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Covid-19 highlights: Soldier from Ladakh tests positive for coronavirus

Coronavirus continues to rage across continents, crippling livelihoods and healthcare systems as new cases rise. The battle against covid-19 shifted to the Western hemisphere with many European countries imposing sharper restrictions on movement. 3 people have died due to coronavirus in India.

By Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Updated: Apr 23, 2020 14:37 IST
Covid-19 highlights: Soldier from Ladakh tests positive for coronavirus
Air India on Tuesday announced temporary suspension of its entire services to Europe and the UK from March 19.

The global fight against coronavirus continues to rage as new cases continue to crop up from Europe. While India clocked 137 cases on Tuesday, Italy reported a new jump in cases as the total number of cases reached over 27,000. Spain became the fourth most infected country after Italy, Iran and China as it reported over 1,800 cases on Monday. Ukraine, Russia, Croatia and Switzerland along with most central and eastern European nations imposed sharp restrictions on domestic and foreign travel.


India has reported 3 deaths due to coronavirus. A 64-year-old patient from Maharashtra succumbed to the virus at Kasturba Hospital, Mumbai.


India also imposed new travel restriction on the EU nations, Turkey, Malaysia, Afghanistan and Philippines in order to contain the outbreak as cases rose to 126 nationwide. Japan’s Finance Minister Taro Aso said G7 ministers will hold a conference call to discuss measures to mitigate the impact of covid-19 on world’s economies.


Here are the LIVE updates on the coronavirus outbreak:

02:36 AM IST

World Bank increases COVID-19 response fund to USD14 Billion

World Bank increases COVID-19 response fund to USD14 Billion

12:03 AM IST

Soldier from Ladakh tested positive for coronavirus

A soldier from Ladakh Scouts has been tested positive for Covid19. His father had just returned from pilgrimage in Iran. His family is now in quarantine. This is the first case of coronavirus reported from the Indian Army.

09:48 PM IST

Kolkata reports first positive coronavirus case

An 18-year-old, who returned from London on March 15, has tested positive for coronavirus, a West Bengal government official said. The teenager's parents and their driver have been taken to the isolation ward of a city hospital.

09:47 PM IST

Russia closes doors for foreign citizens till May 1

Russia will close it doors for most foreign citizens till May 1, in the wake of coronavirus outbreak. "Starting from 00:00 (local time) on March 18, till 00:00 (local time) on May 1, 2020, most of the foreign citizens and stateless persons will not be allowed to enter the Russian Federation.

08:53 PM IST

CJI, SC judges take stock of preparedness in apex court

Chief Justice of India S A Bobde and three judges of the Supreme Court on Tuesday took stock of the preparedness and safety measures adopted in the apex court in wake of the Coronavirus (CIVID-19) pandemic.

The CJI, who was accompanied by Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and L Nageswara Rao interacted with advocates in the apex court corridors about the problem of over crowding and other preparedness.

08:46 PM IST

Remain indoors, don't step out for leisure: Delhi police

Delhi Police issues 'appeal' asking people to remain indoor as far as possible and not come outside for leisure in view of COVID-19

08:44 PM IST

30 joint secretaries, above rank officers to assist state government: MHA

Centre deputes 30 joint secretary and above rank officers to assist state govts to deal with coronavirus outbreak: MHA

08:44 PM IST

Coronavirus cases in India rise to 137

<p>Coronavirus cases in India rise to 137</p>
08:35 PM IST

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams begins to issue time slot tokens

As part of precautionary steps against coronavirus threat, Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams that manages the Lord Venkateswara shrine in Tirupati on Tuesday began issuing time slot tokens to devotees for darshan.

Devotees were not allowed to sit in compartments of massive queue complexes on the hills to avoid person-to-person contact and instead were issued time tokens.

About 33,000 devotees were issued tokens before dawn, a temple official said.

08:17 PM IST

Coronavirus: Air India to suspend flights to Europe, UK from Mar 19

Air India on Tuesday announced temporary suspension of its entire services to Europe and the UK from March 19.

The decision to suspend air services to the UK and the European Union member countries was taken in the wake of travel and visa restrictions due to the coronavirus outbreak, Air India said in a tweet.

08:10 PM IST

Indian railways cancels 71 trains

Due to the growing fear around coronavirus outbreak, Indian Railways cancelled 71 trains as of Tuesday evening.

07:48 PM IST

Mumbai closes dance bars, pubs, live bands and DJ till March 31

Mumbai police order closure of orchestra/dance bars, discotheques, pubs, live bands and DJ performances in city till March 31 in view of coronavirus threat.

07:13 PM IST

US stocks open higher after Monday's rout, Dow +1.9%

Wall Street stocks rose in opening trading Tuesday, bouncing after the prior session's rout, as US policymakers float massive government stimulus to address the economic hit from the coronavirus.

About five minutes into trading, the Dow Jones Industrial Average stood at 20,527.63, up 1.7 percent, a day after falling nearly 3,000 points.

06:28 PM IST

Public transport in Mumbai to remain open: Uddhav Thackeray

Public transport in Mumbai to remain open; no closure of government offices: Uddhav Thackeray on coronavirus situation

06:27 PM IST

Italy-returned test positive for coronavirus, shifted to Safdarjung hospital

Two who returned from Italy and were staying at ITBP quarantine camp test positive for COVID-19; shifted to Safdarjung hospital: Officials

First published: Mar 17, 2020 07:02 IST