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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

09:49 AM IST

Tom Hanks shares health update after returning to Los Angeles

Hollywood star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson gave their first health update on Saturday (local time) since returning to the United States. The 63-year-old actor said on Twitter on Saturday that he and Wilson would want to quarantine, reports ANI.

09:30 AM IST

Gujarat records fifth virus death, 45-yr-old dies in Ahmedabad

A 45-year-old Covid-19 patient has died in Ahmedabad, taking the death toll in Gujarat to five, news agency PTI reported on Sunday.

08:50 AM IST

'Youngsters are at forefront of fighting Covid-19', tweets PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replying to a twitter user said that youngsters are at the forefront of fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

08:30 AM IST

Another batch of Indians brought back from Iran

275 Indian citizens brought in from Iran and reached Jodhpur in Rajasthan. They would be kept at the Indian army's wellness centre. 277 Indians evacuated earlier this month from Iran are already lodged at this centre, reports ANI.

08:10 AM IST

A quarantine will not be necessary, tweets US President Donald Trump

United States President Donald Trump tweeted that a quarantine will not be necessary in New York, after the metropolitan has been heavily hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with a proposal made to place it under quarantine in order to prevent residents from leaving, reports AFP.

07:48 AM IST

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau's wife recovers from coronavirus

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's wife said Saturday that she has recovered from being ill from COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus.

“I am feeling so much better,” Sophie Gregoire Trudeau said in a statement on social media. She said she received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health, reports AP.

07:20 AM IST

FIR against MD of Noida company after 13 employees test positive

An FIR is to be registered against Managing Director of a company based in Noida for hiding his travel history. 13 people from his company had tested positive for coronavirus, Gautam Buddh Nagar Chief Medical Officer, Anurag Bhargav said, reports ANI.

07:07 AM IST

Mexico asks all residents to stay indoors for a month

Mexico's deputy health minister Hugo Lopez-Gatell called on Saturday on all residents in Mexico to stay at home for a month, saying it was the only way to reduce the transmission rate of the coronavirus, reports Reuters.

06:59 AM IST

South Korea confirms 105 more coronavirus cases: Report

South Korea had confirmed 105 new coronavirus cases as of midnight Saturday, bringing the country's total now to 9,583, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said on Sunday, reports Reuters.

06:55 AM IST

PM Modi's 'Mann Ki Baat' at 11 am today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi through his radio show 'Mann Ki Baat' will address the nation on the coronavirus pandemic at 11 am today.

06:44 AM IST

Infant in United States dies from coronavirus

A US infant has died from the COVID-19 illness, officials in the state of Illinois said on Saturday, marking an extremely rare case of juvenile death in the global pandemic. The state Department of Public Health said the child who died in Chicago was younger than one year old and had tested positive for COVID-19, reports AFP.

06:35 AM IST

Andhra Pradesh reports 6 new coronavirus cases

Six new COVID-19 positive cases were detected on Saturday taking the total number of cases to 19 in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Samples of 74 people were tested in the state in which 68 tested negative while 6 tested positive, reports ANI.

First published: Mar 29, 2020 06:06 IST