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March 24, 2020 / 11:17 PM IST

Coronavirus India lockdown highlights: Grocery shops, banks, petrol pumps to remain open, says MHA

LIVE coverage of PM Modi's address to the nation on the situation arising out of the coronavirus outbreak.

The novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, pandemic has spread across at least 190 countries. The outbreak is having a major impact on global economy and the stock market.

There have been at least 519 reported cases of novel coronavirus in India. While 37 have recovered so far in India, 10 have died. As many as 560 districts in India are now under complete lockdown.

Globally, there have been over 3.83 lakh confirmed cases of COVID-19. At least 16,500 people have died so far. Infections are
rapidly rising in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States. Catch the latest updates here:
  • March 24, 2020 / 10:54 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | Home Minister Amit Shah: I thank all the doctors, nurses, paramedical staff, pathologists and police personnel who are risking their lives and fighting against an epidemic like Coronavirus day and night. I also appeal to the people to cooperate with them in these tough times and pray for their health. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Italy LIVE Updates | Italy records 743 virus deaths, surging to break two-day trend, official says, according to news agency AFP. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR)​: The total number of Coronavirus positive cases rise to 536 in India.

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:27 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE Updates | In view of the 21-day nationwide complete lockdown, Supreme Court says it will not take up the matter listed before it for tomorrow through video conferencing. The matters are adjourned.

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:24 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Pakistan LIVE Updates | Meanwhile, in Pakistan, PM Imran Khan has announced multi-billion stimulus package to combat coronavirus and facilitate poor people as COVID-19 cases rose to 956. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:21 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Mizoram LIVE Updates | A  50-year-old has tested positive for coronavirus in Mizoram. He has a travel history to Qatar, Amsterdam, Istanbul and Doha. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:16 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Kerala LIVE Updates | In view of the country wide lockdown, Sabarimala Temple festival which is scheduled to be begin on March 29 has been cancelled.TDB has also decided to cancel all festivals in other temples of Kerala that comes under the Board. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:09 PM IST

    PM Modi on Coronavirus LIVE Updates: This evening, I had an extensive interaction with doctors, nurses and lab technicians from all over the country. I lauded them for their exceptional efforts to ensure our nation is healthy.

    Doctors, nurses and lab technicians shared their insights and experiences of tackling COVID-19. What was heartening was their unwavering determination to ensure care for every citizen.  India salutes them for everything they are doing for the nation.

  • March 24, 2020 / 10:03 PM IST

    Coronavirus India lockdown LIVE Updates | Ministry of Home Affairs issues guidelines on the 21-day lockdown:

    #All persons who have arrived into India after February 15, 2020 and all such persons who have been directed by health care personnel to remain under strict home / institutional quarantine for a period as decided by local health authorities, failing which they will be liable to legal action under Section 188 of the IPC. 

    # All enforcing authorities to note that these strict restrictions fundamentally relate to movement of people, but not to that of essential goods. 

    # Any person violating these containment measures will be liable to be proceeded against as per the provisions of Section 51- 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides, legal action under Section 188 of the IPC
    # The above containment measures remain in force in all parts of the country for a period of 21 days with effect from March 25. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 09:52 PM IST

    Coronavirus India lockdown LIVE Updates: Ministry of Home Affairs issues guidelines on the 21-day lockdown. Check here for essential services:

    # All educational, training, research coaching institutions, etc shall remain closed.

    # All places of worship shall be closed for public. No religious congregation will be permitted without any exception.

    # All social / political / sports / entertainment / academic / cultural / religious functions, gatherings shall be barred.

    # In case of funerals, congregation of not more than 20 persons will be permitted. 

  • March 24, 2020 / 09:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus India lockdown LIVE Updates: Ministry of Home Affairs issues guidelines on the 21-day lockdown. Check here for essential services:

    # Hospitality services to remain suspended. Exceptions:

    1. Hotels, homestays, lodges and motels which are accomodating tourists and persons stranded due to lockdown, medical and emergency staff, air and sea crew 

    2.  Establishments used/ earmarked for quarantine facilities.  

  • March 24, 2020 / 09:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus India lockdown LIVE Updates: Ministry of Home Affairs issues guidelines on the 21-day lockdown. Check here for essential services:

    # Industrial establishments to remain closed. Exceptions:

    1. Manufacturing units of essential commodities
    2. Production units, which require continuous process after obtaining required permission from the state government. 

    # All transport services – Air, Rail, Roadways will remain suspended. Exceptions:

    1. Transportation for essential goods only. 
    2. Fire, law and order and emergency services.

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