Covid-19 LIVE Updates| Coronavirus pandemic "accelerating," says WHO chief
The fight against coronavirus shifted towards the western hemisphere as Italy, United States and Spain continued to report higher numbers of new cases. The US reported 8,373 fresh Covid-19 cases while US president Trump announced that federal support will be provided to New York, California and Washington. The global toll from coronavirus has crossed 14,000.
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Fresh coronavirus cases rose steadily in the US, Spain and Italy as the virus continued to put entire nations in lockdown. Spain imposed emergency until April 11 as the nation reported struggles to control Europe's second-worst outbreak of Covid-19. Italy saw 651 new fatalities over the last 24 hours. The country with 5,476 covid-19 deaths has crossed China in terms of death-toll. India has reported 7 deaths due to coronavirus. New Delhi and Mumbai along with several other state capitals are observing a lockdown as coronavirus affected numbers touched 468 across the nation. Over 330,000 people continue to be affected by coronavirus across the world, of which 99,003 have recovered.
Here are the LIVE updates from the coronavirus outbreak:
PM lauds 'tireless' efforts of reporters, technicians, camerapersons
PM Modi interacted with key stakeholders from Electronic Media. PM said COVID-19 is a lifetime challenge and needs to be tackled through innovative solutions. He added that tireless efforts of reporters, camerapersons and technicians is great service to the nation. : Prime Minister's Office
Delhi HC suspends functioning till April 4
Delhi High Court suspends its functioning as well as of district courts till April 4 in view of coronavirus threat.
NGT adjourns all matters till March 31 amid coronavirus situation
In the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, National Green Tribunal adjourns all matters till March 31.
PM thanks SAARC leaders for contribution to Covid-19 fund
Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanks the leaders of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Afghanistan for their contribution towards SAARC COVID19 Emergency Fund.
West Bengal CM asks PM Modi to stop all flights to Bengal
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee wrote to PM Modi asking him suspend flights to Bengal due to coronavirus outbreak.
OPD services shut at AIIMS, New Delhi
The AII India Institute of Medical Sciences has decided to shut down its operations until further orders due to the coronavirus epidemic.
All OPD services in All India Institute of Medical Sciences and all centres to remain closed till further orders. pic.twitter.com/m4GYaR9NJj— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2020
Telangana coronavirus cases rise to 30, 3 fresh cases reported
The Karimnagar resident who came in contact with the group of 13 Indonesians who arrived in Karimnagar from Delhi on March 14 in Sampark Kranti Express has tested positive for coronavirus, a health bulletin from the state government said. The two more fresh cases that were reported in Telangana were that of a 21-year old man with travel history of return from France; and that of a 30-year old man with travel history of return from London.
Indian Olympic Association yet to take decision on Tokyo 2020
IOA Secretary General Rajeev Mehta told PTI, "We will wait and watch for 4 to 5 weeks and then come to any decision after consultation with the International Olympic Committee and the sports ministry." Canada and Australia are mulling on not sending their athletes to Tokyo 2020 Olympic games due to coronavirus pandemic fearing it will risk the lives of athletes.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo reaches Kabul despite covid-19 curbs
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has reached Kabul to start the US-Taliban peace process which is stalling due political turmoil in Afghanistan. The trip comes at a time when officials around the world are curtailing official travel.
UN to create global coronavirus fund: Norway minister
United Nations will build a fund to assist developing nations fight coronavirus. "A multi-donor fund under UN auspices will provide predictability for our partners and help to make the efforts more effective," Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soereide said in a statement.
SC to conduct hearing via video conferencing
Supreme Court says there will be no more in-person hearings and has closed down lawyers chambers inside court premises.
Supreme Court says lawyers chambers inside the Court premises to be closed down due to #COVID19. SC also says that there will be no more in-person hearings till further orders. The Court will conduct videoconferencing to hear urgent matters. pic.twitter.com/xHp2qvAxmS— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2020
Coronavirus is not a joke: Olympic gold medalist
South African swimmer and Olympics gold medalist Cameron van der Burgh said that despite being a healthy individual he has been unable to shake the lingering effects of Covid-19 even though has fever has eased. He shared a thread on Twitter narrating his struggle against coronavirus.
2/ I have been struggling with Covid-19 for 14 days today. By far the worst virus I have ever endured despite being a healthy individual with strong lungs(no smoking/sport), living a healthy lifestyle and being young (least at risk demographic)— Cameron van der Burgh (@Cameronvdburgh) March 22, 2020
New Zealand goes into lockdown due to coronavirus
Prime Minister Ardern told every household to go into self-isolation and asked all non-essential businesses will close and schools will be shut while addressing the media in Wellington.
Sri Lanka former wicketkeeper K Sangakkara in self-quarantine
Despite showing no symptoms the former Sri Lankan cricketer has self-quarantined himself due to Covid-19 outbreak. He has been active on social media asking Sri Lankans across the nation to follow the rules set by the government.
'Have not entered community transmission phase': Rajesh Tope
Maharashtra Health minister says the state has not yet entered community transmission phase.
I want to make it very clear that we have not entered the community spread phase; There are total 89 positive Coronavirus cases in the state including 14 new cases in Mumbai and 1 in Pune: Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope pic.twitter.com/IKWTvLMf1c— ANI (@ANI) March 23, 2020
First published: Mar 23, 2020 05:39 IST