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  • NYC mayor orders public schools shut for rest of school year; Cuomo says it's his call Apr 12, 2020 07:51 AM IST

    NYC mayor orders public schools shut for rest of school year; Cuomo says it's his call

    "Having to tell you that we cannot bring our schools back for the remainder of this school year is painful, but I can also tell you it is the right thing to do," he told a news conference.

  • Bengal extends lockdown till Apr 30, educational institutes to remain closed till June 10 Apr 12, 2020 07:48 AM IST

    Bengal extends lockdown till Apr 30, educational institutes to remain closed till June 10

    Apart from West Bengal, Maharashtra, Odisha, Rajasthan, Telangana and Punjab have announced the extension of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | UK death toll nears 10,000 as minister says PM Johnson must rest Apr 12, 2020 07:41 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | UK death toll nears 10,000 as minister says PM Johnson must rest

    Britain has now reported 9,875 deaths from the coronavirus pandemic, the fifth highest national number globally.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Brazil deficit jumps to 7% of GDP as deaths mount Apr 12, 2020 07:41 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Brazil deficit jumps to 7% of GDP as deaths mount

    In 2019, the deficit was 61 billion reais, or 0.9 percent of GDP, the ministry said.

  • Pak to take decision on lockdown on Monday as coronavirus cases cross 5,000 mark Apr 12, 2020 07:40 AM IST

    Pak to take decision on lockdown on Monday as coronavirus cases cross 5,000 mark

    Speaking at a press conference here, Planning and Development Minister Asad Umar said that Prime Minister Imran Khan will take a decision after his meeting with the National Coordination Committee on COVID-19, comprising senior officials of all provinces and Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).

  • India could've seen 8.2L COVID-19 cases by Apr 15 sans lockdown, containment steps: Health ministry Apr 12, 2020 07:35 AM IST

    India could've seen 8.2L COVID-19 cases by Apr 15 sans lockdown, containment steps: Health ministry

    Addressing a daily briefing on the coronavirus situation of the country, Joint Secretary in the Health Ministry Lav Agarwal said early preemptive action has been taken to identify COVID-19 hotspots, along with implementation of other containment measures.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | No fresh cases in Noida, 5.62 lakh people screened so far Apr 12, 2020 07:30 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | No fresh cases in Noida, 5.62 lakh people screened so far

    Adjoining Delhi, Gautam Buddh Nagar in western Uttar Pradesh is among the 15 districts of the state where hotspots (areas that have recorded multiple COVID-19 cases) have been completely sealed.

  • Six Taj hotel employees test positive for coronavirus Apr 12, 2020 07:30 AM IST

    Six Taj hotel employees test positive for coronavirus

    Indian Hotels Company, which runs the Taj Hotel chain, confirmed that some of its employees have been found positive for virus, but did not specify the number.

  • Moneycontrol daily home isolation planner: April 12 Apr 12, 2020 07:28 AM IST

    Moneycontrol daily home isolation planner: April 12

    Below is a daily planner to help you with the quarantine period.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | New cases doubles to 99 in mainland China as imported infections hit a record high Apr 12, 2020 07:26 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | New cases doubles to 99 in mainland China as imported infections hit a record high

    In addition, highlighting another major source of risk, newly reported asymptomatic coronavirus cases nearly doubled to 63 on April 11, from 34 the previous day, according to China's National Health Commission (NHC).

  • Coronavirus News India highlights: Mumbai reports 217 new cases, 16 deaths Apr 12, 2020 07:17 AM IST

    Coronavirus News India highlights: Mumbai reports 217 new cases, 16 deaths

    Highlights of the novel coronavirus pandemic and its economic impact. Total confirmed cases in India have risen to 8,356

  • Coronavirus wrap April 11: Here are the top developments of the day Apr 11, 2020 09:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus wrap April 11: Here are the top developments of the day

    Globally, the number of confirmed cases has crossed 17 lakh and the death toll stands at 1,03,874, as per Johns Hopkins University data.

  • Govt considers request to extend lockdown by 2 weeks: PM says focus now 'jaan bhi, jahaan bhi' Apr 11, 2020 08:55 PM IST

    Govt considers request to extend lockdown by 2 weeks: PM says focus now 'jaan bhi, jahaan bhi'

    An official statement about the interaction later said that talking about the exit plan from the lockdown, Modi said there seems to be a consensus amongst the states on extending the lockdown by two weeks.

  • WHO says looking into reports of some COVID-19 patients testing positive again Apr 11, 2020 08:45 PM IST

    WHO says looking into reports of some COVID-19 patients testing positive again

    South Korean officials on Friday reported 91 patients thought cleared of the new coronavirus had tested positive again. Jeong Eun-kyeong, director of the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a briefing that the virus may have been "reactivated" rather than the patients being re-infected.

  • Shipment of hydroxychloroquine to US likely to start next week: IPA Apr 11, 2020 08:25 PM IST

    Shipment of hydroxychloroquine to US likely to start next week: IPA

    Hydroxychloroquine is being touted as a game changer in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Coronavirus updates | Bureaucrats will return to work from next week Apr 11, 2020 07:49 PM IST

    Coronavirus updates | Bureaucrats will return to work from next week

    Procurement of wheat will begin from April 15 and depending upon the restrictions in place, the Centre is working with states for the purchase of farmers' produce while adhering to social distancing norms.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Mumbai tally of COVID-19 cases at 1,182; 11 fresh deaths: BMC Apr 11, 2020 07:45 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Mumbai tally of COVID-19 cases at 1,182; 11 fresh deaths: BMC

    Out of the total 1,182 cases in Mumbai, at least 75 had a travel history of visiting the affected countries, BMC said.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Maharashtra extends lockdown till April 30 as COVID-19 cases continue to spike Apr 11, 2020 07:31 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Maharashtra extends lockdown till April 30 as COVID-19 cases continue to spike

    In a live webcast, Thackeray said the lockdown, which was supposed to end on April 14, will be extended till April 30 in view of the lack of any other options.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | LIC gives 30-days extension for premiums due in March, April Apr 11, 2020 07:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | LIC gives 30-days extension for premiums due in March, April

    LIC's policyholders can pay premiums through LIC's digital payment options without any service charge. It also informed that policyholders do not need to register on the website for paying premium but can directly pay by giving basic details.

  • 586 COVID-19 hospitals with 1 lakh isolation beds, over 11K ICU beds across country: Health Ministry Apr 11, 2020 07:00 PM IST

    586 COVID-19 hospitals with 1 lakh isolation beds, over 11K ICU beds across country: Health Ministry

    Addressing a press briefing, Health Ministry's Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said the government has taken early preemptive action to identify COVID-19 hotspots in the country.

  • Donald Trump says when to reopen coronavirus-hit US economy is the 'biggest decision' he ever had to make Apr 11, 2020 06:45 PM IST

    Donald Trump says when to reopen coronavirus-hit US economy is the 'biggest decision' he ever had to make

    America's economy, the world's largest, has literally come to a standstill due the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 95 percent of the 330 million population are under stay-at-home order amid a national emergency in place.

  • Coronavirus lockdown: Rajasthan govt launches scheme to help folk artists Apr 11, 2020 06:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus lockdown: Rajasthan govt launches scheme to help folk artists

    Under the 'Chief Minister Folk Artist Encouragement Scheme', solo folk artists living in rural areas should shoot a 15-20 minute video performance at their homes and send the same to the government.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Houseboats in Kerala to double up as COVID-19 isolation wards Apr 11, 2020 06:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Houseboats in Kerala to double up as COVID-19 isolation wards

    All Kerala Houseboat Owners Association President, V Vinod said they were willing to cooperate with the government during the tyring times

  • The heroes of Bhilwara and the story of their war against COVID-19 Apr 11, 2020 06:03 PM IST

    The heroes of Bhilwara and the story of their war against COVID-19

    On March 18, Bhilwara reported its first case of Coronavirus and within days there were reports that this city could become India’s next COVID-19 hotspot. That is when the local administration took action.

  • Lockdown to be extended for 2 weeks, Centre to issue guidelines: Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa Apr 11, 2020 05:45 PM IST

    Lockdown to be extended for 2 weeks, Centre to issue guidelines: Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa

    Speaking to reporters after the four-hour long video conference that the Prime Minister had with Chief Ministers of all states, he said, "PM noted that lockdown was inevitable for next fifteen days, but guidelines will be informed...so till April-end it is certain."

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