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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 DecemberAt 2019. Coronavirus spreads through human contact or contact with infected surfaces, and mainly through droplets in the air. 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.

  • Jan 18, 2022 9:23 AM
    No Vaccine, No French Open For Novak Djokovic, Says French Sports Ministry

    No vaccine, no French Open for Novak Djokovic, says French Sports ministry, amid the tennis player's Australian Open controversy.

  • Jan 18, 2022 9:20 AM
    N Chandrababu Naidu Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu has tested positive for Coronavirus. He tweeted, "I've tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions. I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care."

  • Jan 18, 2022 9:20 AM
    N Chandrababu Naidu Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, N. Chandrababu Naidu has tested positive for Coronavirus. He tweeted, "I've tested positive for COVID with mild symptoms. I have quarantined myself at home and taking all the necessary precautions. I would request those who came in contact with me to get themselves tested at the earliest. Please be safe and take care."

  • Jan 18, 2022 2:42 AM
    Israel Study: 4th Vaccine Shows Limited Results With Omicron

    An Israeli hospital says preliminary research indicates a fourth dose of the coronavirus vaccine provides only limited defense against the omicron variant that's raging around the world, reports PTI.

  • Jan 18, 2022 2:41 AM
    International Film Festival Of Kerala (IFFK) 2022 Postponed Due To COVID Surge

    The 26th International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK) 2022 has been postponed in the wake of surging COVID-19 cases, State Cultural Minister Saji Cherian said. The annual festival, organised by Kerala State Chalachitra Academy on behalf of Department of Cultural Affairs, Government of Kerala, was set to be held from February 4-11, 2022 in Thiruvananthapuram. Read more at:

  • Jan 18, 2022 2:38 AM
    Mammootty Tests Positive For COVID-19; Confirms That He Is In Self Isolation

    Mammootty, the megastar of Malayalam cinema has tested positive for COVID-19. The veteran actor took to his official social media handles on January 16, Sunday and confirmed that he tested positive on January 15, Saturday, despite taking all the necessary precautions. Mammootty confirmed that he is currently in self isolation. Read more at:

  • Jan 18, 2022 1:55 AM
    Actor Ruslaan Mumtaz, His Entire Family Test Positive For COVID-19

    Ruslaan Mumtaz and his entire family, including his one-and-half year old son, tested positive for COVID-19, the actor posted on Facebook.

  • Jan 17, 2022 12:10 PM
    India Records 2,58,089 New COVID Infections

    India records 2,58,089 new COVID infections, including 8,209 Omicron cases, and 385 deaths. Read more at:

  • Jan 16, 2022 11:07 AM
    India's COVID-19 Vaccination Drive Completes A Year

    India's COVID-19 vaccination drive has completed one year, with over 156.76 crore doses administered so far. The Precaution Dose or Booster Dose is being administered to 60 plus people right now.

  • Jan 16, 2022 11:03 AM
    India Logs 2.71 Lakh New COVID Cases; Omicron Cases Cross 7,000 Mark

    On January 16, India logged 2.71 lakh new COVID cases, marginally higher than January 15, while the active COVID cases rose to 15,50,377, according to the Union health ministry data, as reported on The Times of India. Also, Omicron cases in India have crossed the 7,000 mark.

  • Jan 14, 2022 2:06 PM
    India Reports 2,47,417 New Coronavirus Cases, Highest Since May 2021

    India logged 2,47,417 new coronavirus infections, the highest in 236 days, taking the total tally of COVID-19 cases to 3,63,17,927 which includes 5,488 cases of the Omicron variant, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on Thursday, reports PTI.

  • Jan 14, 2022 12:01 AM
    To Defeat Corona, We Need To Keep Our Readiness Ahead Of Every Variant: PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday chaired a comprehensive high-level meeting with Chief Ministers and Lt. Governors/ Administrators of States/UTs to review Public Health Preparedness to COVID-19 and National COVID-19 vaccination progress. Union Ministers Amit Shah, Dr Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar were also part of the meeting. Read more at:

  • Jan 13, 2022 11:58 PM
    Vidrohi Actress Sulagna Panigrahi Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Sulagna Panigrahi, who stars on the historical show Vidrohi, has tested positive for COVID-19. After the actress’ diagnosis, the shooting location of the Star Plus series was fumigated by the makers. According to a statement issued by producers Subrat Sinha and Bodhisattva, the entire cast and crew were tested as a precautionary measure after they were informed about Sulagna’s diagnosis. Read more at:

  • Jan 13, 2022 4:53 PM
    South Korea Gets First Supply Of Pfizer's COVID-19 Pills

    South Korea on Thursday received its first supply of Pfizer's antiviral COVID-19 pills to treat patients with mild or moderate symptoms. Health officials have described the Paxlovid pills as a potentially important tool to suppress hospitalisations and deaths, as the country braces for another possible surge in infections driven by the contagious omicron variant.

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:21 PM
    COVID-19: PM Modi Wishes Speedy Recovery To Mexican President

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday wished a speedy recovery to Mexico's president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador who has tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, reports PTI.

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:20 PM
    India Open: K Srikanth, Six Other Players Withdrawn After Testing Positive For COVID-19

    The India Open tournament was on Thursday rocked by the COVID-19 pandemic with as many as seven Indian shuttlers, including reigning world championship silver medallist Kidambi Srikanth, withdrawing from the event after testing positive for the virus. The Badminton World Federation (BWF) announced this in the wee hours, before the Badminton Association of India (BAI) confirmed the names. Besides Srikanth, the other players withdrawn are Ashwini Ponnappa, Ritika Rahul Thkar, Treesa Jolly, Mithun Manjunath, Simran Aman Singh and Khushi Gupta. "The players returned a positive result to a mandatory RT-PCR test conducted on Tuesday. Doubles partners deemed close contact of the seven players have also been withdrawn from the tournament," the world governing body said in a statement. - As reported by PTI.

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:18 PM
    Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi Tests COVID Positive

    Assam Governor Jagdish Mukhi has been hospitalised after he tested positive for COVID-19, an official said on Thursday. Mukhi tested positive for the infection on Wednesday. "The governor was admitted at the Apollo Hospital in the city last evening. He is in a stable condition," the official said. - As reported by PTI.

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:17 PM
    Omicron Is Not Common Cold, Warns Centre

    Omicron infection is not common cold, the Union Health Ministry warned on Wednesday, adding that fully vaccinated people were 78% less likely to develop COVID-19 infection than unvaccinated people, reports The Hindu. Quoting a study by the New York State Health Department, Lav Agarwal, Joint Secretary, Health Ministry, said the report, based on analysis since May 2021, also showed that fully vaccinated people had between 90.2% and 95.7% lower chance of being hospitalised.

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:13 PM
    CBDT Extends Income Tax Returns Filing Deadline Till March 15 For Corporates

    Income tax return filing deadline for Assessment Year 2021-22 for specific taxpayers has been extended till March 15, 2022, a finance ministry statement informed.

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:09 PM
    India COVID Cases Up By Huge 2,47,417 Infections

    India logged 2,47,417 fresh COVID cases, (27% higher than yesterday) and 84,825 recoveries in the last 24 hours. 380 COVID patients lost lives in India, taking the death toll to 4,85,035, according to the Union Health Ministry. Read more at:

  • Jan 13, 2022 12:07 PM
    Meghalaya Makes RT-PCR Test Report Mandatory For All Visitors

    Meghalaya makes RT-PCR test report mandatory for all visitors, including fully vaccinated.

  • Jan 12, 2022 12:37 AM
    Beijing Winter Olympics: 3rd Chinese City Goes Into Lockdown Ahead Of Sporting Event

    Third Chinese city goes into lockdown ahead of Beijing Winter Olympics as COVID-19 cases spiral, reports FE.

  • Jan 11, 2022 8:20 PM
    Actress Shobana Tests Positive For Omicron

    Shobana, the Nationa award-winning actress-danseuse has tested positive for the Omicron variant of COVID-19. The health update was revealed by the Varane Avashyamund actress herself with a post on her official Instagram page on Sunday (January 9, 2022). In her post, Shobana has confirmed that her symptoms are reducing greatly. Read more at:

  • Jan 11, 2022 8:17 PM
    Actress Keerthy Suresh Tests COVID-19 Positive, Urges Fans To Get Vaccinated

    National Award-winning actress Keerthy Suresh informed her fans and followers on Tuesday (January 11) that she has tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement issued online, the actress revealed that she is currently in isolation and 'under safe care'. Read more at:

  • Jan 11, 2022 8:16 PM
    Actress Pooja Gor Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Mann Kee Awaaz Pratigya actress Pooja Gor tests positive for COVID-19. She shared a few pictures on Instagram and wrote, "Got 'em Positive Vibes! 🦠😏😔 #Gottofightit #maskup #staysafe #quarantined #homeisolation." Read more at:

  • Jan 11, 2022 8:14 PM
    Actress Nehha Pendse Tests Positive For COVID-19

    Bhabhi Ji Ghar Par Hai actress Nehha Pendse has tested positive for COVID-19. Nehha wrote on social media, "After dodging the virus for 2 years, I unfortunately have caught it. Results are positive. I am in home quarantine. Have not stepped out or met anyone past few days. Being introvert can be helpful at times." (sic) Read more at:

  • Jan 11, 2022 8:12 PM
    Janhvi Kapoor On Battling COVID-19: First Two Days Were Tough And Then Every Other Day Got Better

    After reports of Khushi Kapoor testing positive for COVID-19 surfaced in the media, her sister and actress Janhvi Kapoor took to social media to reveal that she along with sister Khushi had contracted the virus on January 3 and have tested negative for it. Janhvi wrote on her Instagram stories, "Hey guys! So me and my sister tested positive for Covid-19 on the 3rd of January. We have now completed the BMC required days of home isolation and have both tested negative. First two days were tough, and then every other day got better. The only way to protect ourselves from this virus is to mask up and vaccinate! Take care everyone!!" Read more at:

  • Jan 11, 2022 2:51 PM
    Khushi Kapoor Tests Positive For COVID-19; Janhvi Kapoor & Boney Kapoor Under Home Quarantine

    If reports are to be believed, Janhvi Kapoor's sister Khushi Kapoor has also tested positive. As per a report in ETimes, the actress has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is isolating at home. The report further states that Janhvi Kapoor and their father and producer Boney Kapoor are quarantining at home. Read more at:

  • Jan 11, 2022 12:21 PM
    Delhi : WFH For All Private Offices Except Those Exempt

    In new COVID guidelines for Delhi, Work-from-home has been announced for all private offices except those exempt, said the DDMA.

  • Jan 11, 2022 12:19 PM
    Lata Mangeshkar Hospitalised After Contracting COVID, In ICU

    The nightingale of India, Lata Mangeshkar has been admitted to the hospital after she contracted Covid 19. The legendary singer is currently undergoing treatment at the intensive care unit (ICU) of Mumbai’s Breach Candy hospital, reports IndiaTV.



On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared Coronavirus as a pandemic and since then, Italy, Spain, the UK, India, the USA and many other countries 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 and later partial lockdowns throughout 2020. Since February 2021, some states in India went through a full lockdown for a few months due to the highly infectious second wave of COVID-19. It has been much more challenging than 2020 due to the shortage of oxygen, ventilators and hospital beds. Even as the cases have slowed down as of May 2021, experts have warned of a third wave of COVID-19 that could affect children and adults alike.

Archived live blog from March 2020:

March 8, 2020 - 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, 2020 - 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, 2020 - 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, 2020 - 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.

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.

The Novel Coronavirus that originated in China has spread to over 220 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.