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Meanwhile, 1,866,460 people have been infected worldwide, while 115,244 have died from the Covid-19 pandemic.

The total number of Covid-19 cases in India has now crossed 1,00,000 in India with over 3,000 deaths. The fourth phase of the lockdown (Lockdown 4.0) that began on May 18 saw many states relax restrictions in order to open up key economic activities in most parts except containment zones. Many states have also allowed resumption of activities in all zones apart from containment zones or high-risk areas.

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Meanwhile, the global tally of coronavirus infections is just short of 50 lakh with more than three lakh deaths.

Follow the LIVE BLOG of ibtimes.co.in to get the latest updates on coronavirus in India and the world.

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2020-06-0110:47 (IST)

India's coronavirus tally climbs to 1.9 lakh

India registered the highest single-day jump in coronavirus cases with 8,392 cases in the last 24 hours on Monday, June 1. With more than 8,000 cases recorded today, the total number of cases in India now stands at 1,90,535, including 93,322 active cases, while 91,819 have been cured/discharged/migrated, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The death toll has now climbed to 5,394. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-06-0110:43 (IST)

India tests 38,37,207 samples for Covid-19

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has said so far, India has tested 38,37,207 samples, of which 1,00,180 were tested in the last 24 hours.

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2020-05-3012:05 (IST)

Tamil Nadu records the highest positive cases after Maharashtra

After Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu records 20,246 Covid cases, followed by Delhi (17,386), Gujarat with 15,93, Rajasthan 8,365, Madhya Pradesh 7,645, and Uttar Pradesh 7,284. Kerala registered a sum of 1,150 cases of which 577 are active and 565 recovered.

2020-05-3012:00 (IST)

7,964 fresh cases reported in India as lockdown 4.0 ends today

India has registered its highest spike in the positive coronavirus cases as it reached a whopping sum of 1,65,799 with 7,964 new cases in the last 24 hours alone.

READ MORE HERE.

2020-05-3011:58 (IST)

Covid tally in India reaches at 1,65,799; Maharashtra remains worst-hit

Maharashtra continues to remain the worst hit with a total of 62,228 cases on Saturday. 2,682 people have tested positive for the pathogen in the last 24 hours. READ FULL REPORT HERE. 

2020-05-2612:46 (IST)

The new normal for air travel [Video]

2020-05-2612:45 (IST)

WHO warns of 'second peak' in areas where Covid-19 declining

Countries, where coronavirus infections are declining, could still face an "immediate second peak" if they let up too soon on measures to halt the outbreak, the World Health Organisation said on Monday. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-05-2612:44 (IST)

India sees 6,535 new coronavirus cases in 24 hours

The spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic has shown no indication of slowing down with the increased mercury. On Tuesday, May 26, the Health Ministry Data revealed that there were 6,535 new Covid-19 cases added in 24 hours, including 146 new fatalities.

2020-05-2017:12 (IST)

4.2 people per lakh population died due to coronavirus infection: Health Ministry

Health Ministry on Wednesday stated, "4.2 people per lakh population across the world have died due to Covid-19. In India it is 0.2 deaths per lakh population. When the first lockdown started, then recovery rate was around 7.1%, the recovery rate during 2nd lockdown was 11.42%, it then rose to 26.59%. Today the recovery rate is 39.62%."

2020-05-2016:54 (IST)

Uttarkhand sees rise in Covid positive cases

After nine fresh Covid-19 cases reported from Uttarakhand on Wednesday, the number of positive coronavirus cases in the state rose to 120.

2020-05-2016:48 (IST)

Recovery of 42,298 people satisfactory, says Health Ministry

Lav Agarwal, Union Health ministry joint secretary said, "is satisfactory to note that 42,298 people have recovered and the number of active cases are 61,149."

2020-05-2016:40 (IST)

Class 10, 12 board exams granted lockdown exemption by MHA

Home Minister Amit Shah said, "Taking into consideration the academic interest of large number of students, it has been decided to grant exemption from the lockdown measures to conduct board examination for classes 10th and 12th, with few conditions like social distancing,face mask etc for their safety."

2020-05-1913:07 (IST)

Karnataka reports 127 fresh coronavirus cases

Karnataka reported 127 fresh coronavirus cases from 5 pm yesterday till 12 pm today. Total number of cases in the state is now at 1373, including 802 active cases, 530 discharged & 41 deaths (1 due to 'non-covid' cause), Karnataka Health Department stated.

2020-05-1911:21 (IST)

55 police personnel of Maharashtra police test positive for Covid-19

55 police personnel of Maharashtra police have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. Total number of positive cases in the police force in the state is now 1,328, says Maharashtra Police.

2020-05-1709:49 (IST)

Rajasthan records 70 new cases of Covid-19

As many as 70 fresh cases of Covid-19 and two deaths have been recorded in Rajasthan, taking the total number of cases to 5030 and death toll to 128. There are 1911 active cases of coronavirus in the state: Rajasthan Health Department.

2020-05-1709:45 (IST)

Railways takes home 2.39 lakh migrants

Indian Railways has run 167 'shramik special' trains on Saturday carrying 2.39 lakh migrants to their home states, says the Ministry of Railways.

2020-05-1709:40 (IST)

Biggest 24-hour spike in coronavirus cases

Nearly 4987 cases, 1200 deaths reported due to coronavirus in the last 24 hours.

  • Total cases 90927
  • Total deaths 2872
  • Active cases 53946
  • Cured/discharged/migrated cases 34109
2020-05-1416:16 (IST)

How cats with no symptoms can transmit Coronavirus to other cats

Scientists in the US and Japan have documented new evidence that cats can readily become infected with the SARS-CoV-2 virus and may be able to pass the virus to other cats. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-05-1416:15 (IST)

Rashtrapati Bhawan says shorter guest list at ceremonies, banquets due to pandemic

Rashtrapati Bhawan on Thursday took to Twitter saying, "Shorter guest list at ceremonies, banquets; less flowers, reduced menu among austerity measures due to Covid-19 situation."

2020-05-1217:39 (IST)

Bengal CM on communal clashes during lockdown

  • Will act against those involved in communal clashes during lockdown: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
  • Red zones will be divided into three categories, more relaxations likely: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
2020-05-1217:38 (IST)

Mamata Banerjee on Covid-19 video meet

Raised several issues during a video conference with PM, but gained nothing out of it as always: Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

2020-05-1216:15 (IST)

9 new cases of Covid-19 in BSF

As many as 9 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the Border Security Force (BSF) in last 24 hours. 6 are from Delhi, 1 from Kolkata, and 2 from Tripura. All of them are under treatment at designated COVID health care hospitals, Border Security Force said.

2020-05-1216:12 (IST)

Covid-19 cases spike again in Karnataka, total 904

After a lull in the emergence of new cases on Monday, coronavirus positive cases in Karnataka spiked again to breach the 900-mark to settle at 904, an official said on Tuesday.

A total of 42 more such cases were reported in the sourthern state in the past 19 hours. Thirty-four of the new patients are men and eight women.

2020-05-1216:09 (IST)

Shramik train with 1,296 passengers onboard leaves Chandigarh for Bihar

Shramik train with 1,296 migrants onboard chugged off to Bihar from here on Tuesday. This was the second special train that departed from here. Another train for Uttar Pradesh will depart in the evening. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-05-1216:08 (IST)

FIFA to be held in India between Feb 17 to Mar 7, 2021

The new dates for the FIFA to be held in India between February 17 to March 7, 2021, is announced. "I assure full cooperation and support to make it a grand success," Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju tweeted.

2020-05-0914:57 (IST)

Karnataka reports 36 new Covid-19 cases

Karnataka has reported 789 Covid-19 cases as of now, including 30 deaths and 379 discharges. 36 new positive cases have been reported from 5 pm on May 12 noon on May 9.

2020-05-0914:55 (IST)

13 more CISF officials test positive for Covid-19

As many as 13 CISF officials tested positive for Covid-19 in 24 hours. Now, a total of 48 personnel are diagonised with coronavirus.

2020-05-0914:50 (IST)

500 CAPF officials infected with coronavirus

Over 500 Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) officials infected with the novel coronavirus.

2020-05-0416:53 (IST)

11,706 people have been cured till date: Health Ministry

Till now, 11,706 people have been cured. In the last 24 hours, 1074 people have been cured. This is the highest number in terms of cured patients noted till date. Our recovery rate is now 27.52%. Total number of COVID19 cases is now 42533: Lav Agrawal, Joint Secy, Health Ministry.

2020-05-0416:38 (IST)

Karnataka liquor sale starts today

The bibulous Karnataka men must be in awe of the BS Yediyurappa government for letting open the liquor shops and outlets across the state from Monday, May 4. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-05-0416:35 (IST)

UPSC Prelims 2020 postponed amid lockdown

With the extension of the national lockdown to another two weeks till May 17, the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) has announced the postponement of the UPSC (IAS) Prelims exam 2020. The new exam date will be announced on May 20, UPSC confirmed. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-05-0416:34 (IST)

WATCH | Migrants clash with police in Surat

Stranded workers in Surat clashed with the local police today and demanded to go back home amid the coronavirus lockdown.

2020-05-0310:55 (IST)

In special train from Nashik, 800 migrants reach Lucknow

More than 800 migrant labourers reached Lucknow on a special train from Nashik amid the coronavirus lockdown. The first special train carrying stranded UP migrant workers reached Lucknow from Maharashtra's Nashik via Jhansi and Kanpur.

2020-05-0310:54 (IST)

Justice Tripathi, who tested positive for Covid-19 last month, dies

In a first high-profile death due to the novel coronavirus in India, Lokpal member Justice AK Tripathi (retd) passed away at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-05-0310:53 (IST)

Covid-19 cases in India rise to over 39,900

The total number of Coronavirus positive cases in India rose to 39,980 including 28,046 active cases, 10,633 cured/discharged/migrated and 1,301 deaths, according to the latest figures by the health ministry.

2020-05-0117:23 (IST)

College exams to be held on meeting apps

Amid the coronavirus lockdown, the University Grants Commission (UGC) and the Human Resource Development Ministry are planning to conduct the PhD and MPhil exams through online mediums in various universities across the country. The universities have been informed by the UGC and the MHRD about this.

Union Human Resource Development Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal 'Nishank' said, "Phd, MPhil exams, practicals, viva etc can be conducted through Skype or any other meeting apps."

2020-05-0117:20 (IST)

1,993 new Covid-19 cases in last 24 hours

The Health Ministry on Friday, May 1, informed that India has reported 1,993 new Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours and the total tally in the country now stands at 35,043. Meanwhile, 564 Covid-19 patients have been cured in the last 24 hours, taking India's recovery tally to 8,888.

2020-04-2920:28 (IST)

73-year-old man dies of Covid-19 in Karnataka, tally at 535

A 73-year-old man from Tumakuru succumbed to Covid-19, recording Karnataka's 21st such death even as positive cases rose by 12, raising the state's tally to 535, an official said on Wednesday.

"The positive case count is 535, a 73-year-old male patient with Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) and history of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), asthma and diabetes died," said a health official in an official statement.

Tumakuru is 71 km northwest of Bengaluru.

Meanwhile, Covid positive cases rose by 12 to 535 in the state.

2020-04-2920:19 (IST)

MHA allows stranded migrant workers, students to move during lockdown

The Central government on Wednesday, April 29, issued an order allowing the movement of students, migrant workers, pilgrims, tourists and others stranded at various places following the ongoing nationwide lockdown that is in place to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-04-2920:18 (IST)

Tamil Nadu Covid-19 positive count touches 2,162

Tamil Nadu on Wednesday reported 104 persons testing positive for coronavirus, taking the state's total tally to 2,162 and the death of two more persons, taking the toll to 27.

In a statement issued here, the Health Department also said that 82 Covid-19 patients were discharged from various hospitals in the state.

2020-04-2920:17 (IST)

Covid-19: Three more nursing staff test positive in Gurugram

Three more coronavirus positive cases were reported from Gurugram district on Wednesday, all of them female health workers, an official said.

Confirming the new cases, Covid-19 team member Dr Ram Prakash Jha said that two of the health staff was from the Gurugram Civil Hospital in Sector 10, the third was from Medanta Hospital. Earlier too, such cases among healthcare workers in Gurugram have been reported.

2020-04-2412:16 (IST)

Can smoking kill coronavirus?

Researchers in France have claimed that nicotine, a substance found in tobacco, could protect people from contracting coronavirus and further trials are being considered to see whether the substance can prevent or treat the deadly COVID-19 disease. READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-04-2411:30 (IST)

PM interacts with village-heads from across India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter on Friday morning informing that he will be interacting with 'Sarpanchs' from across the nation. He will also launch an unified e-GramSwaraj portal and a mobile app on National Panchayati Raj Day.

"At 11 AM today, PM @narendramodi would be interacting with Sarpanchs from across the nation via video conferencing. All Sarpanchs will be able to join this interaction through Doordarshan, from their respective homes adhering to social distancing norms," Modi tweeted.

2020-04-2411:21 (IST)

2 riot accused test COVID-19 positive in Karnataka jail

Two of the 121 accused, arrested for allegedly attacking healthcare warriors and rioting in a Bengaluru suburb on April 19, tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Ramanagara district jail, an official said on Friday.

2020-04-2411:15 (IST)

India records 1,648 Covid-19 cases in 24 hours

At least 1,648 new coronavirus cases have been recorded in the country with 37 deaths in 24 hours, the Union Health Ministry confirmed. The coronavirus death toll in India has gone up to 718. The total number of coronavirus cases in India is over 23,000.

2020-04-2018:23 (IST)

Delhi's Azadpur Mandi to open for 24 hours

Delhi's Azadpur Mandi will remain open for 24 hours from Tuesday. From 6 am till 10 pm, fruits and vegetables will be sold, truck movement will be allowed in and out of the market. Every four hours, the entry of 1,000 people will be permitted.

2020-04-2016:51 (IST)

Overcoming lockdown restrictions, sown area of summer crops has increased: Ministry of Agriculture

Ministry of Agriculture & Farmers Welfare said, "Overcoming lockdown restrictions, sown area of summer crops has increased significantly, registering an increase of 36% over the previous year, pushed up mainly by rice cultivation." 

2020-04-2016:24 (IST)

Confirmed coronavirus cases in the country stand at 17,265: Health Ministry

Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said, "Since yesterday there have been 1553 additional confirmed #COVID19 cases, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 17265. 36 more deaths also reported in the last 24 hours." 

2020-04-2016:09 (IST)

SpiceJet flies 430 flights carrying medical and emergency supplies

SpiceJet B737 freighter carried medical and emergency supplies from Shanghai arrived in Delhi yesterday, April 19. SpiceJet has operated close to 430 cargo flights since lockdown began carrying over 3300 tons of cargo. Of the 430 cargo flights, 130 were international cargo flights.

2020-04-2015:13 (IST)

'Restrictions on flights will be lifted when Covid-19 is controlled'

The restrictions on domestic and international flight operations will be lifted when the central government is confident that the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic has been controlled, and poses no danger to Indians, Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said.

2020-04-2014:04 (IST)

Covid-19 patient gives birth to baby

A 25-year-old lady who tested positive for the coronavirus pandemic has given birth to a healthy baby boy at a hospital in Pune. The woman was admitted to the hospital earlier on April 16. However, the baby is not infected with Covid-19 and has been kept in a separate ward.

2020-04-2013:59 (IST)

30 media persons test positive for Covid-19

Aas may as 30 media persons, mostly from the electronic media, have tested positive for the Covid-19 pandemic after they underwent tests at a special camp organised in Mumbai last week.

2020-04-1719:23 (IST)

Kerala reports 1 new Covid-19 cases, active cases at 138

Kerala reported only a single Covid-19 case today, taking the number of active cases in the state to 138. However, the number of cured Covid-19 cases in the state stands at 255.

2020-04-1719:21 (IST)

15 fresh cases in Mumbai, one death in Dharavi

At least 15 new Covid-19 cases and one death has been reported from the Dharavi slum in Mumbai. A 62-year-old man died of coronavirus today. The total number of coronavirus cases in Dharavi stands at 101.

2020-04-1719:18 (IST)

Singapore records 623 new Covid-19 cases

Singapore today reported 623 new cases of coronavirus, increasing the total number of infections to 5,050 with most of the cases linked to packed dormitories housing foreign workers, many of them Indian nationals.

2020-04-1719:17 (IST)

Latest update from the Health Ministry

  1. Confirmed coronavirus cases: 13, 835
  2. Active case: 11,616
  3. Cured and Discharged: 1,766
  4. Total death: 452
2020-04-1712:49 (IST)

Amid lockdown, Kumaraswamy'son ties the knot

As the country remains under lockdown, son of former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, Nikhil Gowda ties the knot with Revathi in a low-key event held at a farmhouse in Ketaganahalli, near Bidadi in Bengaluru on Friday, 17 April. The wedding event is being held in the presence of family members and close relatives. FULL REPORT HERE

2020-04-1712:46 (IST)

Andhra reports 38 fresh Covid-19 cases

Andhra Pradesh has reported around 38 fresh cases of Covid-19 in the last 24 hours. The new cases have taken Andhra's total tally of coronavirus cases to 572, including 35 patients who have been discharged and 14 who have died.

2020-04-1616:42 (IST)

Govt's fresh order to airlines

The Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked the airlines to refund money to customers who booked tickets during Lockdown 1.0 and those who booked tickets for Lockdown 2.0 will be eligible for a full refund.

2020-04-1616:34 (IST)

12,380 Covid-19 cases in India, death toll at 414

Total coronavirus cases in India stand at 12,380 while the death toll stands at 414. 489 people have recovered, says Health Ministry. Meanwhile, the Health Ministry said that 941 new Covid-19 cases, 37 deaths have been reported in the last 24 hours.
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2020-04-1616:27 (IST)

11 coronavirus patients in Andaman and Nicobar Islands recovered

All 11 out of 11 positive coronavirus cases have been recovered, says Chetan Sanghi, Chief Secretary, Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

2020-04-1616:25 (IST)

Covid-19 hotspots in Bengaluru: Check list here

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2020-04-1616:22 (IST)

40 kids test positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh

Around 40 kids in the age group of 3 to 17 years have tested positive for coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh. Officials said that all the children contracted the deadly virus from family members who attended the Tablighi Jamaat meeting in New Delhi's Nizamuddin area.

2020-04-1613:32 (IST)

Another Covid-19 patient dies in Karnataka, death count 13

A 66-year-old man infected with the coronavirus died here at Victoria hospital, taking the total number of Covid-19 deaths to 13 in the state, a health department official said on Thursday.

"The person infected with the disease was referred to Victoria hospital from a private hospital , where he was on ventilator support since March 10", the official said.

Later, on Wednesday the man succumbed to Covid-19.

With this, the number of deaths caused by Covid-19 reached 13 in the state, whereas the total positive cases stood at 195.

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2020-04-1613:17 (IST)

Maharashtra tops list, crosses 3000 coronavirus cases

Mumbai has reported 165 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total tally in the state to 3,081.

2020-04-1613:08 (IST)

Watch | PM Modi shares touching video to fight Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to share a video of youngsters like Saibaa and Saisha Gupta who have been raising awareness on how to defeat the coronavirus pandemic.

"Proud of youngsters like Saibaa and Saisha Gupta. They are raising awareness on defeating Coronavirus," PM Modi tweeted.

Have a look at this video:

2020-04-1613:06 (IST)

PM Modi meets FM Sitharaman to discuss current economic situation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today to discuss the current economic situation in India. Sitharaman is likely to discuss fiscal relief package for the economy with PM Modi.

2020-04-1612:55 (IST)

Pizza delivery boy tests positive for coronavirus

A 19-year-old delivery agent associated with a famous pizza chain tested positive for Covid-19 in South Delhi, causing a huge scare for at least 72 families and other 20 delivery agents. READ FULL REPORT

2020-04-1512:13 (IST)

MHA issues detailed guidelines on lockdown 2.0: Check here

The government issued new guidelines today, which stated that activities like agriculture, IT, e-commerce and inter-state transport will be allowed after April 20 to "mitigate hardships to the public". READ FULL REPORT HERE

2020-04-1512:08 (IST)

Organise flights and bring back stranded Indians in Middle East: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has requested the government to organise flights and bring home Indians stranded in the Middle East. "The Covid-19 crisis and shutting of businesses in the Middle East have left thousands of Indian workers in deep distress and desperate to return home. The Govt must organise flights to bring home our brothers and sisters most in need of assistance, with quarantine plans in place," Rahul Gandhi tweeted.

2020-04-1416:44 (IST)

Karnataka extends validity of curfew passes till Apr 20

Karnataka DGP has confirmed that the validity of curfew passes has been extended till April 20. Post which curfew passes will be reviewed again.

2020-04-1416:41 (IST)

Health Ministry briefs on Covid-19:

  • Covid-19 patients cured so far - 1,036 
  • Patients cured in the last 24 hours - 179 
  • 10,363 confirmed Covid-19 cases in India so far
  • Covid-19 cases reported in the last 24 hours - 1,211
  • Deaths reported in the last 24 hours - 37 
2020-04-1416:35 (IST)

2,31,902 samples tested so far, ICMR reveals

  1. 21,635 tests conducted in the last 24 hours
  2. 18,644 tests conducted in labs under ICMR network
  3. 2,991 tests conducted in private labs
  4. Total 166 labs under ICMR network so far
  5. 70 private labs
2020-04-1411:49 (IST)

States to be strictly monitored till April 20

All districts, localities in all states will be monitored strictly till April 20 to see if they are implementing the lockdown strictly. 

2020-04-1411:45 (IST)

' Follow the lockdown till May 3 with utmost vigilance': PM Modi

2020-04-1411:10 (IST)

'India has led the way': Listen to PM Modi's speech

2020-04-1410:55 (IST)

PM Modi: 1500-1600 beds are needed when cases reach 10,000

Covid-19 testing is being done in over 220 labs. According to the world's experience of tackling COVID-19, 1500-1600 beds are needed when cases reach 10,000. We have over 1 lakh beds in India & over 600 hospitals for treating COVID patients. We're expanding these facilities. 

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2020-04-1410:37 (IST)

PM Modi addresses the nation

Even before COVID-19 cases touched 100, India made it compulsory for foreign returnees to remain in 14 days isolation. We imposed 21-day lockdown when we had 550 cases. 

2020-04-1410:11 (IST)

PM Modi: May we get more strength to fight Covid-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted people across the country on account of various festivals. He also hoped that people in the country get more strength to fight the deadly virus which has claimed over 300 lives in India.

The PM tweeted, "Greetings to people across India on the various festivals being marked. May these festivals deepen the spirit of brotherhood in India. May they also bring joy and good health. May we get more strength to collectively fight the menace of COVID-19 in the times to come" 

2020-04-1409:03 (IST)

US COVID-19 deaths cross 23,000

Of the 23,608 US deaths, New York's coronavirus death toll alone topped 10,000 but a glimmer of hope emerged as new hospitalisations continued to slow. Monday marked the first time in a week that the daily toll dipped below 700.

2020-04-1408:42 (IST)

PM Modi to address nation at 10 am

As the nation waits eagerly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at 10 am today is expected to announce an extension of nationwide lockdown by a minimum of two weeks to further contain the Covid-19 outbreak in India.