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  • Coronavirus pandemic | SC suspends guided tours for public, closes museum Mar 15, 2020 05:17 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | SC suspends guided tours for public, closes museum

    The apex court said non-essential visits to the Supreme Court premises are discouraged and entry of casual visitors shall remain restricted until further orders.

  • China makes 2-week quarantine compulsory for foreign returnees as 'imported' cases rise Mar 15, 2020 05:17 PM IST

    China makes 2-week quarantine compulsory for foreign returnees as 'imported' cases rise

    China's National Health Commissions (NHC) said 20 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection and 10 deaths were reported from all over the country on Saturday.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Kerala CM seeks PM Narendra Modi's intervention to use SDRF for relief to COVID-19 patients Mar 15, 2020 05:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Kerala CM seeks PM Narendra Modi's intervention to use SDRF for relief to COVID-19 patients

    As per the initial order the fund could have been used to provide compensation in case of any death related to Covid-19 as well as utilisation of the fund for treatment of patients.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Malaysia reports 190 new coronavirus cases, most linked to mosque event Mar 15, 2020 05:11 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Malaysia reports 190 new coronavirus cases, most linked to mosque event

    The new cases bring the total number of infections in the country to 428, the health ministry said in a statement.

  • Coronavirus: Over 450 Indians evacuated from Iran, Italy Mar 15, 2020 04:59 PM IST

    Coronavirus: Over 450 Indians evacuated from Iran, Italy

    A total of 218 Indians, mostly students, from Milan landed at around 9.45 AM at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) and were taken to an ITBP quarantine facility in south-west Delhi's Chhawla area.

  • Coronavirus cases in country climb to 107, cases rise in Maharashtra Mar 15, 2020 04:29 PM IST

    Coronavirus cases in country climb to 107, cases rise in Maharashtra

    While a 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia died on Tuesday, a 68-year-old woman in Delhi who had tested positive for coronavirus passed away at the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital on Friday night.

  • Queen shifted out of Buckingham Palace amid COVID-19 crisis Mar 15, 2020 03:43 PM IST

    Queen shifted out of Buckingham Palace amid COVID-19 crisis

    The 93-year-old monarch and her 98-year-old husband, Prince Philip, are likely to be placed in quarantine at the royal Sandringham Estate in Norfolk in the coming weeks as tougher measures are put in place to fight the coronavirus outbreak in the UK affecting over 1,140 people.

  • Seychelles confirms first cases of coronavirus Mar 15, 2020 02:21 PM IST

    Seychelles confirms first cases of coronavirus

    "As we learnt these two people had been in contact with a sick person, we decided to do the tests this morning and the results were positive," he said.

  • Coronavirus pandemic: Railways start disinfecting Mumbai local train coaches Mar 15, 2020 02:10 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: Railways start disinfecting Mumbai local train coaches

    According to the Central Railway, all the coach fittings, including grab handles, door handles, window grills and electric switches inside local trains as well as outstation trains are being cleaned using disinfectants.

  • Iran says worsening outbreak could strain health facilities Mar 15, 2020 02:09 PM IST

    Iran says worsening outbreak could strain health facilities

    "If the trend continues, there will not be enough capacity," Ali Reza Zali, who is leading the campaign against the outbreak, was quoted as saying by the state-run IRNA news agency.

  • 'More than 25,000 crew, passengers on over 700 ships not allowed to disembark at Indian ports' Mar 15, 2020 02:01 PM IST

    'More than 25,000 crew, passengers on over 700 ships not allowed to disembark at Indian ports'

    As per the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), all passengers and crew aboard the vessels are being scanned, and all necessary facilities are being extended to them, the official said.

  • Social distancing? You might be fighting climate change, too Mar 15, 2020 01:41 PM IST

    Social distancing? You might be fighting climate change, too

    Isolation and other shifts in behavior during the coronavirus outbreak could also alter our greenhouse gas emissions. But will the changes stick?

  • Pharma wrap: Need for more regulation to curb shortages & ensure quality face masks, sanitizers Mar 15, 2020 01:25 PM IST

    Pharma wrap: Need for more regulation to curb shortages & ensure quality face masks, sanitizers

    The government and e-commerce players have taken some much needed steps to curb the unethical behavior in the market, but lot needs to done to address the challenge of availability at reasonable prices and quality products.

  • Avoiding movies, restaurants amid coronavirus scare? Now maybe just ‘Netflix and chill’ instead Mar 15, 2020 01:18 PM IST

    Avoiding movies, restaurants amid coronavirus scare? Now maybe just ‘Netflix and chill’ instead

    Experts suggest that, with IPL being postponed and theatres remaining closed due to COVID-19 pandemic, OTTs and other online content platforms will see a boom.

  • Coronavirus pandemic: Active cases in India reach 107; 10 have recovered so far Mar 15, 2020 12:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic: Active cases in India reach 107; 10 have recovered so far

    Currently, there are 90 Indians and 17 foreign nationals in India who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are under treatment.

  • Coronavirus scare: 289 passengers offloaded at Kochi airport after UK national tests positive Mar 15, 2020 12:01 PM IST

    Coronavirus scare: 289 passengers offloaded at Kochi airport after UK national tests positive

    The passenger belonged to a group of 19 holidaying in the hill resort town of Munnar, Kerala and was under surveillance.

  • He has 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and nowhere to sell them Mar 15, 2020 11:58 AM IST

    He has 17,700 bottles of hand sanitizer and nowhere to sell them

    Amazon cracked down on coronavirus price gouging. Now, while the rest of the world searches, some sellers are holding stockpiles of sanitizer and masks.

  • Coronavirus outbreak: Coal import declines 14% to 17 MT in Feb Mar 15, 2020 11:27 AM IST

    Coronavirus outbreak: Coal import declines 14% to 17 MT in Feb

    The country's coal imports in February last year stood at 19.82 MT, according to a provisional compilation by mjunction services, based on monitoring of vessels' positions and data received from shipping companies.

  • Coronavirus cases climb to 93 in the country Mar 15, 2020 11:15 AM IST

    Coronavirus cases climb to 93 in the country

    Delhi has reported seven positive cases and Uttar Pradesh 11 so far. Karnataka has six coronavirus patients while Maharashtra 19, Ladakh 3 and Jammu and Kashmir 2.

  • Coronavirus impact: Doctors warn Serie A players from restarting training, as more COVID-19 cases register in Italy Mar 15, 2020 10:42 AM IST

    Coronavirus impact: Doctors warn Serie A players from restarting training, as more COVID-19 cases register in Italy

    Serie A doctors said they have "strong concerns" and "unanimously advise not to resume training until a clear improvement" in the situation arises.

  • Coronavirus: Construction, transport, chemical manufacturing likely to be worst-affected, says report Mar 15, 2020 10:37 AM IST

    Coronavirus: Construction, transport, chemical manufacturing likely to be worst-affected, says report

    However, India's top imports -- crude oil and gems and jewellery -- which collectively account for 46 percent of total imports are relatively insulated from the public health crisis in China, according to the report by ICICI Securities.

  • Karnataka CM requests techies to work from home; IT firms still exploring options Mar 15, 2020 10:33 AM IST

    Karnataka CM requests techies to work from home; IT firms still exploring options

    So far, there have been six COVID-19 cases in Karnataka. Three of these are techies, each from Mindtree, Dell and Google India based in Bengaluru.

  • 218 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy arrive in India Mar 15, 2020 10:25 AM IST

    218 Indians stranded in coronavirus-hit Italy arrive in India

    "218 Indians including 211 students from Milan landed in Delhi. All will be quarantined for 14 days. GoI is committed to reach out to Indians in distress, wherever they are!," External Affairs V Muraleedharan tweeted.

  • Coronavirus scare: FPIs press panic button, withdraw Rs 37,976 cr from Indian mkts Mar 15, 2020 10:19 AM IST

    Coronavirus scare: FPIs press panic button, withdraw Rs 37,976 cr from Indian mkts

    Overseas investors pulled out a net sum of Rs 24,776.36 crore from equities and Rs 13,199.54 crore from the debt segment between Mar 2-13, depositories data showed.

  • Coronavirus impact: Pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib suspended Mar 15, 2020 10:13 AM IST

    Coronavirus impact: Pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahib suspended

    The government has also suspended movement of all types of passengers through international border points with Pakistan from 00:00 hours of March 16 in view of the threat from coronavirus.

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