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23:28 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

24 new COVID-19 cases reported in Andhra Prdesh

Twenty-four  new COVID19 positive cases were reported in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday, taking the total number of positive cases to 111.

23:05 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre says states must set up fact-checking mechanism

Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla has asked chief secretaries of all states and union territories to create a mechanism at state -level where people can verify facts and unverified news promptly, similar, to the web portal being created by the Centre.

22:53 (IST)

Coronavirus in Manipur Latest Updates

8 of 10 Tablighi Jamaat attendees in Manipur test negative for COVID-19

The Manipur government on Wednesday said, "There were 10 persons who returned to Manipur after attending religious conference at Nizamuddin, Delhi. Out of them, eight  tested negative for COVID-19 and are now at quarantine centre. Result of the remaining two are inconclusive and they're presently at JNIMS and RIMS respectively.

"It is learnt that some audio recordings etc are circulating through social media creating confusion about COVID-19. It is clarified that till date there is no new/second confirmed COVID19 cases in the state and there is no advice from the govt to hoard essential items."

22:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Rajasthan Latest Updates

12 Tablighi Jamaat attendees test positive for COVID-19 in Rajasthan

Twelve Tablighi Jamaat attendees have tested positive for coronavirus in Rajasthan so far, of which five are from Tonk. There are now 120 COVID-19 cases in the state.

22:38 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Telangana Police condemns assault on doctor at Gandhi Hospital

"The assault on Duty Doctor at Gandhi Hospital treating COVID19 patients is condemned. Strong action against the culprits will be taken immediately. Anyone indulging in such acts of vandalism will not be spared," said Director General of Police.

22:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Dharavi patient succumbs to COVID-19

A 56-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus from Mumbai's Dharavi died on Wednesday in Sion Hospital, reports said.

He had symptoms like fever, cough, respiratory issues and also had co-morbid condition of renal failure, ANI reported.

22:24 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Dharavi COVID-19 patient had no travel history, says report

The patient who tested positive for coronavirus in Mumbai's Dharavi had had no travel history, The Economic Times reported.

22:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

SBI provides 3-month relief under loan settlement repayment

State Bank of India has given a three-month relief to borrowers under its settlement schemes and will not charge extra interest keeping in mind the COVID-19 pandemic, the country's largest lender said on Wednesday.

Against the backdrop of current disruption in the market and 21 days lockdown till 14 April, 2020, State Bank of India (SBI) has come forward to extend the timeline for payment of settlement amount by three months, it said in a statement.

Customers on-boarded under settlement scheme SBI OTS 2019, Rin Samadhan 19-20 and general compromise can meet payment obligation by June 30, 2020, said the country's largest lender.

22:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

I&B ministry's COVID-19 fact check unit to be functional from 5 March

The COVID-19 fact check unit of the Information and Broadcasting ministry is likely to be functional by 6 pm on 5 March, reports said. 

21:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Four more COVID-19 patients die in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra health department on Wednesday said that four more coronavirus patients passed away in the state, taking the total statewide toll to 16. The total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 335, including 41 people who have been discharged.

21:47 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

86 people shifted from Koliwada in Mumbai to quarantine

86 people from the Koliwada locality in Mumbai's Worli have been shifted to a quarantine facility at a hospital at Peddar Road, BMC officials said.

21:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana Latest Updates

9 of 10 COVID-19 patients in Gurugram recover

Out of the ten COVID-19 patients in district Gurugram, nine people have fully recovered, ANI reported.

21:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Shashi Tharoor appeals to Bengali migrant workers to not leave Kerala

"My appeal in Bangla to Bengali migrant workers in Kerala not to leave the state under lockdown," Kerala MP Shashi Tharoor said.

21:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Assam Latest Updates

8 more COVID-19 cases reported in Assam

The cases of coronavirus in Assam rose to 13 on Wednesday after eight more cases were reported in the Golaghat district. State minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all the new cases are attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizammudin.

21:15 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Narendra Modi, Uddhav Thackeray speak over COVID-19

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Maharashtra chief minister Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday spoke about the coronavirus pandemic situation in Maharashtra.

20:59 (IST)

Coronavirus Pandemic Latest Updates

Wimbledon cancels Championships 2020 over COVID-19

"It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021," the official statement by Wimbledon said on Wednesday.

20:49 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Tablighi Jamaat attendee admitted in Delhi hospital attempts suicide

Hospital admin of the Rajiv Gandhi Super Speciality Hospital in Delhi on Wednesday was quoted by ANI as saying, "People from Markaz Nizamuddin were admitted on 6th floor. One of them tried to commit suicide today. We successfully saved him. We're taking all possible measures to tighten security so that such incidents don't repeat."

20:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in Haryana Latest Updates

No new COVID-19 cases reported in Haryana today

No new COVID-19 patient was detected on Wednesday in Haryana which has seen 29 coronavirus cases so far, PTI reported.

During the day, no positive case was reported from anywhere and the total number of Covid-19 cases stands at 29, a bulletin issued by the state Health Department said.

The figure of 29, however, does not include the 14 Italian tourists who were earlier admitted to a private hospital in Gurgaon for treatment.

20:41 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

4,053 people detained for violating lockdown protocol in Delhi

Over 200 cases have been registered and 4,053 people detained for violating government orders during the lockdown imposed to control the spread of coronavirus, PTI reported.

According to the report, 249 cases were registered under section 188 (for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code till 5 pm on Wednesday.

A total of 4,053 people have been detained under section 65 (persons bound to comply with reasonable directions of police officers) and 515 vehicles have been impounded under section 66 of the Delhi Police Act, they said. 

20:32 (IST)

Coronavirus in Spain Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases in Spain cross one lakh

Coronavirus cases in Spain crossed one lakh with 9,03 casualties, reports said, adding that 864 people died in the intervening night between Tuesday and Wednesday. News18 reported that two planes with protective gear like masks and sanitiser were flown to Spain.

20:27 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases in Delhi rise to 152, with 53 from Nizammudin

The total COVID-19 positive cases in Delhi on Wednesday rose to 152, including 53 positive cases from Markaz Nizamuddin, the state governemnt said. ​

"The National Capital did not report a single case of local transmisson today. Many participants of the congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat in mid-March tested positive and thousands have since then spread to different parts of the country, including some foreign nationals," The India Express reported.

20:21 (IST)

Coronavirus in Meghalaya Latest Updates

COVID-19 is unprecedented, says Conrad Sangma

Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma said, "This COVID-19 situation is unprecedented. I urge all citizens of the state to follow the rules and norms laid down by the government."

20:19 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

One COVID-19 case reported in Mumbai's Dharavi

One coronavirus positive case has been found in the Shahu Nagar of Dharavi in Mumbai. A team of Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is at the spot, ANI reported, adding that the police is planning to seal the concerned building where the person has been found.

Reports added that the patient is a 56-year-old man and has been shifted to the Sion hospital. Seven other members of his family have been home quarantined.

Dharavi, considered the largest slum in Asia, houses more than 15 lakh people.

20:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Gujarat Latest Updates

72 people from Gujarat who attended Tablighi Jamaat event are in quarantine

Gujarat Police on Wednesday said that seventy-two people from Gujarat, including 34 from Ahmedabad, 20 from Bhavnagar and 12 people from Mehsana, attended the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi.

"One attendee from Bhavnagar, who tested positive, has passed away while 71 others are asymptomatic and in quarantine," said DGP Shivanand Jha.

20:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Harsh Vardhan says prepared for higher demand for protective gear

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said, "Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits, N95 masks etc are available in adequate quantities. If in the future, more masks, PPE kits, ventilators, ICU beds etc are needed, then, we are prepared for it."

19:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra rise to 335

The Maharashtra health department on Wednesday said that the coronavirus cases rose to 335 with 14 cases reported in Mumbai and one case in the Buldhana district. 

Meanwhile, BMC said that 191 areas in various locations of Mumbai have been marked as 'Containment Areas', where COVID-19 patients are confirmed. Entry/exit is restricted for all such areas and residents of the area are instructed to remain home quarantined.

19:40 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

DGCA grants permission for cargo operations

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday granted special permission to conduct cargo operations using passenger category aircraft during the lockdown which was enforced as a measure to curb the spread of coronavirus.

19:36 (IST)

Coronavirus in UK Latest Updates

UK records highest toll in a day with 500 deaths

The UK recorded over 500 deaths due to the coronavirus in a day for the first time, AFP reported on Wednesday.

19:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in Maharashtra Latest Updates

Tablighi Jamaat attendees quarantined in Thane, Nagpur

Some of the people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi and returned to the Thane and Nagpur districts of Maharashtra have been identified and quarantined, authorities said on Wednesday. The congregation, which was attended by over 2,000 people from all over the country and abroad, has become a hotspot of the coronavirus infection after several attendees tested positive.

Thane Police said that 13 Bangladeshi nationals and two people from Assam who visited the event and came to Thane afterwards have been home quarantined. "Their test reports will be available by tomorrow. On the basis of the report, further action will be taken," said Subhas Burse, DCP, Mumbra, Thane.

Meanwhile, Nagpur municipal corporation commissioner Tukaram Munde said, "54 people from Nagpur, who attended the Tablighi Jamat meet in Delhi's Nizamuddin, have been identified and quarantined."

19:23 (IST)

Coronavirus in Tamil Nadu Latest Updates

Tamil Nadu govt working 'overtime' to trace contacts of Tablighi Jamaat attendees

Tamil Nadu health secretary Beela Rajesh said that the government machinery is working "overtime" for the last 24 hours to trace contacts of the attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi.

"I would like to thank every person who came forward voluntarily on our appeal for having attended the Delhi conference and they have come into our treatment facilities. We have tested 658 of them, 1,103 members have come forward," she said.

"The entire governemnt machinery has been working overtime the last 24 hours. We have taken them into isolation wards, 658 samples have been lifted and 110 have been found positive so far. For every patient, we'll see what was the mode of transport used, who were the people who travelled with them, what have they been doing, where all have they gone, all of these are being worked out. Since numbers are large, it will take some time," she added.

19:16 (IST)

Coronavirus in Karnataka Latest Updates

40 of 300 people from Karnataka who attended Tablighi Jamaat event identified by state govt 

The Karnataka government on Wednesday said that while 300 people from the state had attended the congregation organised by Tablighi Jamaat organisation in Delhi, 40 have been identified by the state government. The health minister said that the saliva tests of 12 people have come back negative.

The congregation, which was attended by more than 2,000 people from across the country and abroad, has become a "hotspot" of the coronavirus infection after several attendees have tested positive.

Requesting all the attendees to come forward, the government said, "62 Indonesian nationals participated in Markaz Nizamuddin event. Later, all of them visited Karnataka.

Meanwhile, the Kalaburgi Police said that 26 people from the district attended the event and of those, 14 people came back and were put under quarantine.

62 Indonesian nationals participated in Markaz Nizamuddin event. Later, all of them visited Karnataka: Karnataka Minister for Health and Family Welfare, B Sriramulu

19:08 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

CBSE to conduct class 10, 12 exams for only 29 main subjects: HRD minister

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct class 10 and 12 examinations for only 29 main subjects which are crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced on Wednesday.

For rest of the subjects, CBSE will not hold board exams and instructions for their marking, assessment will be issued soon, he said.

19:02 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Indian start-up companies join to fight COVID-19

Several start-ups in India on Wednesday came together to fight the spread of coronavirus in the country. In a tweet, they said they would "initiate a collective effort to help Indian startups survive this crisis and build resilient businesses and launch of ACT Grants, an Rs 100 crore-programme, aimed at seeding 50+ initiatives through grants".

18:52 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

SC seeks Centre's response on plea to ensure fair distribution of protective gear

The Supreme Court on Wednesday sought responses from the Centre and the Delhi government on a plea filed by an NGO seeking direction to ensure fair and equitable distribution of masks and also the sale and distribution of hand sanitisers and liquid soap among the public to deal with COVID-19.

A bench headed by Justice L Nageswara Rao, which took up the matter for hearing through video conferencing, issued notices to the Centre and the Delhi government and sought their replies on the plea filed by NGO 'Justice For Rights Foundation' and others.

18:42 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

COVID-19 cases rise to 62 in Jammu and Kashmir

Cases of coronavirus have risen on 62 in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, the government said on Wednesday, adding that 58 of those cases are active.

"While 58 of the active cases have been reported in Kashmir division, 10 are in Jammu. 17,041 people are under active surveillance," said Rohit Kansal, Principal Secretary (Planning), Jammu and Kashmir administration.

18:35 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt to track phones of quarantined people to deter violation

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the phone numbers of people who have been prescribed quarantine will be tracked to ensure compliance with the measure to curb the spread of coronavirus. He added that 1,1084 phone numbers have already been shared with the police and another 14,345 will be shared on Wednesday.

"These are the numbers of people who are supposed to be in quarantine. However, there have been complaints that people are violating this. Now, movement will be tracked though your phone — we will know of you have violated quarantine norms and also who else you have come in touch with."

18:30 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Kerala reports 24 new COVID-19 cases

Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that 24 new cases of coronavirus have been reported in the state in the last 24 hours, out of which 12 are from the Kasaragod district, three are from Ernakulam, two each from Thiruvananthapuram, Malappuram, and Kannur, and one from Palakkad.

He added that one patient each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kozhikode have recovered. The total cases in the state are now 265 and 237 are undergoing treatment, he said.

18:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in Kerala Latest Updates

Kerala allots Rs 350 crore for free food kits

The Kerala governemnt on Wednesday allotted Rs 350 crore from the Chief Minister's Distress Fund for the distribution of free foodgrain to families across the state, The Economic Times reported.

18:12 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

All CBSE students from classes 1 to 8 to be automatically promoted, says Centre

Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted that the CBSE board has been advised to promote all the students studying in classes 1 to 8 automatically as regular schedules of exams have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

18:09 (IST)

Coronavirus in West Bengal Latest Updates

Mamata Banerjee urges Tablighi Jamaat attendees in Bengal to inform authorities

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday appealed to people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizammudin to inform the authorities so that they can be quarantined and assured that they have nothing to be scared of.

She said that so far, a total of 54 people connected to the event (including 40 foreigners and 14 Indians) have been quarantined in Kolkata. The state government is looking for information of attendees from the areas of Bankura, Uttar Dinajpur, she said.

"71 people attended from Bengal. We are hoping today we will get 30 more in quarantine. I appeal people not to use this for communal politics, one community shouldnt be defamed," she said.

18:00 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

List of new confirmed COVID-19 cases related to Tablighi Jamaat event:

The health ministry has released a list of the new confirmed coronavirus cases due to the transit-related history of Tablighi Jamaat workers in the country, reports said.

Jammu and Kashmir: 23 Cases

Telangana: 20 Cases

Andhra Pradesh: 17 Cases

Andman and Nicobar Islands: 9 cases

Tamil Nadu: 65 Cases

Delhi: 18 Cases

Puducherry: 2 Cases

17:56 (IST)

Coronavirus in Telangana Latest Updates

Six COVID-19 deaths in Telangana were Tablighi Jamaat attendees

The Telangana government on Wednesday said that there are 77 active cases of coronavirus in the state, and 14 people have been discharged. The official also said that there have been six COVID-19 deaths in the state, who were all attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizammudin.

17:46 (IST)

Coronavirus in Jammu and Kashmir Latest Updates

8 villages in J&K's Udhampur district declared as red zones over COVID-19

Eight villages in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district have been declared as red zones after 10 people from the district attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, PTI reported.

17:39 (IST)

Coronavirus in Andhra Pradesh Latest Updates

70 out of 87 COVID-19 cases in Andhra Pradesh are Tablighi Jamaat returnees: Jagan Mohan Reddy

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, in a press conference over coronavirus on Wednesday said that of the 87 confirmed cases in the state so far, 70 are returnees from the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizammudin.

"A total of 1,083 people had attended Delhi's event from the state and 585 people who return from Delhi have been tested. The state government is requesting private hospital help at this juncture," he added.

17:33 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Delhi govt to issue curfew passes for private company employees

"Passes will be given to two employees or the owner of every private company so that they can go to their respective offices to calculate and transfer the employees' salaries. The passes will be valid for two days," said Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a press conference on Wednesday.

17:26 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Kejriwal says 10 lakh people to be given ration in Delhi

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that there are around 10 lakh people who don't have a ration card should apply for one on the government's website.

"I request them to apply for the ration card on Delhi government's e-district website. They will not get the card but we will give them ration till COVID-19 issue persists," he said,

He also added that no community transmission has been reported in Delhi yet.

17:17 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

120 COVID-19 cases reported in Delhi till today: Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal, addressing a briefing via video conference, said that so far, the National Capital has reported 120 positive cases till Wednesday morning.

"Total 766 people are admitted to the hospitals of Delhi due to COVID-29. Out of them 112 are positive, rest are possibly infected and are being tested," he said.

"Out of the 112 positive cases, only one is on ventilator, two are on oxygen supply and 109 people are stable," he added.

17:10 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Kejriwal says 2,346 Tablighi Jamaat workers evacuated from Nizammudin 

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that a total of 2,346 people connected to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizammuding have been evacuated, out of which 536 people have been admitted to hospitals and 1810 have been quarantined.

17:06 (IST)

Coronavirus in Delhi Latest Updates

Arvind Kejriwal speaks on COVID-19 updates via video conferencing

17:01 (IST)

Coronavirus in India Latest Updates

Centre includes AIIMS officials to stop misinformation

"The Supreme Court has said that misinformation needs to be checked. For that, we've created email id — technicalquery.covid19@gov.in —  through which a joint secretary-rank officer of Health Ministry and specialised doctors of AIIMS will provide technical support, "said Lav Aggarwal, Health Ministry.

Coronavirus Outbreak LATEST updates: "The assault on Duty Doctor at Gandhi Hospital treating COVID19 patients is condemned. Strong action against the culprits will be taken immediately. Anyone indulging in such acts of vandalism will not be spared," said Director General of Police.

A 56-year-old man who tested positive for coronavirus from Mumbai's Dharavi died on Wednesday in Sion Hospital, reports said.

The Maharashtra health department on Wednesday said that four more coronavirus patients passed away in the state, taking the total statewide toll to 16. The total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 335, including 41 people who have been discharged.

'It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021," the official statement by Wimbledon said on Wednesday.

BMC said that 191 areas in various locations of Mumbai have been marked as 'Containment Areas', where COVID-19 patients are confirmed. Entry/exit is restricted for all such areas and residents of the area are instructed to remain home quarantined.

The Maharashtra health department on Wednesday said that the coronavirus cases rose to 335 with 14 cases reported in Mumbai and one case in the Buldhana district.

Some of the people who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference in Delhi and returned to the Thane and Nagpur districts of Maharashtra have been identified and quarantined, authorities said on Wednesday. The congregation, which was attended by over 2,000 people from all over the country and abroad, has become a hotspot of the coronavirus infection after several attendees tested positive.

Thane Police said that 13 Bangladeshi nationals and two people from Assam who visited the event and came to Thane afterwards have been home quarantined. "Their test reports will be available by tomorrow. On the basis of the report, further action will be taken," said Subhas Burse, DCP, Mumbra, Thane.

Meanwhile, Nagpur municipal corporation commissioner Tukaram Munde said, "54 people from Nagpur, who attended the Tablighi Jamat meet in Delhi's Nizamuddin, have been identified and quarantined."

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) will conduct class 10 and 12 examinations for only 29 main subjects which are crucial for promotion and admission to higher educational institutions, Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal announced on Wednesday.

For rest of the subjects, CBSE will not hold board exams and instructions for their marking, assessment will be issued soon, he said.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that the phone numbers of people who have been prescribed quarantine will be tracked to ensure compliance with the measure to curb the spread of coronavirus. He added that 1,1084 phone numbers have already been shared with the police and another 14,345 will be shared on Wednesday.

"These are the numbers of people who are supposed to be in quarantine. However, there have been complaints that people are violating this. Now, movement will be tracked though your phone — we will know of you have violated quarantine norms and also who else you have come in touch with."

Union HRD minister Ramesh Pokhriyal tweeted that the CBSE board has been advised to promote all the students studying in classes 1 to 8 automatically as regular schedules of exams have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Eight villages in Jammu and Kashmir's Udhampur district have been declared as red zones after 10 people from the district attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi's Nizamuddin, PTI reported.

Andhra Pradesh chief minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy, in a press conference over coronavirus on Wednesday said that of the 87 confirmed cases in the state so far, 70 are returnees from the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizammudin.

"A total of 1,083 people had attended Delhi's event from the state and 585 people who return from Delhi have been tested. The state government is requesting private hospital help at this juncture," he added.

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal said that a total of 2,344 people connected to the Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi's Nizammuding have been evacuated, out of which 536 people have been admitted to hospitals and 810 have been quarantined.

The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said that the state governments are arranging food and shelter for the migrant workers. Joint Secretary Punya Salila Srivastava said, "21,486 relief camps have been set up where 6,75,133 persons have been given shelter."

The health ministry on Wednesday said that so far, 1,637 COVID-19 cases have been confirmed in India, including 386 new positive cases since Tuesday.

The statement also said that 38 people have died and 132 people have recovered. "The number of positive cases have gone since Tuesday and one of the main reasons for it is the travel by members of Tablighi Jamat," the statement said.

The Telangana government on Wednesday said that so far, about 1,100 attendees of the Tablighi Jamaat event in Deljhi have been traced in Telangana, out of which 940 people have been traced and 160 people are left.

Four more positive cases reported in Assam on Wednesday, taking the total number of confirmed cases to 5 in the state. 'All four were in Markaz, attended Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi,' said Assam health minister HB Sarma.

Five positive cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in Maharashtra's Ahmednagar district, including two foreigners who had attended the Markaz in Nizamuddin, Delhi, according to the District Collector on Wednesday. A total of 34 people, including 29 foreigners, who had attended the religious gathering in Delhi were traced in Ahmednagar by the administration.

All the 43 patients tested positive for COVID19 on Wednesday in Andhra Pradesh had returned after attending the event at Delhi's Nizamuddin Markaz. Meanwhile, a total of 1,637 positive cases of coronavirus has been reported in India so far and 38 deaths have taken place due to the infection, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

Uttar Pradesh reported its first coronavirus-related death on Wednesday after test reports of a 25-year-old man, who died two days ago, came COVID-19 positive.

The FIR filed by Delhi police in connection with the religious gathering held at Markaz Nizamuddin case holds seven people responsible for the gathering and the ensuing stay of people on the premises.

The Tabligh-e-Jamaat's Markaz in Nizamuddin West, which is among the major COVID-19 hotspots in the country, has been cleared after the evacuation of 2,361 people in the past 36 hours, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said on Wednesday.

An FIR has been filed in the case of the Nizamuddin Markaz event, 100 of whose attendees tested positive for coronavirus. The FIR in the case names ​Saad, Dr Zeeshan, Mufti Shehzad, Mursalin Saifi, Yonus and Mohd Salman. Saad has two houses in Delhi - one in Zakir Nagar and another in Nizamuddin.

The complaint further states that around 2,100 people were vacated from Markaz within five days, but it has not been sanitised completely.

Twenty more people tested positive for coronavirus in Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday, taking the total number of such cases in the state to 86, a health official said. Among the new cases, 19 were reported from Indore and one from the neighbouring Khargone district, he said.

Two more COVID-19 patients died in Maharashtra, taking the state toll to 12, health officials said on Wednesday. One was a 75-year-old man from Mumbai, while the other, a 50-year-old man, died in adjoining Palghar district, the officials said.

Eighteen new positive cases of coronavirus have been reported in Maharashtra, taking the total count to 320. 16 new cases are reported in Mumbai, while two were reported in Pune. The toll in Maharashtra climbs to 12 after the death of two more coronavirus positive patients, said Health official on Wednesday.

Four more fresh coronavirus positive cases were reported from Vishakhapatnam on Tuesday. This takes the total number of those infected with the deadly virus in Andhra Pradesh to 44.

The Centre on Tuesday said that there has been an increase of 146 novel coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the total number of COVID-19 positive cases to 1,397 in India.

The total number includes 1,238 active cases, and 124 people who have been cured/discharged/migrated and 35 deaths. Three deaths — two in Punjab and one in Maharashtra — were reported on Tuesday.

The Supreme Court asked the Centre on Tuesday to prevent migration of people due to coronavirus and set up within 24 hours a portal for disseminating real-time information on the pandemic to counter the panic being spread through fake news.

Meanwhile, a religious congregation of the Tablighi Jamaat held from 1 to 15 March in Delhi's Nizamuddin West has become a point of concern for authorities after several people showed symptoms of coronavirus after taking part in the congregation. Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has ordered the registration of an FIR against a cleric for leading the congregation

State-wise figures

The cases of coronavirus in Maharashtra, which is one of the worst-affected states by the pandemic, have gone up substantially, reports said on Tuesday adding that there are now 302 positive cases in the state. News18 reported that there are 59 cases in Mumbai, two each in Pune, Thane, KDMC and Navi Mumbai.

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Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said that seven positive cases have been reported in the state, two each in Thiruvananthapuram and Kasaragod. He said that additionally, one each was reported in Kollam, Thrissur, and Kannur. The total active cases are now 215 in the state.

Thirteen new cases of coronavirus were reported in Karnataka in the last 21 hours, reports said. The total number of positive cases in the state rose to 101, including three deaths and eight discharged/cured cases.

Additionally, reports said that 88 COVID-19 patients (including one pregnant woman) are in isolation at

designated hospitals and are stable, while two are in the ICU.

In Assam, a 52-year-old person has been found positive for coronavirus, state minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said. Sarma said that it is Assam's first COVID-19 patient. He is undergoing treatment at Silchar Medical College and his condition is stable, the minister said.

In Madhya Pradesh, the total number of coronavirus positive cases on Tuesday rose to 66 in the state, of which 44 positive cases have been reported in Indore. Five people have died due to the infection till now in the state.

However, in what comes as a positive development, several patients have been successfully cured of the disease across the country. News18 India reported that in Rajasthan's Bhilwara, 13 out of 26 positive cases have been cured.

The first three COVID-19 patients in West Bengal have recovered, reports said, adding that they will remain in quarantine for the time being. Meanwhile, two new cases were confirmed for the infection in the state on Tuesday, taking the total number of cases in the state to 27.

Row over Tablighi Jamaat event

At least 24 members of the Tablighi Jamaat tested positive in Delhi and another six died in Telangana due to the virus, nearly two weeks after attending a congregation in its Nizamuddin West centre.

Following this, the Centre has asked all states and Union territories to immediately trace and quarantine the estimated 2,000 foreign workers of the organisation present in India.

The Home Ministry in a letter to all chief secretaries and police heads told them to deport all foreign Jamaat followers who test negative for the deadly virus to their countries "by the first available flights".

"Presently, it is estimated that about 2,000 foreigners, on tourist visa, from over 70 countries are spread all over the country for Tabligh work. Majority of these foreign nationals belong to Bangladesh (493), Indonesia (472), Malaysia (150) and Thailand (142) and their period of stay in the country is up to six months," the Ministry of Home Affairs said in the letter.

Some Jamaat members in Erode district of Tamil Nadu and eight Indonesian nationals, part of a Jamaat team in Hyderabad in Telangana, tested positive for the virus recently.

Kejriwal said that the congregation at the Nizammudin markaz (centre) in Delhi, which was attended by around 2,000 people, was "highly irresponsible".

Prevent migration, SC tells Centre

The Supreme Court asked the Centre to prevent migration of people due to coronavirus and set up within 24 hours a portal for disseminating real-time information on the pandemic to counter the panic being spread through fake news.

"Panic will destroy more lives than the virus", the top court said and asked the Centre to get trained counsellors and community leaders of all faiths to calm down the migrants, who are kept in shelter homes across the country.

It said these shelters should be run by volunteers and not the police, and there should be no use of force and intimidation.

It asked the Centre to prevent migration of people and take care of their needs of food, shelter, nourishment and medical aid.

The Centre told the apex court that the suggestion by a petitioner to sprinkle water and chemicals on migrants to sanitise them does not work scientifically and is not the right way.

Meanwhile, the Centre, in an affidavit, also sought a direction from the Supreme Court on Tuesday that no media outlet print, publish or telecast anything on coronavirus without first ascertaining facts from the mechanism provided by the government.

It said that in an unprecedented situation of this nature, any deliberate or unintended fake or inaccurate reporting either in electronic, print, social media or web portals has a serious and inevitable potential of causing panic in large sections of the society.

Considering the very nature of the infectious disease which the world is struggling to deal with, any panic reaction by any section of the society based upon such reporting would not only be harmful for such situation but would harm the entire nation," it said.

The government said that though an act of creating panic is a criminal offence under the Disaster Management Act, 2005, appropriate direction from the top court would protect the country from any potential and inevitable consequence resulting from a false alarm having the potential of creating panic in a section of the society .

With inputs from PTI

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