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 46,711 on Tuesday, including 31,967 active cases, 1,583 deaths, 13,160 cured/discharged and 1 migrated.

17:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

22 new COVID-19 cases reported in Karntaka

The Karnataka health department said that 22 new coronavirus cases were reported in the state between 5 pm on Monday and 5 pm on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 673, including 331 discharges and 29 deaths.

17:37 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

Assam govt says 44,732 goods trucks entered state during COVID-19 lockdown

Coronavirus Outbreak Updates: Seven persons, including four minors, tested positive for COVID 19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in Bihar to 535, a top official said.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said that 13  personnel of BSF's 138th Battalion, including a mess worker, had tested positive for the coronavirus pushing the total number of cases in the state to 42.

Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao said that lockdown in the state has been extended till 29 May. He advised people to finish their purchases by 6 pm as there would be a curfew from 7 pm. The chief minister warned of strict action against those found outside their homes after 7 pm.

Noting that the opening of shops in Mumbai  has led to the flouting of social distancing norms amid rising number  on COVID-19 cases, Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation Commissioner Praveen Pardeshi ordered that no permission be given to non-essential shops, including liquor stores, in Mumbai.

The total number of coronavirus infections in Delhi rose to 5,104 as 206 news cases were reported today. The toll stands at 64 with no deaths being reported today.

Mumbai reports 635 new COVID-19 cases and 26 deaths, pushing the total case count to 9,758 and fatalities to 387, PTI quotes the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation as saying.

 The Tamil Nadu health department said that 508 new coronavirus cases have been reported in the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases to 4,058. Two deaths have been reported too, taking the toll to 33.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) issues standard operating procedures for movement of Indian nationals stranded outside the country.

"Passengers found to be symptomatic shall be immediately taken to medical facility. Remaining passengers shall be taken to suitable institutional quarantine facilities to be arranged by respective states. These passengers shall be kept under institutional quarantine for 14 days.

"If they test negative after 14 days, they will be allowed to go home and will undertake self-monitoring of their health for 14 more days as per protocol. The remaining people will be shifted to medical facility by states/UTs governments," the statement said.

All existing visas granted to foreigners, except certain categories, to remain suspended till the prohibition on international air travel of passengers from/to India is lifted by GoI, the MHA said.

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan on Tuesday wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said that "it would be dangerous to fly back stranded Indians from abroad without proper coronavirus testing."

"From 7 May, 2,250 people from abroad will be returning back to Kerala initially. The Centre is learned to have approved to bring back 80,000 expatriates but there are 1.69 lakh people in Kerala's priority list. This has been taken up with Centre," he added.

The Ministry of Railways on Tuesday said that so far, 67 'Shramik Special Trains' have been run by various Zonal Railways.

"Till 4 May, we had run 55 trains. Today, trains have been operated from Bengaluru, Surat, Sabarmati, Jalandhar, Kota, Ernakulam, 21 more such trains may leave today," the statement said.

Union health ministry joint secretary Lav Aggarwal said that the coronavirus toll in India rose by 195 in the last 24 hours, adding that the total number of cases of stands at 46,433 nationwide.

In the 4 pm press briefing, he said, "In last 24 hours there have been 3,900 new cases, 195 deaths and 1,020 people have recovered. The recovery rate is 27.41 percent."

Forty five Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) personnel have tested positive for the novel coronavirus so far. Among the 45, 43 of them were deployed for IS duties in Delhi and two of them in the Law and Order duty with Delhi Police, said the ITBP.

Two infants among eight who tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Pimpri Chinchwad on Tuesday, ANI quoted the health department as saying.

As many as, 71 fresh COVID-19 cases were reported in Pune on Monday, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the district to 2,122.

Putting a close to the uncertainly over engineering and medical exams, the government on Tuesday announced dates for holding of Joint Entrance Exams (JEE) and National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).

While interacting with students in a webinar, HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal said the JEE-Mains exams will be held from 18-23 July while, JEE-Advanced exams will be held in August. He also said that the medical entrance exam NEET will be conducted on 26 July.

With eight more people testing positive for the novel coronavirus in Karnataka between Monday 5 pm to Tuesday 12 pm, the total number of confirmed cases in the state climbed to 659.

So far, the state has recorded 28 deaths, according to the health department. The COVID-19 recovery rate in the state stood at 49.2 percent after 324 patients were discharged.

The fourth floor of the Shastri Bhawan, office of Department of Legal Affairs, was sealed on Tuesday after a senior law ministry official tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The senior official in the department of legal affairs who is now positive had last attended office on 23 April.

According to a journalist with The Indian Express, gate number 1 and 2 which were often used by the officer have been closed, along with the corresponding lifts, for disinfecting and will remain shut till Wednesday (6 May).

67 new COVID-19 positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of cases in the state to 1717 with the state toll at 34, according to the state health department on Tuesday. Meanwhile, state-run TASMAC alcohol shops will not be opening in the Greater Chennai City police limits on 7 May, the Tamil Nadu government has said.

COVID-19 cases in border guarding force BSF have climbed to 67, with the maximum reported in a Delhi battalion, deployed in the Jamia area for law and order duties, and from the frontier state of Tripura, officials said on Tuesday.

A special train carrying about 1,200 migrant workers left for Khagaria in Bihar from Ghatkesar near Hyderabad on Tuesday.

"The Shramik Special Train left for Khagaria in Bihar on Tuesday morning. All the passengers were screened before they were allowed to board," a senior south central railway official said.

This is the second train arranged for the workers in Telangana. Similarly, another train from Rayannapadu near Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh left for Chandrapur in Maharashtra, the SCR official added.

India registered 46,433 COVID-19 positive cases on Tuesday with 1,568 fatalities due to the viral disease, according to the latest data released by Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

The figure includes 32,134 active cases.

After the Delhi government raised the VAT on auto fuel, the petrol price per litre is hiked by Rs 1.67 to Rs 71.26 while, the price of diesel increased by Rs 7.10 to Rs 69.39 in the National Capital on Tuesday.​

Aadhaar-based claims for public distribution system (PDS) would have saved a lot of misery for the poor, said Abhijit Banerjee during discussion on economic impact with Congress' Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday.

He further claimed that many names still missing in the system.

"We should try to be optimistic about overall economic revival in India post-lockdown," said Banerjee.

Abhijit Banerjee advised that India should take a cue from the United States and insisted on putting money into people's hands, "as the current US administration is doing".

"We have to take a chance on widening the reach of PDS," Banerjee told Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday while discussing the state of Indian economy.

Handing out temporary ration card to anybody who requires one at the current moment would be a good idea to tackle the food crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee to Rahul Gandhi.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's dialogue with Nobel Laureate Abhijit Banerjee on dealing with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 crisis will be aired on Tuesday as part of his series of deliberations with experts on economy and health.

The Congress party has tweeted a 1.44-minute clip from the conversation which will be aired in full at 9 am Tuesday.

In an order released on Monday, the Mumbai Police stated that Section 144 has been imposed in the city till 17 May between 8 pm and 7 am. The order clarified that during those hours, only vehicles addressing medical services and the ones used for essential services will be allowed to ply.

From Tuesday, stand-alone shops will issue tokens for customers to avoid crowding at shop counters.

Even as India's COVID-19 fight entered its third phase on Monday with considerable relaxations to the lockdown curbs, confirmed cases surged to 42,836 with 2,573 fresh cases. The death toll rose to 1,389 with 83 fatalities reported in 24 hours.

The government said a record high number of 1,074 patients recovered from the infection in the last 24 hours but cautioned that the restrictions can be reimposed if there is any complacency in following the containment and social distancing norms.

The Centre also announced that it will facilitate the return of Indians stranded in other countries in a phased manner from 7 May.

Country records highest number of recoveries in 24 hours, says health ministry

Confirmed cases in India rose to 42,836. File image. AP

According to the 5 pm update issued by the Union health ministry, India now has 42, 836 confirmed cases of coronavirus while 1,380 persons have died due to the disease. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of cases (12,974), followed by Gujarat (5, 428 cases), Delhi (4,549) cases, Tamil Nadu (3,023 cases) and Madhya Pradesh (2942).

Maharashtra also recorded the highest number of fatalities with 548 deaths followed by 290 in Gujarat and 165 in Madhya Pradesh.

According to the health ministry, the number of active cases stood at 29,685 as 11,761 persons were cured/discharged while one has migrated.

Earlier, while addressing a press briefing, Joint Secretary at the health ministry Lav Agarwal said that as many as 1,074 COVID-19 patients have recovered in the last 24 hours, the highest number of recoveries recorded in one day.

The rate of recovery stands at  27.52 percent , he said, but stressed that there is a need for rigorous implementation of the containment strategy while people also need to strictly adhere to hygiene as well as social distancing habits.

Agarwal cautioned that if the virus spread is detected in areas that do not have any active cases for now, restrictions can be reimposed there.

Kerala did not report a single new case for the second consecutive day, but neighbouring Tamil Nadu saw its tally rising by a record number of 527 new cases. Gujarat and Maharashtra also reported significant rise in their numbers. Several other states including Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Odisha also reported a rising number of cases.

Gujarat reported 376 new cases and 29 more deaths — the highest for a day — to take its total tally of confirmed cases to more than 5,800 and fatalities to 319. Ahmedabad alone reported 259 new cases and a record number of 26 deaths on Monday, taking its tally of confirmed cases to above 4,000 and the death toll to 234.

In Maharashtra’s Mumbai, the case count crossed the 9,000-mark and jumped to 9,123  with the addition of 510 new patients, while 18 more died due to the viral infection.

While several big urban centres across the country continued to report rise in the number of cases, several smaller states and Union Territories — including Goa, Puducherry, Andaman and Nicobar Islands, Meghalaya, Assam, Aruranchal Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Manipur, Mizoram, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and Tripura — have witnessed nil or very few cases getting detected in the last few days.

Confusion prevails as restrictions are eased in green, orange zones

In the third phase of the lockdown, more categories of stores including of apparel and electrical goods, as also various kinds of repair centres, and even barber shops in some places, reopened in several parts of the country. Liquor shops saw the biggest of the crowds and had to be closed at many places, including in the National Capital, after social distancing norms appeared totally missing.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said whatever happened on Monday was not right and all have to follow the social distancing norms . "It is sad that people were not following social distancing norms at some shops today. I request everyone to not take any risk," he said.

On the other hand, confusion prevailed in large industrial and business clusters across the country, including in Noida and Gurgaon on the outskirts of Delhi, on reopening of offices and industrial establishments due to lack of clarity on daily commute of their staff given continuing restrictions on major modes of the public transport.

Row over rail fares of migrant workers

The transport of migrant workers back to their home states continued for the third consecutive day on Monday. Kerala opened its borders at six places for Keralites stranded in other states due to the COVID-19 lockdown to return to their native places.

Migrants stand in long queues in Hyderabad as police personnel collect their personal details before sending them via trains to their native places. PTI

A total of 21,500 migrant workers and their family members stranded in Gujarat for over 40 days were sent back to their native states, including UP and Bihar, through 18 trains in the last three days, a senior official told PTI.

Union health ministry officials also said the process of transporting stranded migrant labourers was being coordinated by states, though the central government guidelines have clearly stated that the infectious disease management requires everyone to stay where he or she is.

“Based on the request given from states for particular cases, permission was given to run special trains. Be it the government of India or the Railways, we have not talked about charging from workers. Eighty-five per cent of the transportation cost is borne by the Railways, while states have to bear 15 percent of the cost,” Agarwal told reporters.

Earlier in the day, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the Centre and said the party's state units will bear the cost of rail travel of needy migrant workers and labourers stranded at their workplaces due to the lockdown imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus.

"What is particularly disturbing is that the central government and the Rail Ministry are charging them (migrant workers) for train tickets in this hour of crisis," she said. "When the government can spend nearly Rs 100 crores on transport and food for just one public programme in Gujarat, when the Rail Ministry has the largesse to donate Rs 151 Crores to the PM's Corona fund, then why can't these essential members of our nation's fabric be given a fraction of the same courtesy, especially free rail travel, at this hour of acute distress?," the Congress president asked.

Centre to facilitate return of Indians stranded abroad

Separately, the Union Home Ministry said the government will facilitate the return of Indians stranded abroad and the process will begin from 7 May in a phased manner. Only asymptomatic people would be allowed to travel and it would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships, and the facility will be available on a payment basis.

After their arrival in India, medical examinations will be conducted on everyone and they will be subsequently put under quarantine for 14 days, either in a hospital or in an institutional facility, the ministry said.

Modi calls for new template of globalisation at NAM virtual conference

At a video-conference of leaders of the Non- Aligned Movement (NAM), Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi called for a new template of globalisation post COVID-19, saying humanity is facing a major crisis.

"COVID-19 has shown us the limitations of the existing international system. In the post-COVID world, we need a new template of globalization, based on fairness, equality, and humanity," the prime minister said. "We need international institutions that are more representative of today's world. We need to promote human welfare, and not focus on economic growth alone. India has long championed such initiatives," he said.

With inputs from agencies



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