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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:

04:01 PM IST

Harsh Vardhan takes charge as chairman of WHO executive board

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan elected as chairman of WHO Executive Board: Officials

03:56 PM IST

2 more test positive for Covid-19 in Pondy; tally now 19

Two women here tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday pushing the tally of the number of active cases up to 19, Health Minister Malladi Krishna Rao said.

One woman (43) had returned to Puducherry from Chennai and been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Government medical college hospital after she tested positive for the pandemic, the Minister told reporters.

03:12 PM IST

Rly ferries 31 lakh migrants on board 2,317 Shramik Special trains since May 1

The Railways has ferried over 31 lakh migrant workers on board 2,317 Shramik Special trains since May 1, almost seven lakh more than the initial projection of 24 lakh, according to official data.

02:51 PM IST

With 660 new Covid-19 cases, Delhi records another big spike

Delhi’s tally of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) went beyond 12,000 on Friday as 660 new cases were reported in the last 24 hours, the biggest single-day spike, according to news agency ANI.

This is the fourth day that Delhi has record the highest single-day spike, data shows, as the national capital had reported more than 500 new cases each day.

02:45 PM IST

Government allows some OCI cardholders to travel to India

The government of India has allowed certain categories of Oversease Citiens of India (OCI) card holders, who are stranded abroad, to travel to India. These include minor children born to Indian nationals abroad who hold OCI cards; those who want to travel for family emergencies and university students who are OCI card holders but whose parents are Indian citizens living in India.

01:47 PM IST

Air India to operate over 8,000 flights each week for 3 months: Report

Air India will operate over 8000 flights each week for next 3 month from May 25, ANI reported on Friday.

"Indian Airlines to operate a total of 8,428 flights each week for the next three months from May 25 to August 25, after Central Government announced the resumption of domestic flights, amid coronavirus lockdown," the ANI tweet read.

01:18 PM IST

Karnataka's Covid-19 tally reaches 1710 with 105 new cases

Karnataka reported 105 new Covid-19 positive cases from 5 pm yesterday till 12 noon on Friday, taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 1,710. There are 1,080 active cases, according to the health department: ANI

12:47 PM IST

Delhi reports 660 new Covid-19 cases, 14 deaths in 24 hrs

Delhi reports 660 new Covid-19 positive cases and 14 deaths in last 24 hours. Total positive cases stand at 12,319 and death toll is at 208. There are 6214 active cases.: ANI

12:14 PM IST

Tamil Nadu allows autos, cycle rickshaws from tomorrow except in Chennai

Tamil Nadu government allows plying of autos and cycle rikshaws from Saturday between 7 am and 7 pm with only one person on board. The directive doesn’t apply to Chennai and containment zones. Vehicles to be sanitised thrice a day, masks compulsory: ANI

11:48 AM IST

With 62 new Covid-19 cases, Andhra's tally rises to 2,667

With 62 fresh infections, the total number of Covid-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh surged to 2,667 while one death was reported, taking the toll in the state to 55, the health department said on Friday, reports PTI.

11:46 AM IST

Rajasthan state-run buses to run on 55 routes in organge, green zones from Saturday

Rajasthan will operate state-run buses on 55 routes in the orange and green zones from Saturday. The government has urged passengers to book their ttickets in advance by logging on to www.rsrtconline.rajasthan.gov.in, or e-mitra, as tickets will not be sold at bus stands.

In Jaipur, the buses will run from Transport Nagar, Durgapura, 200 feet bypass on Ajmer road and Chomu Puli. While Shramik special buses will run from Sindhi camp bus stand.

11:20 AM IST

Senior officer of Parliament tests positive for Covid-19

A senior officer of Parliament working in the editorial and translation services has been found Covid positive recently. The officer had attended till May 12 at the 5th floor of the Parliament annex building which houses most of the parliamentary officials and chambers for House panel meetings.

This is the second case involving a Parliament staff after a senior housekeeper was tested positive last month. But unlike the housekeeper, the E and T cell official had attended his office regularly before he has been sent into quarantine, people familiar with the matter said.

The case was reported on Thursday and since Friday morning, all necessary arrangements for sealing a block of offices in the fifth floor of the annex and thorough sanitisation of the entire building is undertaken, an official said.

10:45 AM IST

Air India to resume bookings for domestic flights from 12:30 pm

Air India will open bookings for domestic flights from 1230 pm today.

"Our Domestic Flight Bookings will start from 1230 hrs today. To book login to http://airindia.in or contact authorised travel agents or visit our booking offices or call customer care," the national carrier tweeted

10:40 AM IST

Group exposure limit for lenders to corporates raised to 30% from 25%: RBI

Group exposure limit for lenders to corporates raised to 30% from 25%: RBI Governor

10:32 AM IST

RBI extends moratorium on loan repayments by three more months in view of Covid-19

RBI extends moratorium on loan repayments by three more months in view of COVID-19: RBI Governor

First published: May 22, 2020 06:37 IST