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Bear hunt brings joy to Canberra residents during hard times

The initiative inspired by the book Going On A Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury is gaining popularity.

No plan to extend lock-down right now, Centre dismisses ‘baseless rumours’

“I’m surprised to see such reports, there is no such plan of extending the lockdown,” he said. 

Bangladesh shopping malls to reopen ahead of Eid

The shops will be allowed to operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily while the shoppers and sellers will have to maintain physical distance and follow other hygiene rules, the Cabinet Division said on Monday.

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."

Odisha extends lockdown till April 30

Odisha is the first state in the country which extended the lockdown period by another 15 days.

Coronavirus: Libya frees more than 450 prisoners

Libya had reported its first case of Covid-19 last Tuesday, a 73-year-old man who had returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia in early March.

Adopt A Healthcare Worker, Here is how Australia is helping its...

Australia has come up with an initiative to thank their health workers

Clearer water, Cleaner air; Pollution drops amidst outbreak

Early results showed carbon monoxide, mainly from cars, had been reduced by nearly 50% compared with last year.

Primary, secondary school students return to class in China

Most of the primary and secondary schools that have reopened have only allowed seniors back on campus as they have to prepare for tests to gain admission into high schools and universities respectively, said Wang Dengfeng, director of the Ministry of Education's leading group on the COVID-19 response.

Karnataka announces lockdown relaxation from April 21, then withdraws partly

"The decision to allow 2-wheeler rides in non-COVID-19 zones and permitting 33 per cent of IT-BT employees to go to the office from April 1 is withdrawn on public demand," said Yediyurappa in a press note.

No fish ‘prasadam’ this year in Hyderabad due to Covid-19

The Bathini Goud family of Hyderabad on Sunday announced that the event, held in the first week of June every year, will not be organised this time.

Telangana CM urged not to give relaxations in Hyderabad, surroundings

At a review meeting, the officials said there was a need to further tighten the lockdown in Hyderabad, Rangareddy, Medchel and Vikarabad districts.

MP crosses 6,000 corona cases mark

Bhopal (38) and Ujjain (23) were the other cities to record a double-digit score.

Lockdown to be lifted in phases from Saturday, says Pakistan Prime...

"We know that we're doing it at a time when our curve is going up but it is not edging up as we were expecting," Dawn news quoted Khan as saying in a televised address on Thursday alongside his aides after a meeting of the National Coordination Committee (NCC) in Islamabad.

After Ahmedabad and Surat, now total lockdown in Gandhinagar from Sunday

The lockdown order will be in effect from May 9 (6 p.m.) in Kalol and 6 a.m. on Sunday in Gandhinagar.

Sri Lankan government aims at total relaxation of curfew by June

The Minister said on Friday that the government was targeting the total lifting of all restrictions by early June depending on the progress after May 11 when it will partially relax few curbs, reports the Daily Mirror newspaper.

#Breaking Coronavirus: British PM Boris Johnson tests positive

He is currently showing mild symptoms and will be self-isolating in Downing Street.

Karnataka allows inter-state road travel for stranded people

"As per the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) order to allow inter-state road travel for people stranded due to the lockdown, a procedure has been drawn for entering Karnataka from other states to ensure their health, safety and welfare in transit," state disaster management head T.K. Anil Kumar said in a statement here.

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

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

16 more Covid cases in Kerala, 80 under treatment

"Of these, seven came from abroad, six Afrom within the country," he told media here.

Priyanka Gandhi sends one lakh masks to UP

Congress media coordinator Lallan Kumar said that the party will now contact the party's district president and the masks will be sent to them on a priority basis.

Special train leaves Hyderabad with 1,250 workers to Bihar

The train chugged out at 3.05 a.m. from the Ghatkesar railway station near Hyderabad for Khagaria in Bihar.

TN corona count at 24,586, death toll rises to 197

In a statement issued here, the state Health Department said 1,091 persons tested positive over the past 24 hours and 13 persons died, taking the death toll to 197.

Syria reopens mosques for Friday prayers amid COVID19 epidemic

However, the mosques were opened for the Friday prayers only, not for Muslims' five prayers per day, Xinhua news agency reported.

Gujarat to decide on lockdown relaxation, reopening small outlets

State Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel said on Saturday that after mulling over the notification, a decision will be taken by the Gujarat government shortly to grant permission for this relaxation to be effective in the state.

Andhra reports 33 new corona cases, active cases 777

In fact, the last time Andhra Pradesh reported a single-day tally lower than Friday's figure was 25 cases reported on May 17.

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.

India’s Covid tally crosses 90000, nearly 5000 cases in a day

According to the Health Ministry, the total cases reported in India are 90,927 out of which 53,946 are active cases while at least 34,108 people have been cured from the disease.

Biocon gets approval for use of CytoSorb to treat critical COVID-19...

The US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) had recently approved CytoSorb for emergency use in COVID-19 patients.

Lucknow: KGMU nurse tests corona positive, CCU sealed

A resident of Nakkhas locality, the nurse is the fourth medical professional in the city and second from KGMU, to test Covid-19 positive.

Covid-19 Lockdown: SC to hear petitions on migrant workers today

22 laborers were reported to have died in the attempt to walk back home. 

South Africa records first two Coronavirus deaths, cases breach 1000

“This morning, we South Africans wake up with sad news that we now have our first deaths resulting from the Covid-19 outbreak," read the statement. 

COVID-19: Kerala Police latest video teaches Yoga

Thiruvananthapuram:   Apart from doing its regular policing jobs, ever since COVID-19 struck, the Kerala Police has now become the cynosure of all eyes, after its...

Turkey’s biggest city Istanbul under lockdown

On Sunday, several on-duty officials, press members, and police forces were seen patrolling the city's usually most crowded spots, while avenues, streets, and district centres were all deserted, reports Xinhua news agency.

Global COVID-19 cases surpass 1.5 million

The fresh figure reached 1,500,830 as of 5.15 p.m. (2115 GMT) with 87,706 deaths, the CSSE said, reported Xinhua news agency.

Pinarayi Vijayan writes to PM on Kerala diaspora’s return

"In the first five days, 2,280 passengers will arrive at Kochi, Kozhikode and Thiruvananthapuram airports. While the Centre has listed only 80,000 people, 4.42 lakh people have registered with our system. Of this, 1,69,136 are in the category who have to return immediately," said Vijayan after the daily Covid-19 review meeting, here on Tuesday.

Ahmedabad Congress corporator dies due to COVID-19

The 68-year-old Congressman was considered to be a senior and stalwart politician in the Gujarat Congress unit. He was hospitalized a week ago after his condition deteriorated during the home quarantine.

Give us powers or money, KCR tells Centre

Rao told a news conference late Tuesday night after the state cabinet meeting that the Centre was following wrong policies.

With 3,525 new cases, corona tally in India reaches 74,281

Of the total cases, 47480 are active and 2,415 are fatalities so far while at least 24,385 people have recovered from the disease.

15 new Covid positive cases lift total to 247 in Karnataka

"Till date, 247 COVID positive cases have been confirmed. This includes six deaths and 59 discharges," said a health official.

Odisha government allows plying of buses in green zones

The move of the government came a day after categorising districts under red, green and orange zones due to COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19: Nine key MP districts stay in ‘Red Zone’

Districts in which no new case has come up in 21 days are in the Green Zone. The districts where the number of cases is less than 10 and the number of positive patients are decreasing are placed in the orange zone. The list of districts will be updated weekly.

18 new Covid-19 cases take Karnataka’s tally to 408

"As of 5 p.m. on Monday, 408 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, including 16 deaths and 112 discharged patients," said the health official.

Lockdown restrictions in Sindh to remain until Ramzan end

Speaking to the media on Thursday, the spokesperson Murtaza Wahab said the Sindh Home Department had issued a notification on April 23 stating that the restrictions imposed and exemptions given to some sectors will remain in place until the end of Ramzan, Dawn news reports.

Global COVID-19 deaths surpass 250,000

As of Tuesday morning, the global death toll stood at 251,510, the university's Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) revealed in its latest update.

Kejriwal announces Rs 1cr ex-gratia for cop who died of COVID-19

"Deeply saddened by the news of the death of Delhi Police Ct. Amit. His sacrifice in the fight against COVID-19 will always be remembered. He was a great warrior who brought glory to the frontline police personnel fighting against the pandemic. My deepest condolences to the bereaved family," the LG tweeted.

Russia bans online videos about ‘man-made’ origin of COVID-19

The office said in a statement that it has discovered videos posted on the VK social network and YouTube alleging that the coronavirus is a genetically modified biological weapon, Xinhua news agency reported.

COVID-19 tally reaches 42,533, toll at 1,373 in India

Of the total cases, 29453 are active, 11,706 people have recovered, and 1,373 people have succumbed to the disease. At least 1,074 people have recovered from the highly contagious COVID-19 in 24 hours.

Iraq, Lebanon, Syria ease corona restrictions ahead of Ramzan

Iraq's Higher Committee for Health and National Safety on Sunday decided to partially scale back the 24-hour curfew, with it now slated to be in effect from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. between April 21 and May 22, reports Efe news.

Kerala welcomes with caution order for opening shops

"We welcome this new guideline, but we will come out with how this will be made applicable in our state. We just cannot afford to relax on our efforts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus," said Jayarajan.

E-commerce, couriers services allowed from April 20

In order, the Ministry of Home Affairs has also said that vehicles of e-commerce companies can ply with necessary permissions.

Kerala all set to conduct plasma therapy

Kerala is the first state in the country to have been given the nod to try this out, as a task force was already in place.

Rs 1,610-cr relief aid for lockdown-hit sectors in Karnataka

"The state government will provide Rs 1,610-crore compensation/benefit to the people who are in distress due to the lockdown since March 25 and extended till May 17 to contain the coronavirus pandemic spread," Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa told reporters here.

Tamil Nadu to open liquor shops on May 7

In a statement issued here, the government said the Tasmac liquor outlets will be opened from May 7 onwards. The shops will function between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Wipro to convert Pune IT campus into Covid-19 hospital

The transformation of the Hinjewadi IT Campus is expected to be completed by May 30 and the hospital will revert to its original status as an IT facility after one year.

No quarantine in Telangana for domestic travellers without Covid symptoms

Official sources said that there is no quarantine for domestic passengers arriving in Hyderabad If they have no Covid-19 symptoms. They will have to self-monitor their health for 14 days as per the guidelines of the central ministry of health and family welfare.

All 75 UP districts are now corona infected

The state, till Wednesday night, had reported 3,758 Corona positive cases out of which, 2,514 cases have been reported from nine districts, namely, Agra, Kanpur, Lucknow, Meerut, Noida, Saharanpur, Firozabad, Ghaziabad and Moradabad. The number of deaths due to the deadly virus stands at 87.

No new COVID-19 cases in HK as restrictions ease

A handful of imported cases over the past week took the city's tally to 1,044 with four related deaths, reports the South China Morning Post newspaper.

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.

100 days and working 24X7 – Kerala’s Covid-19 control room

It's in this control room that all the data starting with the coronavirus positives and the suspects are collated. Based on the data, the requirement of PPE kits and medicines is decided.

Tally crosses 80k mark in India, fresh cases in corona free...

Of the total cases, 51401 are active and 2,649 are fatalities so far while at least 27,919 people have recovered from the disease.

This was an attack, this wasn’t the flu, says Trump

"This was an attack. This wasn't just... This wasn't the flu, by the way," The Hill news website quoted Trump as saying on Wednesday at a White House press briefing, despite comparing COVID-19 to seasonal influenza before the outbreak reached pandemic proportions.

Air India flight with 326 Indians from London reaches Delhi

The flight landed at the national capital's Indira Gandhi International Airport around 12.30 a.m. on early Monday night.

28 airports in Thailand reopen for business

Some airlines have already taken to the skies since May 1, Xinhua news agency reported on Monday.

With 3,604 new cases, India’s Covid tally surges past 70K

According to the morning update provided by the ministry, the total number of cases now stands at 70,756.

Delhi updates hotspot list, now marks 25 places

The initial list which had 20 hotspots was released by the government on Wednesday while on Thursday five more places were identified as hotspots.

COVID-19: Entire Kashmir Valley to be treated as Red Zone

The decision comes in the wake of the two-week-long extension in the national lockdown beginning on Monday.

Jammu and Kashmir announces Rs 350 cr Covid-19 relief for daily...

Announcing the package here on Thursday, government spokesperson Rohit Kansal said under this construction workers would be given Rs 1,000 a month for three months.

Govt sets foodgrain production target for 2020-21 at 298 mn tonnes

Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers Welfare, Narendra Singh Tomar, said on Thursday that all states should aim to achieve the Kharif target and doubling of farmers' income should be taken up in mission mode.

Trump orders daily testing at WH after aide gets COVID-19

While addressing the media during a White House meeting with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, Trump said that he had had "very little contact, personal contact, with this gentleman", who is the President's personal military valet, adding that he had just undergone two coronavirus tests, one on Wednesday and another on Thursday, and the results were negative, reports Efe news.

Nepal’s COVID-19 cases cross 200 mark with largest single day spike

The Himalayan country reported 57 cases in the afternoon and an additional 26 cases at night on Tuesday, increasing the total count of the COVID-19 to 217, Xinhua news agency reported.

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".

New Yorkers honour medics with Frank Sinatra hit

"Start spreading the news, I'm leaving today, I want to be a part of it, New York, New York," sang a large number of the city's residents on Thursday, reports Efe news.

Govt to facilitate return of Indians stranded abroad from May 7

The Union Ministry of Home Affairs made the announcement, informing that the travel would be arranged by aircraft and naval ships and a standard operating procedure (SOP) has been prepared in this regard.

UK at moment of maximum risk from pandemic, says Johnson

Speaking outside No 10 after he returned to Downing Street on Sunday evening, Johnson said: "We are now beginning to turn the tide" on the disease, the BBC reported.

Australia to reopen restaurants, cafes in first phase

The regional governments of the country's eight states and territories announced the phase calendar, reports Efe news.

ICMR answers all you want to know about killer Corona

New Delhi:   The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has Come up with an easy frequently asked questions (FAQ) to dispel myths and bring out...

COVID-19 could kill 190,000 in Africa in a year, warns WHO

The WHO warning comes as the continent's most populous nation, Nigeria, with others including South Africa and Ivory Coast, have begun relaxing some of their lockdown measures, reports the BBC.

Districts, cities to be monitored till April 20, says Modi

In his fourth special address to the nation within a month, the Prime Minister said, "The lockdown to combat the COVID-19 is being extended till May 3."

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.