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The Novel Coronavirus 2019 also known as COVID-19, nCov-2019 and SARS-COV-2, or the Wuhan virus is a severe acute respiratory syndrome first found in the city of Wuhan in China on 31 December 2019. Coronavirus spreads from human contact or infected surfaces. COVID-19 has infected over 113 million people worldwide. In India, the number of COVID-19 cases has crossed 15.5 million.

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as a pandemic and since then, Italy, Spain, the UK, India and the USA have been under lockdown in various phases. India has been under lockdown since 25 March 2020, with Lockdown 4.0 from May 18 until May 31 and a further lockdown in phases in June and July 2020. While addressing the nation, PM Narendra Modi said that "Coronavirus Still As Dangerous As It Was In The Beginning."

The Coronavirus HELPLINE NUMBERS are 1075 / 1800112545 / +91-11-23978046. The HELPLINE EMAIL ADDRESS: ncov2019[at]gmail[dot]com. Catch all the latest updates on Coronavirus outbreak in the live blog here.


  • Feb 27, 2021 5:57 PM
    Odisha Limits Precautionary Measures For Travelers From Five High-Risk States

    Odisha Government has made a partial modification to its earlier precautionary measures issued for the passengers travelling from other States to Odisha. It has limited the measures to passengers from five high-risk states instead of twelve. The precautionary measures will be limited to passengers from Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. "The 7-day mandatory home isolation for arrivals from the 5 high-risk States can be dispensed with for asymptomatic passengers who have an RT-PCR Negative report (done not more than 72 hours before boarding) or a Covid Vaccination Final certificate," an official said. (ANI)

  • Feb 27, 2021 3:06 PM
    New Zealand’s Ardern Calls Seven-Day Lockdown

    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a lockdown for its largest city Auckland while authorities investigate a new case of Covid-19 in the community.(Bloomberg)

  • Feb 27, 2021 1:15 PM
    63% Will Not Pay More Than Rs 600 For COVID-19 Vaccine

    A 63% of those planning to take the Covid-19 vaccine in the next phase starting March 1 in private hospitals will not pay more than Rs 600 in total charges (two vaccine doses), as per a survey by LocalCircles. (IANS)

  • Feb 27, 2021 12:38 PM
    Over 1.37 Crore COVID-19 Vaccines Doses Administered In India: Centre

    With 2,84,297 vaccine doses administered to healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) on the 42nd day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination, the total number of vaccination crossed 1.37 crores in the country, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday. According to the Union Health Ministry, 1,37,56,940 vaccine doses were given through 2,89,320 sessions, as per the provisional report till 6 pm Friday. (ANI)

  • Feb 27, 2021 12:22 PM
    Over 1.37 Crore COVID-19 Vaccines Doses Administered In India: Centre

    With 2,84,297 vaccine doses administered to healthcare workers (HCWs) and frontline workers (FLWs) on the 42nd day of nationwide COVID-19 vaccination, the total number of vaccination crossed 1.37 crores in the country, said the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on Friday. According to the Union Health Ministry, 1,37,56,940 vaccine doses were given through 2,89,320 sessions, as per the provisional report till 6 pm Friday. (ANI)

  • Feb 27, 2021 12:20 PM
    UN Security Council Calls For Cease-fires To Speed Up COVID-19 Vaccinations

    UN Security Council calls for cease-fires to speed up Covid-19 vaccinations. NEW YORK: The UN Security Council on Friday unanimously passed a resolution calling on all member states to support a "sustained humanitarian pause" to local conflicts, in order to allow for Covid-19 vaccinations. (ANI)

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:54 AM
    India Reports 16,488 New COVID-19 Cases

    India reports 16,488 new Covid-19 cases, 12,771 discharges and 113 deaths in the last 24 hours, as per the Union Health Ministry Total cases: 1,10,79,979 Total discharges: 1,07,63,451 Death toll: 1,56,938 Active cases: 1,59,590 Total Vaccination: 1,42,42,547

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:53 AM
    Over 13,000 Get Covid Vaccine In Delhi; Records Dip In Beneficiaries

    Over 13,000 beneficiaries received the anti-COVID-19 vaccine on Friday in Delhi, a significant fall from the number of people who had got the shots a day before, according to data shared by officials. Over 3.6 lakh beneficiaries have received the vaccine till date in Delhi since the start of the inoculation drive a month ago, with more than 18,900 people receiving jabs on Thursday. Out of the total tally, more than 1.46 lakh are healthcare workers and over 2.2 lakh are frontline workers, as per the data. (PTI)

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:46 AM
    Karnataka Logs 571 New Cases On Friday

    Karnataka logged 571 cases on Friday, the highest since January 24. Bengaluru Urban accounted for the most number of fresh cases at 368.

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:36 AM
    Pfizer Covid Vaccine Reduces Transmission After One Dose: UK Study

    A single dose of Pfizer and BioNtech's COVID-19 vaccine cuts the number of asymptomatic infections and could significantly reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, results of a UK study found on Friday. Researchers analysed results from thousands of COVID-19 tests carried out each week as part of hospital screenings of healthcare staff in Cambridge, eastern England. (Reuters)

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:36 AM
    Senior Citizens Can Now Register On-Site, Get COVID-19 Vaccine

    As India gears up to vaccinate people above 60 years of age and those over 45 years with comorbidities against COVID-19 from March 1, the Union Health Ministry on Friday said the facility of on-site registrations will be available so that eligible beneficiaries can walk into identified vaccination centres, get themselves registered and get inoculated. (PTI)

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:26 AM
    Restrictions On International Passenger Flights Extended Till March 31

    The restrictions on international passenger flights have been extended till March 31, aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation or DGCA said in a statement on Friday. "The competent authority has further extended the validity of circular issued on the subject cited above regarding Scheduled International commercial passenger services to/from India till 2359 hours IST of 31st March, 2021," the aviation body said. (All India)

  • Feb 27, 2021 10:24 AM
    India Reports 16,488 New COVID-19 Cases, 113 Deaths In Last 24 Hours

    With 16,488 fresh cases, India's COVID-19 tally has climbed to 1,10,79,979, while the number of recoveries has surged to 1,07,63,451, the Union health ministry said on Saturday. The death count due to the viral disease has gone up to 1,56,938 in the country with 113 more fatalities reported in a 24-hour period, the ministry's data updated at 8 am showed. (PTI)

  • Feb 26, 2021 6:25 PM
    All Poll Officials To Be Vaccinated Against COVID-19 Before Elections: Sunil Arora

    Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora: All poll officials will be vaccinated against COVID-19 before elections for five assemblies. (Money Control)

  • Feb 26, 2021 3:14 PM
    Brazil To Buy 20 Million COVID-19 Vaccines From India's Bharat Biotech

    Brazil's Health Ministry on Thursday signed a contract to purchase 20 million doses of Covaxin, the COVID-19 vaccine made by India's Bharat Biotech, for delivery between March and May. The ministry said in a statement that the deal is worth 1.6 billion reais (0,000), with the first 8 million doses expected to arrive in March. (Reuters)

  • Feb 26, 2021 2:40 PM
    US Achieves Important Milestone Of Administering 50 Million COVID-19 Vaccine Shots

    The US has reached an important milestone of administering Covid-19 vaccines to a record 50 million people as part of its efforts to fight the deadly coronavirus pandemic, with President Joe Biden asserting that the country is on its way to taking the figure to 100 million within the first 100 days of his administration. (PTI)

  • Feb 26, 2021 2:25 PM

    People aged between 45 and 60 years having co-morbidities will just need a certificate from a registered medical practitioner — from the public or private sector — verifying they have a disease that can increase the risk of infection, hence eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine on priority, according to officials. (TOI)

  • Feb 26, 2021 2:09 PM
    Co-Win Digital Platform Will Be Transitioning From Co-Win1.0 To Co-Win 2.0

    On Feb 27 & Feb 28, Co-Win digital platform will be transitioning from Co-Win1.0 to Co-Win 2.0. In view of this, Covid-19 vaccination sessions will not be scheduled during these two days, says union health ministry.

  • Feb 26, 2021 12:43 PM
    Global Covid-19 Death Toll Surpasses 2.5 Million

    The global COVID-19 death toll surpassed 2.5 million on Thursday, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

  • Feb 26, 2021 12:40 PM
    8,31,807 Samples Tested Till 25 Feb

    Total number of samples tested up to Feb 25 is 21,46,61,465 including 8,31,807 samples tested yesterday: ICMR

  • Feb 26, 2021 12:37 PM
    Hong Kong and South Korea Start Coronavirus Vaccination Drives

    Hong Kong and South Korea kicked off coronavirus vaccination drives on Friday, as momentum builds for inoculation rollouts across the Asia-Pacific region. South Korea plans to inoculate 70 percent of its population within seven months while Hong Kong aims to vaccinate all adults by the end of the year. (AFP)

  • Feb 26, 2021 11:49 AM
    India's Active COVID-19 Cases Stand At 1,55,986

    India's active COVID-19 cases stand at 1,55,986, while 1,07,50,680 people have recovered from disease so far: Union Health Ministry

  • Feb 26, 2021 10:33 AM
    229 Students Test COVID-19 Positive At A Hostel In Maharashtra's Washim

    After Latur, at least 229 students have now tested positive for the COVID-19 virus in the Washim district of Maharashtra. Along with the students, three staffers have also tested positive. (PTI)

  • Feb 26, 2021 10:28 AM
    Mumbai Reports 1,145 COVID-19 Cases; Tally Reaches 3,22,843

    Amid a spike in Covid-19 cases, Mumbai on Thursday (February 25) reported 1,145 fresh cases. The total number of positive cases in the city now stands at 3,22,843, according to information received from the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC). (Mumbai Mirror)

  • Feb 25, 2021 5:08 PM
    Siddhivinayak Temple Imposes Darshan Restrictions On Angarki Chaturthi

    One of the most revered temples of the city, the Shree Siddhivinayak Ganpati temple, has laid down several rules and restrictions to be followed on the occasion of Angarki Chaturthi. (Mirror Online)

  • Feb 25, 2021 3:30 PM
    Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Highly Effective Against Severe COVID-19

    The single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine is highly effective in preventing severe Covid-19, including newer variants, according to documents released by the US Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday. (AFP)

  • Feb 25, 2021 3:29 PM
    Egypt Authorises Sputnik, AstraZeneca Virus Jabs

    Egypt's pharmaceutical authority on Wednesday approved the use of the Sputnik V and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines, a month after the North African country kicked off its inoculation campaign. (AFP)

  • Feb 25, 2021 3:05 PM
    US To Distribute 25 Million Cloth Masks Against COVID-19

    President Joe Biden's administration is set to distribute 25 million cloth masks starting from next month as part of efforts to defeat the pandemic, White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Zients said Wednesday. "In the month of March, we will begin to deliver millions of masks to food banks and community health centers around the country," he said. (AFP)

  • Feb 25, 2021 3:03 PM
    11K BEST Drivers, Conductors And Frontline Staff Have Received Vaccines In The Past 10 Days

    A total 11,000 BEST drivers, conductors and other frontline staff have received vaccines in the past 10 days, an official statement released by BEST on Thursday mentioned. (TOI)

  • Feb 25, 2021 3:02 PM
    Active cases in India at 1,51,708, over 89 per cent of new cases from seven states

    India's Covid-19 active cases were recorded at 1,51,708, the Union health ministry said on Thursday, highlighting that the surge was due to rise in daily new cases in some states like Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Chhattisgarh. A total of 16,738 new daily cases have been recorded in a span of 24 hours.

March 8, 03:20 am: In the Chinese city of Quanzhou, a hotel building that was being used as a coronavirus quarantine centre collapsed on March 7, killing 10 people, reports CNN. About 70 people were trapped in the building with 48 being rescued and 23 missing. The reason for the building collapse is not known yet.

March 8, 02:39 am: New York has declared a state of emergency, as more than 81 cases of Coronavirus have been found in the state. The death toll due to Coronavirus in the USA has risen to 22.

March 7, 10:00 pm: The Maldives has confirmed two cases of the Novel Coronavirus. The patients are employees of a resort and reportedly got infected after interaction with Italian tourists.

March 7, 08:45 pm: In India, a fresh case of Coronavirus has been reported in the state of Tamil Nadu. The 45-year-old man who has been infected had reportedly returned from Oman.

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March 7, 08:00 pm: The Department of Telecom (DoT) in India advised telecom operators to incorporate an audio clip in the mobile ringtones that would offer awareness messages on Coronavirus. Mobile operators have followed the instruction, with some operators exempting those users from the Coronavirus ringtone who have subscribed for special tones.

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The Coronavirus that originated in China has spread to over 100 countries in the world, including the USA, the UK, Italy, Spain, France, Ireland, Germany, Azerbaijan, Ecuador, Monaco, the Maldives, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, and India, with the most number of cases and deaths being reported from China. The virus has also infected an entire cruise ship named Diamond Princess, with 696 confirmed cases and seven deaths.