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Highlights: Home Ministry forms 11 empowered groups to respond to Covid-19

Over 100 fresh coronavirus cases have been reported in the last 24 hours in India. Globally, more than 6,00,000 people have been infected by Covid-19 of which more than 31,000 have died. Spain and Italy continue to bear the brunt of the contagion as cases in Europe cross 2,00,000.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: Apr 01, 2020 16:57 IST
Highlights: Home Ministry forms 11 empowered groups to respond to Covid-19

More than 660,000 people have been infected and more than 30,000 have died due to the novel coronavirus around the world. In India, 1024 people have been infected by coronavirus and 25 people have died so far. India reported 106 new cases in the last 24-hours. PM Narendra Modi in his radio address asked people to follow lockdown measures to help curb the Covid-19 contagion. Italy and Spain continue to report surge in both death rates and cases. Spain reported 838 deaths in the last 24 hours. US CDC asked New York residents strictly to remain inside their homes.


Here are the highlights of the day on the Covid-19 pandemic

03:32 PM IST

Spain's Covid-19 death toll continues to spike

Spain reported 838 deaths in the last 24 hours. According to health officials who spoke to AFP, they said it is a new daily-record in terms of death toll.

03:32 PM IST

Maharashtra education department announces lockdown relief for students

With the nationwide lockdown and suspension of classes across the country, Gaikwad said that schools must not force parents to pay fees. “We might issue a directive in the coming week which will apply to all boards. At a time when people across classes are facing difficulties, schools must not collect fees, at least till the lockdown ends,” Gaikwad said.

03:25 PM IST

Taiwan foreign ministry tells WHO to steer clear of politics amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Taiwanese foreign ministry last week said the WHO ignored its questions at the start of the coronavirus outbreak owing to pressure from the Chinese who seek to exclude it from international bodies. Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu tweeted a complaint to the WHO, following an interview WHO Assistant Director-General Bruce Aylward did with a Hong Kong reporter in which he declined to answer questions about Taiwan and whether it should be a WHO member.

03:20 PM IST

Lockdown violators will be sent on a 14-day quarantine: Centre

Centre in a new rule has said that people who violate the lockdown will be quarantined for 2 weeks, according to PTI.

03:14 PM IST

PM Modi thanks President of India for his donation

The President of India pledged to donate his one-month salary to the PM-CARES fund to curb the Covid-19 outbreak.

03:13 PM IST

Death toll due to Covid-19 reaches 2,640 in Iran

Iran's death toll from Covid-19 has reached 2,640. An health ministry official tweeted that the 123 people lost their lives in the last 24 hours.

03:06 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi in letters warns PM of economic effect of Covid-19

In his letter Congress MP from Wayanad Rahul Gandhi asked the PM to increase the number of tests to curb the outbreak in the country. He wrote, "It is critical that we start setting up these structures and manufacturing the equipment that would be required, as fast as is humanly possible. At the same time, we need to dramatically increase the number of tests that we are carrying out to get an accurate picture of the spread of the virus and to contain it."

03:06 PM IST

Migrant workers in Kerala demand to go home

Big law and order problem in Kottayam as hundreds of migrant workers gather asking the government to arrange trains for them to go home. Police say the assembled are more than 3000 people. Payippad in Changanassry seeing migrant workers seeking return trains. Police resort to mild baton charge to disperse the crowd.

02:18 PM IST

108-yr-old becomes oldest in UK to die of Covid-19

A 108-year-old woman, who survived two world wars and the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, has become the UK's oldest coronavirus victim after she died within hours of testing positive for the deadly virus, PTI said on Sunday quoting a media report.

Hilda Churchill, who was to celebrate her birthday on April 5, started showing mild symptoms of the virus on Tuesday, the Sun reported.

She passed away on Saturday at her care home in Salford city - less than 24 hours after testing positive for COVID-19, the daily said.

01:54 PM IST

Migrant workers travelling during lockdown to be in quarantine for 14 days

Migrant workers travelling during lockdown to be in quarantine for 14 days: Centre to states

01:45 PM IST

Indian Railways committed to discharging its professional, social responsibility

Indian Railways says it is committed to discharge its professional as well as social responsibilities. A tweet posted by the ministry on Sunday added, "At this difficult time, every Railway hospitals will be available to serve any central government employee.Indian Railways is committed to discharge its professional as well as social responsibilities.

At this difficult time, every Railway hospitals will be available to serve any central government employee."

01:38 PM IST

Centre directs states to enforce strict implementation of lockdown

Centre directs states to enforce strict implementation of lockdown. The Cabinet secretary and home ministry are in constant touch with State Chief Secretaries and DGPs.

Video Conferences were held by Cabinet Secretary & Home Secretary including today morning with Chief Secretaries & DGPs. 

01:19 PM IST

CBI officials to donate one day salary to PM CARES Fund

CBI officials have decided to donate their one day salary to Prime Minister's Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situations Fund (PM CARES Fund) to help the Center in its efforts to fight coronavirus in the country.

01:05 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh to promote students of all Classes, except 10 & 12, without exams

Madhya Pradesh government to promote students of all Classes, except 10 & 12, without exams: PTI

12:58 PM IST

40-yr-old woman dies of Covid-19 in Mumbai: BMC

A 40-year old coronavirus patient has passed away in Mumbai. She was admitted in MCGM Hospital on Saturday following severe respiratory complications and was also a hypertension patient. She had tested positive for Covid-19 and hence her death is confirmed: BMC press release

This is the seventh corona virus-related death in Maharashtra

First published: Mar 29, 2020 06:06 IST