Latest news on corona virus pandemic in India

19 March
-India records fourth death while the total confirmed cases due to COVID-19 coronavirus has touched 183, with the inclusion of seven new cases from Telangana, two from Maharashtra, and one from Karnataka. These new cases do not figure in the latest update of 173 cases released by the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on 19 March evening. The fourth coronavirus-linked death in India has been reported in Punjab.
– Chhattisgarh and the union territory of Chandigarh have reported their first coronavirus cases today.
– Centre confirms 276 Indians infected with coronavirus abroad.
-Prime Minister Narendra Modi to address the nation on coronavirus.
– A group of entrepreneurs write to Prime Minister Modi, suggesting lockdown for two to three weeks to contain the spread of COVID-19.
– Indian Embassy says wellness facility established for coronavirus positive  Indians in Iran.

18 March

India reports third death while the total confirmed cases due to COVID-19 coronavirus has touched 162, with the inclusion of new 18 cases from Karnataka, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Delhi/NCR, and Jammu and Kashmir, which do not figure in the latest update of 151 cases released by the Union Ministry of  Health and Family Welfare on 18 March evening.
– PM chairs high-level meeting on COVID-19 situation and will address the country tomorrow at 8pm.
-With a total of 45 COVID-19 coronavirus cases, Maharashtra tops the list.–In a first case for the Indian Army, its soldier has tested positive in Ladakh (See details in Ladakh). The Indian Army has now quarantined all the soldiers who were in contact with this Ladakh Scouts jawan.
-In view of the growing demand for hand sanitisers, reseachers of CSIR-Institute of Himalayan Bioresource Technology developed hand sanitizer with natural flavours, active tea constituents and alcohol content. It does not include parabens, triclosan, synthetic fragrance and phthalates.
-Indian Railways cancels 80 trains due to low occupancy.
– Norway national testing positive for coronavirus COVID-19 is a ‘hoax’, says Goa Health Minister.
– 167  patients suspected to be infected with coronavirus go missing in Ludhiana and only 29 could be traced.

– Older adults in the country are least fearful of being infected with coronavirus, finds YouGov survey.
-Maharashtra to open eight more coronavirus testing labs.
A Home Ministry spokesperson said: “No airline will bring any passenger from Australia, Belgium, Bulgeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom effective 12 GMT March 12 at Port of departure.”
17 March
-India reports third death while the total confirmed cases due to COVID-19 coronavirus has touched 140, with new cases reported from Pondicherry (Puducherry) and West Bengal (See details in Pondicherry and West Bengal),  after the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s last update on 17 March evening. India’s third death case was recorded in Maharashtra, with previous death cases reported in Karnataka and Delhi. Haryana too reported its first coronavirus case. (See details in Haryana).
-India is heading towards a countrywide lockdown mode.
-Indian economy is not immune to coronavirus pandemic, says RBI Governor.
– Mandatory quarantine of passengers coming from UAE, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait.
-Taj Mahal will be shut down until 31 March; ASI closes 3,000 monuments and 200 museums in the wake of increasing cases of coronavirus.

-India is in the second transmission stage of the pandemic Covid-19 coronavirus, say health experts.
-Rich food items, books to read are provided to coronavirus suspect patients at Government Medical College Hospital in Kerala.
-IIT Kanpur tells students to vacate hostels and campus by 19 March.
-Domestic and international airlines urge Centre to cut down aeronautical tariff due to falling demand for tickets in the wake of coronavirus pandemic.

-MoS External Affairs V Muraleedharan has tested negative for COVID-19. He was under self-quarantine after he had reportedly come into contact with a doctor in Thiruvananthapuram who had tested positive for the virus.
– Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs on Tuesday said they cannot confirm whether more than 250 Indians in Iran have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
Indian Army establishes quarantine facilities in over eight places.
– GoAir cancels international flights from 17 March to 15 April.
-MEA cannot confirm if over 250 Indians in Iran have tested positive for coronavirus.