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Highlights: NDRF reports first Covid-19 case; 43 fresh infections in CAPFs

Air travel will reopen on 383 routes across India from May 25 after a two-moth gap with a set of norms for airlines and guidelines for passengers that outline how air travel is set to change in India in the aftermath of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

By HT Correspondent | Updated: May 23, 2020 05:24 IST
Highlights: NDRF reports first Covid-19 case; 43 fresh infections in CAPFs
Passengers wearing protective masks sit at an airport terminal following an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in New Delhi, India, March 14, 2020. (Photo: Reuters)

Even as India’s coronavirus cases continue to rise, the country is opening up its economy and taking steps to return to normalcy. Air travel will reopen on 383 routes across the country from May 25 after a two-moth gap with a set of norms for airlines and guidelines for passengers that outline how air travel is set to change in India in the aftermath of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak.

Coronavirus outbreak: Full coverage

The number of officially recorded cases of the novel coronavirus has doubled in one month, according to an AFP tally based on official sources. Infections now top five million, with surges in particular in countries in Latin America. The pandemic has killed 329,799 people worldwide, according to an AFP tally.

Here are the latest updates on coronavirus pandemic from India and the world:

10:22 PM IST

Rajasthan readies Covid-19 strategy for natives returning by air

The Rajasthan government has put its machinery on a stringent Covid-19 testing regime for all those travelling back to the state by air, officials said on Friday.According to the officials, around 310 natives of the state have reached the country from different corners in Delhi, Kerala and Gujarat, by air till Thursday.

10:20 PM IST

Assam records biggest single-day spike in Covid-19 cases; tally rises to 256

Assam witnessed the biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases with 46 people testing positive on Friday, taking the total tally to 256, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

All the fresh cases were reported from different quarantine centres and hospitals in Guwahati, Tezpur, Jorhat and Silchar, he said in a series of tweets.

10:19 PM IST

Three deaths, 62 fresh Covid-19 cases reported in Telangana

Three deaths and 62 fresh cases of Covid-19 were reported in Telangana on Friday, the state government said.

With the three deaths, the number of virus-related deaths in the state rose to 48, it said in a Covid-19 bulletin on Friday night.

10:05 PM IST

275 new coronavirus cases, 26 deaths in Ahmedabad district

With 275 new coronavirus cases found since previous evening, the count of coronavirus cases in Ahmedabad district reached 9,724 on Friday, a senior health official said.

The district accounts for 645 out of 802 COVID-19 deaths recorded in Gujarat so far, making it the worst affected district in the state.

09:18 PM IST

President Putin says virus stabilized in Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin says the coronavirus has stabilized in the country, with the number of new infections abating.

Putin, speaking during Friday’s video conference with top officials, says “the positive dynamic is not so fast as we would like it to be, sometimes even unstable, but it does exist.”

09:04 PM IST

NDRF reports first COVID-19 case; 43 fresh infections in CAPFs

An official of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) has been found positive for coronavirus, the first case such being detected in the federal contingency force, officials said on Friday.

They said the sub-Inspector rank official was on leave and had gone to a doctor for some dental treatment, following which his Covid-19 test was done.

09:03 PM IST

Govt should pay salaries of aviation sector's blue collar workers for six months: GMR official

The central government for six months should pay the salaries of blue collar workers, who are employed with aviation sector companies, said a top official of the GMR group, which operates the Delhi and Hyderabad airports.The aviation sector has been hit hard due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, and during the last few weeks, all Indian airline companies have either fired employees, sent them on leave without pay or cut their salaries in order to reduce their cost.

08:02 PM IST

Nine Covid-19 patients recover in Goa, two new cases found

Nine coronavirus patients, detected in a fresh spurt of cases in Goa this month, recovered on Friday while two new patients were found, a senior official said.

Thus the total number of cases went up to 54 but that of active cases came down to 38, said state Health Secretary Nila Mohanan.

07:36 PM IST

Maharashtra records highest single-day spike of 2,940 Covid-19 cases, state tally nears 45,000-mark

Maharashtra Covid-19 tally 44582 after highest daily spike of 2940 cases; death toll reaches 1517.

07:33 PM IST

US wants WHO review of Covid-19 response to start 'now'

The United States says it wants the World Health Organization to start work “now” on a planned independent review of its coordinated international response to the Covid-19 outbreak, at a time the Trump administration has repeatedly criticized the agency and is threatening to cut off U.S. funding for it.

06:07 PM IST

Kerala sees highest single day spike with 42 new cases

Kerala reports 42 new Covid-19 cases on Friday, the highest single day spike, says Govt;21 of the infected are returnees from Maharashtra

05:39 PM IST

Counters open for bookings of reserved tickets in various Northeast Frontier Railway locations

Passenger reservation system counters of the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) began functioning on Friday, nearly two months after they were shut due to the coronavirus lockdown, an official said.

The Railways had earlier this week issued a list of 100 pairs of trains that would ply from June 1 with six pairs of such trains planned under the NFR.

05:31 PM IST

12 new Covid-19 cases in Assam; tally rises to 222

Twelve more people tested positive for Covid-19 in Assam, taking the total number of cases to 222, state Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Friday.

All the new COVID-19 patients were already lodged at three quarantine centres in Tezpur, Jorhat and Silchar, he said in a series of tweets.

05:04 PM IST

India's Covid-19 doubling rate at 13.3 per cent: Govt

Doubling rate of Covid-19 cases was 3.4 days when lockdown started; it is 13.3 days at present: Health ministry officials

04:46 PM IST

104 more test positive for Covid-19, tally reaches 5,619

With 104 new Covid-19 cases reported on Friday, the total number of coronavirus patients in Uttar Pradesh has reached 5,619, officials said here. "The total number of cases in the state reported so far are 5,619 including 3,238 who have been treated and discharged and 2,243 active cases. The death toll in the state has reached 138," Principal Secretary, Medical and Health Amit Mohan Prasad said.

First published: May 22, 2020 06:37 IST