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March 28, 2020 / 09:36 PM IST

Coronavirus Highlights: Highest single-day jump in COVID-19 cases in India, 918 positive now

Coronavirus Live updates: Stay updated with all the latest news from the Coronavirus pandemic here.

The number of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, cases crossed 900 in India with the death toll rising to 19, according to the Union Health Ministry.

According to the data, the number of active COVID-19 cases in the country stood at 918, while 79 people were either cured or discharged and one had migrated.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has announced a nationwide lockdown for 21 days from March 24 midnight, asserting in an emotional appeal "with folded hands" that unless India's

130 crore people practise social distancing, the country will lose the war against the coronavirus and slide back 21 years.

China's coronavirus epicentre Hubei province will resume domestic flight operations from March 29, officials say.

US President Donald Trump has invoked the Defense Production Act to force auto giant General Motors to produce ventilators for severely ill COVID-19 patients.

Catch the LIVE updates here:
  • March 28, 2020 / 10:04 PM IST

    Coronavirus in India LIVE updates | The total number of COVID-19 cases in India reached 918 with 179 fresh cases being reported on March 28, the highest single-day increase so far, while the death toll rose to 19, according to the Union Health Ministry data. Read the full story here 

  • March 28, 2020 / 09:01 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Punjab LIVE updates | A 70-year-old Sikh priest, who returned from a trip to Germany and Italy, is being seen as the one who infected 27 of the 38 coronavirus cases reported in Punjab. The priest, a resident of Nawanshahr, returned to the state on March 7. He died following a cardiac arrest on March 18, said officials. (PTI)

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Delhi LIVE updates | The Delhi BJP has issued a helpline number on which people can call if they require help during the ongoing lockdown to check the spread of the coronavirus. The party started the helpline number '8010066066' in collaboration with Seva Bharti that can be used by people requiring any kind of help, said Delhi BJP Manoj Tiwari.

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:54 PM IST

    When a man tweeted about his contribution of Rs 501 towards the fund created by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to fight the coronavirus and similar "distressing" situations, saying it was "just a little donation", the PM said that "there's nothing big or little".
    "Every single contribution matters. It shows our collective resolve to defeat COVID-19," Modi said.
    The prime minister also thanked a student for his Rs 1,000 contribution, saying the future of the nation is ensuring the nation's future.

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:48 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | UK coronavirus deaths pass 1,000: Official

    The number of coronavirus deaths in Britain jumped by 260 in one day to pass 1,000, official data showed today, the day after Prime Minister Boris Johnson himself tested positive. At 5 pm (1700 GMT) yesterday, the death toll was 1,019, up from 759 at the same time on March 26, the health ministry figures showed. As of 9 am on today, a total of 120,776 people in Britain had been tested, of whom 17,089 were confirmed positive. (AFP)

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:43 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Russia closes borders to slow COVID-19 spread

    Russia is fully closing its borders from Monday to stop the spread of the coronavirus, the government said today. Russia will "temporarily restrict traffic" across national borders to prevent new cases, said a decree published on the government website, which listed exceptions including diplomats. (AFP)

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:40 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh LIVE updates | COVID-19 cases increase to 61 in UP

    The number of coronavirus cases increased to 61 in Uttar Pradesh today after 11 people tested positive for the disease, a senior health official said.
    "Cases of infection have come from 13 of the 75 districts of the state (till now)," Principal Secretary Medical Education and Health Amit Mohan Prasad told reporters.
    In a statement, State Surveillance Officer for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme Vikasendu Agrawal said 11 new patients have been confirmed as positive for COVID-19. (PTI)

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:36 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | JUST IN: 12-hour lockdown relaxation in Uttarakhand on March 31, CNN News18 has reported.

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:31 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Pakistan LIVE updates | Pakistan has over 12,000 suspected COVID-19 cases, a top health official said today as the confirmed infections surged to over 1,400 with the Punjab province emerging as the new epicentre of the deadly disease in the country. Advisor on health to the government Zafar Mirza was addressing a daily briefing to inform the magnitude of infection and measures taken to combat coronavirus pandemic. (PTI)

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:22 PM IST

    Coronavirus in Maharashtra LIVE updates | The total number of COVID-19 patients in the state is at 181 after 28 new patients found positive today. Till now, a total of 26 patients have recovered or discharged. 104 tests found negative for COVID-19 today: Maharashtra Government (ANI)

  • March 28, 2020 / 08:20 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Mumbai hospital units sealed after doctor dies of COVID-19

    The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation has sealed the intensive care unit, CT scan and some other facilities in Mumbai's Saifee Hospital after a 85-
    year-old retired urologist died of COVID-19 and his 50-year- old son tested positive for the novel coronavirus, said officials. Forty people, including hospital staff and patients, who came in contact with the duo have been indentified and they would be isolated and tested for the virus, said BMC Additional Commissioner Suresh Kakani. (PTI)

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