India coronavirus lockdown Highlights: First COVID-19-linked death reported in West Bengal, toll rises to 8

Coronavirus India Lockdown: Centre warned of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced till March 31 to curtail the pandemic.

Passengers await for transport outside Kolkata airport amid the nationwide lockdown. (Express photo)

Bengal reported its first coronavirus-linked death on Monday taking India’s death toll in COVID-19 cases to eight. The 55-year-old man was admitted at a private hospital in Kolkata and was tested coronavirus positive on Saturday.

According to the Health Ministry, the number of coronavirus cases in India rose to 433 on Monday with the Centre warning of legal action against those violating the lockdown which has been enforced till March 31 to curtail the pandemic. Violators could either face a fine of Rs 1,000 or a jail term of six months if they do not abide by the lockdown orders, the government said. All domestic commercial flights would remain suspended from Wednesday to restrict inter-state movement as a precautionary measure.

Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged citizens to take the lockdown measures seriously to ensure everyone’s well-being. “I urge the state government to do the same,” he tweeted. The Ministry of Health also confirmed that the death of a Philippines national in Mumbai was not due to coronavirus but kidney failure, although the patient did test positive later.

In a slew of extraordinary measures to battle the coronavirus threat, which has claimed seven lives so far, the Centre has announced a complete lockdown in 19 States and Union Territories and partial curfew in four others. All passenger trains, inter-state buses and metro services across the country have also been suspended till March 31. Delhi, Jharkhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Kerala, Meghalaya,  and Nagaland have declared a statewide lockdown, exempting only essential services, while similar curbs were announced in a number of districts in Bihar, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal.

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Several states are under lockdown till March 31 in view of the coronavirus pandemic which has infected over 400 so far. Get Highlights here. Read in Malayalam here

03:56 (IST)24 Mar 2020
Delhi lockdown lax, Arvind Kejriwal says unacceptable

Day one of the lockdown of Delhi-NCR saw crowded markets, traffic on the roads and stranded commuters who belong to the essential services category. Borders that Delhi shares with Noida and Gurgaon saw winding queues, rampant checking of IDs and traffic snarls. In Noida, police officers said the maximum traffic was seen at the DND Flyway between 6 am and 8 am, and similar scenes played out at the Delhi-Gurgapon border. Read here

01:52 (IST)24 Mar 2020
Only present urgent matters, failing which exemplary costs will be imposed on lawyers, litigants: Bombay High Court

In view of the lockdown in the state due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, the Bombay High Court on Monday made an appeal to lawyers and litigants not to file non-urgent matters as directed earlier, failing which exemplary costs will be imposed on them. After observing several non-urgent matters being moved and close to 200 praecipes forwarded for placing matters on Thursday, the court on Monday said despite earlier directions, which prescribed that only urgent matters will be taken up, some lawyers and petitioners were coming to court to mention non-urgent matters and cautioned that the court would impose up to Rs 50,000 on such litigants and lawyers henceforth. 

00:16 (IST)24 Mar 2020
Pune: All vehicles except emergency services barred till March 31

The Pune City Police on Monday issued orders prohibiting all vehicular traffic, except for essential and emergency services, from 6 pm on Monday till March 31. The order was issued after many people were observed on streets despite appeals to stay indoors. Pune is among the districts with highest COVID-19 positive cases in the country. The Pune City Police, which had imposed a curfew in the city from 9 pm on Sunday till 5 am on Monday, had further issued orders prohibiting gathering of five or more people, except for essential and emergency services. Read here

23:32 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Ranchi: Cases registered against 12 for violating lockdown

Twelve cases were registered in Ranchi on Monday for violating lockdown orders and unlawful assembly. While most of the cases were registered against sweet shops, pan, puja, caterers, tyre and repair shops among others, two were against "evening walkers".

23:01 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Lockdown in Haryana: Here is a list of FAQs

Haryana Police Department Monday issued a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the lockdown in the state. Below is the set of FAQs.

22:06 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Assam announces complete lockdown till March 31, essential services exempted

Assam has announced a complete lockdown in the state from 6pm, March 24 till March 31. Grocery shops, pharmacies, petrol depot will remain open through this period. On Monday, Assam health minister, Himanta Biswa Sarma addressed a press conference in Guwahati announcing the lockdown. “Needless to say hospitals, fire brigade, electricity, public health engineering etc will remain open,” he told reporters. Cooking gas will also be available through the period. Read more

21:59 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Karnataka CM orders complete lockdown across state

Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa orders lockdown across the entire state. Earlier, the orders was issued only for 9 districts. “After assessing the situation of #covid_19, we have decided to lockdown not just 9 districts but the whole state of Karnataka starting tomorrow till March 31st. I request all citizens to co operate and please stay indoors,” he tweeted.

21:48 (IST)23 Mar 2020
J&K HC judges to contribute Rs 25k each to coronavirus fund

Jammu and Kashmir High Court today decided to create a dedicated fund to combat coronavirus pandemic and provide relief to Covid-19 victims.

In a full court meeting, the High Court decided that the Chief Justice and all the judges of the Jammu and Kashmir High Court shall make a contribution of Rs 25,000 each. While as all the District Judges of J&K and Ladakh shall contribute Rs 15,000 each.

It was further decided that all Sub-Judges /Civil Judges (Senior Division) and Munsiffs/Civil Judges (Junior Division) shall contribute Rs 10,000 and Rs. 7500 each respectively.

The meeting also decided that all the gazetted officers of the High Court staff and subordinate courts may contribute Rs.5000 whereas all the non-gazetted staff of the High Court and subordinate Courts may contribute one day’s salary. The contributions shall go a long way in tackling the rapidly spreading contagious disease.

21:46 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Bengal records first coronavirus-linked death; patient had no foreign-travel history, say kin

A 55-year-old man, who was admitted to a private hospital in Kolkata and had tested positive for COVID-19, died on Monday afternoon. This is the first case of conoravirus-linked death in West Bengal.

The resident of Dumdum, who died of cardiac arrest, was admitted to Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the hospital with acute respiratory distress syndrome and was put on ventilator. His samples were sent to NICED and SSKM hospital, one of which came positive. Later, fresh samples were sent to SSKM and NICED again and results of both came positive on March 21. According to the sources in the private hospital, family members stated that he had no history of foreign travel. Read more...

19:47 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Providing essential goods in Delhi? Get curfew passes to move

To ensure proper implementation of Section 144 of CrPC in the national capital, Commissioner of Police, Delhi, has asked all the people, moving for essential goods and services, to get the curfew passes from their concerned districts.

19:11 (IST)23 Mar 2020
From Monday midnight, curfew in Chandigarh too

V P Singh Badnore, Governor of Punjab-cum-Administrator, UT, Chandigarh has decided to impose curfew in Chandigarh starting w.e.f. midnight of Monday i.e 00:00 Hrs 24th March, 2020 till further orders. With the imposition of curfew all the residents will be required to stay Indoors. The DGP, has been given strict directions to enforce the curfew without any relaxation whatsoever.

Manoj Parida, IAS, Adviser, has stated the individuals engaged in Essential Services including Police, Medical etc. will only be allowed curfew passes. Employees of Punjab, Haryana and central government will request for passes through their Chief Secretaries only. The deputy commissioner, Chandigarh will decide about the curfew passes. Moreover, the relaxation in curfew hours will be given for purchase of essential items in due course. The detailed orders are being issued by the deputy commissioner, UT, Chandigarh.

19:08 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi to stop flights coming to Bengal

Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee writes to PM Modi to stop flights coming to Bengal

19:06 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Meghalaya: Construction labours can draw Rs 1,000 per week on account of shutdown

The Government of Meghalaya has announced relief measures for building and construction workers in the state in light of COVID-19. A notice signed by the Principal Secretary, DP Wahlang, has said that "building and other construction workers who are registered with the labour commissioner" can avail Rs 1,000 per worker per week on account of shutdown of commercial operations and business establishments in Meghalaya. The order is applicable till March 29, and will be further reviewed on March 20.

18:51 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Kerala govt refuses to shut down over 260 retail outlets of liquor monopoly BEVCO

Bars across state will be shut, but Govt refuses to close down 260+ retail outlets of liquor monopoly BEVCO which witnessed heavy crowds today. CM Pinarayi Vijayan says doing so may lead to "social consequences".

18:41 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Army issues fresh notification stating enhanced measures to combat COVID-19

Army issues fresh notification stating enhanced measures to combat COVID-19.

The measures to be taken in all military establishments/cantonments/formations/units in the 82 districts under lockdown are:

# All tasks related to response to COVID-19 should continue without hindrance.

# Restricted movements in Cantonments and military stations.

# Personnel engaged in essential services permitted to function (Medical establishments, fire, electricity/ water supply, communication, post offices and sanitation services).

# Home delivery of grocery/ essential items catering to the requirements of the cantonments.

# Social distancing while performing all tasks.

# Additional districts/ extension of lockdown time frame by state governments will be adhered to as when promulgated.

# All station CSDs to be closed forthwith.

Measures at IHQ of MoD(Army)/ (Army HQ)

# Only bare essential sections/ offices to function on a daily basis. Work from home to be implemented.

# Conferences and seminars postponed. Routine meetings and movements to be restricted.

# Personnel attending office will adhere to staggered timings.

18:34 (IST)23 Mar 2020
In Kerala, banks will operate only till 2 pm

In Kerala, banks will operate only till 2 pm. Shops can operate only between 7 am and 5 pm every day. In Kasaragod, the worst-affected district, shops to open between 11 am and 5 pm. Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Monday has announced state-wide lock-down till March 31

18:33 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Punjab: An auto makes announcement of curfew in Ludhiana

An auto makes announcement of curfew at Bharat Nagar Road in Punjab Ludhiana. (Express Photo by Gurmeet Singh)

18:22 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Kerala locks down, seals border after cases rise to 92

Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan Monday announced state-wide lock-down till March 31, closing borders to other states and suspending public transport. Number of active Covid-19 cases in state rises to 92 after 28 new positive cases were reported today.

18:18 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Karnataka to get more ventilators, masks; CM announces free food for poor

In a bid to step up measures to complement the state’s pursuit in containing COVID-19 related issues, the Karnataka government on Monday decided to procure 1,000 ventilators, 10 lakh masks, and 5 lakh Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Health Minister B Sriramulu confirmed the decision after top officials of the health department held a video conference with private companies. “The Health Ministry is working tirelessly to curtail the Covid-19 breakout. I humbly request the public to strictly follow the instructions passed on by the Health Ministry,” Sriramulu said. Read more

18:12 (IST)23 Mar 2020
Assam to go into lockdown mode from March 24

Assam will lock down from 6 pm, March 24 to 31. Pharmacy, petrol pump and grocery store will however remain open. Also, essential govt services will be on. "People have to stay indoors," said Assam health minster HB Sarma.

New Delhi is also under lockdown till March 31 due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Express photo/Amit Mehra)

Announcing measures in Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Lt Governor Anil Baijal told a press conference that Delhi will be on lockdown from 6 am Monday to midnight March 31. Gurgaon, Noida and Ghaziabad will also suspend all but essential services.

Public transport, including private cabs such as Ola and Uber, the Metro, religious places, and international flights as well as construction will be suspended. Buses under the DTC will work at 25% capacity. State borders will also be sealed, allowing only those involved in essential services to cross over. Assembly of more than five persons has been outlawed.

Shortly after the Delhi government’s order, a spokesperson for the Central Civil Aviation Ministry clarified that the IGI Airport will continue to operate. “Domestic flights to and from IGI Airport, Delhi shall continue to operate and the Airport shall remain functional,” the spokesperson said.

Mumbai’s local trains have been suspended till March 31, and Section 144 of the CrPC is being invoked in several cities and towns in Maharashtra to prevent people from gathering at a spot.

These districts will remain under lockdown:

Andhra Pradesh: Prakasam, Vijayawada and Vizag
Chandigarh: Chandigarh
Chhattisgarh: Raipur
Delhi: Central, East Delhi, North Delhi, North West Delhi, North East Delhi, South Delhi and West Delhi
Gujarat: Kutchh, Rajkot, Gandhinagar, Surat, Vadodara, and Ahmedabad
Haryana: Faridabad, Sonepat, Panchkula, Panipat and Gurugram
Himachal Pradesh: Kangra
Jammu & Kashmir: Srinagar and Jammu
Karnataka: Bengaluru, Chikkaballapura, Mysore, Kodagu and Kalaburgi
Kerala: Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Idukki, Kannur, Kasaragod, Kottayam, Malappuram, Pathanamthitta, Thiruvananthapuram and Thrissur
Ladakh: Kargil and Leh
Madhya Pradesh: Jabalpur
Maharashtra: Ahmednagar, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Nagpur, Mumbai Suburb, Pune, Ratnagiri, Raigad, Thane and Yavatmal
Odisha: Khurda
Puducherry: Mahe
Punjab: Hoshiarpur, SAS Nagar and SBS Nagar
Rajasthan: Bhilwara, Jhunjhunu, Sikar and Jaipur
Tamil Nadu: Chennai, Erode and Kanchipuram
Telangana: Bhadradri Kothagudem, Hyderabad, Medchal, Rangareddy and Sangareddy
Uttar Pradesh: Agra, GB Nagar, Ghaziabad, Varanasi, Lakhimpur Kheri and Lucknow
Uttarakhand: Dehradun
West Bengal: Kolkata and North 24 Parganas

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