Coronavirus: Latest Updates

As global concerns mount around the viral outbreak, we issue updates for travellers to track.

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The streets of New York remain nearly empty in light of the escalation of COVID-19 cases in the state. Photo By: Victor J. Blue/Stringer/Getty images

As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over 18,50,527 people have been infected, and U.S.A, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, and the UK have all exceeded China’s last updated tally of over 83,000 cases (Johns Hopkins University). India is currently on Day-20 of its 21-day lockdown, which started from March 25. The country has registered 9,152 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus as of April 13. The Ministry of Health has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. Here is the link for a state-wise breakdown of helpline numbers. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we track the latest updates.


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April 13, 10 a.m.: India records 796 new cases over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of infections past 9,000 to 9,152. The number of deaths also rises to 308, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update. 


April 13, 9 a.m.: USA records 1,514 Covid-19 deaths over the last 24 hours, lower than the previous day’s toll of 1,920. 555,313 have been infected in the country and the death toll stands at 22,020. 


April 13, 8 a.m.: Spain reports the lowest daily increase of 619 new Covid-19 deaths on April 12, and is set to lift some lockdown restrictions and will allow some operations in the construction and manufacturing sectors to resume. 


April 13, 7 a.m.: China reports 108 new cases of Covid-19 over the last 24 hours, the highest one-day increase in six weeks. Officials have stated that the increase is largely because of the arrival of infected foreigners in the country. The total number of cases in the country is 82,160, and deaths at 3,341.


April 13, 6 a.m.: Singapore reports a daily increase of 233 new cases of Covid-19, of which 59 are Indians working in the city-state. This takes the total number of infections to 2,532 while the death toll stands at 8.


April 12, 10.30 p.m.: The death toll in the UK has crossed 10,000. Total number of infections stands at 85,175 and the death toll at 10,629.


April 12, 9.30 p.m.: New York State records 758 deaths over the last 24 hours, a slight decrease from the previous day’s tally of 783 deaths. This is the sixth consecutive day that the state, which is the worst-hit in the USA, has reported more than 700 deaths.  


April 12, 7.30 p.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who was in intensive care for three nights at the St. Thomas’ Hospital, London, has been discharged from the hospital, and is in a period of convalescence at the PM’s country house, Chequers. 


April 12, 5.30 p.m.: Europe’s tally of Covid-19 deaths crosses 75,000. Eighty percent of these fatalities have been reported in Italy, Spain, France and Britain. 


April 12, 4.30 p.m.: Lane 5 and 5A, H-2 block at Bengali Colony, Mahavir Enclave in Delhi has been declared a containment zone, taking the total number of containment zones in the national capital to 34. 


April 12, 4 p.m.: Spain reports 619 Covid-19 deaths on April 12, taking the death toll to 16,972. Moreover, around 5000 new infections were recorded, taking the total number of infections to 166,019. 


April 12, 3 p.m.: Russia reports largest one-day spike of 2,186 new Covid-19 cases, and 24 deaths. The total number of infections has risen to 15,770 in the country and the death toll to 130. 


April 12, 2 p.m.: Airline giant Emirates to resume select services from Dubai International Airport’s Terminal 3 on the night of April 12 for the repatriation of European visitors in the country. Four flights will fly this week to London Heathrow, and three each to Frankfurt, Paris, Brussels and Zurich. 


April 12, 12 p.m.: Over the last 24 hours, South Korea has reported only 32 new cases of the novel coronavirus and three deaths, taking the total tallies of infections and deaths to 10,512 and 214 respectively. This is a continuation of a downward trend seen in the country, which was a Covid-19 hotspot till a few weeks ago. 


April 12, 11 a.m.: Mainland China reports 99 new Covid-19 infections, and 63 asymptomatic infections over the last 24 hours. This is the largest one-day increase in the country for a few of the past weeks. 


April 12, 10 a.m.: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare reports that India has recorded 909 new cases and 34 deaths in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases rises to 8,356, and the death toll 273. 


April 12, 9 a.m.: Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) has called for stricter measures to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic. The country’s officials have not reported any confirmed infections the country has recorded. 


April 12, 8 a.m.: In the wake of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Pope Francis will live stream the Easter Mass. 


April 12, 7 a.m.: King Salman of Saudi Arabia has extended the curfew in the Middle Eastern country indefinitely to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country has 3,651 confirmed infections and 47 deaths.


April 11, 10.30 p.m.: USA’s Covid-19 death toll of 18,860 overtakes Italy’s tally of 18,849 deaths, making it the worst-affected country in the world. The total number of infections in the USA has crossed half a million.  


April 11, 9.30 p.m.: After Odisha, Punjab, Maharashtra and Karnataka, Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao announces that the lockdown will be extended till April 30 in the state, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus. 


April 11, 8.30 p.m.: The Covid-19 death toll in the United Kingdom approaches 10,0000 as the country reports 917 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the total number to 9,875.  


April 11, 7.30 p.m.: Karnataka extends lockdown for a fortnight after April 14,While government offices will function partially, the state government has said that restrictions will be relaxed to some extent for the agricultural and industrial sectors 


April 11, 6.30 p.m.: Iran begins to lift lockdown measures in phases, as government offices reopened on April 11, as did businesses outside of capital Tehran. Businesses within the capital will be allowed to resume operations next Saturday, according to local media. The country has reported more than 70,000 novel coronavirus infections, more than 40,000 of which have recovered. The death toll stands at 4,357. 


April 11, 5.30 p.m.: Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announces that the lockdown will continue in the state post April 14 till April 30 to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in the state. 


April 11, 4.30 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the number of confirmed novel coronavirus infections in India has risen to 7,529. The death toll in the country stands at 242.


April 11, 4 p.m.: Spain reports 510 new coronavirus deaths over the last 24 hours, the lowest in 18 days. The total number of deaths stands at 16,353, and the total number of infections is 161,852. 


April 11, 3 p.m.: Russia reports 1667 new coronavirus infections over the last 24 hours, a slight decrease from the previous day’s numbers. The total number of infections rises to 13,584, and the death toll stands at 106.


April 11, 2 p.m.: Bangladesh has extended the coronavirus lockdown till April 25 as the total number of infections rose to 424, with 27 deaths. 


April 11, 10.30 a.m.: The number of novel coronavirus infections has crossed 7,000, and now stands at 7,447. The death toll has increased to 239, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare’s latest update.


April 11, 10 a.m.: Vietnamese airlines Bamboo Air and VietJet Air to resume some domestic flight routes in the country from Thursday, April 16. The novel coronavirus has infected 257 people in the country, but has not claimed any lives.


April 11, 9 a.m.: Fighting the chance of a second wave of infections, mainland China has reported a slight increase in new cases on April 11, compared to the previous day. The number of cases went up from 42 to 46, and three deaths were reported. However, the number of asymptomatic cases fell from 47 to 34.  


April 11, 8 a.m.: Argentina has extended its lockdown in major urban areas till April 26, even as the curve is flattening in the country due to strict lockdown measures that are currently in place. While urban areas are likely to be in complete quarantine, the government will identify smaller rural areas where operations can resume under an ‘administered quarantine’.The total number of infections has risen to 1,975, with 82 deaths reported so far. 


April 11, 7 a.m.: USA becomes first country to record more than 2000 Covid-19 deaths in a 24-hour period, on April 10. The country recorded 2,108 deaths, taking its total death toll to 18,586. The total number of infections in the country approached half a million.  


April 11, 6 a.m.: The number of Covid-19 deaths has crossed 1,000 in Brazil. The South American country has recorded 19,638 infections and 1,056 deaths from the novel coronavirus. 


April 11, 5 a.m.: Turkey announces a curfew in 31 cities, including Ankara, Istanbul and Izmir, till the end of Sunday, April 12. The country has 47,029 cases of Covid-19 and a death toll of 1,006. The complete list of cities under curfew can be found here


April 11, 12 a.m.: After Odisha and Punjab, Rajasthan has decided to extend lockdown till April 30. The state has 561 novel coronavirus cases and eight deaths have been reported. 


April 10, 10.30 p.m.: Singapore reported 198 new cases on April 10, taking the total number of infections to 2,108. The total death toll rises to seven after one death was reported. None of the 198 new infections are imported cases.


April 10, 9.30 p.m.: Ireland has extended the stay-at-home restrictions imposed within the country to May 5. The restrictions were originally meant to be in place till April 12. The number of infections in the country is 6,574, and 263 deaths have been recorded so far.


April 10, 8.30 p.m.: Three more areas have been declared as containment zones in Delhi. The three areas are B Block Jahangirpuri, Nabi Karim and Chandni Mahal. The complete list of the 26 containment zones can be found here


April 10, 7 p.m.: The lockdown imposed in Kazakhstan is now extended till the end of April, to restrict the spread of the novel coronavirus. The country has reported 802 novel coronavirus cases and nine deaths.


April 10, 6.30 p.m.: The Health Ministry says that India has not yet entered the community transmission stage. The number of Covid-19 cases in the country now stands at 6,761, and the death toll at 206.


April 10, 6 p.m.: Malaysia extends lockdown till April 28, two weeks beyond the previously decided date of April 14. The country has seen a rapid increase in infections – from under hundred cases in early March to over 4000 cases by April 9.


April 10, 5:30 p.m.: The Punjab state government has announced that the lockdown will continue beyond April 14, till May 1 in the state, to help stem the novel coronavirus outbreak.


April 10, 4 p.m.: Belgium records 496 new deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 3,019. The significant increase in fatalities is due to 171 deaths that took place in retirement homes in late March, but were recorded in the last 24 hours.  


April 10, 3.30 p.m.: With 605 deaths reported on Thursday, Spain records its lowest death toll in 17days. The total death toll has reached 15,843, and the number of infections has risen to 157,022.


April 10, 3 p.m.: Indonesia reports 219 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths on Friday, taking the total infections to 3,512, and the death toll to 306.


April 10, 12 p.m.: Sharing its post-lockdown plan, IndiGo airlines CEO Ronojoy Dutta says that the airline will not serve meals on its flights for some time, and will fill only 50% of airport buses under its operation.  


April 10, 11 a.m.: Yemen has reported its first confirmed novel coronavirus case.


April 10, 10.30 a.m.: For the fourth consecutive day, Germany reported an increase in the number of confirmed cases on Thursday, recording 5,323 new cases and 266 deaths. The total case count in the country is now 113,525 and the death toll stands at 2,373. 


April 10, 10 a.m.: New Zealand reported its second novel coronavirus death on April 9. The number of new cases went up to 44 from 29 the previous day. Total number of confirmed cases is 1,283.  


April 10, 9 a.m.: According to ICMR study, 1.8% of 5,911 patients of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) have tested positive for Covid-19. Of these novel coronavirus cases, 40% have no travel history.  


April 10, 8.30 a.m.: American aircraft giant Boeing might cut its workforce by up to 10% in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath. 


April 10, 8 a.m.: As the number of coronavirus cases crossed 1.6 million globally, the USA recorded 1,783 new cases on April 9. 


April 10, 7 a.m.: The National Health Commission of China states that 43 new cases on April 9, down from 63 on the previous day. Of these, 38 cases were linked to foreigners. The number of asymptomatic cases also fell from 61 to 47.


April 10, 6 a.m.: For the third day in a row, New York records the highest daily Covid-19 death toll, as the virus claimed 799 lives in the city on April 9. However, the rate of new hospitalizations is falling, suggesting that social confinement measures are helping flatten the curve. 


April 10, 5 a.m.: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that the nationwide lockdown will be extended till the end of April to curb the spread of novel coronavirus infections in the country. The country has reported 1,934 confirmed Covid-19 cases, the highest among African countries.


April 9, 11 p.m.: The Gurugram district administration has identified 12 containment zones within the Gurugram. They are Sector-9; Sector-54/Nirvana Country; Palam Vihar; Emar Palm Gardens, Sector-83; Laburnum Society; Sector-39; Village Fazilpur Jharsa; Ward Number 11, Pataudi; Village Raipur, Sohna.The city has 30 confirmed cases, excluding 14 Italians who were tested positive and admitted to Medanta Hospital. 


April 9, 10 p.m.: The novel coronavirus outbreak has claimed 100 doctors’ lives in Italy. The total death toll stands at 17,669. 


April 9, 9 p.m.: Singapore reported 287 new coronavirus cases on April 9, the highest daily increase in the country so far. Many of these cases were linked to dormitories where foreign workers reside.  


April 9, 8 p.m.: Nepal has relaxed its restrictions on local travel for April 10 and April 11 to allow people to leave Kathmandu and return to their homes in other parts of Nepal. The country is in a state of nationwide lockdown till April 15, and has recorded nine coronavirus cases so far. 


April 9, 7 p.m.: Total number of novel coronavirus cases in the world has crossed 1.5 million.


April 9, 6 p.m.: After Mumbai, wearing masks is now made mandatory in Nashik, Pune and Nagpur districts of Maharashtra. 


April 9, 5 p.m.: In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, European aviation giant Airbus will be cutting its production by a third of its current output. 


April 9, 4 p.m.: Given the increasing infection rates in Europe, Spain and Italy are both set to extend their respective national lockdowns. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez will propose an extension of the lockdown to April 25 in Spanish Parliament on Thursday and Italian premier Giuseppe Conte is likely to extend the country’s lockdown two weeks beyond the previously decided date of April 13.  


April 9, 3 p.m.: King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman of Saudi Arabia are self-isolating, after around 150 members from the royal family have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The Governor of capital Riyadh, Prince Faisal bin Bandar bin Abdulaziz Al Saud is in intensive care, after testing positive for the novel coronavirus.  


April 9, 2 p.m.: Chinese Authorities have published guidelines for healthcare workers that require all asymptomatic Covid-19 patients to be reported within two hours of their diagnosis. Asymptomatic patients are contagious, and the country reported 56 such patients on April 8. 


April 9, 1.30 p.m.: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik announces that the lockdown will continue till April 30 in the state, making it the first state in India to extend the lockdown beyond April 14.


April 9, 1 p.m.: The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has identified 381 containment zones in Mumbai, where several coronavirus cases have been reported. An interactive map has also been created, which gives information about each of these zones. 


April 9, 12 p.m.: Cox’s Bazaar district in South Bangladesh has been put under lockdown. The district is home to crowded Rohingya refugee camps that are at high risk from the coronavirus outbreak.


April 9, 11 a.m.: MS Karnika, a 20000-seater cruise ship is set to be used as a floating quarantine facility in the Mumbai harbour.


April 9, 10 a.m.: The Madhya Pradesh government has sealed Bhopal, Ujjain and Indore. Though locals can step out of their house for essential services, no one is permitted to go in or out of these regions. 


April 9, 9 a.m.: 1973 deaths recorded in the USA on April 8, the highest one-day increase in the country so far. The total number of fatalities goes up to 14,695. 


April 9, 8 a.m.: China reported 63 new cases of the novel coronavirus on April 8, up from 62 on April 7. Most of these cases are linked to travellers from abroad.  


April 9, 7 a.m.: Italy recorded 3,836 new infections and 542 novel coronavirus deaths on April 8, but the number of infections and number of patients in intensive care units continues to drop.   


April 9, 6 a.m.: Singapore braces for a possible second wave of novel coronavirus cases, as it reports 142 new infections on April 8. This is the largest one-day increase recorded in the country, taking the total number of infections to 1,623. 


April 9, 5 a.m.: The French government has decided to extend the nationwide lockdown in France beyond April 15. The country has reported 10,869 deaths so far, with 541 new deaths from the last 24 hours.  


April 8, 11 p.m.: After Mumbai, face masks are made compulsory in Delhi. Delhi government has sealed off 20 hotspots within the union territory, and essential services will be home delivered. 

The sealed off hotspots are as follows: 

An entire street near Gandhi Park in Malviya Nagar

Gali No. 6, L1 Sangam Vihar

Shahjahanabad society, Plot No. 1, Sector 11, Dwarka

Dinpur Village

Markaz Masjid and Nizamuddin Basti

Nizamuddin West, G and D blocks

B-Block, Jahangirpuri

Gali No. 14, Kalyanpuri, Delhi

Mansara Apartments, Vasundhara Enclave

Three streets in Khichripur

Gali No. 9, Pandav Nagar

Vardhaman Apartments, Mayur Vihar Phase 1 Extension

Mayurdhwaj Apartments, IP Extension, Patparganj

Two sections of Gali No. 4, Kishan Kunj Extension

Gali No. 5, A Block, West Vinod Nagar

J, K , L and H pockets, Dilshad Garden

G, H and J blocks, Old Seemapuri

F-70 to 90 block, Dilshad Colony

Pratap Khand, Jhilmil Colony


April 8, 10 p.m.: The number of cases in U.S.A. have crossed 4,00,000 as per JHU data.


April 8, 8.15 pm: The number of cases in Maharashtra rises to 1,135, after 117 new cases are reported today. Toll rises from 64 to 72.


April 8, 7:30 p.m.: Maharashtra has still not entered the community transmission stage, says state health minister Rajesh Tope.


April 8, 6 p.m.: More than 10,000 cases have been reported in Africa, over 52 countries, announced the World Health Organization on Wednesday.


April 8, 5 p.m.: After closing off its borders with Austria, Denmark, France,  Luxembourg, and Switzerland, Germany has decided to keep its borders with Netherlands and Belgium open. However, travellers from the two countries will be allowed to enter Germany only for emergencies.


April 8, 4:30 p.m.: Iran’s novel coronavirus death toll crosses 4000. With 1,997 infections reported in the last 24 hours, the total number of cases is 67,826.


April 8, 4 p.m.: The first Indian city to take this measure, wearing a three-ply face mask is now mandatory in Mumbai. The state’s tally of coronavirus cases has climbed to 1,078.

April 8, 3.30 p.m.: Prime Minister Narendra Modi hints at nationwide lockdown extending beyond April  14, at an all-party meet.


April 8, 3.30 p.m.: The Uttar Pradesh state government announced that coronavirus hotspots in fifteen of the state’s districts will be sealed off completely till April 13, essential services to be home delivered. The fifteen districts are Lucknow, Agra, Ghaziabad, Gautambudh Nagar (Noida), Kanpur, Varanasi, Shamli, Meerut, Bareilly, Bulandshahar, Firozabad, Maharajganj, Sitapur, Saharanpur and Basti.


April 8, 3 p.m.: A state of emergency has been declared in Ethiopia by Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, owing to the coronavirus pandemic. The country has reported 52 novel coronavirus cases and two deaths.


April 8, 2 p.m.: IndiGo has suspended all international flights till April 30. For customers who have already booked their ticket, the money spent will be deposited in their IndiGo accounts as a credit shell which can be used to book tickets for up to a year after the date of issuance. 


April 8, 1.30 p.m.: Russia reports a record increase of 1,175 cases in one day, taking the number of infections to 8.672. The coronavirus death toll in the country rises to 63, with five new deaths reported in the last 24 hours. 


April 8, 11 a.m.: On Wednesday, three new deaths, and 111 new infections of the novel coronavirus reported in Thailand. With a total of 2369 cases, the death toll in the country stands at 30.


April 8, 10 a.m.: The total number of coronavirus cases in India has crossed 5000. The total number of cases is 5,194, and the death toll is 149. 


April 8, 9 a.m.: 128 of the 217 passengers on board the Australian cruise liner the Greg Mortimer have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The ship set sail for Antarctica and South Georgia on March 15, but has been stranded off the coast of Uruguay since the beginning of April. 


April 8, 8 a.m.: Over 3,200 people have died due to the novel coronavirus in New York City alone. The city recorded its first death on March 13. 


April 8, 7:30 a.m.: After a 76-day, Wuhan in China, the original epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic comes out of lockdown on Wednesday April 8. The city has opened its borders, and healthy redients and outsiders are allowed to leave the city. The city alone reported around 50000 infections and 2500 deaths, which was 77% of China’s total death toll. 


April 8, 6 a.m.: The winners of the esteemed Pulitzer Prizes which recognize achievements in journalism, literature and music, will now be announced on May 4 by livestream. The announcement has been postponed by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.    


April 8, 12 a.m.: Breach Candy Hospital in Mumbai on high alert, after a nurse and a technician have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. 


April 7, 10 p.m.: The Lufthansa Group Airlines will reduce their fleet size considerably, expecting the plunge in global demand for international flight travel in the coming months. Due to the decommissioning of many large craft, its four-engine fleet is expected to reduce by 22.5%.  


April 7, 7 p.m.: Iran reports 2089 new coronavirus cases over the last 24 hours, and 133 deaths. The death toll stands at 3872.  A WHO official says that though Middle Eastern countries are still at risk of escalation of the coronavirus outbreak, new cases are “flattening off in Iran”, an encouraging sign for the region.  


April 7, 6:30 p.m.: The ban on international flights has been extended to April 30 in Nepal, while the ban on domestic flights will continue till April 15. 


April 7, 6 p.m.: State governments of Rajasthan, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Haryana have requested an extension of the national lockdown or hinted at phased out withdrawal from the same. 


April 7, 6 p.m.: IRCTC has suspended ticket bookings for its three private trains till April 30. Those who have booked their tickets on these trains will be given a refund. 


April 7, 4 p.m.: The death rate in Spain is on the rise again, after the country reported 743 deaths over the last 24 hours, taking the total toll to 13,798. 


April 7, 2.30 p.m.: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has formally declared a state of emergency in the country starting today, and going on till May 6.


April 7, 1.30 p.m.: The Brihanmumbai Muncipal Corporation has sealed off the Kalanagar area in Bandra East, after a tea-seller near a government guest house tested positive for COVID-19. This is also close to the private residence of Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray.


April 7, 12.30 p.m.: Walk-in test kiosks are set up in Ernakulam, Kerala, in an attempt to reach out to more people showing symptoms for novel coronavirus.


April 7, 11.30 a.m.: According to the French health minister Olivier Veran, France is yet to reach the peak of the epidemic, even as the death toll spiked alarmingly in the country.


April 7, 10.30 a.m: No new deaths reported in China for the first time on Tuesday, April 7.


April 7,  9.30 a.m.: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson moved to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) after worsening of coronavirus symptoms.


April 7, 9 a.m.: Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra and Telangana state governments have hinted at an extension of lockdown beyond April 15. Meanwhile, the Central government is considering a plan for a phased exit from the national lockdown in India. 


April 7,  8 a.m.: The nationwide coronavirus quarantine in Colombia has been extended by two weeks till April 27. 


April 7, 7.30 a.m.: Owing to the coronavirus pandemic, the US Golf Association has announced that the US Open, which was to be held from June 18-21 in New York has been postponed to September 17-20. USA’s National Track and Field Junior Olympics, which was to be held from July 27 – August 2 in Jacksonville, Florida has also been cancelled


April 6, 11.30 p.m.: The USA has crossed 10,000 deaths due to the novel coronavirus.


April 6, 11 p.m.: A 24-hour curfew has been imposed in Riyadh, Tabouk, Dammam, Dhahran, Al Hofuf, as well as in Jeddah, Taif, Al Qatif and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia


April 6, 10 p.m.: As coronavirus cases rise to 914 in Hong Kong, the government has extended its ban on foreign arrivals indefinitely.


April 6, 6.30 p.m.: Uttar Pradesh Additional Chief Secretary (Home) Avanish Awasthi says lockdown unlikely to be lifted in Uttar Pradesh on April 15, if even a single case of Covid-19 is active in the state at the time.


April 6, 6 p.m.: The countrywide lockdown in Nepal is set to extended by eight days till April 15.


April 6, 5.30 p.m.: The global death toll from the novel coronavirus pandemic has crossed 70000.


April 6, 5.30 p.m.: GoAir is open for bookings for domestic flights from April 15.


April 6, 4 p.m.: The number of novel coronavirus cases in Iran crosses 60,000, the highest among Middle Eastern nations. Death toll stands at 3,739.


April 6, 3.30 p.m.: As China comes out of lockdown, citizens throng popular tourist sites in the country, even as experts warn that risk still persists.


April 6, 3 p.m.: Terminal 2 of Singapore’s Changi Airport will close operations for 18 months starting May, owing to plunging demand for air travel amid the coronavirus outbreak. 


April 6, 2.30 p.m.: Russia has reported a spike of 954 novel coronavirus cases in 24 hours, the highest increase so far in the country. Capital Moscow is the epicentre of the epidemic in the country, where the total number of infected cases stands at 6343. 


April 6, 2 p.m.: The Central Zoo Authority has asked all zoos to be vigilant and collect samples from animals, after a tiger in the Bronx Zoo in New York tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


April 6, 12 p.m.: ICMR to start conducting rapid antibody-based blood tests in coronavirus clusters and hotspots on Wednesday. These tests will take 12-24 hours to deliver the result. 


April 6, 11 a.m.: After 26 of its nurses and three of its doctors have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Mumbai’s Wockhardt Hospital has been declared a containment zone


April 6, 10 a.m.: Japanese Prime Minister might declare a nation-wide emergency as early as Tuesday, April 7, to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus in Japan. 


April 6, 9.30 a.m.: With 525 fatalities, Italy recorded its lowest daily death count  in two weeks on Sunday, April 5. In another reassuring piece of news, South Korea reported 47 new cases on Monday, April 6, the figure dipping below 50 for the first time since February 29. 


April 6, 9 a.m.: The number of cases in India has crossed 4,000 as of this morning. Meanwhile, the tally has crossed 1,00,000 in Germany, as per John Hopkins.


April 6, 8.30 a.m.: A four-year old female Malayan tiger in New York’s Bronx Zoo has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, becoming the first known case of human to animal transmission of the novel coronavirus. 


April 6, 8 a.m.: On Sunday, April 5, as the Queen delivered a rousing address to the British public, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was hospitalised for further tests, ten days after he tested positive for the novel coronavirus.


April 6, 7 a.m.: In a heartening gesture, the Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar has volunteered his services as a doctor to Ireland’s Health Service Executive for one session per week. He is a qualified GP, who gave up medicine for politics in 2010, and is offering his expertise in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has claimed 158 lives in Ireland.  


April 5, 10.30 p.m.: The global tally of coronavirus cases stand at 12,37,420, while those in India are at 3,577.


April 5, 9 p.m.: South Sudan announced its first positive case, making it the 51st country in Africa to be affected by COVID-19.


April 5, 8 p.m.: The U.S. Surgeon General has warned of the toughest weeks ahead, as the death count in America is bound to increase. U.S.A. currently has 3,21,762 positive cases as per John Hopkins.


April 5, 6.30 p.m.: Bhopal district magistrate has announced that all shops except for dairy and pharmacies will be shut from 12 a.m.


April 5, 5.30 p.m.: Air India has asked passengers of three different flights to quarantine, after they have been notified of passengers testing positive for COVID-19 who travelled on those sectors.


April 5, 4.30 p.m.: Spain records the lowest rise in cases since early March, with both the number of cases and deaths reducing. The country currently has 1,30,759 cases, second highest in the world after U.S.A., as per John Hopkins data.


April 5, 3.30 p.m.: Special flights are being announced to return stranded citizens of U.S.A and U.K. to their respective countries. The embassies are in touch with the people, and flights are being boarded on a priority basis.


April 5, 2.30 p.m.: Air Deccan has announced that it is ceasing all operations, and all employees are to be put on a sabbatical without pay, effective immediately.


April 5, 1.30 p.m.: A 21-year-old has tested positive for coronavirus in Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, increasing concerns of the area being another cluster, reports News18.


April 5, 12.30 p.m.: Singapore has tightened its stay-home measures (SHN) after an increases in the number of cases. Now, countries like France, India, Switzerland, and all of ASEAN region have been added to the list, as per the health ministry.


April 5, 11.40 a.m.: 26 new cases are announced in Maharashtra, taking the state’s total to 661 as per the Maharashtra Health Ministry.


April 5, 11 a.m.: A man who recently returned from Dubai held a feast for 1,500 people in Morena, Madhya Pradesh. He, along with 11 family members, have now tested positive for novel coronavirus, reports NDTV. Authorities have sealed off the colony to stop it from becoming another hotspot.


April 5, 10 a.m.: Dubai announced a two-week lockdown starting Saturday in an effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Only one family member will be allowed to leave the house for essential purposes.


April 5, 9 a.m.: The world tally has crossed 12,00,000 cases, with U.S.A exceeding 3,00,000 positive cases as per the John Hopkins tracker. The new numbers released by MOFHW showcase a spike in Indian cases since last night, with the total being 3,374.


April 4, 11 p.m.: As per  the 9 p.m. update issued by the ICMR, a total of 11,182 samples were tested on Saturday. Of these, 324 tested positive taking the number of confirmed cases in the country to 3,113.


April 4, 10 p.m.: Maharashtra has seen 145 new cases and six deaths on Saturday. The state tally stands at 635.


April 4, 9 p.m.: London Mayor Sadiq Khan has warned that the capital’s public spaces will only remain open if the government’s stay-at home order is adhered to.


April 4, 8.30 p.m.: Sri Lanka has banned incoming passenger flights indefinitely.


April 4. 8 p.m.: New York has a total 113,704 Covid-19 cases, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said today during a press conference. The state on Saturday witnessed the largest single-day increase in deaths as the state reported 630 deaths.


April 4, 7.30 p.m.: Kerala has reported 11 new cases, while Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh have reported 74, 16 and 10 new cases respectively.


April 4, 7 p.m.: Two more cases detected in Mumbai’s Dharavi.


April 4, 6.30 p.m.: The Spanish government is set to extend the nationwide “state of alarm” introduced on March 14 for a second time, until April 26.


April 4, 5.30 p.m.: Passengers from all nationalities have been permitted to transit though Bahrain International Airport starting on April 3, Bahrain News Agency reported Saturday, quoting civil aviation authorities.


April 4, 5 p.m.: Confirmed cases have surged to 537 in Maharashtra with with 47 new cases and 50 who have been cured and discharged.


April 4, 4.15 p.m.: “Total 2902 confirmed cases of coronavirus in India out of which 601 have been reported in last 24 hours,” said Health Ministry Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal.


April 4, 4 p.m.: Germany’s death toll has jumped by 141 to 1,158 in a span of 24 hours. There are now 85,778 coronavirus cases in the country.


April 4, 3.30 p.m.: The UK’s social distancing rules will remain in force for several more weeks, despite signs the coronavirus outbreak is slowing in the region. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said the government will continue to keep the social distancing restrictions under review, and relax them “if and when the evidence shows we are able to.”


April 4, 3 p.m.: BMC has launched 10 dedicated COVID-19 clinics in Mumbai’s containment zones and densely- populated areas which are at the risk of rapid transmission.


April 4, 2.30 p.m.: In a first, Japan recorded 314 new cases of the novel coronavirus and six more deaths on Friday, according to the country’s Health Ministry. The nationwide tally stands at 3,632 total cases, with 80 deaths.


April 4, 2 p.m.: Amid the continued rise of cases in Maharashtra, the Chief Minister has said the continuation of the lockdown post April 14 depends on compliance, as per PTI. Meanwhile, the Muncipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai will start 10 screening centres in the city.


April 4, 12 p.m.: Streaming platform Netflix announced a contribution of Rs. 7.5 crore to the Producers Guild of India Relief Fund to support daily-wage works in the entertainment industry.


April 4, 11 a.m.: Singer Pink tested positive for coronavirus, and recovered, she revealed in a statement.


April 4, 10 a.m.: France has reported a spike of 23,000 cases, and its total tally (over 83,000) has exceeded that of China, as per John Hopkins data.


April 4, 9 a.m.: The global number of cases crossed 11,00,000 and the death toll exceeded 59,000. The updated number of cases stood at 2,902 in India.


April 3, 11 p.m.: London’s Heathrow Airport transitions to using a single runway due to the unprecedented hit in operations, reports CNN. Meanwhile, the number of cases crossed 2,57,000 in U.S.A. as per John Hopkins data.


April 3, 8 p.m.: Total number of cases in India rises to 2,547.


April 3, 6 p.m.: India’s oldest COVID-19 patient, a 93-year-old man and his wife have been discharged from a hospital in Kottayam, after complete recovery.


April 3, 5 p.m.: The global death toll for coronavirus surpassed 50,000, with the highest number of fatalities recorded in USA, Spain and Britain.


April 3, 4.30 p.m.: The total number of COVID-19 cases in Vietnam, a global tourist hotspot, reach 237.


April 3, 4 p.m.: The Health Ministry has announced a total of 2,301 coronavirus cases in India, after 336 more people tested positive since Thursday. This includes 56 fatalities.



April 3, 3 p.m.: Spain has recorded more than 900 deaths in 24 hours, for the second day in a row. As the virus spreads in Iran, the death toll mounts to 3,294. Cases in Switzerland jump to more than a 1,000 with the number of deaths rising to 484 in the country.


April 3, 2 p.m.: Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong has announced a one month long shutdown in the country, starting Tuesday, April 7, as an effort to try and contain the spread of the virus. He added that except for essential services and key economic sectors, almost all work places will remain closed.



April 3, 1 p.m.: In an attempt to contain the number of cases in the state, the Odisha government is going to implement a complete 48-hour lockdown in its more popular spots—Bhubaneshwar and Bhadrak, from 8 p.m. on Friday.


April 3, 12.30 p.m.: Google has said it will make accessible its user location data in 131 countries, so that the respective governments can gauge the effectiveness of the social distancing guidelines put in place in a bid to contain the virus spread. It has also offered to donate around Rs 49 crore to fight misinformation circulating around the pandemic.


April 3, 12 p.m.: 48 homes in Dharavi have reportedly been sealed after a doctor residing in the area, tested positive for COVID-19.


April 3, 11.30 a.m.: Madhya Pradesh has recorded right more COVID-19 cases, raising the state’s tally to 119. Meanwhile, eight new cases in Gujarat has taken up the total number to 95.


April 3, 11 a.m.: China will be observing April 4 as a day of mourning for all those who succumbed to coronavirus.


April 3, 10.30 a.m.: The World Bank has approved a $1 billion aid to India for its COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health Systems Preparedness Project, which will help the country in combating the outbreak.


April 3, 10 a.m.: A coronavirus outbreak in a hospital in a northern steel town in Mexico has has led to 26 people being infected with the disease, and one doctor succumbing to it.


April 3, 9 a.m.: The UN General Assembly has approved a resolution which involves “international cooperation” and “multilateralism” in the global fight against coronavirus.


April 3, 8 a.m.: Indian-American politician Nikki Haley has said that China’s official declaration of 82,000 COVID-19 cases is ‘not accurate’.


April 3, 7.30 a.m.: The global cases have crossed 10,00,000 with more than 50,000 deaths. Apart from U.S.A., Spain and Italy, now cases in Germany too have exceeded those in China. The tally in U.S.A. has exceeded 2,35,000 while the updated cases count in India is at 2,069 as per the MOHFW.


April 2, 7 p.m.: Five districts in Karnataka are going to be declared as ‘red zones’, which indicates areas with higher number of COVID-19 cases and people in home quarantine. This includes Bengaluru Urban, Chikaballapura, Mysuru, Uttara Kannada and Mangalore.


April 2, 6 p.m.: The Maharashtra Health Ministry has confirmed 81 new COVID-19 cases, raising the total number of positive cases in the state rises to 416, which includes 19 deaths.


April 2, 5 p.m.: The South-West Railway Zone has converted 312 train coaches into isolation wards, in an attempt to provide more beds for COVID-19 patients.



April 2, 4 p.m.: Spain’s death toll has crossed 10,000 after another jump in 24 hours. Iran’s death toll from the virus has risen to 3,160. Belgium’s death toll has risen to 1,000.


April 2, 3 p.m.: Air India is planning to conduct special flights between April 4 and April 7 to fly out foreigners stranded in India amid the 21-day lockdown imposed by the government to curb the COVID-19 spread.


April 2, 2 p.m.: Germany’s COVID-19 cases make a record jump in a day, the total number now rises to 3,500.


April 2, 1 p.m.: According to the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the total number of COVID-19 cases in India jump to 1965. This includes 1764 active cases, 151 cured and discharged cases and 50 deaths.


April 2, 12 p.m.: The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in Germany rise to 73,522.


April 2, 11 a.m.: Indore reports of 12 new cases, taking the total count to 98 in Madhya Pradesh. Meanwhile, Telangana reports of 30 new COVID-19 cases in the state. Gujarat has reported of eight new cases, raising the total tally of cases in the state to 82. Nine more people test positive in Rajasthan, taking the total to 129 in the state.


April 1, 11.30 p.m.: India has reported of 1,834 positive coronavirus cases till now.


April 1, 11 p.m.: The number of COVID-19 cases in USA has surpassed 2,00,000, with more than 4,400 deaths.


April 1, 9 p.m.: For the first time since the Second World War, Wimbledon has been called off in light of the coronavirus outbreak. It was scheduled to take place in the outskirts of London from June 29 to July 12.


April 1, 8.30 p.m.: The total number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra increases to 335, with one more case reported in Buldhana and 14 more in Mumbai.


April 1, 8 p.m.: Over a thousand deaths due to the virus have been reported from New York alone, with neighbourhoods like Queens and Brooklyn being the worse affected.


April 1, 7 p.m.: The death toll in Spain tops 9,000, with over 860 fatalities in one day.


April 1, 6 p.m.: Uber has said it will provide 24/7 services for all frontline healthcare workers.


April 1, 5 p.m.: In a relief for all foreign doctors living in the UK, which includes doctors from India, the country has decided to extend their work visas as it attempts to fight the pandemic.


April 1, 4 p.m.: The Azadi Tower in Iran lit up with digital installations of flags and messages of hope for all countries across the globe that have been affected by the COVID-19 disease.


April 1, 3 p.m.: The Goa government is making efforts to evacuate over 2,000 foreign tourists from the state.


April 1, 2 p.m.: The Western Wall in Jerusalem, the most holy wall in Judaism, has been sanitised to prevent the spread of the virus, AFP reported.


April 1, 1 p.m.: The coronavirus death toll in Europe tops 30,000, AFP reported.


April 1, 12 p.m.: Saudi Arabia has asked over a million Muslims planning to travel to Islam’s holiest sites for hajj to postpone their travels, considering the pandemic. The kingdom had announced the close-off of its holy cities of Mecca and Medina in February, as the number of cases began to grow.


April 1, 11.30 a.m.: Germany has reported of 5,453 new COVID-19 cases, and 149 fatalities caused due to the virus.


April 1, 11 a.m.: China’s health authorities have also started reporting about asymptomatic cases in an attempt to alleviate fears around people carrying symptoms without realising it.


April 1, 10.30 a.m.: Cuba has suspended the arrival of international flights and has also suspended its iconic May Day parade, as worries over the virus outspread grow.


April 1, 10 a.m.: The total number of COVID-19 cases in India rise to 1,637, with the country reporting 45 deaths caused due to the virus. There has been a rise of 386 cases in the country since Monday night.


April 1, 9.30 a.m.: Following the end of the first week of the 21-day nationwide lockdown imposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the district administration of Dimapur in Nagaland has ordered a complete shutdown, which includes closures of shops, commercial and private enterprises and regulation of vehicle movement on the road. The total closure, as called upon by the Nagaland government, will be in force from 6 am on April 1 to midnight on April 3.


April 1, 9 a.m.: 20 new COVID-19 cases has been reported in Madhya Pradesh, out which 19 are from Indore and one from a neighbouring area. With this, the state’s tally rises to 86. Meanwhile, two people test positive for COVID-19 in Pondicherry.


April 1, 8.30 a.m.: 16 more positive cases in Mumbai and two more in Pune, raise the number of coronavirus cases in Maharashtra to 320. Delhi has reported of a 120 COVID-19 cases in the capital so far.


April 1, 8 a.m.: US President Donald Trump warns the country of a ‘painful two weeks’, as the country recorded 865 fatalities on Tuesday.


March 31, 6 p.m.: The global count for the number of coronavirus cases jumps to 8,03,011.


March 31, 5 p.m.: Italy held a nationwide moment of silence for all those having fallen victim to the deadly coronavirus. The Vatican, too, lowered its flags to honour the 11,500 people who succumbed to the virus.


March 31, 4 p.m.: The Ministry of Tourism has come up with a portal called ‘Stranded in India’ to offer information regarding the various services that foreign tourists stuck in India can avail.


March 31, 3.30 p.m.: The Indian Railways has said it can prepare about 20,000 coaches into quarantine/isolation coaches, which will be able to accommodate up to 3.2 lakh possible beds for isolation purposes.


March 31, 3 p.m.: Tokyo reported more than 70 new cases of coronavirus, their highest jump in a day, amid pressures on the government to follow other countries across the world in imposing a lockdown.


March 31, 2 p.m.: With ten more evacuees from Iran testing positive for COVID-19, the total number of cases in Rajasthan, where they were in isolation, now increases to 93.


March 31, 1.30 p.m.: The government of Karnataka reports of 91 positive COVID-19 cases, which includes three fatalities and six discharges.


March 13, 1 p.m.: A large number of Indian migrant labourers are reportedly stuck at the Nepal-India border, after Nepal extended its lockdown to April 7.


March 31, 12 p.m.: Over 300 European tourists who were stranded in Goa, were flown to Frankfurt in a special flight. Meanwhile, the number of cases in Germany rise to 61,913.


March 31, 11.30 a.m.: Thailand has reported of 127 new cases and one more fatality due to the COVID-19 disease.


March 31, 11 a.m.: Maharashtra has reported of ten new cases of COVID-19, taking the total in the state to 230. Andhra Pradesh has reported of 17 new cases, taking the total number of cases in the state to 40.


March 31, 10.30 a.m.: Ceasefire Company, based in Sector 135 has been sealed by the Noida district administration after 16 people associated with it tested positive of COVID-19.


March 31, 10 a.m.: The number of COVID-19 cases in India rise to 1,251 on Tuesday. The death of a 68-year-old patient in Kerala, makes it the second fatality due to the virus in the state and the 32nd in the country.


March 31, 9.30 a.m.: China’s Health Commission has reported of 48 new imported cases, and no new domestic cases.


March 31, 9 a.m.: A group of around 150 members from the transgender communities in Surat have been distributing food kits among residents of slum areas.



March 31, 8.30 a.m.: US reports of its worst day of deaths caused due to the COVID-19 disease, at 3,173.


March 31, 8 a.m.: Italy will most likely extend its lockdown period to April 12. The country has reported 101,739 cases as of Tuesday.


March 30, 5.30 p.m.: The Tokyo Olympics will now most likely be held from July 23, 2021 to August 8, 2021, Reuters reported.


March 30, 3.30 p.m.: At 85,000 cases, Spain, along with USA, has surpassed China in the number of coronavirus cases.


March 30, 3 p.m.: Belgium reports over 12,000 COVID-19 cases and 500 deaths. Iran has reported 117 new deaths, with the total number of fatalities at 2,757.


March 30, 2.30 p.m.: Thailand has reported of 136 new cases and two more deaths caused by the virus, raising the total count in the country to 1,524. Malaysia has reported 156 new cases, bringing the total count in the country to 2,626.


March 30, 2 p.m.: Bhutan has announced an increase in its quarantine period to 21 days, starting March 31.



March 30, 1 p.m.: 17 new positive COVID-19 cases in Tamil Nadu has increased the state’s count to 67. Another case in Andaman and Nicobar Islands raises the latter’s tally to 10.


March 30, 12.30 p.m.: British airline EasyJet has grounded its entire fleet in light of the pandemic. However, it will still be available to carry out any rescue or evacuation operations.


March 30, 12 p.m.: The Ministry of Civil Aviation is reportedly working towards Air India and Air Alliance flights being used to carry out various supply operations across the country. Meanwhile, Kashmir’s first patient to test positive of COVID-19, has now reportedly tested negative.


March 30, 11.30 a.m.: India reports of 1,071 cases as of Monday, with 29 deaths. 100 patients have recovered so far.


March 30, 11 a.m.: The number of COVID-19 cases in Germany has risen to 57,298.


March 30, 10.30 a.m.: Maharashtra reports of 12 new positive COVID-19 cases, raising the state’s tally of cases to 215. The new cases include five in Pune, three in Mumbai, two in Nagpur, and one each in Kolhapur and Nashik. Madhya Pradesh has reported of eight new cases, taking the total count to 47 in the state.


March 30, 10 a.m.: Another coronavirus patient in West Bengal succumbed to the disease, raising the death toll in the state to two.


March 30, 9.30 a.m.: South Korea reports 98 new coronavirus cases, bringing the total tally in the country to 9,661. Mexico has confirmed of 145 new COVID-19 cases, including four new deaths.


March 30, 9 a.m.: China reported 31 new cases on Sunday, which is 45 less than the number it had reported the day before. It’s Hubei province has no new cases for the sixth day in a row.


March 30, 8:30 a.m.: New York’s death toll surged on Sunday, as the state reported over 1,000 deaths due to the virus. Meanwhile, President Donald Trump has extended the social distancing guidelines till April 30, in light of studies showing a greater death toll in America if not enough is done to contain the virus.


March 30, 8 a.m.: 2,422 labourers who were in Maharashtra, were brought back to Karnataka in 62 state-run buses.



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