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Yokohama triathlon event suspended due to coronavirus

The organising committee of the events said in a statement, saying, "With the Japanese government's entry restrictions on people traveling from most parts of the world and considering the pandemic situation of coronavirus, we are finally compelled to make a difficult decision to suspend the event of 16th and 17th May 2020 to our deep regret," reports Xinhua news agency.

Railways gears up to resume services from April 15

According to Railway Ministry sources, all railway safety personnel, running staff, guards, TTE and other officials have been told to be prepared to join their posts from April 15.

Living in cramped camps, Rohingyas vulnerable to coronavirus

Though no COVID-19 positive case has been reported so far among the refugees, the fact that many families are living in wretched conditions puts them at risk.

FIFA U-17 Women’s WC 2020 India postponed due to COVID-19

FIFA has announced that it took the decision after FIFA-Confederations working group, which was recently established by the Bureau of the FIFA Council to address the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, recommended for the same.

India reports 2,902 cases of coronavirus, with 68 deaths

Of these 2,650 are active coronavirus cases, 183 individuals have recovered and discharged from the hospital, one person migrated to another country and 68 people have succumbed to the disease, according to the data published by the Health Ministry on Saturday morning.

Pakistan Senator urges UN to probe if COVID-19 is man-made

In a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Malik, also a former Interior Minister, said the proposed commission on COVID-19 under the UN Convention on Biological Weapons, 1975 might comprise virologists, scientists, professors, researchers, analysts and experts in the fields of microbiology, reports Dawn news.

COVID-19 positive Tablighi attendee dies, TN toll reaches 2

"A male, aged 51-years, died at Villupuram hospital. He was one of the persons who had gone to Delhi to attend the Tablighi Jamaat conference last month," a health department official told IANS.

13 more Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive in Haryana

They were reported from Palwal district and mostly belonged to Bangladesh.

Jeff Bezos donates $100 million to feed out-of-work Americans

In an Instagram post, Bezos said he wants to support those on the front lines at nation's food banks and those who are relying on them for food with a $100 million gift to @FeedingAmerica.

Palestine extends state of emergency for 30 days

"The measure of extending the state of emergency and the other exceptional precautionary measures were taken to combat coronavirus, protect public health and achieve security and stability," Xinhua news agency quoted Abbas as saying in a televised address on Friday.

UN chief reiterates global ceasefire appeal as world fights COVID-19

"The global ceasefire appeal is resonating across the world," Guterres said at a virtual press briefing, Xinhua reported.

Trump admin recommends face covering as US death toll crosses 7,100

"It's a recommendation. It's voluntary. I just don't want to wear one myself", Trump said, reflecting the mood of the fairly long drawn debate on the subject at the highest levels of the US government.

SC asks Karnataka, Kerala to amicably resolve border issue

Karnataka government had moved the apex court challenging the Kerala High Court, which directed the Centre to remove the border blockade imposed by the state government restricting the movement of patients from Kerala to access emergency medical care in hospitals.

London’s Heathrow airport to close 1 runway amid traffic fall

The London hub will operate its landings and takeoffs from one strip from April 6 to "increase resilience and safety for staff, passengers and cargo" throughout the outbreak, the Metro newspaper reported.

‘Over 300,000 paedophiles in UK will exploit lockdown’

Investigators have identified offenders discussing opportunities to abuse children during the COVID-19 crisis in chats online and the police were warning of a spike in abuse with schools closed and youngsters spending more time on the Internet, the Metro newspaper reported.

Andhra Pradesh confirms first covid-19 death

AP's nodal officer Srikant Arja stated that a 55-year old Sheikh Subhani, who was admitted to the General Hospital in Vijayawada at 11.30 am on Monday, breathed his last, an hour later at 12.30 pm.

Opposition attacks Modi for failing to address economic woes

In a series of tweets, former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram said, "Dear Narendra Modi, we will listen to you and light diyas on April 5. But, in return, please listen to us and to the wise counsel of epidemiologists and economists."

SC notice to Centre on PIL seeking wages to migrant workers

A bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao and Deepak Gupta after hearing advocate Prashant Bhushan asked the Centre to file a response by April 7.

Washington extends stay-at-home order till May 4

The order bans all gatherings and temporarily shutters non-essential businesses, Xinhua news agency reported.

COVID-19: Kerala announces new loan schemes for MSMEs, others

KFC is a leading term-lending institution for business investors in the state.

Andhra reports 12 new cases, tally rises to 161

According to a Health Department bulletin at 10 am on Friday, the new cases have been reported since 10 pm on Thursday.

Equity market falls, Sensex drops below 28,000 mark

The decline was in tandem with the Asian indices where stocks fell due to the growing number of coronavirus cases and deaths worldwide.

Saudi Arabia imposes 24-hr curfew on Mecca, Medina

The curfew would be effective in all parts of the two cities, with the continuing ban of entry into and exit from them, Xinhua news agency quoted an official from the Interior Ministry as saying on Thursday.

Raids in Delhi-NCR to nab COVID-19 suspects, notice to Maulana Saad

The police were also questioning several people whom they have taken into custody. According to sources, Maulana Saad Khandhlawi, the controversial head of Markaz Tablighi Jamaat, who is absconding since an FIR was registered against him, has been served a notice of inquiry.

COVID-19: India to get $1B emergency funding from World Bank

The assistance will support better screening, contact tracing, and laboratory diagnostics, procurement of personal protective equipment, creation of new isolation wards, the bank said on Thursday.

Covid-19 cases near 1 million, death toll cross 51,000

As of midnight, the toll stood at 51,335 and the total number of cases around the world at 998,047.

Health Ministry identifies 22 potential COVID-19 hotspots

The ministry stated this in an advisory issued to the states on mobilisation and training of human resource for management of the viral outbreak.

Netanyahu quarantined for 2nd time after Health Min tests for COVID-19

According to the Prime Minister's Office, Netanyahu, 70, will remain in self-quarantine until April 8 as he had frequent meetings with Litzman, reports Xinhua news agency.

British Airways expected to suspend 36,000 staff

Thursday's development comes after the airline has been negotiating with the Unite union for more than a week, a BBC report said, adding that the two sides have reached a broad deal but were yet to sign on some details.

569 associated with Tablighi Jamaat quarantined in UP

According to UP government officials, the corona suspects were picked up on Wednesday, adding out of the 569, 218 are foreign nationals. The rest include the caretakers and other staff of mosques where Markaz Tablighi Jamaat followers were said to be in hiding.

No new COVID-19 cases in Karnataka on Thursday morning

"From 5 p.m. Wednesday to 10 a.m. Thursday no new cases have been reported," said a health official.

Pakistan court commutes death sentence of Daniel Pearl murder accused

The death sentence of the prime accused Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh was commuted to seven years in prison while the other three convicts, Fahad Naseem, Salman Saqib and Sheikh Adil, who were earlier handed life sentences, were set free by the court, Dawn news said in a report.

Lockdown necessary but is unplanned, says Sonia

Sonia Gandhi in her opening remarks slammed the government, saying "the 21-day National Lockdown may have been necessary but the unplanned manner in which it has been implemented has caused chaos and pain in the lives of millions of migrant workers all over India."

Domestic violence cases have increased during lockdown, says NCW

"There have been different kinds of complaints related to the domestic violence, in which husbands are abusing them (women) and calling them COVID-19," NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma told the media.

Kerala HC stays govt’s liquor supply order

Congress MP T.N. Prathapan, who approached the court, said: "Just fail to understand why the Kerala government has been so adamant on this instead of concentrating on its work to fight coronavirus spread. Giving liquor to those with withdrawal symptoms is an unpardonable act."

TN begins distribution of cash, essentials to certain beneficiaries

In order to reduce crowds and maintain social distancing, token system was implemented at stores giving out ration items.

Post-coronavirus world will be even more digital, says Guterres

"One thing that's clear is that we're seeing the mass digitalization of human relations with the crisis, and that will have an inevitable impact," Guterres told Efe news in a telephonic interview.

Maha Covid-19 death toll is 17, total cases 338

The latest victim is a 46-year-old woman from Dombivali town in Thane district who returned on March 10 from Bangkok who is suspected to have died of Covid-19 symptoms, but her test reports are awaited.

Wimbledon cancelled for the first time since 1945

It marks the first time since 1945 -- during the Second World War -- that the Championships won't take place in a tennis season and the first time it has been cancelled in the Open era.

Italian PM extends nationwide lockdown to April 13

The announcement on Wednesday evening came just two days before the current lockdown, which started on March 10, was due to end, reports Xinhua news agency.

Telangana to pay full salary, incentive to health, police employees

The decision to pay full salary and incentive to employees of the medical and health department and police personnel was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister K. Chandrashekhar Rao late Wednesday night.

TikTok donates 4L hazmat suits, 2L masks to Indian doctors

The masks shall be provided to both local and state-level medical workers and have been handed to the Delhi and Maharashtra governments.

In Assam, 5 who returned from Jamaat event test corona positive

Addressing the media, the minister said the Central government has communicated to the state government that 456 people from Assam had attended the congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi.

Olympic flame handed over to Fukushima in low-key ceremony

The flame will be on display in a lantern for the month of April in Fukushima after the Tokyo Olympics, and with it the torch relay, got postponed by a year due to the global crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

COVID-19: Rs 1 cr for family if Delhi health staff died

Kejriwal made the announcement while addressing the concerns of city doctors through videoconferencing and launed them by saying that they were no less than soldiers fighting on the borders.

Pakistan’s COVID-19 positive cases surpass 2,000 mark

The country's eastern Punjab province and southern Sindh province were the worst-hit areas with 708 and 676 cases respectively, followed by the northwest province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa which has 253 confirmed cases, Xinhua news agency reported.

COVID-19: Premji foundation donates Rs 1,000 cr

Similarly, the foundation was joined by Wipro Ltd with Rs 100 crore and Wipro Enterprises Ltd with Rs 25 crore for this humanitarian endeavour, totalling a donation of Rs 1,125 crore.

1st coronavirus death in UP

His samples tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Wednesday, two days after he died.

Kerala identifies 300 suspected of having attended Tablighi Jamaat

But of the 300 who took part in the prayer sessions, only 80 are deemed to have returned to Kerala.

COVID-19: RBI offers more sops to ease compliance burden

Accordingly, it has extended realisation period of export proceeds to give more time to exporters to comply with regulations.

US toll at 4,055 passes grim 9/11 mark, prepares for worst

After the top doctors dealing with the crisis displayed their statistical model for the pandemic's trajectory, President Donald Trump said at his briefing on Tuesday, "This is going to be a very painful, a very, very painful two weeks" when the COVID-19's toll reaches its peak.

Kerala actor Prithviraj, film crew stuck in Jordan, seek evacuation

Blessy emailed to the Kerala Film Chamber, seeking help to take up the case with Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan. The media came to know about the email on Wednesday.

Ford to make 50,000 ventilators in next 100 days

Ford has partnered with GE Healthcare to produce a simplified type of ventilator titled "GE/Airon Model A-E".

Equity indices plunge, Sensex down 1,100 points

The Nifty50 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also plummeted around 300 points to trade well below the 8,500 mark.

No new corona positive case in Rajasthan, tally at 93

Total positive cases in the state are 76 (including 2 Italians), while 17 evacuees from Iran have tested positive making the overall cumulative positive number stand at 93, said Rohit Kumar Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Rajasthan.

COVID-19: One more death in M’rashtra; total cases 321

While a 50-year-old man had died at a government hospital in Palghar, the first for this tribal district, the 75-year-old passed away in a Mumbai hospital.

World Athletics to postpone 2021 World Championships to 2022

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), Tokyo 2020 organising committee, Tokyo metropolitan government and the government of Japan announced on Monday that the Tokyo Olympic Games will be staged from July 23 to August 8, 2021, and the Tokyo Paralympic Games will run from August 24 to September 5, 2021.

Sensex up 1,000 points, Nifty gains 300

The Nifty was trading at 8,586.05, higher by 304.95 points or 3.68 per cent from its previous close.

Kerala Govt doctors to observe black day on Wednesday

They will work wearing black badges to protest the decision of the State government asking to issue certificates for the supply of liquor to those showing withdrawal symptoms.

Informed about people stuck due to lockdown, says markaz

The markaz has even given proof of communication between police and concerned authorities and has slammed media for misreporting.

Xiaomi’s Wuhan HQ resumes operations

The company sent the first batch of employees to the site with "epidemic care packages" that included masks, hand sanitizer and a red envelope, reports GizmoChina.

SL reports 2nd COVID-19 death, cases reach 122

Five new cases were reported on Monday and with the second death recorded the Government urged the public to comply with COVID-19 countermeasures, while applauding public resilience in the face of hardship, the Daily Financial times said in a report.

14 returnees from Delhi meeting test COVID-19 positive in Andhra

With this, the number of total cases in the state rose to 40.

Youth Congress launches helpline to help people amid lockdown

Krishna Allavaru, in-charge IYC, said: "Youth Congress is trying it's bit in ensuring proper and clean supplies to the impoverished. In order to achieve this common goal, various teams have been deployed throughout the country and volunteers are participating in overwhelming number."

No retirement function, says Kerala Minister as many exit worklife

"Yesterday the Chief Minister made it very clear that today (March 31st) a good number of officials retire. He has said that even if there is none to take over charge, it will be deemed that the charge has been handed over and the official has retired.

Mallya reiterates offer to return bank dues, seeks Centre’s help

Mallya said that he had made offers to return the outstanding dues many times but neither the banks nor the Enforcement Directorate were cooperating.

Treat labourers with dignity, they build India, says Congress

On Monday, local administration and health workers sprayed disinfect on the migrant labourers in Bareilly after they arrived in the district.

UNSC voices concern over COVID-19’s devastating impact on Syria

On Monday, the Council held a briefing via video teleconference on the situation in Syria and was briefed on by UN Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock and UN Special Envoy for Syria Geir Pedersen, reports Xinhua news agency.

Second COVID-19 death in Kerala

He was a resident of Pothencode about 20 kms from the capital city.

Japan to ban entry of travellers from US, Europe, China, S.Korea

The ban will apply to those who have visited one of the designated regions in the 14 days prior to their arrival in Japan, Efe news quoted state broadcaster NHK as saying in a report.

Sonia Gandhi sets up control room on COVID-19

A release from KC Venugopal said "Congress President, Smt Sonia Gandhi has approved the setting up of a Central Control Room' at AICC, comprising, Rajiv Satav, MP, Devendra Yadav, Ex MLA, and Manish Chatrath, Secretary, AICC for the purpose of coordinating all COVID2019, related matters. "

COVID-19: One more death in M’rashtra; total cases 215

The latest casualty was the first for Pune and ninth for Maharashtra. Mumbai had earlier recorded seven corona deaths and Buldhans one.

Chidambaram demands more financial assistance package

The Centre has announced a package of Rs 1.7 lakh crore for assistance to those affected due to nationwide lockdown.

Crowds at banks to collect pension, Minister mulls other ways

Right from the morning, big queues have been seen in front of the banks and standing in were mostly aged people.

Kerala Police makes first arrest of migrant over protests

Ahead of the arrest, the district collector announced prohibitory orders under Sec 144 in the Kottayam district.

Madhya Pradesh breathes easy on corona

Though the number of cases rose steadily there were encouraging reports about at least seven patients in Jabalpur recovering from infection after they tested positive on return from Dubai almost a week ago.

Equity indices in red, Sensex down 700 points

Mumbai:   Indian stock markets opened on a negative note on Monday with the BSE Sensex trading over 700 points lower.The decline was in line with the global sell-off, as Asian indices fell on the growing...

Trump extends pandemic guidelines to April end

As the number of confirmed cases in the US reached 139,675 on Sunday evening, Trump announced at the White House that instead of relaxing soon the guidelines social distancing at their core, he would continue them.

Trump rules out quarantine on New York

"On the recommendation of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, and upon consultation with the Governors of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, I have asked the @CDCgov to issue a strong Travel Advisory, to be administered by the Governors, in consultation with the Federal Government," Xinhua news agency quoted Trump as saying in a tweet on Saturday night.

Sri Lanka reports first COVID-19 death

This marks Sri Lanka's first death from the COVID-19 outbreak, reports Xinhua news agency.