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Maharashtra awaiting ICMR guidelines on reducing quarantine period

The Maharashtra government is awaiting fresh guidelines from the ICMR on reducing the 14-day institutional quarantine period, which is the current protocol for coronavirus patients and suspected cases, to seven days, Health Minister Rajesh Tope said on Wednesday.06:46 PM

Maharashtra: All shops allowed to operate in Latur as per timetable

In a unique move, the local administration in Maharashtra’s Latur district has allowed all shops, including those selling non-essential commodities, to operate according to a fixed timetable during the COVID-19 lockdown. In other parts of the state, only shops dealing in essential commodities were allowed to function during the lockdown, which has been in place since March.06:45 PM

No fresh COVID-19 case in Noida

No fresh case of coronavirus was reported from Noida and Greater Noida on Wednesday, keeping the tally of COVID-19 cases in Gautam Buddh Nagar district at 192, officials said.06:44 PM

CSIR-CMERI Durgapur develops contactless soap cum water dispensing unit

The Central Mechanical Engineering Research Institute, Durgapur, has developed a ‘Contactless Soap cum Water Dispensing Unit’ to avoid contamination possibilities in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, an official said. The system has proximity sensors which activates itself in close proximity of objects. There will be dispensing of both liquid soaps and water from the same outlet with a time gap of 20 seconds between dispensing of soap and water, Director CSIR-CMERI Durgapur Prof Harish Hirani said on Wednesday.06:42 PM

Export of alcohol based sanitizers has been prohibited by Directorate General of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce & Industry

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Consult states before classifying zones: Pondy CM to Centre

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No new positive cases, no new hotspots in Kerala

No new positive cases were reported in Kerala on Wednesday, while samples of seven people returned negative and only 30 COVID-19 patients are under treatment.There are no new hotspots either in the state.06:35 PM

Shops to remain closed in Ahmedabad for one week

To control the spread of coronavirus in Ahmedabad city, civic authorities on Wednesday ordered the closure of all the shops except those selling milk and medicines for a week. As per the order signed by municipal commissioner Mukesh Kumar, the shops will remain closed from May 7 midnight till 6 am on May 15.06:35 PM

WB govt identifies thousands of respiratory, influenza-like illness cases

The West Bengal government has identified over 92,000 cases of influenza-like illness and 870 people with severe acute respiratory illness across the state, findings that serve as “early warning signals” in the fight against COVID-19, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said.06:34 PM

Migrant worker on way to Jharkhand dies in Chhattisgarhs hospital

A 40-year-old migrant labourer died in a hospital in Chhattisgarh’s Bilaspur district after he reached here while making a trip from Maharashtra to Jharkhand on foot and hitchhiking on goods vehicles amid the nationwide lockdown, health and police officials said on Wednesday.06:33 PM

Summer vacation as per schedule in Delhi govt schools

Summer vacation in govt & govt aided schools shall be observed as usual from 11th May to 30th June for students. However, keeping in view COVID19, students shall not be called to schools for any teaching-learning activity during summer vacation: Delhi Directorate of Education06:29 PM

China UN ambassador supports WHO project

China’s ambassador to UN hopes the United States will have “second thoughts” about a Trump administration halt to funding for the World Health Organisation. Chen Xu also announced China’s support for a WHO initiative led by European countries and philanthropic groups like the Gates Foundation to expedite vaccines and COVID-19 treatment to developing countries.06:25 PM

Team of 3 senior doctors from Mumbai and Delhi, including AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria, is likely to visit Ahmedabad to guide civil hospital staff for better treatment of critical COVID-19 patients: Gujarat government

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China asks Pompeo to show ‘enormous evidence’ of COVID-19 originating from Wuhan lab

China on Wednesday dared US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to show the “enormous evidence” he has to prove that the novel coronavirus originated from a lab in Wuhan and asserted that the matter should be handled by scientists instead of politicians out of their domestic political compulsions in an election year.06:23 PM

100 migrant workers held in Silvassa for rioting

Seeking to return home amid the coronavirus lockdown, a group of over a 100 migrant workers turned violent near Silvassa town of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli on Tuesday night, police said. One hundred workers, most of them from Uttar Pradesh, were arrested from the spot for rioting and stone-pelting, an official said on Wednesday.06:22 PM

Liquor price to be hiked in TN from May 7, booze to be sold in age specific slots

As tipplers in Tamil Nadu prepare to cheer the resumption of liquor sales from May 7, the state government on Wednesday announced an increase in IMFL rates, while the police devised age-based happy hours, apparently as a crowd control measure in these COVID-19 times.06:13 PM

Delhi govt orders release of quarantined Tablighi members, those needed in Markaz case to be handed over to police

The Delhi government on Wednesday ordered the release of 4,000 Tablighi members who have completed their required quarantine period in centres in the national capital, sources said. Delhi Home Minister Satyendar Jain issued an order which also states that Tablighi members who are named and needed in the investigation in Markaz incident will be sent to Delhi Police custody.06:07 PM

Two more persons recover from COVID-19 in Assam

Assam has so far reported 44 COVID-19 cases and 34 patients have been cured and discharged from hospital.06:05 PM

All shops except those providing milk and medicines in Ahmedabad to remain closed from 12 am on 7th May to 6 am on 15th May: Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation Commissioner

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Karnataka Govt on accepting samples by labs

No COVID19 testing laboratories should accept samples with manually filled SRFs (Specimen Referral Forms), only samples filled on RT-PCR app should be accepted. If any lab accepts samples with manually filled SRFs, disciplinary action will be taken against them: Karnataka Govt05:59 PM

Odisha: 5 new Coronavirus positive cases reported.

Taking the total number of positive cases in the state to 185 including 122 active cases, 2 deaths and 61 cured/discharged: State Health Department05:58 PM

Himachal Pradesh: 1 person tested positive for COVID19 today.

Total number of cases in the state at is at 43, including 3 active cases, 34 recovered, and 2 deaths: State Health Department05:53 PM

3.75 lakh migrant workers have left from Guj so far: Official

  • Nearly 3.75 lakh migrant workers have so far left from Gujarat for their native places in trains, buses, and other vehicles since the lockdown restrictions were eased last week, a senior official said on Wednesday.
  • Besides, 36,000 more migrant workers will leave for Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Odisha, and Jharkhand in 30 trains from Surat, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, and Vadodara, among other stations, in Gujarat by Wednesday night, the official said.

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1 more person tests positive for Coronavirus in Delhi’s Azadpur Mandi, reports TIMES NOW

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Meghalaya CM constitutes task force to revive the economy of the state

  • Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma has constituted a task force to revive the economy of the state post-COVID-19 pandemic situation, an official said on Wednesday.
  • The Chief Ministers Task Force on the Economy for post-COVID Meghalaya was formed to mitigate the impact of the ongoing pandemic on the economy of the state, the official said.

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No new COVID19 positive case reported in Gautam Buddha Nagar today

Total cases in the district are 192 so far including 83 active cases: District Surveillance Officer, Gautam Buddha Nagar05:42 PM

Our situation is better than Delhi, Rajasthan, Punjab, & Uttar Pradesh. We are surrounded by them from all sides, we have become stricter at our borders so that nobody brings COVID19 here. Even then, our situation over last few days has become concerning

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