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Coronavirus Highlights: As COVID-19 cases rise to 360, India prepares for lockdown

LIVE coverage of the coronavirus pandemic and the situation arising out of that.

At least 315 cases of COVID-19 have been reported in India as of today, ICMR has said. In order to curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has appealed to the people to observe Janata Curfew from 7am to 9pm. As the curfew began, he tweeted, “Stay indoors, stay healthy”.

Scroll down for latest updates on the coronavirus pandemic as well as Janata Curfew:

  • Coronavirus LIVE updates | Mukesh Ambani, Chairman and Managing Director Reliance Industries Limited, participated in Janata Curfew and appreciated the work done by medical and sanitary fraternity across the country.

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    March 22, 2020 08:57 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Gujarat govt asks EC to postpone March 26 Rajya Sabha polls

    The Gujarat government has requested the Election Commission to postpone the March 26 Rajya Sabha election for four seats in the state in view of the novel coronavirus outbreak, Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel told news agency PTI. The government will tomorrow decide whether the ongoing budget session of the state Assembly should continue in view of the pandemic, he said. The budget session is scheduled to end on March 31.
    The state has so far reported 18 positive cases and one death so far.

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    March 22, 2020 08:55 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot said there is an unemployment crisis for 29 lakh families, including daily wagers, construction labourers and street vendors and demanded food security and unemployment allowance for them. He said the Centre should announce a relief package so that people do not suffer.

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    March 22, 2020 08:51 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has demanded a Centre’s relief package for the state’s tourism and hospitality industry, MSMEs and the weaker sections of the society. In a statement, Gehlot said he has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and demanded the relief package for those affected by the economic impact of the novel coronavirus. (PTI)

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    March 22, 2020 08:50 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | ICICI Prudential Life Insurance on Sunday urged its customers to avail its digital services and avoid visiting its offices as part of precautionary steps to contain the spread of coronavirus. In line with directives from authorities and efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, the company’s offices are operational but with limited staff, the company said in a statement.

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    March 22, 2020 08:47 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Pune Joint Police Commissioner Ravindra Shisve: A curfew will remain in place in Pune city of Maharashtra from 9 PM today to 5 AM tomorrow. No one except people discharging essential duties will be allowed to come out on the streets during this period.

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    March 22, 2020 08:43 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | Indian Medical Association (IMA) writes to PM Narendra Modi appreciating his gesture of motivating the public to show gratitude towards the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are risking their lives to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)

     Coronavirus LIVE updates | Indian Medical Association (IMA) writes to PM Narendra Modi appreciating his gesture of motivating the public to show gratitude towards the doctors, nurses and healthcare workers who are risking their lives to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. (ANI)
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    March 22, 2020 08:30 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | 15 more fresh COVID-19 cases reported in Kerala

    Fifteen new positive cases of coronavirus were detected in Kerala today, taking the total number of infected persons under treatment in the state to 64, the government said. The health department said out of the 15, five are in Kasaragod district, four in Kannur and two each in Malappuram, Kozhikode and Ernakulam districts.

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    March 22, 2020 08:15 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | With the number of coronavirus patients reaching 21 in the state, the Punjab government has ordered a lockdown till March 31 as an emergency measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus. However, the essential services will be exempted from the shutdown which will be effective from tomorrow at 6 am and will remain in force till 9 pm of March 31, a government statement said.

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    March 22, 2020 08:12 PM IST

    Coronavirus LIVE updates | The Haryana government has ordered a lockdown in seven districts, including Gurgaon and Faridabad, from tonight till March 31 as a preventive measure to contain the spread of coronavirus.
    The government has notified a lockdown in Gurgaon, Faridabad, Sonipat, Panipat, Jhajjar, Rohtak and Panchkula districts from 9 pm tonight to March 31. However, all essential and emergency services will remain functional during the lockdown period, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said, appealing to people not to panic or worry.

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