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India observes unprecedented shutdown 'Janata Curfew', called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, today in a bid to slow the spread of novel coronavirus cases in the country. Over 300 people have been tested positive for Covid-19 in India so far. With the number of positive cases surging across the globe, governments are leaving no stones unturned to facilitate conditions for social distancing with closure of schools, colleges, restaurants, malls and public places. Meanwhile, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that a global recession, "perhaps of record dimensions", was a near certainty. Follow IndiaToday.in for all the latest developments on coronavirus pandemic.

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22:31 PM IST: Emirates airline to halt all passenger flights over virus

Long-haul carrier Emirates says it will suspend all passenger flights beginning Wednesday over the new coronavirus outbreak. The decision is a major one for the Dubai-based, government-owned airline built on linking the East to the West. A statement from the carrier quoted Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, its chairman and CEO, as saying: "The world has literally gone into quarantine due to the COVID-19 outbreak. This is an unprecedented crisis situation in terms of breadth and scale: geographically, as well as from a health, social, and economic standpoint."

22:27 PM IST: Pak PM Imran Khan rules out complete lockdown, says it will create chaos

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday ruled out complete lockdown in the country, saying it will create chaos and urged people to self-quarantine to curb the spread of the coronavirus, which has so far claimed four lives and infected over 700 people in the country. Addressing the nation as cases of the novel coronavirus surged across the country, Khan reiterated that lockdown will create chaos as more than 25 per cent people were living below the poverty line and their lives will be shattered. He said the situation in Pakistan does not call for a lockdown yet.

21:39 PM IST: J&K govt considering doorstep ration distribution amid coronavirus scare

The Jammu and Kashmir government is considering doorstep ration distribution to the consumers in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, Advisor to Lieutenant Governor, Baseer Ahmad Khan said on Sunday. In this regard, the advisor directed all the deputy commissioners to work out a plan for doorstep distribution of ration and other essential commodities to the consumers so that long queues and large gatherings at ration depots could be avoided. All the DCs have been directed to send their plan within three days to the Kashmir divisional commissioner for further course of necessary action. (PTI)

21:37 PM IST: Arunachal Pradesh announces 8-day lockdown beginning Monday

Now, Arunachal Pradesh has announced to lock down the state for eight days Monday onwards.

21:27 PM IST: Delhi airport clarifies: All scheduled domestic flight operations to continue

Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) tweeted: "Kind attention to all the flyers: All scheduled domestic flight operations will continue at the Delhi airport. Passengers are requested to get in touch with the airline concerned for updated flight information."

21:16 PM IST: Section 144 imposed in Pune

Curfew under section 144 of the CrPC was imposed in Pune and Pimpri Chinchwad from 9pm on Sunday to 5am on Monday in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak. With this order, no person can move on foot or by vehicle or stand or roam around any road in the city, and the persons violating it will be punished under section 188 of IPC, Pune police said. (PTI)

21:15 PM IST: Rajasthan CM holds meeting with Army, IAF, other agencies to review coronavirus situation

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot held a meeting with senior officials of the Army, Indian Air Force (IAF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other central agencies at his residence today to review the situation in the state with regard to novel coronavirus. He mentioned that things are presently under control but in case of need, the role of the Army and paramilitary forces will be significant.

20:36 PM IST: Bengaluru put under lockdown as Karnataka Covid-19 cases climb to 26

1. All shops, commercial establishments workshops, godowns dealing with non-essential services will close

2. Labour industries will work at 50% of their strength on a rotation basis

3. All information technology and bio-technology units will ensure work from home except where it is not feasible

4. All air-conditioned bus services of road transport corporation and private operators will be stopped

5. All inter-state and inter-district services will not be operated from the lockdown districts

6. Food, ration shops, milk, vegetables, meat, fish, fruit markets and shops will be open and excluded from restrictions

7. Transport of all goods are excluded

8. Police and fire services are excluded

9. Electricity, water and municipal services are excluded

10. Home delivery of food, pharmaceutical and medical equipment are excluded

11. Take aways from restaurants are excluded These rules are for the 9 districts under lockdown in Karnataka (Bengaluru, Bengaluru rural, Belagavi, Dharwad, Chikkaballapura, Kodagu, Mysuru, Kalaburagi snd Mangaluru)

20:34 PM IST: Chennai in lockdown till march 31

Chennai in Tamil Nadu has been put under a lockdown in view of the rising cases of coronavirus till March 31. Essential services like medical stores, grocery, milk will remain open. Amma canteens will operate during the lockdown. Bars, pubs, gyms, clubs, parks, swimming pools will remain closed till March 31. Sanitisation work will continue. Chennai Metro services have been suspended. Inter-state public and private buses, too, have been suspended. 

20:11 PM IST: MP - 1 tests positive in Jabalpur

One person has tested positive for coronavirus in Jabalpur. The total number of coronavirus positive patients in Jabalpur is now five. Across Madhya Pradesh, a total of six positive cases have been reported.

20:09 PM IST: J&K govt announces shutdown of all establishments; only essential services to continue

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) government has announced a complete shutdown of all the establishments in view of the rising cases of coronavirus across India and worldwide. Only essential services will remain open during the dhutdown.

19:58 PM IST: Janata Curfew extended in Assam till 8 AM tomorrow in the interest of public safety

Janata Curfew has been extended in Assam till 8 am on Monday in the interest of public safety.

19:49 PM IST: Andhra Pradesh put under lockdown

Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy on Sunday announced a lockdown in Andhra Pradesh. He said only emergency services will run till March 31. "We are closing the borders. We will review the situation after March 31," he said.

19:26 PM IST: 3rd coronavirus positive case reported in Bihar

19:12 PM IST: UP - 2 more Covid-19 positive cases reported in Noida; state's count now 26

19:09 PM IST: First positive Covid-19 case reported in Mangaluru

A Covid-19 case has been reported in Mangaluru. A 22-year-old youth from Bhatkal who had travelled from Dubai on March 19 has been tested positive for coronavirus. This is the 21st case in Karnataka. 

19:05 PM IST: Telangana lockdown extended till March 31

We are extending lockdown till 31 March. We are closing all borders. No transport public or private will be allowed. We will provide ratios to white cardholders. Paid leave to all contract/daily wedge labours. The company have to provide paid leave: CM KCR

18:35 PM IST: Lockdown in Delhi necessary: Kejriwal We know people will face difficulties, but lockdown is necessary to contain spread of coronavirus: Delhi CM

18:25 PM IST: Lockdown imposed in 7 districts of Haryana, says CM Khattar

Lockdown will be imposed in 7 districts of Haryana -- Faridabad, Gurugram, Rohtak, Jhajjar, Sonipat, Panipat and Panchkula, till March 31: Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar

18:22 PM IST: All Delhi borders to be sealed, says Kejriwal

18:21 PM ISTPosted by Chanchal Chauhan Grocery shops, pharmacies to remain open, says Kejriwal

18:20 PM IST: Food takeaways, home delivery to continue: Arvind Kejriwal 1

18:20 PM IST: Essential services to remain open, says Arvind Kejriwal

18:18 PM IST: BREAKING - Delhi govt announces lockdown from 6 am on Monday

Delhi has been put under a complete lockdown from 6 am on Monday. All shops, construction activities, transport services have been ordered closed.

18:15 PM ISTPosted by Chanchal Chauhan We're lucky Covid-19 came to India late: Arvind Kejriwal

18:11 PM IST: All types of assemblies in Delhi banned, says Police

All assemblies/demonstrations/processions banned. All gatherings - social/cultural/political/religious/academic/sports event/seminar banned. Weekly markets-except vegetables/fruits/essential commodities, banned. No guided group tour, by private tour operators allowed: Delhi Police PRO

17:45 PM IST: PM Modi thanks India for #5baje5minute

17:28 PM IST: 15 districts in UP, including Noida and Ghaziabad, under lockdown, says Yogi

A total of 15 districts in Uttar Pradesh have been put under a lockdown in view of the rising cases of coronavirus in the state. The 15 districts include Noida, Ghaziabad, Agra, Prayagraj, Kanpur, Varanasi, Bareilly, Lucknow, Saharanpur, Meerut, Lakhimpur, Azamgarh and others. The decision was announced by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.

17:22 PM IST: UP CM Adityanath clangs bell in Gorakhpur; JP Nadda rings a bell at his residence

17:20 PM IST: Total confirmed cases in India at 360

With five fresh cases reported in Kasaragod in Kerala, the country's count has climbed to 360. The state's count has reached 57.

16:48 PM IST: Patna death yet to be confirmed as Covid-19 casualty, says Health ministry

Patna death yet to be confirmed as COVID-19 casualty, we are checking details. We are awaiting confirmation from Patna: Health ministry

16:44 PM IST: Kejriwal presser at 6, likely to announce complete lockdown

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will hold a press conference at 6.00 pm. The speculation is rife that the chief minister is likely to announce complete lockdown in the city. 16:26 PM ISTPosted by Chanchal Chauhan Queen's aide tests positive for coronavirus: Reports A royal aide at Buckingham Palace has reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus while Queen Elizabeth II was still at her London residence. The 93-year-old monarch shifted out of the palace to Windsor Castle indefinitely on Thursday as a "precaution" after all her engagements were cancelled and reports are that she is healthy.

16:25 PM IST: BREAKING - Section 144 imposed in Delhi

Section 144 has been imposed in Delhi as the total number of coronavirus cases across India increased substantially.

16:17 PM IST: India observes Janta Curfew

16:16 PM IST: Complete lockdown in 75 districts in India, says Health ministry

The Central government has asked state governments to issue directions to the 75 districts that have positive cases to stop all services except the emergency services: Luv Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry To break the chain of transmission, the easiest method is to isolate the people coming from outside. The virus is not present in the air, it can be transmitted through droplets released: Indian Council of Medical Research Director-General Balram Bhargava 

16:08 PM IST: Uttarakhand put under lockdown

The Uttarakhand government imposed a lockdown till March 31 in the state on Sunday to contain the spread of the coronavirus, officials said. However, essential supplies such as medicines, food grains, vegetables etc. were kept out of the ambit of the lockdown, they added. The lockdown was imposed on a day when Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for a countrywide "Janta Curfew" evoked a spontaneous response across the state with people staying at home and roads and marketplaces wearing a deserted look. 

16:07 PM IST: Remember, 5 minutes at 5 pm this evening, says PM Modi

16:02 PM IST: Nagaland announces lockdown; all inter-state travels closed

15:54 PM IST: BREAKING: 1 dead in Surat, Gujarat; India's death toll now 7

15:48 PM IST: List of districts where Covid-19 cases are reported in Kerala

Thiruvananthapuram-4

Pathanamthitta-9

Idukki-1

Kottayam-2

Ernakulam-12

Thrissur-1

Malappuram-2

Kannur-7

Kasaragod-14

15:47 PM IST: 1 tests positive in Bhopal, taking state's count to 5; India count now 355

15:43 PM IST: Section 144 in Bangalore from 9 pm till midnight

15:40 PM IST: MP - Five districts in lockdown

Listed are the following districts that have been completely put under lockdown in Madhya Pradesh:

Jabalpur: Till March 26

Dindhori : March 31

Gwalior March 24 

Bhopal: March 24

Guna: March 25

15:37 PM IST: Iran announces 129 new Covid-19 deaths, raising toll to 1,685

15:36 PM IST: BREAKING: Lockdown at all West Bengal municipal towns till March 31 

The West Bengal government has announced lockdown at all the municipal towns across the state till March 31 in view of the spurt in cases in the state. However, essential services exempted as of now.

15:29 PM IST: 4 states impose lockdown amid spurt in coronavirus cases 

A total of four states have announced a complete lockdown amid the spurt in coronavirus cases across the country. The four states are: Uttarakhand, Rajasthan, Punjab and West Bengal.

15:26 PM IST: BREAKING: Section 144 imposed in Maharashtra 

As the number of cases climbed to 74 in Maharashtra, Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray announced the imposition of Section 144 across the state. Announcing Section 144 in Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray said, "I would like to request everyone to continue #JanataCurfew till tomorrow morning. The number of cases has increased considerably. I have no option left but to apply Section 144 in Maharashtra. No flights outside of India will be allowed to land in Mumbai."

15:03 PM IST: Delhi Metro suspends all services till March 31 

Complete stoppage of Delhi Metro service till March 31, 2020 in the wake of Covid-19, says DMRC.

14:50 PM IST: Janta Curfew extended in UP till 6 am on Monday

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to extend the Janta Curfew till 6 am on Monday. Similar orders have been issued by the state governments of Tamil Nadu and Jharkhand.

14:45 PM IST: West Bengal CM calls all-party meeting on Monday

After TMC MPs were asked not to attend the remaining session of Parliament over the Covid-19 outbreak, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called for an all-party meeting in this regard at 3 pm on Monday at the secretariat. Congress and the left parties have agreed to attend it.

14:39 PM IST: All inter-state bus services suspended till March 31

All inter-state buses in the country have been suspended till March 31 in a bid to restrict the novel coronavirus outbreak.

14:30 PM IST: Instructions for all 75 districts with confirmed cases

The chief secretaries of all states where confirmed novel coronavirus cases have been reported have been instructed to extend restriction on movement of non-essential passengers till March 31. The decision was taken during a meeting of the principal secretary to the prime minister and the chief secretaries. At present, there are 75 districts across India where authorities have confirmed cases of Covid-19.

14:20 PM IST: Chandigarh administration issues clamp-down order

The Chandigarh administration has ordered the closure of all non-essential establishments including offices, schools, colleges, factories and business till March 31. In addition, all public transport has also been suspended until the end of the month. Only essential services such as shops dealing in medicine, vegetables and ration will be allowed to remain open.

14:10 PM IST: Mumbai: Local trains to halt operations till March 31 

The Western Railways (WR) has declared that all suburban trains in Mumbai will halt operations from Midnight on Sunday till March 31 as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19 in the state.

14:00 PM IST: Faridabad administration orders closure of factories, pubs, gyms 

The district administration in Faridabad has ordered closure of all gyms, swimming pools, spas, pubs, bars, night clubs and restaurants until further notice owing to the Covid-19 outbreak.

All factories in Faridabad have also been asked to close for the time being.

13:50 PM IST: Jharkhand, Tamil Nadu extend Janta Curfew till 5 am on Monday 

The Principal Secretary of Jharkhand has issued an order asking police and local administration to ensure that the Janta Curfew is extended till 5 am on Monday morning.

Similarly, the Tamil Nadu government has also extended the Janta Curfew till 5 am on March 23.

13:40 PM IST: Kanika Kapoor's Covid-19 test report wrong? 

Family members of singer Kanika Kapoor have claimed that the report of her Covid-19 tests is wrong. They have alleged that the report mentions Kanika's age and sex wrong.

13:30 PM IST: Sydney-return deboarded from train, bus full of Indians from Gulf screened in Telangana 

A bus with a majority of Indians who recently returned from overseas was stopped by authorities at the Telangana-Maharashtra border on Sunday morning. The Volvo bus on its way from Mumbai airport to Hyderabad was halted in the Sangareddy district. The bus driver said that as many as 40 passengers who recently returned to India from the Gulf. At present, stamps have been put on the passengers' hands and they have been ordered to self-quarantine at their respective homes after a thermal check revealed normal body temperature.

In another case which has come to light from Telangana where a passenger who arrived in Hyderabad from Sydney on Saturday night has been detained for violating the home quarantine order. The passenger was deboarded from the AP Sampark Kranti Express from Kachiguda Hyderabad to Nagpur at the Bhongir railway station on Sunday morning.

13:20 PM IST: Puducherry CM orders Section 144 

Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanswamy has ordered the imposition of section 144 of CrPC in the union territory. "All essential Govt services will continue & shops selling essential items such as milk, food items, medicines, etc will remain open," he tweeted on Sunday.

13:10 PM IST: All passenger trains cancelled till March 31: Indian Railways 

The Indian Railways has decided to extend cancellation of all passenger trains till March 31 with the exception of Kolkata Metro services which will also be closed by the end of March 22. This will also include all originating long-distance Mail/Express and inter-city trains. Trains which had commenced their journey before 2 pm on March 22 will run up to their destinations.

13:05 PM IST: Telangana: Guntur man tests positive for Covid-19

A 24-year-old male in Telangana's Guntur has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 22. He arrived in India from London via Dubai and is now undergoing treatment in an isolation ward.

13:00 PM IST: 22 active cases in Rajasthan: State Health Minister Dr Raghu Sharma 

The Health Minister of Rajasthan, Dr Raghu Sharma told India Today that more than 300 suspected cases of the novel coronavirus have been identified in the state. As many as 25 of these have been found to be positive, Dr Raghu Sharma said. He further added that 3 of these patients have been cured and the remaining 22 are undergoing treatment at various hospitals across Rajasthan.

12:55 PM IST: Corporator in Telangana booked for violating Janta Curfew 

A municipal corporator has been arrested in Telangana for opposing the Janta Curfew on Sunday. It is being reported that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao had ordered the Deputy General of Police (DGP) to initiate action against anyone found to be in violation of the 24-hour self-imposed curfew underway in Telangana. A complaint was filed against the corporator at Sangareddy Town Police Station.

12:50 PM IST: J&K admin declares holiday on March 23, March 24, March 25

The Jammu and Kashmir administration has declared a holiday for all offices on March 24. At present, March 23 and March 25 have already been declared holidays in the union territory.

12:40 PM IST: Odisha orders lockdown for 5 districts, 8 towns till March 29 

The Odisha government has announced a lockdown in five districts- Khurdha, Cuttack, Ganjam, Kendrapada, Angul- till 9 pm on March 22. This lockdown will also be in effect in the towns of Puri, Rourkela, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Jajpur town and Bhadrak till March 29.

12:30 PM IST: Confirmed cases in Maharashtra reach 74 

Maharashtra Health Minister Rajesh Tope has confirmed that 10 new confirmed cases were reported in the state on Sunday with the total number of confirmed cases reaching 74.

12:22 PM IST: IIT-Delhi develops cheaper tests for Covid-19 

Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Delhi have developed a method to detect Covid-19 which can reduce the cost of the testing and make it affordable for large sections of the population. The National Institute of Virology (NIV), Pune is in the process of validating this test on clinical samples.

12:10 PM IST: Tale of three cities, Delhi, Mumbai and Jaipur 

Public places in India's capital city of Delhi and the economic capital of Mumbai along with the walled city of Jaipur wore a deserted look as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Janta Curfew initiative came into effect at 7 am on March 22.

12:00 PM IST: Spanish traveller tests positive in Tamil Nadu 

A traveller from Spain has tested positive for Covid-19 in Tamil Nadu. The patient is undergoing treatment in isolation and has been identified as the seventh confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Tamil Nadu.

11:50 AM IST: Jitin Prasada, wife test negative 

Jitin Prasada, a leader with the Indian National Congress (INC) and his wife Neha Prasada have tested negative for the novel coronavirus. Their samples were sent for testing after they were found to be in attendance at a gathering along with singer Kanika Kapoor who recently tested positive. Prasada and his wife have put themselves under self-quarantine.

11:40 AM IST: Delhi Police files FIR against 4 gyms for violating closure orders 

The Delhi Police has registered four FIRs against gymnasiums who were found to be in violation of the Delhi government's order dated March 16. In the order, the government ordered the closure of all gyms and spas till March 31.

11:33 AM IST: Man who died in Patna on Saturday tests positive for Covid-19 

A 38-year-old man with a travel history of Qatar died at the All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS) in Patna on Saturday morning. The deceased's samples have now tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

11:30 AM IST: Noida administration launches sanitation drive 

As many as 4,500 equipped workers from the Noida Authority's Public Health are in the process of currently sanitising Noida with sodium hypochlorite mixed water and bleaching powder in narrow streets.

11:21 AM IST: Karnataka HC to preside over virtual courts 

The Karnataka High Court has now decided to preside over virtual courts where advocates and parties can appear before judges using Skype or other video-calling applications to represent cases listed before the Principal Bench of the Karnataka HC in Bengaluru and the benches in Dharwad and Kalaburagi

11:10 AM IST: Janta Curfew in effect in Uttarakhand 

Visuals coming to light from Dehradun in Uttarakhand show empty streets after the prime minister urged Indians to observe a self-imposed curfew till 9 pm on March 22.

11:01 AM IST: Punjab orders lockdown till March 31

The Punjab government has ordered a complete lockdown across the state till March 31. To that effect, only one person from each family will be allowed to move out for availing essential services and all commercial establishments have been ordered to close their businesses with the exception of those who sell essentials. In five districts of Punjab - Jalandhar,Patiala,Nawanshahar,Hoshiarpur and Sangrur- the lockdown will be in effect from 7 am on Sunday to Wednesday midnight.

10:50 AM IST: Only 5 permitted to continue protest at Shaheen Bagh

The protest site in Delhi's Okhla area, Shaheen Bagh has been cleared by the protestors who decided to self-isolate in the wake of the Covid-19 outbreak. As of March 22, only five people are being allowed to continue their protest at Shaheen Bagh. Protestors even alleged that some unidentified miscreants hurled a petrol bomb at the protest site in the early hours of Sunday.

10:40 AM IST: Thailand reports 188 new cases

According to news agency Reuters, Thailand is now reporting 188 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The total number of confirmed cases in Thailand now stands at nearly 600.

10:35 AM IST: Health Ministry revises number of confirmed cases in India, now at 324

10:30 AM IST: Jodhpur man tests positive for Covid-19 

A resident of Jodhpur in Rajasthan with travel history to Turkey has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Authorities have ordered the man's entire family to self-isolate.

10:20 AM IST: India records 5th novel-coronavirus death 

A 56-year-old man in Maharashtra has been identified as the fifth Indian to die after being infected with the novel coronavirus. The man was admitted to the HN Reliance Hospital in Mumbai on March 21. At present, Maharashtra has 74 confirmed cases of Covid-19 with the emergence of 10 new cases on Sunday.

10:10 AM IST: Meghalaya, Manipur observe Janta Curfew 

The sight of isolated streets was witnessed in Meghalaya's Shillong and Imphal in Manipur were seen on the occasion of the Janta Curfew which will be in effect till 9 pm on March 22.

10:00 AM IST: Delhi Police offer flowers to commuters, ask them to stay at home 

Policemen in Delhi were seen offering flowers to commuters plying on the roads, requesting them to stay at home and observe the self-imposed Janta curfew proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

At the same time, the Maharana Pratap inter-state bus terminal at Delhi's Kashmere Gate wore a deserted look on Sunday morning.

09:55 AM IST: Air India flight carrying Indian students from Rome lands in Delhi

A special Air India flight carrying 263 Indian students, who were evacuated from Rome on Saturday, has landed at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International (IGI) airport.

09:50 AM IST: Man detained in Telangana for violating home quarantine 

Police officers deployed at the Secunderabad railway station in Telangana have detained a young man who was found to be in violation of mandatory home quarantine. The man bore a home-quarantine stamp that has been traced to authorities in Mumbai.

09:40 AM IST: Patna man distributes sanitizers among police, traffic personnel 

As the world battles Covid-19, some Indian citizens are doing their part for the country. One such individual is Rakesh Chaudhary, a resident of Patna in Bihar. On Sunday, Chaudhary took to the streets of Patna distributing hand sanitizer to police and traffic personnel deployed in the city to enforce the Janta Curfew. "The entire country is fighting against Coronavirus. This is my way to fight it," Rakesh Chaudhary told a news agency.

09:30 AM IST: Andhra govt permits 50% to attend office 

The Andhra Pradesh government in an effort to tackle the countrywide outbreak of the novel coronavirus, issued orders on Sunday morning permitting almost 50 per cent of the workforce to attend office and to work from home on alternate weeks.

09:20 AM IST: Karnataka tackles Covid-19 on war footing 

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has ordered that the state's borders be closed in light of the Covid-19 outbreak. The state government has also postponed state board examinations for classes 10 and 12.

In addition, district-level task forces have been formed to monitor the spread of the novel coronavirus. A war room is also being prepared at the Balabrooie government guest house for the same purpose.

The Karnataka CM has urged people from the cities not to visit villages. BS Yediyurappa has also dedicated the 1,700-bed Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru to fight the ongoing pandemic.

09:10 AM IST: Janta Curfew in Goa, Jodhpur, Patna 

The streets in Goa's capital city of Panaji, Jodhpur in Rajasthan and Bihar's Patna wore an empty look as India embraced the self-imposed Janta Curfew proposed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

09:00 AM IST: Fresh case confirmed in Chandigarh 

The Chandigarh administration has confirmed one more case from the shared capital of Punjab and Haryana. This takes the total number of confirmed cases in Chandigarh to 6.

08:55 AM IST: Jammu and Kashmir observes Janta Curfew 

Visuals are coming in from Doda in Jammu and Kashmir of people observing the self-imposed Janta Curfew in the state.

08:50 AM IST: Crowds thin at Delhi, Ranchi railway stations 

In what can only be described as a rare sight, the New Delhi Railway station was seen without thousands of commuters and passengers on Sunday morning. Similar pictures have come to light from the Ranchi Railway Station in Jharkhand.

08:45 AM IST: Police check IDs at Mumbai's Dadar station

Security personnel been stationed at suburuban railway stations in Mumbai are checking the identification cards of commuters at Mumbai's Dadar station. With the highest number of confirmed novel coronavirus cases in the country, the Maharashtra government has urged people not involved in providing essential services to observe the Janta Curfew.

08:40 AM IST: Sudarshan Pattnaik promotes Janta Curfew 

A Padma Shri awardee, celebrated sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik erected a sand structure in support of the prime minister's Janta Curfew initiative.

08:35 AM IST: Confirmed cases rise in Mexico; Philippines reports 6 more deaths

The number of confirmed cases in Mexico has risen to 251, with the addition of 48 new cases in the last 24 hours.

Similarly, the Philippines also reported 73 new confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus along with 6 more deaths.

08:30 AM IST: Bengaluru, Meerut participate in Janta Curfew

A bustling point with hundreds of commuters, the Majestic bus station in Bengaluru city stood empty on Sunday morning after the Janta Curfew came into effect.

First visuals of Meerut in Uttar Pradesh observing the Janta Curfew are also coming to light.

08:25 AM IST: Finance Minister, BJP President endorse Janta Curfew

In a tweet on Sunday morning, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, "Abiding by @PMOIndia @narendramodi’s call for #JantaCurfew let’s stay indoors. Only by collective action can we contain the virus. #IndiaFightsCorona."

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