Coronavirus Outbreak Live Updates: PM Narendra Modi urges citizens to follow 'Janata Curfew' on March 22, stop 'panic' buying

Coronavirus Crisis Live Updates: PM Modi urges citizens to implement 'Janata Curfew' on Sunday, March 22, 2020 from 7 am to 9 pm. 

Created On: Mar 19, 2020 20:49 IST
COVID 19 Live Blog
COVID 19 Live Blog

Coronavirus Crisis Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his live nation-wide television address on March 19, 2020 urged the citizens of the country to impose self-isolation, avoid panic buying, avoid non-essential travel and participate in 'Janata Curfew' on March 22, 2020. India's total number of positive coronavirus cases have risen to 167 and the death toll has risen to four with one new death reported from Punjab as of March 19, 2020.  India is fighting against all odds to stay put in stage II of the novel coronavirus and avoid the advent of stage III, which is community transmission. 

Live Update @ 8:26 PM: PM urges people to stop 'Panic' buying 

PM Modi has urged the citizens to avoid hoarding essentials and 'panic' buying, just simply buy the required commodities. He asserted that the Indian government is making all its efforts to ensure that there is no shortage in the supply of basic essentials.

Live Update @ 8:25 PM: PM urges people to lessen burden on doctors

The Prime Minister has urged people to avoid visiting hospitals and doctors for routine check ups and postpone their scheduled non-essential surgery by at least a month, to lessen the burden and pressure on the hospitals. The Prime Minister has urged everyone to consult their local or family doctors over the phone for routine consultations. 

Live Update @ 8:15 PM: Janata Curfew on March 22

PM Narendra Modi urges citizens to follow 'Janata Curfew' on March 22 from 7 am in the morning to 9 pm in the evening.  The Prime Minister has urged all associations to raise awareness about the 'Janata Curfew'.  The curfew will be like a testing time for India, to see how well the nation is prepared to fight against coronavirus. 

At 5pm on March 22, the Prime Minister has urged all citizens to stand near their doors or balconies and salute the efforts of the caregivers and those who have served us during this difficult time like delivery boys by clapping or ringing bells for five minutes. A siren will be played out to signal the beginning of the salutation.

Live Update @ 8:12 P M: Prime Minister urges senior citizens above the age of 60-65 years to avoid stepping out

The Prime Minister has urged senior citizens above the age of 60-65 years to avoid stepping out of their homes for any reason. "In war like situation, there used to be blackouts at night. Several times there used to be a drill for blackout," recounted the PM.

Live Update @ 8:06 PM: PM Narendra Modi emphasis on Social Distancing

PM Modi underlined the importance of social distancing to reduce the impact of coronavirus in India. "It is not safe to road around freely in markets, you will be doing injustice to yourself and your family", urged PM. He urges people to avoid stepping out of their house unless extremely necessary. Except for government officials, media and medical professionals, the remaining people have been requested to self-isolate. 

Live Update @ 8:06 PM: Citizens to play a significant role in combating COVID-19

PM Narendra Modi underlines the need to have patience and determination to fight against novel coronavirus. PM urges citizens to follow the guidelines issued by the central government and health ministry. He urges citizens to adopt self isolation to save ourselves and others from the virus.

Live Update @ 8:00 PM: PM Narendra Modi's address to the nation begins

PM Modi says that science has not been able to come up with any solution to combat COVID-19. No vaccine has yet been developed to deal with the virus. The Indian government is closely watching all the developments regarding coronavirus across the world. 

Live Update @ 7:50 PM: Health Minister chairs high level meeting

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan chaired a high-level meeting of group of ministers. The ministers held detailed discussions on management and prevention of COVID-19. 

Live Update @ 7:45 PM: Coronavirus in Kerala

Kerala's total coronavirus cases has gone up to 28, second highest after Maharashtra. The state reported a new positive case today in Kasargod. The person has a travel history to Dubai. 

Live Update @ 6:45 PM: Special Measures to combat COVID-19

Himachal Pradesh bans entry of both foreign and domestic tourists till further orders. The West Bengal state government has announced that it will provide Rs 5 lakh insurance each to over 10 lakh government medical professionals in the state till April 15th. 

Live Update @ 6:40 PM: Vistara temporarily suspends International operations

Vistara has announced that it will be temporarily suspending all its international operations from March 23rd till April 15th due to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Live Update @ 6:30 PM: Adequate quantity of N-95 masks in India

The Joint Secretary in the Union Ministry of Health, Lav Agarwal confirmed that there is adequate quantity of N-95 masks available in the nation. 

Live Update @ 6:15 PM: Delhi Government bans gathering of more than 20 people 

Key Announcements by Delhi CM

1. The Delhi Government has prohibited the gathering of 20 or more people at any place be it for religious, cultural, social or academic purposes.  

2. The state has started stamping those, who have been urged to stay in home quarantine upon their arrival in India. This is to easily identify the individuals and stop them from fleeing their homes. 

3. All forms of public transport in Delhi are being disinfected on a daily basis including all buses, inter-state buses and metro trains. Private vehicles will also be disinfected free of cost at every bus stop from 10 am to 6 pm.  

A total of 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the national capital so far including one fatality. Three people have reportedly recovered successfully.

Delhi CM urges people not to hoard up essentials and avoid mass gatherings of all kinds.  All restaurants in the National Capital will be closed till March 31st. However, the ban is only on eating at restaurants, take away food or delivery of food will continue like before. All public transport to be disinfected daily. 

Live Update @ 5:40 PM: PM Narendra Modi chairs high-level meeting 

PM Narendra Modi has chaired a high-level meeting to review the efforts to stop the spread of coronavirus. The Prime Minister highlighted the need to actively engage with individuals, organisations and local communities to figure out ways to combat the virus,

Live Update @ 5:30 PM: Senior citizens above 65 years, children below 10 years urged to stay at home

The centre has issued a formal notification urging state governments to issue appropriate directions to ensure all citizens above the age of 65 years except for medical professionals, public representatives and government servants remain at home. All children aged below 10 years have also been urged to stay at home and avoid going out to public parks. The railways and civil aviation will be suspending all concessional travel except for patients, students and divyang category.

Live Update @ 5:25 PM: International flights banned for one week

The centre has announced that no international commercial passenger flight will be allowed to land in India for a period of one week from March 22 to March 29. 

Live Update @ 5:10 PM: Coronavirus case update in India

India's tally of confirmed coronavirus cases has risen to 167, including 25 foreigners. The death toll has gone up to four with one new death reported from Punjab. The other three deaths were reported from Delhi, Maharashtra and Karnataka. Around 15 people have recovered from the virus attack, including India's first three cases that were reported in Kerala. 

Following is the state-wise break-up of confirmed COVID-19 cases: 

Live Update @ 4:55 PM: MEA on evacuating Indians struck abroad

The External Affairs Minister announced that India has evacuated about 590 people from Iran. The Indians infected with COVID-19 virus in Iran have been isolated and are being taken care of well. They will be brought back after they recover. India is also planning to evacuate the next batch of Indians from Italy in the coming weekend.

Live Update @ 4:48 PM: Department of Personnel & Training staff gets WFH

Around 50 percent staff of the Department of Personnel & Training (DOPT) have been directed to work from home. The department heads have to draft a weekly roster. 

Live Update @ 4:45 PM: COVID Control Room Numbers

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Live Update @ 4:35 PM: SpiceJet international operations update

SpiceJet's Kolkata-Dhaka flight will operate as per schedule. The SpiceJet Chennai-Colombo flight will begin its operations from March 25, while its flights to Dubai from Delhi and Mumbai will resume their operations from April 16, 2020. 

Live Update @ 4:30 PM: MEA on Pakistan 

On Pakistan raising Kashmir issue during SAARC video conference on novel coronavirus, the MEA cleared that the platform was a humanitarian one, which Pakistan misused.

Live Update @ 4:30 PM: Support to SAARC nations

India is currently moving fast on the proposals announced during the PM Modi's video conference with SAARC leaders. The External Affairs Ministry confirmed that India has received several requests from the SAARC nations regarding medical gear such as masks and gloves. The total amount of assistance requested has currently crossed $1M. 

Live Update @ 4:25 PM: COVID emergency fund in place

The Ministry of External Affairs has assured that a COVID emergency fund has been put in place. India is working to extend all the required support to the SAARC nations. 

Live Update @ 4:15 PM: MEA press briefing begins

The MEA assures that the Ministry is working to further strengthen its Covid Control room. Currently, there are around 25-30 people working in the control room in shifts. The control receives about 1000 calls and 400 e-mails in a single day. 

Live Update @ 4:05 PM: SpiceJet temporarily suspends major international operations till April 30

SpiceJet in an official statement notified that it would be temporarily suspending a majority of its international operations from March 20 till April 30. 

Live Update @ 4:00 PM: No community spread of COVID-19 so far in India: ICMR Chief

The ICMR Director-General Balram Bhargava reiterated on March 19 that so far, there has been no evidence of community spread of novel coronavirus in India. He said that over 820 random samples were tested for COVID-19 virus and they all tested negative. The ICMR is expected to conduct more of such tests. 

Live Update @ 3:45 PM: Markets Continue to Bleed

Amid the rising concerns around COVID-19 outbreak in India, markets continued to bleed on third straight day. On Thursday, both Sensex and Nifty closed in red. Sensex tanked 581 points to close at 28,288; while Nifty ended below 8,300. On a positive note, sourced indicated that the Modi Government is planning to introduce loan, tax rules to help the economy endure the economic hit due to Coronavirus outbreak.

Live Update @ 3:30 PM: PM Modi to hold video conference with State CMs tomorrow

With rapidly rising COVID-19 cases in the country, PM Modi will hold a meeting with state CMs of all the states tomorrow via video conferencing. Tomorrow at 4 PM, PM Modi will connect with Chief Ministers of all the states to review their preparedness to counter the Coronavirus threat. This information was shared by Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope.

Live Update @ 3:00 PM: Punjab Government suspend Public Transport from Saturday

From 21st March 2020, Punjab Government has decided to suspend public transport in the state to counter the rising threat of COVID-19. From Saturday onwards, Buses, auto-rickshaws and tempos will not be allowed to ply in the state for the next week as a precautionary measure to counter the rising number of Coronavirus cases in the country. Furthermore, the state government has also decided to limit of public gathering to 20 people group in the state as a helpful step. So far, Punjab has had two cases of COVID-19 with one person having travel history abroad.

Live Update @ 2:30 PM: All Sports Competitions suspended till mid-April

To counter the threat of COVID-19, the Youth Affairs and Sports Ministry has asked all the Sports Federations to suspend competition scheduled in near future until after mid-April 2020. This means that any ongoing events, competitions or selection trials will be on hold until 15th April 2020. However, the ministry has said that sportspersons preparing to participate in Tokyo Olympics can continue their practice within the campus or premises of the training facility.

Live Updates @ 1:30 pm: Union Ministers including Dr Harsh Vardhan, S Jaishankar, Ashwini Choubey and Hardeep Singh Puri have arrived for Group of Ministers (GOM) meeting at Nirman Bhawan.

Live Updates @ 1:15 pm: MEA to hold press briefing at 4pm in New Delhi. 

The Union Ministry of External Affairs announced that it will hold a media briefing on COVID-19 virus outbreak at 4 pm today in Delhi.

Live Updates @ 1:00 pm: Exams postponed

Leading educational institutions in India including the UGC, CBSE and ICSE board have postponed all exams scheduled till March 31st. The new schedule will be announced after March 31. 

Live Updates @ 12:45 pm: Meghalaya shuts off for tourists

Meghalaya has asked all tourists to reschedule their travel plans. All tourist spots in the state will remain closed till March 31st. 

Live Updates @ 12:30 pm: A high-level group of ministers meeting will be held shortly at Nirman Bhawan in New Delhi. 

Live Updates @ 12:15 pm: Maharashtra CM statement

Maharashtra CM  Uddhav Thackeray said that the state is fighting a war against #Coronavirus. He has urged all to take necessary precautionary measures and avoid unnecessary travelling. According to the state public health minister, the total number of cases has reached 49 in Maharashtra. 

Key Precautionary Measures undertaken in Maharashtra: The dabbawalas of Mumbai have decided to suspend their services from March 20 till March 31, 2020. Mumbai's Haji Ali Dargah will also remain closed until further orders. 

Live Updates @ 12:00 pm: AIIMS doctors use self-made sanitizers, masks

The doctors and medical staff at AIIMS are using self-made hand sanitizers and plastic masks in the wake of shortage of personal protective medical gear.  The doctors have created makeshift plastic masks that cover the entire face. The doctors of the microbiology department have created the alcohol-based sanitizers.  

Live Updates @ 11:50 am: State-wise confirmed new cases

Chhattisgarh: A 24-year-old woman has been tested positive for coronavirus in Raipur, Chhattisgarh , as per Chhattisgarh Health Min TS Singh Deo. She had returned to India from London on March 15. None of her family members show any symptoms as of now. 

Delhi/NCR: One more individual has tested positive for novel coronavirus in Noida. One HCL employee who was under self-isolation has tested positive for COVID-19 virus. He works at HCL's noida office. He was under self isolation after international travel.

UP: Two new cases of coronavirus have been reported in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This takes the city's total tally to five. All patients have been reported to be stable. 

Uttarakhand: The state has quarantined over 128 people to prevent the spread of coronavirus. 

Live Updates @ 11:45 am: Total Coronavirus Cases in India

Around 168 people have been tested positive for COVID-19 in India. This was confirmed by the Indian Council of Medical Research on March 19, 2020.  ICMR issued an official statement saying that 13,316 samples from 12,426 persons have been tested for the virus. The positive cases are among the suspected cases and contacts of positive cases.  

Live Updates @ 11:30 am: Health Ministry issues do's and dont's

The Health Ministry has issued a list of do's and dont's including how to maintain social distance and proper hand hygiene. The Ministry has also directed to restrict mass gatherings across nation including board exams of 10th and 12th standard. 

Live Updates @ 11:15 am: PM Modi to address nation at 8 pm

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be addressing the people of the nation today at 8pm in a live address. The Prime Minister will speak on the current situation of coronavirus outbreak in the nation and across the world. PM Modi had chaired a high-level meeting yesterday to review the preventive steps taken to combat COVID-19 virus. 

Live Updates @ 11:00 am: Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India rise to 166, as per Union Ministry of Health. The number comprises 141 Indians and 25 foreigners. Around 15 have recovered from the virus, while 3 deaths have been reported in the nation. 

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