Oxford University has given a contemporary hope within the battle in opposition to COVID-19 by starting human trial on its anti-coronavirus vaccine. If discovered efficient, the vaccines could possibly be accessible from September.

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The Hindu has introduced out a multi-language e-book on important COVID-19 info, as well as to masking the developments associated to the coronavirus pandemic because it unfolded. Here is a collection of our day by day cartoons on COVID-19.

Here are solutions from specialists in your queries in regards to the virus, an inventory of State Helpline numbers, a State-wise tracker for COVID-19 instances, deaths and testing, and a map of confirmed instances in India.


Here are the most recent updates:

4.00 pm | New Delhi

Updates on COVID-19 press convention

Home Ministry spokesperson says the Ministry, by way of a letter on April 21, requested the State governments to exempt the companies of care givers and attendants to senior residents from the lockdown norms.

Agricultural analysis institutes, ebook retailers and electrical fan retailers have additionally been exempted and SoPs have been launched on the sign-on and sign-off of Indian seafarers to be sure that they aren’t changed by seafarers from different international locations.

3.50 pm | Odisha

Four new COVID-19 instances had been detected in Jajpur district in Odisha, taking the full variety of instances within the State to 87 on Thursday. All the brand new sufferers had been members of the family of those that had returned from West Bengal and examined constructive earlier, mentioned the State authorities.

– Prafulla Das

3.40 pm | Haryana

Haryana govt. tells private schools to charge only tuition fee

The Haryana authorities has introduced that private schools within the State will charge only tuition charges with none hidden expenses, in view of the COVID-19 lockdown. The schools may even postpone gathering constructing, upkeep, laptop, and different expenses.

No transport expenses and improve within the month-to-month fee shall apply in the course of the lockdown, the federal government mentioned.

– Ashok Berwal

3.30 pm | Bihar

One extra COVID-19 constructive case from Sasaram in Bihar’s Rohtas district, a feminine of 38 years, has been detected, taking the full variety of instances within the State to 148.

– Amarnath Tewary

3.30 pm | New Delhi

EC takes notice of how South Korea held polls amid COVID-19 outbreak

The Election Commission of India (ECI) has taken notice of modifications made by South Korea in procedures whereas holding its parliamentary polls amid the COVID-19 outbreak and mentioned it should contemplate modifications as suited to the Indian context wherever elections want to be held in this type of pandemic atmosphere.

 “Our people are studying the modifications made by South Korea in procedures while holding elections,” Election Commissioner Ashok Lavasa instructed PTI.


3.15 pm | Tamil Nadu

The Registrar of Cooperative Societies has instructed the Madras High Court that ration card will not be essential to buy the Rs.500 grocery equipment, containing 19 gadgets, and that it might be bought even in stores, Amma mini coop tremendous markets, cell farm contemporary shops and self service models.

-Mohammed Imranullah S.

3.15 pm | New Delhi

India’s GDP progress pegged between -0.9% and 1.5%: CII

The Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) on Thursday mentioned it expects India’s financial system to develop at a a lot slower tempo, starting from a contraction of 0.9% to a progress of 1.5%, within the present monetary yr, due to the COVID-19 outbreak and the following nationwide lockdown.

“Given the extent of the damage to the economy from the disruption to business, the GDP growth in FY21 will likely be the lowest in many decades,” Chandrajit Banerjee, Director General at CII mentioned.

– Yuthika Bhargava

3.10 pm | New Delhi

Delhi airport creates devoted facility for dealing with medical provides

The Delhi airport has been dealing with 20-22 cargo flights per day in the course of the COVID-19 lockdown and it has additionally created a devoted facility for logistics, aggregation and distribution of medical provides, its operator DIAL mentioned on Thursday.

The GMR group-led DIAL mentioned the Ministry of Civil Aviation has designated the Indira Gandhi International Airport as a serious hub for import and distribution of medical provides associated to COVID-19.


3.00 pm | Phagwara

Over 100 Sri Lankan college students evacuated from Lovely Professional University

Over 100 Sri Lankan college students finding out on the Lovely Professional University (LPU) right here had been on Thursday evacuated by a particular Sri Lankan airways flight from Amritsar International Airport, officers mentioned.

Kapurthala Deputy Commissioner Deepti Uppal mentioned the scholars had been both staying on the premises of LPU or in paying visitor lodging close to the college.


3.00 pm | Maharashtra

Ajit Pawar requires particular trains from Mumbai to Pune to ferry migrant employees after the lockdown

Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar has urged Railway Minister Piyush Goyal to run particular practice companies from Mumbai and Pune to ferry migrant employees caught in Maharashtra to their native states after the lockdown ends on May 3.

According to an official assertion, in a letter to Goyal, Mr. Pawar mentioned that the migrant employees, stranded in several elements of Maharashtra, could step out in massive numbers to return to their states when the practice companies resume after the lockdown is lifted.


2.55 pm | New Delhi

Entire neighborhood can’t be held accountable for one group’s crime, says Naqvi

The total Muslim neighborhood can’t be held accountable for one group’s “crime”, Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi mentioned on Thursday whereas reacting to cases of Muslims being blamed for the spurt in COVID-19 instances after Tablighi Jamaat congregation right here.

In an interview to PTI, Mr. Naqvi additionally expressed confidence that Muslims will abide by lockdown pointers in the course of the holy month of Ramzan.


2.55 pm  | Puducherry

No new case within the final 10 days in Puducherry, says official

No new COVID-19 case has been recorded in Puducherry within the final 10 days, in accordance to a authorities official.

Secretary to Health and Family Welfare Services Prashant Kumar Panda instructed reporters right here on Thursday that it was heartening to see that Puducherry has no neighborhood unfold or an infection of the pandemic. There had been only three energetic instances within the Indira Gandhi Government Medical College Hospital, at current, he mentioned.


2.50 pm | New Delhi

Delhi L-G directs authorities to arrange devoted hospital, testing centre for police personnel

Lieutenant Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal has directed authorities to create a devoted COVID-19 well being facility and an unique testing centre for Delhi Police personnel, mentioned officers.

The transfer comes within the wake of over 20 police personnel testing constructive for the virus within the metropolis to date.

“There is a plan to set up a dedicated COVID-19 testing centre for police personnel at Shahdara Police Station, but a final decision is yet to be taken,” a supply mentioned.


2.45 pm

The whole variety of constructive COVID-19 instances in India has now reached 21,545, of which 16,464 are energetic instances. The whole variety of deaths stands at 686.

2.45 pm | Mizoram

Mizoram wouldn’t face an financial disaster if sources are used successfully: CM

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga mentioned in a video message that the State wouldn’t face any financial disaster within the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, if the pure sources are used successfully.

“We have vast fallow land and an abundant supply of natural resources. If these resources are used effectively, the State is unlikely to face economic crisis,” he mentioned.


2.30 pm | Maharashtra

Raj Thackeray urges Maharashtra CM to enable wine retailers to open

Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray has written to Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray requesting him to enable small lodges and wine retailers to perform.

He says excise responsibility is among the greatest revenues to the State and whereas the State is affected by lack of funds, it shouldn’t get into “the debate of morality over opening of wine shops.”

– Alok Deshpande

2.28 pm | New Delhi

IndiGo rolls again paycuts introduced for April

IndiGo CEO Ronojoy Dutta instructed workers on Thursday that the airline has determined to roll again the pay cuts, which had been introduced earlier for senior employees members, for the month of April in deference to the “government’s wishes”.

“However, your Excom (Executive Committee) members and SVPs (senior vice presidents) have volunteered to take pay cuts this month. For everyone else, you can expect your April salaries to be paid without the pay cuts,” Mr. Dutta instructed workers by way of an electronic mail, which has been accessed by PTI.


2.20 pm | New Delhi

Increment in dearness allowance, dearness reduction placed on maintain

The Finance Ministry on Thursday issued an order freezing the Dearness Allowance (DA) to the Central authorities workers and Dearness Relief (DR) to Central authorities pensioners at present charges until July 2021.

“The undersigned is directed to say that in view of the crisis arising out of COVID-19, it has been decided that the additional instalment of Dearness Allowance payable to Central government employees and Dearness Relief to Central government pensioners, due from January 1, 2020, shall not be paid,” mentioned the order.

2.10 pm | Andhra Pradesh

As many as 80 new COVID-19 instances and three extra deaths had been detected within the final 24 hours in Andhra Pradesh, taking the full variety of instances within the State to 893, as per the most recent bulletin launched by the federal government.

1.45 pm | Beijing

China proclaims extra $30 million grant for WHO

China on Thursday introduced a further $30 million grant to the World Health Organisation (WHO), days after Beijing expressed “serious concern” over U.S. President Donald Trump’s resolution to freeze the funding for the worldwide well being company over its dealing with of the COVID-19 disaster.

Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang made the announcement at a media briefing right here. The grant can be as well as to the $20 million offered by China earlier to the WHO.


1.40 pm | Lucknow

Medical employees in U.P. complains of poor residing amenities, shifted to visitor home

A bunch of presidency medical doctors and medical employees in Rae Bareli have launched movies highlighting the poor and ugly residing amenities offered to them at a government-run faculty the place they had been lodged beneath ‘energetic quarantine’.

Following this, the chief medical officer of the district shifted 25 medical doctors and paramedical employees to a guesthouse, offering them single rooms with hooked up lavatory and bathroom amenities.

– Omar Rashid

1.20 pm | Gujarat

3,000 assessments being carried out in Gujarat on a regular basis, says official

As many as 3,000 COVID-19 assessments are being carried out in Gujarat on a regular basis and there’s no plan to scale back it, a senior official mentioned on Thursday, whereas dismissing rumours that the State authorities has decreased COVID-19 testing.

The Gujarat authorities has additionally determined to declare the figures associated to variety of assessments carried out and deaths only as soon as in 24 hours, as an alternative of the current follow of offering the small print twice a day, State Principal Secretary (well being) Jayanti Ravi instructed reporters in Gandhinagar.


1.15 pm | Kolkata

Doctor at Eastern Railway hospital assessments constructive

A physician at an Eastern Railway (ER) hospital right here has examined constructive for COVID-19, a spokesperson of the railway zone mentioned on Thursday.

The physician, who was on go away since April 14 as she was feeling unwell, examined constructive on Tuesday, mentioned ER spokesperson Nikhil Chakraborty.


1.05 pm | Chhattisgarh

Chhattisgarh CM for fee of MGNREGA wages within the type of meals grains

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel, in a letter to Union Rural Development Minister Narendra Singh Tomar, has requested the Centre to enable fee of Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) wages within the type of meals grains.

Mr. Baghel mentioned that the State was using 5 lakh employees day by day beneath the scheme. He added that the livelihood of over 62.5 lakh individuals within the State was depending on MGNREGA and it was important that the work continued on this hour of disaster.


1.00 pm | Pune

Pune data over 50 new instances in twelve hours

A pointy spike of 53 new COVID-19 instances was reported from Pune district over a 12-hour span, taking the district’s cumulative tally of energetic constructive instances to 734, mentioned well being officers on Thursday.

With the accretion of contemporary instances, the district has witnessed a surge of greater than 120 new instances over a 36-hour span. It had recorded 68 new instances on Wednesday, whereas its demise depend stood at 59 until Wednesday night time.


12.50 pm | Puducherry

MGNREGA work begins in 35 panchayats in Puducherry

In line with Centre’s pointers to mitigate the sufferings of rural households in the course of the lockdown, the Puducherry Government has determined to begin works for 35 initiatives to the tune of ₹3.45 crore, in 35 village panchayats, beneath the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) Scheme.

The variety of Panchayats can be scaled up within the coming days.


12.45 pm | Washington

Over 4,000 Americans repatriated from India to date, says U.S. official

The U.S. has to date repatriated over 4,000 Americans from India and efforts are being made to carry again about 6,000 extra from the nation, a senior US official has mentioned.

The U.S. Department of State has coordinated the repatriation of 65,000 American residents and members of the family from 122 international locations on 687 flights to date. This consists of over 1,000 U.S. residents from Pakistan.

“We have four more flights scheduled (in India) in the coming days,” Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consular Affairs Ian Brownlee instructed reporters at a press convention right here.


12.35 pm | Andhra Pradesh

Youth, who examined damaging for COVID-19 in early March, now discovered contaminated

A 33-year-old youth, who was examined damaging for COVID-19 in early March, was examined constructive on Thursday in Samalkota city in East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh.

East Godavari Joint Collector-II G. Raja Kumari instructed The Hindu: “The 33-year-old youth had a travel history of Delhi. He was tested negative nearly a month ago. On Thursday, he was tested positive but did not show any symptoms.”



12.20 pm

The whole variety of constructive COVID-19 instances in India has touched 21,460, of which 16,386 are energetic instances. As many as 683 deaths have been recorded to date.

12.10 pm | Karnataka

16 new instances recorded in Karnataka

Sixteen new instances have been detected on Thursday in Karnataka, taking the full quantity to 443. This consists of 17 new deaths and 141 discharged individuals.

Among the brand new instances, 9 are from Bengaluru Urban, the best, two every from Mandya, Vijayapura and Hubballi-Dharwad and one from Bantwal in Dakshina Kannada.

All the 9 who’ve examined constructive are contacts of a labourer from Bommanahalli, a SARI case who had examined constructive on Wednesday.

– Afshan Yasmeen

12.05 pm | New Delhi

Congress-ruled States name for Centre’s help to sort out COVID-19

“The Centre has not given any assistance to us. How will the States survive in times of crisis,” says Puducherry CM V. Narayanasamy on the Congress Working Committee assembly.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot mentioned except the central authorities comes ahead to assist the States financially, the struggle in opposition to COVID-19 will get weakened. “Unless there is a big financial package for States, how will normalcy return post lockdown,” he requested.

11.50 am | New York

Two pet cats check constructive for COVID-19 in New York

Two pet cats in New York state have examined constructive for the coronavirus, marking the primary confirmed instances in companion animals within the United States, federal officers mentioned. The cats, which had delicate respiratory diseases and are anticipated to get better, are thought to have contracted the virus from individuals of their households or neighbourhoods.


11.35 am | Tamil Nadu

After Sonia Gandhi’s suggestion to PM Narendra Modi, a case has been listed in Madras HC for banning all native our bodies in Tamil Nadu from issuing commercials, besides tender notifications, within the media for a interval of 1 yr to offset the monetary burden on account of the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.

– Mohamed Imranullah S.

11.30 am  | Puducherry

Puducherry CM undergoes RT-PCR check for COVID-19

Puducherry Chief Minister V. Narayanasamy and Speaker V. P. Sivakolundhu underwent RT-PCR assessments for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure on the Assembly committee corridor on Thursday. Other MPs, Ministers and  MLAs are anticipated to bear the assessments too.

The precautionary measure was taken because the leaders have been visiting probably susceptible areas, together with containment zones, to consider prevention measures.


Puducherry CM V. Narayanasamy present process RT-PCR assessments for COVID-19 as a precautionary measure on the Assembly committee corridor in Puducherry on Thursday.  
| Photo Credit: S.S. Kumar


11.25 am | Tamil Nadu

PIL seeks extension of moratorium interval for all loans

A PIL petition in Madras High Court seeks a route to the Union Finance Ministry and the RBI to lengthen moratorium interval for paying EMIs, with respect to all types of loans, until July 31 with out levying any type of curiosity.

– Mohamed Imranullah S.

11.15 am | New Delhi

Coronavirus has elevated in velocity and unfold, says Sonia Gandhi

Coronavirus has elevated disturbingly each in unfold and velocity prior to now three weeks, says Congress president Sonia Gandhi at CWC meet.

“Sections of our society, especially farmers, labourers, migrant workers, face acute hardship due to lockdown … twelve crore jobs were lost in the first phase of the lockdown … It is imperative to provide at least Rs. 7,500 to each family to tide over the crisis,” says Ms. Gandhi.

“We have repeatedly told the PM that there is no alternative to testing, tracing and quarantine; unfortunately, testing is still low … When we should be tackling coronavirus unitedly, BJP continues to spread virus of communal prejudice and hatred,” she provides.


11.00 am | United Kingdom

Phase-1 human trial of Oxford University vaccine to start in the present day

The Oxford University will on April 23 start a Phase-1 scientific trial of its vaccine referred to as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 in opposition to the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). “The vaccine from the Oxford project will be trialled in people from this Thursday,” Health Secretary Matt Hancock mentioned throughout a day by day press convention on April 22.

10.40 am | Rajasthan

47 contemporary coronavirus instances in Rajasthan; tally rises to 1,953

Forty-seven extra individuals had been confirmed constructive for coronavirus in Rajasthan on Thursday, taking the full variety of instances within the state to 1,935.

The contemporary instances embody 20 from Jodhpur, 12 from Jaipur, 10 from Nagaur, two every from Kota and Hanumangarh and one from Ajmer. – PTI

10.20 am| United Nations

‘Coronavirus pandemic quick changing into human rights disaster’

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres mentioned Thursday that the coronavirus pandemic is “a human crisis that is fast becoming a human rights crisis.”

He mentioned the pandemic has additionally seen “disproportionate effects on certain communities, the rise of hate speech, the targeting of vulnerable groups, and the risks of heavy-handed security responses undermining the health response.” – AP

9.10 am

Australia says all WHO members ought to assist a proposed coronavirus inquiry

All member nations of the World Health Organization (WHO) ought to assist a proposed impartial overview into the coronavirus pandemic, Australia’s Prime Minister Scott Morrison mentioned on Thursday, additional threatening strained ties with China.

8.50 am | China

Asymptomatic instances improve to over 980 with 27 new infections

China has reported 27 new asymptomatic coronavirus instances, taking their whole to 984, whereas a high-level committee headed by Premier Li Keqiang requested well being officers to stay focussed on the focused containment of the lethal virus.

8.30 am

U.S. was attacked, says Trump on coronavirus pandemic

Struggling to restore normalcy within the U.S. the place COVID-19 has claimed the lives of greater than 47,000 individuals and contaminated over 8,52,000, President Donald Trump has mentioned that the the nation was “attacked.”

“We were attacked. This was an attack. This wasn’t just the flu by the way. Nobody has ever seen anything like this, 1917 was the last time,” Mr. Trump instructed reporters at his day by day White House information convention on Wednesday.

7.30 am

Lockdown in India has impacted 40 million inner migrants: World Bank

The nationwide lockdown in India, which began a few month in the past, has impacted almost 40 million inner migrants, the World Bank has mentioned.

The lockdown in India has impacted the livelihoods of a giant proportion of the nation’s almost 40 million inner migrants. Around 50,000-60,000 moved from city facilities to rural areas of origin within the span of some days, the financial institution mentioned in a report launched on Wednesday.

7.00 am

U.S. sees 1,738 new coronavirus deaths in 24 hours: Johns Hopkins

The United States on Wednesday recorded 1,738 deaths from the coronavirus prior to now 24 hours, a decrease toll than the day earlier than, in accordance to a working tally by Johns Hopkins University.

4.00 am

73 policemen quarantined after 5 Moradabad violence accused check constructive

As many as 73 police personnel who got here involved with these arrested in reference to the Nawabpura pelting of stones incident in Moradabad final week had been quarantined on April 22 after 5 of the accused examined constructive for coronavirus, a police official mentioned.

2.30 am

Let there be no phantasm that COVID-19 will go after May 3: Chhattisgarh Health Minister

“The lockdown, at best, can manage to control the spread to some extent, but we should know that the novel coronavirus is not going to go. A huge population will get infected with the virus, we should be ready for it. We should learn to live with it,” Chhattisgarh Health Minister T.S. Singh Deo mentioned.


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