Coronavirus Blog : Travel Updates

As global concerns mount around the viral outbreak, we issue updates for travellers to track.  
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As international concerns mount over the COVID-19 (or coronavirus) pandemic, the world of travel is keeping close tabs on ongoing developments. With several countries employing border shutdowns after months of stringent airport screenings, the war against novel coronavirus has intensified. Across the world, over  6,50,000 people are currently infected, and the U.S. has exceeded China’s last updated tally (82,120) with a count of 1,24,686 (Johns Hopkins University). India is currently on Day-5 of its 21-day lockdown, announced on March 24. The country has registered 979 positive cases of the COVID-19 virus as of March 29. The Ministry of Health has activated toll-free number (1075) for coronavirus support. As nations across the world race to contain the virus, we track the latest updates.

 

Our latest updates around the COVID-19 outbreak has shifted here.

 

March 29, 8.30 pm: Global COVID-19 death toll has crossed 32,000.

 

March 29, 8 pm: The National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences (NIMHANS) has launched a toll-free helpline number—08046110007—to address corona-related mental health issues, according to the Health Ministry.

 

March 29, 7.30 pm: States and union territories have been asked to seal their borders, and no human movement will be permitted on highways, in a bid to make India’s 21-day lockdown a watertight exercise in tackling COVID-19.

 

March 29, 7 pm: With 106 new positive cases and six deaths in the last 24 hours, India now has 979 confirmed COVID-19 cases and a total death toll of 25.

 

March 29, 6.30 pm: Spain has recorded 838 deaths in the past one day, setting a new record of highest deaths in a 24-hour span. With 123 new deaths, Iran’s total fatalities now stands at 2,640.

 

March 29, 6 pm: The government announced that violators of India’s 21-day lockdown will be sent to a 14-day quarantine.

 

March 29, 5.30 pm: Sri Lanka, which currently has 113 confirmed coronavirus patients, reported its first COVID-19 death—a 65-year-old with diabetes and renal complications.

 

March 29, 5 pm: Several government schools in Delhi are being converted into makeshift shelter homes for migrant workers stranded in the capital, following the announcement of India’s 21-day lockdown.

 

March 29, 4.30 pm: Germany currently has 52,547 confirmed cases of coronavirus, and 389 deaths, announced Robert Koch Institute (RKI), a federal government agency and research institute responsible for disease control and prevention.

 

March 29, 4 pm: The group of Indian citizens who had returned from Iran have been shifted from Delhi to Jodhpur on SpiceJet and Indigo aircraft.

 

March 29, 3 pm: A 40-year-old woman died of coronavirus in Mumbai, taking Maharashtra’s death toll to seven. A patient of hypertension, she was hospitalised yesterday following acute respiratory complications.

 

March 29, 2.30 pm: The Indian Air Force has been deployed to ensure  the availability of essential medical aid in tackling the spread of COVID-19.

 

March 29, 2 pm: Tokyo has announced 68 new cases of coronavirus, marking a record daily increase.

 

March 29, 1.30 pm: Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s wife, said she has recovered from COVID-19 in a statement on social media. She said she is feeling “so much better” and has received the clearance from her doctor and Ottawa Public Health. Trudeau’s office announced on March 12 that the First Lady had tested positive for coronavirus, following which the family has been in self-isolation at their home.

 

March 29, 1 pm: An elderly woman became the first COVID-19 fatality in New Zealand, which currently has 514 registered cases. NZ is in the middle of a four-week lockdown.

 

March 29, 12.30 pm: A SpiceJet pilot with no history of international flights in the month of March has tested positive for COVID-19. “The last domestic flight he operated was on March 21 from Chennai to Delhi, and since then he had quarantined himself at home,” an airline spokesperson added.

 

March 29, 12 pm: PM Narendra Modi praised “daily life heroes” such as sanitation and utility workers, bank employees, grocers, e-commerce delivery personnel, and IT employees for keeping things running during the lockdown. India is on day-5 of its 21-day lockdown.

 

March 29, 11 am: 86-year-old Spanish Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma has become the first royal to pass away due to COVID-19 complications.

 

March 29, 10.30 am: Total number of cases in India stands at 979 (including 48 foreign nationals), with a death toll of 25. In Srinagar, a 65-year-old man died of COVID-19, taking the death toll in  J&K to two. Meanwhile, Maharashtra reported seven new cases, with four in Mumbai, raising the state’s tally to 193.

 

March 29, 10 am: Deaths in the U.S. have surged past 2,000, according to Johns Hopkins University. About a quarter of the deaths are reported to be in New York City, the hardest-hit region of the new coronavirus epicentre. Confirmed cases in the United States stand at over 121,000. South Korea, on the other hand, has reported 105 fresh cases, taking the country’s total to 9,538.

 

March 29, 9 am: Telangana, currently has 53 active COVID-19 cases, is making arrangements of camps, shelter and food for migrant workers, according to Health Minister Etela Rajender.

 

March 29, 8.30 am: Even as the global death toll crossed 30,000 on Saturday, clashes broke out in China’s Hubei province when people attacked official vehicles after being prevented from crossing a bridge connecting to the neighbouring Jiangxi province. With a population of over 56 million, Hubei had been under a fierce lockdown from January 23 and had been, up until recently, the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak.

 

March 28, 11 pm: Italy’s coronavirus death toll has crossed 10,000, while Turkey’s count goes over 100.

 

March 28, 10 pm: Positive cases in Delhi rise to 49, second death in the national capital, according to the Delhi Health Department.

 

March 28, 9.30 pm: Maharashtra total now stands at 181 after 28 new cases were registered on Saturday. 26 patients have been discharged after recovery so far.

 

March 28, 9 pm: Russia is set to close all border crossings from Monday March 30, the government announced in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. Having already grounded international flights, the country with 1,264 confirmed cases and an increase of 228 in 24 hours will now seal vehicle, railway and pedestrian checkpoints along with its maritime borders.

 

March 28, 8 pm: Britain’s death toll has risen to 1,019 from 759, according to current government reports.

 

March 28, 7.30 pm: Telangana has reported its first COVID-19 death, with the state total currently at 65. Six new cases were registered today.

 

March 28, 7 pm: The Kerala government will start online counselling to relieve the stress of those stuck in quarentine, announced CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

 

March 28, 6.30 pm: A “prototype isolation ward”, built inside a converted train coach in Kamakhya, Assam,  is now “ready with medical facilities”, tweeted Minister of Railways and Commerce Piyush Goyal, with an accompanying photograph. Each coach is said to have a capacity of serving nine patients.

 

March 28, 6 pm: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal has assured that “flying sqauds are patrolling in each district and distributing food packets to the needy”. He said that from Sunday March 29 the distribution process can be expected to be smooth and “food will reach everywhere”.

 

March 28, 5.30 pm: U.S. President Donald Trump has invoked the Korean War-era Defense Production Act, to force auto giant General Motors into produce life-saving ventilators. The new epicentre of the virus has been struggling with a crisis of critical medical equipment.

 

March 28, 5 pm: Several villages in Goa sealed their borders today, amid India’s 21-day lockdown. The state has detected three positive cases so far.

 

March 28, 4.30 pm: Cases of bird flu and H1N1 have also been reported from Bihar amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

 

March 28, 4 pm: Chronic patients with associated ailments will be delivered essential drugs at doorstep, Health Ministry’s Joint Secretary Lav Agarwal said in a media address.

 

March 28, 3.30 pm: With seven fresh cases in Kashmir, the J&K total rises to 27. Karnataka too, saw a 10 new cases, with the state tally now at 74.

 

March 28, 3 pm: Global cases have crossed 6,00,000, with the exact reported tally (Johns Hopkins University) at 6,01,478. The ten worst-hit countries are (in order) the U.S., Italy, China, Spain, and Germany, followed by France, Iran,  U.K., Switzerland, and South Korea.

 

March 28, 2.30 pm: India Post has delivered  COVID-19 testing equipment from Chennai to Pune’s Sassoon General Hospital in 24 hours, revealed a congratulatory tweet by Ravi Shankar Prasad, Cabinet Minister for Communications, Electronics & Information Technology and Law & Justice.

 

March 28, 2 pm: Several government and non-government outfits have reportedly been reaching out to alleviate the plight of those worst-hit by the lockdown in India. While General Post Office employees in Thiruvanthapuram have decided to give home-cooked food to the Trivandrum Corporation for distribution among the needy, Nitin Gadkari, Minister for Road Transport & Highways, tweeted that he has “advised Chairman NHAI and Highway Concessioners/ Toll Operators to consider providing food, water or any kind of support to migrant workers/citizens who are trying to reach to their respective native places”. The Karnataka government has said that the state-run Indira Canteens would provide food packets free of cost to the needy. Earlier on Friday, SpiceJet had offered the services of its aircraft and crew members in flying migrant workers from Mumbai and Delhi to Patna.

 

March 28, 1.30 pm: South Korea has reported 146 fresh cases, the highest number in a week. This takes the country’s tally to 9,478. The country, one of the worst-hit, has suffered a spike in the number of imported cases from the U.S. Europe and in recent times. The Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not mention how many of Friday’s new cases were imported.

 

March 28, 1 pm: China has offered to construct temporary hospitals along the lines of the ones used for treatment in Wuhan, if any such request is made by the Indian government, as per a state-run Chinese daily. The Global Times quoted a China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) Limited official saying, “Chinese companies working on existing projects in India, with sufficient supply networks in place, can take over the construction of makeshift hospitals like those in Wuhan upon India’s invitation.”

 

March 28, 12.30 pm: Late reports from Friday noted that a PIL was filed in the Supreme Court seeking food, water, shelter and medical assistance for stranded migrant workers and their families. Hundreds of daily wagers were reported walking back to their hometowns from the country’s major employment hubs like Mumbai and Delhi, after announcement of the lockdown on March 24.

 

March 28, 12 pm: India has recorded 149 new cases of coronavirus, the highest jump in a single day so far, according to the Ministry of health. This takes India’s total tally to 873, with 19 deaths. Kerala stands at 173 and Maharashtra 160. Kerala registered its first COVID-19 death in Kochi.

 

March 28, 11.30 am: Italy has recorded 919 new deaths, the highest count of  fatalities reported in a country in the duration of 24 hours since the beginning of the outbreak in 2019.

 

March 28, 11 am: A 65-year-old woman died of the virus late on Friday at Mumbai’s Kasturba hospital, and an 85-year-old doctor, possibly a positive case of COVID-19,  passed away at a  private hospital in the city. The woman’s death marks the fifth death in Maharashtra due to coronavirus. The doctor’s diagnosis, done at a private lab, was still being verified at the time of the Maharashtra Health Ministry announcement. Two relatives of the doctor, who had a pacemaker and was diabetic, had recently returned from England. A one-and-a-half year old child from Navi Mumbai also tested positive last night.

 

March 27, 7 p.m: UK Health Minister Matt Hancock has tested positive for coronavirus, he announced on Twitter. Hancock’s symptoms are mild and he is self-isolating while working from home.

 

March 27, 6.30 p.m: 39 new cases of the novel coronavirus were detected in Kerala on Friday, the highest reported so far, said CM Pinarayi Vijayan.

 

March 27, 6 p.m: The World Tourism Organization has predicted a plunge of up to 30 per cent in international tourism due to the ongoing pandemic. The number of international tourists are expected to fall by 20-30 per cent in 2020, a sharp increase from a forecast of 1.0-3.0 per cent decline earlier this month. This will put millions of jobs at risk. The ensuing loss is estimated at $300-450 billion in international tourism receipts, said the UN specialised agency in a statement.

 

March 27, 5.30 p.m: SpiceJet has offered the services of its aircraft and crew members in flying migrant workers from Mumbai and Delhi to Patna. This proposes some relief for migrant labourers from Bihar, days after hundreds of daily wagers from different parts of the country were reported stranded, or walking back to their hometowns in dire conditions, following the announcement of a 21-day lockdown on March 24.

 

March 27, 5 p.m: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for coronavirus, he confirmed on Twitter. “Over the last 24 hours I have developed mild symptoms and tested positive for coronavirus. I am now self-isolating, but I will continue to lead the government’s response via video-conference as we fight this virus. Together we will beat this,” Johnson tweeted.

 

March 27, 4.30 p.m: A 65-year-old man died of the novel coronavirus in Tumakuru, Karntaka. He had no travel history to foreign countries but had travelled to Delhi by train earlier this month. The death marks the third COVID-19 fatality in the state, which recorded seven fresh cases on Friday, taking its total to 62. The new cases include that of a 10-month-old child.
Telegana has reported 10 new cases, hiking up the state’s total to 59. Andhra Pradesh and Haryana also recorded one fresh case each, taking the states’ tallies to 12 and 19 respectively.
Across the country, India’s official tally of people infected by the novel coronavirus stands at 724, with 75 new positive cases and four deaths reported in the last 24 hours.

 

March 27, 4 p.m: Around 2000 liters of spraying compound and 150 spraying machines were delivered to Srinagar Municipal Corporation by the armed forces in a joint action by the Indian Army and Airforce, in a bid to thwart the spread of the novel coronavirus in the union territory.

 

March 27, 3.30 p.m: Iran announced 144 new death from the novel coronavirus, taking the count of fatalities to 2,378 in one of the worst-hit countries in the pandemic.

 

March 27, 3 p.m.: The global death toll stands at 24,051, with more than 531,600 people suffering from COVID-19 across the world.

 

March 27, 2.30 p.m.: Kolkata Municipal Corporation has reserved a crematorium and two burial grounds for the last rites of COVID-19 victims, according to Mayor in Council (MIC), Health, Atin Ghosh. The move comes days after trouble erupted over the cremation of Kolkata’s first victim, when locals, fearing virus transmission, blocked roads around the city’s Nimtala area to prevent government officials from cremating the elderly deceased.

 

March 27, 2 p.m.: GoAir joins IndiGo in offering the government the services of its aircraft and crew members for carrying out emergency repatriation, and bringing home stranded citizens.

 

March 27, 1.30 p.m.: A bus carrying 14 Japanese nationals was stopped by the police on the Delhi-Ghaziabad border. When asked, the bus driver told the police that he had picked up the passengers from a yoga retreat in Rishikesh and was told to drop them off in Pahargunj. However, he did not know whether they had been tested for COVID-19 or not.

 

 

March 27, 1 p.m.: Two patients who had earlier tested positive of COVID-19 in Pune, have tested negative in their repeat samples. They were admitted in Naidu Hospital. They have now been discharged. The total number of cases in Pune are 32, out of which 10 have been cured and discharged.

 

March 27, 12.30 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has announced a total of 39 cases in the city today. He also said that the Delhi government will be offering free lunch and dinner to four lakh people of need, daily, starting March 28.

 

March 27, 12 p.m.: In a speech earlier today, RBI governor Shaktikanta Das stated that despite the uncertainty of the times, Indians banks are still safe and functioning and that there is no need to carry out panic withdrawals. He also said that a three-month moratorium on payment of installments of loans outstanding on March 1, 2020, will be granted.

 

 

March 27, 11.30 a.m.: At least four people living in Mumbai’s slums have tested positive of COVID-19. This includes a 65-year-old living in a slum in Parel, a 68-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man from a slum cluster in Ghatkopar and a 37-year-old resident of Kalina’s Jambhlipada slum, Mumbai Mirror reported. The total number of COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra now stand at 135.

 

March 27, 11 a.m.: The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has reported a total of 724 positive COVID-19 cases in India. This includes 677 Indians and 47 foreign nationals.

 

March 27, 10.30 a.m.: Mexico has reported 110 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the total up to 585 cases. Nicaragua reported its first COVID-19 death, in a statement put forth by health authorities.

 

March 27, 10 a.m.: The U.S. now has the highest number of reported COVID-19 cases, than any other country in the world. CNN reports 82,100 coronavirus cases in the U.S., while John Hopkins University marks this at 85,505. Compared to this, China has 81,782 cases and Italy has 80,589 cases, according to the university’s reports. Nearly 3.3 million Americans reportedly filed for unemployment benefits last week, in light of the widespread shutdown across industries due to the virus.

 

March 27, 9.45 a.m.: One of the world’s largest art fairs, Art Basel, which takes place in Switzerland, has been postponed from June to September, in light of the pandemic gripping Europe.

 

March 27, 9.30 a.m.: Tokyo reported its highest jump in the number of cases in a single day, with 47 new cases.

 

March 27, 9 a.m.: China has reported of its first locally transmitted COVID-19 case in three days, and 54 other imported cases. With the new developments, Beijing has reportedly asked airlines to sharply cut international flights in fear of more travellers restarting the wave in the country.

 

March 26, 11.30 a.m.: Russia will be grounding all international flights from midnight today.

 

March 26, 10.30 a.m.: The Indian Health Ministry has confirmed that the number of COVID-19 cases in India has risen to 649. The number of deaths caused due to the virus is 13.

 

 

March 26, 10 a.m.: The number of positive COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra has increased to 124, the Health Department of the state has confirmed. The number of cases in Delhi have risen to 36. Gujarat has reported of 43 cases.

 

 

March 26, 9.30 a.m.: Following a call from the Indian Embassy, Indian-American hoteliers have thrown open more than 6,000 rooms across 700 hotels to Indian students stranded in the U.S.A., most of whom are unable to return to their country due to the ban on international flights and who have been asked to leave their student accommodations.

 

March 26, 9 a.m.: The number of COVID-19 cases in the U.S.A. have blown up to near 70,000. The country has reported more than 1,000 deaths due to the virus, AFP reported.

 

March 26,8.30 a.m.: With the situation in the country growing dire, Spain has decided to extend its state of emergency for two weeks and has agreed to go into a state of national lockdown, in an attempt to contain the virus.

 

March 26, 8 a.m.: China’s Hubei province has not reported of any new coronavirus cases at the end of March 25, Reuters reported.

 

March 25, 7 p.m.: Chef Floyd Cardoz, co-owner of one of Mumbai’s most celebrated restaurants, Bombay Canteen, has passed away due to the COVID-19 disease. On March 18, Cardoz had put up an Instagram post where he confirmed that he had tested positive of the disease and had checked himself into a hospital in New York.

 

March 25, 6.30 p.m.: Thailand has reported a state of emergency from March 26 to April 30. Prime Minister Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha however has stressed on the fact that food and other necessities will be “adequately available”.

 

March 25, 6 p.m.: Saudi Arabia has suspended flights between Riyadh, Medina and Mecca and has tightened curfews in the respective cities as well.

 

March 25, 5.30 p.m.: China has said that it will resume its direct flight operations both to and fro from Wuhan starting April 8, when the travel restrictions on the province is lifted.

 

March 25, 4.30 p.m.: Heir to the British throne, Prince Charles has reportedly tested positive for the COVID-19 disease. His wife, the Duchess of Cornwall has also been tested, but has reported negative.

A statement from the Clarence House has said: “The Prince of Wales has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been displaying mild symptoms but otherwise remains in good health and has been working from home throughout the last few days as usual.”

 

March 25, 2.30 p.m.: U.K. has placed a two-month extension on visas granted to foreign nationals who were stranded in the the country due to travel bans placed by their home countries in light of the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

March 25, 2 p.m.: Panama has became the latest Latin America city to announce a lockdown, while Paraguay has declared that it will keep its borders shut till the end of the week.

 

March 25, 1 p.m.: Maharashtra reports the largest number of COVID-19 cases in India at 116 cases.

 

March 25, 11 a.m.: The White House and U.S. Senate has agreed on provisions for a $2 trillion coronavirus rescue plan.

 

March 25, 10 a.m.: The number of positive COVID-19 cases in India stand at 562, out of which 512 are active, the Health Ministry has confirmed.

 

March 25, 9 a.m.: A Mahan Air flight carrying 277 Indian passengers from Tehran, has landed in Delhi airport.

 

 

March 25, 8 a.m.: In an attempt to contain the rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in India, the Prime Minister has announced a state of complete lockdown across the nation for 21 days, starting March 25.

 

March 24, 6 p.m.: IRCTC has told its passengers not to cancel the tickets they booked online of trains that have been cancelled, since they will be given a refund for the same automatically.

 

March 24, 5.30 p.m.: Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, after holding discussions with the International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, has said that the Tokyo Olympics will be postponed for about a year. He added that Summer 2021 is the latest the Olympics could take place.

 

March 24, 5 p.m.: The Ministry of Home Affairs has extended regular visas, e-visas and stay stipulation of all foreign nationals till midnight of April 15 on ‘GRATIS’ basis.

 

 

March 24, 4 p.m.: The World Health Organisation executive director, Michael Ryan, has said that India has a “tremendous capacity” to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, due to its experience of having eradicated the small-pox and polio through targeted public intervention, PTI reported.

“India led the world in eradicating two silent killers and eliminating them from the country…India has tremendous capacities. It is exceptionally important that countries like India lead the way to show the world what can be done,” he said.

 

March 24, 3.30 p.m.: The Central Government has requested all state governments to “deploy fiscal resources for establishing additional medical facilities such as hospitals, clinical labs, isolation wards, expanding & upgrading existing facilities to combat the challenge posed by COVID-19.”

 


March 24, 3 p.m.: The curfew in Kolkata has been extended till 31 March. Several other states like Maharashtra and Punjab are also observing a curfew to ensure that people stay at home during the virus outbreak.

 

 

March 24, 2 p.m.: Goa will observe a complete lockdown from midnight today till March 31.

March 24, 1 p.m.: As many as 12 COVID-19 patients in Maharashtra have reportedly been cured, a BMC Health Department official has confirmed.

 

March 24, 12.30 p.m.: Runway 9/27 in the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has been closed since March 23 due to a lack in demand.

 

March 24, 12 p.m.: Under Bengaluru-based enterprise Three Wheels United, auto drivers have been enlisted to help residents of the city, by delivering essential goods like groceries and medicines.

 

March 24, 11.30 a.m.: A cruise ship by the name of Princess Ruby is being called responsible for the upsurge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia. More than 130 people from the cruise have now tested positive.

 

March 24, 11 a.m.: China’s Health Commission for the Hubei province has said that all travel restrictions, both in and out of the province, will be lifted on 25 March, with the exception of those concerning Wuhan. It has also said that travel restrictions for Wuhan will be lifted on April 8 and people will be able to leave based on a health code. China will also be opening a part of its Great Wall for tourists. However, Macao has said that it will mostly be banning all non-residents from entering the territory starting Wednesday.

 

March 24, 10.30 a.m.: Countries like Israel, Malaysia, Germany, France, the UK, the Netherlands, Italy, Ukraine, Belgium, Peru and Afghanistan have reportedly asked India to evacuate Indian nationals from the respective country by operating special flights.

 

March 24, 10.15 a.m.: The total number of positive COVID-19 cases in Maharashtra rises to 101.

 

March 24, 10 a.m.: Kyrgyzstan has declared a state of emergency in its three biggest cities including capital Bishkek, Osh and Jalal-Abad.

 

March 24, 9 a.m.: The total number of COVID-19 cases in India currently stand at 492, according to the Health and Welfare Ministry of India. Out of these, 446 are active cases. In light of the rising number of cases across the country, India has expanded its lockdown to districts across 30 states and union territories.

 

March 24, 8.30 a.m.: The International Olympic Committee has said that it is considering the postponement of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The decision will be made in a few weeks.

 

March 24, 8 a.m.: Britain Prime Minister Boris Johnson has ordered a three-week lockdown in the country, in an attempt to slow down the spread of the virus.

 

March 23, 6 p.m.: The Health Ministry has reportedly asked airlines to not carry any passengers who have the ‘home quarantined’ stamp on them.

 

March 23, 5.30 p.m.: States like Chandigarh, Delhi, Goa, J&K, Nagaland, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, West Bengal, Ladakh, Jharkhand, Arunachal Pradesh, Bihar, Tripura, Telangana, Chhattisgarh, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh have all imposed temporary lockdowns. Maharashtra and Punjab have imposed a strict curfew in the respective states to ensure complete lockdown.

 

March 23, 5 p.m.: In light of the rapid rise in the number of COVID-19 cases in the country, the Indian government has decided to suspend all domestic flights, barring cargo flights, from midnight on March 24.

 

 

March 23, 3 p.m.: Six Indians have reportedly been camping at the Dubai airport, after they were not allowed to board their connecting flight back to India following the latter’s travel restrictions on international flights.

 

March 23, 2 p.m.: The Health Ministry has stated that it is the responsibility of airlines to monitor the health of their crew who have travelled abroad. It is also their responsibility to appraise the government of any passengers that show symptoms of the COVID-19 disease.

 

March 23, 12.30 p.m.: The DGCA has issued guidelines on social distancing to all airports and airlines.

 

 

March 23, 12 p.m.: In an attempt to contain the spread of the virus, the Delhi metro services have temporarily been closed down.

 

 

March 23, 11.30 a.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that 30 new positive cases have emerged in Delhi. Out of these, 23 people had returned to India from abroad and seven others were relatives were their family members.

 

March 23, 11 a.m.: Popular cab services Ola and Uber have reportedly decided to limit their services in Indian cities which are currently under a lockdown situation.

 

March 23, 10 a.m.: The number of positive COVID-19 cases in India has reportedly jumped to 415. Out of this, Maharashtra has the highest number of cases at 89. This includes 14 new cases in Mumbai and one in Pune. Seven people in the country have died due to the virus.

 

March 23, 9 a.m.: Shanghai has downgraded its emergency alert level from Level 1 to Level 2, as the number of coronavirus cases subside.

 

March 23, 8 a.m.: The UAE has announced that it will be suspending all passenger flights and transits of airline passengers for two weeks, as a precautionary move to contain the virus. Meanwhile, Singapore Airlines has announced a 96 per cent cut-down of its operations through April.

 

March 21, 6 p.m.: In light of several new cases across the country, India is now reporting a total count of COVID-19 cases at 283.

 

March 21, 4.30 p.m.: Odisha has called for a week-long lockdown for about 40 per cent of the state starting Sunday, March 22. These include Khurda, Ganjam, Cuttack, Kendrapara and Angul, and towns like Puri, Sambalpur, Jharsuguda, Balasore, Rourkela, Bhadrak, Jajpur Road and Jajpur.

 

March 21, 4 p.m.: Pakistan has said it will suspend all international flights for two weeks, in an attempt to contain the spread of the virus.

 

March 21, 3.30 p.m.: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that only 50 per cent of buses will run in the national capital on Sunday, March 22, in wake of the ‘Janta curfew’. Auto-rickshaws and taxis are to stay off the roads. Metro services in both Delhi and Mumbai will remain suspended for 24 hours on Sunday.

 

March 21, 3.20 p.m.: The Goa government has imposed Section 144 in the state as a precautionary measure to contain the virus.

 

March 21, 2 p.m.: Four passengers travelling on a train from Mumbai to Jabalpur, have reportedly tested positive of COVID-19. All four reportedly had travelled to India from Dubai last week.

 

 

March 21, 1.30 p.m.: The Assam government has invoked Epidemic Act 1897, where they will reportedly be transferring Rs. 1,5,1245.20 to people from Assam who are currently stranded outside the country.

 

March 21, 1 p.m.: Bangladesh has reportedly suspended all international flights except for the ones on routes to and from U.K., China, Hong Kong, Thailand, from March 31.

 

March 21, 11.30 a.m.: Columbia has reportedly stated that the whole country will have to follow a mandatory quarantine from 24 March to 13 April, in an attempt to contain the virus.

 

March 21, 11 a.m.: Air India has said that it will be sending its 787-Dreamliner to Rome on Saturday to evacuate students, travellers and others of Indian-origin who may be stranded amidst the lockdown.

 

March 21, 10.30 a.m.: Finland and Estonia have issued travel advisories for all Indian students.

 

 

March 21, 10 a.m.: The number of positive COVID-19 cases rises to 258 in India, according to the Health Ministry.

 


March 21, 9 a.m.: The Indian Embassy in Philippines has issued an advisory for all Indians residing there:

 

 

March 21, 8 a.m.: New York has joined California in announcing a state of lockdown. However, with no new cases in Wuhan reported a third day in a row, WHO has said there is cause for hope.

 

March 20, 1.45 p.m.: All offices and shops in Mumbai, MMR region, Pune, Pimpri Chinchwad and Nagpur to shut till March 31.

 

March 20, 1.10 p.m.: The Indian government has set up WhatsApp helpdesk.

 

 

March 20, 1 p.m.: Cathay Pacific is cancelling almost all passenger flights for two months as the novel coronavirus outbreak continues to decimate global demand for travel.

 

March 20, 12.30 p.m.: Tamil Nadu-Kerala border in Coimbatore will be closed from today evening: Coimbatore District Collector, Rasamani.

 

March 20, 12 p.m.: 69-year-old Italian tourist who was being treated in Jaipur takes India’s death toll to 5.

 

March 20, 11.30 p.m.: Around 40 million residents in California have been told to stay home to prevent the spread of the virus, the first statewide order in the US. Meanwhile, the US State Department has issued a worldwide Level 4: Do Not Travel Advisory due the coronavirus pandemic.

 

March 20, 11 a.m.: Indian Council of Medical Research on Friday said a total of 206 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected cases and contacts of known positive cases.

 

March 20, 10.30 a.m.: Argentina, home to 45 million people, is the latest country to enact measures ordering people to stay in their homes with limited exceptions. People are allowed to leave for basic needs like grocery shopping or doctor’s appointments but police will be patrolling the streets and those without a valid reason to be outside will be penalised.

 

March 19. 7 p.m.: Over 20 people won’t be allowed to gather in Delhi.

 

March 19, 6.30 p.m.: Chinese authorities have announced that some Beijing-bound international flights will be diverted to nearby cities for health screenings in the coming days.

 

March 19, 5.30 p.m.: The government of India has issued a latest advisory stating no international flights will be allowed to land in India after March 22. As the death toll in the country climbed to four, with one more death reported in Punjab, the government, in its safety measure, has asked persons above the age of 65 and children below the age of 10 to stay at home.

 

March 19, 5 p.m.: India has reported its fourth coronavirus-related death.

 

March 19, 4.30 p.m.: The Indian city of Mumbai is preparing for the arrival of about 26,000 passengers, mostly Indian nationals, who are expected to return from Gulf countries over the next two weeks.

 

March 19, 4 p.m.: Mexico and Russia have confirmed their first coronavirus-related death.

 

March 19, 3.30 p.m.: The SpiceJet airline on Thursday said that it was temporarily suspending the majority of the international operations from 21 March to 30 April. “We will resume the suspended flights as soon as the situation normalises,” the statement said.

 

March 19, 2 p.m.: EU citizens coming from Austria, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Denmark will no longer be allowed into Germany by air or sea unless there is an “urgent reason to travel,” said the interior ministry in a statement.

 

March 19, 1.30 p.m.: The UAE is banning incoming travellers and residency visa holders effective today.

 

March 19, 1 p.m.: On Thursday, Fiji’s Prime Minister confirmed the country has its first coronavirus case.

 

March 19, 12.20 p.m.: Dozens of stations on the London Underground will be closed starting Thursday, as part of the effort to slow the coronavirus pandemic, Transport for London announced in a statement on Wednesday.

 

March 19, 12 p.m.: Thailand now requires health certificates from all incoming travellers.

 

March 19, 11.30 a.m.: Starting tonight, New Zealand will ban any foreign citizens from entering the country, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced in a news conference today.

 

March 19, 11 a.m.: Germany’s Bundesliga, lower-league football put on hold until April 2.

 

March 19, 10.30 a.m.: Coronavirus death toll in Italy spikes by 475 deaths in a single day.

 

March 19, 10 a.m.: The Assam government has issued an advisory, urging all liquor bars, night clubs, beauty parlours and salons to close their respective establishments.

 

March 19, 9 a.m.: Australian airline Qantas and its subsidiary Jetstar will suspend scheduled international flights from late March until at least the end of May. Air Canada will gradually suspend the majority of its international and US trans-border flights by March 31. Ryanair said it expects that “most if not all” its flights will be grounded by March 24. There were 12,094 flight cancellations worldwide on Wednesday.

 

March 19, 8 a.m.: The outbreak of coronavirus worsened on Wednesday with 27 new cases reported by 11 different states and union territories. The tally in India stands at 169 cases, as reported by TOI.

 

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