COVID-19: 704 Cases in 24 Hours, Total Touches 4,281

The Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Monday, 6 April, reported an increase 704 COVID-19 cases and 28 deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest rise recorded so far. The total number of cases rose to 4,281 and including 3,851 active cases. The death toll stands at 111.

The Union Cabinet on Monday approved the Ordinance amending the salary, allowances and pension of Members of Parliament Act, 1954 reducing allowances and pension by 30 percent with effect from 1 April, 2020 for a year in view of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country.

In Gujarat's Vadodara, a 62-year-old woman with a travel history to Sri Lanka who had tested positive for COVID-19 died on Monday, 6 April. Bhopal reported its first coronavirus-related death after another 62-year-old succumbed Sunday night, ANI reported.

  • With 33 new COVID-19 cases reported in Maharashtra on Monday, the state’s total is at 781
  • 16 people tested positive in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking state’s total to almost 300, according to Lucknow officials
  • Resident Doctor’s Association of AIIMS, Delhi have written to PM Modi over brutality towards doctors who are raising concerns for COVID-19
  • In Delhi, 58 new cases were reported, taking its total to 503
  • Global cases crossed 1,280,000 on Monday, with US reporting over 330,000 cases and over 9,000 deaths

120 New Cases Reported in Maha

120 more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Maharashtra, raising the total number of cases in the state to 868, reported PTI, quoting officials,

22 More Test Positive in Rajasthan

22 people tested positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan on Monday, raising the number of cases in the state to 288, reported PTI.

37 More Test Positive in AP

Thirty seven more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Andhra Pradesh on Monday, raising the total number of cases in the state to 303. At least 243 of the cases were attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi and their contacts.

11 More Test Positive in Punjab

Eleven more people tested positive in Punjab on Monday, raising the total number of cases in the state to 79, according to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Punjab.

Eight of the recent cases are in connection to the Tablighi Jamaat meet and two are contacts of existing positive patients.

13 More Test Positive in Kerala

Thirteen more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Kerala on Monday, raising the state total to 327. The thirteen new cases were reported from the following cities: Kasaragod - 9 (6 from abroad, 3 via contact), Kollam - 1 (from Nizamuddin, Delhi), Malappuram - 2 (from Nizamuddin, Delhi) and Pathanamthitta - 1 (abroad).

5 More Test Positive in Uttarakhand

Five more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttarakhand on Monday, raising the total number of cases in the state to 31, reported ANI, quoting the Uttarakhand Health Department.

50 New Cases Reported in TN

Tamil Nadu on Monday reported 50 new cases of COVID-19, 48 of which were attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat even in Delhi. The total number of cases in the now stand at 621, reported PTI.

One More COVID-19 Death Recorded in TN

A 57-year-old female passed away due to COVID-19 on Monday morning, raising the death toll in the state to 6.

The patient was admitted to Rajiv Gandhi Government Hospital 5 April with acute respiratory infection.

57 New COVID-19 Cases Reported in Mumbai

The Bombay Municipal Corporation on Monday reported 57 new COVID-19 cases in the city, raising the total number of cases in the city to 490 including 34 deaths.

20 Positive Cases Reported in Delhi in 24 Hours

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday announced that the total number of COVID-19 cases in the capital has reached 523, with 20 fresh cases reported in the last 24 hours. Ten of the recent cases include attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin.

159 COVID-19 Cases from Tablighi Jamaat Event in UP

A total of 159 COVID-19 cases related to Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi are spread in different districts of Uttar Pradesh. A total of 29 cases have come in Agra, 12 in Lucknow, 14 in Ghaziabad, 3 in Lakhimpur Kheri, 7 cases in Kanpur city, said Awanish Awasthi, Additional Chief Secretary Home on Monday.

The Chief Secretary added even if there is one case in the state then it won't be appropriate to relax the lockdown after 14 April but cannot confirm further.

2.5-Year-Old Son of Lucknow's First COVID-19 Patient Tests Positive; Hospitalised

A two-and-a-half-year-old child tested positive for COVID-19 in Uttar Pradesh's Lucknow on Monday, weeks after his mother became the first coronavirus case of the state capital, reported PTI, quoting officials.

The toddler has been admitted to the King George's Medical University (KGMU), they said.

GoAir Open for Domestic Bookings from 15 April

Low cost airline GoAir on Monday announced that it is open for bookings from 15 April for domestic flights and will be open for international flight bookings from 1 May, reported ANI, quoting a GoAir spokeperson.

92 Hospital Staff in Pune Quarantined after Patient Tests Positive

92 staff members, including several doctors, of a Pune hospital were placed in quarantined after an accident victim, who was being treated at the facility, tested positive for COVID-19, reported PTI, quoting officials.

MPLAD Funds Suspended for 2 Years

The Union Cabined on Monday approved at the temporary suspension of the Member of Parliament Local Area Development (MPLAD) fund for the years 2020-21 and 2021-22, reported ANI.

“The consolidated amount of MPLAD Funds for 2 years - Rs 7,900 crores - will go to Consolidated Fund of India: Javadekar added.

One More Tests Positive in Punjab

A resident of Mohali tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, raising the total number of cases reported in the city to 16, reported ANI, quoting Punjab Special Chief Secretary.

The patient is the son of one of the two people who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi and subsequently had tested positive.

Japan PM Proposes State of Emergency Over COVID-19

Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe proposes state of emergency over virus, reported AFP.

Pak Cancels Baisakhi Celebrations at Gurdwara Punja Sahib Amid COVID-19 Crisis

Pakistan has cancelled the Baisakhi celebrations at Gurdwara Punja Sahib in Punjab province from 14 April, in which around 2,000 Sikhs from India were to participate, due to the coronavirus pandemic in the country, authorities said on Monday, PTI reported.

The number of the coronavirus cases in Pakistan on Monday reached 3,277 with the infections in the worst-hit Punjab province approaching 1,500.

If Cong Pointed Out Shortcomings in Measures, It's in Spirit of Constructive Criticism: Chidambaram

Resident Doctor's Association at AIIMS Writes Letter to PM Over 'Targeting Doctors for Raising Their Voice'

Resident Doctor's Association (RDA) of All India Institute Of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi writes to Prime Minister Narendra Modi over 'targeting of doctors for raising genuine concerns related to #COVID19 preparedness'.

Total 26 COVID-19 Cases in Assam, Tested 2,000 Samples So Far: Min

“There are a total of 26 coronavirus positive cases in Assam so far. We have tested 2,000 samples till date, report of 165 samples to come by this evening,” said Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, ANI reported.

Problem Is Not Money, But Availability of PPEs: Kejriwal to Gambhir

Replying to East Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir’s offer of Rs 50 Lakh for procurement of equipment for medical staff, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said, “Thank you for your offer. The problem is not of money but of availability of PPE kits. We would be grateful if you could help us get them from somewhere immediately.”

Gambhir, on Monday, offered Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund to the Delhi government for procurement of equipment for medical staff dealing with COVID-19 cases, around two weeks after he pledged the same amount for the purpose.

14-Month-Old Boy with No Travel History Contracts COVID-19

A 14-month-old boy with no travel history has tested positive for coronavirus in Gujarat's Jamnagar district, sending the health officials into an overdrive to find out from where the child contracted the deadly disease, PTI reported.

The child, whose test came out positive on Sunday, is on ventilator support and the locality where his labourer parents reside in Dared village has been put under complete lockdown to check the spread of the virus, officials said.

This is also the first case of coronavirus infection in Jamnagar district.

PM Modi Chairs Council of Ministers Meeting Via Vid Conference

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs a meeting of Council of Ministers via video conferencing. Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also present.

UK PM Johnson 'Doing Well' in Hospital, Stays in Charge of COVID-19 Response

The UK government on Monday said the Prime Minister Boris Johnson is “doing well” after staying overnight in hospital for some “routine tests” related to his COVID-19 diagnosis, PTI reported

UK housing and communities secretary Robert Jenrick said Johnson remains in charge of the UK's response to the coronavirus pandemic and is expected back at No.10 Downing Street soon.

MP: Health Officials Develop PPE Kit with Help of Prisoners

Amid the shortage of safety gear for medical staff in the fight against coronavirus, Madhya Pradesh health officials with the help of some prisoners have come up with a low-cost personal protective equipment kit, reported PTI.

State health commissioner Faiz Ahmed Kidwai has also called for rational use of PPE kits, which the health care workers and those deployed at quarantine centres, hospitals and laboratories need the most at this crucial time.

Second Notice Issued to Maulana Saad of Tablighi Jamaat: Delhi Police Sources

“A second notice has been issued to Maulana Saad (of Tablighi Jamaat) under section 91 CrPC. He, through his lawyer, has submitted some documents and information to Delhi Police which were sought in the first notice. Most documents are in Urdu. Police has sought just information and not asked him to come,” ANI reported quoting Delhi Police sources.

PM Modi Discusses COVID-19, Domestic Measures With Australia PM Scott Morrison Over Call

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephonic conversation today with Scott Morrison, the Prime Minister of the Commonwealth of Australia. They discussed COVID-19, and domestic response strategies being adopted by their respective governments. They agreed on importance of bilateral experience-sharing in context of this crisis, ANI reported.

PM conveyed that the government of India stands ready to provide necessary facilitation and support to any Australian citizen stranded in India due to travel restrictions. PM Morrison assured that Indian community in Australia would continue to be valued as a vibrant part of Australian society.

SC Hears Urgent Matters Via Vid Conference

In Delhi, h Hearing of urgent matters underway in the Supreme Court through video conferencing. Following PM Modi's announcement of a 21-day nationwide coronavirus lockdown, the SC had issued a circular that it will continue hearing the matters of extreme urgency via video conferencing.

Karnataka Reports Fresh Cases; State's Tally at 163

The Karnataka government stated, “More COVID-19 cases reported in Karnataka, taking the total number of corona virus cases in the state to 163, including four deaths and 18 being discharged. Out of the 12 new cases, 3 have history of travel to Delhi.”

MP: 9 More Test Positive in Bhopal

“Nine more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in Bhopal, out of which five are police personnel and four are health workers. Fifty-four people have tested positive for the virus in the district so far, including one death,” said Bhopal District Administration, rpeorted ANI.

Major Ports, PSUs to Donate Rs 52 Cr to PM-CARES

All major ports and public sector undertakings, under Ministry of Shipping, have decided to contribute Rs 52 Crore to PM-CARES Fund, as Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) fund, in the fight against COVID-19, reported ANI.

16 Fresh Coronavirus Cases Reported in Up, Total Nears 300-Mark

Sixteen people tested positive for coronavirus in Uttar Pradesh on Monday, taking the total number of cases in the state close to 300, officials said in Lucknow, PTI reported.

Six samples from Lucknow, eight from Sitapur and two samples sent from Agra have tested positive for the infection, an official KGMU statement said.

With the fresh cases, the total in the state reaches 294 and is likely to cross the 300-mark as more reports are expected later in the day.

8 Tablighi Jamaat Members Who Attended Markaz Event Test Positive: Sitapur CMO

“Eight members of Tablighi Jamaat who had attended the Nizamuddin Markaz event in Delhi have tested positive for COVID-19 in Khairabad. Seven of them are Bangladeshis and one is from Maharashtra, they will be shifted to a hospital,” said Alok Verma, Chief Medical Officer (CMO) of Sitapur, ANI reported.

UGC Directs Universities to Set up Mental Health Helplines for Students

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has directed all universities and colleges to set up mental health helplines to address psychosocial concerns of students during the lockdown imposed to combat coronavirus, PTI reported.

“During the period of national lockdown, it is equally important to address any kind of mental health and psychosocial concerns of student community during and after COVID-19 situation issue,” UGC Secretary Rajnish Jain said in a letter to vice chancellors.

Restrictions Remain in Force in Kashmir, Sampling of Coronavirus Suspects Increased

Healthcare professionals have increased scientific sampling and testing of coronavirus suspects across Kashmir region which has seen a surge in cases of the virus.

A total of 14 new cases of COVID-19 positive were detected in Kashmir on Sunday, raising the total number of positive cases in the union territory to 106, PTI reported.

769 Foreigners Register 'Stranded in india' on Govt Portal: Ministry of Tourism

“Seven hundred and sixty-nine foreign tourists from all over the country register on ‘Stranded in India’ portal in first five days. Assistance in various forms being rendered to those requesting for help through the portal,” said the Ministry of Tourism, ANI reported.

62-Yr-Old Woman Dies in Vadodara

“A 62-year-old woman died due to coronavirus in Vadodara this morning. She had a history of travel to Sri Lanka. The total number of positive cases in Vadodara stand at 12 (including 2 deaths and 4 discharges),” said Vadodara District Collector Shalini Agrawal, reported ANI.

65-Yr-Old Dies in Amritsar, COVID-19 Infection to Be Confirmed Conclusively

“A 65-year-old man, who tested COVID-19 positive in preliminary test, died today morning in Amritsar. He was admitted to a hospital on 29 March and had tested negative. COVID-19 infection has not been conclusively confirmed behind his death,” said Punjab Special Chief Secretary KBS Sidhu, ANI reported.

Funds to India Will Help Curb COVID-19, Support Local Groups: US Embassy

United States Embassy said, “In India on 28 March,US government, via US Agency for International Development,announced 2.9 million to support India in its response to COVID-19. It builds on a foundation of over 1.4 billion in health assistance, and nearly 3 billion in total assistance, that US provided to India over last 20 years,” ANI rreported

The embassy added that the these new funds will support two organisations. $2.4 million for USAID's health strengthening project, implemented by Jhpiego, an international non-profit health organization affiliated with Johns Hopkins University, and $500,000 for the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The funds will help the Government of India slow the spread of COVID-19, provide care for the affected, and support local communities with the tools needed to contain the disease,” added the embassy.

FIR Against 4 Linked to Tablighi Jamaat Event: Himachal Pradesh Police

Himachal Pradesh Police said, “FIR registered against four people linked to Tablighi Jamaat under Sections 188, 269 and 270 of IPC and Section 51 of Disaster Management Act, in Nerwa area of Shimla.”

Police added, “Three of them attended Markaj at Delhi's Nizammudin on 9 March and one attended on 18 March,” ANI reported.

Zoos to Be Monitored 24x7 After Tiger Tests Positive in US: Central Zoo Authority

The Central Zoo Authority has asked zoos to monitor animals 24x7, collect samples in the suspected cases after a tiger in US zoo tested COVID-19 positive, PTI reported.

“Zoos advised to be on high alert, mammals like cats, ferrets and primates to be carefully monitored,” the CZA stated.

India Understood Seriousness of COVID-19, Waged a Timely War Against It: PM on BJP's Foundation Day

In his message on BJP’s 40th foundation anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “India's efforts have set an example before the world in tackling coronavisus pandemic. India is one of the countries which understood seriousness of this disease and waged a timely war against it. India took several decisions and tried its best to implement them on ground.”

He added, “India has worked rapidly with a holistic approach that is being appreciated by not only Indians but also WHO. All countries should come together and fight this, so India had active participation in the meeting of the SAARC countries and the G20 meeting.”

"“I state it with full responsibility that this is a long war against coronavirus pandemic. But we do not have to get tired or take a rest in this war. We have to emerge victorious. Today, the country has only one goal and one resolve — to win this war”" - PM Narendra Modi

Almora Resident Who Attended Tablighi Jamaat Event Tests Positive: Addl Health Secy

“A resident of Almora who had recently attended the Tablighi Jamaat event at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi has tested positive for COVID-19. Total positive coronavirus cases in Uttarakhand at 27,” said Yugal Kishor Pant, Additional Secretary (Health), ANI reported.

India Handled COVID-19 Crisis Better Than Developed Nations: RSS Joint Gen Secy

RSS Joint General Secretary Manmohan Vaidya said, “India handled COVID-19 situation comparatively better than developed nations,” PTI reported.

He added, “To tackle COVID-19 outbreak, India's leadership took some decisive steps which got public support.”

Death Toll Rises to 32 in Bihar; 755 Tests Underway

In Bihar, due to the novel coronavirus, the total death toll stands at 32. While the total testing has increased to 3,545, around 755 tests are under process.

Govt Said They Will Give Us 27,000 PPE Kits, Yet to Receive Them: Delhi Health Min

“The central government had said that they are giving us 27,000 PPE kits. We did not get it yesterday, maybe we will receive it in a day or two,” said Delhi Health Minister Satyendar Jain., reported ANI.

Jain added, “We have not been able to trace the contact of 70 people, out of the total number of positive cases found in Delhi. Many of them were found to be positive only yesterday, so we will find it out by this evening.”

14 New Cases in AP; State's Tally Increases to 266

"Fourteen more COVID-19 positive cases reported in Andhra Pradesh — five in Visakhapatnam, three in Anantapuram, three in Kurnool, two in Guntur, and one in West Godavari. Total number of positive coronavirus cases in the state stands at 266,” said Arja Srikanth, State Nodal Officer, ANI reported.

So far, two deaths have been reported from the state.

65-Yr-Old COVID-19 Patient Dies at Nalasopara Pvt Hospital in Mumbai

A 65-year-old man, who was coronavirus positive, died at Nalasopara private hospital last night during treatment,” said Vasai Virar City Municipal Corporation in Mumbai, AI reported.

33 Fresh Cases Reported in Maharashtra; State's Tally at 781

Thirty-three new coronavirus positive cases reported in Maharashtra today —19 in Pimpri-Chinchwad, 11 in Mumbai, one each in Ahmednagar, Satara and Vasai. Total number of positive cases in the state now stands at 781.

16 New Cases in Gujarat; Tally Rises to 144

"Sixteen new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Gujarat—11 from Ahmedabad, two from Vadodara, on each from Patan, Mehsana and Surat. Total number of positive cases in the state rises to 144 (including 21 discharged and 11 deaths),” said Health & Family Welfare Department, Gujarat, ANI reported.

Gambhir Offers Rs 50 Lakh From MPLAD Fund to Delhi Govt for Medical Equipment

East Delhi BJP MP Gautam Gambhir on Monday offered Rs 50 lakh from his MPLAD fund to the Delhi government for procurement of equipment for medical staff dealing with COVID-19 cases, around two weeks after he pledged the same amount for the purpose, PTI reported.

The Delhi government has yet to respond to his previous offer, said an aide of the cricketer-turned-politician.

“It is stated by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia that funds are needed to meet the growing demand of medical equipment in several Delhi government hospitals. In addition to Rs 50 lakh which I had pledged two weeks ago, I would further like to pledge Rs 50 lakh from my MPLAD to your kind office with the hope that the said amount would be used in procurement of equipment of medical staff as well as treatment of COVID-19 patients,” Gambhir said in a letter to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday.

Delhi Police Registers Around 198 FIRs Over Violation of Home Quarantine Orders

“Around 198 FIRs registered by Delhi Police over violation of home quarantine orders. These FIRs were registered not only on the basis of the complaints by neighbors or family members but also on the basis of phone tracking,” said Delhi Police.

They added, “Police have been provided phone numbers of all those who are under home quarantine. At least 176 FIRs were lodged solely on the basis of phone tracking and surprise physical visits.”

50 People, Including Doctors, Quarantined in Bikaner as Woman Tests Positive After Death

Over 50 people, including doctors and nursing staff of a hospital in Bikaner have been quarantined after samples taken from a 60-year-old woman, who died here, tested positive for coronavirus, PTI reported quoting officials.

The staff at the state-run PBM Hospital had handed over the body of the woman to her family members on Friday afternoon but the results of the COVID-19 test came at night, they said. By then, the family members had already cremated the body, the officials said on Sunday.

Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai Declared Containment Zone After Staff Tested Positive

In Maharashtra, Wockhardt Hospital in Mumbai has been declared a containment zone after some staff at the hospital tested positive for coronavirus, ANI reported.

ICMR to Get Around 7 Lakh Anti-Body Testing Kits Soon

Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) to get about seven lakh rapid anti-body testing kits by 8 April. These will help in conducting COVID-19 tests in hotspot areas where large number of cases are being seen. ICMR will get delivery in a phased manner.

It's expected that they will get five lakh kits in the first phase, orders have been placed, ANI reported.

Man Escapes From Quarantine Centre in J&K's Samba; Brought Back, Booked

A man escaped from a coronavirus quarantine centre in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district, but he was brought back to the facility and booked by the police, officials said on Monday, PTI reported.

Showket Ahmed Malik, a resident of Handwara town in Kupwara district, fled the quarantine centre on Sunday. On being informed about the incident a police team from Ramgarh immediately swung into action, traced the man and brought him back the same day, they said.

Union Cabinet Meeting at 12 PM; Likely to Discuss Lockdown Exit Plan

Amid lockdown and chatter about the exit plan after 14 April, Council of Ministers will be holding a meeting through video conferencing at 12 pm in Delhi today.

8 more Test Positive in Rajasthan; State's Tally at 274

"Eight more people test positive for coronavirus in Rajasthan — five in Jhunjhunu, two in Dungarpur and one in Kota. The five people in Jhunjhunu and one in Dungarpur had attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi. The total number of positive cases in the state increased to 274, “ said Rajasthan Health Department, ANI reported.

Singer Kanika Kapoor Discharged After Testing Negative for the 6th Time

Singer Kanika Kapoor has been discharged from Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS), Lucknow after the report of her sixth test came negative, reported ANI.

One More Woman Tests Positive in Jharkhand: State's Tally at 4

“One more woman from Hindpiri area, Ranchi tested positive for COVID-19. She was in direct contact of the Malaysian woman (first positive case in state) who was staying in the area and tested positive earlier. Total positive cases in state is four,” said Jharkhand Health Secretary Nitin Madan Kulkarni, reported ANI.

New COVID-19 Cases Rose to 39 in China; Beijing to Be Under Long-Term Epidemic Control

China has reported 39 new coronavirus cases, including 38 imported ones, as the number of asymptomatic cases also surged, raising concern of a second wave of the COVID-19 infections mainly from Chinese returning home despite drastic containment efforts, health officials said on Monday.

A health official of Beijing has warned that the Chinese capital will probably remain under long-term coronavirus epidemic control saying that there is no chance to call off the city's prevention and control work in a short time, PTI reported.

COVID-19 Positive Man Dies in Rajasthan

“A COVID-19 positive man has died in Rajasthan's Kota district. Eight new cases of virus in state,” PTI reported quoting officials.

4,067 Total COVID-19 Cases in India, Death Toll at 109: Health Min

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 4,067 on Monday, including 3,666 active cases. Til now, 291 have been discharged and the death toll has crossed 100 mark, now standing at 109, according to the Health Ministry.

Queen Delivers Special COVID-19 Address, Says 'We Will Succeed.. and We Will Meet Again'

Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, in a rare televised address to the nation, invoked a war-time spirit of self-discipline and resolve to fight the coronavirus pandemic which has killed nearly 5,000 in the country and about 70,000 people globally, assuring Britons that “better days will return.”

The 93-year-old British monarch and Head of the 54-member Commonwealth of nations which includes India, acknowledged the grief, pain and financial difficulties being faced the world over during this “time of disruption” and expressed the hope that the whole world was uniting in a “common endeavour,” reported PTI.

First Death Reported in MP's Bhopal

"The first death in Bhopal, due to coronavirus reported after a 62-year-old person died last night,” stated Bhopal Health officials. reported ANI.

A total of 15 deaths have been reported in Madhya Pradesh so far, according to ANI.

30 Fresh Cases in Afghanistan in Past 24 Hrs; Tally at 367

“Thirty new positive coronavirus cases have been recorded in Afghanistan in the past 24 hours — in Herat (16), Kabul (6), Nimruz (3), Kunduz (2), Faryab (2) and Daikundi (1) provinces, the Health Ministry said on Monday. The total number of cases in Afghanistan is now 367,” stated TOLO news, reported ANI.

16 More Men Test Positive for COVID-19: KGMU Lucknow

“Sixteen more people (all men) have tested positive for COVID-19. They are admitted at various hospitals in the state,” said King George's Medical University (Lucknow) Administration, ANI reported.

Crowd Gathers at BJP MLA's Residence for Ration; MLA Says 'Shot to Defame' Him

In Maharashtra, a large crowd of people gathered outside the residence of Arvi's BJP MLA Dadarao Keche in Wardha yesterday on his birthday, violating the coronavirus lockdown, after they were allegedly told that ration is being distributed at his residence. FIR has been registered against him, reported ANI.

“I'd appealed to people four days back that no one should visit me on my birthday. Still some party workers visited me. My rivals conspired and told people that ration is being distributed at my residence, even when I didn't call anyone here. This was shot to defame me,” added Dadarao Keche.

China Reports 38 Migrated Cases of Coronavirus; One Death

China on Monday reported 39 cases of the coronavirus and one more death as the country continues to limp back to life since the outbreak first hit the region in December, according to ANI.

As of Monday, China has 81,708 cases of the novel coronavirus, 3,331 deaths and 693 imported cases, added ANI.

Face Masks Mandatory for Staff, Officers Visiting Maharashtra's Ministry

“Wearing face masks has been made compulsory for all staff, officers and visitors to Maharashtra Mantralaya for the coming few months. No entry to anyone without face masks. The decision has been taken in view of prevention of coronavirus,” stated the Maharashtra government.

Indonesian National Tests Positive for COVID-19: Prayagraj Dist Admin

“An Indonesian national who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Nizamuddin Markaz, Delhi has tested positive for coronavirus. He is currently under quarantine at a hospital in the district,” said Prayagraj District Administration, reported ANI.

UN Chief Urges Govts to Protect Women During Virus Lockdown

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres on late Sunday urged governments around the world to consider protecting women as part of their response to the deadly novel coronavirus pandemic, reported AFP.

COVID-19 Deaths in US Cross 1,200 in Last 24 Hours

Coronavirus deaths in the United States crossed 1,200 in last 24 hours, AFP news agency reported quoting Johns Hopkins tracker.

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