India may see up to 13 lakh cases of coronavirus by mid-May, scientists warn

India may see up to 13 lakh cases of coronavirus by mid-May, scientists warn

NEW DELHI: India could face between 100,000 to 13 lakh confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus by mid-May if the current trend in the growing number of COVID-19 cases continues, according to a report by an international team of scientists. The report, compiled by COVIND- 19 Study Group, an interdisciplinary team of researchers, said while […]

Coronavirus: Parliamentarians can use MPLADS fund to procure masks, testing kits, other facilities

Coronavirus: Parliamentarians can use MPLADS fund to procure masks, testing kits, other facilities

NEW DELHI: Parliamentarians can now use Member of Parliament Local Area Development Scheme (MPLADS) fund for medical testing and other facilities required to detect and contain coronavirus, according to recently amended rules. The move follows appeals by some MPs, including Vivek Tankha of the Congress. “I thank the prime minister and the government of India […]

Ensure ‘operational continuity’ of print, electronic media: I&B ministry to states

Ensure ‘operational continuity’ of print, electronic media: I&B ministry to states

NEW DELHI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting urged all states and union territories to ensure “operational continuity” of print and electronic media in view of coronavirus outbreak. In a letter to the chief secretaries of all states and union territories on March 23, the ministry said robust and essential information dissemination networks like TV […]

Social-distancing will flatten the curve, says research body ICMR

Social-distancing will flatten the curve, says research body ICMR

NEW DELHI: Strictly-implemented social-distancing measures will reduce the overall expected number of cases of the novel coronavirus pandemic by 62 per cent and the peak number of cases by 89 per cent, according to the country’s apex health research body. Based on the initial understanding of the spread of the deadly COVID-19, the mathematical modelling […]

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to give one month’s salary to PM’s relief fund for coronavirus pandemic

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday said he will contribute his one month’s salary to the Prime Minister Relief Fund, setup to contain COVID-19, which has infected over 500 people in the country and killed 10. Announcing his decision in a tweet n Hindi, Birla said,”We’re together in this tough time. I […]

Coronavirus: MHA asks states to take action against those harassing people from northeast

Coronavirus: MHA asks states to take action against those harassing people from northeast

NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry has asked all states to take action against those who harass people from the Northeast by linking them with the novel coronavirus. It said such incidents are racially discriminatory and painful to the victims. The ministry’s communication comes a day after a woman from Manipur alleged that an unidentified […]

Act boldly, act now to check spread of coronavirus: P Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday called for bold and immediate actions to check the spread of novel coronavirus as he favoured a complete lockdown in the country. “Learn the lessons from Italy. Piecemeal measures will lag behind the spread of the disease. Act boldly, act now,” he said on Twitter. “For […]

India observes Janata curfew, millions stay indoors to tackle Covid-19

India observes Janata curfew, millions stay indoors to tackle Covid-19

NEW DELHI: Millions of people across the country stayed indoors, streets wore a deserted look and bare number of vehicles were on the road on Sunday in an unprecedented shutdown on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for a ‘Janata curfew’ to help check the spread of coronavirus. As the 14-hour ‘Janata curfew’ got underway at […]

Coronavirus cases climb to 341 in India

Coronavirus cases climb to 341 in India

NEW DELHI: The total number of novel coronavirus cases in India rose to 341 on Sunday after fresh cases were reported from various parts of the country, the Union Health Ministry said. The total includes 41 foreign nationals and five deaths, the latest being reported from Maharashtra, taking the death toll in the state to […]

All passenger trains, metro, inter-state bus services suspended till Mar 31, complete lockdown in 75 districts

All passenger trains, metro, inter-state bus services suspended till Mar 31, complete lockdown in 75 districts

NEW DELHI: All inter-state buses, passenger trains and metro services have been suspended across the country till March 31 while 75 districts where coronavirus cases were reported completely locked down as authorities undertook extraordinary measures to check the spread of the disease. The decisions were taken at a high-level meeting of chief secretaries of all […]